Such a cute and clever concept for the Birchbox August 2015 box design! It definitely feels like Summer just looking at it, doesn’t it?
I didn’t get a Birchbox last month because I forgot to renew my subscription in time, so this is actually the first box from my new annual subscription.
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle | $2.75
I’ve received this before and really love it. In fact, I currently own the full sized version and use it all the time! It’s a leave-in mist that provides protection against UV rays, minimizes frizz, and keeps color from fading. It’s one of my favorite hair care products to gift when the holidays roll around because it is paraben-free, sulfate-free, 100% vegan, and suitable for all hair types. Plus all Beauty Protector products always smell so amazing, I’d use this spray for the fragrance alone!
The Balm Cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer | $2.60
Bronzer always lasts forever with me since I use it rarely and sparingly, but lately I’ve been experimenting with contouring to make a dent in my bronzer collection. I found this one to lack enough pigmentation for contouring purposes, but since it’s so light I can use it on my face without worrying that I’ll accidentally over apply.
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ | $2.05
This is such a tiny sample! It’s a shame since I really like this CC cream and would have enjoyed having more to play with. The level of coverage is just perfect for a no-makeup look and the high SPF is great for Summer. When I wear it as a primer it keeps my foundation in place and hides my pores while staying lightweight.
R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo | $7.36
This was my sample choice for August, and I’m very pleased with it. Somehow I’ve managed to go through most of my dry shampoo stash (omg, right?!) so I was looking to try something new. I really enjoyed the R + Co shampoo and conditioner samples that I received in a previous Birchbox, so I figured I would probably like some of their other products too. The Death Valley dry shampoo works very well and I like the scent–it reminds me a lot of Drybar’s hairspray, another favorite of mine. I think it’s on the pricey side for dry shampoo, but would be a nice splurge item. Also isn’t this packaging to die for?
Dr. Jart+ Dermask Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask | $6.00
Always happy to get a sheet mask in my box! Dr. Jart+ is one of those brands that I always see and hear things about but rarely get to sample for myself (with the exception of the BB cream, which I seem to get all the time), so I’m happy to try something new. I left the mask on for 25 minutes and my skin felt so smooth and soft afterwards. At $6, I think it’s a really good price for the quality.
My box comes to a total of $20.76, which is on the lower end for Birchbox. However, I’m pleased with the dry shampoo and sheet mask, which are two new discoveries for me. I am also glad to get another travel size of the Beauty Protector. Overall, I would say it’s a good month but definitely not one of my favorites.
Now onto September Sample Choice! Your options are:
- Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo + Conditioner
- POP Beauty Eye Shadow Trio in Sugar Plum
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil Mini in Medium Brown
- Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser
Pictures shown below are full sized
Or, you can opt for the Customer Favorites Box:
- Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo
- Beauty Protector Protect & Condition
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
- Harvey Prince Hello
- Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry
I’m not sure what to go with! One one hand I really like the Anastasia Brow Pencil and Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser, but I also want to try the Beauty Protector Shampoo and Conditioner and the Liz Earle Cleanser is amazing! What are you thinking of getting? If you’re on the fence, I definitely recommend trying the Dr. Brandt cleanser. I got a full sized one a few weeks ago and have been loving it!