Birchbox is definitely one of my favorite beauty subscriptions (although I recently got the news that my first Glossybox will be coming this month – so excited!). I think you definitely have to do your research when deciding which mailers are right for you and maybe even test out a few for a couple months to get a feel for what kinds of brands the company works with and what types of products you’ll be sent.
For June’s box, I received a variety of different products that I’m using more than any other samples I’ve gotten in the past. I reviewed them below in preferential order.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner ($16.57/full size, received full size) – LOVE this liner. It’s incredibly thin and easy to apply. Ideal for achieving cat eye looks as the incredibly fine point allows you to really focus on being precise. I will absolutely buy this again.
theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen ($17/.3 fl oz, received .04 fl oz) – Like a lot of lip/cheek stains, this product is water based and just gives you a little hint of color. I like it, but more often prefer a more saturated look. I do use it to layer on a pigmented blush however, and really like to use it on my lips for days I just want a little color. If you are nervous about wearing a bright red lipstick, but want to test out the look, this would be a great gateway.
Cynthia Rowley Dress Up Band Aids ($5/pack of 20, received full size) – I’ll admit I considered knicking my legs while shaving just so I could use one of these. I love the faux section and lace patterns and think this is such a fun alternative to a normally boring product. I ended up just sporting one on my finger a couple days ago covering up a perfectly fine pointer.
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream ($16/1.25, received .1 fl oz) – This product out of Japan is really effective. It’s ultra-healing and rejuvenating formula contains camphor, vitamin B2 and vitamin E making it ideal for dry skin, calluses, cracks, burns, scars, etc. I have a horrible habit of biting my nails so I have been putting this on my cuticles every night and can really tell a difference. Definitely a good thing to have around.
Melvita Rose Floral Water ($18.80/6.76 fl oz, received .95 fl oz) – I have mixed feeling about these toner/refresher sprays. They definitely rejuvenate the face and set nicely before moisturizing, however I’ve never been too keen on spending my money on a product that is essentially just a glorified water. The sample is nice, however, and it is an organic product, but I’ve been using it all week and find the benefit is mostly just from the refreshing feeling you get when applied.
John Varvatos Star USA Eae de Toilette ($55/1.7 fl oz, received .04 fl oz) – Birchbox threw in this extra sample for the boys, promoting their BirchMan launch just in time for Father’s Day. I was pleasantly surprised by this scent. It’s masculine and rustic, but not too strong. Definitely a good gift, especially for a guy who doesn’t usually wear cologne and wants to try something more subtle and across the board attractive.