The May Subscription boxes are starting to arrive. The Underclub was the first, but hot on its heels is Birchbox. Birchbox is a $15 per month subscription box however you can get the price lowered if you sign up for a six month or a yearlong subscription. I signed up for a year so I pay $13 ($14.27 after taxes are added). This is my seventh box in the twelve month subscription. I had Birchbox for a long time. It was actually my very first subscription box. I then gave it up to try something new. They changes dome things around so I decided to come back and give myself a year to decide if I wanted to keep the box a while or let it go to try out something else. Over all I’ve had some really interesting products in the last few boxes.
So let’s see what came in the may’s box.
At the top of the listed products on the included card it says ‘A garden variety of casual beauty picks to prep skin for warmer weather and sunnier days.’ As May has been quite cool and rainy thus far but in my area June always drops the heat like a hammer, I like the general thinking behind that. Now’ let’s see about the products. The first Item out of the box was the Bondi Sands Dark Foam.
It is self-tanning foam. Which I find a little amusing. I have the sort of skin that soaks up the skin and tans even through SPF 50. So my upper body is already starting to get a little bit of summer hues to it. However I generally run around in pants or long flowing skirts in the summer time. It means that my legs tend to be several shades lighter than the rest of me. Which doesn’t really matter, but it makes me feel a little skittish about shorter skirts and shorts. So this year I decided to try some self-tanning on my legs.
For the first time ever I picked up a gradually tanning cream. I haven’t gotten around to using it yet because I didn’t pick up any gloves or mitts or anything. Luckily, the second item that came in the Birchbox this month the Bondi Sands Application Mitt to be specific. It is washable and reusable. And will keep my hands from staining a I try out the tanning foam. With luck I’ll be able to get my upper and lower body to match when I wear shorter skirts.
The third item was actually the item I chose this month. It is the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara. I tend to like several Benefit Cosmetics products, including several mascaras and I have wanted to try out the magnetic version that they recently came out with. I can’t wait to see how it performs. Perhaps it will give Bad Gal Bang a run for her money. Incidentally Benefit Cosmetics has a deal up on their site right now. You can get a set of the full sized Bad Gal Bang and a travel Size of the same for the same price as the regular Bad Gal Bang Mascara. This link will take you there – not sure how long the deal will last though.
The Balance Me BHA Exfoliating Concentrate was the next item out of the box. It is a chemical exfoliate and you know I love my exfoliates. I also have a strange love hate relationship with Balance Me Products. They always work really well but they always have scents I just can’t get past. Hopefully as this is not a use everyday sort of product, whatever scent it holds won’t be problematic. I really do like how the brand performs. I’ve never had a poorly performing product from them actually. They just get me on scent. So fingers are defiantly crossed on this one.
Moving right along we come to the Pūrlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream SPF 30. I’ve tried the non-illuminating version of this BB cream and I really ended up liking it. I actually have a full unopened version of it in my dressing table. It is awaiting a time when I have worked through a few products and cleared out some space. It will be interesting to try the illuminating version of the BB cream. I’m not generally one for illuminating creams but I have found a couple that I like. Since I know I like the matte version I am glad I get the chance to give this one a try.
And finally there is The Body Shop – Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo. It is a small bottle rather than a foil packet which I appreciate. At the moment I am in the middle of a shampoo and conditioner Trial with Zents Shampoo and conditioner products. Actually it is getting close to the midpoint of that trial so very soon there will be an update. Since I still have a ways to go on the trial, this sample will go with the other shampoo samples to be tested in between larger trials. I am a sucker for ginger though. I did open this up and it smells very gingery (I couldn’t resist) so I am looking forward to giving it a trial. I’m not usually big on The Body Shop’s products as the ones I’ve tried tended to go overboard on the scent, but I am still willing to give it a go. And truthfully I don’t mind if they go a little overboard on ginger. Personally, I think it is a scent that isn’t used often enough.
And so that was this month’s Birchbox. Overall I am quite pleased with the selection of products. In fact all of the items are ones that I really want to try out. Because I am testing out Versed Skincare’s Press Restart Retinol I’ll have to hold off on the Balance Me Exfoliator and the shampoo will have to wait a bit, but the Benefit Cosmetics mascara will be rolling into rotation ASAP along with the Purlisse BB Cream and I will give the Bondi Sands a trial this weekend. It will be interesting to see what sort of learning curve there is with self tanner. I suspect my first attempt will feature much user error. I’ll keep you posted. For now, I am quite pleased with the box of products I received and I am happy to have five more months with the subscription.