Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Birchbox Opening and Review!

I was a previous Birchbox subscriber who then went to MyGlam instead. However, this month's box was Gossip Girl themed. I used to love that show, and Blake Lively and Leighton Meester (a couple of the female stars on the show) always have the most fabulous makeup and clothes, both on set and off. So I decided to re-subscribe for this month's box. Read on to find out if I was glad I subscribed again or not!

First off, the shipping was SO fast, mine shipped out on May 8 from New York and on May 10, it arrived at my doorstep in the Bay Area. Um, incredible shipping time much? Anyway, I was super happy with that aspect of the service, since before my boxes took up to 2 weeks to get to my house. Here's the contents of the box together:

I'll individually review the box contents, then do a summary at the end.

Algenist Compete Eye Renewal Balm:

Sorry, the BB cream was kind of photobombing this picture since the pot of eye cream just rolled off the table otherwise. Anyway, this was a nice inclusion, but I don't really use eye cream regularly. I'll use this up, since it probably can't hurt, but this isn't a product I was really excited to receive.

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap:

This is a nice, very basic gold color. Definitely metallic. I have more gold nail polish than any other color, though, so that was just bad luck in terms of getting another gold nail polish. However, I'll definitely give this one a try. I love nail polish, and I don't buy that much of it, so it was really nice to receive this.

Dr. Jart + Waterfuse BB Cream:

YAYYY! This is my favorite product of the bunch. I've been dying to try a BB Cream since about a year ago, but all the Asian ones scared me, since many of them supposedly have skin whitening properties. Skin whitening? No thanks! I'm pale as it is, I don't need to be any paler! Since then, a lot of BB Creams or BB Cream type products have appeared in American markets, but none of them have received glowing reviews as yet. This will be my first experience with a BB Cream, I'm so so so excited to give this a try!

Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo:
I have colored hair, so I pretty much only use products for color treated hair. I'll probably give this to a friend or something, not quite sure what I'll do with it. I also don't have fine, limp, or flat hair, so this is just not really a product I'm going to use.

Birchbox Notecards:
Um, yay, notecards? I personally don't love the Birchbox extras that they include, but I thought this one was quite funny. Since Gossip Girl on the show always signs off with, "you know you love me. xoxo, gossip girl." This was a cute extra to include, I may use this for a thank you note or something. Not the worst extra (not like the paper coasters a couple months ago, I hated those).

Overall, this was a really solid box. I really liked the BB Cream and the nail polish, the eye cream was solid although I didn't really like the shampoo. Still, I got 2 products that I will definitely at least try out, and I think I definitely got a solid value for my money. I really enjoyed this month's box. I'm still going to unsubscribe since I can't really afford to have 2 beauty subscription boxes going and MyGlam seems to be getting better. However, Birchbox has always been a solid bet in terms of beauty subscription boxes, and I think it will continue to be in the future. If you decide you want to join after my post because the hundreds of other blog posts have somehow failed to convince you Birchbox is a good service and my post did, here's a referral link (I get points from it if you join, which I can use in their store as credit). Happy Thursday everyone!


  1. They're my favorite extra from Birchbox so far!


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