In July Birchbox decided to “Go Bold” and “dressed” their boxes in fun hues and patterns! And to go with the bold theme, all subscribers received one of three shades of
Stila’s Look at Me Liquid Lipstick. Now, bold is not really my style, because I’m more of a nudes/neutrals girl, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like the products in the box, since they’re supposedly tailored to my beauty profile. It so happens that this month is my 40th Birchboxversary! Can’t believe I’ve been with them that long already 🙂 They sent me a nice 25% off coupon, which I am planning to redeem for one of those Caudalie value sets.
HOW IT WORKS: At $10/month Birchbox subscribers receive 4-6 luxury samples and full-sized beauty products, tailored for them by a team of curators according to a personalized beauty profile. The value of each box usually ranges from at least $15 and can be as high as $60. Birchbox also has a rewards program: submitting feedback for every product from the box earns you 10 points each; and every 100 points turns into $10 in store credit redeemable for full-sized products and gifts. If you would like to use my referral link then click here to join Birchbox. Thank you!
My first thought after opening the box – two hair products, really? One of them was a very generously-sized spray bottle of Macadamia Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Spray, and if you remember I already reviewed this exact line a few months ago and fell in love with it. Ok, Birchbox, you are forgiven! This one is a real gem, and helps manage frizz without weighing down my long fine hair. It also smells really nice, kind of like a very faint pina colada?
People are going absolutely bonkers over amika un.Done Texture Spray, some reviewers even say it’s one of the best sprays to add tousled texture without looking like you haven’t brushed in 10 days. Usually “messy” styles look kind of weird on me, but I’ve been slowly mastering the technique and may have a use for this one in the future. Despite all the hype, I ended up saving it for later, so I don’t really know how it performs yet, but if it’s anything like the rest of amika products I will probably like it a lot.
Between my Supergoop sample from Allure box and this COOLA SPF30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray, I am pretty much set on skin touchups for the rest of the summer, haha! Not complaining at all, I love both brands, and their products are fantastic. This bottle is perfect to keep in the makeup bag, and a few spritzes after blotting made my skin look perfectly matte.
theBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert bronzer came in the brand’s typical magnetic booklet, and the color is actually not too outrageous. It’s a medium grayish bronze that leans red, not orange, which actually looks better as a blush rather than a bronzer. I have other bronzers that I already love, so not sure how much use this little fella will get, but I’ll keep it in my makeup bag just in case.
stila look at me liquid lipstick in Venezia was my sample of choice this month, and while I love the color, I was just not a huge fan of the formula. I know it’s really hard to nail a liquid matte lipstick, but for me this one was a flop. The color went on streaky and splotchy, and made my lips look very dry when they weren’t. I will offer it to someone else to try, but I can’t see myself ever using again, even though it looks kind of nice in the photo above.
THE VERDICT: Despite getting not one but two hair products in this month’s box, I was pretty satisfied with my offerings. I’m a bit bummed about the liquid lipstick, but I suppose that’s what samples are for. At least now I know I won’t need to buy the trio with that cute little mouth-shaped pouch.
Have you tried any of these products before? Do you have a favorite matte liquid lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!
|Macadamia Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Spray||$10.00|
|amika un.Done Texture Spray||$3.39|
|COOLA SPF30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray||$7.20|
|theBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert||$2.61|
|stila look at me liquid lipstick||$6.66|
|Box Retail Value||$29.86|
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