Birchbox Review: June 2012

The theme for June’s Birchbox was Travel, and even the inside of the mailing box had cute little stamps and things printed on the inside. Nice touch. Also, I haven’t slept in longer than people should probably go without sleep, so leave a note in the comments if you find any typos or insanity in this post – there’s sure to be plenty of both. ; )

Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream – Let me start out by saying that I haven’t had kids yet, so I may not be the best judge of stretch mark creams having never tried one. That being said, I do have a few of those unsightly little white stretch marks on my legs from growth spurts or aliens or whatever it is that causes them. They aren’t severe, but I’ve considered looking for a sample of a product like this in the past. One thing that disappointed me about this, however, was the bottle. That looks like a fabulously sized deluxe sample, doesn’t it? It was misleading though, because the bottle definitely was not full. Anyone else find that to be the case? It’s not a big issue, and it was a nice bottle, I just thought it was a little odd. Luckily, you don’t seem to need to use alot of product, so I’ll still get a good amount of uses from it. It appears to be a nice cream and I’ll continue to use it, but so far I haven’t noticed any results. Granted, this is the kind of thing you need to use for several weeks straight to notice a difference, and I haven’t yet done that. If I start seeing any changes I’ll be sure to update here. So far, I would not even consider shelling out $90 for a bottle of this, though if it works well I’m sure alot of people would. I guess this fits into the travel theme by helping you look better in swimwear or your other vacation clothes!

Scalisi Skincare Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – I really haven’t ‘settled’ on a moisturizer, so I’m always looking for new ones to test out. So far, my favorite has been the Strivectin one with spf, and I had high hopes for this one as well. The good – I love this little bottle. It’s cute, it’s compact, and stays neat and clean which shows that alot of attention is put even into their samples. The product dispenses so easily and the Birchbox site says that their bottles use airless technology to help you get up to 95% of the product out of the bottle. I’m not sure if they use the same technology in their sample bottles, but it sure seems like it. The moisturizer itself is lightweight, you don’t need much, and it feels good on your skin. I haven’t noticed any wrinkle reducing or line filling but it does appear to be a good product. I did have a slight breakout but I don’t know if it’s a result of this moisturizer or not, and it was pretty minor anyway. The only other downside is the price, at a whopping $110 a bottle this is knocked right out of the running for my new moisturizer choices.

theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac – Odd name, great product. I’ve always wanted to try a lip & cheek stain, so I was really happy to find this in my Birchbox. It has a thick, squishy gel type consistency, and goes on easily to leave a flush of color behind. It’s easy to apply with the little wand, and easy to blend in with a fingertip. The color is deep enough to show up on me, yet natural enough to be flattering. I expected the staying power to be a little better on your lips after a meal, since it is a stain, but you still might need to reapply to keep it looking even. Overall, I thought this was a great sample and I would definitely consider buying the full size. Not to mention that the sample size was generous and ideal to throw in your purse. Definitely my favorite item in this months’ box.

Clean Well Sanitizing Hand Wipes – I actually have not used these yet because I didn’t want to waste one just to sample it. I think the concept is great though. I’m a slight germaphobe, and I generally have a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse. There are some occasions that the bottle just isn’t enough though, and you want to wash your hands but can’t get to a sink. These little packs are great for taking along with you. I love that it says it kills germs naturally, and it also says they are for hands AND face. That makes them even more handy for traveling, the gym, and just day to day uses. I keep two makeup bags in my purse, one for lip products and other makeup, and another one as my ‘survival kit’ of random useful things, and these went straight into that. Maybe I’ll do a “what’s in my purse?” post soon. Either way, I think these hand wipes are great and I probably wouldn’t hesitate to purchase more. The story behind these products is interesting, and they are also 100% cruelty free. They even claim that they won’t sting your cuts. The only thing more I could ask of this product is that I wish they sold them in individually wrapped packets like this. Right now the choices seem to be a pop up dispenser or the resealable little sleeve. I actually did find these online in individual packets, awesome. But again, just to be clear I am reviewing the concept and what I read about this product, I have not yet used it.

Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages By Cynthia Rowley – First of all, full sized box! Gotta love samples like this – this box contained 20 bandages in 2 different sizes. Generally, I am not a pattern bandaid kinda girl, but this is a useful item and a generous size. Was I the only one confused about the price of these? I could’ve sworn that the card said a box this size was $15, but now you can get a bundle of two boxes in a beach/sport kit for $11 on the Birchbox site. As for the designs, those are a little hit and miss for me. Some of the lace and sequin designs are pretty cute, but why would I want a band-aid with runway models on it? And more importantly, why would I want to label a wound with ‘Cynthia Rowley’? Will people assume that it means, “This injury brought to you, courtesy of Cynthia Rowley (and Band-Aid)”. Why not just write “Cynthia Rowley Was Here!” I kid, but really, I wonder what they were thinking with some of the designs. I think I would like the beach set better, that appears to be pretty pictures and vibrant colors… sunsets and jellyfish. Jellyfish, now there’s something you could put on an injury to mislead people. A picture, not an actual jellyfish. Although that would mislead people also, in a different way. But, I digress. All in all, the bandaids were a very nice addition to the Birchbox since I love practical extras.

The June Birchbox also included a little sample vial of John Varvatos cologne for men, to help get the word out about Birchbox Man. The sample is not pictured in any of my photos because I gave it away, but it was a cool little addition to the box. My June Birchbox was a great value and I was very pleased with it. Six products- and one of them full sized. Seven if you count both of the hand wipes, actually. Or twenty seven if you counted each bandaid…which we won’t. But six products, all of them reviewable this time, plus a coupon code for 25% off at an art site that I can’t remember offhand. Nicely done, Birchbox!

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