Birchbox May 2013 Review


This month’s Birchbox wasn’t my favorite, but only because I liked the items, but it was definitely not worth my $10. Instead of beauty products, this month I got 3 random products ranging from tooth paste to a Pilot pen! I’m not complaining about that because I do love random lifestyle products, but it’s kind of unfair for the value of the box this month.


Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10/month. They send out 4-6 deluxe sized beauty & lifestyle samples each month. Each month usually has a theme, and they include a card explaining the theme and also listing the products and pricing.


May’s theme is “Beauty Diaries”.


Now let’s get to the {random} goodies inside!!

1 • Amika
Obliphica Nourishing Mask, 0.67 oz {Full size: $40.00} 
I sampled some Amika shampoo & conditioner before and absolutely loved it, so I’m sure this nourishing mask will be great! I love getting hair products for my damaged hair. Always put to great use!! Check out the product here.


2 • COOLA 
Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face, .23 oz {Full size: $32.00} 
I WOULD have liked this product if it wasn’t soooo tiny. Maybe if this little tube was actually FILLED it would have been okay, but theres barely anything inside of it. It’s enough for maybe one use on the face. Tiny. Plus, it’s sunscreen. That’s not really something I get too excited about, especially compared to cool beauty products I could have gotten. Check out the product here.


3 • Isaac Mizrahi 
FABULOUS Isaac Mizrahi Eau de Parfum, .05 oz {Full size: $69.00} 
This smells SOOOOOO GOOD. I used to hate perfume samples because they were so tiny and I didn’t appreciate them enough compared to the other beauty products… but I’m starting to love them now! I love that they ARE tiny and I can carry them around in my purse for night’s out or heading out for an interview… very convenient and I love trying out all the new fun scents that I wouldn’t normally purchase! This scent is so light and cheery, completely perfect for summertime! Check out the perfume here.


4 • Marvis
Classic Mint Toothpaste, .5 oz {Full size: $10.50} 
I don’t know what to really say about this… I mean, it’s toothpaste. Something I use everyday, so of course it won’t go wasted. I do love the packaging and how it looks like something from an old antique store or something. Super cute. Check out the product here.


5 • Sumita 
Color Contrast Eyeliner, .7 g {Full size: $11.00} 
This is a small sample of an eyeliner (I guess I’m just used to more full sized eye liner items). It doesn’t have a color name/number but I clearly got a Black pencil. This is perfect for me because I wear black eyeliner almost everyday and can never have enough! It’s very smooth and easy to apply. Check out the product here.


6 • BIRCHBOX FINDS: Acroball by Pilot Pen (Pink) 
Full size! $6.24/ pack of 4 
I thought it was kind of weird to get a pen inside of my Birchbox… but I am an office supply LOVER so this was super awesome for me! It’s super smooth and writes pink! Love it! Check it out here.


This was quite a confusing Birchbox as many of the items weren’t exactly beauty related, however I did it enjoy it and I’m pretty sure all the items will go to great use!


I can only hope that Birchbox will start getting better, the way they used to be… the past couple of months just haven’t been too great!


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Birchbox April 2013 Review

“Tiny Tweaks, Big Results”


That’s the theme of this month’s Birchbox. They teamed up with Women’s Health for the April box and I was really excited about it… but I kind of feel like this box let me down. I don’t know. I still don’t know how excited I am about the box yet. At first I didn’t like it, then I started to really like it, I just keep changing my mind. I guess my only con this month (but it is a big one to me) are the tiny sample sizes. Otherwise over all, it’s all pretty great :]


Birchbox is a beauty subscription service that costs $10/month and delivers 4-5 beauty samples to your doorstep, all packaged nicely inside their signature brown box with pink wrapping.


They always send a card that lists the products and short description of each, along with pricing. The other side is their letter of the month, explaining the theme of the box and what’s special about it this month! Meow let’s see what’s inside!!!!

Item #1: Mirenesse 
Glossy Kiss Lip & Cheek Color, Full size, $26.55 
Birchbox has an exclusive color from this Aussie beauty company, #7 Quick Kiss. As you can see, the product came with a little instruction card on proper (and easy!) application. The product is actually pretty awesome! I’m always too scared to wear lipstick but you can give yourself subtle color if you prefer with this awesome crayon-like stick! How fun! Check out the product here.

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Item #2: Oribe 
Shampoo & Conditioner for Beautiful Color, 0.23 oz each, 2 sample packs 
Full size: Shampoo, 8.5 oz, $37.00/ Conditioner, 6.8 oz, $39.00 
So I always love getting shampoo and/or conditioner samples because they can always be put to good use! Especially when they’re special for color treated hair, because my constant red hair dying does nothing good for my hair whatsoever (besides the beautiful color! haha). The only CON about this is the packaging. I hate having to try and open these stupid little packets, I always forget I need scissors and then I’m already wet and soapy in the shower, and it’s just a disaster (#whitegirlproblems). This does look like pretty fancy stuff though, so I’m sure it’ll be great for my hair, so it’s always nice for some special treatment sometimes ;] Check out both the products here.


Item #3: SKIN&CO Roma 
Sicilian Body Gel, 2.0 oz (Full size: 1.69 oz, $8.50) 
Ok, so I know it doesn’t make any sense that the sample size is smaller than the actual size, HOWEVER, Birchbox has a huge pump bottle of this product (unknown size) for sale for $17.50. It looks pretty big, but I didn’t see the size listed. I’m kind of confused too, but whatever. I was reading a lot of bad reviews about this product, but I think it smells fantastic! It smells hotel-y to me, and I love that because that reminds me of vacations :] I love lotions and anything extra moisturizing, so I am excited for this! Check out the product on the Skin & Co website.


Item #4: Supergoop! 
Advanced SPF 40 Anti-Aging Cream, 2 ml (Full size: 0.5 oz, $43.00)
Ok, so this sample is TINY. I was quite mad about that. But then I saw that the full sized product is only half an ounce and costs almost $50 bucks! So this must be serious eye cream. Also, Birchbox labels this as SPF 40, when it clearly says SPF 37 on the label (I know they were just rounding up to sound better, but still). I guess I should get more serious about eye creams considering lately I have been quite unhealthy and I never sleep. Plus my birthday is coming up in a couple days to only remind myself that I keep growing up! Hopefully I can get at least ONE use out of this tiny, TINY sample. Even when you squeeze the bottle, it’s clearly only filled like 1/8 of the way… oh well! Check it out here.


Item #5 “LIFESTYLE EXTRA”: Kusmi Tea Paris 
Euphoria + Sweet Love flavors, one tea bag each (Full size: 20 tea bags, $15.50) 
Ok, I am getting kind of sick of all these tea samples. They seem to be in EVERY SINGLE subscription box I get. No matter what. Alas, I now have a huge collection of tea, in so many flavors, I can make any guest happy now in my home! These look fun though, and I love the packaging! Check out the teas here.


But wait! That’s not all! Since this month was teamed up with Women’s Health, this box “came with” a 1 year subscription to Women’s Health magazine! I was kiiiinda confused at first at the little card that they sent, but the thing was, it is FREE with the box, I just had to fill out my info and send it to Women’s Health, probably just so they don’t send it out to everyone when there would be people who wouldn’t want it! So that was awesome! A whole year of a free magazine that I was already contemplating buying! HOW AWESOME! :]


I’m getting a little sick of the “prices” that Birchbox labels on the info card. It seems as though they try to make some of the items looks more expensive to look fancier to us subscribers, but all we have to do is go onto their websites and find out what they charge for normal sizes of their items. Anywayyyyyy this box was kind of disappointing, nothing I was jumping up and down over, but not terrible in any way. I hope your box was better!


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Birchbox March 2013 Review


This month’s Birchbox makes me very happy. I received all items that I would definitely use! Makes me happy to know that I’m not wasting any money/products like some months I feel like I may be doing. Oooops. Birchbox is $10/month and usually really worth it for the quality of the products and the fun new brands they introduce you to. Of course I have loved the packaging from the first time I got a Birchbox, the little box with tissue paper and sometimes other little treats inside are usually a fun surprise :]

Let’s get to this month’s box, which was themed March Madness!!

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Item #1: MAKE
Satin Finish Eyeshadow, 0.03 oz (Full size, 0.10 oz, $18.00)

I received the color “Purple Sage”, which isn’t even available on their website or even the Birchbox website, which is a little strange to me, but maybe I just got a fun new unique color! It’s a super plumy purple, will be easy for blending and is very silky smooth.

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Item #2: MAKE
Face Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 0.18 oz (Full size, 1 oz, $30.00)

I always love a nice new primer!!! What’s not to like?!


 Item #3: Nick Chavez Beverly Hills 
Color-Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo, 2 oz (Full size, 8 oz, $22.00)

I’m constantly coloring my hair (always red) so I always need a nice color saving shampoo! Perfect :]


Item #4: Whish 
Shave Crave Shaving Cream, 0.75 oz (Full size, 5 oz, $20.00)

This claims to completely moisturize while shaving instead of the foams that tend to dry out skin. The scent is an exclusive scent to Birchbox, in blueberry. It smells yummy and very different than other shave creams I have used before. I don’t think you can ever have enough shaving cream as it’s something that I do all the time! So awesome! Not to mention the pretty blue and black packaging!


Item #5 “Beauty Extra”: Madewell for Birchbox 
Emery Board, full size, $5.00

Literally just started painting my nails and taking care of them after a terrible little lapse I had in that department….. so I was in need for a nice new filer! So happy with the pretty floral design too!


All in all, I loved my March Madness box!!! :]


all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Birchbox February 2013 Review

February 2013 Birchbox

I have been subscribed to Birchbox the longest of any of my boxes. I read great  things about the boxes, got on the waiting list, and then eventually squealed with joy when I got the actual invite! The first time I got my box I was jumping up and down like a little girl…. yes, I was 21 years old, but sometimes we’re still allowed to act like a free-spirited child 😉 With Birchbox, you get 5-6 deluxe samples from some of the best brands around. The cost is $10/month, and I totally think that it’s worth it. They also let you know what the real price of the full size product is so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. 

Card in box.

Card in box.

So what is in this month’s “Red Carpet Ready” box???


Item #1: Beauty Protector: Protect & Detangle 

(Full size: $21.95)



I CANNOT wait to use this, it says that it conditions and smooths out, and it’s a UV protector and so much more! I have a feeling I’m gonna fall in love with this product…. we’ll see…

Item #2: Color Club: Nail Polish in color “Mamba” (0.25 oz)

(full size: $8.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This is just your average perfect red, never runs out of style. I like this brand a lot :]

Item #3: Juicy Couture: Couture La La (tiny spray sample)

(full-size: $19-90)



This smells soooo yummy I love it I really do, would def contemplate buying this full size.

Item #4: WEI: Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask (0.3 oz)

(Full size: $42.00)

Mud Mask

Mud Mask

I really don’t like the packaging of this product off the bat, so that was a big turn off for me. This is also a product from the same brand as another one, thought that was a little odd too. I haven’t used this yet but read good things about it online so I’ll be giving it a try soon.

Item #5 “Beauty Extra”: WEI: Pomegranate Buffing Beads (2 packets)

(Full size: $20)

Facial Scrub

Facial Scrub

This is pretty cool & easy because you can just mix with water and then rub in your face for a few seconds and bam, you got all your dead skin cells off that face of yours! I like how they come in these individual packages, very easy to use.

Final Item “Treat”: Ghirardelli: Milk Chocolate with Caramel Square



It’s always so nice to get a fun, chocolately surprise in any box I get!!! Although I usually eat them right away, surprised this one lastest long enough for me to take a picture of it! ;]

All in all, I think this was a pretty good Birchbox for the month. I know for a fact I’ll be putting to use at least 4 of the items very soon, so I think I got my money’s worth. It’s always just so much fun opening these things!!! (and then organizing them into their various sample categories in my drawers…. but that’s another story/entry…)

All love & smiles :]

mary elyse