Birchbox June 2013 Review: Wanderlust

June 24, 2013
As many have rightly noted, Birchbox changed the design on its boxes.  I think the white is a fresher and simpler look than the the previous design.  The inside of my box was lined with a zig zag pattern, whereas my past boxes were just plain.  The information cards have also changed, and now along with the description of the product, there is also a short explanation on how to use the product.  I think this is a good idea because in a previous Birchbox I wasn't sure if I could sharpen my Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Lipstick, so I had to e-mail the company.  (FYI: You totally can!)  The tips provided could be very beneficial especially if one is not familiar with a certain type of product.

 This month I was a lot happier with Birchbox than I was for the past two months...and now for the reveal!

 Birchbox Color Club Wanderlust Collection Professional Nail Lacquer- This is my second Color Club nail polish that I've received in a Birchbox, and I totally don't mind because the colors are completely different.  See for yourself here.  The last Color Club polish I received was in February, so I felt that an adequate amount of time had passed between receiving the two nail polishes.  Plus, both colors I received were seasonally appropriate--green for spring and this pastel orange/coral hybrid for summer.  I was hoping for one of the other colors ONLY because I have a color almost identical to this one already.  My friend gave me a Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish in peony, and these two shades are very similar.  However, I do like color, so who can complain about more of a good thing?

Oscar de la Renta Live in Love Foaming Body Scrub- I have enough for about one use of this, and I loooove body scrubs, gels, and washes, so I can't wait to try this out.  With that being said, $42 for a full-size is a pretty hefty price tag for some body scrub, even if Oscar de la Renta is a high end brand and doesn't come cheap.  I just feel like spending that much on a body scrub is literally money going down the drain, but I'll be sure to enjoy the sample!

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, and Oil- I sure am glad that Birchbox decided to include all three steps of Davines three step system.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to experience how the products work together.  The shampoo is a good sized sample at 75 mL, but the conditioner and oil came in way smaller packets.  I know that I am going to run out of conditioner after one or two uses because I need almost about as much conditioner as I do shampoo if I expect to get a brush though my hair!  I am very excited to see how these products work, as I am continually looking for hair products that make my hair softer, more manageable, and less frizzy.  I will be using the oil for sure because I just got some highlights last week which have dried out my hair a little bit. 

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder- This product is ideal for my T-Zone area because it supposed to help control oil levels.  Apparently it goes on after the application of a foundation.  Again, this sample is very dinky at only .02 oz, but I am still curious about trying out this product.  I hope there is enough for at least 2-3 uses because I feel like I need to wear it at least a couple of times to see how well the product lives up to what is promised. 

As a bonus, I got some post cards featuring scenes from New York, London, Paris, and Barcelona, all places where Birchbox has offices.

Overall, I am way more content with my Birchbox this month than I was last month.  I did have to cancel this subscription because I am accumulating quite a collection of makeup, which would be fine if I didn't have a million student loans to pay off.  Right now I just cannot afford to be subbed to three beauty boxes at once, and this one is the one that didn't quite make the cut.  I'm sticking with Ipsy Glambag and Glossybox for now.

Have you canceled any beauty boxes?  If so, which ones?
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