Friday, August 16, 2013

August 2013 Birchbox

Hey everyone! Today I have my August Birchbox unbox-ing. This month's theme is "the art of the details" and it's all about highly-polished, yet low-maintenance looks. Here's what I received:

KMS California FREESHAPE Hot Flex Spray | $18.99. Thermal protectant spray that also provides medium hold. I don't really use a heat protectant anymore like I should, but I'm a fan of KMS products so I'm willing to give this a try. Plus, it smells good! Always a plus. :)

OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel | $41. I'm assuming this is kind of like a primer? The instructions say to apply it after your moisturizer and before makeup. It's supposed to absorb shine for up to 8 hours. I could totally use this for my oily skin, but if we're being honest.. foil packet samples bug the everloving crap out of me. Why give me 2 dinky packets when you could put the same amount in one tiny tube?

stila stay all day liquid lipstick | $22. I've really wanted to try these! We got them in at my work right before I went out on maternity leave and at that point, I was too miserable to bother playing with them.. but now I have my very own! The shade I received was beso.

Whish Exfoliating Body Wash | $22. This smells like a rich, creamy coconut and has sugar cane and bamboo powder to brighten and exfoliate. It says it's a great prep for self-tanner, which is convenient because that's exactly what I'll be doing today! I'm definitely going to give this a try beforehand.

Whish Hair Inhibiting Deodorant Swipes | $16 ($22?). These are supposed to tackle odor and slow hair growth all in one convenient wipe. The product card says the full-size is $16, the website says it's $22. (Full-size is 30 wipes, btw.) I'm curious to try this and see how well it works, but I think it would be impractical for every day use. I'll probably just toss this in my purse for an emergency.

All in all, not a terrible box. I will probably use everything in it, which is rare. I just think the deodorant wipe is kind of silly, and I seriously hate foil packet samples. Am I alone in that? Is it seriously that hard to put things in tubes? I'm going to start rating my boxes, and I'd give this one a 4 out of 5 star rating.

RATING 4.0 out of 5 STARS

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