Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birchbox July 2012 - Glamour

For July, Birchbox teamed up with Glamour Magazine to bring us some fun surprises.

The theme for July was: The 5 Senses - Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, & Smell

I thought I got a great box this month.  I wasn't able to use everything, but all in all it was a good box.

My "SMELL" item was the Harvey Prince Hello perfume.  I'm not a big perfume user so I have to be madly in love with it for me to keep it, but I have several friends who LOVE it.  They always get excited when I get a new perfume in my birchbox because 9 times out of 10 it means they get it.  This scent was not bad, but it wasn't me either.

Full Size: 50 ml - $55.00
Sample Size: Sample Vial (no size on vial)
Sample Worth: Not Much 
(I get samples like this for free all the time so to me they are not worth much)

My "TASTE" item was a Larabar Uber Roasted Nut Roll.  Believe it or not, I actually really liked this one.  I don't like Larabars normally, but this thing was just FULL of nuts.  It was great.  I would definitely buy more of these if they weren't SO EXPENSIVE.

Full Size: 5 count for $12.69
Sample Size: 1
Sample Worth: $2.53

The "SOUND" item in my Birchbox was the Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds.  Although I think these are as cute as cute can be, they were very cheap & the ear pieces broke off the first time I tried putting them in my ears.  But I do have to give them kudos for such cute colors.  Just make them better quality next time.

Full Size Sample: 1 set - $10.00
(Not worth it. . . they felt like they came from the dollar store)

My "TOUCH" item was the Klorane Shampoo with Camomile.  I actually liked this a LOT.  I like the gentle Camomile scent & I love how BRIGHT it makes my blond highlights look.  This shampoo is definitely for BLONDS.  But my hair feels great afterward.  I didn't think I was going to like this one, but it was one of my favorite items this month.

Full Size: 13.4 oz. - $18.00
Sample Size: 0.8 oz.
Sample Worth: $1.07

My very favorite item this month fell into the "SEE" category.  I loved the Blinc Mascara.  I'm a mascara addict so I was SUPER THRILLED to get this in my birchbox this month.  It was a LARGE sample size too.  I love this mascara.  It makes my lashes longer & fuller with the tube technology.  I will definitely be purchasing this in the future.

Full Size: 0.21 oz. - $26.00
Sample Size: 0.141 oz.
Sample Worth: $17.45

I felt extra lucky this month because I got a bonus "SEE" product.  I got the Ada Cosmetics Bronzer in the Peach color.  I'm not much of a bronzer user because I'm so fair, but with just a little bit of this, it made my face look AWESOME.  This was a FULL SIZE SAMPLE too.  Thank you Birchbox for introducing me to something I would have never tried on my own.

Full Size Sample: 3 grams - $12.45

I paid $10.00 for July's Birchbox & it was worth $43.50.

That's incredible.  Thank you Birchbox for a great month.

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Until, next month. . . 

MyGlam July 2012

I'm SO happy with MyGlam this month.  Their bags have progressively gotten better & better over the last couple of months.  I just wanted to give a shout out to the MyGlam team & say THANK YOU for listening to your customers & providing us with awesome products!

Without much further ado. . . here's what I got:

July's Theme was "A Day at the Beach"

The bag was ADORABLE.  I love that it's mesh so it can get wet.  PERFECT for showers at the pool. I put my travel shampoos & conditioners inside every time I go swimming now & just keep the whole bag in the shower with me.  It dries off quickly because it's mesh & it's GREAT.  Plus it's cute too.

I like Yes to Cucumbers.  The ravel towelettes are great for traveling when you don't want to bring your entire skin care regimen.  They clean pretty well (although I wish they'd do a little better taking waterproof eyeliner & mascara off) & they make your skin feel & smell fresh.

Full Size: 30 towelettes - $5.99
Sample Size: 10 towelettes 
Sample Worth: $2.00

I'm in LOVE with the CIRCUS nail polish.  The color is bright & fun & I'll definitely be buying some more of them when Andrea's Choice releases them this fall.  I'm dying for the pink one.

Price: Unknown

The Juice Beauty SPF 15 Moisturizer smells AMAZING.  Unfortunately it broke me out terribly so I had to put it aside so I can give it to my mom who has very dry skin.  I loved the smell though.  (It's pretty expensive too so this is a GREAT value sample if you liked it.)

Full Size: 1.7 oz. - $38.00
Sample Size: 0.5 oz.
Sample Worth: $11.18

I am completely & totally IN LOVE with the Josie Maran Magic Mark Lip & Cheek Stain.  I got the color Jitterbug & it's the bright neon pink I've been looking for.  The sample was a full size too.  I would have been happy with my MyGlam bag if this was the only thing in it.  These stains stay on for 12+ hours for me which is unheard of.  Lipsticks & stains usually only last 2-3 hours on me.  I LOVE THIS STUFF.

Full Size Sample: $19.00

I'm on the fence about the Nume Hydropunch Hydrating Conditioner.  It works well enough, I just don't like the smell.  I was just telling my sister-in-law the other day (while she was cutting my hair) that I really don't care what the hair product does to my hair so long as it smells good.  I know that's awful, but if it doesn't smell like I would want to eat it, I won't use it.

Full Size: 8.45 oz. - $24.99
Sample Size: 0.67 oz.
Sample Worth: $4.41

So overall, this was a GREAT bag.  The total value equaled well over the $10 I paid for it, but it was stuff that I liked & that I'll actually use which is WAY more worth it to me than really expensive things I'll never use.  My mom will love the moisturizer.  I'm using the conditioner for my travels, & I love everything else in the bag.  Great work MyGlam Team.

July MyGlam Bag Value: $36.59 + unknown value of the nail polish