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august birchbox

Look what was waiting for me when I got home from the Healthy Living Summit!

My August Birchbox is here!

For those of you who don’t know what Birchbox is, it’s a subscription service that delivers beauty, hair, and lifestyle samples to your door for $10 a month. Click the link for more information or to sign up!

This month’s theme is back to school. Birchbox compiled some “must-try essentials” to try for fall. My box included:

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur – A couple of months ago, I received a sample of Juicy Couture’s regular Viva la Juicy. I thought I’d hate it, since at first it smelled too “youthful” for my taste. I didn’t want to smell like I was in junior high. After trying it out, I couldn’t stop wearing it. I went through the sample pretty quickly. Viva la Juicy La Fleur smells similar, but a little softer. Still love it.

stila stay all day 10-in-1 HD beauty balm, foundation & concealer – I haven’t tried any of these yet. I’m a bareMinerals girl all the way. However, during the winter (when my skin tends to be dry), I like to have a liquid foundation alternative. This sample is really only enough for one application, so I’m not sure if it’s enough to really tell if I’ll like it or not.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream – Meh. I wasn’t really excited to get this as one of my samples. It’s apparently Japan’s “Soft-Skin-Secret.” I think it smells like Tiger Balm. Gross.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor – I guess this is considered the “lifestyle extra” in the box this month. I’ve read other August box reviews that aren’t jazzed about getting a razor as an extra. I don’t really mind. Hey, razors are EXPENSIVE. I usually don’t like the lifestyle extras that are in my box, so at least I’ll use this one.

whish Shave Cream in Pomegranate – I like the texture of this stuff and it smells good. I also like that it’s made with all natural and organic ingredients and is free of parabens and sulfates. The full size product retails for $20, which (to me) is steep for a shave cream.

I also had some other fun things waiting for me when I got home from HLS.

Almond Breeze Almond Milk coupons that I won from Anne’s giveaway.

Sweat Pink shoelaces that I won from Danielle’s giveaway.

I’ve been especially lucky lately. I should probably go buy a lottery ticket or something.

Disclaimer: I pay for my Birchbox subscription with my own money and was not compensated for this review. My opinions here are honest and entirely my own. The Birchbox links above are referral links. I get Birchbox points for new subscriptions made through my link.

Which of the samples in my Birchbox would you be most excited to try?



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My July Birchbox arrived today!

I joined Birchbox a few months ago, and I have to admit that I’m obsessed. Birchbox is a subscription service that delivers awesome beauty, hair, and lifestyle samples to your door for $10 a month. If you like what’s in your box (it’s tailored to you), you can purchase full size products online on their website. No one really had to twist my arm to join, as I: a. practically act like it’s Christmas when I get mail that isn’t a credit card offer. And b. love sample size bottles of anything (Anyone else hoard hotel shampoo? Anyone?). They also have a sort of virtual magazine on their website with video tutorials and trends.

Anyway, I pretty much died when I opened my box today.

A Larabar??!! HOW DID THEY KNOW??!! I honestly would have been excited if this month’s box was just filled with Larabars. I was also pretty psyched for this Stila lip glaze in Lights.

I’m a sucker for lip gloss.


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