Birchbox: September 2014



This month’s Birchbox was called “fresh paint” and they certainly meant it.  To celebrate the 4th anniversary of this great company, the boxes came out in fun and exciting colors rather than just plain brown.  The box itself was enough to get me excited, but now lets dig in to what was underneath that brightly colored exterior.



Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray

I was super excited to see that this was one of the options for picking a sample this month.*  I have used several products my this brand and have loved every single one of them.  Thanks to the fatty nature of the macadamia nut, the oil is great for moisturizing and and replenishing all hair types.  This spray provides a light, even application that adds softness and shine while being weightless. I am really looking forward to giving this product a try.  If my love for the other items I’ve tried in this brand is any indication of how I’ll feel about this, I’m sure it will be a new favorite.

Full Size: 2.0 fl oz @ $14.50

Sample Size: 2.0 fl oz (full size!)

Sample Value: $14.50


Tocca Crema de Mano Luxe

Tocca is an Italian fragrance house and this rich hand cream is one of their amazing smelling products.  This cream contains heavy doses of avocado and coconut oils along with some chamomile extract making it an incredibly rich and hydrating cream.  A little bit goes a long way here.  My hands are silky smooth and smell so fresh.  I received the scent “Bianca” which is green tea and lemon (SO nice), but you can also get “Cleopatra” (grapefruit and cucumber), “Stella” (blood orange), “Giulietta” (pink tulip and green apple), and Florence (bergamot and gardenia).  All sound incredibly luxurious, and the cream leaves the skin feeling as such.

Full SIze: 4 fl oz @ $20.00

Sample Size: 1 fl oz

Sample Value: $5.00

Avène Cleanance Soap-free Gel Cleanser

Plain old soap can be harsh on the skin.  Enter this soap-free cleanser to keep things clean and gentle.  This is a pH balanced formula made from thermal springs that keep skin calm and soft while removing all of the grime from the face.  It specifically says it’s great for oily and acne prone skin which is 100% me, so I am really excited to use this.  I gave it a few tries already and I will admit that my skin feels great.  My skin is soft and feels quite clean.  I use this with my Foreo Luna Mini and get a great lather for an awesome feeling clean.

Full Size: 200ml @ $20.00

Sample Size: 50ml

Sample Value: $5.00


Temptu S/B Highlighter

Temptu is an airbrush makeup brand that I’ve heard of but never gotten to try.  This little sample of highlighter is sure to go a long way, as all you need is a drop or two.  This silicone based formula won’t clog pores and stays in place.  I am a little overwhelmed with how strong the champagne coloring seems to be, but my hope is that I can figure out how to use this without looking incredibly shiny.

Full Size: 1 fl oz @ $27.50

Sample Size: 0.1 fl oz

Sample Value: $2.75

Harvey Prince Hello

This is supposedly a warm weather scent, so I’m thinking it should have showed up a few months ago, but hey..  This perfume has notes of Meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria making it a light and floral summer scent.  While it isn’t my favorite, I will admit it is a nice energy boosting scent.

Full Size: 50 ml @ $55.00

Sample Size 1.5 ml

Sample Value: $1.65

ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize and Renew

I got a Birchbox find this month and it is by a brand I know and love.  This dual-ended chapstick has slightly different formulas on either end.  The moisturize side has antioxidants and CoQ10 and vitamin E while the “renew” side has plant butters (shea and mango) so they hydrate well, but a little differently.  As a ChapStick hoarder, I definitely approve of finding this in my Birchbox.

Value: $2.99

Total Box Value: $31.89

What an amazing value in this month’s Birchbox!  If you’re interested in getting in on this amazing little subscription service then head over to Birchbox and sign up today!  For $10 a month you could be getting fun new beauty discoveries delivered to your door.

*Birchbox recently started giving people options of one particular sample or shade they would like in their box by emailing links and having everyone choose between a few different items.

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