Birchbox (August)

What a better way to start off the week?.. well I know making it Mani. Monday.. but I wanted to get my BB out of the way first.. lol.  Photo says it all.. August birchbox.. Wanna see what I got?

Edit: my laptop has the black death screen.. so now I have to reformat.. and lose everything.. good thing I have made a few pre-posts over the weekend.. but all of my photos for future reviews and looks are gone =.= -sigh- so please bare with me.. for delayed posts.

The Box

This month was back to school themed.  Basically products that would be recommended or needed for back to school.  Which is perfect for my back to school segment. =).. Instead of the packaging being pink as usual.. it was yellow.. like the #2 pencil yellow.  It came with a little booklet on tips of how to and what to use as well as a card for the Pencils of Promise Charity.  This  month Birchbox is doing a wonderful thing by donating 15% of its proceeds made from purchases from their store to the charity.  If you would also like to donate.. feel free to make your own personal donation go to:

stila forever your curl mascara | $22 for Full Size
"Put down the eyelash curler: this waterproof formula keeps lashes curved and uplifted"

This mascara didn't really do it for me.  It did not keep my lashes curved and uplifted with a regular lash curler.  I say regular because I also use a heated eyelash curler.. and a heated eyelash curler curls and keeps curls with any mascara.. so it's kind of cheating lol.  I do like the application of this mascara.. It did not clump up my lashes and actually separated them until I was up to about 3 or 4 coats.  I wanted to test to see when the clumping would start.  So if you usually do 1-2 coats of mascara you are safe.

Talika Oil-Free Lash Conditioning Cleanser | $25 for Full Size

"This French brand's heroic makeup remover banishes all traces of waterproof mascara"

I tried this after testing our the Stila mascara.  It is an oil-free "mascara remover" basically eye make up remover that conditions your lashes.  It took off my mascara easily.. but I did not feel like it conditioned my lashes in any special way.  They feel the same.  That's the thing with these products.. You have to use them multiple times before seeing/feeling a difference.  They gave 2 packets and you only need a little but to remove the mascara and eye make up.  1 packet should last you about 5 -6 uses.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolute Nourishing Protective Oil | $68 for Full Size
"Stylists call this luxurious oil 'liquid gold' -- it keeps strands soft and silky"

I tried this the day before yesterday and I'm not sure if it was this or my hair was just not having a good day.. but my hair was flat.  It usually has some volume to it.. but nope completely flat.  I also used it in slightly damp hair because when I apply any oil to my hair dry it doesn't seem to work well and makes my hair oily.. which is weird because my hair is really dry.  I did not notice any silky or soft strands.. but I will keep using it.. I really liked my kerastase one.. so I'll let you guys know if it compares.

I don't really like the cap either.. it would have been great if it was a small pump..

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur | $70 for Full Size
"This modern scent is a feminine blend of wild berries, mandarin, and waterlily"

I think this is the 3rd or 4th Juicy Couture sample I got from birchbox alone.  I wonder when they will run through their whole perfume line..  I have to say their perfumes always smell good.. this is one of their more mild ones.  I still have yet to purchase full bottle sizes.. but why would I.. I keep getting their samples that will last me forever lol.  Okay I exaggerated not forever.. but it will last me quite some time!

Schick Hydro Silk Razor | $9.49 for Full Set
"Schick Hydro Silk hydrates skin like no other razor can. This uniquely designed razor goes beyond an incredibly close shave to actually care for your skin. With Water-Activated Moisturizing Serum & 5 Curve-Sensing blades with skin guards to help protect skin from irritation"

I have not used this yet.. but will as soon as my cartridge for the Venus Olay runs out.. which should be any day now.  I am sure this razor will be good.. because it has 4 blades and a silicone rubber handle.  It's very comfortable to use.  It will be my first time trying this brand.. I always use Venus.. so I am giving you guys a heads up of what brand I will be comparing it to.

I love how birchbox always has 30-50 different boxes that they ship out each month.  The only thing is most of the products are repeats.. but don't worry you won't be getting something you got before.. The repeats go to other people that have not had a chance to try it.  I believe birchbox is working on getting more sponsors =) so hopefully we see them soon.

Did you like my birchbox this month and missed my past birchboxes?.. You can view all my birchbox reviews at the following: label/Birchbox

If you wanted to try birchbox yourself.. I would be thankful if you used my referral link: Don't forget that each month you get to leave feedback for each item in your birchbox for 10 points each item.. and for every 100 points you get 10$ that you can use towards a birchbox purchase.  You can definitely save your points up to a year until you find something you like.  I currently have 400 and have no idea what to get ><

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