August 2016 Birchbox

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August 2016 Birchbox

August 2016 Birchbox

August 2016 Birchbox

August 2016 Birchbox

August 2016 Birchbox


Here is my August Birchbox! Just like last month’s box, it’s not really exciting. But there are a few items I’ll definitely get use from.

Last year I won a giveaway on Monica’s blog. It’s a cute little Oribe hair care set that I’ve yet to use. I still have so many open bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but I’m almost done with a few. So hopefully I’ll get to use it soon. I’m not so sure I’ll have much use for the Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray though, but the brand does appeal to me.

The Hey Honey Trick and Treat Cream Concealer treats and conceals the undereye area. The lightly pigmented formula conceals dark circles while keeping the area smooth and hydrated thanks to a blend of amino acid-rich proline and palm oil. It sounds like a great product and I’ll definitely give it a try, but it’s not really something I need at the moment.

I received the shade Fantasy from the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Day-Dream Palette. It’s a really pretty eyeshadow and the description claims it can easily be used as a highlighter and blush as well. I definitely wouldn’t use this as a blush, but I can totally see it working beautifully as a highlighter. In the swatches above you can see it swatched both dry and wet. This is probably my favorite item in the box.

I think Benefit wins the award for world’s tiniest sample. I had to include a close-up so that you can see just how tiny it is. I’m sure that once I use up this sample filling in just ONE brow I’ll be able to determine whether or not the Benefit goof proof brow pencil is for me. All jokes aside, this brow product worked much better than the last Benefit brow product I received. I received the shade #2 which is WAY too light for me. In the swatches above I had to swipe many times just to get that shade to show up. However, it was fairly easy to work with. The tip isn’t as fine as I’d like it to be, but I was still able to shape and fill in my brows easily. I’m sure if the shade were darker it would have made for a nice natural looking brow too. Even with my sparse brows.

The Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer is the only other product I’ll get use out of. It’s a protective primer infused with 6 lightweight oils to de-tangle, de-frizz, and defend against heat damage. It makes coarse hair easy to style and even tames flyaways. I’ll definitely get some use out of this.

I’ve been gathering up the samples I won’t use and plan to include them in a giveaway I’m planning soon. That way someone can get some use of some of these items. I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent my weekend with my guys. We did some shopping and ate some tacos. I really need more weekends like that in my life.

22 Comments on “August 2016 Birchbox” »
  1. Sometimes beauty boxes are just dont excite. I too gathered too many samples once so I stopped beauty bags for a while. how tiny is that goof proof sample =))
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  2. I do love Oribe products so do let me know how you like the Beach Wave and Shine spray :-)

    MonicaP recently posted…Getting ready to travelMy Profile

    • I probably won’t use the Beach Wave because I always straighten my hair. Not a pretty sight otherwise lol. But I at least have the set I won from your giveaway so that I can experiment with the brand. :)

  3. Hahaha you had me laughing with Benefit’s sample size. I am not big on the Benefit brow product. There darkest shade is always too warm and not quite dark enough. Urban Decay’s Brow Beater has been in the testing pile and I am liking it so far.
    Amanda Amaya recently posted…Am I Wearing Makeup? MakeupMy Profile

    • Oh I’ll have to look into the Brow Beater. Are you planning to review it? And seriously could they have made it any smaller? lol

  4. Not an exciting box but still great compared to the ones we get here😄 The concealer looks good, would like to see your review on it. The brow product from Benefit is so so tiny😄

  5. Wow! That sample really is tiny. lol That eyeshadow is very pretty, at least. I agree that it would make a lovely highlighter, as well.
    Chris recently posted…Review: Chagrin Valley Cafe Moreno Solid ShampooMy Profile

  6. OMG, I would be embarrass to include that tiny weeny Benefit sample into my subscription box, unbelievable. Like seriously why even bother? I hope you give an update on the Hey Honey concealer, I’ve been seeing more of that brand recently.
    Shireen L. Platt recently posted…My Thoughts on Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face PaletteMy Profile

    • Right? Like they could have at least made it big enough for both brows lol! And I’ll definitely test out the concealer! :)

  7. i want this subscription to come to india …The products look great :D
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  8. That really is a teeny-tiny sample there!
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted…Cellucur cosmeceuticals – Moth to the flameMy Profile

  9. Wow, that Benefit sample is really tiny TINY! What are you supposed to do with that, do the brows on your Barbie dolls? Lol!
    Oribe is a brand I’d really like to try, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Overall it’s a pretty nice box I think? But I know we tend to have opposite opinions on this subject, haha!
    Lulle recently posted…All Coconutty With Marc AnthonyMy Profile

    • Hahaha we really do! I think if the Benefit product were a little larger and maybe in my shade the box would have been that much better. Overall I just really care if contains products I can actually get use out of, you know?

  10. I love seeing what people get int their boxes.
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