July 2015 Birchbox: GO BOLD

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Birchbox is a beauty subscription service that delivers high-end beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples once a month, customized just for you for just $10 a month. Every month, you'll receive a box filled with 4-5 samples from up-and-coming and well known brands. Each delivery will include a mix of categories. Samples are generously sized, with enough product to allow you to figure out if they're right for you. If this sounds like something you're interested in, you can use my referral link to sign up here and get 50 Birchbox points (For every 100 points you earn, you get $10 off a full-size product order) and start receiving samples every month. I started subscribing to Birchbox in April 2011 and I LOVE IT! It's a great way to try out a wide variety of products without breaking the bank, especially if you are a beauty junkie like me!

This month's Birchbox theme is Go Bold and features products that are supposed to dial up your beauty routine during the summer months, which is when we tend to let loose and go brighter and bolder than usual. The design of the box matches its theme and features a fun, bright geometric print. It is definitely one that I'm keeping to help organize my makeup collection. All details (descriptions from Birchbox are in italics) and a review of each product are listed below.

  • amika un.Done Texture Spray (full size $24): Styling spray that gives hair effortless, tousled volume, loads of shine and a dreamy scent.  
    • This gives me good volume without making my hair feel hard or greasy and I LOVE the scent of it. I would definitely consider buying the full-sized version of it, which is a pretty big deal for me since I have NEVER bought anything from the actual Birchbox website. (Shocking, I know!)

  • COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray (full size $36): Weightless matte-finish mist that sets your look, hydrates skin, and blocks UV rays. 
    • This is such a perfect product for summer days in the sun! I assumed it was yet another hair product at first sight but I quickly got excited about it after reading my info card. It sprays out as a fine mist and dries quickly. I'm not sure if it actually makes my makeup last longer but that is an added bonus after the benefits of SPF 30 and hydration.   

  • Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Mist (full size $22): Made with nourishing plant oils, this leave-in spritz detangles strands and prevents breakage.
    • I have been spraying this product all over my hair as soon as I get out of the shower and I really like it so far. It sprays out as a super fine mist and smells soooo good! It doesn't leave my hair feeling greasy at all but I wouldn't recommend using it on second-day short to medium hair. It also claims to work for all hair textures (including baby fine hair) and it's color-safe and free of sulfates, parabens, and gluten.

  • stila look at me liquid lipstick in venizia (set of 3 $20): This creamy formula glides on like a gloss yet lasts (and lasts and lasts) like a stain.
    • I was the most excited about this product when I opened my box but became quickly disappointed once I tried it out. It does not do well on me and is very drying and settles into every single line on my lips. It also applies patchy. I really wish it was a creamier formula because the bright reddish orange color is perfect for summer. But it is definitely long lasting because I had to really scrub my lips to get it off! A lot of people seem to like this product so *fingers crossed* that I'll find a way to make it work.

  • theBalm cosmetics Balm Desert (full size $21): A blush and bronzer in one, this velvety powder gives a long-wearing, fresh-from-the-beach glow. 
    • This product is long-wearing and has good pigmentation. It is a great shade on my medium skin tone and has a slight shimmer finish that is perfect for a sun-kissed look.
Let me know if you've tried any of these products and tell me your thoughts on them (I am open to advice on using the stila lip stain)! I love seeing what others get in their Birchbox so leave me a comment below so I can check yours out! XOXO

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  1. Great looking box. It looks like you got some decent samples.

  2. This looks like the perfect box for me. I love Macadamia products so I think I would be excited to try that product the most xxx

  3. I would love a number of items in this box: the setting spray and theBalm eye shadow. I've heard other women say they were disappointed in the Stila liquid lipstick. I'm wondering if it's a different formula than the Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Liquid Lipstick that I bought in April. Mine isn't matte, it lasts forever, and it's comfortable to wear.

  4. I enjoyed reading your review of BB!! Except for the Stila, I will love to try all your products!!

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

  5. The spray in conditioning mist sounds fab! I would also love to try the makeup setting spray :)

  6. I don't subscribe to this box and I see great boxes like this one and I want in. I love so many items in here but then again, I own so many different brands of the same product. BUT again... these are such great items! It is a bummer about the Stilla, though!