Under the Sun Limited Edition Birchbox – First Impressions

As I’m sure you all know, I’m obsessed with Birchbox’s Limited Edition boxes. I’ve purchased the Modern Mermaid, Fall Fete and Home Sweet Homespun boxes and drooled over all the rest. Birchbox is expected to release its summertime box May 19, Under the Sun, and this one looks like tons of fun for those who just want to be outside. Take a look at the current Limited Edition offerings here.

Makeup’s up first with Cynthia Rowley’s Beauty on the Go Multi Blush & Bronzer duo. This is a cream-to-powder duo that’s perfect for travel. It also contains olive fruit oil to nourish your skin. This product looks great for a weekend vacay on the beach.

Value: $24

Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour eye shadow is the next standout in this box. This shadow can be worn both dry and wet, and is smudge resistant for laying out at the pool (something I intend to be doing regularly this summer).

Value: $24

Another essential for pool-time is sunscreen. Supergoop Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen has you covered with SPF 40 and a lightweight, hypoallergenic formula. It also says that it doesn’t leave a white residue, which is my biggest pet peeve with lotion sunscreens and why I typically use the sprays.

Value: $11.67 (The box comes with a travel size)

Pack all your essentials (or, if you’re me, just your wet swimsuit and towel) into this nylon classic Baggu bag. It folds up into a tiny pouch and is basically a reusable shopping bag.

Value: $9

These Knockaround sunglasses are perfect for those of you like me who tend to lose or break their sunglasses, but still want to be trendy in the sun. These have a rounded square shape and I like the polarization on them as well.

Value: $14.60

NCLA Swim Club nail polish has the best summer shades, including Bikinis and Martinis, a pastel pink that will come in every box. I would love to get a couple more shades of this to mix and match for my fingers and toes.

Value: $16

The big ticket item for this box is definitely this Chloe + Isabel Exclusive Medina Convertible Pendant Necklace. Only found at Birchbox, it can be worn multiple ways and I know I love the turquoise color.

Value: $38

Last but not least is a fun summer candy, Sugarpova flirty. Gummy lips in rainbow colors are great for snacking on the beach.

Value: $5

And there you have it! The only thing I think this box is missing is a cute beach towel, but the total value of this box comes out to $143, and the box will retail at $55. Will you be grabbing one?

UPDATE: This box is now available for sale here. Grab one before they sell out!


Birchbox News – Choose a July Sample

As revealed in their July Sneak Peek video, this month Birchbox is trying something new – letting subscribers pick a color or shade of one of their samples. This is huge news, as we’ve never been able to customize our boxes so specifically before. Watch the video here:

Now, based on this video I was hoping that we’d get to pick from one of two samples, and then pick the colors. However, that is not the case. (Update: that is exactly the case, see below for more info.) I received an email this morning saying that I could pick from one of two shades of Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain, sugar or valentine. (I picked valentine, so hopefully I’ll like it!)

I also came to the conclusion that once Birchbox runs out of these samples, not only do you not get to customize your sample, but you may not be guaranteed that sample at all. So if you really like having absolutely no idea what’s coming, just ignore the email. One of the reasons I think this is the case is that I was also able to select “Surprise Me” as an option, instead of picking my shade. So if you want the sample they chose for you but don’t care what shade, you can select that, and if you don’t answer the email at all my guess is you won’t get the sample that month, so we’ll see if I’m right.

Basically this is a step in the right direction but I would love to be able to pick a sample, not just a color, Birchbox. I really had my eye on one of those nail polishes. What sample did you get to pick? Are you excited about this new development? Let me know!

UPDATE!!! I have wronged Birchbox, they are totally letting you pick between the nail polish and the creamy lip stain. The email highlights the Cynthia Rowley, but at the bottom of the email it says, “Mani-pedis more your thing? Pick a nail polish from Ruffian instead.” Five stars Birchbox, that’s excellent!

Birchbox – June Review

OK, so I am way behind on reviewing my subscription boxes, but I’m giving myself a pass because it was my birthday yesterday! June is my favorite month for that reason, and I absolutely had the best month box-wise as well. Take a look at my June Birchbox:


This month’s theme was Away We Go, and Birchbox partnered with JetBlue to bring us samples that are great for travelling. I got five products this month, and I’ll start with the standouts:

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – 1 oz. and 1 cloth – $8 value – I’ve been wanting since I saw the amazing reviews it gets, and this product did not disappoint! It feels so light on your skin, and also has a refreshing minty feel. I’m not certain it removes my makeup any better than other products I’ve used, but the muslin cloth included in the sample really feels like it exfoliates and cleans well. I also love how thin it is, so when I use it at night it’s dry by morning for another use!

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream – .25 oz. – $3.25 value – This cream is actually one of the reasons I originally signed up for Birchbox, it looked so awesome! It’s been in my favorites, and I was super pumped to get it in only my third box! This is a really great sample size, and so far I’ve used the cream as a lip balm, on my hair and on my sunburn I got Saturday (oops!). My only complaint is that since I’m getting it out with my fingers, I can only get a super thin layer, so it was really hard to apply on my shoulders to really get them covered. If it came in like a squeeze tube or something I think that would help application so much more!


Coola Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face – .17 oz. – $3.60 value – Three Birchboxes, three different tinted sunscreens for my face. One of these days I will totally do a comparison, but this one definitely seems on par with the Cotz and Supergoop ones I got. It did feel a little greasy, but it has a very high spf, which I love, and the sample size is a little bigger than the other two I got, so that was a plus. I actually gave this one to my sister, who wanted to try it out as well.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner – .03 oz. – $12 value – This eyeliner is almost, but not quite, the full size. I got this in black, and agree with most of the other samplers that it goes on really smoothly, and the color lasts forever! I tried to do a smoky eye with this, which didn’t quite work out how I wanted it, but I think I just need a little more smudging practice. The only reason this wasn’t in among my favorites was that I have so, so many eyeliners! They’re taking over my makeup bag haha.

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Fragrance – about $2 value – I hadn’t gotten a perfume in my other boxes, so I figured I was due for one. (I selected “not that interested in perfumes” on my style profile, but they can still send you up to six each year.) This is a super expensive perfume, $110 for the full size, so there’s no way I can afford it, but I’ll definitely wear the sample when I want to feel classy. The scent was very citrusy to me, almost overwhelmingly so, but it lasted for a long time and I think fits the “elegant and sophisticated” descriptive from Birchbox.

Finally, as a bonus, they included a travel quiz with JetBlue, to tell you your perfect travel destination! I got Portland, Maine, up by the coast with lighthouses and cliffs and crashing waves. That sounds like just my style, and I’m definitely adding Portland to my travel wishlist.

All together this box was worth $28.85, which, considering I paid $10 and get 50 reward points from reviewing the items, is just a ridiculously good value. If you’re interested in subscribing, click here and we’ll both get 50 extra points!