Every once in a while I feel like Birchbox really understands me. They always (well, almost always) send great boxes, but it’s so rare that I am left loving literally every item in a box, like it was curated with love specifically for me. This is one of those boxes.


Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends 5-6 deluxe-sized samples each month for $10. Lauren and I both subscribe, but we rarely get the same box because Birchbox has a ton of variation between boxes based on your preferences and sample selection (oh yeah, you get to choose one of your samples each month!). This month I made a risky sample choice, because that’s the kind of daredevil I am. More on that later. It’s really clear that Birchbox is amping up for summer products because most of these items are great for the impending inferno that is summer.

Before I get into the box, I want to mention how amazing Birchbox’s customer service is. They not only do subscription boxes, but they also sell these products on their website, and for subscribers, points = $$$. This month I had a very small snafu with a product I ordered, and their customer service department sent me a replacement item immediately, no questions asked (and when I say “immediately”, I mean that there was a gap of about 3 minutes between me shooting them an email about it and receiving a shipping notification for the replacement. They’re THAT GOOD.).

Alright, without further ado, my May box:


Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion by Vita Liberata – This was the sample I chose this month, and I regret nothing. I am very fair, so sunless tanners are a huge risk for me. I turn orange very easily, and with the wrong tanning lotion I can go from human to oompa loompa very quickly. Guys, you can imagine my elation when for once I looked at the test spot (fellow pale girls, always do a test spot) and my skin was…. well, skin-colored, but better. It’s like a subtle beige, enough to take the edge off of my blinding paleness. For me, this is the holy grail of sunless tanning. As a bonus, it doesn’t have that very specific sunless tanner smell.


Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology by Supergoop! – No summer box would be complete without a tube of sunscreen, amiright? I don’t know what “cellular response technology” is, but it claims to help heal sun-damaged skin as it protects from future damage. I burn super easily, so I try to get as high of an SPF as possible all summer long.


un.Done Texture Spray by Amika I really like this brand. Their dry shampoo is pretty great (though expensive), and I’m really looking forward to trying this texture spray for when my summer beach waves start happening. This spray is a volumizer and texturizer, while also boosting shine and smelling great. What more could you want from a styling spray?


Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer in Light by W3ll People I just discovered that this sample is more than half the size of the full-size product that retails for $22.50! I use so little concealer that this sample is bound to last me for a while.


Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick in Lycee by Jouer I wasn’t floored by this color in the bottle, but when I actually put it on I liked it a lot more. It’s a pretty flattering shade for me, which I did not expect. The formula is better than I expected too – buttery smooth, but dries to a non-sticky finish. I found that it didn’t last for more than a couple of hours, but it definitely lasted longer than gloss typically does – plus, I don’t particularly mind touching up throughout the day.

Final Rating: A

I really loved this box! There were no throwaway items for me this month, and I felt like the value was way higher than the $10 I paid. Birchbox has been killing it lately, I can’t wait to see what they send me next month!

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A foodie, travel junkie, and reality TV aficionado who derives an unnerving amount of joy from dressing her giant dog in ridiculous costumes.

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