Birchbox used to be my least favorite box (seriously, read my earliest reviews), but in the past year I have found myself getting most excited for it out of all the boxes I receive. I really love this box and how perfect for me the samples have become. They have done a complete 180 in terms of quality and relevance; even the products they send have gotten better and more high-end.

BIRCHBOX

Price: $10/month

Box Type: Beauty products, 5-6 deluxe samples

Why you’ll love it: Top brands, good sized samples of solid products. Their new customization process learns what you like so when you review your boxes on birchbox.com you’ll guarantee more personalized boxes. Plus, you can pick a sample you’d love to see in your box or select a pre-made box instead of leaving it to chance!

How to sign up: Just click here!

I got the curated box this month, check it out:

Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum in Sunrise ($16 for full-size)
I am all about cream products right now, so cream blushes are totally my thing at the moment. This one is the prettiest pink color and contains apricot seed oil and vitamin E and is suuuuuper hydrating. I love how it feels on my skin, it just melts right in and leaves such a pretty glow. The bottle says you can use it on lips and cheeks, which is awesome.

Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion ($42 for full-size) 
I loved this way more than I thought I would. First of all, the smell is amaaaaaazing – I kept getting whiffs of it all day and I swooned each time. Oribe is always impressive, but this one really blew me away. I added it to damp hair and let it air dry, and my hair was voluminous, wavy, and soft all day long. My hair normally does not do very well when I let it air dry naturally, but this just made it so much better. If you have straight hair I don’t think this lotion will make your hair wavy like other products claim they will, but the texturizing aspect is fantastic. A lot of times leave-in products can be sticky, heavy, or oily, but I forgot I had anything in my hair – even when I ran my hands through it, there was no sticky feeling on my fingers after (SO RARE). This product definitely made me a do a double-take and I am seriously considering buying the full-sized version.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser ($22.50 for full-size)
Clay cleansers tend to be too drying for my already dry skin, but this one wasn’t too bad and even acted as a pretty solid makeup remover. I am currently obsessed with the Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser (it might be the best cleanser I’ve ever used, actually), and this one was not as amazing as that. But I am definitely keeping this on hand for traveling.

MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Skin ($31 for full-size)
I know everyone loves MAC but I am usually not overly impressed by their products. That said, I liked this primer quite a bit. It kept my foundation looking solid all day and while I like other primers better (hello, every single Ulta primer and this e.l.f. one), I’m glad I tried it.

Juliette Has a Gun Anyway Eau de Parfum ($100-$135 for full-size)
Juliette Has a Gun has been killing it lately, I see this brand everywhere. I really love the scent of this one, it’s very citrusy, floral, bright, and completely screams SUMMER when you inhale it. I can’t imagine ever dropping that much cash for a bottle of perfume when there are amazing ones for half that price, but this one definitely smells great.


Final Rating: A+

Everything in this box was great. Granted, I chose the curated box this month so there were no surprises, but I liked everything more than I thought I would and I am so glad to have been able to try that Oribe wave lotion. Another awesome box from Birchbox.

xo,

Jill

I bought this box, all opinions are my own. Post contains referral link.

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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