Birchbox(es) June 2015

(Birchbox is a subscription beauty service which sends you five beauty products, either samples or full-sized items, for $10 per month! If you are interested in subscribing, feel free to use my referral link.)

Since Birchbox recently had a promotion for new subscribers to receive a $1 Birchbox, I got a second box again! This post will have quick overviews and photos of both the boxes I received, starting with my box from my regular (yearly) subscription. The theme for June was Adventure, and subscribers received one of three beautiful box designs!


Here are the contents of my June Birchbox (from my usual subscription):

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  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, $2.74
  • Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $3.75
  • Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face, $4.52
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, $4.05
  • Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Electric Blue, $4.50

Total value of this box = $19.56

Overall impressions: This box was okay. I’m excited about the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle and the Skyn Iceland eye gels, but I’m not sure if I’ll use the other products. I was also supposed to receive a hair tie as an extra, which wasn’t in my box. Fortunately, Birchbox has great customer service and tried to send me a replacement! But since they were out of stock, I received 50 points ($5 to spend in the Birchbox shop), which I preferred anyways since I have plenty of hair ties.

Beauty Protector: Protect & Detangle
Beauty Protector: Protect & Detangle, sample size

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

Estimated retail value of $2.74 (estimating sample size of 1 oz and full size retailing at $21.95 for 8 oz)

This seems to be a favorite among Birchbox subscribers, so I was excited to try this! This leave-in conditioner claims to detangle, protect against heat and UV rays, lock in color, add shine, etc. It is a bit thick, so I had to spray a few times before product was properly dispensed. This made my hair feel so soft, smooth, and silky! I didn’t particularly care for the sweet, cake-like scent, but many seem to love the smell. I’m planning to bring this when I travel since it can serve multiple purposes.

Skyn Iceland: Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Skyn Iceland: Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, sample size

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

Retail value of $3.75 (based on sample size of 1 pair and full size retailing at $30.00 for 8 pairs)

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to once school starts again (when I will definitely be needing them for my dark circles)! Ipsy had this product in one of their bags a few months ago, but Ipsy gave subscribers two pairs instead of the one pair Birchbox provided. I’m planning to put this in the fridge before I use it so it would be cold and even more firming!

Coola: Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face
Coola: Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face, sample size

Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face

Retail value of $4.52 (based on full size retailing at $32.00 for 0.24 oz)

I already have a lot of facial moisturizer to go through, so I’ll probably wait to use this until I travel somewhere. It is made with certified organic ingredients and contains SPF, so it has some potential!

Marcelle: BB Cream Golden Glow
Marcelle: BB Cream Golden Glow, sample size

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow

Estimated retail value of $4.05 (based on sample size of 0.24 oz and full size retailing at $27.00 for 1.6 oz)

This is a shimmery BB cream. I swatched this on my hand, and there seems to be little coverage and a fair amount of shimmer. So instead of using this all over my face as a BB cream, I will most likely use it as a highlighter instead.

Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Electric Blue
Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Electric Blue, sample size

Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Electric Blue

Estimated retail value of $4.50 (based on receiving one mini eyeliner and full size retailing at $18.00 for 4 mini eyeliners)

Birchbox was planning to give all subscribers a full-size Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner, but they got held up in customs (Eyeko is a London brand), so this was the substitute. It’s disappointing for me since I wear black liquid eyeliner practically daily, but I rarely wear pencil eyeliners. This blue is also brighter than what I would probably wear, but I like the color I received in my other box!


Here is what is in my June Birchbox (from my new subscription for the $1 Birchbox promo):

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  • Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+, $4.00
  • Tocca Eau de Parfum, Isabel, $2.00
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, $4.80
  • Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Mulberry, $4.50
  • Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser, $1.99
  • Pura Vida Lace Headband, $2.25

Total value of this box = $19.54

Overall impressions: I prefer this box over the previous one. Unlike the previous box, I will actually use all the products, and I’m more excited about the BB cream in this box and the color of the Marcelle eyeliner. Also, I love Tocca perfumes!

Dr. Jart+: Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+
Dr. Jart+: Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+, sample size

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+

Estimated retail value of $4.00 (based on sample size of 0.2 fl oz and full size retailing at $34.00 for 1.7 fl oz)

I love trying new BB and CC creams, so I’m excited to try this! Based on a swatch I did on my hand, it seems to provide decent coverage. It smells vaguely of sunscreen, but it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky.

Tocca: Eau de Parfum, Isabel
Tocca: Eau de Parfum, Isabel, sample size

Tocca Eau de Parfum, Isabel

Estimated retail value of $2.00 (based on sample size of 0.05 fl oz and full size retailing at $68.00 for 1.7 fl oz)

I love Tocca perfumes (I’ve had my eye on Simone for a while now) so this is one of the few perfume samples I’m excited to receive! This scent, Isabel, is absolutely lovely. It is floral and a bit fruity, light and fresh. Although I don’t like the packaging (I prefer sprays), I’m glad I received this, and I think it would make a great everyday fragrance.

Real Chemistry: Luminous 3-Minute Peel
Real Chemistry: Luminous 3-Minute Peel, sample size

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel

Retail value of $4.80 (based on sample size of 20 ml and full size retailing at $36.00 for 50 ml)

I already received this in my April 2015 Birchbox in my original account. My thoughts remain the same as before, but now I can try this more since I didn’t have much of an impression before.

Marcelle: Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Mulberry
Marcelle: Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Mulberry, sample size

Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner Travel Kit in Mulberry

Estimated retail value of $4.50 (based on receiving one mini eyeliner and full size retailing at $18.00 for 4 mini eyeliners)

As I explained earlier, each subscriber received one of these Marcelle mini pencil eyeliners in one of four shades instead of the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner. This shade, Mulberry, is a nice dark purple, which I might try sometime when I’m feeling adventurous. I usually wear black eyeliner, but this color looks more wearable than the bright blue liner I received in my box above.

Beauty Protector: Beauty Wash Body Cleanser
Beauty Protector: Beauty Wash Body Cleanser, sample size

Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

Estimated retail value of $1.99 (estimating sample size of 1 oz and full size retailing at $15.95 for 8 oz)

This smells like the Beauty Protect Protect & Detangle. I haven’t tried this yet, and I’ll probably wait until I travel since most body washes are equivalent to me, so this doesn’t seem like anything special in particular.

Pura Vida: Lace Headband
Pura Vida: Lace Headband, sample size

Pura Vida Lace Headband

This was an extra. It’s a nice peachy-pink color, but I don’t think it’s really my style. However, I’m always happy to receive extras since it’s a bonus item and 10 points ($1 in the Birchbox shop) for reviewing it!

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21 thoughts on “Birchbox(es) June 2015

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  2. I’d definitely wear the blue eyeliner (& the mulberry!) , you should try it – you might be surprised!

    I’m afraid the hair band reminds me of the elastic around the leg of a pair of vintage knickers :O

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  3. I love BirchBox, especially for the points program when you review a product! I love that you can get FULL SIZE items with the points. I have two boxes as well. I like to pick the guest editor box and then let my other box be a surprise! Great review!!

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