It’s time to unbox my May 2016 Birchbox! I completely skipped out on unboxing my Birchbox in April but I didn’t forget this month. When I first signed up for this box six months ago I didn’t expect to be wowed, but so far I’ve been very pleased with each month’s box. Almost all of the samples have been veg-friendly (and many are Leaping Bunny certified); there’s a good mix of skincare, hair care, and color cosmetics; and with the luxe skincare items and seasonal makeup items, I feel like I’m getting a good deal for my money versus shopping at Ulta and trying to decide what product will work best for me.
Plus, not only does the box value always massively beat the $10 monthly fee—many of the products are deluze samples of very pricey items I could never afford to try otherwise—that fee is cut in half by the points I earn for rating the items in each box on the Birchbox website. I get $5 worth of points from each box to redeem on the site toward full-size versions of the products I love—the only hard part is picking which ones I want! It all works out to a hell of a deal.
Read on for a peek of this month’s products!
I got a masque from Amika in another Birchbox and was pleased to see their Perk Up Dry Shampoo (retail $24) in this box. My big gripe with dry shampoo—one I share with dark-haired ladies worldwide—is that these products tend to leave a white cast that’s visible a mile away, but this one is better than most. I also like that the scent isn’t heavily chemical.
I already have a fave summer sunscreen and this one is a little pricier than I’d prefer, but this Coola SPF 50 Sport sunscreen (retail $32) has a wonderful mango scent. It does contain beeswax, so it isn’t vegan, FYI.
I had never heard of K-los Skincare before but I’m always up for a new masque and this Triple Threat Detox Masque (retail $39) sounds super-luxe. It’s also packed with natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals.
I can’t think if I’ve heard much about ModelCo before—I definitely didn’t realize they were such a big brand, or that they hailed from Australia—but I was happy to see that they do not test on animals. This Lip Lacquer (retail $16) does have beeswax in it though. Has anyone else noticed that non-U.S. brands seem to be more likely to be animal-friendly, or is that just me? I feel like it’s more of a “norm” for brands from Europe and elsewhere to proudly declare that they don’t test on animals, while it’s an afterthought for U.S. brands. But that could be my opinion.
Last, there’s a Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Body Peel (retail $34). This is a genius product if you’re planning on waxing and spray tanning for the summer and have trouble spots where rough skin or ingrown hairs just can’t be beaten. I like that this isn’t super-harsh on the skin.