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My June 2016 Birchbox!


We had a fairly chilly weekend (at least for June), so to keep me in a summer mood I curled up on the couch with some bright new lipsticks, a pint of my favorite ice cream, and my latest Birchbox! I feel like my June 2016 Birchbox was kind of a mixed bag (box?), especially after a few really good ones in the past few months. There were a couple of products I liked, a couple of “meh” items, and one that just made me scrunch my nose in puzzlement! Read on for full details and mini product reviews.

I got two more items from Number 4 in my box this month: the Clarifying Shampoo (full size, $13.50-$72) and the Reconstructing Masque (full size, $38-$58). Birchbox has been sending me a ton of Number 4 products but I don’t mind, because they’re amazing! My only gripe is the price. I’m using my Birchbox points this month to buy the leave-in oil that I sampled in my November box because it is flat-out one of the most amazing styling products I’ve ever used, but I wouldn’t pay full retail for these shampoos and conditioners. They’re just too outrageously expensive. (Very luxe, and veg-friendly—but expensive!)

I also got another Coola product this month, the Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint (full size, $36)—whew, what a mouthful! I’m just not a fan of BB creams and this one seems overpriced to me, though it is a nice product…I just think I could get sunscreen and a nice concealer for better coverage, for the same price. This is a veg-friendly product, FYI.

Take a peek inside my June 2016 Birchbox!

The sample of dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion (full size, $58) is nice, but the claims for the product on the company website made me raise my eyebrows. You can’t “shrink” pores! You can make them appear smaller but you can’t physically change their size, and while this is a nice sample, I definitely think this is one of those times when a company overstates their product’s performance. You could get much cheaper pore cleansers at Ulta or even Target.

Benefit Cosmetics included a sample of their new Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel (full size, $24), which lands in stores later this month. I’m not sure thin brows are something I’ve ever struggled with, but I could see this being a nice product if that was a concern for you.

Okay, I know you’re wondering which product made me scrunch my nose, and here it is: Avene Thermal Spring Water (full size, $9-$18.50). Yes, folks, it’s water…from France…in a can. It’s supposed to be a refreshing midday mist for your face that won’t disturb your makeup, but c’mon…it’s water in a can.

Curious about Birchbox? For $10 a month you get a box with five beauty samples from luxe beauty brands; review your samples on the Birchbox website each month and earn $5 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop! If you decide to sign up, I’d love it if you used my referral link.

Now I want to know: what of-the-moment beauty product or gadget made you wrinkle your nose in disbelief? Did you ever dismiss one, only to try it later and love it? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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