Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 2013 Birchbox - Open Box


Here is it! The May 2013 Birchbox! And it's like Christmas, all over again! I just love receiving my sample subscription boxes (Birchbox and EcoEmi) every month. I get to try new products and never know what's in the box. Quite frankly I think it is the element of surprise that keeps us going with these boxes and just when I thought I would not get another one, I discovered Barkbox, which is pretty much the same concept, only they send you items for your dog! I am seriously considering trying Barkbox, but the price is a bit prohibitive right now ($19/month with a 6 months subscription or $29/month as a month to month purchase). You can check out Barkbox here.

This month's Birchbox is by far the best I have received and I am glad to see that the girls have been listening to their customers' rants about the scarcity of good samples in the earlier months of 2013. In fact, this month's box looked more like an EcoEmi box to me: organic tea? Organic moisturizer?

This month, samplers have an opportunity to win every full size item in their box by entering a sampling note on Twitter. I have a Twitter account but never use it, so I have to give it some thoughts since I am really not Twitter savvy.

Anyway, Here is my May 2013 Open Box :

I received four samples plus one Lifestyle Extra (the teas).

This is what the box looks like once you open the tissue paper...


Runa - Guayusa Tea -

There are four samples to try in the following flavors: Mint, Cinnamon-Lemongrass, Ginger-Citrus and Traditional.

This is from the card:

"With more antioxidants than green tea, this caffeine - rich blend is made from Amazonian Guayusa leaves - Full Size - $7.00"

It is no secret that I love drinking tea, so you can imagine how I am looking forward to trying these!

Amika - Obliphica Nourishing Mask

This is a hair mask. I love the packaging and design. It states that it deeply conditions and repairs hair with Sea Buckthorrn Berry (Obliphica).

"Packed with omega acids and vitamin C, this lush conditioning mask boosts shine even helps repair split ends - Full size - $12-40."

These days I have been using Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask -- 8 oz and have been pretty happy with it, but I am willing to try something new since the humidity levels are going up and my frizzy hair is becoming more difficult to manage.

Marvis - Classic Mint Toothpaste

            "A stylish Italian import with an invigorating peppermint flavor - Full size - $6 -11."
Have you ever tried a "fancy" toothpaste? These are so different in taste and texture. Once in a while I would treat myself to a toothpaste from Bigelow Apothecaries and this is one of the few I have tried in the past. I am so happy to have received a sample since my Mall does not have a Bigelow store and I am really getting tired of the old Crest! Awesome sample!

Coola - Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face

But, I do not currently use an SPF (I know, I's bad) and it's about time I try one!
 "This mineral sunblock is infused with organic antiaging ingredients like evening primerose extract and borage seed oil. Full size - $32"
Sumita - Color Contrast Eyeliner
Finally a makeup product!

"Inspired by the traditional Indian formulas, this velvety liner glides on easily and lasts for hours. Set of 4 mini pencils, $21."
As you can see, I swatched it on the back of my hand. No kidding, this liner does glide on! It has a gel like texture and is highly pigmented. Best of all, thus far and despite many attempts, it has not rubbed off either. It 's like tattoo for your eyes! I am hoping it goes off well with eye makeup remover though! This appears to be a very good quality liner, and I would be willing to try other colors since the black is so rich, it might contrast too much with my eyes.

That's it folks! This was my May 2013 Birchbox. So far, I am happy with every product and excited about the toothpaste too!

Again, this is by far the best box I have received since joining in December 2012. I am keeping my subscription going!

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Sophia, NJ

 *This site contains affiliate marketing. I am affiliated with Yves Rocher and Amazon but I am not compensated for reviewing their products, nor am I solicited to review products. I am not affiliated with Birchbox. All opinions are my own.


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