Birchbox sampleOpening my mailbox to see my bright pink BIRCHBOX shipping box never fails to put a smile on my face. In addition to the anticipation of what goodies are in store, I love seeing the packaging! My August box says “Adventure is a state of mind” and I couldn’t agree more! I love being adventurous and trying out new beauty products.

The BIRCHBOX sample sizes are large enough to get a good sense of the product and if it will work for me. However, it has been my experience that the box usually includes a full-size sample, like the beautiful waterproof eyeliner that came in this box! It gives the illusion of mascara by outlining my eyes, but without the hassle of dealing with waterproof mascara. I avoid wearing waterproof mascara because it is so hard to remove without losing eyelashes. I like waterproof eyeliner because it is a great substitute for waterproof mascara when I’m swimming.  Here is a roundup of the products from this box and my breakdown of them.

Birchbox by Connecticut in StyleThis box included: Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, folle de joie Eau de Parfum, Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, SARAHPOTEMPA Darby Clip, Supergoop! SPF 50, and Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner.

Real Chemisty

REAL CHEMISTRY Luminous 3-Minute Peel – This acid-free peel gently exfoliates for instantly softer, smoother, brighter skin. My rating: I would buy this. I avoid the sun in favor of using bronzers and self-tanning products to give me a sun-kissed glow. Once every 3-4 days I like to exfoliate my skin to remove the tanning products and start fresh with clean, smooth skin. This did a great job and left me with silky smooth skin.

folle de joie perfume

Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum – Folle de Joie translates to “crazy with joy, so it is no wonder that this is a Birchbox customer fave. This fresh scent blends mandarin, rose and sandalwood. My rating: I am not going to rate this. I am not a big fan of perfume because I’ve found that people use too much of it coupled with the fact that I’m sensitive to any perfume and cologne. Fragrance is a personal thing and smells different on everyone, it is the kind of thing that you have to sample and live with for several hours. With that said, I did like the smell. It was light and warm, which to me translates into sexy. I prefer perfume with more citrus notes, but this would be great for a date night. I have to mention that this perfume has been rated over 25,000 (yes, thousand) times. It gets 4 out of 5 stars by Birchbox customers, so it has to be good.

BB Golden Glow

Marcelle BB Cream Gold Glow – This multitasker, rich in antioxidants and aloe, covers imperfections, evens tone, and calms skin. My rating: I would buy this. It provides enough coverage to even out my skin tone and hide blotches but was light enough not to look “caked on.” Some tinted creams illuminate any little wrinkle (yikes!) this one did not (yay!).

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SARAHPOTEMPA Darby Clip – This clip is used for easy sectioning and styling. My rating: I would buy this. I felt like I was at my salon when I used this clip. It can hold large sections of hair out of the way making it easier for me to curl or flat iron my hair.

Supergoop

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology – This lightweight sunscreen provides water-resistance, SPF 50+ protection anywhere you need it. My rating: I would buy this. I was nervous when I first applied it because it didn’t look like it was going to become completely transparent. Some SPF sunscreens have so much zinc that they leave a white film and I look like I have just donated blood. This absorbed beautifully!

Marcelle eyelinerMarcelle Waterproof Eyeliner – This blendable waterproof eyeliner goes on smoothly and stays put all day. My rating: I would buy this. Eyeliner that glides on without tugging the delicate skin around my eyes is a must. I loved the indigo blue color, dark, but less harsh than black and better for daytime! Comes in 9 colors.

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