Here’s What I Received in My August Birchbox

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The theme of the August Birchbox is “Lighten Up,” which I’m not sure I understand. I suppose they’re products to help you get through the end of summer? It’s not like it matters as I’m not sure beauty samples really need to have a theme… especially if they’re awesome!

And awesome this box is! This is the first month I’ve seen Laura Mercier appear in Birchbox and you’ll be shocked to hear that I actually LOVE the perfume they included!

Here’s what I received in my August Birchbox:

ModelCo Shimmer Bronzer

ModelCo Shimmer Bronzer ($22) – Full size product! – Truthfully, I probably won’t use this product, but I can’t deny that it’s a great one. I’ve just given up on any semblance of a summer tan this year and I’m not much for faking it. The bronzer looks a little dark for it to appear natural on me, but I may hold on to this one until next summer.

Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Creme

Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Creme – This is a giant sample! According to the card that Birchbox sent this product helps to fade discoloration and boosts radiance. I don’t think I’m having any issues with discoloration, but I can always use a radiance boost!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – This is an “extra” that Birchbox threw in with the Tone Perfecting creme.

Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume – I know that I normally don’t like perfume samples but this one smells SO good. Also, I’m intrigued by the name, “not a perfume.” Part of the reason I like this perfume is that it’s allergen-free (I recently detailed how I’m allergic to “scents”), and the scent has one single note of Cetalox. I didn’t know what Cetalox was, but this blog post discusses it in-depth (and also explains why it’s “not a perfume”).

Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream

Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF40 – While I’ve tried quite a few Supergoop products, this is one product I haven’t tried and didn’t know they carried. I use hand creams constantly and love that this one comes packed with SPF40. (I don’t think any of the other hand creams I currently use has SPF at all.)

Hello Breathspray

Hello Breathspray in Pink Grapfruit Mint – Full size product! – This is a “lifestyle extra” that Birchbox added to the box. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m curious about the combination of grapefruit and mint.

Overall: Though none of these products immediately jumped out at me when I opened the box, I ultimately decided that this is a great box. It included two full-size products, and the retail price of the bronzer alone more than paid for the cost of the box. I can’t wait to dig into the Laura Mercier product and I’ll let you know how radiant it makes me look. Supergoop is a great brand, and I can’t wait to wear the perfume. I only wish they had sent the bronzer a little earlier in the summer. With this crazy cool weather Chicago has been having my mind has already jumped ahead to the fall.

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. A subscription costs $10 per month and boxes typically include five deluxe samples each month, though receiving a full size product or two isn’t uncommon.

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2 thoughts on “Here’s What I Received in My August Birchbox

  1. I love the idea of a ” No Perfume, Perfume,” I love perfume and have at least 50 bottles all given to me as gift from my darling husband and four awesome boys! The problem is they all ether have intermittent asthma, airway respiratory disease, or allergies. One caveat, I love Thierry Mugler’s ANGEL. I have the shower gel, body lotion, and perfume. I really feel in my 21 year marriage this perfume line has been nothing but extremely good luck to my family and I will never tempt fate, besides the fact that my oldest boy always know when I walk down the stairs I am wearing ANGEL, he knows in less than a minute! He loves it, and I can never take that surprise away from him or how lucky it has been to my family. However, I never heard of the “No Perfume, Perfume! I love the concept, whomever thought of this idea was very aware of the problem of perfume allergies! I love the idea, and will do more research on this, I would love to check it out. Thank you so much for this information, you are the best!

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