Last month I was ready to stop both of these subscriptions. I was very unhappy with the products I had been receiving, and found myself giving more stuff away than I was actually using. I decided to give it one more month to see if there would be something good coming my way, and I am so happy that I did. This month I really liked both shipments. I am moving forward with cautious optimism.
Inside my Birchbox:
Comodynes Self Tanning Intensive: Let me first put in my disclaimer that self-tanner and I are not friends. Every time I try a new brand, I end up streaky. I hadn't tried towelettes before, so I was anxious to give it a whirl. One leg looked perfect. The other leg looks like this:
I did like the color it gave me, but I think that I personally need something tinted, so I can see where I am missing spots. This was kind of embarrassing (but probably completely my fault).
Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask: I liked this product, and found it moisturizing without feeling oily or heavy. My skin did have a nice glow to it the next day. I would definitely purchase this again.
Stila One Step Bronze: Stila is my favorite makeup brand, and I was very excited to try this. It gives a nice sunkissed glow and was a full sized sample (worth $36), so I was estatic.
theBalm cosmetics Staniac in Beauty Queen: This product reminds me a lot of Benefit's Benetint. Gives a nice rosey color to my lips and cheeks, but probably not something I would purchase. Been there, done that.
tili Bags: This is the green and blue leopard print bag pictured above. Maybe I am missing something here, but it seems like a standard Ziplock bag with a cute pattern on it. It is supposed to store all of your travel sized products, but at $8.49 for a pack of 12, I would be better off using the grocery store brand. Anyone have a different take on this product?
John Varvatos Star USA cologne: Honestly, I promptly handed this to my husband, and didn't smell it myself, so I am not sure how it smells.
Inside my MyGlam Bag:
Snazzy gold glitter pouch: I cannot emphasize enough how much I adore this little bag (but I am a sucker for sparkly things).
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath oil-free energizing gel cream moisturizer: I have been using this for a week now, and I guess the best way I can describe it is to say that it is fine. Very light-weight, but nothing groundbreaking enough to make me change from my normal products. However, I do like this a lot better than Hope In A Jar (also by Philosophy).
NXY Round Lipstick in Eucalyptus: This hot pink color was nice, but not really that flattering on me. I know bright, in-your-face lipsticks are very trendy right now, but it would be great to get some samples of more neutral tones.
frizz Nourishing Styling Cream: I have tried Living Proof products before, and neither loved them nor hated them. I feel the same about this sample. I tried it both on days where I wanted to leave my hair natural and wavy (which means I let my hair air dry) and when I straightened my hair (with a blow dryer and flat iron). It is a nice product that doesn't leave my wavy hair crunchy in any way, but it wasn't amazing enough to make me change from the products I normally buy for my hair.
Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen: Normally, I stick to brown eye liner. I admit that I was intimidated by the fine brush and deep black color (and also the words "semi-permanent) at the start. It was easy to apply, and didn't overpower my eyes. It removed easily with eye makeup remover. I will definitely be playing around with this in the future.
So there you have it, my June swag. I would give my Birchbox an A and the MyGlam Bag a B- this month. Definitely huge improvements over the F rated boxes I received last month, and enough to keep me from cancelling my subscriptions just yet (but I do have an itchy trigger finger). I'll be back with a review of my July deliveries next month.