If you have been reading my Birchbox vs. MyGlam reviews for a while, you might note that two months ago I was ready to get rid of both of these services. I was receiving entire shipments of products I would give away to my friends. Last month was a redemption for both of these companies, and this month was even better for me. This is what I received and my thoughts on each item.
Inside my Birchbox
Color Club Nail Polish in Blue-Ming: Simply put, I loved this color, but I hated how it wore and how it went on. I found it difficult to smoothly apply two coats, and then the polish started chipping almost immediately. I gave this away to a friend who also loved this color and wanted to give it a try. I had not ever tried this brand before, and I don't know if my experience was typical. This was a big disappointment.
Gloss Moderne High Gloss Masque: I had never tried a hair masque before, and I have to say I loved this product. My hair felt silky smooth and was very shiny afterwards. I am going to purchase this.
Harvey Prince Eau Flirt in Lavender Pumpkin: This description says the scent is fresh citrus and jasmine notes over a base of lavender and pumpkin. To me, it smelled heavily perfum-y. Definitely not for me.
Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion: A very pretty, soft shimmer. It applies easily, and a little goes a long way. I love the subtle glow it gave to me.
suki Balancing Kit: I have mild rosacea, so I do consider my skin to be on the sensitive side. This was a 5 part kit that included a face wash, which was more of an exfoliator. It was supposed to foam when I added water to it, but instead it just felt very abrasive. I used the included toner and moisturizer afterwards which were ok, but nothing amazing. There is also a cleansing clay masque that was nice, but didn't impress me enough to buy it. The final product was a moisturizing oil, which felt heavy on my skin, but I think I might have used too much. I wasn't a huge fan of the smell of these products, but did like that they seemed to use natural ingredients and my skin didn't seem to redden with use (which means it didn't inflame the rosacea).
Larabar Uber: This was delicious, packed with roasted nuts in a roll form. I am going to be looking for these at the grocery store.
Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds: I loved the color and can always use an extra pair. A nice touch, Birchbox!
In my MyGlam Bag
Hot Pink Striped Mesh Makeup Bag: This is my favorite bag to date.
Juice Beauty SPF 15 Moisturizer: I loved the smell of this, but the application was weird. I couldn't seem to get it to absorb into my skin, and it looked like I was wearing a white mask.
NuMe HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner: Nothing really noteworthy here for me. It was a fine conditioner, but nothing special enough to make me want to run out and buy it.
Yes to Cucumbers On The Go Facial Towelettes: I loved the smell of these and how soothing they felt on my skin. I would absolutely purchase this in the store. These will be great to keep in my gym bag.
Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Jitterbug: Once again, I wish these companies would give us samples in more neutral colors. Jitterbug is a hot pink, and just a little too bright for daily wear. I did find it easy to apply and long wearing when I tried it at home, though.
Circus By Andrea's Choice Nail Color in Sommersault: I had to apply three coats to get a good lacquer on everything. I love the color, but again found it a little too much for work (I still kept it on all week anyway). This may be on my toes in the near future, where it is a little less "in your face".
What do you think? Anything here you are interested in trying? Have you singed up for either service yet?
One more thing, I added links to the individual products this time so you can take a look at them for yourself. To get them, I had to log into my accounts and link from there. I tried looking at the links when I wasn't logged in, and they looked fine, but can you please confirm that they are working? Thanks!