Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birchbox Vs. MyGalm (July 12)

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!


fluff and fripperies said...

You got some nice goodies this month - shame about that first nail polish!

fluff and fripperies said...

Oh and the links are working fine :)

Adele said...

Love both the nail colours.
Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Love those yellow nails! I still need to get my nails painted with our yellow polish--thanks for the reminder. I haven't tried Birch box yet but I'm always tempted.

xo Mary Jo

Pratishtha Durga said...

Great reviews. Pity India does not have any such services. Love that second nail color...

Mandy Crandell said...

You got some really nice items! LOVE the Yes to Cucumbers towelettes. So refreshing.


jillian m. said...

I love Josie Maran products. And the Yes To... line. You've got some really great products this month. Jealous!

TheTinyHeart said...

The nail polishes are both great colors! I'm glad you got better stuff this month. I haven't done either service because I've heard mixed reviews. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog, I'm following now!

PS Your dogs are adorable! I have a puggle and a pit mix :)

The Tiny Heart

Beautyshades said...

Love both nail colours. Nice products.

Loulou said...

I love the sound of that hair mask and am going to try to find it here, or something like it! Also I have heard before that those cucumber face wipes are great and I know I can get those here, so I shall!


Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

haha! they knew you would probably cancel them and got their act together. these boxes can be so hit or miss. great yellow nail polish.

Tina L. Hook said...

I would be game for the cucumber wipes. Call me the queen of practical.

Ginny said...

i looove the glambag bag! and i would totally try this yes to cucumbers wipes, if i would know where to find them here! :-)

Antonella C'est moi said...

Cute nail!!!kisses

Always Maylee said...

Love the yellow polish! Thank you for stopping by, I'd love for us to follow each other and keep in touch! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

my birch box was a little different, but loved July's products!

little t said...

Some great stuff- the yellow nail polish is nice and I've heard good things about Yes to Cucumber, I've been meaning to try their face wipes.

Emmy said...

Imma gonna try that Yes to Cucumber towelettes! And too bad those two polishes didn't apply well coz they look good on you, Erin!

Jax said...

I loovveee hair masques!!! Before I got the Brazilian hair straightening, I was doing hair masques on a biweekly level. You should keep up on them because their leave your hair feeling lovely :)

ZoƩ said...

I love the funky colours!

honey my heart said...

hooray for a box filled with goodies. i really like the blue nail polish, it's so summer!

rolala said...

Both nail colors are so fresh and fun! Shame about the wear on the blue. I'm eventually going to sign up for one of these subscription beauty services once I can get through the box of beauty/hair samples I have sitting in my bathroom.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the reviews! I do love those nail colors but it is too bad they weren't great to put on. Those earbuds are too cute!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Jess said...

In my first Birchbox I got a Color Club nail polish in a really pretty coral color. It went on really funny and it was streaky and I ended up putting it on too thick to even out the streaks. I thought maybe it was just me, guess not

Hoyt said...

Cool concept! Never heard of this before.

Blond Duck said...

Your wedding ring is gorgeous!

Mary Ann said...

That Color Club polish is perfect for summer - and looks great on you! Thanks so much for taking a moment to stop by and say hello. ;-)

Kim said...

Pretty polish colors! Too bad both didn't go on quite as you had hoped. Maybe sealing them with a topcoat would help prevent chipping? I may have to try that hair mask out - my hair is so fried from the pool and heat-styling, it could use all the help I can give it!

Mimi said...

i think both boxes each had some good items. i like the yellow nail polish, though. :D

<3, Mimi
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Ann said...

I love both nail polish colors.

Amy Fashion Blog said...

love the color of the first nail polish

Elle Sees said...

Our BB was different but similar MG. I loved that conditioner!

Andrea said...

I think Myglam is better!! By the way I am going to star a college/back2school series maybe you are interested in leaving a request for me to do as a post or video.
Follow me if you like my blog !:)
Twitter: @shineonbyandrea

Lorena said...

I really liked the nail polishes, too bad they were not that good of a quality - and i have to say I am loving your wedding rings.

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