Review: May Birch Box

Tuesday May 15th, 2012 at 1:34 am

I’m running a bit behind on my reviews, this is the downside to having almost all my subscriptions arrive mid-month. While it maybe Christmas for a week, I get a little overwhelmed trying to get reviews up as soon as possible while still attempting to try out as many products as I can first.

May’s Birch Box arrived last Thursday. I don’t particularly care for surprises when it comes to these monthly subscription services (although I’m not opposed to them) so I cheated a little and already found out what I would be receiving. There was a lot of hype around May’s Birch Box since the theme is the hit TV series, Gossip Girl. I don’t watch the series since I’ve never developed an interest in it but everyone who has seen it raves about it. The box is supposed to reflect the series, which got many people excited. There were even rumors of a Dior item.

May’s Birch Box had 19 known variations, with only a couple of them worth receiving in my opinion. The rest had a combination of items that I thought were decent but nothing special. Only 1-2 boxes had anything Dior related I believe.

Box contents for May include:

  • Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream
  • Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide
  • Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap
  • Extras include:

  • Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Shampoo
  • Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Conditioner
  • Notecards

  • The box for May came with a special Gossip Girl themed cover on top of the usual box. I thought it added a bit of a nice touch to it.

    Much like I said before, the box contents for this month is a little bit less than worthwhile. The items just didn’t suit my taste. I seem to have no luck with Birch Boxes yet, there were a couple boxes I wish I could have received. For some reason, I received two of the info cards. This box definitely has more content than my April box but not very many things that I can use from this one.

    Having two cards just makes it that much easier to take photos. The info card lists the usual introductory to the box as well as the contents. You can read everything for yourself by clicking on the image. I tried my best to take a decent image. Lighting is one thing I will have to work on. Thank goodness there is Photoshop until then.

    Birch Box Notecards [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 12 Cards ($10.00)
    Birch Box Value: 1 card ($0.83)

    2 specials for this month included a custom notecard and a trivia card for Birch Box’s Gossip Girl Sweepstakes. Unfortunately since I don’t know anything about the show, I won’t be able to have a chance at the $500 Birch Box shopping spree prize :) (although I’m sure google could tell me….) The info card said I was supposed to receive notecards, but did not specify how many. Since I only received one, I wonder if that was a mistake? Not a huge deal, I don’t use notecards a lot to begin with but these are nice. They’re pretty sturdy and would be perfect to write small messages to give to others.

    Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 1.7 oz ($34.00)
    Birch Box Value: 0.06 oz ($1.20)

    Description: A one-step skin perfecting balm that minimizes the need for foundation or concealer. A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also hides imperfections. Made with 50 percent water, Dr. Jart’s Advanced Water Bead Technology helps hydrate and maintain healthy moisture for a dewy, fresh look. Like a drink for your skin, once applied, tiny droplets of water appear before being quickly absorbed, generating an instant soothing and cooling effect.

    I was pretty excited to see that I got a BB cream since I finished my trial version of Skin79’s Hot Pink Plus BB cream and haven’t had a chance to buy a new one. I was disappointed that I could barely squeeze anything out of the tube. You would think that something that size would have a decent amount of BB cream in it.

    When I did finally squeeze it out, I squeezed more than what I would have liked so I probably only have one more use out of the BB cream left in the tube. It’s a pretty medium toned BB cream, it will definitely suit most skin types/tones. I’ve used lighter shades of BB cream before and it looked fine on me. This one blends in a lot better with my skin tone.

    After blending, you can barely tell it’s there but it does leave my skin look more even even though it’s hard to tell in the image. The BB cream isn’t dry or anything, my hand actually feels quite smooth. I wish I had a bigger sample of this, it would have be something I’d like to use.

    Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 1.7 ml ($22.00)
    Birch Box Value: 1.7 ml ($22.00)

    Description: Stila’s new Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners are color-rich, vibrant, easy-to-use waterproof eye liners infused with twinkling multi-pearl micro-glitter that stays on all day and night. These amazing new pigment-rich liquid liners contain a special polymer that adheres the glitter and pigment to the eyes for all-day, waterproof wear. Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners are packaged in a uniquely designed long handle, pen-like component for precision and ease. The thin sponge tip applicator also ensures perfect application every time.

    This is probably the only worthwhile item in the box and it’s a full sample! However, my friend already called dibs on it so I won’t be keeping it. I don’t particularly use color eye liners anyway, had this been in black, it would be perfect.

    This eyeliner came in a gorgeous blue, which is my favorite color but I don’t have any makeup ideas to where I would know how to make this look good.

    The eye liner goes on so smooth. Stila has always made good quality yet affordable cosmetics. I’m a little sad to see this go but I know she’ll put it much better use ;) The liner goes on a little darker than what it actually looks like from the brush. I also still have BB cream on my hand at this point so it probably influences the tone a little bit. It’s shimmery, but not overpowering.

    Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Shampoo and Conditioner

    Actual Value of Shampoo: 250 ml ($36.00) [Purchase]
    Birch Box Value: 10 ml ($1.44)

    Actual Value of Conditioner: 200 ml ($39.00) [Purchase]
    Birch Box Value: 10 ml ($1.95)

    Shampoo Description: A new generation of cleansing foaming agents that remove impurities while respecting the integrity of the hair’s lipid layer. The formula is enriched with the Liquid Light Complex leaving the lengths looking beautiful without weighing them down. The roots are cleansed and hair is left luminous, airy and incredibly alive. This formula contains no silicone, paraben or colorants.

    Conditioner Description: A rinse-off formula that facilitates detangling, softens, loosens and lightens the fibre making it supple; improves the hair’s natural shine and creates an airy feel.

    Even though these are considered extras, I’m still disappointed in the packets. Me and sample packets just never get along. There’s not a whole lot I can say about the shampoo and conditioner given that I can only get about 2 uses of each from the packets. I made the mistake of trying to open the packets in the shower, which was almost impossible given both my hands and the packets were wet. I ended up having to pull and tug with my teeth, it was an interesting experience. Anyhow…the shampoo and conditioner work like any other. I do love the smell of it though…it has a sweet, floral scent. I’m not sure if both of these are worth the high price tag but I probably wouldn’t mind switching to this if I could afford it.

    Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 50 ml ($42.00)
    Birch Box Value: 3 ml ($2.52)

    Description: Leave-in treatment on dry hair. Lightweight serum that leaves hair shiny and featherweight. Leaves hair with a silky texture, airy feel, and frizzfree fibre gloss throughout its entire length.

    I can probably get a couple uses out of this, not too sure yet. This is supposed to be added to your hair during day to help protect it as well as give it a nice shine.

    Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap [Purchase]

    Actual Value: .5 ml ($8.00)
    Birch Box Value: .25 ml ($4.00)

    Description: Just in time for summer, this metallic gold polish looks glam day and night.

    I seem to be getting a lot of nail polishes lately and have no idea what to do with them. I never wear nail polish nor have the desire to do so. I’m sure I can find someone to take these of my hand though…

    Disco nap is a shiny, metallic, gold nail polish…totally not my color. I only dabbed a bit to give an idea of how the polish will look on nails. The nail polish is only half of the full size but still a very generous sample, it will last quite a few uses.

    Total Value: $30.94

    May’s box definitely beat out April’s box price-wise, I’m quite pleased since April’s disappointed me somewhat as my first box. The contents for this box just wasn’t geared for me. I tried switching my profile answers around a bit hoping it’ll better customize the next box. I love the variety of samples we received for this box though, there’s a little bit of everything and the products/brands all turned out to be amazing.

    Posted Under: Birch Box, Reviews

    2 Responses to “Review: May Birch Box”

    1. bravoerunway says:

      I am SO incredibly jealous of your birchbox! Mine was total CRAP! I got yet ANOTHER sample of parfum which I hate…and then only a sample of shampoo, no conditioner, some type of body cream, and the same eyeliner. Enjoy!!! And I agree April’s box was lousy!

    2. tara says:

      i was really glad i got the stila eyeliner! i’ve been wanting to try a bb cream, so i wish i had gotten that in my box!

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