Birchbox + Some Favorites

Back in February when I wrote this post about trying makeup, my friend sent me a referral link to sign up for Birchbox. For some reason I had thought that it was expensive, but when I found out it was only $10/month, I was in. If you don't know what Birchbox is, it's a subscription box that sends a selection of 5-6 beauty product samples per month, one of which you can choose yourself from a handful of choices that Birchbox reveals. You earn points when you review samples, and you can use those points to buy other full-size products in the Birchbox store. 

She explained that you fill out a profile about yourself: what types of makeup to you wear, if any? What kind of skin/hair do you have? I filled mine out with a stress on skin care and hair care, but that I'd like to try some makeup samples. I have to say, I'm really happy with most of the samples I've received. Here are some favorites:


Beauty Protector: Protect and Detangle

I love this stuff. First: it smells divine. Second: it seems like it really does make my hair soft and shiny. Before this product, I wasn't using any kind of heat protectant on my hair. Most days when I'm washing my hair, I usually straighten it just to smooth it out because the poof struggle is real.

Did I buy a full size? 

Yes! And I even kept the smaller sample bottle it came in so I can stash in my gym bag.

COOLA Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer and COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint

COOLA is my new fav brand. The Cucumber Moisturizer was one of the first samples I ever received in my Birchbox and I love it. I've always had a really bad habit of not moisturizing, so finding a cream that I like has been tough. I bought some Aveeno lotion from CVS but I didn't like the smell and it was kind of greasy so I just stopped using it. This moisturizer is lightweight, not greasy, smells great, and has SPF 30 in it. 

I also really liked the Unscented Matte Tint BB cream. It's so soft and smooth when you apply it, and I feel like it minimized the look of my pores.

Did I buy a full size?

Not yet, because I ended up getting other COOLA product samples and the full sizes are admittedly pricy so I'm trying to not empty my bank account.

Benefit's Gimme Brow

I have pretty thick brows, so when I was watching all the beauty Youtubers talking about brows brows brows, I'm like, Do I really need to do that? This is the kind of product I never would have purchased on my own without sampling, but it came in my June box. I have to say, it makes the smallest, yet biggest difference. It's like wearing makeup but not. It fills in my brows and holds them in place.

Did I buy a full size?

Not yet, but when I run out of my sample size, I will be purchasing for sure.

CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum

I've never been much a perfume person...well...I've never been much of a beauty product person with the exception of nail polish. But this just smells so good and it's making me become a perfume person. It's not too strong, and while I wish it would last a little longer, it does fade throughout the day so I don't get sick of it.

Did I buy a full size?

Yes! It's en route to my mailbox now! However, Birchbox only sells the rollerball, not the full bottle. But I think that'll be fine for me. 

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? If not, I can refer you just like my friend did! I'm thinking about doing monthly "unboxing" posts, maybe even videos if you're at all interested in that. Leave a comment if you'd like to see unboxing posts or videos.