Birchbox May 2016 – Review

It’s Birchbox day!!!!

Birchbox is a $10 a month beauty subscription service. Sign up by clicking here to get 5 deluxe-sized samples sent to your house in a pretty new box each month. (The boxes are  useful for so many random jobs around the house.) I love Birchbox because of the customization you’re involved in and the rewards system is really great!

Here is the design of the month…


And here is the mix of items I was sent…

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Body Peel

I hand-picked this peel to come in the box and love it. Birchbox introduced me to Real Chemistry several months back and it has proven to be such an amazing line. I loved the face peel so much that I featured it in my favorite exfoliators post. I had every intention of using this on my face, however the packaging is very clear that that is not the best idea. So I ended up using it on the heels of my feet and it felt like I had just gotten a pedicure!

ModelCO Lip Lacquer

This is essentially just a very lightly pigmented (almost clear) gloss. Nothing special in my opinion. I will save this to top other lip colors when I want more of a shine but don’t see myself using this as a solo lip product.

Vera Bradley Vanilla Sea Salt Fragrance

Birchbox is great about sending fragrances, which I enjoy because it’s not something I typically want to spend my beauty budget on. I love this scent! I was afraid it would smell too salty for my liking but it’s very subtle and reminds me of the beach for sure. It also brings me back to my childhood when I loved vanilla everything.

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist

In my Birchbox preview post this month, I predicted I would like this mist the best and I was right! As I get older, sun protection gets more important. Using this setting mist, which doubles as an SPF, could not be any easier. The packaging reads “matte finish three-in-one sets make-up, controls oil, and delivers UV photoaging protection”. Umm… thank you, Birchbox, for reading my mind on exactly what I need in my life!!!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

This baby smells so good. As you have probably heard me say time and time again, I don’t use leave in conditioners like this regularly. I find that they make my hair greasier faster  and that’s just not a cute look. This is something I will keep on hand but likely will not use too often.

My Rating: STAR-4

This box was pretty solid overall. I am stoked about the setting mist, that’s by far my favorite product! It will be especially perfect for the summer months. I also really love the peel and fragrance, both of which I can see investing my own money into after my samples run out. The leave in conditioner is okay to have but you may have heard me say that I have been sent so many of these that they just aren’t super exciting to get. I’m not crazy about the lip product, that’s probably the only thing I don’t like or find useful out of the mix I was sent. Good month, Birchbox. Just send some better lippies next time, XOXO.

Birchbox May 2016 – Preview

I think this is going to be a good Birchbox month!!!

The item I am most excited for is the setting mist because I’ve been looking for a spray to use to lock my makeup into place and hope this one works well for my skin. It’s a total plus that it has SPF right in it! I am least excited for the hair protector because I have so many of these types of products and don’t tend to love them for my hair.

I also love Real Chemistry, Vera Bradley, and ModelCo so really look forward to trying all of those products out as well this month!

Stay tuned for an upcoming review on everything, XOXO.

Top 3 Exfoliators

Winter has been extra tough on my skin this year. I’m usually fairly oily, but this season my face has felt much more combination-dry. I’ve found that regular exfoliation (1-2x weekly) is key to keeping my skin hydrated.

Here are my recent favorites…


St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub 

This is a classic must-have. I use this scrub in the shower because the formula is very gritty and I like to wash my face with a gentle cleanser right after. It smells great and leaves skin feeling super soft. For around $5 per tub it’s a huge bang for your buck and lasts forever!

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel

I received this product in a Birchbox and fell instantly in love. Use by rubbing a small amount on your semi-wet face and massaging into skin until you feel the product clump up… That’s your dead skin! The only downfall is the luxurious price-tag of $48. Ouch. I wanted very badly to buy the full size version when my sample ran out, but did some research and found a great alternative.

Lemon D Toc Sparkling Peeling Gel

Which brings me to this baby! You use it the same way, essentially rub the product into your skin until you feel the dry skin peeling away. It does the same thing for a fraction of the price… $9! I do find that I need to use quite a bit more of this product to get the same effect, but it still does the trick.

Do you have any suggestions to add to my list? Which exfoliator do you use and what makes it so great? XOXO