You know you’re beauty obsessed when your Birchbox samples are products you’ve not only tried before but adore. But I’m not going to complain about receiving an extra bottle of my favorite dry shampoo by Klorane. Many of the samples in July’s Birchbox seemed to resonate with the theme of being healthy, though this was far from a #BirchboxEnvy box. Read on to get the scoop on these samples, and let me know what you got this month. If you’re still not signed up, then treat yourself to one! It’s fun getting stuff in the mail, seriously.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: As I mentioned above, I absolutely love Klorane. I’m always trying to prolong my blowouts, so I mean it when I say that I’ve tried a fair amount of dry shampoos. Most of the ones I’ve tried weigh down my hair or make it even more oily (gross), but not Klorane. Klorane is living proof that the French (it’s made in France) do everything right. It renews my oily locks on the fifth and sixth days of not washing, and it adds volume. I’m really curious to see if another dry shampoo can beat this one.
100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel: I wish I had received a bigger sample because I didn’t want to stop using this. Over the past year, I’ve been opting for sulfate-free products for my hair, face, and body, so I was stoked when I saw that this shower gel is all-natural and free of sulfates. That said, it is incredibly gentle. So gentle in fact that I even used it on my face and my skin didn’t feel like sandpaper – and that’s with a hot shower. I can go on and on about how luxurious it feels, but I think you get the point. Unfortunately, at $15 it is a bit more than what I would shell out for a shower gel (hey, a girl’s got to pay the bills), so I might stick to my Yes to Blueberries body wash instead.
Naobay Body Radiance Lotion: Another sulfate-free sample (yay!) is this natural and organic body lotion from Noabay that has a citrus scent, which reminds me a lot of Suki exfoliating cleanser (is it just me?). As I alluded to above, I have a tendency to take very hot showers making body lotion a necessity, and though I liked how gentle this one was, I didn’t find it nearly as hydrating as Gilchrist & Soames, the lotion I received last month’s box. Body lotions, like lip balms, are generally the most underwhelming samples compared to a nail polish or lip stain, but I appreciate that I almost never have to buy these products anymore.
Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner: Full confession: I still can’t apply eyeliner correctly, but with this soft wax pencil I don’t have to! This eyeliner is made for smudging, and though that’s great for people like me who can’t apply eyeliner, it does have a tendency to rub off on my eyelids. But I don’t let that stop me. I received the sample in navy and wear it with shimmery brown eyeshadow from Coastal Scents (another Birchbox sample) for a day-to-night soft yet sultry look. Another plus about this eyeliner is that it’s non-irritating.
Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser: And last (and possibly least), a sulfate-free facial cleanser that has a terrible scent and worse taste. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t go around taste-testing my beauty products but cleansers always find a way to seep into my mouth for some reason. Another deal breaker: it doesn’t remove all of my makeup. I found myself using several eye makeup remover towelettes after cleansing even though I hadn’t been wearing waterproof makeup. I really wanted to like this sample because I loved Vasanti’s BrightenUp! exfoliator, but needless to say, this won’t be replacing my Yes to Carrots cleanser.