I had first heard about Birchbox from my cousin who has been a subscriber for about a year now – she always talks about how fun it is to receive a “present” of new beauty products in the mail every month. Each month, Birchbox subscribers receive an assortment of top product samples from high-end brands. The cost is only $10 a month, and it includes all of your samples and shipping fees! After sifting through some of my cousin’s samples, I  immediately got online to sign up for the monthly deliveries. I love everything about this concept; especially since I’m never one to splurge on any sort of beauty product without sampling it first. Plus, I don’t exactly have any extra time to spend at beauty counters hunting for the latest and greatest with two busy children en tow.

Unfortunately, I was wait-listed for a few weeks upon subscribing (this is common and should be expected), but my first box has finally arrived and I was THRILLED to test out all of the new products!



Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy, ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss, Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, Claudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Cream SPF 15, 100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream

My favorite product from this months box is the (full size) ModelCO SHINE Ultra Lipgloss. The gloss is a perfect shade of sheer shimmery pink, and I love that there is a built-in mirror on the tube.  I was SO glad that a clarifying shampoo was included this month as I have been meaning to incorporate it into my weekly regime, so I will definitely be purchasing a bottle of the Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo! The Viva La Juicy perfume was a bit too much for my taste – I prefer more subtle scents, and this was too strong for my liking. I plan to use the SPF 15 day cream in my beach bag, and I enjoyed the body cream, but at this point I am solely using STRETCH MARK creams! All of the products that were sampled will ship free, should I decide to purchase full sizes, and Birchbox was kind enough to include a “welcome to the club” coupon code for my first purchase. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this month’s samples, and I can’t wait to see what will be included in my next box!

Visit to sign up for monthly deliveries, or to purchase full sized products. A Birchbox subscription would make an excellent gift, too!


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