Birchbox August, Tuesday Pretties, & a Giveaway!

Well, today in totally not blog news, I’m off to Disneyland! We’ve been so excited for this trip for a while… but also a bit hesitant. Why you ask? Well, we’re staying in a house. With 28 people. Yep, we’re insane. We’re traveling with Dave’s entire family (aunts, uncles, grandma, cousins, siblings) and it’s going to be nuts. Wish us luck – we’re also staying with multiple children under the age of five… as childless people, I’m sweating a little just thinking about it.

I’m sure we’ll survive, but we may rethink future child plans after it. Just kidding. Kind of.

Anyways, I thought I’d share my Birchbox with you this month, and it just so happened Niki of Glossy Blonde graciously allowed me to co-host Tuesday Pretties with her! Be sure to link up at the bottom of the post if you have some pretty things to share. :)

Birchbox August Subscription Box Review 2014 / hellorigby!

Birchbox August 2014

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo / Birchbox August 2014 / hellorigby!
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – So, you may remember from my Ipsy review that I got a dry shampoo sample there too… hmmm. Well, I will say this smells better than any other dry shampoo that I’ve tried and the packaging is beyond cute, but I honestly prefer the Klorane overall. (.75 fl oz / Value $2.97)

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream / Birchbox August 2014 / hellorigby!
Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream – I won’t lie, body lotion is my least favorite thing to receive in subscription boxes. I find it so boring, I mean, generally lotion is lotion as long as the scent doesn’t suck and the texture isn’t watery. This was fine. It smelled good, it was a thick body cream. (15 ml / Value $.94)

Noir Cosmetics Black Mania Kohl Eyeliner / Birchbox August 2014 / hellorigby!
Noir Cosmetics Black Mania Kohl Eyeliner – So I kind of let out a sigh when I saw this in my box. I mean, at least it wasn’t mascara, but I’m kind of bored of eyeliner samples. BUT, I’m glad I tried this, because it’s formula rivals Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liner and it’s cheaper by $5. I’d recommend if you’re looking for a smudgable liner with staying power. (Full Size / Value $15)

The Balm Stainiac Lip Stain / Birchbox August 2014 / hellorigby!
theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen – First of all, every time I used this I started singing “Maniac” in my head, so that’s fun. I’m honestly a little mixed on my thoughts with this. I often have dry lips, and this kind of clings to the dry areas and doesn’t look so great. On the other hand, I like the subtle color this adds and think it works as expected. (.04 oz / Value $2.27)

Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser / Birchbox August 2014 / hellorigby!
Vasanti Detox Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser – This is a really cleanser for dry skin like mine. It’s not drying, as the cleanser is really thick, almost like a lotion. It also doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin or give that tight feeling after using, which is great! (20 ml / Value $3.52)

Overall, not my favorite Birchbox ever, but I was excited to try out Stainiac and the Amika dry shampoo, and the other samples were fun too. For $10, I got a box worth about $25 which seems like a good deal to me.

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Welcome to Tuesday Pretties with Glossy Blonde! Tuesday Pretties is a weekly link up where you can link up your Tuesday blog post containing pretty fashion, beauty, DIY, home design… really anything pretty!!


1. Follow your host and co-host! Niki @ Glossy Blonde and Jenn @ hellorigby! 2. Link up your pretties! (Be sure to link up to an actual post, not your blog’s main page.) 3. Grab a button or link back! This helps others find the linkup, and the more linking up, the more new blog friends we can make! 4. Visit a few of the entries! It’s a great chance for you to get to know other bloggers! 5. Spread the word via social media if you’d like! The more the merrier! Be sure to tag me (@nikmariec) and use the hashtag #TuesdayPretties!  

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Link-ups: Still Being Molly, Fizz and Frosting, Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, Tucker Up, Transatlantic Blonde, Because Shanna Said So, Pampers and Pearls, Vodka Infused Lemonade, Penniless Socialite, Two Thirty-Five Designs, All Things Chic, Treasure Tromp

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28 thoughts on “Birchbox August, Tuesday Pretties, & a Giveaway!

  1. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    I had birch box for about two years? People kept gifting it to me and I kept renewing on points. Finally I had to give it up because I saw the value declining and also because I could be taken over by sample sizes lol. I have the stainic from them. You make me want to try this eyeliner.

    1. Jenn Post author

      Oh yeah, totally know what you mean about being taking over by samples! I’m getting to that point and am rethinking my subscription services for that very reason!

  2. Juliette

    my sister is always trying to convince me to try Birchbox but I just haven’t taken the leap yet. The Staniac looks like something I would like… i usually just wear chapstick on my lips but I have been wanting to try more colors. I’m glad you posted this!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Birchbox has actually introduced me to some lip products I’ve really liked – their Laqa & Co brand is really fun and also like their Cynthia Rowley collaboration! I think Birchbox is worth the $10/month if you can budget for it and enjoy trying new beauty products!

  3. Kristen

    pretty much, this is why i dont want to sign up for subscription boxes. i dont want to get lotion and the like, to me some of the products are all the same.

    1. Jenn Post author

      Yeah, I think that’s totally understandable. It’s one of the reasons I’m considering just getting one per month, or stopping for awhile. I think they’re a lot of fun to receive, but I do have quite the back up of samples.

    1. Jenn Post author

      I’ve always really loved Birchbox, I think the samples they send are high quality and good if you like a more basic mix of skin/body/makeup/hair products. I’ve found some absolute favorite products, so I always like to tell people to give them a try for a few months. Another tip – make sure you review what you get in your box each month! You’ll generally get between $5-8 back in Birchbox points to use in their shop, and I’ve redeemed them for tons of free (or nearly free) products! :)

  4. Lisa K

    Stainiac looks so good on you–I get what you mean about the dry spots, though…Not because I see that on your lips, but because I’ve experienced that myself with Benetint in the winter.

    1. Jenn Post author

      Yeah, not my favorite, but I don’t dislike it. It may just be an issue with stains in general for me. I’ll have to try it on my cheeks!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Yeah, between Birchbox and Ipsy my hands will never be dry and my eyes will forever be lined. Wish they would introduce some really revolutionary products to us!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Ugh, my Birchbox keeps arriving later and later in the month! Stainiac wasn’t my favorite, but it was fun to try a new lip product!

  5. Niki

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been on the fence about re-subscribing but I want to see a few more before I do! I’ve heard great things about the Amika Dry Shampoo and I feel the exact same way (mixed) about the Staniac!

    1. Jenn Post author

      I’m in the opposite boat – I’m thinking of taking a break because I have SO many samples! Maybe I should give them away so I can keep subscribing! ;)

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