Birchbox Review – August 2014

by Must Have Boxes on August 28, 2014

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Company: Birchbox

Category: Beauty

Cost: USD $10/month, free shipping

About: Birchbox is the best way to discover new grooming, beauty and lifestyle products. Sample top products from high-end brands, get expert advice, buy new favorites and earn points with every purchase.”

The Scoop: Birchbox has an awesome rewards program. By completing product surveys and purchasing full-size items, you can earn points which translate into actual dollars toward your next purchase. These points rack up quickly too, so you’re sure to score some freebies.

The Box:

The theme of the August Birchbox is “Lighten Up” and it encourages you to keep cool and laugh your way into fall. Summer is almost over (boo!), so why not enjoy it while it still lasts? This month, there was a new option where you could select one of the samples that would be included in your box. How cool is that?! I can’t wait to show you what I selected. The shipment arrived in a pink branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a card that described each of the featured beauty products. Let’s check them out!

thegoodies

ModelCo Bronzer
Sample size 0.12 oz., value: USD $7.54

This product was the one I selected for my box! The ModelCo Bronzer helps create a natural-looking glow without you having to step foot outside. The multipurpose, pressed bronzing powder can add a subtle shimmer to your skin or dramatic face contouring, depending on how you apply it. The sheer oil-free formula provides smooth, even coverage and works well on all skin types and tones. I love having a sun-kissed look.

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Sample size 0.75 oz., value: USD $2.97

amika is one of my favorite hair care brands so I was excited to dry this dry shampoo. This weightless spray gives your hair a boost by absorbing excess dirt and oil. As a result, your locks will look lighter, softer and more refreshed. The unique formula features obliphica oil, which has a blend of powerful ingredients including antioxidants and vitamins. I held the can about 10″ from my hair, sprayed gently and massaged the product through my locks. Voila!

Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème
Sample size 0.17 oz., value: USD $20.40

I’m obsessed with this amazing eye creme! This twice-daily treatment is gentle on your eyes but delivers some powerful results. This product softens and hydrates skin and helps reduce puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines over time. I found the formula to be non-greasy and very easy to apply. After using the creme morning and night for a week, my eye area looked visibly brighter and it helped to improve my entire complexion.

Supergoop!® Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40
Sample size 0.17 oz., value: USD $1.87

A hand cream with sun protection? This is just what I need! It’s important to protect your skin and that includes your hands too. This product delivers broad spectrum UV protection as well has meadowfoam and argan oil which nourish skin and keep it hydrated. Apply this cream daily to keep your hands looking youthful and moisturized. The convenient travel-size bottle is the perfect size for storing in your purse too.

hello. Breath Spray
One 7ml breath spray, value: USD $3.83

What’s the next most important thing after having soft, kissable lips? Fresh breath, of course! This pink grapefruit mint breath spray is all-natural and completely free of alcohols. Even better, the product doesn’t contain any artificial colors or sweeteners. Score! Simply spritz this breath spray, made from purified water and natural sweeteners, to keep bad breath at bay. This refreshing spray is perfect for on-the-go use.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
Sample size and value: N/A

Tinted moisturizer is a great alternative to more traditional, thick liquid foundation. The smooth, hydrating formula is super blendable and provides fabulous coverage. I love that this lightweight moisturizer contains broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen as well as vitamins C and E that help protect your skin. Say goodbye to blemishes and uneven skin tone without having to hide your natural beauty.

verdict

Total box value: USD $36.61

  • ModelCo Bronzer – USD $7.54
  • amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – USD $2.97
  • Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Crème – USD $20.40
  • Supergoop!® Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 – USD $1.87
  • hello. Breath Spray – USD $3.83
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen – N/A

 

This may be the best Birchbox that I’ve ever received! The total value of the products was nearly $40.00. I received so many amazing items this month that it’s really difficult to choose a favorite. My top pick is the Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme. I’m always looking for products that can help me retain my fresh, youthful glow. The ModelCo Bronzer was also a great addition to the box and it helped me achieve that perfect summer glow. Birchbox is one of my favorite beauty subscription boxes and I hope you can see why. :)

What did you receive in your August Birchbox? What was your favorite beauty product this month? Let me know!

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From the Lab Beauty Explorer Box Review – August 2014

by Must Have Boxes on August 25, 2014

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Company: From the Lab Beauty Explorer Box

Category: Beauty

Cost: USD $ $29.95/month, free shipping (save even more if you sign up for an annual subscription plan!)

About: “Explore the future of European luxury beauty.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive up to two full-sized never before released luxury beauty products. Each high-end product provides a 30-day supply and is backed by a money-back guarantee. These skin care, hair care, and color cosmetics items are the latest in beauty innovation and they’re offered to you at an affordable price.

The Box:

I love discovering the latest beauty products so I was psyched to try out the Beauty Explorer Box from From the Lab. The August shipment arrived in a pink branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. This month featured the limited edition Summer Essentials Collection 2 which was developed in celebration of the company’s anniversary. These products are meant to help refresh you after a long day in the summer sun. Let’s check them out!

thegoodies

Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724
5 fl. oz., value: USD $29.95

The summer elements, like surf and sand, can really take a toll on your hair. This all-in-one cleanser, conditioner, and detangler will completely transform your hair. The formula features a unique blend of healing oils and patented stem cell technology that restores dry and brittle locks. Simply run the cleanser through your hair, leave in to condition for five minutes and rinse. It’s that easy to achieve healthy-looking hair.

Face Scrub No. 597
1.7 fl. oz., value: USD $29.95

This face scrub will leave your skin with a radiant, healthy glow. The No. 597 formula gently removes all of the dirt and dead skin that’s clouding your complexion. I really enjoyed the massaging, spherical Purple Jojoba Exfoliating Beads which help revitalize tired and dull skin. This product can be applied to moistened skin, massaged in, then rinsed with lukewarm water. Trust me, your face will love this scrub!

Body Serum No. 580
6.7 fl. oz., value: USD $44.95

This luxury serum will bring the therapeutic benefits of Switzerland’s finest spas right into your own home. Serum No. 580 has antioxidants and Swiss thermal water that replenish essential vitamins and minerals to help you look and feel your best. This innovative product penetrates deep into your skin and promotes the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The best time to apply this product is right after a shower.

verdict

Total box value: USD $104.85

  • Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724 – USD $29.95
  • Face Scrub No. 597 – USD $29.95
  • Body Serum No. 580 – USD $44.95

 

Wow! I was so impressed with this month’s set of luxury products featured in the From the Lab Beauty Explorer Box. The three items are all full-size products which will last a month or longer. Score! My favorite item from the Summer Essentials Collection 2 is the Body Serum No. 580. My skin looked so amazing after using this hydrating solution and I can’t wait to see the long-term effects over the next few weeks. From the Lab Beauty Explorer Box is a great way to discover innovative products before they hit the shelves.

What did you think about the From the From the Lab Beauty Explorer Box? Interested in subscribing? Let me know!

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Helene Jewelry Box Review – August 2014 + EXCLUSIVE COUPON CODE!

by Must Have Boxes on August 23, 2014

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Company: Helene Jewelry Box

Category: Jewelry

Cost: USD $25.00/month, free shipping (Use the code MHBKristin to receive 15% off your first box!)

About: “Jewelry for those of us who love mixing color and texture with a contemporary bohemian vibe. ”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a gorgeous piece of jewelry with a retail value between $50-$125. Helene Jewelry takes the guess work out of accessorizing by sending you fun, feminine and unforgettable pieces. Save time and stay updated with the latest trends.
The Box:

It’s been a while since I reviewed Helene Jewelry Box, so I was excited to get my hands on the August box. On the Helene Jewelry website, you start by filling out a customer profile that helps identify your jewelry style (classic, bohemian, etc.). This month’s shipment arrived in a small box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a card that described the featured piece of jewelry, and a bonus piece of candy. Let’s check it out…

thegoodies

Asli Bracelet in Bronze

This gorgeous bracelet is handmade in Turkey using gold-plated copper. The fully adjustable piece features bronze glass and natural bronze Mother of Pearl accent pieces. Wear this bracelet on your wrist or higher up on your forearm for an even more goddess-like look. This bracelet looks expensive and the easy sizing makes the piece totally versatile. Yesterday, I paired this chic accessory with a long summer maxi dress and I received a ton of compliments. :)

verdict

The August Helene Jewelry Box totally wowed! The modern Asli Bracelet in Bronze has a very contemporary feel and it can be featured with a number of different outfits. This beautiful, high-quality piece is going to get a ton of wear this summer. I appreciate that the company tailors the accessories to your personal style, so you receive something unique that fits your look. What do you think of the Helene Jewelry Box? Let me know!

Remember to use the code MHBKristin to receive 15% off your first box!

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