Reviewing Birchbox: July & August Reveals

It’s Birchbox review time again! I love getting a peek into what other people receive in their subscription boxes, so I hope you enjoy seeing what I got.

Let’s get right to it…

My July Birchbox:

July Birchbox Reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution, full-size $21
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, full-size $17
  • REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot, full-size $54
  • Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner, full-size $49
  • Molinard Ambre Eau de Parfum, full-size $65
  • Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara, full-size $24

This month’s box had bonus items of the packet of shampoo and conditioner, so it was a pretty awesome deal for the $10 subscription cost.  With that being said, I actually really disliked the shampoo and conditioner – they made my hair very dry and tangled – so it’s great that they weren’t included in my five items. My favorite item from this box is the Benefit mascara, which works great and doesn’t leave any clumps.

The most pricey item in the box that I wouldn’t have tried on my own is the instant firming beauty shot. I don’t notice any difference, but I’ve only used it a couple times so far. The liquid facial soap from Clinique will be handy in my travel bag for my next trip.

My August Birchbox:

August Birchbox Reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray, full-size $22 – $39
  • ProfilePRO Ultra Nourising Oil, full-size $22.95
  • REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion, full-size $42
  • The Organic Pharmacy Enzyme Peel Mask with Vitamin C and Papaya, full-size $79
  • Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick, full-size trio $20

I found it really odd that both my July and August boxes contained products from Oribe and REN. One brand repeat would be a coincidence… but two? Super weird.

I was really excited about the Oribe Beach Wave and Shine spray though and used as soon as I received my box. One of my biggest complaints about sea salt spray for beach waves is that it dries your hair out, so I really wanted to see how this version felt. And… I HATED IT. I used it as directed on damp, combed hair and gave my locks a nice scrunch while spraying it on. Instead of soft beachy waves and shine, it left me with limp and stringy hair. Not only for that entire day, but the next day too after I brushed it out. This one is going straight in the trash!

I haven’t had a chance to try the enzyme peel mask, but with a full-size cost of $79 I’m hoping it’s pretty great. I’ll keep you posted on my Instagram account when I use it. The Stila lipstick is not my color, so I’ll add it to my fun stuff pile for my sisters to check out when I see them.

Once again, no real winners in either my July or August boxes. I do now have a back-up mascara for when mine runs out, as well as a few things to add to my travel items box for our next vacation. All in all, I feel like the boxes were worth the $10 price tag. However, if I have another few months of blegh boxes I may need to take another break.


Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Birchbox, I paid for the $10 fee with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Birchbox for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction!


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