Reviewing Birchbox: May & June Reveals

It’s Birchbox review time again! I really enjoy getting a monthly surprise in my mailbox, but it gets a little overwhelming (and boring) to blog about them each month. So, instead I do an every-other-month reveal. What do you think? Do you like it, or do you think I should stop blogging them?

My May Birchbox:

May birchbox reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Coola Classic Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea, Full-size $32
  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Full-size $23.50
  • Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub, Full-size, $28
  • Vera Bradley Fragrance, Vanilla Sea Salt, Full-size, $48
  • Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo, Full size-$35

When I opened this box, I was most interested in the hair detangler, the coconut scrub and the blush/bronzer duo. I love the scent of coconut, so the scrub was an automatic winner for me. The hair detangler was good, but I already have one I like a lot better.

As much as I really wanted to love the blush and bronzer duo, the design of the compact made it really difficult to use. I mean, it was super tiny so the only way you could put it on was by using a finger. Once I did swipe some on my face, I found that the bronzer had some major sparkle going on. So this was not a good match for my day-to-day life.

My June Birchbox:

June Birchbox reveal - Pocketful of Joules

  • Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, Full-size, $13.50 – $72
  • Coola Mineral Face SPF Unscented Matte Tint, Full-size, $24
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water, Full-size, $9 – $18.50
  • brandt PoreDermabrasion, Full-size, $58
  • Number 4 Reconstructing Masque packet (bonus), Full-size $38 – $58
  • Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Full-size, $24

I was sent the clarifying shampoo and conditioner in a previous box before I cancelled my subscription (which they have no way of knowing), so I already know that I don’t care for either of them. The dermabrasion scrub is a great size for me to throw into my travel bag on my next trip. I’ll try it out later this week when I’m in DC.

I was super excited to try Benefits brand-new product for brows, Gimme Brows Volumizing Fiber Gel. This product just came out and Birchbox subscribers got the very first look. It is a gel that contains tiny microfibers that adhere to your skin and hairs to make your brows look instantly fuller.

Here’s a closer look at the brush:

Benefit brow collection reveal - Pocketful of Joules

I admit that I had no freaking idea how to use this. I even watched a video and tried a few more times before I decided that this is just not the product of my dreams that I was hoping for. It just felt kind of weird to me to basically be brushing mascara on my brows and when I did get some coverage it seemed WAY too striking. I’m glad I had the chance to sample it though.

After a few months of amazing Birchbox surprises, I didn’t get any clear winners from either my May or June boxes. However, both of them were well worth the $10 price tag. I’m looking forward to the next couple summer boxes!


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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