Birchbox August 2015
(Candidly Nicole)

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Birchbox August 2015

St. Tropez Gradual In-Shower Tan
Full-size: $25.00
Sample size value is approximately: $5.97

This is a self tanner that is unique in the sense that is applied in the shower. This innovative lotion, formulated with all-natural DHA, delivers a buildable, natural-looking glow. The almond oil leaves skin smooth, nourished, and healthy-looking. Simply apply in the shower, leave on for 3 minutes and rinse. Each time the product is used, the color will build up. I do not find this sample large enough to give an extremely accurate opinion but I have used this for a week now and do notice a bit of change, not enough to capture in a photograph though. I am very fair skinned and was a bit nervous about the color but it seems to blend in nicely. The scent is pleasant and does not stain the shower nor my hands. I would consider purchasing the full size version of this product.

dr.brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant
Full Size: $78.00
Sample size value is approximately: $9.75

This is a powerful microdermabrasion treatment that instantly brightens all skin types by gently buffing away dead skin cells, revealing radiant, healthy skin underneath. All-natural jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile soothe, soften, and refresh the newly exposed skin. Over time, it even reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and discoloration. This has been working very well on my skin and has not irritated it at all. I find the exfoliating formula to be extremely effective yet not harsh as I tend to have sometimes sensitive skin. I do not believe the sample size is enough to determine if it's claims of reducing the look of fine lines is accurate but with how well it works with exfoliating, I can see this being able to do that. It does have a pleasant citrus scent. With the price, I would not likely consider purchasing the full size of this product.

LAQA & Co. Charm School Kit (Sample shade is in Humble Brag)
Set of 3: $20.00
Sample size value is approximately: $6.66

These multitasking crayons are a unique product that work as both cheek and lip color. The creamy formula makes it very easy to apply. This product contains very good color pigmentation and it does not fade easily. When used on the lips, I would recommend using a lip liner to help the product be more long lasting. As a cheek color, a little goes a long way so try dabbing onto a brush or your hand to determine how much you'll need. I really enjoy the formula and the packaging, I would consider purchasing the full set.

Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-In Smoothing Fluid
Full Size: $31.00
Sample size value is approximately: $3.69

This lightweight fluid contains a thermal protecting complex that shields hair from heat damage as well as humidity, leaving hair smooth and glossy. Avocado oil hydrates, natural, alkekenge extract smooths and controls frizz, and a blend of bergamot, ginger, vanilla, and musk leaves behind a light scent. I found this product to work pretty well and it did not leave my hair feeling greasy or weighed down. I didn't notice an extreme difference from my usual product that I use in place of this. Considering the price of the current serum I use and this one, I would not purchase the full size of this product. While it works well, I know I can get the same quality for less.

OPI Venice Collection "A Great Opera-tunity"
Full Size: $9.50
Sample size value is approximately: $2.36

This nail color is from the new OPI Venice Fall Winter 2015 collection. While I was hoping to get the red shade that most Birchbox subscribers received, I got the nude/peachy shade "A Great Opera-tunity". I did not immediately view this shade as a fall or winter color. I would see myself gravitating toward this shade in spring and summer. Overall, like all OPI products the formula is superb and of very high quality. This swatch was done with just one coat! I do enjoy the other colors in this collection far more so I would consider purchasing the full size of this product just not in this shade.

Overall, I find this month's box to be pretty average. I was excited to receive the OPI product but really unimpressed with how tiny most of this month's samples ended up being. I had high expectations with this themed box and feel mostly let down. I continue to receive some repeat products, mostly related to hair care and that is becoming quite dull. I hope to see some improvement come next month.

The value of my August 2015 Birchbox is $28.43.
I pay $10.00 a month for my subscription so I received an added value of $18.43.

Let me know what your favorite product from this month's Birchbox is down below! If you are not a Birchbox subscriber, then click any where Birchbox is mentioned in this post to join today!

As always any requests, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Talk to you soon!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any companies mentioned in this post. The Birchbox link used in this post is my referral link, I will receive points to make purchases only if you subscribe. All pictures and opinions are my own. The descriptions used are based on my experience and Birchbox's information.

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