Birchbox Lovely Day Limited Edition Box

Every couple of months Birchbox comes out with a new limited edition box and I carefully watch to see if it would be a good one. This month they had the Lovely Day Box which they were advertising for Mother’s Day but I bought one for myself (don’t worry I got something else amazing for Mom). So here’s the scoop: it’s still available for $62! Don’t forget to add on the mystery sample pack and try one of these coupons before you buy: TAKEOFF20, COMEBACK20, MOBILE20, WELCOMEOFFER20, TAKEOFF10.

 

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As always the packaging is gorgeous and gift worthy. They also included a card with the product descriptions. Let’s dig in!

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Cargo Blush in Cannes – This is a vary large tin of blush and I have heard good things about this brand. Unfortunately I do not think think peach color will work for my skin tone. This is good for warm tones and my pale skin is cool – one of the other varying colors would have worked better. I am trying to swap this. (It must me popular though because it’s out of stock right now on Birchbox).

Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg – This is another product where the colors will vary and I got one I don’t love wah wahhhh. I am familiar with this formulation from my recent Jouer Matchbox and it rocks but this color is described as a “creamy honey pink”. It just looked too close to my actual lip color and I’m afraid it will wash me out. I much prefer bright and fun lip colors anyway. Trying to swap this too…bummer.

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Living Proof Nightcap Overnight Hair Perfector – I think this will be the fifth product I have sampled by this relatively new brand and they all rock and smell AMAZING! I have a full size of the PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment and it’s great! I used this the other night on wet hair and it felt soft the next morning and helped hold my waves. I actually got a compliment the next day!

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel – I like the formula of this – very similar to a shaving cream. The scent (Hammam Delight) eucalyptus and mint is not my favorite scent. It’s too fresh when I prefer sweet fruity scents.

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Harney and Sons Assorted Teas – Y’all I LOVE tea so this was very exciting to get. I got 7 different flavors including Caribe, Earl Grey Supreme, PomegranateΒ  Oolong, and Tilleul with Mint. Getting to try out multiple flavors was great! On the Harney and Sons website they actually sell sample sets! I would love to order one of these sometime.

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Nails INC Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square and Mayfair Lane – These polishes are supposed to give the effect of gel without a UV lamp through plasticiser technology (whatever that is). I tried out the gray color and I like the formula and brush, but the bottle cap is bulky. It chipped the next day unfortunately.

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Greenleaf Bella Freesia Candle Tin – This scent is a clean blend of freesia, white tea, amber and cotton blossom. I like it – it’s slightly floral but not overpowering. I wish this company had other scents on the BB website because I feel like $10 is a good price for the size.

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Davines Anti Aging Hand Cream – I love this brand and I love this cream! It has a light floral scent (just like their hair products) and packs a punch with great anti aging ingredients. It’s a winner in my book!

Illume Go Be Lovely Demi Perfume – We sell this brand at Anthropologie so I had smelled the candles before but had not tried the beauty products. You could have gotten one of two scents and YAY I got the one I wanted! Coconut Milk Mango is so yummy and tropical. I also love roller balls so this is perfect with gorgeous packaging.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – This is a pretty expensive product to lighten discolorations (which I don’t have), but I’ve enjoyed getting to finally try out a product from this brand. They use ingredients from grapes (hence the vino) for an all natural treatment. It feels very nice going on because it’s oil free.

Overall I love this box! It’s a good deal and a great way to sample a wide range of products. I would have to say my favorite things are the tea and perfume! This would make a great Mother’s Day present and I bet you can still get it in time!

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Swaps #1

In every subscription there will be some things you don’t love so much, and then some things that you see other people get online and that you don’t get. That’s why this amazing swap site on My Subscription Addiction was created – trade away things you don’t want for things you do! Here are the trades I’ve made so far, and then a short explanation on how to trade if you want to get started.

Trade #1

Here’s what I swapped:

Hello by Harvey Prince perfume sample

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Dr. Jart + Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm sample

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Here’s what I got:

Agave Healing Oil hair treatment sample

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Real Chemistry Luminous Three Minute Peel sample

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Both of the items I swapped I got in my Birchbox, and the Agave I got in Birchbox too and loved it! So I had to get some more – it smells and feels fantastic! I was really intrigued by the Real Chemistry product when it launched on BB. I like it – but it’s so expensive that I would never get the full size. I think the next month I actually got this sample in my BB!

Trade #2

Here’s what I swapped:

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Set

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Here’s what I got:

Toni & Guy Sea Salt Spray

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pur~lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

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I already had the Liz Earle set from a BB Limited Edition box so I was ready to try something new! The sea salt spray smells pretty good but sprays a lot! Like makes my hair kind of wet. This pur~lisse product is pretty expensive and had been in a billion subscription boxes this summer – none of which I get. I was really excited to try it and I really like it! A very nice smooth texture.

Trade #3

Here’s what I swapped:

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

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Here’s what I got:

Julep Tammi

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The Shiseido product didn’t get good reviews from Paula’s Choice so I decided to get this funky fun lemongrass shimmer color from Julep! I’m actually about to put it on with some black cat decals for Halloween!

Trade #4

Here’s what I swapped:

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

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Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

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Here’s what I got:

The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish

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Julep Green Tea Facial Blotting Paper

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So I had already gotten the Benefit liner from Sephora and it was a bigger sample then this one from BB. The body wash I actually already have from a hotel so I wasn’t that excited about it. I had gotten a sample of another The Aloe Source product in BB and really liked it, and I love cleansers so this was a win! This cleanser is pretty fun and works good. I love blotting papers and most Julep products and these work great so another win.

Trade #5

Here’s what I swapped:

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

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Body Drench Candy Licious Lips Lemon Drop

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Here’s what I got:

Water For Elephants (paperback)

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You might think I hate lemon from this swap but I really don’t! I REALLY wanted to try this Suki cleanser because it is another one of those cult products I see on blogs so I actually ordered a jar of it in a set from BB so I didn’t need this little sample. The lip balm was from Beauty Box 5 and just seemed like a cheap brand that didn’t excite me. I however LOVE books and I have seen this movie and thought it was great. I am so excited to read this soon.

I had been putting swaps off for a long time because it just made me nervous! But once I got it figured out it’s pretty easy! I work at a place that does shipping regularly so it’s convenient for me because they have small boxes and bubble wrap. I print out my own shipping labels through PayPal and it’s pretty cheap! Liz has made her swap site easy to use too. You can search by item, box, or just browse recently added items. I encourage you to swap or gift some of those samples that are just lying around – you never know what you might get!

My Subscription Addiction Quarterly Box #MSA01

You may know from reading my blog that My Subscription Addiction is my favorite blog for keeping up with all subscription boxes. The blogger of the site, Liz Cadman, has opened so many boxes that she knows what works in a subscription and what is a dud. She has fantastic taste and particularly likes organic beauty products. Basically shes awesome and recently came out with a subscription box of her own on Quarterly. I knew this was gonna be good so I signed up, and not long after it sold out! Her site is very popular! For $50 her box comes once a quarter. Here’s what I got for fall.

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This box included a letter from Liz about why she picked each item and the price breakdown for each.

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Raw Naturals Candle in Chai Latte, $24 – This is my favorite item in the box! Chai Latte is my favorite drink from Starbucks so I love the smell of cream and spices. It’s all natural and has a wood wick for a fun crackling sound. I have already burned it many times!

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Simonetta Infinity Knit Scarf, $25 – This was my least favorite item in the box only because of the color combo. I’m not a fan of brown or red and there were other colors that went out that I liked better. But oh well, it will make a great Christmas gift! It is very soft and infinity style.

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, $65 – The packaging from this brand is so beautiful I had to take several pictures! Also I would never buy a face wash this expensive so it’s fun to get something indulgent like this in a box. This is a cleanser/exfoliator in a powder form. You wet your face then shake some power into your hand, wet it, and massage over face. The powder is pretty fine, and does not have a strong smell. It took my makeup off well and left my skin feeling soft and clean.

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Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss, $15 – There was a few colors that went out and I got Guava which is a sheer red. It is not sticky at all, has a light scent and is completely natural. I like it!

CARDAMOM+COFFEE BODY SCRUB

Fig + Yarrow Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub, $22 – My sample came without a label on the front so I decided to use this picture. This scrub is made with organic and all natural ingredients and has many skin benefits. There’s glycolic acid for natural exfoliation; cocoa, coconut and shea butters are highly moisturizing and nourishing; and castor oil is good for skin detoxification and repair. At first the scent of coffee really hit me and I wasn’t loving it. I sued it on my arms and hands in the sink and it felt great, but left my skin really dirty and my arms tinged brown and with coffee bits on them. I finally wiped all that off and it really did feel moisturizing, and then the scent of cardamom came through and I liked it. The full size isn’t something I would buy myself so it was fun to try this out.

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Also included were three coupons to Tatcha, Fig + Yarrow and Just Fab shoes. I haven’t used any of them but they were a nice addition.

Overall I was very pleased with this box; the candle and face wash really stood out to me. I liked it so much that I signed up for the subscription before it sold out for winter. What’s great is that Liz has been asking for feedback on her site and what people would like to see for the winter box. I’m hoping for another candle, an eyeshadow palette, body creme, and a flavored hot chocolate! What do you think of the first My Subscription Addiction box?