May Birchbox

Birchbox is a subscription makeup service that allows you to sample a variety of high-end beauty products for $10 a month. For more information, visit

After last month’s less-than-stellar “green” box, I was very happy when I opened my box this month to find a ton of goodies I can’t wait to use. The theme this month was “mom”, in honor of mothers day.

May Birchbox


    • Jouer Mini Tinted Lip Enhancer – At first I was taken aback by the deep berry color, but it turns out “Shiraz” is a perfectly sheer shade. It adds the perfect pop of color on my lips. It claims to plump lips and decrease fine lines, but I’m not sure I buy it. Other than that, is has a wonderful satin feel and a very pleasant smell.


  • Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint – I’m afraid a tinted moisturizer in the shade “bronze” is too dark for me. Out of their five shades, bronze is the second darkest, so I plan to use this sparingly on my cheeks like I do with Clinique’s Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator. It has 20 SPF, Vitamin E, Ginseng and Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract and leaves a light shimmer on the skin. Unfortunately, it smells like plastic.



  • Erno Laszlo Transphuse Night Serum – This is another fine-line reducing product that I may not need for another five years. I guess prevention never hurt anyone. The serum is light and has a strong yet refreshing citrus. If you’re sensitive to smells, I would avoid this.



  • Archipelago Pomegranate Soap – This is a product I definitely would not have purchased on my own because I don’t use bar soap. This is a prime example of why Birchbox is so great! It introduces you to products you love but didn’t know yet. The soap has a very fresh berry scent, but also may be a poor choice if you are sensitive to smells.



  • BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir – This is my least favorite product this month. I actually really enjoy the scent, but floral perfumes are not something I want to wear. I prefer light fruity scents. I actually think my grandmother may wear this because the scent reminds me of her.



  • Tiny Prints Greeting Card – It may seem strange, but I actually think this is one of my favorite items. The print on the card is adorable, I may not be able to bring myself to write on it! What a bonus that it’s printed on recycled paper.


Tiny Prints Stationary

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  • Reply Lauren

    I didn’t get mine today and all my friends did! So Jealous…

    May 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    I was surprised mine came today! Mine is always a day after everyone else.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    Ahhh I want a birchbox so bad! I need to shut up about it! lol

    May 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    There is a new one called Luxe Box by Loose Button that isn’t entirely public yet. Maybe you should hold out and see how that one is.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Olivia

    yesss I’ve been on the waiting list for that one for a while, it’s still only in canada which is kinda annnoying!

    May 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply My favorite time of the month – May 2011 BirchBox |

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  • Reply Kim B.

    Have you heard of Eco-Emi? Apparently its the same concept but all eco-friendly products, they even include food products! lol. It seemed interesting as well.

    May 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply Kelsey

    I hadn’t! But thank you for sharing — I’m going to look into that now. I’d love to do a write up on them.

    May 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm
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  • Reply Jet Off With the June Birchbox | The Girl Talks

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