May 2014 Birchbox Deconstructed #birchbox

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Each month I wait with baited breath for my Birchbox to arrive. It's almost like celebrating a mini-birthday each month. I can't wait to open it, and just like gifts you receive, some Birchboxes are great and others are mediocre at best.

I'm not completely thrilled with this month's selection. This is the second month in a row that I wasn't bowled over by my Birchbox. Looks like it's time to update my profile so that I start getting products that I love.

Here's what I received in this month's Birchbox (in no particular order):

1. Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo (Received a sample. Full size: $21.95)
This sulfate-free shampoo adds shine and volume.
My thoughts: I like the smell, and I noticed a small increase in volume but not shine.

2. Beauty Protector Protect & Conditioner (Received a sample. Full size: $21.95)
This nourishing conditioner with shea butter detangles and protects.
My thoughts: This is a great conditioner for detangling. I used a small amount on my daughter and combed it through her wet hair. Even after rinsing, she had no knots.

3. LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Coral (Received a sample. Full size: $18.)
This high-gloss, semi-sheer lip color glides on smoothly and is perfect for spring.
My thoughts: I liked how smoothly this went on my lips. It felt like butter. However, the color was almost neon. Not at all for me.

4. Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology (Received a sample. Full size: $19)
This lightweight cream provides water-resistant, SPF 30+ protection anywhere you need it.
My thoughts: I used it on my face and liked how light it was. It's great under makeup.

5. 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy (Received 2 packets. Packs of 15 - 60 $10-$30)
These breath freshening crystals attack unpleasant odors for a clean feeling.
My thoughts: Poprocks for bad breath. These are much better tasting than those foul breath strips that you put on your tongue and are filled with alcohol. However, they aren't as powerful.

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