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Birchbox August 2013 Review – Beauty Subscription Box

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Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

Normally I expect Birchboxes to ship around the 10th and arrive about 3-5 days later, but this month my Birchbox showed up early! If you aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it’s pretty much the original beauty subscription box, and it’s only $10 a month. Even if every box isn’t a hit, I will always subscribe – I love Birchbox!

Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

This month’s theme is finishing school – “the idea of zeroing in on the details: from the elegance of a handwritten invitation, to the confidence-boosting power of bright red lipstick.”  I think August probably is a difficult month to pick a theme for – June and July have already taken the summer themes, and you can’t do fall or back-to-school until September. I give Birchbox an A for effort on this month’s theme!

Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

The Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free with an annual subscription)

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

MIYU Beauty Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence & Tea – 15 mL Value $7

First, I love the packaging of this sample! This Beauty Essence is part serum, part facial mist. I just tried it out, and it has a nice soothing peppermint scent. Plus I never thought I’d say this about tea from a subscription box – but I’m excited to try it!

Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

Tan Towel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelette – Value $2.50

Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes (2) – Value $1

This Tan Towel was a “Beauty Extra” and not considered part of the 4-5 samples I paid for. (AKA I guess I can’t complain about getting another Tan Towel!)

These feet wipes are a product I normally wouldn’t buy, but I was happy to use since I had them! (I like that they are alcohol-free and anti-bacterial!)

Birchbox August 2013 Review - Beauty Subscription Box

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Warm Glow – 5 ml Value $4

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper – 1 oz Value $3

I receieved this CC Cream in the June POPSUGAR Must Have box and loved it – I’m happy to have another mini-tube!

Verdict: I paid $10 for the August Birchbox and received about $17 worth of product. I’m going to use everything besides the tan towel, so I’m very happy with the value, and I discovered two new brands: Jasmine Seven and MIYU! What did you get in your August Birchbox? Any new favorite products you recommend?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I got the exact same box. I’ll use the feet wipes for camping. I already have several from some other box. I did like the packaging on the MIYU moisturizer. For me the box was “meh” but I can’t really complain.

  2. ModelCo Party Proof Matte lipstick in kitty. Great color! Super moisturizing but not long lasting.

  3. I’m not a hater, I swear, but after looking at this post, I’m still so glad I canceled my subscription. It’s all stuff I’ve gotten in other boxes. (Although with Birchbox, it’s so random – I think there are about 32 versions of each month’s box or something.)

    I too would have been like, “More tan towels? NOOOOOOO!”

    AND FOOT WIPES? No. Just no.


    • Did you let them know you received duplicate samples? I have only been sent a duplicate sample twice and they gave points as an apology.

  4. I received that Curl Keeper in June’s Curlkit. I am not a fan. Maybe this will work for you, but it was not made for 4A/B curls. I would love to hear how you like this.

  5. I also got this Cailyn Gel Eyeliner–it was a pretty substantial sample and fabulous. I got two Miss Jessie hair treatments for curly hair (i wonder how they make decisions), Dr. Jart BB Cream and a couple of Whish products, including Body wash and some hair inhibitor/deodorant wipe (beauty extra)

  6. Loved my birchbox this month! Especially the juice beauty face moisturizer sample.

  7. This was my first month subscribing to birchbox and i was SOOOOOO disappointed. I got my box and it was completely crushed … my box was practically smashed in half and all the contents inside were all mangled …. I was sad that this was my experience for my first box ;(

    • I hope you call their customer service and tell them that your box was damaged. I have read that their CS is great.

    • Sounds like a USPS issue squashing it. Call or email Birchbox (& maybe take a pic of your box). They will make it up to you in points or something. If they do the points then when you have enough you can get free full sized products!

    • You should email them and let them know. I had a box show up crushed, probably by a mail carrier and they resent the items that were leaking or crushed and even threw in a couple extras.

  8. I got he birchbox bobby pins in white, 2 mini packs of the OC8 mattifying gel, a dr. Jart bb cream, the N4 super comp prep and protect spray and the model co matte lipstick in dusk till dawn

  9. I received the bobby pins in white, ModelCo Party Proof Matte lipstick in Dusk Til Dawn, Miss Jessie’s hair products (2 packets) Rapid Recovery and Super Sweetback Treatment, Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer, and Violet Oasis Argan Oil (small bottle). I am happy with all my samples this month!

  10. I was TOTALLY bummed by my box. Suddenly I am a tea gal and that ALONE would have made me happy!! If i get another “Tanning” product I WILL SCREAM!!! I’m pale LOOK STUPID with a tan. With that said, I was actually happy about the hair product. Then again, I have NO RIGHT to complain because Birchbox costs $10.00 and whatever I hate I just give away. Just get sad when it’s a bummer box.

  11. Yea their shipping was strange this month, received my box on Friday and got the usual email that comes BEFORE with the tracking info Saturday night! I received the exact same box!

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