Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the Candidly Nicole curated box selection for August. (I think the curated boxes ship earlier than the sample choice boxes).
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The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
This month's curated box is a partnership with Nicole Richie and her show Candidly Nicole on VH1.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
St. Tropez Gradual In-Shower Tan - 1.6 oz Value $6
I signed up for this curated box because I wanted to try this product! I think St. Tropez makes great natural-looking self-tanners and an in-shower application would be amazing. The actual application wasn't exactly what I was expecting (you have to turn the shower off, apply it, wait 3 minutes, then turn the shower back on to wash it off). I'm still intrigued though, it sounds better than the time I spend waiting for self-tanner lotion to fully dry before putting on clothes.
Based on the reviews, it seems like this formula gives a very gradual tan like the name suggests, so I won't have to worry about over-application.
Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-In Smoothing Fluid - .5 oz Value $3.70
This hair styling cream is designed to help protect against heat styling (apply to damp hair), or to use for adding shine/preventing fly-aways and frizz (apply to dry hair). I just tried it on dry hair and I love the scent. The formula is also really lightweight. I think this is a product I'll buy in full-size when the sample runs out.
dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant - .25 oz Value $9.75
I've sampled this before, and I think it is a good gentle exfoliant. The full-size version retails for $78 though, and since it isn't life-changing, I won't be getting this in full size.
OPI Nail Polish in My Gondola or Yours? - 3.75 ml Value $2.40
I love nail polish minis! I believe subscribers will receive various shades from the OPI Venice Collection. (Not sure if it is clear from the pictures, but this shade is black). Look how tiny/cute this bottle is:
Laqa & Co Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag - FULL SIZE! (Sold in a trio set) Value $6.70
This cheeky lip crayon works both as a blush or a lip tint. I personally prefer it as a blush for my coloring. It's easy to blend in too. Here is a swatch:
Verdict: This box has a value of about $29. I think that's great for a $10 box, and I'll use everything in the box, which is even more important. Did you pick a sample choice or the Candidly Nicole box this month? (Or both like me?)