Sephora Give Me More Lip Review

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Sephora recently launched another lip collection. Give Me More Lip has 17 different deluxe size lip products and retails for $59. According to Sephora, the actual value is $192. I choose to believe them rather than going through myself and calculating the value of each product!

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The last thing I need is more lipsticks, glosses, etc etc. seriously, I have more than enough. I just can’t stop though. A lip themed value box is a no brainer for me. Also I have wanted to try both the Fresh and the Benefit balms for a long time now.

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So far, my standout favorites in this box are the Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Balm and the Tarte LipSurgance Power Pigment. They are actually very similar in color (a dark berry) and feel similar as well. Very silky and the Fresh in particular has amazing staying power. I have always held off buying it because of the steeper price. I am glad to know now that the price is worth it!

I haven’t had any total fails from the box but so far my biggest disappointments would be the Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm in Posie and the Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Fuchsia.

With the Posie balm, I think they were going for something like the Fresh lip treatments but it isn’t quite as effective and there is no color payoff at all. I was hoping for a peachy pink color. I will definitely use it on my days off if work when I wear little to no makeup.

The issue I have with the Melted lipstick is while I love the formula (seriously love. It is lipstick but applied as a gloss), their colors are way too pigmented for me. When they say Fuchsia, they certainly mean it! I will wear daring lip colors but this was just ridiculous.

Overall, this was a very strong box. It was a little heavy on the bright pinks and reds for me, but I am happy to have found some real winners. I do think, for the size and cost of the box, it would have been nice to have some type of lip mask included, but that’s a small quibble!

What are your thoughts on Sephora’s Give Me More Lip?

-s

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Review: Memebox #39 Cafe

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I know, I know. I clearly have a problem. I feel like all I review at this point are MemeBoxes but they are that good. The value is amazing and I love the fact that it is usually full size products. I have come to love Korean skincare since I discovered Memebox.

Memebox is a Korean company that sells boxes curated based on a theme. Their new boxes are typically released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week and for the price you cannot find a better value anywhere else! To see a list of some of their current boxes, click here. (This is an affiliate link).

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Sorry my pictures are so crappy! Anyway, I love themes like this. Chocolate, cafe . . . scent based boxes like that will always sucker me in. I loved that this box wasn’t just coffee scented products, but just scents you would find in a coffee shop or cafe. So many possibilities!

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Cleomee Anti Wrinkle Donkey Lotion, retail value $83.

This is obviously the big ticket item in the box. It is a rich lotion containing donkey’s milk which, according to the info card, “far exceeds cow’s milk and even goat’s milk in its similarity to mother’s breast milk, and is also highly prized to have been the secret to Cleopatra’s unfailing beauty and skincare”. Interesting. I do believe in the healing properties of breast milk, so this definitely caught my eye. I am a horrible lotion user though. I just never remember to apply it. So I’m unsure I would actually use this. I also think it is interesting that this can be used both as a face and a body lotion.

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Binu Cook Ice Cream Scoop Cacao Body Soap, retail value $3.

This does look like an ice cream scoop if you know what you’re looking for. Otherwise it kind of looks like poop. It smells great though. I don’t use bar soap though so this will be gifted.

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Pure Smile Mask Sheet, retail value $1.

There were two variations of this sent out. I got the the green tea version. As far as sheet masks go, I really liked it. It felt like a great quality and the essence it left behind felt great. I did it before bed and rubbed the essence in afterward. My skin felt nice and soft the next morning.

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Tonymoly Latte Art Cappucino Cream-In-Scrub, retail value $13.

I had really hoped to have this in the box so I was excited when I saw it. This is a face scrub with milk protein, caffeine and coffee extracts that cleanses and firms the skin. It feels very hydrating and soothing and actually not very scrubby at all. My only complaint is the smell. It is so strongly of coffee, like I am sticking my nose in a bag of coffee beans. Just a little too strong for me.

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Holika Holika Dessert Lip Balm, retail value $6.

There were three variations of this sent out. I got Peach Cupcake, which smells exactly like you would expect. It’s nothing too exciting but it gives a nice pink color and leaves lips moisturized too.

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Vella Fresh Creamy Soap, retail value $13.

I love cleansers like this. The packaging is adorable and the scent is sweet, like vanilla. I wish it were stronger though! I keep smelling it and it is so faint. I need to get through some of my other cleansers before I try this. It says it can be used with a bubble net. I have no idea what that is.

Overall, I absolutely loved this box. Even though there were a few products I won’t use, I think Memebox did a great job following the theme of the box and I liked that they included a wide range of products.

Did you get cafe box? What are your thoughts?

-s

Review: Memebox #56 Yogurt Cosmetics

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I was so excited to come home to this box Friday night. It shipped weeks ago with my Earth & Sea restock and unfortunately the boxes were destroyed in customs, according to the email I got from Memebox. The Earth & Sea was sadly out of stock in their warehouse, so I was refunded for that box. They sent out a replacement Yogurt box Thursday, which was the day I got their email, and I got it the next day. So despite my disappointment over Earth & Sea, Memebox handled the situation very well.

For anyone new to Memebox, they are a Korean company that releases themed beauty boxes. Unlike most subscription boxes, it is not a monthly service. Rather, you choose to buy whichever boxes appeal to you. Click here to see some of the current boxes. (This is an affiliate link).

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I hadn’t looked at any spoilers for this box except for the ones Memebox released, which was actually before I even purchased the box. I love ingredient themes like this so I was eagerly anticipating this box.

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Holika Holika I Want Chu Lip Balm duo in Strawberry Smoothie, retail value of $11.

This was one of the spoilers released and I always appreciate lip balms, so I was happy to have these. The idea is that you apply one balm and your partner applies the other, so that when you kiss the balms together create a strawberry smoothie flavor. I briefly considered giving one of these to my husband for fun but I didn’t think he would appreciate the nicety of the product and would just think it was weird and/or dumb. Instead I kept both for myself!

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Ettang Modeling Take Out Cup Pack in Yogurt, retail value of $3.

This was the other product Memebox released prior to the ship date for this box. It is a powder that you mix with water to create a mask. After you apply, the mask will turn rubbery. You then peel it off to reveal soothed, firm moisturized skin.

The learning curve for this is a little more steep than I expected and my first application did not go as hoped. It was hard to tell how much water to add and I couldn’t tell if the mask was firming up as it was supposed to. Instead of peeling off in a sheet, it peeled off in little chunks. Next time I will use less water, stir better and apply thicker. You only need about 1/3 of the cup per use.

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Rappol Calming Cream, retail value of $59.

This is a face cream that strengthens the skins immunity while soothing sensitive skin. It is a huge bottle and I assumed it was a body lotion, but the info card clearly mentions the face so I’ll trust that. It feels like a lightweight cream, so I think it would benefit oilier skin. I am not sure I will keep it for myself because it is so large, I can’t see myself making it through even half the bottle.

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Purederm Skin Softening Yogurt Mask in Strawberry, retail value $12.

This is a cream mask hydrates skin and removes dead cells. I really don’t need more masks at this point but I like that this is hydrating and I don’t have any cream masks at this point, so I think I will get a lot of use from it now that it is getting colder outside. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.

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Happy Bath Facial Yogurt Cleansing Foam, retail value $6.

There were four variations of this sent out. I think I got the gentle type with grain powders. Initially I was going to put this in my gift pile because I have tons of cleansers but I actually don’t have a foam cleanser so I want to give it a try. I am going to wait until I finish at least one of my current cleansers though!

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Pure Smile Yogurt Mask in Mixed Fruits, retail value $5 for two.

This sheet mask combines yogurt with kiwi, banana and pineapple so I imagine it is very brightening to the skin. I am usually ambivalent about sheet masks but I am excited for this one and I love the packaging.

Overall, this box has a retail value of $96. The price of the box was $23 plus shipping but I used a $5 code and meme points so I got it for much cheaper. It isn’t the best value I have seen from Memebox plus I would have preferred that it not include so much skincare. Three masks is a lot when you’re not purchasing a mask themed box, then throw in a cleanser and a moisturizer and it’s almost skincare overload. I hate to make it sound as though I didn’t like this box though. Overall I thought it was pretty good.

What are your thoughts?

-s

Ipsy October 2014 Review

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I have only been getting ipsy for a few months and I am already considering canceling my subscription. I feel like every month I am much more excited about my Birchbox and I haven’t even bothered reviewing my ipsy products the last two months because their points system is so subpar compared to BB.

This month was my worst yet for ipsy. Here is what I got.

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Ecru New York Acacia Protein BB Balm for hair.

I actually don’t typically mind hair care samples but I have been inundated with hair care products recently so this is the last thing I need. I smelled because if it had smelled amazing that would have changed my mind. Unfortunately it smelled just like any hair care product you would pick up at the drug store. I will be passing this sample along.

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Mica Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow

This color is ok on. It has a greenish cast to it but the color is a neutral brown shade. Typically I would be fine with it but I prefer pressed shadows. The loose powders are difficult for me to use, so while I will wear this it won’t become a favorite.

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Ayers Patagonia Body Butter

I am not a lotion user. I buy it and never use it. So samples like this are never a hit with me. As it stands, this doesn’t have an amazing scent so I will also be passing along this sample.

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City Color Be Matte lipstick

This reminds me so much of a lipstick I wore in high school from The Body Shop. The color is the same and the dry texture is similar as well. This is a very neutral lip color so I am sure I
will get some use out of it. The formula feels a bit too dry for me but that is typical of a matte lipstick in my experience.

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Epice International Purifying Exfoliant

Again, I have a million products like this already. I haven’t even tried this one and will likely give it away as well.

Sorry for such a curt post. I usually list the colors/scents of the products and the value but I honestly couldn’t be bothered. I got my ipsy bag over a week ago and have barely looked at the contents because I was so unenthused. I am going to update my beauty profile to hopefully ensure that I don’t get another bag that is such a miss. Otherwise I am going to cancel after next month. I would rather get Sample Society or a polish box at this point! I think my biggest issue with ipsy is it mostly seems like just junk products. I have never even heard of most of the brands so there is never anything in my box that I have been wanting to try. Maybe if their point system was as good as BB then I would be more forgiving. I don’t know.

What did you think of your ipsy bag this month?

-s

Memebox Review: My Mask Box #5

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I have an obsession with face masks. I love to slap on a mask and relax in a steaming hot bubble bath. I couldn’t resist buying this Memebox for that reason. (I refuse to buy anymore though until I get through some of my current masks!)

For those of you that are unfamiliar, Memebox is a Korean company that sells curated, themed boxes. Unlike other subscription boxes, you just choose to buy whichever boxes appeal to you. Beware, they are addicting! Click here to see some of their in stock boxes.

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Even though I am super bad about spoilers with other subscription boxes, I never cheat with Memebox. I love the surprise! This one took awhile to get to me, so it was hard to resist looking at the contents as it started popping up on IG and Facebook.

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Pro You Pore Control Facial Mask, Memebox retail value is $53

This mask removes blackheads and cleans pores while also hydrating the skin with vegetable collagen. This mask reminded me of something I would have bought at the drugstore as a teenager. I fail to see how it would be worth $53. I found it to be very effective, I’ll give you that much. Plus the tube is big. I will be using this every week or two because I liked how deeply cleansing it was without drying my skin out.

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Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack, Memebox Retail value $30.

This is my third Elizavecca product from Memebox. I absolutely loved the first two, so I have no doubt I will love this too. I am currently using the collagen sleeping pack that came in MCW2 and this sounds very similar, so I don’t want to start using it till I run out of that.

Please, please Memebox release an Elizavecca box! I would definitely buy it!

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Tosoooong Help Me Neck Patch, Memebox retail value of $30.

This is a cellulose sheet mask for your neck with coconut fermentation to plump and lift the skin. I haven’t used these yet because I don’t care much about my neck at that point in my life. If this was a slimming mask that would help with the double chin I am sporting, I would be all over it.

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Purederm Wrinkle Reducer Patches, Memebox retail value of $12.

These under eye patches are meant to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I used them after a long nigh of no sleep and they actually worked pretty well at minimizing puffiness and discoloration, so I think I will save them for when I have that type of desperate situation.

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Milky Dress Aqua Sleeping Pack, Memebox retail value of $23.

Another sleeping pack. This one hydrates, soothes and brightens. I haven’t tried this one yet either because I don’t want to having too many sleeping packs in rotation at once. I love sleeping packs though and use one pretty much every night so I will definitely use this at some point.

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Pure Smile Mask Sheet, $6

This pack includes five sheet masks. There were many variations. The one I got was Pearl. I am bummed only because I really wanted the placenta one. I know sheet masks are popular, and I certainly expected them in this box, but I am not a sheet mask convert just yet.

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Insobeau Beauty Secret Step Up Bust Mask, Memebox Retail Value of $14.

This is a mask for your bust area that apparently moisturizes, softens and lifts. You’re meant to wear it for 6 hours under your bra. I am currently nursing, so I didn’t want to use this for fear that my baby may ingest some of it on accident, so I will give it to M who I am sure will enjoy it.

Overall, My Mask Box has a retail value (according to Memebox) of $168. While the value is usually inflated, I did think that this was a great box. The two sleeping packs and the pore mask really upped the value for me and there wasn’t anything I was disappointed in. I am a little bummed that I haven’t ordered the more recent mask boxes but, as I said earlier, I have a stockpile of masks I need to use up at the moment.

What are your favorite face masks?

-s

MemeBox Review: Rapunzel Box

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MemeBox is my current obsession. I love beauty boxes in general, and MemeBoxes have such fun themes and such a great value that I can’t stop ordering them.

MemeBoxes are similar to subscription boxes except that instead of being monthly, they release boxes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and you can buy any boxes you want instead of being automatically charged. To see their available boxes, click here (this is an affiliate link). Use code Y4M5 to get $5 off your order.

A few months ago, MemeBox released the first series of princess boxes. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White didn’t interest us, but when M and I heard there was a Rapunzel box, we were all over it. M had actually never ordered a MemeBox before, so this was her first! Since we ordered together, MemeBox upgraded the shipping to Express and we got out boxes within a few days of release.

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Here is the product card for this box. Always keep your product cards in a safe place because most of the products are completely in Korean, so you can’t read the packaging for directions.

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Sally’s Box Friendly Argan Hair Mask, $4.

I love hair masks but I am hesitant about this one for two reasons. First, I have used one other product from this brand and it was awful. It was the lip mask from the My Cute Wishlist 2 box and it left my lips actually feeling drier after I used it. Also, I have a similar hair mask that I bought from the MemeShop that I haven’t used yet because, as with this one, you are supposed to use it on clean, wet hair and then wash it out after. So I take that to mean that I need to shampoo my hair twice. That seems like such a hassle to me. I may just do it on wet, dirty hair.

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L’CRET Hair Color Keeper Treatment Shampoo, $42.

This is the one product out of the box I am probably going to gift someone. M tried it and commented that it has barely any lather. She had to use it three times and still her hair didn’t feel clean. Makes sense, since it is a color protectant, so I am guessing it has little to no surfactant in it. I have really oily hair so I definitely need a lathering shampoo to cleanse my hair. I won’t even bother trying this one.

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Elizavecca Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment, $34.

LOVE this stuff! This is the second Elizavecca product I have tried and the second I have loved (the first was the collagen sleeping pack in MCW2). You apply it after shampooing in the shower and leave it on 5-20 minutes depending on how damaged your hair is. My hair is pretty healthy so I only left it on for about five minutes. It left my hair so silky and smooth. It has never felt like that before. I was actually able to brush it while wet, which is typically impossible. Winning product!

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Boutique Bebe Hair Salon Vita-Clinic Mist, $24.

This spray is filled with nutritious ingredients (peppermint, lavender and rosemary to name a few) that moisturize and provide protein to dry, damaged hair. It says to most evenly over hair often so I assume it would work on wet or dry hair. I sprayed it once on my dry hair and it felt a little sticky at first but then I was able to smooth it in to the hair and it felt better. The smell is a little strong and reminds me of drugstore shampoo. I doubt I will use this often.

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ProYou Scalp Nutrition Calming Moisture Fluid, $48.

This is a calming liquid that also helps with itchiness and dandruff. You are meant to work it into the scalp with your fingers and not rinse off. The tip of the bottle makes it very easy to apply to the scalp without getting it all over your hair. This is actually a great product but it’s not something I really need so again, I doubt I will use it much.

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Tosowoong 10 Hours, $12.

This is a protein treatment that you leave on for ten hours. I haven’t tried it yet but will use it before bed on a night when I plan to shower the next morning. M used hers but she used it along with the Elizavecca treatment and the color keeping shampoo, so she had a difficult time telling the affects of one over the other.

Overall, according to the information sheet, the value of this box came out to $164. That’s an amazing value but I do think that this box is geared more towards dry and damaged hair and scalp, which doesn’t apply to me. I had hoped for a really nice hair brush in here instead. It’s definitely not a bad box though. Had the shampoo been different, I would have been happier with the contents.

Did you order any of the princess boxes? What were your thoughts?

Birchbox Review: October 2014

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For the first time ever, I received my Birchbox before the contents were revealed. I was shocked and excited because I couldn’t spoil my samples for once!

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service. For $10/month you get a box of beauty samples curated for you based on your beauty profile. Birchbox is amazing simply for their points system, because every sample you review gets you 10 BB points. Every 100 points equals $10 to spend in the BB store. To sign up, click here (this is a referral link).

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This month’s theme is about sharing your passion. There was an extra insert where you can list a favorite tv show and share on Instagram for a chance to win 1,000 BB points. I listed Ink Master because it is the one show my husband and I watch together now that Big Brother is over, so typically I paint my nails while we watch it so he can hold the baby.

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Here are the contents for my box this month. I wasn’t wowed or disappointed. This box fell in the middle for me and now that I have gotten to try everything, there were definitely some hits.

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Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Fave Rejuvenator. Full size $34, sample value $5.67.

This cleanser mimics the effects of microdermabrasion. I really do not need another cleanser. I mean, it’s bad. I have more than enough. I will use this sample but I haven’t been wowed by it thus far. It does give a really nice exfoliation though.

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Camille Beckman Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy. Full size $13.95, sample value $.58.

I was pretty ruthless when I reviewed this product online. As a hand cream, it works. It makes my hands feel soft and silky. But that is all this cream has going for it. It smells like something my grandma would use. Ditto for the packaging. It is just ugly. But I am partial to the flower on top. That’s kind of cute. But yeah, I’m thinking my grandma would love this.

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Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. Full size $14.50, sample value $2.86.

This stuff is awesome! As a nursing mom, I have used nipple creams before. Never on my lips, but it actually works really well! It is super thick and somewhat sticky. The staying power is great! I wish this sample were bigger because I have almost run through it. I will probably buy the full size. Unless I can use my lansinoh nipple cream as a lip balm too, because I already have some of that hanging out around here somewhere.

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Tocca Eau de Parfum in Florence. Full size $68, sample value somewhere around $4.06 (long story!)

I hate perfume samples, so usually this would not be welcomed. I do like Tocca though plus my youngest daughter is named Florence, so I had to like this! Unfortunately, I don’t. It smalls of gardenia, which I love but something else in there mixed with the gardenia makes me not love it. Maybe it’s the jasmine? I don’t know. But I think my mom might like it so hopefully it will find a good home.

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Coastal Scents Revealed Eyeshadow Palette. Full size $34, sample value $2.72.

These colors are gorgeous and right up my alley. I love neutral browns and that’s pretty much all I wear. The sample size is a bit hard to use because they are so small that my brush has a hard time picking up the color. Other than that, total win.

Overall, my Birchbox had an estimated value of $15.89. I won’t use the Tocca perfume but everything else will be enjoyed by me so even though there isn’t anything I am super excited about, I am still happy with my box.

What about everyone else? I’d love to hear what you got in your Birchbox this month!

-s