Second, I received my third shipment of Birchbox this month (see May's box here and June's box here), and you'll recall that I was ridiculously excited the first month and extremely unimpressed the second month. The third month is... I'm not sure. I'm definitely more into it than I was for June's box, but I'm kind of lukewarm on it still. Here's what I got:
Oscar de la Renta live in love fragrance - $25 retail for the rollerball
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - $38 for 1.7 oz
Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide - $24 for 2.5 oz
Stila It's Go Time Lip Glaze in "Lights" - $12 for the trio
Birchbox exclusive earbuds
Larabar uber Roasted Nut Bar - $12.69 for 5
Oscar de la Renta fragrance
Birchbox describes it as a "floral blend [that] features light top notes of sweet hyacinth, bergamot, and ginger orchid, feminine middle notes of jasmine sambac, rose, and orange flower, and woody base notes of amber, musk, cedarwood, white woods, and sandalwood." I can sort of smell the light notes, but it smells mostly masculine on me, sort of woodsy like the base notes described. I did enjoy it though, it's different from what I usually wear and was a nice change of pace. Plus I love trying new fragrances, so that's always fun.
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
I have not been able to use the Jouer Moisture Tint yet because it's a bit off from my actual skin tone (I got the "golden" color, which is more yellow than I am). I'm still planning to use it so I can try it out, but I need to do it on a day when I'm only at home since it probably won't match me. I tried it on the back of my hand and it seemed like a nice, smooth texture though. Given the price, I probably won't buy a full-size anyway, so I'm not too worried about whether I like it or not.
Alterna Bamboo UV+ Fluide
I ave not tried the Alterna hair fluid either because I haven't been to the beach/pool since I got it, but it smells amazing - very watermelon-y and summery. I can't wait to try this!
Stila Lip Glaze
I tried Stila Lip Glazes way back in the day when I worked at Sephora, and I remembered them being sort of sticky and unimpressive, so I wasn't expecting much from this. Suprisingly though, I really liked it! The color is an almost clear sparkly beige, so it just adds a nice shine to any lip color you're wearing or over your lips alone. I didn't think it was sticky this time around at all, and it smells like sweet-tarts. Win in my book!
I'm not really "reviewing" these I guess, but I did want to point out that I am currently using them (listening to Flo + the Machine's Ceremonials, btw - so pumped for Lollapalooza!), and they sound like shit. Maybe I'm spoiled from the nice pair I have, but these are awful. I'll probably throw them in my purse as a backup pair for commuting, but that's about it.
I am a Larabar fiend, so I was really excited to try this because I haven't had a chance to try the uber bars yet. My usual favorites are the Peanut Butter Cookie, Apple, Carrot Cake, and any of the cookie dough ones - they're seriously delicious. This was also really good - it tasted more like a candy bar than the others and reminded me of a Payday or something. Very tasty.
So here's my dilemma - I'm still torn about whether to keep my subscription. This month I got a fragrance sample that I liked, but that I can also get free from Sephora anytime I order something or go into the store, really. I got 2 things I won't really use (earbuds and the face tint), a food item (random), and a hair product that, while it smells delicious, I surely don't really need. The only thing I'm definitely into is the lip glaze, and I'll be honest - I don't really need any more lip products either. I like it, but I could have lived without it.
Incidentially, I did a little research and found that many other people seem to cancel right around the 3 month mark, so it seems that the luster wears off pretty quickly. Also incidentally, Birchbox gives you a "3 Month Anniversary" 20% off discount code, so it seems like they're aware of the 3 month itch and trying to get you to stay with this incentive. Interesting.
So... is this worth my $10? What do you guys think? Did you cancel your Birchbox if you had it? If not, does this box make you consider signing up (or reinforce your decision not to)?