I don’t know about anyone else, but has this week just been extra stressful? Perhaps having near continual rain and getting a bad haircut has added to the situation. There were some bright spots however. My mail man was extra busy! On Tuesday, the 23rd, I received my Birchbox for June. Immediately on opening the outer box, I knew there had been a mishap. A very strong citrusy odor that was quite pleasant was permeating the air of my kitchen. Upon opening the box, I discovered it was a Davines shampoo sample that was half full. There was no safety seal on the product what so ever. I also received a body lotion from Gilchrist and Soames, that did not have a safety seal as well, and that cap was loose also. None of that spilled however. Fortunately, the fragrance sample from Catherine Malandrino was protected by a foil wrapper . I also received more Davines samples , a hair oil and a conditioner, both in foil packages. An other item that was not damaged was a small quad of eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents One palette. They were contained in a cardboard box . The last item was a Caudalie skin serum and that came in a small tube. Yes, everything was a sticky mess, but all is useable. For the heck of it, I contacted Birchbox by email and they gave me 100 points to spend in their shop (equivalent of 10.00) and are giving me my July box for free. I am thinking I was not the first one to complain about this for the month of June. I have not sampled any of the products other than smelling the fragrance and it is marvelous. A perfect blend of fruity and floral. .
I also received on Tuesday, the limited edition Modern Mermaid collection. As I write this , it is still available in the store for 44.00. I used some Birchbox points and a 20 percent off code and scored with this puppy. The box contents are valued at around 120.00.
Included in this box are the following : A Coola Liplux Spf 30 lipbalm, that smells exactly like Smarties candies and is very moisturizing. A Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat from Anastasia that makes any mascara you have on become waterproof. A set of three Ruffian polishes in the shades of Sahara, Endless Summer, and Blue Lagoon. These are really nice polishes, one coat coverage, smooth and not streaky at all. I think they named them after Brooke Shields movies! Lol! Next up was a very decent sized travel spray of the Atelier Cedrat Envirant Cologne Absolue. This smells amazing! Hints of lime, juniper and mint, although I do smell grapefruit in there I swear. It is very long lasting and the perfect summer scent. I also received a Captain Blankenship Mermaid Mane Sea Salt spray. It is infused with organic rose oil and that is exactly the scent I got. I am interested in playing with this one a bit more, our humidity has been so high, that products are not doing what they normally do on my naturally curly hair. Yes, there is more!!! I received what I am calling the Cadillac of all eyeliner pencils. The Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Electric Navy. It is a rich navy blue, but what makes it so unique is that at the end where the product is, there is a built in sharpener. At the other end, there is a smudger. This retails for 18.00 and personally, I think all eyeliners should be made this way! The last little product that ties in the whole mermaid theme of the box is an adorable little compact from Stephanie Johnson. It has a snap closure, a mirror on one side and has iradescent scales that color change from turquoise to purple. So very cute, made for Birchbox and is already a staple in my handbag, at least for the summer season. I am really happy with this box and I think in the future I am going to save all my Birchbox points for these limited edition boxes. The value is just unbelievable!
The last thing I received this week was a complete surprise to me. I think maybe 4-5 years ago, I may have signed up for free samples and coupons for Proctor and Gamble , but never received anything. Voila! On Wednesday, this box showed up with two decent samples of body wash. One was for Herbal Essences Body Burst, a lovely citrus scent and the other an Olay unscented for sensitive skin body wash. It also came with a major booklet of coupons.
All in all, it was a great week for things arriving in my mailbox if nothing else, and I have a wonderful selection of products to play with. I can’t wait to see what comes this next week. I know I have a Vox Box somewhere out there and I am due to receive the new Benefit They’re Real eyeliner.
Hope you all are keeping your mailmen busy and are having a wonderful summer so far!
Ciao for now!