July 17, 2012

July 2012 myglam Glam Bag

Received both my Glam Bag and my Birchbox on the same day! What a pleasant surprise! I opened my Birchbox first, felt indifferent about it, but the Glam Bag put a smile on my face.

Here is the bag. Nice mesh bag that I can totally reuse:

Inside this month's bag are the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer (0.5 fl. oz.), a Nu-Me HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner (0.67 fl. oz.), a Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in jitterbug, a yes to cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes (10 count), and a full-sized Circus nail polish in Somersault!

The Josie Maran magic marker looks neon pink in the tube... almost like a highlighter pen. I was afraid to put it on, but I tried it anyway, and I think I may be able to pull it off. Definitely not for everyday use, but for a night out, it might be a fun color to wear. I didn't try it on my cheeks... I don't like the idea of having highlighter color on my cheeks.

Next up, Circus Somersault. It is a very cheerful summer yellow that immediately reminded me of Zoya Pippa. I swatched it next to Pippa and although they are very similar, I wouldn't call them exact dupes. Pippa has just a hint of green to it. If you own one you don't need to own the other, though. The brush of the Circus polish is a bit wonky and the formula is ever-so-slightly thick, but it's opaque in two coats.

Overall quite happy with this bag. And that's it for this month. Stay tuned for August's!

July 2012 Birchbox

Here to show you the July 2012 Birchbox - the Glamour box. Cutting right to the chase:

Here's the packaging:

The contents inside include the Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide (0.25 fl. oz.), Color Club Blue-Ming mini (025 fl. oz.), Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in purple, Harvey Prince Eau Flirt, a cherry cobbler Larabar, and a pair of Birchbox exclusive earbuds.

The earbuds were of poor sound quality, but that's to be expected.

The Eyeko liquid eyeliner... or lack thereof really confused me. I was excited to try it but the tip was dry. I could barely get a stroke on the back of my hand:

So... I wonder if I was missing something. I tried to shake it, but nothing came out. Eventually I pulled the tip out to see if liquid came out. Well... all I got was a dried up tip. Dry as a bone.

I couldn't even sample it. There was no pigment inside. I'm super disappointed and frankly annoyed that they would send out a dried up product. Into the trash it goes. Really sad.

The Harvey Prince Eau Flirt actually smelled pretty good. Young and flirty, quite appropriate for summer.

The product which I'm most excited about was the Color Club mini in Blue-Ming. It's a beautiful light blue-green that screams summer and the beach. I don't own anything similar so I was happy. The formula was good and it only needed two coats.

Last but not least, the Larabar. I look forward to having it as a snack tomorrow at work. Here are the nutrition facts:

Final thoughts: The July Birchbox is better than the previous two months... now if only the liquid eyeliner actually had color in it, I would have been very satisfied. They really need to work on their quality control. I also received my myglam Glam Bag today, and I think I'm happier with the Glam Bag. Pictures coming in my next post.

**Update 7/23**

I reached out to Birchbox's customer service about the defective eyeshadow and they were very nice and responded quickly: "We would love to send you a replacement item but unfortunately at this point we have completely run out of inventory! In its place, I have just issued 100 Birchbox points to your account, which is a $10 value in our online shop and equal to the price of the monthly box."

That makes me happy.