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Birchbox Ann Taylor Subscription Review August 2013 + promo codes

This month Birchbox drew it’s inspiration from the concept of a finishing school, but instead of needlepoint and high society, their redefinition of a modern finishing school is ‘less pomp, more polish.’  I can support that, especially when they team up with Ann Taylor to design their boxes and throw in a coupon for shopping Ann Taylor online.  After they released their site redesign, I tweaked my preferences, so with each new box I’m curious to see how it stacks up to previous boxes.  Again, I received five items and I wonder if this is a new trend.

Here’s what I received:
Model Co. Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Dusk til Dawn: $8.00

BB Creams are usually a fail for me.  I have very fair skin, which is a nice way of saying I’m pale and pasty.  Light/medium BB Creams are usually too dark.  Since I was determined to give this a whirl, I pulled out the beauty blender and gave Dr. Jart’s a try.  It looked perfect – this was a total win!  Just finding a BB Cream with 45 SPF that looks fab makes this entire box a score.

These Jasmine Seven towelettes are ‘fresh feet’ scented.  Apparently, fresh feet smell like peppermint.  I know people with atomic-stinky-feet, so I’m sure this would be perfect for them.  I’d like to think I’m not in that category.  Feet aside, they’re just nice and minty towelettes and for $9.99 you can get three packs of ten, which isn’t a bad price.  I’d take them camping, to the gym, or wherever you might need some minty freshness – not judging.

Tan Towel – no.  This is going into the ever-growing pile of self-tanning products.  I think I already have four Tan Towels stacked up somewhere.  One day I’m just going to randomly gift them.  I’m not sure if that’s considered a blessing.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In is supposed to spritz into hair.  I’m not sure if I got a defective bottle.  Mine shot out like a squirt gun which sprayed my hair unevenly.  I tousled it to style, which looked fine, but it dried crusty.  I don't know if that’s the desired effect or if I just had too much product on because of a spritzing mishap.  I’m just a poor girl from the Midwest.  I never thought I’d be a victim of a spritzing mishap.

I was really happy that the Model Co. Party Proof Lipstick is in a wearable color.  Sometimes I feel like I get sent the ugliest lipsticks on the planet and wonder what I did to deserve the hellish shades.  This pretty mauvish berry is pleasantly scented and looks nice on.  I really liked that felt soft on my lips like a gloss.  The brand professes that it will last for hours, so I put it to the test.  Even without eating, it lasted no more than two hours.  You decide if that’s ‘long lasting.’

Final Thoughts:

I ended up really liking the box, it grew on me.  The BB Cream and lipstick were totally fab.  I’m leaning towards buying a full-size of the BB Cream.  There’s a few other things on my Birchbox wish list, so I’m thinking hard about spending $85 and getting the free Ann Taylor scarf with coupon code: ANNTAYLOR – a $59.50 value and only available while supplies last.

Speaking of Ann Taylor

The coupon code: BIRCHBOX works at online – valid through September 16, 2013. You can get 20% off a single item, or 30% off two items.  It only works on full-priced items, and excludes sunglasses, intimates, spanx, power pieces suit collections, gift cards and giftboxes.  Other restrictions may apply.

I paid for this box with my own money. This post contains referral links.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post!! I've never received a Model Co. lipstick... crossing my fingers :D xo Kelly


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