July 2012 :: Birchbox #3

It’s that time again! Time for my monthly Birchbox review.

For July’s box, Birchbox joined Glamour magazine in celebrating our 5 senses with summery picks to indulge each one in.

The box included 4 beauty samples and 2 extras.

1.) Alterna – BAMBOO UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide – full-size: $24 – I’ve only used this product once so far and I think it’s probably most effective for thinner hair than my own. It promises to prevent UV rays from fading color-treated hair as well as strengthen hair. If it does, I’d say it’s totally worth the $24 for a bottle but I wouldn’t be able to make that determination from this sample. The reason why I believe it to be best for thin hair is because it takes a lot of this products to even begin to gloss over my hair.

I like that many of the [long list of] ingredients are natural but there are plenty of chemicals in it’s formula making it far from “organic”.  ♥

2.) Eyeko – Skinny Liquid Eyeliner – full-size: $15 – I can only assume this is a full size “sample”. It’s also my favorite item in the box!

It is so easy to apply! The coverage is fantastic! I’m in love with this eyeliner. Honestly. I will absolutely buy more of these eyeliners. They are available is several fun colors and right now, I want them all. The one I received is Olive green and with football season right around the corner, I will love wearing this on game-day when I’m cheering on my NY Jets! ♥♥♥♥♥

3.) Harvey Prince – Hello – full-size: $26, $55 – I like this scent. A lot. It’s light and fresh, perfect for summer fun! Meyer Lemon, White Grapefruit, Forsythia & Pink Plumeria all add to the scent. I thought the reasons why Harvey Prince chose them (printed on the packaging) was pretty cute too. I would strongly consider buying a full-size bottle; depends on how much it grows on me. ♥♥♥♥

4.) Supergoop! – City Sunscreen Serum – full-size: $20-$42 – I love that this provides UV protection while incorporating other skin care solutions. This 30+ spf sunscreen also helps moisturize and repair aged skin. It applies thin and doesn’t feel too heavy. I might buy this again… ♥♥


5.) extra – Tea Forte – minteas – 3 tins – $9.95 – These are pretty delicious. It gives the perfect little refresh. They’re all natural, sugar free and made from organic teas.

6.) extra – Birchbox Exclusive – Earbuds – They work. Awesome. I haven’t checked out the “getting pretty” playlist created by Glamour Magazine on Spotify yet…

July’s Birchbox total: 12/20♥s. The Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner is by far my favorite products in this month’s box! (love it!)

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Coming soon: I’ll use and review Organix AwaPuhi Ginger Shampoo, Conditioner and Repairing Dry Styling Oil.

I’ll also use and review, as promised, Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner and Wen Cleansing creme.

I’ll have another review of Birchbox goodies next month and pretty soon I’ll be reviewing Julep Nail products (I’m so excited!) You can become a Julep Maven by signing up for a monthyl subscription. If you click my link and use the promo code MAVENINTRO at checkout, you can get the first month for only $0.01. You can cancel at anytime (wink. go get a months box for a penny and cancel if you want!)

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Organix: Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil

As you know, I LOVE trying new beauty products! And although I have my favorites, I always like to give others a chance to “wow” me!

Recently, I’ve been using the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner by Organix. It. Is. Wonderful! I almost couldn’t believe just how silky and soft this combo leaves my very dry, damaged hair.

One day, after I had begun using this Shampoo and Conditioner combo, I was enjoying a surf day at the beach. My hair holds a hair-tie pretty damn well and it’s rare that I lose a hair-tie once it’s in there. (I’ve lost bobby-pins and hair ties IN my hair but never lost them bc they fell out of my hair). After one particularly swift wave crashed upon me, I ducked under water and when I rose up, my hair tie had been washed out and lost forever. When I reached back to verify that my hair-tie had indeed gone out to sea, my hair felt so incredibly silky and it made total sense why my hair-tie had washed out so easily.

At this point in the day, I had been playing in the waves for several hours and had already tied and retied my hair-tie several times and it was in there quite tightly. My hair was that soft, that silky and smooth that the hair-tie simply slipped out. Although I was miffed about not having a hair-tie for the rest of the afternoon, I couldn’t help but be impressed with just how well this Shampoo and Conditioner combo from Organix works!

This isn’t the first time I’ve used Organix products. I tried and quite enjoyed their Nourishing Coconut Milk combo a while ago. I also used a couple of the accompanying styling products; it’s a great and effective line. However, this time, I was über impressed with the condition in which this Shampoo and Conditioner left my hair.

Not only would I recommend this line from Organix, I would insist that others with damaged or otherwise dry hair use these. It truly is, renewing.


I have a couple of other Shampoo/Conditioner products that I’m eager to give a try very soon. One, is another Shampoo and Conditioner combo by Organix: Ever-Striaght Brazilian Keratin Treatment. The other is Wen cleansing conditioner. It seems, right now, the “in” thing in hair is definitely Keratin/Brazilian treatments. Now, do I really believe this Shampoo and Conditioner combo with make this crazy, curly hair of mine go pin straight? No. But I am excited to see how it works through my dense curls. Maybe relax them a bit temporarily? We shall see. As far as the Wen product goes: I’m not as eager to try it, but I will. My ex-boyfriend’s mom gave me the bottle after she used the line of products and was quite happy with her results. Between you and me, I didn’t notice a visible difference but perhaps it felt nicer after use. I’m happy for the gift and chance to give this product a try but I am very doubtful that I’ll experience fabulous results “after just one use” as the infomercial promises. Who knows, though? Perhaps Wen really is that fantastic!


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Love, GK