My Sad Goodbye to Birchbox

Dear Birchbox,

I joined your $10 a month beauty subscription service (awesome deal, by the way) with a one year subscription in December of 2010. It was a Christmas gift from my Mother that I requested after watching a review of Birchbox from MissGlamorazzi. I immediately fell in love with the service and when my subscription ran out I requested that my fiance buy me another year for Christmas of 2011. Two full years of Christmas presents every month, what a dream!

Sadly though, my subscription has come to an end and I will not be renewing.

It’s not entirely your fault, Birchbox. I legitimately love you (your two year anniversary celebration video was beyond amazing, I’ve embedded it below) and am very sad to leave. 

It isn’t a customer service issue, it’s a change in my life. I am now a cruelty-free blogger. This decision was hard for me to make (I talk about it more here). Since Birchbox isn’t only cruelty-free brands, I feel quilty about trying products from brands I’ll never support. Also, with my Learning to Live Minimally resolution, trying new samples every month isn’t in my best interests (though I probably would have still stayed, I love you that much). I have also left Ipsy/MyGlam for the same reasons, though I don’t feel the same remorse because no brand or service has ever been as fun to me as you Birchbox. 

This goodbye letter also serves as a plee. If you ever make a cruelty-free option, tweet me right away! I would sign up without a moments hesitation. Even if it were $20 a month! I really think there is a market for a cruelty-free Birchbox-like subscription. We need chic and glam products too! I’ve tried other cruelty-free services like Conscious Box and Eco-Emi but the joy I felt with my first boxes were short lived. I unsubscribed from both within the first few months. No other subscription service is as good as you. No one is as chic and no one creates the same sense of community. 

So, this is my goodbye. I can’t guarantee I won’t be using your general shop every now and again (the Birchbox branded items are addictive,  you can see a handful of the ones I own below) but sadly, I have received my last box. 

Goodbye my love! Cue some dramatic music here. 






DIY Cloth Face Mask

I’m a huge fan of cloth or cotton face masks. I was using a bunch of them from myfaceworks but the brand shut down and now the only place you can buy them is Birchbox.com  (and occasionally Hautelook) and I’m sure they must be running out. 

So, I decided to give making my own masks a try. They don’t feel as good and aren’t as beneficial as the real deal but they will do until I find another brand I like. 

Step by step instructions are in the video above. 

Supplies:

  1. Pen and pencil
  2. Paper towels 
  3. Scrap paper for the template
  4. Scissors
  5. Plastic bag to store it in
  6. Ingredients you’d like to use (I use Aloe, if you can’t find it at your grocery store you can buy a similar one online here)

Do you like DIY projects? I have quite a few of them all listed out here if you feel like doing a few more this weekend. 

Kindness is the best accessory,

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Saturday Link Love: Birchbox Drawer Set & More

Every Saturday I share my favorite links from the week. Do you want a chance to be featured? Email your best articles or videos to misc@rebeccakelsey.com with “Link Love” in the title and I’ll bookmark the ones I like to feature in a future post!

What were your favorite links this week?

Kindness is the best accessory,






Birchbox June 2012: Jet Set

Less then an hour ago I received my June 2012 “Jet Set” themed Birchbox! Yay! Out of all of my subscription services, I’ve always felt the most connected and excited about my Birchbox.

If you haven’t seen these kinds of posts before, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where for $10 a month you are sent product deluxe samples and full sizes to try out based on a theme and your style quiz.

In my June Birchbox:
John Varvatos Star U.S.A.  (For a Birchbox Man) +
Till Re-useable Bag
Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask 
Stila One Step Bronze
Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive
theBalm Cosmetic Stainiac 

I was really excited about this box! My favorites are the Til re-useable bag (because I always pack my lunch for school and this seems so much less wasteful), the pore minimizing mask, and the lip stain from theBalm. I just tried the Stainiac and dare I say… I like it more then Benefit’s Benetint!

My Stila melted on the way to me, not surprising in this weather!

I understand that it is summer in the USA but I am pretty darn tired of getting bronzing products in my boxes. I’ve received three bronzing primers recently that I never plan on using. I tried on the Stila One Step and it made me look like a shimmery brown mess. I know most people enjoy being bronzed but I actually like my fair complexion. I think I may be in the minority in that way. As for the tanning wipes, I’ll try them out on areas where the sun doesn’t shine so I can even out my skin. Am I the only one that does that? You know what areas I’m talking about, haha.

What did you get in your Birchbox?

Kindness is the best accessory,

 

+ = Brand animal testing whereabouts unknown or unclear.
* = This brand tests on animals. 
All non-tagged brands free of animal testing.  

(I originally had Masqueology as a + but they confirmed over Twitter that they do not test on animals. )






May Favorites 2012: Natural Deodorant and Little Black Bag

No makeup favorites this month, as I’m makeup free for the month of May, though I do have some skincare and fashion items. 

First is a purse I bought from Little Black Bag. As you know, I’m obsessed with monthly subscription services…. well, I joined another! I don’t plan on purchasing every month, since this service is very pricey. Little Black Bag is a purse and lifestyle service where you pick one item you love the most from a list of products (generally a purse) and then you get two-three other mystery items added to your bag based on availability and your style quiz. Then once you purchase you can trade your items with other members. It’s hard to explain, you’ll just have to experience it yourself because the trading aspect is so much fun! You get over $100 of designer items for only $49.95 (just make sure to “skip this month” if you don’t want to purchase that month).

The above bag was from my first purchase. I’ve been using it like crazy! It fits all of my essentials. This was the Nila Anthony Round Stripe Crossbody. I can’t find it online but you can get other Nila Anthony bags at Karmaloop. I purchased another Little Black Bag as a celebration for my upcoming graduation. I’ll film it for a video next week. 

Next, I have my Willa Fresh Foaming Face Wash. I got this sample in a Birchbox and it has lasted me over a month! I love how it makes me feel clean but not striped of moisture. You can see more about this cleanser in my skincare routine.

Then I have my Crystal Essence natural deodarant. I was surprised that this was a favorite. When I first got this in my Shecky’s GNO bag, I hated it. I felt like I was really stinky, to be completely honest. But after a few weeks my body adjusted to it and I’m happy to report I no longer smell! I’ve been curious about natural deodorants since I’ve heard so many horrible things about the chemicals found in more mainstream brands. 

Last is my new glasses. I purchased these from Warby Parker. They have an amazing try on service! I would definitely recommend them. 

Below are my favorite posts from this month. Check them out if you haven’t already!

Favorites in…

DIY: Glitter Keys
Lifestyle: Conscious Box May 2012
Inspiration: Jar Full of Dreams
Beauty: Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin with Cystic Acne
Fashion: My Typical School Clothes
My Journal: Changing & Judgements

What were your favorite products this month?

Kindness is the best accessory,

 

P.S. I posted a blog sale last night!