Whoops, Spoke Too Soon...July Birchbox

I figured all that raving last month would come back and bite me. I got my July Birchbox today, after much anticipation. This one is "curated" by designer Cynthia Rowley, so I figured it had to be pretty cool. And the box is pretty, with a nice marble-like design. The contents, though...meh.

I haven't read any other reviews on this month's box, so if I read some reviews after posting this and find out that there was some awesome item like last month's Laura Geller Blush that I missed out on, I might be a wee bit pissed. Not that this month's box is horrendous, it just doesn't make a huge amount of sense.

A couple of the items will be useful to me. I had been needing a travel sized facial cleanser to take with me when I go swimming or on overnights, so this will come in handy. I haven't used anything from Philosophy except the Vanilla Birthday Cake shower wash Sephora dispenses to its customers on their birthdays, and I found that kind of treacle-y sweet. Hopefully the face stuff is not so much so. The Redken hairspray, again, a nice basic travel size to have around. The Nuxe Dry Oil, well, I suppose I could use this at the pool, or when my hair gets super staticky during the winter. I'm reaching here.

The Zoya nail polish in Pandora is a light neutral pink, but considering I already got a Zoya nail polish in my first Birchbox, I really wasn't hankering to get another. I used the color I got first, Jules, on my toenails, and it applies well and is an interesting dirty mechanical gold color, but nail polish isn't a huge thing for me, since I have a pesky nail biting habit that keeps me from using it for the most part, except on my toes. So why they sent me a second one, when there are a gazillion other products they could have sent, is a mystery to me.

The Almond and Apricot snack bar is essentially nonsensical filler. I know it's an extra "treat" but I don't order Birchbox for edibles, I order it for beauty products. Plus, it doesn't seem like a great idea to send a snack bar, laden with sticky honey, through the mail during JULY.  My bar was intact, but it was decidedly unappetizingly mooshy. Plus, almonds are the nut I loathe the most, so I'm going to pop this into the fridge until I am down to the last bit of food in the house and have to choose between a single egg or the dried-out rind from a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano. THEN maybe I will eat this bar. But at least for me it's a matter of taste, at least I'm not allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, like any number of people receiving this box could be. Like I said, it just didn't make sense.

Oh well. Can't win em all.

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