Birchbox August 2015 Review & Coupon Code!

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I am a brand new subscriber to Birchbox and just received my first box in August! I've gotten a couple of their boxes before, which were gifted to me by a friend, but this is my first time as a subscriber and I am so excited!


About Birchbox:
Every month, Birchbox subscribers will receive a curated box of beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples, picked to match your profile. Customize your shipment by picking a sample or adding subscriber-only product deals! The box includes five products and costs $10/month. Earn points by giving feedback on your samples each month and use those points to purchase full-size products in the Birchbox Shop.

Outer Box:
The shipping box is pretty small and fits inside of my mail kiosk.


Inner Box:
OMG, how cute is this?? I love how it looks like a little swimming pool! I'll be saving this box. I don't know what I'll use it for, but it's just too dang cute to throw away!


Birchbox ships via Newgistics and USPS. My order was processed on the first of the month because I was already a subscriber and I received my tracking number on August 9th. It arrived on August 14th.

First Look:


Second First Look:


I went ahead and peeked ahead of time, so I knew which samples I was going to get.

Front of Information Card:


Back of Information Card:


The inspiration for the August 2015 Birchbox was "Soak it Up!" and celebrating the final days of Summer. Let's check out what I got!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (Full-size: $21.95): This is a leave-in spray that offers a TON of different benefits. It's an instant detangler, thermal protector, UV protector, and it seals the cuticle, smooths hair, locks in color, and adds shine. Whew! I'm excited to try this product. I love hair products. I live in Florida and definitely need the UV protector and the smoothing features because my hair gets frizzy in the humidity. And I like that it has a thermal protector because I blow dry my hair.


Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask (Full-size: $6): I've seen these masks online and have been wanting to try one! They are like a sheet that goes over your face with cut outs for the eyes, nose and mouth. They are so creepy looking, but I am fascinated by them! I can't wait to try it.


R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (Full-size: $17-$29): I LOVE dry shampoos. I can't get enough of them. I don't wash my hair everyday, so a dry shampoo is a MUST HAVE on non-washing days. This one says that it adds volume and body, which I need because my hair is getting thinner and flatter as I get older! Super excited about this product.


Sometimes Birchbox puts their smaller samples inside another small box. Isn't it adorable? I reuse these for mailing small items to people! The next two products were inside of this box.


Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 (Full-size: $32): I love Supergoop as a brand already, so I'm excited to try out this CC cream. I love that it has SPF in it, which I need daily in Florida. I also like using CC creams instead of foundation during the hottest summer months because it's lighter coverage. When it's over 100 degrees, your face feels like it's melting off the second you walk out the door!


TheBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush (Full-size: $21): This is a tiiiiiiny little sample! I hope my makeup brush will be able to pick up enough product to try it out! A friend used it and said that it's beautiful on, so I'm looking forward to using it. I love using bronzer as a contour in the hollows of my cheeks and at my jawline. I haven't figured out all of the other contouring products out there, so bronzer is a perfect beginning step at learning!



I'm really happy with the samples that I received in my first Birchbox! I feel like they were tailored to my profile really well. I'm excited to try out everything!

If you would like to see the unboxing video that I created for this box, visit my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

If you received the August 2015 Birchbox, how did you like it? What was your favorite product? Comment below and let me know! If you haven't subscribed yet and would like to get the September box, you can click HERE and use the coupon code "SUBSCRIBENOW50" to earn 50 free points to add to your account! That's like $5 to use in the Birchbox Shop!

Visit www.birchbox.com for more info!

~MamaBreak contributing blogger, Samantha

Aurorae Aqua Sport and Swim Towel Review and Coupon Code

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Ok, so one of my weird things that I have as a "must have" item is a towel. It is a weird obsession. Every year, I get so excited because we buy new beach towels in the Spring. We also buy new bath towels in the Fall. And I am PICKY. VERY picky. They have to be large enough, soft enough, absorbent enough, etc. And we have towels in our house for certain activities: swim towels, beach towels, yoga towels, bath towels, hair towels, etc., etc. I was so excited when Aurorae told me they had a new towel! I told them immediately that I would love to review it on the blog!

Aurore Aqua Sport and Swim Towel

First off, the Aurore Aqua Sport and Swim Towel is incredibly soft! I love how great it feels on my skin. I did use it at the beach first, but it was so soft and so large it quickly became my favorite bath towel too!

Aurorae Aqua Sport and Swim Towel


It absorbs water like nothing I have ever experienced. It REALLY absorbs the water. I actually used my regular bath towel this morning, and I was wondering why it was not getting me as dry!!! I have gotten so used to this towel after only a short while, that I don't know that I can go back to regular bath towels.
Aurore Aqua Sport and Swim Towel Colors

I asked if we could include something extra special for blog readers, and Aurorae agreed! So, right now, you can use coupon code 2MAMAS15  and save $5 off the price of the Aurorae Aqua Sport and Swim Towel! You can choose any of the fantastic colors you see above! Just order through Amazon, apply the coupon code, and the towel is only $19.99!  (coupon code expires 9/13/15)


MamaBreak received an Aurore towel to review on the website. We did not receive any other type of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. 

Orkin Back to School Mom on the Giveaway

Are your kids starting school yet? We start THIS week. Lots of BIG changes. One child starts Kindergarten, one starts the 3rd grade, and one starts JUNIOR HIGH!!! This weekend is all about getting everything together and READY!!

Let's CELEBRATE with a little giveaway-- just for moms!


This price pack includes: 
One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!
One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.
One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box September 2015 Spoiler & Coupon Code!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box released the first official spoiler item for the September 2015 box yesterday!!! Let's take a look!


Every September 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box will include the Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit! It is valued at $39.

I am SO excited about this! I just had my eyebrows threaded for the very first time last week. I had never had them waxed or anything before. Just at-home plucking on my own. So now I am totally obsessed with brows and I can't wait to try out this product!

In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the inspiration for the September 2015 POPSUGAR Must Have Box.


Fashion Fix. Travel. Refresh. Beauty Recovery.

I think this brow kit could fit in with the "Beauty Recovery" portion of the inspiration. If you have messed up your brows by overplucking, here comes this kit to the rescue!

If you are interested in ordering this box and are a new subscriber, use the coupon code “MUSTHAVE5” when you checkout to get $5 off your first box! Click here to order your September 2015 PopSugar Must Have Box before they are sold out!

About the POPSUGAR Must Have Box: Price: $39.95/month. POPSUGAR Editor-in-Chief Lisa Sugar curates a monthly subscription box full of fabulous surprises. The best in fashion, beauty, home, fitness, food and more are delivered straight to your door! The box includes five to six full-size products with a value of over $100.

Visit: http://musthave.popsugar.com for more details!

~MamaBreak contributing blogger, Samantha