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Julie's First Week with the Summer Box!

Julie's First Week with the Summer Box! - Sabbatical Beauty

julie week 1 summer box

General Impressions

The first thing I noticed was how much stuff is in this box! Seriously, nine products plus a mask applicator is an absolutely amazing amount of face (and body) goodies! I was really impressed with the variety of products here, and how I could pretty much build an entire summer routine from what was in the box. What’s more, that routine could be varied, too, with some products only needing to be used a few times a week. Everything feels very light and refreshing, without any heavy stuff that would be more appropriate for winter. The box was absolutely designed with the conditions of a hot and humid summer in mind.

Changes I’ve seen

I wasn’t able to start using the products in my box until my eye infection cleared up a few days ago, so I’ve only been working through the box for about 24 hours. However, once I did my morning routine, I was immediately pleased with how hydrated, plump, my skin was and how awake I looked. I asked my husband what he thought and the conversation went like this:

Me: I used all my new skin stuff! Do I look glowy? Am I glowing??

Him: Um...I don’t really understand what people mean when they say skin “glows.” Like, skin doesn’t light up like a light bulb. So I can’t really say if you’re glowing unless you actually have lights coming out of your face.

Me: Well...I guess you’re right about that. But, do I look good?

Him: Yes, you look really healthy!

Dear reader, I’ll take it.

AM Routine & PM routine

Here’s what I did today, which is Day 1 for me:


Bamboo Foaming Cleanser -coming soon!

Strawberry Exfoliating Toner  -coming soon!

Cucumber & Aloe Mist -coming soon!

Coconut Serum

Marine Serum

Red Wine Pressed Serum



Bamboo Foaming Cleanser -coming soon!

Peppermint Water

Coconut Serum

Marine Serum

Red Wine Pressed Serum

non-SB facial oil

Anti-Aging Eye Gel-Oil

Camel Milk Cream (on cheeks only)

Still figuring out how often I’ll use Detox and the Oatmeal and Rice Cleansing Grains.

Any changes I’ve made

Being chosen as aSummer Box reviewer has encouraged me to renew my dedication to my self-care and be more consistent with my routine. For the last few months, I’ve been struggling to cope with a recent (and long overdue) diagnosis of adult ADHD. This has led to a lot of therapy and medication, and I’ve vacillated wildly between feeling very organized and motivated and very sluggish, scattered, and anxious. However, routines are my savior, and knowing that I’m on a mission to report my findings (and that the SB group is counting on me!) helps me to stay on task and thus take better care of myself.

Overall thoughts

So far, I’m thrilled with theSummer Box. I’ve been adding stuff to my routine rather quickly because my skin is fairly resilient and I love trying new things. Right now, my skin is definitely feeling like it drank strawberry-coconut slushes all day. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

Click to watch Julie's Summer Box routine!