Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Birchbox Review!

I'm way late in reviewing March's Birchbox delivery, which is bad because I REALLY liked this box!  I didn't think February's box fit my profile very well, but March was way better.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for upscale beauty products.  For $10, you get a box with 4-5 generous samples including makeup, skincare, fragrance, body, and hair care. 

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1.  Color Club Nail Lacquer in Age of Aquarius:  I didn't think I was going to like this on my fingernails, but I went for it anyway.  It felt a little thick when I was applying the second coat, but once a topcoat was added, it looked really smooth.  I used CND Stickey as a basecoat and used various topcoats throughout the week.  I've had it on for 6 days and I've only had to touch up one nail that chipped this morning.  The color was way brighter than I usually wear on my nails and took several days for me to get used to it.  It's definitely great for a toenail color, so I'm sure I'll continue to use this throughout the spring and summer.  I'm impressed with how long it has lasted - and at $8 for a full-sized product, it's around the price I usually pay for OPI and other salon brands.

2. Harvey Prince Ageless Perfume:  I don't wear perfume all of the time, but I did like this nice fresh scent.  It wasn't too powerful or flowery/sweet.  I'll definitely use this sample, but rarely buy a larger size perfume.

 3.  Lulu Organics Lavender + Clay Sage Hair Powder:  I was incredibly excited about this because I love dry shampoo.  My hair is fine and on the oily side, so I can rarely go without washing my hair everyday, which is totally annoying (and bad for highlights).  I love having no-shower Sundays, so I used this in my hair before we went to the movies on Sunday to see Hunger Games.  While I was thrilled with the movie, I wasn't thrilled with this product.  It seemed too heavy for my fine hair, so it still felt heavy and greasy.  I think it looked okay though, so it wasn't a failure.  I did like the scent a lot.  I normally use Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, which feels really light in my hair, and I won't be switching brands. For those with thicker hair, at $20 for a full-size product, it's a decent deal.

4.  One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm:  I haven't used this product yet, but I'm excited about the possibilities.  Its a two-in-one cleanser and moisturizer that can be used as a waterless cleanser with a shammy that wasn't included, so I'm not sure if a wash cloth would work the same.  It can also be used as a moisturizer or mixed with your mineral foundation for a custom cream foundation.  I hope that I don't love this, because at $68 for full-size, I can't afford it!

5. Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes:  I've used Supergoop Sunscreen before, so I'm excited about these "Swipes".  This sunscreen is one of the few skin- and environmentally-safe sunscreens on the market.  A $40 pack of swipes is $34....a little pricey, but for a convenient, safe sunscreen, that's not too bad. 

Lifestyle Extra  Tea Forte:  These antioxidant teas are supposed to be beneficial for your skin.  I haven't tasted them yet, but I took them into work, so will probably try them soon.  At $6 for 16 bags, I probably won't purchase these unless I really love the flavors. 

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