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    Box Review: Birchbox! (February) 

    Birchbox is a subscription box that monthly delivers personalised beauty samples of high quality brands, and not only that but you can go to their website, and shop for the available samples in case you are picky when it comes to beauty products. You can checkout my previous review of this box here. This month, Birchbox’s theme is called ‘What’s the Occasion?’, and the box itself is so pretty! The box is packed with mini products that’ll help you get ready to your special occasion (in my case, it’ll probably be the two blocks away comic book store). The range of products that were in my box focused mainly on skin. 

     

    Origins Face Wash:

    A frothy face wash, with a foaming formula that balances oil production for both oily, and dry skin with a blend of botanicals, and enriched with aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender. I don’t buy face products that are meant to be for both oily, and dry skin for a reason. This product happens to dry my skin even more, so I think it would suit those with oily skin best. It’s not a bad product, it just wasn’t for my skin type.

     

    SkinClinical Extreme Healing Repair Concentrate: 

    I like how this healing cream has no fragrance, parabens, dyes, or steroids in it. It makes it perfect, and non-irritant, and it’s stated to be used for severly dry areas, sensitive, red, inflamed, wounded, scarred, itchy, or chapped skin. It kind of works as a hydrating shield to protect the affected area, while hydrating it, to help it recover quickly! I think this product is brilliant, and I’ll give it a try on my affected fingers, and cuticles. 

     

    Hey Honey Peel Off Mask:

    It’s an exfoliating honey beauty mask that helps to promote a smooth skin, and to clear complexion. It has alpha hydroxy to help peel away dead skin, clear out pores, and reduce wrinkles. I haven’t tried it since I have a oversensitive skin, but apparently the concentration of AHAs lowers the chances of getting your skin irritated, but makes it still as effective. 

     

     

    Arrow BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm (Exclusive):

    This lip balm has a super-hydrating formula that adjusts to your pH, and makes your lip color pop. When you apply it, you can feel that it’s not as firm as other lip balms, it sort of melts into the lips. At first, I thought it was exactly as if I just applied minty petroleum jelly, but after looking into the mirror, I realize how my lips have changed color. The lip balm does a very good job, not only does it hydrate the lips well, but it also enhances its color. I notice that the edges of my lips have also changed color, which makes me think that my lips might only be reacting to the mint? 

     

    Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum: 

    This one is a lightweight hair serum that helps repair damaged hair. First of all, it smells so good, like a really fancy perfume. Most importantly, does this thing actually work? I have some pretty damaged hair ends since I bleach, and dye my hair all the time. The serum’s results showed right after applying. The serum is sort of a gel-like, very light, and not greasy whatsoever. My ends looked instantly healthier, and shinier! 

     

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    Box Review: Birchbox (Beauty Samples) 

     

    Birchbox is a subscription box that monthly delivers personalised beauty samples of high quality brands, and not only that but you can go to their website, and shop for the available samples in case you are picky when it comes to beauty products. Everything in the box was packed, and wrapped neatly, with an info sheet that mentions all the products included in it, and how much the actual full product of the sample would actually cost. Also, for a motivational kick since it’s the first box of the year, stickers of different qualities are designed to go on the box’s cover lid where it says: “2016: the year of ___”. I love how this box is all about positive energy! You can actually customize your own box in one of their two branches, one in New York, and the other in Washington DC, and choose the products yourself. I’m not sure which one I’ll visit yet, but I’ll defiantly have to get myself a box that’s 100% vegan, and cruelty free!

     

     

    Caudalie S.O.S Morning Eye Rescue

    I’ve always thought that eye creams are not necessary what so ever, and that their one and only purpose is to fix your under eye circles, which to be honest, is impossible! Turns out that they are meant to moisturise the area around the eyes, which can get dry during the winter especially. I don’t really moisturise that area when I use my face moisturiser, since that area is super sensitive, and also because I’ve had horrible experiences using sunscreen, and other moisturisers around my eyes. Even though this one doesn’t have any perfumes, it still includes alcohol which is normally bad for your skin. I’m going to look for cruelty-free eye creams to start using.

     

    Ciaté Nail Polish 

    I don’t necessarily like ashen colors when it comes to nail polishes, especially since I only use them to paint my little sister’s nails. This one is cruelty-free and vegan. In terms of quality, and usage, the nail polish seems to give a good coverage after a couple of coats, and it dries up quickly, both of which were concerning me since the nail polish is runny in texture wise. The brush is flat which makes the applying process very easy, and not messy. I’ll probably mix in glitter to the container, or use glitter flakes as a finishing touch just to give a kick, and make it more fun!

     

    Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner 

    I love the fact that most of the products in this box are cruelty-free, including this one! It’s named after the American fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. The eyeliner has a crayon tip, and even though it is smudge proof, I was only brave enough to apply it on the outer corner of my eyes, and blended it a little. It didn’t smudge, and stayed on most of the day. If you’re into smokey makeup looks, you’ll defiantly like this crayon eyeliner! 

     

     

     

    English Laundry No7 

    From the packet design, and color I assumed it was men’s perfume. I smell it, and it still does smell manly more than it is feminine to me. I’ve loved men’s perfumes since I was a child, and that makes me a fan of this perfume. After doing some research, English Laundry only really specializes in men’s perfumes, makes a lot of sense, right? Christopher Wicks who put together this perfume turned it more like a unisex perfume. The first thing you strongly smell is the musk, along with a little bit of vanilla, and a citrusy scent that you’ll hardly ever tell it’s there. With that been said, I like the smell of it, and I’m defiantly getting some of their men perfumes as gifts. 

     

    Whish Almond Body Butter 

    Oh my god! This is honestly one of the best body butters out there, not only is it cruelty-free and vegan, but it actually smells incredibly good! My mom went crazy over how good I smelled when I used this, and we’ve actually order many of these after using this one, to ship them back to our home. This body butter is more like a lotion, it’s light in texture, and your skin will absorb it very quickly, leaving you smelling amazing! It’s also made with all natural ingredients, and the only downer is that it has perfume, which my skin doesn’t really take well, but at this point, I don’t really mind. There are other scents like: coconut, blueberry, pomegranate, and more. 


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