Friday, February 15, 2013

Birchbox: September 2012

[Pictures to be added later]

- Mighty Leaf Tea Tea Pouches
- Birchbox/Color Club Custom Collection
- twistband Lace up for Fall
- Youngblood Mineral Primer
- Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment, Daily Conditioner and Daily Shampoo
- Benefit foamingly clean facial wash
- Benefit refined finish facial polish

First and foremost, I need to state that I DID NOT receive my BBxCC Custom Collection nail polish AND the twistband in my box.  To think I did not receive two items in my box was a complete disappointment.  I sent them an email complaint, and immediately they credited me back for my box which was very generous of them.  I was, however, disappointed not to receive the nail polish of all things since I love collecting polishes.

I received 3 flavors of tea with my box and I gotta say, I didn't like any of them haha.  I drink a lot of tea, and tried a variety of flavors, different leaves, etc, but these did not taste the way I would have liked it to be.  The three flavors I had were the Green tea tropical, Vanilla bean and Citrus Chamomile.  Not surprising, my favorite was the green tea.  The tropical taste was stronger than the green tea, but it wasn't overpowering.  It added a sweetness to it, especially for such a light tea.  Vanilla bean lacked flavor and the citrus chamomile was overpowering with the citrus.

I loved the Nexxus Pro-Mend split end shampoo.  I had tried this product when my hair was at its longest (nearly 2.5ft long) and it really made my brittle/damaged hair feel really soft and tamed the frizz.  Of course it wouldnt remove split ends, but would work as a temporary fix, it still did a great job.  I was planning on purchasing this Nexxus treatment after my Aussie Moist had been used up, but since I had cut my hair I decided against it and went with something cheaper which is working for my current hair state.

Birchbox: October 2012

- Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
- theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer
- Lucy B. Cosmetics Roll On Perfume Oil Duo
- Vitivia Vitamin capsules
- LUNA Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter

I only used two of the products that were in this box: The LUNA bar and theBalm highlighter.

The Ouidad gel that I received in this box was the same sample that I had received free with my Sephora purchase, but in a larger size (as seen on the bottom left photo).  I just had no need to use it, especially being from the Bay Area, it doesn't get that humid in the area I live, so there really wasn't a need to try it.  However, I don't mind holding onto it if I ever do travel out of town and need a quick fix.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer has a nice sheer glow to it.  It doesn't stand out that much, and isn't glittery.  Just a slight shimmer.  I used it for the first time during my sisters wedding and you can barely see it, but that could be on my part since I didn't want to overdo it, especially using it for the first time.  Maybe I should have trialed it beforehand haha.

As for the LUNA bar, it's just like any other LUNA bar, but didn't have the chocolate bottom.  It was more of just a regular granola bar.  I had taken this sample with me in my clutch during my sisters wedding since I needed some sort of snack in between all the chaos.  It was pretty tasty, very peanut buttery, but it wasn't really anything that would stand out.

Birchbox: August 2012


- Beauty Fixation Cuticle Conditioner
- Schick Hydro Silk Razor
- WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads
- WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask
- stila stay all day foundation, concealer, & brush kit
- Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur

I was a little shocked to open up my box and have a full size Schick razor in it.  It was a nice surprise to add to the box.  Up to this point, this had probably been my favorite box that I've received because almost all items in here were items I could use.

The Schick Hydro Silk Razor was a BB bonus.  It was probably the first thing that I used in the box and it worked quite well on the first use.  There are these tiny little pellets that are on the replaceable blade which is a moisturizing serum, which I didn't really notice that much since (of course) I used a shave gel with it.  However, when I was going to use the razor the next time, the little pellets formed a weird consistency.

I really love the Beauty Fixation Cuticle conditioner.  It's something that I need on a regular basis because I work with my hands a lot for my job and they get really dry fast.  These are great to travel with because of its tiny packaging and I like how it's disposable.  I also love how clever it was to make it as a cotton swab.  It conditions the cuticle well, but not long-term.  At least for me, but that could be my own issue because of my job.

This was the first time I've heard of WEI.  The first product I used was the pomegranate buffing beads which was great to add to my non-exfoliating face wash.  To be honest, while it felt great on the skin, I couldn't really tell a difference after I rinsed.

I love getting samples of perfume so I can keep them in my purse or carry it in my makeup bag when I travel.  Especially when they come with the spritzer.  I love the Juicy scent, it wasn't too strong and it smelled sweet.  Although I still am a Vera Wang Princess kind of girl ;)

As for the WEI mud mask and Stila foundation, I never got a chance to use either of those.  The mud mask is because I forgot I had it in my box and the Stila foundation is because it was waaaaaay too dark for my skin tone.