With only two weeks left in April, it’s finally starting to feel like spring! This 70 degree weather is not going to last, but I can pretend.
I signed up for a 3-month subscription to Birchbox, and April is my last month. It’s been fun basically getting a present every month, but I don’t think I’ll be re-upping my subscription. (Read about the February and March boxes.)
The first two were fine, but sometimes underwhelming. April’s box is definitely the best of the three.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner ($22) — I used to only use felt tip eyeliners because they felt the easiest to not screw up. Then I moved on to gel with a small brush. I think I was scared of the paintbrush-like applicators and didn’t think I’d ever be able to get a wing right, but the Wet N Wild Megaliner is amazing and has definitely changed the way I feel about liquid eyeliner. This Eyeko liner is nice. It’s got a sharper point than other felt tips I’ve tried, so you can really get an intense wing, and I didn’t have to shake it or hold it upside down to get full pigment. (But I’ve only used it a few times, so that dry out can still happen.) However, it just doesn’t out perform the Megaliner and considering it’s $22 vs. $3, I won’t be purchasing.
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink ($25) — I didn’t read about this before I used it, so I had no idea that it’s, as Birchbox’s website says, “formulated to adjust to your body’s unique chemistry to create a customized, ultra-flattering hue.” So I put it on and thought, well it’s incredibly soft and makes my lips feel so nice, but it’s soo light, it’s more of a chapstick than a stain. I passed a mirror a few minutes later and was like damn, it’s so pink now! That kind of technology really amazes me haha. This stain is truly pretty! It changed to a really beautiful shade of pink. I didn’t love it on my cheeks because I don’t love cream blushes in general. As much as I liked it on my lips, I don’t think I would purchase it. When I use lip color that’s not a matte lipstick, I always end up with smudged lips. I don’t know if I rub my lips together more than a normal person or what. I one time tried Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and ended up looking like a little kid who just ate a red ice pop and now had a red ring around their mouth. It’s a personal problem, I know.
Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub ($10) — I am always on the hunt for a good exfoliator. I get not only red pimples, but skin-colored bumps that do.not.go.away. Regular exfoliation really helps, though. If I could afford to get a microdermabrasion every month, it would probably clear up, but alas, that’s a luxury I won’t know. There’s a lot of exfoliators on the market, but I’ve always been weary of them because of the microbeads, which end up in the ocean and animals’ stomachs, where they could be toxic. I didn’t know that the US had banned microbeads, making companies remove them as of 2017. That’s a huge relief, and I’m glad that that means there’s no microbeads in this facial scrub. Even though it’s rough, it doesn’t feel rough while you’re using it and I swear, your skin feels so good when you wash it off. I can’t believe a full size product is only $10. We’ll see what the results are once I finish this sample, but I have a strong feeling I’ll be buying it.
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream ($54) — This feels really great on. I can’t say for sure if it actually fills in fine lines… you can’t get results from a sample this little so maybe it does if you buy the full size. However, I could never justify spending $54 on moisturizer, especially without 100% certainty that it does what it claims. I had a hard time spending $30 on Kiehl’s and I already knew that I loved that stuff.
Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($26 and $30) — So when I opened the box, I immediately noticed a familiar smell that I just could not put my finger on. Then I realized it was that distinct smell of Playdoh. Yes, Playdoh. It was faint, but it was there. I opened the shampoo and realized that’s where it was coming from. That’s so bizarre, I know. However, when I was actually using it, that smell went away and it actually was quite nice. And the conditioner doesn’t smell that way. I wasn’t exactly expecting much from this. How many times have I tried something made for coarse or frizzy hair and had absolutely no result? I can’t even count that high. But I caught myself in the mirror a few hours after getting out of the shower and was like, damn my hair looks good today! Despite how it works, I could never spend $56 all together on a shampoo and conditioner pair.
So all in all, Birchbox was ok. But I could be saving that $10 and putting it towards one product I really want. The samples are tiny and for the most part, too expensive for me to ever buy anyway. How do you feel about Birchbox?