August Birchbox

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Around the end of August I finally decided to get a subscription to Birchbox: a popular beauty, hair care, body care, and healthy eating company that sends out a monthly box made up of five samples handpicked just for you. If this is your first time ever hearing about Birchbox, please allow me to educate you. After you sign up for your ten-dollar a month (just ten dollars!) subscription, you make your profile tailored to your skin/hair types, add preferences of samples to come in the mail, and other things you are interested in seeing in your Birchbox. I am a big fan of things being custom made or picked just for me and this company is perfect just for that.
My August Birchbox arrived within the first days of September and I was giddy with glee when I opened my box. Inside were really five perfect samples picked just for me. Now I have had the chance to give them a go and see if I would buy the full size of some of these products. I waited until near of the end of September to make my first post so I could properly test out my samples.

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Fragrance- My first thought when I spritzed this perfume on my skin was, “This is possibly the best smelling perfume ever.” With top notes of citrus (a reoccurring favorite of mine) the scent opens layers of orange blossom, jasmine, and gardenia. With amber and musk finishing off the perfume. It is so light and feminine and so versatile that I could wear it day or night. 

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit- This was my only disappointment in my whole Birchbox. I was really excited to use this as it smelled amazing too. The texture is nice, more like a thick lotion and once I applied it to my skin to shave, it stayed like a lotion. It didn’t foam up or turn white like some shaving creams can. I rubbed it all over my leg and it made no difference on my skin. I couldn’t even tell where I had already shaved. I would only use this again to get rid of it.

Noir Long-Wear Eyeliner- Always a fan of black liner, this Noir one was right up my alley. I’m not too picky either when it comes to pencil or pen and this pencil is quite nice. The formula is quite creamy and with a steady hand I achieved a nice line along my lashes. It stayed all day on my eyes too and didn’t flake or anything.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees- Not a huge fan of lip colors, I was intrigued to try this lip pencil after seeing it on a sneak peek of the August Birchboxes for subscribers. My shade was a more light orange shade, reminding me of a peaches & cream color. It was definitely a summer shade and would have looked better against my skin if I had more of a tan. The formula was really nice and lasted for a few hours, too. It’s not really a lip pencil but more of a lip crayon that you’d apply straight onto the lips. I would maybe try these again but in a more neutral color.

K6 Skincare, Clean Antioxidant Facial Cleanser- This natural and organic cleanser promises to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while soothing the skin. It doesn't foam up enough for my liking but the cleansing process feels quite natural as the brand promises. I would recommend this face wash to someone who is into more natural products or one who doesn't want the feel of a heavy wash on their skin. 

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