Since I am on a mission to figure out my skin and make myself more product-sophisticated, I even added some beauty gift sets to my Christmas list this year! Another little review on items received outside of my monthly sample set will be coming soon.
I’m kind of impressed with how I’m going beyond my beauty/product comfort zone lately and really trying some new things, reading about what things actually are and how to use them (primers?) and then actually attempting to work it in real life.
So for this latest bundle of surprise trials I had a bunch of fantastic items, nothing I didn’t want to try.
First up is a leave-in conditioner spray made by Beauty Protector, the same brand of the Shampoo/Conditioner I loved from last month.
I’ve been spritzing it on my ends at night to give my hair some extra love. This product actually sealed the deal for me. I am sold. The Shampoo/Conditioner set is so fantastic, the smell so good, and the outcome so amazing, that this brand of hair stuff was going to be my first REAL purchase from Birchbox. But then, when I went to pull the trigger, they were sold out. Makes sense though… this stuff is amazing and if you have thick hair, (or if you are obsessed with shampoos like I am) I highly highly highly recommend it. I’m on a waiting list to be notified when it comes back in stock. If anyone can find it elsewhere, please leave a link in the comments. I’m tired of my John Frida from Target. Let’s be honest. (Edit: I just ordered them! YAY!!!)
Also included in my sample set was La Fresh makeup remover wipes.
I really wanted to like these, but it was just a meh product for me. I feel like other cleansing wipes (aveeno, neutrogena) that you can get at the drug store are more satisfying. I had a pack of two and I used one in the shower, the morning after a holiday party where I had layyyeerreddd on the mascara, and I didn’t feel like it really got it all. The second time I used it after I had washed my face to get my eye makeup off and it did fine. But… not worth the moneys honeys.
I was stoked to have a product from The Honest Company that was not for my baby included in the pack! I have written about their diapers and wipes before, and I have come to the conclusion that I WANT to love this company more than I actually do. I mean, the company is fine, and their products are made well, and I do love Jessica Alba, but when it comes down to it, their stuff just doesn’t work for me. I wanted to be able to use this balm on my hands at night. I have really dry skin that gets bumpy, especially in the winter, so I also wanted to try it on my calves if they were itchy, or just other random parts of me that seemed it need a balm of sorts.
Unfortunately, I feel like this is a totally unusable product. It is so…. balmy… that it doesn’t really soak in and it gets EVERYWHERE. On my hands? Forget it. I am smearing goop willy nilly until it eventually rubs off. On any part of my body? Clothes stick to me or it just gets wiped off by my jeans, etc. Where is this balm supposed to go? Is this for diaper rash? I couldn’t figure it out. Bummer.
(Image snatched from Birchbox site)
So there were two things that I didn’t get a photo of and one of them was a hair tie. Mine was silver and sparkly. It looked like you could make this at home in about 2 seconds and for my thick hair, this hair tie is a joke. Moving on!
I also got a LAQA and Co. “Fat Lip Pencil” which I currently cannot find and is pissing me off because it was awesome! It was a lip crayon and so much fun to use, especially in winter. I feel like bright red lips are made for winter. Super easy to apply, and I think I like this non-messy, non-lipstick/lipstick even better than a lip stain! Easy to reapply and with a little vaseline, Bam! Glossy red!
So now I would love to hear from you (my favorite part of these posts!) 1.) did you recently pick up (or get gifted) and cool beauty products? and 2.) Over the holidays and all of the get togethers, parties, hubub, did you try any new beauty trends/techniques? Do tell!