I’m sort of over the whole Birchbox experience. Twelve of these is a lot of random free samples. At first I was like “FREE THINGS TO TRY! MAIL! WOO HOO!” But after a few times it just feels like… “wow, things I don’t need. Woo. Hoo.”
I wish that the service surveyed me after reach box, found out what I liked and didn’t, what I need and don’t, and then adjusted what was sent to me from there. It has been good at finding out what I don’t like and letting me experience words and phrases I didn’t understand.
The latest Birchbox came with a deep hydrating balm, a curl product, a BB cream (exciting!) and a microderm abrasion face wash.
First, I didn’t open the curl product because I had just bought some product from my hair lady and I thought it would be nice to add to the giveaway box at the end of this journey.
I was super excited about the BB cream though, because I love the idea of BB cream and am looking for a really good quality option. It is the perfect product for me: makes you look just a TOUCH better than you do when you roll out of bed, but the amount of effort spent is that of putting on face lotion. Done and done.
Remember last time I did a beauty product review? And there was that weird matte finishing product? And I couldn’t figure out if it even did anything? Well I’m starting to feel like maybe the term “matte” in makeup means “doesn’t actually do anything.” I mean, we all want to not look shiny, but a little finishing powder can take care of that. This BB cream just disappears on my skin. It is nice to think that I have a sunscreen on for daily, walking around-ness. But aside from that? I was so disappointed! What are you doing on my skin BB cream? Or should I say “BB Cream” because I saw nothing! Poof! And it had a weird powdery YET oily feeling on my face. Matte finish yes, texture… weird.
So what BB/CC cream do you use? I’m leaning towards the Smashbox one. I’ve heard really great reviews but I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on a product that is so expensive. At this point though, I feel like it is worth it. Thoughts?
The next item, similar to something that was sent to me before, was the deep hydrating balm.
I am a self-proclaimed sucker for anything that has to do with dry skin, as I am a dry skin sucker. Dry skin is my plague. It gives me bumpies on my arms, it makes my back break out, it makes my skin taught and uncomfortable. Drrryyy skkiinnnn!! So rescue balm, you say? I spread that shit all over my upper arms before bed. And it was …. ok. I don’t get how you can use something that is so sticky and oily? Like you have to put it on your feet and then wear special socks or something. But it says for all body parts! So how can that be! It also smells kind of herbal-y. Which is fine, it reminds me of a spa. It actually reminded me a lot of massage oil, so it wasn’t bad… it just wasn’t awesome. I don’t see how I could actually (in real life) use it without getting stuff all over my sheets or clothes. And it did not seem appealing AT ALL to use on my lips. That is for sure. If I’m going to use some sort of oil for moisturizing, I would rather go with coconut oil, hands down.
Maybe I am just feeling grumpy about this whole process, but spoiler alert: I didn’t really like this next one either. I love love love love exfoliation. I am all about scrubbing the shit out of your skin and then rubbing shea butter all over it. Anyways… this is my second type of face wash like this.
So I started out my skin care life with apricot scrub. Now we all know that stuff is way to course for the dainty skin of the face. And then I went into small, gentler face washes like aveeno and other things. Now they’ve come up with even smaller grains to tear at your skin with. Micro-crystals! Washing my face with these things actually gives me a jolt of “oh god, oh god!” anxiety. It feels like sticking my face in a sand blaster. Like the top layer of my body is being power washed away and not in a “yay refreshed!” way, in a “even the water rinsing it off my face burns!” It probably is doing amazing things for me, but I don’t think I NEED a sandblaster. Has anyone else used face washes like this for a regular period of time? What did you think?
Maybe I’m just getting lazy, but I feel overwhelmed by the barrage of new products to experiment with. Am I turning into those people who have the same hairstyle for 40 years and don’t realize how out dated they look? Am I headed down the path of fuddy duddy? Well I did get this crazy curl mousse stuff that makes my hair GIANT unless I round brush it… so at least there is that. And ya know, how can sheer eye shadow ever really go out of style? Ha. Ha. Ha. AmIright? or AmIright? Sigh.