April Birchbox Review
I have become totally addicted to subscription boxes - and with affordable options like Birchbox, it’s a great way to check out beauty products I might not otherwise have tried. I slacked off, so this is a bit late, but these are my opinions of my April Birchbox haul.
Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir ($17.99)
The Hype: Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir lightweight leave-in treatment helps rebuild hair’s strength by reducing breakage* while making hair look more youthful and vibrant in just seven days. *vs non conditioning shampoo.
My Take: I have a LOT of hair, so a sample size isn’t the best indicator of how something is going to work for me. I did try the alloted 2-3 drops, but I didn’t notice any huge difference. I already use a conditioning shampoo, so perhaps it’s aimed at people who don’t. Although, I will say it smells AMAZING. The reasonable price tag does make me want to go and buy a full size product to give it the full seven days trial.
LaFace Laboratories PUR Purifying Facial Wash ($48)
The Hype: LaFace Laboratories’ PUR Purifying Facial Wash, which acts as both a foaming cleanser and toner. The gentle, soothing, citrus-scented formula removes dirt and impurities, cleaning and reviving skin.
My Take: Another awesome smelling product, but the sample size was a little bit laughable. I know they don’t want to give the store away, but when a product costs $48 I’d like to be able to try it more than once to see if it’s worth it. My skin felt perked up from the citrus, and seemed clean enough, but then the sample was empty so I don’t know if it would be a repeat performer.
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss ($29.95)
The Hype: NEW Mirenesse Glossy Kiss is a 3 in 1 colour created with BB Mineral Technology Glossy Kiss takes Lip Colour to a new level, delivering a high dose of colour and shine in just one swipe; with the precision of a liner, the moisture of a balm, the shine of a gloss and the staying power of a stain all-in-one!
My Take: I’m not a huge fan of lipstick in general, because I’m always running around and find it hard to get perfect. I received this in “Flirty Kiss” which is red, red, RED. As a redhead, I don’t normally go for red lips, but this stuff was fantastic. It glides on, stays put and just all around looks great. I didn’t have to fuss with blotting or smears, and I’ll definitely be using it more. The only drawback is the slightly high pricetag for something I might not wear every day. I don’t mind paying for quality, don’t get me wrong - I’m just not a red lipstick every day kind of gal.
Folle de Joie eau de parfum ($98)
The Hype: The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving away to playful hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the fragrance a carefree, summery vibe. Finally, warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish.
My Take: This was my winner from the month. I know florals aren’t for everyone, but I am totally in love with this scent. I do smell major overtones of rose, so if you’re not a rose fan I would say skip it. I have this on my wish list for my birthday. Definitely check out a sample before taking the pricy plunge.
Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On ($10.99)
The Hype: Helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and wakes up tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the eye area.
My Take: I really wished this would have done something for me, because the price point is great and it’s made in the USA. However, whether it just doesn’t work, or because my under-eye circles are more hereditary than environmental… I wasn’t impressed. It recommended keeping it in the fridge for an extra cooling feeling, but I don’t have time to rush back and forth to the fridge in the morning. My hunt for the perfect eye solution shall continue on.
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