May Birchbox Review
It’s that time again! I received my May Birchbox shipment just the other day, and didn’t even wait to get inside to open it. I sat on the porch and pulled out all the goodies to ooh and aah over. There were some hits and misses this month - but overall, I think it was a good package.
Amika Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask ($12-40)
The Hype: The Nourishing Hair Mask deeply conditions and restores hair. The natural molecules in the formula penetrate the surface of the hair to get to the root, sealing split ends improving shine, elasticity and nourishment.
My Take: Once again, I’m left with too little hair product (.67oz) and too much hair. It smells amazing! I did notice that my hair seemed shinier and I had less frizz happening. I’d love to see what happens with a full size.
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle ($21.95)
The Hype: Beauty Protector’s leave-in mist is about as versatile as they come. It conditions, shields from heat and sun damage, and–of course–detangles, among other things.
My Take: This stuff rocks. I’m always plagued with little flyaways and frizz through the day, and this helped stop those. I know it’s pricy, but I’m not the kind of person to shy away from a more expensive product just so I can “get by” using something else. I like this, it smells awesome, and I will be buying the full size.
Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste ($6-10.50)
The Hype: Straight from Italy, toothpaste is fluoride-based for cavity, tartar and plaque protection and is formulated with pure Peppermint Oil for a brisk, invigorating effect.
My Take: I’ll admit it, and this one time only, I’m a smoker. I’m always chewing minty gum so my breath doesn’t smell icky, and this toothpaste - holy minty! It’s (as I read somewhere) like Altoids in a tube. It doesn’t burn your mouth, but it still gives you an overwhelmingly fresh feeling. Also, I normally use toothpaste for sensative teeth because of my dental work, and this didn’t bother them at all. My only qualm is the price, considering my kids would just end up squirting it all over the sink.
Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream ($32)
The Hype: More lightweight than its prequel and easier to blend, the fragrance-free formula acts as both a primer and a foundation. It smooths fine lines and uneven skin and provides SPF protection.
My Take: I SO wanted to like this. I was sent light/medium (they only have two options) and this seemed to give my ultra fair skin an orange cast while at the same time not providing too much coverage. Also, I have extremely dry skin and it just didn’t make my skin feel that great. Maybe if I use a primer first, but that’s defeating the purpose of the product. I guess I’ll be sticking with Lancome until I finally find a BB cream that works for my skin.
Weleda Citrus Hydrating Natural Body Lotion ($16.50)
The Hype: The light-weight Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion for normal skin awakens the body, mind and soul and leaves the skin intensively moisturized with a long-lasting feeling of refreshment.
My Take: Man, my dry skin type is really making me seem like a jerkface this month. While this smells fantastic (it’s like slathering on a lemon-lime wonderland) I didn’t find it moisturizing OR long-lasting (the scent lasts, the moisture doesn’t.) Again, it’s recommended for “normal skin” and sadly my skin is not normal. If you love citrus, this is the way to go.
Runa Focused Energy Guayusa Tea (4 flavors) ($7)
The Hype: Guayusa offers a clear, focused energy by balancing as much caffeine as one cup of coffee with twice the antioxidants of green tea.
My Take: I only drink Early Grey, so I can’t really say much about this one or rate it. The caffeine would be a plus in my book - but maybe not for everyone.
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