Monthly Archives: September 2015

September Birchbox Breakdown

My last Birchbox post had nine views, and I only told one person about it. YESSSS.

(This is normally where I would put a picture of the box in all its beautiful glory, buuuut I forgot.)

100% Percent Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

As a person who wakes up at zero-dark-thirty every morning and relies on coffee as my lifeblood, I was pretty intrigued by this stuff. I don’t necessarily get bags under my eyes, but some mornings I do look a little more tired than others. I’ve tried this for 5 mornings in a for and have noticed no difference. It doesn’t have a smell, it doesn’t do anything for me really, soooo thanks, but no thanks.

Final Verdict: Would not buy. I don’t dislike it, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference on me.

POP Beauty Eyeshadow Palette

POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette

My name is Michelle and I have an unhealthy obsession with eyeshadow palettes. For.real. I own about a gazillion of them and I’m always looking at more. That being said, I was OVERLY pumped when I opened the box and saw what was in there. Also, let me note that I did not receive the glorious-looking palette that is up there ^^^. The one I got came with three shades, a very light silver, a very dark purple, and a daaark gray. Initially, I was okay with these colors. I wear a lot of muted purples and grays because it makes the green in my eyes pop (right, Ma?). However, within the first swipe of the light silver on my eye I regretted all decisions to try it that day. Once I had all the colors on, I looked like a straight-up foolThe colors are WAYYYYYY too metallic-looking for my taste. Had they been a matte finish, I may have considered looking into buying the palette. And, judging by the look of the palette on Birchbox’s website (as seen above), all of the colors are more metallic-looking than I would like. Bummer.

Final verdict: No bueno.

Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel

Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel Superfruit + CGF

Let’s just say I’m a liiiiitle picky about what I wash my face with. I have very sensitive skin. So sensitive, in fact, that changing up my regular skin care regimen often results in a breakout. I’ve used this stuff every night when I wash my face since it came, and so far my skin is breakout-free! I’ve also noticed that my pores appear to be a little smaller? Or perhaps that’s just wishful thinking!

Final Verdict: I would definitely consider buying this again!

RUSK Hair Care Elixir Mist

RUSK® Hair Care Elixir Mist

Let’s say I was slightly more than a little skeptical of this stuff. More like highly skeptical. This basically just looked like clear water in an aerosol spray-type bottle. To be honest, I figured this would be like that one time Birchbox sent me fancy water in a bottle to spray on your skin. PASS. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This stuff goes on like a dream–it’s so light and quiet you can barely even tell stuff is coming out of the can. This works perfect on styled hair that looks a little flat without making it look too oily. I’ve also found that if you spray a little on mostly-dry hair, it holds frizz at bay nicely. Bonus: it smells great! It’s a very light and clean scent.

Final Verdict: Would not buy….because I’m a sour-puss and won’t buy anything that I’m not head-over-heels in love with.

Ojon Total Hair Therapy

Let’s get this out of the way. I hate when Birchbox sends me hair oil. hate.hate.hate.HATE. My hair is decently oily on it’s own. As in, I should take out stock in dry shampoo because I use a potentially unhealthy amount (is there such a thing??) between sucking up any oil and using it to add texture. Now, kindly forget that little rant I just had about how much I hate hair oil because this.stuff.is.AMAZING. First of all, THE SMELL. I can’t place what it smells like, but guys, it’s seriously fantastic. I literally only used a tiiiiiiny drop at a time and only used it on my ends and it zapped all possible frizz and made my hair SO dang silky smooth.

Then, tragedy struck.

The other night I was tidying up my bathroom. I have a little white shelf over the toilet where all my hair products go because my bathroom is this big ——>  <——–, no joke. Anyway. I was tidying up the shelf when this glorious hair oil fell to its death and shattered ALL OVER THE LID OF THE TOILET. I then spent the next 30 minutes cleaning up oil and glass pieces. Ugh.

I believe it’s a sign. Or karma. Kind of like, “Well Michelle, you’ve always whined and moaned whenever you get hair oil, so I’m going to take away the only one you love after you’ve only got to use it twice.”

Thanks, life.

Final Verdict: I would definitely buy this again. In fact, this will likely be what I purchase with my points when I’ve earned enough of them reviewing products on Birchbox’s website.

This month I was overall pretty happy with the box. Note to self: Lesson of the day month year, don’t put glass bottles on the shelf above the toilet because you’re clumsy AF.