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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.


August Birchbox Breakdown

I have a severe love-hate relationship for buying new products that are full-sized. I love, love, LOVE experimenting with new products but I absolutely hate when I don’t like it and the whole other 98% of what I bought goes to waste.

Enter: Birchbox.

Seriously. If you haven’t tried it and you’re like me, TRY.IT. Or even if you don’t like trying new products, give it a try! It’s fun to discover things you wouldn’t have tried anyway.

I’ve always wanted to be one of those cool bloggers who reviewed products and people listen to them and go buy that stuff. Now, Michelle, let’s be realistic. i.am.a.nobody in blog-world. So, I’m going to review them anyway for myself because it makes me feel cool. Here goes!

Juicy Couture– I Am Juicy Couture

I loved this perfume. I was SO excited when I saw it in the box this month! I’m usually not a fan of the perfumes that they send. It usually goes like this: Michelle opens the box and sees perfume. She sprays the perfume and smells excitedly, then makes a face and throws the perfume in a drawer with all the other perfumes she’s gotten. This was NOT one of those. I’ve used it every day since I got it. I even looked it up to see how much it would be to buy the full-sized bottle. Y’ALL. 94 dollars. Nope, nope, nope. I cannot justify spending that much on perfume when I’m around tiny humans all day, every day, and come home smelling like glue and feet. Nope.

Final verdict: I WISH.

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer

I really had high hopes for this. As a teacher, I DO.FREAKING.NOT. have time to reapply or even check my makeup during the day. My foundation & powder are always, and I do mean ALWAYS completely gone be the end of the day because of myself (or other tiny hands) touching/wiping my face. My makeup remover cloth never even shows traces of foundation at night when I take it off. Anyway. Unfortunately, this product was a big let-down. I even paired it with the next product in hopes that they would work together to finally get my foundation and powder to stay put. No dice.

Final verdict: Would not buy full-size product.

Coola SPF 30 Organic Makeup-Setting Spray

This stuff was also a let down. As I mentioned before, I even paired it with the makeup primer above, but I did not notice that my makeup looked any better at the end of the day than it usually does. Also, this stuff SMELLED. It smelled like Icy-Hot. No.Thank.You.Ma’am. 78.385% of whether I like a product or not depends on if it smells good.

Final verdict: NOPE

PARLOR Smoothing Blow-Out Spray

Let’s get something straight first. Blow dryers and I are NOT friends. I don’t ever blow dry my hair because it takes SO dang long (curse you, thick hair!). It usually takes about FORTY-FIVE MINUTES. That being said, I finally bit the bullet and took the time to blow dry my hair so I could use this. Smell factor: amazing. I think this stuff even sped up my blow dry time by about 7 minutes. When your arms are cursing at you because you’re a wimp and have no upper body strength and you’ve been blow drying your hair for 38 minutes already, 7 minutes is a REAL big deal. It did make my hair very smooth and shiny as well, which was nice.

Final verdict: Would not buy, for the sole fact that I am entirely too lazy to spend 45 38 minutes blow drying my hair every day. Ain’t NOBODY got time for that.

LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip

Birchbox read my mind on this one. Literally, the day it came I was thinking that morning about how I always pick a boring pink color to put on my lips, and that I should try something in a coral-y shade. I opened up the box, and, TA-DA! A coral shade, entitled Cray-Cray, was right there waiting for me. I excitedly put it on ASAP. I really didn’t like the texture right off the bat. Also, it went on in a way that it wasn’t very thick and the color was really streaky. I also found that it wore off super and I do mean SUPER fast. The color was spot on as to what I wanted, but I was disappointed. Sad day 😦 My quest for the perfect coral lipstick is still on!

Final verdict: Would not buy.

So overall, I would say this box is a flop. I really did like the perfume and the blow-out spray, but because I’m a practical gal, none of the products will be purchased again. At least I’m only out $20! Thanks, Birchbox! See you in September.