It’s that time again–to delve into the wonder that is Birchbox. I’ve gotten three in the mail thus far, and each time is as exciting as the last. It’s like having a secret admirer leave gifts each month in your mailbox.
This scent was right up my alley. The description reads: The light, clean fragrance features top notes of purifying sandalwood, refreshing grapefruit, and sensual Egyptian myrrh. Subtle cues of golden amber, incense, and star jasmine turn each spritz into a mini aromatherapy break. This is pretty accurate, especially the sandalwood and amber. It doesn’t smell like typical aromatherapy to me–it just smells like a warm, sensual fragrance. Great for everyday and casual wear. I highly recommend.
I’m pretty harsh when reviewing chapsticks, lip balms and lip products simply because there are a million of them out there, and it’s easy to find cheap, quality products. Still, I was impressed with this balm. It had a great fruity smell (I got the Pomegranate & Fig, though there are other flavors available like Yakima Valley Peppermint) and felt good on my lips without being too heavy. I applied during the day, but was most impressed with the night wear. When I applied at night before going to bed, I could still feel it on my lips in the morning. That’s a hard-working balm. My only complaint is that it comes in a pot, which means I have to stick my fingers in it to apply. It’s not as sanitary as a chapstick, and I inevitably spear a hunk of balm under my fingernail. But as far as quality of the product–it’s definitely a win, and definitely worth the price.
Okay, here’s the description for this one: Makeup artists flip for this multi-use oil, which gives face and body a pretty sheen and also helps to smooth flyaways. You want me to smear oil on my face and in my freshly-washed hair? I was skeptical. So I looked up “dry oil” to see what it meant. Basically it’s oil that easily soaks into skin and hair, leaving a shine but no oiliness. I naturally have very shiny hair, so I applied to the ends of my hair, which tend to be drier and less shiny, after washing and blow-drying. I could definitely tell the difference in sheen, but what really impressed me was the smell. It just smells clean and beautiful. I looked at the Amazon reviews and nearly all of them mention the amazing fragrance. I also tried–with great trepidation–dabbing a bit into each of my cheeks. The rumors are true. The oil made my skin immediately soft and silky with just a hint of shine (really a glow), and zero greasiness. Many of the Amazon reviewers recommend applying the oil after a shower when skin is still damp for an even better absorption. A big price tag, but I think it’s well worth the money if you have dry or dull skin that could use a pick-me-up.
Probably the least impressive product of the bunch. This powder is a three-in-one highlighter, shadow, and shimmer for body and face. It’s a fine product and the color is a lovely champagne. It blends well, too. But there wasn’t anything exceptional about it, and I think I prefer the illuminizers I use now.