Boo hoo, it’s the last Birchbox review, at least for the foreseeable future. We’ve decided to do a tour of the different beauty sample clubs out there, so next up is Beauty Army for me (and Sarah is getting boxes from ipsy, formerly GlamBag). So let’s go out with a Birchbox bang, shall we?
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream – $39
A year ago the makeup market exploded with BB cream, which is foundation on steroids. It provides a base for makeup as well as smoothing out skin tone, moisturizing, preventing acne, protecting against sun damage, you name it. Now we have CC cream, which makeup artist Bobbi Brown is going to tell us about:
So my take is that BB cream is for oilier skin, and CC cream is for drier skin…right? Who knows. Anyway, I was on the fence about this particular CC cream because of the smell. It had a very, very strong herbal smell, that I could detect even an hour after applying it. Not good. Also, it’s advertised as being lightweight, and that is not the case. It is heavier than all the BB creams I’ve used, and it’s heavier than any foundation I’ve used. For me, having dry skin, this is not a bad thing, and it’s probably like this because of the extra moisturizer in it. For anyone who hates heavy makeup or has oilier skin, stay away, this is probably not the product for you.
Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique – $36
This is a hair cream that you apply to damp hair to protect it from heat styling. This sort of product is sort of funky because how are consumers supposed to know if it really is protecting hair from blow drying, curling, and ironing? At the very least, you need a couple months to see if your hair seems less heat damaged. I can say that my hair did feel a lot softer after using this product. If you are one to blow dry your hair and that’s the extent of the styling, this would be a good choice for you. If you do more styling, though, with curling irons or flat irons or teasing or pinning, I’d recommend using a heat protector plus styling cream product (like Rusk Wired Flexible Styling Cream, my personal fave). Because this product doesn’t hold style at all, so you’d have to use a second cream, which is sort of excessive.
ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss – $22
ModelCo is an Australian brand, and their lip gloss comes in a very attractive, sturdy tube, with a handy mirror right on the side. I don’t know why more companies aren’t doing this but it’s very handy. I got color “Berry Pink” in my Birchbox which looks really pink in the tube but it applies very subtly–you really can’t detect a color. This is a basic, well-made lip gloss that gets highest marks for the scent–like strawberry shortcake. Delicious!
Thymes is a company I am well-acquainted with, so I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to get two samples of lotion from them. Thymes makes lotions, bath products, and home scents in the most delightful scents imaginable. I’ve loved every scent I’ve smelled from them and I own quite a few candles, fragrance mists, and lotions from them. If you don’t like heavy fragrance, Naia is the scent for you. Very light and citrusy, you can just barely detect it as you move through your day.
Thymes Lotus Santal – $23
For those who prefer a little stronger scent, Lotus Santal is a woodsy, slightly spicy scent with a bit of amber sweetness and sandalwood. Besides having amazing fragrances, Thymes’ lotions are always very light in texture and quickly absorb without any greasiness. I can’t recommend enough this brand.
Thanks for the memories, Birchbox!