So this month, Birchbox had the theme Positive Force and did the boxes in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The insert that came with the box gives some statistics on breast cancer in women and how much it affects people. I want to talk about breast cancer before I jump into the review.
So, the card mentions that 1 in 8 women are affected by breast cancer. What it doesn’t mention is that 1 in 1,000 men are also affected. While the number of men affected is lower, it’s not something we should overlook.
So, I bring all of this up for a couple of reasons. The first, my mother is a three time survivor and was diagnosed at a young age the first time. What that means is that I’m at a higher risk for getting cancer, especially at a young age. Recently, I had my own scare and needed to have an ultrasound done because there were some lumps found. Thankfully, it turned out to be harmless cysts, but it was still scary.
Here’s the important part of this story. Even though they were harmless, I discovered these lumps while doing a self-examination. I was able to talk to my doctor about them and get it looked at. To me, the most important thing we need to learn regarding breast cancer (or ANY cancer/problem/health issue) is to check ourselves. Do a self-exam on breasts each month. Take a look and examine your body properly and find out your little quirks. Be aware of the things your body does that are your version of normal. If you don’t know what your baseline is, you’re going to have a hard time knowing when something goes wrong. It’s important to know your body so you know when something isn’t right.
That’s what I’m going to stress for awareness. I’m not going to tell you to wear pink, or donate money, or even do some silly thing like go without a bra. Check yourself instead. That’s more important.
Let’s get on with the review!
Here is a look at what I got. As always, I’m going to go through each of them one-by-one. This month my review is later than normal, but that means I’ve tested these a lot longer this time around.
This is Dr. Jart+ Ceramindin Cream. Now, the card I have says it’s to calm and hydrate the skin. On the Birchbox website, it mentions that it was formulated for people with eczema. Well, I’m a person with eczema, so I’m down with that.
It’s a great moisturizer and is very heavy. It comes out with a beige tint, but doesn’t tint the skin. It also has a weird smell. It’s not bad, I just can’t pinpoint what it is exactly. It does hydrate and help sooth some of my eczema, so it works as intended.
The full size retails for $48 dollars. Yeah, I knew it was too good to be true. While I enjoy this, I can’t see myself shelling out almost $50 for something that does the same thing my $15 tub of Cerave does. Great product but super expensive.
Oh look! Dry shampoo!
This is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. It’s a dry shampoo. It works well, but does have a bit of white cast. The sprayer is really powerful so it’ll get a lot of product out real fast. This version is naturally tinted for brunettes, though I find that hard to believe because it’s a bit white. Once worked in, it’s great.
This product retails for $20 for a full sized bottle. I won’t be going that route since I love my batiste and it’s cheaper. This sample size is quite large though and has taken up residence in my purse.
This is Manna Kadar Lip Locked. I got it in the shade Lucky. It claims to be a primer, stain, and gloss all in one. It does one of those at least. It’s a great gloss, but a bit on the warm side for me. It isn’t sticky, but it’s not a smooth gloss either. The sample size was small, but I can toss it in my purse if I need a quick gloss to freshen up a lip look.
Full sized retails for $24. There are better, cheaper, glosses out there. My personal favorite glosses are from Shiro Cosmetics.
This is a hydrating mask by Avene. It’s meant to revive tired, lackluster skin as well as banish redness. Well, it didn’t banish shit. It’s not a traditional mask you put on and then remove later. You can just let it sit on like a moisturizer and go to bed with it. It’s nice, but didn’t do much my regular moisturizer doesn’t already do.
Full size retails for $26.
So, each box came with a mascara this month. Since I’m an Aces member, I got to choose one and I went with Roller Lash from benefit. I swear, the only benefit product I actually like is Porefessional. Roller Lash wasn’t great. It did curl my lashes a bit, but it gives no volume and separated my lashes to much it looked a bit creepy and stringy. It also did not want to come off.
The brush is great and I plan on using that bit with a different mascara, but I don’t like the formula.
Full size retails for $24.
So, as always, you can join Birchbox and it’s $10 a month. If you wish to join through my link, you can. Be warned, I get 50 points, which can be spent in the store later on. I really like this months box, just not stuff I’ll buy in the future. Great products, too expensive.