It’s that time of the month again! (Not that time…)
My monthly Birchbox review! This month will have a double review as I’ll be comparing it to Sephora Play when I get that, so be on the look out for that. Swatches and details for the box are after the jump.
So this month the theme of the box was empowering women and working with the features you have, not covering them up.
The first item I got was an eyeshadow duo sample from Cargo.
The shades I got were a nice bronze and a dark brown. The picture didn’t pick up the undertones of the brown, but it has a nice red undertone to it. They wear beautifully, though they are a bit stiff in the pan. They are incredibly pigmented and blend out very well. The sample size is quite generous as these are two full sized shadows and they’re colors that can be used in a ton of looks. The packaging is a nice metal tin and quite sturdy. If you had warmer undertones and deep skin, this could work as a highlight/contour duo in a pinch. The full sized palette is $34 dollars. I won’t be purchasing the palette, simply because I have similar colors in other palettes I own, but the shadow quality impressed me so I will seek out other Cargo products.
So, next up I have the Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm. It claims to be 100% natural, and it is! It’s medical grade lanolin.
Lanolin is a wonderful product and can be used for so many things, including soothing chapped lips. I enjoyed getting to test it out, but this sample was tiny and hard to work the product out of the tube. I also think the full sized version is overpriced. The full price is listed at $16.50, which seems normal for a balm, but when you consider you can get 100% pure lanolin at Walmart for about $8, it seems a bit messed up. You also get more in the tub from Walmart. So, I won’t be purchasing it from this brand, but I will be getting lanolin for sure. If you’re looking to get an effective balm/chapstick, I’d suggest this route as well. It’s typically found with nipple creams for nursing mothers.
Ooooo! Hair oil! This is the Number 4 Lumiere dhiver Fluoro Elixer Restore & Repair oil. That’s a mouthful, but the product is nice. It has that typical smell of products from Number 4, which I enjoy. I know others don’t care for it, but I don’t mind it. The oils is nice and lightweight and doesn’t weigh down the hair or make it greasy. The sample size is very nice for a hair oil, but since I have other hair oils to work though, I’ll be passing on this for now. The full sized price is $26.
This was a bit disappointing to me. I got theBalm’s Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen. I had high hopes for this since it has a thicker gel formula, but it doesn’t last long and doesn’t apply evenly. The sample size is very nice and the shade is flattering, I just wish it worked well for me. I would like to note that while this is also a cheek tint, I didn’t test it on my cheeks due to the gel formula. The full sized of this is $17.
The last item was the Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads. These claim to hydrate and plump the skin around your eyes, and it actually did! I wore these one night after a long day and when I removed them, the area under my eyes felt tighter and less sunken in. That affect lasted a few days and it did wonders to help my dark circles. I plan on purchasing these for sure and they retail for $18 and you get a pack of 5 for that price.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay beautiful!