Friday, October 25, 2013

October Birchbox Review - Part Une

I know my "I was sick" excuse is going to get old, but seriously I was so sick. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to form cohesive sentences; much like a recent time I was tongue-tied over a particularly handsome fellow (more on that later). Anyway, despite the illness I endured, I was still giddy when I received my Birchbox in the mail and managed to find the energy to really use them. Here is this month's lineup.

Miss Jessie's Original Crème de la Crème Conditioner
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser with Pure Muslin Cloth
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Floating Rose
ChapStick Hydration Lock
Folle de Joie eau de parfum

Photo from Birchbox

Hair products and facial cleansers seem to get the first uses since those are things that I use on a daily basis and this time was no exception. So, first thing is first....

Miss Jessie's Original 
Crème de a Crème Conditioner

I don't have curly hair, but I loved this conditioner. I wasn't sure how my not-so-curly hair would take to it, but it turns out, my hair loves it. I got three uses out of the sample (and I have a tendency to use a lot), so I can definitely say it works well - it detangles, it didn't weigh my hair down, nor did it make my sensitive skin break out. Truth be told, my hair kept looking better as the day went on! My amazement continued into the next morning when I woke up and my hair barely showed any sign of being oily (a rarity for me). Verdict: I'll be buying this condition as soon as I run out of my other one. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Pure Muslin Cloth

I was a bit nervous to try this out when I saw there was cocoa butter in it, but all my worries went by the wayside after using it day and night for over a week. My skin didn't break out, it felt moisturized without feeling oily, and it seemed to work incredibly well with my sensitive skin. I can't vouch for it removing stubborn eye makeup since I only use Mary Kay's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, but it proved to be effective in removing my face makeup from the day, which is a huge deal. As for the pure muslin cloth, well, I loved it. It did a good job of exfoliating without being overly abrasive. The whole cleansing process was definitely different from my usual routine since you're supposed to apply the cleanser to a dry face (weird I know, but oddly it works), but once you get to the steamy, hot cloth part of the process, it's kind of awesome and spa-like. Verdict: I'm adding this to my beauty routine and purchasing the starter kit ASAP.

ChapStick Hydration Lock

I've probably been using ChapStick since I was 12 years old. That said, my go-to is the Classic Spearmint, however, I'm always open to trying new products that moisturize, especially from brands I trust. The texture was super smooth as I expected it to be, but I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight it was. Now I know it claims 8 hours of moisture, but let's be honest, between sipping coffee from my mug, wiping my mouth after eating, and absentmindedly chewing on my lip while deep in thought, I'm going to have to reapply to re-moisturize at some point. It doesn't matter though. It's super smooth, the smell is mild, and it doesn't have a noticeable flavor to it, so it's a welcome addition to my purse. And since I'm the kind of girl who has to put on some type of lip balm prior to any lip color or gloss, it makes a terrific primer. Verdict: This ChapStick has a place in my purse.


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