Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Birchbox Review Part Deux

I wanted to knock out the whole November Birchbox review in one post, but I didn't feel it was fair until I actually painted my nails and used the other products again to give them a thorough testing. So here we go with the second part...

Chella Highlighter Pencil 

Photo from Birchbox

While a highlighter isn't usually a part of my morning makeup routine, I found that this one was more of a multipurpose pencil that works not only as a highlighter, but also as a concealer. I did take a few extra moments to make sure I sampled it properly as a highlighter, however, and was pleased with how smoothly it glided onto my face. I chose to use it under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose (locations typically reserved for my favorite concealer) and also on my brow bone. I certainly wasn't disappointed with the way Chella's pencil performed and I will likely alternate between using this and my concealer. I was really surprised with how a little highlighting on the brow bone does wonders for brightening the eyes. Maybe it was the contrast with my dark brows, but it just did something. And that something was amazing. The pencil also did a fairly good job as a concealer, but I will probably stick with my concealer for problem areas. 

Verdict: It's much more than just a highlighter. This multifaceted pencil works well as a concealer and is a fix-it type product. If you only have room to take one product with you for the night to brighten and conceal, this is will be your new secret weapon. 

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

Photo from Birchbox

I don't know about using this three to five times per week since my skin is so sensitive, but I would use it once a week, possibly twice if I felt the need. After the first use my skin did seem to feel softer (likely from the aloe) and it seemed to appear brighter as well (because that's what happens when your exfoliate!). Since my skin is currently in an overly sensitive stage, it's hard to say if it has contributed to a breakout, but I'm inclined to say it hasn't. The microderm crystals (which are Aluminum Oxide) exfoliated well and I liked that they were smaller granules than some other products I've used in the past. It didn't sting, it was gentle yet effective, and the scent was pleasant enough.

Verdict: While the product itself is vegan, not tested on animals, and is without a whole slew of other things like parabens, sulfates, and GMOs, it's still too soon to say if I'll be buying the full size product. I'll definitely continue to use the sample until it's gone and I'll revisit the possibility of purchasing once I see how my skin reacts over time. 

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Top Shelf 
from the Cocktail Hour Collection

Photo from Birchbox

I already sampled an opaque Color Club lacquer and loved it, so when this metallic beauty showed up this month, I was a little excited. Okay, I won't lie, at first I was apprehensive about trying it because it looked like it was a coppery shade my mom is particularly fond of rather than one that I gravitate towards, but after the first coat, I was hooked. It still does have a copper tone to it, but it's lighter than I expected it to be and it has a brilliant shine. While I tend to think of hard alcohol when I hear the words "Top Shelf," this one has a champagne-like feel to it that I've been searching long and hard for. I don't mean just months, I mean years. So, even though it has less sparkle and more sheen than the Raise A Glass strips I've been hoping to find in liquid form, this one is the closest I've come to a match and I am SO excited. I did apply two coats like I usually do, but I would even be content with one coat because it covers well enough and it has a semi-translucent effect that was incredibly appealing. Next time.

Verdict: Color Club comes through again with a quality nail lacquer. I honestly couldn't be happier with this metallic hue and I'll likely be buying another bottle so I'll have a backup when this one runs out. Also, I recently discovered that Color Club's products are vegan and they aren't tested on animals, so this is another purchase you can feel good about making. 

And just so you know I wasn't fooling around when I said I painted my nails, here's a snapshot.

Well, that's all the reviewing I can do for now in terms of Birchbox, so, until next time! I hope there's something special in next month's box for Christmas! 


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