Friday, January 31, 2014

January Birchbox Review

I went through and changed a setting or preference or two on my Birchbox profile and as a result, my box shipping time changed. The reason I know this is because I usually receive my box a day after my seester, but this time it was well over a week. The holiday didn't help move things along either. Anyway, because of all that and my weekend trip to Portland, my review got pushed back as well. C'est la vie. So, without further ado, here is my January 2014 Birchbox Review.

Motivation for the new year

The Box 

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy in Morelia Monarch

Photo from Birchbox

Forget what I've said about any other hand cream I've ever tried because this one is the best one I've used thus far. My go-to moisturizing product is Jergens Soothing Aloe, but after dipping my fingertips in this goodness, I've found myself reaching for this rather than that. It has shocked even me! While I thought one of those other hand creams absorbed, I was completely wrong, because THIS one, oh this one absorbs nearly like my beloved daily lotion. It leaves my hands feeling moisturized without being extra greasy. It's ah-mazing. The scent took some getting used to because it's not something I've ever worn before, but after day 2, I didn't even notice it that much. 

Verdict: Hands down the best hand cream. EVER.

Ahmad Teas in Apricot, Lemon, and English

Photo from Birchbox

Tea is a funny thing for me. I'm not a big fan of green teas and I don't particularly care for the black variety either. I'm more of an herbal, chamomile blend kind of girl. So, while I'll definitely still try the Apricot Sunrise and the Lemon Vitality, I'll be saving the English Tea No. 1 for someone who actually can tolerate a black tea. 

Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum

Photo from Birchbox

Oh yes, this smells like couture. Again, a fruity and floral fragrance that I'll be dabbing on my wrists. Maybe it's the combination of passionfruit and apple notes I'm smelling, but it's just so addicting. I want to stop smelling the sample card I spritzed, but I just can't. There's a part of me that wants to spray it all over me because I can't get enough of it! 

Verdict: It is my definition of "perfumey" but I like it. Not sure if I'll buy the full size yet because I have perfume commitment issues, but I'd consider a rollerball size.  

TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist

Photo from Birchbox

I've tried heat protecting products in the past, but honestly I've always kind of felt that they hindered more than helped. So, while I was apprehensive about spritzing this mist on my damp locks, I was actually a little relieved to find that I enjoyed using it. I just sprayed some on my ends because that is where I was actually going to be focusing the heat when curling the ends with a round brush, and it gave it just a little added protection. I've noticed less split ends and my hair didn't frizz when I used the brush. I'll call this a win-win product. 

Verdict: Smells nice, works well and I'll be using this 75mL bottle in NO time. I'd even buy the full size. 

Nail Rock in Sequin Green
Photo from Birchbox

I was a little skeptical about this particular Nail Rock polish because it seemed to be a glorified glitter lacquer. I was disappointed that the color in the bottle was clear and I was just dipping my nails in a glitter pot, but it was that glitter pot that gave me the glittery nails I always want from a traditional glitter polish but can never obtain because it the glitter isn't concentrated enough. So usually you end up with a few specks here and there, but not that hardcore glitter layer. This makes it look like you're wearing sequins on your fingertips. Because the polish is clear, it doesn't detract from the glittery flecks you're applying. Overall, a success, although I won't be looking forward to taking this one off because if it's like any other glitter polish I've used, it's likely to be kind of a pain in the ass. Also, it's messy. So I recommend laying down a piece of paper for easier clean up when you will undoubtedly spill glitter everywhere. 

Verdict: I like the effect, but hate the 15-20 minute dry time. It's messy, but worth it for a glitzy night out or just to make a statement. I doubt it will last long on my nails alone, but it might hold up better if I add a top coat. I'll also be finding glitter EVERYWHERE for the next three weeks. 


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