Friday, February 28, 2014

February Birchbox Review

This month's box was full of amazing goodies, just like always! So, without further ado, here are the products.

Bain de Terre Color Preserving Shampoo 
Bain de Terre Color Preserving Conditioner
Joan Vass L'eau de Am├ęthyste
Previse HydroMilk Moisturizer
Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Ride 'Em Cowgirl

Bain de Terre Color Preserving 
Shampoo & Conditioner

Photo from Birchbox

I was excited that I received a sample for both steps of the hair washing process because I really feel like I get the full effect that way. Not to mention, the size was great because I've already used it a few times and there's still plenty left. The products were a little thinner than I thought they would be, but that doesn't mean they weren't effective! It's hard to say how well it'll preserve color since I haven't been dying my hair lately, but in terms of how my hair responded after washing, well, it loved it. My hair wasn't heavy, it looked fantastic, and it sure did shine! The fragrance of the two is passion flower and it smelled great without being overwhelming throughout the day. 

Verdict: I would buy the full-size product.

Joan Vass L'eau de Am├ęthyste

Photo from Birchbox

At first I wasn't sure about this because before I had even tried it, the musky patchouli description turned me off. However, once I sprayed it on a testing strip and waved it under my nose, I was intrigued. It wasn't a scent I would gravitate towards on any normal perfume sampling day, but I liked it. It was strong enough without overpowering my senses. I spritzed some on the inside of my wrists and then dabbed my neck in the morning, and while I could smell it throughout the day, it wasn't so much so that I felt like I had bathed in it. 

Verdict: I'll put it on my wish list. 

Previse HydroMilk
Photo from Birchbox

I always have a brief moment of hesitation before putting anything new on my face because I never know how it will react immediately after, a few hours after, or the next day. While I'm still not 100% sure how my skin is reacting to this one just yet, so far so good! I liked that it was lightweight, but it did seem to take a few minutes to sink in completely. Once it did though, it didn't leave my skin feeling too greasy. I loved the soft fragrance of flowers and I'm looking forward to seeing how it responds to a daytime use with makeup (I've only used it at night so far). At sixty bucks a pop, it's more than a little pricey, but if it works as good as it says it does, it might be worth it. 

Verdict: I like the scent, the feel, and the fact that it doesn't have a lot of icky stuff like silicones, petroleum, or synthesized oils. I'd buy it with my Birchbox points.

Ruby Wing Polish in Ride 'Em Cowgirl

Photo from Birchbox

This was a fun product to try. I knew I should have put on two coats when I first tried it, but since it went on clear, I figured I'd be golden. That is, until I stepped out into the beautiful sunshine and you could see where it didn't quite cover completely. Ooops! I've always been a fan of color changing things (like those color changing Vans shoes I once had), so this is the perfect thing for me. The
glitter doesn't apply as heavy as I'd like, but that's pretty typical. As soon as you step outside, it doesn't matter though because your nails go from clear to berry in a matter of seconds. Step back inside and they're back to clear. I don't know about you, but I think it's awesome! I'll be interested to see what kind of effect it has if I use a light colored polish beneath it first. We'll see! 

Verdict: LOVED it. I'd buy another color changing polish in a heartbeat. 

Birchbox, for me, keeps getting better and better because I'm constantly being introduced to products I wouldn't otherwise try. For a beauty products gal like me, it's been a dream come true. Looking forward to next month as always!


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