Welcome to another edition of beauty subscription corner, where we provide a quick review of the products in each box and let you know what our personal favorite products are. We subscribe to these boxes as a way to try products we wouldn’t have ordinarily tried or even considered. It is also a fun and exciting way to discover new brands and products, plus who doesn’t love getting beauty products every month? Each box contains at least five sample size items, perfectly packaged and delivered right to your doorstep monthly.
We are currently subscribed to the following boxes: Birch, Ipsy, Wal-Mart**, Target, and Sephora.
BirchBox- $10 – The theme of this month’s box is “Out of Doors”, now maybe I’m not as imaginative as I like to believe, but I couldn’t associate the design of the box with the theme. The name of the theme had me thinking wildlife and nature while the box had me thinking about my next paint job.
- Vera Bradley Cotton Flower
- Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub
- ModelCo Lip Lacquer Trio
- Bumble and bumble. Thickening Hairspray
- Supergoop!® Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 – 3.4 oz.
Vera Bradley Cotton Flower – I’m not a big perfume person, I find myself buying a perfume maybe once every 2 years, in fact, the last perfume I bought, I only did because Victoria’s Secret had a promo where I got a free perfume tray with purchase. The only thing I know about Vera Bradley is a quilted bag, I had no idea this brand had fragrances as well. This particular fragrance is very light and clean, with hints of white peony, vanilla, creamy musk and linen it makes for a great everyday wear. It reminds of fresh laundry lined dried by the sun and sweet spring breeze.
Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub – I do believe this is my first time trying a body scrub at least my first time in recent memory, therefore I didn’t quite know what to expect. The first thing that grabbed me about this product is the smell, it smells just like a homemade candy made in Jamaica called “Busta”. The smell immediately invoked a feeling of nostalgia and I am euphoric. The smell might have caused some bias with this product because I didn’t like the application process. Applying was a little bit messy and I found the product to be too dry for a smooth application, on the other hand, the product did perform well, I applied it to my legs and the result were as stated; smooth refreshed and touchably soft.
ModelCo Lip Lacquer Trio – I received this product in last month’s Ipsy bag if you missed the review you can catch up here. My feeling towards this product hasn’t changed; however, I do prefer the color I received in this box. It is a light shade of pink that I believe compliments my skin tone better than the hint of red from last month.
Ipsy – $10 – Get road trip ready with Ipsy this month with their “Destination Chic” themed bag. This cute bag features a host of different monuments from around the world, and also borrowed from March’s, theme different color option. Bags were available in pink, purple and blue, now with pink being my favorite color I was keeping my fingers crossed for a pink bag, but alas blue was to be my fate. In hindsight, I am content with my bag as the pink doesn’t look as good in person as it does online.
- Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude
- Hanalei Lip Treatment
- Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer
- Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover
- Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara
Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude – This is my fist time hearing about this brand and it definitely has my attention. Besides being cruelty-free, vegan and parabens-free the product is great, the formula is rich and creamy and the application was smooth like butter. When it comes to nude matte color I’m always a little bit leery, they tend to be dry, chappy, and unflattering, this color, however, has a nice hint of pink that compliments my tone very well and the rich moisture formula combats the “I have been eating ashes look.
Hanalei Lip Treatment – Sometimes we tend to forget that lips are in fact covered by skin, therefore, requires the same amount of attention we give to the rest of our face if not more. Taking care of your lips is essential to their overall health and appearance, daily moisture and frequently exfoliation ensure that they are always looking their best especially in those cold months, and don’t forget SPF for summer. This product has the consistency of an ointment, using it as a base for other lip products wasn’t going to work, so I have been using this as part of night time routine. The main ingredient of this treatment is kukui nut oil, a product of the kukui nut (candlenut) tree which is found primarily in Hawaii. This oil contains a lot of fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants all of which are great ingredients for combating dry skin and healing wounds (think chapped lips). I have been applying this product every night since receiving it and I’m pleased with the results, in the morning, my lips are restored and hydrated.
Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-up Remover – If I see another micellar product I am going to scream, this shit is literally everywhere! Breathe, let it go, and we are back. This product did things a little differently, instead of jumping on the micellar water wagon they come with an angle, Micellar Lotion (rolls eyes). First off, the consistency is not lotion like, so I’m guessing the ingredients used puts it in the lotion category. Secondly, wait, there is no second and this is starting to go left. I honestly liked using this product, and while the consistency is not what we think of when we hear the word lotion, it is thicker than the two previous Micellar water I have tried. This product is great for getting residual makeup left behind after washing and it is kick ass at getting mascara and you know how much of a pain that can be.
Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara – Do I need to remind you how much I love getting mascara is my box or bag? I don’t think I do but, but just in case, I really love, love, love getting mascara. This is my second Smashbox mascara from Ipsy and I am not disappointed, and it is clear I wasn’t the only who wasn’t one as it was sold out on the Smashbox website. The Brush features three channels for coating lash with its tripod fiber for length and volume and three rows of bristle that isolate each lash so the formula is dispersed evenly. The result is a mascara that lifts and separate like a good bra, on top of all that the formula is flake-free, smudge-proof and long lasting.
Target Box $ 10 – As much as I don’t want to admit it I am officially bored with Target, the boxes seem to be repeating themselves or at least that’s how I feel. I don’t know how the boxes work in terms of choosing the brands to feature each month. I don’t know if the brands pay for that privilege, if they do, then Derma E and Laneige are big spenders. I have received a product from one of these brands in every box I have received since January, while they have all been great products I would like to not see them in my box next month. Oh, the theme this month is spring FLING.
- Hair Food Kiwi Dry Shampoo
- Andalou Age Defying Night Repair Cream
- Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
- L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen
- L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes
- Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer
- CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
- Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
- Burt’s Bees Oil Basic Cleansing Facial Cleanser
Andalou Age Defying Night Repair Cream – I am officially on the night cream bandwagon and I have bought an indefinite ride ticket. I don’t know what took me so long to get with the program, I mean I moisturized every night (well most night) so why not use a product that’s going to do more than just moisturize, after all, your skin is more receptive to products while you sleep. This product has antioxidant to stimulate circulation, slow down cell damage and increase cell renewal resulting in younger, smoother looking skin, I’ll take that. The product is geared towards those with dry skin, but that doesn’t mean us oily sisters can’t benefit from it.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream – I am living for the Laneige, even though it seems like I was bashing them in the intro, the truth is they have great quality product. This product is marketed for those with dry skin but I enjoyed using it. It is very moisture rich, so for those who are oily like myself, a little will go a long way, it is on the thick side so I would recommend using it at night. If you have dry skin then you can get away with wearing it throughout the day without fear of an oil leak on your face.
Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer – At the rate Target is going I’m pretty sure I won’t have to ever purchase a Laneige or Derma E product ever, not necessarily a bad thing as their products are on the higher end of my budget. This product did send me on the hunt to find out what DMAE is, if you already know ‘GOLD STAR”, for those who don’t you are definitely not alone. DMAE is short for Dimethylethanolamine (try saying that three times fast, a matter of fact try saying that once), it is used in cosmetics to reduce signs of aging and improve the appearance loose or sagging skin. While I don’t believe this product to be a facelift in a jar I do believe with prolonged use there’s a visible benefit, and for myself, I like to think it a preventive measure.
Burt’s Bees Oil Basic Cleansing Facial Cleanser – For oily girls just like me, the mere mention of oils in a face product makes us cringe, and this was no different. I tried the product the way intended and I was confused, like what the hell just happened, what is supposed to happen, this is foolishness. Yes, that was stages I went through. When I hear the word cleanse in any form of the word, I think foam, suds, lather, this product had none of that. I have found a different way to use this product that’s suitable for me, I simply add a few drops to my current cleanser before applying into my face and voila.
Sephora -$10 – After being waitlisted for about six months I’m finally free from oppression, too dramatic? Anyway, the gates have been opened and I’m now officially a part of the Play! by Sephora club. The theme is “Forces of Nature” and features the six products listed below. The box the products arrived in is super cute and the bag that housed the products in the box was even cuter, I know a lot of people were complaining about the sizes of the product but the description of the box clearly states “deluxe sample”, now I don’t know if they occasionally send full-size products like Ipsy does, but I don’t think I’ll catch myself complaining about product size unless I receive a box with just all full samples, then it would definitely be on.
- Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi
- Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram
- OriginsMaskimizer, Drink Up, and Clear Improvement Masks
- Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
- Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi – I have never heard of this brand, like ever, well I guess the fact that this brand seems to be sold exclusively at Sephora and the fact that my budget doesn’t extend to Sephora explain why I’ve never heard of it. Nonetheless, I’m now well aware and enjoying m sample. The color is called Kimchi which there me for a loop because Kimchi is red but the lipstick is a shocking pink. This is a semi-matte finish product that is very creamy, always a plus for smooth application. The product wears for about a good six hours, not bad, just be mindful that the colors are very pigments so expect a little bit of staining.
Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial – As I stated earlier in my Target Andalou review above I’m all on board with products gear towards night time benefits, sleeping facials included. Like really what’s better than getting a facial, getting a facial while sleeping BAM! This reduction is suitable for all skin types and addresses skin issues such as dullness, texture and elasticity. The wild rose oil and vitamin C gives the skin a bright luminous glow in the morning and who doesn’t want that, plus the smell is just divine. Usually, I don’t go for formal scented face products but this one is very subtle. The product does mention a more evened skin tone with long-term use, with the appearance of dark spots being improved in as little as 14 days.