Hello guys! Sorry for the lack of posts, I am prioritising my finances at the moment to be able to post better content. This Birchbox review is so late because for some odd reason my box arrived really late! A lot of bloggers have been writing about these Birchbox subscriptions so I thought i’d put in my two cents!
Firstly, I am going to include a list of the products included in February’s box.
- Balanceme Wonder Eye Cream
- Coconut Milk Hair Mask by Luseta
- Hair Finishing Polish by Percy & Reed
- Shea Butter Lip Blam by Pixi by Petra
- Love you so Latte by The Beauty Crop in Shades: Vanilla Latte, French Roast & Midnight Blend.
I was impressed by the packaging when it first arrived, their boxes are packed with love and care and the price is absolutely fantastic considering that they include quality brands in these boxes. What I am going to do is start off with the products that I loved right up to the products that I was not very fond of, overall I have very mixed reviews on February’s Birchbox subscription due to the various products included.
Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm
I am going to start off with my favourite product! The Pixi by Petra shea butter lip balm! I have so many lip moisturising products ranging from good old Vasaline, Carmex to old school Lip Smackers however, what I find with a lot of lip products that claim to moisturise lips is that they just coat the skin of the lips and don’t actually penetrate through the skin layer furthermore suffocating the lips in the process, this product actually penetrates through the skin layer due to its waxy consistency. I was part of network marketing last month and was promoting the hell out of a hyped up lip plumping balm that everybody was raving about (I’m cringing as I write this due to the fact that I was promoting sh*t), this particular lip balm I promoted suffocates your lips, I remember applying this to my lips when I was well hydrated (I was on 2.5 litres of water a day) and voila… the skin on my lips starts curling and drying under the thick lip balm layer, you do not want products like this! Have you ever applied a ton of lip balm but the skin still feels dry underneath? You don’t want this, you want the real deal, which is this Pixi balm. You don’t want these plasticy tasting lip balms with a gloss consistency, if you want true moisturising go for the petroleum and wax based balms like Vaseline and Burt’s Bee’s (and this one!). The only downfall about this is the colour, I would’ve preferred a more natural colour for a lip balm but there are more colours available! Due to the waxy consistency and bright pink colour if your lips are dry the colour can get caught in grooves on your lips and can make dry skin more visible initially. Overall I would rate this lip balm a 9/10, it also has a lovely smell and does not taste fake or plasticy.
Balanceme Wonder Eye Cream
Secondly, I loved the Balanceme Wonder Eye Cream, why? Because there are so much natural ingredients in this and you can tell instantly from the smell alone! As you can see, there are loads of natural ingredients. The best part of this product was the smell, it smells predominantly of lavender and chamomile, I actually preferred applying this eye cream after a bath and before bed due to the smell and texture of it. The formula does not irritate the eyes and is very gentle, The only thing is.. I wish there was more of it! The good news is that you do not have to use much of it as it is very spreadable. Beautiful product, I would give a 9/10 for this too.
I was sceptical about this eye shadow as it appeared to just be an average eye shadow and secondly it is so hard to open! But they are amazing, extremely pigmented and I was particularly impressed with the dark matte shade in this, usually with dark matte shades they are hard to blend but this was really pleasant and velvety. The other two shades are lovely metallic shades and the colours work really well together, this mini palette is perfect for an every day look and I would give it an overall 7/10.
Finishing Polish by Percy & Reed
Okay, so a little hit and miss with this one, the smell isn’t very pleasant and smells very musky and plasticy but the product itself is decent. If you have thick and flyaway hair like mine this product works well, it is not greasy which is good as I tend to always get greasy hair from trying to settle my hair with hair products, this product has a waxy consistency and is great for taming split ends. I would give this a 6/10.
Coconut Milk Hair Mask by Luseta
Firstly, this product smells amazing, it has that typical sweet, tropical coconut fragrance but the product does not do much. It did not do much to my hair at all and was not thick enough to be considered a hair mask, it was more like a watery, weak hair conditioner. My mum also used some and it made her hair very fly away and dry but she does currently have very damaged hair. The only good thing about this is the packaging and the smell so I would give this a 3/10.
Overall I would give February’s box a 7/10 and would order a box again however, it is hit and miss as you don’t know what you’ll receive! but they do try their best to include quality products and nothing was particularly bad in this box (And trust me, I was dealing with shit beauty products a month ago). One warning I want to give you guys, if you see a over hyped product on the market, if you cannot buy it in a drug store or in any store for that matter it is a bad product part of multi-level marketing that can’t even be sold without using hard sales, so ignore over hyped products, good beauty products should be able to sell and speak for themselves!
I hope you enjoyed my review and I apologise for the lack of posts and there will be some more exciting posts to come.