Monday, March 17, 2014

Birchbox March 2014

It's time for my March Birchbox!

I looked at the spoilers for my box, because I just had to know! I like to research.

So here's what I am getting, and how I feel about it (I am writing this portion before receiving the box and trying anything in it):

- Agave Healing Oil Treatment - Another hair oil to try! So far, I've had really good look with every one I've tried, so I'm not complaining about getting another!
- Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm - This is probably the thing I'm least excited about- I use Rosebud Salve as an "all purpose", but I guess it would be nice to try something new!
- Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - This says it's gentle, hydrates skin, and reduces redness. I've heard good things about the Caudalie brand, and this will be my first time trying anything by them, so I'm really excited!
- COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face - I'm always interested in trying new tinted SPF, whether it's a tinted moisturizer, a BB, a CC, etc, so this should be fun to try! It's also mattifying, so I'm interesting in testing out those claims on my oily skin!

- Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream - This sounds like an interesting concept - it goes on clear, but adjusts to your skin tone, and helps reduce imperfections. I'm actually kind of looking forward to trying this.

And now, the box!

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(I love the reminder on the inside to review the products for points- I think too many people don't take advantage of this!)

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Agave Healing Oil Treatment
Created by a veteran hairstylist, this lightweight oil uses agave to hydrate and protect.
How To Use: Warm a dime-sized dab of oil between your palms and distribute it throughout damp hair evenly, from roots to ends. Air dry for a natural look, or blow dry for a sleeker style. And don't stop there- this also doubles as a hydrating body oil!
How It Works: The amino sugars in agave soothe damaged hair and infuse it with moisture. This fragrant healing oil treatment is also packed with plenty of other natural conditioning ingredients to keep hair soft and sleek: vanilla, coconut, and baobab seed oil, to name a few. And it’s free of the stuff that’s not so good for your locks: parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Will I Use It?: As I said above, I do love a good hair oil. The way this sample comes, it might be a little difficult to use, but I'm definitely going to try it out!

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Air Repair Rescue Balm
Balms away! This all-natural salve repairs dry, cracked skin anywhere on the body. 
How To Use: Apply whenever, wherever to soothe dry, flaky skin and seal in long-lasting moisture.
How It Works: This ultrarestorative salve works its magic by preventing transepidermal water loss, a primary cause of dry skin. Sweet almond oil, fatty-acid rich lanolin, and vitamin E hydrate and nourish skin upon contact. Anti-inflammatory lavender helps quell irritation, while geranium promotes circulation and rejuvenates skin.
Will I Use It?: I actually did use this, and the results feel typical to a vaseline. Also, the sample was really weird to open, and I just ended up cutting the tip off because I had no clue how to get the product out. That might have been user-error, but really, it should be obvious how to use a sample. I'll keep using this, but I don't think it's something that will leave too big of an impression on me.

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
A refreshing, gel-like formula that floods skin with hydration and reduces redness.
How To Use: Morning and evening, spread evenly onto both hands, and apply to face in even, outward-moving strokes.
How It Works: The patented blend of organic grape water (key to reactivating your skin’s hydration mechanisms), soothing chamomile, and grape-derived polyphenols (which are rich in antioxidants) deliver a triple threat of hydration and redness reduction. The formula is gentle enough for hyper-sensitive skin.
Will I Use It?: I plan on using this at night, in case I do have a reaction to it, and I'll report back when I feel like I've been able to form a good impression.

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Coola Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face
Organic tinted moisturizer with lasting sun protection that evens tone and masks flaws.
How To Use: Smooth a thin layer onto clean skin.
How It Works: This is no ordinary SPF. COOLA suspended two skin-safe mineral sunblocks—titanium and zinc dioxide—in a moisturizing base to ensure a smooth, even application. Shea butter naturally softens skin. Age-reversing antioxidants like evening primrose extract and borage seed oil deflect free radicals, while naturally water-resistant plankton makes the formula extra-durable.
Will I Use It?: I'll give any tinted moisturizer a try once. Again, this will be a product I'll check out and have to get back with you guys on.

And my birchbox find (an "extra" product that is mass market that they think is awesome, and not a part of my usual samples) this month is 
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Jergen's BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
This skin-perfecting formula will brighten your skin—just in time for the arrival of spring.
How To Use: Use this cream daily for best results. Once a day, smooth generously over skin and let dry completely before getting dressed.
How It Works: This fast-drying moisturizer goes on sheer before adjusting to your natural skin tone. With shea butter, the cream provides moisture while light-reflecting pigments immediately brighten skin and minimize the appearance of imperfections. Not only that, but the proprietary formula works to improve your complexion over time, firming skin while also calming redness and visibly reducing discoloration.
Will I Use It?: I actually used this as my leg moisturizer before a wedding, but I didn't notice a difference from a standard lotion. I didn't notice it "adjusting" or making a difference in redness, but it did feel moisturizing. Maybe with a more continued use, I'll see a difference, and there is enough in my sample for at least a full week's worth of use, if not more. I'll do a follow up blog about this product as well.

Overall, after receiving my box, I am reasonably okay with it. I'm still on the fence about birchbox in general, and may end up either getting an ipsy bag to replace or in addition to, and then deciding which one is better.

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