Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Birchbox May 2014
I got my box literally hours after the spoilers were posted on the 10th- I'm super impressed with their shipping! But I didn't use any of the stuff (until after I wrote the spoilers) so here are my impressions based on the spoilers...
- Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo: I received the Beauty Protector Protect and Oil in my February 2014 birchbox, so this is a brand I'm already familiar with and like. I'm excited to give this shampoo a try!
- Beauty Protector Protect & Condition: I'm so glad they also included the conditioner! In last month's box, they sent me a shampoo to try, but not the matching conditioner, so now I can really try the set and see how I like it!
- LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil: Lip Pencils can be hit and miss, so depending on how the color looks on me, I could really like this!
- Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology: Supergoop! has been in a lot boxes, based on what I've seen around the blogs, but I've never tried anything by this line. So I'm kind of excited about this! (I get excited about a lot, clearly.)
- 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy: This is my lifestyle extra for the month.
This was a Kate Spade Saturday decorated box, and it was so super cute! I can definitely see myself saving these boxes to use once I'm in my own space and can store such things. This box also included a deal for $25.00 off a $75.00 on the saturday.com website, so that's exciting!
Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo
Another star Beauty Protector launch, this sulfate-free formula adds shine and volume.
How To Use: Apply a quarter-sized amount to wet hair, concentrating on the scalp. Rinse thoroughly.
How It Works: In addition to honey pearl powder, Protect & Shampoo is packed with rich vitamins and a gentle mix of sulfate-free cleaning agents. This powerhouse lineup cleanses and nourishes your strands.
Will I Use It?: I have actually completely used the shampoo sample, and I really liked it. I really liked that it smelled exactly like the oil I received in my February birchbox. I felt like it got my hair clean, but didn't strip out anything unnecessary.
Beauty Protector Protect & Condition
Love Protect & Detangle? Use this nourishing conditioner with shea butter before spritzing.
How To Use: After shampooing, apply to hair, focusing on the middle and ends of strands. Rinse thoroughly.
How It Works: In addition to honey pearl powder, Protect & Condition is formulated with natural ingredients like shea butter and apple, lemon, and orange extracts. Together, they hydrate and nourish hair with vitamins and minerals.
Will I Use It?: I've used up all of this sample, as well, but I wasn't as impressed with it as I was the shampoo. It pretty much just smelled like lotion, and didn't really do much to my hair to keep the tangles out- I probably spent a good 10 minutes trying to get my hair untangled. I wasn't impressed at all with this conditioner, and there about three uses in the sample bottle provided, so I feel like I got a pretty good representation of how the product would perform.
LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil - Coral
Perfect for spring, this high-gloss, semi-sheer lip color glides on buttery-smooth.
How To Use: Swipe onto lips, and build for more pigment. Bonus: It smells minty fresh!
How It Works: Unlike some glosses that simply provide a nice shine, this lip lube channels softening shea butter, which moisturizes and fills in any unsightly lines, and is infused with refreshing mint. Available in an array of wearable, softly pigmented shades.
Will I Use It?: I tried this out, and honestly, the color is just way too light for me. I'm definitely a "my lips but better" kind of lip color wearer, if I wear it at all, and this is just much lighter for me than I'd prefer. I also wasn't super fond of the texture of this product, or the way it looked on my lips. I might give it to a friend to try, but I won't be reusing this myself.
Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology
This lightweight cream provides water-resistant, SPF 30+ protection anywhere you need it.
How To Use: Apply a shot glass-sized amount to face and body 30 minutes before stepping outside.
How It Works: This lightweight sunscreen quickly soaks into skin—but since it’s noncomedogenic, it doesn’t clog pores. It’s loaded with beta-glucan for moisture and free radical-fighting antioxidants to keep skin looking young. And its scent—a subtle botanical fragrance with hints of citrus and basil—beats the typical sweet, pseudo-tropical sunscreen smell any day.
Will I Use It?: I haven't used it yet, but I've heard a lot about Supergoop products (though I haven't actually tried any myself), so we'll see! I might do a review later on, if I think I have anything substantial to say about it.
32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy
Breath-freshening crystals that attack unpleasant odors for a delightfully clean feeling.
How To Use: Swish around in your mouth until they begin to pop (that's when you know they're working!).
How It Works: Unlike gum and breath mints, which only mask bad breath, these teeth-cleaning crystals pack zinc and IsoVoxy to kill odor-causing bacteria. Once dissolved, they leave a fresh scent courtesy of natural peppermint flavors.
Will I Use It?: This was my lifestyle extra for the month. This kind of seems like a breath mint version of PopRocks, and I'm not gonna lie, I'm intrigued! I haven't tried them yet, but they're in my purse and ready to be used.
Overall, I really like this month's box! I've continued to be impressed by birchbox, so I'll be keeping my subscription another month!
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