Monday, September 24, 2012

August Birchbox

DDF - Brightening Cleanser (Full size $38)
As you can see on the back of the card above, this cleanser claims to use a team of skin brighteners to fade discoloration and even out skin tone. I don't think I can vouch for whether or not this works well on the brightening part because I don't feel that I have used it long enough to determine that. However, it DOES seem to cleanse thoroughly and remove makeup effectively. I tend to lean more towards acne face washes though, and since I have acne-prone skin I will likely not purchase this product.

Juicy Couture - Viva la Juicy La Fleur (Full size $70)
If you have read previous reviews here, you know I'm a fan of Juicy Couture perfumes. I was quite pleased with getting this sample because it is right down my alley. The scent is not as pleasing as the previous samples I've received, but I still like it, and I might consider purchasing it. What I usually do in these cases is purchase one of those $20 perfume rollerballs. Since I use so many different scents I never go through a full size bottle, and those rollerballs are perfect!

Noir - Long Wear Eyeliner (Full size $15)

Noir - Long Wear Eyeliner (Full size $15)
While there is no doubt that this eyeliner stayed put the two times I wore it, I'm not sure if it is because of its formula or because of my eye primer... I use the Urban Decay eye primer and it keeps my other shadows and liners in place wonderfully. Nevertheless, the staying power is not really what I'm concerned about. The pigmentation is the real issue. This eyeliner just doesn't really impress me with its color and intensity. It's difficult to explain, but this eyeliner is lacking something for me. It seems like a clearish black? I don't know. But I like my L'Oreal black eyeliner MUCH better.

Oscar Blandi - Jasmine Conditioner (Full size $22)
Well, I hate it when I get a conditioner and it isn't accompanied by a shampoo. Am I the only one that really likes my shampoo and conditioners to match? Does anyone else hate it when they run out of one before the other? Shouldn't they balance out?! 

I digress. This conditioner is lovely. It smells really pretty and it moisturizes well. I don't need anymore conditioners though. Come on, Birchbox. 

Shick - Hydro Silk Razor
This razor was the bonus gift this time. I was quite excited to try a new razor because I have been using the same Gillette Venus razor for AGES (probably at least 10 years, no joke). I have wondered if I was missing out on anything special but haven't purchased anything because I really love my razor. Funny thing to love so much, huh?

I hate to disappoint, but I REALLY didn't like this one. I tried it twice, and both times my legs had horrible razor burn. Also, I thought it would be nice to have all the extra moisturizers that the razor claimed to produce once you got it wet... but YUCK. It is super slimy and thick and it actually gets in the way of shaving. I definitely recommend the Gillette Venus razor and the "Embrace" razor heads with 5 blades and extra moisturizers. :)

That is all for today! I received the September Birchbox in the mail this weekend... *sigh* My work is never finished! ;)


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