Tuesday, September 4, 2012

July Birchbox

In July, I received a Birchbox that I was quite happy with. I hope you'll keep reading so you can see why I liked this box so much. :)

"GLAMOUR" themed Birchbox

Ada Cosmetics - Peach Bronzer (Full size $12.45)

Prior to receiving this peach bronzer, I had never heard of the Ada Cosmetics brand. Initially, because of the cheap plastic packaging, I wasn't really interested in using this product. Also, since I have fair skin I tend to shy away from bronzers. It always seems to make me look orange and like I am wearing too much makeup. 

I can't remember why I decided to eventually try this, but I did, and I LOVE it! Since it is a peach shade, it works really well with fair skin tones. It adds a nice little shimmer, but it's not too heavy. It helped to give my face a little extra color that was very subtle. I also used it to highlight below my brow bone and at the inner corner of my eye. This bronzer is very versatile!

I feel bad for judging this product by its packaging. The price isn't too bad, so if I ever run out, I may just purchase this one. :)

Alterna - Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide (Full size $24)
Here again we have a moisturizing product for the hair. This one is different in that it claims to be a finishing gloss that prevents UV rays from fading hair color. I really love the smell. It isn't too overwhelming, but you notice it throughout the day, and I like that about hair products. It seems to help control the frizz quite a bit and it makes my hair feel extra soft. As for the claim about preventing fading... I cannot necessarily say I noticed a difference, but I don't spend all that much time in the sun anyway!

I have seriously considered purchasing this product as well, but I have so many other oils and conditioners that I would like to finish up first. I'll definitely keep it in mind. 

Jouer Lip Enhancer (Full size $14)
Prior to this product, I have tried one other product from Jouer. I liked the product, so when I saw this lip enhancer, I was excited to try it.

This product "gives you the moisturizing punch of a balm with the satiny texture of a gloss". That is how the card in the box describes the product and that is exactly what it does. It has a light pink tint to it and no flavor. I very much like it, and I'd also consider purchasing this product. I have a slight obsession with lip moisturizers. ;)

Stila - "In The Moment" shadow palette (Full size $39)

I recently used this sample on two different days and I got several compliments on my eye makeup both days. I am accustomed to using either Urban Decay or Tarte eyeshadows, and Stila seemed to be a little different in pigmentation (a little lighter) but I still liked the finished product a lot. I actually went to Sephora recently to purchase this eye shadow palette, and ended up getting something different (that I will write about soon), but I regret not getting the Stila palette. I do plan to eventually purchase this product. 

Suki - Nourishing Kit (Full size $50)
Ahhh Suki Suki. (Sorry. You know you were thinking it.) I was NOT impressed with this product. I will be honest... I only tried the "Moisture -Rich Cleansing Lotion" and hated it so much that I couldn't bring myself to try the other samples. The texture was weird and it left a horrible, sticky film on my face after I rinsed and dried. I had to immediately wash my face with my usual cleanser.

Maybe if I was expecting it, I wouldn't have been so caught off guard, but there was no warning. So I panicked! And I don't like things that feel weird on my face. I can't handle it.

LARABAR - Uber (Variety pack of 16 - $27.95)
I'm going to be honest again. I haven't tried this. I eat Luna protein bars all the time and love them, and I imagine this would be similar, but I just haven't tried this yet.

Birchbox Earbuds
I never used these earbuds. Earbuds like these do not fit and will not stay in my ears. I gifted them to someone, and that is all I have to say about these. They were a lovely gesture. :)

There were quite a few products in this box that I loved. It always makes me happy to get my Birchbox every month. It makes me even happier to get one that allows me to discover a lot of new products I love! I hope I don't bore you with these beauty box reviews... I really like to share all the new things that I try.

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Until next time...


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