Monthly unboxing and review
Here are the five samples I received. I had actually requested the Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Gloss as my sample choice for the month, but it was not in my box. This is the first time I haven’t received the item I had chosen. Thankfully the Birchbox customer service team is great and sent over a mini of the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara as an apology since my original choice was out of stock.
I was most excited to try the Ouai Leave in Conditioner because this line gets so many glowing reviews and I liked their hair and body oil. The scent of this is rather strong and I can smell it throughout the day. However, it made my waves a bit more defined which I loved. It’s also a great size for travel and has a nice spray to evenly distribute the product through my hair. I definitely want to try more from the line.
My favorite item ended up being the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. What a useful and innovative product! It basically doubles your lipstick collection because it really does transform creamy or glossy formulas into a matte finish. Check out these swatches with some of my favorite lip products: the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, Pur Cosmetics Chateau De Vine in Showoff, and the Buxom Full-on Lip Cream in Rose Julep.
You can see that the transformer really takes away the shine. It made the colors slightly less pigmented as well, but the effect wasn’t as bad on my actual lips. The texture basically feels like a very silcone-y primer; it’s a clear gel that feels slightly thicker on the lips, but it’s not dry at all which is my main gripe with matte lipsticks. I love this discovery!
I received a few new skincare items too – the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer and MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I don’t understand the whole glittery moisturizer trend… This one in Nude Glow is not as intense as some of the others I’ve received, but you can still see some golden particles on the skin. I don’t think it looks natural and personally avoid all of the fake glowy products – skincare should provide that glow with the ingredients in my opinion. Besides that, this moisturizer has a pleasant (but strong) creamsicle scent and sinks in very quickly.
The MAC oil cleanser wasn’t for me either, but it’s not a bad product. You apply it to your dry skin to break down makeup and then rinse. I felt that I had to use more product than a traditional gel cleanser and it took a bit longer in my experience. However, if you’re used to balm or oil cleansers, you probably would like this.
Lastly, I received the ModelCo Luxecreme Long Wear Lipstick in Sienna. It’s a pretty burnt orange-red, but it’s not a shade that I would really reach for. I love the ModelCo Lip Laquers though and the formula sounds amazing, so it will be going in my next giveaway!
- Ouai Leave In (.84 oz): $5
- MAC Cleanser (.20 oz): $1
- Smashbox Transformer (.16 oz): $11
- GlamGlow Moisturizer (.24 oz): $7
- ModelCo Lipstick (1 of 3): $7
For $10, I received $31 worth of product. This isn’t the highest value for a box I’ve received and I didn’t love most of the products, but it’s worth it to me for the Smashbox lip product alone. Plus I got to try another Ouai Haircare item! If you’re interested in trying out Birchbox, you can use my link to subscribe.
What did you receive in your box this month? Did I totally miss out on the Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Gloss?