February Birchbox

Monthly unboxing and reviews

I was most excited when I saw this shampoo and conditioner from Love Beauty and Planet, which I’ve been wanting to try for a couple months. These are from the Volume line, which has Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower, and they smell lovely. The duo is vegan and sustainably produced with ethically sourced ingredients; I absolutely love that and am impressed that the full sizes are only $7 at Target.

However, the shampoo contains sulfates which I try to avoid for my dry, wavy hair. It claims to be replenishing and nourishing, and while it does not strip my hair as much as some other sulfate shampoos, I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating. There are no silicones in the conditioner, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair, but I’m not sure if I saw an increase in volume either. I might try the Hydrating Shea line because I’m really into the thoughtfulness behind the line and all of my favorite shampoos and conditioners are much more expensive.

My favorite item is the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. I love that it’s 99% natural and hydrating without being heavy. Some eye creams can give me milia, but this hasn’t and I’ve been using it for a week. I’ve tried a few things now from Balance Me and I’m impressed with the line!

The last two items are eye makeup products. I received the Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in black which is pretty boring. I don’t wear eyeliner much because my eyes are sensitive. I also received the MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash mascara which was disappointing honestly. With such a dramatic name, I was expecting lots of volume. It separates very well, so I liked the fanned out effect, but there was not much length or volume. If you like a very natural looking mascara, you may like this.

Box breakdown:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner (3 oz each): $8
  • Balance Me eye cream (.24 oz): $14
  • Smashbox eyeliner (~.02 Oz): $9
  • MAC mascara (~.14 Oz): $7

For $10, I received $38 of product! I also got to try a brand I’ve been intrigued by, a brand I already loved, and a new mascara (which is my favorite makeup item to try). If you’re thinking about getting a subscription, please considering using my link!

What did you receive this month? Did we try any of the same items?

Clean Beauty Round-up

Getting into green beauty

As I’m trying to incorporate more natural makeup and skincare into my routine, I wanted to share some new additions to my collection.

I love everything from Bite Beauty and the Amuse Bouche lipsticks are no exception. They’re creamy, smooth, and really pigmented.

This Clove and Hallow concealer covers the dark veins under my eyes so well. It also blends in nicely using the Ecotools Concealer Brush.

I’m usually not much of a primer girl, but the Whish Beauty primer is actually smoothing and hydrating on my skin. I’ve been enjoying the extra step in my routine.

I’ve been testing out some Mad Hippie skincare lately. I love that you can find the line at Whole Foods and it’s affordable compared to some other clean lines. I’ve been using the Vitamin A Serum twice a week to combat fine lines; I need to test it longer before I can give it my stamp of approval. I like the Cream Cleanser as a gentle morning face wash. It doesn’t remove my makeup, so I don’t use it at night.

This Beautycounter Nourishing Eye Cream is my favorite discovery from the line so far. It’s hydrating without being heavy.

Lastly, I’ve written about this Balance Me mask before, but I’m loving that it’s 98% natural and makes my skin feel so soft.

What are your favorite clean beauty products??

Mini Mask Reviews

Rounding up four face masks

I love testing new face masks! I recently received a couple with my last Sephora order and had two from past Birchboxes, so I wanted to share my thoughts.

Tara Harper Resurfacing Mask ($58)

I really enjoyed the texture of this mask. It was a gel-like base that was easy to spread on the face. You are supposed to leave it on for 20 minutes and then remove with warm water. This little jar lasted about 3 uses and I loved it. It definitely made my skin softer and more radiant. I also love that the Tara Harper line uses safe ingredients, is effective, and feels luxurious.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask ($30)

I am obsessed with this clay mask! It’s great at drawing out impurities and it actually makes my pores look smaller. It feels like a mud mask but isn’t overly wet. It’s definitely thicker – almost like a cream. It does dry down so you know when to remove it, but it hasn’t dried my skin out. I only put in on my cheeks, chin, and forehead. Reed and I have both used this a couple times and there are a few uses left, so this is a generous sample. I would definitely buy the full size!

Farmacy Honey Potion Hydrating Mask ($46)

This mask is bright yellow and goes from a thick jello-like texture to a creamy foam once rubbed in. You’re supposed to feel warming while massaging for 2-3 and I don’t really enjoy that. I have some flakiness around my nose and this didn’t fix that either. I wanted to love this because I’ve heard such great things about Farmacy, but I won’t be using the rest of this.

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask ($26)

I tried a few things from Balance Me thanks to Birchbox and I’ve liked everything I’ve tried! This mask only requires 5 minutes and it’s a physical exfoliator and brightening mask in one. It has an interesting, natural scent that’s grown on me and I like how it dries down quickly. It’s also pretty affordable.

All in all, it was fun to try out these different face masks and 3/4 is a pretty good success rate to me! Have you tried any of these masks?