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?

My Clean Beauty Wish List (and current favorites)

Opting for more organic, vegan, clean beauty
Clean Beauty Wish List

I’ve been interested in Clean Beauty for a while, but I’m consciously making an effort to switch up my products as I’m learning more and more about toxic ingredients recently. I’m aiming for an 80/20 lifestyle, where I’m aware of what I’m putting on my body and try to mostly use clean products.

A great place to start is the EWG Skin Deep Database – you can search by brand, product, or ingredient. You can also build your own report if an item hasn’t been verified yet. For example, the Wander Beauty powder is not in the database, but I input the ingredients and it’s score came out as a 2. The lower the score, the safer the product.

My favorite clean beauty shop is Credo Beauty  because they have a large selection with detailed product descriptions and ingredient explanations. I also use the Ingredient Conscious page on Birchbox. Target even has a natural beauty page, which is pretty awesome to see how mainstream clean beauty is becoming. Some other brands I really want to try include Pai, Herbivore BotanicalsAlima Pure, and 100% Pure.

Here are some clean beauty products that I already love:

What are your clean or green beauty favorites? Where do you get information on product safety and new brands? If you have a green/clean beauty blog, please share it below!