This month’s box is quite possibly my favorite. Live vicariously and open the box with me before reading the rest of the post! If you’re still not a subscriber, don’t subject yourself to Birchbox envy.
You all know how much I love Birchbox. I just received October’s edition about two hours ago and have only managed to try the Chapstick Hydration Lock (which has, thus far, succeeded in moistruzing my lips). The sample I’m most excited to try is TheBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen. I’ve been enamored with the red wine stained look for a while now after seeing it trending at the fall 2013 runway shows. Admittedly, I’ve never tried a lip or cheek stain – and am a bit nervous about pulling it off – but I’m determined to get it right. Stay tuned for a how-to lip and cheek stain tutorial next week.
Other notable samples are the DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum (wow that was long) and Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Gel Cleanser. I’ve written extensively about my favorite skin care products that diminish fine lines, and if all goes well with DDF, I may have to amend the article to add this. So far, it’s gotten rave reviews on Birchbox, and DDF is well regarded by beauty aficionados. The serum is similar to a primer in so far as it (promises to) minimizes fine lines and pores. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to try this under my CC cream. In regards to the Avène cleanser, I’m curious to see how it compare to the sulfate-free gentle cleanser I currently use by Yes to Cucumber, which is infused with soy milk. I’ll keep you posted on the results.
The last sample I received is Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, which I’m sure will be useful for those days when I decide to wear my hair curly, either because I’m too
lazy busy to spend 1+ hours blowdrying or because my hair needs a break from heat styling. Recently, a few beauty bloggers and I shared our curly haired products that control frizz, add shine, and retain moisture in our tresses. My pick was, of course, Pillow Soft Curls from Miss Jessie’s, which leaves my curls soft and crunch-free. I hope Curl Keeper meets the same standard, and will let you know whether it does or not.