Benefit Watt’s Up! Let’s start with my favorite product from this box, a face highlighter from Benefit that instantly fakes a sun-kissed glow despite months of pasty winter skin. It’s no surprise then that highlighter has become an essential part of my #fotd. Before I got this sample, I had been using W3ll People’s Brightening Stick, which is a personal must-have. The difference between the two highlighters is that Benefit’s has a champagne hue and W3ll People’s is more natural in tone. I could see wearing Benefit during the summer months and W3ll People for a more natural no-makeup look. But don’t make me choose between the two – they’re both awesome.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque: I love this masque! Macadamia Professional has some of my favorite haircare products and I always love receiving samples in my box since they tend to be pricy. There are few deep conditioning masks that revitalize my overly heated, overly dyed curls but I can always count on this one to fix my hair woes.
derma e Evenly Radiant Brightening Day Creme: I really wanted to like this moisturizer since I’ve loved other derma e skincare products in the past, but this one was too heavy on my skin, presumably from the SPF. The creme barely absorbed my skin and left a flaky residue that made my makeup look messy all day. I also don’t think it made a difference in evening or brightening my skin tone. For now, I’ll stick to lightweight face oils and Murad’s vitamin C moisturizer.
Roloxin’ Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment: Prior to this mask I had never used a tightening treatment before and as a 20-something I’m not sure I necessarily need it. That said, I didn’t really notice a difference with this mask.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray: I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo (discloser: I use it at least three times a week), but this product didn’t really live up to some of my favorites. As promised, it didn’t leave behind any residue, which was much, much appreciated as a brunette. But while other dry shampoos add volume or texture, this one didn’t give me that oomph effect. I know some people who really like it, though, so don’t let my experience stop you from trying it.
Overall, there were two products I really liked, two I didn’t really care for, and one that I could really do without, but that’s the case with any beauty box subscription – you’re not always going to love what you get. Looking ahead, I can’t wait to get my Mad Men NYC box in April that includes a blush, brow gel, and eye treatment. Don’t miss out on the fun – you can get a Mad Men box, too, if you signup :).