Friday, February 14, 2014

Birchbox February 2014 #2 (US Weekly Collaboration)

It's always a great Valentines Day when you get pretty things in the mail! My 2nd Birchbox showed up today and while I was already a bit let down from the last one, I was still hopeful that this one would be better!

Let's jump right into what I got this month!

First peek in the box! I was wondering if I'd ever see one of the cute Birchbox pillow packs again. They make for great little gift boxes! So obviously, I got a shampoo and conditioner (again!) so let's see what they're all about.

1. Bain de Terre Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner

So as you know, I'm a couponer with a stockpile of endless hair products, so it's never that exciting for me when I get shampoo/conditioner duos. I do think, however, that these are pretty substantial sized bottles for a sample at 1.7 oz. They have a light, clean, floral scent which I actually quite like! I have some serious color treated hair (I'm a natural blonde and dye my hair black!) so even though it's not that exciting of a sample, I will definitely use these. They are paraben free, which I like, and have argan and monoi oils to moisturize and keep color vibrant. I'm excited to try these babies out!

2. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara

I have heard lots of mixed reviews on this mascara, so I'm actually happy that I received it so I could test it out myself. I've heard that it doesn't work at all, that it smells terrible (someone said like a dirty diaper?!) and that the tubes from Birchbox were all dried out and unusable. Well I personally found all of those things to be totally untrue when I did a quick test of  this product! This is an all-natural lash conditioning mascara that tints and lengthens with real fruit pigments and black tea. It's great for sensitive skin too! I found the mascara to have a light scent that smelled like tea. It was barely noticeable. It has as a nice, natural bristle brush and applies the product nicely to the lashes. It didn't make my lashes amazingly volumized or lengthened, but it did give them more lenth and darkened them nicely. I have blonde lashes, so it's easy for me to tell how well a mascara works! This isn't for anyone looking for a false-lash look. But if you're looking for a natural alternative, this is definitely something I would pick up!

3. Harvey Prince Hello Perfume

This perfume is described as Cheerful citrus and floral notes. More specifically, Meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria. I like fruity scents but I only like florals when they are mixed with a musk or in a deeper oriental scent. I don't really like these "bright, summery" kind of scents. They're just not my thing. However, if you like the sound of a citrusy floral scent, this would be an excellent choice. This would be a great perfume in the summer!

4. Juara Candlenut Body Creme

This is my least favorite kind of packaging for samples. It drives me absolutely insane. I have no idea why, haha. I tend to write things off immediately if I see a sample that looks like this because I'm an irrational weirdo, haha! I decided for the sake of this review I would bust this open and try it out rather than just giving it away. When you open this sample and flatten it out, it's only about 1/3 of the way full. I have a natural toner from this brand and I absolutely love it, so I am happy to say that I also think that this is a very nice body creme. It is a thicker consistency, and absorbs easily into the skin leaving it feeling very soft. I used this one one hand and not on the other and I could genuinely feel a difference. The scent is very subtle, fresh and light. Hard to pin point, but possibly a coconut and floral-like scent? It's quite nice and actually smells a bit like a shampoo or a condtioner. 

At first glance this box seemed like it was going to be my least favorite of the two, but I ended up enjoying it more than my first box! That goes to show you, never judge a Birchbox by it's preview! 


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