birchbox unboxing: october ’17

Time to pull back the curtain on these hardworking secret weapons. 

Ever wonder how your favorite Insta beauties capture the perfect smokey eye or how to get those perfectly tousled waves? Birchbox is taking us behind the scenes this month with some products that will help achieve those Instagram-worthy photos.

Complete your dramatic smokey eye with an illusion of falsies with a knock-out mascara, prep your skin for a glow with a sheet mask and nail those perfect beach waves with a texturizing spray. This month’s selection will gear you up for wherever your fall may take you.

Here’s what was inside my Birchbox this month:

[ comfort zone ] | Hydramemory Cream Gel

Treat yo’self with a sorbet for your face.

This cream gel from [ comfort zone ] has a texture of sorbet but packs a ton of hyaluronic acid and moringa oil that offers a ton of moisture without leaving your skin greasy.

Since testing out the Origin Mattefying Moisturizer, I’ve been very skeptical of testing out other moisturizers because it’s been such a match made in heaven. I will say, this left my skin feeling revitalized, without the weight of a heavy moisturizer. It felt very cooling upon application and I had no major complaints with it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Benefit Cosmetics | They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

If you’re like me, you love the aesthetics of long, lush lashes, but, you absolutely hate taking the time to apply falsies everyday. Welcome to the battle that is my everyday life.

For those days you don’t want to pull out the lash glue, grab this mascara from Benefit. It creates long, thick lashes with minimal effort. Perfect for those mornings that you opt for some extra zzz’s.

I got a couple of gripes with this mascara: First, it clumps my lashes together and not in an appealing way. For the several times I’ve worn it, it clumps my right lashes at the apex of my eye, which makes them look spider-leg-ish. Never a good look for anyone, even with Halloween around the corner…

The second gripe is that it’s a real b!tch to take off. No amount of Clinique Take the Day Off balm helps with this bad boy because no matter how much I try, there’s always a little bit leftover on my lashes.

Thirdly, it takes forever for this mascara to dry down. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Eyeko | Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Pitch Black

Look at the flick of the wrist.

This liquid eyeliner from Eyeko has been a god-send when it comes to perfecting that perfect wing. I’m definitely no rookie when it comes to my wing abilities, but we can all use a little help whenever we can.

This pen-style liner goes on so velvety smooth and so seamlessly that it’s hard not to love it. It doesn’t budge, it’s super quick-drying and it stays put until you’re ready to end your day.

The best part of all? This product washes off so easy, it virtually eliminates unnecessary rubbing of the eyes. Some liners can be very stubborn to wash off, but with a bit of water, it melted away.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Oribe | Dry Texturizing Spray

Since going back to blonde, I have finally taken the pride and time to commit to my locks.

It only took me five years and a whole color wheel to be “happy” with my hair, but hey, it happened!

This is a multi-tasker of a product, which definitely makes it an all-star for amping up your beauty routine. It’s part dry shampoo, part texturizer, so it helps with soaking up oil and giving bounce to your hair.

Like all Oribe hair care products, it has a very clean and refreshing smell. The spray power of this component really packs a punch and a little does go a long way. It doesn’t weigh the hair down and manages to keep things light.

I’m not a huge texturizing spray person, just because I don’t like my hair to feel any more gritty or dirty than it usually is, but I liked how this one gave me just enough volume for those second- or third-day hair days that is begging for any extra help it can get.

Just be sure to hold it the recommended 4-5 inches away from your roots. Even though it’s a light product, it does build up quickly and can leave your hair feeling very stiff!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Purlisse | Green Tea + Vitamin C Brightening Sheet Mask

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: One of the best self-love dates to take yourself on is a relaxing evening with a glass of wine, a good book and a sheet mask.

This sheet masks is just the right pick-me-up your skin is asking for. It’s filled with antioxidant-rich green tea to repair stressed out skin and vitamin-C to brighten tired skin. This guy is also suppose to improve skin’s elasticity.

As much as I love sheet masks, I don’t love this one because of how it took forever for the product to seep into my skin. This product’s serum felt like it just laid on top and didn’t penetrate, which left me feeling very slick and prone to breakouts, which I noticed I had a few pop up the following morning.

I also didn’t love how this sheet mask laid on my face. Normally, the cuts of sheet masks are wide enough to have a universal fit, but for whatever reason, this one cut too tightly across the eye holes and really irritated my under eye area. The next morning, I noticed my under eye area felt very irritated, which was probably due to the mask.

I also noticed that my skin felt very sensitive and looked red after the 20 minutes, but that could have been because I used a dermabrasion product beforehand. Face masks don’t usually have a “stinging” sensation on me, but this one did. (I use “stinging” very loosely. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but the eye hole cuts drove me to the point of taking it off prematurely.)

Rating: 2 out of 5

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About sarah

28. writer. obsessed with makeup, traveling, nyr and sparkle.
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