birchbox unboxing: december ’17

On the dot, off the cuff!

🎄Let the madness begin!🎄

Whether you have plans etched in stone or an impromptu holiday date, the products inside this month’s Birchbox will come in clutch to make the most of your season!

This month’s Box is filled with goodies that will help make your makeup last through the night as well as something to treat yourself after the holiday hustle. Protect yourself with the various holiday glam curls you’ll be rocking as well as batting those huge lashes for the family holiday card.

Either way, Birchbox has you covered.

Here’s what was inside my Birchbox this month:

Aveda | damage remedy daily hair repair

The best step is the preventative step.

Half the reason why I chopped my hair off recently was to give it a healthy kick-start. After taking my locks every color under the sun (Literally from black, to light brown, to maroon, to rose gold and to blonde!), it deserved a healthy hack so it could start to grow the healthy way.

What good is giving yourself a healthy cut if you’re just going to torch it at the end of the day with styling tools and chemicals?! S/O to Birchbox for looking out for me with this pick. This treatment helps instantly repair while it preps and protects for future hot tool use, which is something I’ll be doing a lot with shorter hair.

It has a very natural smelling fragrance, which isn’t the worst smelling thing, but just not my preferred. The only problem I had with it is that it felt like it was difficult to work through my hair while it was damp. Once I applied and combed through, the product absorbed and I was fine.

After styling, the hair was softer and easily manageable. I feel like you won’t see immediate results with this products, rather it will prove its worth over the course of time. Anything that will help protect my hair is vital in my new routine, so I’ll be sure to continue using it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Sand & Sky | Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask

Isn’t it weird when you’re minding your own business and a beauty influenster will promote a brand on an Instagram story and you think to yourself ‘Okay, cool, maybe I’ll check that out someday’, and then the next thing you know it pops up in your Birchbox the following week.

(True story.)

This mask is filled with natural products like kaolin clay, organic aloe vera and Kakadu plum native to Australia. These goodies are going to help detoxify and brighten your complexion, getting it ready for the holiday hustle.

I liked this mask because it started out pink but turned to white as it dried, letting you know when it’s time to rinse. It also tightens the face, which makes me love a mask even more. I felt a slight burning sensation, which isn’t normally a big deal to me when it comes to masks.

As for the results, I wish I could have tested it more than once, but the sample size I received wasn’t nearly enough for even the one time use! I applied the mask using a brush and felt that there just wasn’t enough product.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Stila Cosmetics | HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

You ever just get really confused about a product? Like you don’t know whether to love it or hate it? Welcome to my review on this mascara.

Off the bat, I had high expectations, which might be why I’m so on the fence about it. After testing out the Stila Eyeliner, my hopes were that I would fall in as much love with the mascara as I did with the liner.

An avid lover of mascara, there are very few mascaras I’ve met that I don’t love. I’m not wowed by this one in the least bit. The wand’s bristles were thick and clumped my lashes together, giving them serious spider legs. One coat might have done an okay job of covering the lashes, but trying to thicken or lengthen them just resulted in a mess that took f o r e v e r to dry. (Seriously, who has that kind of time to wait for mascara to dry?!)

Also to note, this mascara did flake throughout the day, so I was on constant alert for panda eyes🐼.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Sunday Riley | C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

Put your best boss babe face forward with this double duty serum.

I’ve already became a huge Sunday Riley fan after falling in love with the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. When I saw the curated choices for this month’s box and saw that this was an option, it was a no brainer to pick it up. (Hey, yo girl is cheap and Sunday Riley is a boujee brand, I’ll be the first to admit it).

Like its bright orange packaging, it provides a very citrusy scent that I’m living for. It gets its name from its big shots in charge, Vitamins C and E plus a blend of antioxidants, that are suppose to lighten dark spots, tighten pores and plump the skin.

Recently, my skin has been breaking out like it’s going out of style, so much that I have become incredibly self conscious about it. Since I have a terrible time not picking at my acne, I have developed some scarring in noticeable areas. This product couldn’t have come at a better time.

What I like about this serum is that it comes out of the package runny, but once it hits the skin, it becomes tacky which helps adhere moisturizers or makeup. After one use, it was hard to tell an immediate difference, but hopefully with continued use, it will help alleviate some of those dark spots I’ve developed.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Whish | Botanical Primer

I’m all about discovering products that offer a lot of claims in one bottle. Balance? Moisture? Protection? Sign me up!

This primer is an all-in-one, offering the three aforementioned claims. The seabuckhorn extract, coconut water and organic soybean oil help balance the skin, the pomegranate oil, bakuchiol and lavender leaf extract help protect and it gets its moisturizing aspects from organic coconut fruit extract, argan oil and aloe. Primers that don’t have a lot of gunk in it? Even better!

Since purchasing the full sized Make Up For Ever foundation, I’ve been trying to cycle through the loads of primers in my collection, coming up short with a winning combination. This applies smoothly to the skin, not leaving it too heavy with product and I noticed a visible difference throughout the day. It made my foundation last longer, without appearing too cakey or too oily.

I had previously tested Whish before, using their inhibiting gel and sugar scrub. I absolutely hated the sugar scrub, so much that I threw out the entire container after one use! I’m glad that this primer redeemed my faith in the brand.

I knocked off a half-point because of its price tag: Paying $35 for 2 ounces is a little ridiculous, especially when I’m trying to not ‘treat yo self’ as much this time of year. However, this will be a primer I consider purchasing when I’m on the market for one.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

✨ BONUS PRODUCT ✨

Birchbox | Eyelash Curler

True life: I’ve been using the same eyelash curler for seven years. That’s not even a joke, I’ve found one that’s so reliable, that I don’t even know if they make them anymore.

However, it’s always good to have a backup, especially when it’s gifted to you. (Thanks again, Birchbox!)

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t curl my lashes. Even if I’m not wearing mascara or any form of makeup, a good curl can boost my confidence. I like this curler because it has a little spring in it that helps really clamp down and force the curl.

I don’t love the goofy grips on it because I feel it just makes it hard to handle, but it’s okay for a backup curler.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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About sarah

25. writer. obsessed with makeup, french bulldogs, nyr and sparkle.
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