birchbox unboxing: march ’18

Breaking ground

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If you’re anywhere else besides the Northeast, then it’s officially spring! But if you’re in my neck of the woods, sorry Junior, you’ve got about another two or so weeks of Old Man Winter.

The Northeast has been getting pounded with snow, and like most of us, I am SICK and TIRED of the snow and cold temperatures. I’m beyond ready for spring dresses, cute sandals and plenty of sunshine. Since I now can enjoy myself with weekends off, I’m excited to plan weekends away at wineries and sightseeing.

These products will help kickstart my springtime makeup routine, which becomes drastically simplified: A cooling water-to-gel toner, an eye cream to camouflage those late nights and a lip gloss that glams up any look.

Here’s what was inside my Birchbox this month:

Balance Me | Wonder Eye Cream

I’ve never been a big fan of eye creams because I’m one of the very few millennials who try to strive for a solid eight hours of sleep a night. (If it meant going to bed at 9 p.m. when I have to be up at 5, so be it!)

But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just don’t get those precious ZZZ’s and you need a helping hand. What about an eye cream that’s composed of 99% natural ingredients like chamomile, cucumber, witch hazel, and aloe vera? If this peaks your interest, then this could be your new BFF.

All of its natural ingredients combine to deliver hydration, helping de-puff and brighten the under eyes. I’ve grown to love the Clinique Pep Start eye cream, but I like this one a smidgen more because it’s not as strong on the eyes while still providing similar results.

I had received the Tinted Wonder Eye Cream in a Birchbox long before the blog was created but I recall giving it to my mother, since eye creams were not in my routine. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve learned that sometimes you need a secret weapon, so I won’t be passing this one off.

Rating: 4 out of 5

English Laundry | Notting Hill Femme Eau de Parfum

In my July ’17 Birchbox, I fell in love with the Oxford Bleu perfume from English Laundry, so when I saw I received another perfume sample from them, I was excited. Then cue me complaining because of it’s notes of jasmine and rose.

Its namesake pays homage to the garden bliss of Notting Hill. (Great movie, btw). Normally, I am not someone who love floral scents, but this one isn’t awful because of it’s other underlying notes. The notes of bergamot and mandarin blend out the floral side of it and the wood and vanilla gives it a musky scent.

I won’t find myself running to buy this perfume, but it might solidify my want to (finally) buy the Oxford Bleu perfume.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

OUAI | Leave In Conditioner

Long gone are the days of L’Oreal’s Tangle Tamer. We’ve since upgraded our detanglers for leave-in conditioners.

A leave-in conditioner is something I use every time I wash my hair, whether it being the Marc Anthony Grow Long Serum or It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. It’s the one step in my blow-dry cocktail I never skimp on because I feel it makes a world of difference when combing out my hair.

I didn’t necessarily love this one because it had a very perfume-heavy scent, which is not only nauseating, but rather annoying as it overpowers the other scents of products. It also left my hair less to be desired because it didn’t comb through easily and I didn’t notice immediate shine or frizz tameness.

However, I did appreciate how this could be used as a heat protectant, so it’s one less item to use in that aforementioned blow-dry cocktail.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Sunday Riley | Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner

I have never been more conflicted about reviewing a product.

It’s no secret that I love Sunday Riley for some of my skincare needs, falling in love with the Clay Cleanser and the CEO Brightening Serum. When I saw I was receiving a toner, I was excited because I haven’t fallen in love with one yet and thought maybe this would make the cut.

The name of this product makes perfect sense when you pump it out. It’s an out of this world green shade that starts out liquid and then melts into the skin. It claims to have a cooling sensation, but I didn’t notice it on a first impression.

It’s hard to notice anything else about this product aside the smell. At first, I thought it was just me, but then I read reviews on it on the Birchbox website and boy I was not wrong. It almost has a sour smell, like sour milk. It makes it really hard to like a product if you can barely stand the smell. However, I did like how my skin felt after the smell subsided. My pores looked smaller and my face felt smoother.

But man, that smell is downright awful.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Winky Lux | Glazed Lips Donut Lip Gloss in Coffee Glaze

Okay, but who could honestly hate a product that smells like a donut shop🍩?

Already falling in love with the Powder Lights, I was able to test out another product from Winky Lux and I’m sold. (Not that I needed a whole lot of convincing…) Its coconut and jojoba oils are surprisingly hydrating and it doesn’t dry out my lips. As we know, lip glosses aren’t normally my jam, but this one smells like donut frosting and it doesn’t leave my lips feeling tacky and gross.

However, don’t get your hopes up. It doesn’t taste like your favorite donut, but maybe that’s a good thing.

This rose gold hue is so subtle enough that it can be easily rocked with an every day look, but it could also be layered with your favorite lip color to create a multidimensional effect. I did see that ombre lips are making a comeback (or did they never leave? 🤔)

Rating: 4 out of 5

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About sarah

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