birchbox unboxing: may ’18

Soak in the sunshine 🌞

⏲ Read time: 7-10 minutes

Before you jump into the deep end of the pool and lay out to soak up the sun, let’s take a moment to go over some skincare basics this upcoming summer.

Birchbox reminds us to protect ourselves with some reminders on its product pamphlet. Make sure to schedule your yearly check-up while also doing some regular self-exams on freckles and moles. It’s also important to find the right SPF and to load yourself up. It’s recommended to use an ounce (or about a shot glass for those measuring at home) of sunscreen on your entire body. It’s better to be on the safe side!

Here’s what I received in my Birchbox this month:

[ comfort zone ] | Remedy Cream to Oil Ultra Gentle Cleanser

When you already have oily skin, seeing a cream-to-oil cleanser scares the bejeezus out of you. But we won’t ever learn our favorites if we don’t take a risk and we know I’m always down to try new things on this site.

This cleanser starts out as a cream that removes impurities, but the more your work it into the skin, it transforms into an oil that leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized, thanks to the infused marula oil. On a first impression, I wasn’t sure I used enough product (even though it recommends a small amount), but I was surprised when I rinsed to see and feel how soft and refreshed my skin felt.

I don’t love spending a lot of time fussing over facial cleansers, and this is the epitome of ‘two birds, one stone’. My face feels refreshed and clean and I’m definitely going to consider this once I run out of my current cleanser.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Davines | OI All in One Milk

This leave-in treatment wears a lot of hats. But you won’t need to once you use this little guy that gives a boost to your hair as it detangles, adds volume and shine and also acts as a heat protectant.

Packed with roucou oil, it also helps stimulate hair growth as well as protecting your hair from harmful UV rays and with summer quickly approaching, it’s also time to start worrying about color fade and damage.

This left my hair noticeably softer and shinier, but its scent is less to be desired, which seems to be a common theme with Davines products. It also claims to aid the hair with longer-lasting hair styles, which will be interesting to test out with heat tools.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Kensie | Eau de Parfum

I won’t say this often, but I loved being proved wrong when it comes to beauty products. As in, I think I’ll hate a perfume based on its fragrance notes but it ends up becoming my scent for the summer.

It has notes of rose and jasmine (I KNOW) to give it a floral vibe, but it’s balanced out with peach, mandarin, sandalwood and vanilla to make this a fresh and crisp scent that leaves me wanting more. The second I applied this, it gave me Oxford Bleu vibes, but at a much cheaper price point (a full size bottle of this is only $45!).

I wish this lasted longer, but it could also be because its sample component.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Lipstick Queen | Lip Liner in Natural

For whatever reason, I have been anti-lip stick for the past few months and it’s becoming a problem.

I’m someone who doesn’t normally opt for lip liners, but when you receive one from one of your favorite brands, you give it a shot and realize that it might become your secret weapon this summer.

This liner is suppose to enhance your favorite nude shades (for me, it’s Jeffree Star Christmas Cookie) and it’s waterproof. No brainer.

It applies smoothly and it comes in a variety of shades that will help boost an array of colors in your lipstick collection. This liner is pigmented enough that it could even act as your new go-to summer shade. It doesn’t budge and it passed every eat/drink/kiss test I could imagine.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Vita Liberata | Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion

One of the best ways to avoid burning in the sun is to fake it until you make it. With fake tanner that is!

Most fake tanners have that infamous scent, but this one isn’t terrible. It claim to be odorless, but I’ll be completely honest and say that I could notice a slight scent on my body, but compared to others, it’s mild.

I love that this is a gradual tanner, meaning you won’t be completely bronzed on a first-time application. The more you use it, the darker you’ll become so you’re in charge of your glow. My skin was left with a subtle shimmer/glow that was super flattering and it actually gives you a bronzed glow, not that dreaded, awful orange.

This lotion goes on clear, so be cautious of where you’re applying it and always remember to use sparingly on elbows, ankles and knees! I noticed the color develop within a few hours and it lasts until your next shower. For my pasty-white legs, this might come in handy when I want to match to the rest of my body!

This also is packed with marula, shea butter and ginkgo biloba to help moisturize your newly bronzed body.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Davines | OI Shampoo & Conditioner

As much as I love free samples, I would love it if I could use it more than once.

Davines shampoos in the past have always given me trouble because they never lather up into a foamy mixture for me, but their conditioners leave my hair so hydrated and smooth that it makes up for it.

Like the aforementioned All-In-One Milk, its scent is not my favorite, but it did leave my hair softer and shinier.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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About sarah

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