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It’s time to hack your summer.
As the temperatures heat up, there’s a chance for a beauty breakdown. Birchbox has come in clutch with some ways to prevent makeup meltdowns with its selections for me: A hydrating boost gel, a perfume to invoke your bold side and a new hair product to save your beachy waves.
This is also my TWO-year anniversary with Birchbox! I know we’ve had some gripes in the past, but I can always count on Birchbox delivering some hidden gems each month. Here’s to many more years together 🍾
Here’s everything that was inside my July Birchbox:
This gel delivers long-lasting moisture while also brightening dull, uneven skin. Thanks to the Belgium hot spring water, hyaluronic acid (both great for hydration) and acacia peptide (a component that acts as a filler/plumper), our skin gets an overhaul that will carry us through the seasons, lightweight enough in the summer but thirst-quenching in the winter.
It should be noted that a little goes a long way: A small amount is enough to work the full face and neck, so use sparingly. The gel leaves a slightly tacky feel while it absorbs into the skin, but it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and supple.
Since I received the Biossance gel moisturizer, I’ve been using that fairly religiously. I intend on holding on to this and implementing it into my fall/winter skincare routine because it should give my skin a much needed dose of moisture once the dry air comes rolling through. With New York’s current humidity levels, I’m not trying to drown my skin!
Rating: 3 out of 5
I’m starting to think that mauves are the color of summer, based on how many mauve-y lipsticks I’ve been receiving!
This liquid lipstick is rather sheer to start, but can be built up for a more opaque finish. It dries down quickly to a matte, but doesn’t leave you with that dreaded lack of moisture. Its wand makes for easy application and the mauve rose shade is close enough to a natural nude lip so it won’t look so stark as it fades overtime.
I also did some research on Laritzy’s website and discovered that each liquid lipstick will adjust overtime and therefore it’ll look different on every skin-tone! Which is funny because when I received this, my mother wanted to try it and when she swatched it, it almost looked more mauve on her, whereas on me it pulls more of that rose pigmentation.
This lippie doesn’t crack or feather with extended use, but it also doesn’t pass the eat/drink/kiss test (or at least with oily/greasy foods, so don’t bring this guy if you’re heading to a BBQ!)
Even though I already have a plethora of mauves, I really liked this one. I don’t think it will replace any favorites, but it’s always fun to test out new brands.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
In theory, this would be the ideal applicator: it’s non-porous so you’re not wasting product and in hand makes it much more sanitary because makeup isn’t seeping into those pores and festering in a beauty blender.
All sounds like fun and games until you take it out of the package (and then proceed to drop it immediately onto the hardwood floor where every single piece of hair that has ever left my head adheres to it…)
Textures are a big thing for me and this is not one I want on my face, let alone put product on and try to “blend” into the skin. I felt as if I was just smearing the product around and it started to roll and pull on the applicator and the whole thing just seemed like a nightmare. I didn’t notice a major difference when it came to the finished look, so with that said, I’ll stick with my foundation brush.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
I live for wave sprays and curl creams in the summer, mainly because I’m just lazy and can’t be bothered to do my hair. After falling in love with OUAI, I was apprehensive on testing out another product, but I might have found a new favorite.
This lotion is super lightweight and doesn’t leave my hair riddled with frizz once it dries. There’s no crunch here and my hair actually feels manageable, which is normally never the case with mouse or sprays.
I love gliding it through damp hair and begin twisting sections to create more waves, similar to the technique found here. While the hair dries, it leaves a matte finish that looks even better on second day hair. It has a lightweight scent that’s definitely beach inspired.
The only reason I’m knocking a half-point off of this is because of its price tag. Oribe is a high-end haircare line but I still think spending $12.50/ounce is a little outlandish, no matter how good it is.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I have always been fascinated with Ancient Egyptian history, so much in fact that exploring the Pyramids is on my bucket list of things to do before I die. (I also grew up in the age of Tomb Raider, so it might explain a lot).
I think Cleopatra has gotten a weird rep through history because of her relationship with Mark Anthony, but she was so much more than just a pretty face: She was a queen, a diplomat, a naval commander, a medical author and a polyglot. This perfume that pays homage to her wears a lot of hats too with its notes of bitter grapefruit, peach nectar, vanilla musk and amber. To me, I smell a lot of jasmine and we know my stance on florals.
On a first squirt, this definitely wears heavy on the floral end, but the more it settles into the skin, the citrus blend comes through. At first, I hated it, but the more I wore it, the more I started to like how it combined with my natural body composition.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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