Acne, Acne Treatment, Birchbox, Birchbox Review, Body Wash, Buffing Beads, CC Cream, Conditioner, DDF, Exfoliate, Face Mask. Mask. WEI, Hair Masque, July Birchbox, Kerastase, makeup, Mud Mask, Pomegranate, Pugs, Pureminerals, Shampoo
I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?… remember that quote from 10 Things I Hate About You. This month, I found out the hard way that you can indeed just be whelmed.
Whelmed is exactly how I felt about my Birchbox. It was just ehhhh. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. My July Birchbox was sad, boring, and everything was gone in a day… but I did have a fabulous shower courtesy of my Birchbox’s contents. Here’s what I got:
DDF, Acne Control Treatment: Full Size $44
Lez be honest, my skin is flawless hunty. Just kidding! But seriously, I’ve never had any acne issues… so I didn’t even try this shizz. I was scared it would burn my face, or turn me into a tomato. It was a pretty decent size for a facial sample, but I just don’t dabble in acne products. This was just a waste of a sample for me, and I was bummed. Maybe one day I’ll use this… if I’m wasted and fall asleep with my face in a greasy pizza.
Kerastase, Bain Chroma Riche + Masque Chroma Riche (say what?): Full Size $38 – $61
I know that this is a high-end line, but I wasn’t the slightest bit impressed. I didn’t like the lack of lather in the shampoo, but maybe there just wasn’t enough for my liking (I use wayyy too much shamp and condish). I know this sounds ridic, but I freakin hate when shampoo and conditioner samples come in little packets… I can never open them with wet hands, and I have to get out of the shower and use something weird like cuticle scissors to open them. After the shampoo, I was excited to try the masque… until I realized it sucked. I felt like this masque didn’t moisturize my hair at all, and I left it on for like twenty minutes. When I rinsed it out, my hair was not smooth or soft. In fact, my hair was a tangled mess and I would’ve been better off using my regular Organix conditioner. Maybe these products are amazing, but it’s hard to judge when you have longer hair and you’re given a dime sized amount to try.
WEI, Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask: Full Size $42
Mud masks are a new obsession of mine, but you must be on crack if you’re considering paying $42 for this. This was actually one of my least favorite mud masks that I’ve ever used. I think it was unscented, it didn’t make my face tingle, and it looked like a k-cup. Yes, my skin felt soft afterwards… but this mask ain’t got shit on Target’s $1 mask packets (the witch hazel + tea tree one is the bomb). Of course, it made my shower good… but it could have been better. I was also turned off by the k-cup resemblance.
Pureminerals, CC Cream: Full Size $38
This was def the highlight of my Birchbox. J’adore a cream with squared initials… BB, CC, DD, EE, whatevs. Birchbox does carry some amazing facial makeup, so I had high expectations. This CC cream is a little thick for me, but it blends easily, and the color of my face is totally even. I really like the way that this makes my skin look. The sample size was trés small, if I’m lucky I’ll get 4-5 uses out of it. This was a very good pick, I approve.
WEI, Pomegranate Buffing Beads: Full Size $20
This was my Birchbox extra, and I know it’s rude to complain about something that’s technically a gift… but I’m going to. This extra was the worst. I prefer the pen that I got a few boxes ago. I thought that this was going to be like a body scrub, and I was all ready to use it, and then I read the directions. You have to mix this packet with a quarter size amount of your daily cleanser. Really? How the hell am I supposed to mix that up in the shower. I ended up just sprinkling it on myself, and then using body wash. These beads had the same consistency as a pixie stick, I would certainly not call them beads. It wasn’t horrible, but I don’t get down with mix and matching in the shower. Thanks Birchbox, but I’ll stick with my pre-mixed salt scrubs.
My Birchbox wasn’t that bad… but here’s a few things that I would’ve rather bought for $10.
- 8 Que Bella mud masks from Target
- 3 EOS chapstick balls
- 2 Skinny Vanilla Lattes from Starbucks
- A burrito bowl + guac from Chipotle
- 1 Martini with a lemon twist
- 1 seven pack of Dingo bones + a bag of dog treats… to make my pugs quiet
- 5 E.L.F. lip crayons
- A partridge in a pear tree
I’m hoping the August box is better. I mean, my dogs had more fun with this one…
What did you get in your Birchbox?