I received my Birch Box on April 14th, 2018 and gave myself a few weeks to test out the products. I wasn’t too keen on BirchBox, however, my mom got it for me for Christmas and to my surprise I am actually liking their products so far. Again, I try to slim down the claims a bit, so that this post isn’t extremely long.
Adesse New York Cupuaçu Butter Lip Balm | Full Size $24
Claim: Paraben and cruelty free with a core infused with cold-pressed cupuaçu butter, which hydrates and heals. Sheer, natural glow.
Thoughts: This bright pink little lip balm made me a little weary at first, but the color doesn’t transfer too much to your lips. I really like this, it repairs chapped lips really quickly and leaves them silky smooth. Would I pay $24 for a chapstick? Maybe one day, this stuff is amazing.
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara | Full Size $12-$24
Claim: This mascara creates major volume without weighing lashes down with the formula’s featherweight aero-particles.
Thoughts: I was really excited to see this in my box, because I have heard the hype over and over on social media. I do like this (maybe not as much as it was hyped up to be) but, I don’t know I feel like my other mascaras do the same if not better. I could pass on it.
COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray | Full Size $36
Claims: Light mist smooths skin with cucumber and aloe vera extract and boosts hydration with hyaluronic acid. Plus, it’s SPF so it blocks UV ray
Thoughts: When I first sprayed this just as a tester (without even reading the card) I thought “Oh wow this doesn’t even feel like there is anything there.” It is really light and airy, but that’s where the good begins and ends. When I sprayed this on my face all I could smell was sun tan lotion (and then that’s all I could taste). Throughout the day my face felt greasy and my makeup was sliding around pretty bad too. Does my makeup stay on longer/better than when I use NYX or All Nighter by Urban Decay? No. Would I buy this? No.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Full Size $22
Claims: From a subtle, precise line to a bolder look, accentuate eyes with this pen style, ultra black liquid liner. Stays all day.
Thought: I’ve gotten this in my Ipsy bag once and the only reason I don’t grab for it is because it smudges and wears off. My eyes water a lot and I have to be careful with eye makeup, so this is a pass for me.
Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Stick – Lavender and Sage | Full Size $8.99
Claims: Natural antiseptic, no aluminum or propylene glycol. Lavender and sage to smell great and soothe skin.
Thoughts: Ouch. It is like rubbing sandpaper on your armpits. It is so painful, and I don’t even think the pain outweighs the “natural” benefits. It hurt so bad, I don’t even think I felt the product get onto my skin. No thank you.