After reading some of the reviews of the Holiday Edition Birchbox for December from other bloggers I was eager to see what I received in my Birchbox. Luckily my box was filled with some fun products to try – a combination of hair care, perfume, skin care, and a mascara. Let’s take a look at what I got!
This Davines Replumping Conditioner was sent to me on accident due to the fact that my insert card shows I should have received a Manna Kadar Lip Locked Lip Stain instead. I don’t mind so much given I love to try new hair care products more than makeup, however, I am always looking for that right makeup product that will push me outside my comfort zone – especially in the area of lip glosses and lipstick. Maybe next time.
With that being said, I am a new fan of Davines hair care products from previous Birchboxes. I still use their shampoo and conditioner and this conditioner doesn’t disappoint. I have color treated hair that also is styled with a blow drier and, on occasion, a hot iron. So, when it comes to conditioners I need whatever will put nutrients back into my hair to keep it healthy.
SeaRX Microdermabrasion Face & Body Scrub
I love the scent of this facial scrub and the Dead Sea minerals leave your skin feeling refreshed and exfoliated. Another plus is that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or itchy like other major leading brands. I have natural skin and using this right after a workout gave me great results!
Birchbox Full-size: $28
Receiving new perfumes from Birchbox are always a favorite of mine. These little samples let me experiment with different fragrances, sometimes of which I would never try on my own doing. This English Laundry Signature for Her is light and “inspired by English gardens.” It’s notes are a wonderful balance between florals and earthy greens.
Birchbox Full-size: $70
Davines Replumping Hair Filler Superactive
I was very eager to try this hair filler because I naturally have thin straight hair. Not that styling it has ever been an issue for me given my short bob haircut, but I was interested to see how it stacks up against my normal styling routine. This leave-in conditioner spray firms your hair and gives it some oomph without the use of mousse or other styling products, of which I’m a huge fan. I don’t like using a lot of product in my hair. Just spritz 5-10 sprays into towel-dried hair and style like normal. I found that the hair dryer activated its lovely scent and it actually thickens your hair! All you need is this replumping filler and a little spritz of hair spray and you’re good to go!
Birchbox Full-size: $39.50
Mirenesse 24hr Mascara
Another product I was excited to use from this months box was the iCurl 24hr mascara. I am always on the lookout for the perfect mascara that doesn’t leave my lashed weighted down or clumpy. I’m not into the hard and cracked spider look. I love the curved brush, which made for an easy application of both upper and lower lashes. However, I didn’t like that it doesn’t add volume to my lashes. Another downside for me was that the mascara clumped some of my lashes together and the 24hr hold didn’t allow for much wiggle room in the area of unclumping them. I did use a little of my Cover Girl mascara to add some volume which helped achieve the look I was going for. Overall it was okay but I don’t think I would invest in the full size version.
Birchbox Full-size: $29
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