It’s of course that time again, my monthly Birchbox review. The excitement to find what they’ve sent me is still so high every month so I couldn’t wait to share what I got this time with you…
Blaq, Peel Off Mask (RRP £14)
When you sign up for Birchbox you have to complete a little beauty profile so they know what type of products to send you. I of course said that I have sensitive skin so when I read that for this product you need to do a patch test as it might not be suitable for sensitive skin I was baffled. Thankfully I was okay but if it turned out I couldn’t use this product I would have been pissed. Nowhere on the packaging does it say how to apply this and even in the little booklet that comes with the box it doesn’t say whether to apply to wet or dry skin. I even went on Blaq’s website where I was still none the wiser so I just applied it to slightly damp skin. When I first peeled it off I thought it was great until I realised what it had actually pulled out wasn’t blackheads but my hair. So now I have a nice, smooth, hair-less T-zone at least.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics, Radiance Split Pan Bronzer And Highlighter Duo (RRP £17)
I don’t know what everyone else’s fluffy brushes are like but mine are bigger than this whole pan. There isn’t a chance this is full-sized and if it is they need to re-evaluate. Minus the size, the bronzer is quite a nice tone. I prefer a warm toned bronzer so this suited my quite well, even if it is a bit fiddly to get at. To be honest, I’ll probably end up using it as a nice transition shade on my eyes. The highlight is really good for your brow-bone or inner corners but the pan was a tad too little to apply to my cheekbones. It’s a good size for traveling with and I’ll be using it again, even if it won’t be for its intended use.
Oribe, Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray (RRP £36)
I was impressed with how nice just a little spray of this product made my hair feel. The texture lasted all day and really made it look a lot healthier. This was a nice hairspray with a really good spray but there isn’t a chance I’m going to pay £36 for it. I mean it was nice, but it didn’t make my hair turn into gold.
Verdict: HIT (if it was cheaper)
Baija, Gommage Festin Royal Body Scrub (RRP £14.90)
OH MY GOODNESS the smell of this is heavenly! It smells just like Yankee Candle’s Vanilla Cupcake which is my absolute favourite so this product was already a winner to me. It smells good enough to eat, but don’t because it definitely doesn’t taste as good as it smells… Anyway, my skin’s just recovering from a bad eczema phase so I was looking forward to a little exfoliating. When you apply this product to damp skin it creates a lather which is lovely and makes it smoother to apply. It wasn’t too harsh on my skin but I didn’t rub it very hard as I was aware my skin might still be a little sensitive. This is a really nice product and left my skin feeling really nice, but I still can’t get over the smell, IT’S SO GOOD.
Benefit, BADgal Bang! Volumising Mascara (RRP £21.50)
I’ve of course saved the best for last. In this month’s box everyone got sent the very exciting new Benefit BADgal Bang! Mascara. Over the past couple of months there has been so much hype over this product with Benefit sending press and influencers all over the world for its launch. I’ve heard how amazing this product is from influencers all over blogs, Instagram, twitter, etc. So I was really flipping excited to try this product! This will probably be a very unpopular opinion but this is a serious case of emperor’s new clothes. You know the old wives tale about how one influential person says something is great so everyone else does? I wanted to love this mascara but I’m (really) sorry to say it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever tried. The formula is so liquidy my poor eyelashes looked like horrible spindly spider’s legs. It wasn’t volumizing at all and made me look like I had about three eyelashes. Honestly, my £2 Primark mascara is so much better than this. It also has really bad fall out so my under-eye bags looked ever worse, like I hadn’t slept for 300 years. At over £21 I was expecting so much more.
Something I regularly get asked is if Birchbox is worth it and for me it is because I love finding new brands and products. Although I must admit I do have a box with all the things they’ve sent me that I think are useless. Nevertheless, I’m still going to be like a child on Christmas morning when my next box comes.
Have you tried the BADgal Bang! Mascara yet? Did you love it? Let me know!