Immediately when I opened the outer box, I knew there was something damaged inside because there was a super strong perfume scent wafting at me. I was nervous to open it and see what went wrong.
I have no idea what the design on the top of the box was… at first I thought they were ice cream cones but they definitely are not. I do like the light blue and yellow color scheme though, it’s cute and delicate.
I was totally right about there having been something damaged inside my box… it was all over everything!!
I was honestly more sad about the fact that the sample was nearly empty than the mess it made. Shampoo and conditioner are my favorite samples to receive!
What Was In My Box?!
Davines – OI Shampoo & OI Conditioner
“You’ll love this ultrahydrating, paraben- and sulfate-free shampoo for all hair types. It boosts volume and shine, improves texture, and protects hair from UV rays. This conditioner is packed with natural active ingredients like roucou oil, which protects hair from UV rays and heat damage, plus apricot butter, which adds softness to strands.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: The scent of this shampoo and conditioner is just a bit too strong for me. It smells like straight-up perfume maybe with a hint of a floral scent. It lasts for awhile in your hair, too. I got a whiff of it with every turn of my head. After washing out the shampoo and conditioner, I could instantly tell my hair was shinier even before it dried completely. It also felt softer the next day but the effects didn’t last long. It was dry and stringy again the day after.
Full-Size Retail Value: Shampoo $29 Conditioner $36
Sunday Riley – C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum
“This serum means business! It combines vitamins C and E, plus a blend of antioxidants to fade dark spots, tighten pores, and plump skin.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: I’ve only used this once so far. It smells AMAZING, like you just peeled an orange and it’s sitting in front of you the whole time you’re applying this. The texture is thick like lotion and it feels that way, too. When you rub it into your skin, it’s not extremely greasy… it soaks in quick but, when it dries and you add your moisturizer on top (even one that’s usually never greasy) it becomes a bit heavy. I did see a brighter face in the mirror the next day. I’ve been meaning to use it again… and hopefully, again and again.
Full-Size Retail Value: $85
Davines – OI All in One Milk
“This nourishing leave-in treatment detangles while adding volume, shine, and heat protection.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: This has the exact same scent as their shampoo and conditioner. Like I said, it’s a bit strong but, it’s not bad or anything. I really like this stuff, so far. I’ve only used it once now and already, I’m seeing and feeling results! My hair is shinier, bouncier, and just all around… prettier! I never comb my hair when it’s wet because well, 1) I heard you’re not supposed and 2) it really hurts but, in the directions for this treatment it tells you to comb it through while it’s wet and WOW, it was the easiest time I’ve ever had with my wet hair. I’ll keep using this if it doesn’t all of a sudden make my hair greasy or dandruffy. It seems my hair only likes a product for so long before it reacts badly to it. We’ll see!!
Full-Size Retail Value: $32
Number 4™ – Jour d’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray
“Rather than salt, this spritz uses sugar as a texturizing agent to achieve perfectly undone, soft beachy waves. Lightly spray onto damp dry strands, then style.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: They sent me another hairspray by this brand in a previous box that I kind of liked so I was excited to use this. I’ve only used it once so far but, I’m not loving the smell. I’m so sensitive to smells, I know… but this was waaaay too much for me. I didn’t notice any difference in my hair so I probably won’t make myself suffer through another day of drowning in the scent of this spray.
Full-Size Retail Value: $22
Benefit Cosmetics – Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer in No. 3 (Medium)
“A sheer to medium coverage concealer that doesn’t crease, cake, or crack. This longwear, waterproof formula blurs fine lines, brightens undereye circles, and evens out skin tone.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: I was super excited to see this in my box! The packaging is so cute, I love the colors and fonts they used! The concealer itself was absolutely gorgeous and looked so perfect when I first opened it. Sadly, when I used it on my face, it felt too heavy and extra thick. It also didn’t provide as much coverage as I had hoped for and it’s a little darker than I prefer for a concealer. It was easy to blend into my skin and didn’t sit in the lines or pores of it though. I wouldn’t purchase this over my current concealer for under-eye circles but, I will use it to cover up blemishes and imperfections.
Full-Size Retail Value: $20
Cruelty-Free?: Yes (except where required by law- they sell to China)
Vita Liberata – Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion
“Build your bronze with this fragrance free lotion that goes on clear and develops a natural looking tan in hours.” (via Birchbox)
My Review: Ummm… I’m already quite tan in the winter and I get really tan in the summer, naturally… by using the sun– I don’t need a tanning lotion. This is going in my giveaway box!!
Full-Size Retail Value: $30
Birchbox is my favorite $10/mo. subscription beauty box! They almost always give me a bonus product in each box and they have the widest variety of haircare, skincare, makeup, and brands. If you’d like to get your own personalized Birchbox, you should use my referral link here: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/hunidasinvite.