I’m ridiculously excited to share that I’ve started a Birchbox subscription! Unlike clothes shopping, I do have trouble keeping a fully stocked beauty/skincare cabinet — I mostly rely on my mom’s beauty Christmas gifts throughout the year! So I thought it would be a fantastic idea to have someone else send some beauty products my way, and buy the full size version of what I love.
Creating my subscription, I was surprised to see that Birchbox has two options to choose from: a surprise version, and a curated version. The surprise version allows you to pick one product, and your “stylist” selects the rest. The curated version is a pre-picked box where you can see all of the products. Since I was in need of pore-reducing products, a blow dry product, AND a natural mascara, I thought the curated box would be perfect for me! I also received a free product since this was my first box, which I included at the end of this post.
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer: I have the most massive pores on my nose and forehead, so I am always on the lookout for pore-reducing products. After trying this out a couple of times, I have mixed feelings. First of all, when you put it on, it REALLY works and you can see a visible difference in pore size/blending. But I also noticed that, a few hours later, my nose starts to look very oily. I’m going to keep trying this with a different combo of face wash/toner/moisturizer to see if I can find something that works for me.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser: I know people who live and die by Kiehl’s, so I was very excited to receive this! I really need something that can deep clean my pores, too. This works like a charm! The clay definitely cleanses the skin, and I can feel the occasional exfoliating bead. I brought this with my on my trip to Vermont, and it helped keep my skin in check while traveling. I may buy the full size version!
W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara: YES!! This mascara is absolute magic, and I plan on buying the full-size version. I’ve been considering switching to an all natural mascara to save my lashes from drying out, and I’ve found the one! This sweeps on without clumps, and it gives the lashes a very natural curled look. It’s thick without being TOO thick, if you know what I mean. My only criticism is that it takes longer to dry than other mascaras, so you might get those specks near your eyebrows if you have long lashes. I also bought this to Vermont with me, and I sneezed after applying and it was a disaster!
Bumble and bumble. Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler – Fine: My hair is out of this world. There is no classification for it whatsoever. Naturally, it is a frizzy, poofy, zig zaggy gigantic rat’s nest (“enough hair for three people,” my hairdresser says). When I straighten it, it shrinks down to nothing. It is neither thick nor thin, so I wasn’t sure if this product would work on me. So far, I THINK it works, but I can’t tell if it’s a placebo. I think my hair looks softer and more naturally waved instead of zig zagged pre-blow dry. I’ll need to get a second opinion on this one!
MakeupDrop™ Original: Sorry to end on a sour note. This little silicon makeup blender is adorable and squishy, but it just doesn’t work! It created gigantic streaks of foundation across my face when I tried to blend with it. The whole point of this is to avoid the absorption of makeup into a foam-version blender, but it doesn’t make sense if it doesn’t work. I read similar reviews from everyone else.
Free Product: High Bean Liquid Face Highlighter: Not sure if I love this yet. Like the other liquid highlighter that I tried, it gives my skin almost a dirty look when I apply it straight to the skin, but works like a charm when I mix it with foundation!
Thanks for reading!