2014 is coming to an end and this year has just flown by. When I was younger and would complain about time moving so slow, older folks would always tell me “it’ll go by a lot faster when you get older and you’ll be begging time to slow down.” I guess they’re right because I cannot deal with how quickly time seems to be passing. If the passage of time however means more Birchbox then I guess I’m okay with that. Here are the products December brought us!
Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky
I was not at all impressed with this lip gloss by Manna Kadar. It’s an all-in-one primer, stain, and gloss that goes on glossy and is supposed to dry matte however it went on glossy and just sat on my lips. It was actually less glossy, more wet and took forever to dry. When it finally did dry, my lips felt so dry and I looked like a clown but I attribute this more to the color. The sample I received is Lucky, a nude petal-pink, a color that was not nude at all, more like an unflattering shade of pink for my skin tone. Ah well, they can’t all be winners and I have a couple of lip products that work for me so this product being a dud isn’t that big of a deal. It just isn’t for me.
No 4 Hydrating Shampoo & Hydrating Condition
Geared toward repairing and protecting dry, brittle hair, this his No 4 Hydrating Shampoo & Hydrating Condition set was right up my alley, very hydrating, and helped reduce frizz. I also appreciated the light fragrance and how it is 100% vegan as well as sulfate, paraben, gluten, sulfate, and sodium chloride free. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, I generally feel Birchbox gets it right when it comes to products geared toward my hair type HOWEVER I will never get the conditioner to shampoo disparity. I have been using the same hair shampoo for close to 18 months however I go through a bottle of conditioner in 3-4 months because hello kinky curly HUGE 4B natural hair! Because of this I was a little disappointed to see the shampoo was disproportionally large for my needs compared to the conditioner however the instructions call for the conditioner to be used sparingly as it is a highly concentrated formula so the small conditioner sample wasn’t too much of annoyance. One thing that surprised me about the No 4 Hydrating Conditioner is you’re only supposed to leave it on for up to 1 minute. I have literally never seen that instruction before, I’ve always seen anywhere from 3-15 minutes, but again the product is highly concentrated so maybe it’s unnecessary to leave it on for any longer. Plus my hair felt thoroughly conditioned and soft so hey, guess they know what they’re talking about!
Ojon rare blend oil Rejuvinating Therapy
I have used this Ojon oil several times in the past and it is amazing! It’s funny, I actually started using this product because my sister used to get Birchbox and she gave me her sample because she thought it was something I might like. And like I do! It is a super-duper light oil blend that helps fight frizz and nourish dry hair while packing some shine. Ojon rare blend oil contains a whole lot of nourishing hair oils, castor, jojoba, coconut, just to name a few, and it is my go to when I want to switch up between Moroccan argan oil because man that stuff is expensive!
W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick
As a darker skinned girl, whenever I see the words “brightener”, my mind automatically goes to “ashy”. Given my experience with brightener sticks and various other brightening makeup products, I don’t have much hope when it comes to them so when I saw W3LL People’s brightener in my box I was like “ehhh…” Luckily and surprisingly I actually really like this product! It is exceptionally creamy and very light. The shimmer is not garrish but really subtle and buildable which combined with the creaminess makes this product easy to apply and blends so well. I’ve been applying it to my brow bone for just a little bit of pop and I really like the end result. Dark skinned ladies do not be afraid to give this product a try, I am here to vouch for it!
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
I love Korean beauty products and am starting to get into Japanese beauty products as well so I was thrilled to see this Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream in the December box. It is a hydrating cream the heals and softens and can be used on your lips although I probably will pass on that. The only thing that turned me off about this product was the smell, ugh, it smelled like Vicks Vapor Rub my parents would make me rub on my chest when I was sick. The smell fades quickly and isn’t enough to deter from using the product but man it is really strong upon application so if you’re sensitive to certain odors, this may not be the product for you.
Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud
This Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud mask was a bonus product this month and I got to say it is a miracle I did not throw up. Masks are my thing, especially mud masks that promises firm skin and to unclog pores, so I was very happy to receive this however I was not at all prepared for the smell. It smells like this protein shake I got from Whole Foods a while ago that was absolutely terrible but I tried to love and gagged down several times before I couldn’t bring myself to drink it anymore. The last time I drank it I literally threw up in my mouth and that’s when I was like “nope never again” and threw it away. The only thing that has ever made me gag like that is having to touch raw meat and fish. This mask smells EXACTLY like those terrible protein shakes and the entire 15 minutes I had it on was a serious test of my reflexes and I’m proud to say I didn’t throw up and as an added bonus, I got beautiful skin out of it!
All in all this was a great box minus the lip gloss. Great way to end the year Birchbox, here’s to more fantastic products in 2015!