Last month’s Birchbox was brilliant. It was actually a tin, instead of the typical Birchbox draw-like box, in celebration of their 5th birthday in the UK. I loved that tin box so much that it went straight into usage and I almost wish they always did tin boxes instead of cardboard, although I realise that’s not very green.
Either way I wasn’t expecting this month’s box to be different as it was different last month. But it was! This month the box was a normal lid type of box, but smaller and cuter, instead of a drawer-type. I loved it! It’s nice to switch things around and not have the same type of box all the time. Different type of boxes are obviously also useful for different things which is great.
This month’s theme was “say yes to adventure” which in a way suits the fact that they went for a different type of box this month and in a way it suits all products contained, as trying out new things is an adventure.
This month’s box contained 5 products as always, of which 2 were full size and the other 3 were travel size. The products were, as seen in the picture, from left to right: a congested skin serum, an eye mask, a 3-in-1 bronzer-brow-eye shadow powder, a body scrub and an eye shadow stick.
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
Balanceme Congested Skin Serum
I received this product before in the Look Fantastic January 2018 but I don’t mind getting it again as it was good, although, I haven’t used it all up yet! Considering it lasts for 6M, I should really throw away my first tube!
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I usually don’t like Balanceme products because of the off-smell they have but this one smelled better, a bit like lemon meets eucalyptus, and it has a balance of an awakening and calming scent. It’s not exactly a cosmetic feminine sweet scent but it wasn’t as bad as other Balanceme products.
Anyhow this product was actually an interesting one as it is meant to help your skin look flawless by getting rid of imperfections, keeping it hydrated and glowy. It has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial ingredients (kanuka oil) and it also contains ingredients that can help reduce redness and inflammations (eucalyptus).
You can use it on clean skin as skincare or even as a primer. I can’t say this is the best primer for oily skin but it does work. It gets absorbed easily but it leaves a slightly oily residue behind.
The tube is of standard quality and the branding is typical of Balanceme. I like that Balanceme products have a very cohesive look and identity and you immediately know when you look at them that they are from that brand.
As all Balanceme products, this one is 99% natural and it contains a huge list of ingredients, many of which are actually quite interesting. It did help with redness and spots/blemishes but don’t expect an instant or overnight disappearing act.
It’s definitely a product worth having in your collection for those annoying times when spots seem to flare up! SCORE = 8/10
BeautyPro Eye Therapy Under the Eye Mask
Who doesn’t love eye masks. Even if they don’t make the difference you might have wished, they at the very least relax you and your under eye skin.
This eye mask was easy to use and very relaxing. You are meant to put it on clean under eye skin and leave for 20 minutes.
This mask contains collagen, green tea vitamins A and E and is meant to nourish and minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and under eye shadow and dryness while increasing elasticity and firmness.
To be honest, I didn’t notice any difference under my eyes and although the ingredients contained are not bad, some of them sound fancier than they are.
For example, collagen, as fancy and promising as it might sound, does not penetrate the skin and therefore will not increase the collagen content of your skin. It will however, condition the surface of the skin so it’s not completely useless, it just doesn’t do what you think. It is worth to note though, that this eye mask contains hydrolysed collagen which (depending on it’s molecular weight) might penetrate the skin but then it still wouldn’t have the exact same action as collagen would.
Nevertheless, this was a nice relaxing eye mask and I enjoyed it thoroughly. SCORE = 8/10.
Manna Kadar Long-Wear Powder in Colour Trifecta
This powder is a 3-in-1 item that you could use as a bronzer/contour, brow filler or even as an eye shadow. I love multiple usage products but they often don’t work for all applications. However, this one does!
It’s a little dark to use as contour or bronzer on my pale skin but it works as an eye brow filler and an eye shadow. It lasts all day but the colour fades a little. If you use an eye primer it doesn’t crease on the eyes.
The packaging feels and looks very cheap. It’s made of thin plastic and the branding/design is minimal. It looks like a cheap drugstore type product but this is a full size that retails for £15! I must admit I’d personally never pay that for this!
This item lasts for 12M. SCORE = 7/10
What’s In It For Me…? Shower Scrub
The first thing I noticed about this is how ugly it looks. The tube is plastic of standard quality but the design and branding is just bad in my opinion. There is too much text, so much that I didn’t instantly know which side is the front or the back and it just doesn’t look professional.
The product though is better than the packaging. It is a clear gel with brown exfoliating beads that do not seem to dissolve with water but they don’t appear to be plastic either. They feel a little like small seeds.
The scrub is gentle, it cleans the skin nicely and doesn’t leave any residues behind. It doesn’t dry out the skin but it has an intense jasmine scent which might not work for everyone.
There aren’t a lot of ingredients and in general they are not bad. It’s a scrub, it’s meant to clean and scrub not to nourish your skin. You’d wash it off anyway! The fact though that water is listed twice in the ingredient list, in different positions in the list implying different quantities, is another one of those little touches that makes this product look a little untidy.
This 50mL scrub is a travel size which lasts for 18M. SCORE = 6/10
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Colour Satin
This eye shadow stick works well and gives a brown-grey colour with some glitter scattered in it. I can add a little something special to a dark or smokey look and although the fat pen might be hard to master at first, it gets easier with practice.
The pen is plastic of good quality and the pencil comes out by twisting the top. The twisting button at the top is a little loose and the pen can sometimes come out more than you want, but it is otherwise the only “cheap” characteristic about this product.
In terms of branding and appearance it looks good and it could have passed for more than the £12 that it retails for.
The actual shadow colour worked well, wasn’t patchy but the scattering of the glitter is unpredictable obviously. It lasted all day with an eye primer underneath.
If you like the colour and the idea of a stick eye shadow then give this product a go! SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I loved that this month’s Birchbox was a different type of box and I liked the light colourful design. I enjoyed the products contained but at the same time I wasn’t overly excited when I opened it.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.4/10
Star product = Balanceme Congested Skin Serum
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