I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I will never be one of those bloggers chosen for their awesome unboxing photo on Instagram. You know those girls who set up elaborate photoshoots with props and whatnot? Yeah, I took this picture under fluorescent lighting in my kitchen- next to the microwave.
Now, take in all of the low-budget photo beauty.
I’ve been behind on these kinds of postings, but I felt I had to talk about this month’s Birchbox for a few reasons:
- It is an excuse to procrastinate from doing an assignment due on Thursday.
- It keeps me from eating my feelings about doing this assignment.
- I felt an overwhelming duty to report/warn about one of the products. So we shall begin there.
Oribe Après Beach Spray:
Oh. My. Grossness. That smell! Just, just, not a good time. I can’t describe it, but it rises from your scalp and hits you at the back of your throat. I’m not even sure if this product worked for my hair because I could not get passed the force field of stank invading me. Just, no. No. NO! (My apologies to anyone in my presence for the two days I tried this.)
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum:
Wow! Skincare and sun protection in one?! Awesome! Wait- the other kinds of non-titanium dioxide sunscreens like Octocrylene and Octisalate? Oh. Then, booooo 👎. You see folks, I could host an entire web series about crap that breaks me out. Those types of sunscreens are a fast track to pimple face. I only use titanium dioxide. However, this product has a luxurious feel, so it seemed like a waste to just throw it out. I decided to use it around my eyes. Probably not recommended, but I’m a freaking rebel for things that are not that high in consequence.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Bella”
I really wanted to like this, because I already own one or two of these in softer colors. However, this bright color is a punch in the face to other people’s eyes. I guess that could be a good thing sometimes. It looks nice on so many people, (I did some Instagram hashtag stalking), but on my dehydrated lips it quickly cracks and fades into a weird chipped paint effect. Not so Bella.
Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub
I generally don’t do scrubs. They piss off the mild Rosacea that I have. I think this has a scent too. Into the garbage it goes. Sorry
BALM DESSERT Bronzer/Blush:
I adore The Balm. They not only have great marketing, but kick ass products too. Unlike some companies who just have adorable packaging with benefits, wink wink 😉, The Balm is the entire package. My one complaint about this sample is that it is the size of an eyeshadow in a multi-shadow pallette. It’s tiny, and hard to pick up color onto a big brush. Still, I was happy to receive it and it was a big reason why I chose this box.
Oh yes, I chose this box. I was lured by The Balm sample plus the Supergoop serum. Did I choose well? Eh, maybe not. But it could have been worse. There could have been another Harvey Prince fragrance inside.
Till next time…