Wednesday, April 6, 2016

March Birchbox: Unboxed

Hey y'all! I realized a couple days ago I never posted my March Birchbox review! And I'm so sorry! Life has been incredibly busy lately. I turned in my abstract for my ORP (oral exam that's required to get a PhD but not my defense) one month ago. They were pretty slow to tell me it was accepted (the chair of my committee admitted she flat out forgot to e-mail me) so I'm still writing the proposal. I'm scheduled to defend on April 21 so if you want to send up a prayer or 50 I would appreciate it!

Anyway, onto my Birchbox!

1. Pinrose Pillowtalk Poet + Moonlight Gypsy - Petal Pack Duo (Full-size, each $55) // I've actually tried Pinrose before. Their petal packs are little wipes that are soaked in the perfume. When I purchased some I ended up storing mine in a ziplock baggie and using them twice. I love the idea of these because I never use an entire bottle of perfume. But about these two scents: Pillowtalk Poet wasn't too bad (it actually reminded me of my friend Alyssa) - the longer it was on the more I liked it. It's described as fresh powder and musk so I thought I'd hate it. I probably wouldn't pay full price but I wouldn't say no to a sample. Now for Moonlight Gypsy. It's enchanting cardamom and orange blossom. Just the opposite happened. I thought I'd love it but I hated it. Too musky and just awful.

2. PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing & Texturizing Shampoo ($22) // I also got the conditioner in my box (not pictured) which was helpful. It was supposed to boost body and texture but honestly I didn't notice a difference. My hair is so picky though. I can use my dandruff shampoo and TRESemme conditioner and get tons of volume which is weird to me. The plus side was this stuff smelled amazing!! I wouldn't buy it though because it didn't seem to anything more than what my current stuff does.

3. Cargo Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette ($34) // The two colors in here were a light and a dark brown. The light was almost gold. I was kind of excited to get this because I found of thing of Cargo blush I had gotten in a Birchbox a long time ago and started using it (and loving it). I have the same colors from other brands, but these stayed on well throughout the day. The entire palette comes with 12 colors so that might be worth it, but maybe not $34 worth it.

4. NER:D Skincase Miraculous Brightening Clarifying Face Cleanser ($20) // This stuff is soap-free and is supposed to purify pores and soothe acne scars. I threw this in the trash as soon as I used it because it made my chin break out. I don't break out very often so when something makes me break out I get rid of it faster than a bolt of lightening.

5. Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm ($16.50) // Holy cow this stuff is thick! But it is wonderful! It's super hydrating and kept my lips soft all day. I wore it over a matte stain and it was perfect. It says it also soothes sunburns so I'll be keeping this around for summer!

This box was probably more of a miss for me. But that's okay! I still love trying new things, even if I hate them. I figure the more I try, the closer I am to finding something I truly can't live without.


On that note, I probably won't be posting again until either I get my April Birchbox (and try everything) or I finish my ORP. Hopefully once April is over I'll be on a much more regular schedule! 


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