This is actually my first beauty blog post in a very long time. I don’t usually write about my beauty sample subscription obsession, but I realized I actually wanted to start. I enjoy it!
Birchbox is probably my favorite beauty subscription box of the three that I get, and this month was an interesting one in support of HIV awareness (#shaRED).
Printed on the outside of the boxes was a factoid about HIV. Mine said “Fact No. 3: Medication can reduce the risk of a mother passing HIV on to her baby to less than 5%.” That’s a tremendous reduction in risk, and it represents a huge advance in our knowledge and understanding about HIV. When I was a kid, people were afraid to shake hands with someone who was HIV positive. Today, thanks to medical research, we understand a lot more about how to treat and manage HIV. It has become a chronic illness that is manageable.
On to what’s in the box:
- MAKE dual-phase eye makeup remover: I’ve used this several times because I’m lazy and it’s still in my bedroom. I saturate a cotton wipe, press to my eyes for 15 seconds, and start wiping off my eye makeup. This does a good job, but I’m not sure it’s any better than my Neutrogena eye makeup remover.
- Laura Mercier eyeliner in violet. I love Laura Mercier’s products, so I was really excited to get this sample, and it will probably last me years at the rate I use eyeliner. Violet isn’t my normal color, but I have honestly worn it once and will be wearing it again today. It applies well–requires a little more force than some I have, but prewarming it with your hand should eliminate that.
- Toni & Guy shine serum: I’ve tried this once. I honestly couldn’t tell any difference, but I will probably try it again.
- Juice Beauty green apple peel: Did it do anything? I followed the directions and my skin felt tacky-sticky while it was on. When I rinsed it off, I couldn’t tell any difference. It’s supposed to be formulated for sensitive skin, and that’s definitely a good description of my skin, but this was perhaps TOO gentle.
- Platinumé Gold Hand Therapy: I find the name to be ostentatious. I find the lotion to be very citrusy and it disappears into my skin pretty much instantly. Feels wonderful. Maybe it earned the name!
- Chuao chocolatier maple bacon: this was interesting! It did not have a strip of bacon in it. The bacon flavor was actually rather subtle; it came through as a sort of smoky saltiness. Good, actually!
That’s a wrap for this month’s Birchbox products!