March Birchbox Review!

March Birchbox Review!

I used to do these reviews on my YouTube channel but, due to recent career and personal developments, my time has become too limited to film and edit videos in a timely manner. THEREFORE I have taken to the written word!

So, let's get into this month's box of goodies!

Clarins Hydra-Essential Silky Cream for normal to dry skin ($48 full size)

I have very dry skin and if I don't put some kind of moisturizer on at least twice a day my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. This particular moisturizer has a very inoffensive, clean smell and is creamy to the touch. Once applied to the face it sinks in relatively quickly and has no tacky or sticky residue left behind. I tested it under makeup and my foundation went on smoothly. 

To be honest, this is a pretty average moisturizer - I don't think it is worth almost 50 buckaroos though. Also, Clarins claims to be a cruelty-free brand but they are sold in China which is a country with mandatory animal testing on all products - which is a very disappointing fact. 

Therefore, this is a pass for me!

Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser ($24 full size)

I was a bit nervous to give this one a go because foaming cleansers are notorious for drying out skin, but this one claims to be good for dry sensitive skin. Now, I think both of these claims are a bit flimsy - my skin definitely felt stripped, that kind of "squeaky clean" feeling and be warned if you get it near your eyes because it will burn like no other. Positively, it definitely foams up plenty and has a pleasant, clean smell.  I do not think this product is beneficial for my dry, sensitive skin so, for me, it is a pass. However, they are a cruelty-free brand (according to their website) which I appreciate.

Costal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette ($19.95 full size)

Smoky eyes are most definitely not my go to eye look - I generally go for a very light wash of color all over the lid, something quick, simple, and natural. When I opened this up I appreciated that it was a light and dark shade so there is an option to something a little less intense.

The formulation of these shadows is soft and not particularly powdery. The pigmentation is relatively light but they are buildable. My go to shadow lately has been the lighter pink shade and I really enjoy how it looks all over the lid with a dewy face and some mascara. Over the course of the day, it holds its integrity without creasing and there is minimal fallout.

The palette is very reasonably priced ($19.95 for 20 shadows!) and Costal Scents is a cruelty-free brand so if you are in the market for a new eye shadow palette, this would be a good choice. 

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick ($23.99 full size)

This product frustrated me to no end! I wanted to like this so badly, I wanted it to be like the RMS luminizer but it just isn't, not even close. Lately, I have been moving away from using too many powder products and, instead, opting for creams and liquids, so seeing this was like a dream. Unfortunately, while the highlighter itself is soft and creamy when you go to apply it on top of foundation, it moves the foundation around and then things begin to look patchy and strange.  

This highlighter is a huge pass for me but as a whole I love the W3LL PEOPLE brand. They are cruelty-free, made in the USA, and are all about the natural "no-makeup" look - all my favorites. 

Davines OI All in One Milk ($32 full size)

This is god's gift to tangled, thick hair! I sprayed my hair, quite heavily, with this after washing it with the hopes that it would make the usually arduous task of brushing it would be made easier. I was shocked because it was by far the EASIEST it has ever been to brush my hair. The next morning I tested this out on my dry hair after rolling around on it and sleeping. Again, it made combing through the rats nest atop my head so insanely easy. 

If you have dry, tangled, thick hair and have trouble combing it wet or dry you NEED this in your collection. In addition to this, Davines is a cruelty-free brand and as has many vegan and allergy friendly products!

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And that is it! That is my March Birchbox review! I hope you've found this helpful or interesting and maybe you even found a product you would be interested in trying.

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