July 2011 Birchbox feat. Cynthia Rowley
I’ve totally been procrastinating posting because I knew I was going to get this. Just as I was giving up and finishing a post for something else, it arrived in the mail! The much-hyped Cynthia Rowley July Birchbox.
It seems that everyone got the same BB, regardless of their answers to the questionnaire. I was wrong, the boxes were ALMOST identical but some people got skin oils instead of the hand lotion.
I rapid-fire tested all of the products in the box, here’s a mini review.
Mini Zoya Nail Polish in Shay - This is exactly the kind of nail polish i’ve been looking for. I believe it’s one of 3 from Zoya’s “Touch” Collection. Nude, but with a bit of glam. It’s a soft, warm neutral with a bit of metallic sheen. It took 2 applications to get the color to really show, though. The first coat was very streaky and even now I want to add a third coat. Regardless, i’ll be picking this up in full size. It’s a safe, ladylike shade.
Mini Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser – The instructions for this cleanser said that it could be applied to dry OR wet skin. I’m a rebel, so I went with dry skin for my test run. It went on like a slightly-too-sticky lotion. My face felt clean and soft afterwards, best of all – there wasn’t a dried out feeling at all. I’m pretty happy with my cleanser but if you’re not you may consider trying this out.
Travel Size Redken Shine Brilliance Glistening Mist – Have you ever smelled a skunk that just ran through a sewer line? Me neither – but even it would think this stunk. I could BARELY get myself to try this because of the horrendous smell. I can’t describe it – it was just FUNKY. It did it’s job relatively well though. Kind of hard to gauge how it would work on non-shiny hair (I’m blessed) but it added noticeable sheen. I’d never use this given the smell though. A quick glance at a few other reviews (even on the Redken site!) mention the smell too. I’d say stay away. Far away.
Mini Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – As a hand cream this works just okay. It didn’t make my hands feel oily or greasy but it didn’t moisturize them that well either. It’s scented rather heavily but with your hands far away from your face you can only catch hints. The problem is that I also tried this on my face after cleansing. Boy do I regret that. It’s way too heavily perfumed. Literally reminds me of White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor.
The July Birchbox was a mixed bag…box for me. I loved the Zoya nail polish (and fyi the KIND bar is delicious) but the rest of the stuff was either “meh” or stinky. So much for this review being a positive one! DW. The post I was writing up before this came WAS a happy one. Hopefully it’ll lift any downtrodden spirits when I post it.
Did you buy the July Birchbox? What’d you think? Did you feel the Redken spray smelled too, or am I just olfatorily gifted?