September 2011 Birchbox
DA…DA..wa wa wa…?
At least that was the noise I heard in my head as I received my September 2011 Birchbox. For a 1-Year Anniversary piece…it was…well…i’ll let you decide.
In this month’s birchbox, I received:
- Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder (spf 30 in Tan)
- Incoco Nail Polish Applique
- Jouer Lip Enhancer
- Truth Art Beauty Face Nourish – Birchbox Blend
Here’s a mini review of each product.
Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 30 in Tan
My combination skin is not a fan of powders, but I really liked how this wore on me. Here’s a quick before and after.
It provides light to medium coverage and evens skin tone. But it’s not really great a preventing oil – I may use it as a finishing powder.
Incoco Nail Polish Applique
I know that al ot of you have been DYING to try out these nail polish appliques. I’ve been on a ban from nail polishes for a few weeks now for the health of my nails, but I sacrificed my left, middle nail to give you an idea of this item.
I’m afraid that I didn’t really care for these. The pattern was beautiful and I was surprised at how faint the smell of nail polish was. The application was flawless and easy…the wear? Well…
It barely made it through the day. Overnight, the tip chipped so badly that I just removed it. Not impressed.
Jouer Lip Enhancer
Because it’s a mini, there are no ingredients. Fear not! I have you covered.
POLYISOBUTENE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, OZOKERITE, BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, TRIBEHENIN, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, ISOPROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, FLAVOR (AROMA). MAY CONTAIN (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)
I am badly in need of a lip treatment and this sample does me have considering Jouer. It feels buttery smooth on my lips and never quite fades (until it disappears complete that is – there is no in between.) There’s a faint scent of roses but no taste.
Truth Art Beauty Face Nourish Oil
I have a few face oils, none of which i’ve used oftenbecause I have combo Oily/Dry skin. But the ingredients list on this made me want to try it immediately:
Organic Cold Pressed Oils (ARgan, Raspberry, Rosehip, Pumpkin) Organic Geranium Essential Oil, Vitamin E
The instructions tell you to massage a few drops into your skin after cleansing. I experience quite a bit of tightness after cleansing so I did so. Not miraculous results, but it felt very nice and didn’t sit on top of my skin like other oils do.
Urgh. The infamous friendship bracelet. I wore it for five seconds before it caught on something and pulled so loose that there was no hope for it and I tossed it. Seriously? This is why they delayed the shipment?
This is my last Birchbox, as I’ve been less than impressed with the quality lately. It has nothing to do with this box in particular. It wasn’t as bad as past boxes but it also failed to blow me away. To be honest, i’d rather save the money to make ONE purchase I KNOW i’ll like as opposed to paying to receive 5 items out of which only 1 is of use to me. Thoughts?