January BirchBox Review1/15/2014
It's like Christmas all over again every time I get a new BirchBox! Every time I open my mailbox and see a new pretty pink box waiting for me I get super excited to open it and see what's inside. This month I was a little disappointed but it's January so they have plenty of time to impress me throughout the year. I will admit I was a bit intrigued by the Nail Rock Nail Caviar and the Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster. Below is my review on this month's BirchBox. Have you tried any of these products and if so what do you think about them?
1. 100% Pure Hand Buttercream - This is a lovely lavender scented hand cream that leaves your hands feeling soft but not oily. The best part about this hand cream is it's 100% natural so you don't have to worry about what weird ingredients you're putting on your skin. I love most anything lavender scented, it's calming and not too overpowering but too much of a lavender scent can leave you smelling like an old woman. This is definitely a great choice for a organic hand lotion but personally I still prefer my L'OCCITANE lavender lotion so I'll stick with that for now (until it runs out... then maybe I'll make the switch!)
2. Ahmad Tea - The first time I had an Ahmad tea was in London and I was definitely not disappointed. There is nothing better than a nice hot cup of tea on a chilly winter morning (or night) and these teas will definitely hit the spot! They make an assortment of flavors from the regular English Breakfast Tea to herbal and even fruity. These teas are full of flavor without being overwhelming and don't get bitter if you brew them slightly too long. They are definitely the smoothest tasting teas I've ever had and the mint tea tastes amazing iced!
3. Paula's Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster - I always get excited to try anything that is supposed to promote brighter skin and fades dark spots so I was excited (and skeptical) to try this. I've tried so many different "miracle serums" that I rarely get any expectations of them doing everything the claim to do any more. This treatment is a vitamin C based liquid with antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid and peptides that is supposed to brighten skin, fade dark spots, acne marks and wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production. That's a LOT for one simple product in my opinion but I'll give it a shot. I've only used this for a few days now, so not long enough to form a definite opinion on it yet, but I will say the formula is light and left my skin feeling smooth. I haven't noticed any huge improvements but I'll keep you updated!
4. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - Ahhh dry shampoo... for a girl like me with fine, thin hair dry shampoo can be a savior. The first time I used this was pretty much right after I opened my BirchBox and I didn't have a mirror so I sprayed it a little close to my scalp and when I looked in the mirror I looked like I had gone completely gray at my roots. So, take it from me, if you have dark hair make sure to use dry shampoos when you have a mirror readily available and don't spray it TOO close to your scalp! The next time I used it I made sure to pay closer attention to what I was doing and I have to say I was impressed with how clean my hair felt after using this. It left my hair feeling soft and clean and it looked shiny and healthy but not greasy. I definitely would recommend this to someone, especially any one with fine, thin hair like myself!
5. Nail Rock Nail Caviar - I saw this trend ALL over Pinterest last year and I'll admit I wasn't really sold on it. In some cases it looked really cool and in others it kinda freaked me out. I haven't tried this yet, I was planning on giving it a try this weekend when I had more time to devote to making sure it looks right as this seems like something that requires a bit more attention than I usually give to my at home manicures. I took a look at what came in the box and what the instructions were and it seems simple enough so hopefully it will be. Basically you just paint two coats on of the nail polish they provide and while your nails are still wet you dip them into the "caviar" pot and press the beads firmly on to your nails. The only real negative I can see about this is that it says it takes 15-20 minutes to dry, ain't nobody got time for that! ;) From what I've heard it lasts quite awhile (which was one of my main concerns) and looks great so once I give it a try I'll be sure to take some pictures and you can see what you think!