Sunday, August 7, 2011

July Birchbox Review

As I had mentioned in my Birchbox post, I am going to review the products I received in my July box. 

First product: Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist:
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Check this product out here.

This "mist" does give your hair some nice shine and I like that
 it's small enough to carry in your purse for those quick touch ups.
The first problem i have with this: it has an icky orange scent.
It does fade as the product dries in your hair, but it is pretty strong at first.
Second problem: if you spray too much product on your hair, it looks and feels oily.
 Perhaps it's the the sprayer that dispenses so much product that contributed to that. 

This product would be way better if it didn't have that strong scent.
You do have to use a light hand when using this product though.
 So, I wouldn't purchase this product. I prefer my Biolage Color Care Shielding Shine Mist
It smells good and the sprayer on this helps you control how much product you want to use.  

Second: AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream:

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Check this product out here..
I didn't like this lotion at all. The scent just killed it for me. It did absorb well into the skin but I didn't like the velvety finish it left on my hands. So this is a definite no for me.

Third: Zoya Nail Lacquer - Shay

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Check this product out here.
 When I first tried this nail polish, I found the formula to be a little thick. After a couple of tries, I got it to look smooth on my nails. It left a nicely glossed finish on my nails even without a top coat. I've never tried a pinky-nude colored polish and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I may consider purchasing the full-size polish once I run out of the sample size.

Last product: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser 

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Check this product out here.
 This was the BEST product in the box! I really really liked this cleanser!
To start, I like the consistency of this cleanser: not to runny, not too creamy.
I like that it doesn't lather too much, it's just right. A little bit of this product goes a long way too. So I would suggest getting the bigger bottle because it's cheaper than buying the smaller bottles.
It will last you for a ling time.
I like the scent that it has, a bit herbal perhaps?
The best part is that it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I thought that it wouldn't work on my combination/oily skin but it did. I just feel like it cleans my skin without stripping it from my natural oils.
This is a great product, and now I know why so many people are in ♥ with it!
It is a little pricey but I would definitely splurge on skincare products!

I hope you find this review helpful!

The Classic Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

This look was requested by one of my friends {Garcy ♥}. It's a very easy look that you can make your own by adding a pop of color or some glitter to. Hope you like it!

{I will post the video here once I've uploaded it on my channel}

The final look

On my Skin:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - NC35
MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Medium Dark
MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

On my Lips:
MAC Freckletone Lipstick

On my Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Benefit Stay Don't Stray
MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot
MAC Eyeshadows: Chamomile (LE), Ricepaper,
Wedge and Carbon
MAC Black Black Chromaline (PRO) (for the waterline)
Ardell #113 lashes with MAC 3 lash

Smokey goodness :)
Hope you like!