Oh my gosh, first a beautyblender and now this! I saw on instagram that Birchbox had paired up with Rifle Paper Co. but then I also saw a few comments saying subscribers were receiving plain boxes, and I was worried I’d be one of them. I was not! Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but it looks nice on my desk for now!
Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara
Using this new super-curling mascara from Benefit Cosmetics is truly an eye-opening experience: It gives lashes major curl for a wide-eyed, wide-awake look. The mascara’s innovative Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush is coated in tiny, soft hooks, which catch onto and lift, curl, and separate each lash instantly. The brush is universal and works with any eye shape or size and varying lash types (it works especially well with short or straight lashes that won’t usually hold a curl). The mascara itself is inky black with a satiny finish, doesn’t smudge or flake, and contains provitamin B5 for lash-conditioning benefits. The result is a dramatic (but not overdone) look that lasts for up to 12 hours. Plus, it’s easy to remove!
A few days before I received this, I forgot to put mascara on and had said to myself ‘I wish I had a travel size Roller Lash’. I’ll have my review of this mascara up soon, but for now I’ll just say – I love it!
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter
You have no problem gunning for what you want in life—be it a promotion at work, the skinny jeans that fit you just so, or gorgeous, radiant skin. This weightless gel highlighter makes that last part a total breeze. It’s oil-free and made with 80 percent water, which gives it an incredibly lightweight texture that also won’t clog pores. The pearlescent pigments in the formula give skin a subtle, luminous shimmer. Better still, this gel is hypoallergenic and free of mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, and sulfates.
I haven’t used this beyond swatching yet – but it did blend out easily to a nice shimmer.
Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream
This decadent shave cream from whish one-ups its competitors. Made in the U.S. with eco-friendly ingredients, the non-drying formula gives you a mighty close shave without leaving legs devoid of moisture. And, unlike its distant peers, it’s designed not to foam up: instead, the rich lotion is chock full of organic and natural botanicals that soften skin.
I never use shaving cream… I shave quickly in the shower while the water slowly gets cold. After using this I think I have to change that. My legs feel so smooth… now I don’t know if that’s all because of the Whish Shaving Cream, or that there would be an improvement regardless of the cream I used, but they also aren’t itchy. It does have a fresh floral scent – so if you have sensitivities to fragrance you’ll want to pass!
Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer – Travel Size
For us, traveling used to by synonymous with overpacking. But after a little self-reflection, we realized that our shoes do not, in fact, need a suitcase all to themselves. Let the downsizing begin. Developed by Linda Stephenson, a former beauty exec with a science-based background, this moisturizer streamlines your skincare routine and enriches skin with natural enzymes and antioxidants. This travel-size multitasker also functions as a makeup primer, serum, and eye cream, so it’s perfect for tossing in your carry on—with plenty of room to spare.
Many people experience a cooling and tightening sensation and it has a light refreshing citrus scent, mostly due to the many herbal extracts in this formula.
I haven’t used this yet… I really liked the packaging, and that it was a re-sealable sample… so I looked it up and saw that what I thought was a sample is actually worth $28.00 CAD! If you are unfamiliar, as I was – this is a moisturizer, serum, primer, day cream, night cream and eye cream-in one. They say this size should last 2 weeks – and the full size ($120) will last 4 months.
Not Soap, Radio Body Wash – Bathing with Sharks
In the ever-expanding world of beauty products, soap can sometimes get the short shrift—until you happen upon a collection like this one. Sure, it’ll get you clean, but these aromatherapeutic formulas also aim to address the most pressing of your first-world problems—with a snarky sense of humor and seriously delicious scents.
They say it is ‘beach-scented’ and that pretty much sums it up. I didn’t need much to lather up my pouf, and the rest of their scents sound divine – I’ll definitely be checking them out!
In the past I haven’t liked beauty boxes that contained mostly skincare, but from start to finish I love it. I look forward to April, though it will be hard to top this design.