First things first: how adorable is this packaging? In a way, I think this is such a cute, subtle hint to Valentine’s Day without being too overbearing. In fact, for this month, the theme was special occasions/date night, so it was totally appropriate. After working my way through these products over the past week, I think it’s safe to say I’m got my thoughts in order for a proper review! Read on for (spoiler alert) mostly good thoughts.
First, the Good
If you’re been following my Birchbox reviews for the past 2 years, you’ll know by now that I’m a big fan of PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain, and his Detangling Leave-In Conditioner ($24) is no different. I put this in my hair before blowing it out, and it made it so easy to comb through and style. Surprisingly, I have yet to try his actual shampoo/conditioner, so that’s probably next on my to-do list!
Another favorite was Hey Honey’s Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask ($32). Up until now, I haven’t really found a peel I really enjoyed, but this one was pretty sweet (literally). For the 20 minutes I had it on, I really felt it working, and it definitely left my skin glowing and feeling hydrated afterwards. Since it’s paraben-free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin like mine.
I am also enjoying ModelCo’s Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner (similar here). I’ll admit I haven’t used a lip liner up until this point, so I was eager to give this wax one a shot. I like that it’s nude, so it matches the natural color of my lip pretty well, and blends in easily with whatever lipstick shade I’m wearing, while also keeping the color in the lines, so to speak. My lips are already super full so there goes that “illusion” bit (haha), but this does help define them more. Definitely using up this sample ‘til it’s gone (which looks like it’s gonna take a while!).
On the Fence
While I didn’t dislike these two products, I’m kinda stuck on the fence. Naobay’s Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer (similar here) worked well–it was super moisturizing and light–but I’m just not crazy about the price tag. I’m also allergic to avocado, so I was little hesitant to put this on my skin, but so far, no problems (hahah). I obviously like living life on the edge.
As for Birchbox’s exclusive brand Arrow, I thought the Cooling Cheek Tint in the shade “Berry Flush” ($18) worked really well; it was definitely cooling on my cheeks, and gave my skin this natural looking flush instead of a powdery blush look. However, I’m just not a big user of blush. It’s one of the few extra makeup steps I’m not really crazy about (maybe I’m just lazy?), so I just can’t see myself wearing it on the regular. I have been experimenting with it here and there, though, and have liked it so far–so many a liquid cheek tint like this one will redefine how I feel about blush in the long run!
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Megan Portorreal is a professional writer, editor, and creative in the New York City area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, writing about her life, and playing video games.