In my latest Birchbox review I was contemplating cancelling my subscription as I wasn’t too happy with the contents of the boxes yet somehow I was drawn into staying subscribed as I received an email with the promise of a Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara in my next box.
The idea behind the March Birchbox was mindfulness and ‘be present not perfect‘. Birchbox were celebrating the importance of me time and the art of self-care, which so many of us forget to do day in and day out. ‘After all, mindfulness is all about being full in the moment, pulling free from pressure to always push harder and strive for perfection’. Birchbox advises that we should all take the time to sit back and relax and use products that not only help you look good but also feel great.
Obviously I couldn’t wait to see what Bad Gal Bang (£21.50 8.5g) was like and if it could live up to it’s promises of giving you bigger bolder lashes that defy gravity. Especially after seeing all the influencers being taken to the Maldives for the launch of the product. In all honesty though, it didn’t wow me, I can agree that it is a volumising mascara but it can get a little clumpy and if you’re not careful you might be left with spidery eyelashes which is something I certainly don’t want, that might be your cup of tea though.
Next up was the Blaq Peel Off Mask (£14.00 60ml) which I obviously didn’t read up about before using it because I washed it off when I used it the first time round…. However, if you actually read the instructions and use it properly I’m sure the mask will live up to expectations and draw out impurities and toxins and will work to help purify the skin.
Then I received the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Radiance Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo (£17.00) which I actually haven’t tried yet. I can’t comment on the colour of either the bronzer or the highlighter but I can comment on the size and the packaging. Now, this is apparently a full sized birch box exclusive but what I’m thinking is did the lose half of it before shipping it to me? How can this be a full sized product? It is so small and considering the bronzer and highlighter only take up half the pan each how the hell am I going to use this when I actually get round to opening it? It’s understandable for the highlighter side as you can use your finger or a small brush to dip into it but the bronzer…unless you used a tiny brush to bronze with, which I don’t think anyone does, the only way you’d be able to actually get into the bronzer is if you squished your brush before trying to pick up some product. Birchbox also recommends grabbing ‘a large fluffy brush and buff the bronzer all over your face’ but I definitely can’t see me doing this.
Another product I received was the Sebamed Clear Face Antibacterial Cleansing Foam (£7.99 150ml) which promises to help battle breakouts as the foaming formula helps to wash away impurities and balance oil. It helps to maintain natural moisture barriers to keep your complexion feeling soft and healthy. I am always keen to try new face washes and always change up my cleansing routine so I’ll be interested to see how this face wash works and
Lastly I received the Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray (£14.99 237ml) which I have used a couple of times as instructed, I applied it to damp hair before blowdrying and it promises to give you the ‘perfect blowout, protecting, nourishing, smoothing, and volumising hair’. I wouldn’t exactly say it gave me the perfect blowout but it did seem to make my hair feel more smooth and I did find that my hair was more volumised.
Hope you enjoyed reading my review!