August's Back-to-School Birchbox

Shall we dive into the ol' Birchbox? I think we should.

First, I got this sample of SHU UEMURA Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo. I haven't tried this yet...but. It sounds so interesting! It's an oil that works up into a foam and binds with grease and product build up to cleanse hair without leaving it stripped of natural oils, which is important because I need all the natural oils I can get on my crazy-dry head.

This sample of FusionBeauty LashFusion XL mascara was pretty timely. I'm running low on my favorite, Sephora Lash Plumper, and was thinking about how much I didn't want to run to the mall just to get a tube. (WHEN will there be a Sephora in Rookwood?! It seems like a no-brainer. I'll even take an Ulta if I have to, though that won't help my mascara sitch.) However. I don't feel like I get nearly the same coverage with it as I do with my Sephora brand. It takes at least two extra coats to make it look like I've got something on. It goes on very smoothly though and it's supposed to nourish my eyelashes, which is nice. I'll use it til it's gone, but after that, back to the mall.

I also received a sample of Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur perfume. Sad days, guys. I don't like this at all. It's sticky-sweet and smells like a Smartie. Ew. I loved the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy sample I got in my January box - I even got compliments from some guys. But this "fresh update" on that scent is not good, at least not for me.

Another timely Birchbox item is this Schick Hydro Silk Razor. 

I've been a Venus user for years. YEARS. I'm pretty sure my mom and I both got a Venus razor when they first came out. I was in high school. Obviously I've gotten new blades since then, but I've stuck with the classic Venus for 11 years. So...you know...I've been wondering lately what else is out there. I tried the Hydro Silk out this morning and it worked really well. Until I cut myself! That seems like bad luck for a razor that's supposed to "work with my leg's natural curves to make shaving tricky spots like my knees and ankles a breeze."

It's a little cut. But still. 
Last, I got a little sample tube of Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. This is a top-selling Japanese product for smoothing rough elbows and feet, chapped lips and hands, and even patches of eczema. 

I just so happen to have a little patch of eczema on my eyelid, so I've been trying it out. It works pretty darn well. There's a camphor scent when I first put it on that goes away, and it's slightly yellow before it absorbs, but the scaly patch on my eyelid stays gone for most of the day!

This isn't a great pic, but you can see the a little
of the scaliness in the inside corner.
This is the next morning. No scales!
Also, that's the mascara mentioned above
after, like, three coats.
Included in the box was a little "Back-to-Beauty-School" booklet about how to shave your legs, streamline your morning routine, read product labels, etc. It was semi-informative.

So that was my August Birchbox. A mixed bag that left me a little bit disappointed - but only because my last two boxes were so awesome! Also, sorry for the blood and scaly skin pictures.

If you want to get your own Birchbox, click on this link https://www.birchbox.com?raf=6tm7o. I'll get some points in the Birchbox store and you'll get deluxe beauty samples sent to your door (I made a little rhyme...doot de do)!

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