Boom. There it is...the much
anticipated put-off January Birchbox.
Let's get down to business, shall we? Since I failed to do so four months ago...
First, No. 4 Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo.
This smells delightful. It removes product build-up while gently cleansing without stripping moisture or color, which is nice, because most things I've read about clarifying shampoo say to not use it if you color your hair. I don't know about how much product build up it's removed; I can't really tell a difference. But it doesn't suds up too much, which means it doesn't have damaging sulfates and parabens, etc. at least. And did I mention it smells delightful? It does.
Also smelling delightful:
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Also know as the 24-Hour Miracle Cream. This moisturizer leaves my face super, super soft. Silky almost. And it's so light! I love light moisturizers that get the job done and keep doing it for hours.
And now Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go, which is a packet with a little "mitt" soaked in award-winning nail polish remover.
I haven't used it yet, but apparently, you slip the mitt over each finger and swipe to remove the polish. It supposedly smells great, too. I'd like to try it on some glitter polish, because that stuff is the. hardest. to take off!
What's inside this little pouch?
Makeup and perfume!
First, theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow/Blush.
Since I don't think this would look very good on my eyes, I've only used this as a blush - it's a nice warm shade that has some glow to it because of a golden shimmer. The thing I don't like about it is that stains my blush brush, probably because it's a pressed powder and not loose, so it doesn't shake off. Maybe I should expect this and just deal, but the next time I use it, I'm going to try a tissue or a makeup sponge. Oh, and it's also difficult to get off the brush and onto my skin. I end up having to hold the brush fibers together to make them stiffer so I can get a good swipe of color and then blend. In that way it's more like an eye shadow. Of course, it's completely possible that I'm doing everything wrong, but if a product is a blush, than it should work like a blush.
This little sample of Aerie Shimmer was a let down.
The packaging is cute, don't get me wrong - but to me, the Aerie brand isn't a luxury beauty brand. It's a mall brand. This is like getting a sample of American Eagle body spray, or Gap perfume - the stuff that I wore in junior high (Gap Grass, anyone?). Plus, I don't like the way it smells.
So that was January. Hope you enjoyed this little trip back in time :)