Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beauty Review: Birchbox Products from May 2011 Box

Reading the Birchbox Facebook page and watching the YouTube videos where the creators show their hauls, I've been rather surprised at how many people seemed unhappy with their May 2011 box. For the most part, I was very pleased with the products. Here are my thoughts on the products (in no particular order):

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream (full size [3.4 oz] $20): Although I have many, many bottles of lotion, I am not a lotion fanatic. Consequently, while I liked the lotion (it was moisturizing and not too heavy, which makes it perfect for spring/summer), I don't know if I will be buying this product. However, if I ever run out of lotion (unlikely, since my mom  gave me two huge bottles of Crabtree & Evelyn lotion that I still haven't made a dent in), I would consider Ahava.

Archipelgo Pomegranate Soap (full size [6.8 oz] $12.50): Even though I am indifferent towards lotion except during the cold, dry winter months, I love bath products. This soap is addition to my shower. Besides being moisturizing, the subtle scent and soft lather makes it seem like a luxurious way to start the day. While I have lots of soap (due to my addiction to Lush products), I am planning on picking up some Archipelgo soap from the Birchbox shop.

Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir (full size [50 ml] $80): Perfume is a very personal thing. While the scent of this wasn't bad, it really wasn't me. I think one person (responding to her Birchbox haul for this month) noted that it seemed much more geared toward a more mature person, and I completely agree.

Stila Eyeshadow in Barefoot Contessa (full size [.09 oz] $18): Eyeshadow is one of my favorite products, and I was very pleased with this Stila shadow. It is smooth and easy to apply and blend, and the texture seems very refined. The color is also gorgeous. Although it looks like a rather plain brown color in the pan, it is more of a plum when applied, and I can definitely see it as a universally flattering and versatile color. Whether you want a light application for work or a heavier application for evening, this Stila shadow delivers. My only (very minor) nitpick with this product is that it came without a real compact. However, since this was a full size, I shouldn't complain too much (or at all).