My day to day beauty routine is fairly minimal—if I use any make-up at all, it’s a dab of foundation and a bit of eyeliner—but my make-up minimalism doesn’t mean that I don’t like to occasionally indulge my girly side and experiment with new beauty products. And that’s where Birchbox comes in.
If you aren’t familiar with Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription of personalized beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples, delivered to your front door. Birchbox will send you 5 samples tailored to your profile. It is a great and inexpensive way to explore different brands and products. Here are the contents of my second box:
IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer ($28) - As a makeup novice I have never used face primer nor understood the purpose. But it turns out facial primer is a lot like paint primer - it’s not absolutely necessary but when used it creates a smooth, even finish. I also love that it enables makeup to stay on for an extended amount of time while still looking fresh.
Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39) - I like my hair best 2-3 days after it’s been washed. Immediately after it’s washed it’s just kind of poofy whereas after a few days, the natural oils in my hair give it a more textured look. This spray not only smells great, but it helps me achieve that day-three, unwashed look immediately.
Dr. Brandt Pores no more Cleanser ($35) - This face wash has a creamy texture with a pleasantly light citrus aroma. But it left my face feeling oily so I gave up using it after only 2 days.
Dr. Jart+ Dermask Vital Hydra Solution Deep Hydration Sheet Mask ($6) - occasionally I’ll step up my beauty routine and apply a face mask at home. After just 15 minutes, my face felt refreshed and hydrated. The mask is formulated with a soothing skin serum that leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.
LAQA & Co. Charm School Kit ($20) - I’m drawn to more neutral/natural tones and this one feels a little like I’m channeling Barbie. The pencil glides on easily and has a matte finish, with no sheen or shimmer.