I’m a little bit slow writing this post this month, as I received this box over two weeks ago, but it’s been a very crazy couple of weeks! I did get a chance to try all my September samples (finally, I know..), so here’s my review of each:
ModelCo Ultra Long-Lasting Lipstick in Smitten
Smitten is described as a “deep cranberry red” and while it’s not a color that I would wear to the office, it is a great color for evening makeup. It’s a nice brand of lipstick that goes on creamy, not flaky, and the color definitely has staying power. I would be very inclined to buy it again as I have trouble finding lipsticks that don’t wear off quickly (I am constantly guzzling water!). I would love it if ModelCo expanded the line to include more day-friendly hues.
Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
These gel pads are pretty fantastic. I washed my face and immediately applied them, then left them on (probably longer than the twenty-minute recommendation as I was enjoying a bubble bath while I let them do their thing). I normally get dark circles under my eyes easily, and was pleased with how bright my skin looked after using the pads. I would have ordered more if the website hadn’t been out of stock (I’m currently wait-listed to purchase, hopefully it won’t take too long!).
The Organic Pharmacy Blemish Gel
This could not have shown up at a more perfect time, because the week I received my Birchbox coincided with the week that my skin decided that it hated me and was going to let me know how angry it was by transforming itself into a red, blotchy mess. Luckily this blemish gel came to my rescue, and by the second day of using it my face looked noticeably better. The tube was pretty large for a sample size, and I will be keeping it around to use until the very last drop (although I’m hoping I don’t need it again anytime soon!).
Klorane Shampoo/Conditioner with Flax Fiber
Before saying anything else I would caution that this is not safe for color-treated hair. Luckily it didn’t really impact my color, just took some of the brassiness out of my blonde (which I definitely don’t hate). It did leave my hair soft, and the light scent is nice. However, the fact that it’s hard on colored hair makes it a product I wouldn’t purchase, as I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have some kind of color treatment.
Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in Happy Buddha
This was my absolute favorite sample from September’s box. I admit that when I opened it, I thought, “Eh, shower gel, I don’t really need this but ah well.” I had no idea how amazing it was going to be! The fresh citrus scent really helps wake me up and energize me during my morning shower, and the product feels great! A definite would-buy.