Birchbox Babes

The adorable May Birchbox!

The adorable May Birchbox!

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their May boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a perfectly packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Sarah's May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox:

1. Benefit The POREfessional

2. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

3. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer

4. Marcelle Clay Mask

5. Laura Geller Beauty Color Drenched Lip Gloss

Emily's May Birchbox

Emily’s May Birchbox Items

Emily’s May Birchbox

1.Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

2. Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

3. Benefit Lolibalm

4. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer 

5. English Laundry Notting Hill Femme

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit

The POREfessional

Sarah: This pore minimizing formula from Benefit is great! I’m definitely planning on buying the full sized version. It goes on super smoothly and not only minimizes the appearance of pores, but also reduces redness. I’ve always had great experience with Benefit products and this one is no exception!

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika

Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Sarah: I was super excited when I received this sample because it’s the perfect purse sized dry shampoo! Amir’s dry shampoo is great, but I am personally partial to the Dove brand of dry shampoo. I was happy to get this sample, but I will continue to buy the $4 Dove product. The full sized Amika Dry shampoo is $21.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Parlor by Jeff Chastain

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Emily: This product was super featured for last months Birchbox since this is a new company for them and I was so disappointed that I didn’t get this sample last month. It has such great reviews and I really wanted to try it and I was not disappointed! This sea salt spray gives my hair a little extra bounce and wave when I want the perfect mermaid curls. It smells lovely and keeps my hair soft while still holding the style! I’ll definitely be getting this product!

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit

Lollibalm

Emily: Benefit never lets me down. While I wish this was a warmer pink so it looked better on my skin tone I really liked this lip balm! I’m usually a lipstick girl but this provided me with amazing moisture that lasts all day. The bubblegum pink tint is sheer enough that I will still keep using it, I may buy the full size Benebalm (the same product only a deeper red) instead!

Beauty Routines: Haircare

Today The Babes will be going over their typical haircare routines and discussing some of their favorite products!

Sarah’s Haircare Products

1. Kenneth’s Lighten Up Conditioner

2. Kenneth’s Maximum Volume Shampoo

3. L’Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

4. Big Sexy Hair Play & Spray 

5. Dove Dry Shampoo

Sarah: My hair is naturally straight, very fine (though I have a lot of it), and tends to get oily quickly. If I want to feel confident in my hair’s appearance I have to shower and wash it every single day. Since my hair has very little natural volume, I like to start each day with a little boost from my shampoo! I get my hair cut at Kenneth’s Salon and I’ve found that their line of products really are best for my hair. Kenneth’s Maximum Volume Shampoo gives my hair that little something extra, especially when I follow it up with their Lighten Up Conditioner. This stuff is awesome. It smells wonderful and leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate blow drying my hair! Unfortunately, for me it is a daily chore. This new blow dry primer from L’Oreal has made my routine much easier and quicker. Normally it would take me about five minutes to dry my hair, but with this product it only takes two and it doubles as a heat protectant. I really only use hair spray if I’m pinning part of my hair back or curling it, but when I do use it I use Play & Spray by Big Sexy Hair. It holds all day while still allowing for a lot of movement! I tried tons of different dry shampoos before I found Dove’s and now I am loyally committed to this brand! I use dry shampoo everyday whether my hair is greasy or not. Even on a normal day when I get up, shower, blow dry and straighten my hair I still like to spray a bit of dry shampoo on my roots. It goes a long way towards preventing my hair from getting oily throughout the day and helps to add a little extra volume. Also, it’s only $3.99 per can! Dove’s dry shampoo is hands down the best one on the market and gives you the best bang for your buck.

Emily’s Haircare Products

  1. Garnier Fructis Full Control Anti Humidity Hairspray
  1. Amika Nourishing Mask
  1. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
  1. Lush Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar
  1. Dove Dry Shampoo

Emily: I have super thick and puffy hair that doesn’t get greasy very often so I typically only wash it about once or twice a week. I either wear it down and use my curling wand to give myself mermaid waves or I wear it up in a bun or two. I love using Lush’s Shampoo bars which you can find my previous review of here! I then use an amazing hair mask that I found through Birchbox from Amika. It smells amazing and is super moisturizing, which I need since I don’t wash my hair often! Since my hair is so thick, even when I use a hair mask I still need something to help me detangle. This detangler from Beauty Protector, that I also discovered through Birchbox, is perfect. It smells divine and does an awesome job at detangling my mane without weighing my hair down! When I curl my hair I usually leave it that way for about 3 days. I use a curling wand (best invention ever!) and layers of this Garnier Fructis hairspray, which I’ve been using for as long as I can remember, to create the desired effect. It holds all day, isn’t sticky, and even battles humidity! And last but not least Dove’s dry shampoo is perfect for the second or third hair day. It gives your hair a refreshing boost without looking chalky. Sarah actually introduced me to it!

Birchbox Babes

February's Birchbox is so cute!

February’s Birchbox is so cute!

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their February boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a beautifully packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Emily's February Birchbox Items

Emily’s February Birchbox Items

Emily’s February Birchbox:

1. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

2. BeeKind Shower Gel

3. Amika Nourishing Mask

4. Harvey Prince Petaly Noir (Sarah and I reviewed this product last week! See it here!)

5. Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Sarah's February Birchbox Items

Sarah’s February Birchbox Items

Sarah’s February Birchbox:

1. Amika Nourishing Mask

2. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

3. Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

4. Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

5. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Jules & Esther

Cucumber Eye Gel

Emily: I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep recently so my eyes have had some serious bags. This amazing cucumber eye gel from Jules & Esther has pretty much changed my life. When I apply it, my eyes instantly feel less puffy and extremely refreshed. It reduces the redness and bags under my eyes. It’s a little bit sticky when you first apply it, but once it dries completely you can apply your usual skincare and makeup. This product also battles and prevents wrinkles! I’ve never been much of an eye cream or gel kind of person, but this amazing product is one I may have to invest in once I use up my sample!

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Emily: I was a little skeptical about this eyeliner when I received it. My eyes water a lot and when I’ve used eyeliner pens before my liner ends up running everywhere, but this product stays! I love the stiff pointed applicator because it allows you to create perfect thin or thick lines with precision. It glides on smoothly and has an opaque, velvety finish. This is a great eyeliner to create a cat-eye look for novices and experts!

 

Amika Nourishing Mask

Amika Nourishing Mask

Amika

Nourishing Mask

Emily: I have super-thick hair so I always use a leave-in conditioner spray to detangle and moisturize my hair. I absolutely love this hair mask from Amika. I washed my hair 2 nights ago and used this product and my hair is still so soft, but it doesn’t look greasy from the extra product. I left it in my hair for about 5 minutes, rinsed it out, and I didn’t even need to use any other product to detangle!

Sarah: This product is a nourishing hair mask that conditions and repairs with “super fruit sea buckthorn berry”. My hair gets oily quickly so I’m always hesitant to try treatments such as this, but this is a great product! You apply it to your hair while damp and then wait 5-10 minutes to rinse it out. I went we 5 minutes because as I said I am often hesitant of products such as this. After rinsing the mask out my hair felt super soft and light. The product didn’t add any weight or greasiness to my hair. And it smells great!

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Sarah: This product is a gel facial cream that is derived from antioxidant-rich grapes. It is intended to hydrate the skin and reduce redness. I’ve never used a gel facial cream before and I wasn’t a huge fan of this product. It does help to slightly reduce redness, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling fresh and soft. Instead it left my skin feeling slightly filmy. Yuck!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Evologie

Intensive Blemish Serum

Sarah: This is by far my favorite product from this month’s Birchbox! This intensive blemish serum is meant to be applied twice daily either just to blemished areas or to the entire face. I noticed a difference as soon as I applied Evologie’s serum! It seriously reduces pore size and redness of blemishes. I already plan on buying the full sized version!