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I received my Birchbox order today!! Check out the products I received and my personal reviews.
Beauty Blender: I tried this out as soon as I opened it because I just HAD to see what the fuss was all about. You are supposed to submerge the sponge in water, dry it on a towel, apply the foundation to the sponge, "stipple" the foundation on your face, apply cleaner to the sponge, massage the cleaner into the sponge, rinse the sponge, and place it into the "stand" to dry. Sounds like a lot of trouble, right? Not that I mind, because you should always clean your brushes and sponges after use. I just assumed with all of the upkeep and considering the price that this sponge must be like pure beauty gold. While I did feel like it gave nice, even coverage, I am not really sure I would spend over $25 on these two little sponges again. I really did not see a major difference between the Beauty Blender and other (much cheaper) sponges. They could have at least included a small cleanser for that price. For $2 less you can buy one sponge with a cleanser. Also the "stand" is just some thin, clear plastic covered in dots. I feel cheap leaving it chillin' on my sink. The sponges are supposed to have a life span of 3 months. Don't get me wrong, the product is not horrible, I would just prefer to spend my money elsewhere next time. Hmmm... I will continue using it until it is time to toss and see if I miraculously change my mind.
Exude Lipgloss in Dusty Pink
Exude Lipgloss: This little gem came expertly wrapped in a sturdy box, nestled in snug fitting foam. The tube on the gloss has a very soft feel to it, which I loved. You control the amount that comes out of the tube and it always keeps it's shape! I love it! The first thing I noticed about this gloss is the minty taste. I love lip products that have a "breath freshening" kick. It was very pretty and shimmery. Thanks, Erika from Southern Belle as an Army Wife! She received an Exude lipstick in her February Birchbox that she raved about, so I had to try this product out for myself. You should check out her page to see what she received this month as well! She also has lots of other goodies on her page that you will love (like fabulous recipes...YUM)!
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime
Lipstick Queen Glossy Pencil: I LOVE THIS PENCIL!!! I am usually not a lip pencil girl, especially when they are not automatic. I have had my eye on this for months, though, so I decided to finally give it a try. I am so glad I did! I have a feeling I will be using my bonus points to stock up on a few of these gorgeous glosses. The color is perfect for my skin tone, but I hear that it is actually pretty perfect on several skin tones. I have been wearing it for several hours now and it looks/feels like I just put it on. Don't be scared when I say it feels like I just put it on. It does not have a sticky, caked on feel at all. It leaves your lips feeling very soft and moisturized. I can't think of enough great things to say about this product!
Supersmile Single Dose Powdered Mouthrinse
Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse: I purchased this because I loved the practicality of it. How perfect to keep in a purse, backpack, glove box, etc.? I rushed and purchased them before trying them out since I feel in love with the concept. I sort of wished I had tried my samples before I purchased, because this rinse left a weird feeling in my mouth. It is really hard to explain, but I was certainly not their biggest fan. I am going to keep them because they are great to have in a pinch, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend that everyone should run out and grab a box. Then again, maybe it was just me...? If anyone else has tried these, I would LOVE to know your take!