As promised, I've tested out each product in my August 2011 Birchbox, and now I'm ready to give my thoughts. I'm not being paid to do this, and the Birchbox subscription is paid for by me.
What is Birchbox? Glad you asked! It's a monthly subscription service where, for 10 dollars per month, you receive 4-5 deluxe-size samples of higher-end (think luxury) beauty products. This is a perfect idea for people who like to try new beauty-related products but hate wasting money on full-size products that end up not being a good match. It's also a great way to try products that are specifically chosen for your needs that you may not even know existed! More information can be found at the Birchbox webpage here. Last month was my first month, and I got a couple of real gems, but this month was even better! I posted the contents in an earlier post, but now it's time for the results of The Reasonable Test Lab!
First up is the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer.
I am a primer promoter. I currently use Makeup Forever's HD Primer 1 (green) to cover the red tones in my skin from rosacea (more on my battle with rosacea in a future post!) and to keep my foundation from sliding off my face. So, when this little gem arrived in my Birchbox, I thought, "what the heck, let's give her a shot!" It reminds me a bit of the Bare Minerals Prime Time with its slick, greaseless feel, but I find better staying power with the Smashbox. After a few days' use, I did notice a couple of minor blemishes, so it's not a product I would continue to use on a daily basis, but my best friend just purchased this (she got the one to cover uneven pigmentation) and I won't discourage her from trying it.
Next up is the Cool Fix, by Shaveworks.
The next product is one I wasn't thrilled about when I saw it:
The last two things are probably the ones I use most. One is a hair tie, which is basically just a piece of thick black elastic cut and tied off to make a circle. It's a simple idea really... yet it works. I like it, but I like my generic Goody hair ties too, so I see no reason to pay 5 dollars for three when I can pay 2 dollars for 10.
The last item in my August Birchbox is the piece de resistance!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this review. Now that we're getting settled into our new house, I'll be able to post more often. Follow me on Twitter for more updates and Reasonable Blonde goodness!