I was really impressed with the products in my February Birchbox, including the sample from the ARROW brand recently launched by the company’s founders. Here’s what I received…
Naobay Oxegenating Cream Moisturizer | $36
So, weird thing. This moisturizer was AMAZING. It’s one of exactly two I’ve ever tried that didn’t cause breakouts after a week of use (the other one is Proactiv’s Green Tea Moisturizer. Yes, I’m twenty-five). It absorbed without a trace of greasiness and had a light rosy scent thanks to the rosehip seed oil inside, an ingredient that can apparently do everything from remove makeup to fade dark spots. But when I logged on to buy the full-size, I saw that the product description listed avocado rather than rosehip seed oil as the key ingredient. And then this was the first review in the customer feedback section:
I obviously decided against purchasing – so sad! Did anyone else run into this problem? Hopefully Butterscotch and I can find another moisturizer like this someday.
amika Bombshell Blowout Spray | $10 – $24
This product added nice texture to my hair, which is what I look for in a blowout spray over smoothing ability since my hair is generally cooperative (at least in the winter, when there’s zero moisture in the air). It had a pretty sea salt scent that remained in my hair most of the day, and the sample will probably last three weeks. 🙂
Etat Libre D’Orange Remarkable People | $85 – $149
This was a high-quality fragrance with no traces of alcohol. It had kind of an orange-and-spice scent that would be really lovely for the holidays, and it wasn’t overly feminine, which I liked.
ARROW Revive Cooling Cheek Tint in Berry Flush | $18
I didn’t know quite what to expect when I squeezed this sample tube and out came what looked like a jelly bean the color of Hawaiian Punch. But, applied sparingly, this is a pretty stain I’d consider ordering in the future. It provided a more natural-looking flush than any cream or powder blush I can remember trying recently.
POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstick in Satin Rose | Trio for $24
True to its promise, this matte lipstick didn’t dry out my lips. The shade was more of a bright pink than a “ballet-slipper nude” as it was described on Birchbox’s website, though. It’s not a product I’ll wear often, but it might come in handy for a fun night out.