February Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

February Birchbox

Hi everyone! ¬†Thank you so much for the sweet comments I received yesterday for my 2nd blogiversary-it made my day! ūüôā

February’s Birchbox has arrived so let’s take a look at what’s inside!

Cartier Baiser Vole Lys Rose 

“From a brand that knows elegance, a romantic floral scent with notes of fresh, powdery lily.” ¬†I usually like rose scented perfumes but I think the combination of lily made this¬†a bit overwhelming and I’m not a fan of it.

Marcelle NewAge 8 in 1 Power Serum 

This is a lightweight anti-aging gel that is supposed to provide, “eight transformative benefits in one tube.” ¬†A quick glance at the ingredient list shows a few peptides, which can help with ant-aging issues. ¬†I’ve only used this once and it is light with a silky, almost silicone-like, feel when applied. ¬†My skin felt and looked a bit smoother afterwards.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar- Black Metal Dahlia 

A cruelty-free, cult favorite product, this liquid lipstick offers matte and opaque coverage with the tiniest application. ¬†I haven’t tried this one because I’m thinking of giving it away as I already have something similar to this.

Ouidad VitaCurl Define & Shine Styling Gel-Cream 

This¬†ultrahydrating, non-sticky formula is said to enhance the texture of curls and waves while leaving a luminous finish. I’ve used this once and it did provide a hold to the curls without leaving them crunchy. ¬†Since the sample size on this is generous, I will keep testing this out to see how it works in the long run.

Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil 

“This skin-balancing cleansing oil melts away makeup, oil, and impurities.” I’ve used this at night and I rub a dime size amount over my face to help breakdown my makeup. ¬†I then rinse with water and follow up with my cleanser. ¬†I do like this product, however as with most cleansing oil/creams I’ve used, this leaves behind a greasy film and I really have to remove it with the cleanser. ¬†I just wished it would rinse off a bit cleaner.

Feb BB

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite box but there’s always next month’s box.

What’s your opinion on February’s Birchbox?¬†

Stephanie 

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R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo and Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner Review!

R + Co Hair

Hello everyone!  I have for you today reviews on two R+Co products that I have been testing out.  I purchased the Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner from the Birchbox store and the Death Valley Dry Shampoo came as a sample in my August Birchbox.  For reference, I have curly, color treated hair and I tried both of these with my natural hair and then also when I straightened it.

R+Co comprises “some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business.” ¬†Their products are free of¬†parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil, petrolatum and gluten. ¬†They are also vegetarian, cruelty-free, color-safe and¬†most of the retail packaging can be recycled. ¬†Also notable from this brand is their androgynous fragrances and the colorful images that mark the containers they come in.

Let’s get started.

Death Valley Dry Shampoo

Described as¬†“the quickest way to get volume and body into your hair.

Pros

Adds volume to hair

Nice, clean scent

Good product to refresh hair

No white residue left behind

Unique packaging/pictures

Available in travel-size

Cons

Does not absorb oil

Can feel a little bit sticky at times

A bit pricey- $29 for 6.3 oz/$17 for 1.6 oz

Overall:¬†This dry shampoo didn’t absorb any oil and I felt that when it mixed with the oil in my hair, it made it feel a bit sticky and heavy. ¬†It smells very similar to the Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo but leans more towards a¬†woodsy scent-I love it! ¬†This is best used on straight hair that isn’t too oily and adds good volume. ¬†I doubt I would purchase this as both the¬†Dry Bar Detox Shampoo¬†and Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder work better at absorbing oil and I do prefer the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for adding volume/texture over this one.

Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner

Described as “the only step you need to weightlessly soften and condition, no matter what kind of hair you’ve got.”

Pros 

Cleans pretty well for a product that doesn’t really foam up

Light, airy mousse-like texture

Doesn’t make hair feel stripped which is great for curly and color-treated hair

The scent is not overpowering

Unique packaging/pictures

Cons

You’ll still need to condition your hair despite the claims

Pricey- $29 for 6 fl oz

You do need to use quite a bit of product

Hard to tell how much product is left

Overall:¬†I’ve tried several shampoos, including DevaCurl, that are designed to clean hair without foaming and while they were nice at first, my hair just looked greasy by the end of the day or over time. ¬†This cleansing conditioner though is one of the best formulations I have tried thus far. ¬†The product looks similar to mousse but a bit creamier and it really removes oil without making your scalp feel dry. ¬†I had to use about 3-4 pumps to cover my head and I did need to use conditioner on the end afterwards but my hair looked soft and significantly less frizzy. ¬†My only problem with this is that you can’t tell how much is left in the can and you do need to use more than is indicated in the instructions. ¬†It is pricey but well-worth the price and I will definitely be repurchasing this.

Have a great day and let me know in the comments below what your favorite or least favorite hair products are!

Stephanie