Month: May 2014

Birchbox- May 2014

May has finally brought some sunny gorgeous weather to Manhattan, and lately I’ve felt like throwing open the windows and spring cleaning/decluttering the apartment. A big bag of expired or unused beauty items went to the trash, but here comes Birchbox with another month of samples to crowd up my shower and vanity! (Just kidding of course, I love testing all the new products I receive.)

Things kicked off with the Glichrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion, a creamy moisturizer with a light fresh scent. I have to complain a bit because I received a Glichrist & Soames lotion in the past (I guess since this is a new formula or scent Birchbox doesn’t consider it a repeat), but at least the packaging is more travel-friendly than the last lotion I received. Overall I probably wouldn’t run out to purchase this lotion, but it will be handy to throw in my purse.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion

 

Next was a cute trio from the Nexxus Color Assure line– a primer, shampoo, and conditioner. While the sample looks precious it’s really no more than a fancied up foil packet, so unfortunately I only got one use of the shampoo and conditioner, and two uses out of the primer. Small size complaints aside, I really enjoyed the products from the Nexxus Color Assure range. I put them to the ultimate test as my first wash on freshly colored auburn hair and experienced virtually zero color run off, hooray! My favorite of the bunch was the primer,  a unique product that coats your dry hair before you shower to give it some extra protection.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, & Conditioner

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo, & Conditioner

 

I was thrilled to find a full sized makeup item in this month’s box as well– the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Color Crush. The balm went on smooth with a light feel and lasted well over several hours. The color looks a little intense in the photo on the left, but as you can see in the swatch it mellows out to a soft pinky orange on the lips.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm

 

I stopped using shaving cream years ago (in favor of using cheaper and more moisturizing conditioners on my legs), but I wanted to give the grapefruit acai scented Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream a try to see if maybe I’ve been missing out all this time. While the Whish cream gave a smooth, close shave, it also left my legs feeling squeaky clean when I finished (somewhat of a red flag for someone with dry skin).  I’ll finish off this sample, but would not plan to purchase a full size.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream

 

This month’s Lifestyle Extra was two packs of 32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals. Part mouthwash, part Pop Rocks, these flavored crystals freshen breath and give your mouth a clean feeling. My boyfriend loves these, and I agree they’re great for on the go when you don’t have a a toothbrush nearby. We both liked the Peppermint flavor, but found the Honey Mint a little too cough syrupy.

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals

 

I’d love to know what you received in your May Birchbox, or what products you’re loving in general now that spring has finally arrived! Until next time…

-LMC ♥

New at the Drugstore: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

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Word on the street was that the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains were set to release at US drugstores this July, so imagine my surprise when I happened upon a full display at my local Harmon this past weekend! The Moisture Stain line comes in an array of colors from nudes and pinks to vibrant reds and corals. I choose the shade 001 India Intrigue, a bright fuchsia perfect for summer. I also selected a bold color over one of the more neutral shades so I could really test out the staining power of this product.

Right off the bat the Moisture Stains reminded me of the L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stains that were released last year. Reviews of the L’Oreal stains were mixed, but I enjoyed their glossy shine and staying power. While I wouldn’t call them a dead on dupe for the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains, they were a nice drugstore alternative. It seems that’s what Revlon was going for with their Moisture Stains as well– even the packaging bears a strong resemblance to the YSL stains’ sleek boxy packaging.

When applied to the lips these have a classic glossy stain “wet” feeling that quickly dries down to a shiny, almost tacky finish. Adding multiple coats once the previous layer has dried adds to the richness of color and the shine. I don’t think the staying power of the Revlon Moisture Stains compares to the L’Oreal or YSL versions, as India Intrigue easily came off on cups, utensils, and my teeth (yikes!) throughout the day.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 001 India Intrigue

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 001 India Intrigue

 

Here’s where things get really strange though. I’ve worn this glossy stain several times now, and each time about 1 hour after application the color begins to deepen into a seriously dark burgundy shade. It’s apparent on the lips, and when removing the product you can see how dark it has actually become. I’m not sure if this is its staining formula working in overdrive, or if perhaps I just picked a flawed color or bottle, but this is certainly a dealbreaker for me. Color-changing makeup might be a fun novelty, but I bought the Revlon Moisture Stain in India Intrigue for its beautiful fuchsia shade– I didn’t sign up for vampy plum lips after an hour!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (initial application)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (initial application)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (after wearing for 45 minutes)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrigue (after wearing for 45 minutes)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain fresh from the tub (left) and removed from my lips after 1 hour (right)

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain fresh from the tube (left) and wiped off my lips after 1 hour (right)

 

If you’ve spotted the new Revlon Moisture Stains and have given them a try, let me know. And definitely chime in if you’ve experienced the same weird color changing effects so I know I’m not the only one! While I was excited about this addition to the Revlon line, I have to say my pick for a drugstore glossy stain is still the L’Oreal Caresse Wet Shine Stains. How about you?

-LMC ♥