Here's what I got this month:
Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink (full size at 0.141oz), retail value $8.00
This is a bubblegum pink sheer balm.
When I first tried this lip balm, I couldn't help but think it was strikingly
Here's how it looks on my face:
ElevenSkin Perfection Eye Cream + Concealer (full size at 0.5 fl oz), retail value $30.00
I was originally supposed to get one of the Cynthia Rowley pencil eyeliners. I'm not going to lie. I'm a little bit bitter about it. The Birchbox-supplied photo of my box still has the eyeliner displayed, mocking me.
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First off, the product only comes in one color. There are things in this world that are true. One of those things is that, if you are going to make a concealer, it needs to come in more than one color.
To compensate for the shade range being literally as bad as it could possibly be while still existing, the creators of this product decided to make it super sheer.
A concealer, by definition, is not sheer. This is tinted moisturizer levels of sheer, right here.
The color is yellow on me, but it works fine. If this was actually a concealer, it would not.
I want that damn silver eyeliner.
Color Club Art Duo Pen (full size at 0.35 fl oz), retail value $10.00
For some reason, Color Club decided that the best way to express themselves with this product was to print black writing on a black bottle. When I asked my boyfriend, "Hey, I can't read what is written on this bottle... Can you?" he responded by yelling, "WHO WOULD DO THIS?!"
The premise of the product is that you can be all stripy and all polka dotty using the same nail art tool. Unscrew the cap and you get a striping brush...
…and pop off the cap to get a squeezy dotting tool!
Here was my first attempt at actually using this contraption:
I'm definitely not a skilled manicurist, so I wouldn't take my nail fails as an indication of a crappy product. Stripes. How do they work?
I did really like the polka dot squeezy tool, though. I found that the polish didn't rush out too quickly, so it was easier to make even polka dots than it is using a traditional dotting tool where you stick a teensy ball on a stick into your polish of choice.
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Relaxing Sea Fennel Body Lotion (1.35 fl oz), approximate retail value $2.53
This is a relatively thin lotion that smells like cucumbers and baby powder.
No one gets excited about lotion.
SmartyPants All-in-One Adult Complete Gummy Vitamins + Fiber (2 gummies), approximate retail value $0.53
Multivitamin use is pretty controversial among nutritionists, doctors, and other healthcare providers. There's a reason that "Multivitamins just give you expensive pee" is practically a slogan for many. A substantial number of studies suggest that multivitamin use is not associated with decreased mortality, and does not seem to protect against common illnesses like cancer or heart disease. Still, proponents of multivitamin use argue that multivitamins can help fill the gaps in people's admittedly imperfect diets. The Harvard School of Public Health concludes, "Looking at all the evidence, the potential health benefits of taking a standard daily multivitamin seem to outweigh the potential risks for most people." The National Institutes of Health have essentially thrown up their hands, saying, "Based on current research, it's not possible to recommend for or against the use of [multivitamin and mineral supplements] to stay healthier longer."
In light of their dubious efficacy, I'm not sure spending a whopping $47.95 a month on a gummy vitamins is going to fit well into my life.
I actually do buy and like gummy vitamins, but only because they are a candy that I can pretend has some sort of health promoting value. "I'm not eating a gummy bear. I'm eating a gummy vitamin. I'm being responsible."
I found these gummy vitamins to be fine, but rather unremarkable. They were a little too tart for me; My candy needs to be downright saccharine.
I also want to note that if you specifically want the SmartyPants vitamins, the non-sugar-free version is available on Amazon for a much more reasonably priced $18.14 a bottle.
Total Box Value: $51.06
Overall, I'm happy, even if I am mourning the silver eyeliner that might have been.
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