Monday, August 19, 2013

Juice Beauty Birchbox

On Thursday, I went to the Birchbox + Ann Taylor #ReadySetFinished event where I received a free Birchbox. I was super excited to see what would be inside and was even more excited to see that it was several Juice Beauty skincare products. I have been trying to find my ideal skincare routine and love trying products to help me become closer to that goal.

Box Breakdown
Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive

Juice Beauty is a company with a philosophy I can really get behind: organic, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and formulated without parabens, sulfates, and many other artificial ingredients. I am looking forward to testing these products out more but would like to leave you with my first impressions after having used the products over the weekend.

Cleansing Milk  Juice Beauty
Reading the ingredients of this, makes me feel like I could just blend it with some ice and have a delicious smoothie. I have been interested in trying a creamier cleanser as I am typically using more gel consistency formulas. Though I make sure that they are sulfate-free, it can still be potentially stripping. First impression | This cleanser is definitely sensitive with a lotion-like consistency. It is very hydrating. It smells like Juicy Juice which can be a pro or con depending on your tastes. Though it claims to remove makeup, I didn't find it to remove mine, so I prefer to use it in the morning or as a double-cleanse.

Hydrating Mist  Juice Beauty
One thing I am super surprised by is the lack of water as an ingredient. I am so used to seeing water as the first ingredient to so many of my skincare items, which makes me question if that is mainly what I am paying for. Juice Beauty uses fruit juices, white grape and aloe for this toner in particular, as the main base. Ingredients also include rosehip, ylang-ylang, and grapeseed oil. First impression | At first I tried to spray it over my face but found the pressure to be too strong as well as it was a little irritating in my eyes. Now I have been using it more as a toner, first spraying it onto a cotton pad. It works well at removing any remaining dirt and oil. It feels a bit sticky right after applying but once I follow up with a moisturizer my skin is just left feeling very hydrated.

Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream Juice Beauty | Birchbox
I had previously received a sample of this in a previous Birchbox and have to admit wasn't too keen on it as a CC cream. The consistency was off, and there wasn't any coverage. It wasn't the best for my oily skin type. However, I did like using this at night as a thicker moisturizer. But that negates the point of the coverage and the 30 sun protection factor. This product wouldn't be something I would purchase a full-size of, but that is what I love about trying out samples.

Green Apple Peel Sensitive Juice Beauty | Birchbox
My number one skincare wishlist item has been a glycolic acid mask. I have been a manual exfoliator for years as I was under the impression since a teenager that with acne you need to scrub. Just now I am learning of the damage physical exfoliators can have on your skin. This peel has glycolic, malic, tartaric, and citric acid to provide your skin with a chemical exfoliation. This promotes cell turn over, brightness, and even-texture and reduces wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. First impression | I have only been able to try this mask out once, since I have only had the product a few days, and I didn't want to over-do the exfoliation. This as well has the Juicy Juice scent. The consistency is more gel-like especially compared to the clay masks and hydrating masks I am more accustomed to using. Even with the one application, I feel this is something I am going to really enjoy using on a more regular basis. I also like that this mask is okay for sensitive skins as other glycolic masks are not recommended for sensitive skin types. I am curious to try other types of chemical masks so I can offer a better comparison, as this is the first of the kind I am giving a try.

I love the sizes of the products and am enjoying trying them out. Of course, I won't be able to report on any lasting benefits as it has only been a couple of days. Anyway, I was glad I was able to attend the Birchbox event. If you would like to join Birchbox you can follow my link here.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you stick to your routine?

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