Jun 22, 2019

Birchbox Review: The Ugly Truth - Not Worth My Money

Let’s talk about my Birchbox Beauty Subscription - it’s a no for me dawg.

Point blank. I already unsubscribed but for this post I’m getting as real as possible with you guys. I’ll be spilling my guts about the good, the bad and the in between because y’all need to know. 

So you all already know how hyped up I was about my Birchbox Subscription but if you have no clue what I’m talking about just go read this post first 6 Affordable Gift Ideas You’ll Love for Mother’s Day and then come back. When I say I was hyped I mean I was HYPED UP. I was seeing different people post their monthly boxes and watching a bunch of YouTube reviews along with the official posts from the company itself and to be completely honest I was excited to get my very first box. 

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What is Birchbox?

To put it simply, Birchbox is a subscription box service that provides you with beauty products without the hassle of searching for them yourself. They use a short quiz to get basic information about your hair, skin, personality and your makeup preferences so that they can create a group of personalized beauty products just for you. It’s basically a box of handpicked beauty products that matched your beauty profile for just $15. 

They bill subscribers on the 1st of every month (auto renewal) and the box ships by the 10th of each month. To me it was perfect - they provide me with beauty samples and if I liked them I could order the full-size product on their website - so that’s why I subscribed. 

I was itching to see what all the hype was about and I let them reel me in. Every time I’d attempt to order my box the little voice in my head would stop me by saying “Do you REALLY want to spend $15 on a subscription box?” and I’d end up closing the tab. This happened a couple times until I happened to find a blog post with a coupon code. And this is what got me. Cause I love me some deals. 

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It was a buy one get one coupon so technically I was getting two boxes for $15 and technically that was $7 per box and that’s pretty cheap for beauty products. So it wasn’t so bad. Right? Well in my head it made perfect sense and I used that logic to convince myself to sign up for the subscription. 

My boxes took a little over a week to arrive and literally 2 days after they did I got billed for the next month. I didn’t even get time to open the boxes much less assess them and decided whether or not I wanted to keep the subscription. 

That was the first “issue” I had with the subscription but I figured it was my fault because I subscribed at the end of April so I let it slide. After building up a week’s worth of anticipation I finally gave in and opened my boxes. I actually prefer the products/samples in April box than the ones in the free box but to be fair when something’s free you have to just take whatever you get. 

April Birchbox - What’s inside my April box? 

Here are the products I received in both boxes: 

Free Birchbox with subscription
May Birchbox 

Exactly one week after I opened these boxes my May box arrived and honestly guys I was disappointed the moment I picked up the box. It was as light as a feather and I’m not joking. I even shook the box to check whether it was empty or not. It wasn’t and it had me wondering if I signed up for the wrong subscription. I waited a while for my disappointment to pass and my boyfriend was the one that ended up opening the box for me. 

It wasn’t until he showed me the last product that I realized that I was the one the chose this specific box. I got the option to choose on the website and I chose this one because it looked cute and it was all about girl power. But lo and behold the pictures are deceiving. These samples look way bigger on the picture than in my hand. And I guess if you receive a full sized product in the box the other samples are going to be microscopic. 

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May Birchbox - What’s inside my May box? 

So to sum everything up:

The prices of the full-sized products are super high and Birchbox puts the S in Sample - the samples I received are literally the smallest sizes I’ve ever seen. I mean there is just enough for one use and I can’t even judge the results of said samples to see if I want to purchase the full-size. Also when I compared it to the Walmart Beauty box I felt completely ripped off. If I put the samples of all three boxes together they would make ONE Walmart box. Plus the box from Walmart is literally half the price. 

Like I said up top I cancelled my subscription and I think I’ll resubscribe if and only if the samples seem like they’re worth the $15. If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself here’s the link to signup >>> ( https://www.birchbox.com/invite/chevytakesthemic ). If you do sign up, I'd love to hear about your experience (if it's better than mine or worse, if you like it or not, etc) so just leave it in the comments below.

Anyways, let me know what you guys think in the comments. Were my expectations too high? Have you ever tried Birchbox? Should I resubscribe? 

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Jun 3, 2019

8 Valuable Natural Hair Products Every Girl Will Love

a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, chevy takes the mic

In the four years since I’ve been natural I’ve noticed that natural hair influencers and YouTubers all have their go-to products or brands that they swear by. And I mean they’re diehard users/fans and they will almost always find a way to incorporate them into their routines. 

I think I’ve officially become a Naturalista because I’ve caught the fever - I’m official on the bandwagon. No matter what hairstyle I’m considering I have to use my routine because it’s something I’ve tried, tested and guess what?... it works wonders for my hair. 

a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, chevy takes the mic

Whether I’m doing a twist-out, braid-out or a protective style, I always ensure that I use these products: 

  1. Pre-poo
  2. Shampoo
  3. Hair Treatment 
  4. Conditioner 
  5. Leave-in Conditioner 
  6. Cream/Pudding/Moisturizer 
  7. Oil
  8. Edge Control or Mousse 

I’m sure other Naturalistas can attest to this but the difference comes in the brands that we use. I personally realized that my hair behaves better when all the products I use are from the same brand or line. But I’m the type of person to only buy hair products once every three months because I use EVERY DROP. I also tend to wait for big sales so I can save some coin here and there. 

The issue with this is that sometimes whenever I’m buying my products some items are out of stock so I have to substitute them with another brand. And other times one brand doesn’t provide all the products I need so I often times end up with a diverse bundle of hair products

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I’m going to give you the specifics of what products I’m using and tell you what I like about each of them below so keep reading. 

  • Pre-poo; I try to incorporate some natural elements into my wash day routine and I’ve found that two things that work best for my 4C/D hair are Aloe Vera and raw coconut oil. From the moment I decide that I’m going to wash my hair I source a stalk of raw aloe vera either from my backyard or my neighbors. On my wash day remove the jelly from the inside and gently purée it in my blender. After it’s completely blended (but not frothy/foamy) I strain it into my applicator bottle and save it for when I start my routine. I love using natural aloe because it moisturizes and defines my curls but if I can’t find any I substitute it with organic coconut oil or some raw coconut oil to help with my split ends. 
a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, aloe vera, chevy takes the mic

  • Shampoo; At the moment I’m using my SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo. I started off with the travel size to see if I like the results and I loved it so much I had to get an upgrade. The apple cider vinegar removed build up from my scalp while the Shea butter and peppermint moisturizes the strands with a tingling effect. 

  • Hair Treatment; I normally just use a packaged deep treatment mask or when I feel fancy I’ll mix egg, coconut oil and mayo together and leave it in my hair for 30 minutes. 

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  • Leave-in Conditioner; this is where I switch things up. My go to leave-in is the LottaBody Love Me 5-in-1 Leave in Treatment because the formula is light and easy to apply. 

  • Cream/Pudding/Moisturizer; I then follow up with the LottaBody Moisturize Me Curl Style Milk this is the one product that almost always define my curls. I can literally see the difference whenever I use it. 

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LottaBody Coconut & Shea Oils Line

  • Oil; I normally use a mixture of 5 oils for my hair - Castor, Argan, Tea Tree, Jojoba, and Olive - because I find that they have better results instead of using them one at a time. My hair is always soft, shiny and it grows faster with this combination. 
  • Edge Control or Moussenow this is a hit or miss for me because my edges have a mind of their own. They only stay laid whenever they feel like it but whenever they do I have the LottaBody Control Me Edge Gel to thank. I also interchange this with the LottaBody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse. 

So there you have it! Whenever I want to ensure that my hairstyle turns out right I just follow my routine to the T and then enjoy my results. 

What are some of your go-to / must-have hair products? 
Do you have a brand of choice when you shop? 

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