Friday, August 21, 2015

CEW Mass Appeal Birchbox

While the CEW Prestige Box was awesome, let's be honest and admit that I'm a broke beauty blogger and never spend that much money on items, even if I love them. The second CEW box that Birchbox released is the Mass Appeal box, which is more of your everyday items, also known as things in most people's budgets. This box was $15 and contained 6 items, a few of which were full sized. The value here is great and for the most part was full of fantastic products. Let's dig into it and see what I got shall we?

So this box didn't have the fancy paper confetti like the other box did, but as you can see was basically stuffed to the gills. I'm really impressed with the value of this box, how does Birchbox do this?

As you probably guessed the first item is a full sized mascara by Rimmel London. I actually just opened another mascara like two days before this arrived so I haven't tried it yet. But look at that interesting brush shape? Gimmick or wonder brush? I'll do a full post on this when I try it I promise.

Another full sized item! I use to adore Olay, not really sure why I quit using their stuff. Course that was back in the day when they were Oil of Olay and really only had a few items. Now they seem to have a bit of everything, which is great! This is a dark circle erasing eye cream, which is something I think most people could use.

I love the swirls inside of it, reminds me of the T-Virus from Resident Evil. The swirls are a shimmery cream, so if you put it on in the morning it helps reflect light and hide your dark circles while the rest of the product works to diminish them. I've been using it for about a week now and I'm pretty impressed with how well it works. I haven't been sleeping well at all but you've never know it looking at my face. Because you only need a little bit this will last for a while, but I wouldn't be against buying another one for sure.

A Korean Beauty item! Laneige is apparently a well known brand in the kbeauty circles, but this is my first time owning something from them. Since it's summer right now I haven't tried this, but come winter I will be all over it. A sleeping mask is a mask you leave on over night and wipe off or wash off in the morning. This one in particular is to help moisturize your skin and leave it looking plump. Perfect for dry Oregon winters.

Lip crayon! And a full sized one at that, this box just keeps getting better and better! Burt's Bees is another brand I use to love and quit using for some reason, so I was pretty excited to get to try one of their new to me makeup items. Like the Nudestix from the Prestige box this is a nice neutral color that's perfect for low makeup days and work. I find it a bit drying so I won't pick up any of the other colors, but I don't hate it and will continue to use it.

Another skincare item that I believe is full sized, or is at least a giant sample if it isn't (but I'm pretty sure it's a full sized item). Simple is a skincare line that specializes in better for your skin items without nasty chemicals, parabens, and fragrances. I've used some of their stuff in the past before and they're a decent brand. This is a gel moisturizer, which is my favorite kind to use in the mornings so my face doesn't get greasy.

This is described as ultra light and good for sensitive skin. I've been using it for about a week now and I think it's a great introduction to gel moisturizers but if you use them already like I do you may be a bit underwhelmed. I'll stick with my hyaluronic gels for now, but this is perfect to take with me on vacations since it's a plastic bottle and not glass.

And lastly we have an item that's been causing quite a bit of a ruckus in the beauty blogger world. These are full of terrible for your skin ingredients, so to give it a gentle skin label was upsetting for a lot of people. Some have experienced burning and redness when using them. I've used 3 or 4 or them and I have to tell you, they suck. Not only are they 25% smaller than the Kirkland brand wipes I adore, they drag on your skin when you use them, making them super uncomfortable to actually use. And the smell. You remember the cheap bubble mix you loved as a kid? These smell exactly like that. Not exactly something I want against my face. And they do a terrible job actually cleaning your makeup off. Really disappointed with Cetaphil and Birchbox for including such an awful item.

So 5 out of 6 items were great, which I think is pretty good odds. And for $15 this box was a great buy, I'm so glad I picked it up. Do any of these items look like something you'd want to pick up? Or did you get this box as well? Let me know what you think in the comments down below.


  1. I enjoyed your MASS CEW review and that is sad about face wipes...I will keep in mind for next month Fall shopping! :)

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty

    1. If you are a Costoc member, the Kirkland brand wipes are my all time favorite and I highly recommend them. Thanks for stopping by!