So back to the miracle brand. I had never heard of a BB until I opened that box. I fell in instant love. I've always felt my skin was dull, and this really made it shine. In a good way. I purchased the full-size immediately. It's wicked easy to apply (did I mention I lived in Boston for a spell?), provides great coverage without looking caked on, and gives my skin a nice dewy finish.
I received another Dr. Jart+ product in my last box (Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream), and while I was doing some research (did I mention I'm a scientist?) on the Birchbox website, I came across something that looked interesting: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detx Pore Penetrator (why are all of these products such a mouthful?).
Before I go any further, here are the important facts to know about my skin: I have what I like to call "porcelain", and the rest of the world likes to call "pale" skin. But, I look much younger than my 34 years because of my abstinence from the sun, so put that in your juice box and suck it. I only have one real wrinkle, between my brows, from squinting and frowning (the exact same place as my mom, and my sisters are starting to get the same, so it's safe to say it's genetic). I have huge pores, large enough to drive a truck through, on my nose and the area of my cheeks directly adjacent, and I am prone to the blackheads that accompany that situation (though mine are petite clogged pores, not the big gross ones I to refer to as "boy blackheads"). I also get the same small blackheads around my mouth and chin, and baby whiteheads around the base of my nose. I'm prone to cystic acne, but there's not a whole lot to be done about that. I get good old fashioned zits around my jawline, mostly. I used to have oily skin until I started using oil as a moisturizer a couple years ago. Now, it's perfectly normal during the summer and slightly dry during the winter (I plan on writing a post about my skincare regimen at some point, which I think you will find interesting if you have skin issues and use conventional products). Finally, because of some health problems I have, I get scaly patches along my neck and throat and lower cheeks. (I never in a million years thought I would write about my skin in such intimate detail on the internet, but the details are important to understand my review.)
The Birchbox website says this will also shrink my pores. I've not had it long enough to see if this is true. Even if it doesn't, who cares? I certainly don't. The fact that it sucks the gunk out of my pores with such efficiency, with no burning or tingling or unpleasantness at all is plenty for me. And, since I used my accumulated Birchbox points, and took advantage of the free shipping for monthly brands, AND had a coupon, it was a grand total of $3.40 (which means it wasn't a product supplied to me for the purposes of reviewing - I purchased this with my own money). This is definitely a win.
ps If anyone is interested in trying out Birchbox, or Ipsy, fill out the contact form to the right. I'd love to send you an invite, which I think helps get you past the waiting list, and I get credit for it, so I can buy more products to review for the 5 people that read my blog.
*It may not have felt harsh on my skin, but there are definitely some ingredients I don't agree with, like phenoxyethanol and parabens, plus a couple I haven't heard of before. I try to be cognitive of what I'm putting on my skin, because it has a tendency to react poorly (i.e. I break out in hives), plus I think we're all exposed to so many environmental toxins that we should limit them as much as possible on a personal level. But on occasion, I find a product I like so much I look past it's chemical inadequacies. This is one of them.