July Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

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Hi everyone!  Thursday is finally here and I don’t know about you, but this week felt pretty long.

So, Birchbox arrives awhile back so if you’re interested in seeing what I got, keep reading!

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Sunscreen 

This sunscreen is safe for acne and rosacea-prone skin and has a silky formula that absorbs quickly without leaving a white cast or greasy sheen.  I’ve tried my fair share of sunscreens and I can confidently say that this formula is unique and unlike anything I’ve ever tried.  It feels almost silicone-like and it blends in very easily in the skin.  No breakouts so far and I’d be inclined to purchase this in the future.

Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Cream 

A silicone-free styling cream that is said to utilize 100% natural active ingredients to combat frizz, static and dry hair.  I haven’t got around to tying this one but I’ve tried something similar from this line and it was okay but not my holy grail.

dr. brandt PoreDermabrassion 

An exfoliator that contains, salicylic acid to unclog pores, caviar lime to brighten and lentil seed to strengthen and tighten pore walls.  I’ve been curious to try this product for a good minute and I was excited to see this in my box. It’s a cream-like exfoliator that has tiny abrasive particles to scrub away dead skin cells.  While I didn’t see a a huge difference in my pore size, my face definitely felt and looked smoother.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara 

Describes as. “a hypoallergenic mascara that curls even the tiniest of lashes for a doe-eyed look,” I really ended up liking this mascara.  It didn’t seem to irritate my eyes and I noticed that it fanned out my lashes in a nice and natural way.  I will definitely continue to try this one out.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique 

A best selling fragrance, this combines a tropical blend of Tahitian vanilla, jackfruit, and apricot.  One of the first fragrance samples that I’ve actually liked from Birchbox.  This fragrance is on the sweet side but I feel you can layer it under other fragrances to balance them out. I wouldn’t mind wearing this on its own but I’ll be testing this with my Jo Malone fragrances I have and see how that works.

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Overall, I thought this box was good.  Unfortunately, this may be my last box as I’ve accumulated a lot of samples that I feel like I may need to take a break for a while.

What did you think of this box?  Are you looking give Birchbox a try or are you thinking of cancelling? 

Stephanie 

June Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

June Birchbox

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Although I’m not 100% better, I can’t stay away from blogging too long because I really miss it and miss you guys as well.  Thanks for your comments and well wishes-it’s always nice to hear! 🙂

June’s Birchbox box has arrived so let’s take a look at what’s included.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3- Minute Peel- Body

This is a gentle and acid-free exfoliator that can be used to exfoliate your feet, calves, bikini area, arms, and décolleté without irritating sensitive skin. It’s supposed to help with skin problems like keratosis, eczema, body acne and ingrown hairs.  I have yet to try this one as I didn’t like the Real Chemistry Luminous 3- Minute Peel for the face at all.  I’ll update as soon as I try this out.

 

SuperGoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50

This product is 3-in-1 mist that is part makeup setter, oil controller, and UV protector.  I’m not the biggest fan of this product for the face as I received the full size of this in a PopSugar box last year.  You can read my review for this one here.

June Birchbox Swatches

Top to Bottom: Laura Gellar Gilded Honey, Benefit Gimmie Brow in Medium and Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Black

A creamy, waterproof liner that glides on effortlessly and then sets to a bold finish that won’t smudge or budge.  The pigmentation on this is really intense and almost reminds me of a liquid liner.  It applies very smoothly and has great staying power.  I kind of wish I had gotten a more colorful shade but I can’t complain too much as this one is pretty good.

Laura Gellar New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey 

Guys, this illuminator is life.  Seriously, I was so thrilled to see that this was included in my box because I have swatched it a few times at Ulta and really loved it.  This highlighter’s formula is designed to apply like a powder but feel like a cream, making it easily to blend.  I have nothing but glowing reviews for this as it’s gorgeous, easy to apply and looks lovely.  You can check it out in action on my Instagram page.

Benefit Gimmie Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Medium 

This month’s sample choice, a few strokes of this brow-building invention can make brows look full and defined. Volumizing microfibers and an exclusive water-resistant gel adheres to skin and hair, thickening brows to certified bold status. I was excited to try this out as it seems like an easy way to define brows and I was not disappointed.  Since it has a spoolie like application, I found it easy to define and tame by eyebrows in a few easy strokes. I received the shade medium which is a bit too dark for my liking so if I get the lighter shade, this will be perfect.

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Ardency Inn Modster Eyeliner, Laura Gellar Gelato Swirl in Gilded Honey and Benefit Gimmie Brow in Medium

Overall, I liked this box, especially the Laura Gellar highlighter.  I may cancel my Birchbox subscription after July because I’m accumulating a lot of samples and I kind of want to take a break from it.  I’ll keep you guys updated though.

What did you think of this month’s Birchbox?  Are any of you planning on cancelling or taking a break from it? 

Stephanie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing March 2016!

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Hi guys!  March’s PopSugar Must Have box has arrived and if you haven’t heard of this it’s a monthly box whose items range from fashion, beauty, home, fitness and food, making it a well rounded subscription box.  All items are full size and valued at over $100. Subscriptions range from $18.95-$39.95.

Take a look at this month’s inspiration plus the contents inside!

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Inspiration behind March’s box. 

 

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Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste, $4.49

This toothpaste is peroxide and preservative-free, vegan, packaged in a recyclable carton, and made in the USA, making it good for you and the earth.  I’ve received samples of the Hello toothpaste in one of my Target Beauty Boxes and I liked it.  Will try this soon.

Govino Go-Anywhere Carafe and Water Glass Set, $14.95

Made from BPA-free polymer, this carafe and glass stylishly helps you hit your daily water intake goal.  It resembles fine crystal but is shatterproof, making it easy to take it anywhere you go.  Picnic anyone?

Goodie Girl Cookies Toffee Chaos, $4.99

Toffee and chocolate cookies.  Need I say more? Oh, they are also gluten-free, made with kosher dairy and sans peanuts, and have a low fat, sugar and calorie content.  Share at your discretion. 😉

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Miss Ivy Pearl Five-Tassel Necklace, $38

This necklace is minimal enough to be worn with other beachy baubles or alone.  I love the color but am not a huge fan of tassels. We’ll see if I can make this work.

Nanette Nanette Lepore Classic Rose Gold Watch, $55

For lovers of the rose gold trend (me!), this watch exclusively designed for PopSugar features a neutral strap that makes it easy to pair with all of your favorite outfits.  So glad this one was included. *Swoon.*

 

Lola

LOLA Gift Card (Special Extra), $10

A gift card that provides a free box of tampons made with 100 percent cotton.  Not sure if I need a subscription box for feminine products but I’ll keep it in mind.

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Pixi by Petra Book of Beauty, Minimal Makeup, $24

A beauty kit that has two highlighters, two cheek tints, and four eyeshadows.  It’s your secret weapon to create the perfect “no makeup” look that will enhance your natural glow and eliminate the guesswork from your daily beauty routine.  As pretty as this looks, I will be gifting this away as I already have similar colors.

That’s it for this month’s box.  It’s not my absolute favorite box from PopSugar, but I love the watch that was included so no loss here.

What do you think of this month’s box? 

Stephanie 

March Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

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Hi everyone!  I’m back from my short blogging break and it’s just in time to bring you my March Birchbox review. Let’s hop to it! 🙂

Cargo Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette

These smooth eyeshadows are said to be highly pigmented and easy to blend to create a variety of looks.  Most likely I will not try these as I have something similar already, however if they’re anything like their blushes, you can bet these claims are true.

Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo

This sulfate-free, vitamin-rich cleanser claims to repair and protect dry and brittle hair.  I have curly hair which can definitely benefit from extra hydration.  This shampoo lathered nicely despite it being sulfate-free, and left my hair feeling smoother and clean. In my opinion, the scent is a little more on the masculine side but not overpowering.

Number 4 Hydrating Condition (Bonus)

Oddly enough, I have yet to try this one but once I do, I will try to update it on here.

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm

This “100% natural formula,” rehydrates skin, soothes sunburns, tames unruly brows and nourishes thirsty cuticles.  I’ve only tried this as a lip balm and I quite like it.  It has a very thick consistency, much like the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, which intensely moisturizes lips but makes the product hard to squeeze out of the tube.

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac Beauty Queen

I’m a fan of Benefit’s Benetint, so I was curious as how this would compare.  Stainiac is theBalm cosmetics’ best-selling stain that gives cheeks and lips a sheer and rosy tint.  Unlike Benetint, the consistency on this is a little bit tackier instead of watery.  It leaves behind a nice rosy color that has good lasting power but comes off while eating and drinking.  I like it for a sheer wash of color and it’s as good as Benetint to me.

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

This 5-in-1 eye serum, “lifts, firms, smooths, hydrates and restores the sensitive skin around the eye for a more youthful look.”  I’m fond of a couple of Kiehl’s products and I was glad to see another sample from them.  I didn’t see a huge improvement with this eye serum, perhaps because I don’t have major issues with my eye area, but it is lightweight and didn’t migrate into my eyes which I love.

 

Staniac Swatch

A swatch of theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac.
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Overall, I thought this box was well rounded and I’m happy with it. 🙂

Have you tried any of these brands?  What’s your favorite product from them? 

Stephanie 

February Birchbox Unboxing 2016!

February Birchbox

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for the sweet comments I received yesterday for my 2nd blogiversary-it made my day! 🙂

February’s Birchbox has arrived so let’s take a look at what’s inside!

Cartier Baiser Vole Lys Rose 

“From a brand that knows elegance, a romantic floral scent with notes of fresh, powdery lily.”  I usually like rose scented perfumes but I think the combination of lily made this a bit overwhelming and I’m not a fan of it.

Marcelle NewAge 8 in 1 Power Serum 

This is a lightweight anti-aging gel that is supposed to provide, “eight transformative benefits in one tube.”  A quick glance at the ingredient list shows a few peptides, which can help with ant-aging issues.  I’ve only used this once and it is light with a silky, almost silicone-like, feel when applied.  My skin felt and looked a bit smoother afterwards.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar- Black Metal Dahlia 

A cruelty-free, cult favorite product, this liquid lipstick offers matte and opaque coverage with the tiniest application.  I haven’t tried this one because I’m thinking of giving it away as I already have something similar to this.

Ouidad VitaCurl Define & Shine Styling Gel-Cream 

This ultrahydrating, non-sticky formula is said to enhance the texture of curls and waves while leaving a luminous finish. I’ve used this once and it did provide a hold to the curls without leaving them crunchy.  Since the sample size on this is generous, I will keep testing this out to see how it works in the long run.

Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil 

“This skin-balancing cleansing oil melts away makeup, oil, and impurities.” I’ve used this at night and I rub a dime size amount over my face to help breakdown my makeup.  I then rinse with water and follow up with my cleanser.  I do like this product, however as with most cleansing oil/creams I’ve used, this leaves behind a greasy film and I really have to remove it with the cleanser.  I just wished it would rinse off a bit cleaner.

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Overall, this wasn’t my favorite box but there’s always next month’s box.

What’s your opinion on February’s Birchbox? 

Stephanie 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing February 2016!

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Hi guys!  February’s PopSugar Must Have box has arrived and if you haven’t heard of this it’s a monthly box whose items range from fashion, beauty, home, fitness and food, making it a well rounded subscription box.  Subscription plans start at $39.95, all items are full size and are valued at over $100.

I’m excited to share this month’s box so keep reading to see what came in the box. 🙂

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Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion, $18

This soothing lotion moisturizes winter skin to leave it hydrated, soft, and smelling faintly of coconut and floral scents.  A favorite of mine already.

Victoria’s Secret Sports Socks (Special Extra) 

Socks that provide a cushioned sole, arch support and made with fabric that keeps your feet cool and dry even while working out. Of course I will be using these.  You can never have enough socks, right?

Victoria’s Secret Reward Card (Special Extra) 

A $20 gift card to use at Victoria’s Secret?  Yes please!  Love their sports bras, but not the price, so this will come in handy.

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Beautycounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm, $50

A cleanser formulated with carefully sourced ingredients to remove makeup and impurities while also moisturizing skin.  Also included is a soft muslin cloth to remove the cleanser with.  I’ve tried this twice, sans the muslin cloth, and while I find it does help makeup breakdown quicker, I definitely need to follow up with a cleanser because it leaves behind a greasy residue. UPDATE 4/2016: I stopped using this one as it was making me break out.

Fringe Studio Hello Beautiful Square Tray, $14

A kiln-fired glass tray that can serve as an elegant accessory for work or home that has the words Hello Beautiful embossed on it.

JewelryStorm Endless Arrow Ring, $28

A dainty ring that has, “just the right amount of bling to wear alone or stacked with other pieces.”  I love this ring with the simple yet chic design.  However, sizes seem to run a bit small on these.

Cookie Mix

Foodstirs Heart Cookie Mix, $12.95

Co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Foodstirs cookie kit is, “free of artificial ingredients, GMOs, and preservatives.”  This kit includes the cookie mix, a heart-shaped cookie cutter and pink crystalized sugar. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Tilo Heart Print Scarf, $125 

This scarf was designed exclusively for POPSUGAR and has white hearts imprinted on them.

Definitely one of my favorite boxes for sure!

What are your thoughts on this month’s box? 

Stephanie 

 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing January 2016!

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Hi everyone!  How was your weekend?  My PopSugar Must Have Box arrived over the weekend so here’s a quick rundown of what was included this month.

Blue Sky Day Designer Weekly Planner, $16

A perfect item to include for a new year to keep you on track.  While I did give this one to my sister, I’m definitely going to check out other designs.

Not Soap, Radio Bath and Shower Gel Gift Set, $22

A positive and unique approach to shower gels, these smell amazing and each of them has an uplifting message.  Clarity, luck, confidence, happiness and calm are themes included here.

Patchology FlashMasque Trio, $20

Facial sheet masks are popular and these claim to “revitalize, hydrate and illuminate skin” in just five minutes.

 

Not Soap Radio

Pehr Designs Pebble Sack Bin, $40

A storage bin that can house hats, scarves, toys, books and beyond.  Great for keeping things organized.

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo,$18.99

In this book, expert cleaning consultant Marie Kondo illustrates “how to spark joy in our lives through tidying up,” and how to stay organized all year round.  Definitely not a book I would have normally chosen on my own but I’ve skimmed through it and it looks very interesting.

Project & INC Summer Snow Sugar Free Gum, $2 

Sugar free gum whose, “proceeds from every seventh pack purchased go toward antibullying efforts in the US.”

Chapstick Total Hydration 100% Natural Soothing Vanilla, $2.99

Considered a special extra, this chapstick protects lips against dryness with argan oil and other natural oils and butters.  It’s portable and does provide much needed moisture to my lips.

Spark Joy

Overall, this month’s box was okay-not my favorite but it has some practical items that I will use.

What do you think of this month’s box? 

Stephanie 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing December 2015!

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Hi everyone!  How was your weekend?  It’s windy and gloomy over here today but luckily I have an insight to December’s PopSugar Must Have Box to brighten things up.  Let’s get to it! 🙂

Luv AJ The Rose Gold Ombre Bracelet, $65 

An ombre bracelet that has a mix of silver, rose gold and gold plating.

Swing Design Nova Blue Mist Jewelry Box, $36 

A jewelry box that has a stitched blue leatherette and suede interior-perfect for housing the rose gold ombre bracelet we received.

Jewelry Box

My Cup of Cake Classic Belgian Chocolate, $5.99

It doesn’t get much simpler than this three minute gourmet souffle that features dark Belgian chocolate and all-natural ingredients.

Meri Meri Silver Stars on White Glitter Tape, $4

Perfect for the holiday occasion, this white glitter tape adds a sparkling finish to your gifts.

Nima Oberoi Lunares Geo Stopper, $24 

An exclusive geo stopper, wine lovers will appreciate this bottle stopper that is handcrafted to not tarnish or break so you can reuse it.

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Stowaway Cosmetics Creme Lipstick Trio, $30 

A lipstick trio that is designed for the girl on the go.  They are small enough to fit comfortably in your clutch and also to be used up before they expire. Shades include Muted Plum, Raspberry and Cranberry.

Tiny Prints Gift Tag Stickers + $20 Promo Code, $20 (Special Extra)

Another great holiday item, these heart gift tag stickers have already been used to seal Christmas gifts.  A $20 off your purchase card was also included with this.

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Below is a swatch of Muted Plum.  I may gift the others away so I didn’t swatch those but one is a bright red shade (Cranberry) and the other is similar to fuschia (Raspberry).  These remind be of Bite Beauty except Muted Plum has a little more slip to it which makes it glide effortlessly on the lips

Muted Plum

Stowaway Cosmetics Muted Plum

As with my other PopSugar boxes, I am pleased with the items included in here, especially the lipsticks and the holiday tags!

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What do you think of this month’s box? 

Stephanie 

December Birchbox Unboxing 2015!

December Birchbox

Happy Thursday everyone!  December’s Birchbox is in so let’s get to it! 🙂

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk 

For a few years now, I have been wanting to try out this dry shampoo so when I saw it was included, I was happy.  After trying it though, I found it to be sticky and it doesn’t have a scent per se but still smells kind of odd, if that makes sense.  Not my favorite dry shampoo yet but I’ll give it another shot.  Bonus points for not leaving a white residue behind.

JUARA Coconut Illipe Hand and Nail Balm 

This balm is supposed to hydrate, firm and plump hands as well as improve nails and cuticles and with this cold weather, it was good to put it to the test.  It is fast-absorbing but not as hydrating sometimes as I would like.  The scent reminds me of the beach so it’s a nice little pick me up during the afternoon.

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist 

I’ve seen this in multiple beauty blogs and I’m glad it was included.  It has a citrusy, floral-esque scent and it gives a nice, beach-like texture to my ends when I flat iron my hair.  Would definitely invest in the full size bottle.

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Coastal Scents styleEYES Eyeshadow Palette- socialEYES 

This month’s sample was an eyeshadow quad from Coastal Scents.  While I love the colors, a vibrant turquoise and lovely gold, I will be giving this one away, hence the reason for no swatches.

theBalm Cosmetics FratBoy 

You gotta love the packaging on theBalm Cosmetics and the nifty names they come up with.  Again, the color looks lovely but I will also be giving this one away as I have colors that look similar.  Although I am not entirely fond of the size of the sample-it looks like it would be an eyeshadow sample-my previous experience with their blushes was great so I am sure this is no different.

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Overall, this was a good box filled with items I have been eyeing for a while now.

What’s your opinion on this month’s box? 

Stephanie 

PopSugar Must Have Unboxing November 2015!

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Hi readers!  It’s almost the weekend again. Yay!

PopSugar Must Have Box also came in last weekend so here’s your peek at November’s box.

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Gramr Gratitude Co. Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack, $10 

A cute set of 5 postcards.  They included a $15 coupon code to try out their quarterly subscription.

Tarte Cosmetics Beauty and the Box Eyeshadow in Apple of My Eye, $22 

When I first saw we were getting a Tarte eyeshadow quad, I wasn’t too thrilled but after seeing the shades, it’s clearly the star of the box.  Perfect fall and everyday colors.  This is a new product from Tarte’s fall line that will soon be released.

 

Tarte Swatches

Swatches of the eyeshadow quad. Top-Bottom: Gala, Honeycrisp, Caramel and Golden Delicious. I’m really loving Caramel.

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West Emory Bingbo Set, $20 

Pretty self explanatory.  Not sure if I will keep this or gift it away but it’s a good idea for a rainy day.

Deepa Gurnani Katie Crystal Headband, $56 

This festive headband seems to be a perfect fit for the holidays coming up.

Capri Mercury Jewel Box Candle in Rain, $18 

I love candles and this one is no exception.  Everything from the packaging, a recycled hand blown glass box with wooden lid, to the scent is lovely.  Plus, it can be used as a keepsake box after the candle is finished.

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard, $7.30

I must admit I love honey mustard and was happy to receive this.  It’s gluten and dairy free and tastes a little bit like Dijon mustard. I couldn’t taste the pecans really. This can be used as a vegetable glaze, cheese pairing, sauce for pork tenderloin or roast turkey, or pretzel dip.

Another good box from PopSugar. 🙂

What’s your favorite item? 

Stephanie