February 2015 – Birchbox

February’s Birchbox theme was all about friendship. I assume that I was supposed to share my box with one of my friends. I didn’t. I’m aware of how selfish I am.
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First item out of the box was: Obliphica Professional Intensive Hair Serum. I took this out first because it was in that little pink pouch and it had obviously started to leak and I wanted it out of my box ASAP. This stuff is freakin amazing. I put it on the bottom part of my hair (not on the roots or you’ll look like a greaseball) when I get out of the shower. I let it soak in for a minute or two and then I put my other hair products in and blow dry my hair. Boy oh boy, this serum makes my hair so shiny, so soft, so healthy looking. It amazes me. (Full size $38)

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Next was: Coola Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint. I really had high hopes for this. I love my BB and CC creams, but this just sucked. It felt greasy in my hands, it felt greasy on my face, and it gave me a nice “look like I’ve worked in a pizza shop all day” kind of greasy shine to my face. No thank you. (Full size $36)

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Up next was: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I’m gonna be honest here, I don’t know what oat milk is, but that’s ok because whatever it is, I like it to be in my hair. Last year when I started to get purple ombre in my hair, I had to learn how to not wash my hair everyday. I had been washing my hair every day for the last… 24 years. My lovely hairdresser introduced me to dry shampoo and I fell in love. I’ve gone through a few different kinds, and my current favorite is from Dove. I really liked this Klorane stuff though. It felt heaver in my hair then my Dove stuff, but that just meant I could use less of it. I didn’t fall in love with it, but I did fall in like with it.  (Full size $19.50)

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My makeup product was: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. Ohhhh, this stuff is good! Now I don’t know where they get the “skinny” part from because I thought it gave me a pretty thick line. My go to liquid eyeliner is usually Kat Von D Tattoo Liner but I did find myself going back and forth between the two. I liked Eyeko because the nubbin (yes, that is what I call the end of an eyeliner) was stiffer and gave me an easily build-able and thicker lash line. (Full size $16)

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And my favorite product this month is: Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes. Oh. My. Lanta. This stuff is just. I can’t even. I RARELY swear by a product, but I will swear by this. I’ve used countless different eye makeup removers in the past and they always sting my eyes. This doesn’t. I repeat. THIS DOES NOT STING AT ALL. It feels like little angels kissing all of your eye makeup off. It doesn’t leave my skin raw or feeling oily. It doesn’t sting and a little goes a long way with this stuff. Never have I ever been this excited for a skin product. (Full size $15)

IMG_3467There’s my February box for ya. Stay beautiful, you fabulous people of the internet.

January 2015 – Birchbox

Haha, yes I am aware that it is March.

I am also aware that it has been 8 months since I’ve posted anything.

Soz.

So this post (and some future ones) are going to be about me reviewing some products that I’ve used recently. For Christmas this last year I decided to give myself the present of a year’s subscription of Birchbox. Birchbox is a site that sends you 5 sample sized “beauty products” in a small box every month. It’s $10 a month (unless you pay the whole year upfront and you get a bit of a discount). You also can earn points by reviewing the products, which translate to $$$ in their shop where you can buy discounted full size items of what you were sent. So me, lover of all makeup, hair, beauty type things, is all over this! I’m on my 3rd month and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. Not only do I get new beauty stuff every month, but I’m also learning about products and companies that I’ve never even heard of before. It’s opened me up to a whole new beauty world (cue singing of “A Whole New World” in a strangled operatic soprano voice).

For this post I’ll be “reviewing” the products I received in my January Birchbox.

Each month’s box has a theme of sorts, January’s theme was: Let’s Do This! I assume that’s to get me in the mood to follow through on all of the resolutions I never made.

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I do have one product that isn’t pictured here. I received: Whish Three Whishes Body Butter in the sent of lavender. I HATE LAVENDER. The scent of lavender makes me feel sick. So I gave it to my sister before I was able to take a picture of it. She said she liked it and it was nice. So there’s that review for ya. (Full size $24)

Next was: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, Shade #1. I love BB cream and I horde it like the end times are coming. Since I am ridiculously pale and ridiculously freckled, I only wear foundation in the fall/winter time because my freckles have faded. In the spring and summer I look like a Dalmatian. Since foundation looks horrible over dark freckles, I use tinted BB cream to even out my skin and make it look nice without covering up my freckles. I only used a little bit of this, since I really want to save it for the summer. But with what little I used, I absolutely fell in love with it. This is probably the best BB cream I’ve ever used in my entire life. It’s lightweight, goes on smooth, and blends perfectly. (Full size $39)

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Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: Boy what a name. This is something I don’t use very often, an exfoliate. I have very sensitive skin and exfoliating it usually makes me break out. I used teeny tiny amounts of this to scrub my face in the morning, instead of using my normal Clean and Clear cleanser, for 3 days a week. It did make my face look brighter, but that’s about it. I didn’t see any other skin benefits from it when I was using it. It also feels like you’re rubbing sand mixed with jello on your face. So nice. (Full size $34)

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Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner: The color I received isn’t on the site anymore so I can’t remember the name of it, but it was around the color of pea soup. Not a color I usually go for in the eyeliner (or anything else really) department. Now this eyeliner did glide on great, blended well, and lasted for a long time. It’s just that the color was really really ugly. And it wasn’t a dark green, so if I wore any eyeshadow, you couldn’t really see the liner. I recommend the liner, not the green shade. (Full size $11)

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Now I really got a kick out of the last item in my box: Harvey Prince Sincerely Yours. If you haven’t noticed yet, my last name is Harvey. And I love that this perfume has my name on it, and that’s about the only thing I love about it. I’m very into sweet flowery type perfumes, this is not one of those. This is a deep musky heavy scent. Not to be mean or anything, but it kind of smells like my Aunt Patty’s perfume. I love my Aunt Patty a lot, so I kept the perfume and I smell it whenever I feel sad because Aunt Patty is pro at making me feel better. (Full size $55)

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There’s my January box for ya. Stay beautiful, you lovely people of the internet.