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November Birchbox Review

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December is one of my favorite months of the year.  I love holiday shopping.  Even though I worked in retail for a very long time, I still love the smell of stores.  Since I do not get to go into malls as often anymore, when I do, it’s the best!  The energy during the holidays, the smell of stores, the excess amount of merchandise and the cold crispness in the air … I LOVE IT!  It’s even better right now because it’s actually cold in LA.  I have been wearing jackets and scarves the past few days and I love it!

Enough rambling about how much I love the holiday season.  It’s back to the real reason for this post.  I am late for my November Birchbox review, I’m sorry readers.  But, I have a good reason for waiting so long.  First of all, this was NOT a good representation of what Birchbox offers. I opened the box and was simply unimpressed. This is strike 1 Birchbox.  You hear me?  This month it was all about extras.  I received a moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, fragrance and a lip & cheek stain.  Can you guess which one I was actually excited for?  The lip & cheek stain of course!

I’m going to try to keep this post short and sweet.  Happy reading!

jane iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain (Forever Pink)| Birchbox $25:  This adjusts to your body’s unique chemistry to create a customized, flattering hue.  This was actually pretty light on me even after it adjusted to my body chemistry.  I know this is supposed to be a deluxe sample, but the product is so small it’s really awkward to use it.  Fail….

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Marcelle New-Age LumiPOWER 3-in-1 Moisturizer | Birchbox $26:  this is a day moisturizer, night moisturizer and eye cream in one.  This actually turned out to be something I liked.  It’s light, doesn’t have a smell and would be great for the summer.  I actually wouldn’t mind using this.  If you have sensitive skin or want something lightweight that won’t leave your skin greasy, this is it!

Rene Furterer Lumicia Shampoo & Conditioner | Birchbox $22/$24:  This is a luxe French shampoo.  The perfume smell is super strong.  It lathered well but my hair didn’t feel incredibly clean.  The conditioner is formulated to neutralize hard water buildup on your strands so that your have weightless strands.  I didn’t find that it really made my hair feel silky smooth like it should with a “luxe” conditioner.  Double fail.

Etat Libre d’Orange Dangerous Complicity | Birchbox $149:  This is fruity and floral – coconut and ginger are my favorites of the notes.  Unfortunately I didn’t really smell any of this.  I can tell that once I put this on, it will be very musky on me.  I am usually more drawn to clean floral scents.  This was not one of those.  Fail.

If you have read my other Birchbox reviews, I generally enjoy my samples and use them up throughout the month.  If you would like to sign up and subscribe to Birchbox, click on my link!  You may find some new products that you love.  I sure have!

Until next time!

Beauty

October Birchbox Review

Happy Halloween Cosmo Lushies!  I went to a Halloween Party on Saturday night at a Cat Rescue with my cat-loving friend and it was so much fun! We got to play with kittens, feed treats to the feral cats, and dress up as cats!  All in all, I would say it was a great night!

So, I am back on track and so proud that I am actually reviewing a Birchbox during the correct month (even if it is the last day of the month).  Go me!  This month was all about reviving and restoring.  I got a face & hair mask, mascara, perfume and a lip stick.  The star of this box was definitely the LOC lip stick.  Read on to see what I loved and what to skip.

LOC Complete Tati Collection for Lips | Birchbox $20: I am always a bit skeptical when receiving products from brands I am not familiar with.  This product really surprised me.  It’s a Birchbox brand and Tati is a famous Youtuber.  I typically do not wear bright or dark colors on my lips, but this season I have been doing it nonstop.  I got this product in Glam Life.  It is a creamy matte lip crayon I guess you can call it.  The color looked great on my skintone.  I will be adding this to my Fall lipstick rotation!  LOVE!

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Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask | Birchbox $58:  This mask promises an instant glow.  When applying the mask, the consistency reminds me of jelly like the Fresh Rose Moisturizing Mask.  The directions state to put on a thick layer of the product and to let it dry for 20-30 min.  By the end, my face was stiff from the dried mask.  After washing off the product, I didn’t notice an immediate glow.  This mask was okay for me.  I did read that you can use this as a spot treatment.  Maybe I will try it for that instead.  SKIP.

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Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara | Birchbox $20Unfortunately my eyelashes do not cooperate with any mascara out there except for Cover Girl.  This was no exception.  As soon as I put it on my curled lashes, they immediately went straight.  I have seen a lot of great reviews on this mascara, but it just didn’t work out for me.

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amika Nourishing Mask | Birchbox $28:  Great thing about this hair mask is that it’s free of parabens and is meant to help treat frizzy, dry hair.  When I used this, unfortunately I didn’t feel like my hair was as soft and luxurious as with other hair masks.  It really just felt like any other conditioner that I have used.  I would have to SKIP this.

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TokyoMilk Dark Pretty Rotten Eau de Parfum | Birchbox $42:  First of all, who names their products “rotten?”  Sadly, this did smell pretty rotten, excuse the pun.  It was horrible.  So horrible, in fact, that after smelling it from the tube I actually threw it away in the trash can.  Sorry TokyoMilk but this just isn’t for me.  SKIP!

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I hope that everyone has a fun and safe Halloween tonight!  If you enjoy my reviews and want to review your own Birchbox, click on this link to start your subscription for only $10 a month!  Until next month!

Beauty

August Birchbox Review

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It was all about hair this month, except for a few skincare/beauty items.  (When I made my profile, I put that I prefer skincare products and not so much makeup and hair care which is why even though that’s the theme for this month, I only got 2 products).

What I loved from my Birchbox this month:

Vasanti BrightenUP! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator | Birchbox $34.00:  You know I love a good exfoliator, but I absolutely loved this!  I really wasn’t expecting much and decided to use it one night before I went to bed.  My skin was baby butt soft!  It’s gentle on your skin so you don’t have to worry about having redness when you’re done washing your face.  Even looking at the product on Birchbox’s website – it’s sold out!  So I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought this stuff was awesome.  I’m buying it when it comes back in stock!

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R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste | Birchbox $28:  I was skeptical about this.  Dry shampoo in the form of a paste?  WTH…. BUT if I use it as a dry shampoo/texturizer on my 2nd and 3rd day hair then it’s wonderful!  It’s a gritty paste, so you have to rub it in your hands to get it be like a dry shampoo.  I like to add a bit of volume to my hair and I’m a #messyhairdontcare type of girl so this product did it’s magic.  If you have fine hair – this won’t work for you.  It will probably weigh your hair down and make it super greasy.  Thick, dry hair like me?  Works like a charm!

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Beauty Protector Protects & Oil | Birchbox $28.00:  I was kind of not expecting much with this box. When I picked up this hair oil, I just thought it was any other oil.  I was wrong.  It smells like vanilla and doesn’t weigh down my hair and make it super greasy.  Granted, I didn’t lather my hair in the oil but just used a dime size amount.  I have an Argon oil from Kiehl’s that I use but sometimes I feel like it makes my hair too greasy.  I put on the oil after washing my hair and air drying.  This product won my hair over!

What I didn’t care for:

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum | Birchbox $30:  I had high hopes for this one, but the smells was atrocious!  It’s all natural, free of parabens and sulfates, blah blah blah, but the smell was so strong that I thought it was full of chemicals.  PASS!

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Day-Dream Palette | Birchbox $25: I think this is an eyeshadow but can be used as a bronzer/highlighter.  I would probably use it for the latter but truthfully, it was too peachy for me to use as a bronzer or highlighter.  I feel like I have so many others in my personal arsenal cosmetics that this was just okay for me.
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Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!  I’ll be heading on over to the LA Fair doing what I love the most – eating and shopping!