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March Birchbox Review

This past weekend I was up in NorCal for work and had a blast!  If you follow me on my Instagram, you would have seen that I went to Kittea Cat Cafe in San Francisco.  I had so much fun, the cats are adorable. Maybe I will do a review on my visit.  Let me know if you want to know what it was like.  Other than that, I ate a lot.  The food up there is amazing and it’s fun to see the different variations between SoCal and NorCal.  For example, I saw a huge line for Boba Guys. Growing up in the San Gabriel Valley – we have a ton of boba places.  I couldn’t believe why there would be a line at this place. Well, it’s the hip, organic, delicious version of what we have down here.  I approve.

Now back to the real reason for this post – March Birchbox review!  This Birchbox was curated by Reese Witherspoon and her lifestyle brand Draper James. This one had some great products in it and I was super excited to try everything out.  Also, I love Reese!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream | Birchbox $27.50:  This is a no-brainer.  I love Kiehl’s products.  This is right in between being lightweight and creamy.  It’s great for an everyday face cream.  It has no scent which I do like.  This is the best every day no nonsense face cream!

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara | Birchbox $21.99It doesn’t matter what kind of mascara it is.  They  never work on my stick straight eyelashes.  However, I try every single mascara that is sent to me and sadly, this did not work for me.  *insert sad face*

Davines Naturaltech Replumpling Shampoo & Conditioner | Birchbox $26.50 each:  I know I say this a lot, but I was really looking forward to trying this out.  I love Davines.  However, this smelled musky and like an old lady.  AND when I used the shampoo my hair didn’t feel clean.  When I used the conditioner, my hair didn’t feel soft.  PASS!

Davines Naturaltech Replumping Hair Filler Superactive | Birchbox $40:  I was skeptical about this.  What is it supposed to do?  Fill my hair?  Well, other than the smell which I didn’t like (it’s the same as the shampoo & conditioner) – it did what it said it was going to do!  My hair is full and plumped.  I wish it didn’t smell like an old lady, but I will be using this whole sample bottle up!  Who doesn’t love fuller hair?

Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser | Birchbox $24:  I loved the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel that was in my December Birchbox so I was really looking forward to trying this out.  It doesn’t dry your face out like normal foaming cleansers do and it’s moisturizing!  Not bad!  This would be perfect if you have a Clarisonic.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Double the Lip in Lusty Rose| Birchbox $20:  This product is really cool.  It’s a lip liner and lipstick in 1.  You can see in the photo that there are two layers.  However, even though I was super excited to see this and try it – it was a bust for me.  The first problem, the color.  It just wasn’t a good look on me.  Also, having to put the “liner” part on your bottom lip is a bit of a task.  It’s a great concept and Benefit is some high quality stuff – but this just wasn’t for me.

I liked 4/7 of the products sent to me.  I say that’s a win!

If you want to get your own Birchbox, click here!  Until next time!

Beauty

May Birchbox Review

IMG_4435 IMG_4438I was super excited when I got the email that my May Birchbox had shipped and was on its way.  For this one, I got to pick one sample (Supergoop! Sunscreen Oil) that I wanted to try out of a few options before my box shipped.  Also, you’re able to get a sneak peek and see what is in your box before you get it.  Since I don’t like waiting, of COURSE I looked to see what was in my box!  Now onto the reviews….

Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo | Full-size $35:  I was so excited to try this duo.  I have always had my eye on Cargo’s products, especially this one.  I am traveling for work next week and this is absolutely perfect to throw in my makeup bag.  The colors?  Love… they went really well with my skin tone.  What I also like about this product is that it’s pretty sheer, but you can build it up to the color you want.  The last thing I want is a giant brown streak across my face with a pink dot in the middle of my cheek.  I obviously packed on the color to show you the swatch on my hand, so don’t be afraid of buying this!  I will buy the full size!  

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Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 | Full-size $20:  This is a lightweight sunscreen that actually gives a matte finish! It’s oil-free, fragrance free and free of harsh chemicals.  Win win!  Only bad thing is that it comes with a tint, so unless you have a medium complexion, this won’t really work for you.  I still like my Clarins SPF, but this was fun to try.

Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo | Full-size $25:  I literally took a shower just so I could give you a review on this product.  I wasn’t expecting much but I have to tell you… I LOVED IT!  The smell is amazing… I have no idea what it is.  There’s olive extract, but I’m pretty sure that’s not it.  Smells like a light floral scent. I felt like I was in a fancy spa while I was taking a shower.  The shampoo foams and suds almost immediately and there is a LOT of bubbles.   It’s for coarse/frizzy hair, which I definitely have.  I didn’t feel like it dried out my hair and after I let my hair air-dry, I could tell that it was less frizzy and soft.  Am I going to buy the full size?  YES YES and YES!  *The conditioner was added as an extra bonus to my Birchbox.

Supergoop! Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50 | Full-size $34:  For some reason when I picked this, I thought it was for my face.  I don’t know why it didn’t cross my mind that this could be for the body.  So, of course, it turns out that you’re supposed to use this when you are laying out on the beach and want some sunscreen and moisturizing oil.  Well, since I really do not like to lay out in the sun, I haven’t been able to slather this on my body.  What I did do, was put it on my arm to see if I would get an allergic reaction.  There have been some reviews that this can cause small red bumps on your skin.  I didn’t notice this at all and there is a nice citrus-y scent.  I would recommend this if laying out is your thing, otherwise, you can skip this.

Vera Bradley Fragrances Macaroon Rose | Full-size $48: It is incredibly difficult for me to find a fragrance that doesn’t immediately get musky on my skin.  So you can imagine how surprised I was when I put this on and I didn’t smell like someone’s grandma!!!  This is a very floral, girly scent.  It has the scent of macaroon, rose, sandalwood and jasmine.  I’m not quite sure I smelled the macaroon, but I definitely smelled everything else.  A bit too girly for me, but I would recommend this for someone looking for a new floral scent for summer!

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