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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!  


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!

If you want to jump on the Birchbox bandwagon too, here’s a link to join!


Sunny Sunblock

IMG_2205IMG_2206IMG_2207This review is for my good friend Kathy up in San Francisco!  She asked me to review a sunblock since she has been trying to find the right one and hasn’t had any luck.  Well Kathy, you don’t have to look anymore because here is my favorite face sunblock!  I have tried a few other brands like Neutrogena, Shiseido (which my sister loves & it’s also a good product, but it’s not my cup of tea) and Supergoop! so I have been around the block with face SPF.  Usually I don’t like how my face feels sticky after application, or how my makeup doesn’t blend well.  It’s really quite obnoxious if you need to put something over the SPF.  While I was working at the big fancy back in the day, I heard that Clarins had a great SPF.  I laughed … why would I use Clarins?  I didn’t know anything about the brand and I thought only people my mom’s age used the brand.  Welp… I was wrong.  I actually ended up using the brand for a year but I like to switch things up so I ventured on to other brands.  BUT their products are great.  I’ll do a review on a few of them later on.

Anyway, why do I like this stuff?  If you look at the pictures that I posted of the product on my hand you can see that it’s starting to run down the back of my hand because it’s a bit watery – which is fine.  After rubbing it in a bit, it’s still there.  Then when you rub it in completely you can barely tell that I put anything on.  Notice how the back of my hand isn’t SHINY?  The product actually absorbs really well and my face even feels softer.  It’s perfect for when you have to apply foundation and blush.

Quick tip:  Make sure that you shake the bottle before applying.  The liquid separates and there’s even something inside the bottle to help you mix it up!  One time this lady wanted to return a bottle because she said it was expired.  Nope, you just need to shake it lady.

Final thoughts:  So Kathy – try this stuff out.  I’m pretty sure you will love it as much as I do!  Plus, we’re getting old.  Sun spots are the devil …. 5/5

Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection SPF 40 | $34.99 |