September 15, 2014

September 2014- Fresh Paint Birchbox

This month, the exterior box's geometric, colorful pattern represents new beginnings, with summer ending and fall beginning and Birchbox's 4th anniversary. 

Also, this month, I finally took advantage of Birchbox's pick one of your samples via email. I like the option as I can choose to opt out and be completely surprised or use the opportunity to ensure at least one product (even though I almost always love my whole box).

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
Though I have already received this cleanser/exfoliator and accompanying muslin cloth, I love it so much I chose, in the monthly email, to receive it again. It is a white cream that when used with the cloth gently cleanses and exfoliates skin, hence the name. I also love using the cloth as it is very easy and convenient. Additionally, the small tube lasts a long time.

Birchbox loves sending hair samples and I love receiving them. These two adorable bottles house natural ingredients that claim to rejuvenate, or resurrect, your hair. I like the idea of supporting the United States by purchasing these, as they are freshly made in Texas, but the scent does seem a bit too herbal for me. However, I will give them a fair chance and though I wouldn't classify my hair as needing resurrection, I do think it could be healthier.

With grape derived ingredients, this serum claims to perfect skin tone, add moisture, and promote a glowing complexion, all of which my skin is in need of. This seems to feel like many other serums, but since I never purchase serums I am excited to use it. 

I don't own many products from Smashbox, in fact I own barely any. The brand seems nice, but I haven't ever been motivated to dabbled in it. That being said, I am excited to see this product in my box. Similar to many other lip products that have recently been released, this product adds a glossy stain to lips with lots of pigmentation and some moisture. The line offers a large variety of shades and I have Coral. Birchbox did a great job picking a color as this pink shade is one I can see myself wearing loads and I love this style of lip product.

This month's box is a great value, motivates me to start fresh for fall, and excites me, seeing all the great and useful products. Additionally, I went online, filled out the surveys for the products featured in my box and recieved 50 points toward spending in the birchbox shop, what a great extra gift!

September 13, 2014

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Deep Blue

Navy Eyeliner is a trend I have been wanting to experiment with. Forgetting that I already had a navy liner, I stopped by the drugstore and picked up the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Deep Blue.

These liners are incredible. They last all day, are smooth, pigmented, and creamy. Basically all around amazing liners, especially for just under $5. 

The shade of navy is what I was looking for; something not too bright, being almost black. This shade is exactly that and still adds a bit of brightness to my eyes. 

If you're looking to pursue the navy liner trend at a low budget, I recommend trying this eyeliner. 

September 11, 2014 Twist Scarf- Black with Gold Studs

Shape-able headbands have been in for quite some time and I have just recently hopped onto the bandwagon. I purchased a black and gold headband, made by, at a local boutique. Offering these in many different colors and patterns, I feel recognizes how a simple accessory, like a headband, can spice up an outfit, adding lots of personality.      
These headbands have a soft wire, feeling similar to plastic, that is sturdy and strong. These are easy to mold and stay in position. I wear this headband with "bunny ears", sticking up on each end, as shown in the picture, and folded down/twisted to create a more sophisticated classic look.

At $20, these accessories can be quite costly, but I have gotten a lot of wear out of mine and am glad I purchased it. 

September 9, 2014

Product Empties #8

Dr Brandt Pores No More-
This mousse textured primer came as a deluxe sample in a Birchbox. It is similar to the Benefit Porefessional and I was pleasantly surprised with how much product was in the tube.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser-
Recently it seems like everyone is talking about FAB, but there is a qualifying reason behind the hype; the products are amazing. Their face cleanser is gentle, non-drying, gets the job done, and works well with my Clarisonic. I will be repurchasing this in the very near future.

Simple Makeup Remover Wipes-
Always having these in my empties posts, it is obvious I love them. I mostly use these wipes to clean off swatches, but once in awhile, when I'm feeling extra lazy, I use them to remove my makeup and find they work well without irritating my skin.

Clinique Extra Mild Clarifying Lotion-
This alcohol free toner is one of my long time favorites. It exfoliates dead skin and cleanses the skin without bring drying. I will definitely be repurchasing very soon, as I have done many times.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil-
I never understood the hype, but this product has recently captured my heart. This small bottle of moisturizing goodness lasted me quite a long time and it is highly likely I will purchase a full size soon.

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo-
I am in love with the moisturizing formula that leaves hair feeling bouncy and hydrated. Loving this shampoo, I have a review here and will be repurchasing soon.

Paul Mitchell Twirl Around-
This product, at the start, comes with 2 products spiraled together, a cream texture and a gel texture. I love how it hydrates and adds bounce to my hair, without weighing it down or leaving it feeling crunchy. I have repurchased this many times and have no doubt I will again.

Soap and Glory Clean on Me-
After owning umpteen bottles of this body wash I am still loving it. The scent is amazing and it makes you squeaky clean without feeling dry. My love doesn't discriminate between scents from Soap and Glory but this one is my favorite.

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub-
I love The Body Shop Body Butters and their body scrub did not let me down. The bits inside slough off dry skin, but you do need to use a body wash afterward as the sugar leaves your skin with a film.

The Body Shop Body Butter in Strawberry-
Who doesn't want to smell nice and have smooth skin. This thick, hydrating cream that smells fresh, light, and fruity is perfect. I volley between a few scents and will purchase this one again, as well as new scents to try.

What products have you finished off lately?

Read about what products I have previously used up here.

September 7, 2014

It's a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo

I purchased this on a whim for $20, knowing that I like the Miracle Leave In Product, but never exposing myself to any other products from the brand. The list of great things this is supposed to do for your hair and pump attracted me.

It has a gel texture, rather than a cream consistency typical of most moisturizing hair products.This shampoo is unlike many others because it cleanses strands, while adding lightweight moisture. After washing your hair feels smooth and hydrated without feeling heavy and weighed down, perfect for almost every hair type.

I find it works especially well for curly hair as strands are left bouncy and frizz free, without any unwanted grease.

This will definitely find its way into my basket next time I am shopping for shampoo.

September 5, 2014

Up and Up Dispenser Pump

Up and Up Dispenser Pump with Clinique Extra Mild Clarifying Lotion inside

Usually found at Sephora, these containers with vertical pumps allow for ultra convenient, quick, and easy use. They can be found in the travel/back to school (dorm) areas for about $3. I featured this container in my August favorites.

Equipped with a plastic "shield" that disperses the product onto a cotton pad/ball when pushed down. The design allows for easy access to the product. I know pumps aren't much work and don't take hardly any effort, but this is just a cool, innovative design and I recommend trying to find one.

September 3, 2014

Myabelline Define-A-Line in Soft Black

A friend of mine raves about the Maybelline Define-A-Line in Black, $4.49, so I finally decided he basically forced me to give it a try.

Claiming to be smooth and creamy, with a built in smudger to blend it out evenly. The formula reminds me of a kohl pencil, very pigmented and smudgy. However, it is a bit more unique as most kohl pencils don't come in a retractable pencil, which makes things much less messy.

The shade of black is very dark and though it may not have though it may not have the most opaque color, but when smudged slightly it creates a deep, full, black.

If you're looking for an inexpensive, easy to use, black liner or kohl liner I recommend the Maybelline Define A Line.

September 1, 2014

Small Sephora Shopping Haul

I recently took a trip to Sephora with my mind focused to look at their skincare section. 

I am in love with the FAB (First Aid Beauty) Ultra Repair Cream, so when I saw their Ultra Repair Lotion, $30, I knew I had to give it a go. It seems to be a lighter texture that packs in a lot of moisture. It feels lightweight and absorbs much faster than their Cream.

While I was in the FAB section I picked up the Eye Duty Triple Remedy, $36. I find the metal tip/ applicator intriguing and cooling on the skin. The product is brightening and blends into my undereye area nicely. 

August 30, 2014

August 2014 Favorites

Even though I always think it is a good product, I go through phases with the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. Recently I have been loving how much coverage it has for such a lightweight feel. Also, I cannot get over how perfect the shade Medium matches me and think the line offers enough tones and shades for everyone.

Like the ones they have at Sephora, Target offers Dispenser Pumps, which are user friendly and great for liquid products, like makeup remover and toner.

When Estee from Essie Button ironically suggested the Essie Nil Polish in Splash of Grenadine, a beautiful light, yet bright, purple with a creme finish, I knew I had to give it a try. Estee is always on point with her recommendations and this was no let down.

I usually purchase the Simple Makeup Remover Wipes, usually to remove swatches, but this month I have fallen back in love with the Up and Up brand. The cute polka dot packaging attracted me to repurchase them and then I remembered the high quality.

I have not been able to get enough of khaki shorts. Most places manufacture similar ones, but my favorite cut is from Old Navy.

I haven't ever been a fan of milk, but I love  Dark Chocolate Almond Milk and when I found them in single serve juice style boxes, I fell even deeper in love. The texture and consistency is a bit different, but since I never liked milk very much to begin with it doesn't bother me.

August 28, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Nooner

Released awhile ago, the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss, $20, haven't been too hyped up recently, but I am still in love.

These glosses not only have gorgeous and practical rose gold packaging and a durable doe foot applicator, they are packed with high quality, nourishing ingredients. I find the claims of having a creamy texture and lots of shine are very true. They are a tad sticky, but I don't mind, especially since the gloss stays around a bit longer. The slight minty tingle adds a refreshing vibe, but I don't find it to be plumping.

The shade I have, Nooner, is a neutral pink nude. The shade has no shimmer, yet looks luminous on the lips. It applies evenly with semi-opaque coverage. I find it pairs well with dramatic eye looks and simple, natural looks. You can use Nooner to layer on top of other lipsticks and by itself.