Happy New Year everyone! I hope God blesses you in this new year and gives you joy and peace. Thank you for reading my blog this past year and I hope you enjoy what I have in store for 2015.
There were a lot of great beauty deals on Black Friday and I definitely took advantage of them! Birchbox was offering 25% off and I had saved up a lot of points so I was ready to splurge!
I went with the Vanity Affair box which is packed full of GORGEOUS products! The packaging was equally beautiful!
Let’s get into the products! Look at all of that good stuff!
By Terry Baume de Rose SPF 15 – This stuff is great! It has a pretty strong rose scent which I like and goes on very smooth and moisturizes. I like that it has SPF too! I won’t lie it’s pretty tiny though – about the size of a quarter. P.S. – the full size is $60 and sold out right now!!!
Chantecaille Luminous Gloss in Passionfruit – This is a little sticky but also moisturizing with a very sheer pink tint.
Jin Soon Nail Laquer in Coquette and Nostalgia – These polishes are five free and the packaging looks fabulous. I’m not usually a red lover but this color is really pretty. I’m excited to try these high end polishes out. Birchbox put a beautiful tutorial on their blog that I would love to try out.
Maison Caulieres Milky Bath Oil – This is a gorgeous bath oil with real flowers inside. It smells great and will be a very luxurious treat.
Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray – I used this on second day wavy hair to give it some oomph and it worked without making it too sticky. It was a little tacky and added volume and smelled good. It feels more like a hairspray than a dry shampoo.
Rosanna Alhambra Medium Vessel – This porcelain container is so pretty! It has a sort of 60’s Moroccan vibe to it that just pops. It has 24-karat gold details on it so I feel really fancy when I take a q-tip out of it! Perfect size for little bathroom knick knacks. It’s currently out of stock so I’m glad mine came in one piece – I had read that some people’s came broken.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in Cream – I like this nourishing leave in treatment – it smells amazing and made my hair very smooth. At $45 it’s a splurge I won’t take though because there’s so many great hair products out there!
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment – This product is $105…WHAT?!? I would NEVER spend that much on a face product. It’s supposed to do a million things like brighten, even tone, hydrate and increase firmness. I wasn’t convinced so I looked it up on one of my favorite sites – Paula’s Choice Beautypedia. She said this is an average AHA product that exfoliates and reduces hyperpigmentation. All of the other claims are false and there is an overinflated price tag on it. It also has a weird sort of lemony smell to it.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint – I’ll be honest I haven’t tried this yet. I’m not big on cream blushes but I’ll give this a try soon! I like that the brand is natural and non toxic and from Colombia.
TOCCA eau de parfum, Margaux – I really like this brand – the packaging is always gorgeous and the scents are really intricate. It has top notes of blood orange then melts into florals. I like it and this mini bottle is so cute!
MAKE Calypso Palette – A full sized palette, awesome!!! The blue shades make me a little nervous though so I haven’t tried it out yet. I like the shimmer shade Alabaster in the top left corner. I would love to see a step by step guide on different looks with these shadows. I’m sure once I start using it I’ll love it.
Stephanie Johnson Tinseltown Jewelry Tray – This is just what I need to help keep my dresser cleaner and to not loose earrings! It’s very lightweight and packable because the corners unsnap to let this lie flat. It is a great addition to the box.
These samples by Obliphica Professional are my mystery sample pack. This brand is pricey and known for using superfruit seaberry so I’ll be trying these out.
That’s it for my Birchbox haul! I recommend stocking up your points and combining with a coupon code to get more pricey items like the Vanity Affair box or some of the other limited edition boxes.