Birchbox Haul

If you don’t know, Anthropoloie online carries a lot of beauty and hair care products. A coworker returned a Klorane conditioner (because she accidentally ordered 2) so I decided to try it out. I had recently colored my hair and this is a conditioner for blondes to I decided to go ahead and order the matching shampoo to have a set.

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Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile – Klorane is a French brand and I have tried a few of their products before thanks to Birchbox (I really like the Mango shampoo). Whether your hair is dyed or not, this is designed to brighten and prevent brassiness. Something I didn’t know is that chamomile is a natural brightener! This has a nice floral and honey scent and I like it. I probably wouldn’t order again (pricey) but it was fun to try out. The weird part is that the shampoo is HUGE in comparison to the conditioner.

Klorane Conditioner with Chamomile

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Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner – To round out my BB order, I decided to try a new toner. I have never used Origins before and this toner gets 4.5 star reviews on BB, and a blogger I follow recently had talked about it. Sadly this gets a bad review on Beautypedia for the ingredients (it’s alcohol based and tested on animals). That’s why it’s always good to do your research! It has a lot of fragrances and plant oils like mint which can also cause irritation. I have used it one time and did notice a strong scent but it did not irritate my skin. I think I’ll stick to Paula’s Choice next time!

I got a great mystery sample pack with includes Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Rusk Heatshift Re-Styling Cream. I already know I like the mascara and I’m not sure about the cream. It is a product that reduces blow dry time and to restyle your hair. I would try it out and basically consider it a blow dry cream. Overall not the most exciting haul but there you have it!

 

Voluspa Haul

Y’all know I love beauty products, but did you know I’m also candle crazy? Voluspa is a brand we carry at Anthropologie and I liked some of the scents we carry (Goji Berry, Santiago Huckleberry and Baltic Amber) but I was really looking for something different and I saw they were having a sale! I had never ordered from Voluspa before so I signed up for their email list and got a free gift! Here’s my haul.

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Everything came individually wrapped which was super fun to open like Christmas presents. It was also packaged really well so none of the glass would break.

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Creme de Peche – All of the vessels in this sent are on sale except this large glass jar right now. This scent is made of “CRÈME DE PECHE WITH NOTES OF ASIAN WHITE PEACH, NECTARINE AND CRUSHED VANILLA BEAN”. I just started burning it recently and I love the mix of fruit and vanilla for a sweet but not overly so scent. The kind of creamy orange vessel is also so pretty! I have found Voluspa candles to burn very evenly and to have a great throw. 

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Nissho Soleil – This is part of the Japonica collection which we sell at Anthro and the tin has a beautiful metallic floral design inspired by Japanese paper making. The description really caught my attention “TOPPED BY NOTES OF SUN KISSED PINEAPPLE AND TANGERINE, SOLEIL IS ANCHORED BY VOLUSPA’S SIGNATURE CREAMY VANILLA. A DAY AT THE BEACH IN A BOTTLE”. Sounds perfect for summer! On cold sniff it is very light and pretty. All of their candles use coconut wax and a paraben, sulfate, and phalate free with 100% cotton wicks. They also never test on animals. 

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French Bourbon Vanille – This is a gourmand scent from their holiday collection. The packaging is a gorgeous glass vermeil jar with metallic overlay inspired by fine jewelry. It really has an antique vibe! This scent has “FRAGRANCE NOTES OF VANILLA BEANS GROUND AND DISTILLED FOR EXTRACT”. It’s lighter than I thought it would be but should be really nice burning. 

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Mandarino Cannela – This gorgeous mini tin was my GWP and I’ve already burned through it! It’s small but really puts off a fragrance. I burned it with a complimentary candle. The scent is “ITALIAN MANDARIN ORANGE TOPS A CREAM HEART OF VANILLA CINNAMON, FINISHED WITH NUTMEG AND STEM GINGER.” So it’s kind of a spice tea scent!

I love the scents that I picked out just from reading the descriptions online! The only downside is that there are not reviews on the website. They are different than my usual Bath and Body Works picks although more pricey. If you can catch them on a sale it’s perfect for a candle lover. There are a few more scents on my wish list for next time too!

 

Sephora Hauls

Sephora during the holiday season always has great gifts with purchases. Back in November they had my favorite GWP which is a makeup bag full of samples. You got to pick from four options and it was a great mix of items and brands. I decided to place an order to make use of a giftcard and to get the GWP!

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Some of my favorite items included the Nars Audacious Mascara, Stella Stella McCartney perfume (which I just ordered), and the Glamglow Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser (which I have also since purchased the travel size). So there were some real winners here!

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This is the Dr. Jart BB It’s Cold Outside set. I picked it because I needed a backup foundation and I have sampled this BB cream before from Birchbox and really enjoyed the coverage and SPF it has. The kit (no longer available) includes the Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 , Firming Sleeping Mask (which I can’t find on Sephora), Ceramidin Cream and Dermaclear Micro Water. The cream was new to me and is made with ceramides which help retain water. It does not have SPF so I have used it a few times at night. It’s nothing super special to me but it does moisturize. The Micro Water I have gotten a sample of before in Birchbox I think and I haven’t come around to the idea of cleansing my whole face with it, but it works well as an eye makeup remover. The Firming Sleeping Mask I have used a few times and the instructions say you are to put it on about 10 mins before bed and to wash it off in the morning. It has a gel/serum like consistency. Overall I liked this set because it is the same price as a full tube of the BB cream but you get extra stuff!

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This was a random thing I added on to get free shipping and it turned out to be really good! This is an oil in gel lipstick remover by the Sephora brand which I am not seeing on their website now. Bummer. You put it on, wait about 10 seconds, wipe it off with a tissue and BAM your lips are clean. It works with lipstick and liquid lipstick really well, but not as good with stains.

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These were my free sample add ons!

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This was the next GWP that I was drooling over. I LOVE this stuff! Benefit Gimme Brow

is my go to for just a little more definition, color and a groomed look. It’s for when I’m too lazy to use pencil to fill my brows in (basically every day) or want a more “natural” look. It’s a mini so it didn’t last long but was totally worth it.

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So this is where the real fun happens – a whole set of DRY SHAMPOOS! This is the Extend Your Style kit (no longer available) and has 7 shampoos to keep you clean in between washes.

First up (from left to right) is my personal favorite of the bunch and one I have sampled before thanks to Birchbox. Amika Perk Up is really one of the best I have tried. The packaging is a colorful swirling print that makes me happy, and it smells amazing! It has natural rice starch to absorb oil without weighing you down. This really works and does not leave me greasy or with residue.I would for sure order more. *Note all of these are on the pricey side and would be a supplement to my go to drug store pick*

Next up is Alterna Haircare Cleanse Extend which has a mango coconut scent. I thought I would really love this one for that reason but it wasn’t in my top 3. I agree that it’s translucent but it is a little sickly sweet and has a slight greasy feel for me.

Living Proof is a brand that I have tried several of their products before including somehow their dry shampoo. Their Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is in my top 3 – it has their signature scent which is hard to describe but is slightly floral. It has no residue, is free of sulfates and parabens (if that matters to you), and leaves my hair feeling really clean. *Note I just sprayed this on my husbands head so he could feel the intense sensation of dry shampoo and how great it is and he said “I never have to shower now.” Yeah me neither*

If you don’t know about the Drybar then you are missing out. I have been a total of three times and each as been great and I have left the salon with the best looking and smelling hair. The Detox Dry Shampoo was created to extend your blowout and is in my top three mainly because of the scent. It comes out a little chalky (they made a separate one for brunettes that’s how you can tell!) but I just rub it in or brush it out. The smell puts it in my top three though – it’s addicting like delicious cupcakes!!!

Sally Hershberger is a brand I am not as familiar with. Their 24k Supreme Stylist Dry Shampoo is supposed to be voluminous but I just find it to be sticky and leave my hair feeling a little greasy. Nothing great about the scent either. It has low stars on Sephora so I know I’m not the only one!

Klorane is a brand I am familiar with thanks to BB and I have actually gotten this as a sample before and am using their shampoo and conditioner now (review to come later). A lot of people really like this Dry Shampoo with Oak Milk but I am not one of them. It’s not too greasy but does leave a white residue that I have to rub in. I don’t love the scent either – it’s light but just not my fave. I’ll use it up but I won’t buy more.

Lastly we have Bumble and Bumble’s Pret-A-Powder which I was really interested in trying out because B and B is a super prestige brand (I have some of their hairspray and really like it). I have never used baby powder as dry shampoo so this was hard for me to get used to. I found it difficult to get an even coating and to get rid of all my oil. It has a soft powdery scent and does add volume but the application is just too difficult for me. I would rather spray and go! It still gets a lot of good reviews so maybe I just need to give it a few more tries.

There you have it – one of the most in depth dry shampoo reviews you will ever read! Thanks for sticking it out till the end, and if you have questions leave them in the comments!

Birchbox From Korea With Love Limited Edition Box

Limited Edition boxes from Birchbox are my favorite! Korean skincare and makeup products are all the rage right now and it is something I haven’t tried very much of other than the big brands like Dr. Jart. This From Korea With Love Box is a great sampler to get your feet wet and try out some new brands. Unfortunately it is no longer available but there are a few other great Limited Edition boxes.

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Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask – This was the first sheet mask I’ve ever tried and it kind of freaked me out. The feeling of having a sheet over your face for about 15 minutes was a weird one and I don’t think I will ever pick it over a normal mask. I also did not like that you are supposed to rub in the excess after taking the mask off. I am used to washing my face off after a mask so that was strange for me. This made my skin feel a little weird – I’m not sure it it was because of the scent or the ingredients (egg whites).

Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk – I was supposed to get two packets of this according to the website and product card however I and many other people only got one. I emailed the customer service and they said they would send me another one but I never got it. That was the only time I think I’ve been let down by Birchbox. On to the cream – I haven’t used it yet but I’ve read that it smells like banana  runts…interesting. It’s also available at Urban Outfitters and Sephora. (The full size is in a banana shaped bottle!)

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Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Escalator Mascara – I have SO many mascaras that I haven’t tried this one, but I love the packaging! There’s a little dinosaur on there! This mascara is unique in that it has a twistable wand to change that amount of length or volume you get.

Club Clio Waterproof Pen Liner Kill Black – I have recently really embraced felt tip pen liners. They are so easy to use and make a really bold black line in a cute kitten shape. I can never have too many pen liners! (Swatched below)

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TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base – Is this not the cutest beauty product ever?! This is a white creamy stick that is kind of like a hilighter. I find it to be very moisturizing when I apply it under my eyes. Some reviews said it was too white, but I did not find that to be the case. It covered any circles I had pretty well. (Swatched below)

IPKN Twinkle Lips – This is a moisturizing balm that leaves a sheer wash of color. It reacts to your ph to give you a personalized pink color. On me it is pretty hot pink and I love it! This feels amazing on my lips and is such a great color. (Swatched below)

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These were my mystery sample pack items because I spend $35+. I have tried this Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator before and I really like it! It is a very fine microderebrasion scrub that really gets your skin clean. I am very happy to get another sample. The pony tail holder however is weird and I will not use it. I’ll include it in a future swap.

I really enjoyed trying some new Korean brands and products. I think the IPKN balm was my favorite discovery!

Bath and Body Works Fall Haul

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I will be at a brunch with some girlfriends and then working at Anthro while my husband is at his brother’s bachelor party. I hope you have a super spooky day!

Bath and Body Works is my go to place for soaps, candles, wall plug ins and sometimes body products too! I really love their wide variety of scents and get excited when a new collection comes out. Fall is the best time to burn candles so I had to restock my pumpkin and spicy scents. I bought all this over the course of a few weeks, not all at one time!

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The Pumpkin Pecan Waffles candle is super sweet and I really think the malted aspect of the waffle comes out the most. It’s a great sweet and cozy scent that really fills the room. I also picked up some soaps in Bright Autumn Day, Meyer Lemon, Maple Sugar Kiss and Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte. Personally I like the foaming formula the best so I bought them all like that. I know y’all probably know this but never buy a candle at full price – they run promos pretty often to get 2 for $12. Soaps are usually 4 or 5 for $18. Always check out the coupons and deals!

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I then went a little candle crazy! Brown Sugar Allspice smells like a nutmeg wallflower from a few years ago that is no longer available. It’s very spicy and smells like something yummy baking. Leaves is a classic apple and spice scent, and I love the gradient color packaging on this one. We Love Pumpkin is a layered candle that I had never seen online before. I think it’s so fun that you get three scents in one! From top to bottom is Creamy Pumpkin, Roasted Pumpkin Butter, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin! The Pumpkin Butter scent is very intriguing because that is not available as a stand alone scent. This candle smells very indulgent and perfect for fall!

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These are my most recent purchases. I have been waiting and waiting for the cozy comfort fragrances to come out. I smelled all three and wasn’t super impressed. I did buy a Wrapped In Comfort body cream for a gift though. That same day new candles came out and new soaps. Now I don’t really NEED more soaps but I decided to get some (it’s a whole new collection)! I picked up Cranberry Citrus & Sage and Honeyed Pineapple Pumpkin. These were the two most interesting scents from the collection for me. The packaging is also super pretty.

That’s it for fall so far (minus some wallflowers I forgot to take a picture of; I’m really loving the Caramel Pumpkin Swirl wallflower). Stay tuned for a Christmas haul I’m sure!

Birchbox Haul

Y’all know I love shopping on Birchbox so here is one of my recent hauls.

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Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray – This is a great hairspray. It smells good, keeps everything in place, is a fine spray and is not crunchy. What more could I want?

Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap Beard Shampoo – My husband really loves this stuff for keeping his beard soft and clean. It’s a bar that you can leave in the container and it creates a really nice lather. It is all natural and lightly exfoliates. The scent is rosemary and mint so it will wake you up too!

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These two items came in my free mystery sample pack that you can add on to any $35 + order.

12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment – This is a great leave in spray for dry and damaged hair. It boosts the vibrancy of existing color and prevents future damage. I love leave in treatments so this was a nice sample to try for me.

Derma E Hydrating Night Creme – This is also a nice size sample of something I had not tried yet. This is another moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Unlike the Air Repair one in my last post, this one is much thicker and more scented. I like the way it feels though – like it’s giving me some deep moisture.

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I got this extra sample pack with some beard products I ordered for Michael. I also ordered a trial size of Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer (which I love). I think it’s great that I got a full size Mally eyeshadow product (worth $20). I also got a small Caudalie Vinosource Serum sample and one La Fresh Face Cleanser wipe. The wipe didn’t really seem worth it but getting that full size product made it ok for me.

Birchbox Haul

Birchbox points and a coupon code were burning a hole in my online pocket so I made a haul and got a few good summer finds.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – This is the product I tried out the weekend of my anniversary and I really like it! The taupe color matches my blonde brows well and fills out the sparse places making them look nice and full. The spooly brush helps make them look natural and groomed.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel – I love trying out new face washes! I also love one that can take all my makeup off which was why I picked out this two in one product. I’ve tried out this French brands moisturizer and liked it so I am excited to try this honey scented cleanser.

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The Beachy and Bright box is the featured box this month for July. When I picked out my lip color for sample choice I saw that buying this box for $10 was an option for subscribers. So glad I got the best of both worlds – now I will have every color of Stila Liquid Lipstick they are featuring this month! The box design is also super fun!

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Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 – I actually got this a few years ago in a Sephora Sun Safety kit and haven’t used it much. Since I got it I’ve been using it everyday. It’s really great – I love the high SPF and the anti aging aspect. It is also a moisturizer and feels very nice on my skin. It’s also paraben and fragrance free!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella – I’ve been using the color Beso ever since I got it as a sample and I really like. It’s a very intense color and really stays put! I love bright colors so these are perfect for me.

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Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray – Everyone is apparently obsessed with this brand and the scent of their products but they seem very overpriced to me. I haven’t used an aerosol wave spray before and this one is nice but I wasn’t wowed. I do like that it is a nice size sample though. It added a nice amount of wave and has a lot of good for you ingredients.

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Juara Enzyme Radiance Scrub – This product is currently out of stock so I guess it’s popular but for $38?! That is one overpriced face scrub. You’re supposed to leave it on for 5 mins but I really didn’t want to do that after my face was all wet. I just scrubbed and washed it off. It was ok but left a bit of residue. I like other scrubs by Aveeno and Vasanti better.

The Balm Cosmetics Balm Desert Blush/Bronzer – I like this deeper color, it actually works on me. It stays put and provides a really nice glow. As usual the packaging on this Balm product is super cute!

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This was my mystery sample pack and I freaked because it is the best one ever!!! I actually got this same cute little kit for Christmas and I believe it’s worth $25! My beauty blender is still going strong but I’m so happy to have a backup. I’ve used up the solid cleanser that it came up but I actually like the one I got from Sephora way more. It comes in a little case, has a great scent and makes my blender really clean. I also really love the Cynthia Rowley lip stains that Birchbox carries so much that I already swapped for this color. All in all this was a great haul!

Bath and Body Works Haul

Bath and Body Works recently had their big semi annual sale so of course I used a coupon to pick up some new summer scents. Here’s the haul!

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Their foaming soap is my favorite formula and I had never smelled any from this new collection yet. I read the descriptions and just decided to go for it! Thankfully I like all of these scents. Driftwood Surf is a blend of nectarine blossom, ocean driftwood and warm amber. Perfect Beach Day is blend of watery melon, young coconut and sparkling bergamot. Sunrise Sail is a blend of fresh orange, crushed cranberries and creamy vanilla. I think this is my favorite of the bunch! Seaside Sunset is a blend of dewy pear, peony petals and sun-kissed peach.

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Wallflowers are a great way to scent your home 24/7. When people walk into my apartment they always comment on how good it smells thanks to these little guys! I picked up Island Colada, Brilliant Citrus and Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach was my favorite candle last summer – it’s a great blend of pineapple, papaya and sugarcane.

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I picked up a green loofah because you can never have too many of these. I went off the reviews for this Mango Dragonfruit candle and it smells great! It’s very tropical and perfect for summer.

Did you get any great deals during the SAS? I’ve also heard talk on the blogosphere (thanks mom for the heads up) that the next candle collection coming out in early August is called Cork and Vine. Personally I’m excited for Sparkling Pear Riesling!

Birchbox Haul

I recently had a few hauls from Birchbox and thought I would share what I picked up. I was running out of these skin care staples.

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Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator – This light weight moisturizer is a must. Just as the name says it works double duty to eliminate wrinkles and acne. My skin feels refreshed and looks better over time after using this.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner – Paula recently named this as one of her must have products and I agree. This calms oily skin and reduces redness with antioxidants. It also reduces large pores and blackheads. I use this every morning after cleansing.

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This is what I got in my mystery sample pack. I love this Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm. It is actually a good color for my fair skin, provides coverage and has a high SPF. I am considering buying more or this great kit. Sumita liners are great and this one in Jaipur Gold provides a subtle color pop from normal black or brown.

Zeus Beard Shampoo Verbana Lime

Zeus Beard Shampoo Verbena Lime – My husband uses a beard shampoo daily and I bought this for him to try (Birchbox has a wide variety of men’s products too). It keeps his beard soft and clean and this one has a great tropical scent.

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Votivo Candle in Pink Mimosa – Birchbox also has home products. This candle has a great fruity tropical smell and is a blend of strawberries, mimosa and vanilla rum. It has a good throw and burns easily. It is a higher price point than BBW candles but is smaller. I believe the wax is higher quality though.

Found any good beauty finds lately?