Birchbox Meet the Latest and Greatest Limited Edition Box

Every year Birchbox celebrates Customer Appreciation Day where they have giveaways and deals to celebrate their customers. Getting deals always makes me feel appreciated! They also put out a limited edition box almost every month. Last month I almost caved … Continue reading

February 2016 Play! by Sephora

Play! by Sephora is a monthly sub box for $10! You get a fragrance sample and 5 deluxe beauty samples which I think is a great value. I believe they have recently opened up more subscriptions so sign up!

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They always include an awesome booklet about how to use the products.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid – This is a really pricey perfume – the rollerball is $45! I think I know why though: the main fragrance note is an uber rare and custom grown black orchid. Other notes include Black Truffle, Black Plum, Noir Gourmand Accord, Patchouli. It’s a dark, woodsy, and fruity scent that isn’t entirely my style but is still nice. 

Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner – This is your basic black eyeliner but from a high end brand. It’s supposed to have the high intensity of a liquid liner – I won’t go that far but it is creamy.

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Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder – If you read my recent Sephora dry shampoo review then you know how I feel about this. I would much prefer a spray version so I might put this up for swaps. It’s also SO pricey.

Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm – in Plumberry Pop. I was really excited to try this and the first time I did it was great. It is a nice color and really stays put. The next time I tried it however it balled up a little bit and made it hard to get an even coat.

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Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick – in N9 Copper Pink Satin. Yay for two lip products in one box! This is a really natural and neutral pink that really glides on. No problems, it’s a solid lipstick but not as fun to use as Bite!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – I’ve tried this mascara multiple times and it’s a great one! Really happy to see it in the box!

Play! still continues to impress me with high end brands and generous size samples! It keeps me looking forward to seeing what I get each month!

October Target Beauty Box

Target I don’t know how you do it. This box was chocked FULL of products (three full size) for only $10! I’ve said it before but I wish Target would just turn this into a subscription so I don’t have to pay attention to when these go on sale – they sell out FAST!

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Goody Ouchless Silicone Lined Hair Elastics – I can never have enough elastics and I like the fun colors of these. The silicone is also different and makes them really grip my hair.

Olly Undeniable Beauty Vitamin Gummies – These have Biotin, Vitamins C & E and Borage Oil to strengthen hair, skin and nails. They tasted good, like grapefruit. I decided to try out some others by this brand because I was almost out of multi vitamins. I ordered the Perfect Women’s Multi in citrus, the Perfect Men’s Multi in blackberry, and Purely Probiotic gummies in tropical mango. Both the multi gummies have a very strong vitamin smell (my husband said like Advocare if you have used that). The flavor was alright for the citrus, but it does leave a vitamin aftertaste in my mouth. These are on the expensive side and I don’t love the smell or taste so I don’t think I’ll be buying these again.

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Covergirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner in Black – Liquid liners have been in several of my boxes recently…and I’m OK with that! This is interesting because depending on how you hold it you can get a thin or thick line. Love a full size item!

Hello Spearmint Toothpaste – On the card and online it said we would be getting mojito and I was excited to try that because I like flavored toothpastes. But oh well I will still use this for traveling. They have a few other interesting flavors I would like to try out.

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S.W. Basics Certified Organic Face Scrub– This is different than other body scrubs because it comes as a powder and you mix it with water. This is an all organic slightly pricey brand that I have not tried before. It is made with only three ingredients: oat flour, almond flour and sea salt. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m looking forward to it.

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Stem Cell Repair Triple Repair Shampoo and Conditioner – I have tried a few face products by this brand but not hair products yet. I’m sure I will love these – they are free of sulfates and safe for color treated hair. Yay!

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skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter – This is fragrance free and very rich buter made of natural ingredients. Not too exciting but good for winter skin.

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ROC Retinol Complexion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream – This product is worth $20! This got slightly low ratings on Beautypedia because it is pretty standard moisturizer with a low amount of retinol and Vitamin C. On the Target website it said you should see results after 12 weeks. It’s nice that they included a high value full size product, but this is something I don’t need right now and will gift to my mom.

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Wardrobe – This was the standout winner of the box for me! I have worn it several times and gotten multiple compliments on it. It is a very different effect – it goes on smooth like a balm or regular lipstick and after about 10 minutes it dries completely and does not budge (even when kissing my husband!). This is a major win for me so I don’t have to reapply. The color is a gorgeous purple pink which is something I don’t really have and such a fall color. This is my second lipstick from Revlon in a Target box and I love them!

Overall this was an amazing box with a great value! All products I will use or gift and the lipstick was a standout winner!

July Birchbox

I know this post is 2 months late-sorry! July’s theme was bold and bright and boy did they deliver! If you don’t know what Birchbox is, it’s a monthly box of five samples for $10 a month. Each month you can pick one sample. This month you could pick your shade of Stila Liquid Lipstick. I’ve been getting Birchbox for a year and a half and I still love it! Their points system is amazing, and keeps me coming back for more. Also picking a sample each month has been fun!

Here’s what I got!

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara – I have so many mascaras from sub boxes that I’ll never need to buy more! I have actually gotten this sample before and I like it! This is a good but not exceptional mascara.

Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face – This is a lightweight lotion that definitely has a cucumber scent. This fits the bill though for a combo SPF moisturizer. I like getting these types of products in my box.

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – This is a much raved about brand and a good size sample so I’m happy! This is a dry shampoo and texturizer so it works great to work some life into second day hair. Of course it has their signature scent which is fine for me. I don’t think it provides a ton of volume but it is not sticky or oily which I like.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – I love the fresh lemony scent of this! It has very fine grains and makes my face super smooth. The full price is so expensive ($78), I would never spend that much on a face product no matter how much I loved it. I think you could find a similar and cheaper product.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia – This is a bright punchy coral that is so fun to wear! I always get compliments when I wear a Stila shade. Be careful when you put it on because it really stays! To get it off I use an oil face cleanser and then eye makeup remover too (wipes would probably help as well). I don’t find it drying and it really stays all day with no touch ups needed.

Overall I loved this box and will use every single product! I felt like all were good sample sizes too. What did you get in your July box?