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

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!

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!

First Stitch Fix

I had seen reviews for Stitch Fix before and and a few of my friends had gotten one before but I had yet to bite the bullet because I enjoy shopping. But when I saw a coupon code that waived the $20 styling fee I decided to go for it! Stitch Fix is a subscription box that you can sign up to have delivered any time – there’s no set schedule. You pay the $20 styling fee, fill out a detailed style quiz, tell them what you’re looking for and then a box full of five items is on it’s way to you! The code LIMITEDTIME ends today if you want to sign up without the styling fee. I think they did a good job at listening to my requests and the curating can only get better over time!

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One thing that’s pretty neat is they include this styling sheet for every item that you receive. It shows a casual and dressy look. There’s also a little note from my stylist about why she picked the items.

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Gilli Arisha Striped Dress – $58

I really liked this dress! It is a knit so it is extremely comfortable and it fit well. I like the tulip shape and twist detail on the straps. Another dress I own is almost the same color combo so I decided not to keep it (and it was kind of pricey).

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Fun2Fun Binder Tie Neck Top – $48

I said I was looking to try more boho styles (looking for things I can wear to work at Anthropologie) and this fits the ticket. I like the colors and the style, but there were just a few things I didn’t like about this top. It has elastic sleeves and the bottom was a little tight on my hips. It’s getting sent back.

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Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean – $98

It’s funny because we sell this brand at Anthropologie but I have never tried it on before. When I took the quiz there was an option to get petite sizing which I opted into, so these are petite jeans. I requested olive green pants so they did great with that. Unfortunately my normal size did not fit – I would have to size up in this brand. Also I would never pay $98 for jeans. I decided to buy some almost exactly the same from Anthro using my discount instead – a much better deal! One more thing to point out is that on the tag in the jeans it said these were the Lily Skinny Straight style which is not what my sheet says or the extra Stitch Fix tag says. It was just something weird I wanted to point out.

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Pixley Elephant Print Blouse – $48

This was very cute and also fit into my boho request. I liked the loose fit and shape and it is a good fall piece. I’m just not sure I was crazy about the elephant print. I decided not to keep it.

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Papermoon Rylie Embroidery Detail Tank – $38

Woo hoo we have a winner, and it’s the cheapest thing in the box! I requested something teal for fall and although it says teal on my sheet I consider this turquoise and a very summery shade. That being said I still love it! I don’t have anything like it or much in this color and the embroidery is great! I wore it with white jeans and pink earrings yesterday and it was so cute. The fit was just perfect too.

If I had decided to keep everything they would have taken a 25% discount so my total would have been $197.50. This is also less the $20 styling fee that they take off if you keep anything. I got this box for for free so I was wondering if they would still take off the styling fee, and they did! So I got that tank for $20 with tax! After you decide what to keep you go online and rate everything then send back the leftover items in the prepaid packing slip they included. Next time I will request more dresses and skirts. I was really happy I tried out Stitch Fix and recommend it! I hope you try it out too!

Anthropologie Picks

I’ve been working at Anthropologie for about two months and there’s been plenty of cute clothes and accessories to drool over. I thought I would do a round up post featuring some of my current favorites and some of the things that were featured in a mini photo shoot I did with our personal stylist, Myles. Follow mylesofstyleps on Instagram to see more amazing looks from Anthropologie. For each look below she used the Strawberry Hill Skirt (now on sale!) as a base and added a different top and accessories to create unique looks. At first I thought I could never pull of a longer skirt like this since I’m petite, but I ended up loving it!

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Mimir Sunglasses, Caspian Studs, Essential Jersey Tank, Newsy Chambray Blazer, Pleasance Wrap Belt, Braided Raffia Wedges, Downland Crossbody Bag

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Tanay Necklace, Dara Pullover, Onestra Crossbody Bag, Braided Raffia Wedges

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Gwendola Rancher, Petite Dova Necklace, Chambray Scoop Tank, Bronzed Obi Belt

Currently we’re having our annual tag sale so there are lots of great deals to be found! Here are a few of my favorite things we’re carrying in store now.

Split-Print DressCapella Swing Skirt

Split-Print Dress, Capella Swing Skirt, Sunbather Skirt

Jacquard Conflux Dress, Button Cuff Joggers, Sun Drenched Chambray Shirt

SALE:

Ludovica Silk Tunic, Shimmered Cressida Skirt, Tea Garden Sheath