May 2012 Birchbox

Hi!

Today I have my Birchbox from May, which has a super awesome theme! It’s a GOSSIP GIRL box!

Algenist | Complete Eye Renewal Balm | Full-size: $65

Dark circles don’t stand a chance against this rich eye cream, which softens fine lines and deflates puffiness with a unique microalgae compound.

Another skincare product! I have to admit, I have no knowledge of eye creams or skincare at all. This balm feels nice, and it hydrates well, but I didn’t really see any reduction in dark circles, though mine are incredibly stubborn, and I don’t have any lines yet. It’s nice, but I won’t pay $65 for it. I just don’t need it. It smells delicious though, and has a great texture. The sample will last a while.

Color Club | Nail Polish in Disco Nap | Full-size: $8

Give nails a gilded look with this luxe metallic polish.

This is a nice blonde gold foil, nothing incredibly special, but nice.

The formula was nice, but the color just isn’t too flattering on me. It acts against the yellow in my skin, and pulls out the red blotches. Nice foil finish with some sparkles.

Dr. Jart + | Waterfuse BB Cream | Full-size: $32

Think of this four-in-one moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, and skin-perfecting tint as the (extremely stylish) Swiss Army Knife of your beauty lineup.

I’ve never tried a BB Cream before, so this is my first experience. First, there wasn’t much product in here, the tiny tube was half empty so I only got to try this once, and I didn’t really have a learning curve. This is pretty thick, it was pretty much a paste, and it never really settled in, but it had a nice finish and looked nice and bright. I haven’t been able to try a BB Cream for an extended length of time yet, so I don’t really “get it” yet.

Ojon | volume advance™ Volumizing Shampoo | Full-size: $22

Made with ultra nourishing Central American ojon oil, this weightless shampoo helps hair look and feel thicker.

I haven’t tried this yet, I forgot about it. But it smells wonderful, and I have some hope for it.

The packaging from this month was special! Pink and yellow bright tissue paper, and a black NYC wrap around the box, as well as a black and pink mailing box, rather than the usual pink and white. The description card was super sleek, with Blair, Blake, and Lily on the front, with NYC lights behind them, and on the back is a light pink with the same lights.

The mailing box looked SO sleek. I was sad to recycle it. I’m a packaging hoarder.

The wrap that slides off of the box. SO. GORGEOUS. I want this picture up on my wall. Without the logos, of course.

Tropical!

That’s it for May 2012!

xoxo

Britni Rose

OFFICIAL: China Glaze Announces Its On Safari Collection for Fall 2012!

UNTAMED COLOUR AWAITS YOU

China Glaze® Introduces 12 New Crèmes and Glitters for Fall 2012

Los Angeles, CA – (May 2012): China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari. Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes.

The China Glaze® On Safari features 10 rich crèmes and two glitters including:

  • Kalahari Kiss | Light sand brown
  • I’m Not Lion | Glistening gold and multi-color glitter
  • Call of the Wild | Beautiful chocolate brown-dark cherry blend
  • Adventure Red-y | Vivid red
  • Desert Sun | Delicious caramel
  • I Herd That | Brilliant copper glitter
  • Man Hunt | Bold cobalt blue
  • Exotic Encounters | Lush green crème with blue undertones
  • Elephant Walk | Cool graphite grey
  • Jungle Queen | Smoky violet
  • Purr-fect Plum | Bold burgundy
  • Prey Tell | Daringly dark red

Adventure Red-y

Call of the Wild
Desert Sun
Elephant Walk
Exotic Encounter
I Herd That

I’m Not Lion

Jungle Queen

Kalahari Kiss

Man Hunt

Prey Tell

Purr-fect Plum

On Safari is also available in:

  • 6-piece “Native” Collection: Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, Elephant Walk, Jungle Queen, Purr-fect Plum and Prey Tell
  • 6-piece “Tourist” Collection: Kalahari Kiss, I’m Not Lion, Call of the Wild, Adventure Red-y, Desert Sun and I Herd That
  • 12-piece counter display

The China Glaze® On Safari collection will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012.  Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP; the 6-piece sets retail for $42 MSRP.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

My Thoughts: I’m so so so excited for this collection. I need Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun, Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, and Elephant Walk. I may be interested in the glitters, if they’re opaque. Even the reds and purples in this collection look hot! I’m so excited, I can’t wait!

xoxo

Britni Rose

June 2012 Birchbox | Jet Set

Look what came in the mail today! This month, Birchbox has chosen to go with a Jet Set theme! While I never, ever “jet set”, I do love excellent travel sized products. Note to Birchbox, should you read this: Can we have more organic products? They change my life. Kthxbye.

Eyeko | Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in OliveFull-size: $15

Direct from the UK, this user-friendly liquid liner had a genius pen applicator and a super smooth formula.

This is my first Eyeko product, somehow. And I am pleased. I don’t normally use colored liner, I usually stick to black, but I think this liner is something that I could use often. I’m also very glad that I’m not allergic to the green in it. Me + Green = Red, watery eyes. This liner has a very good formula, nearly opaque in one go, it’s a gorgeous deep olive – almost black. The tip is my 2nd favorite style. I prefer flexible felt tips, like the one in my favorite liner, Maybelline Lash Stiletto. I don’t mind pens, but they’re a bit temperamental. And sharp. 🙂 I cannot stand the thin brushes that used to be standard on liquid liners. One negative thing about this is that, while it’s smudge proof, don’t get near water. It turns into a mess. But hey, if you’re wearing liquid eyeliner, you shouldn’t expect to be on the beach and let it stay in place.

Melvita | Rose Floral Water | Full-size: $22

This organic mist works as a light toner and mid-day skin refresher. We also love the delicate scent.

Lovely packaging alert! It also smells delicious, it’s organic and it’s cruelty-free. Yes, yes, and yes. It’s main ingredient is rose water, which is (if you couldn’t tell) a huge plus, and on top of all of this, it’s a good product. It’s super light and refreshing, with a wonderful cooling sensation, which is great for days like yesterday, where it was just hot and humid. A spritz of this calms and cools both you and your face down. Now, it says you can use this as a light toner, but I don’t think it’ll be replacing my Pangea Organics toner, (and not for lack of quality, this product is brilliant), but I will definitely keep it in my purse for a light refreshment in the summer.

theBalm cosmetics | Staniac in Beauty Queen | Full-size: $17

We’re crazy about this two-in-one lip and cheek stain: the sheer gel formula delivers a subtle, long-wearing flush.

First off, I have to say that I am not a huge fan of lip stains. I just don’t like them. Eh. But this one isn’t bad. It leaves a super-light and natural flush, but not enough of one to warrant $17, in my opinion. It’s got a wonderful gel formula that feels cool (almost cold), and dries down to an almost tight feeling, but not too dry. I’m not a fan of the color, because it just brings out all the blotchiness in my skin. I’ve looked at the other colors, but none of them seem worth the slight discomfort and price tag. But nice to have in my stash either way.

Yu-Be | Moisturizing Skin Cream | Full-size: $16

This bestselling Japanese creme has a concentrated formula that heals cracked hands, chapped lips, and other forms of dryness. It’s your new carry-on essential.

Super rich, super moisturizing, and very long lasting. It’s a thick cream that’s got that golden-metallic type color, and it actually smells like Vick’s Vapo Rub. Which is amazing. Right now I have a wicked cold/sinus infection combination, and my lips are so dry. I put this on my lips and it was just as effective as Vick’s. I believe that’s eucalyptus that does that, but I’m not sure. It’s excellent as a hand lotion after exfoliation as well.

LIFESTYLE EXTRA | BAND-AID | Cynthia Rowley Dress Up Band-Aids | Full-size: Pack of 20, $15

Be prepared for life’s little emergencies with these stylish designer bandages.

Cynthia. Rowley. Band-aids. YES. Nothing more need be said about how I feel about it. Not that I use Band-Aids a lot (or ever). A regular at the theater came in with the model one on, and I asked about it. Everyone was shocked that I; A. Knew it was a Cynthia Rowley Band-Aid, and B. Complimented A BAND-AID. I’m a strange duck.

BIRCHBOX MAN EXTRA | John Varvatos Star USA | Full-size: $55-70

In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve included this dapper cologne, a blend of ginger, juniper berries, and vetiver. Pass it on to a lucky guy friend or family member.

I think I may wear this. My dad won’t, so I will. It’s fun. Again, I suck at describing scents. It smells like a mens fragrance that a woman could get away with. It’s one you’d love to have on your guy’s hoodie/shirt/pillow when he’s away. I really like this. I’ve been sitting here smelling my wrist for about a half hour.

This was an excellent box, and there were a couple full size products, making the value of this box way outweigh it’s cost.

Join Birchbox! For $10 a month, you can get luxury beauty samples from well-known brands and will introduce you to products that open your mind to new products you’d never try/hear about otherwise.

xoxo

Britni Rose

China Glaze Summer Neon Collections | Photos and Review

Hello! It’s finally starting to feel like summer here, so it’s only fitting to present you all with the Summer Neons collection from China Glaze. I was sent some of the collection, and out of the five they sent me, I was absolutely surprised in which ones I liked and disliked!

Hang Ten Toes is a warm, deep, neon pink with a brilliant iridescence. These pictures are true to it’s brilliance to the eye. My favorite of the bunch, by far. Even in 1000% humidity it still applied very well, and dried down to a satin/semi-matte finish, like any neon will. This girl is bright, and fun, and so summer. Also, did you notice it was pink? Yeah, I seem to be warming up to shades like this one. It’s one of those colors that give you an instant tan.

Under the Boardwalk is a deep fuchsia creme. Very sheer, this was three coats and near-opaque. It dries down to a “rubber” semi-mette finish. I don’t really care for this one. Application and everything was fine, but I’m just personally not a fan of the finish or the color on my skin.

Ride the Waves is the same finish as Under the Boardwalk, a sheer, deep cobalt blue. Dries to a semi-matte finish, and a good application. The second picture is with four coats.

Orange You Hot? is a neon orange with silver shimmer. The formula on this was atrocious. The picture above was the best I could do. It’s the color of Cheetos or the fake powder stuff in macaroni and cheese. I’ll try thinning this a little bit, and try again. I really wanted to like the color, but we’ll see.

Love’s a Beach is a hot pink shimmer with a spectacular inner glow. The second, blurry picture is just to show off how brilliant this polish is. My second favorite. It’s so bright. SO bright. It near burns your eyes. It’s gorgeous. And it’s pink. I think I should go to the doctors…

Either way, this collection is in stores in June, and retail for $7 a piece. I strongly recommend Hang Ten Toes and Love’s a Beach.

Have a wonderful day!

Britni Rose

(These products were sent to me to review. For more information, please refer to the Disclosure Policy. Thank you.)

April 2012 Birchbox

Oh goodness, I just have the hardest time keeping up with these! I don’t want to throw them up and do some sort of “first impressions” review — I’m a horrible judge when it comes to first impressions. I can be mean and too harsh. These products are exactly why. I thought, “ugh, I don’t want another lip balm, what am I going to do with yet another cuticle cream in my arsenal?” Yet these are some of my favorite products in this box here. Birchbox always brings out the best in their April boxes, I think. And it’s always their most eco-friendly stuff too, for Earth Day. Lets get to it! As always, click on the pictures for large, high-quality photos.

Birchbox says:

Hi there!

This month, we’re bringing things back down to earth with fresh products that take inspiration from the world around us. You’ll find skincare packed with nourishing natural ingredients (they’re practically good enough to eat), healthy hair products, and an optimistic new fragrance.”

Alima Pure | Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb | Full-size: $7

Both wholesome and chic, this tinted balm is made with pure plant butters and delivers a natural flush of color.

This is an amazing lip balm, and one of my go-to lip products, along with my trusty Jack Black. It has an almost gritty/sandy feeling on the first swipe, but then in warms up and smooths on. It’s super soft, slick, and slightly tinted, and very moisturizing. I used it for two weeks straight when I ran out of Jack Black. It worked just as well. It has a sweet, sort of generic scent, and a generic but inoffensive taste. It does add just a natural touch of sheer color. Also, I believe this may be full size, but I’m not too sure on that.

J.R. Watkins | Hand and Cuticle Salve | Full-size: $7.99 (Birchbox has it on their website as $8.99)

Slather on this creamy balm pre-manicure. It’s full of natural moisturizers to keep your hands and cuticles super soft.

I. Love. This. So much. It’s super-ultra-crazy moisturizing, it’s creamy (slightly oily, but not too bad), and it smells good! This is so much better than Burt’s Bees Cuticle Balm, or anything I’ve tried. As any regular reader of this blog will know, I have the driest cuticles ever. I had a super bad dry spot on my knuckle that I tried for months to get rid of in any possible way. As soon as I opened this I put it on and within a day or two the spot was almost gone. It helps with pushing back cuticles easily, and moisturizing cuticles instantly. It is a tad greasy, so I don’t put it on before bed, but I use it before and after a full manicure. This is .25 oz, and full size is 2.1 oz. This will last for a long time, and I will definitely buy the full size. The value is way more than the cost. $9 for a 3-in-1 product?

Jurlique | Moisture Replenishing Day Cream | Full size: $40

Protect your skin from dryness with this botanical cream, which is infused with rosehip and avocado oils.

This is a very nice cream. Very moisturizing, and very nice quality. However, it’s called a day cream, but there’s no SPF in it, and it’s way too thick and a bit too oily to wear under makeup. This is, however an excellent night cream. Obviously, with rosehip and avocado oils in there, it’s not going to be horrible. I wear this every night over my usual CeraVe PM moisturizer, which is thinner. Adding this cream on top after the moisturizer has sunk in is excellent. I’ve seen noticeable improvement to my skin, and no breakouts related to it. It has that “natural” scent, you know, like the “organic” scent that everything good has. The Weleda moisturizer, Pangea products, and my holy grail hand sanitizer (also by Jurlique), all have similar scents, with Weleda and this cream being near identical. I have to find out what they have in common. It’s a delicious scent that makes you feel good about yourself and your impact on this planet. 🙂 This is a good sized sample, even though it’s a tenth of the full size. Full size is 5oz for $40, while this is 0.5oz. This is a good sized tube that could last a while on it’s own, and I wish they’d sell one this size for $4! The packaging is super clean, which I like. I love the box as well.

Wonderstruck Taylor Swift | Full-size, $49.50 – $59.50

The pop-country songstress’ scent is as catchy as her lyrics. We thing it’s worthy of a standing gig on our vanity.

This smells very good. Very good. I suck at describing scents, and nowhere is it described for me. I’m considering buying a rollerball or something small of this. It has a warm, cozy feel to it. It actually smells how the cardboard packaging above looks. It’s clean and sophisticated while staying warm and “relatable.” Some celebrities come out with scents that make them seem otherworldly, or something like Chanel, which smells expensive. This is something I can see Taylor wearing, or Nicole Richie. (Sidenote: I’m so excited for the upcoming perfumes from Nicole Richie and Lady Gaga! It’d be interesting what they come up with.)

However, while I love the packaging of the cardboard sleeve and the sample tube, I hate the whole charm bracelet and round bottle design of the full size perfume. Not that it’s going to be on display, but those things just bother me.

LIFESTYLE EXTRA: Dropps | Laundry Detergent | Pack of 20: $6

Lighten your laundry day load with these single-use, eco-friendly detergent packs. We love their convenience factor and adorable design.

I haven’t tried these yet, as we’ve just received a front loading HE washer, where as before we had an archaic top-loader for 20 years. I’m still not quite sure how to use it, so I can’t say anything for it, review-wise. However, the design isn’t anything to write home about. The outside packaging is super commercial- it’d blend in at Walmart, and the pacs themselves are extremely simple – the usual clear “skin,” with what appears to be water inside. I’m excited to try this, however, just to see how it works. Remember how, at first, eco-friendly products we’re seen as competitive? They just didn’t have the oomph? Well, they’ve all picked up in the past few years, and I’m realizing that I’m gravitating towards them even more as their price points come down. For a pack of 20, I don’t think I’ll pay $6 yet, but we’ll see.

So, final thoughts? I loved every single product in this box. Every single one. Even though I haven’t tried the Dropps, I love the idea of them. So simple and friendly looking.

Any thoughts on these products? Do you have them? What did you get in your Birchbox recently?

Orly Rock-It | Photos and Reviews

This shows the red shift really well, which is stunning in person. Breathtaking. I’m not usually gaga for duo chrome polishes, but this one I really like. It’s a subtle shift, but it’s there.

The formula on this is superb, and the line is just amazing.This one is from the Mineral FX collection, and they all have this sort of “look” to them, like the “mermaid” Zoya polishes or China Glaze’s glass flecks. The Cosmic FX line has the same finish, I believe.

I got this on sale at Sally’s Beauty.

Have a wonderful day!


China Glaze | Hey Sailor | Photos and Review

Hi guys! I’m finally back on track with life, I have a bunch of posts lined up and ready to go out, a lot of small little things, and a couple of Birchboxes. Today is China Glaze’s Hey Sailor from their Anchors Away collection. I’ve worn this a thousand times, and have mentioned it on here, but I guess I’ve somehow never posted a separate review on this amazing color.

China Glaze Hey Sailor is a tomato, “true” red. It’s absolutely gorgeous and smooth. The nicks and dents in the polish in this picture is due to the “quick-dry” topcoat not “quick-dry”-ing. This is my favorite and go-to red nail polish, besides Ruby Pumps. They’re like sisters. Sailor being the more mature, sophisticated, and retro sister of the spunky, sparkly, and young Ruby. I’m not too big on red nail polishes, because I think they all look too alike to collect. I think that a girl needs maybe 4 red polishes. A retro red, a super bright hot red, a light wine color, and a shimmer or glitter. Hey Sailor is the hot red that every girl needs. Perfect color and formula. It looks so good on every skin tone. Get this nail polish.

xoxo