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

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Birchbox | October 2011

AHAVA | Mineral Foot Cream | Full size: 3.9oz, $19

After all those ouchy hours in high heels, out feet deserve a treat — like this hydrating cream, which has natural avocado and jojoba oils to soften and soothe.

I. Love. This. This is honestly so amazing. It’s super moisturizing and I use it all the time. It doesn’t smell like a foot cream, either! I find major improvements in my feet after using this. And I hate my feet. Well,  I hate feet in general… but I digress. Go buy this. Or get a sample or something. Just… try this.

blinc | Mascara | Full size: 0.21oz | $24

This tubing mascara won’t smear, smudge or run — plus it gives lashes a sassy, extra glossy look.

I like this. But I don’t find myself reaching for it. It’s weird. It slides off, with warm water. It’s so weird. I like it. The mascara itself is pretty good. It give nice full black thick lashes that feel soft and stay until you come into contact with warm water for an extended period of time. Pro: somewhat waterproof, if the water isn’t warm. Also doesn’t sweat off or move an inch. Con: It’s kinda hard to remove and it’s weird seeing tubes slide off your lashes.

I’ve been sent their liquid liner too, and that was the same way. I liked that too. But the one thing I like is the packaging. It comes in this little purple tin tube, and it has a cap that screws off, then this is inside:

I’m a sucker for packaging.

This has a nice wand too. I prefer natural bristles.

Ouidad | Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel | Full size: 6oz, $16

A styling aid with brains! When this non-sticky gel senses heat, it stops hair from expanding. Welcome to frizz-free curls.

Now… I opened my Birchbox when I first got it… said “ooh!” …and never saw this product again. I don’t know where it could have gone. Sorry. :/

Pangea Organics | Facial Scrub | Full size: 4 fl oz, $32

This all-natural scrub uses cranberry seed enzymes and finely ground adzuki bean to clear away dead skin so that your products can do their job.

I love this brand. My skin was wayward and lost before Birchbox introduced me into their toner. And now their scrub has taken over my St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The St. Ives scrub is just as good, but it can be a tad rough when my skin is behaving. Also, the Pangea one smells amazing. If you’ve never tried this brand, you’re missing out.

Well, that’s about all for now. I have November and December’s Birchbox coming up soon.

Have a wonderful day!

~ Britni Rose

50th Post! June 2011 Birchbox — Wanderlust, and May Birchbox favorites!

Hi there,

We’ve got a serious case of wanderlust — we’re dreaming of tropical isles with deserted white sand beaches and exotic cities filled with colorful bazaars. Is it any surprise that this month’s box is all about travel? We’re excited to share our favorite vacation-ready products and jetsetter tips.

Streamline your makeup bag with a skin-perfecting blush that doubles as a highlighter and a toner that can be used as a face mist. We’ve also got spill-proof nail lacquer removers, a frizz fighting serum, and a fun-loving scent from a globe trotting designer.

Kate Spade | Twirl, 0.05 fl. oz. | Full size, 1.7 fl. oz. $65 / 3.4 fl. oz. $80: “This flirty scent feels carefree and joyful — just the thing to wear on your adventures at home and abroad.” I’m not sure if I like this. At some moments it smells like bug spray, and other times it feels like running through sheets as they dry outside on the clothing line. I suck at describing scents by their notes, etc. but I can tell you how it makes me feel. So that’s what I just did.

Oscar Blandi | Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum, .169 fl. oz. | Full size, 50ML $35 / 15ML $16 | “Banish frizz and flyaways with this fast absorbing serum. Work it through dry or damp hair to add moisture and gloss — no blow dryer required.” I love this! I used this after I got out of the shower and I had Pantene-commercial hair. I used Garnier Fructis Pure Clean shampoo, conditioner, and I think the leave in conditioner. Then I thought, “Oh, I have that thingy!” It was awesome.

Deborah Lippmann | The Stripper To Go Nail Lacquer Removers, 2 mitts | Full size, 10 mitts, $12 | “Fix your mani on the fly! Each handy packet contains a remover-soaked “mitt” that erases polish without drying out nails.” There are supposed to be two in that picture. I used one. It was fantastic. It cut through a coat of Seche Vite, 2 coats of China Glaze Japanese Koi, and a coat of Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hardener like it was nothing. I will be buying these and keeping them in my purse, along with my nail clippers and file.

 

Laura Geller | Baked Blush ‘N’ Brighten, 0.32 oz. | Full size, 0.32 oz. $29.50 | “Made in Italy, this swirl of warm and cool tones is infinitely versitle — dust your cheeks for a flattering flush or use the lighter shades as a highlighter.”  I do not like this at all. It’s crazy sparkly. When I washed my face, it looked like Ke$ha attacked me. However, it is a full sized product. I wish I hadn’t opened it, I’d sell it or give it away. Here’s the swatches.

Highlighter, darker shade, lighter shade, all colors combined

DO NOT WANT. 🙂

Pangea Organics | Toner for Normal/Combination Skin, 1.8 fl. oz. | Full size 4 fl. oz. $26 | “Laced with mandarin and lime, this energizing toner is a skincare staple and the ideal on-the-go refresher.” I LOVE THIS PRODUCT SO MUCH YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW. I don’t know why, but just a few spritzes every morning and night before my moisturizer cleared up my acne prone skin. My skin is glowing and happy, and this is the only thing I’ve changed.

 

FAVORITE MAY 2011 BIRCHBOX FAVORITES:

In the May 2011 Birchbox, we got our mother’s wishes in a box. I wasn’t too thrilled with this box, but I did love one product.

Stila | Eyeshadow in Poppy | I love this shadow! Just ordered recently ordered Kitten and Terracotta. I’m waiting my the mailbox for them. 🙂