Birchbox – Harvey Prince Cherie Blossom

If you’re not part of birchbloggers and you blog about birchbox, you should definitely join. You may get the opportunity to try out new products to review.  That’s what happened to me.

Harvey Prince – Cherie Blossom  

1.7 oz EDT 50 ml Made in the USA 

$55.00

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The very simple logo on top of the perfume box.  (Logo is orange, the camera on my phone is not the greatest)

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Did I mention that I love their logo? Unicorn, carriage, stars, and the color orange.

Maybe I’m over analyzing the logo, but to me the logo says, “Driven by imagination” or “Driven by the unknown.” Unicorns and stars are mystical, magical, and unknown.

So, I did a little bit of my own research and found this on the Harvey Prince website:

“It began with a rebellious idea: boutique-quality scents should not be overwhelming, overpriced, and filled with toxic chemicals. Then came the inspiration: our mother, who loves honest products that feel and smell great. One Mother’s Day, we crafted a scent that captured her effortless and radiant aura. The result: Ageless, the first of our signature fragrances to take on the industry’s usual cosmetics-counter fare.”

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Okay, so I was super excited when I chosen to review this product (and I was chosen on my birthday, so it’s like Birchbox sent me a birthday present 😉 haha).  Anyway, I was excited that I was chosen, because I don’t use many perfumes.  I don’t use many perfumes, because I’m allergic to some of the fragrances.  Like, seriously, if I go down a candle aisle or a laundry detergent aisle at a store I will sneeze about 20 times and have puffy eyes by the time I leave the aisle.  Luckily, perfumes don’t give me that bad of a reaction (and most body mists don’t bother me), but I do tend to sneeze a lot when I wear perfumes so I try to wear them only on certain occasions.  This product is listed as hypoallergenic.  I did not sneeze once since I’ve put it on!

Cherie Blossom by Harvey Prince has a beautiful fragrance.  The cherry blossom is not overpowering and it pairs well with vanilla and hint of musk.  I can’t really smell the grapefruit though.  I don’t think this scent is hyper-feminine, and I think that is because of the musk.  This is a fragrance that I want to wear with a spring dress and some wedges, while I’m all dressed up at a Spring Flower Show or a benefit at a conservatory.  I really love this fragrance, and only want to wear it on special occasions like a romantic date with my boyfriend.  It just feels very intimate and lively.

Taken from Harvey Prince website:

“Cherie Blossom is the epitome of both rebirth in Japan and the power of a classic French seductress. Sweet, soft hints of Somet Sakura mingle with pink grapefruit and vanilla. A cool musk adds a touch of sophistication. Together, these fragrant notes play a song no man can resist. The woman who dares to wear Cherie Blossom feels timeless, and in truth, we look the way we feel.”

This product already has over 200 reviews on birchbox and four stars!

This product is also made in the USA, 100% cruelty free, and has no phthalates, parabens, sulfates, benzene, GMOs, or triclosan.

Thank you birchbox and Harvey Prince!

Have a lovely weekend. xoxo

-Stephanie

Quotations taken directly from Harvey Prince’s website:  http://harveyprinceshop.com/ourstory/

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Julep Maven March 2014

I finally received my March 2014 box a couple days ago.  I also ordered a couple other products from Julep so I thought I would post them as well.

I recycled my box before I could take a picture… Oops!!!

For March I ordered the Modern beauty and did the add on of Soraphine.

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Buff Lip Scrub – $20.00 

Okay, so I really like the lip scrub, although it is not as “scrubby” as I would like it to be.. But I’m also not sure how harsh a lip scrub should be, because this is my first lip scrub. My lips definitely need some help this winter, so I think this product is helping!

Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment – $24.00

I really want to like this, but I think I’m slightly intolerant to it.  I have yet to figure out what ingredient in lipgloss/lipstick that irritates.. So some lipglosses/lipsticks give me this weird tickle/cough in my throat and this is totally recent in the last couple years..  If I don’t use a lot of the product then I’m usually okay… Sorry, I got a bit derailed for a moment.  Anyway, this product totally is conditioning, smells great, and I really the metal applicator. I would recommend it, but if lip products bother you (and you’re not sure what ingredient bothers you) then I might suggest not buying it.

Soraphine – $14.00

I’ve been into white/cream/light polishes lately and that’s why I picked this as my add on.  I love it.  I have so many top coats that I cannot wait to use on it.

Overall I was really happy with my March Julep Maven Box and with the add on it ended up costing me about $25.00, which isn’t bad considering the prices of the individual products!

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Aretha – $14.00

AND so I bought the March Birthstone color, because I’m born in March and this such a pretty top coat.  I can’t wait to use it!

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Clean Slate Conditioning Nail Polish Remover and Pump – $14.00 

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m happy that this is acetone free.  Never thought I’d hear nail polish remover and cond itioning in the same sentence, so this will be interesting to try out!

In total I paid about $23.00 for these two products, which is a decent discount… But I don’t think I’d spend that much again on one nail polish and nail polish remover.

Update on Ipsy February 2014

After contacting Pop Beauty and Ipsy directly about the chemical smell in the sample size of the plump pout, I received a response and both companies said that they would send me replacements.  I received my replacements today.

 

 

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Pop beauty sent me a full size in Peony Petal and it smells amazing!!! The gloss itself is long lasting and it tingles, because it is a plumper.  I really love this and happy I received one that smells normal!

 

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I received a deluxe sample from ipsy.  It’s an Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in “69.” While, I find the name immature, cliche, and tacky, I think the color is absolutely beautiful and can’t wait to try it out.  I think it’s a decent size too for being a sample.

I didn’t have to pay a penny for these replacements, and the pop beauty gloss retails for $16.00. So, of course I’m really happy!

Socialbliss February 2014

This is the box that I have been dying to get, and it finally came yesterday! I think that this is one of the best boxes that I have ever received.  

The inside of the box:

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Wrapped up in radiance scarf: $22.00. 

Okay, this scarf was hard to photograph with my lighting situation and camera phone, but it is a super cute scarf that is big enough to double as a wrap to cover up the bottoms of your bathing suit.  I love the colors and the pattern.  It’s very cute and soft.  I’m not usually a scarf person, but I really can’t wait to wear this scarf. 

 

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Galena Bliss Ring by Lili Claspe – $55.00.

I love this ring.  This is something I would totally wear to work or on a night out.  I think it is super fun, and adds a little sparkle and fun to any outfit (within reason).  I received this is silver, and I’m really happy about it, because I prefer silver to gold.  I looked at other jewelry at http://www.liliclaspe.com and everything is so beautiful, but expensive.  

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Fleur de wallet $45.00 

This wallet is so much better looking in person.  I really like it, and will be using it soon, as long as it fits in my purse — it’s pretty big. You can also use it as a clutch. This item alone is worth the entire box — at least in my opinion.  

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Inked in stylus pen. $10.00

Not a big fan of the stylus portion of the pen, but I like the pen itself.  This is cute, and something I will bring to work to use, and pretend to be fabulous. 😉

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Vinotherapy face mask by naisture $3.00

I love face masks! I’ve never tried a wine mask before, so this should be fun.  I wonder what it smells like.

 

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Go matte polish by she $4.00

I think this color is super cute. I’ve never heard of this brand though, so I can’t give much feedback on it.  

 

What did you guys think of the February socialbliss box?