Birchbox Benefit Event March 2014

Little disclaimer:  This is going to be my longest post. haha.

Okay, so on Wednesday I went to the benefit birchbox event here in Chicago at the Southport Benefit store.  Benefit is my favorite makeup line.  I have used their products for as long as I can remember.

My sister and I arrived at the benefit store about 7 p.m. and not many people were there yet.  We were greeted, checked in, and handed a glass of sparkling pink wine.  I started out by getting my eyebrows tinted and waxed by Savannah.  She did a really great job, and this was my first time getting my eyebrows tinted.  I am definitely going to do it again and I might even go one shade darker.  The waxing was included with the $45.00 dollar ticket and is usually $20.00, but the tinting was not included and cost $18.00.  After the eyebrows, I was sent to Meg who applied my makeup, and she did a fantastic job and was so easy to talk to and very informative about products I’ve been wanting to try and ones that I’ve been scared to try.  After she did my makeup, I had another glass of wine and a sprinkles cupcake.  Then we purchased a bunch of stuff and the ticket included a $35.00 store credit. I can’t wait to go to more birchbox and/or benefit events!! We also got a free birchbox!!

The card in the birchbox:

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Just a little card detailing the event and talking about a contest if you tweet pics of benefit make up from the event.

Back of card:

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The card details the products in the box… Seriously, I almost died from pure excitement.  A strictly benefit birchbox?? Best birchbox ever!!!

The products I received in the box:

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All of the samples are so cutely packaged.

Stay Don’t Stray.  Full-size, $26.00.  

I’ve sampled this before (not from birchbox) and this is such a great eye primer.  Keeps the eyeshadow on all night.

It’s Potent! Eye Cream.  Full-size, $34.00.

I’ve sampled before too (not from birchbox) and really like it.  It’s really moisturizing, but didn’t get rid of bags or dark circles for me.

BadGal Las Mascara.  Full-size, $19.00.

I’ve sampled this before as well (not from birchbox), and it’s a great mascara for a dramatic look.

Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure/liner.  Full-sie $20.00.

I’ve haven’t used these mascaras yet, but Meg put one of the colors on my eyes on Wednesday and it looked great! Can’t wait to wear this out somewhere.

Lifestyle extra.  Twistband.  Hair Ties.  6-pack $10.00.

I’ve received this a previous birchbox and love it.  Completely snag and crease free.  I wear these a lot at the gym.

And now everything I bought (or my sister bought for me).. Don’t judge.. I had the $35.00 credit!

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The Big Easy.  Full-size, $38.00

My color is actually number 2.  I’m extremely pale, but I guess the redness in my face makes me a light shade and not a fair shade.  As with all benefit powders and liquid foundation I really recommend going and asking the make up artists for suggestions as to which shade will best suit you, you might be surprised.  I’m a different shade in all benefit products.  Also, if you tan in the summer your foundation shade might change.  Anyway, with that said the BB cream is amazing!!! After she put this on me, I was sold.  You don’t really need anything on top of this unless you just want some extra coverage.  I also think this product will last a while.

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Moisture Prep Toning Lotion.  Full-size, $30.00.

I’ve always wanted to buy this toner from benefit, but never did.. until now.  This is seriously the best toner for me, because it reduces redness and still moisturizing.  It’s perfect for putting on after you wash your face or if you are feeling lazy as just a quick clean up for the day/night/after gym.

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Lollitint.  Full-size, $30.00

I have a couple samples of benetint and like it as a lip tint, but not a cheek tint, so I was kinda hesitant about lollitint. Meg told me that this purple color would work great with my skin tone and she was right.  It also looks good on my lips as a base for the lipgloss she put over it..

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Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Kiss you.  Full-size, $16.00. 

So meg put this color over the lollitint and it looked amazing!! I felt like spring.  I’m happy she used these purple colors, since they are the color of the year.

So my sister bought me this:

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Kitten:  A Sparkling Powder in a Puf.  Full size, $26.00 (I think?) 

When I was a lot younger, my sister and I would always see these at Marshall Field’s and wanted it more than anything (probably because my cousin had one), but when we were old enough to afford it we didn’t see it.  When we were at the benefit boutique we found a bunch of these kind of hidden away.. My sister bought three… One for me, my cousin and herself.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued because I don’t see it on their website.

And then she bought me this:

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Coralista.  Full-size, $28.00.

I love this “tropical” pink blush.  It’s so pretty and smells amazing.  I can’t wait to wear it!!

TLDR; benefit birchbox event was amazing, my eyebrows look great, bought too much stuff, spent too much money, sister spent too much money, and drank good wine.  =)

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/

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.

Julep Maven – Welcome Box – February 2014

Okay, so my sister gets this subscription and she really likes it, so I thought I would give it a try (and I think she might be gifting me a subscription for my birthday – fingers crossed).  When you sign up the first box you receive is free so that is the box I am reviewing today.  Also Julep allows you to add on products, so I added on three products and ended up spending about $22 dollars total.  Also, all of their nail products are free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toulene, and DBP.

This is what I received in the box:

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Okay, so I received the Classic with a twist box.  They have many different options that you can choose from. This box came with Zora, Myrtle, and Mighty nail and cuticle serum. 

Zora (picture does not do it justice)

Zora is creamy whiteish pink with a bit of sparkle.  It is seriously one of the prettiest nail polishes I ever seen.  I can’t to try it out. 

Myrtle 

This is a pretty red, very classic, but it doesn’t really wow me.  

Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum

I love this already.  I’ve already used it twice, I hope it works.  It is suppose to help damaged and dry nails.  My nails are damaged from the cold and from no chip manicures, so I’m trying really hard to move away from harmful nail products.  This will give you visibly stronger, smoother and nails with fewer ridges in 3 weeks and you can apply over nail polish.  

And now my add ons

Oxygen Nail Treatment

The color is a light pink. I’ve already applied it to my toes and it’s super light.  It’s good for nails prone to peeling and breaking.  

Freedom Polymere Topcoat 

This is a top coat that will give you a no chip manicure without the curing lamps.  You just let it dry for five minutes and you should be good to go. 

Mint Condition Pedi Creme 

I love the scent of this product!!! I’ve already used it and my feet already feel softer and well moisturized.  

Overall, I really loved this box.  I didn’t have to shell out too much money for really good nail products.  I can’t wait to get future boxes!

Limited Edition Birchbox Finds – February 2014

Okay, so a lot of people were less than thrilled when they saw the limited edition Birchbox. I was so excited.  It may be because I’m in my twenties, but I thought it offered a lot of decent products for a great price, $18. Also sometimes I need to stay in my budget and good products that only cost a few dollars are perfect for when you can’t afford the expensive stuff. I used my birchbox points and after shipping I paid a whole $3.00 for this box.  

The front of the card

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The back

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Besides the mascara all of the products are under $10.00

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Biore – Self heating one minute masks. 

I actually really like this brand.  I used to always buy the deep cleaning pore strips, and they always seemed to work for me.  I can’t wait to try these out.  The only bummer is a 4 pack is $8, but I guess that’s a good price for a quick and easy mask.  I also really like charcoal masks, so I’m curious to see if it will really deep clean. 

John Frieda – Frizz Ease – Nourishing Oil Elixer

Like I’ve said in previous posts, I already have a hair oil that I like.  Since this is a pretty decent size, I’m going to keep it and give it a try.  If it works well, it will definitely be worth buying for $9.99.

Sally Hansen Complete SAlon Manicure in Pink A Card

Omg, I love the name of this product, but the color is a little too light for me.  I’ve never tried a Sally Hansen nail product before, so this is definitely a find for me!  The card says that you don’t need a base coat or a top coat and that it will last up to ten days, so it’s worth trying! And, it’s only $7.99

Rimmel London – Stay Glossy 3D in Back Row Smooch

I love this color and the shimmer.  I have sensitive lips, so I hope it doesn’t dry them out.  The price is reasonable at $4.99.  Not really sure what a 3D effect is though — i guess it’s suppose to make them look fuller.  

Nivea – A kiss of Care and Color in Sheer Caramel

I wish I would have gotten a different color in this! I can’t wait to use this (even with the nude color), so I hope that it’s really nourishing, like other Nivea products. It’s only $4.99 so if I really like it, I think I might more in different colors.

Covergirl – Bombshell Shineshadow in Ice Queen

This is such a pretty shimmer.  It seems like the perfect cream to use to in the corner of your eyes to add that extra wow factor.  The price is $8.99, which isn’t horrible for a eyeshadow.  And with the proper primer I don’t think you’ll need more than one application.  It says it’s supposed to last 12 hours on its own, but I’m not sure if I buy that claim.

Covergirl – Bombshell Volume mascara in Very Black

I prefer black mascaras.  I’m excited to try this product, but it’s going to have to wait until I start wearing my contacts in the summer.  Every time I try a mascara that is lengthening my glasses end up with mascara smudges on them… Anyway, there are two applicators one for volume and one for intensity, so I really think product will give and bold and rock star look for a night out.  It’s $11.99 and seeing that is has two applicators I think that is a decent price.  

 

Overall, I really liked this limited edition birchbox.  It has some great drugstores finds that I normally would never buy.  All the products are reasonably priced, so if you are on a budget the products within in it might be worth purchasing.  Since I paid only $3 for this box, it’s definitely worth the price to me.  Did any of you guys buy this box?  What did you think of it?   

BirchBox February 2014

Birchbox is my favorite box, and I was thrilled to hear that they were teaming up with US weekly for this month’s box.  Before, I received my box, I read a lot of legitimate complaints of samples breaking and spilling out, so I was crossing my fingers and hoping nothing of mine was broken.  When I opened up my box everything was intact! Yay!Image

And the samples:

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This is the best birchbox that I ever received.  The sample sizes are great, and the products are amazing.

Caudalie.  Instant Foaming Cleanser. Full size, $28

The sample size is great – I think it is a great size to take with you on vacation, or to use once your other face cleanser is used up.   I think I’ll get about a week to two weeks out of this sample.  It is suppose to detox your face with grape extracts and soothe it with chamomile.  And it’s French!

DDF.  Ultra-lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew.  Full size, $42.

The full size of this is 1.7 FL OZ and the sample size is 1 FL OZ, so that’s pretty good deal in itself.  However, I don’t think I would buy the full size.

Agave.  Healing Oil Treatment.  Full size, $24-$40.

Like I’ve said in other reviews, I already have a hair oil that I really like.  But since this is a small packet, I will try it out.

OPI.  Sheer tints in I can Teal You Like Me.  Full size, $9.00

The picture looks so dark, but it’s a super sheer light blue.  It’s really pretty and I can’t wait to try it out!

Harney and Son Fine Teas.  Wrapped Sachets.  Full size, $9.60

I love getting samples of tea.  I received two the first one is a White vanilla grapefruit and the second is Mint Verbena.  I received other samples of tea from birchbox before and they were great.  I like taking these kinds of samples to work, because it makes me avoid spending money at starbucks.

This is my link: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/1nqpw

Ipsy February 2014

Finally got my February 2014 ipsy bag.

 

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Okay, so I love the bag.  It’s cute, pink, simple, and girly.  And, it doesn’t smell this month!

The Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini – Peony Petal

It is the perfect size! Unfortunately, I think the lid and the gloss itself smells a little funny (maybe I have a sensitive nose?).  I’m not sure if I’m going to use this, because my lips are really sensitive.  Once I see more reviews on this, I might give it a try.  I saw a couple other people complain of a smell.  It just smells really chemically to me. Let me know how it works out for you guys!

Mally evercolor Starlight waterproof eyeliner – Starshine 

It is a really cute metallic silver color.  I can’t wait to wear this out.  I think it will look great on the upperlid and it really reminds of winter time.

Jesses Girl eyeshadow palette – Behind Blue Eyes  (I wonder if all of the products are song titles?)

I think this is a pretty good deal.  It has a bunch of cute colors that I can definitely use and I love that ipsy actually pays attention to your profile.  It is small enough to take in your purse for touch ups.  

Zoya nail polish – Odette 

THis is a really pretty color, but it’s not a color that I would normally wear, but I can’t wait to give it a try since this is such a great brand of nail polish.  It’s free of formaldehyde, toulene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor.

Uberliss – RituOil

While this seems to be a great sample, I have so many hair oils, so I gave this one to a friend.  I hope she really likes it.  It seems like a decent size and that it will last quite a while.