Birchbox Limited Edition Free For All Box- April 2014

Birchbox put out another limited edition box, and I, of course, purchased it the moment I saw it.  This box cost $44.00 (plus $5.00 shipping).  It’s filled with natural products.  This box is great for those who are health conscious, people like me who love natural products but still use all types of beauty products, and people who want to give natural products a try.  I feel like the term natural is used loosely, but in this box it means the products are free from parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and GMOs.  

The Box —  it reminds me a shoebox and spring…

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The insides…

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The card (They accidentally sent me two, so this makes picture taking easier)…

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And, now the goodies!!

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These are all deluxe sample size items.

Eco-Armour – Shave with Benefits Shave Foam with Mint and Eucalyptus.  Deluxe Size – 1.7 oz, $3.04.  Full Size – 5 oz, $18.95.

I usually just use soap when I shave, so maybe this will convince me to start buying a shave foam… It says that it helps eliminate nicks and cuts, ingrown hairs, razor burn, red bumps and dull blades.  I hope it works! I can see it helping all of these areas.. I seriously just googled “why do razorblades go dull,” because I always thought it was from not properly drying your shaver… TIL that there are harsh chemicals in shaving creams that break down the metal in the razor… 

Jurlique – Purely Bright Radiance Serum. Deluxe Size – 0.5 fl oz, $29.00.  Full Size – 1.0 fl oz, $58.00.

This is not a product I would normally buy, because it is so expensive and relatively small.  So, I’m happy to see it in the box, but I’m not sure if I’ll get any results from it because I don’t really have any dark spots on my face yet…  It does have a nice scent and makes my skin feel soft.  

Karma Organic Spa – Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil and Tea Tree Oil.  Deluxe Size – 15 ml, $1.50.  Full Size, 4 oz, $12.00.

It’s nice to smell a nail polish remover that doesn’t smell like it is going to burn off the hairs in your nose… Haven’t tried this yet, but I hope it works, because it smells so nice I’d like to buy the full size.

Shamanuti – Activated Charcoal Cleanser.  Deluxe Size – 30 ml, $6.00.  Full Size – 6oz, $36.00.

I’ve already used this a few times since Friday and love it!  It smells great and works pretty well too.  You don’t need to use a lot to see your face feeling clean.  I love charcoal in face products, but haven’t used one in a while, so I’m really excited about this!

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W3ll People – Hypnotist Eyeliner.  Full Size – 0.04 oz, $16.50.

This was the reason why I bought the box.  I purchased this eyeliner about a month ago from birchbox, but I lost it somewhere in my room (really hoping I’ll find it someday)… So instead of buying it again right away, I decided to wait, and then this box popped up and it made sense for me to buy it, because it’s basically free if you count the value of the other products… I LOVE THIS EYELINER!!! You can put it on your waterline without being scared of weird chemicals going into your eyes and making them red and irritated among other things.  It’s a beautiful black that goes on smooth and stays on pretty well, but stays on a little better with some primer.  

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Alima Pure – Lip Tint in Rhubarb.  Full Size – 1.013 oz, $12.00.

I was pleasantly surprised with this product!  I like the color, it’s not exactly sheer, but it doesn’t drastically change the color of my lips. It smells/tastes like chocolate so that’s pretty amazing.  And it’s pretty hydrating!

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Lov Organic – Assorted Tea.  Deluxe Size – 4 tea bags, $2.98.  Full Size – 20 tea bags, $14.90.

I love tea, so I’m happy they gave us four different flavors to try!!

Feed – Feed Ten Pouch.  Full Size, $16.00.

This is a nice makeup bag and the the fact that every bag sold gives 10 school meals.  I’ve seen this brand in target before, and this bag is exclusive to birchbox.  It’s well made and has a cute design!

 

What did you guys think of the limited edition box??  Are you going to purchase it?? Overall, I really like it, while I like some items more than others, I know that all of them will get used at some point.  So it was definitely worth the $49.00 I paid.  

 

BeautyDNA – March 2014

This subscription box is currently in BETA… I had to join.  It is $25.00 dollars a month for 1 full-sized product worth at least $45.00.  You have to fill out an intense survey so that they can match you to a product that is right for you.  I think it’s pretty neat.  The only bad thing is that if you don’t like what you receive, you cannot return it. http://www.beautydna.com.

It came in a super cute box and packaged very nicely. 

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I’m not a mother or pregnant, but I got matched with a brand that is geared towards motherhood.. With that aside, I do have some stretch marks on my arms and legs from gaining/losing weight so this is actually a decent product for me.  It is for existing stretchmarks and I think if I use it regularly it will diminish the look of them.  This also feels like an amazing lotion in general, so I might use it for all over. It smells really fresh and fruity so I of course love it.  Even though the brand itself is something I would probably never look into, beauty DNA really listens.  AND the best part is that this product is Allergy Tested, has  no Artificial Dyes or Fragrances,  no Phthalates, no Paraben Preservatives, and it’s  Cruelty-Free.

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I’m pretty sure that this is an older version of the bottle because the one on Ulta’s website and Belli’s website look different.  Also, this product is $34.00 on amazon.. But I still saved about $10.00 so I’m not upset.  

 

Overall, I’m happy with this service so far and can’t wait to see what I get matched with next month!

Socialbliss The Style Box March 2014

I forgot to cancel this sub (too expensive), but I’m glad I forgot to cancel it!! haha.  This subscription is a little less than $50.00 a month.  

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And this is what a Spring box looks like.. Although th theme of the box is “Paris is always a good idea.”

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AND the contents This box has 5 items:

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Flourishing in Florals Headband.  Retail, $14.00.

Love this headband.  It’s super cute and tiny. It’s definitely not as bold as the floral headband I received in fabfitfun, but I will wear it.  I think my new obsession is headbands. It’s definitely a Spring item. 

Ohh la la Baumes Pour Levres.  Retail, $1.00

This item doesn’t wow me, but it will be good to throw in my purse.  It has a light floral scent.  Oh, and it’s from avon. 

French Milled Lemon Verbena by South of France.  Retail, $1.00.

I’m not the biggest fan of bar soaps, but it has a nice lemon scent to it. 

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Eco-Chic Beauty Brushes Set.   Retail, $25.00.

I don’t own many brushes, because I guess I just prefer to use my fingers.  I actually recently received my first brush set from my sister for my birthday…  This set has babmboo handles soft synthetic taklon bristles that are cruelty and the case is made out of hemp and natural cotton.  I like the look of these brushes and it seems to be good quality. 

 

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Spring in paris Mattie Bag by Melie Blanco.  Retail, $80.00.  

Also known as the best item I have ever received in a box.. Seriously i love this bag.  It’s a nice spring pink (photo is a bit washed out) and the inside is super cute.  I love that it zippers and has multiple sections and pockets.  It does not include a shoulder strap, but I think a shoulder stap from another bag of mine will look good on this.

 

What did you guys think of this month’s box?  I love the purse so it was definitely worth my worry of forgetting to cancel. 

 

 

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.  =)

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!