July Birchbox

I know, I know, it’s August and I’m just now getting up my Birch Box up from July.  Let’s say I had a great birthday last week and continued the celebration :).

Sadly this was the last month that my mom was getting the Birch Box, I had given her a three month subscription for her birthday and mother’s day but she’s decided not to continue on.  Also, she got hers several days before I got mine so we had two separate openings.

Her box arrived first:

July Birch Box  July Birch Box

 

This month’s theme was Suits which I didn’t quite get but ok.

July Birch Box  July Birch Box

Cute hair clips!  Cute mom!  She also got a perfume sample which she liked the smell of.

July Birch Box

My birch box arrived later in the week.

I was excited that it didn’t include perfume samples because I don’t love those.  I also loved the fact that I got the same hair clips as my  mom–super cute and super useful!

July Birch Box  July Birch Box

 

Love the hair clips, not sure about the curl keeper.  I tried it and it didn’t seem to do much for my curls.

July Birch Box  July Birch Box

 

I haven’t had a chance to use the bright trio and I’m not a fan of CC creams so not sure what I’m going to do about that.

July Birch Box

 

I haven’t tried this yet.

So honestly, I started getting Ipsy bag (I’ll post about my first one soon) and I liked the items much better and for the same price, I might stop Birch Box for a bit.  I’m also trying out Brit + Co which is crafting stuff.  So I might change it up.

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Review: Sally Hanson French Manicure

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a week since my last post and I apologize–things got a bit hectic but are back on an even keel.  Last week I went to the beach for the day with my mom and grandmother and was planning to take pictures with my new schnazzy camera but alas that didn’t happen, next time.

I did have a chance to try out a new product.  I’ve been loving Sally Hansen Salon Effects for a few years now and use them regularly.  I always get compliments when I wear them and I appreciate that they are more like nail polish strips than fake nails.  I also love the look of a French Manicure.  So I was super excited when I found a French Manicure version: Salon Effects French Manicure.  So of course I bought it and last week I tried them on for size.

Nail Polish RemoverGot to start with remover and I actually liked these remover pads that were only ninety nine cents, great deal for 32 pads and yummy strawberry smell!  It also only took one pad to get of all the polish on my nails which is always an accomplishment because I feel like I have to always douse acetone on a cotton ball five times before I can get all the polish off my nails!

 

 

Salon Effects French Manicure   Nails with nothing

So I thought the nails were beautiful looking and not super complicated to put on.  Basically you put on the white strip, lined up with the top of your nail and then the clear/pink part lines up with your cuticle.

 

Post manicure   Post manicure Post Manicure

 

 

Sadly the nails didn’t last very long.  They were already peeling by the next day.  I think I might have just been a little too rough on them because generally speaking I feel like the Sally Hansen nail strips are good products.

June Birchbox

So it may be the first of July but I still haven’t posted my June Birchbox stuff.  Well this time not only are you going to get to see mine, you’re going to see what my mother got as well!

I gave my mother a three month subscription for her birthday/mother’s day and I was here for the second of the boxes.  It was a lot of fun to open them together and also be ablet o trade some stuff.  So without further ado:

June Birchbox      June Birchbox

So much fun to see two pink boxes instead of one!

June Birchbox    June Birchbox

 

The top one is my mom’s and the bottom one is mine.

Now for the products:

 

June Birchbox This was in my mom’s box and it’s a matchbox full of mini filers.  Since she totally used and destroyed the last one I got from Birchbox, we split this box.  I love them.  I love the fun colored polka dots and the teeny size of them.  I keep mine next to my bed and anytime I’m feeling the urge to file, I just grab one!

 

June BirchboxAlso mom, not sure if she’s had a chance to use them.

 

 

 

 

 

June Birchbox Rein in Spain.  I took this because she got a similar reddish polish in her box last month.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.

 

 

 

June Birchbox Also in mom’s box, but I had this last month and loved the cucumbery smell and it kept me from getting burned.

 

 

 

 

 

June BirchboxAlso in mom’s box, also something I got last month.  I totally might steal this when I finish mine.  It’s an Australian lipgloss and the color is perfection and just a great punch of moisturizer. Love love love!

 

 

 

June BirchboxSo Birchbox was rebranded this month and the theme was wandering.  I loved these postcards that came and think they would look cute framed in an office or bathroom.  Super cute, don’t want to mail them!

 

 

 

June BirchboxThis was in my box, I love a good mask and haven’t had chance to try it yet but am looking forward to it.

 

 

 

June BirchboxAlso in my box.  I liked the subtle mint smell and the moisture but the color was a bit bright for me.  I might give this to my mom.  She can rock the brighter colors better than I can.

 

 

June BirchboxI do love Origins products- I’m using that brand for my under eye cream right now.  I traded this with my mom for one of her things.

 

 

 

June BirchboxLondon Calling.  I like the minty color.  My first attempt at putting this on was unsuccessful but I do like the color so I will try again.

 

 

 

 

June BirchboxGood scent but overall bored with all the perfume samples so I gave this to my mom.

 

 

 

So, I think between the two of us it was a good haul.  I look forward to our shared boxes next month!

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Birchbox May Reveal and major apologies

So I need to start with major apologies.  I am down to one week in New York and it’s crazy!  I was in Los Angeles for my sister’s college graduation (pics to come later) and it was FABULOUS!  I took a red eye back to NYC Sunday night-Monday morning and that was incredibly hard.  I love the ideas of a red eye-not wasting a day traveling but as I’m getting older, they are getting harder and harder to do.

This past week and next week are definitely being spent finishing things up at work and trying to experience New York as much as possible before I leave in one week, eek!  My father is actually flying out here and we are driving back to Oregon in a SUV with my cat, fun times 🙂  I’m positive we will all survive but I will keep you posted.

May Birchbox was pretty fun-still enjoying and in fact gifted my mom a three month subscription for her birthday and mother’s day.  I got an email from her excited to share with me when I get home–I’m excited for that!

May Birchbox  Inside of Birchbox

 

I’ll be honest, it’s been a busy month so I haven’t had a ton of time to try everything.

Birchbox Eyeliner

I was excited to get an eyeliner because I recently had a near brush with pink eye (they thought I had it but it was misdiagnosed–argh!) so I had to throw away my nice stila eyeliner.  I liked how smooth it was but found the black to be a little harsh after the lighter browns I’ve been using.  I’ll probably keep using it until I get around to buying a new one.

Birchbox toothpaste

 

I should have brought this with me to LA last weekend because I forgot toothpaste!  But it will drive cross country with me and be my toothpaste then.  I look forward to trying it.

Birchbox sunscreen

 

Again haven’t tried yet but am looking forward to trying new sunscreen.  I’ve been pretty sensitive with sunscreen the past several years-only using Aveeno on my body and Boscia on my face but am hoping this one will work!

 

 

 

Birchbox hair mask

 

I just won a contest of face items with Sea Buckthorn from Santana at http://www.curlygirlbeauty.org/ so I’m excited to try this mask with the same ingredient.

Birchbox Tea

 

As we know, I am very excited about tea and can’t wait to try it.

So all in all, another super fun box from Birchbox and I look forward to trying things out with my mom soon!

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I will do my best to post next week but no promises as I am out doing stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY and then I am driving cross-country.  But, I know that when I get home, I will have some good time to post about all the fun shenanigans I will be getting into this coming week as well as the fun times in the past week and a half!

Have a great holiday weekend!!!!

 

April Birchbox Reveal and Special From the Garden Box

Have you heard of Birchbox?  I love it!  I started receiving boxes about a year ago, they are $10 a box and you receive a bunch of awesome samples.  I’ve found so many makeup brands that I’ve never known existed (being that I have been sort of clueless about these sorts of things) but now am loving discovering.

Birchbox Package

This month’s box was co-sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine which was cool.  It also means that there’s a subscription postcard for a free year of Women’s Health which could be interesting–not a magazine I’m super familiar with.

Box

The box was wrapped in this special wrapper and I liked the idea of the tiny tweaks, big results as I think it’s a good motto for life.

Subscription Postcard

 

Here is the offer for the magazine.  I love physical magazines so I will probably subscribe to it-if I can figure out where i put the darned postcard.

Now the products I received this month:

The products

 

I received:

A small sample of Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir.  The directions are to put four or five drops onto your hair before styling.  I like it but not enough to purchase again.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On.  This is supposed to give vitamins and minerals to that sensitive area under your eyes and wake them up.  It’s supposed to reduce puffiness and wake up your tired eyes.  Again good product, not sure I would buy it.

Fleur de Baies which is a hand boxed soap. Smells yum and I will probably use it.

Kiehl’s-Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.  I haven’t tried it yet and am not sure I will.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss which I LOVE!  It’s a lip gloss crayon type thing and the color is gorgeous.  I’ve used it every day since I got it and this I will most likely purchase again as it’s a good every day color.

The special box.  Birchbox did a winter/holiday box that I really enjoyed so I thought I would also get the spring box.  It ended up being next to nothing because I had enough points to purchase it.

BirchboxThe box is green-already a good sign for me!

From The Garden Tips I love how they always send tips and good ideas

KnifeA fun knife with onion print-I hope it works well.

Bergamot and JasmineBergamot and Jasmin perfume–smells yum.

Strawberry Raspberry JamStrawberry-Raspberry Jam

Peach Apricot JamPeach Apricot Jam–I can see good things for both of these!

Basil KitA grow your own basil kit-yum

Mint CandleYummy smelling mint candle

MatchesSuper smart to put matches on the cover!

Shopping ListBeing a writer, I love any items I can use for writing!

LotionSuper yummy smelling apple/tulip lotion

BagguPerfect bag for the farmer’s market.

All in all, I loved the spring box as much if not more than I loved the holiday box!  I again love birchbox and would recommend ordering it!  In fact, if you are interested, please use my link!  I get points if you sign up through me :).