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Birchbox Benefit LASHtastic Mascara Sampler Review

This Birchbox Sampler was purchased with my Birchbox points- the lash curler was a free gift (using a coupon code).

The box contains 3 different Benefit mascaras: They’re Real, Bad Gal, and Roller Lash.

The Bad Gal mascara sample was disappointingly dry.

They’re Real is amazing, one of my favorites. It gives fuller, thicker lashes… but I have to use a waterproof sealer over it (I use NYX mascara sealer) or I get raccoon eyes.

The Roller Lash mascara gives great length and doesn’t clump at all.

All in all, I think this was one of their better sampler packs. I absolutely love Benefit mascaras!

The Eyeko lash curler was nice, too. My lashes are extremely difficult to curl and I generally don’t use lash curlers because I’ve had issues in the past with cutting off my lashes by accident with them.

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September 2015 Birchbox “You’re Beautiful” Review

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first glimpse of box

I have to admit, I wasn’t too jazzed about this month’s Birchbox. I’d been waiting with baited breath for the Anastasia Brow Pencil… but once I received it, was ‘meh’. My trusty Rimmel brow pencil is better than this one for me. They do about the same thing, except the Rimmel pencil seems to be less ‘smudgy’.

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list of innards

The Tocca body scrub was nice… albeit smallish. The concealer crayon is ok for cleaning up brow meses, but not much else if you need a decent undereye concealer. The hair leave in stuff was ‘ok’. The perfume was DISGUSTING.

I am seriously considering canceling my subscription soon. So far, Ipsy is a far better deal.

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Ipsy September 2015 Glambag Review!

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Sept 2015 Glambag Goodies

I admit it, I love Ipsy.

I love it much more than Birchbox.

This month was no exception.

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this month’s pouch was much cuter than the ugly houndstooth one last month

Every month they send wonderful full size or generously sized samples of beauty products. This month’s bag was fantastic and the pouch was cute, too.

This month’s glambag contained:

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City Chic lipstick (full sized)

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not a bad lipstick- nice and sheer

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Ipsy ❤ NYX Eyeshadow Trio
Octavio Argan Oil

All of the products were great. The NYX shadows work best with a primer underneath. The eye gel was like Benefit’s, but NICER AND BIGGER. The lipstick was a winner as well.

One thing I DID NOT LIKE: I redeemed points I earned last month and was supposed to receive an eyeliner with this shipment. After tracking down the customer service email and writing to them, I still haven’t heard back. That was a disappointment.

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara and Perfectly Posh Caramel Cray-Cray Lip Scrub Reviews

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my cousin is selling these and gave them to me to try out

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this lip scrub is so delicious that my 1 yr old ended up finding it and eating 1/2 of the tin before I could take it away.

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Apparently, this is the new and improved formula

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I really love this stuff- so yum

Pardon the out-of-sequence photos. I am attempting to type this and prevent my one year old from stealing the mouse/pressing keys on the laptop as I type.

My cousin is selling Perfectly Posh and Younique, so I tried these two items out.

I’ve been lusting after the Younique fiber lash mascara since the day of my c-section. All of the nurses on the ward had these CRAZY long lashes and they were all wearing Younique mascara. I tried out cheaper, knock off brands after that, but they DO NOT COMPARE to the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes AT ALL.

After applying it the first time, my lashes looked like tarantulas had taken up residence on my eyeballs. The second time I tried it, I used a lighter hand and was more pleased with the results.

Here are the before/afters of the first time I used it:

Before applying mascara

Before applying mascara

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Before applying mascara- I have VERY SPARSE Asian-type lashes and brows

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after my 1st attempt- Kim Kardashian meets tarantula lashes

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I have to admit- I really love this stuff

A few words of caution should be used before applying this mascara:

1. Use a base coat of your own fave mascara first

2. Apply an AMPLE amount of gel mascara next

3. Coat with the fibers using A LIGHT HAND SO THAT THEY DO NOT CLUMP.

4. Reapply a TON OF GEL on top of fiber coat to seal it all in, or else you will get flakes.

I will be buying more of this when I run out. It’s as good as it says it is and I am now hooked.

The second review is Perfectly Posh Caramel Cray-Cray Lip Scrub. This stuff is SUPER YUMMY and tastes like candy. It works well to get all the nasty flakes off your lips, especially if you have big lips like mine.

Unfortunately, my 1 yr old found it (I have no idea how she knew how to open it- she had never seen it before) and ate half of it before I could take it away.

I had a diaper nightmare for the rest of the day.

I loved both of them, even though I am usually not a big fan of ‘multi-level marketing’ type makeup schemes.

UPDATE PIC FROM 9/24:

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It’s taken a couple of days to figure this mascara application out, but the more I use it, the more I like it.

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August 2015 Birchbox Man Arrived!! CHARGED UP BOX

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first glimpse of this month’s Birchbox Man- Charged Up

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It was the same box design as last month’s, except it had a decorative sleeve over it

First of all, wasn’t impressed with the smells that came out of this month’s box. There was a stinky square soap sponge thing that I didn’t like… and the Neroli cologne was disgusting.

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what was included

There was a teeny hair wax thing in the box, too, but I forgot to take a photo of it.

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the reason why I chose this box-

The charger was the best thing in this box.

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these face washes are always winners

This month’s box was disappointing. Last month’s was much nicer.

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this smelled disgusting

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I am sure someone will like this

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wasn’t impressed

I may or may not stop my subscription to Birchbox Man. I will give it another month. This month’s box really wasn’t that exciting.

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BIRCHBOX SAMPLE CHOICES FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 ARE OUT AND INCLUDE AN ANASTASIA PERFECT BROW PENCIL!!

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same design on tote as on new box

I am super excited!

Balloons (just in time for Maisie’s bday), an Anastasia perfect brow pencil, eye shadows, and more… I can’t wait!!!!!

More about the sneak peek here:

https://www.birchbox.com/magazine/video/birchbox-september-2015-sample-choice-and-birchbox-plus-reveal-sneak-peek?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=081815_W_S_SampleChoice_Reveal&utm_content=C&utm_term=Womens%20Active%20Subs

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Birchbox Points Loot! Benefit’s “They’re Real! Mascara” and Free Sample Push Up Liner

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my first view of the items, out of the mailer

I had 200-odd points from doing reviews on Birchbox- which translates to $20 of free swag. I opted for the “They’re Real!” mascara from Benefit- and got a free Push Up Eyeliner sample. The mascara is full sized, btw.

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teeny sample

I haven’t had any time to try them out, but the eyeliner confused me until I read the instructions. It has to be squeezed out.

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instructions had to be read, because I couldn’t sort out how it worked

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the orange thingie has to be pulled out- not unlike those glue plugs

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it’s a cute liner, about 2 inches long

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The mascara wand looks promising- I can’t wait to try it out!

I will update with a review when I am finally able to slap this on my eyes!

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Dumpster Diaries: The Beauty Organization and Makeup Storage Edition

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so I had an unusable counter and sink in the upstairs kitchen that became the master bedroom’s walk in closet… we aren’t doing a full renovation until next year.

This blog post is going to be mostly photos and captions, because it’s 1 am and I am nearly passing out from exhaustion!

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I’ve thrown out SO MUCH MAKEUP from my downstairs bathroom… this is just some of what’s left

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makeshift sink vanity

No, you can't see the faucet... shhhh... don' tell me!

No, you can’t see the faucet… shhhh… don’ tell me!

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what it looked like BEFORE I hauled more makeup upstairs from the downstairs bathroom

The stuff in this ‘vanity’ isn’t even 1/10th of what I own. Tomorrow I will be hauling the rest upstairs. I really need a better organization system- but until then, this will do.

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my ipsy and birchboxes, coz they’re so cute

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1960s-70s groovy glasses repurposed as makeup brush holders

Since this was originally a kitchen, I housed all my vintage linens and favorite antique china and glassware here. It’s a shame not to use them, so I am hauled some of them out as brush and makeup storage.

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I’m glad I bought 4 of these lipstick organizers- I needed them

I cannot say enough about these cheap little clear acrylic lipstick holders from eBay! They’re AMAZING and practical.

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Lipliners in one glass, eye liners in another- plus a vintage anchor-hocking glass for beauty blenders

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after I hauled more stuff upstairs- I need to clean a couple of these brushes

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I have no idea how I will end up organizing all the perfume/perfume samples and eye shadows

I have mac, nars, pout, nyx, and hard candy thingies in that little green tray.

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a few of my favorite palettes

I love the idea of everything being out in the open where I can see them and not shoved into a drawer, forgotten.

I also received something in the mail from Birchbox, but will review later- Goodnight All!