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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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Mascara wand

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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

makeshift sink vanity

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!

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Part 13 of the Dumpster Diaries: Getting the Walk in Closet Organized With A Fast Moving Toddler And Falling Short of Goals…

Today’s set of tasks seemed simple:

“Move clothes and makeup upstairs, put everything away, and clean up the mess in in there and my bedroom… plus get my bed linens washed.”

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everything from the closet has spilled into my bedroom

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the bed sheets need to be washed ASAP

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what awaited me on the counter

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piles of CLEAN laundry dumped by my sons (UGH) and needing to be sorted/put away by ME

Except I forgot one crucial thing: I have a crawling, curious cyclone of an 11 month old baby.

And OH, she learned to do this today, too:

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I got the closet reasonably organized while she napped. By the time she woke up and I was in the swing of things, all bets were off. If I put stuff away in drawers, she wanted to remove them from drawers. The dresser scarf FASCINATED HER and she tried to pull that (and the box on the dresser) off about 10-20 times. If I turned around, she was pulling shoes off the racks. C accidentally left my bedroom door open and I found her trying to climb into the bathtub.

“What could THIS be?”

“Let’s pull it and everything else out and check”

I swear, training puppies is easier than human babies. Thank goodness she’s cute.

pulling the dresser scarf and box off for the 10th time. I think puppies are easier to train than people.

pulling the dresser scarf and box off for the 10th time.
I think puppies are easier to train than people.

When I sat to fold laundry and sorted her pile onto the floor, she tried to help, which was ADORABLE:

With the help of C, I was finally able to corral her long enough to get things put away. All the tools were brought back downstairs.

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makeshift sink vanity

I hauled some of my makeup upstairs and constructed a sort of vanity over the sink- effectively KINDA disguising the old faucet. We can’t remove the damned thing yet because there’s no shut off valve under the sink 😦 It was put in too long ago…

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

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

All the clothes that were in tubs were put up. I haven’t gone through anything in the dressers yet, because I’m not in the mood. This was so overwhelming as it is.

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I have a ton of vintage linens, which comes in handy for times like these

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my antique-ish piggybank collection

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my ‘helper’

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after throwing out so many clothes, I am kind of freaked out by how empty my closet is. I KNOW I have way more than this! WHERE IS IT?!

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my Louis Vuitton collection, up and away from people who might mistake it for trash. I really need to clean the leather on a couple of em.

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under the hamper: cleaning products that I need to have a strong male bring downstairs to be put away safely

In the end, I got about 75 percent of what I set out to do done, which I am ok with. The bedroom and bedding will be cleaned tomorrow or bust. I will also be sorting through all of my makeup downstairs and continuing to bring it to the closet.

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AFTER!

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MORE AFTER

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I couldn’t bear looking at the plaster damage by the light any longer- and we can’t spackle it til next week- my quick fix

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My 1st Ipsy Bag Arrived- August 2015 Prep School Glam Bag Review!

this shiny little fuchsia package was on my doorstep this morning when I woke up!

Ok, at first glance I was THRILLED to receive my first Ipsy bag- I mean, who wouldn’t want 5 awesome swatches with 2 full sized pens/pencils and a lip gloss? The bag itself was plastic and on the cheap side, but it was ok if you like houndstooth patterns, I guess.

contents of my August Ipsy bag- a lip liner, eye pen, lip gloss, turmeric face mask, and argan oil

Here’s what was in the bag:

Ofra Cosmetics lipliner in Wine– $13 value
Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen- $19 value
Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil Treatment sample- no idea the value
Juara Skincare Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask sample- no idea value
Tarte Deluxe LipSurgence Skintuitive lip gloss in energy– no idea value

If I were to guesstimate, I’d say I received about $30 worth of stuff for my $10 investment- not too shabby…

eye pen swatch- it’s black and it washes off with water. I need to try this for real to see if it any good.

The jury is still out on the eye pen. It washed off my hand rather easily. I am hoping it has more staying power on the eyes.

No, I didn't slit my wrist, this is a swatch of the lipliner

No, I didn’t slit my wrist, this is a swatch of the lipliner

The lipliner was my favorite- a bit on the brown side, which is ok with me because I survived the 1990s.

I was worried that it would be a shocking yellow like the spice- it wasn't. Probably the best thing in this entire bag.

I was worried that it would be a shocking yellow like the spice- it wasn’t. Probably the best thing in this entire bag.

I really liked the turmeric facial treatment. I tried it out and it made my skin glow after leaving it on for about 20 minutes. I wish the sample size would have been a bit bigger.

The jury is also still out about the Tarte lip gloss. It didn’t really show up as any color on my lips (or baby’s lips, because she asked for some, too).

The Argan oil was just ok. It was a bit too light for my coarse hair, but it worked wonders on Maisie’s frizzy bedhead. I will be using this on her- she has baby fine hair and it made her hair glossy without looking greasy. It also smells very nice- the scent is super light.

I have to say, I probably enjoyed these samples (and full sized products) far more than my Birchbox. It had more usable stuff in it and included full sized products, which I enjoyed. The actual BAG itself was meh. Cheap plastic bags just don’t do it for me.

I would rate this a 6/10

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SEPHORA FINALLY LAUNCHES A SUBSCRIPTION BOX SERVICE!!!!! It’s called “Play! by Sephora.”

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http://fashionista.com/2015/08/sephora-subscription-box

While buying an Armani foundation at Sephora will set you back $62, and a Tom Ford fragrance another $140, the beauty retailer is now offering up its goods for a tantalizingly low price — $10 a month. Yep, Sephora is getting into the subscription box business.

The service, called “Play! by Sephora” — which, with its name and red, black and white branding, is somewhat reminiscent of Comme des Garçons Play — launches in limited distribution this September before rolling out nationwide in 2016. The deal is this: five “deluxe-size” prestige products a month curated around a theme like essentials or dewy skin, delivered to customers’ doors, often with bonus sample-size items and Spotify playlists. Which, sure.

At $10 for five products a month, Sephora has positioned itself right up against Birchbox, which offers the same. (Glossybox, another competitor, is priced at $21 a month.) But while Birchbox has risen to preeminence in the beauty subscription space in a mere five years, picking up $71.9 million in funding as it dove into brick-and-mortar and launched a men’s version, Sephora has the immediate advantage of, well, being Sephora. With 1,900 locations globally and a robust rewards program for its loyal customers, the retailer shouldn’t have too much trouble getting traction on this program.

This isn’t to say Sephora’s going to put Birchbox or any of the other startups in this space out of business, necessarily. At $10 a month for each subscription, beauty junkies very well might go for more than one.