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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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Birchbox November 2015 Review


I am super late reviewing my subscription boxes… this was November’s Birchbox.

These reviews are going to be super brief. I am not really enjoying my Birchbox subscriptions and have already cancelled Birchbox Man.

I think Ipsy is a much better subscription service- you get more ‘bang for your buck’.

Inside, I received a hairspray, some hair masque, a face cream, a stinky body wash, and eye brow mascara.

The hairspray had a huge scratch down the front- but I liked it.

The superskin moisturizer was just okay.

The brow mascara was the best item in the box.

  

Nice gash in the hairspray, Birchbox.

Photo of my brows using some of the brow mascara.

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Arctic Explorer- December 2015 Birchbox Man Review

This is the last Birchbox Man box I will ever receive- I cancelled the subscription.

Honestly, I don’t think the subscription is worth the $20 USD per month.

This was my first glimpse of the box (above).


The cashmere hat was nice and warm- besides that, it was basically the same ole same ole stuff we received every month.

I think that Das Boom stuff stinks…

  

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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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Innards

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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:

Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill tinted brow gel (full sized)FullSizeRender-8
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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UPDATE: recovering from my week(s) and how Maisie’s birthday bash went (condensed version)

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in a bday present princess nightie (her bday dress was removed due to cake residue)- playing a guitar art project made by my cousin’s talented daughter. My new fave pic 🙂

Had the HUGE baby Maisie birthday bash this week- over 60 people showed up to celebrate with us and stayed on until the wee hours.

Maisie was a perfect hostess- she was able to hang on til about midnight, without having any meltdowns and playing well with all the children and guests.

We had an adult cake smash fight at one point, when my cousin bet my mother a dollar to put the icing on my face… needless to say, about 6 people ended up with cake on their faces. It was hilarious. We are not a sedate, quiet bunch. My parties tend to be kind of raucous, to say the least…

We had a huge full sheet cake with bavarian cream filling- and I cooked a huge spread: 25 lb plus brisket, Persian food, collard greens, appetizers… and people also brought food and drink. Everything- EVERYTHING- was eaten. The only thing I had left after was bottles of vino, vodka, hard cider, beer, soft drinks, juices. I ended up having to cook again the next day, just so we’d have food in the house while we cleaned up.

It was more a party for adults, really… or one of the type of parties I remember attending as a kid with my folks back in the ‘old days’, with the parents having a good time and the children running about playing. Nothing fancy, just lots of people and lots of good food/drink.

My mother went back to Manila this morning, so it was also a sort of bon voyage for her- as well as my cousins’ 35th wedding anniversary.

I am completely EXHAUSTED now. We’re still cleaning up, even though the party was Saturday. I have to do what I can with my back… which feels much better. I am finally (knock wood) off the narcotic pain pills. The procedure seems to be doing what it was supposed to do.

Maisie now wants to sing “Happy Birthday” CONSTANTLY and clap her hands/say “YAY!” after. Poor thing sounds like a screech owl when she sings, so that’s pleasant… lol.

My house guest went back to Houston and now things are much more quiet. Maisie is a bit clingier now that the house is minus one more person, though. That is to be expected.

I bought a gym membership for the entire family this week, too. Hoping I am cleared to start using it soon. I also bought a Buti Yoga DVD set, which I am hoping to utilize as well. I am itching to work out and finally lose this baby weight.

My child has not been allowing me to do much. Her walking is now in full swing and you CANNOT.TAKE.YOUR.EYES.OFF.HER.FOR.EVEN.A.SECOND. If you turn your back on her, she will be climbing something or off in another room. This kid is FAST and my house is HUGE. I will have to call someone in to carpet the front stairwell soon. I swore I’d never cover the wood, but now I’ve changed my mind since this child is a climbing fiend.

I think I’ve spent the most time in years away from the internet/phone/macbook. She’ll steal my phone, my mouse, try to run off with the laptop- you name it, she’ll do it.

The ironic thing is, my house is actually CLEANER now after the party than it was BEFORE. I have no idea how that happened at all. We’re STILL cleaning up, as I said earlier. Maybe it’s all my time away from the internet- I don’t know. Maybe it was the new Dyson Animal I bought. That thing is Ahhh-MAZING. Dysons (and Shop Vacs) are a MUST if you have 3 Newfoundland dogs, like we do.

We WILL be baby proofing the hell out of this place this week. It needs it. I found her eating half of my brand new sugar scrub lip gloss this morning. The resulting farts and regurgitations were disgusting. I have no idea how she opened it- it was in a flat tin and she’s never seen me use it before. Scared the crap out of me!

One thing is for sure- the minute my head hits the pillow nowadays, all I want to do is SLEEP. That is exactly as it should be. I like the fact that I am busy from the time I wake until the time I go to bed. It feels GOOD (well, sometimes) to move. After spending most of the year moving about gingerly, I like this.

Probably not good for blogging, though.

I have an Ipsy review, 2 Birchbox reviews, a ton of food posts to get up and I have no idea how/when these will happen.

I haven’t even really opened/looked at her gifts. I also have a ton of thank you thingies to send out. They’re still (mostly) piled up on the daybed in my office.

Time for me to sleep now… *yawn*