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September 2015 Birchbox “You’re Beautiful” Review

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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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All of the Mid-Day Makeup Fixes You Need to Keep Your Look Fresh

more excellent tips…

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It’s happened to us all: It’s 8 a.m. your makeup is Kardashian perfect and completely selfie-worthy. But after a long morning commute, a series of unexpected meetings, stress, spilled coffee and more stress later, it’s 2 p.m. and your makeup now resembles something from a low-budget Halloween movie.

With smudges, redness and creasing in tow, a mid-day makeup application is often a necessary evil. But let’s be real, you likely don’t have the time, patience or energy to completely re-do your entire look. On the flip side, applying more product on top of an already made up face can leave you feeling cakey, overdone and just plain uncomfortable. Thankfully, we recruited the help of celebrity makeup artist and butter London Global Colour Ambassador Katie Jane Hughes to help bring your makeup back to life.

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8 Fast Fixes for Makeup Mishaps

these are handy dandy tips

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We all have experienced our fair share of makeup slip-ups. From accidentally applying too much product, to not exactly being spot-on when we’re picking a foundation shade, there’s quite a bit of room for error. Luckily, for every problem, there is a solution. We’re coming to your rescue with 8 quick fixes for the most common makeup malfunctions.

1. The Face Mask: We’re not talking about the one you put on last night to rejuvenate your skin, but instead, the foundation application where somewhere went wrong. The trick to fixing demarcation lines (the noticeable spot where your foundation stops because it doesn’t match your skin tone) is simple—blend the foundation down onto your neck as well.

2. Lipstick on Teeth: Embarrassing yet ever so common, this malfunction can totally be avoided. When it’s already happened, all we really can do is wipe it off. To…

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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.

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Elle MacPherson’s Food and Fitness Diary (This Is Why She Looks So Damn Good)

So gorgeous at 51!

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If we were to name the women we wished we looked like, Elle MacPherson would undoubtedly top the list: Even at 51 years old, her superhuman beauty—and that body—rivals most models half her age. So it’s a given that we (and, probably, the rest of the female population) are dying to know what she’s doing that we’re not. We know genes are half the battle, but there’s got to be a few wellness tricks up the supermodel and health guru’s sleeve, right?

To find out, we chatted with Elle and uncovered the secrets that keep her looking so amazing. She explained why she doesn’t “work out” (though she does stay active), what she eats on a daily basis, and the benefits of her health supplement that’s been getting tons of buzz. Keep reading for some seriously inspirational health talk.

I start an average day by… Drinking 500 milliliters (about 16 ounces) of room temperature water every day upon waking up. This…

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Beauty Haul Preview: W7 IN THE NUDE & IN THE BUFF: LIGHTLY TOASTED plus almost EVERY NYX Eye Brow Product-

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bought these for 7 bucks each on eBay- they arrived 3 days ago from the UK.

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I did a quickie swatch thing on my arm and will say right now that without water or a primer, there will be issues with the lighter colors not showing up

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the packaging was nice, I loved the little tins. Lighter colors are not as pigmented as I would like.

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5 different NYX eyebrow products that I will be trying and reviewing soon

I will review these the next time I am able to wear makeup. Hoping the brow stuff works (at least ONE of them…)

I bought the NYX brow things in one fell swoop at Target the day that I did my failed Wet n Wild brow review.

W7 is a popular drugstore brand from the UK. Their nude eye shadow palettes have been making news on the interwebs as great dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette.

The W7 palettes require an eye shadow primer or water for the lighter colors. When I did a quick swatch test on my arm, they barely showed up.

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MY HORRIFYING LIPSTICK NIGHTMARE: Stila Look At Me Liquid Lipstick in Bella- A Birchbox Sample Review

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

Let me first state the obvious:

I have very big lips.

Lipsticks, glosses, balms- these are my thing. I was so excited when I received this sample in my Birchbox this month- the rest of that review is HERE.

That excitement QUICKLY turned to dismay, then horror, then a total FREAKOUT when I realized that this stuff WASN’T COMING OFF WITHOUT A FIGHT.

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much a stark contrast there is?

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much of a stark contrast there is?

It started innocently enough- received my cute, nicely sized sample in my Birchbox. The color was a shade of hot pink called “Bella”. I love hot pink lipstick, so I opened it up and tried it on immediately.

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Even with the lipbrush, making this stuff go on evenly was almost impossible

HUGE mistake.

Half way through the application process, I realized that I needed a lip brush immediately. Even with the brush, it was VERY difficult to get an even application. This lipstick was NOT forgiving. Even worse, it only wanted to adhere to the DRY OUTER EDGES of my lips, leaving the insides looking totally and shockingly bare.

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

When I tried to remove the stuff, it WOULD NOT BUDGE.

I first applied Pond’s Cold Cream and tried to scrape it all off with a wash rag.

NOPE, didn’t work… so, I applied the cold cream a couple more times and continued scrubbing.

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

FINALLY, after a vigorous and painful washing of my lower face, I was able to get most of it off.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

From all the scrubbing, I was rewarded with hideously swollen lips and a pink color all over my lower face and chin.

Would I buy this crap?  HELL NO.

I hope it works for you, because this stuff is NEVER coming in contact with my skin again, ever. EVER.

I hate this stuff.

Rating: -2857 outta 5

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My First Birchboxes Arrived! Birchbox and Birchbox Man reviews!!!! Plus the Stila Liquid Lipstick turned me ino Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man's box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women's subscription

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man’s box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women’s subscription

My very first Birchbox and Birchbox Man subscriptions arrived on Monday, which was fantastic since it was R’s birthday… I bought him the subscription for his gift. I think I am enjoying it far more than he would. I will review the Birchbox Man box first:

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby's water

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby’s water

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really cute and high quality- retails for $16.95- but SUPER small. Would be ideal for a small child.

The first thing we saw when opening the Birchbox Man package was a teeny (child sized, really) Mizu Water bottle. It retails for $16.95 on the Birchbox site. R gave it to C, because he uses much bigger liter sized water bottles and this one was far too small. C will probably end up giving it back to me for Maisie at some point.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It's twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It’s twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

The Birchbox Man box is twice as big as a regular Birchbox- which it should be considering it costs twice as much!

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

This month’s samples included:

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the samples were nicely sized, especially the face wash.

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conditioner sample could have been bigger- I LOVED the parfum.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
Birchbox Man + River Virtual Reality Viewer
Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hanz de Fuko Natural Conditioner
CoSTUME National Eau de Parfum SCENT INTENSE 

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40
Tommy John Cool Cotton Trunk (undies)

I cannot tell you how much this box was worth- but I know that the underwear is 29.00 on Birchbox- add that to the Mizu bottle and those two items alone were worth about $45.00, which isn’t bad considering the box itself was $20.00.

We couldn’t figure out the virtual reality viewer. He liked the shampoo and conditioner. I LOVED the parfum- which is actually a UNISEX fragrance that reminded me of men’s Bvlgari cologne.

Pretty little box!

Pretty little box!

My Birchbox Subscription Box:

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

this box contained:

stila look at me liquid lipstick in Bella (hot pink)
Harvey Prince Hello, Limited Edition (perfume)
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC cream SPF 35+
Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray
derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

Let me start off by saying how much I HATED, HATED, HATED the liquid lipstick! I will be doing an in-depth review soon, but here’s a sneak peek:

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE! Made my mouth look like a vagina.

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE!
Made my mouth look like a vagina.

This crap CLUNG to the dryer parts of my mouth and wouldn’t adhere to the insides, leaving my lips looking like Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth.  I loved the color, but HELL NO re the formula.  Again, leaving the review for another post, as it DESERVES an closer look at the nightmare I endured.

I didn’t get a chance to try the perfume in my box because I was too busy spraying myself with the Birchbox Man sample. I LOVED the CC cream and the face scrub.

Total for the regular Birchbox: no idea. It’s 3 am and math is not my strong suit.

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eBay Beauty Haul Review: 32-Piece Kabuki Brush Set and Acrylic Lipstick Organizers

my actual haul: 32 piece kabuki makeup brush kit for $12 BUCKS and 2-24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers for 3 bucks EACH!

my actual haul: 32 piece kabuki makeup brush kit for $12 BUCKS and 2-24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers for 3 bucks EACH! Professionally displayed on my kid’s play mat… :/

As I mentioned in my previous post, I ordered these on July 18th and received all three by the 21st of July- not a bad turn around. They were from 2 separate vendors, too.

As I was going through the makeup stash I found in the upstairs bath, I realized that I need to replenish my makeup brush supply. Most of the ones I currently own are MAC or fine art brushes- and getting on in years.

While searching through eBay for lipstick organizers, I came across both ads. They were such good deals and I figured that if any of the items were awful, I could simply toss them.

the advertising photos actually truly represent what I received

the advertising photos actually truly represent what I received

I probably now own TOO MANY brushes

I probably now own TOO MANY brushes

the entire brush kit

the entire brush kit

The 32 piece kabuki brush kit was TWELVE DOLLARS ($12)!!! I figured it would probably be a waste, but bought it anyway and I am SO glad that I did!

I was SHOCKED at the quality of these brushes. I pulled each out and inspected the construction (solidly built- as well as any of my premium brushes) and NO shedding. They are made from real hair, to boot. I have no idea what sort, but it says ‘wool’. I doubt it. It’s some kind of Chinese animal, for sure. Some of the bigger brushes are less dense than my ‘good’ brushes, but they’re still quite useful. The eyeshadow and lip brushes were nearly identical to my MAC brushes… there’s only ONE drawback- the synthetic ‘pleather’ case smells like ASS. Well, not truly ‘ass’, but very yucky, like it’s fresh from the chemical factory. I washed all the brushes and they smell fine. I will attempt to wash that case when I have time and see if that remedies it.

my actual case, when I first opened it

my actual case, when I first opened it

fan brush is very soft and fluffy

fan brush is very soft and fluffy

a smaller powder/blush brush

a smaller powder/blush brush

one of the eye shadow brushes

one of the eye shadow brushes

All in all, great deal for 12 bucks. I can’t even buy ONE of the brushes I currently own for that price. This set would make a fantastic gift for a teen or young person who loves makeup…

these nifty lipstick organizers hold 24 tubes and are only 3 dollars each!

these nifty lipstick organizers hold 24 tubes and are only 3 dollars each!

Mine actually looked BETTER than these photos

Mine actually looked BETTER than these photos

I will probably buy another one or two of these later.

I will probably buy another one or two of these later.

The acrylic lipstick organizers cost $3.00 each and are MUCH nicer in person than their stock photos. I really love these things and have seen them for 3x this price at the stores. I am planning to buy a couple more when I finally figure out how many lipsticks I own. Again, this would make a great stocking stuffer. I could not find anything bad to say about these organizers.