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December 2015 Birchbox Review

this month’s theme is “All Wrapped Up”

As I was hurrying to post my late Birchbox reviews, I received December’s in the mail.

I am not a huge fan of Birchbox, which I’ve mentioned before. Their samples are very small- and they tend to repeat their brands.

The Coastal Scents eye shadow sample was incredibly small- thank goodness it has great pigmentation!

If you only have $10 per month to spend on a subscription service, I recommend Ipsy over Birchbox any day.

That being said, I’ll keep my subscription a bit longer. I cancelled Birchbox Man this month, because it was a waste of $20 a month.

it seems to me that Birchbox spends all their money on packaging and shafts you on content

 


teeny samples

this eyeshadow was smaller than I expected

 

pigmentation was surprisingly good


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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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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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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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Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder: It’s Time To Organize My Stash… And It’s The Most PAINFUL Thing For Me To Do.

pic is not actually *my* makeup, but you get the idea...

pic is not actually *my* makeup, but you get the idea…

I am a makeup hoarder. I admit it.

Am I the only one out there who has this same problem?

I think it started with my mother, who is an obsessive compulsive Filipino EVERYTHING hoarder. She used to get those Cosmetique monthly makeup subscriptions in the mail way back in the late 1970s-80s. Her bathroom was (and still IS) chock full of every makeup and perfume known to man. She even has lipsticks so old that the innards are a waxy, dry mess- but they are in gold metal cases and probably circa 1940s or 1950s, so she’ll never part with them.

my mom actually owns lipsticks like these!

my mom actually owns antique lipsticks like these!

My makeup stash, which consists of 2 or 3 professional trunk cases, one HUGE plastic 4′ tall cabinet with many drawers, and carelessly tossed beauty bags filled to the brim with things I’ve long forgotten about. I have Nars, MAC, Lorac, Chanel just tossed in with the L’Oreal, NYX, and Maybelline. Some of these cases haven’t even been OPENED in years. The last time I viewed the contents of one particular makeup trunk, I’d used it to do makeup for some stage production I acted in about 3 yrs ago.

It’s THAT bad.

Did I mention that I am not very organized? I always STRIVE to be, but somehow fall short…

small disorganized stash I found in my upstairs bathroom

small disorganized stash I found in my upstairs bathroom

I *know* that I need to throw away about 70-90 percent of the makeup I own. I actually WANT to do this- but it PAINS me, almost physically. Ok, I admit it. It *does* hurt physically.

I’m a mess.

My frugal bits remember how much some of this stuff cost and I cringe- CRINGE- when I think of tossing it in the rubbish pile. It makes absolutely NO sense, but that’s the truth of it.

I did the unthinkable this month and ordered subscriptions to Ipsy, Birchbox, and Birchbox Man in one fell swoop. I figured that I spend AT LEAST 40 bucks a month in miscellaneous beauty products, so it’s a good deal.  However, the thought of having more makeup and product haphazardly strewn around my house frightens me. I’ve already run out of room in my ‘makeup storage area’.

Even as I try to type this, my beauty product hoarding continues.  For example, I bought a kabuki set of 32 cosmetic brushes tonight on eBay. My reasoning was that I couldn’t find half of my (dozens) of current brushes and I distrust my brush cleaning skills. I also bought two 24 compartment acrylic lipstick organizers- they were a great deal. I like deals. I love lipstick… do you see the way my impetuous mind works here? Did I NEED any of these things?!

I found these in my upstairs bathroom.  They are the exact same color.  WHY did I need TWO of these?!

I found these in my upstairs bathroom. They are the exact same color. WHY did I need TWO of these?!

No. Nope. Sure didn’t.

So, instead of ACTUALLY CLEANING OUT my stash, I went on google to find other beauty hoarders.

I am delaying the inevitable, I know this.

Lo and Behold! I found the blog of a beauty hoarding person EXACTLY LIKE ME- I could have written that post- except I AM FAR, FAR WORSE!!

http://stylecaster.com/beauty-high/confessions-of-a-makeup-hoarder/#slide-2

I am going to start small- my upstairs bathroom has my ’emergency makeup’ in it. That is where the first of my purging endeavors will begin.

Wish me luck!