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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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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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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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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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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

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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!