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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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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:

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:

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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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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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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