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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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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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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