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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

 


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this eyeshadow was smaller than I expected

 

pigmentation was surprisingly good


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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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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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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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