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Channing Presents…July Birchbox

It’s no secret that I’m pretty lame when it comes to photographing my subscription box. So I decided I would be super lazy and make a photo collage of what was in my Birchbox (with images from Birchbox.com) as brought to you by Channing Tatum in his Magic Mike costume. 


Yup. Still want that artsy unboxing picture? I didn’t think so 😏

Overall, I’d say this month was a win! I took a chance by not choosing the curated box or even a sample choice, but I completely forgot. 

Let’s talk about what’s inside:

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara:

I love this mascara because it has a curved wand AND teeth. For the most part it combs and stretches lashes but you can see in my picture, it can also give them a tangled curl: 

Either way, you get lashes that stand out. Oh, and it removes easily when you want to take it off. 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot:

I’m sorry did hell freeze over? Because this is the first time I actually like a perfume sample from Birchbox. I don’t think this company is connected to Harvey Prince. Harvey Prince is the stinky fragrance monopoly that ruins every Birchbox. This scent is technically a vanilla fragrance, but it also has notes of apricot and jackfruit. I’m not sure what jackfruit is but it smells pretty damn fine. Thumbs up👍🏻

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50:

Ok, I’m not sure how this will work out with my skin, but I’m psyched that it has Titanium Dioxide and Zinc. I do NOT fare well with  chemical sunscreens that begin with the letter O, as in “O hell yes you will break out from using this.” Excited to try this, but no promises just yet. 

Dr. Brandt Pore Dermabrasion:

I have not tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try it. I assume it will help with surface texture, not unclogging. You need a leave-on BHA for that. It will probably give a nice polish to the little flakes around my nose. Oh, it actually retails for 58 bucks so there is no way in hell that I will buy it unless I had a ton of Birchbox points or Dr. Brandt decided to gift it to me. Is Dr. Brandt a real person? Does he/she read obscure blogs with just 100 followers? Prob not. 

Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Creme: 

This is a silicone free styling creme to smooth out frizz, static, and dryness. It’s not strong enough to use on its own, but it is a great finishing product. And the smell! It smells like the beach ❤️

Makes me think of Channing on the beach


Hello again! 😍

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

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When Eyes and Lips LOC: LOC Beauty Review

Testing, testing. Hello? Are all seven of my followers present for this blog post? You’ll have to excuse my failure to post. I’ve been livin’ the dream. I guess if dreams involve grad school homework and cosmetic retail holiday shifts. Maybe that’s more of a nightmare. Oh, but I have also been performing in a fun show too! To sum it up, I’ve been busy. Time for some beauty babble…

Let’s talk about the new LOC collection exclusively for Birchbox. 

This is the One and Done Shadow Stick in “Impress Me”  
Hey there, short stuff. You’re kind of sexy. 💁

This shadow pencil is very sexy but indeed very short. There is not too much in the amount you get. Despite the length, it packs a powerful punch of color that lasts. So that makes up for the size. Jeez, this post could chock full of innuendos, but I’m going to keep it classy. Ish. 

Swatch Time!

  
The shade is described as a rose-gold with purple tones. It looks nice alone, but even prettier as a base for plum shadow. 

  
This shadow stick is for sale exclusively on Birchbox.com for 10.00. They sell multipacks of three for $25.00 or the entire set of 5 shades for $36.00. 

I first learned about this brand when I received a sample of the Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life. (See below)

  I like the lipstick but it is even tinier than the shadow and it retails for 8 dollars. The texture is super dry so you need to wear a primer. Despite the size and feel, it does look pretty on. 

If you like these two colors, I suggest you purchase the set called Royal Flush for $23.00.  It includes the Impress Me for eyes, Glam Life for lips, and a second shade for eyes, On Point, which is a silvery taupe. 

All are available at Birchbox.com

Till next time…

Smooches!💋

Marcelle Micellar Water

Life is about getting by with doing the least amount of work possible. Hold up. That’s pretty much the most uninspiring speech ever. I might have to reconsider my future life coach goals. How about this: An ideal skincare plan is minimal effort with maximum results. Ok, better. 

I present to you a mirical elixir for lazy girls everywhere:

 Marcelle Micellar Water

 

*Photo from Birchbox.com

I’ve done a blurb on this type of product before when I covered Simple’s version. That brand broke me out, and most other “waters” have fragrance. Thumbs way down for that 👎. However, after hearing good things about Marcelle’s version I decided to cash-in some Birchbox points and give it a ago.

Features:

  • Minimal ingredients is salicylic acid for exfoliating. 
  • Fragrance free
  • Removes face and eye makeup
  • Retails for 20.00 at Birchbox (you can use points though, so I got mine practically for free). 

I’ve been using at this every night for a week with zero breakouts. It makes my skin feel so soft.  I make sure to take care of it with deeper sonic cleansing in the morning. I no longer use my Clinique sonic brush twice a day, but my skin is cool with just once. 

The only problem is that I’m going though my bottle pretty fast. I love using it so I think I’m over-using it if that is even possible. This stuff is so refreshing it is perfect for a quick lazy cleanse at the end of the night, or freshening up during the day before you reapply makeup. I’m using this often like a constant water fountain of glorious laziness. The good thing is that there are alwaysmore birchbox   points to cash-in. 

If you are a lazy girl (or guy) looking to cleanse your skin without scrubbing or fussing, this is perfect for you. 

Till next time…Smooches! ❤️

*Still there? I initially wrote this post because I couldn’t sleep. Now, I’m tired and drowsy and quite possibly writing this post in my sleep. Please excuse any ramblings. . 

Au Revoir Ipsy 👋: September’s Farewell Bag. 

September’s Glam Bag was- excuse me I feel a yawn coming on. Zzzzz. 

Crap. Did I fall asleep while posting? Must have been all these neutrals:



I’ve put off reviewing this bag because it’s just not that interesting. Everything about it, down to the golden, scaly bag is just bland. I appreciate the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty. I think the NYX shadows are cute enough:



But there’s only so much of this stuff that I want. So I decided to cancel my subscription and just stick with Birchbox. Yes, I once compared Ipsy and Birchbox as the cool big sister who shows you all new makeup vs the stuffy aunt who gives you brands you never heard of. However, Birchbox is evolving and these are the reasons why I plan to stick with them. 

  1. You can earn points by reviewing samples and use those points towards full size products. The point goals are realistic too. 10 points per product review. I currently have 20 dollars in points. I can get certain things for free AND shipped for free. Ipsy’s point system is harder to earn. A lot of it is about trying to hook friends on social media. I don’t want to be bothered by my friends trying to sell me their nail wraps, leggings, or lashes so I really don’t want to bother them either. 
  2. You can reach human beings at Birchbox. If you have a subscription or order issue, they are prompt about responding back. Ipsy’s customer service is kind of a mystery.
  3. The brand offerings at Birchbox are of a better quality. They are even adding some Estée Lauder brands like Clinique. Ipsy has some good brands like Urban Decay, but a lot of drugstore stuff too. 

So it’s been fun, Ipsy. I’ve had some cute bags and pretty makeup colors, but Birchbox is offering more substance, maturity, and stability at the moment. This sounds a lot like dating. 😕

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Ipsy August: Prep School Dropout. 

Oh hi, August Glam Bag. You finally came in. Not like I was waiting on you like a fat cat threatening a hunger strike:



I have to say, I’m really into two of the products in this bag, so I’m willing to forgive the wait. Let’s see what’s inside!

*I have made an attempt at using some effort and creativity by throwing in an apple. Because when you go to prep school, you need an apple. Unless apples have now been banned because of food allergies. 

Let’s talk about love:

Hikari Lip Gloss in Merlot: This color. Wowza! So much pigment and shine. It’s kind of the perfect color for me. I was worried they were going to send me the lighter shade, but it looks like they did their homework. (The first of many school puns to follow)

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted: I’m not sure if you are aware of my love for purple, but it’s real and it is deep. I can’t say this color reminds me of the fall, but it does take me back to the summer before my first year of college. I went into the city with my best friend Stacey and we both got pastel manicures for dirt cheap. So this color wins for nostalgia, and the name is incredible too. I will probably admire it in the bottle until I forget I own it. Look for my review on it 6 months from now when I remember to use it.

Let’s talk about like:

Eyeshadow Brush from  Marsk: Or is it a concealer brush? Or both? Either way, getting brushes is always good. Unless it’s a traditional foundation brush- then that’s a snoozefest. 

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Moracco: I haven’t used this yet, and I’m ok with receiving it (even if it is a drugstore brand). I’m just using this post to confess that whenever I see Marc Anthony Haircare I feel like this is the mastermind of the operation:



Is he? Is Carlos Santana behind Santana shoes? These are questions that pass through my mind, but ultimately I do not care enough to google the answers. 

Let’s talk about NOPE:

Doucce Cosmetics Ultra Precision Eyeliner: This is supposed to be a black waterproof eyeliner. It is more of a soft black and there is no way in hell it is waterproof. Eventually it crept into my eyeballs and it stung. BOOOOO! BOOOO I say!

So now here is a pic of me wearing the gloss and liner and rocking a blowout.  I unexpectedly got my hair did yesterday: 



Note: I put black shadow over the liner to make it show up more

And now this one cuz I look like a cross between Snow White and the Evil Queen:



OMG that Lipcolor!  YOU NEEEEEED THIS. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Prep School review. September 1 starts year two of grad school. #Prayers4Nessa

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Birchbox August: Soak it Up! 

So I get my August Birchbox, and the design is kind of adorable…



It makes me want to photoshop myself in there. Because that’s what normal people do, right?

Old picture btw. 

This little pool picture looks like more fun than I’ve had all summer. If you don’t follow my blog, I’m in grad school and I just finished my summer session. This summer has been The Summer of Nope. In fact, if I were curating a Birchbox I would give it that name and fill it with products for sad, pale people. 

Let’s talk contents:



Not bad. I’m actually ok with it because I’m happy with 3 out of 5 products. *Update: 2 out of 5 :/

Let’s talk about those first:

  • LAQA & CO Charm School Kit (One of the three in the kit) in Humble Brag. That’s a terrific name, btw. The color is cheery and bright, and the texture is creamy. This is supposed to be for cheeks and lips, but I’m gonna play it safe and just use it on my lips. Why? Cuz I’m a break-out beast and I don’t want to tempt fate. 



  • Coola Makeup Setting Spray: I chose this as my sample, and I thought I was glad I did. It has SPF 30 and it is refreshing. I kinda feel like I would just use it sparingly because :
  1. I fear regular use could tempt the break-out gods. (Is that a whitehead after two minutes of spraying? 😩)
  2. A full size of this is expensive AF. 36 dollars for 1.7 oz, which is so not coola. (This trial size is .34. Someone do math and report the value back to me. God help me when I take assessment this semester). Either way, no thanks. 

UPDATE: * NO LIE: Earlier in the evening I sprayed this Coola spray on my face and it is now 2AM and I have two zits. Anyone want a Coola sample? 

  • Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with SPF 40: A teeny tiny sample just big enough to coat a finger. I’m anxious to try, but not actually buy. The full size is 34 bucks. Looks like I will embrace gnarly witch-like hands instead. 

Now, the rejects:

  • Beauty Protector/Protect & Detangle: Ehhhh. The smell. Not a fan of the smell. It’s a cross between a mixed drink and a taxicab air freshener. I couldn’t stand a spritz of this on my hand, let alone coating my entire mane. 

And speaking of things that smell bad…

  • Hello by Harvey Prince: HARVEY. FREAKING. PRINCE. As soon as I saw the word “Hello” I said, “Goodbye!” I’ve gotten this crappy scent, along with a ton of other Harvey Prince scents. I’m sorry, but he’s like the guy you gave your number to ONCE and just keeps showing up everywhere and you can’t lose him. Ugh, Harvey- I can’t! Can I get a restraining order on a perfume???!!!

     Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed my beauty babble. Oh, and if you are an actual human being who is excited to receive Harvey Prince samples, feel free to leave a comment. I need proof that people like you exist. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Birchbox: Fun in the Sun- Or Maybe Just the Kitchen Lighting. 

I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I will never be one of those bloggers chosen for their awesome unboxing photo on Instagram. You know those girls who set up elaborate photoshoots with props and whatnot? Yeah, I took this picture under fluorescent lighting in my kitchen- next to the microwave. 

Now, take in all of the low-budget photo beauty. 

 I’ve been behind on these kinds of postings, but I felt I had to talk about this month’s Birchbox for a few reasons:

  1. It is an excuse to procrastinate from doing an assignment due on Thursday. 
  2. It keeps me from eating my feelings about doing this assignment. 
  3. I felt an overwhelming duty to report/warn about one of the products. So we shall begin there. 

Oribe Après Beach Spray:

Oh. My. Grossness. That smell!  Just, just, not a good time. I can’t describe it, but it rises from your scalp and hits you at the back of your throat. I’m not even sure if this product worked for my hair because I could not get passed the force field of stank invading me. Just, no. No. NO! (My apologies to anyone in my presence for the two days I tried this.)

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum:

Wow! Skincare and sun protection in one?! Awesome! Wait- the other kinds of non-titanium dioxide sunscreens like Octocrylene and Octisalate? Oh. Then, booooo 👎. You see folks, I could host an entire web series about crap that breaks me out. Those types of sunscreens are a fast track to pimple face. I only use titanium dioxide. However, this product has a luxurious feel, so it seemed like a waste to just throw it out. I decided to use it around my eyes. Probably not recommended, but I’m a freaking rebel for things that are not that high in consequence. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Bella”

I really wanted to like this, because I already own one or two of these in softer colors. However, this bright color is a punch in the face to other people’s eyes. I guess that could be a good thing sometimes. It looks nice on so many people, (I did some Instagram hashtag stalking), but on my dehydrated lips it quickly cracks and fades into a weird chipped paint effect. Not so Bella. 

Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub

I generally don’t do scrubs. They piss off the mild Rosacea that I have. I think this has a scent too. Into the garbage it goes. Sorry :/

BALM DESSERT Bronzer/Blush:

I adore The Balm. They not only have great marketing, but kick ass products too. Unlike some companies who just have adorable packaging with benefits, wink wink 😉, The Balm is the entire package. My one complaint about this sample is that it is the size of an eyeshadow in a multi-shadow pallette. It’s tiny, and hard to pick up color onto a big brush. Still, I was happy to receive it and it was a big reason why I chose this box. 

Oh yes, I chose this box. I was lured by The Balm sample plus the Supergoop serum. Did I choose well? Eh, maybe not. But it could have been worse. There could have been another Harvey Prince fragrance inside. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋