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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 upπŸ‘πŸ»

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! πŸ’‹


May Birchbox: A Cupcake Theme with Vanilla Aftertaste

Did May’s Birchbox even happen? Because what I got in the mail today was so bland it can’t be something I paid $10.00 for. 

Let’s have a look:


Did that bore you to sleep? Maybe a cup of snark will perk you up. 

This box’s theme is called Cupcakes and Cashmere. This is a terribly misleading name because it promises awesomeness. What girl does not love cashmere? And don’t even get me started on  the miracle of cupcakes. These two things are amazing- this box, not so much. 

The Contents:

Notting Hill Femme Fragrance by English Laundry: I guess they have another fragrance company other than Mr. Harvey Prince. This fragrance is no better. A strong smell that hits you in your third eye and turns your stomach. My sister would murder me if I wore this in her presence. I think I’d murder myself. 

Harvey Princeο»Ώο»Ώ Sea Salt Hair: I can’t believe I willingly chose a Harvey Prince sample. It’s because the choose your own sample options were a snooze fest. I figured you couldn’t go wrong with hair stuff. Oddly, this potion smells more like Egyptian Goddess oil than beachy. It makes me want to open a hippie stand and sell essential oils and bajas to tourists. 

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint: Sigh. I said no skincare in my preferences and this is one of TWO skincare products in this box. Besides the fact that this is fragranced, it has sunscreen that begins with and Octi- prefix. That is a breakout waiting to happen. If you are acne prone and your sunscreen starts with that prefix, run the other way. Or just throw it out. That’s a saner approach. 

Marcelle Hydra C 24 hr Energizing Hydrating Gel: I’m about to Hulk out here with the crappyness of this box! Although, I may be stupid enough to give this a shot. It is fragrance free and it does feel cooling on my hand. But that aloe in it. Aloe in my skincare is like begging for whiteheads. 

And finally:

Model Co Party Proof Matte Lipstick: The only thing good in this box. They must have known the way to tame my uneccessary rage would be to put a full size lipstick in there. All is forgiven. Wait, but the color is blah…



Back to sleep I go. Hopefully June will be a lot better. My birthday is in June, so let’s redeem ourselves Birchbox.  K?

Till next time…

Smooches! πŸ’‹

Birchbox: January Redemption

You are forgiven, Birchbox. It is a new year, a new me, and a new you. Now that we’ve kissed and made up…


Yes, let’s do this review.

Picture time:


Now some symbolic emoji:


Let’s discuss…
πŸ’‹ The stand out of this box is the Davines: OI Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion.
😍❀️= In love.
This is such has such an elegant and fresh smell which lingered on my hair through the next morning. It even stood the test of visiting my parents. I love them dearly, just not their cigarette smoke.
This came in a generous size which should last me quite a while. They also threw in shampoo and conditioner from this company. My bathroom, post shower, actually smelled like a grown-up’s bathroom.
πŸ’‹ Naobay: Body Radiance Lotion
πŸ‘= Self explanatory.
Nice. Sinks right in. Light scent which compliments the Davines oil. I think this could be a good summertime moisturizer as it didn’t cure my case of peasant hands.
πŸ’‹Dr. Jart+: Premium Beauty Balm
SPF 45
πŸ˜•= Why did they send me this when I specified no skincare/foundation?
Look, I am aware this is a nice brand and that most people would be happy with this sample, but I have breakout prone skin and I’m just getting past a Rosacea flare up. No thanks.
πŸ’‹ Harvey Prince: Sincerely fragrance.
And finally,
πŸ’‹ The Balm: Stainiac
πŸ˜”= This lasted 30 seconds on my lips.
I’m afraid to try this on my cheeks. It’s a nice item, just not for me.

So, I’m more than satisfied with my products simply for the hair oil alone. I can’t stop smelling my hair. Even in public. I feel like a weirdo.

Now for a celebratory selfie which highlights the shine that the magical hair oil provides:


Till next time…