July 11, 2014

Birchbox (& Women's Health) July Unboxed!



This month's July Birchbox finally arrived at my doorstep and I couldn't be more excited, per usual! It's near impossible for me to choose a favorite Birchbox thus far from the moment I first started my subscription in January of this year. Every box I've received is filled with samples that I've either used up (they're just that darn good) or I've kept 'til this day to savor every drop, smudge, and squeeze.

For July, Birchbox partnered up with Women's Health magazine to help us 'Power Up!', that is, amping up our summer, starting with our beauty-ful goods. On the Birchbox magazine we can learn how to snack smarter, master the "power brow", style our hair sans blow-dryer (wait, what? my dream), and much, much more!

My box is filled with fantastic samples to keep my locks lovely, skin super smooth, and myself feeling overall great. My favorite addition is definitely a little booklet - shown below amongst the other samples - of 12 challenges aimed to inspire positive changes in our lives. I've started today with challenge #2 below; take a look at that along with my thoughts on the other samples!


Ready to Power Up? Keep reading!


Okay Birchbox, I can do this. I normally wear my part to the left, with not much of a sweep, just a nice, subtle curve. This time, I decided to really amp up that volume to create a sexy, voluminous side sweep!


So, how did I do? I think it looks pretty great and really highlights my facial structure, making my features pop, too! Try it out yourself, you won't be disappointed! 


First up in the beauty samples is the Protect & Treat Mask hair treatment by Beauty Protector. Developed by stylists, the argan oil treatment restores strengths and adds shine to the hair. I was instructed to work through wet hair, focusing on my ends, and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing away. After a few (terrible) attempts at singing in the shower, I was ready to rinse and instantly felt my hair super smooth, silky, and even a bit thicker, if that makes sense. I didn't need to follow up with any conditioner and my brush had no trouble working its way through my ends! I can't say if it's a miracle worker just yet but so far, so good!


Next, we have the exfoliate foaming cleanser by suki. The 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator is meant to rejuvenate skin. Upon first application, the beads felt like they were doing their job without irritating my skin. After massaging into my skin, they melted away, creating a thick, lush lather onto my skin. I continued to massage until the foam disappeared, rinsed my face, and was left feeling super smooth. I'm in love with this scrub. It's difficult for me to find a scrub that doesn't irritate my skin with harsh beads, so thanks Birchbox!


Despite the fact that I don't wear lipstick on a regular basis, I find myself reaching out for new colors every time I hit Ulta or CVS. There's something about a bold lip that really sparks my interest and when I'm feeling a little spunky, I know I'll have tons of options to choose from. So naturally, I was super excited to see this incredibly fun color by Laqa & Co in my Birchbox! The Sheer Lip Lub Pencil in Menatour (Purple) is a high-gloss, semi-sheer color that's perfect to amp up any simple look. Above, you'll see it on my bare hand in natural sunlight as well as atop my Baby Lips Lip Balm by Maybelline. I'm really loving this bold lip color!

 

Like with my lips, I don't tend to switch up my nail-do often, yet I have this (probably bad) habit of snagging pretty polishes whenever I stumble across one that I just have to have (you get it, right?). Ruffian's Relic polish is a streak-free metallic polish, perfect all-year-around. As a bonus, Birchbox included an acetone-free polish remover. Before applying my new shade, I removed my Gold Struck by Gala polish with the towelette. I'll admit, it took a few wipes on my nails to really get it off but I like the fact that absolutely nothing is left behind, especially that icky acetone residue and smell. As for the new polish? I'm loving the metallic gunmetal hue and feel it goes with the majority of my wardrobe!


Oh the wonders of eye cream... I wonder if they work, I wonder how they work, I wonder when they'll work. I've tried so many eye creams ever since I first realized how important they were, but have yet to come across one that's actually done anything for me. Let's hope that this really lives up to its name - the Wonder Eye Cream by Balance Me is an anti-aging multi-tasking eye cream meant to combat wrinkles and dark circles. I've only used this twice so far so I can't tell if it's helped, but I will say I like the smooth application and feel a bit of tightening, not too much to the point where it's irritating my delicate lids.

That's it for July! Like what you see? Use my referral link and subscribe now - I guarantee you won't be disappointed! Subscribe to Birchbox

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July 2, 2014

Gold Struck With Gala

Despite loving nail art, you won't find me painting my nails often, simply because I'm not exactly the best at it. However, when I do find a polish that I absolutely adore, I'll rotate between my few favorites every so often. That's the case today with a pearly gold polish by Color Club, who teamed with fashion blogger Gala Gonzalez. This past Spring, the Spanish-born blogger, stylist and DJ collaborated with Color Club to launch a four-piece nail polish collection. Simply perfect all-year-around, the pastel, pearly hues are inspired by the retro lacquers of the 70s and 80s.

I received my sample "Gold Struck" a few months ago in a Birchbox (told you in my last post how amazing they are). Gold Struck is an understated, yet showstopping, soft gold that's subtle enough for daytime wear but luxe and glam enough for nighttime. Directions say to use two coats but I don't think I need to; the application is strong and smooth! Look at how pretty it is below and snag the four-piece collection on Birchbox's site for only $13!

July 1, 2014

Away We Go With Birchbox!


At the start of this year, I subscribed to beauty box Birchbox. Every month, (for only $10!) I receive 4-5 deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples tailored just for me, based on my profile upon sign-up. One of the main reasons why I chose Birchbox over other monthly beauty subscriptions is because of the fun elements they include, aside from the incredible samples, from challenges to fun tips and tricks catered to a wide variety of lifestyles. I really wish I shared every box I've received so far but I think I got too excited and forgot to do so - oops! I'll do my best to post them from now on, starting today, with the June edition (I know, I know, it's July!).


For June, the theme was "Away We Go", which meant travel-ready samples, on-the-go inspiration, and an exciting partnership with JetBlue (one of my favorite airlines!). It's definitely the season for road-tripping, destination-hopping, and, what I've been doing the most, staycation-ing. Take a look at my June Birchbox unboxed below! If you like what you see and want to give it a try yourself, use my referral link at the end of this post!


First up, JetBlue has a fun little quiz for us to take to determine where we should travel to next! Surprise, surprise, I got San Francisco (it's a dream of mine to live there)! What about you?


I love skincare samples since I have yet to find my holygrail skincare line-up. The BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator by Vasanti Cosmetics claims to mimic the effects of microdermabrasion for a glowing, smooth complexion. I can't say too much about it yet since I've only used it once but I will say that it's pretty gentle on my sensitive skin and I hope to see some glowing results in a couple of weeks!


I've been hearing about the wonders of Egyptian Magic for years now but have yet to try it! The all-purpose skin cream can be used to moisturize, fight wrinkles, and treat burns and bruises - and that's just the beginning! It definitely felt smooth upon application on my hands and there was no residue or icky feeling left.


Next up is haircare with three products by Davines (I immediately used one of them and forgot to snap a photo - oops!). The Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Ol All in One Milk Treatment should soften, detangle, and tame frizz for super sleek locks. I didn't like the smell of the shampoo that much but it definitely left my long, thick hair very silky smooth, especially when I followed it up with the conditioner and leave-in treatment, both of which smell and feel lovely. I had no trouble brushing my hair either which is a miracle for me!


Right in time for summer festivities, we have a luxe, creamy liner from Cynthia Rowley designed for smudge-proof, all day-wear and full-on glam. The middle picture is the liner on my bare arm in natural sunlight; the image on the left is smudged on without any other makeup; and in the final picture, I applied it to the inner corner of my eyes to make them pop! I'm absolutely in love with the smooth application of this eyeliner and the color can be used both during the day and at night. I definitely see myself buying it again and again.


Last but certainly not least, Birchbox loves to have us smelling just as good as we feel! The Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum by Joie is a fresh blend of mandarin, rose, and sandalwood that just screams summertime. The citrus scent is so fresh and the rose isn't too powerful, which I like.

That's that! Stay tuned for July's box in a few weeks. Like what you see? Use my referral link and subscribe now - I guarantee you won't be disappointed! Subscribe to Birchbox