February Beauty Box 5

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This is my 2nd month with Beauty Box 5. It was a subscription that I was never really that wowed by before, but recently it seemed they’ve been featuring brands and products I enjoy. I purchased a one year subscription to save some money. Normally BB5 is $12.00 a month. You can click on my pictures to be taken to their site.

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John Freida Touchably Full Shampoo’s & Conditioner’s. I don’t see value in these because I get tons of them free. But I do have a few weekend trips planned and these will be perfect to pack along.

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Rockstar Nail Polish and Nail Polish Sprinkles. I also don’t see a lot of value here because I have heard such bad things about this set. I haven’t used it, and honestly.. it’s going in the swap pile. I love the color, but that is all.

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This Aveeno Lavender Body Wash is already gone. I loved it. It was so relaxing and I need it in my life always. I will for sure be buying the full sized bottle. The mascara I have tried from Birch Box I believe in the past. I remember really liking it.

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BB5 included a $10.00 off voucher for a personalized necklace. I wasn’t excited at first cause usually that means spending a ton more money. I had one box send me a $25.00 gift card and when I went to the site the cheapest item was $215.00! Well, this was different and I only had to pay shipping which was inexpensive! I wanna say maybe $7.00? If that.

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It came in the cutest little box!

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I know. It’s gaudy. But I freaking love it. I had to go with the neon Barbie pink.. had to. I’m so excited to wear this! hah.

February Birch Box

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When I received my February Birch Box in the mail I was excited. I mean this thing was heavy which for Birch Box was a first. I couldn’t wait to dive in. I had no idea what I was getting. I know you can see what you are getting in most subscription boxes but I really love the surprise of it all. Birch Box is $10.00 a month (I bought one year to get one month free), and after you review your products you receive a $5.00 credit. So for me, I consider this a $4.00 a month subscription. Birch Box generally sells high end product which I love. Even though the samples aren’t always huge, they give me a great idea of what to expect when I’m ready to splurge.

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Bain de Terre Passion Flower Shampoo and Conditioner. These are what was making my box heavy! The full sizes are $12.00 each. I don’t feel like doing my calculations to figure out the sample values right now but I will say these are big enough to last about 2 weeks. Which I am cool with. I won’t be buying them because although they smell great, they don’t do anything special for my hair.

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I also got this small Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish. The full size is $10.00. I am prob going to swap this. I am not a fan of Ruby Wing.

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The last 2 items are Joan Vass’s L’eau de Amethsyt ($75.00 full size) perfume and Previse Hydromilk. I don’t mind getting perfume samples in subscription boxes, I may be the only person that doesn’t mind it. I like being able to try out a perfume for a week, see if I get any compliments, and see if it irritates my skin. Then I either pass them on, order a full size, or throw them out. Total win. This was a very strong sweet floral scent that I felt was overpowering. I work in a small office and I’m pretty sure my coworkers senses would be offended by this perfume. I threw this one away. The Hydromilk is a small sample same in size to the Juara Candlenut cream I tried last month. I like getting moisturizer samples but this one is so small it doesn’t give me enough of an idea if I would want to buy the full scent. It covers half a leg. That’s not enough to judge something by or decide to spend $48.00 (!!) on. That’s a lot for moisturizer. I need a better sample to risk spending that kind of cash.

So although this wasn’t my favorite Birch Box, I got to nix a perfume off my try list, swap a polish for one I’d like better, and have 2 weeks of shampoos. Works for me!

February Julep Maven

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Julep’s choice window opens the 20th of the month.  Julep Maven is $19.99 a month that covers usually 2 polishes and 1 beauty product, or 3 polishes. There are tons of upgrades and add-on’s which I won’t even begin to get into. For February I chose to upgrade to receive all of the polishes but no beauty products. 

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This was a bonus polish for Valentine’s Day called Love. I wore this and it lasted 3 days with no chips. For me that is good because I am rough on my nails! It is one of the most beautiful colors I own.

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These colors are Cameron, Rooney, and Kristen. The stardust finish polishes are phenomenal. I have not tried the other two yet but I love all the colors from this collection.

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These colors are Judi, Greta, and Octavia. I was super excited to try Octavia (in the middle) because in the bottle it looks like a bright indigo/bluish/bright purple mix. But on the nails..not so much. It’s just navy blue. I was kind of sad.

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These colors are Diamond Theory, Glam Rock, and Roc Solid. Again, the stardust finish polish was just everything. I want every single one. No jokes. The other colors were gorgeous as well.

I used to hate Julep. I had ordered several mystery boxes from them and it was clear that the polishes sent were the ones no one wanted. I was so disappointed in the horrible choices that I boycotted Julep for a very long time. Then they came out with a mystery box that had a great deal on it, making it inexpensive. I thought it was worth one more shot, and they really pulled it off. They introduced 2 new amazing colors, and had fitting polishes to match the boxes theme. Since then I have reopened my subscription and I have been very happy with the choices.

January Glossybox

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Oh yes. Another January review. I received this on the very last day of January, so it’s doesn’t count that it’s late. I’ve only now started using all the products. Glossybox is $21.00 and features higher end deluxe samples and full sized products. Glossybox has some of the prettiest packaging of all subscription boxes and truly makes you feel like you are opening a luxe gift.

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The Original Beauty Blender- $19.95. Obs it’s not in the box. I already started using it and I didn’t want to show my concealer covered blender so I chose to photograph the box empty. We saw this as a preview for January and I was so excited. This is a must have beauty product.

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Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash -$5.67. I love all body washes. Seriously. I haven’t met one I haven’t liked. 

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Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray -$6.25. I want to love sea salt spray. The name alone makes me want it to work. This smells great and I had high hopes. But I have very very fine hair and all this did was make it feel dry and brittle. I was so sad because I have yet to find a product that gives me the volume I need.

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Vichy Aqualia Thermal 48 Hour Hydration Moisturizer -$9.18. I really like this cream. It’s the perfect size to try for a couple weeks to decide if you want the full size. It has a very light scent and is a great night cream. It also didn’t make me break out. I can’t say that about every product I tried this month. In fact, one product I tried had me embarrassed to show my face at work for a week.

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Bellapiere Cosmetics Mineral Blush -$20.00. I hate mineral products. They are messy and get everywhere. The dust gets all over my face and clothes. This, however, was awesome. I guess because it is a blush it doesn’t matter that it gets all over my face. It is the only mineral product I will ever use. The color is a warm rose with a slight gold shimmer. It’s beautiful for summer. I love it. I can imagine this will look better with a slight tan.

January Blush Box

It always takes me forever to do a Blush Box review despite the fact that it is usually the first box I receive each month. It’s also the most packed full of goodies. The cost per month is $26.95 with shipping and always has a great value. I must have forgotten to take a first looks picture. Whoops!

The first item I saw when I opened this box is called a Leedee. You can get it for $8.70 on Amazon. This is a tool used to exfoliate the skin while showering. You must use it in water or it won’t work. Either way this didn’t work well for me. I have very little results and it was time consuming but at least not painful. I find using exfoliating gloves to work much better but this was cool to try out.

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This is the second Klorane product this month and I am so happy about that! This is a full size leave in cream with desert date. It retails for $16.00 and works so well I am excited that this is full size (4.22 oz!) This will last forever!

And the other product is called Harmonized H2O for digestive health. This is another full sized product (3.38 oz) that retails at $30.00! However.. yeah not so excited to use this. I don’t really need any help in that department and I don’t wanna be poopin my pants. haha. I did try a splash to see what it tasted like and it has no flavor so that is good.. Now that I have it.. nobody better piss me off. I have arsenal. hah!

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This is a tiny little Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Toyko. Despite being tiny this lipstick is gorgeous and will last at least a month or 2. I want the full size but it is $25.00!  I can’t justify that considering I have a drawer full of lipstick.

Also included is Goldfaden MD. Wake Up Call Overnight Regenerative Facial Treatment. The full size (1.7 oz) retails for $80.00 but this is a smaller sample at .16 oz. I haven’t tried this yet because I have a bottle of a diff. night cream I’d like to get through first.

ImageI received 2 foils for Cetaphil as a bonus with the purchase and isn’t included in the actual Blush Box, they usually include a foil or small sample each month. Cetaphil is a great tried and true product used by thousands. I really like Cetaphil and have this facial wash in it’s full size. But I am excited to try the lotion with it.

Last and not least is Glytone Essentials Hydrate Eye Cream. This stuff is great and I’ve been using it daily. I really don’t have a lot of lines yet so I couldn’t say if this helps any for that, but it’s a lovely gentle moisturizer for the eyes that has the finest sheen. This is also another full sized item that retails for $38.00!

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So as you can see, 4 full sized items, 2  deluxe samples, and a bonus small sample for only $26.95! Considering that the 4 full sized items value came up to almost $100.00 alone, I’d say that’s a pretty amazing deal! I may not use 2 of the items, but the value of the ones I will use far surpasses what I paid.

January Birch Box

Birch Box is so different. They are the first subscription box that I have ever tried. At $10.00 a month Birch Box seemed like a proper investment. Little did I know it would spark an obsession to subscriptions that will never feel quenched. I want them all! Seriously, if I were rich, I would get every single last one of them with no regrets. I had considered canceling my Birch Box subscriptions after a few particularly bad months but I figured $10.00 isn’t that much, and after you review your products you do get $5.00 back in credit so I held back. I am so glad I didn’t cancel! I had seen some spoilers of other people’s boxes for January and I was so excited to see what was in mine.

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Now the obvious stunner is this red glitter Nail Rock set. It’s a full sized item that retails for $7.00! I was so excited about this. But then I started thinking about the obvious problems.. loose glitter.. removing glitter from the nails.. red glitter covering every surface of my home. I haven’t tried it yet. I love glitter. If the world sparkled I’d be happy forever. But that’s not realistic. I am going to wait until Valentine’s Day and wear this for a night on the town. And probably not again.

ImageI was also very excited to see this Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. The 3.2 oz retails for $19.50 but this 1.06 oz still has a value of $6.50. I really enjoyed this dry shampoo. I was so lucky to get it when I did because for the last few days the city has been working on the sewer system which means no showers! This left very little residue and the usual white chalk was easily brushed out, leaving my hair looking fresh and clean!

The Juara body cream I haven’t touched yet. It’s a small sample (.17 oz). The full size is 7.5 oz and retails for $35.00. This is for severely dry skin. The only thing that irks me with Birch Box is that my profile does say clearly that I have oily skin and I keep getting moisturizers. Couldn’t they send me some oil blotting papers instead? Yes, I really have the oiliest skin ever. I will use this because at least it isn’t for the face. But I am saving it for summer.

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Most people hate getting tea in their boxes. I can’t get enough and this is actually the first time I have ever gotten tea. it makes me sad because I know I am one of the few that enjoys it! I used to hate tea but now all of a sudden my tastes changed! This Ahmad tea is so good! The English Breakfast is a staple in my home. And I loved the Lemon Vitality. It’s next on my Birch Box shopping list. I also got an Apricot flavor that I gave to my mom because she loves peach and apricot things. Birch Box sells 2 boxes of these teas for $7.00! This is actually one of the least expensive teas on the market, and genuinely one of the best! The samples only have a value of about $ .17 each but that’s okay! I was so happy to try a new flavor that I loved. Btw Birch Box also sells the cutest tea tins from Ahmad. I have bought all of them and proudly display them in my kitchen.

This mascara is by 100% Pure and I received the Black Tea color. I have seen mixed reviews on this but personally, I think this is fabulous and I intend to buy the full size. It’s pricey at $18.00 but this worked wonders on my lashes. People really need to realize that mascaras suit each person differently and stop complaining about them. You just need to find the one that works best for you and roll with it. I got the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara in one of my box, and every person I’ve seen seems to love it, but for me it’s the worst I’ve ever used but I am still glad that I got to try it!  The thing I love most about this mascara and all 100% Pure products is that they are organic, natural, and made from fruit and vegetable pigments. I worry about all the chemicals in products and try to get away from them as much as possible. I can’t wait to try the other products in this line!

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January PopSugar Must Have Box!

If I could choose only one subscription to have, it would be PopSugar Must Have.  This box features amazing make up, jewelry, body products, accessories, and life style products. There is never anything that I won’t use and some of my favorite things in my home have come from this subscription.

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My first look. I always tear into the paper like a kid on Christmas.
ImageThe Juice Generation- 100 Recipes for Fresh Juice and Superfood Smoothies. by Eric Helms, Amely Greeven, and Salma Hayek. This book retails for $15.93 on Amazon. I don’t juice and I do not have a juicer so I was a bit disappointed in this. I know juicing is the new fad but I think I can get just as much nutrition from eatting right. Image

Everyone got a pair of Jack And Lucy Knit Tech Gloves. I can’t find a website or anything about the brand Jack and Lucy (the closest thing is a UK kids clothing brand by that name). Everyone else estimated these gloves to be about $20.00 but I would hardly consider them worth that. I, personally, think tech gloves are ugly. I hate that one discolored finger. i think it looks stupid. But it’s cold here and I need gloves. So I will use them. Next to it is a box of Revlon Marchesa Box of Files that retails for $3.49. I get nail files in boxes constantly and I don’t use them. I bought a mechanical nail file from Avon that is amazing and does the work in half the time. I do keep one on hand at work in case I chip a nail, and one in my purse. But it’s rare I use it so I still have boxes of these. Also, these were offered for free from a website that sends out samples. My sample got lost in the mail otherwise I’d have 2 of these sets!ImageThis is a Malin+Goetz Detox Face mask that retails for $40.00. I really loved this mask. You rub it on your face and it starts puffing up and tingling. After 5 minutes it’s ready to go, clean it off, and my face felt amazing. Wonderful product.ImageAnd something yummy. Pipcorn White Truffle Pipcorn retails for $6.00 a bag. These are the tiniest little popcorn kernels. I thought they were very good but I would never in my life pay $6.00 for a bag of popcorn unless it were sprinkled with gold and unicorns. ImageLast but not least is the Rifle Paper Co 2014 Flip Around The World Desk Calendar that retails for $16.00. At first I was kind of sad because I have 3 calendars already and where the hell was I going to put this one? Then I got the news that I landed a job finally and I realized I can bring this with me and set it up on my desk! Woohoo! Because it is actually very pretty. I love Rifle Paper Co. and I have gotten a set of their coasters in a previous Popsugar box that I use everyday. Their products are well made and whimsical. Buy them.ImageImageSo in general this was not my favorite Popsugar box, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. I will try everything and who knows, maybe I’ll become a fanatical juicer. Popsugar Must Have costs $39.95 a month and this box had a value of just over $100. Click the pics to sign up!