Birchbox – March 2017

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette – The full palette features “twenty can’t-go-wrong shades in a variety of textures and colors, this shadow collection comes with blendable hues to craft any smoky look—from subtle and elegant to dark and smoldering.”

ARROW ENHANCE Waterproof Brightener – this “pearlescent pink” pencil “gives eyes an instant pick-me-up, brightening and accentuating your natural eye color”.  The full size comes dual-ended, with a highly pigmented black eyeliner on the other end.

 

TOCCA Emelia Eau de Parfum – “Equal parts zesty and bohemian, the refreshing blend offers fruity layers of clementine, fig and coconut water, backed by warm florals like magnolia and geranium.”

Beauty Protector Protect & Volume – This non-greasy mist adds “touchable body and volume without any stickiness—no product buildup allowed.” It adds shine without weighing down your hair, and has a lovely floral scent.

Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser – This “zesty grapefruit cleanser” gently removes makeup, oil, and dirt while leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Great for “dry, sensitive, acne-prone, and even aging complexions.”

Sephora Play – March 2017

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink – Glides on easily, and has a long wear time (you know, hence the name) provided you use a decent primer.  Also fills in as a quick highlight stick if needed!

Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer – Haven’t used it yet, but it’s meant to hydrate, blur, and enhance your complexion.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – This one I’ve used many times in the past… I seem to get enough samples of it to last forever.  It’s a pretty good highlighter; able to be used on many complexions, swipes on easily, blends out well, great finish.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm – It’s a “makeup and skin-care hybrid” that primes and finishes (so, you can use it as a step in the beginning or end of your makeup routine).  It’s meant to give an all-over glow.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast – Love, love, love this stuff. I’m always looking out for products that give my hair volume and a fuller look, and this one fits the bill.  The fact that it also doubles as a sort of dry shampoo is a definite plus.

Chloe Fleur de Parfum – I like this floral fragrance, but then, I’m usually pleased with Chloe scents.  This one has notes of lemon, verbena, freesia, rose, cherry blossom, white cedar, almond, and amber.

Sephora Play – February 2017

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara (full size $12; sample value ~$4) – This mascara has a flat paddle-shaped wand that lifts lashes and a nylon-infused formula that leaves you without clumps or smudging.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (full size $26; sample value ~$9) – A medium nude-pink liquid lipstick that applies easily and has a semi-matte finish.  Wear time is average; a few hours before I needed to reapply.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake (full size $22; sample value ~$5) – This is a sheer tinted gloss that visibly plumps lips and contains avocado and jojoba oils to soften and hydrate.  I don’t use glosses very often, but it does give my lips a slightly fuller look.

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence (full size $72-$122; sample value $1) – A flanker to the original Decadence, this woody/earthy fragrance has notes of Champagne Extract, Orange Blossom, Creamy Bergamot, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle, Saffron, Vanilla, and Liquid Amber.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer (full size $29.50; sample value ~$4) – This oil-free, lightweight moisturizer both provides all-day hydration and blurs imperfections, making it a perfect primer.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (full size $30; sample value $10) – An eye cream that contains coffee beans, ginseng, and magnolia extract to brighten and depuff the undereye area.

 

Bag Value: ~$33

 

Birchbox – January 2017

Birchbox January 2017

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox January 2017

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment (full size $105; sample value $17.85) – This is a lactic acid treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (full size $18; sample value $10.29) – Per Birchbox, “this user-friendly liquid liner goes on velvety smooth and features a pen-style applicator to control the thickness of your eyeliner look.”

Arrow Endure Water-Resistant Mascara (full size $20; sample value $9.23) – From Birchbox’s own brand, this mascara is deeply pigmented and water-resistant, giving clump-free length and volume.

Birchbox January 2017

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo and Restorative Gel Conditioner (full size $24; sample values $4 + $0.96) – This deep cleaning shampoo removes product buildup with a mix of rosemary leaf extract, coconut oil, and witch hazel.  The conditioner nourishes and strengthens with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.

Juliette Has a Gun MMMM… (full size $100-$135; sample value $1) – A newer launch from Juliette Has a Gun, MMMM… is a floral, gourmand, oriental fragrance.  Notes include: neroli, raspberry, geranium, orange flower, jasmine Sambac, tuberose, iris, patchouli, sandalwood, and salicilates.

 

Box Value: ~$43

Sephora Play – January 2017

Sephora Play January 2017

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Sephora Play January 2017

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick (full size $22; sample value $4.84) – This is Tarte’s new exfoliating gel cleanser; it twists up and goes from a solid gel to a cleansing lather.  It is a physical exfoliant, so I have to take care not to use too much pressure when applying to my face (though, really, it’s fairly gentle).  I don’t know that I’d use it daily, but I do like it.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (full size $17; sample value $9.71) – Cult classic, right?  It applies smoothly and leaves a sheer wash of berry color behind. The formula is very much like a lip balm, and wears off easily.

Sephora Play January 2017

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum (full size $66; sample value $25.38) – This is an anti-aging moisturizer that combines resveratrol and hyaluronic acid to lift, firm, and plump skin.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve liked all of the Caudalie products I’ve used in the past.

Boscia BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA ++ (full size $38; sample value $7.60) – Another one I haven’t tried… it’s a beauty balm that provides light coverage, moisturizes, and protects skin with an oil-free formula.

Ouai Treatment Masque (full size $32; sample value $6.67) – This hair mask restores damaged hair and leaves hair smooth and soft.  Also, it smells great, like all of the Ouai products.

Pinrose Wild Child (full size $varies; sample value $1) – I reaaaaaaaally wish this weren’t a one-use sample, since I like to give fragrances a few tries before deciding if it’s worth a purchase.  I appreciate the idea behind the packaging (Pinrose actually sells boxes of these ‘samples’ for travel use), but, eh.  As for the fragrance itself… it’s one of my favorites from Pinrose.  Very floral, with notes of gardenia, jasmine, and plumeria.

 

Total Value: ~$55

Sephora Play – December 2016

Sephora Play December 2016

Play! by Sephora is a $10/month subscription box program. Every month subscribers receive a bag of deluxe samples as well as a Play Pass to redeem in store for free expert advice and 50 extra Beauty Insider points (with any purchase). The six samples are curated from the prestige brands Sephora carries online/in-store.  Typically, there are five deluxe samples and a fragrance sample.

Descriptions below are from the box insert; I haven’t had a chance to try most of these products.

Sephora Play December 2016

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (full size 6ml/$30; sample value 3ml/$15) – “Jet-black, kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high-impact volume with a smudge-free formula.” (And lots of hyphenated words!)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red (full size 0.169oz/$14; sample value 0.04oz/$3.31) – This “lightweight stain moisturizes while saturating lips with a bold, nonstop shade of crimson red.”

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer (full size 1oz/$37; sample value 0.16oz/$5.92) – “This silky primer helps makeup last longer while the targeted formula balances skin’s texture, resulting in a smoother, more even look.”

 

Sephora Play December 2016

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (full size 4oz/$31; sample value 0.5oz/$3.88) – “Weightless setting spray prevents makeup from fading, smudging, and settling into fine lines for a touch-up-free finish.”

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon (sample value $1) – “An intoxicating blend of vanilla bourbon and spice wood with a delicate floral note.” (Notes include: vanilla bourbon, tuberose, oak, and spice notes)

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (full size 3.5oz/$23; sample value 0.8oz/$5.26) – This dry shampoo “extends the life of blowouts by absorbing oils, adding body, and leaving hair feeling fresh and clean.”

 

Box Value: ~$34

Birchbox – November 2016

Birchbox - November 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox - November 2016

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink (full size $25; sample value $5) – This lip and cheek stain is “specially formulated to adjust to your body’s unique chemistry to create a customized, ultra-flattering hue” and contains olive and avocado oils to soften your skin.

Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe (full size $18) – This mechanical brow pencil is made with a “creamy consistency that glides on for a true, hair-like finish”.

 

Birchbox - November 2016

TokyoMilk Eau De Parfum Dead Sexy (full size 1oz/$30; sample value $1) – Deep vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony.

Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Mask (full size 6.2oz/$45; sample value 1.7oz/$12) – This hair mask is “formulated with botanical keratin, which encourages your hair’s natural reparative properties, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, plus pomegranate to protect against environmental stressors.”

Marcelle New-Age LumiPOWER 3-in-1 Moisturizer (full size 1.7oz/$26; sample value 0.23oz/$3.50) – A moisturizer with an “oil-free formula to fight the signs of aging and fatigue, protect skin from environmental stressors, and get a radiant glow.”

 

Box Value: ~$39.50