2014 July BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

I guess you can consider this box the mini spa collection. Only one complete miss (as of yet) will be going straight to the giveaway bin.

“Products I don’t use will be combined into a GIVEAWAY. Why not? I don’t like wasting things, but anyway.”


2014 July BIRCHBOX – Unboxing
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I actually used 3 of the 6 products (see below). My favorite would be between the Real Chemistry 3 minute peel and the Ruffian polish. All in all, not a bad box.

 

What’s in the BOX:
  • Number 4™ Super Comb Prep & Protect (full size 200 mL. $32) - This is a spray liquid leave-in that supposedly detangles. I’ll have to test it out this weekend. Based on how the Number 4 clarifying shampoo was, I think this is a keeper.
  • LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil  (full size 0.07 oz. $18) - Ehh yeah makeup…no. This is going into the bin. I received some purply-ish looking shade.
  • RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer – Rosary (full size 0.17 oz. $11) – This was the first product I tried from the box. The color is a warm coppery-rose hue. It went on very smooth and thicker than your typical polish.
  • RUFFIAN Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes (full size 0.11 oz./10 in a pack $12) - They could’ve kept this one. The concept of an acetone-free nail polish remover sounds nice but it took longer than necessary to remove. The scent was like a light Obsession. The towelette itself was pretty durable.
  • dr. brandt® pores no more® pore refiner primer (full size 1 fl oz.$45) - I used a bit of this with my normal moisturizer. My face didn’t fall off overnight. It goes on smooth and doesn’t have an annoying scent. But at that price I’ll pass on purchasing.
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel (full size 1.7 fl oz.$48) - This was a lot different from facial peels that I’m used to. Rather than brushing it on and leaving it for a couple of minutes, you rub it onto your face. Even though the process was different it still worked really well. But again…that price.
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2014 June BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

Almost back to back with the last box. Pretty decent box this go around but 2 out of 5 will be in the giveaway box.

“Products I don’t use will be combined into a GIVEAWAY. Why not? I don’t like wasting things, but anyway.”

2014 June BIRCHBOX - Unboxing

2014 June BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

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No clear favorite in this one. But I will say the products I actually like and will use actually fit my preferences, well at least 3 of them do. Those would be the Miss Jessie’s new styler – Multicultural curls (not too fond of that name but whatever), The Egyptian Magic Skin Cream (should be called a balm rather than cream but who am I), and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.

 

What’s in the BOX:
  • Egyptian Magic Skin Cream (full size 4 oz. $38) - Essentially a Vaseline-like balm with a bunch of different oils in it. It has olive oil, beeswax, honey, royal jelly, bee pollen, and propolis. My use = lip balm, it’s Summer who wants to be greasy?
  • Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain  (full size 0.17 oz. $20) - Ehh yeah makeup…no. This is going into the bin. I received the Sugar shade (warm pink).
  • Miss Jessie’s® Multicultural Curls (full size 8.5 oz. $16) – This is one of their newer after wash stylers. Supposedly it combats frizz without weighing your hair down – we’ll see about that.
  • Antica Farmacista Bath & Shower Wash (full size 10 oz. $25) - Wasn’t a fan of the scent so it’s going in the box. 
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit (full size 3.3 fl oz. 2 muslin cloths $24.50) - Haven’t tried this out yet but it sounds promising.
A better box than the last, since it includes things I can actually use. I have a feeling next month’s will be better.
2014 May BIRCHBOX - Unboxing

2014 May BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

Finally! Sorta meh box this month…let’s just say the giveaway box is growing.

“Products I don’t use will be combined into a GIVEAWAY. Why not? I don’t like wasting things, but anyway.”

2014 May BIRCHBOX - Unboxing

2014 May BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

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Don’t really have a favorite this time around but if I had to choose I’d pick the sunscreen. Since summer is around the corner this actually is useful. I liked the design of the box this time around – possibly provided some inspiration for artwork. Geometric graphic patterns always win.

 

What’s in the BOX:
  • Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (full size $38) - This is going into the giveaway bin. The color I received is ‘bronzed’. I’m black soooo yeah needless to say this isn’t my shade.
  • Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Thick – Cleanse  (full size $38) - I would’ve used this if my mom didn’t snatch it from the box (as you can see they are NOT pictured haha). It basically a volumizing shampoo for long hair.
  • Kérastase Lait Cristal Conditioner – Treat (full size $41) - Oh and she took this too. I should’ve at least fought to keep the conditioner since I use them more than shampoos BUT why not let her try something different.
  • Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream (full size $20) - Haven’t tried this yet but looking at the reviews it’s a hit or miss. The flavor I received is Acai Grapefruit. Apparently this is a Birchbox exclusive.
  • Supergoop!® Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology (full size $48) - Noncomedogenic sunscreen. I just use a pea-sized amount with my reg moisturizer for my face.
  • ElevenSkin Rescue Omega 3 Serum (full size $75) - Good addition since I’m fond of facial serums. The smell is kinda bleh bleh bleh but I use it at night and it’s been great. Just wish the sample size was bigger.
Well this wasn’t the worst box so it falls in the middle. I’ll update on products I have used. Hopefully next month’s is on time/better.
Venus Snap via VoX Box

Influenster: Venus Snap

I received the Venus Snap in a VoxBox this week.

The power of Venus to go. Perfect for travel and even comes with a carrying case. The heads are replaceable, making this even more useful. With 5 blades it works just as well as it’s full-sized counterpart. They retail for [approximately] $10 and refills are [approximately] $16. Pretty much the same amount as a full-size razor but if you travel a lot you should give it a try.

Venus Snap via VoX Box

Venus Snap via VoXBox

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. #InASnap

Right of Way Poster - TTYL

Ye Olde Art Thursday’s: MAYDAY – Don’t Text + Drive

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Right of Way Poster - TTYL

Right of Way Poster – TTYL

Right of Way Poster - W8

Right of Way Poster – W8

Another Fine Art + Digital fusion. The background is from the Right of Way series. This was for a web design course; we had to create a campaign for college aged kids/young adults. That class was…special.

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2014 April BIRCHBOX – Unboxing

Better box this month!

“Products I don’t use will be combined into a GIVEAWAY. Why not? I don’t like wasting things, but anyway.”

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Fav in the BOX: Number 4™ | Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque (full size $58)

Birchbox Breakdown

Situation: Your hair is dry and brittle and you’re a few weeks (perhaps a few paychecks) away from a trim. Solution: A super-hydrating leave-in treatment. We’re partial to Number 4’s™ Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque because it infuses moisture and protein (the two things that hair needs most!) into strands, leaving our hair soft, shiny, and in far better shape than it was before.
 

How it Works

Soy protein works to reconstruct and strengthen hair while natural conditioners like shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower oil nourish and moisturize. Don’t forget about the silkiness factor — for that, there’s silicone polymer, which smoothes and detangles.

This protein conditioner had a lot of slip to it. I used this as a deep conditioner last week and definitely felt an improvement in my texture. This is something I’d use regularly but NOT for that price.

 

The rest of the BOX:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (full size $22) - My eyebrows don’t run haywire so this will be a give away!
  • Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo  (full size $32/8.5 oz) - I haven’t used this yet but the way the conditioner worked, I’ll be interested to see if it works as well.
  • KIND Healthy Grain Bars | Maple Pumpkin Seeds (full size $11.88/15 bars) – The first food in the box I actually enjoyed. IF you’re a fan of granola bars and like you’ll you will enjoy this.
  • Color Club Art Duo Pens ($25) - This was a cool addition. I wish I would’ve received the black pen rather than white but either one works for me. I however would not buy this for $25.
  • BijaBody Daily Body Serum (full size $34) - Body oil! I’m a fan of after shower body oils so this was a plus; I wish the sample was bigger. It smells really good. Only downside is the pricing.
Since I actually used a majority of the innards of the box this is the best so far. Hopefully it stays that way for next month.