Birchbox│November 2015

November 20, 2015

After a bit of a hiatus, I decided to subscribe to Birchbox again. I took a break because quote frankly, all of these monthly beauty subscriptions can get overwhelming sometimes. I needed a breather. For the most part I have always been pleased with the samples I receive in my Birchbox and luckily for me, my first box back was a pretty good one. 

theBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert: I love theBalm's face powders, so I was happy to see this one in my box. This is toted as being both a bronzer and blush, and it just gives the most healthiest flush of color. I think this is one of those products that will look flattering on everyone. I may look into buying the full size! (Value: $2.61)

LOC One & Done Shadow Stick: LOC (Love of Color) is Birchbox's new makeup brand. They partner with beauty experts to bring us the gotta-have hues of the moment. The products are super trendy, and reasonably priced. For the first lineup of products (shadow sticks and lipsticks), they partnered with YouTubebeauty star Tati Westbrook, who selected and curated the on-trend shades, I received a shadow stick in the shade Nite Owl, a gorgeous deep plum that packs a punch on the color department. The shadow sticks are waterproof, creaseless, and long wearing. They are also paraben free. I can't wait to try this shadow, which is going to be perfect for creating a smoked out eye look. (Full Size: $10)

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo: I am not really an avid user of dry shampoos. I should be though, since my roots can get oily in between washes. This dry shampoo not only helps absorb excess oil and dirt, it also contains fatty-acid rich obliphica oil which helps moisturize and strengthen hair, It's safe for color treated hair too. (Value: $3.11)

Davines This Is a Relaxing Moisturizing Fluid: This hair moisturizer is a powerhouse multi-tasker. It helps eliminate frizz, moisturize, add shine, and prep hair for hot tools. I tried a bit of this last night and I love how it softened my hair. It smells amazing, to boot. (Value: $10.41)

BioRepublic Skincare Cucumber Breeze Soothing Fiber Mask: This sheet mask helps tighten pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and calm skin thanks to ingredients like cucumber extract, plant collagen and vitamin e. I received this mask in one of my Ipsy bags a couple of months ago so, this product isn't unfamiliar to me. I did give this a try and it did indeed soothe and soften my skin. It was fun to use and it also didn't irritate my sensitive skin, which is a bonus. (Value: $4.83)

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What did you all receive in your November Birchbox?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Birchbox subscription. This post contains referral links.

Ipsy│October 2015

November 1, 2015

Hey lovelies! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the weekend. Today I am going to be sharing with you all what was inside my October Ipsy bag, which not surprising, was pretty neat. The products I received are definitely up my alley, and the couple that I have tried didn't disappoint.

Take a peek!

It Cosmetics Hello Lashes® Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara: I am looking forward to giving this mascara a go. It promises to increase lash volume, it's paraben free, and thanks to the 5-in-1 formula this product is so much more than just a mascara. Along with that, this is also your primer, peptide growth serum, tint, and curler. Pretty neat, huh?

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick: Liquid lipsticks are pretty much all I sport on my lips these days, so I was really happy to see this one from theBalm in my bag. The matte pinky nude shade is super flattering, it feels comfortable on the lips, it's long wearing, and the vanilla mint fragrance is just scrumptious. Needless to say, this liquid lipstick ticks all my boxes. I must check out the other shades in the lineup.

Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer: I was in dire need of a new pair of tweezers, and this couldn't have arrived at a better time. I love how easily these tweezers allow me to pluck my brows with precision. 

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask: I always appreciate a good hair mask. My dry hair just can't be without them. I haven't tried this mask from Eva NYC yet but I am expecting it to do wonders for my hair. It helps repair, strengthen, nourish, and protect hair. It's also paraben and sulfate free.

Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub: This face scrub is pretty nice. It's gentle on my sensitive skin, and it leaves my face feeling clean and very smooth. Not to mention, it contains a yummy pumpkin scent which I just love during the fall months.

If you want to sign up for a monthly Ipsy subscription you can do so, here.

What did you all receive in your October Ipsy bags? I can't wait for November's bag!

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Ipsy subscription. This post contains referral links.

Boxycharm│September 2015

October 5, 2015

Happy Monday, lovelies! Today I am going to be sharing with you all what was inside my September Boxycharm box. September's box-which had a total value of $131.75, was a total hit with me. I absolutely loved the assortment of products I received, and the fact that they were all full sized just made the box even sweeter. I even received a bonus item that I am really excited about! 

Previse Skincare HydroMilk Hydrating Lotion: My skin has been on the drier side lately, so this moisturizer couldn't have arrived at a better time. It contains antioxidants and botanicals that help hydrate and repair skin. It's also paraben free. I have only used this product a couple of times but so far, I do like it. The formula feels comfortable on, it doesn't leave behind a residue, and it indeed does hydrate my parched skin. (Full Size: $48)

Vasanti Professional Foundation Brush: When it comes to subscription boxes, beauty tools are one of my favorite items to receive, so I couldn't have been anymore pleased when I saw this foundation brush in my box. I usually prefer buffing or stippling brushes when it comes to applying foundation, so I will reserve this brush for under-eye concealer application, since the size is just perfect for that area. (Full Size: $32)

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel: My brows can be pretty unruly, so a brow gel that will keep the hairs in place is always a must. I can't wait to try this one! (Full Size: $18)

tarte skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner: This eyeliner is just gorgeous. I have the shade "Golden Tiger's Eye" and the reddened golden copper color is perfect for fall. The liner effortlessly glides on, and the smudger at the other end of the pencil really comes in handy for softening up the lines. (Full Size: $19)

Scratch Nail Wraps: I love the look of nail wraps, but I have always found them to be a bit intimidating in terms of application. I am willing to give these a go though, since they look super rad. (Full Size: $12)

Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil: This was the bonus item in the box. This hair oil helps smooth, rejuvenate, and nourish hair. The rich formula doesn't weight down my hair, and a bit of product always goes a long way. I love the shine this oil imparts on my hair! (Travel Size: $2.75)

If you want to sign up for your own Boxycharm subscription ($21/month) you can do so, here.

What do you all think of September's Boxycharm box?

Disclaimer: I purchased my own monthly Boxycharm subscription. This post contains referral links.

imPRESS│Press-On Manicure

September 24, 2015

I love treating myself to an at home manicure. But nowadays, I don't seem to find much time for them since most of my attention goes to my beautiful boy Lucas, who will be 9 months old next week. He is just growing up right before my eyes. Where has the time gone?

I am no stranger to press-on nails, and imPress make some of my favorites. They are easy to apply, and I can achieve a perfect manicure in just minutes-without the drying time and the mess. imPress nails have a gel-like shine, are safe on natural nails, and contain an UltraHold Adhesive Technology that really secures and keeps the nails on. They are also waterproof.

With over 40 colors and designs to choose from, variety isn't scarce and there is bound to be a style to love. Shown here are Bells & Whistles (top), and So, So Stellar (bottom). Each set comes with nails in a range of sizes, a mini file, and a prep pad. 

The instructions are pretty easy to follow: First, select the correct nail size for each finger (the side with the tab is the one that lines up with the cuticle); set them aside. Next, cleanse natural nails with the enclosed prep pad. Now comes the fun part-applying the nails. Take the nails and peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive. Align the nail with the cuticle, and press down firmly in the middle, and on each side of the nail. If you need to, use the file to shape nails to your liking. Removal is just as easy. All you have to do is gently peel off the nails from the sides. That's it!

I rocked Bells & Whistles all of last week, and I am happy to report that they were truly a joy to sport. They felt comfortable on, the short length was very flattering, and the vibrant aqua color and accent design beautifully stood out. These nails can last on up to one week, and when it was time to remove them on day 7, they came off without any trouble, and my natural nails were not affected. 

I can't wait to try the So, So Stellar set, which includes the heart charms. How glam!

Price: $7.99

Availability: imPress, Walgreens

What do you all think of imPress Press-On Manicure?

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Ipsy│September 2015

September 18, 2015

Ipsy really impressed me with this month's bag. Not only is the bag itself super chic and perfect for fall, but the items I received in my bag are just as lovely. I have already tried a couple of the products and so far, I have been very pleased. 

Read on to check out what was inside my September Ipsy bag, which had a total value of a little over $43!

NYX Cosmetics Ipsy Eyeshadow Trio: The neutral shadows in this exclusive palette are nicely pigmented, smooth, easy to wear, and they compliment each other beautifully. The colors in the palette consist of a shimmered light taupe, shimmered warm brown, and a matte charcoal brown. I can't wait to start creating eye looks with these eyeshadows! (Full Size: $3)

Formula X Nail Color in Ignite: I was first introduced to Formula X in my June bag, so I am really happy to have another one of these lovely polishes. This classic, smoking red creme is right up my alley and perfect for fall. (Value: $3.41)

GLAMGLOW Flashmud Brightening Treatment: I gave this brightening mask a go last night and I loved how well this exfoliated my skin. The fragrance was great, too. I didn't really see a difference in my skin after use, but I am hoping that with a few more applications I will get the brightening results that I so long for. (Value: $20.29)

tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude: This lip color is infused with Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter, which provide moisturizing and antioxidant properties. The formula is smooth and truly feels weightless on the lips. The color is buildable and flattering on, and the matte finish provides the perfect touch. (Value: $10.67)

Garnier Fructis Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express: This all in one treatment helps prep, protect, and extend straight hairstyles. It contains Brazilian Murumuru Butter and Argan Oil, which nourishes and smooths hair. I straighten my hair pretty often with a flatiron, so I can't wait to see what this can do for me. (Full Size: $5.99)

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What did you all receive in your September Ipsy bags?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Ipsy subscription. This post contains referral links.
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