Friday, April 18, 2014

Birchbox│April 2014

My April Birchbox is here! The theme for this month is "Rainy Days" which makes sense, seeing as we get a lot of showers during the month of April. I personally don't mind rainy days. They are a good excuse for indulging in a little beauty pampering session. Things I like to do on rainy days include mani-pedis, treating my skin with a good face mask, and of course there is nothing like curling up in bed with a good book. The items I received in my April box are just the things I need to get me through a rainy day. 

Birchbox-April 2014

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner: This metallic silver eye pencil is gorgeous. It has a super smooth formula, and it doesn't skimp on color and intensity. To be honest, I am not quite sure what sort of eye look I want to create with this silver liner. But, I am sure it's going to be interesting experimenting with different posibilities. (Full Size: $16 / Value: $12)

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Aquamarine Azulino: This stunning sky blue pearl is just one of four new color club nail colors that you can find in their Gala's Gem Collection-a Birchbox exclusive. Aquamarine Azulino is the perfect hue for spring and summer. It's very opaque too, only requiring 1-2 coats. The illuminating pearl finish is pretty, but unfortunately it's prone to visible brush strokes. A clear top coat applied atop does minimize their appearance, though. (Collection: $13 / Value: $3.25)

Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo: This paraben free shampoo contains peppermint leaf extract to help promote circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. It's also infused with macadamia nut to nourish, and silk proteins which strengthen and repair. I have been trying to incorporate more natural shampoos into my routine, so I am really looking forward to trying this. (Full Size: $9.50 / Value: $1.90)

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub, Face Polish, and Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut: I have been interested in trying out a couple of products from Nyakio for a long time, so I am glad that I finally have the opportunity to do so. The body scrub contains lots of invigorating and moisturizing ingredients like shea, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, and coffee beans. The face polish includes coffee extracts, macadamia oil, jojoba oil, and lemongrass to help moisturize and get rid of dull skin. The face oil is infused with kola nut and other natural oils which soften and balance the complexion. Can't wait to give these a go! (Full Size: $34-55 / Total Value: $5.44)

KIND Healthy Grain Bar Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt: This was was the lifestyle extra for this month, and boy was it yummy and satisfying. This healthy, gluten free snack was the perfect balance of salty and sweet. It even had that soft and crunchy chewiness that I like. (Pack of 15: $11.88 / Value: $0.79)


Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner

Color Club Nail Lacquer in Aquamarine Azulino-2 coats

I am very pleased with my April Birchbox, which had a total value of a little over $23. For just $10, not bad. My Box contained a fun mix of products but my favorite items in the box were the eyeliner, nail color, and the KIND grain bar. I can't wait for May's box! 

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

What did you all receive in your April Birchbox?

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ipsy│April 2014

My April Ipsy bag recently came in and to no surprise, it was another great one! My bag contained a great assortment of products that totally fit this month's "Beauty Rocks" theme. With these trusty beauty items by my side, I can easily take my look to the next level.

I am so loving this month's bag! Not only does it contain a super cool record image on the front, but it's also pretty roomy.

Ipsy April Contents

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet: I am a huge fan of eye pencils, so it was nice to see this one included in my bag-and an Urban Decay one, at that! This latest addition to the 24/7 glide on eye pencil lineup takes the original formula up a notch with it's ultra plush texture that makes blending and creating precise lines a breeze. This eye pencil is very creamy, and it packs a nice pigment punch. (Travel Size Value: $15)

Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked: This lip pencil is perfection-I literally love everything about it! "Naked" is a gorgeous coral-pink matte that's right up my alley. This glides on my lips beautifully without any tugging, and it doesn't feel drying on which is a plus. There is no doubt that this lip pencil is going to be in heavy rotation this spring and summer, when I pair it up with my coral lip colors. (Full Size: $14)

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush: I have been looking for a wide eye brush like this to use for highlighting the brow bone, and this one from Coastal Scents couldn't have arrived at a better time. The hairs are really soft and the brush feels really sturdy. (Full Size: $2.49)

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Champagne: This eyeshadow from Elizabeth Mott feels really smooth and creamy. I like eyeshadow colors like this one because they have a beautiful radiant and illuminating quality to them. Needless to say, I can't wait to try this! (Full Size: $12.99)

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion: I have read lots of awesome things on Dr. Brandt's skincare items, and this exfoliator sounds promising. It not only helps reduce the appearance of discoloration, acne marks, and fine lines, it also helps your skincare products better absorb into the skin. (Value: $9.75) 

L-R: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked, Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Champagne.

My April Ipsy bag was pretty impressive. The quality of the items is amazing, and the value of the products can't be beat. For just $10, I received a little over $54 worth of products. Three of the items were full size (Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil, Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush, and the Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow), and two were deluxe sizes (Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, and Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion). Gotta love that! Can't wait until my May bag!

If you want to sign up for an Ipsy subsription you can do so, here.

What did you all receive in your April Ipsy bag?

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Julep│April 2014

My April Julep box was just the thing I needed to get me looking forward to spring time brights. I went with the "Classic With A Twist" box option this month and it included some really neat nail colors, as well as a pretty blush, all which are sure to become essentials for the warmer season. In my box was also a hard candy, which I pretty much devoured as soon as I saw it. I have such a major sweet tooth!   

L-R: Caitlin, Mariska, Brigitte

Caitlin: This hot pink is a stunner. It contains fine gold shimmers which give off a pretty iridescent look. Caitlin is not a sheer color by any means, and 2-3 coats give off opaque results, but I think I am going to layer this over a white creme (Brigitte) next time, to get the pink to really pop.

Mariska: Hues like this vivid tangerine are a must during the spring and summer. Like Caitlin, this also contains fine iridescent shimmers; but I don't find them to be very noticeable on the nails. Mariska provides complete color saturation with just two coats. It dries to a semi-matte finish, so a clear top coat is required for a glossy look.

Brigitte: I didn't currently own a white creme nail color, so I decided to add on Brigitte to my box. Based on my experiences with white nail colors, they do tend to be on the streaky and uneven side. But it was surprisingly easy to work with Brigitte. There was little to no streaking, and one can easily get away with one thick coat for a smooth, opaque coverage.

Swatches From L-R (2 Coats Each): Brigitte, Caitlin, Mariska

Glow Pore Minimizing Blush-Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini Swatch

Peach Bellini: I love how Julep has expanded their offerings and are not just limited to nail colors. Their lineup consists of beauty and skincare products as well. Julep released their new Glow Pore Minimizing Blushes that set out to diffuse the look of pores and imperfections. The blushes also contain Vitamin B6, which helps smooth the skin and impart a luminous glow to the cheeks. Since I had the option to choose which of the two blushes I wanted in my box, I chose Peach Bellini, a peachy pink with fine golden shimmers. I can't wait to give this a try. It has a really smooth texture, it's super pigmented, and it's paraben free, to boot.

I loved my Julep "Classic With A Twist" April box! The nail colors didn't disappoint, and I am looking forward to testing out the blush. It looks pretty promising. I can't wait to see what Julep has in store next month!

If you are interested in signing up for your own Julep Maven box you can do so, here. You can get your first box for free by using the code FREEBOX or FREECOLOR at checkout!

What did you all receive in your April Julep Maven boxes?

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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Maybelline│Baby Skin™ Instant Pore Eraser

When I saw that Maybelline released their new Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, I knew I had to give it a try. I have a couple of pores on my cheeks that are a little visible, so I am always on the lookout for products that will help minimize their appearance. And this seemed like it would do the job in a pinch.  

Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser contains a slippery clear gel consistency that glides onto the skin with ease. Although it's thick, it doesn't feel or heavy on. I appreciate that this is packaged in a squeeze tube, which makes the dispensing process pleasantly hygienic. This product is fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

I pat on a bit of this on my cheeks before I apply my foundation and in an instant my pores are not only less noticeable, but more refined too. Since this also creates a smooth base on my skin, my foundation goes on much more seamlessly, too. If your skin is on the drier side though, using a good moisturizer before applying this is a must, since this has the tendency to cling to flakes and dry patches. 

I don't just limit Maybelline's Baby Skin Pore Eraser to my cheek area. I also like to apply it on my nose, forehead, and chin-places where I usually produce the most oil. I find that this actually helps tone down shine a bit, which I think is a nice treat.

I am glad I came across Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. It's been a welcome new addition in my routine that has proved to be pretty necessary and refreshing. If you are looking for a product that will blur out the look of pores and smooth out the skin, I think Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is worth a try. Not only is it effective, but I think it's just as good and even up to par as the more costly, higher end stuff. Gotta love drugstore gems! 

Price & Availability
$6.99. Wherever Maybelline products are sold.

Have you tried Maybelline's Baby Skin Pore Eraser? Which are your favorite face primers?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

LORAC│PRO To Go Professional Eye Collection

Nordstrom Rack has become one of my favorite places to shop for cosmetics, since they often have amazing deals on some of my favorite beauty brands. I stopped by my local Nordstrom Rack store a couple of weeks ago, and I scored the LORAC PRO To Go Professional Eye Collection set for just $23.97 (Originally $36). Yes, please! The set contains all the eye makeup essentials you need to create a glamorous eye look. Plus, included is a super adorable pouch which conveniently houses all the products.

Inside the LORAC PRO To Go Professional Eye Collection set you will find:

● Travel-Size PRO To Go Palette
● PRO Mascara
● PRO Angle Brush
● PRO Crease Brush
● PRO Shadow Brush

PRO Pouch

LORAC PRO To Go Professional Eye Collection

LORAC PRO To Go Professional Eye Collection

PRO To Go Palette

Ivory, Rosé

Spice, Aubergine

PRO To Go Palette: The four shadows in this palette are amazing. Ivory (satin pearl), Rosé (nude champagne frost), Spice (dark brown with gold glitter bits), and Aubergine (dark plum with pink glitter bits) are all nicely pigmented, luxuriously smooth in texture, wearable, and easy to blend. They are long lasting, too.

Eyeshadow Swatches From L-R: Ivory, Rosé, Spice, Aubergine

PRO Mascara

PRO Mascara: I really like this mascara. It does a nice job at lengthening, thickening, and defining my lashes. The wand effortlessly coats every single one of my lashes without clumping up, and I don't experience any smudges or flakes throughout wear time.

PRO Brushes From L-R: Angle, Crease, Shadow

PRO Brushes: I always appreciate when makeup sets include application brushes. These ones are very sturdy and awesome quality. The hairs are really soft, they pick up the perfect amount of product, and they don't shed.

I couldn't be anymore pleased with this set and I think it's one that wouldn't hurt to own-especially at that bargain price it's going for. The great value makes this set hard to pass up. Not to mention how easy it is to achieve a lovely eye look with these products. Gotta love that. I got this set at my local Nordstrom Rack store, but it's also available on the LORAC website-on sale, for $24! Definitely get your hands on one of these if you can. You won't be disappointed.

Price & Availability
$24. LORAC.

What do you all think of LORAC's Pro To Go Professional Eye Collection? Which are your favorite LORAC products?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.