What’s in my Birchbox- May

What’s in my Birchbox- May

This month I received a bunch of goodies that I have never tried before and found a few new brands that look great. Enjoy the photos and the product descriptions. Without further ado:

May

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The Number 4 Jour d’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray is actually a perfect size for me even though it is a sample because I already have naturally wavy hair and only need a little bit of a pick me up. I never thought I’d need texturizing spray because my hair has always tended to look pretty full, but since I received this sample I figured I’d give it a try. Well, it did indeed give me soft beachy hair which I really liked. It made my waves more defined, however by the end of the day I found my hair just a bit greasier than normal. Overall though, I’d say it is a good texturizing spray.

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This one here is the Beauty Protector Protect and Oil sample. It has argan oil and protects from UV rays and heat styling which is perfect for keeping hair undamaged. I’m not usually one to use oil on my hair because it is already sensitive to oily products, so I’ve only tried this a couple times. So far, I’ve liked what I’ve seen. It made my hair glossy and got rid of most of my frizziness, making my hair look extra nice.

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I was so excited to try another scent after my last box that I sprayed on TokyoMilk Dark Novacaine Eau de Parfum right on myself. To be quite honest, I didn’t love it. The product itself is nice, and I know other people have liked the scent, it just isn’t my taste. I think there’s a bit too much frankincense in it for my liking. It has “warm notes of spicy Thai pepper and smoky frankincense with velvety vanilla orchid.” For those of you who do like a smokier scent, you might like this scent.

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When I saw this, I got very excited because I love Kiehl’s products. This is a Super Multi-Corrective Cream sample which is essentially a moisturizer to “fight signs of aging.” I am 20 years old, so I don’t exactly need to look any younger, but it is never too early to start lifting and firming skin so that when I am older I still look 20. I have to say it IS really hydrating and once on feels incredibly light. What I like is that it is slightly harder than most moisturizers when putting it on because I think that really shows the quality of the product. It’s something I like using so much that I’m almost out of the sample.

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Out of everything in the May box, I think this is my favorite. It is the Love of Color One and Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal. I’ve always wanted to but never have used an eyeshadow stick before, and I have to say this did not disappoint. The application is so easy and smooth, and the color is absolutely beautiful. I usually lean towards pinks and light colors anyways because I have blue eyes, but I especially loved this petal color. It’s almost a rose gold and shimmers in the light. 10/10 would recommend.


Well, there’s another month gone. I really don’t know where the time goes. I’m looking forward to my final Birchbox in June, and I’ll be sharing it all with you guys. Which product are you dying to try?

Ciao for now!

What’s In My Birchbox- A Monthly Look

What’s In My Birchbox- A Monthly Look

At Christmas I was gifted a subscription to Birchbox and recently I’ve been excited to receive my box in the mail, so I thought I would do a few monthly looks at the 5 sample products that come in the box. What’s great about Birchbox is that each box comes with a list of the products, how to use them, and the price for a full size product. The box that these products come in also changes every month, and I look forward to seeing what cute design will be next. I’d like to apologize for the lateness of the post and as such will be beginning with the box from March. So without further ado, here are my Birchbox products for March and April!


March

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These Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Wilma Schumann Skin Care were unexpected as I’ve never used collagen eye pads before. I did not think I needed them since I am only 20. But once reading the back, I realized that they are not just for “fine lines and wrinkles” but that they also reduce puffiness, which I definitely have after a late night. I did notice a slight difference once I used them, but nothing major. Nevertheless, I’d probably use them again if I had an event to go to.

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I love Smashbox products (especially their eye shadow palettes) so it was a fun surprise to find this Photo Finish Foundation Primer in my March Box. It goes on nice and smooth, and I’m pretty sure it has a bit of a sparkle to it (which I think is great for Spring/ Summer time).

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This OUAI leave in conditioner is fantastic! It leaves my hair so soft and it smells great. I’m a sucker for anything that smells good! I have now fallen in love with this brand because of how quality its products are.

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Winky Lux Glazed Lip was another product I’ve never tried before and I was not disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a sweet scent to it, almost good enough to eat. This lip gloss was called “Coffee Glaze” and it is a gorgeous pinky brown color in the container. Once on, however it has a beautiful shimmery sheer look. I expected it to be sticky like a gloss, but I was delighted to discover that it goes on like a balm, very light and smooth. Use it over a colorful lipstick or on its own, either way it’s so pretty.

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I’ve never used a Dr. Lipp product before so this balm was my first encounter with the brand. It’s tiny (only 0.1 fl/oz) even for a sample, but it goes a lone way. I didn’t need a lot when I used it. I decided to try it on my lips first since it was a colder season and they were a bit dry. The balm is thick but slides on nicely and definitely moisturized my lips. The only other way I’ve used it is to tame my eyebrows, and it works surprisingly well, if a little bit sticky at first.


April

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I LOVE this shampoo from Davines! It smells absolutely divine and it leaves my hair looking amazing. I was surprised by how much came in the sample, but I’m so glad it did because I have been using it for every wash since I got it. It is enriched with olive oil extract, fatty acids, and Vitamin E so that it smooths frizzy hair. What is also great about this shampoo is that when I brush my wet hair, there are almost no tangles and my brush slides nicely through my hair.

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If I loved the shampoo, I absolutely adore the conditioner! I have never had a conditioner leave my hair feeling softer. I don’t often praise hair care products mainly because I think they all do the same job for my hair, but this conditioner proved me wrong. It smells so lovely, like a light floral scent, and I don’t need to use much. This has probably been one of my favorite products I’ve received in all of my Birchboxes.

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I had never used a setting spray before trying this one so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I have to say I did like it. It has SPF 30 and is the Organic Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA. I didn’t notice too much of a difference to be honest, but my makeup did look a bit better than when I normally end the day. One perk I noticed was the scent was nice, not overpowering or chemically. It has aloe vera extract and cucumber along with hyaluronic which is supposed to “boost hydration.”

 

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As I have previously said, I really like Smashbox products, however I don’t especially love gel eyeliners just because I find that they smudge more easily than others. That was the case for this eyeliner too. I made the best of it though and used it to create a killer smoky eye which it was perfect for. It also stays on incredibly long, almost annoyingly long as I found out when trying to take off my makeup lol. I would definitely recommend the Always On Gel Eye Liner- Fishnet from Smashbox if you’re looking for a good gel liner.

 

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This tiny little sample perfume was everything one could wish for in a scent. It is the Citron Fig Eau de Parfum from CLEAN Reserve and it definitely is a clean scent. It reminds me of freshly dressed lady about to leave for the gala (if that makes sense). I’m pretty particular about scent, as I’m sure we all are, and I prefer lighter notes that don’t make too much of a statement. This parfum hit that perfectly, allowing me to use it as a subtle addition to my person.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these products as much as I have enjoyed discovering them each month. I’ve never used a subscription service before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But receiving presents in the mail is always fun, especially when they’re a surprise. I was always excited about what would come each month, especially because I am not particularly aware of all the beauty products out there. As I said before, I am a beauty novice so this is the perfect kind of thing for me because it shows me all the products I never would have known about. Plus, each box comes with a little paper explaining exactly what each product is and how much the full size is on the Birchbox website. All in all, not a bad first subscription. Which month’s products are your favorite- March or April?

Ciao for now!

Feeling like Cinderella at the Ball- Makeup and Outfit

Feeling like Cinderella at the Ball- Makeup and Outfit

Last night I went to a ball organized by my university at the Westin Copley in Boston. It was the first time I went to one of these parties and I have to say, it was so much fun! But what was really exciting was putting on a beautiful dress, curling my hair, and most of all doing my makeup. There are so few opportunities to get dolled up in college that this was exciting. My friends and I spent a couple hours trying to look our best, and the finished product did not disappoint.

I thought I would do a blog post on my outfit and my makeup for anyone out there looking to get all glam for a night out. So, without further ado, here it is…

Outfit

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My dress is from Express and I’ve actually had it since I was a sophomore in high school. I bought it when I went to New York City for my 16th birthday and I absolutely fell in love with the color. The blue makes my eyes pop, and it ended up glowing in the fluorescent lights last night. Plus, it’s pretty comfortable and the skirt twirls when I spin on the dance floor. The belt my mom bought me at Francesca’s I think last year, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It can turn a casual outfit into an elegant one with just the snap of a button.

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I did not have a lot of dressy shoes at school with me because, well, I don’t have many opportunities to wear them. However, I recently went to Primark and I found these beautiful heeled sandals for less than $20, so of course I had to buy them. They ended up going perfectly with my dress and they were pretty comfortable to dance in. The only problem I had was that it started snowing and the open toed shoes let my toes freeze!

Makeup

Face

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I started off with Simple replenishing moisturizer which I absolutely love. It makes my skin feel incredibly hydrated and it goes on so smoothly.

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For my foundation, I used Maybelline FIT me foundation in the shade Ivory (115). It is matte and does a great job of covering the redness on my skin.

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I have a bit of a cold, so my nose is a little red from all the times I’ve blown my nose into a tissue. Because of this, I used Maybelline Master Conceal concealer to hide the redness and add a perfect finish to my skin. I like this concealer because it also gets rid of my under-eye circles and disappears my blemishes as well. I use the shade light (20).

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For my cheeks, I used Mary Kay Kind Heart blush because it’s more than just a blush. It’s shimmery so it also doubles as a bit of a highlighter. It accentuated my cheek bones and brought some color to my face.

Eyes

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To get long luscious lashes for the ball, I obviously used my Better than Sex mascara from Too Faced. It makes my lashes look fake because they are so long.

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My favorite eyeliner is the Sephora colorful wink-it liner because it makes putting on liquid liner SO easy. It also allows me to get a beautiful winged look without the mess of having to do it six times trying to get it right.

I wanted to add a party element to this eye look, so I used Sephora retractable eyeliner in sparkly silver. This gave my eye a bright look that said “I’m here to party.” Plus, it looked great on top of the dark black eyeliner I had on.

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Now for the smoky eyeshadow look. I’m the first to admit that my eyeshadow skills are pretty average. However, I decided to try and spice it up for the ball last night. I used the Smashbox Double Exposure palette. Because my dress was a light blue, I opted for the shade Silver (which was more of a light purple/blue than a silver) for the lid of the eye. For the inner corner, I chose Blanc to brighten it up. And for the crease and outer edge of my eye I used Midnight. I have to say, I think it looked really nice.

Lips

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The lipstick I used, I absolutely adore. I’m almost out of it that is how much I use it. The lipstick is from Anthropologie in the color Scarlet and let me tell you it is a gorgeous red. It also lasts SO long. I put it on around 8:30 pm and it stayed on until  I came back around 1 am. Besides the fact that it lasted that long, it also stayed on through all of the food I ate and the many cups of water I consumed. Overall, a fabulous lipstick.

That is all for my party look, and I hope you enjoyed reading about it. As I have previously stated on my blog, I am not a makeup expert. I get my knowledge from YouTube videos and online tutorials just like most people. But I find it fun to experiment with makeup and create a whole new look for various occasions. Thanks for reading and leave a comment below with some of your fave makeup products, I’m always looking for new things to try! 🙂

Ciao for now!

My Favorite Beauty Products for Travel

My Favorite Beauty Products for Travel

I’m going to be honest, I’m not a beauty guru so my knowledge about makeup and beauty is limited. But I know enough to know what’s good and what’s bad (at least in my own terms). These are all inexpensive beauty products, with most of them coming from CVS or Target, but some are nicer pricier products I’ve received as gifts. Now that that is out of the way, here we go!

I tend to go for lighter makeup when I’m traveling just because my skin is sensitive and adjusts weirdly to new places that I go. And, a lot of the places I go are beachy, so I don’t wear a lot of makeup anyways. But, when I do like to get all glam for a night out or a nice dinner, these are some of my travel go to products (FYI the links go directly to the product I’ve listed if you want to check it out):

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM for normal to dry skin ($16.49 at Ulta)

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My skin varies from normal to dry and this moisturizer definitely makes me feel like my skin is being nourished. It is a little heavy but it’s not that noticeable and it helps my makeup go on easily. I love that there is sunscreen in this moisturizer because on vacation I am usually outside in sunny places and I have very pale skin so it’s good to know I’m protected. There is also a version without SPF 30 if you don’t want the sunscreen. I’m not going to lie, it does smell a bit like sunscreen, but it’ll go away after a few minutes, and I think the benefits outweigh the cons for this product. I’m left with soft protected skin.

Maybelline BB Cream in shade 110 Light/Medium (($6.69 at Target)

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I love this product for beauty vacays because it’s incredibly light and is essentially a tinted moisturizer. I have problem skin and this BB Cream does a nice job of getting rid of the redness and problem spots for a few hours. It also has SPF 30 so I don’t have to worry about my very pale skin getting damaged by the sun.

Maybelline Master Conceal concealer in shade 20 Light ($7.99 at Target)

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As I’ve previously said, I have issues with my skin so it’s nice to know that I can rely on this concealer to help me manage my blemishes. I’ve gotten more confidant in my skin as I’ve grown older, but there are times, especially on vacation when I’m taking a lot of photos, when I get self-conscious of my skin. Master Conceal helps me cover up some of these blemishes so I look stellar in my vacation photos.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($7.58 at Amazon)

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I. Love. This. So. Much. I started using this product as simply a lip balm but soon realized it is so much more. It can be used for almost any beauty need. If you’re interested in this product and want to know a few of the many ways it can be used (like eyebrow tamer and eye makeup remover) check out this article from Bustle. Needless to say, it is the perfect travel beauty product because of its many uses.

Mary Kay Kind Heart baked cheek powder ($18 at Mary Kay)

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This is such a beautiful not only because of the presentation, but also because it has a bit of a shimmer when applied. A shimmery blush is perfect for a vacation where I want to give the appearance of a summery glow even if I don’t actually have one. Plus, it’s a light coral that doesn’t stand out too much, giving me just a subtle rosiness to my cheeks. Overall, it’s a lovely look for a sunny vacay.

Sephora colorful wink-it felt liner – waterproof ($14 at Sephora)

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I like this eyeliner because it is really easy to apply and make eyeliner look good when applied. We all know how hard it is to get that perfect winged look, but this felt tip liner is essentially a pen, so it’s so simple to get a nice eye look. In addition, it’s waterproof meaning that during your vacation you can take a dip in the water without worrying about your makeup running. It also lasts a long time and stays looking amazing even after an hour siesta (speaking from experience).

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (sample) ($12 at Too Faced)

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I know everyone has been raving about this mascara for a while so I’m here to concur with them! This mascara really does make my lashes look super long and voluminous without feeling extra heavy. I like the sample size for travel because it lasts long enough for a trip about 2 weeks and is the perfect packing size.

Lotus Elixir No.4 perfume ($12 at Anthropologie)

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This rollerball perfume is about the size of my palm and smells amazing. According to its description on the Anthropologie website it is “a focus-inducing blend of hawthorn greens, mint, white lily, rose and violet (FLORAL).” I love it mainly for the strong impression it gives off without being overpowering. It’s not your typical floral scent, it’s almost dark (if that makes sense). It lasts a while and is the perfect size for traveling since it’s only 0.2 oz.

Bed Head ROCKAHOLIC Dirty Secret dry shampoo 2.5 oz ($10 at Ulta)

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I got this as a giveaway from the club HerCampus that I am a part of at college, so I did not pay for this product. (I write for the HerCampus site if you want to check out any of my articles- sorry, shameless plug.) But, I like Bed Head products and I got it for free so I decided to try it out. I ended up loving it because it a) smells good and b) makes my hair look good as new. Those are basically the only criteria I have for dry shampoo. Some others that I’ve tried do not get rid of my greasy hair which, ya know, is a pretty important factor of a good dry shampoo. This is a nice travel size as well so I’ve taken to bringing it on trips so that after an especially hot day, I just spray this in my hair and I’m ready for a night out.

Advanced Clinicals Tea Tree Oil 1.8 fl. oz ($11.55 Amazon)
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I’m not going to lie, I found this at Marshall’s for about $5 when trying to find a cheaper replacement for my other tea tree oil. I got this by chance because I liked how big the size was for the price it was. I use tea tree oil on my blemishes after I take my makeup off, cleanse, and tone my face because I have found that it will diminish or prevent acne. I absolutely live by tea tree oil since it essentially saves my face which is why I need to have it when I travel. After a day of my face full of sunscreen and makeup, tea tree oil does wonders. Luckily, this is a nice size and it comes with a dropper so I don’t end up using too much or pouring half the bottle out when I’m just trying to get a tiny dot. Highly highly recommend tea tree oil to anyone with blemish prone skin.

I hope you enjoyed this beauty review and if you want more just let me know in the comments. Question of the week: What is your favorite beauty/ makeup product for travel and why?

Ciao for now!