July Birchbox

July Birchbox

You all know I love getting my monthly Birchbox, it's always chocked full of amazing products and it's the best way to try out beauty product before you buy the full size! This month, the box was centered around getting-ready in the morning, and the products are amazing! I'm so excited about all of them! Check out what I got!

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June Birchbox

Birchbox absolutely nailed this box! They always send great products, but this month, they knew EXACTLY what I needed! After-sun lotion? YES please. Blemish Serum? Bring it on! Check out all the amazing products featured in this month's Birchbox!

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May Birchbox

May Birchbox

Good morning, Lovelies! I apologize for being a tad late on my Birchbox this month, finals is finally over, and I can resume my regular posting schedule. There were several gems in this month's box that I'm excited to share with you!

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April Birchbox

April Birchbox

How pretty is this month's box?! Birchbox teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. for a beautiful floral box that's perfect for spring! I can't get over how lovely it is! I don't want to throw it away!But just as exciting, is what came inside the box! AMAZING hair products from Davines, gorgeous organic pigments from Au Naturale, and lovely scents from English Laundry!

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March Birchbox

March Birchbox

I love seeing this brightly colored box in my mailbox every month! It's always so exciting to crack it open and find out what's inside! This month was all about hydration! Thick lip balms, repairing hair oils, gel lip stains, and hydrating eye pads. Check it out!

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November Birchbox

A little late, but better than never! This months Birchbox had a ton of hair, skin, and body products (YES!!!) which I'm so excited to try out!! Plus, all of them are from brands I'm not too familiar with, which makes it even better, discovering a new brand is so exciting!

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October Birchbox

October Birchbox

I always get so excited when I see that little pink box in my mail! It means a new round of beauty samples to try! This month was no disappointment,  as I absolutely LOVED all of the samples I got the chance to try! Davines LOVE Smoothing shampoo and conditioner, Etat Libre d'Orange Like this perfume, Eyeko Black magic mascara, shiseido ultimune power infusing concentrate, and too cool for school dinoplatz highlighter.

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September Favorites

September Favorites

Another month gone by, another round of beauty favorites! This month focused a lot more on hair and skin products, although I did happen upon two lovely makeup bits as well!

1. Beauty Protector - Protect and Detangle Spray

I received a sample of this little miracle in my August Birchbox and loved it so much, I couldn't live without the full size! My hair is long, tangley, colored, and an absolute nightmare to brush out after a shower. BUT NOT ANYMORE (<-- said in a dramatic announcer voice) This bright red bottle boasts being a detangler, leave-in conditioner, and heat protectant! (Plus it smells great, so what's not to love??) It's sold exclusively at Birchbox, so be sure to check it out!!

2. Amika - Bombshell Blowout Spray

Yet another Birchbox find! I've been using this little gem in place of my regular mousse and I adore it! It adds thickness and volume to thin, lifeless locks and smells awesome while doing it!

3. Stila - Stay All Day Liner

Here's where it gets tricky, trying to find an easy-to-use, waterproof, pigment-rich black liquid eyeliner is like trying to find a unicorn. But so far in the search, Stila takes the cake. In my experience, It's about 75% waterproof, moderately easy to use (but go slow, and have a makeup wipe handy) and it definitely packs a big punch when it comes to pigment!

4. Clinique - Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

If you only buy one lip product all fall, buy this one! The Almost Lipsticks are the ultimate cross between a lipstick and lip balm! Keep it sheer, build it up, whatever you want to do! I've been wearing this non-stop all month! I loved it so much that I did an entire post on it here

5. 100% Pure - Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I swear this was made for college students. Late night studying (or watching netflix) are met in the morning will puffy, baggy eyes and that's where this gem comes to the rescue! Pop it on your lids and under your eyes before you make breakfast and by the time you're done, you'll be de-puffed and bright eyed! (Plus it smells like coffee, YUM!)

6. Origins - Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask

And finally, the wondermask that has put my skin back on track! (Changing climate, schedule, stress, etc of college takes a huge toll) I've been using this mask once a week to de-gunk my skin and it has worked wonders! 

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September Birchbox!

September Birchbox!

It's my favorite time of the month again! It always makes me smile to see that pretty pink Birchbox in my mail! Plus, how pretty are these box designs?? I absolutely love them! 

1. Pop Beauty Pop Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette

This palette has 36 gorgeous shades ranging from pretty creams, rich browns, vivid purples, and wild teals! There's a little something for everyone and encourages you to branch out and try something wild! The shadows are crazy pigmented and last all day (I'm not kidding, ALL DAY) I loved getting to test out this cute little trio!

2. Benefit Gimme Brow

I've been eyeing Benefit's Gimme Brow for a while now, and Birchbox read my mind with this little sample! It gives natural, light pigment and holds brows in place like non other without making them feel glued. 

3. Harvey Prince Hello Perfume

I loved the Harvey Prince Hello Hand cream, and the perfume has the same light, fresh, scent! I love the sample size, because it makes it easy to carry in my handbag for a little spritz mid-day!

4. Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray

If you need volume, look no further! This blowout spray gives amazing lift to my generally flat locks! Just spray into damp hair and brush through right before blow drying and viola!

5. 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I think this may be my favorite of the box! I have very fair skin (and I'm a college student) which means under-eye circles and puffiness is a daily battle. I saw improvement 5 minutes after my first use (Not at all joking.) I think this may be my miracle in a tube, stay tuned to find out!

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August Favorites

L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1, Essie Gel top coat, Essie pearl polish in Imported Bubbly, LAQA cheek and lip balm, Maybelline New York under eye brightening concealer, and L'Oreal Lumi highlighter in Ice - Southern New Yorker - August Favorites

I'm always amazed every month when I realize how much time has past! I feel like I wrote my July Favorites yesterday! 

August has been the month of illuminating skin, fun nails, and eye shadow palettes (I bought two in one month, that's a lot for me!) 

1. L'Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1

I picked this one up at the beginning of August and have loved it ever since!! There's a great mix of matte and shimmer shadows, as well as several different choices for highlight-midtone-contour. I would call this one a pretty good drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (which is my holy grail). 

2. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

Best. Top. Coat. Ever. I've had a long standing addiction to Essie polishes but when It came to base/top coats, I was strictly a Sally Hansen girl. That was up until I grabbed this baby off the drugstore shelf (and never looked back!) 

3. LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of cream or stick blushes until I got this little bit in my Birchbox! The color is gorgeous, it's very blendable as a blush, and SO pretty on the lips! Birchbox has a trio of these in a cute little clutch that I'm dying to pick up!

4. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Illuminator in Ice

After a bit of resistance, I decided to jump on the highlight bandwagon. (and boy, am I so glad I did!) I've mixed it with my foundation for a gorgeous glow, and patted it on the very top of my cheekbones for a little added radiance. 

5. Essie Imported Bubbly

HELLO NEW FAVORITE. I saw this pearly pink polish on the shelf and fell in love. It's almost as subtle as a nude, but just that little bit more interesting! I've worn it for about three weeks straight! (sorry, not sorry)

6. Maybelline Dark Circle Concealer

I picked this one up because I had heard several other bloggers raving about it, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype! My only issue is that the lightest color offered is still a tiny bit too dark for me #palegirlprobs 

Any new products you've been loving this month? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

Audra

August Birchbox Unboxing!

August Birchbox Unboxing!

New month, new Birchbox! This month was probably my favorite in terms of the products I received! I've had a chance to test out all of them a bit and I wish I could buy full sizes of just about all of them! 1. Beauty Protector Protect and Detangler This pretty red bottle claims to be a detangler, heat protector, leave-in conditioner, shine spray, and color protector, all while being weightless and non-greasy. If so, this bottle could be my holy grail. After using it on dry hair before using a flat-iron, it definitely helps frizz, has more shine and doesn't add any weight or grease, but we'll see about its other claims with time. So far, it's a winner! 2. COOLA Organic Makeup Setting Spray COOLA has a lot of great products (especially for the summer months!) I've never tried their makeup setting spray, but it seems to be a fairly decent one. It doesn't hold a candle to the Urban Decay version, but if you're more environmentally conscious, this one is a great option! 3. Harvey Prince Hello Perfume I am, admittedly, a perfume sample hoarder. I love keeping them in my bag for a quick refresher (and I have about 13 extras in a box...).  At first whiff, this one smelled like an old Lemongrass body lotion I had from Bath and Body works in middle school, but after a bit I picked up on the light citrus notes and really liked it! I'm not sure I would purchase the full-size, but it's a lovely light scent if you're not into heavy perfumes. 4. LAQA & Co. Charm School Kit - Humble Brag By far my favorite thing in the box! I expected it to be a very sheer lip balm, but it's actually VERY pigmented and oh so gorgeous! It looks gorgeous on both my lips and cheeks. I am absolutely buying the set of three, which comes with this bright pink, a cherry red, and a light peach. LOVE! I've only very recently gotten into hand creams, and this so far, is my favorite. I liked the Harvey Prince version, but the Supergoop is a bit more hydrating, absorbs quicker, and has a lighter scent. 

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July Birchbox Unboxing

First off, the box itself this month is stunning, and the products overall are great! I thought I would do a little first impressions/mini reviews of each!

1. Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

     I'm a huge fan of this liner, and already own a full size, but this tiny sample is perfect for keeping in my purse for a touch up! (not that I'd need it, this liner has got some serious staying power!)

2. Davines MINU ShampooConditioner, and Hair Serum 

     I've never heard of this brand or product before, but it's specially made for color-treated hair! Stay tuned for a review!

3. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

     One of my favorite BB Creams (which I'm sadly now too pale for) is made by Dr. Jart+, however, I have yet to test out their skincare! I'm excited to try this one!

4. LA FRESH Makeup Removing Wipes

     The fact that these wipes are biodegradable is amazing! They're fantastic at removing stubborn makeup too! Only drawback is they're about double the cost of my trusty Simple makeup wipes. 

5. stila Look at Me Liquid Lipstick

     Major disappointment. I was so excited to see this in my box that I used it immediately. My first impression was that it had amazing pigmentation, but felt a little odd on my lips. After about an hour, my lips were completely dried out, the lipstick was cracked and looked awful. I would not recommend trying this one.

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xoxo,

Audra