October 16, 2012

October 2012 Birchbox

I'm so excited to show you what I got in my Birchbox this month! It's a collaboration between Birchbox and goop.com. Everything in the box I know I'll use.

Here's what's in the box: A full-sized (!!) Essie nail polish in Lady Like, Jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment (0.07 fl. oz.), Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Eye Balm (0.1 fl. oz.), and Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum x2.

Yay to Essie Lady Like! A full-sized polish, even! It's a nude soft dusty mauve cream that is completely opaque in 2 easy coats. Very work appropriate and flatters all skin tones. I'm super excited about this one. I have a few nudes and dusty mauves but I don't have a dupe for it! The closest shade I have in my collection is Zoya Kennedy and Zoya Mia. It's as though you mixed those two shades to get Essie Lady Like. This one will get lots of wear for sure. (Sorry the pictures are terrible, I'm in the process of moving and I pulled the large lamp from the room so I only have the desk lamp as my light source.)

Next up is Jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment. It is odorless, which I like, and applies like a lip balm. Non-sticky. Leaves my lips very soft. Love it!

Then we have the Kiehl's eye balm. Also odorless. They are right to call it a balm because it applies like an ointment - slightly thicker in texture. It says it brightens and reduces look of fine lines around the eyes. I'm not sure if it does that, but it definitely doesn't leave the skin looking oily. Just don't use too much or it will be sticky.

The box also came with 2 small samples of Supergoop! city sunscreen serum. Even though summer has come and gone it's still important to put on sunscreen when you're going on. This one is SPF 30+ PA+++, and since it's a serum, it is light and perfect for the face.

As an extra, they included a Lemon Zest Luna bar. I'm excited to snack on this at work tomorrow. The ingredients look decent - 9g protein and 3g fiber... a bit high on the sugar content (13g), 180 calories. Sounds like a good mix.

This is probably one of the most exciting Birchbox I've received to date. I'll make good use of all the products here. Can't wait till I get my next one! If you want to sign up and give me some referral love, you may follow this link. (:

October 2012 myglam (Ipsy) Glam Bag

Received my Glam Bag in the mail yesterday. It came with a lot of stuff, but I was most excited about the cute bag... and the hair treatment. The rest were meh in my opinion. Here are the contents:

The cute bag!

The stuff that came with it: Coastal Scents eyeshadow quad Set #1, be a bombshell cosmetics eye liner in onyx (0.1 fl. oz.), Pequi Oil Treatment (0.5 fl. oz.), mirenesse Lip Bomb Mirror Me glossy lacquer stain, and finally, theBalm What's Your Type? Black Mascara.

Here's the Coastal Scents eyeshadow. I got Set 1, which contains Cloud White, Paris Green, Reef Blue, and Thunderous. These are definitely not colors I like to wear. The Paris Green could look nice as an accent eyeliner under the eye. Cloud White just looks super chalky to me. Since I know I won't get much mileage out of these, I gave it to a friend who wears more bright colors. I know a lot of people like Coastal Scents eyeshadows because they come in so many colors and is super affordable, but I am a little wary of it. I try to stay away from cheap cosmetics made in China.

Next up is the be a bombshell eyeliner in onyx. It looks like another black marker / sharpie. I got a similar eyeliner in my June Glam Bag - the Marbella eyeliner. The Marbella one had a finer tip, but I didn't feel like I needed another marker type eyeliner. The ingredients are water, stuff I can't pronounce, stuff I can't pronounce, something acid, and black iron oxide. Made in China.

Then we have the theBalm mascara. Very minor clumping issues but generally a solid mascara. Doesn't lengthen but does seem to thicken. It doesn't leave my lashes super stuff like some other ones do. This product I will use for sure.

The product I dislike the most is the mirenesse Lip Bomb. It's thick and goopy and smells like plastic. No wonder they call it a lacquer stain. Don't get me wrong, I like lip stains, but not goopy ones. The texture might work for someone else, but it definitely doesn't work for me no matter how nice the color looks.

Last and probably the most exciting product in the bunch is the Pequi oil treatment for hair. I says you can use it before blow dry etc, but I would probably use it after styling to add some healthy sheen to my hair. Ingredients include jojoba esters, sunflower seed oil, and a bunch of stuff I can't pronounce. Good enough for me.

Conclusion: So I'm overall underwhelmed by this month's bag even though there appears to be a lot in the bag. I feel like the brands aren't that great. After 5 months of sampling the Glam Bag I decided to cancel it. I'm still keeping my Birchbox because they do provide higher end samples, and there is a lot more variety in their boxes. I did enjoy Glam Bag while it lasted, and a little sad to cancel, but I think I'll save the $10 every month and use it on something else I want. I do wish Ipsy the best, because they are doing a good thing here, just that the products don't fit my profile as much. Maybe I'll try a different box like Allure's Sample Society for $15. We shall see.