Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 2014 Birchbox

My April Birchbox came much earlier than usual this month! *Happy dance*  This month's April 2014 box theme was: Rainy Days.  A nice play on "April showers, bring May flowers."  Here is what I got this month...
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Color Club Gala's Gems Collection- Breakfast at...
Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream- Light/Medium
KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar- Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

Overall, I was quite happy with my box this month! I loved the nail polish color.  It was very springy! It was a little more green-toned than the traditional Tiffany blue, but beautiful nonetheless!

 Here is a quick unboxing video I made to share all my April Birchbox goodies with you! If you are interested in signing up for a monthly Birchbox (which I highly recommend), you can use my referral link here :)

What April Birchbox goodies are you loving this month? 
Did you get some of the same/different products? 
Let me know below!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Birchbox Points Haul

I am new-ish to Birchbox so I was ultra excited to cash-in on my Birchbox points for the first time!  I got the new Limited Edition Birchbox Finds Box, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima and a mystery pick-2 sample pack.   I was able to use my 300 Birchbox points ($30 worth) and a 20% off code (Mobile20- can only be used once per account) making my grand total only $2.00!!!  Birchbox, you rock!  What an amazing reward point program!  I have been a subscriber for a very short time and I was able to get all these lovely goodies for practically free!  Here is what I hauled:

Limited Edition Birchbox Finds Box:

$18.00 in the Birchbox shop ($55 approx. value)

My BB Finds Box contains:
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pink a Card ($7.99)
This is a lovely ballet pastel pink shade.  I painted 2 coats for a nice opaque shiny finish. I loved the formula and the thick brush.  I didn't use a topcoat, but it looked like and felt like I had used one! 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir ($9.99)
This hair oil smells amazing.  I've added this to my hair while damp to cut back on frizz for a smoother finish and on second-day hair to my hair ends.  It tamed the frizz and added a nice healthy gloss to my hair.  I have very thick hair that tends to be on the dry side.  My hair drinks up hair oils and I only needed a few drops of this to do the trick, which means this bottle will last you a long while!

NIVEA Kiss of Care & Color in Sheer Crimson ($4.99)
As you can see, there is a moisture core and some sheer color in this lip balm.  If you are on the go and looking to keep your lips moisturized, but add a small touch of color this is for you.  I use this as a lip balm with a light hand and you get very sheer color (think *my lips but better*). 

Rimmel London Stay Glossy 3D Lipgloss in Popcorn for 2 ($4.99)
First off, I adore the name Popcorn for 2.  I am obsessed with popcorn.  Last Christmas I made popcorn and spice mix gift sets for all my family members (so they could share in my popcorn love) and now I am self-proclaimed family popcorn lady.  So, to make a long story short this is the perfect gloss name for me.  The name is a hit and the color is too! It is a lovely peachy sheer shade with multidimensional shimmer.  This shade looks great over peachy-pink and nude lip colors!

COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast in Ice Queen ($8.99)
Ice Queen is a sheer silver creamy eye shadow.  Alone it is nice on the center of the lid or corner of the eye for a pop of brightness.  It is not super pigmented alone.  I like to use it as an eyeshadow base for longer lasting more pigmented looks.

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black ($11.99)
The double-sided wand is a little gawky and awkward, but if you can get beyond that it is a nice alternative to high-end volumizing mascaras.  I like that both sides are darkly pigmented and not white like some other dual-ended mascaras.

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7.99)
Face masks always make me feel relaxed and like I’ve been pampered.  Pretty great you that you can pamper yourself in as little as one minute with these masks! These masks come in 4 single-use packets.  I haven't tried this mask yet,  but lately I have been feeling like I could use a little pore-cleansing around my chin and nose area so it couldn't be better timing!

In addition to the Finds Box, I got  2 deluxe travel-sized samples of Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray and Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray.  The BP spray smells amazing! It very highly rated in the Birchbox shop.  I really liked how it protects my hair when blow-drying or heat-styling, not to mention it smells like a tropical vacation!  I ended up getting another identical sample in my March Birchbox so I gifted one to my brother's girlfriend.  I will most likely purchase the full-sized when I am out of my sample!  The Number 4 hairspray is a nice purse-sized sample great for taking to work.  I probably will not purchase the full-size since it costs $30 and I don't think it performs better than the other less expensive hairsprays I already use.

My last and favorite item is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima ($22.00 with free shipping at Birchbox store).  Normally, I like to go bold and bright when I am spending my own money out of pocket. Since I was spending Birchbox points, I thought I would try a higher-end nude-y pink shade of lip color. I was very tempted to get the bold and popular bright red Beso, but what better time to try a more neutral shade and not have to drop a bunch of my own money?  I am very happy with my choice.  Bellissima is a beautiful light peachy pink shade, perfect for work or even a date-night!  This formula has some major lasting power!  This stuff doesn't budge even after several hours! It is a very matte formula, so if you like a more glossy lip you should apply a clear/ or similar color gloss over it once it dries.  My new Rimmel Stay Glossy in Popcorn for 2 looks amazing paired with Bellissima. I highly recommend Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick!  I will need to add more of these lippies to my collection...

If you are interested in receiving 4-5 deluxe to full-sized personalized lifestyle samples, you can sign-up for Birchbox here.  Just a heads up, there is usually a short waitlist for this service because it is so popular!

Did you also get the Birchbox Finds Box?  Let me know what you thought of it or if Birchbox should bring it back (it is currently sold out online).  What goodies have you used your points on in the Birchbox shop?  Any that you have your eye on?  I am looking to cash-in again soon and would love suggestions!