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Monday, February 25, 2013

February 2013 Birchbox Review

Hi guys! Sorry this post is so late, as most of you probably know many of the boxes were delayed this month due to the snow storm--including mine! Plus I didn't have time to pick it up from my house for a few days (I've been so busy at school) but now I finally have it! I was a pretty big fan of my box this month. I can't wait to show you the cool stuff I got!
The first thing I noticed was the huge size of the TIGI Fun Times Rockaholic Hairspray. I wish the Oscar Blandi samples from a couple months ago had been this size. I sprayed a little on my hair and it smells amazing! It says it is supposed to give a natural-looking finish without being sticky. The full size is $20.50, so I'd have to really like it to buy it, but you do get a pretty big can of it for the price.

One thing I was super excited about was the Twistband headband. As you may know, I am not huge on the twistband hair elastics--I think they are very overpriced. But I was excited to try out their headband, because I am more worried about headband creases than ponytail creases. It came at the perfect time, too--I just snapped my favorite headband a couple days ago :(. All in all, i was happy with the color of this headband, and it is softer and more comfortable than some of the other stretchy headbands I have worn. I'm not sure if I would purchase 6 of them for $19, though.

The third exciting thing in this box was the Secret Agent Beauty Secret Lip Affair gloss. It's a pretty shimmery pink color and it plumps your lips. Not to mention it's full sized! It's a tiny bit sticky but better than most cheap glosses I have tried. I would probably not repurchase because of the $16 price tag.

Lastly, I have the two not-as-exciting things. The perfume sample smelled fine but I wouldn't buy it, and Ghirardelli chocolate squares are nothing new to me--even though they are delicious! I sort of wish they had put two in. I can't eat just one! I think the chocolate added a little value to the box, and I am fine with receiving chocolate of any sort.

All in all, I had a pretty great box this time around. I saw that some people were unhappy because their boxes were only worth $12 or so--which is understandable to me. Most people join Birchbox because of the amazing value of most boxes, so it is pretty disappointing when you get small samples that aren't worth much. I would estimate my box worth for this month to be around $25 for this month, so I feel pretty lucky.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lush Brazened Honey Face Mask Review

So this weekend I went to Lush for the VERY first time!! I've watched youtube beauty gurus talk about the place forever, but the nearest one to me is over an hour and a half from my house, soI can't exactly just stroll on over. So when I went there for the first time, it was magical--the rest of my shopping money did a great disappearing act! Okay, enough with the cheesy puns. I bought a lot of stuff, but the thing I probably loved most was the Brazened Honey face mask.

I have normal skin that is more likely to get dry than oily, and I just wanted a mask to make it feel softer and better. Brazened Honey was perfect for me. According to the website it's supposed to balance and deep cleanse, and I think it did a great job. My skin feels clean and soft, and it helped me get rid of two pimples! According to the website, though, Brazened Honey is not good for people with sensitive skin.So I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to moisturize and revitalize their skin, as long as it's not sensitive.

This face mask has worked better for me than any other mask I've ever used. If you're new to Lush or you just haven't tried it, I highly recommend it!