June Birchbox Review: Jet Set Edition

June's Birchbox was devoted to products that indulge our inner jet-setter. I was pretty excited when I received my Birchbox this month, considering that I will be traveling this summer. Where will you be traveling this summer?


Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm: The epitome of a multitasker, this luxurious balm primes, moisturizers, and perfects skin in a single step. Peptides and moisturizing microspheres help wrinkles look less visible and reduces their depth over time. An exclusive color-correcting complex hides redness, while mattifiers zap excess oil and shrink the look of pores. Finally, antioxidants keep skin protected from free radical damage.

My thoughts: I love that this beauty balm is a 10-in-1 product, because I could really use a skin care routine that involves less products! This beauty balm is definitely a multitasker—it moisturizes, primes, mattifies, and conceals. Would I purchase this beauty balm? Yes!   
 
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TheBalm Stainiac in "Beauty Queen": The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

My thoughts: I prefer using lip stains over lipsticks and lip glosses. Although I have tried better lip stains, I do like this one. Because this lip stain is a gel, it feels a bit weird during application, but it blends very well and leaves a pretty, subtle hue. Would I purchase this lip stain? Yes.
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Melvita Floral Water in "Rose": Each of Melvita’s Floral Waters uses healing natural extracts to refresh and soothe skin. Lavender keeps normal and combination skin balanced and protected, while Rose is ideal for sensitive or prematurely aging complexions. Loaded with vitamin C, Orange Blossom energizes dull skin and evens out any blotchiness. All three smell divine.

My thoughts: This rose water spray is perfect for refreshing the skin. I enjoy the slightly cooling sensation that lingers. I also like the invigorating, light floral scent. I have very sensitive skin, and this spray is non-irritating. Would I purchase this rose water spray? Maybe.
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Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume: Even if you’ve never heard of Cetalox, you’ve undoubtedly picked up its scent. Used as a back note in thousands of fragrances, Cetalox (a synthetic substitute for grey amber) takes center stage in Not a Perfume. The result is clean and pure, as well as being allergen-free.

My thoughts: Because this perfume contains only a single note, it is a little too minimalistic for my liking. The find the scent to be quite plain—I'm not even sure how to describe it. Let us not forget that I am very picky when it comes to perfume! Would I purchase this perfume? No.
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Modcloth Green Deer Headband: These fabric-covered headbands come in three fun varieties—a red polka dot pattern that’s a little Marilyn Monroe and a little Betty Boop, and a cute deer print with a light blue or green background. You can’t go wrong—in fact, you might need all three.

My thoughts: I love wearing this headband around the house. Although I do not typically wear headbands, I do wear them around the house to keep my hair out of my face. I get headaches very easily from wearing any type of hair accessory. However, this headband is one of the few that does not! I like that you can adjust it to your comfort. I forget that I even have it on! Would I purchase this headband? Yes!    

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May Birchbox Review: "Gossip Girl" Edition

For the month of May, Birchbox teamed up with Gossip Girl to create a beauty box inspired by the series and Manhattan’s chicest events!



Birchbox Notecards: Made of durable cardstock, these are pretty much the cutest notecards ever. You can use them as thank you notes, invitations, and just-because-you’re-awesome cards. 

My thoughts: These Birchbox notecards are very chic and pretty darn adorable! They can be used for just about anything. Simple as that! Would I purchase these notecards? Maybe! 
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Dior Miss Dior: An audacious chypre floral scent, Miss Dior charms with opening top notes of fresh citrus before blossoming into a bouquet of jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and rose. It’s anchored with a base of patchouli laced with sultry musk.

My thoughts: I did not like this fragrance. The scent is just way too strong for my liking. Look how adorable the bottle is though! Would I purchase this perfume? No.

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo: Made with purifying deep-sea volcanic extracts, Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil lathers up into a light foam to transform tired locks into a luscious mane. It gets rid of any and all signs of oily debris while softening hair. Plus, the formula is made without heavy silicones, so it won’t weigh hair down.

My thoughts: I love this shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling and looking super clean and soft! This is a great product for my hair type, as my hair is on the dry, frizzy side. Would I purchase this cleansing oil shampoo? Yes!

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Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20: Let’s start with the moisturizing part: organic narcissus, jojoba oil, soy amino, and hyaluronic acids keep skin hydrated all day long, while marine extracts add firmness and suppleness. Next, a trio of sunscreens—oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octisalate—protect against damaging UV rays, maintaining skin’s youthfulness. Finally, skin-enhancing silicone smooths over any surface discoloration. Approved by dermatologists, the formula doesn’t contain any mineral oils, talc, or artificial dyes and fragrances.

My thoughts: This is an amazing product! Not only does it hydrate and protect the skin, but it provides buildable coverage. It comes in three shades: Sheer, Glow, and 
                                                       Bronze. I was sent the Glow shade. Because this shade has color to it, it leaves my 
                                                       skin looking flawless. Would I purchase this miracle skin transformer? Yes!    

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Dior Diorshow Extase: Tiny spherical black pearl pigments define and add thickness, while metamorphosis powders plump up each individual lash. A unique SR38 ceramide complex conditions your lashes, repairing damage and helping them grow more lush than ever before.

My thoughts: Fantastic mascara! This mascara gives my lashes volume and length, which I do not find in many mascaras. It simply leaves my lashes looking amazing! Would I purchase this Dior mascara? Yes!
 
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My Everyday Eye Shadow Palette

Today, I would like to introduce you all to my everyday go-to eye shadow palette, Sigma Beauty's Bare! In my May favorites post, I mentioned the NYX Champagne & Caviar Eye Shadow Palette as being one of two of my everyday go-to eye shadow palettes. Well, this is the other, and my absolute favorite eye shadow palette of all-time! I love all of the colors in this palette, and the pigmentation is fantastic. The color range is excellent for achieving almost every eye makeup look. A must-have eye shadow palette!




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May Beauty Favorites


1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in "Fair": Although I do not have dark circles, I like using this goji berry and haloxyl infused treatment concealer to brighten my under-eye area. Not only do I use this concealer under my eyes, but I use it as an all-over highlighter for a brighter, more-awake appearance.


2. Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes - Winner of Allure Best of Beauty: Natural Wonders 2011: After running out of my Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, I decided to try something new! I had only ever tried Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, so I decided to go with a different brand. I have to say, these are my favorite by far. When using makeup remover wipes, I do not want my skin left feeling too moisturized (oily) or too dry. These towelettes leave my skin feeling just right. As far doing the job of removing makeup, they work just as well as any other wipes that I have tried, but are a bit more gentle on my sensitive skin. The delicious scent is a plus. These wipes are 98.7% natural, biodegradable, FSC certified, dermatologically and opthalmologically tested, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic!


3. Yes To Carrots Melon Lip Butter: I am obsessed with this lip butter! I am constantly applying it throughout the day. It leaves my lips feeling moisturized, without that sticky, icky feeling. Just like my Yes To Cucumbers makeup remover wipes, this lip butter smells delicious. This is definitely my new favorite lip moisturizing product! Yes To Carrots' lip butters contain all natural ingredients, no animal testing, and are paraben, petroleum, and phthalate free.


4. NYX Champagne & Caviar Eye Shadow Palette: This eye shadow palette is one of two of my everyday go-to palettes. I like using this when I am in a rush getting ready, since it contains the most basic colors. I love all of the colors in this palette, and the pigmentation is great. Since I wear natural-looking eye makeup most of the time, these neutral colors are just perfect.


5. Borghese Fango Active Mud Face & Body: After running out of my favorite facial mask, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, I started using this one. I received it in my November Birchbox (quite a long time ago!). I had only used it a few times, but then decided to finish it before getting another Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. I like using this spot treating; I dab a small amount of the mask on my blemishes before going to bed at night, and rinse it off in the morning before washing my face. It definitely helps minimize the appearance blemishes.