January 2015 Birchbox Review

Let’s start off on a positive note… the color palette of this month’s box is beautiful. Don’t my products look pretty sitting there? Unfortunately, pretty colors aren’t enough, and this is the most disappointing Birchbox I’ve received.


The January theme was “Fresh Start,” which seems perfect for the first month of a new year. However, none of these products are new or exciting for me, or geared towards helping me achieve my beauty goals (not that I have beauty goals…but if I did, this box wouldn’t help).

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Five Little Wonderful Things…

…that have been making my life better this week.


  • Smoky Poppy Body Butter! I apologize for my excitement, but this product has been improving my life this past week. Since winning this adorable pot in an Intagram giveaway from @budgetbeautyblog, I’ve been using it as a hand cream every time I wash my hands. It’s worked wonders — no more dry skin on my hands!

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  • I wore NYC Nolita’s Lavender on my fingernails for much of this week, but I feel like it’s a little too dark for me. Now, I’m lusting after a pale lavender polish, like Revlon Charming or Mint Lavender Macaron.

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April Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month 3-4 samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This month, Birchbox subscribers have the chance to choose from 3 samples, or select a box curated by a guest editor. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video.

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August 2014 Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I posted a Birchbox review! Which means that I have a lot of catching up to do. So, despite the chilly fall spring weather…welcome to August!

The theme for August was “Lighten Up”. According to Birchbox, this meant being less serious, keeping cool, and kicking back and relaxing.  I think part of my box sort of embodied the theme — the grapefruit scent of the lotion was a little playful and out of the ordinary, the eyeshadow was named “Cool Lids,” and the face mask was relaxing. I would have loved to see the theme expanded into sea salt hairspray, cooling foot lotions, and aromatherapy.


And without further ado, onto my box!

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The Rubbing Alcohol Method

The other day, I experienced my very first broken eyeshadow pan. I had carelessly left an e.l.f. quad palette on the edge of the sink, and my boyfriend accidentally knocked it off. Luckily only one of the four shadows broke — I’m still not sure how that happened! I was a little disappointed, though, because the pan that broke was my favorite out of the quad.


Broken eyeshadow.

However, this gave me an opportunity to try a method I’ve heard a lot about for repairing broken eyeshadows.

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