Birchbox October 2014 Review

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This month, I wasn’t too happy because I was pretty much sure my credit card has ran out, and therefore, I wouldn’t get this month’s box… I can’t explain how excited I was when I have seen the Birchbox in my door, just waiting there for me !! I am still not sure how this have happened,  but I am very grateful.

October’s Birchbox was pretty intresting, as fas as my taste in beauty products goes. I mean the only sample I didn’t like was the perfume sample, but that’s only because I don’t like getting perfume samples in my boxes. Besides that, the box was really enjoyable.

The first sample was Tocca Green Tea and Lemon Hand Cream. If you are like me, always doing something with your hands, then you must love hand creams and lotions. This one is particularly useful, because it is very hydrating, smells like summer to me, and it instantly absorbs (so you don’t have to wait around wasting your time, while it absorbs). It is a very good product, which I already have been in love with previously, due to the fact that I got a different Tocca hand cream few months ago, also from Birchbox.

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The second product was Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Blackhead Extractor Mask. All I can say is that this product will be gone in less than a week, I just love it that much. Honestly, I love the entire collection of Dr. Brand Pores No More. Ever, since I can remember I always had suffered from enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks, as well as the never disappearing blackheads all over those areas. Ughh.. they are such such a pain, and it is almost impossible to get rid of them. However,  this has changed when Dr. Brandt came out with his Pores No More series. These products really work ! And not only that, but they also show noticeable difference JUSTafter one use ! I recommend those products to everyone with similar skin concerns.

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The third product was Jouer Matte Moisture Tint Sunscreen in Nude. I am very satisfied with this product, as well as with the shade of it. Last year, Birchbox has gifted me with a similar Jouer product, the only problem was that it’s shade was way too dark for me. Therefore, I never really got a chance to try it. This time, the shade is perfect, it blends in seamlessly, smells good, and it also has a pretty good coverage. I have already decided that I will be buying a full sized tube with my Birchbox points.

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The fourth product was this mini Lord And Berry eyeliner pencil in black with glitter. The pencil itself is of a very good quality and it stays on for a long period of time. The fact that it has glitter in it will make it more suitable for use when going out in the city. I like that the pencil is of such a small size, because now I can store it in my small clutch when going out, without it taking over a large amount of space.

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The fifth, and final, product was this perfume sample from Harvey Prince in Singular Sensations Petaly Noir. The fragnance in itself is very seducing, but it just doesn’t fit me. The scent is deeply floral, as to that point that it becomes a little bit too heavy. I will be giving this perfume sample to my mom, she enjoys scents like that.

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 Overall, I am pleased with this month’s Birchbox. I love 4 out of 5 samples, so that is pretty great ! What I am really intrested in is some feedback from all of you beautiful ladies !! What did you get in your Birchbox this month ? And if you do not subscribe to Birchbox, then what do you think of this month’s box ? Do you have any questions ?

If intrested here is my link to subscribe to Birchbox, THANK YOU so much !!

https://www.birchbox.com/invite/5zhjb

Sephora Haul August 2014

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So it’s that time again, I decided to spend the money I don’t really have at my one and only Sephora. I do have to admit, though, that my shopping was pretty successful. I got all the things I was out off, and of course too many extra items. There are few products that I am exceptionally in love with, and I wanted to review them. I will only go into detail about the new Stila Eyes Are The Window shadow palette in Mind, Sephora Collection Pro Visionary brushes, new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation, Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick, Dermadoctor Ain’t MisbehavinMedicated Acne Control Serum, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask, and of course all the promos Sephora is having right now.

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I am truly in love with the new Stila Eyes Are The Window eyeshadow palettes. I personally picked the pallette in Mind (there are four: Mind, Body, Soul, Spirit). I picked Mind, because the entire pallette consists of matte colors. I don’t own too many matte eyeshadows, so I decided to try them out. The pallette is very unique. It has 12 colors ranging from delicate beige to peachy creme to reddish brown. It is a great pallette for day wear, as well as night wear. The colors are very pigmented, don’t crease, and stay on for a very long time. I had mine on for 8 hours and it was flawless. Also, the compact that the shadows come in is very ellegant and sleek.

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The second product I am in love with are the Sephora Collection Pro Visionary brushes. I bought Precise Natural Powder Brush #121 and Modeling Foundation Brush #111. They are both amazing!! The foundation brush is perfect for liquid formulas, where it blends in beautifully, models, and provides smooth and full coverage. The bristles are soft, but sturdy enough to cover every inch of your face. The powder brush is extremely soft, and it provides amazing, finishing effect Your face will look airbrushed.

 

The third product is the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide liquid foundation. I got it in the color Cashew, which is identical to my skin color. My skin color is light beige with warm undertone. This foundation is definitely my new favorite. It provides medium to full coverage,  and you only need a small drop of foundation to achieve that effect. It is also long lasting and pretty much sweatproof. My job requires a lot of physical work for at least 8 hours a day, and this foundation lasts through it. It doesn’t cake or rub off, while feeling like you have nothing on your face. I love it!! The second Laura Mercier product I got is the Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight-01. It is a great highlighting product, without all the overly shimmer and glitter, which I don’t like. However, I use this powder as my finishing touch all over my face. It gives it a healthy glow.

The fourth product is the Too Faced Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Violet. Lately, I have been obssessing with lip colors in the Pantone’s color of the year, vivid orchid. This lipstick is beautiful, radiant, and HIGHLY pigmented. Also, if your looking for a lipstick in liquid formula that will provide long wear for hours, this lipstick is definitely the one to go for.

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Another product worth mentioning is Dermadoctor Aint MisbehavinMedicated Acne Control Serum. I have occasional acne, and I have been looking for a treatment product that I could use during the day, under my makeup. This product is perfect for that. Not only it helps heal current acne, but it also prevents the future breakouts with its 2% Salicyclic Acid.
The final product I would like to mention is the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask. It is a great overnight acne treatment, which actually works without over drying your face. It can be also used as a skin mattifier during the day, even under your makeup. You just have to use a much smaller amount and blend it in well.

Sephora has many promos running right now. I ordered my products in three separate orders, because they were all placed on different days. I also got a chance to use three different promo codes on my orders and they were VIBPARTY (cosmetic case filled with deluxe samples, you have to be VIB or VIB ROUGE), BOXOMROUGE (Buxom lip trio, you have to be VIB ROUGE), and ROUGEFRESH (Fresh lip trio, you have to be VIB ROUGE ).

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New Smiley 360!!

Hello ladies and gentlemen! !
I wanted to share with you that Smiley 360 has been upgraded and is even more fun now! Smiley 360 is a platform that connects consumers with brands of intrest. Consumers get a chance to try out brand new products for free in exchange for their reviews. It is definitely one of my favorites, and I had personally tested out at least four products from Smiley 360.  Check it out under this link:
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