Birchbox Impressions – June 2014

I have to say, I’ve kind of been hating on Birchbox lately since I’m so gaga for ipsy, but Birchbox¬†really stepped it up this month.

Take a look at these impressive products:


Harvey Prince Hello Рsmells pretty good. Definitely detect the Meyer lemon. A much more generous size than Birchbox usually provides.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – quite excited for this, as my skin is kind of being a jerk to me lately. No detectable scent.

UPDATE: Microcrystals, indeed. This feels like rubbing the absolute finest sand in the world on your face. Has a nice scent and leaves skin feeling satiny-smooth. I don’t think I could use it more than twice a week, though, as the grittiness is a bit more abrasive than other exfoliants I’ve used.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream – no scent for this one either. All-natural, but one of the ingredients is pollen so that’s going to be interesting. Rubbed into some dry spots on my face and they already feel better. I think I may believe in magic.
LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees – nice and creamy, but not the greatest color for my complexion. Has a pleasant minty scent, but doesn’t have the same tingle as my horrible addiction, Burt’s Bees.

Color Exhibit A:



Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eye Shadow Palette Set – this is the tiniest, babiest, cutest (cutiest?) little palette I’ve ever seen. Colors swatches beautifully. Very excited to try this out when I decide to look more presentable… which is hopefully tomorrow. Maybe. But what a great, unexpected sample from Birchbox! The full size even comes with three (THREE!) brushes!

Behold its cuteness:



I loudly applaud you, Birchbox. Thank you for finally living up to the unreasonable and loft expectations I had set for you.

After these past two months of boxes, I think they may have successfully redeemed themselves.

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First ipsy unbagging video, wooo!

My computer wants to correct “ipsy” to “tipsy.” I think I like where its mind is.

So here is my very first ipsy unbagging video. It’s blurry. Getting used to the whole filming myself thing. Yick.

Anyway, I’ve been raving about ipsy, especially at work, and am trying to get people to join me on the bandwagon. It’s just my second month, but I got another amazing bag. I am smitten.

Here are some more of my fragmented musings:

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara – haven’t tried yet. Looks pretty typical. Has a very strange smell.
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray – smells like a dream. Also haven’t tried. Will do on the morrow.
Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner – kind of hurts to apply. Very, very thin line. Stayed very well on hand, despite vigorous wiping. Seems to be alright for these sensitive eyes. Crazy color. A little funky for me, since I tend to err on the traditional/classic side of makeup.
NYX Butter Gloss – beautiful light, summery color. A little sticky, quite sheer. Has stayed well so far but I haven’t done any smooching, eating or drinking since applying.
Essence of Beauty Fine Fragrance Body Mist – very light scent. Quite lovely, but I don’t think it will last long. Packaging, aside from bottle shape, is nearly identical to Bath and Body Works.