I was disappointed with last month’s Birchbox. Honestly, I just resubscribed because I finally got my free Beautyblender sponge.
So I didn’t expect too much this month…
Each box this month has a unique code that you can use to enter on birchbox.com/SayYes wherein you can get discounts, points and other goodies.
This looks promising. There are 6 products all in all.
Two of my least favorite colors: Pink and Orange. But they do look good for summer so I can see past that.
SARAHPOTEMPA Darby Clip I absolutely love this! This is the “lifestyle extra” included in my box this month. I have thin hair and this clip can hold all of my hair into a bun for that easy-I-dont-care-wearing-my-PJs hairstyle. I know you’re supposed to use this for sectioning when your styling your hair but so far, what I thought of is the most practical one.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
First sentence on the “Directions”… “This is not a mask.” Fiiiine, snappy much!? 😅 It says on the box that it is an acid-free peel that you massage to your face until small bead-like dead skin forms. This reminds me so much of this Japanese product, Cure Natural Aqua Gel, that I got on my September 2013 BDJ Box (a subscription box in the Philippines).
Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology
That name is a mouthful! But I appreciate sunscreen products anytime! Supergoop is popular for their sunscreen products so I am looking forward in bringing this to my trip to California next month.
Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner
Because everyone needs an indigo eyeliner when they’re swimming…
Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum
Even if I don’t know how to pronounce this product, I still like perfume samples so this is a thumbs-up for me.
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow
I thought it was too dark for my skin but it blended well on the back of my hand as I was swatching it so let’s see when I use this on my face.
So, am I saying YES to June 2015 Birchbox? Yes, I’m satisfied. I can see myself trying everything on this box.
Remember this? I got my order this week and I’m so excited to show them to you.
The sides of the box…
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is my first eyeshadow primer since I don’t usually wear eyeshadow anyway. I heard a lot of good things about this one so I can’t wait to use this not only for my Too Faced eyeshadow palette but also for my new BH Cosmetics eyeshadow.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection
I heard about this palette first from “From Head To Toe” beauty blogger/vlogger then eventually, it seems like this palette has become everyone’s must-have.
They also included a cheat sheet/tutorial on how to create different looks using this palette.
I will try my best to try one of these! 😅
I heard that they made some changes with the packaging. There were some complaints on how it looked so bulky and hollow. However I can say that the new packaging is sleeker and made out of durable tin can, or plastic, I’m a bit confused on what’s it made out of but I like it. I’m gearing toward it being a metal though.
So why chocolate? Besides that it’s made with 100% cocoa that makes chocolates, it also smells like cocoa! I want to eat it! When I first showed it to my friend who doesn’t wear make-up, she really thought it was a real chocolate before I opened the packaging!
The colors are so lovely!
This is their new foundation that will be launched on June 15.
I will use this first before using the full size that I just bought.
The Pocket Damage
You can never go wrong with free shipping and a discount!
Yes, you read that right. It’s not just “From UK with love” but it is also “From UK from Love”! I got a package from my big sister who lives in United Kingdom and my parents call her fondly as “Love”. I’m “Darling” and she’s “Love” when my parents are not mad at us, hehe.
Drum roll, please!!!
2 Shirts for my husband
Unfortunately, the shirts didn’t fit my hubby. So, in short, they’re now mine too! 😅
Michael Kors sunglasses
I love!!! I am a fan of super big shades. I can’t wait to wear these this summer!
I am so ready for summer! Bring the heat on!
Cath Kidston Kingswood Rose Mini Satchel
Isn’t this adorable! This purse is perfect for spring and summer! I am not a fan of flower printed things but the flowers here look a bit abstract. The black background made it also look classy and modern.
This YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick was my special request and this is my first YSL lipstick! My sister, together with my nieces, chose Rose In Tension (#17) for me. I intentionally didn’t swatch it yet so I can make a post solely for this one.
By the way, the purse and the lipstick look so good together!
I have a sensitive skin and it has gotten more sensitive when I arrived here in the US, most probably because my skin is adjusting to the weather, food and everything else in between.
Last Sunday, I woke up looking up like this.
This is not the face you put on instagram and hashtag #IWokeUpLikeThis.
This is the face you don’t want to see in the mirror first thing in the morning.
This is NOT what you want to look like two days before your state ID picture-taking.
So I sent this photo to my husband and this was his reaction and my reply to his reaction.
But thanks to a combination of every beauty products that work for me, I was back to normal within 24 hours.
So what’s my secret? An equal dollop of all of the products below.
As you may noticed, the Aquaphor and the Aveeno Hydrocortisone are almost empty (while writing this post, I am texting my husband to pass by Walmart or Target) because unfortunately, last Sunday was not the only worstface day for me lately. On the other hand, I only use the Aveeno sunscreen when I go out of the house.
I only use the Aveeno hydrocortisone if my face is red and itchy. I also add another step if I will go out of the house. I blot my face first with a single ply of a facial tissue (as what I’ve learned from Wayne Goss, the famous YouTuber), before I put on my foundation. I usually do this right after I blow dry my hair so my “concoction” will be absorbed by my skin thoroughly and the excess will simply be removed by the tissue. Remember, just pat your face with the tissue ever so gently and don’t rub it.
So far, this works for me.
I hope to read some of your original beauty concoction too.
Birchbox partnered with Mad Men to come up with a beauty box, on top of the regular one, this month.
You see, I’ve been loving Mad Men lately and have been binge watching on Netflix. Who doesn’t love the dapper Don Draper, the vixen Joan, the poised Betty and the preppy Peggy?! I love their clothes, their make-up and their accessories that I was even thinking of channeling their fashion sense once I start working again, lol.
So Mad Men basically influenced my decision a lot on why I got the Birchbox for April 2015. For $10, why not give it a try.
Three of the 5 items can be considered deluxe/travel size.
I am not sure though which Mad Men character has inspired this box. I was thinking of Peggy because of the MLBB lipstick and the body wash. For all those who didn’t know Peggy, she was a secretary of Don Draper turned copywriter because she’s smart and ambitious. She works so hard and play hardball with the men around her. She wears considerably simple clothes for that era and wears barely there makeup.
I can see Peggy in me. But I can be Joan too if I want to, *wink*.
***All Mad Men photos are screen captured from the series***
It’s my first beauty box here in the US! Of course, I was excited when I got it! I love subscribing to monthly beauty boxes back in the Philippines (please see the category Beauty Box for my previous posts) so it’s just right to maintain my tradition, lol.
I answered my profile quiz differently after I got this because I didn’t realize that you can choose several answers on some of the questions. I was really hoping to get that Too Faced Melted Lipstick so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t have this on my box.
I did a haul last Saturday for some beauty products, jammies, ballet flats and stuff that I can use to start working out.
And I’ve been a bad girl because I did get over my head because it cost me more than $200 for the haul which was beyond my budget.
So here are the results of my sin…
The Workout Clothes
I need high support all right! Insert hashtag #8ProblemsBustyWomenCanRelateTo
It’s still a bit chilly and windy outside and for the other warmer days, these ones are still good because they have this jersey style outline on the back.
Now here comes the cute stuff!
These flats are the cutest! And cheap! They’re on clearance sale and they used to be $19.99
The prints on these jammies are so adorable! The purple one is called “Whale Tail” while the green one is called “Hipster Pig”. So cute!
The Beauty Haul
I’m thinking of putting this inside the drawer of my vanity table.
I need one…and I still can’t afford a Marchesa dress… and I love purple. Justified!
I might return this one. I honestly thought it was a pair of tweezers. I already have a cuticle nipper that is also from Revlon, the usual scissor type one, so I won’t need this. Tsk tsk, got blinded by the cuteness and didn’t see anything else. The TV series “Brain Games” call it Inattentional Blindness. I call it Blinded By Its Beauty.😅
The purchase of these nail products basically tells you that my husband can’t find the reason in spending $$$ for a professional manicure-pedicure. Argh! Back in the Philippines, I have my own personal “nail technician” that goes to my house to do my nails twice a month. How I miss those times!
And guess what? I only have 2 make-up products on this haul! How sad…
I love love this Ultra HD Lipsticks! I already got the “Petunia” shade and I find it super pigmented and moisturizing on my lips.
My first eyeshadow palette that I purchased using my hard-earned money was from Revlon so I guess it’s time to buy a new one after 9 years! I’m not an expert in putting eye make-up so I usually don’t bother putting some but I read somewhere that this palette is one of their must-haves.
So for my body and face…
I already used up my Cerave Cream so I might as well try another body cream for sensitive skin. It was also highly recommended by a friend who lives in California. This is heaven sent! I’m almost done with the first bottle so it’s time to buy another one. It doesn’t sting at all and it effectively removes make-up. It’s beyond perfection!
Because of my undying love to the Simple Micellar Water, I thought of trying this one too.
So there you go. It might not be the Lilly Pulitzer for Target haul that people want to see these days but I might say it’s worth every penny. Seriously, the only reason why I didn’t join the craze yesterday was because I didn’t know. But then again, I’m not the flowery, pastel type anyway. But then again, I might just be feeling bitter. 😂
Yes, you read the word F-R-E-E correctly. No shipping fee. No. Nada.
All you need to do is answer a simple questionnaire on Mario Badescu‘s website so they can customize the samples that they will give to you openheartedlyfor freeeeee (I do elongate my E’s on the word FREE 😂).
Several hours after I answered the questions, I received an email like this…
Almost a week has passed when I finally got my Mario Badescu samples…
It’s great that they also included a guide on how and when to apply their products.
There was also a Product Guide that gives us a brief description of their products and their prices.
Here are the samples:
Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15
I love everything that has SPF. This one has a faint sweet smell and can be used as a daily moisturizer. I tried it and it’s good for springtime but probably not enough for my face during winter.
Regular price is $24 for 2 oz.
It smells a bit like vanilla and looks like a mocha ice cream, yum! I swear by it. It effectively dried up the pesky little pimple that has been overstaying for a week on the corner of my mouth. (Side note: I read that pimple on the mouth means I need to eat more veggies and fruits, argh!)
With one dab of this product on my pimple, it dried up overnight! I will surely buy this one.
Regular price for 1/2 oz is $17.
Strawberry Face Scrub
It smells like, um, strawberries! You can find this under the “exfoliants” page of the Product Guide. I haven’t used this one yet because I think my face is still too sensitive for any exfoliation.
Regular price for 4 oz is $15.
At first, I got confused with this one. It sure doesn’t look like a body lotion because it’s too watery. So I checked the Product Guide and it’s under “toners/astringents”. It doesn’t have a distinct smell but it definitely smells nice. I try not to use any astringents or toner yet, especially with alcohol, so I haven’t tried this one. This one has 2% alcohol plus the aloe so it might be tolerable to most people. It comes with 3 sizes: 8 oz ($15), 16 oz ($26) and 32 oz ($45).
Flower and Tonic Mask
This one is very interesting. It says on the guide that it’s a purifying and calming mask that absorbs dirt and oil and calms minor redness and irritation. Redness and irritation are the best two words to describe my face most of the time recently so I’m looking forward in using this mask.
Regular price for 2 oz. is $18
Orange Cleansing Soap
I haven’t opened this one yet and it’s under “cleansers” on the Product Guide. It says that it’s non-oily and non-detergent so I guess it won’t be too sudsy, not so sure about that though. I should better try it first. It comes into 2 sizes: 8 oz for $12 and 16 oz for $20.
Glycolic Eye Cream
I would have loved this sample if it’s on a bottle too. I absolutely in need of an eye cream because wrinkles have been showing under my eyes lately that were never been there 3 months ago and I didn’t even have my birthday yet! Cold and dry weather, curse you!
Regular price for 1/2 oz is $20.
Bee Pollen Night Cream
I love night creams! I’m appreciating them now that I’m “normal” because I used to work on a graveyard shift so that messed up the purpose of a having a night cream. My dilemma was, “should I put my day cream at night because I’m awake and put night cream during the day when I’m about to sleep?” My circadian rhythm was already so whacked to be even bothered with day and night creams. Oh before I forget (too much side note eh), regular price for 1 oz. of this cream is for $20.
I have to thank a piece of heaven called blogosphere for talking about how to score these free samples.
I may not become a supermodel like Naomi Campbell, but at least our face is being made by the same company.
A few days before my wedding, I was crying because my skin was horrible. It was dry, flaky, red, wrinkly and my makeup looks chalky when applied.
I told my fiancé (then) to move the wedding date for another month so that my skin can finally adjust to the cold weather.
But he had a better solution. He said he’ll buy me new makeup.
So a day before the wedding, we went to Macy’s and went straight ahead to the Mac counter.
Prior to that day, I have always loved Mac. I tried their lipsticks, eyeshadows and mascara before. But I always want to know my foundation shade. The Mac consultant said I’m NC30 for my foundation and Medium Plus for my powder. She used a Moisture Infusion Serum Primer together with the Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation. She tapped a bit of Mineralize Skinfinish Powder on my t-zone then spritzed Charged Water all over my face.
Magic! No redness. No chalkiness. I was ready to get married!
My husband said that I could buy everything that was used on me. (🎶Angels we have heard on high🎶)
The consultant said that I should also try their brush cleaner.
A month after the purchase, I returned the brush cleaner because it didn’t seem to work when I used it for the first time. Lesson: always keep your receipts.
Here what’s left from my Mac haul, approximately 2 months after the purchase with a bit of my two cents.