Birchbox Review: April Edition

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I have never been more excited to share a Birchbox review with you guys. This was easily my favorite box I’ve received since December. Needless to say, Happy Birthday to me!

Not only was the box adorable (I am keeping it forever, not kidding) but I loved every single product in the box. So, if you’re looking for a review that has negative comments, you will be disappointed. I have never felt so tempted to purchase every one of the items in my Birchbox, so I’m happy to say that this month’s box was incredible. Let’s get into the review!

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Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub | $12.99

There is nothing better than finding a high-quality product that won’t break the bank. I love this face scrub because it’s inexpensive, but you see results quickly. It’s a vegan scrub that has Moroccan red clay to remove any impurities from your skin. It’s also perfect for all skin types, so you won’t have to worry about it irritating your skin.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco | $36-$85

It’s difficult for me to fall in love with a scent because I’m incredibly picky. I like my scents to be more sweet than floral based, but not too sweet where I smell like a walking fruit stand. Purchasing perfumes is no easy task. However, I am obsessed with this perfume because it’s the perfect combination of soft, floral scents and fruity scents. It has notes of coconut, vanilla and heliotrope, which create a combination that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island.

Davines OI All-In-One Milk | $30

            Bonus: Shampoo and Conditioner | $28-$34

You guys know that I’m not a big fan of hair products. First, I think spending a ton of money of hair products you don’t need is a waste. But, this all-in-one milk is a leave-in treatment that not only adds shine to your hair, but it also helps to detangle your hair, and works as a heat protector. So, instead of going out and buying three different hair treatments, you can buy this and it will work for everything you need.

This also came with a bonus sample of the Davines absolute beautifying shampoo and conditioner. While their price range for their products is far more than I can personally afford, I wouldn’t rule this out as an option if I’m looking to invest in a high-quality shampoo and conditioner duo. Maybe this will be something I add to my birthday or Christmas list each year in hopes someone will buy it for me! I noticed that my hair felt sleek, shiny and refreshed after two uses of this shampoo and conditioner.

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POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstick | $24 (set of 3)

Holy pigmentation! Not only was the quantity of this product impressive, but it also has a gorgeous color (shade Cozy Crimson). I feel like I could easily incorporate this color into my makeup routine throughout the year regardless of the season. Plus, I was looking for a versatile, red lip. If you’re not into matte lipsticks, this might not be for you. But you can always add a gloss on top for a softer finish.

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream | $32

I am all about CC creams. As much as I love the Stila Color Correcting CC Cream, $44 is a little pricey for the product. I love that this is a little less expensive, but it also gives my skin a flawless finish. What’s best about this product is that although it’s lightweight on your skin, it still covers any imperfections you may have. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to lighten your makeup routine for spring and summer.

There’s a 100 percent chance that I will be purchasing these products. Although I am happy that I had such a positive experience with my Birchbox this month, I’m sad that I loved everything SO much that I need to buy it all.

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Are you guys subscribed to Birchbox? If you are, did you like your box for April? If not, have you ever tried these products from this month’s box? Leave a comment below!

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March Birchbox Review

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I’m sad to say that I only have two more Birchboxes left in my six-month subscription. I’m going to miss receiving a package of goodies to try each month. But, I’m sure I’ll make the most of these last few boxes.

I received my March Birchbox a few days into the new month, which is great because then I had ample time to test out the products and really see whether I loved them or not. I’m happy to say I feel very informed about the products in my box to offer an in-dept review of each item.

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theBalm cosmetics Stainiac:

Sometimes, you need to begin a review with the worst product just to get all the feelings out there. This was easily the worst product in my box this month. I tried to like it because I’ve been purchasing more cheek and lip stains, but this product did nothing for me. There was almost no color even if you tried to apply, reapply, and reapply the stain to your lips. When I tried to apply it to my cheeks, it left an awkward, unblendable mark when I set the product on my skin. Overall, it was my least favorite.

Cargo Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette:

The two colors I received in my sample were “Sand” and “The Rocks.” I simply did not like the color sand because it was an awkward yellow-meets-gold shade. I love the pigmentation of “The Rocks” because it would be great for a night time look, but I don’t think “Sand” would be appropriate for any occasion whether it’s day or night. I wish there was an opportunity to choose the shades that come in your sample because trying colors that look good with my skin tone would make me want to purchase the product myself. Even for an inexpensive price of $34, I wouldn’t buy this palette.

Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm:

This product was a little confusing to me because although it said you could apply it to your lips, I felt like the texture and consistency was too thick to put on my lips. I read you could also use it to moisturize cuticles and other dry patches on your body. I will say it worked very well for my cuticles and on my elbows. However, I don’t think it’s a product that’s worth the hype. After a few days, I decided to give it a try on my lips and could not get used to the texture (similar to Vaseline). Overall, this wasn’t the worst product I received, but it wasn’t my favorite either.

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pad:

So many people struggle with puffiness and dark circles under their eyes. There are days where my under-eye area could look better, but there aren’t any major problems. However, after a long two weeks, and a much needed pamper evening, I decided to give the eye pads a try. I loved that the eye pads were a gel material, which left a cooling sensation on my skin. The skin around my eyes after 20 minutes felt soft and hydrated. And, you receive five packs of the eye pads for $18, which is a great deal in my book.

Number 4™ Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil:

This hair oil is magical. I’ve used many brands of hair oil in the past, but I will say that this has restored the life to my dull, dry strands. What I love most about this product is how it transforms my hair before styling. I truly feel like it gives me a celebrity shine to my hair after curling it for the day. The only thing you need to know it that one drop will go a long way with your hair. Anyone more than that will leave it looking greasy. My only concern about purchasing this product is the price for the quantity you receive. $26 for two ounces doesn’t seem like a lot even though you only need one pump for your hair.

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Are you subscribed to Birchbox? What did you receive in your box for March? What products did you like or didn’t like? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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February Birchbox Review

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JUARA Candlenut Body Creme:

This is hand down my favorite product from my box this month. The scent of this cream takes me to a warm beach in Florida with a bottle of suntan lotion. It smells like there are notes of vanilla and coconut in it. When I applied it to my skin, the rich, velvet-like texture immediately soaked into my skin. Throughout the day, I could tell the softness and scent of the product lingered on my arms. I would definitely consider purchasing this product, even though it’s $38.

Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil:

I’ve been on the hunt for a cleansing oil for a few months now. After trying some samples, and not feeling impressed—I gave up. When I saw this this was in my February Birchbox, I was pretty excited. I thought, “Maybe it’s a sign it will be one I love.” That’s exactly what happened. I love the combination of oils mixed together in this product (olive fruit oil, organic rose hip oil, and organic coconut oil). You can pick this up for $30, and use it to remove your makeup. It has replaced my makeup remover wipes for the time being.

ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner:

When I read “lip enhancer,” I was immediately intrigued. Although I don’t typically use lip liners on a day-to-day basis, I thought that my Kylie Jenner lip dreams would be coming true. Truth is, I wasn’t too impressed with this product for $20. I do love how great it works for nude lips because it’s my go-to look; but I don’t think it was anything special or spectacular from what I read in the reviews. However, finding out there was a sharpener was the highlight for this product.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle:

I am obsessed with this product. Not to mention, it was the product I was the least excited about trying. In my head, I kept thinking, “Oh goody, another hair product I won’t use.” Turns out, it’s tied for first with the body cream for my favorite product in this month’s box. I love the scent of this protector, which I know sounds weird, but it has a fruity scent to it. I also love that helps to remove any frizz from my hair. With the recent weather, my hair needs all the help it can get. Although the size of the bottle is large, I feel like $21 might be a little pricey for this spray.

Marcelle New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum:

I’ve been using the same serum from Estée Lauder for about five years now. Clearly, I wasn’t looking for anything new because I love my skincare routine. But, I was interesting in trying out this product knowing it had been years since trying something different on my skin. This serum won me over because I noticed a change in my skin after two days of using it. My skin felt fresh, revitalized, and pampered. And, it’s not a bad investment for $36.

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If you are subscribed to Birchbox, what products did you receive this month? What are your favorite products? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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Battle of the Primers: Hangover vs. POREfessional

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For the last year, I’ve been wearing the POREfessional from Benefit Cosmetics, which you can purchase from Sephora for $31. I do love everything about this primer, including the smell, texture, ease of application and its durability throughout the day. A little product goes a long way, and I’ve had this product long enough to prove it.

Back in December, I knew it would be time soon to purchase a new primer. I have read and watched so many wonderful reviews from the Too Faced Hangover Face Primer, which costs $32 from Sephora.

After trying and experimenting with both products, I decided to do a “Battle of the Primers” to show the positives and negatives between both brands.

First, although the difference between the primer is $1, you have 1.35 oz of product in the Too Faced primer verses the Benefit primer, which only has .75 oz. For me, that’s a huge indication of what primer I would continue to repurchase. If I’m buying a product, I want to make sure I am getting my money’s worth of the product. So, knowing there is more product in the Hangover is one point toward Too Faced.

Now, I am a person that strongly considered Sephora.com reviews because they’re typically a great indicator of what the product will be like. The Benefit POREfessional primer had 3,822 reviews whereas the Too Faced Hangover primer had 515 reviews. So when I saw that Benefit’s was 4.2/5 stars verses Too Faced’s 4.1/5, I knew they were incredibly close in terms of quality.

So, now it’s time to get into the big questions I’m sure you want answered:

Which primer is better for minimizing pores?

Benefit’s POREfessional. This is the one primer I swear by in order to minimize your pores and create a clean canvas for your makeup to last all day long. If your biggest problem area is your pores, I would definitely recommend Benefit’s primer over Too Faced.

Which primer is more lightweight?

Too Faced Hangover. If you only need a thin layer of primer in order to apply your face makeup flawlessly, I would recommend the Hangover primer to you. It’s also best if you struggle with dry patches on your skin in winter, this is a great primer that won’t dry out your skin, and has a lightweight formula.

Which primer evens out your skin the best?

Benefit’s POREfessional. There might be some people who disagree with me, but I think Benefit’s formula works the best to even out any imperfections in order to create a fresh canvas to apply your makeup on. You will definitely prefer Benefit’s primer over Too Faced.

Which primer has a better texture?

Benefit’s POREfessional. This was such a close comparison, but I prefer the silky, smooth texture from Benefit’s formula much more than the formula from Too Faced. Again, I believe both primers have great texture for easy application, but Benefit’s is better because of the smoothness.

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Who won this battle?

Benefit’s POREfessional primer. Although there is less product in the bottle, a little goes a long way. Overall, the positives of this product strongly outweigh the negatives. Although I love Too Faced’s primer as well, I think I will continue to repurchase Benefit’s primer.

Have you tried one of these primers before? Which one do you like more? What other primers should I try out next? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Irresistible Me Hair Extensions | Review

When do you feel confident? It is when you’re wearing a beautiful outfit, or when your hair is freshly styled? For me, my hair gives me confidence because it’s the first thing I notice about other people. Naturally, I want my hair to look luscious, beautiful and alluring.

Hair extensions have always been popular, and I’ve been searching for reviews and product information on hair extensions. Irresistible Me reached out to me about reviewing their hair extensions, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to learn more about investing in them.

I choose the Royal Remy hair extensions: 16 inches and 100 grams in medium brown because I didn’t want to go too long or too thick. Since this was the first time I was using hair extensions, I was overwhelmed by what amount and style I should order. However, their representative helped me along the way, and I can’t thank her enough for her advice and assistance.

When I received the extensions, I was even more overwhelmed with how to put them in. After playing around with the extensions, I learned how to properly blend them in my hair in a natural-looking way. Since I never owned hair extensions, I had a hard time learning how to put them in my hair because there weren’t any guides or how-to suggestions for anyone who had never used them before. I’d definitely recommend they ship a “Hair Extensions for Beginners” tutorial for people like me.

After some practice with styling my extensions, I have grown more confident with wearing them and create different looks with them. Since the holidays are around the corner, you’ll be seeing more hair tutorials on the blog.

Here are the before and after photos. The first shows my hair without extensions, and the second shows my hair with the extensions in. Note, I’m wearing different clothing because I had to retake my “after” photos:

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I will say that I noticed a huge difference in the thickness of my hair. Compared to other hair extensions I’ve researched, Irresistible Me offers a ton of hair in their seven-piece extensions. I also loved the quality of of the hair. It is beautiful, shiny and natural. I will say that I’m most impressed with the quality of the product for the price of the extensions. Other extensions for the weight and quality are over $200, so I love that it’s more affordable for people on a budget.

Overall, I think hair extensions from Irresistible Me are worth the investment if you’re looking for an easy way to change up your hair for the day. For me, I always feel more confident with my thick, shiny locks.

If you’re a pro with wearing and styling hair extensions, I would love to know any tutorials or tips you have!

Do you own hair extensions? How do you style your hair with extensions? Make sure to leave links to posts and your comments below!

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Disclaimer: These hair extensions were provided for review purposes. I have written my honest thoughts and opinions. I was not paid to write this blog post.