Birchbox February 2014

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Birchbox and Us Weekly February 2014 Box

Welcome to the February 2014 Birchbox.

Birchbox and Us weekly teamed up for February’s box. I am a big fan of “Step and Repeat,” this months theme. So I kept the theme going for the pics. You’ll see!

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Birchbox February 2014

Ooh the first thing I seen was pink, pink nail polish so lets put a pic up and show you guys!

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Ruby Wing Color Changing Nail Polish in Kitten Heels

How gorgeous is this color? I was beyond ecstatic just for this little puppy. And then…it changes color! I haven’t seen it change color yet because I’m a mom of four kids, three are three and under, so yeah. Haha. Honestly, I’m happy with just the pink but I guess it does change to a more orange color in the sunlight. I’m just going to copy and paste what Birchbox says about how it works…

How it Works

Formulated with SolarActive® Technology, each polish transitions from one shade to another as soon as you step out into the sunlight and come into contact with UV rays. Walk back indoors, and your nails will return to the original color. Each Ruby Wing polish is non-toxic, vegan, and environmentally safe.

So there you go. I can tell you that it goes on really nice and dries really fast. I think this might be my fastest drying nail polish I own and thanks to subscription boxes, that’s quite a lot!

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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Ok, lets just get this out-of-the-way. This was the most disappointing item in my Birchbox. Not because it’s a bad palette but because of this sample. It is extremely hard to try to do an eyeshadow look with a paper palette. I tried but it just ended up stashed in a drawer because I felt bad throwing it away. Now let me just tell you. I am an eyeshadow, wait no, I am a palette freak. I can’t help it. I just need to buy them. If they had made a better way to try these out where I could actually try them out or even less eyeshadows but more product of each that would have been better. I kinda find it insulting that they put this in my box. Seriously Birchbox just stop it. I know its only $10.00/month but just stop. Haha!

Do you think they heard me? Obviously, I’m joking. Haha.

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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Keeping with the same brand, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. Now here is a sample size I can try to see if I like. There is actually more than one use out of this sample. I am pleased! Haha. Oh boy, I’m really cracking myself up tonight. Now I’ve never tried this mascara before. I tend to stay with my Benefit They’re Real Mascara but I don’t mind experimenting with others. That’s how we find newer awesome products. So I was pretty impressed with this little bottle. The wand is huge though, it reminded me of Benefits BadGal Lash Mascara. I liked it but I still like my Benefit, They’re Real mascara.

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Coola Tinted Matte SPF30 for Face

Next on the block is Coola Tinted moisturizer/BB cream? Not too sure on this one but I really like it. The sample size is nice and I like getting SPF products, especially Coola. I’ve always been happy with their products. This time is no different. Great product. It has a silicone in it so it actually reminds me of Benefits Porefessional but it evens out your skin tone. It doesn’t erase your pores like Porefessional but it does smooth everything out nicely. If i had to choose between the two. Hands down the Coola. Why? Because, for me, the Porefessional doesn’t last on my skin for some reason. I don’t even think it last for an hour. So I feel better spending money on a product that is going to last the whole day or more than an hour!

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Beauty Protector Protect and Oil

This smells amazing just like the detangler from their line. BP needs to market this scent. I would buy the perfume version of this scent. It smells soooooo good! If you have not smelled this line yet, you need too! I haven’t used much of this yet but I  like the smell and it seemed like all my other oils. I would buy this one though next time because it works just like my others but smells divine!

So that’s it for this months Birchbox. What did you guys think of February’s box?

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox just click the link.

XOXO,

-AmyM

Birchbox January 2014

Birchbox jan 2014

Birchbox January 2014

I almost wrote 2013 in the title. It’s going to take a while to get use to this but here we are. Birchbox January 2014. I totally forgot about this and it just showed up today which made it even better because usually I’m stalking the mailman. Haha So it went back to the usually non holiday box for the new year. Wah! Nah, I’m just kidding they were really similar anyways so it didn’t make any difference to me. So let’s get started…

This is my first subscription of the new year.  I love subscription boxes and Birchbox is one of my favorites so I was so excited to dive right in.

Birchbox jan 2014

The box in the box

Birchbox jan 2014

Birchbox is having a giveaway on Sundays for Birchbox subscribers only

The box in the box. And we are back to the standard normal, non-holiday box. But it’s ok because I care about what’s in the box. Also, I’ve been saving my boxes to do something fun and creative like I seen some one use them as picture frames and hung them up on the wall it was super cute and I really want to try it but I never have time with all these kids. Maybe when one of them starts school next year. Fingers crossed.

Ok so every Sunday for Birchbox subscribers only. You can enter every Sunday just go to http://www.birchbox.com/sundays.

Ok I tried for like a 1/2 hour to get that above address into a link you can click on but I failed. Sorry I’m still figuring out How everything works. If anyone has any advice on a great tutorial I could watch I would appreciate it.

Ok so now back to the good stuff.  Here is our first look together!

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First peek at January’s products.

First thing I see…

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Beauty Protector Full-size $21.95

I like the smell of this and the bottle is like rubberish not plastic, It’s pretty cool. I’m excited to try it out.

Birchbox jan 2014

Nail Rock $6.99

I didn’t like this stuff, we’ll let me be more clear. So it comes with…

Birchbox jan 2014

Nail Rock, Sequin…haha that’s what it’s called! I kept calling it glitter.

Clear nail polish and umm glitter, only for nails or I guess decorating just not your face. So no eyes or lips. Five years ago I might have enjoyed this but now I just see a big mess.  I only tried one nail and it was a complete fail. Not to mention it looked horrible on me. I don’t know. I thought they made these kits to make fun looking nails easier to do yourself at home but this was anything but that! I did really enjoy the clear nail polish though, It made my nails really shiny. But is this a base coat? Top coat? Or is this just a clear nail polish?

Birchbox jan 2014

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Lotion

I love Birchbox finds! And this stuff smells Ah-Mazing!!! it didn’t soak right into my skin but I do enjoy the scent.  The lotion is white and I don’t remember if it had SPF in it or not but I think it did.  That’s exactly how it rubs in, like your trying to rub SPF into your face so you don’t have any white spots, streaks. I went back and checked it didn’t say anything about having SPF and it reminded me of  washing your face with soap but not using enough water? If that makes sense? I don’t know if you got this let me know if that makes sense. Haha

Inside this box there were two things.  Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy $25-$90 and Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Eternal Marine. Full size $20

Birchbox jan 2014

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow and Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy

I’m sorry but I was disappointed with the sample size of Juicy Couture Perfume.

No seriously, I got the same size sample from Macy’s as a free gift for buying a jacket and some MAC makeup and having it shipped Along with a mans Hugo Boss Cologne, which smelled nice.  Even though. They sent this sample I wasn’t as upset because they did send a Birchbox find so in my mind the Juicy perfume is like the extra to me and I do like the smell so it’s a win win.  Just a small win win. Haha.

Birchbox jan 2014

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow Full size $20

Lastly I received Inika mineral eyeshadow in Eternal Marine.  I didn’t get a chance to use this yet either.

Swatch of Aqua Marine

Swatch of Aqua Marine

All in all I was really happy with this months Birchbox. Birchbox is $10/month. If you’d like to sign up here is the link…

http://www.birchbox.com/invite/me

Sorry I’m having trouble with my iPad and it’s going back to the store as I finish this sentence so I hope you can hit the link if not just copy and paste and I hope you enjoyed this months Birchbox!

Lots of Love!

Amy