Birchbox July 2014 Unboxing

This month, Birchbox partnered with Women’s Health Magazine to power up our month.  I received my July Birchbox a couple days ago and am very happy with the items I was given.

This month I received four products and two foil packets of the same item.  Below is what I received and my thoughts on the products.

Birchbox July 2014 Opening

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream – 7 ml
I was most excited about this product because I almost out of my current eye cream and was about to order a new one.  The eye cream is a decent sized and will probably last me a few months, just this product alone makes up more than the $10 I paid for the box.  The full size retails for $38 and is 15 ml.  The Wonder Eye Cream tube says that is is 99% natural and that they are against animal testing.  The eye cream goes on smooth and has a herbal scent, which I enjoy.  It states that it helps with wrinkles and dark circles, I will let you know what I think of this eye cream as it takes way more than a few days to see results from skincare products.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel – 5 ml
This face peel says that it is acid free and gently exfoliates for instantly softer, smoother, brighter skin.  I am excited to try this as I love any time of mask.  I will try it tonight and let you know what I think.  I am hoping I can squeeze two uses out of this sample.  The full size retails for $48 and is 50 ml.  I probably wouldn’t buy this product because it is quite expensive and I do have several drugstore prices masks that I enjoy quite a bit.  But I love trying luxurious face masks when I can get my hands on them.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit – 22 ml
I don’t really have a preference for shaving cream and just buy whatever.  I would never buy a high-end shave cream as I am fine with just using one that costs me a couple dollars.  I will probably save this and take it with me on a trip or something because it is a convenient size.  I love Birchbox because I get so many small sized products that I can take traveling with me.  The shave cream smells really good and after applying some to my hand I can see that it will leave my legs moisturized and feeling smooth.  If you are looking for a high-end shave cream this might be one to try out.

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eye Shadow Palette – 2.4 g
I was actually curious about this palette and was happy that it was included in my Birchbox.  I received a mini version with just four of the 20 colours, my quad is called sunset.  I really like the colours, they are very me and something I would wear.  Mine came with 3 shimmer colours, a gold, and two brows and one matte dark brown.  The colours are beautiful swatched and are quite creamy.  This mini quad will definitely be handy for when I travel.
The Revealed 2 palette is probably a great alternative to the Naked Palettes.  There is a set for $34 available on Birchbox’s website that comes with three brushes.  But currently the stand alone palette is for sale for only $19 on Coastal Scents’ website.  I might have to purchase this palette for myself because it is right up my alley.

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel – 2 x 2 ml
I received two foil packets of this shower gel as my ‘beauty extra’.  It says that the shower gel is all natural and vegetarian with aloe to help hydrate and green tea to nourish skin.  I will probably also save these for traveling or camping as they are foil packets.  I will update this post whenever I use them and let you know what I think.  The full size retails for $15 and is 390 ml.

I also received a little booklet from Women’s Health with 12 bite-sized challenges to help inspire me to maximize my workouts, sleep and everything in between.

Like I said earlier, I am very pleased with this month’s Birchbox and hope that next month’s is just as good!  I definitely got my $10 worth back in products.  I just got accepted into the Ipsy program after more than 6 month so you might see some posts about that subscription service as well.

 

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge Review

Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge Review Before I found the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge I would use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes.  When I started using liquid foundation I could never get all the foundation out of my brushes no matter how hard I tried.  It was very frustrating, especially when trying to get Revlon ColorStay out of my flattop brush.

I did some research online and came across the Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge.  I placed an order for a bottle on eBay, which was around like $3-$4 for 80 ml.  The Diaso cleaner is made in Japan, and that is why I order it on eBay, it arrived very quickly, only took about a week or two. Continue reading

Freeman Beauty #BAREFOOTbliss Bare Foot Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish Review

Freeman Beauty Bare Foot Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish

A few weeks ago I received a voucher from Influenster for a bottle of the Freeman Beauty Bare Foot Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish.  Freeman makes one of my favourite, holy grail products, Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask so I was excited to have the opportunity to try out their new Spa Professional Collection.

The Freeman Beauty Bare Foot Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish retails for $4.99 at Walmart and is also available on Freeman’s website for $5.99.  You get 5.3 ounces in a squeeze bottle.  The packing looks nice, it is white and blue and looks spa-like to me.

The product claims to:

  • Be a full-body exfoliate that leaves skin touchably smooth
  • Contains Mica, to dust skin in a delicate shimmer and glow
  • Contains Apricot Oil and Vitamin E to help counteract dryness
  • Has non-abrasive micro-granules that buff away dead skin, leaving skin smooth and nourished.

The directions say to massage the exfoliating polish onto damp skin and then rinse.  I always use body scrubs in the shower and did so with this one.  The polish is light blue in colour with tiny granules that glisten.  The scent is fairly light and pleasant, it reminds me of being at the spa. Continue reading

Birchbox June 2014 Opening

This month, June, Birchbox partnered with JetBlue.  I received my June Birchbox yesterday and am still on the fence on if I should cancel or not.  I feel like I get my $10 worth each month but it is never full of things that I will use or want.

This month I received five products and two foil packets.  Below is what I received and my thoughts on the products.

Birchbox June 2014

Cynthia Rowley Silver Eyeliner – 0.03 oz.
The eyeliner crayon is very nice, it goes on smooth and silky.  I wish I had received a black liner because I am not sure what I will  do with silver, maybe use it on my waterline or inner corners. I would consider buying other shades, if they were as nice as the silver.  I would love to get it in blue or purple.  The full size retails for $16 and is 0.04 oz. Continue reading

Red Bull Limited Edition Camo Can

Red Bull Camouflag Can Limited EditionFrom Memorial day until Labor Day Red Bull will be delivering wings via limited edition camouflage cans.  Red Bull Camo Cans will be available for purchase on military bases.

A portion of the proceeds from the Red Bull Camo Can will go to the Military Warriors Support Foundation and their Homes4WoundedHeros and Homes4GoldStars programs.

This wonderful organization provides mortgage-free homes to combat wounded heroes as well as spouses of fallen combat wounded heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan.

I was lucky enough to receive a perk via Klout from Red Bull with a 16 ounce can of Red Bull in a fancy camouflage box! :)  I plan on purchasing more Red Bull Camo cans to help this great cause.

To date, 5 houses have been provided through this partnership that is now in it’s third year!

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Summer Sun Safety

Sun and Skin SafetyAre you a sun worshiper?  I know I am.  The sun is a necessity, it gives life to most living things on this planet.  We need it.  The sun gives you vitamin D which boosts your immune system and helps you achieve good mental and physical health.

Every minute you are in the sun you are exposing yourself to skin damage.  All those normal signs up aging are typically caused by the sun and over time the sun’s rays damage the fibers in your skin.  The sun can even cause cancer. Scary, yes!

Download my free 14 page eBook to learn how to keep your skin safe this summer, or anytime of the year for that matter.

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  • 6 ways the sun damages your skin
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  • 6 ways to reverse sun damage
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  • Good sun habits
  • What you can eat to protect yourself from the sun
  • Sun damage myths
  • Are you at risk for skin cancer?
  • Symptoms of skin cancer
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Cucumber, Lemon and Mint Water Recipe

cucumber lemon mint waterWater is my drink of choice and typically it is all that I drink.  Summer is near and I’ve been spending a lot of time in Oklahoma.  The weather is already really hot and it is still Spring.  I bought a drink dispenser from Walmart and decided I’d try to make some infused water to switch things up.

I really love mint and cucumbers but am not much of a lemon water fan.  Actually, I hate lemon water.  I decided I’d try making water infused with cucumber, lemon and mint even though I’m not a lemon fan.  I thought the lemon would give it the extra kick it needs and I was right.

My boyfriend and I finished a whole jug the first day I made it.  It does taste best the next day but we thought it was good enough to drink within a few hours.

Cucumber, lemon and mint water is so refreshing and is a great drink for summer if you are tired of just plain water.  It also offers many benefits, here are a few:

Cucumber helps rehydrate you and also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Continue reading

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