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January 2015 Lip Monthly Review

For those who don’t know, Lip Monthly is a monthly subscription service that costs $10/month. Each month, Lip Monthly sends you a bag full of 4-5 lip products and they sometimes include a “Monthly Mix Up” item as well! Every subscriber usually gets the same products but I saw some variation in January’s bag.
What I love about Lip Monthly is that I get to try a bunch of lip products and brands that are new to me AND I’ve noticed most, if not all, of their products tend to be full sized!
I actually posted my December review about a week ago and just received January’s bag early this week!
Lip Monthly kindly sent me this bag to review.
Each bag comes with a card listing all the products that are featured that month:

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I love the design of this card, it’s super cute!

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Mica Beauty Cosmetics Lip Color Pot in Velvet Rose? – .FULL SIZE! $14.50
Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach – FULL SIZE $19.90
Harvey Prince Fragrance Sampler in Damask Rose – $12
Eco Lips Tinted Balm in Rose Quartz – FULL SIZE $4.49
First thing I want to get out of the way, I think my Mica Lip Color Pot is labeled wrong. The label says 9 Velvet Rose but that’s one of their tinted lip balms, not lip pots. I’ll update you all once I hear back from Lip Monthly or Mica Beauty!
Anywho ~ the Mica Beauty Lip Color Pot is a gorgeous shade! I’ve tried one of their tinted lip balms in the past and loved that as well! I’ll definitely be wearing this color in these last few months of winter!
Ofra is a brand I came across from this sub and I’m so glad they sent another product from them! This liquid lipstick is such a pretty color, I know I’ll be using this often!
I usually detest getting fragrance samplers in beauty bags but I do love me some Harvey Prince! I’m currently using their Cherie Blossom and LOVE it! This Damask Rose smells a lot like…roses. Okay wow that was a terrible description but if you like the smell of roses this perfume is the one for you!
I feel like I got an Eco Lips product in a previous bag or a different subscription service but I love getting new lip balms! I always tend to loose mine and this one is cruelty free and has a nice tint to it!
Here are some swatches of the lip pot and liquid lipstick:

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The total retail value of this bag is $50.89! That’s 5 times the amount of the price, what a steal! I definitely think Lip Monthly is worth subscribing to if you’re a fan of lip products!
I was going to say I wish they included more lipsticks/glosses in this bag but the monthly mix up is fun – I still love the shadow/highlighter from a few months ago and Harvey Prince is becoming one of my faves! Also they haven’t sent out a lip balm in a couple of months so I’m not too upset over that…it doesn’t hurt to have spare ones!
I think January’s bag was okay, and I say okay because I’m still head over heels in love with November’s Bag!
Let me know what you thought of January’s bag and if you’d like to subscribe, you can sign up here!
I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.
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January 2015 Birchbox Review

So I got my Birchbox a little over a week ago and didn’t get a chance to write up this review until now but better late than never right?

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub! 

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month! 

This month’s theme is “Let’s Do This” and can I just say how cute this box is? I love the colors and pattern! If you’re a subscriber chances are you already know this but for those who don’t, be sure to save your boxes every month – if you already don’t save them, let’s be real, many of us save and reuse these boxes like crazy! I remember one of Birchbox‘s videos said they were planning to do something special later on in the year!

Anywho ~ each box comes with a card detailing the products chosen for you – which I forgot to take a picture of…really Pri? FAIL!

Dr. Jart+Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+ – 0.2 oz $5.20

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Jaipur Gold – .024 oz $4.80

Both of these items amount the price of what I paid for the box which is pretty cool! I’ve heard amazing things about this beauty balm, it provides light coverage and anti-aging benefits! However, after trying this 3-4 times in the past week, I have to say this product is not for me. I don’t know why but something in the formula makes my face super itchy when I had this beauty balm on! 

As for the eyeliner, I’m having mixed feelings because I don’t know if I’ll use it as much I would like…which is why I’m debating on keeping it for myself or gifting it to a friend. Sumita eyeliners are super fun, I’ve used a few in the past so that makes it more difficult to let go of it since I know I’ll love the formula!

Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster – 0.12 oz $8.59? (I feel like I did the math wrong)

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion – 1.5 oz $3.56

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – 1 oz $4.95

The Super Booster sample is soooo tiny compared to what I expected from the packaging! It’s an anti-aging liquid that promotes brighter, firmer skin and fades dark spots. This is definitely going onto my swap shop on eDivv! The link is under my social medias in my description if you’re interested!

The body lotion smells soooo good, exactly like rosemary and mint!! It’s a lightweight hydrator and the rosemary and mint is supposed to be energizing. I’m holding off from using it until I finish up a few of my other lotions I have open right now. 

I tried the Briogeo hair mask in the past and it did not work with my hair at all so this is going in my swap shop as well. It’s supposed to be super hydrating and it’s meant to strengthen and hydrate your hair with a blend of natural botanicals. 

The total value of this box – assuming I did the math right – is $27.10, that’s almost 3 times what I paid! 

I think this was an average box for me, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t amazing. I’m glad I got the Dr. Jart because I had been curious about the product for a while! The liner and lotion are definitely my favorite products in the box and hopefully I’ll be able to trade the super booster and hair mask with someone!

What are your thoughts on January’s BirchboxIf you’d like to subscribe,you can so here!
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The Confessions of a Beauty Blogger Tag

After posting the previous Beauty Tag I really wanted to do another one so I googled some beauty tags and found this! They were all titled the same but each had different questions so I sort of combined the questions into one!

1. When did you start your blog?

May of 2014!
2. Why did you start a blog?
I was on tumblr for 4-5 years and created my own content but was never consistent but I thought having this blog would be a fun thing to do on the side! I’ve made so many amazing friends through tumblr and wanted to explore the beauty side of blogging.
3. When did you start becoming serious about starting a blog?
This past year when I created Glamour and Giggles! I started following many other bloggers and loved what they did and thought about trying to keep up with my own blog. I wasn’t completely serious in the first couple of months but once I started interacting with other gals who shared my passion I was like yup, this is legit happening now and I ain’t even mad.

4. How many hours a week do you spend planning/writing/uploading posts?

I would say around 3-10 hours depending on how many posts I decide to upload that week and how much research I do on brands and products. I find planning my posts much easier than actually writing them out since school started up again..I am TERRIBLE with time management sometimes!
5. What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Probably the fear of being judged and getting negative feedback.
6. When is it easiest for you to write your posts?
Usually anytime in the afternoon and when I’m alone, I can’t focus at all when I have people around me, it takes almost three times as long to write up a post when I’m not alone!
7. What makes writing posts comfortable for you?
I express myself way better in writing and I find writing posts super fun and relaxing! It’s comfortable for because I write about topics I’m passionate about and it makes me happy!
8. Where do you see your blog in one year?
Hopefully with an increase in following and I really want to buy my own domain within the next year!
9. What is the most rewarding thing to you about blogging?
The incredible gal pals I’ve made, I’m surrounded by such incredible, positive ladies in this beauty community whether it’s through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or here through Tumblr! I don’t think I would have made it this far if I wasn’t surrounded by such supportive people!
10. What’s your worst makeup/hair habit?
My worst makeup habit is doing my makeup without exfoliating my face. I have dry patches on the right side of my face, chin, and nose and those spots start to flake when i put on my foundation. I thought exfoliating 2-3 times a week would fine but nope, I have to exfoliate it daily.
My worst hair habit is leaving it in a messy, tangly bun for 2-3 day straight, I lose so much hair from doing that.
11. What’s one quote you wish the world would live by?
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

12. How long do you spend getting ready everyday?

That depends on where I’m going, it could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours!
13. What your favourite post on your blog?
I love posting subscription box reviews, I think they’re super fun and there’s tons of variety out there!
14. Who is a beauty blogger that you think deserve more subscribers that they have?
There are so many but one of the first that comes to mind is Hope! I LOVE watching her videos, she has so many fun hauls, box swaps, tutorials, and reviews and I can’t wait to see her channel grow!
15. What’s one thing you’re excited about in the coming year?
MOVIES! I’m really excited for Pitch Perfect 2 and Avengers 2 to come out! Butttt if the answer has to be related to my blog I would say I’m excited to see how my blog grows in 2015!
16. What has been your favourite blogging moment?
Any time I get a compliment or great feedback from fellow bloggers or brands and companies I love, that just means so much to me and always puts a smile on my face!
17. How long does it take to prep for a post?
Honestly, anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of days. My main issue is taking photos because I usually take them outdoors and it’s super duper cold at the moment so I’ll wait to take all of my photos on the warmest day of the week.
18. Are you wearing jeans/ skirt right now or are you wearing pyjama bottoms?
I am wearing my UCR sweatpants right now!
….and that’s a wrap! I hope you beauties enjoyed reading my answers and if any of you decide to do this tag please link your post in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers!
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December 2014 Lip Monthly Review

For those who don’t know, Lip Monthly is a monthly subscription service that costs $10/month. Each month, Lip Monthly sends you a bag of 4-5 lip products, and they sometimes include a “Monthly Mix Up”item as well, and every subscriber receives the same bag as the other. What I love about Lip Monthly  is that I get to try a bunch of new products and brands and they so far I noticed that most, if not all, of the products have been full sizes!

I received an email in December saying they would send me December’s bag for review purposes but nothing showed up, however, I got an email last week saying January’s bag was on the way – but I actually got December’s bag instead!

Each bag comes with a card listing all the products that are featured that month.

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December’s bag came with 4 FULL SIZED products!

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LA Girl Automatic Liner in Wine – $5

Milani Brilliant Shine Gloss in Nude Touch – $4.99

Magnolia Makeup Matte Lip Color in Matador – $15

NYC Lipstick in Mocha – $2.99

I am absolutely excited for the LA Girl Liner because I don’t have many liners – probably 3 or 4 and they’re all pink so I’m happy to have one in a darker shade!

I love love love Milani and I love the shade of this lip gloss, I know I’ll be reaching for it often! I don’t have any lippies from them so I’m glad I can finally try one out!

This matte lip color was really thin and watery for me so I’ll be passing it along to someone. I really like the shade though, it’s a really nice red! One issue I had was with the packaging – for a lippie that’s $15 I expected the label to be put on straight, not crooked like it is (you can’t tell from the photo but it’s super crooked from the back) I know I wasn’t the only one who had this issue and after looking at their website, it seems like Magnolia Makeup changed their packaging for their matte lip colors.

This last lippie is a super pretty brown color but I don’t wear browns often so I’ll be passing this along as well! I couldn’t find this anywhere online besides amazon so I’m assuming these aren’t being made anymore – i hope it’s not super old!

Here are some swatches I took!

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From left to right: LA Girl Lipliner in Wine, Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Touch, Magnolia Makeup Ultra Matte Lipstick in Matador, and NYC Ultra Moist Lipstick in Mocha

After washing the swatches off I noticed the three lippies on the right came off super quick, like zero trouble at all but the lip liner stayed on the longest – I was impressed!

The total value of this bag is around $28 and that’s almost triple the price of the cost! I really think Lip Monthly is a fun and inexpensive way to try out new lip products!

 If you’re interested in subscribing to Lip Monthlyyou can sign up here!

This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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Birchbox Limited Edition Fresh Start Box Review

Birchbox recently released a new Limited Edition Box and I just had to get it! This Fresh Start Box contains a great number of beauty and wellness items and costs $42! I used coupon code TAKEOFF20 to get 20% off, I’m not sure if it’s still working but it’s definitely worth a shot! 

The Fresh Start Box comes with a card detailing each of the products included

Onto the products:

yarok FEED YOUR ENDS Leave-In Conditioner (travel size) 2oz – $9.90

Mullein & Sparrow Pink Himalayan Bath Salts (travel size) Value? $5??

Juice Beauty® GREEN APPLE™ Age Defy Hand Cream Full Size! – $12

I’ve never used any of these products before so I’m really excited to try them! I’m still in search of my holy grail leave in conditioner so I’m hoping I get great results with Yarok’s! I love how it’s pure, all natural, and free of gluten, parabens, alcohol, and sulfates PLUS it’s cruelty free! It’s supposed to protect hair from heat damage so that’s perfect for me since I like flat ironing my hair often.

I don’t use bath salts so I’m still debating on trying these or passing them along to someone. They are organic and I’m not too fond of the scent but who knows, I might give them a try! 

I feel like I’ve been seeing Juice Beauty products everywhere just like how Purlisse was everywhere a few months ago! I haven’t used their products before so I’m excited to try this hand cream – if you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed I can’t get enough of hand creams! This one is full of vitamin C and organic fruit acids and it works to fade dark spots and brighten dull skin!

KOR Water AURA Water Bottle – $9.95

Bombas Ankle Socks – $9

Yay for water bottles! It’s made with BPA-free plastic and it’s not too small and not too big, it holds 16.9 ounces! I was hoping for a different color but this one’s not too bad. I’m excited to try these socks to see what the fuss is about, I like the thickness of them and I love how they donate a pair for every pair of socks purchased! I’ll definitely be purchasing more of these if I like the fit.

FIG+YARROW Healing Salve (travel size) – .5 oz $5.90
ILIA Lip Gloss – The Butterfly And I – Full Size! $24
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush – Courtesan
(travel size) – 4.25g $22.50

I’m excited to try all of these items! The healing salve is made of organic herbs and botanical essences and is supposed to be very soothing.

The lip gloss is in such a pretty shade and it’s made from coconut oil and shea butter, which is super neat! Shades like these either look super nice or completely hideous on me so we’ll have to see if I like it or if it’ll be put up for trade.

The Vapour blush is made from organic and mineral ingredients and is said to be easy to blend – which i love because I always have terrible luck with using creamy blushes. I love the shade and I can’t wait to start playing around with it!

The total of the box with my estimates came to be $98.25 and Birchbox says the value is $107 so I went wrong somewhere – probably the bath salts!

I think this Fresh Start Box has an incredible value for the price and I’ll be using almost everything included! You can purchase this limited edition box here!

What do you think of the Fresh Start BoxLeave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know if you plan on purchasing or have purchased this box!

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January 2015 BB Bag Review

So a few weeks ago I posted about how Beauteque was going to launch a new website for their subscription service and they kindly sent me their January BB Bag to review!

Each BB Bagwill contain 7 full sized items that are a variety of beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products and the cool thing is that you will be able to have control on what you get each month, you can decide not to choose and the Beauteque team will choose for you!

Here’s a breakdown of the different plans and prices:

  • $24 + shipping for 1 month.
  • $24 + shipping for 3 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each BB Bag!
  • #23 + shipping for 6 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each BB Bag PLUS a gift set valued at $50 with the last BB Bag of the subscription period!
  • $22 + shipping for 12 months PLUS an additional full sized item with each bag PLUS a gift set valued at $100 with the last BB Bag of the subscription period!
  • The shipping fees are 3.95 for the US, $5.95 for Canada, and $8.95 for Europe.
  • If you subscribe by the 15th of the month, you will receive the BB Bag of that month, if you subscribe after the 15th, you will receive the BB Bag for the next month.

Let’s dig into January’s bag!

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Each BB Bag comes with a card detailing the products inside the bag!

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Onto the products:

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The Face Shop Clear Hair Mist in Peach Floral – $7.00

Mizon Olive Cocoa Butter Foot Cream – $14.00

Mizon Hyaluronic Ulta Suboon Cream – $15.00

I used the hair mist for about 3 days now and love it! It smells great and it’s not too strong of a scent! It definitely makes my hair shinier and silkier, I always spray some right before I’m about to go out!

I haven’t opened the foot cream yet but I’m super excited to try it, it’s definitely going to come in use in this cold weather! This cream protects coarse feet from dead skin.

The Mizon Hyaluronic cream is the first thing I dug into when I got this bag! I haven’t been liking the moisturizer I’m currently using and I’ve been dying to find a better one. This moisturizer is PERFECT for my dry skin! I have some dry patches on my nose and right side of my face that are difficult to deal with and I haven’t had a problem with them since I’ve been using this cream! It’s super moisturizing and not heavy or greasy at all! It almost feels like water!

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Tonymoly Delight Tony Tint in 01 – $7.00

Milani Sunset Duo Blush and Bronzer in Sunset Beach – $11.00

Tonymoly is a brand that’s completely new to me so I’m excited to try one of their products! The lip tint is a pinkish/red color and smells like candy. I think it’ll be a fun shade to use!

I love love love Milani so I was super happy to see a blush/bronzer duo in this bag! I haven’t used any of their duos before and I have been looking for a new bronzer so very I’m excited to play with this one!

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Cheetah Sleeping Mask – $7.50

It’s Skin Neck Focus Patch – $6.00

BRTC V Shaping Mask – BONUS ITEM! $7.00

The sleeping mask is so cute, I’m so glad I got this because I’ve been thinking of buying one! I’m also glad there were two sheet masks included in this bag, and they’re brands I haven’t used before – I’ll  be able to experiment and see if they’re worth purchasing!

I’ve never used a neck focus patch before so I’m intrigued to use it – it’s supposed to improve firmness and skin texture! The V Shaper is new to me as well, it’s supposed to moisturize, firm, and contour your face and neck!

January’s BB Bag had a total value of $67 and that’s without the bonus item!

I am in love with everything that was in this bag and will be using all of the products! I think it’s a great deal and an amazing mix of beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products and I’m looking forward to seeing what February’s BB Bag will have!

BB Bag can be purchased on their website here! 

What are your thoughts on January’s BB Bag? Will you be subscribing you haven’t already? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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20 Question Beauty Tag

A couple of my blogger friends did this beauty tag and I thought it would be fun to do it as well. I think tags like these are great to get to know other bloggers!

Do you remember your first makeup item? 

I’m not entirely sure but I’m going to say it was a Bath and Body Works lip gloss! I didn’t get super into makeup until about a year and a half ago so all I would really use were glosses!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

I don’t really use mascara often since my lashes are already thick and long and using it just knocks my glasses off lol! My perfect mascara would be something that lengthens lashes and something that doesn’t clump or feel too heavy! I’ve used numerous mascaras but my favorite one at the moment has to be Urban Decay’s Perversion!

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 

I have TONS of acne scars so I prefer medium to full coverage foundation. I currently use Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 but I’m not liking it as much as I used to. It’s a really nice foundation but I want to experiment with other brands to find my holy grail foundation!

Favorite high end brand?

Eeeeek..this is a tough one! I don’t really have a favorite brand because I love tons of different products from various brands! I love Buxom lippies and Too Faced and Urban Decay eyeshadows – just to name a few.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 

I’ve always wanted to try Givenchy, Bobbi Brown, Laura Geller, and Bite Beauty products!

Favorite drugstore brand? 

My favorite drugstore brand is NYX and Rimmel London!

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 

Nope!

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 

I always need to have a lip balm, lip gloss, and eyeliner with me at all times, I can’t live without them!

What is your most cherished beauty product? 

My Stila Waterproof Eyeliner..although I’m becoming more fond of my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I tend to do both! I usually pick up items here and there..especially when there’s a sale and I usually get lots of goodies when Sephora sends out their 20% off codes!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 

Definitely spend freely..I should have a beauty budget but I know I would never stick to it lol!

What type of product do you buy the most of?

In the past it was eyeliners but recently I’ve been purchasing TONS of lippies!

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 

Yes! I definitely try to avoid parabens and sulfates in products!

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 

Definitely Sephora! I was never fond of Ulta but I do go there from time to time!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 

I prefer trying new products, I can never stick to one certain routine.

Favorite bath and body brand? 

Lush for sure!

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 

Not really, I like the idea of them but they don’t work the way I want them to.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 

Unfortunately yes..but I am getting better!

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 

Yes! I’ve always wanted to just to learn more about makeup..hopefully I find the time to that once I graduate!

What do you love about makeup? 

I love how I can change my appearance and play with so many different styles and colors on a daily basis! It’s so much fun to see and try out so many different looks!

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