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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!

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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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Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag Review

Beauteque is by far my favorite website to shop at when it comes to Asian beauty products! They started off 2015 by releasing their limited edition Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag and they kindly sent me one for review purposes. Here’s a description of the bag:

Got Milk? Well, we do! Beauteque will help you stay warm, radiant, and beautiful this Winter with milk products. One of the best kept secrets has been to use milk to keep your skin nourished and moisturized, especially during the colder months, so we wanted to share our best and favorite milk products with you. They say that milk does a body good, but it also does your skincare and beauty regimen good! We hope you enjoy trying some of the best kept milk secrets in the industry.”

This limited edition bag is only available until January 31st, 2015 and it comes with 7 FULL SIZED products! Each bag is customizable for the products that have more than one option and it costs $25.00 + shipping.

Each bag comes with a card detailing the products in each bag:

Let’s dig into the products!

Milk Wash Off Sponge – $10.00

Clinic Milk Mask – $3.00

I was really intrigued by the milk mask because I have sensitive skin and I have been looking for a facial cleansing sponge that exfoliates more gently than the current sponge I use! The milk properties in the sponge are supposed to act like an exfoliator and remove dead cells so I think that’s pretty cool and completely new to me!        

If you know me you know I’m completely hooked onto sheet masks! They’re perfect for my lazy days and I was excited to see this one in my bag since I haven’t used Clinic Milk before! This mask is supposed to leave skin super smooth and the milk and protein extract ingredients leave the skin completely moisturized.

Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish: $8.50

Skinfood Shea Butter Milk Lip Care Balm: $7.00

I feel like I’ve tried something from Skinfood before but I’m not totally sure – but I’m super excited for this nail polish! The color is gorgeous and the packaging is too cute! I like that this balm has shea butter and the description says it’s perfect for the cold weather so I’ll probably be opening it up sooner than later!

Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner: $19.00

Skinfood Cleansing Wildberry Milk Cleansing Foam – $12.00

Secret Key Milk Hand Cream – $6.50

I was really really happy to see the toner in this bag because I’m almost out of the one I have now and I’ve been wanting to try a new brand. This toner is effective for skin brightening and the description on the card goes on to say that its abundance of vitamins, minerals, and ions are helpful for enhancing the skins immunity. The vitamins and minerals of the milk will supply your skin with nutrients and moisture.

I’ve never tried a cleansing foam with berry extract so I’m excited to try it out! These moisturizing cleansing foams combine smooth milk extracts and the anti-oxidant agents that will wash away dirt and oil, leaving the skin soft and radiant.

I can never have too many hand creams and I love how this cream is lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. This cream is made from donkey milk – which is totally new to me – and it moisturizes the skin and protects it by maintaining the balance between moisture and oil in the skin. 

This bag has a total value of $66.00 and only costs $25.00 + shipping! I think it’s a great value and a fun and inexpensive way to try great products. It’s perfect for the winter and I know I’ll be using every single item that was included in this bag! 

If you’re interested in purchasing the Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag, you can do so here! Remember, these bags are only available until the end of January so grab yours before they’re gone!



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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December 2014 Blind Surprise Review

Happy New Year everyone! I was really hoping to get this review up in December but the box didn’t arrive until after I left for vacation.

Anywho – let’s jump right to it!

Blind surprise kindly sent me a box for review purposes. For those who don’t know – Blind Surprise is a monthly subscription service that costs $25/month and you can get a slightly cheaper price if you purchase 3 or 6 month bundles!

Basically, you can fill out a profile for you or someone you want to gift this box to and Blind Surprise will curate a box based on your interests – and they have a very wide variety of interests you can choose from! Each box will contain 1-3 gifts that have a value of $20-$30. I hope each box has a value of $25 at least so everyone gets their moneys worth!

I was really curious of Blind Surprise since I’ve read many mixed reviews on it and I’m glad to say I had a positive experience with them!

Here is what the inside of my box looked like:

Each box comes with a card that describes Blind Surprise and asks for feedback on your box!

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I chose multiple interests and I honestly did not remember what I chose by the time I came back from my vacation and opened up this box.

Here is what I received:

Kitsch – Raising the Bar Y-Shaped Necklace – $32

I was honestly hoping for more than one item but I’m totally okay with just this one necklace because I am in need of simple jewelry! I’m always so indecisive when choosing necklaces in stores so I’m really glad I got this in my box! This necklace is made of 14K gold plated brass and is currently sold out on Kitsch’s website so I am going to assume this is a popular piece!

Overall I do think this was a nice box! It did go over the $25 price of the subscription and I will be using the necklace often! If you’re interested in Blind Surprise you can check out their website and subscribe here!

What do you think of Blind Surprise? Leave your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!

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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December 2014 Birchbox Review

I got myBirchbox super early this month but didn’t get a chance to write up a review since I had finals – which are done now so YAY! First semester of grad school is officially over!

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. These points add up since you can get $5 or more worth of store credit each month!

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This month’s theme is “Decked Out” and every review I read so far gave such great feedback on the box and I am totally on the same page as them! The box this month is GORGEOUS! It’s probably my favorite box of theirs ever!

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 If you read my past Birchbox reviews you probably know they totally rocked and set my expectations super high, so I wasn’t surprised when I was a little let down with this month’s products.

Each box comes with a detailed card listing the products included:

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The first thing I saw in my box this month was a $10 gift card to Gap! I don’t shop there so I’ll be passing it along to someone else but I think it’s neat that every subscriber got it! 

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So let’s get onto the products: 

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Davines Replumping Superactive – 1.69 oz $19.75

Davines Replumping Duo Shampoo & Conditioner – Bonus Items! 

Holy moly! I took a double take when I realized I got half of the full sized replumping superactive! It’s pretty much worth the cost of two Birchbox’s! I wasn’t super excited for the product when I looked at my sneak peek online but I’ve seen so many great reviews in the past couple of weeks which got me hyped up for it! This product is supposed leave hair looking thick and shiny – I’m excited for the shiny part but my hair is already so thick, I’m hoping it doesn’t add too much volume! Birchbox sent everyone who got this product a sample duo of the shampoo and conditioner as well! I think that’s pretty neat since I could try the whole set now and get an idea of how awesome the duo might or might now be!

imageMirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara – .14 oz – $1.42

English Laundry Signature for Her – 2mL $2.78

Manna Kadar Lip Locked Priming Gloss Stain in Lucky – .01 oz $0.20

SeaRX Microdermabrasion Face and Body Scrub ??

I could not find an amount for the scrub and looking through other reviews – it seemed like everyone had a difference price amount written – anywhere from $2-$5.

Anywho – the first item in this photo is the mascara and I feel like I say this often but I don’t use mascaras! No worries though, I’ll be adding this to my cousin’s stocking next week! And another perfume sample!? I don’t like the scent of this so it will probably go to the trash unless I find someone to send it to! I wish there was a way to opt out of perfume samples but sadly, I can’t.

The Manna Kadar was the sample choice I picked! I wanted to see why each gloss stain was $24 and honestly – I was not impressed. I tried it and the color wasn’t for me but I also didn’t like the feeling of it and it didn’t last too long on my lips. I definitely prefer Cynthia Rowley Lip Stains and they’re $4 cheaper! My cousin wants to try this so I’ll be giving her the rest of the sample – which is super tiny by the way! I’ve never seen a lippie sample so tiny before! 

I was excited to see the scrub in my box because I was just telling one of my blogger friends about how I wanted to try a micro-dermabrasion scrub and viola – I got a sample of one in my Birchbox!

Overall – the value of this box is a little over $25, without the price of the scrub, so not bad! I’m not super impressed with the contents though – they’re not bad but this box isn’t my favorite considering my past 3 boxes were beyond amazing! I’m glad I’ll be able to give most of the items I don’t like to my cousin so they won’t go to waste!

 I think what I’m most excited about is the actual box for this month – I can’t get over how pretty it is!

Also – I was able to rack up 70 points in the Birchbox store for reviewing all of the products – that’s $7 in store credit! It’s almost as if I paid $3 for this box so I that was another plus!

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox, you can so here!

What are your thoughts on December’s Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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