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Beauteque Monthly February 2015 BB Bag Review

Beauteque launched a new website for their subscription service not too long ago and they kindly sent me their February BB Bag to review!
For those who don’t know, Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for beauty and skincare products from the Eastern side of the world! They have an AMAZING variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!
This month’s BB Bag contains 8 full sized items that are a variety of beauty, skincare, and lifestyle products and the cool thing is that you can customize some of your products each month or you can decide not to customize at all 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 February’s bag!

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Each bag comes with a card detailing the products inside:

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Onto the products:

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NextBeau Collagen/Elasticity Wrinkle Piggy Mask Pack $2.50
Humanpia Costech Arbutin Essence Mask: $2.50
It’s Skin Mango White Lip and Eye Remover Tissue: $5.00
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch: $3.99
Yay for sheet masks! I was so excited to see two of them in this bag, and I haven’t tried either of these brands before so I can’t wait to try them out! The Piggy Mask moisturizes the skin and keeps it vibrant, plus it contains wrinkle improvement raw material and hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin retain water and fights off wrinkles and signs of aging. The Humanpia Costech mask restores flexibility in skin!
The It’s Skin tissues smell soooo good, the scent is super light! I know the packaging says it’s only meant for your eyes and lips but I’m wondering if I can get away with using it on my full face. Hopefully these will motivate me to take off my eyeliner thoroughly each night – I’m the worst when it comes to that off!
I’ve never used an eye patch before but I’m definitely intrigued by these! They’re meant to revitalize and improve appearance near your eyes and they’re from Etude House – one of the brands I really like!

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Tony Moly Petit Art Perfume Mist in Romantic Pink: $12.00
Hair Spa Towel: $9.99
This was one of the three items we were able to customize! The perfume mist scent is super light and sort of florally and I’m usually not into floral scents but I really like this one! It’s meant to be sprayed all over your body after you take a shower.
I’ve always wanted one of these hair towels and I’m so happy Beauteque included one in this BB Bag! I’m definitely going to use this all the time and I love the color!
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A’Pieu Nonoco Tea Tree Emulsion: 12.99
E Choice Peptide Cream: $14.99
Skinfood Black Bean Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown: $11.00
I LOVE tea tree! I love it as an oil, I love it in my facial masks, I love it in my shampoo, and you can bet I will love it in this emulsion! I’ve been using it for 2 days now so I can’t really tell if it’s making a difference but it hasn’t shown any negative effects so I’m super glad about that! This emulsion provides moisture and the tea tree oil reduces redness and acne.
These last two products were also customizable! I didn’t know whether to choose the peptide or ceramide cream so I literally did a coin toss – not the smartest decision but I just couldn’t decide! The peptide cream is an all in one cream (softener, lotion, and cream) and has an anti wrinkle functionality.
The last product in this bag was an eyebrow pencil and I’m not expert at filling in my brows, I just started using brow products a few weeks ago so I have tons to learn! This pencil was a perfect shade for my brows and had a natural finish!
The total value of February’s BB Bag is close to $75! That’s an incredible value for the price!
This month’s bag had a ton more skincare products as opposed to makeup but I, personally, didn’t mind because I’ve been super into skincare since the new year began!
If you’re interested in subscribing to the Beauteque Monthly BB Bag, you can do so 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 Beauty Empties

I’ve always seen and watched monthly empties and thought it would be fun to post my own! I don’t have nearly as many products as most people do but I’m excited to share what I did finish up using this month!


Mac Sheer Pressed Powder in NC42
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 in No. 31
I love both of these products so much! Mac’s powder is the only one I’ve ever used and probably the only one I’ll continue to use. It really does make my skin look flawless and I’m so glad my aunt bought me another one for my birthday last year so I don’t have to go and repurchase this for awhile!
I’ve never tried any Missha products before I got this sample of the BB Cream in one of my Ipsy bags last summer. I was hesitant to use it at first but I fell in love with this BB Cream right away! It was super natural looking and is said to prevent wrinkles and fade dark spots. I’m definitely going to buy a full size if I don’t find another sample size from someone!


Smashbox Photo Finish More than A Primer Blemish Control
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
I got the Blemish Control I purchased in a mystery box and it definitely has become my favorite primer! I prefer this primer over Smashbox’s original primer and bought another at Ulta last week! Fun fact: Buying two travel sized Smashbox primers is equivalent to the full size primer and it’s 12 bucks cheaper!
I got the Smashbox Lid Primer in the Smashbox Try It Kit last spring and fell in love with it as well! I definitely prefer Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over everything but this is definitely my second choice! I actually got another Smashbox Try It Kit in a Christmas Swap so I’m glad I’ll have another one of these to use!


Origins Trio: Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
I bought this trio from Sephora on Black Friday for $10 and regret not buying multiple sets! I love Origin’s Clear Improvement Mask and wanted to try other products by them so this was the perfect opportunity. The Modern Friction was a great exfoliator and super gentle for my sensitive skin! I really really loved the Drink Up Intensive, it worked perfectly with my dry patches and was super moisturizing! I already purchased a full size Clear Improvement, which should be arriving next week, but I’m waiting to use up my other exfoliators and masks similar to this before buying full sizes of the Modern Friction and Drink Up Intensive.


Dr. Brandt Pores No More
Iope Cleansing Foam
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Mask
The Dr. Brandt and Royal Apothic are both samples I received from Birchbox! I had high hopes for the Dr. Brandt since I saw so many people raving about it but in all honestly, I couldn’t see any different after using it and will not be purchasing the full size. The Royal Apothic was also another mask many people were raving about and I really liked it as well! I loved how my skin felt after using it and want to purchase a full size when I get more Birchbox points!
My last empty is the Iope Cleansing Foam I bought a few weeks before my move to Kentucky, it lasted way longer than I expected it to! I love this cleansing foam because it was really gentle and didn’t dry out my skin like other cleansers have. I do have another one of these but I’m trying out a cleanser from Philosophy right now so I probably won’t use the next Iope one for a while.
So those are my empties, not too exciting but it was fun to figure out which products I’ll plan on repurchasing and which products to cross off my list forever!

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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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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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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 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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