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August 2014 Birchbox Review

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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!

I loved how they played with everyone’s names this month on the shipping label! I got “The Clever Priyanka Patel”

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Each box comes with a card detailing which products were chosen for you and how to use them!

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I tried so hard not to peek online but I failed..again so I knew what I was receiving!

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LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil – Bees Knees (Coral) FULL SIZE!! $18

I had no idea this would come in a full size! I love the color but it’s too light for my liking. I’ll most likely give this product away!

I noticed their set of 5 Sheer Lip Lube Pencils are $40 on the Birchbox site and I’m super tempted to buy it for the other colors!

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream – Acai Grapefruit – 22 mL $2.93

I’ve never used shaving cream before, I usually wax myself but on lazy days when I do shave, I use conditioner. I’ll definitely put this to use because I’ve been super lazy with waxing lately lol!

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Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Fragrance 

This sample doesn’t say how much fragrance is in the container so I can’t estimate a price. However, I am not a fan of this scent. I’ll definitely not be using it but I’m sure my mom will find it to her liking!

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K6 Skincare Clean Antioxidant Facial Cleanser – .25 FL OZ $1.50

This cleanser is vegan and paraban-free! It’s supposed to nourish your skin while cleaning it and it’s great for all skin types! I’m definitely excited to try this product out!

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Noir Cosmetics Long – Wear Eyeliner – Full Size!! (I think lol!) $15

This was the product I was super duper excited for! I am a huge eyeliner junkie! I love love love trying new eyeliners! I’m already a huge fan of this one! It’s so smooth and super dark! I’m definitely putting it to the test on my first day of school, which is tomorrow!

This month’s Birchbox was great! I’m in love with 3/5 items I received and the other two will be given away. I paid $10 for this Birchbox and received around $37 worth of products and once I review all 5 items on the Birchbox website, I’ll receive $5 store credit!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, please use my referral link here! 


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Birchbox July 2014

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I resubscribed to Birchbox last week and had no idea I would still be able to get July’s box! I was excited because I thought the theme, Women’s Health, was interesting!

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 using and loving everything I receive!

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE points 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!

Onto the item I received:

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Each box comes with a card listing what the box contains.

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Beauty Protector and Treat Mask: 1 oz – $6.50

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion: 1 oz – $3.00

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Marcelle New Age 8 in 1 Power Serum: 7 mL – $8.15 

Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel: 7 mL – $4.80

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Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Sampler: .08 oz – $3.00 (not sure about this)

All subscribers also received a free subscription to Women’s Health magazine!

I love all the items I received and know I will be using it all! Do you subscribe to Birchbox? If so, what did you receive and were you happy about your box?

If you want to subscribe to Birchboxclick here!


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July Beauteque BB Bag Review

Beauteque is a new beauty subscription service that recently launched. They hosted a giveaway prior to their launch and chose one winner from three social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! I won their Instagram giveaway!

Each winner was sent a beauty bag full of goodies! Each Beauteque Beauty Bag is $22 plus shipping. Beauteque features many international brands and each subscriber is given the ability to choose which particular product they want in their bags. For example, Beauteque lists out numerous eyeshadow pigments you can choose from plus a list of different masks each subscriber can choose from!

Each BB Bag comes with an introduction card and this month’s bag came with cute passport book that listed each product and what they do and how to use them. What I really liked was that each list showed all the different products we were able to choose from rather than limiting it to only the products we received in our BB Bag.

Here is what I received in my BB Bag!

Beauteque Mineral Eye Shimmer in Caribbean Coral $10.99

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My Beauty Diary Face Masks in Strawberry Yogurt and Arbutin: $1.99 each

We were allowed to choose two face masks in this bag! I haven’t used the Arbutin yet but my mom tried out the Strawberry Yogurt and she loved it! I’m definitely putting in an order for a whole box soon!

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Beauteque Foundation Brush: $10.50

I love how this brush has a bamboo handle and the bristles are really soft!

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Holika Holika Dessert Time Pudding Pack in Pineapple: $0.75

I’ve never tried a pudding mask before so I’m definitely curious to see how it works!

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A’Pieu Shea Hand Lotion in Rose: $8.99

I haven’t used this lotion yet since I have tons of opened bottles I need to finish first but this one smells great!

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Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil: $7.00

I don’t use brow pencils so I gave it to my mom!

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This Essie Nail Polish was a bonus item for the first few people who signed up for the BB Bag when it first launched! I wasn’t expecting to get one but was super happy seeing it in my bag! I love nail polish and I love this color!
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The value of this bag was around $41 and the price is $22 plus shipping! I definitely think it’s a great deal, especially if you like trying new brands and a mix of skincare plus makeup!

I recommend checking out Beauteque’s website! They have amazing deals going on right now with their 21 Days of Summer!

L’oreal Paris New Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Review

Allure kindly sent me a New Extraordinaire by Colour Riche from L’oreal Paris to test and review.
Extraordinaire by Colour Riche from L’Oréal Paris is a formula with a rich lip color that’s also high in shine.
Each lip color is valued at $9.99 and I was asked to choose one of three shades. I decided to be bold and choose Ruby Opera.
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I hardly ever wear red lips so I was definitely afraid to try it out! Here is a swatch of Ruby Opera!
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This was really easy to apply and I liked the wand applicator, I thought it was different and softer compared to other applicators I’ve used. This shade took some getting used to but I did like it way more than I expected. I received compliments and was often told the color looked great on me!
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I also liked how smooth this lip color felt! I expected it to feel sticky but it wasn’t at all. I’m also in love with how great the color pigmented! A couple of things I did like were that it wasn’t long-lasting for me and I was told this would moisturize my lips but it didn’t.
Overall, I’m pleased with this lip color! If you’re interested in checking out other shades just click 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.