February Birchbox

Here we are again for another Birchbox un-boxing! I hope that you like these posts and enjoy seeing what could come inside your own Birchbox each month. Are you a subscriber of Birchbox? Here are the things that I received in the February box.

Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner


Each of these can be purchased for $9.00 and I even saw them in Target this week. I think this is a super affordable brand and this sample size will be great for traveling.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment


It’s always fun to receive samples for things that I usually can’t afford. The full-size bottle of this product retails for over $100. I’ve been a fan of lactic acid treatments for the past few years–it’s a great ingredient for acne-prone skin.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner


I swatched this on my hand when I opened it and it seems like it will last a long time on the skin. I don’t wear eyeliner much, but this would be a great one for me to test.

DOUCCE Luscious Lip Stain


This looks like it’ll be a great color to wear during the spring months! The consistency of this lip stain is also definitely more on the watery side and less chalky/drying than some liquid lipsticks can be.

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Bonus Post: Makeup Looks for Valentines Day

Hi there! I know today is not a normal bloggins day but I really wanted to get this post in before Valentine’s Day. I think it’s fun to see how people do their makeup for special occasions, so I’m going to share with you three different makeup looks for Valentine’s Day. If you’re getting dressed up and going out, staying in, or just having a night to yourself–I hope these looks give you inspiration and make you feel special. Enjoy!

Base Makeup

PRIMER: Smashbox sample FOUNDATION: IT Cosmetics & Milani BROWS: Ulta MASCARA: Maybelline

I have been using a mixture of two different foundations lately to help give me a little extra coverage. My brows are almost grown back out again so I don’t need a ton of help when it comes to taming them–I just use this brow gel to help keep everything in place. And as far as mascara, this one has been amazing and the wand is almost like a comb–so it gets to the root of the lashes easily and gives extra volume.

Look #1

EYE SHADOW: Maybelline CREAM EYESHADOW: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop CREAM HIGHLGHTER: Laura Geller

For this look, I kept everything pretty neutral but added in lots of glow. I applied the cream eyeshadow first as a base to help hold the powder shadow. The color on ColourPop was Jinxie but I think it’s been discontinued. There are so many other pretty shades though and they’re all so affordable. The eyeshadow shade that I chose is a rose gold and had a subtle hint of pink. Next I put some of the highlighter stick onto my foundation brush and then dabbed it on the high points of my cheeks. I finished off the look with a nude shade lipstick–the ones from ColourPop are also so creamy and they are so affordable.

Look #2

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EYE SHADOW: Real Her (received in a FFF Box) LIPSTICK: Jane Iredale sample BLUSH: Milani (similar one here)

This next look is all about pink! I mixed two different eye shadow shades to give a pink flush to the eyelids. Next I added some powder blush to the cheeks–Milani blushes are so nice to use and can be found in so many stores! Lastly, I finished off the look with a lip and cheek stain to the lips. I like that this look still has a lot of pink but it’s still kind of subtle.

Look #3

BRONZER: Physicians Formula HIGHLIGHTER: Maybelline EYE LINER: IT Cosmetics sample BROWS: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop

For this look, I went with a bright statement lip and subtle face makeup. I think I’m at the end of the line with my much-loved bronzer (as you can see). I like that this bronzer is matte and doesn’t have any shimmer in it. I did add a little bit of the highlighter to the high points of my cheeks to help the finish not look to0 matte and flat though. I tight-lined the upper water lines of my eye lids with a liner, to help my mascara look a little more dramatic. And I did go ahead and fill in my brows a little, just to help give a more polished look. The lipstick is one of the new ColourPop Lux Lipstick’s and so far, I love it! They glide on so smooth and the color seemed to last quite a while.

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January Birchbox

Good evening my friends! I hope you have had a good day and that you’re settling in for the night. I’m back with another Birchbox reveal post to show you what came in this month’s box and some things that you could receive if you’re wanting to give Birchbox a try.

If I’m being honest, I almost didn’t post this today because in the scope of things and life–sometimes blog posts seem to be the least important/meaningful things and there are so many things that are just way more important. But (as my sweet little sister reminded me–love you Abs) one of the purposes of this blog is to be a little bit of an escape from whatever is going on in life, to provide some encouragement, life, and joy–so I’m going to keep writing blog posts.

Here is what’s inside my January Birchbox:

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Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo/Conditioner

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Oribe products are super expensive but they smell so good! I’m always excited when those samples are included. These are also a great travel size and might be coming with me on a trip later this week.

Laura Geller Fortifying Lashes Primer

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I like that this is a black primer–instead of the white formula that others are. I’m interested to see what this is like to wear by itself and then with mascara.

Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream 

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This is another super expensive product if you buy it full-sized. I’ll make sure to use this one sparingly. The consistency of this cream looks like it will add a nice glow under makeup or just by itself.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

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I have used this twice already and it was really hydrating to use under makeup–which is great for the winter. I also noticed a luminous finish and it helped to keep my foundation on for much longer.

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December Bless Box Reveal

How has your first week of 2018 been? Hopefully you’re staying warm in your area of the world and looking forward to the year with anticipation. This week I’ve been laying a little low and not feeling great–but it’s been a great time to get some planning and writing done. There are a few things coming up for me in the next couple of months and I can’t wait to share those with you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Bless Box reveal posts that I’ve done before and I’ve had some requests to do them more often. I get so excited every month when these are shipped because it’s always so fun and so surprising to see what’s inside. This post is not sponsored but I truly do love Bless Box and everything that Sazan and her team have created it to be. I also think Bless Box is a great form of self-care and if you are interested in signing up–visit the website at blessbox.com. Here is what was in the December Bless Box!

Skinn Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette: Retail $22.50

Maybelline Unnudes SuperStay Matte Lipstick in Fighter: Retail $9.49

Laura Geller Easy Illuminating Stick: Retail $26.00

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick in He Thinks He’s Matte-Cho: Retail $8.99

Wen Winter Cranberry Cleansing Conditioner: Retail $40.00

Wen Ultra Nourishing Intense Body Treatment: Retail $80.00

Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bar: Retail $3.00

December Birchbox

I have been a Birchbox subscriber for a couple of years now and it’s such a fun thing for me to look forward to every month. I have hardly had to buy any makeup since I started using Birchbox because there’s always something for me to use in the boxes. I’ve mentioned this before but Birchbox is also a great way to receive travel size items and also for getting to try out new things (maybe even things you can’t typically afford)–which I love to do.

Here is what I got in my December Birchbox. This post is not sponsored, by the way–just me sharing my love of this particular service with you!

Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

Purple shampoos and conditioners are great for color treated hair–especially blonde. I really like Amika products also because they don’t leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

My skin feels a little dark and dull during the colder months, so I’m excited to try this out!

Bioderma Sensibo H20 Make-Up Remover Micelle Solution

Micellar water products, like this one, are one of my favorite ways to remove make-up. This is a brand that I’ve heard a lot about so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain

How cute is this?? I almost don’t want to use it because it’s so cute, haha!

Stila Cosmetics HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

I’m always happy to try new mascara because my lashes are not very long at all these days.

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