Thursday, January 30, 2014

Reviewing products I've gotten from Birchbox

Not a suckah in the bunch! At only $10 a month (less if you subscribe for three or six months or a year at a time) Birchbox was the first beauty sub and is still one of the best. I love that just by answering the super fast surveys on your products each month, you get points toward full sized products, so it's like you're basically only paying $5 a month. Can't beat that! I guarantee, once you get your first Birchbox, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

twistband™ Signature Lace Collection-
twistbands are apparently a love or hate thing for folks. I fall into the love category. Ever since Birchbox first introduced me to these handy little buggers, I feel naked without them. As I type this, I have three of them on my right wrist. I use them ALL the time- when you have waist length hair there's always a need to get your hair out of the way. They don't pull my hair and they add a cute pop of color. They look better on my wrist than a standard hairband and I am one of those people that that must ALWAYS have a hairband at the ready.
And look how adorable these are that I found on Amazon!

Mighty Leaf Tea-
What a controversial Birchbox!  Another thing that people grouse about getting (if they'd thrown in a perfume sample it'd be a trifecta of bitching!) But me? I LOVE getting tea! I'm a big tea drinker, I even have an electric kettle in my bedroom so I can top off my mug without having to go downstairs to the kitchen. Mighty Leaf is a favorite brand of mine. For realz, I have a pitcher of their peach ginger iced tea in my fridge at this exact moment. Silly as it sounds, one of my favorite things about this brand is how the tea smells. When I'm brewing Mighty Leaf, I can smell it from across the room. 

Mighty Leaf Tea Organic Tea African Nectar Mighty Leaf Tea Organic Tea African Nectar
Organic African Rooibos Leaves Teem With Lively Tropical Notes. Artisan Whole Leaf Pouches Herbal Infusion Caffeine-Free Magic Of The Mighty Leaf Since Ancient Times, A Freshly Brewed Pot Filled With Whole Tea Leaves Has Been Revered As The Richest In Character. Today We Proudly Continue The Tradition. Discover The Magic Of The Mighty Leaf. Organic African Nectar Sojourn To The Fertile Tropics And Savor The Fruits Of The "Alluring Continent." Organic African Rooibos Leaves Teem With Mango, Vanilla And Blossoms. Antioxidant-Rich. Our Artisan Whole Leaf Pouches Our Handcrafted Silken Pouches Are Packed With Our Artisan Blends Of Whole Tea Leaves, Fruits, Herbs And Flavors Too Big For Ordinary Tea Bags. Enjoy The Liberation Of Pure Tea Goodness And Rediscover The Pleasure Of The Way Tea Was Naturally Meant To Be. 15 Biodegradable Whole Leaf Pouches Usda Organic Certified Organic Questions? 1-877-698-5323

Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection in Status Update-
I absolutely love Color Club polishes, yet another brand I was introduced to by Birchbox (see why you should subscribe to them?) They have excellent coverage, they apply like a dream, and they're incredibly chip resistant. Basically, everything you want in a polish. Their polishes are vegan and nontoxic and they give to some awesome charities as well. 


We're incredibly grateful for our success, and with that we believe in giving back.   Currently, Color Club works with several charities that are near and dear to our hearts.  These organizations include GLAAD, Autism Speaks, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

This is a Birchbox exclusive color- yet another reason to become a Birchbox subscriber!
Youngblood Mineral Primer-
This extremely light and silky primer not only does an amazing job of prepping your skin for foundation by minimizing fine lines and pores, but it also makes your makeup look flawless for hours and contains tons of serum-like beneficial ingredients. Skincare and makeup in one! Score! It might seem pricey initially, but you use only a teegumbitty bit so it will last you forEVAH. 

The best price I've found for it is through Beauty Bridge at the link below. 
Youngblood Mineral Primer Youngblood Mineral Primer
Give your makeup real staying power with Youngblood new Mineral Primer, a lightweight, translucent blend that works with all Youngblood Foundations. You will love its silk-to-powder touch within seconds of application, and be amazed at how fine lines and pores disappear effortlessly. Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the Primer also protects skin from environmental damage. Skin protection, a flawless complexion, and makeup that last all day… with Youngblood new Mineral Primer, you truly can have it all. Directions: Apply prior mineral foundation application. Net Weight: 1 oz./30 ml Ingredients: Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).

Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment
Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Conditioner
Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo
I did NOT expect to be as blown away by this stuff as I was. Nothing can turn back the clock and make split ends disappear (well, a pair of scissors....) but this is by far the most impressive job I've seen as far as a temporary fix. In one use my split ends were visibly repaired. By binding your splits, you keep them from progressing until you can go and get a trim. Total win with this trio.
Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo
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Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner
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Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment Creme Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment Creme
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Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash
Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish-
Man oh man, do I love Benefit! From their gorgeous retro packaging to the sheer awesomeness of the products themselves, I am rarely disappointed with a Benefit product. The facial polish left my skin feeling like silk and the facial wash got every last bit of gunk without drying out my skin. Both products are extremely concentrated so they'll last a long time, too. 

And look at this adorable starter kit I found on Amazon!!!


Lacey Burd said...

I love Birchbox, too. Never could understand all the complaining about food/drink or perfume items. It's about trying new things, right? I've found some of my favorite fragrances from subscription boxes (thank you Birchbox for all the Harvey Prince samples) I just resubscribed after taking a 4 month break from ALL my subs. (Needed some time to get caught back up and actually try some of the stuff I'd gotten) But I'm excited to be back in the subscription game :)

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Michelle Reynolds said...

I think we are long lost sisters. I'm not even kidding. If I ever meet you I think we're going to find out we're both Haley Mills. Your instagram comments are the best parts of my day. :) (I'm Mjreynolds32). Now I'm going to read some of your past posts 'kay?

Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo said...

Lacey, I KNOW, right? If it weren't for samplers, I would have never come to the realization that not ALL light colored lippies wash me out, I would never have discovered my obsession with Diptyque perfumes, I would never have known that apparently everything made by Perricone MD turns my face into an angry red fury :-) I almost kinda like it when something sucks, because then I feel liked I dodged a bullet by not buying it. And seriously, what IS with all the perfume sample hate? The last time I bought a bottle of perfume without wearing it for a week first, well, that was a few years ago before samplers and let's just say that that bottle is gathering dust on a shelf.

Julie Ann Keene-Roppolo said...

LOL, Michelle- you crack me up. Guess we need to hook up at summer camp, eh? Too bad I'm so awful at typing on my phone, half my Instagram comments look like drunk texting from a monkey :-) I need to see what I missed on IG the last few days, I had a looong weekend and haven't looked at my phone since saturday morning!