I intended to do a September Birchbox post right after I got my (first ever) Birchbox but I was all hectic with school and everything and so I just let it slip my mind. I also didn't take any pictures because I used one thing before even thinking about it so I will link to each product I got just for you! :)
Ok so first of all, I was VERY excited to get this Birchbox because I had been reading about the service for a long time and I wanted to try it. I signed up in early August but you don't get your first Birchbox until the month after you sign up so I had a month's wait before I received it. You spend $10 a month and for that you get 4-5 deluxe beauty/skin/perfume samples and one treat. Each box is customized based on your own personal Beauty Profile. Many many many people on YouTube have these wonderful un-boxing review videos. I'm not that comfortable with the whole reviewing thing yet so I probably won't do YouTube for a while if ever. Anyways...
I was allergic to this product, otherwise I would have loved it. It made my skin puff out and turn bright red. That's just me though, I'm very sensitive to herbal stuff. Oh well, you win some you lose some.
Speaking of winning some, wow did I win when it comes to this product. I love these things. They lasted on my nails with ABSOLUTELY NO CHIPPING for a week before I took them off and the only reason I took them off was because my nails were growing out and I had a gap at the bottom of my nail. I could have left them on for two weeks (how long they are supposed to last) but I got impatient (I have nail add). This is my favorite thing from my Birchbox. I will definitely buy these babies. I will buy them for my sisters, my friends, EVERYONE because they are so cool. Perfect manicure, no work, $7.99, lasts a week? What more could you possibly want out of a nail product? They are also really easy to apply! I'm in love!
I liked this lip product and I was pleased to find a lip product in my Birchbox. I really like the way it feels when I put it on and that it is a cross between a gloss and a balm. This is probably something I would purchase if it were on sale but I will have to use it longer to see if it is worth the $12 price tag.
The last sample I received was of this perfume. I love the scent, it's very pretty, but I don't think I would pay $60 for it. Again, it's something that I will have to try for a while to see if I'm in love with it. I do like that they are organic, but I'm just not sure about the price. Also, I don't know how to tell top notes from bottom notes and my nose is very stuffy so you will have to read what they say on the website to see what it smells like. I think it smells like pretty.
Finally I received a Birchbox friendship bracelet. It was a pink rope and a silver square (the Birchbox sample). Some YouTube bloggers were really excited about this. I don't really care about it. Mine broke after 4 hours of wearing and it is pretty cheap looking. I guess it's a nice sentiment, but I like the products better than the treats anyways!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Monday, September 26, 2011
If I find a way to use this I will keep you all posted!
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
It's a plumper! (I absolutely adore plumpers!)
It has a nice minty taste.
It looks really good layered over a dark lipstick.
The color, I am not a nude lip person and this makes me look zombie pale.
The tingly feeling from the plumper kind of hurts my lips. (I grin and bear it.)
So does this make me want to purchase more urban decay lip products? No. I'll keep trying to use it, but I really don't think this is anything to write home about.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This pigment is in Gunmetal and frankly I'm disappointed. I expected the Urban Decay pigments to be comparable to MAC pigments because their eyeshadow is just as good if not better. I didn't think the pigment was good in this product. I think it is very difficult to apply neatly. I will try to apply this by pouring this out and using my own brush but I am not hopeful.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The powder brush is big and fluffy and works great. It is very soft and has a lot of bristles. I believe all the bristles from the line are made of synthetic hair. The foundation brush is great and I have been using it daily ever since I purchased it. The shadow brush works really well for the lids and the crease. I really like the blending brush as well because it is very short and really gets in to hard to reach areas.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
|Both girls looking down.|
|Becca's eyes open|
|Becca's eyes shut|
On Becca, I did a look that would be best worn on Halloween or at a crazy club or during Carnivale. The look is very heavy on the turquoise because that is my absolute favorite color.
On Maddy, I tried my best to make her look like a Kardashian. I bronzed the hell out of her face and used lots of dark shadowy make-up.
I liked both of the looks that I did on them although I wouldn't wear them on a day to day basis. Thanks to both of them for being such willing models!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|Photo taken by Liz Powell.|
This is a tutorial for a purple eye I did on myself the other day that I was complimented on a lot. I thought I would do it on my sister and post it for everybody to see.
The first picture is of the materials I used, the second two are of the finished result.
Gel Eyeliner (or pencil if you prefer, I used Mac fluid line in Blitz and Glitz)
Dark Purple shadow (I used Urban Decay's Flash)
Light Purple shadow (I used Urban Decay's Grifter)
Medium Purple Shadow (I used MAC's Trax)
Highlight (if you have one handy)
Angled Eyeliner brush
Fluffy brush for Crease
Step 1. Prime the eye. I always use primer, I never skip it. I'm completely rigid about this.
Step 2. Use a highlight on the browbone and inner corners of both eyes.
Step 3. Use the light purple shadow on the lid. I also used MAC's big bounce eyeshadow in Good Fortune on top of the light purple to make the glitter stick more and give it a purple effect. This is not necessary but I love to use the big bounce eyeshadow because it's so cool.
Step 4. Use the medium purple shadow on the crease.
Step 5. Apply a thick line with the dark purple shadow to the top lid. Don't really blend this.
Step 6. Apply a bit of liner to the bottom outer third of the eye.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
The brown color has a gorgeous shimmer and can be used to make a really nice natural look. It would probably make a good bronzer too. The pigmentation of the eyeshadow is really good too, almost as pigmented as an Urban Decay or Stila product. I love shimmery browns because they really accentuate the eyes (Naked palette anyone?).
The white color is the perfect highlight. It's not shimmery and it doesn't have a lot of glitter (I've been having a problem with glitter fallout lately) which is a profound relief. I've used it pretty much every day since I got it and I have loved the results. All beauty gurus suggest having a plain white single in your beauty kit and now I know why!
The silver color is probably my favorite. I love the shimmer that it has and I think it is the perfect crease color. This is a color that could easily dress up a more plain shade. It is very versatile, it could be worn in a night look or in a day look.
Before going to my first day of class, I used the three of these colors to make a nice every day look. I used the brown on the lid, the silver in the crease, and the white as a highlight. I blended thoroughly and it worked really well! I would suggest everybody at least have a white single in their kit and buy CoverGirl single eyeshadows!!!
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|You can see the wipes I use for my face, more brushes, storage and some posters in the background... oops!|
1. The Stippling Brush: I love this brush. It has white fibers that extend past the brown fibers on the brush to give a perfect airbrushed finish. I love the way the bristles feel on my face and this brush works perfectly with my MAC mineralize skinfinish. I originally wanted a stippling brush because this is the type of brush they use at MAC when they do make-up on people. Of course, their stippling brush is probably 10 times more expensive so this was an amazing find!
2. The Angled Eyeshadow Brush: This brush is great for highlighting and the crease. I know people like to use pointed brushes that look like paintbrushes to put shadow in the crease, but I like to use an angled eyeshadow brush for the crease because I feel like it fits my crease my well. This brush is very high quality and I love to use it!
3. The Eyebrow/Lash Comb: I hardly use this brush. The one pictured is actually one that I got in another EcoTools set because I gave the one that came in this set away (they looked exactly the same). I've used it a couple times to separate my lashes, but other than that I have no use for it. I have almost invisible eyebrows so I don't do anything with them, no plucking, nothing.
All in all I would definitely suggest buying this kit. Even though I had no use for the Eyebrow/Lash Comb, I think it was definitely worth the $12.99 for the stippling brush, let alone the angled eyeshadow brush and the beautiful holder.
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While experimenting with the pen I have done a couple things. I went to work with just the pen on one day which worked really well. I tried to use it after putting primer on by accident and it just led to ugly creasing. The most success I've had with it was when I put it onto the lid, put Urban Decay flash over the outer third of the lid, and put a white shimmer highlight on the brow bone. It created a fantastic purple nighttime look.
I would definitely say that this product is a keeper and I really hope to purchase others in this line!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Monday, September 5, 2011
This palette has a tan, a brown, a brownish lavender, and a green and they go really well together. This is one of the more casual of the Beach Palettes and probably my favorite of the four I own so far (I don't have number 5 yet). All the colors are very well pigmented. I would definitely suggest people to buy this!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
I have used Champagne Glow the most because it is the first one that I purchased. The middle rust color is really gorgeous. I really enjoy all three trios because they are so pigmented that they show up very well on my skin. Bronze Glow is probably the easiest to wear in the day time and Gold Glow is probably the best for a night time look. They all also see to correspond with seasons. Champagne Glow reminds me more of Winter with the beautiful rust color and the silver, Gold Glow is definitely Summer, and Bronze Glow looks like a great color for fall.
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