First Impressions: Birchbox October 2013

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Yay! Finally doing the last review of my October boxes. I got in all my November boxes this week so I knew I had to get my act together. So here is my box.

The first item is the Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser for oily/acne prone skin. I don’t know how they claim to be soapless as this foams up, which is usually because of detergent in the product. Also I do not have oily or acne prone skin so I found this soap a little drying. It does smell nice and fresh and it did a good job taking care of any makeup left on my face after using a makeup wipe.

Full size: $20

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The next item is Curly Solutions Curl Keeper. This is a water based hair serum to help curls stay frizz free. When I first used it I didn’t think it was going to work because this felt like I was pouring water into my hand. I am happy to admit I was wrong as my curls looked great every time I use this. My curls are defined and as frizz free as they could be living in the Deep South. I have gotten a bunch of compliments on my hair. I wish I didn’t just buy a big bottle Quidad Climate Control® Heat & Humidity Gel because I would definitely buy a bottle of this.

Full size: $10

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The next item is DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizer Serum. This serum is designed to minimize pores and soften fine lines. I didn’t notice any difference when I used this and like most serums and wrinkle creams I think I need to use for an extended period before anything happens.

Full size: $85

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The next item is theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen. This is a lip and cheek stain similar to Benefit’s Benetint. I’m not a fan of either product. I find they dry too quickly to spread and then I have streaks where I first put the product.

Full size: $17

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The last item is a Birchbox Find, which is Chapstick Hydration Lock in Vanilla Créme. This is nice and reminds me of the medicated Chapstick. When I first started using it I thought it was a little too waxy for me but now it is the perfect balance you would want in a lip balm, not too waxy and not too greasy.

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Not the best box but it was saved by the awesome Curl Keeper serum.

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First Impressions: beautybox 5 October 2013

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So you know how I’ve been liking my beautybox 5 boxes lately. Yeah, not so much this month. Repeat brands or brands that aren’t new to the market was what greeted me this month.

The first item is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I have used this lotion for years because it is one of the few drugstore lotion that are perfume and scent free. It is a light lotion and absorbs quickly. I have better lotion that are more moisturizing but I still get this every once in a while. I was not excited to find this in my box, while I like it, I get subscription boxes to find new items.

Full price: $6.99 for 8oz

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The next item is Model Co Cheek and Lip Tint. Finally, a Model Co product I like! This blended nicely and looked like a natural flush. It also has a great raspberry scent. I liked it as a cheek tint and not so much as lip tint, but that is more of personal preference than product performance.

Full price: $22 for .03 oz

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The next item is Swissco Glitter Toe Separators. What can I say. These are toe separators that are sparkly. As much as I love painting my finger nails I hardly ever paint my toes especially now that colder weather is here. This would have been much better in a box 4 or 5 months ago.

Full price: $2

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The next item is La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes. Sigh. Honestly, La Fresh has more wipes then I thought possible. These are okay. Since this is a pack of eight the wipes are nicely moisturized and it does a decent job of taking off my foundation. It did not do a good job of taking off my eye makeup. I wear waterproof mascara and liner and it barely touched it.

Full price: $19.99 for 48 wipes

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The last item in box is Nubar Alter Ego Nail Lacquer in Blondie. This is a glitter top coat. When I painted the nail wheel I noticed that the polish was a thick gel texture.

Full price: $8 for .5oz

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So that’s my box.

The Autumn Tag

I thought I would do something different with this blog and do a tag post. On one of the other blogs I read I saw this Autumn Tag and thought it would be fun to do.

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So without further delay.

Question 1. Favorite thing about Autumn

My favorite thing is definitely the weather change. Living in the Deep South it doesn’t cool down until about Ocotber. And when I say cool down I mean that it is no longer 90 + degrees everyday. I still haven’t been able to wear any long sleeves shirts yet but I don’t feel like I will die of heat exhaustion.

Question 2. Favorite Autumn drink

My favorite drink is definitely Starbucks caramel apple cider! It is so rare that I get because it needs to be really cold for me to want to drink it.

Question 3. Favorite scent/candle

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I love the apple cider scented candles from Bath and Bodyworks. I love Cider Lane and when the winter candles come out I stock up on ‘Tis the Season. I also liking the Leaves candle. This is the first year I had it and I am really liking it. I can see why it is so popular with the beauty gurus.

Question 4. Favorite Autumn lipstick

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Autumn is when I put up my coral lipsticks. Sadly and a little reluctantly at that but I just don’t think I can rock such obvious a Spring/Summer shade. So I turn to berries and reds in Autumn. These are two of my favorites. The one of the left is Covergirl Smoochie in Text Me and the one of the right is Revlon lip butter in Red Velvet.

Question 5. Go to Autumn moisturizer

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I don’t change my everyday moisturizer when it gets cooler I just add argan oil. I discovered this last winter when my skin was peeling and I was looking for a heavier moisturizer. I didn’t like how the thicker moisturizers felt so I tried the Josie Maran argan oil along with my normal moisturizer and loved the results. I am currently using this Julep one because it was on sale but I like the Josie Maran one better.

Question 6. Go to Autumn color for eyes

This is the only thing that I really don’t change throughout the year. I love gold eyeshadow and wear it all year long.

Question 7. Favorite Autumn music

Is there specific Autumn music? I don’t have an answer for this one unless to say the music I hear at the different festivals and fairs that happen this time of year. What a weird question! Now I’m wondering if I’m missing out on some specific Autumn music.

Question 8. Favorite Autumn outfit to wear

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I don’t have anything I wear in Autumn that I don’t wear in summer or Spring but I do love these green shoes from Crocs. I looked on their website and it looks like these aren’t sold any more. I wear these as much as possible during Autumn and Winter.

Question 9. Favorite Autumn treat

Hmm….I’m going to go super general and say Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dinner. 😉

Question 10. Favorite place to be during Autumn

I love camping durning this time of year. Of course I only do baby camping, I need a cabin or a camper with a working bathroom.

So that is some of my favorite Autumn things. What are some of your favorites? If you do the tag let me know by leaving the link in the comments.

First Impressions: Ipsy October 2013

For some reason it took me awhile to try any of the stuff in my subscription bags from October. I have finally got around using them so there is my First Impressions review of Ipsy.

First up is the bag. Not a huge fan of the bag. I looks just like the bag we got a few months ago but now with a quote.

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The first item in my bag is Zoya nail polish in Neve. Out of the three Zoya polishes in the bags this is the one that I wanted. Yay! Zoya is my favorite brand so I’m always happy to get one in my bag.
Neve is a gorgeous navy blue with purple undertones. In some lights it looks blue and in some purple.

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The next item is Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics mineral shimmer in Emotion. This was nice, nothing special mineral eyeshadow. It is a medium purple that works as a lid color or as a crease color.

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The next item is Style Sexy Hair Spray Clay. This a hair spray and I don’t have a need for hair spray. If you have curly hair and use hair spray let me know. Maybe I’m missing something but I just don’t see a need for hair spray with curly hair.

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The next item is Coastal Scents medium shadow brush BR-C-N02. This was a good brush with a good balance between firmness and softness. It picked up the eyeshadow really well. The only bad thing I would say is that this brush is a little too big for my eyelid so I think I would only use this for my brow highlight.

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The last item is the Nourish Organic Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan body lotion. This is sold exclusively at Target so if you are interested in this you can find it there. I didn’t find anything special about this lotion. It is a light lotion and absorbs quickly. My hands are always dry, one of the downsides to working in a library, and I like heavy duty lotions. This one doesn’t seem to make much difference after using it. This smell is a little weird, not quite coconut and also a weird floral scent.

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So that was my October Ipsy bag.