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Sunday, September 30, 2012

GlossyBox Unboxing!

First of all, shout out to my BFF and reader Jessica because today is her BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Birthday girl! xoxoxox!

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This is my second GlossyBox and I am head over heels IN LOVE. The theme for September's box is Fall Forward with items that are considered the most current. The first thing I noticed was no magazine- only the little card with tell you about your items.

The first thing I noticed was the Juvexin products- pretty big samples- now that's what I'm talkin' about. The front of the bottle says the shampoo has Keratin in it and its supposed to keep your hair shiny, manageable, and frizz free for up to 5 months. That's a big claim , but I'm really excited to try this one out. Full sizes of the shampoo and conditioner are $20 each.

Next is the Kryolan for GlossyBox Moisture Rich lipstick in GLOSSY pink. I kind of really like this pink. Its not usually a color I would reach for as I'm all about the nude lip, but this color is a really nice neutral which is perfect for fall. I also like that it would look really great on a wide variety of skin tones. Love the GloosyBox symbol on the lid also! Full size is $14

When I saw this product I literally wanted to rip all my hair out of my head I was THAT excited. Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I just didn't even know what to do for like a whole minute. I've been wanting to try a different BB cream (a non-American one!) and just haven't bitten the bullet to do ahead and order it. After my extreme excitement (lol) I was slightly crestfallen. I know that many BB creams are very light- especially Asian ones and can leave a grey cast to the skin. I pumped out some of the product and I swear I almost passed out when I saw that it was my skin tone. O.M.G. Full size is $29.99


Last product is the OC 8 Professional Mattifying Gel. This is something I can always use as I have combination skin and my t-zone can get oily. Full size is $30.

Overall, I really loved this box. I really feel like I'm getting more than my money's worth with all of the full size or near full size products they include. Definitely looking forward to next month's box!

What did you think of this month's GlossyBox?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September Birchbox- Unboxing!

The September Birchbox theme is fall fashion- how exciting is that???

The first thing I noticed when I opened my box is the magazine. I really like that Birchbox is making its service more "luxurious" by including this little magazine. On one hand, I'd rather get more deluxe samples, but I did like the magazine.

The first sample is a deluxe POREfessional by Benefit. If you've read my blog in the past, you'll know this didn't work out for me, but I know I can give it to a friend whom this will work for, so this one was "meh". Full size is $29

Next was the Color Club Custom Polish. I received "Insta-this" , a beautiful bright cobalt blue. This reminds me a lot of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue that everyone's been raving about. I kept eyeballing it at the drugstore, but I'm definitely happy with this ColorClub version! Full size is $8

This little perfume sample is of Kate Spade's Twirl. I like it. Its very fruity with a bit of floral but I don't think I'll be running out to get it. Full size is $18-80

Next we have foil packet samples of the Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment System. I'm not the hugest fan of packet-type samples as I much prefer deluxe sizes, but I've heard good things about this line, so I am excited to try it. Full sizes range from $9.99-$14.99

Last is the twistband hair tie, I received the red one. I had purchased a pack of these in jeweltones in the Sephora version forever ago, so its nice to have received a different color one. I'm liking red for fall. I'm already thinking about a high pony with this and some matching red lipstick. A set of 12 will run you $18.

Then lastly, 2 lifestyle extras. one is a Tili Bag, which I've never heard of. It's pretty much a ziplock bag with really cute designs on it. Not incredibly useful, but its not really part of the 5 sample deal- its an extra and it is cute. Maybe I can use it to store my makeup or skincare stuff when I travel.

The last lifestyle extra is a digital download of music by Tristan Prettyman. Another "meh" inclusion.

Overall, I did like this box with my favorite items being the Color Club Polish and the twistband hair tie.
Are you subscribed to Birchbox? What did you think of this month's box?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

You better believe I'm BACK! Back in the New York Groove!

Hey guys! ٩◔‿◔۶

Its great to be back after a long summer hiatus. I took a few summer courses to get ahead in my graduate program and now I finally have some time to sit back and relax. Did any of you do anything interesting this summer? Let me know below in the comments!

I also recently decided to change up my hair a bit- I can never keep the same thing for too long so I decided to go with some honey-blonde ombre. So far I'm really loving it, but give me a few weeks, I'm sure I'll change my mind! ^‿^

Anyway, I thought I'd kick off fall with my current wish list!

1) The Urban Decay Smoked Palette

Urban Decay - Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
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I've eyed this every single time I've gone into Sephora and talked myself out of picking it up. I really love that its got neutrals in the top row and a beautiful mix of jewel tones on the bottom. Needless to say, I think I'll be caving soon.

2) Living Proof Restore Recovery Regimen
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It has a price point I'm still wavering about, but it promises miracles that my hair needs; its also the recipient of the Allure Best of Beauty 2012 award.

3) The Balm Nude 'Tude Palette

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I've also talked myself into putting this down every time I go to Sephora but the palette as a whole is very versatile with its mix of shimmer and matte and the colors are pigmented and buttery soft.

4) MAC lipstick in Sunny Seoul

Check out this link for some great swatches

This was literally love at first swatch. However, its been a conspiracy trying to find this color as it seems like every MAC in the tri-state area is either sold out or keeping it from me (lol) I may have to order this online.

5) Statement necklaces
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Whereas in the past I'd usually shy away, I suddenly can't get enough of statement necklaces.

What's on your wish list for fall?