Birchbox 2014 – September Box Reveal

Birchbox lineups have been updated, and I found out mine! (Thanks to Kelly at Evolution of a Foodie for the information)–here’s my Evernote screenshot!

I chose the Shiseido, because I have never knowingly used their products, but see them around a lot in the area. Also, I love Davines (at least the love one, as it tamed my crazy thick curls). Excited for Yu-Be and wondering about the Laura Mercier mascara–I’ve fallen hard for the Lancome Grandiose mascara in black, so I don’t know if I can ‘cheat’ on my mascara.

I have no experience with TEMPTU, so we shall see.

What is in your birchbox this month?

Haul

Shhh! I said I was going to wait for the pulp fiction stuff, but I heard about it being popular and out of stock, so I ordered the lipstick, palette and silver liner from Ulta.com, then picked up the nail polish locally…in Compton!

The smash box was something I wanted to try…I am almost out of my Urban Decay Naked foundation and I wanted to try and supplement with powder, so it was a surprise of sorts.

I had to wait at the front of the line for about 10 minutes, the security guard came over twice to try and get someone to check me out, but they were seriously understaffed. I think there were two people in the whole store. Overall, this is not my favorite location, but they usually have stuff for my complexion and it is close to work…so it is an option.

Looking forward to trying this out…even more excited to get my samples from the Ulta.com order,lol.

 

Review Skin Crisis Intervention : Suki Rescue Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

This review contains no products I have not personally paid for; I am not receiving any monetary compensation for this review.

I got my first birchbox recently, and one of the products I received immediately piqued my interest.

A small plastic container with some yellow ‘stuff’ in it, turned out to be a citrus-smelling foaming exfoliating cleanser. I was floored–first, I had no idea that exfoliation could foam (I guess I am late to the party) and second, the smell was AMAZING.

Literally, I wanted to go pick citrus fruits every time I opened this little plastic container. 

The sample I received from Birchbox (which I got in my June box) was 0.2 oz. With the current price of the 1 oz product, the value of this sample is around $2.19. I was able to use this product about 7 times (3 morning and night applications and 1 morning application)–a little of this product goes a long way. I focused on my tzone and a little bit of my cheeks. I covered my index finger and spread out the treatment. Obviously, depending on how much you need it, the mileage you get may change. 

I did check out the Suki website, and am pretty psyched to see it at such a good price on their website. It makes me think it’s something to add to my wishlist. (HINT!)

I was really surprised to find something I really liked in my first box, and I definitely needed to be introduced to this product. So sad it’s empty, but I can probably reuse the container!

 

20140727_112450What are your thoughts on the Suki brand? Do you have a favorite exfoliating product?

 

Workspace Spring Cleaning

It was time. In my bathroom (the small one of our two, it is also the one that is almost exclusively mine, as guests use my Husband’s), space is at a premium. And, with ever growing collections of polish, face and skin care as well as hair care, it was time for me to make things a little easier to manage.

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My cabinet has everything (apart from hair stuff) that I use on a daily basis. It’s close to my head and I can pull what I need and place it back neatly when I am done with it.

Below are stacked containers for hair products, nail products and skin care, along with all my lush goodies. The Natural baskets are plastic and stack and I found them at Daiso; at $1.50 a piece they are a steal!

Finally, there is the daily stuff that I cannot live without. I tried to cluster most of the stuff in the corner, and, so far, it’s been working like a charm—toner, deoderant, my hairbrush… All sorts of lovely things.

So, how do you keep clutter at bay in your bathroom?

Workspace Spring Cleaning

It was time. In my bathroom (the small one of our two, it is also the one that is almost exclusively mine, as guests use my Husband’s), space is at a premium. And, with ever growing collections of polish, face and skin care as well as hair care, it was time for me to make things a little easier to manage.

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My cabinet has everything (apart from hair stuff) that I use on a daily basis. It’s close to my head and I can pull what I need and place it back neatly when I am done with it.

Below are stacked containers for hair products, nail products and skin care, along with all my lush goodies. The Natural baskets are plastic and stack and I found them at Daiso; at $1.50 a piece they are a steal!

Finally, there is the daily stuff that I cannot live without. I tried to cluster most of the stuff in the corner, and, so far, it’s been working like a charm—toner, deoderant, my hairbrush… All sorts of lovely things.

So, how do you keep clutter at bay in your bathroom?

WedNailsDay: Nicole by OPI Star of the Party

I forgot that I had this particular color!

I went through a massive Nicole by OPI phase because I was in the mood for some Nicole action (it’s hard to find my name on stuff)—this was a color that was darker than I originally anticipated, and as a result I didn’t really use it that much.

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It’s a bright violet color, almost a neon. It required two coats to achieve this color. I had forgotten how small the Nicole by OPI brushes had been, it was really hard to paint my nails with such a small, long brush!

Luckily, this came out of the vault, and I might just add some more color to this, but I am not sure.

What do you think?