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PINCHme Unboxing June 2016!

13509745_10153651884321156_1325626643_oI received and opened my PINCHme box! Click Here to check out the video!

What exactly is PINCHme? Well, PINCHme is essentially a free service that offers people the opportunity to receive FREE samples/products in exchange for a quick and easy feedback review. You fill out a member profile and then PINCHme uses the member profile to select what samples will be available for you to choose from!

If your interested in signing up for PINCHme, you can click here. The next set of available samples roll out JULY 12 12PM EST. If you wouldn’t mind use my referral code! Thank you! Referral Code:5VQF9

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Have a fantastic day!



Would You Rather Tag!

Hello everyone! I hope summer has been a fun, exciting and a relaxing time for you! I’ve dropped off the blog grid for the past couple weeks, mostly due to an increase in my work hours and also trying to get all my student loan payments and the like situated. However, in the mean time I have received my IPSY bag and the new Hautelook summer bag and will be in the process of posting those blogs for you for July! Till then, I was tagged by (Shauna) for the Would You Rather Tag! Her blog is just full of awesomeness and updated often so please stop by and check her out!

Let’s get started with my first tag!

1. Would you rather lose all your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

This one is tough, mostly because I do tend to wear a lot of eye makeup. I don’t feel complete if I don’t have at least 2-3 different eye shadow shades or one of my Maybellene Color Tattoos (especially Bad to the Bronze)! However, I would have to say I would rather lose all of my palettes and eye shadows then all of my mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lipglosses. I can easily choose a fun eyeliner color that can help to serve as an eyeshadow, especially if I smudge it. Mascara can helps make your eyes pop and no eye shadow look, no matter how dramatic, would look right without mascara so its a must no matter what. All my family and friends know I own about a million lip glosses and lip products so I definitely need those in my life! I’m not a huge lipstick person but I do have to say, I have used one of the lipsticks I’ve received this month in my Hautelook Bag (LOVING my new NYX lipstick in Margarita).

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

As much as I don’t like super long hair, I don’t think I would want to intentionally chop all of it off. My hair is so thick that I tend to wear it in an updo anyway so I would just continue to throw it up into some sort of a pony, bun, or twisty thing I call a hairdo anyway, no matter the length.

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

If this was a question asked of me last year, I would have to say neither, because I didn’t really own any blush. Now I own quite a few and I have to say, a good blush can really help make a look. It can add such a healthy glow and brightens your face. I am in love with The Balm InStain blush sample in Swiss Dot that I received in my July Birchbox! I have to say, for such a small sample, it has lasted a long time due to its highly pigmented color. It’s a lovely coral color so I would have to say coral cheek.

4. If you had £1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

This would be a tough one because there is just so many high quality makeup products that I’ve wanted to try recently but clothes tend to last longer! I already have a ton of clothes that I love so this is kind of crazy…. I would have to choose makeup!

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

I would have to say lipstick as an eyeliner. I actually think a good lipstick would last pretty well as a creamy eyeliner if you had a good eye lid primer like NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Oh Sephora most definitely. My cousin Jen and I were there for about 3 hours one day and could have probably stayed much longer if we didn’t want to make a stop at LUSH. Sephora is amazing because you can try out any product that you would want to purchase. I always feel confident with what I’m buying because I’ve already tried it out!

7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

One lip color. I rarely wear a color on my lips anyway, I’m more of a sheer gloss or lip balm person. I love to wear multiple eye shadows at once and to change it up often so I need my palettes and color choices!

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in the summer or summer clothes in winter?

Summer clothes in the winter! I wear a tank top and shorts all year round in my apartment because I like to be cool. Jeans function all year round too and so do short sleeved shirts!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Oh definitely bright nails. I love orange, yellow, red, and pink polishes! Bright colors make me happy.

10. Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

I love my lip products too much so I would have to say eye product. I can’t live without some type of lip gloss or balm.

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

My hair is almost always in a twisty messy bun. It’s quick and simple and I don’t need a mirror. If I’m going to do anything else, I have to put in effort so I wouldn’t mind a messy bun all the time!

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

Easy. Lip gloss=survival. I need my gloss!

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or Sharpie them in everyday?

I really do hate eyebrows, they are so annoying sometimes. Mine grow so fast and get thick and bushy. I always have to go get them waxed anyway so I guess if I finally had enough and shaved them in a fit of eyebrow rage, I would definitely Sharpie them in. I have the blackest eyebrows anyway and who doesn’t have a black Sharpie laying around already?

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nailpolish?

Oh definitely nailpolish. Makeup is essential for me!

Blogs I Am Tagging:

I love your blogs and if you would do this tag! I look forward to reading your posts! Thanks again to Shauna for tagging me!

* I will have my July IPSY review and my HauteLook Summer bag Review up by Thursday because its almost August Birchbox time!!

Birchbox July 2013 “Power Play” Women’s Box

July 2013 Women’s Birchbox Review


Suits Picks!

This month’s Birchbox featured items picked from women starring on the USA TV Show SUITS (Meghan Markle who plays Rachel Zane and Sarah Rafferty who plays Donna Paulsen). The July theme is “Power Play”, which makes sense because SUITS is a law firm drama series. The third season premiere is on July 16, 2013 on USA NETWORK. Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that is 10/month and offers full-sized/deluxe samples of hair, makeup, skin and lifestyle products.

Birchbox Powerplay


Birchbox July 2013

Birchbox July 2013

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream

The first product in my Birchbox this month is the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream. I have heard amazing things about this product in terms of reducing under eye darkness and its rehydrating potential, so I’m excited to try it! It’s a decent sample size and comes in a little jar instead of a dreaded foil packet, so I’m happy.

Full Size 0.5 oz (card lists $34 but Birchbox lists as $32), Sample Size 0.1 oz ($6.40)

DDF Acne Control Treatment

The next product in my box was the DDF® Acne Control Treatment. I’ve never heard of this product before but it says on the label that it fights/controls acne, helps keep pores clear and soothes and restores clarity. It contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid. It’s a decent sample size and is actually the most expensive sample and product in my box this month. I don’t normally use an acne control treatment but I will definitely try this out and see how it works.

Full Size 1.7 oz ($44), Sample Size 0.5oz ($12.94)

Super Comb Prep and Protect

The third product in my box is the N.4 Super Comb Prep and Protect. The product is supposed to strengthen and repair as a leave in conditioner. Ironically I just purchased a leave in conditioner by Pantene, but I will definitely try out this product as well. It did not have a sample size on the bottle so I estimated it to be about 30 mL, which is a good travel sized product.

Full Size 200 mL ($32), Sample Size 30mL ($4.80)

TheBalm Cosmetics Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

Swiss Dot

The fourth product in my box was the product I was most excited about possibly getting this month, TheBalm Cosmetics InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush. They sent me the color Swiss Dot…they weren’t kidding with the color or the size. It’s a dot, really, look at that sample size! The color is a nice peachy color which is perfect for my light but warm skin tone so I was happy with the color choice but wish there was more! I was pretty disappointed that this was not a full-sized product and I don’t feel I will be able to try this product out to its full potential. I guess I’ll have to save up my Birchbox points to try this out for real!

Full Size 0.09 oz ($22), Sample Size 0.018oz ($4.40)

BirchBox Bobby Pins

The Birchbox bonus this month was the Birchbox Bobby Pins. The sample was 2 pins which I will definitely use. I don’t always like to have my hair up and to have something to at least keep my hair out of my face will be nice….plus they are super cute!!

Full Size 6 Pins ($5), Sample Size 2 Pins=$1.67

Benefit Card

BirchBox Products

So overall, the value of my July Box is $30.21, which is pretty good considering it was only $10. I do wish they would have skipped the hair and acne treatment samples and just sent me a full-sized InStain blush, but at least all the samples were decent sizes. What was in your box this month? Let me know in the comment box below!

June 2013 Birchbox Review

June 2013 BirchBox

I was so excited to receive my first Birchbox this month! I loved the pink mailer it arrived in, and was very impressed with the sleek-looking box and delicately wrapped products in pink tissue paper. Birchbox is a $10 monthly subscription service that sends you 4-5 deluxe beauty samples and full-sized products. This month’s theme is Wonderlust, and the products are supposed to help you on your summer adventures. The Birchbox “extra” this month were postcards of different locations.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

The first product that I opened was the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. It had a very strong lemon scent which reminded me of dish soap but also made me think of words like “clean” and “fresh”. I used this product to wash my face and I have got to say, I loved it. The sugar scrub helps to gently exfoliate your skin and then turns into a nice foamy lather. After rinsing and drying off my face, my skin felt smooth and very clean. I have oily skin, which makes it difficult for me to find a good cleanser that won’t dry my skin out like the Sahara, but at the same time not be so “moisturizing” that I still feel oily. I loved the Suki Cleanser because it made my face feel refreshed and silky without feeling greasy. I don’t know if it actually helped brightened my skin but it sure did feel good after I used it!

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss Perfect Kiss

The second product that I ended up using pretty much right away was the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in the shade Perfect Kiss. I used this product on my lips first and really liked it. It had a really nice sheen, kept my lips moisturized, and the color was a very pretty pinky red. It said it could be also used on your cheeks so I decided to give it a try. It ended up looking AMAZING as a blush color for my cheeks! It gave such a healthy glow to my face and made my skin just look so pretty! I got so many compliments from wearing it that I’ve pretty much worn it every day! The product was a full-sized sample so I will definitely get a lot of use out of it, and there is a good chance I will purchase this product when I run out!

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I had never tried a dry shampoo before but I have heard so many great things about dry shampoo that I was really excited when I saw one in my Birchbox! This one is by Klorane and contains oat milk. The first time I used this product it did not turn out well at all. I tried to hold the product as far away from my roots as possible (it says about 12 inches) but it still left a very white powder on my scalp. This would be fine, I suppose, if I did not have super dark brown hair. I was able to comb it out, but it seemed to leave my normally glossy brown hair looking dull. The second time I used it I was able to spray it even further away but there still was a white powder on my roots. Even combing it out still left my hair dull, and it did not make my thick hair feel clean. I would consider using this product or another dry shampoo maybe after exercising or transitioning from work to a night out, but I would not rely on this product as shampoo alone. Maybe I just need to try a different type. Does anyone with thick dark hair use a dry shampoo? If so leave a comment so I can try it!

100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream

I love body lotion so of course I was psyched when I saw these samples in my Birchbox. I wish the samples weren’t foil packets because I always feel once I open a foil packet I need to use all of it or it will dry out, or end up getting everywhere. The body lotion is 100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream in both Vanilla Bean and Coconut. I’m going on a cruise to the Bahamas later this year so these will come in handy to toss in my bag instead of a large bottle of lotion.Color Club® Wanderlust Collection Reign in Spain The last product in my birchbox this month was the Color Club Wonderlust Collection Nailpolish in Reign in Spain. I like that this coral orange-y color mostly because orange is my favorite color! I haven’t had a chance to use this product yet but I know when I do, it will be a great fun summer color!

So after my first Birchbox, I have to say, I am so impressed! I loved pretty much all my products and have gotten use out of them. For just 10 dollars you really get the chance to try a range of different products including nail, skin and makeup which makes Birchbox a really enjoyable box to receive! I can’t wait to get my July box!

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Share with me what you got in your Birchboxes this month! Ask questions for me or share feedback in the comment box below!

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