Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 2012 Birchbox


Got my first Birchbox of 2012!  This one wasn't a big "wow" box, like so many others it is starting to seem.  While I do love the surprise of seeing what's in my box each month, I am beginning to wonder if I should cancel my subscription.

Here's what I got:

Borghese CuraForte Moisture Intensifier: This is a serum that is supposed to help your moisturizer work better.  Umm...why would anyone spend $67.50 for a product to help make another product work better!?!  How about just buying a better moisturizer?  I just don't get this product.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy perfume: I do like this perfume...but it is old news to me!  I have gotten sooo many samples of this perfume.  I feel like Birchbox copped out on this one.

Jouer Body Butter: This is a really nice body butter; it smells like lilacs.  While I liked this product, it's hard to get excited over a body butter.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Moray: I think this has potential to be a really great eyeliner; it is quite pigmented and glides on smoothly.  However, the color I got was this awful drab green shade that I just won't ever wear.  It's really too bad!  I love Stila products, just wish I got a prettier shade!

Larabar Mini Bar: This is an all natural bar made with dried fruits and nuts.  The flavor I received was Peanut Butter; it was pretty tasty but did taste "healthy".  I like getting this type of extra treat in my Birchbox because it gives me a chance to try something I wouldn't normally choose at the grocery store.

Birchbox magnet: Pretty darn cute:)

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Christmas Mally Haul!!!

This Christmas brought me many wonderful beauty finds including these two Mally Beauty sets!  Let me start out by saying that I have found a few new HG products in the Mally line!  Read on for my full review.

Mally Beauty More Perfect Palette
This is the Mally Beauty More Perfect Palette.  As you can see, it comes in a fabulous, shiny, pink clutch with three small brushes and a lip gloss.  The palette has two blushes, six eyeshadows, an eyeshadow base and a highlighter.  I really like the colors in this palette; all the shades are universally flattering.  The only exception being the eyeshadow base; I found the base too orangey for my fair skin tone.  I haven't bothered to use the brushes yet.  The two eye brushes seem like they would work pretty well, but the "blush brush" is too small for a face brush in my opinion.  And, last but not least, you get a Mally High-Shine Liquid Lip Color in Blossom; this lip gloss is similar in style and feel to the Stila lip glazes.  It feels nice, has good staying power and a nice light scent.  Overall, I think this is a great everyday palette for anyone, as well as a nice introduction to Mally cosmetics.

Mally Beauty More Perfect Palette: Two blushes in Mally's Look, a pink hue, and Romantic, a peachy pink; luminizer; eye shadow base; and six eye shadows in Browlight, a soft pearl; Natural, a soft pink; Shimmering Taupe, a soft taupe; Mally's Glow, a shimmering brown; Broadway Bronze, a shimmering bronze; and Nolita Navy, a deep navy.

Mally Defend Your Beauty 7-pc High Performance Collection
This is the Mally Defend Your Beauty 7-pc High Performance Collection.  Like the More Perfect Palette, this set comes in a cute bag.  This little gem of a set includes: Volumizing Lip Gloss in Flirty; Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Black Cherry; Face Defender Highlighter in Gorgois Glow; Face Defender Blush in Pink Perfection; Evercolor Poreless Face Defender; Evercolor Shadow Stick in Violet; and Volumizing Mascara in Black.  The standouts from this set are the cream eyeshadow stick, the Evercolor Poreless Face Defender and mascara. 

Mally's Volumizing Mascara can contend with the best mascaras out there.  I would compare it to Dior Show or Benefit Bad Gal Lash in texture, volumizing and length.  While I am perfectly happy using my inexpensive L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara, I can appreciate the quality of this high-end mascara.

The Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is such a deceiving product; it is a clear, solid, silicone textured face perfecter.  What's deceiving is that you would think it would feel heavy and cakey on your skin, but it works its magic without feeling heavy at all.  You just dab some on the sponge and pat is all over your face for a smooth, matte finish.  I am totally in love with how lightweight this product feels and how it keeps my face shine free for hours!  It looks and works so much better than any finishing powder.

Evercolor Shadow Sticks in Violet and Champagne.
I love, love, love these eyeshadow sticks!!!  They glide on super creamy, blend like a dream and last all day.  This eyeshadow is totally budge-proof; it is not coming off until you wash your face at night!  These are my new HG cream shadows!

L to R: Evercolor Shadow Stick in Violet, Evercolor Shadow Stick in Champagne, Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Black Cherry.     

Mally Face Defender Highlighter in Gorgois Glow and Face Defender Blush in Pink Perfection.
I liked the highlighter, blush, lip gloss and eyeliner, too.  But, they were nothing super special.  Overall, I would definitely recommend grabbing this set from QVC because it is a really great way to try a whole bunch of Mally products for a much lower price than buying each item individually.  Mally Beauty is a must try for all you beauty junkies out there!

Friday, January 6, 2012

December 2011 Birchbox

December's Birchbox was extra funtastically wrapped in sparkly white tissue paper.  I just wish the contents had been a bit more "wow".  

So, here's what I got:

Harvey Prince Yogini Perfume: This is supposed to be a calming scent with notes of sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, and grapefruit.  I did like this scent quite a bit; it was reminiscent of my beloved Bvlgari Mon Jasmine Noir.

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink: This is a nice gloss that applies sheer; so, it does not come across as bright pink as it looks.

L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil: This is a hair product meant to boost shine and stop frizz.  I don't have issues with lack of shine or frizz; so, I don't know if it does either of those things.  However, it does smell nice and feels lightweight.

Befine Gentle Cleanser: This cleanser made with sugar, rice and oat extracts is supposed to hydrate and restore dry skin.  Well, it's rather hard to judge how well it works seeing as this product is so watery I could barely get it on my face to begin with.  This is a total fail in my book.

Prep ShowStoppers Designer Fashion Tape: This is a cute idea.  It's not something I really need, but worth having for an emergency.

Recharge Eboost: This is an orange flavored energy booster that you dissolve in water and drink.  One word: Yuck!  Drinking this daily would be torture!

Let's hope the New Year brings lots of fabulous new Birchboxes!