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Zoya TRUE Spring Collection – Lotus  May 9, 2012

Filed under: Makup,Review — slagoon @ 10:16 am
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Today I bring you the lovely Lotus from Zoya’s True Spring Collection which I received in the April Birchbox. This is a lavendar color that has a slight peachy gold shimmer in it. As with all the Zoya polishes that I’ve had, this one is a great formula.  All of the Zoya polishes are rated for opacity on the Zoya website so you can see if something is sheer or opaque. This one was rated 5 (with 5 being the most opaque). It has full coverage in one heavy coat or two normal coats. 

I adore this color and it is a perfect spring purple. Because of my Naked Nails Challenge I haven’t been able to test for wear, but since it is a Zoya I anticipate I will get about the normal amount of wear from it that I normally get with the other colors.

Will I buy this again? I will continue picking up Zoya colors. They are fun and trendy and a nice quality.

Will I finish the sample?  I already had the full size so I gave the sample to my friend’s daughter who is obsessed with purple this month. I am definitely going to keep using the color till its done.

 

 

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size  0.25 oz
Full Size  0.5 oz
Full Size Price $8.00
Sample Value $4.00….

 
 
FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.
 

Dropps Laundry Detergent – Review April 27, 2012

Filed under: General — slagoon @ 10:44 am
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In my April BirchBox I received the Dropps Laundry detergent packets. You use either one or two depending on your load size and just drop them in with the laundry.  I use these sorts of tablets in my dishwasher because of their convenience. In my washing machine I have the easy pour spout Tide bottle from Costco which gives me a $0.05 washing load.

I have got to say, that subscribing to a beauty sample box I don’t really want to get products like this to wash my clothes with. I can sort of see the tea that we’ve gotten before since it is supposed to clear up the skin. Aside from my disappointment about this being included in this month’s BirchBox I still tried it out. I didn’t find it any better than my much less expensive current detergent.  Its not worth the 30 cents per load increase.

Will I buy this again? No

Will I finish this sample? There were 2 in the packet and it said to use two for a large load, so in that one load of wash I finished the sample.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 2 Packets
Full Size  20 Packets
Full Size Price $6.00
Sample Value $0.60

 

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.
 

Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer – Review April 26, 2012

Filed under: Review,Skincare — slagoon @ 10:38 am
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Today I bring you Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer that I received in my April Birchbox. This is a medium thickness cream that is advertised as a non-poor clogging formula that is good for oily acne prone skin. It also has products in it that are supposed to reduce redness and irritation.

I was not expecting to like this cream at all. I didn’t really like the last Juice Beauty product I tried, but this was surprisingly great. My skin is feeling softer than before. I’ve always had a touch of redness in my cheeks, nose, and forehead, but that has faded, not unhealthy looking, but is more soft than before.  I don’t find that it helps with my zits and still need to use spot treatments.

Will I buy this again? Probably – it was really good and I have some Birchbox points to spend.

Will I finish the sample? Definitiely!

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 0.17 oz
Full Size  2.0 oz
Full Size Price $28.00
Sample Value $2.38

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.
 

Birchbox + Gossip Girl April 15, 2012

Filed under: General — slagoon @ 1:14 pm
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You have probably already heard, but Birchbox is pairing up with Gossip Girl for the May Box. Everyone, including new subscribers will get a box that is inspired by Gossip Girl.  Now I’ve never actually watched an episode of Gossip girl but I have seen some beautiful hair and makeup from photos of the show.  Apparently there will also be clues included in the box about their season finale to drive people to watch it – which to me spells out that the boxes should be IN HAND before the finale which is May 14th.

www.birchbox.com/gossipgirl.

From the Birchbox PR statement:

The Gossip Girl Birchbox will contain chic beauty products inspired by Manhattan’s poshest social set, chosen in consultation with the series’ department head for makeup, Amy Tagliamonti, and department head for hair, Jennifer Johnson.

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited in spite of my lack of fandom.

FTC Disclosure: This information was sent to me by BirchBox PR. I am not affiliated with BirchBox nor was I compensated by them for this post. I only thought this might be of interest to my readers. If you have any concerns regarding my affiliations or what this means, please visit my Disclosure Policy page.

 

April BirchBox – Initial Impressions April 14, 2012

Filed under: Haircare,Makup,Skincare — slagoon @ 8:15 pm
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Ug, Box 7, I was really hoping to not get washing machine detergent.  I use Tide from Costco – it is economical and does a good job of cleaning – I have no interest in trying anything new for clothes washing.  Anyway I guess I just spoiled one of the items for you. Sorry.  This month’s box is intended to be “down to earth” themed. So what all came in the box you ask?
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My March BirchBox – Wrap Up April 11, 2012

Filed under: General,Haircare,Skincare — slagoon @ 12:21 pm
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I’ve had a chance to use and review all of the products from my March boxes and decide on how much I liked them. So now it is time to do my box wrap up.

In case you don’t remember, here is a summary of the Awesomeness level:

Box Awesomeness Level Review (AL)

  • 5 points for an item that surpasses everything else I’ve tried and becomes my #1 choice for what role it fulfills
  • 4 points for an item that becomes added to my permanent collection of cosmetics and I will repurchase
  • 3 points for an item that joins my “I might buy this again” list
  • 2 points for an item I finished or will finish the entire sample of but in the end decided not to re-purchase
  • 1 point for an item that I tried and immediately threw out/gave away
  • 0 points if the item was a duplicate of something from a previous bag/box/kit that only scored a 1 in that box – meaning I knew enough to not even bother with trying it.
  • Don’t forget that I subtract 1/2 point for samples that can only be used 2 or fewer times.
I’ll start with the standard box, then the Teen Vogue box and then will compare the two.

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Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens – Review April 10, 2012

Filed under: Skincare — slagoon @ 9:08 am
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Today I bring you the final product from my two March Birchboxes, the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens. I didn’t save it for last because it was the best, but because I never really had reason to sample it. I just don’t get much oil on my face during the day. My BB cream really controls my oil levels throughout the day, and the dewey look is in so the little oil it doesn’t control still looks ok.

So what sets these apart from every other blotting paper? Well, they are made from natural fibers from the abaca tree. Then these sheets are infused with green tea, this is naturally full of antioxidants and is good for your skin.

Today I went out for a medical massage and the lady ended up thinking she’d do a little face massage at the same time. I’m laying there thinking “gaaaah, I just did my makeup 2 hours ago, get your oily hands off my face.” Yep, she totally messed up my makeup and left loads of massage oil all over my face. Bugger! But it did leave me with lots of oil to remove, so I figured now was as good a time as any to try the blotting paper.

I pressed the paper to my forehead and nose and up came the oil. The papers worked just as advertised.  When I was younger I had major oil problems so I used the clean and clear blotting papers. From my memory of those I’d say that the Boscia worked just as well, but I don’t think much better.  It is greener, both literally and in the carbon footprint meaning.

Anyway if blotting papers are your thing these are as nice as any.

Will I buy more? I doubt I’ll need to for a very long time, but if I felt the need for more, and it was convenient I’d get them again.

Will I finish the sample? I’ll keep using them until I either run out or lose them.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sample Size 25 sheets
Full Size 100 sheets
Full Size Price $10.00
Sample Value $2.50

FTC Disclaimer: Not affiliated with nor compensated by Birchbox or any of the brands included in the box. Items purchased by me for my own personal use. For more information please review my disclosure policy.

 

 
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