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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.


Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea – Review April 5, 2012

Filed under: Food — slagoon @ 6:27 am
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Today I bring you Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea.  I am a tea lover, and have been for years. I spend way too much money at Teavana and other similar stores though admittedly not as much as I do on cosmetics/skincare. Anyway, this tea was sent to me in my March Birch Box. I like Detox teas usually, they have a nice blend of green and other teas. This particular one is a blend of Matte, green tea, and lemon grass.  The idea of Detox teas is that they help flush toxins from your system, leaving you healthier and with better skin, hair, and nails.

At first I thought this was kind of a silly item to get in my Birchbox, I mean a Tea Bag with “detox tea” in it. I am a loose leaf tea snob, and tea bags usually are filled with icky leftover tea products (no offense if you like them). I was wary of this but like a good trier-outer I dutifully opened my outer wrapper and was delighted to find a satchel rather than a bag inside. If you are not into tea then you are probably scratching your head at this.  A tea bag is a little paper filter with ground up tea inside and a string stapeled to it.  A satchel, on the other hand, is usually made of silk or some other natural fiber – in this case I believe it is cotton. Additionally a satchel contains loose leaf tea. When you look at a satchel they usually look like they are not filled properly and are too empty. In reality the dried tea and other ingredients shrink up a bunch and when water is added the satchel will fill up as the ingredients expand. By the time you are done steeping the tea, the satchel is quite full. One thing to be careful of with loose leaf tea is that they are much more temperature and time sensitive. If it says 3-4 minutes you better remove the tea from the water by 4 minutes. If it says 170º then you better not put boiling water in it (instead try 2 normal sized ice cubes in the boiling water. You don’t want to burn the tea.  Loose leaf teas have more nutrients in them because they go through less processing and to me they taste better because of that lack of processing.

Kusmi is no exception to the normal satchel stereotypes. This tea is wonderful and the lemon and lemon grass add a perfect citrus to compliment the green tea. It is the perfect tea for cool spring mornings.  It has enough punch that you can actually get a full second steep with it, and a 3rd if you don’t mind it a little weaker (leave it in for more like 6 minutes on the third steep).  This tea is great even with its hefty price tag. I plan on ordering some when I get more birchbox points (or see if I can find it on Amazon for cheaper).

If you like tea this is definitely one to try!

Will I buy this again? Yes I plan to

Will I finish the sample? Yes

Here’s the breakdown!

Sample Size 2
Full Size 20
Full Size Price $21.94
Sample Value  $2.19


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



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