August Birchbox: Keep Calm and SPF On

August Birchbox
My August Birchbox is here and I’m proud to say that I didn’t take a peak online. It’s the end of summer, but Birchbox wants to help keep you cool and laughing your way into fall. This was definitely an interesting box.

I received the Harvey Prince Ageless Body Crème, a lotion that leaves your skin feeling silky-smooth, and the Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow. This was a Birchbox exclusive that I was excited to see that I would be getting. For hair products I got deluxe size samples of the Neil George Shampoo and Conditioner. This is going to come in handy when I go to Vegas. Hope it’s good! Lastly was a product that I chose, theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen. I didn’t want this, but I only had two options: that and some bronzer. I don’t like to get bronzers since I’m picky about those. We had the choice between a special box and choosing a product. Birchbox never gave me the option to choose and by the time I was able to choose, everything was gone.

That’s my big issue with Birchbox. Don’t offer these types of things unless you are able to send out e-mails to everyone. So many members never got the e-mail and others couldn’t choose. These kinks need to be ironed out before having these offers, which I dp think is amazing.

To be honest, this box was a let down. I received shampoo and conditioner samples either last month or in June so I don’t need more. Even with the choosing a product fail and more shampoo and conditioners, I’m interested in trying everything out and seeing if they work great. Out of all the beauty subscription services that I’m a member of, Birchbox is the most hit or miss. I definitely recommend joining Birchbox because you never really know what products you may discover. Some of the samples I’ve received over the past couple of years have gone on to become my must-have, holy grail items. And these were items I didn’t know about until Birchbox.

Melody Susie 4 in 1 Facial Cleaning Massager

Melody Susie 4 in 1 Facial Cleaning Massager
It’s time to really get my skin nice and clean! The way to do that is by using the 4 in 1 Facial Cleaning Massager from Melody Susie. What’s even better is the price: $14.99. You probably won’t find a product like this at such a low price.

The product is a gentle and effective way to deeply cleanse your skin, while removing impurities and dead skin cells for a fresh and radiant complexion. If needed, there are instructions explaining the product and how to use each brush.

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Tarte Holiday Eye Shadow Palette

Tarte Holiday Palette
I was browsing QVC’s website recently and I noticed that they were offering the palettes from Tarte’s previous holiday set. I don’t remember the name, but it had two shadow palettes, some jumbo pencils, liners, lip pencils and mascara. It was an insanely large gift set, but at a super affordable price. The only reason I didn’t pick it up was because I didn’t like the liners, and I already owned the mascaras and jumbo pencils. It just wasn’t a good value for me.

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Touch N’ Lift: Where the Magic Happens

Touch N' Lift
Trying out new skincare products can be a lot of fun. I do get a little nervous because I never know how my skin is going to react, but it’s still amazing. I recently got to try out this new Wrinkle Vanish Technology from Touch N’ Lift. Want to get rid of wrinkles? This may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

It’s a revolutionary age-defying enhancer that’s used with your favorite anti-wrinkle cream. Leave it on for just a few minutes and you’ll notice results. The maximum effect occurs two hours after use and will last for up to 12 hours.

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Join the #FinFree Movement

Shark Fin Soap

Last Friday night I decided to grab drinks and appetizers with my mom at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook. I chose that mall because I knew I had to stop by the LUSH store inside of MACYs to pick something up for my Eczema. Came in looking for one thing and left with 5! When I got to the counter to pay for everything I noticed they had the Shark Fin Soap up there. This is a popular soap that has ingredients from the sea.

LUSH has partnered with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart and his organization, United Conservationists, to “raise awareness for sharks and to stop the unnecessary slaughter of their fins”.

Their limited edition sea-inspired soap is a super soft seaweed, scrubby fine sea salt and zesty lime oil that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and amazing. 100% of the price of the soap, $5.95, will be donated to United Conservationists, a non-profit organization dedicated in the protection and conservation of sharks through its #FinFree movement. When you purchase this soap, you’re helping too! There’s also a petition you can sign if you’re interested.

Unfortunately it’s sold out online, but if you live near a LUSH store, I highly recommend picking one up. It smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling nice and soft. I wish I picked up two of these instead of one.

Introducing Makeup by One Direction

Makeup by One Direction 2
If you’re a huge fan of makeup like myself, or you’re a Directioner, you may have heard that the popular boyband One Direction have released a new makeup collection. I recently had the opportunity to review one of the three available sets in Take Me Home. While browsing photos this was definitely the one I was hoping to get since it’s definitely the more neutral of the three.

The collection comes in a nice tin that will work great for storing some of your makeup. This will definitely be nice for collection students without a ton of space in their dorm room. When you open the tin, the lid features different looks you can do with that collection. Is something like this necessary? No. But I really like how they did it. It came out looking really cool and nice.

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CCO Haul + Review

CCO HaulA few weeks I decided to visit the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora to see if the CCO had anything new from MAC. Since I live a good 20 minutes away, I tend to visit as often as I can just to browse. Majority of the time I don’t buy anything. This time around, I couldn’t help but pick up a few things from MAC and one item from Clinique.

From Clinique I picked up another Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato. I’ve gone through 2 (that Cherry shade) in the past and I absolutely love these. Two Ton Tomato is an orangey red shade that looks amazing! I love how moisturizing these Chubby Sticks are and they’re easy to throw in your purse and apply without a mirror. A major bonus for anyone on the go and super busy.

From MAC I picked up a Plushglass in Full For You. This is my first Plushglass from MAC and the shade is gorgeous! It’s a sheer Mauve with beautiful shimmer. It lasts as long as your average gloss and looks nice on its own. I bought two eye products, an extra dimension eye shadow in Silver Dawn and a pigment in Blue Brown. Personally I love the extra dimension shadows and I don’t know why I never got this one when it came out. It’s a nice taupe that will look great with my current MAC shadows. It’s light enough to wear to work during the day, but you can definitely beef it up for a smokey eye look. Blue Brown is my first pigment and it definitely won’t be my last. This is what I wish MAC’s Club would look like. It swatched beautifully! It’s a duo-chrome shadow that will look amazing on its own. Lastly, I picked up my favorite brow pencil in Lingering. It’s a staple and something that I definitely needed to get.

I plan on visiting the CCO again this weekend. Another haul could be headed your way!

The Return of Beauty Army

Beauty Army July 2014
After taking about a year off from Beauty Army, it was just calling my name. I decided to re-join to give it another go. I’m so happy that I did! Beauty Army is a $12 a month beauty subscription service that allows you to pick your own samples. This is how they stand out above the others. This is a little late since I signed up for the July box really late in the month.

Beauty Army July 2014 Products
The samples I chose were: the full-size Bold Lacquer mascara from REVLON, it came with a $1 off coupon which is really cool, a full-size Anti-Aging Hair Serum Leave-In Treatment from ROUX, a deluxe sample of the Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Angel’s Touch, and three foil samples. I chose the No7 Lift & Luminate Day and Night Serum to try since the brand is pretty affordable and easy to get at Target. I haven’t tried the Cetaphil brand before, but I’ve heard good things so I had to pick out the new Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths. Just to have a sixth item I went with the Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioner from HASK.

Price wise, this might not exactly be a good value, at least compared to other boxes I’ve gotten from Beauty Army. But here’s the thing, I want to try each and everything product and I was excited when I saw them as options. Because of that, this box was more than worth the $12. If you’re looking to try a new beauty service, I highly recommend giving them a try. If you’re not happy with the first box, you can cancel at any time.

Arch Apothecary Haul & Review

Arch Apothecary Haul
This is a few months late, but that’s okay. In June I decided to get my hair done on the day of The Makeup Show Blogger Event at Arch Apothecary in Old Town. Of course you can’t visit there without doing a little makeup shopping. I realize it sounds weird to do makeup shopping the day before a makeup trade show. But that’s how I roll! I kept my spending in check and only picked up three items.

I really wanted to try something from ILIA and the lipstick in Wild Child was just screaming, “Angie, take me home!” It’s a bit of a reddish, orange lipstick that really looks amazing. Anyone can pull this shade off! The lipstick goes on like a dream and it’s super moisturizing. It last as long as the average lipstick, which I don’t mind.

The other lip product I picked up was from RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Sacred. I only use this as a lip product and I’m in love. I don’t go all out with this shade, I put a little bit on to make it look more like a stain.

The third item was something that I’ve had on my must-get list for quite some time thanks to UK Bloggers Vivianna Does Makeup and Lilly Pebbles. And that is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in 5 Misty Rock. I wear this a lot when I don’t feel like doing much with my makeup. I’ll apply this all over the lid and pick one of my MAC shadows to blend it out with and apply some mascara… and that’s it!

I love visiting Arch Apothecary and I highly recommend stopping by the next time you need a blow dry service. While you’re there do a little shopping. They have brands that aren’t easily available at Nordstrom, Sephora or ULTA.

IT Cosmetics: It’s All About You Set

IT Cosmetics It's All About You Set
It’s no secret that I love shopping on QVC. It’s the best place to go when you want to try a certain brand for the first time. They offer some pretty incredible sets at prices you can’t beat. That probably read like an infomercial, but it’s true. The kit includes five full-size products that are considered customer favorites. Inside the kit, I chose the Medium set, you’re getting the Celebration Foundation, Bye Bye Under Concealer, Brow Power, CC+ Radiance Palette, and the Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Brush.

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