Collective Birchbox: January, February and March 2016

Hi loves! I’m back again with another catch up beauty box post. When I got back to the US and my apartment, I was very excited to see all the goodies waiting for me from all the beauty boxes I’m subscribed too, but looking at them all side by side was also very eye-opening, as I realized that I really don’t get a lot out of my Birchbox or ipsy subscriptions, so I canceled them both and am only keeping my Boxycharm for the time being!

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

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In my January box, I received:

  • Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner in black.
  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect.
  • Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel.
  • TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint in Red.
  • Whish Three Whishes Body Butter.

Out of these, I was most excited about the peel or the body butter, but the tint looks very intriguing! I kept the eyeliner, the tint, the peel and the body butter, and the spray went to the giveaway pile.

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In February, I received:

  • Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle.
  • COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face.
  • Marcelle NewAge 8 in 1 Power Serum.
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash.
  • POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix in Satin Rose.

Out of these, I was definitely most excited for the lipstick (duh). It’s a beautiful wearable color (think MLBB but a little more mauve) and it swatched beautifully! I’m also psyched to try the tinted moisturizer because I’ve tried some of their other moisturizers and sunscreens and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried! Out of these, the spray and the serum went to the giveaway pile.

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And lastly, in March, I received:

  • Cargo Land Down Under Eye Shadow.
  • COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray.
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow.
  • Pinrose Petal Pack Duo.
  • White & Elm Rose & Argan Antioxidant Serum.

Out of these, I was definitely excited and intrigued by the COOLA setting spray! I kept everything except for the BB cream, which went to the giveaway pile.

Individually, these boxes don’t look too bad, but overall, I wasn’t too excited about the boxes, which led to me cancelling my subscription for Birchbox. Who knows, I might go back to it because I definitely do like it better than ipsy most of the time, but Boxycharm seems to be the winner for now!

Thanks for reading, let me know what you got in your Birchbox!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: December 2015

Hello my loves! This post is super late because between my Boxycharm being late and the holidays, it just kept getting pushed back so I decided to just schedule it for my “I’m out of the country” queue.

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Let’s start with Birchbox, shall we? This month, I got an eye shadow sampler from Coastal Scents, a hand cream from Soap & Paper Factory, a liquid liner from Eyeko, a sample of a Harvey Prince perfume, and a hair mask from Amika. I wasn’t too crazy about any of these, but I did like the box overall!

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From ipsy, I got an eye shadow primer from Elizabeth Mott, a face mask from Acure, an eye makeup remover from Klorane, a lipstick from Pacifica, a setting powder from Tarte, and a Buxom lipstick I redeemed with my points. I liked my ipsy better than my Birchbox this month, but I still wasn’t too crazy about it.

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Buxom on the left and Pacifica on the right.

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Lastly, from Boxycharm I got a hair mask from Nelson J, a liquid lipstick in Americano from OFRA, a highlighter from Jelly Pong Pong, cuticle oil from NCLA, a  gel liner from Bellapierre in Cinnamon and blotting papers from Tatcha. I definitely liked my Boxycharm best this month, if anything just for the lipstick and lip liner!

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Americano is on the left and Cinnamon on the right (the other two are my ipsy swatches).

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And I was lucky enough to get some goodies from Jodi because I entered her giveaway and was the winner of the second place surprise prize! She sent me two NYX lipsticks, a lip balm, and this adorable card, and I loved all of it! Thank you so much Jodi!

What did you guys get in your beauty boxes in December?

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: November 2015

Hello friends!

Sorry that this post is so late, but I had to rearrange my schedule a bit in order to write everything I want to write but only post twice a week instead of three times like I used to.

You might be thinking, why don’t you go back to three times a week then? Well, for starters, I don’t want to do that and then end up struggling (again) to write three times a week, and I figured that I can start writing extra posts when the inspiration strikes to schedule while I’m out of the country, since I don’t think I’ll have much time or want to work on the blog while I’m in Chile with my family for six weeks!

Also, it was my birthday! So yeah, that’s a good enough excuse, right?

I’m writing this at least a week in advance, which I don’t normally tell you guys about, but I’m so proud of myself for being ahead of the game that I couldn’t help but brag!

But anyway, we’re getting a little off-track here.

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This wasn’t the best month for beauty subscriptions for me, but overall, there were enough items in each one that I loved or was excited for. Looking at them now, I don’t think any box particularly stood out more than the others, so I don’t think I’ll have a favorite this month. But let’s go through them, shall we?

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My Birchbox this month came with the following items:

  • theBalm Cosmetics FratBoy shadow/blush.
  • Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm.
  • Christie Brinkley daily facial exfoliating polish.
  • Templespa La La Lagoon bath and shower gel.
  • Rusk texture spray.

Not too crazy about any of the items, but I’m willing to try everything except for the blush, which I just don’t have any need for.

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This month, my ipsy had these for me:

  • Figs & Rouge Mattifying Emulsion and Pore Refiner.
  • Mai Couture Makeup Paper travel blush in Montecito.
  • Smashbox full exposure mascara.
  • Bdellium Tools blending brush 776.
  • INSPR Beauty eyeshadow in Carnival.

I’m going to need ipsy, Birchbox AND Boxycharm to please stop sending me so much mascara that I have no idea what to do with is. PLEASE.

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Lastly, my Boxycharm came with:

  • Coolway leave-in treatment.
  • Pur-lisse eye serum.
  • Studio Makeup blush in Sahara.
  • Manna priming gloss stain in All of Me.
  • Luxie concealer brush 211.

If I absolutely had to pick a favorite, it would probably be this one, but that’s just because of the lip gloss (and probably the brush as well). I’m keeping the eye serum and the leave-in treatment because I’m down to give them a shot, but the blush is going to Savannah once I finally get around to sending her care package!

So that’s everything I got this month! Not the best month, but I’m not too disappointed either. What did you get this month?

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: October 2015

Is it me or have my beauty box posts been late the last few times I’ve written them? I don’t know why but I feel like I’m receiving the boxes later than I used to (or maybe I’m just getting really impatient). Either way, sorry for the lateness of this post! I received the last of these over the weekend but my cousin was here and I was too busy going to Disney to write a post!

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Let’s start with Boxycharm, shall we? This month, I received:

  • Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask.
  • Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara.
  • Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain.
  • Lord & Berry Line/Shade Eyeliner.
  • Cult Cosmetics Nail Polish.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t too psyched about the contents of this box. I can see myself wearing that nail polish but I can’t for work, and I’m frankly exhausted of getting so many mascaras in my beauty boxes! I already set the cheek/lip stain aside for a future giveaway and I kept the eyeliner because I figure it’s an essential, but I’m really only excited about the mask.

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Remember what I was saying about too many mascaras? Yeah… anyway. Thanks, Birchbox. This month, I got:

  • Avene Thermal Spring Water.
  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo.
  • stila huge extreme lash mascara.
  • too cool for school Dinoplatz Highlighter.

This was definitely an improvement from my Boxycharm this month. I put the Dr. Jart+ cream in the giveaway pile, but I kept everything else and I’m super excited about the highlighter and the dry shampoo! I’m also very intrigued with the thermal water, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Lastly, my ipsy! This one is packed with goodies I got with my points, so don’t feel as if you missed out on anything. I probably liked my ipsy best out of the three, which is ironic considering that I was thinking about canceling it after this bag. I guess they’ll get another try! This month, I got:

  • MicaBeauty Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze.
  • Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla Deluxe Mini Roller Ball.
  • theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick.
  • Emité Make Up Professional Slant Tweezer.
  • Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum.
  • tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold.
  • Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe.
  • Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush.

I was psyched to get most of these things, except for that face serum, which already went into the giveaway pile. I’m definitely most excited for that liquid lipstick! I own at least three colors like it but I can never own enough nude liquid lipsticks and theBalm’s formula is one I’ve never tried but really want to!

What’d you get in this month’s beauty boxes?

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Birchbox, Boxycharm and ipsy: September 2015

Hello my loves! Welcome to another monthly installment of “what the hell did I get in my beauty boxes this month.” I’m Valentina, and I’ll be your host… Anyway. I got a bit carried away there. This post is a little late because for some reason, my Boxycharm took FOREVER to get here! But Saturday morning, I checked the mail and was happy to find it sitting in there. Crisis averted.

I’ll admit I wasn’t too crazy about any of them this month. I won’t go into too many details before I actually talk about all of them, so let’s get started, shall we?

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First up is ipsy. This month, I had two extra products in there that I got using my points, so my ipsy was extra full when I got it! What I got was:

  • Formula X nail polish in Ignite.
  • NYX ipsy eye shadow trio.
  • tre’Stique mini matte lip crayon.
  • Not Soap, Radio hand lotion.
  • Crown Brush concealer brush.

And the two products redeemed with my points were:

  • J.Cat Beauty lip stain in Blow Your Mind.
  • MICA felt tip eyeliner.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but after everything, ipsy really redeemed themselves in my eyes this month. I was about to cancel my subscription but I’m glad I decided to give them another chance! Hopefully, this keeps up.

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Up next is Birchbox. I have pretty high expectations for Birchbox and they usually deliver, but this month’s box fell a little flat for me, especially considering I paid the extra 20 dollars for two full-size makeup or nail products. (To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure which were the two full-size products.) This is what I got:

  • 100% Pure Organic eye cream.
  • Rene Furterer leave-in cream.
  • Peripera tint water.
  • Helmut Lang Cuiron perfume.
  • ModelCo lipstick in Smitten.
  • Marcelle Twist Push Up mascara.
  • TOCCA body scrub.

Like I said, it’s not my favorite Birchbox, but I have faith in them and I know they’ll redeem themselves. I did cancel the add-on for the two extra items though, and I’m hoping I just won’t know what I could have gotten next month.

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Last but not least, we have Boxycharm! This wasn’t my most favorite box either, but it’s definitely far from disappointing. Some of these things I have no use for (the nail wraps, because I can’t wear them to work) and I just wasn’t actually excited about anything like I was last month. I got:

  • Previse Skincare lotion.
  • Vasanti foundation brush.
  • tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof liner.
  • Chella eyebrow defining gel.
  • SCRATCH nail wraps.
  • Kardashian Beauty black seed dry oil.

The brush is always appreciated and the eyeliner does look intriguing, but otherwise I wasn’t too enthused by this box. Maybe next month?

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Unfortunately, no swatches for the post today, mainly because I forgot to take the pictures but also because the ModelCo lipstick and the tre’Stique lip crayon were both broken when they arrived. Between that and my So Susan highlighter stick from last month’s Boxycharm, I’m starting to think my mail carrier is throwing my stuff around! Oi.

How were your beauty boxes this month? Are you thinking of trying any of them out? Let me know!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm and ipsy: August 2015

Woohoo! It’s that time of the month again! No, not that time of the month — it’s beauty subscription time!

This month, because of the move, getting all of these was a pain in the ass. I moved after the first of the month, so I didn’t change my address on the websites, but I did change my address through USPS. Apparently, that means absolutely nothing, and all of the packages were at my old apartment still. After a very long wait at the post office, a very nice supervisor offered to personally contact my carrier so I could get my mail and I received a call later that day saying he had all three of my packages and if I could be there before they closed, I could get them. Needless to say, I ran out of the house to make it before five, and lo and behold, there they were!

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Isn’t it just so beautiful? Doesn’t it just make you want to tear up at the sight?

But I digress. Let’s get on with the show!

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First up, we have ipsy. For ten dollars a month, you get five samples or full-sized products. I haven’t been loving my ipsy lately, but this month’s is better than the last few and I’m hoping it’ll keep going that way!

This month, I got:

  • AILA nail polish in Mister Pookies.
  • Marc Anothony Nourishing Argan Oil Treatment.
  • Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk.
  • Noyah lipstick in Desert Rose.
  • Skone Cosmetics Eye & Lip Pencil in Wine.

Overall, I like everything well enough and certainly better than the last few months! I was most excited about the cleansing milk and the lipstick and least excited about… nothing, actually! I want to try everything for once!

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Up next is Birchbox. This box was pretty solid and I like everything I got! Birchbox is usually pretty consistently good and I appreciate it a whole lot more now that I’m more into skincare than I used to be.

This month, I got:

  • Dr. Jart+ Deep Hydration Sheet Mask.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn ultra-moisturizing hand therapy.
  • Rusk volumizing mousse.
  • IPKN New York Pore Apple Sun Cream.
  • Laqa&Co Cheeky Lip in Cray Cray.

In this month’s box, I was most excited for the sheet mask, and probably least excited about the mousse, though I still want to try it.

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Because I have no self-control, I upgraded my Birchbox subscription to receive two full-sized items for an extra 20 dollars a month. With this, I got a Marcelle eye shadow duo in Rockin’ Rose, and a Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney. I’m so excited to try them both! Not regretting the extra money… yet.

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Lastly, my Boxycharm was definitely loaded with goodies!

This month, I got:

  • CoastalScents Revealed 3 palette.
  • So Susan highlighting crayon.
  • MICA Beauty gel eyeliner.
  • SETA eyeliner brush.
  • Nios Shield leave-in conditioner.

I was definitely most excited about the Revealed 3 palette, but I was happy to see how great the rest of the products look! Another great box this month.

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Lastly, here are the swatches. From top to bottom, we have:

  • So Susan highlighting crayon.
  • MICA Beauty gel eyeliner.
  • Laqa&Co Cheeky Lip.
  • Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge.
  • Marcelle eye shadow duo.
  • Skone Cosmetics Eye & Lip Pencil in Wine.
  • Noyah lipstick in Desert Rose.

As you can probably see, all these goodies look fantastic and I can’t wait to try them out! What did you get in this month’s beauty subscriptions? Let me know in the comments, and as usual, follow me on instagram and twitter!

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Birchbox, Boxycharm, and ipsy: July 2015

Hi guys! Sorry for the awful delay in this post, I was meant to have it up Tuesday but this week has just been a lot of everything happening and I just kept missing my chance to write this! I told myself I had to write it today at the very latest and here I am now… just three days late.

The middle of the month is usually the best for me because it’s when I get all my beauty boxes! I currently have ipsy, Birchbox and Boxycharm, and I love them all enough to be willing to excuse spending this much money on them. Oops? (I just upgraded my Birchbox to get two full sized items, too, I have no shame.)

In all honesty, I’m probably going to cancel one of them by the end of the year if I find that I can’t really afford all of them at the same time, but until then, I’ll just keep them because it makes me happy! Let’s get started, shall we?

IMG_0003Up first is Birchbox. The design of this month’s box is absolutely precious and I love it! Two of these are things I’ve already received before from ipsy (Benefit they’re real mascara and Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, which I think I might have even received in a Birchbox in 2013 too) but I’m really excited about the other three! I got a dry texturizing spray from OribeStila stay all day liquid lipstick in the shade Venizia, and Coola cucumber moisturizer with SPF 15 in it.

IMG_0004In this month’s ipsy, I received Octavio sea salt spray, OFRA eyeshadow and highlighter in Bliss, Vasanti enzymatic face rejuvenator (which I got from Birchbox in May), Be a Bombshell lip balm in french kiss, and tarte deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer. I have zero use for the bronzer, so that’s going to Savannah when I send her a care package! This month was a bit disappointing for ipsy, I have no use for the sea salt spray and I don’t care for the lip balm, so the only thing I’m really excited to try will be the eyeshadow. If ipsy continues like this, it’s probably going to be the subscription to go!

IMG_0005Lastly, Boxycharm! I got a Vasanti blush brush, OFRA eyebrow pencil, yourMinerals setting powder, gorge daily hair spray, and MDMflow mascara. Overall, this wasn’t a bad box and definitely not something I’d cancel my subscription for, but I wasn’t all too impressed either.

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Between these three, Birchbox definitely wins my favorite this month, if anything because I would use all of these and I was actually excited about three out of the five. Boxycharm would be in second place because while nothing makes me particularly excited, it’s all good stuff, and ipsy falls into last place. Here’s to hoping that next month’s ipsy is better!

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you got in your beauty boxes this month and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and twitter.

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