March (Box) Madness

Well, if you all remember I wrote about my Julep Maven box on Friday, but today I’m here to talk about my March Birchbox and Ipsy bag! I haven’t used any of the products yet because I didn’t want to open anything before I took pictures, so there won’t be any reviews.. just a description of what’s in the box!

photo 31. Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Color-Saver Sulfate Free Shampoo ($22 full size) – This is a super gentle shampoo that’s supposed to clean your hair without stripping it of it’s moisture and color. It uses tea antioxidants and lemon/apple extracts.

2. Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream ($20 full size) – It’s all natural and it doesn’t foam up like regular shaving creams, it’s supposed to go on like thick cream. It’s scented with blueberry, pomegranate, almond and lavender (it seriously smells SO good).

3. Madewell Nail Emery Board ($5 each) – It has a rough side and soft side – and seriously, can you ever have too many nail files??

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4. MAKE Face Primer ($30 full size) – It’s moisturizing, skin perfecting AND contains SPF 30. Honestly, I love any and all face primers.

5. MAKE Matte Finish Eyeshadow ($18 full size) – I don’t know the name of the color I received (I think it’s Cement) but it’s a medium grey and I’m super excited to use it. This eye shadow is supposedly crease-resistant and long lasting.

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Overall, I’m satisfied with this month’s box. There’s nothing that particularly pops out and makes me go “WOW!” but there’s nothing I’m really disappointed in. ((All the above descriptions were summarized from the Birchbox website. Links provided.))

1. All Ipsy bags come in a little makeup bag and this one is TOO CUTE! It’s navy blue and white with ropes and boat anchors. Adorable. This month’s theme was the Great Escape with a cute beachy, vacation theme.

2. LA Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes ($1.49 for 8 wipes) – This is pretty self-explanatory. And who doesn’t love makeup wipes? Enter “IPSY13” at checkout for 30% off beauty wipes until 4/15/13. 

3. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22 full size) – This product is actually for your skin. The website said it’s nourishing and moisturizing. And it smells good! I’m a little excited to try this actually. Enter “GLAM20” at checkout for 20% off $30 or more until 4/15/13. 

photo 1 4. GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette ($16.50 for the Touch Up Palette) – So the mini palette I received is just a magnetic case with a mirror. On the actual website, it comes with a brightening concealer, lip balm, shine erase powder, and black eyeliner AND an empty layer below it for your little magnetic eye shadow pots. Seriously, this is adorable. I’m not impressed with my mini palette, but this one is SO CUTE! Enter “IPSY” at checkout for 20% off until 4/15/13. 

5. YABY Eye Shadow Refill ($3.29 each) – I received 2 different colors – one is a dark teal and the other is a really light tan (it looks yellow in the picture). I’m not sure I’d use either color, but they’re magnetic and fit nicely in the GlamRX Palette. Enter “ipsyglam20130325” at checkout for 25% off your purchase until 4/15/13. 

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So honestly, I was severely disappointed in this bag. The actual makeup bag is cute. Yeah, I’ll use the makeup wipes and I’ll probably use the hydrating mist (or at least try it), but I just didn’t feel like there was anything I really liked or couldn’t live without. So disappointed! Hopefully next month is better.  ((All links provided will take you to the actual website of the product.))

Do you have Birchbox or Ipsy subscriptions? What did you think of March’s items??

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Friday Nail Files #4

Even though I only got my first Julep Maven box a few weeks ago.. I already received my second one in the mail! When I received my first Julep box,  I was impressed, but only so so. I wasn’t sure if it was worth it for me to spend $20 every month to receive it. Especially when I pay $10/month for Birchbox and I finally got off the wait list for Ipsy which is another $10/month. Well this month as made me fall in love with Julep. I’m even debating cancelling my Birchbox now! On that note.. it’s time for the Friday Nail Files!

((Linking up with Tara from Fabulous But Evil and Vicki from My Vickilicious Life))

This month’s Julep box is seriously awesome!

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And two chocolates!!

1. A pocket sized eyelash curler – for eyelash obsessed people like myself.

2. Oxygen Nail Treatment – they call it “makeup for your nails.” The package says it “creates high gloss coverage and strong, healthy growth.” I already tried it – you can see it in the pictures below on my nails – and I love it. It makes my nails look glossy and it has a very, very light pink color to it. And I’m pretty sure I can get away with wearing it to work! 😉

3. Freedom Polymer Top Coat – The package says it “goes on like a polish, performs like a gel.” I have off a few days next week and I’m super excited to try it! It says you can allow it to dry naturally or you can hold it under a 60-watt bulb for longer-lasting results. I desperately miss getting my gel manicures, so maybe this will satisfy me on my weekends off.

4. And then TWO NAIL POLISHES! The first color is Claudette – described as a “smoky brick red creme” and the second color is Helen – described as a “smoky pastel lavender creme.” Both colors look awesome, but I think I’m the most excited about the lavender color.

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Claudette

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Helen

I’m seriously falling in love with Julep. I made my beauty profile through them when I signed up and they titled me as being “Classic with a Twist” and so far they’ve been spot on with every single color they send me. (This month is even more awesome than last month!)  ANDDD this is directly from their website – “Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP.”  Sounds perfect to me 🙂

Link up and show off your manicures!