Birchbox: March 2016

April 16, 2016

April is already half way over. Summer is just around the corner! Ah!

I've had a full month to test out my last let's dive in and review.

I'm always hesitant with shadow crayons - they have a tendency to crease on me or lack in staying power, but this is one of the exceptions! I also love the ease of application. It can be used as a thick liner or a full shadow. The color is called "Aspen Pine" and is a beautiful deep green. 

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
Okay...I'm still on the fence about these eye pads. The concept is great - apply, let it sit, then peel off to reveal hydrated skin. There was only one use in my birchbox, so it's a far cry to say that it worked. It felt nice, but I just don't think I would purchase due to price and the fact that I could just use a thick eye cream.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
This is one product I was really happy to see in the box. I haven't tried many Kiehl's products before, but after using this cleanser for a few weeks I would definitely try others from this line. It only takes a little, but works great!

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil
Not for oily skin. No! I also don't understand the difference in a "primer oil" and a "face oil" that moisturizes. I gave it a go, despite my better judgement, and mid-day was an oily mess. If you have dry skin this could be great. If you're like me with combo/oily skin I don't recommend.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
I feel like sea salt sprays are full of empty promises most of the time. There have been very few to work on my fine hair. Add this to the list. It just didn't work for me.

Two good products out of five is still a win! Want to get your own Birchbox each month? Sign up here!

Spring Decorating in 5 Easy Steps

March 22, 2016

The weather has been teasing us into thinking spring is here. 70's one day, 50's the next...but that hasn't kept me from thinking about how to shake the winter (especially when trees are blooming and flowers are coming to life)!

Need some inspiration? Keep reading...

1. Change your artwork. Chalkboard prints are a great way to customize your walls - love this floral wildflower art version.

2. Decorate with terra cotta vases and fresh flowers. Group several together on your kitchen table as a centerpiece; or set them on your mantle.

3. Brighten up your table setting. These Kaleidoscope melamine dishes are perfect!

4. Update your throw pillows. I love the bright colors on these Birch Lane linen pillows.

5. Hang a spring wreath on your front door, or over a fireplace.

How do you get ready for spring? 

February Birchbox

March 12, 2016

The February Birchbox was a mix of great products and a couple that won't get much use - a so/so box for me. Inside was an eye cream (which I was out of, so I was actually really happy about that) and a hair mask that I was excited to try, but with the rest I felt like I might have to force myself to use.

The lipstick in my box was Matte Velvet Lipstix by POP Beauty. A bright red, which in theory is pretty but I never wear red lipstick (aside from a really special occasion...or Christmas); so that wasn't my favorite. It felt nice on, but the color was a dud for me.

Whish Body Butter has been in previous boxes, so I knew it would be good. It didn't disappoint, but I have a hard time paying that much for body lotion... 

Hair masks are always so heavy on my hair, so I typically stay away from them; however, the Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask was really nice. There was enough for two uses in the tube, and it left my hair soft without weighing it down. 

The eye cream was the Sahajan Restorative. The color was just weird, but it blended into the skin and did not appear to be tinted. It is made of natural ingredients (love that) and the scent is earthy but mild. I didn't feel like it got enough use to see a difference in my under eye area, but I liked how it felt on the skin. 

Liquid blushes or tints scare me a little bit...mostly because I'm afraid of getting way too much or that it will be too bright to blend. The Arrow Revive Cooling Cheek Tint was a bright pink, so I used it sparingly. I found that squeezing a little on the back of my hand first worked best. This allowed me to pick up just enough product with a stippling brush. I didn't quite understand the cooling part though.

I love getting to try these samples each month; a lot of my beauty drawer gets re-stocked with Birchbox products. :) They're also great to keep on hand for travel. 

Want to try it? Click here for your invite, and stay tuned for next month's box...I just got it today so I'll be testing soon, and there are some great products inside!