Birchbox: April + May 2014

Before my long-overdue April Birchbox recap and my May Birchbox recap, some beauty buys I have made on my own!

Subtitle: That One Time When I Bought A Lot Of Beige Colored Things.


I ended up sourcing a full-sized container of the Stila Highlighter because I adore it.   I was definitely scraping the sides of the sample container that Megan gave me by the time I knew I needed to give in and make a purchase.

Part of the reason that I drained that first tube so quickly is because I realized that the highlighter was working wonders under my eyes.  The solution to that?  My first tube of concealer in what is probably at least five years.  Generally speaking, I wear Revlon powder and I’m pretty pleased with the staying power of all of their cosmetics, so I thought this would be a good concealer choice as well.  So far, I have not been disappointed.

Last but not least, it is bronzer season!  Lured by the promise of CVS ExtraCare Rewards and a much lower price tag than Physician’s Formula ($6 v. $15), I just had to give this Maybelline bronzer a try.  It’s fine.  I might switch back.  I might now.  The jury is still out.


Birchbox April

In the Box: Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant Absolue, Color Club in Aquamarine Azulino, Davines Oi All in One Milk, theBalm cosmetics How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream

Sometimes I have to ask myself the question of sky blue nail polish: what to do with it.    Actioning some high-level mitts with silver party nails is not a bad place to start.  I was actually a fair fan, but they got lots of compliments, which was a little bit of a (fun) surprise.

I’m no stranger to KIND bars, but I certainly don’t mind snacks that I recognize or having an excuse to try a new flavor.


Birchbox May

In the Box: Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo, Beauty Protector Protect & Condition, Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes, Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology

Let me tell you about how I divided this box up.  The shampoo/conditioner samples went straight into the shower.  The sunscreen into my travel beauty kit, because that’s basically all I need at the cabin.  I did give the foot towels a bit of a side-eye, which I feel was completely justified.  Washing my feet is not something I want to make a habit of.  But, you know, I’ve also realized that after the last few weddings we have attended, my feet have been basically black.  So there may be a market for those foot wipes after all.

Have you sourced any new beauty buys that you love lately?


One response to “Birchbox: April + May 2014

  1. Two big beauty buys (since I am normally one to buy products and stick with them for 29500 years): rms beauty lip2cheek in Beloved (an amazing lip and cheek tint) that comes in a balm kind of situation and gives you a very inner glow type of look, and dermalogica’s precleanse oil. Smells like citrus, and basically dissolves ANYthing you have on your face before you even go at it with a cleanser. I discovered both within the last month, and am completely devoted to these two. Total wins. Recommend buying the lip2cheek outright; recommend sourcing the precleanse oil in a sample size before going All In. It’s a little pricey and while it gives some people perfect skin, it makes others break out. Find out which you are before making the investment.

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