PopSugar Must Have – January 2015

Hello my darling little cabbages!

Let’s do something a little different, eh? I reviewed a PopSugar Must Have box back in the day, and I still get it and still (mostly) love it, so I’m going to start adding it to my repertoire of “things I like to talk about”! Doesn’t that sound like fun? I know, I know, it’s not specifically a ‘makeup’ subscription box. But you know what, why don’t we start talking about anything and everything on this here blog? Makeup might be my One True Love (sorry boyfriend!), but I actually subscribe to a few other boxes, and am super into fashion and lifestyle/DIY stuff. I mean for heaven’s sake, I made a nearly ten dish Thanksgiving feast for just the two of us!

Anyway, I’m rambling. Go over here if you want to read more about some of the changes I have in mind for this wonderful corner of the internet in 2015!

Onwards and upwards, mes petites!

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Birchbox December 2014 – Decked Out

Well hello there! How are all of you, my lovies? I’ve had a hell of time these past few months – I’ll put up an update post soon just so you guys know what’s been going on and what’s in store for the future!

But until then, let’s talk about Birchbox some more. Because who doesn’t want to talk about Birchbox always, right? Seriously, this is consistently my favorite subscription box (well, okay, GlossyBox is actually my favorite, but they just don’t have the rewards system Birchbox does, and they ARE pricey. So, I had to reluctantly remove a point and put Birchbox in the lead!). Partly because it’s inexpensive, and partly because I’ve discovered some of my favorite new products through the company. The most common complaint I hear about BB is that they tend to send out ‘foil packet’ samples. That’s entirely true – they do. But for $10 a month? I honestly don’t expect the world. I’d rather try a small sample of something I might actually use, than get an assortment of full or deluxe sized items that I will never use because the quality just isn’t there. I’m pretty particular about what I put on my face – I’ll try just about anything once, and I certainly believe that some of the best products out there are drugstore products, but I am unabashedly a fan of a lot of luxury items. My skin is, as I’ve mentioned many times, a particularly Special effing Snowflake, and doesn’t always like what I try to do to it. I’ve got a couple plans in the works, so keep your eyes peeled for “Jess Takes On Her Skin In 2015″ posts – we shall see who wins, eh?!

Birchbox has lately taken to doing curated boxes with different people/companies/groups/what have you, which is a pretty darn cool concept. I don’t, however, like the lack of a surprise factor. I DO like being able to choose one sample, and have the rest be a surprise. It’s the best of all worlds – I know I’ll like at least one thing, which makes the value awesome, and then I get to be surprised for the rest.

Needless to say, I will be continuing this subscription well into the new year! If you have been thinking about signing up and just haven’t had the chance yet, please consider doing so through my link, found HERE. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, all that link does is give me bonus points, which I then use to buy more cool things to share with all of you! Because why not let someone else smear weird shit all over their face, eh? It’s fun!

On to the December box!

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Birchbox November 2014 – Buzzfeed Holiday Hacks!

Hello, my beautiful little cabbages! Have you missed me?! I’ve missed you. Let’s see if I can get back on this regular blogging train, eh?

Why not start off with a review of this month’s Birchbox! They’ve really stepped up their game lately, and while I never thought I’d go for any of their curated and therefore non-surprise boxes, I did! Fortunately, I’ve not been disappointed. But I think next month (unless there is something awesome I HAVE to have) I’ll go back to maybe picking out one thing but being surprised by the rest. This month they teamed up with Buzzfeed to create the Holiday Hacks box, filled with goodies to help get you through the holiday season unscathed. Here we go!Birchbox Nov 2014 Continue reading

Birchbox July 2014 – Women’s Health Collaboration!

HAI THERE MES PETITES CHOUX! I’m back! I know, I’ve been awful and on and off for a couple months, but life is stabilizing a little bit, so let’s get back to talking about my somewhat out of control makeup and beauty obsession! I’ll post a couple box reviews in quick succession, and then get into some more specific product reviews and maybe a video or two! Wouldn’t that be excited? You can all make fun of my face, it’ll be a bonding experience. ;)

This box is a collaboration with the magazine Women’s health, and each Birchbox customer got a year subscription to the mag in their box! I’ve never been a devotee of Women’s Health, but I do love my free magazines, so of course I took advantage. It was worth ~$10, which you could also claim in check form. Thanks, BB!

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Empty Product Review: Almay Smart Shade Primer

Hello Coralistas! It’s been a while. I was on vacation and then I got lazy. Sorry about that.

But one thing I decided in my time off was that the 5 products thing wasn’t working quite as well as I’d hoped. For one thing, there were times when I’d fall in love with a particular blush or mascara, and then found myself disappointed that I’d have to scrap it to move on to the next product. For another, it still made it quite easy to keep buying products while I was supposedly cleaning out my collection.

So instead I’m going to do this: when I finish a product, I’ll write a post. It lets me run through the things I love and you get a much more thoughtful review than you would with just a couple of weeks’ worth of use. It also (hopefully) encourages me to stick to products I already own. Otherwise it’ll be about 2 years before I can tell you about a new blush I bought.

So a few days ago, I ran through the last of my Almay Smart Shade Primer. I bought this after using up all of my Stila One Step Correct Primer (which looks almost identical) because the $38 price tag was pretty steep for a product that I’d have to re-purchase every month or so.

The Almay is certainly cheaper but still not necessarily affordable as it ranges for between $16-18 in Canada, depending on where you shop.

Let’s get something out of the way quickly: the two products aren’t really comparable. Despite looking the same, Stila’s primer is much thicker and, sadly, much more effective. But at more than half the price, it’s a bit of an unfair battle for Almay.

So just reviewing Almay on its own, here were my thoughts:

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Glossybox – Bergdorf Goodman Collaboration

Mes petites choux! How have you been?! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous start to their summer adventures – I sure am!

In May, Glossybox collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman (you know, that department store you always want to go into, but it makes your wallet cry whenever you even look at it?) to bring us a box chocked full of luxury goodies. I had my doubts about this one – after all, it’s gotta be hard for a ‘luxury’ beauty box to out-luxury themselves, but I was both surprised and very impressed with what I was went! Let’s get into it, shall we??

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Birchbox May 2014

Mes petites choux! Look, more blog posts for you! I’ve got one more review of sub boxes in the works, then I may take a stab at a video! We shall see! Anyways, I couldn’t figure out what the ‘theme’ of this Birchbox was supposed to be, so my apologies for the less than super exciting title! Let’s get reviewing, shall we?

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