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

Empty Product Review: Three’s Company

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So it’s been a while! Which makes sense, given that the sad truth for any makeup hoarder is that it takes a very long time to go through a product completely.

Today we once again we return to the world of foundation and primer for our used-up products. First up is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. A couple of years ago this was the drug store foundation that beauty bloggers and gurus were raving about due to the fact that it reportedly offered a glow-y, dew-y finish comparable to higher-end products but at a fraction of the price.

What these reviews failed to mention was that the shade range is seriously prohibitive. Not only are there only 5 shades, but believe it or not, the bottle above is the lightest color they offer — 100, Ivory — and it still looks pumpkin orange. The darkest shade offered would just barely work for a white girl with a tan, and I can’t quite see it serving even the Latin American marketplace, let alone African American women. But because I’m a ghost, my mistake was buying this in winter when my skin is at its all-time whitest, so I waited until Summer to start using it and I finished it up about a week ago.

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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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Ipsy May 2014 – Beauty’s Fresh Picks!

Mes petites choux! I am back! It’s been a rough past month or so, and I just haven’t had the energy or willpower to blog, as much as I love you and my continuously growing hoard of makeup. But now I have returned, better than ever! Well, we shall see about that – I like to think so at least. :) Shall we dive right back in? Let’s go for it!

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