Beauty Back Talk: November Birch Box and Ipsy & Collage It

Yay for my beauty boxes!  I received Birchbox and Ipsy on the same day–I love when that happens!

As you guys know, I try to take a lot of pictures on my blog.  One of the things that annoys the heck out of me is so many pictures and resizing them and blah blah blah.  So I am constantly trying to figure out ways to get my pictures to not take over the blog.  I love collaging pictures but still don’t know photoshop well enough to functionally use it.  I was excited to review CollageIt 3.  And what better time to break out the collages than for my Ipsy/Birch Box reviews!?

OK Birch Box:

November Birch Box


Ahmad Tea London-Assorted Teas/Full-size $7

What: A best-selling British blend of premium teas from Assam, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.

How: Steep 3-5 minutes in near-boiling water

Well we all know I love me some tea and I’m excited to try these out.

Chella-Latte Highlighter Pencil/Full-size $18

What: The face illuminator brightens and contours–it can be applied in 10 different ways!

How: Blend onto brow bones, cheekbones, or along lip  line.  Go to our magazine for a tutorial!

I’m not sure what I think about this–still can’t figure out exactly how to use it.

Color Club nail polish/Full-size $8

What: On-trend pro quality lacquer that will take you easily–and gorgeously–from day to night.

How: Apply two coats for an opaque finish.  Always use base and top coats to make your color last.

I haven’t used this color–I received three different nail polishes this month but I do like the color and think it’ll look really good with my shirt for Thanksgiving!

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish/Full-size $11

What: Lightweight leave-in conditioner that nourishes strands for soft, shiny curls and waves.

How: Apply nickel-sized amount to damp hair.  Style as usual

This smelled delicious and I think it makes my hair more manageable!  I’ve been trying to use an intensive something once a week and I like Miss Jessie products.

Mox Botanicals Bath Milks/2-pack $12

What: This indulgent blend infuses your bath with botanical goodness and nutrient-rich sea salt

How: Let steep in a full tup of warm bathwater.  Or empty directly into tub before soaking.

I love that this is from Portland and I am totally going to seek out the store!

I actually really liked this box which is exciting.  Remember, if you are interested in signing up, follow the link.


Ipsy Bag

November Ipsy


I received:

em michelle phan waterliner intense color eyeliner

So far I like the color and have enjoyed using it.

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon

Smooth and I like the color :)

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer

Not loving the color–it’s a little too dark and I was disappointed that for the second time, the nail polish was slightly open and went all over the place in the box and the package reeked of nail polish.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer

I like the bronzer and it adds a bit of color to my cheeks.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil

Not sure why I received two eye pencils in this bag but I do like this color as well.

Kiss everEZlashes Lash Double Pack

I have never used false eyelashes in my life and am a little nervous about them but I’m sure I’ll try them out and see.

I guess overall more impressed with Birch Box this month which is a first in a while.

Do you receive both or either?  Which do you prefer?

In terms of CollageIt, it is super easy to use. . . I had a bit of a snafu downloading the app onto my computer and it wouldn’t open directly from the link, I had to go into the application folder and open it that way.  But once I figured that out, the program is super easy to use with tons of different options to try out.

And a super cool offer to thank people for their support, the CollageIt people are offering a discount!  PearlMountain is going to make a big discount promo up to 65% off for the pro version CollageIt. It is priced at $29.90 normally, now users can get it at only $9.90 during this Thanksgiving, saving about $20. The promo is active from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. During this promo period, you can enter this promo at:  Pretty snazzy!

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Beauty Back-Talk: October Birchbox and Ipsy

Although I’ve been getting both my Birchbox and Ipsy bags, I haven’t blogged about them lately.  In all honesty, I am preferring the Ipsy over the Birchbox but then there is always something somewhat good in the Birchbox and so I figure, I’ll keep going for another month.

So here’s October:


Birchbox October

The pink bottle is 12 Benefits-Instant Healthy Hair Treatment (full-size $19)

What: Created by two industry experts, this heroic all-in-one detangles, protects, and heals

How: Spritz damp or dry strands from mid-lengths to ends.  Style as usual.

I’m excited to try this as I’m always looking for stuff to make my hair feel better!

Karuna Hydrating Mask (4 masks $28)

What: This all-natural cloth mask is infused with a hydrating cocktail of antioxidants

How: Arrange on a clean face.  Remove backing, relax for 10-20 minutes, then discard

I am looking forward to a relaxing mask–I love masks!!

The pink tube: Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer (Full-size $14)

What: A British makeup pro created this sheer gloss, which plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil

How: The cute paddle-style applicator makes for precise lines

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum (Full-size $20-$42)

What: This antiaging SPF 30 serum, which creates a weightless UV shield, can be worn year-round

How: Apply a thin layer in the morning.  Wear alone or as a primer under makeup

I loved my previous supergoop! samples so I am looking forward to this one.

And then the chapstick: Look for the baggie with your Birchbox Find, a mass-market discovery we think is just plain awesome.  I’m excited for the vanilla creme flavor and it’s a throw back to being a kid!

Ipsy Box

Ipsy October

First of all, I LOVE the cosmetic bags.  I’ve loved all of them and I think I like this one the best–but that’s because I love words!  Included in this bag were five items plus the bag:

Style Sexy Hair: Spray Clay–meh.  Not a big fan of hair stuff for the most part and don’t use spray.  It’ll be a good gift.

Coastal Scents: Medium shadow brush–looking forward to using this one.  Can always use new brushes.

Zoya nail polish in Mason–pretty color, looking forward to trying this.

Bella Terra mineral cosmetics eye shimmer in navy-looking forward to this and the powder is the kind of eye shade I use anyway.

Ole Henriksen truth creme advanced hydration–I used this tonight and it’s got a mild citrus smell and feels good so far.

All in all, a pretty good load for October.  I love receiving packages and so it’s always fun to be surprised every month.  The only hard part is reading blogs of people who also get one of these bags and being on the West Coast, I tend to get the bags a few days to a week later and so I can’t read those blog posts–I don’t want spoilers!

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June Birchbox

So it may be the first of July but I still haven’t posted my June Birchbox stuff.  Well this time not only are you going to get to see mine, you’re going to see what my mother got as well!

I gave my mother a three month subscription for her birthday/mother’s day and I was here for the second of the boxes.  It was a lot of fun to open them together and also be ablet o trade some stuff.  So without further ado:

June Birchbox      June Birchbox

So much fun to see two pink boxes instead of one!

June Birchbox    June Birchbox


The top one is my mom’s and the bottom one is mine.

Now for the products:


June Birchbox This was in my mom’s box and it’s a matchbox full of mini filers.  Since she totally used and destroyed the last one I got from Birchbox, we split this box.  I love them.  I love the fun colored polka dots and the teeny size of them.  I keep mine next to my bed and anytime I’m feeling the urge to file, I just grab one!


June BirchboxAlso mom, not sure if she’s had a chance to use them.






June Birchbox Rein in Spain.  I took this because she got a similar reddish polish in her box last month.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.




June Birchbox Also in mom’s box, but I had this last month and loved the cucumbery smell and it kept me from getting burned.






June BirchboxAlso in mom’s box, also something I got last month.  I totally might steal this when I finish mine.  It’s an Australian lipgloss and the color is perfection and just a great punch of moisturizer. Love love love!




June BirchboxSo Birchbox was rebranded this month and the theme was wandering.  I loved these postcards that came and think they would look cute framed in an office or bathroom.  Super cute, don’t want to mail them!




June BirchboxThis was in my box, I love a good mask and haven’t had chance to try it yet but am looking forward to it.




June BirchboxAlso in my box.  I liked the subtle mint smell and the moisture but the color was a bit bright for me.  I might give this to my mom.  She can rock the brighter colors better than I can.



June BirchboxI do love Origins products- I’m using that brand for my under eye cream right now.  I traded this with my mom for one of her things.




June BirchboxLondon Calling.  I like the minty color.  My first attempt at putting this on was unsuccessful but I do like the color so I will try again.





June BirchboxGood scent but overall bored with all the perfume samples so I gave this to my mom.




So, I think between the two of us it was a good haul.  I look forward to our shared boxes next month!

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Birchbox May Reveal and major apologies

So I need to start with major apologies.  I am down to one week in New York and it’s crazy!  I was in Los Angeles for my sister’s college graduation (pics to come later) and it was FABULOUS!  I took a red eye back to NYC Sunday night-Monday morning and that was incredibly hard.  I love the ideas of a red eye-not wasting a day traveling but as I’m getting older, they are getting harder and harder to do.

This past week and next week are definitely being spent finishing things up at work and trying to experience New York as much as possible before I leave in one week, eek!  My father is actually flying out here and we are driving back to Oregon in a SUV with my cat, fun times :)  I’m positive we will all survive but I will keep you posted.

May Birchbox was pretty fun-still enjoying and in fact gifted my mom a three month subscription for her birthday and mother’s day.  I got an email from her excited to share with me when I get home–I’m excited for that!

May Birchbox  Inside of Birchbox


I’ll be honest, it’s been a busy month so I haven’t had a ton of time to try everything.

Birchbox Eyeliner

I was excited to get an eyeliner because I recently had a near brush with pink eye (they thought I had it but it was misdiagnosed–argh!) so I had to throw away my nice stila eyeliner.  I liked how smooth it was but found the black to be a little harsh after the lighter browns I’ve been using.  I’ll probably keep using it until I get around to buying a new one.

Birchbox toothpaste


I should have brought this with me to LA last weekend because I forgot toothpaste!  But it will drive cross country with me and be my toothpaste then.  I look forward to trying it.

Birchbox sunscreen


Again haven’t tried yet but am looking forward to trying new sunscreen.  I’ve been pretty sensitive with sunscreen the past several years-only using Aveeno on my body and Boscia on my face but am hoping this one will work!




Birchbox hair mask


I just won a contest of face items with Sea Buckthorn from Santana at so I’m excited to try this mask with the same ingredient.

Birchbox Tea


As we know, I am very excited about tea and can’t wait to try it.

So all in all, another super fun box from Birchbox and I look forward to trying things out with my mom soon!

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I will do my best to post next week but no promises as I am out doing stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY and then I am driving cross-country.  But, I know that when I get home, I will have some good time to post about all the fun shenanigans I will be getting into this coming week as well as the fun times in the past week and a half!

Have a great holiday weekend!!!!


April Birchbox Reveal and Special From the Garden Box

Have you heard of Birchbox?  I love it!  I started receiving boxes about a year ago, they are $10 a box and you receive a bunch of awesome samples.  I’ve found so many makeup brands that I’ve never known existed (being that I have been sort of clueless about these sorts of things) but now am loving discovering.

Birchbox Package

This month’s box was co-sponsored by Women’s Health Magazine which was cool.  It also means that there’s a subscription postcard for a free year of Women’s Health which could be interesting–not a magazine I’m super familiar with.


The box was wrapped in this special wrapper and I liked the idea of the tiny tweaks, big results as I think it’s a good motto for life.

Subscription Postcard


Here is the offer for the magazine.  I love physical magazines so I will probably subscribe to it-if I can figure out where i put the darned postcard.

Now the products I received this month:

The products


I received:

A small sample of Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir.  The directions are to put four or five drops onto your hair before styling.  I like it but not enough to purchase again.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On.  This is supposed to give vitamins and minerals to that sensitive area under your eyes and wake them up.  It’s supposed to reduce puffiness and wake up your tired eyes.  Again good product, not sure I would buy it.

Fleur de Baies which is a hand boxed soap. Smells yum and I will probably use it.

Kiehl’s-Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.  I haven’t tried it yet and am not sure I will.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss which I LOVE!  It’s a lip gloss crayon type thing and the color is gorgeous.  I’ve used it every day since I got it and this I will most likely purchase again as it’s a good every day color.

The special box.  Birchbox did a winter/holiday box that I really enjoyed so I thought I would also get the spring box.  It ended up being next to nothing because I had enough points to purchase it.

BirchboxThe box is green-already a good sign for me!

From The Garden Tips I love how they always send tips and good ideas

KnifeA fun knife with onion print-I hope it works well.

Bergamot and JasmineBergamot and Jasmin perfume–smells yum.

Strawberry Raspberry JamStrawberry-Raspberry Jam

Peach Apricot JamPeach Apricot Jam–I can see good things for both of these!

Basil KitA grow your own basil kit-yum

Mint CandleYummy smelling mint candle

MatchesSuper smart to put matches on the cover!

Shopping ListBeing a writer, I love any items I can use for writing!

LotionSuper yummy smelling apple/tulip lotion

BagguPerfect bag for the farmer’s market.

All in all, I loved the spring box as much if not more than I loved the holiday box!  I again love birchbox and would recommend ordering it!  In fact, if you are interested, please use my link!  I get points if you sign up through me :).