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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