November Birchbox


This isn’t a bad collection but my favorite is the soap. It has a nice mild smell; not too overpowering. Although I do wonder if I can use the brow pencil as eyeliner since I don’t have any eyebrow issues but failing that, I’m sure I can find someone who will take it off my hands.

I’ve been getting a decent amount of anti-aging products and honestly, they all seem to be working for me in a very general sense. I can’t say I’ve noticed any major changes in my skin and I’ve always been told I either look my age or younger for the simple fact I take really good care of my skin aside for using anti-aging products. But a cashier recently told me I look 26 so something must be working. XD

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May Birchbox


It figures I’d get a wave spray when I start flat ironing my hair again. :p

The perfume is nice, I am happy with the primer and mascara but I am most excited about the firming cream. If you’ve been following my running, you’ll know I’ve been working out pretty hard and regularly. My body has been changing in a LOT of ways which include more muscle burning away the fat on my body. This has left me with some sagging skin. Not on Skin Tight levels, just enough for me to think “Huh, that wasn’t there before.” I’m not morphing into an overly vain person but I wouldn’t mind it not being there. I plan to give this a try and see how it works. I’ve used the Fat Girl Slim products and found them kinda meh but at that time, I wasn’t working out to the degree I am now. And yes, floppy skin is a concern from a health standpoint mostly; not just aesthetics.

I will review that in particular since it’s the product I have the most interest in and use for right now. Look out for that in the future.

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October Birchbox


These days all the boxes seem to be similar. Shampoo, conditioner, skin care item, perfume, mascara, rinse and repeat. I seem to recall these being a little more creative in the past. Maybe it’s me, but it seemed more random than it is now. You would get chocolate, a little charm, a bracelet… It’s getting less fun knowing it’s the same thing over and over.

Ah well… It’s still all stuff I can use so not all bad. And I can’t attest to how expensive it must be to get food or jewelry samples in these things so I’m forgiving.

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September Birchbox


  • Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Double Cleanse Travel Set
  • evo liquid rollers curl balm
  • TOCCA Travel Fragrance Spray – Florence
  • Curly Hair Solutions™ Leave-In Conditioner
  • Milk Makeup Highlighter

I am enjoying the personalization options these days. I am getting more targeted samples than in the past. I still wish they were putting in little bits of chocolate and stuff like they used to…

As these are all new to me, I’ll have to see how effective these curl products are. I’m forever getting things that don’t moisturize enough so I end up with a head full of friz. I hope these work alright.

I gave away the perfume sample because I already have a favorite and I’m not looking to change it. As for the rest, I’ll figure out how to use it eventually. 😉

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January 2015 Birchbox


Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

Whish Three Whishes Body Butter

Miracle Skin® Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector

REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Katherine Cosmetics Everyday Eyeliner

And along with those, I sprung for this little gem


That is very fitting for me. 😉

First things first is I actually tried the eyeliner and it went on smooth and fast. Bonus points for them sending me a color I could use daily. I got some gold color once that made me look like I should be going to a carnival or something. I haven’t tried the tea or almonds in there (the tea is behind the almonds all wrapped up and safe so I don’t lose them) but the cup really is my favorite thing this month. it cost extra but it was worth it

June 2014 Birchbox


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sending foot wipes. My favorite thing about warmer weather is no longer wearing socks and rocking the flip flops. But streets are FILTHY so I am very grateful for something I can keep in my bag and get the grime of my tootsies.
I’ve gotten Supergoop before and I’m pretty happy with my regular ole Aveeno face cream. It’s great nonetheless. 🙂
The rest I haven’t tried yet because I’ve been doing some MAJOR cleaning out of old makeup. I’ve been tossing out more than I’ve been using; including old hair products. It’s part of a general de-cluttering spree I’ve been on. I even cleaned out old clothes and donated them. All these flat planes of empty space are so strange but awesome to look at.
The perfume was ok but I’ll be trading that to someone probably. I’m still a body spray sort of gal. It’s hard to over do body spray since it’s so light. I’d just assume skip those for more chocolate samples. ;D

May 2014 Birchbox


It’s late and I’m playing catch up here. Here’s what was in my birchbox for May:

I am in LOVE with the PIXI lip balm. It’s just enough shine for me now that it’s hot and I stopped even attempting to wear makeup. It all just melts off anyway but I do like to have a little bit of pizzaz to my already lovely face.
The rest I haven’t tried yet but the tea will probably end up at iced tea figuring that it’s JULY and hot as ballz (aren’t I a lady?).
Tomorrow will be June’s box. I’ll try not to fall behind again.

February Ipsy


Alas this is my last Ipsy bag for awhile. I’ve been cutting back on a lot so I can get rid of some debts. I wanna pay off my car. 🙂

But I am liking this bag! I enjoy the nail and lip colors. I need to try and get to using these things on a daily basis so I can form a better opinion of this stuff and use it up. I have so much of this stuff, I don’t remember where I got most of it!

And really, how much of this makeup do I really need to hide in the house and type when it snows?

I did enjoy ipsy while I had it and when my finances are in better order, I may pick it back up again!

October Birchbox


Yes, this is late but I completely forgot to do this in anything resembling a timely fashion so just enjoy anyway.

This box includes:

So far, I have tried the lip gloss and hair treatment. First off, I LOVE the hair treatment. It came at the perfect time to heal my hair after I burned the crap out of it for NYCC. It smelled great and it turned my straw-like, brittle hair into slightly less dry, brittle hair. I didn’t use too much but I saw a remarkable difference.

As for the lip gloss, I find it a bit thick for my tastes but the shine and color are perfect for a person who doesn’t want to have any one thing be too bright or shiny. It gave me just enough gloss to look polished but I didn’t look like I was drooling.

I look forward to using the mask. I’ve had good luck with the ones I’ve gotten in the past and they are things I wouldn’t usually seek out on my own.

Stay tuned for the Ipsy bag! (also late but… Deal with it)

September 2013 Brichbox


I will freely admit, this was another case of crazy squee-ing when I opened the box to see nail polish – the one beauty product I can consistently use with minimal fail. But of course there’s other things in there, too. XD

  • “Fox Hunt” from the Ruffian The Crowdsourced collection
  • Beauty Protect shampoo and conditioner
  • Soak rinse-free wash
  • Juice Beauty apple peel for sensitive skin

I’ll be honest, it’s cool that they  have household products but there is no way I can afford a tiny bottle of detergent at 14 oz. when I can make my own laundry detergent for pennies. It’s neat and all but I’m a librarian who writes on the side. I’m lucky I keep the lights on much less have high end soap of any kind.

The rest of this stuff is pending my experimentation to see if I like it or if it’s worth the prices. I’m not selling as many books these days. Gotta save cash wherever I can. 😉