Friday, February 28, 2014

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream



One of my favorite product lines that I discovered from receiving Birchbox is Vichy. I received an "extra" box from Birchbox in 2012 with a group of products from Vichy. I still continue to use the Vichy Laboratories Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream. Throughout the years, I have tried quite a few moisturizing creams including all of the different samples that I have received from Birchbox and keep coming back to the Vichy line. I am 41 and still can have breakouts if the moisturizing cream is too rich or contains things that will irritate my skin.  I feel that it gives me the moisture I need and gives a glow to my skin especially after using it consistently.


I also use Vichy LIFTACTIV NUIT -Night -Intensive Detoxifying Firming Carecream. I feel that my skin feels and looks so healthy in the morning after using Vichy's cream at bedtime.  I have always been a person who prefers to keep the least steps possible to maintain a young, healthy look, but I can always tell when I remember to use the Lift Active Nuit the night before.  I will keep this in my daily routine.

Vichy has a huge line of skin care products and I have been planning to try their eye cream and cleanser.  Let me know if anyone uses them regularly.  I would love to hear your opinion!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ipsy vs. Birchbox

Has anyone tried Ipsy?  I was told by someone who commented on my blog awhile ago that I should try Ipsy.  I recently looked into Ipsy and it looks like it is very similar to Birchbox....there is a questionnaire to personalize your profile.  Based on the profile that you construct, they will send you sample size and full size beauty products just like Birchbox.  But, it also looks like the products come in a cute little make-up looking bag.  It is also $10 per month and you may cancel at any time.  It also looks like there are stylists with Ipsy who work to find the best products.  I have signed up for Ipsy but have not received the latest Glam Bag yet, so I may have to compare Birchbox with Ipsy as soon as it arrives.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ruffian Nail Lacquer



I tried out my new Ruffian Nail Lacquer from September's Birchbox over the weekend.  From what I read on the little product information card that Birchbox provides with each shipment is that this is Ruffian's first go at nail lacquer and it is exclusive to Birchbox.   My husband and I had a "date night", so my low maintenance self decided to actually make my toes look presentable.  The color is Fox Hunt.  It is a bit bold but very suitable for a pop to the toes...especially since Fall is upon us.  It has been four days since I painted them with 2 coats and I have to say that it has help up pretty well considering I am still wearing flip flops most days or throwing on running shoes to try to get a work out in.  I can't say that the brand blows my mind, but I would recommend it for the smooth application and durability. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Benefit Sugarbomb Ultra Plush lipgloss




I received my September box today and I have a new favorite product!  I am someone who loves lip gloss and I found my new favorite brand and color!  It is called Sugarbomb Ultra Plush lip gloss by Benefit. It is a caramelly-pink color and is so smooth and natural-looking.  I am someone who always needs to have something on my lips, even if it is Vaseline.  I am not a big fan of the way lipstick feels, so I am always trying to find the perfect lip gloss....and I may have found it! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Birchbox points for product reviews!

One thing that I recently figured out how to do is to give feedback on the Birchbox website to earn Birchbox points to use in the Birchbox shop.  Each time that you leave feedback, you will earn 10 points.  Every 100 points earns you $10 in your Birchbox account to use for their products.   Its easy to leave feedback on their website.  Once you log in, go to the "Box".  Then choose whichever product that you would like to review.  There is a little box underneath the "add to cart" box that says "leave feedback".  If you submit a couple of reviews per month, you should be able to get a free product before you know it!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Per-fekt Beauty Lip Perfection Gel


This was my favorite product in October's Birchbox.  Per-fekt Lip Perfect Gel is a plumper, hydrator and shiny gloss.  The sample that came with Birchbox was so small that I almost threw it in the trash without trying it, but my 6 year old daughter wanted to try some on, so I smeared a bit on my lips as well.  I loved it!  I am always looking for a natural looking lip gloss that isn't too pale and will also hydrate my lips.  The color that I received in my Birchbox was Melrose and it is THE color that I have been looking for to use as an everyday gloss.  This gel contains jojoba and hyaluronic acid for moisture and vitamins A and E for protection.  That all doesn't matter to me as long as the color and texture are right and it will keep my lips from drying.  I was just looking on the Birchbox website to order some because the sample that was in the box was a 1-2 time sample and shipping is free! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Goop and Birchbox team up


Birchbox has thrown another interesting surprise into the monthly mix of goodies.  This month they are teaming up with Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop) to put together some products that the folks at Goop recommend.  I was given the choice of sticking with the traditional October Birchbox or a Goop Birchbox.  I, of course, chose the Goop Box to mix things up a bit.  I am looking forward to seeing what these products are and writing about them.