Tuesday, July 31, 2012

June Birchbox

It's time for another Birchbox!

I love getting my Birchboxes. :) It's like a birthday present every month. Totally worth $10! Keep reading to find out about some new products that I discovered and LOVED!

Birchbox Man Extra: John Varvatos - Star USA cologne (Full size - $55-70)
The Birchbox company recently started catering to the male population by offering a Birchbox Man subscription.  Since this box technically came before Father's Day in June, they provided a sample of men's cologne to give to a male friend or family member. I smelled it and liked it so much... I just might use it myself. :)

Eyeko - Fat Eye Stick in Old Gold (Full size - $15)
This Eyeko Fat Eye Stick is really fantastic. It goes on SOOOO smoothly and is extremely blendable. I've never worked with an easier-to-use cream shadow. I used my usual Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion first, so this stuff didn't budge for at LEAST 10 hours. I have oily skin, so no matter what the eye shadow claims about creasing, it ALWAYS creases on me. But not with my holy grail primer. :)

In the photos, this looks kind of bronze-y, but it is closer to a metallic gold shade with olive undertones. Very pretty.

theBalm cosmetics - Stainiac in Beauty Queen (Full size - $17)
Likewise - Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant SPF 50 (Full size - $44)
Comodynes - Self-Tanning Intensive towelettes (Pack of 8 - $14.99)

Stainiac is a very cool two-in-one lip and cheek stain. It is a sheer gel that looks very dark in the tube, but once applied to the lips or face, it leaves a subtle "flushed" look. I tried to swatch it in the photo below, but once I rubbed in the little blob you see, it was too difficult to photograph. It's really great to use when you want some color on your lips, but nothing too heavy. It also tends to stick around longer than your average lip color. 

Likewise moisturizer/sunscreen is great, too! Not too heavy or oily like suncreen-containing products usually are. If it wasn't so pricey, I'd definitely purchase it. But I got a very similar product from my dermatologist for $30-something. Maybe I should review that later? Let me know if you're interested. 

As for the Comodynes tanning towelettes? Haven't touched them. I've never been a fan of self-tanning products because of the smell. I don't care how much they claim they don't smell... they do. And I hate the smell. So I've just decided to embrace my pale skin. My dermatologist was happy about my pale skin, no skin cancer for me!

tili Bags (Pack of 9-12 - $8.49 to $9.49)
tili bags are basically just fancy Ziploc bags. They're cute, but I'm not spending nearly ten bucks for about ten bags. No sir. 

I'm so glad you made it to the end. :-P Hope you learned about some new stuff today! 

Also, just a heads up, tomorrow night is a FULL MOON. *gasp*


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