Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 2016 Julep Maven - Midsummer Light - Unboxing & Review!

I'm pretty sure I've said this before, but ever since Julep opened up Maven box customization for me, my excitement and enjoyment of their subscription service has been rekindled. While I love a mystery box as much as the next person, when it comes to something as personal as picking a nail polish color, especially when it's only from a small collection of ten or so, I want to be able to chose what I want and what I don't (and to be able to opt out if nothing interests me).
Even though there have been some bumps in the road, and I don't always love everything that Julep puts out, the fact that they do let you skip your box as many times as you want is the reason why it's the subscription service I've been subscribed to the longest. And now it's even better that I can mix and match and make completely custom Maven boxes! For June 2016, I ended up with a fairly standard 'two polishes, one beauty product' box. (though my beauty product was not one of the new ones released for the month).

June 2016 Women's Target Beauty Box - Sun Kissed - Unboxing & Review!

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I am not invulnerable to hype. I've made more purchases than I'd like to admit because I thought something was rare or sought after and that, if I didn't get it, I would regret it and feel left behind. Or something like that... While the Target Beauty Boxes have consistently been worth the money and definitely worth checking out every time they release, I think I purchased the June women's box not because I liked the products, but because these boxes are getting more and more popular and selling out faster and faster each month.
I didn't get the Target Beauty Box for May because the products didn't appeal to me, and, honestly, the products this month don't really appeal to me either. One nice thing about the Beauty Boxes is that you know exactly what you're going to get before you purchase them, so it's entirely my own fault for getting a box that has a lot of products that I'm not interested in trying. Not to say they're bad, they're just not for me. I think I'm feeling especially put off from this box because it was $10; the men's box was only $5 and had a lot more products that interested me, including a razor worth about $10.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

June 2016 Men's Target Beauty Box - Looking Good - Unboxing & Review!

Normally, I don't purchase men's beauty boxes; I know that I won't get much use out of the products (not that I couldn't use them or anything, I just have so much of my own stuff to get through first!) and my husband isn't big on skin/body/hair care outside of showering and wearing deodorant, but the Men's Target Beauty Box for June was too good of a deal to pass up.
This box was only $5, shipping included, and look at all those goodies! Even if the only thing I get any use out of is the razor (my husband prefers to use his electric one anyways, so I'm claiming this one for myself), I'd still feel like I was getting my money's worth.

June 2016 Birchbox - Everyday Magic - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! I hope you guys had a great start to summer! For this post, I want to share with you my June 2016 Birchbox.
The theme for June is Everyday Magic, which goes along with the fact that Birchbox seems to have partnered with Benefit for this box (the theme of the new brow collection is 'magic' and the extra literature this month is all about the collection). They also included a newly repackaged and re-released Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel sample in the color of your choice in every box (though I did see an unboxing where they did not get a Gimme Brow, so I wonder if you only got it if you picked a color during Sample Choice...).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Zoya Summer 2016 Seashells Collection - Swatch & Review - PixieDusts Are Back!

Hello! If you know only one thing about me, it's that I love nail polish (well, that or I'm a makeup junkie, which is kind of the same thing). Nail polish is so much fun to collect and since it's full of solvents and chemicals, it pretty much never expires so you can hoard it for years; sometimes polishes will dry out, but you can save them with a thinner; the only times I would say that a polish actually goes bad is when it separates and you can't mix it back together, no matter how much you shake/stir it, or if it's a polish that has been used by multiple people, like the polishes in nail salons.

Throughout my nail polish journey, I've experienced many different brands, and one of my favorites is Zoya. I won't wax too poetic here, but Zoya consistently makes excellent polish, is five-free, and has a huge range of colors and finishes, including one of my favorite finishes ever, PixieDust. Unfortunately, my favorite polish brand discontinued my favorite type of polish finish, so I was pretty heartbroken, but Zoya has brought them back for their summer 2016 Seashells collection!
I picked up four out of the six colors on a special promo (I forgot what it was, but I think it was two for $10, up to a max of four polishes, which is why I only got four. Otherwise, I would have gotten the green color, too).

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Birchbox - The Complete SPF Kit - Review!

Out of everything I do for my skin, the two most important steps that I try to never skip are washing my face and wearing sunscreen. Layering products over a dirty face is just going to make things worse rather than better and sun exposure (or any kind of UVA/UVB exposure, including tanning beds) can lead to cancer and skin aging. It is much easier to prevent damage than it is to fix it so, as Birchbox says, wearing SPF is one of the best anti-aging treatments available.

There is a lot of debate about sun protection, such as chemical versus physical, and some people even think wearing any sunscreen at all is worse for you than just being exposed to the sun. I think that it's very important to always wear sunscreen, especially one that is rated SPF 30 or higher, but I also want to encourage everyone to do their research and to make the best, informed decision for themselves.

Because I always wear sunscreen, and go through it so quickly, one of my favorite yearly sets from Sephora is their Sun Safety kit. Unfortunately, it took a long time for it to become available this year (it's currently up on the website and is actually sitting on my desk right now...), so I had to slake my thirst for SPF with some other sets; one of which is the Complete SPF Kit from Birchbox!
This kit includes six deluxe sized samples of SPF products and is currently available for $18. I purchased some other items along with this kit in order to get a Mystery Sample pack and a free deluxe size sample product.

Lancome Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil - Boom-Meringue 313 - Swatch & Review!

Being both a human being and a beauty junkie, I am not immune to hype. While I feel I do have some valid reasons for purchasing a Lancome Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil (that's the full name, but even Sephora shortens it to Juicy Shaker on the website, so I'll do the same here), I will be honest with myself and admit that a lot of it had to do with how much hype this product got.
These are supposed to be a imagining of a Juicy Tube, which is a cult favorite to begin with, in the form of a lip oil, which is a new lip product trend from Korea. There's nothing really like it on the market right now (at least from what I know), so it's definitely a unique product. But is it as amazing as everyone is making it out to be?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ulta Hair Care Mini Haul - Show Your Style Kit & StriVectin Hair Color Care Starter Trio

I love value sets; there's something about getting small sizes of a lot of different products for a discounted price that really appeals to me (as I'm sure it appeals to many other people, too). I particularly love sets that include a variety of brands, which is why my favorite value sets come from Sephora. While I have become more flexible with where I purchase my mid/high end makeup from (I used to almost exclusively shop at Sephora, but now I shop at both Sephora and Ulta), I still look to Sephora for value sets, since Ulta rarely, if ever, offers any that are a mixture of brands.
So whenever they do show up, I try to buy at least one! Recently, during a Gorgeous Hair Event, Ulta released three sets of salon-brand hair care minis for $9.99 each. While Sephora has a good selection of products from a lot of high-end brands, Ulta carries more mid/salon-only brands and has a larger amount of products available (especially in-store). These sets range in value from about $40-$50; this specific kit has a listed value of $40.