I finally jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon!
I tried to avoid Birchbox. It just annoyed me that everyone and their mom’s makeup artist had a subscription and wouldn’t stop raving about it. Then, buckling under peer pressure, I signed up twice for the waiting list, then let it expire when my turn was up. I even tried other beauty subscription-monthly bags, and I just wasn’t satisfied. The quality of the products was drugstore sale-rack at best, and I ended up giving anything that was worthwhile away because as a makeup artist, I already own everything and had no business having a beauty-box subscription.
So curiosity got the best of me and I finally caved. My January Birchbox came in the mail and by the time the weekend was over I had already tried everything and made them all a part of my everyday routine.
I must say I am very impressed with the product selection.
Every kit comes with two pieces: a polish for a solid foundation and a pot that houses a textured topper. Accent options include Nail Sequin, for the ultimate disco-ball mani; Nail Glitter, to create serious sparkle; Nail Caviar, for a rich encrusted look; and Nail Velvet, which leaves a luxe matte finish. This is an affordable option for those of you who want to experiment with the nail art trend without committing to a ton of products.
Made using all-natural ingredients, including mica and zinc oxide, these shadows are rich in pigment for vivid colors that promise to stay on all day.
Fekkai’s encapsulated shine-release complex delivers softening olive oil into each strand throughout the day. I apply a quarter-sized amount to the ends of my clean, damp hair and blow dry for a soft-to-the-touch look.
True to its name, this hand cream is made 100% with all natural moisturizers like avocado oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, while vitamins and antioxidants help fend off damage from free radicals. It smells heavenly. Great for right before bed!
Ahmad’s teas come in a variety of mouthwatering flavors, all perfectly blended with high-grade ingredients. I’ve never met a tea I didn’t like, so no complaints here.
A new year means it’s January- just a week after you got a ton of gift cards to your favorite beauty destinations for the holidays. Don’t worry, I already did the research for you and rounded up a bunch of items that you should try next. Ladies–whip out your Christmas gift cards because it’s about to go down:
This silky smooth powder has a micro fine finish and comes with a moon-shaped brush for easy application on not only your cheekbones, but your shoulders, collarbone, and other high points of your body. This shade looks beautiful on every skin tone and is a fantastic addition to anything you may already have from Urban Decay’s coveted Naked line.
Lorac Pro Set: $42
Oh how I love a good eyeshadow palette! What makes this one stand out from all the other palettes available is that there are eight matte shadows, and eight shimmer shadows, giving you endless combinations. If you’re an avid reader, you are familiar with me whining about the lack of matte eyeshadows in the world’s palettes, so the fact that this has eight is a Christmas miracle. It’s so beautiful! Created by makeup artist Carol Shaw, this is a great palette for beginners too.
Rumor has it my mom-in-law and sister-in-law fought over who got to get this for me for Christmas this year. I shrieked in delight when I opened this last week. Nail art beads in…ROSE GOLD?! Ever since my husband proposed to me with a rose gold ring, I’ve been obsessed with collecting everything rose gold.
The trick to making the beads stay on is dousing every centimeter of your nail in top coat after applying them. I have no idea why the instructions in the box tell you to avoid applying anything on top, because if you don’t, the beads will fall off faster than Miley Cyrus’s bra in her next Instagram post.
This paraben-free peel off mask is A) fun to look at and B) actually lifts dead skin cells and unblocks your pores with its mineral-rich formula. I’ve been dying to smear my face is this volcanic, lava-like glue since it came out and I’m happy to say it was worth the wait. If this mask seems a little expensive to you, try the travel-size version, available in the waiting line at your nearest Sephora. By the way, does anyone else get in and out of line because you get sidetracked looking at all the tiny goodies on the way to pay for your own stuff? I lose my place in line at least three times at each visit.
I’ve been a huge fan of these babies for a while now. Handmade with all-natural ingredients, the Ripe Shop’s lip balms are ridiculously cheap and heavenly on your soup coolers. I’m drooling just looking at these flavors. I gifted these to my coworkers, in case you thought I was a hoarder.
Which one of these fabulous goodies do you think you will try?