January Birchbox Review

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.bb60_385x385_2

I must say I am very impressed with the product selection.

Nail Rock Nail Glitter Kit

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.

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INIKA MINERAL EYE SHADOW

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.

inika_eyeshadow_900x900Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme

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.

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100% Pure Hand French Lavender Buttercream

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!

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Ahmad Teas

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.

ahmadtea_apricot_blackcurrant_900x900Will you join Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sheswai Color of the Year GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time!

Pantone, the world-renowned authority of color, has crowned emerald as the “Color of the Year” for 2013. In honor of this rich gem of a shade, I’m hosting a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a bottle of Sheswai’s “Dig It” shade.

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About Sheswai- “Modern Glamour with a Rootsy Feel”

Sheswai is a California-based eco-friendly company that makes formeldahyde-free nail polishes. The formula has a rich opacity and can be worn with just one coat. Not only are Sheswai products cruelty-free (yay!) but the adorable wood bottle caps are made with sustainable harvested wood (reducing the use of plastic).

Sheswai was created by a Hollywood manicurist (Debbie Leavitt) who started using it on photo shoots where it soon became a favorite. With articles in Refinery 29, Martha Stewart and Goop, Sheswai is gaining popularity while also helping the planet. You can purchase online and at various salons all over the country.

The Rules

Follow my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube and COMMENT. Also COMMENT below this blog post. Each one counts as an entry!

Please also follow Sheswai on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest colors and combinations!

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 15TH (TAX DAY)

GOOD LUCK!

Announcing the Winner + Violent Lips

I’m pleased to announce that Janet Medina (a fan from my Facebook page) won my first Youtube giveaway! Thank you for everyone who entered. It was so  nice to get to know all of you online. I hope that my tutorials are useful to you and if you ever have a request, please do let me know, I’ll be happy to help!

Speaking of tutorials, you will notice in the first video that I’m wearing a peculiar pink leopard pattern on my lips. This is a product from Violent Lips.

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I myself was a lucky winner of their Twitter giveaway a couple of weeks back and received these lovely pink leopard lip tattoos. I’d definitely seen and heard of Violent Lips, but was always intimidated by the product. In the video below, you’ll watch me try them on for the very first time. I rarely practice my looks before I film them, and this Violent Lips application was no exception. Click below to watch the easy steps on lip tattoo application, then head over to their website to check out all the ombre, pattern and glittery options!

PRICE: $14.95 gets you three lip appliques (bringing the cost of each to just under $5. Not bad!)

Violent Lips puts the fun back into makeup. These babies can last up to six hours and according to many VL wearers, you can kiss, drink and eat with them on.