May, 2017’s Birchbox Review

It’s been so, so long since I last wrote and my last entry was a pretty deep one. I think it’s now time to focus mostly on subscriptions and things of that sort as I’m officially and utterly addicted to monthly subscription boxes. I know that reviews and unboxings are a dime a dozen, but still, I want my go at it – what better way to share my addiction AND my big mouth with everyone out there??

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This is my very first box with Birchbox and I chose to go with The Curated Box instead of being completely surprised. To be honest, I don’t know what I was thinking because now I’m going to be putting 3 items up for Swap since I won’t be using them. Oh well. I must have gotten way over-excited, lol.

Here’s the info card sharing about each item that I received:

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

The great things about this is that it’s paraben- and sulfate-free and it’s supposed to protect against UV rays. I’m not going to use this, though, because right now my hair is about 5 zillion inches long. I have almost immediate plans to get it chopped off, but right now I always wear it up and so this product is kind of pointless. I could use it after my haircut, but I’d rather swap for something else.

Coastal Scents Blush & Bronzer Palette

Blush and bronzer…ugh. I am very, very pale with extreme red undertones…or perhaps you could say “overtones”. (Eczema? Rosacea??) Blush is an absolute no way with my skin, as is bronzer. I so wish I could use bronzer, but it just doesn’t work. 😦 These are very pretty colors, though.(According to Birchbox’s picture – I didn’t open it since I’m swapping it.)

COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray

A matte-finish setting spray with built-in SPF?? Count me the heck in!!

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

I’m iffy about this. I want to try it because it says it will combat redness, but it also says that it’s a “powerful exfoliator”. Not only am I cursed with a red face, but I’m also cursed with sensitive skin. It contains aloe vera, coconut, vitamin B AND vitamin E, though, so *maybe* that will help combat the harshness?? Oh, what the heck…I’m going to try it and see what happens. It’s Friday so I have 2 days to recuperate if it butchers me, lol.

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion

According to Birchbox, this formula is tint- and scent-free (FYI for those with fragrance allergies!!). It contains shea butter and extracts from lychee, melon and ginko biloba leaf and is paraben-, sulfate- and phthalates-free. Pretty awesome stuff!! (For someone who isn’t so pale she glows in the dark…)

**FREE GIFT – Pixi by Petra MultiBalm in Wild Rose**

I received this for free for subscribing. This “MultiBalm” is for your lips AND cheeks. It contains shea butter, aloe vera and rosehip oil. I really, really like this color. I’d say it’s sort of a “rose-ish” mauve color (technical name there). Very flattering for my skin tone!

So, all in all, I’m okay with the box. Because of my free item I ended up getting to keep 3 items total instead of just 2. I’m not going to complain, though, because it’s only $10 a month, I get to keep 3 items and I’ll swap for 3 others.

Specials and Prices

There are two subscription options:

-Monthly – $10/month (cancel anytime)

-Yearly – $110/year (use code BESTYEAR99 and it’s only $99)

Right now they have another free gift offer when you sign up for a subscription: join now and receive a free M.A.C. glossy lip pencil in the shade Look Lively. Use code IWANTUMAC at checkout.

Check ’em out for yourself if you’re not already a subscriber!

Birchbox 🙂

July/August, 2015 Kawaii Box Review

Subscription Queen

This is probably going to end up being a long and epic (at least in my own mind) post.  Hopefully you’ll stay with me until the end AND get as excited about kawaii and Kawaii Box as I am.  If you DO get super excited about any of the products listed in this post, you can check them out at Blippo and buy what you like.  If you use the code KAWAIILOVE, you’ll receive a 10% discount from all products at the shop.  The coupon also says you’ll receive free shipping worldwide, but I haven’t tested it out yet.  Anyway, moving on to the awesomeness.

I’m going to post pictures and descriptions first and then, at the end, I’ll go over what I think about everything.  I know my opinion is so HIGHLY coveted that you’ll all be anticipating it breathlessly.  🙂

(I’m listing the actual items in alphabetical order.)

The box when it arrived and after I fought with the tape on it.

The box when it arrived and after I fought with the tape on it.

I figure you can read it all too.  Exciting stuff!!

The description card – I figure you can all read it too. Exciting stuff!!

The box with the tissue paper taken off -- squee!!!

The box with the tissue paper taken off — squee!!!

A little bracelet...that doesn't fit. :(  But it will make a cool gift for someone else.

Pastel Pearl Bracelet:  A little bracelet…that doesn’t fit. 😦 But it will make a cool gift for someone else.

A do-it-yourself pack of chain candy.  Apparently you can chain the strips together and then mow down on them.  Hopefully they're yummy!!

Kracie DIY Chain Candy:  A do-it-yourself pack of chain candy. Apparently you can chain the strips together and then mow down on them. Hopefully they’re yummy!!

A little eraser that looks like a cookie -- yum!

Dessert Eraser:  A little eraser that looks like a cookie — yum!

A cool little set that has glitter glue AND sparkles to add to it.  Definitely glittery.

Korean Glitter Glue Set:  A cool little set that has glitter glue AND sparkles to add to it. Definitely glittery.

What's better than an alpaca??  THREE of them in different colors on a keychain!!  SCORE!

Alpaca Keychain:  What’s better than an alpaca?? THREE of them in different colors on a keychain!! SCORE!

5 pencils with cute little icons all over them.  Each pencil is different.  Fruit, flowers, sea life, owls, and spacemen.

Cute Pencil Set:  5 pencils with cute little icons all over them. Each pencil is different. Fruit, flowers, sea life, owls, and spacemen.

(Sorry that this description is so weird looking – it’s because the picture is so narrow.)

This is so like Mario Brothers!

Mushroom Mini Plush:  This is so like Mario Brothers!

The next picture is even better of this AWESOME little set.

Rilakkuma Notes:  The next picture is even better of this AWESOME little set.

There's assorted sizes of sticky notes in here and every single one is ADORABLE.  (How could Rilakkuma be otherwise, though?)  You can use them in journals, day timers, on notes for school, as reminders, etc.  The sky is the limit!

Rilakkuma Notes:  There’s assorted sizes of sticky notes in here and every single one is ADORABLE. (How could Rilakkuma be otherwise, though?) You can use them in journals, day timers, on notes for school, as reminders, etc. The sky is the limit!

On the outside it looks just like a strawberry doughnut with yummy sprinkles all over it.

Squishy Doughnut Mirror:  On the outside it looks just like a strawberry doughnut with yummy sprinkles all over it.

On the inside, it's a cute little compact mirror!

Squishy Doughnut Mirror:  On the inside, it’s a cute little compact mirror!

This is a sticker sack full of little sticker flakes...definitely a win in my book.

Flake Seal Stickers:  This is a sticker sack full of little sticker flakes…definitely a win in my book.

A little wooden coaster that looks like a piece of toast with a face.  Definitely kawaii!

Kawaii Toast Coaster:  A little wooden coaster that looks like a piece of toast with a face. Definitely kawaii!

That’s everything!!  I think my two most favorite items are the Rilakkuma Notes set and the Alpaca Keychain.  I absolutely adore both Rilakkuma and alpacas so these are very dear to my heart.  *sighs contentedly*

My least favorite items are the bracelet and the toast coaster.  The bracelet kind of sucks because it’s so tiny.  I’m sending it to my best friend’s little girl, though, so at least it won’t be wasted.  The toast coaster isn’t my favorite for only one reason — it’s wood.  It seems to me that it would get ruined very quickly.  I decided I’m going to try and decorate it (or ruin it – with my luck) with the glitter glue set…or with whipple and cabochons.  We shall see.

This is my most favorite Kawaii Box so far and my third up until now.  That’s not a lot to go on, but I think they’re getting better and better…at least out of these three.  I hope they keep adding something with alpacas in the boxes each month!!

I highly recommend Kawaii Box if you’re into kawaii and cutesy stuff.  They’re only $18.90 per month with FREE worldwide shipping.  That’s an awesome deal.  And, as I said before, if you fall in love with any of your items and want more, you can just head over to Blippo and buy one or two or fifty. 🙂

Thanks so much if you’ve read this far — you deserve an award and a huge round of applause!  As always, stay kawaii!

Stay Kawaii!!

Stay Kawaii!!

Another Kawaii Box Giveaway??

You betcha!  This time it’s Amber Demure who is giving away a free Kawaii Box.  You’ve read about it before, but Kawaii Box is THE COOLEST and CUTEST subscription box out there!  Each month you receive 10-12 kawaii items in a cute little box and the cost is $18.90 per month with FREE SHIPPING!  You can’t beat that.  So, go and check out Amber’s blog and be sure and enter the giveaway here.

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