Beauty

Benefit Brow GIVEAWAY ($150+ of products!)

Giveaway time! One lucky reader will win $150+ of Benefit brow products from their new brow collection.

Late this summer, Benefit Cosmetics emailed me to say that I’d won an Instagram giveaway and I could expect a package of Benefit brow products in the mail. I honestly forgot all about it for a month or so until one day a heavy little box appeared on my doorstep, brimming with products from their new brow line! I was pretty blown away because I wasn’t expecting so many products, and to boot, they sent duplicates of everything.

I’ve been testing the products and loving ’em, but I don’t go through brow pencils that fast (I’m genetically blessed in that department, apparently). I kind of wasn’t sure what to do with all the extra products. And then it kind of dawned on me—why not give them away? Share the love, right?!

Entry is simple: just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter widget for a free entry! If you want extra entries, you can follow on my social media channels, share this post, or leave a comment. The giveaway is open internationally through November 27. Good luck!

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While these Benefit brow products come from Benefit Cosmetics, the company is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Please read the full giveaway terms and conditions on the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. I reserve the right to discard any fraudulent entries, so please do not waste your time and mine by submitting entries if you haven’t completed them. It’s not fair to the other entrants and it’s just bad karma for you. Thanks for entering!

October 2016 Birchbox: so many cruelty-free goodies!

I know I’m a little late posting this, but I had to share my October 2016 Birchbox! Birchbox is definitely one of those services that has good and bad months, but this month I felt like they really delivered a great box! All of the samples were cruelty-free (yeah!) and there was only one item that got a “meh” from me. Read on for details on my box!

October 2016 Birchbox: so many cruelty-free goodies, from brands like Tata Harper, Oribe and Hustle Butter!

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My October 2016 Julep box: ‘Dark and Stormy Nights’

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I haven’t ordered a Julep Maven box in what seems like forever. I haven’t really been doing my nails much lately and I’ve been trying to save cash, but I was really digging the October options and had some Jules saved up to splurge, so I got a sweet little box to treat myself! The theme this month was “Dark and Stormy Nights” and here’s everything that was included:

Julep Dark and Stormy Nights box

Katya (Classic With a Twist)—deep acai berry creme. She’s similar to some other Julep polishes that I already own but I just love vampy almost-black polishes and if I decide not to open her she’d be perfect for giving away. I’m really a sucker for these shades.

Ebony (It Girl)—graphite holographic. This polish is soooooo pretty in the bottle and equally mesmerizing on nails.

Jean (Classic With a Twist)—black cherry creme. Such a vampy twist on classic red nails. It makes me think of a classic horror heroine and definitely fits with the “dark and stormy nights” theme!

Desiree (It Girl)—high-gloss holographic top coat. This was a bonus polish included in all boxes this month and since I adore holos, I can’t wait to play with her.

Fifi (It Girl)—tea time pink creme. This was the October mystery polish. It’s not necessarily something I would have picked for myself but it’s very soft and pretty and a nice pedicure color to offset black or charcoal on my fingertips (or vice versa—I like contrast between my mani and pedi).

Colton (It Girl)—black iris creme. This looks very, very similar to Katya, but I think it’s a shade darker and cooler. Up close you can see that it’s purple, not black.

Silver nail studs and skull print nail stickers (not pictured here, but you can see them on my Insta)—I haven’t played a lot with nail art so I got these add-ons to try out. Wish me luck with the studs!

If you’re curious about Julep, here’s how it works: each month you receive a box of $40+ worth of nail polish and beauty treats for $24.99 ($19.99 if you prepay for a three-month subscription, or $16.66 for a six-month plan). You can opt for a curated box or swap out options and add on exclusively priced extras. Not feeling the monthly options? Skip that month altogether. If you’re interested in becoming a Maven, you can currently get a free twelve-piece polish set when you start a new monthly subscription. And if you’re an existing Maven, don’t forget that you can get $10 off your order of $25 or more with the code “OCT10” now through November 30!

Are you a Julep Maven? Did you post your Dark and Stormy Nights box on your blog or social? If so leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!

My June 2016 Birchbox!

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We had a fairly chilly weekend (at least for June), so to keep me in a summer mood I curled up on the couch with some bright new lipsticks, a pint of my favorite ice cream, and my latest Birchbox! I feel like my June 2016 Birchbox was kind of a mixed bag (box?), especially after a few really good ones in the past few months. There were a couple of products I liked, a couple of “meh” items, and one that just made me scrunch my nose in puzzlement! Read on for full details and mini product reviews.

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May 2016 Birchbox (six months of BB so far)

Peek inside my May 2016 Birchbox and see all the goodies I got!

It’s time to unbox my May 2016 Birchbox! I completely skipped out on unboxing my Birchbox in April but I didn’t forget this month. When I first signed up for this box six months ago I didn’t expect to be wowed, but so far I’ve been very pleased with each month’s box. Almost all of the samples have been veg-friendly (and many are Leaping Bunny certified); there’s a good mix of skincare, hair care, and color cosmetics; and with the luxe skincare items and seasonal makeup items, I feel like I’m getting a good deal for my money versus shopping at Ulta and trying to decide what product will work best for me.

Plus, not only does the box value always massively beat the $10 monthly fee—many of the products are deluze samples of very pricey items I could never afford to try otherwise—that fee is cut in half by the points I earn for rating the items in each box on the Birchbox website. I get $5 worth of points from each box to redeem on the site toward full-size versions of the products I love—the only hard part is picking which ones I want! It all works out to a hell of a deal.

Read on for a peek of this month’s products!

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