PDP Exclusives by Rebecca

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December Birchbox

        My December Birchbox arrived last week which was bit later than normal. If you signed up for Birchbox using my affiliate link then THANK YOU!!! If you are wondering what a Birchbox is you can check out my post from last month here or you can check out the Birchbox website . I will also explain it a bit at the end of this post.

             This is my 4th box and I really liked it. A bunch of the girls in my makeup group have been with Birchbox longer than me and are not liking their boxes anymore. They feel the items are not beauty/makeup related enough and that Birchbox is not adding enough product or brand variety. For $10 a month I still think it is worth it and I am enjoying it. My favorite aspect of Birchbox is the surprise every month. You never know what you will get. I also like that I get to try high end, expensive products that I could never afford in full size. Especially perfumes. I have really liked all the perfumes that I have received in my boxes. The size is usually sample or a tiny bit bigger than sample size and that is enough to last me 6-7 applications at least. Also you get 10 points per product when you leave feedback. 100 points equals $10!! I did not know about leaving feedback the first month but have left it for the other months products plus I got a 50 point bonus for someone signing up with my referral link. I has 320 points banked and was able to get the full size Benefit Porefessional ($29) for absolutely free! Now that rocks!!! So yes, I am still loving my Birchbox!!!

Benefit The POREfessional 

 Of all the beauty minefields out there, visible pores are one of the trickiest to dodge. Foundation alone doesn’t do the trick, which is why we turn to this translucent balm to shrink our pores. We can use it as a primer in the mornings or as a touch-up treatment throughout the day. Perfect t-zone, here we come. The silky, oil-free formula diffuses pores and fine lines for an “airbrushed” finished. It goes on sheer, leaving skin even and smooth. Don’t we all love instant gratification?

As a primer, apply a fine layer on clean or moisturized skin, starting from the center of your face and working outwards. Pat to blend. Feel free to use for midday touch-ups too — just dab a pea-size amount over your makeup and blend.
 0.75 fl for $29
 Okay, I love this stuff. Love isn't enough a strong enough word. I have been using ReCreate
face primer by Tarte. It is a pretty heavy primer and applied like a thick facial lotion. It works
quite well and I thought I loved it. I was wrong. Benefit Porefessional is awesome!!
It goes on SO LIGHTWEIGHT. I applied it and rubbed it in and felt nothing on my skin.
I have a fairly large scar from a blemish right underneath my nose, I applied Porefessional
and the scar disappeared before I even put my foundation on. You could not see it at all.
This stuff works great and in my opinion is worth the $29 price tag. After trying it out I went to
Ulta and talked to the girl at the Benefit counter. She told me that Porefessional was a great
product because it did not contain dimethicone like so many other primers.


                     Uh........... she may want to check the ingredients again. I am a newbie to face primers so these ingredients are Greek to me. This definitely is not a natural type primer. I do not have sensitive skin at all so I'm  curious to know if those of you with sensitive skin have used this product without issues???

Showstoppers® Designer Fashion Tape in Nude/Black 

 Keep peekaboo bra straps and rebellious hems in check with these double-sided fashion tape strips. A secret tool in every celeb stylist’s arsenal, they stop the big reveal before it happens. We keep a pack of these strips in our desk drawer at all times. Think of them as your wardrobe’s little helpers.

Each foam adhesive adheres to a variety of fabrics and has over eight hours of sticking power. You can conceal awkward straps, create your own flawless hem, or prop up a strapless bra. Lucky for you, the durable nude and black strips come in 24-packs: you’ll have plenty on hand to help prevent fashion faux pas. Peel away the backing, stick the strips in place, and press down for a few seconds to secure. You can apply them to fabric or directly onto your skin to keep your favorite sleeveless dress from sliding down.
 $9.99 for 24 strips
 I am not really sure where I would use this. I can see how this would be helpful for some people
but it just is not for me. I doubt it will ever be used. If you want it shoot me an email
glittermomto6@aol.com and I will send you it.

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss

 This gorgeous gloss conquers both dry lips and ho-hum style in a single, shimmery swoop. The shades may look pigmented but they go on sheer, and the ultra-shiny finish makes lips look fuller. The formula is packed with moisturizing shea butter and jojoba seed oil to moisturize, plus Vitamins A, C, and E to heal cracks and flakiness.

 0.21 fl for $20
 It was a bit hard to get enough gloss on the wand. This could be because it is a small
size and not filled with enough product though. I also had to heavily apply it to get the color to show up on my lips. It had a decent texture but leaned more on the sticky side. I like this but do not love it.

Some more goodies all wrapped up. One thing I love about Birchbox
is the gorgeous packaging. The tissue is white with some shimmer on it.
So holiday!!

What started out as a sweet gift idea has turned into a cult fragrance. The brother duo behind Harvey Prince originally created this uncommon blend as a Mother’s Day present for their stylish mom. And they didn’t just design a pretty scent — they used olfactory research to develop a fragrance that counteracts the natural scent of aging. The result, a sophisticated mix of citrus notes and blossomy florals, is guaranteed to make you feel more youthful.Olfactory studies have shown that when the fatty acids in our skin begin to breakdown, they emit a particular odor. Fascinating, no? Even more fascinating: pink grapefruit and mango counteract that smell, which is why they’re called the ‘olfactory antidote to aging.’ Beyond the science, this lovely scent has layers of fresh citrus, pomegranate, and mango as well as jasmine, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood. It’s guaranteed to make you feel good.
 100 ml for $98
 I love this perfume. This is one I would actually consider buying even though it is almost
$100 for a full size bottle. The scent is awesome. I have worn it daily since getting it.
My sample is almost gone!!

EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster

These fizzy energy packets will bring out your inner Energizer bunny. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and a dose of natural caffeine, they dissolve in water to create a tasty orange tonic.

Mega doses of vitamins B, C, and D fortify your immune system. Natural caffeine from green tea makes you more alert. Antioxidant-rich resveratrol (the same ingredient found in red wine) nourishes your body, and stevia acts as a natural sweetener.
 20 packets for $28
 First let me say that I hate Stevia. It has a disgusting  taste that is just
gross. I decided to try this last Friday. It was a LONG day and I was still up making 
Christmas cookies with the kids late so I mixed it with some water. I thought it tasted 
okay but the stevia was overpowering to me. I drink a lot of Emergen C and I thought
this would be similar in taste but it wasn't. I would not buy or try this again because of the

blinc Eyeliner in Black

 There’s nothing wrong with having a good cry or a spontaneous swim, but you need the right products to avoid total makeup meltdown. This eyeliner is unlike all others —instead of painting on a line, it actually forms a water-resistant layer that won’t smudge or run. (Really! We tested it.) If you have sensitive eyes, wear contact lenses or just need your liner to last you through the day (and night), this is your new go-to.
How it Works Similar to their mascara, blinc’s eyeliner formula lays down a single line of pigment that stays put throughout the day. Even if you don’t have surgeon steady hands, this is fairly forgiving. The ultra-thin tip is versatile, and if you look closely at the point, you’ll notice that the brush lies slightly off center, helping you avoid a collision with your lashes.How to Use Lower your gaze so that you have a smooth eyelid surface to work with. The formula glides on so no need to apply too much pressure. Start at the inside corner of your eye and lightly trace a line as close to the lashline as possible (the thickness is up to you). When you’re ready to take off your makeup, you can set aside the remover—the layer of liner will peel right off with warm water and gentle pressure.
 0.21 oz for $24
I have not tried this yet because I am afraid it is going to suck and I do not want to ruin a whole makeup look by using it. I will have some free time next week and I will test it and edit this post to include my thoughts <3

           This months box had some real gems in my opinion. The perfume and Porefessional were FABULOUS products. What did you think about this months box?? Are you dissatisfied with your Birchbox as of late?
 If you are interested in joining Birchbox click here .
That is my affiliate link and I will get points when you sign up. 
Month to month subscriptions can be canceled at anytime. 
Just make sure you cancel before the end of the month!

If you know what Birchbox is then you can skip reading below. 
I want to explain it again for the new followers here =0)

Birchbox you ask?
Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch.
Co-founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp met at Harvard Business School. They created Birchbox to help women cut through the clutter of the beauty world to find products that really work for them.
Each month, you'll receive a  selection of 4-5 samples that we’ve tried (and retried) ourselves.  You'll receive anything from skincare to makeup to cult beauty tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems.A subscription to Birchbox is $10 a month or $110 for the year.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome blog! That perfume looks like it smells Really nice! Thats too cool about how you can earn points and use that towards a purchase. Im not subscribed to Birchbox but I am subscirbed to MyGlam. Cant wait to see what else u get!