Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Birchbox review and book talk

This is my October Birchbox! I am surprisingly pretty happy with it. The Balance Me eye cream is moisturizing and feels fantastic on my eye area.

The "worst" product out of the box is my Beauty Protector. I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped. My highlighted hair needs extra moisture at the ends and I was hoping this product would be the answer; it wasn't. I LOVE the smell though!

One of the favorites from this box is the Model Co lipstick. It's a great shade for any skin color. For me, it's a my-lips-but-better shade. It's creamy and smells like strawberries.

My other favorite is the Revealed 2 palette. The colors are beautifully pigmented, yet blends like a dream.The buttery texture makes me a believer in Coastal Scents eye shadows.

The last product is my "average" product. The Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner was the most anticipated product in this box, but I'm "meh" about it. While this did remove surface rough spots and unevenness caused by blackheads and dead skin, it didn't "vacuum out my pores like Glamglow.

Overall, this is a great month for me for Birchbox. This is my three month anniversary with Birchbox and it keeps getting better.

I'm also obsessed with the author this month, Gillian Flynn. If you haven't read Gone Girl, GET ON IT! This is one of the most gripping, twisted psychological thrillers of our time. I usually don't go for this genre, but so many friends told me how awesome it was so I had to get it. The movie is just as intense as the book. I'm happy with the cinematography and acting in the movie.

Let me know your thoughts on this month's box. What did you love from your box? What books are you reading? Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Victoria's Secret/Influenster box

 "This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria's Secret products to test and review as part of a contest."I received the above items from Influenster and Victoria's Secret for free for testing purposes. I am an Angel cardholder, but I never tried the workout gear. This voxbox was a home run with me (pardon the baseball reference as we get into playoff season)! While I engaged in high-impact classes like Zumba, TRX, and bootcamp, the workout gear was awesome! The support and comfort of the bra and pants are unmatched. The fabric keeps sweat at bay while keeping me cool.

Now for the downside and the part that kept this from being a grand slam. I received pants instead of capris in my voxbox. At a whopping 60 inches (5'0) the pants were way too long for me. When I went to return the pants at a local Victoria's Secret (as instructed by VS and Influenster), my cashier handed me a receipt without doing an exchange. "We cannot do in-store exchanges without a receipt. I returned the pants and they will ship to the warehouse. When they process the return you will get a gift card or you can call to do an exchange."

I was taken aback since she didn't tell me what was happening while she was processing the transaction. When I went online a couple of days later, I couldn't track the order. Frustrated, I took to facebook to inform VS about the incident. Thank goodness their social media department is understanding and supportive. I received notice that a set of capris will be sent to me within 5-7 business days. That saved their review from me. Overall, I enjoy the workout gear and will definitely purchase more in the future. I wish it wasn't so expensive, but I will just have to save up while I continue to workout.