Elf & VS Arrival

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I’m trying a new app for my photos today- Diptic, it has fewer effects than Fuzel Pro which I typically use but it’s great for what it’s for.

Now for today’s stuff- I was expecting 2 packages today from elf and from Victoria’s Secret. The first to arrive was my elf shipment and when I opened it up I was surprised at how full it was, I almost thought they had mistakenly sent me too much stuff and then I recalled the promotion they had when I ordered. Besides having a 50% sale on the studio line, they were giving away a free 12 brush set. It’s the ones with the white handles. In this set I received one each of the:
*Total Face Brush
*Foundation Brush
*Bronzing Brush
*Eyelash & Brow Wand
*Brow Comb & Brush
*Blending Eye Brush
*Eyeshadow Brush
*Smudge Eye Sponge
*Eyeliner Brush (Push Brush)
*Defining Eye Brush
*Concealer Brush
*Lip Defining Brush

Here’s what I ordered from elf:
*Eye Contour Brush
*Mineral Powder Brush
*Small Tapered Brush
*Retractable Lip Brush
*Eyeshadow ‘C’ Brush
*Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
*Eye Refresh
*Daily Moisture Stick
*Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon in Black

Not a bad haul if I do say so myself, considering the items I got for free. I did buy some of these same brushes last month for half price, and some I have never had. I love the sturdier style of the studio brushes, so I’m definitely happy I purchased those. The four non brushes I did purchase I did so out of curiosity, the eye refresher I had been wanting for awhile but it was always sold out, the eyeliner crayon was a new item, the moisture stick was an impulse buy since I’d never tried a moisture stick, and finally the mascara was something I’ve been needing. I rarely use mascara but lately I’ve been noticing how powdery they get sometimes after applying my eye makeup so I’ve been adding a quick layer or two.

The second thing to arrive today was the Victoria’s Secret fragrance that I purchased that was on sale last week. There’s nothing more to say about it except that its awesome and it’s finally mine!

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My Birchbox arrived!

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I was expecting this a little sooner but I finally got my September Birchbox and I am pretty happy with what I received. I was expecting the sample from Jouer and the nail polish, but one thing I was hoping for an didn’t get was the tea. It wasn’t even for me, I wanted to have my lil bro try it.

So here’s what I got this month:
•Color Club- Birchbox Custom Polish in the shade ‘Insta-That!’
•Jouer- Matte Moisture Tint in Hazel (Good color!)
•Kate Spade- Twirl Perfume sample
•Skin, An Apothecary- Soy Body Whip in Poppy (Excellent sample size!)
•Twistband- Birchbox custom lace hair tie-(Mine is orange-y)

Lifestyle Extra:
•Hollywood Fashion Secrets-Fashion Tape (yes tape! Wtf?!)
So here’s what I think of my Birchbox- overall I’m pretty happy with what I received this month. I’m trying out this beauty box service for 6 months, then I may or may not move onto Glossy Box. In case you aren’t familiar with these services, basically it’s a subscription service and they provide you with a box of samples- large samples you can use over a month, not the little drop sized ones they give you in the store. So back to my review- I could easily say I’m happy with at least half of the items I received. The nail polish was a color I could definitely see myself using, the large deluxe sized sample of the Soy Body Whip was wonderful and the product itself was very thick, and the scent was great. I’ve heard alot of good things about Jouer and I’m very pleased I got a product that was in a good shade for me. The moisturizer itself has a slight shimmer to it, but it’s pretty minimal, it’s workable. The twistband I’m not so sure about because it didn’t seem very durable and it’s something that I could possibly even make on my own. I know they include this product in alot of their boxes but I could have done without it. The Kate Spade Twirl perfume sample smelled nice, very floral and something I would totally consider purchasing, they listed the full size price as $18-$80 I think (I could be so wrong), maybe I’ll look it up on the site later. The huge disappointment of the box was the tape, I mean really tape??? I suppose I could find a use for these but I’ll probably just end up sticking them on my cat’s tail to mess with him. Or they’ll just end up at the bottom of my purse attached to like a bunch of pennies and lint. I honestly would have rather received the tea, or candy or whatever.
If you asked me to rate this box I’d give it a 3 out of 5. I got tape, that had to drag it down at least 1 star!

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