Birchbox | October 2014


As you can see by the lack of posts over the weekend that I was unable to get out of the social time I was forced into by my husband.  I’m sorry, I just like pajamas.  If I’m required to wear actual clothes, chances are I’m hating every bit of whatever I’m doing.  Unless I’m at Sephora.  Or Ulta.  Or Starbucks.  But after all that, definitely not happy.

Here’s my Birchbox:


Ehhhhh.  Did you just take a nap?  Cuz I did.

Okay, that’s not fair.  I got two good things and one okay thing.  In the beauty box world, they call that success, don’t they?  I mean, it’s hard to cater to everyone without irritating at least a few.  I try to remember that, aside from being only $10 (which I can easily waste by idling my car with the heater on in the employee parking lot during my lunch hour), it’s hard to please 100% of the people 100% of the time.

Let’s do the poo-poos first.  The Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick.  You’d think I’d love something like this.  But then you would be wrong.  For something to call itself lipstick, it sure is sheer.  I own three of them now (not on purpose), and every single one of them is yes, shiny, but no, not a lipstick.  Unless you like barely there color, or if you prefer something closer to lipgloss, then my advice is to pass.  However, the formula isn’t sticky, so if I can say one nice thing, that’d be it.

Next poo is the Tocca perfume in the Florence scent.  Nothing wrong with this if you like to own perfume.  But if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning of time (or roughly, December 2013) then you’d know how much I don’t like perfume.  So seeing this in my box is never a welcomed sight.  But for those who need to know, here are the notes:  (top) bergamot, grapefruit leaves, green apple, pear; (middle) gardenia, violet; and (bottom) blonde wood, white musk.  Seeing all that written out like that, it certainly sounds like something I’d enjoy smelling.  And it doesn’t smell bad by any means.  But I’m just gonna move on now cuz I’m boring myself to sleep.  And this post ain’t even halfway done yet.

Things are starting to get a little better at this point.  Received a little jar of the Suki exfoliating cleanser.  This stuff smells very much like furniture polish, but then again, lemon-scented things tend to do that to me.  I used it last night, and I liked how well it applied.  The scrubby bits weren’t too harsh feeling.  You add a little water to your face, and things start to foam up a bit.  But my favorite part was wiping it away.  It didn’t leave scrubby bit residue like some of the other exfoliators I’ve used.  I don’t know if it was my lucky day or what, but usually I end up wiping these off my face for awhile, even after applying moisturizer.  I’m not sure I love it enough to buy a full-size, but I will enjoy what I have while I have it.

Now we gonna end on a couple of high notes.  I got a serum.  Most specifically, the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate serum.  I’ve tried another of Paula Choice’s serums, and it was so nice (texturally).  I’m excited to get to try another one.  This one is labeled for dry or very dry skin.  I have dry areas in the dead of winter, so I’m gonna have to wait before using.  But that’s okay.  I only have about 27 other serums to work my way through first.

Last but not least, and quite possibly the most exciting thing ever, is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint.  I have been wanting Birchbox to send me something from Jouer for over a year and finally, finally, my dream has been realized.  Don’t even ask why I’ve been so excited.  It’s all part of my plan to own all the things which doesn’t make any sense to most people.  I just needed something from Jouer.  I didn’t even really care what it was.  Is that stupid?  Probably.

But this moisture tint is like a BB cream I guess.  It’s moussey, has a decent amount of coverage, blends easily.  Only comes in six shades, so I hope to God it self-adjusts.  They sent me the Nude shade which is for light to medium skin.  It was a decent match, so maybe it does color correct itself.  The finish is definitely matte.  I liked it.  I thought my face looks pretty evenly toned except for some hideous discoloration on my cheek that will never die.  The sample tube they sent was pretty small, so I don’t expect to use this for very long.  But by that time, my curiousity about Jouer will have been sated and I can move on to other things.  I can’t say quite yet if I care enough to pay full price.  Have you seen my other 39 bottles of foundation?  It’s quite a glorious collection if I do say so.  They are my little foundation children and I love them all.

But what I’m saying is I don’t need another foundation.

Alright, I’m done now.  I’ve got a very big evening planned full of pajamas and what not.  See you again tomorrow!  Bye.


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