Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Review and Swatches

Hey lovelies! I know it’s been a WHILE since my last post. I was busy moving and stressing and budgeting the last month and a half, but now that that’s all over with, I can get back on track! I … Continue reading

Wantable Makeup Box – August 2014 – Review

Hello Lovelies! I received my Wantable makeup subscription box about a week ago, but I’ve been really swamped with work and various other things going on, so I haven’t had time to post my review yet. I need to step up … Continue reading

Pür Minerals – Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque Review

Hello beauties! We all know I’m a sucker for skincare, so today I’ll be doing a review on Pür Minerals Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mud Masque. Pür Minerals is a 100% cruelty-free brand that I’ve been interested in for a while, but … Continue reading

Arya Essentials Face Oil – Review

Hello beauties!

I was recently given some samples to try by Arya Essentials. I received two vials each of their body oil and face oil. If you follow me, you know that I’m a sucker for all things oil-based. Whether it’s a cleanser, as a moisturizer, used in my hair or on my body, I’m a fan! I was very excited for the chance to review their products. Today I will be reviewing their Face Oil.

Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil

Arya Essentials Face Oil retails on their website for $92.00. While this is a steep price tag, in the weeks I’ve had it, I feel like it’s definitely worth it! The face oil is a blend of the following:

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Centella Asiatica (Brahmi) Oil
Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip Seed) Oil
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil
Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Extract
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi) Oil
Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil
Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil

Argan Oil is the first ingredient on the list. I began using argan oil in December of last year, and I really enjoyed the benefits of it. I’ve since moved on to various other oils, but argan is definitely a staple. It is moisturizing, helps to fight acne and flaking skin, can be used in your hair and is even used on burns!

Next up is Jojoba Seed Oil. Jojoba oil is prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being used in wound healing and for fighting acne. We’re already off to a great start!

Sweet Almond Oil helps to moisturize deeply, improve your complexion for a healthy glow, relieves dry skin and can be used on chapped lips as well.

Brahmi Oil helps to reduce tension, and is used often in scalp massage to aid in sleep. Using this at night can help to soothe your mind and relax you.

A celebrity favorite, Rosehip Seed Oil is used by many people to moisturize and rejuvenate their complexion. It has been used for generations, is non-greasy, and boasts a number of benefits to the skin. It contains vitamin C and lycopene, which help to repair the skin’s surface and restore elasticity.

Tulsi Oil, also known as Holy Basil, has powerful purifying properties, leaving the skin with a beautiful glow. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, helping to prevent future breakouts and diminish current ones.

Derived from the fruits and seeds of an evergreen tree, Neem Oil has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. Neem oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and it helps to relieve pain. It reduces signs of aging and rejuvenates skin cells. When you use it regularly, it can smooth wrinkles and lessen fine lines.

Sandalwood Oil is used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, which the founder of the company grew up learning, to help soothe irritated skin. It fights inflammation and infection and can help to soothe burns.

Amla Extract helps improve blood flow and circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Amla extract contains high levels of vitamin C, proteins and amino acids. It’s just packed with good stuff!

One of my favorite beauty ingredients, Vitamin E, is another part of this awesome cocktail. When you apply vitamin E to your skin, it neutralizes free radicals in the skin, helping to prevent signs of aging and reducing the risk of skin cancer. It helps improve hydration and can even speed cellular regeneration,  healing scars and acne.

Another great ingredient for relaxation is Ylang Ylang Oil. It relieves stress and anxiety and is very calming. It also has antiseptic properties, helping to heal wounds and irritated skin.

Geranium Oil  is well known for its ability to help with acne, eczema, dermatitis and other inflammations and rashes on the skin. It has powerful astringent properties to help tone your skin.

That’s quite a big list of great benefits! The scent of the oil is very earthy, and very fragrant. It does fade away after a while, but if you’re sensitive to strong scents, you may want to dilute this slightly or avoid it entirely. I normally stay away from face products with any fragrance, but as this is all natural and not perfumed, I feel like it gets a bit of a pass.

I used four drops of the face oil on my face and neck twice a day for two weeks now. I feel that my skin has brightened up quite a bit, and is looking firmer and healthier. I was having some issues with the weather getting so hot, I was beginning to break out. However, I feel this has made a big difference in the appearance of my skin. I’ve been out in the sun more, and I find that this is very moisturizing, and if I sweat, it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. It is quick to absorb and keeps you hydrated without being an oil slick.

I would recommend this to anyone, whether you are older or younger, are acne prone or not. I have combination skin, and it was fluctuating wildly in the last few months to become more and more oily. Since beginning this oil, I feel much more balanced. I can finally manage my face again!


Packaging: 10/10 – I can’t really go low on this since I received sample vials. However, they came in a small, white box with the logo of the company stamped on the lid. It had some wispy packing material and the vials were stored safely packed inside. Each vial was lightweight, clear glass with a dropper.

Appearance: 10/10 – A lovely, pale gold color that doesn’t look thick and viscous in the bottle. I can see the full sized bottles of this being placed out for display on a vanity. The sample sizes looked just like a miniature version of the full size. They have beautiful paper labels with the logo, size and other information printed on them. The glass droppers had white rubber tips and were easy to use, and looked quite lovely against the white label and gold lid.

Scent: 7/10 – Since the fragrance is all natural, I can’t dock too many points. But I do have a sensitivity to smells, and I feel like this lingers a bit. Probably about an hour or two after I put it on, I feel it beginning to fade. This can interfere with my other scents or moisturizers sometimes, and be overwhelming. However, it is a lovely, deep, earthy scent that I quite like.

Application: 7/10 – This is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that glides easily over your skin. I do find it to be a bit too heavy to use during the day when paired with a secondary moisturizer. I much prefer to use it at night to seal in my night cream, and during the day, I wear the oil alone. However, that makes me miss out on other benefits from my daily moisturizer, such as SPF. I also usually want to wait a little while before applying my makeup, because primer seems to glide off of this.

Performance: 9/10 – I have honestly only found one other oil that I enjoy quite as much as I’ve enjoyed this, and they both contain many of the same ingredients. This is light, smells lovely, has definitely improved the appearance of my skin and is great even in the summer. I can see it being used a lot during the winter months, to help relieve dry, chapped skin. It has a lot of healing benefits and I’ve noticed blemishes healing faster than they normally would, as well as irritation and sensitivity going down a lot!

Score: 8.6/10

A very high rated product, indeed! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to try something more natural with a lot of health benefits. I like this most at night, after using my night cream, or during the day without another moisturizer. I find it to be very luxurious. It has brightened my complexion and has kept me hydrated. The vials I received were small samples, but since it only takes a few drops, they’re still nearly full after two weeks of using them twice a day. Similar oils can cost the same or even higher, depending on the brand. I feel that Arya Essentials Face Oil has so many benefits, it’s definitely at least worth a shot.

Disclaimer: I received face and body oil samples from Arya Essentials free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinions on the products received. For any other questions, please contact me at

Wantable Makeup Box July 2014 Review

Hello Lovelies!

I received my Wantable Makeup Subscription Box a little earlier than usual this month! Wantable is now using UPS Mail Innovations, which I have had good luck with in the past. My box was ordered on the 24th of June and arrived today, June 28th. I’m very impressed as the boxes last month took about a week to arrive. And getting the box early means I get to review earlier! Hooray!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this super cute how-to guide with tips on how to get the Picture Perfect Selfie! I thought this was a neat idea, but I miss my “Hello Gorgeous” style inserts. Also, the page was a bit too large for the box, so it’s wrinkled and torn in places.

My Loves List!

My Loves List!

I change up my loves list nearly every month, just to make sure I have a lot of variation in my boxes. This month, my loves included Fair Skin, Cool Tones, Eye Shadow, Bronzer, Lip Color and Tools. My likes were Complexion Products and Lash Product. My dislikes (where you’ll never receive anything from) was Warm Tones, Brows, Eyeliner, Highlighter, Blush and Nail Polish. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about everything on the list, but I’ve got to keep them on their toes!

Worth it!

Worth it!

Every Wantable box costs $40, or you can subscribe for $36 per month. This month’s box was worth a whopping $106.00! I received four items. Three were off my loves list, one was off my likes. And let me tell you right now, I loved my box this month. I’m not afraid to shout from the rooftops when something seems lackluster, but this was perfect for me. I’m absolutely in love with makeup brushes. I’m constantly purchasing new ones and trying them out. And this month, I received a makeup brush from Tarina Tarantino and one from Vincent Longo! I have some Vincent Longo products already from last month’s box, and I really have been impressed so far, so I’m really looking forward to trying out that brush. Tarina Tarantino though, I’ve never used. But I suppose that’s okay, because I got three products from her this month!

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

 My first item this month was a Tarina Tarantino Pigment Brush, #43. While I couldn’t find this individual brush on her website, it shows on my invoice as being a $25.00 retail value. It has very soft, synthetic bristles and a really cute pink design. The ferrule is a deeper shade of pink with a little bow accent in silver. It came in a small pink bag that closes in the back. I can always use a new all over shadow brush, and this one picks up colors quite well. It seemed to really hold onto the pigment that I dipped it into. This will be going into my everyday makeup brush roll!

Vincent Longo #37

Vincent Longo #37

The next item in my box, also a brush, is a Vincent Longo foundation brush, #37. This retails for $30.00 on the Vincent Longo website. It has long, soft, synthetic bristles and seems like it would evenly apply any liquid or cream face products. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll definitely give it a shot! I normally use my Beauty Blender for foundation, but I’m always up for new things. I think the design of the brush is very sleek and well done. I love the Tifffany blue accents, and it seems sturdy and well-put together.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

I’ve actually been in the market for a new mascara, so I was definitely happy to see the Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara in my box.  This mascara retails for $19.00 on the Tarina Tarantino website. While this was off of my likes list, I’m glad they included it! It’s a lovely, deep, true black. When it’s applied to your lashes, it can be very natural, but lengthening. You can build up the coats as well to make a more dramatic statement. The formula includes awesome ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil, which are moisturizing and beneficial. And don’t even get me started on that amazing packaging! I love the gunmetal color, and it shimmers like a jewel. This will be going on my vanity to display!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

This is probably my favorite item out of the entire box this month, the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette. It retails on the website for $32.00. A gorgeous little compact with five shimmery shades, this is perfect for putting in your purse! The colors are all very pigmented and oh-so-soft. I think this will be amazing on my brown eyes! I can’t wait to do some purple looks this summer. The packaging is to die for, with little skull accents and a shimmery purple lid. It does feel a little light, so I’m worried about dropping it because I don’t think it would last. With how smooth the shadows are and how funky the packaging is, this is one palette I’ll be very careful with, because I want to have it for a long time.

Swatch - Natural Light

Swatch – Natural Light

Overall, I’m exceptionally happy with this month’s Wantable box. I will use every product in it regularly, with the exception of the foundation brush, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for that as well. I find foundation brushes like this, that are synthetic and soft, are excellent for applying face masques with. The full value of the box, as I mentioned above, was $106.00 USD. That’s $70.00 more than what I spent, and I got to try out some new products I may not have grabbed for myself!

I hope this review helped you out! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are, and what you’d like to see next.

Until next time, beauties!


Brenna Bombshell

Benefit: They’re Real! Push Up Liner Review and Tutorial

A quick review and tutorial of how to use the new Benefit Push Up Liner to create a winged eye look!

Today I’m wearing:
– Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Shell
– Chocolate Bar Palette on eyes
– Mirabella Highlighter in Glowing Coral
– NYX Matte Bronzer in Light
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate
– Vincent Longo Concealer in Fair
– Vincent Longo Blush in Desert Rose
– Lancome Hypnose Mascara
– Kara Lashes
– Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Nicole
– Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

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Mirabella Mineral Eyeshadow Duo – Review

Hey beauties!

A quick review and look of the day!

In my Wantable subscription box for May, I received an eyeshadow duo from Mirabella in the colors Titan and Haute. They’re a gorgeous, highly pigmented pair. Titan is an icy pale blue shade, and Haute is a deep matte blue. The colors complement each other quite well and I’ve been really happy with them so far. 


I normally go with dark colors on my deep brown eyes, but sometimes you need to really shock with a blast of color. While I wouldn’t have chosen these two for myself, I’m glad they came in my box. One of the biggest reasons why I love subscription boxes is because they give me a chance to try new things that I normally wouldn’t purchase on my own. 

The pair come in a small, white, hard plastic container that clicks shut. The pans are magnetic, so you can remove them and replace them as you’d like. I think this is an amazing concept, as the amount of shadows I go through in singles in ridiculous, so I normally buy palettes instead to try and reduce waste. The duos go for $28.00 on the Mirabella website and there are currently two different sets to choose from (although you can always replace them with others). 

I found these had minimal fallout upon application, were very smooth both with and without a primer, and had excellent staying power. I left my makeup on for about six hours and the look never smudged or creased at all! It was as vibrant when I went to take it off as it was when I first applied. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they were buttery smooth, but they weren’t chalky at all. It was a happy medium that left for clean application and a nice, lightweight feel on my lids. Sometimes after a few hours, I can feel like my eyes are suffocating under the weight of the dramatic looks I do, but not with these. 







Packaging: 10/10 – I love that I don’t have to toss the whole package when I’ve finished, and I can continue using the same one and replacing colors as I finish them. The case snaps closed and won’t pop open, keeps your shadow safe, and since it holds two, it would be wonderful to travel with instead of bringing a whole palette or multiple singles. It’s very sturdy and has a small mirror inside to check for touch ups. 

Application: 8/10 – Soft enough to apply well, but not so much that they had crazy fallout, I was a big fan of the application of these. I will say that when you blend, these can blend completely into nothing. I always say that if you think you’ve blended enough, blend some more, but you do want to be careful with these or you’ll lose all color. 

Longevity: 10/10 – These lasted six hours on without smudging, fading or losing any of the vibrancy they had when I first applied. 


These are definitely an excellent purchase for anyone looking to add a bright pop of color to their daily look, or for a super intense eye. They blend easily and look great when used together or alone. Eyeliner applied over the top goes smoothly and doesn’t feather into the powder. I’d recommend these for just about anyone. With a white eye base, you could pull these off as bright as they are in the package, or go neutral for a softer outcome. 

I hope you enjoyed this super quick review and learned something new! Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see next in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe to always be on top of what’s new and trending in the beautiful world of makeup and style!




Beauty Bombs Giveaway!

Hey beauties!

I’m having another giveaway!

You’ll need to go to to enter, all the rules are pinned to the top of the page!

Prize Package:

– Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
– Gilchrist and Soames Spa Therapy Lotion in Relaxing Sea Fennel
– Juice Beauty Age Defy Moisturizer Deluxe Sample
– Kara 100% Human Hair False Lashes #217
– Mon Ennui Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Fairytale
– GlamNaturals Mascara in Black
– LAQA&CO Lip Crayon in Wolfman
– Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Sculpting Blush in Dusty Pink and Pink Mist
– Julep Crackle Finish Polish in Ursula
– Julep Crackle Finish Polish in Hermione


Good luck!

Wantable Makeup Box June 2014 Review

Hello Lovelies!

This month I wanted to kick things off right by doing a review on one of my favorite makeup subscription boxes, Wantable.

They went all out this month with some amazing complexion products, falsies, highlighters and skincare!

Let’s get started, shall we?


This month I changed it up a bit. My Loves list was all about complexion, lashes and highlighters. They definitely delivered! I received nothing from my Likes or Dislikes lists.


The first thing I saw when I opened the box was their little quote strip. The top stated that I look beautiful, which made me feel nice. The back had one of my favorite quotes of all time, by the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor:


If that isn’t some of the best advice ever, I don’t know what is.


Item One: Eleece Illuminous Hydrating Rose Face Mask

Retail: $15.00


I received two of these face masks in a beautiful black and white mesh bag, that has lovely flower details all over. I’m going to use the bag in the future, I’m sure, either as a gift bag or to store things in my purse. I love packaging, I’ve said it a million times!

The mask itself is one of the actual masks, where you take it out, unfold it, place it on your face and let it absorb for a certain amount of time. Reading the instructions, I kneaded the bag a few times, then removed the mask. I put it onto my clean face and let it sit for about 25 minutes and then removed it, using circular motions to massage the remaining product into my skin. This mask has an extremely strong rose scent. That may be pleasant to some, but I felt a bit like Katniss, being smothered by President Snow’s roses. I felt it was difficult to keep on my face if I wanted to do anything else, so I ended up just lying down for the time it was on. I really didn’t like that, as I’m quite active and usually when I have masks on, I can at least read a book or use the computer, but with this, it seemed like the slightest movement would lift parts of the mask off of my skin. When the time was up, I removed the mask paper, rubbed the remaining product into my skin and even down my neck and chest a bit, as there was a lot. I noticed immediately that the slight scarring I have on my face was lightened considerably. My whole face looked much, much brighter! I’m very impressed with that, as most products that brighten skin have a tendency to leave you a bit dried out as well, but not this. I felt hydrated throughout the day, and even going into today, I feel moisturized and fresh. I’ll definitely be using the second mask, probably before an event or a big makeup day.


Item Two: Ofra Cheeky Cheekbone Enhancer

Retail: $14.99


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, I love highlighters. I feel like my look is never complete until I’ve brightened up my cheekbones. This is a gorgeous, sheer color that leaves a hint of shimmer wherever you apply it. It looks white in the container, but leaves no real color on your skin, just a healthy glow. The jar has a sifter lid that you can twist to shut, which is great since I spill products a lot, this will help reduce the amount of makeup that’s already on the floor in my vanity area. I’d never heard of Ofra before, but their products all seem to be reasonably priced for a good amount. This sifter jar contains 5 grams of product, and since it only takes a little bit, I could see it lasting a long time. When I used it with other products, such as blush and my contour shades, it blended beautifully. There was little to no fallout, it stayed precisely where I placed it. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a shimmery highlighter. It only comes in one universal shade, but since the color is so sheer, I think it would work well on anyone. I can’t wait to try it out when I’ve gotten more color on my face this summer!


Item Three: Liberty Republic Fake It False Eyelashes in NSA

Retail: $8.00


If you’ve been following my page, you’ll know that I’ve recently gotten contact lenses, and with that, I’ve developed an obsession with falsies. I must have fifty pairs of them in my collection at the moment, but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever say no to more! These are a very subtle style, something that would go well with a “no makeup” makeup look. They aren’t quite as dramatic as most of the lashes I wear, but I can definitely see a use for them in my arsenal. Right now they’re on sale for $4.00, which is comparable to many drugstore lashes. They have a very thin, clear band, which I love. They’re made from 100% human hair, my favorite! Synthetic and mink lashes just don’t compare to the look and feel of human hair. They feel very light, and while I’ve not tried them yet, I think they’ll end up being super comfortable while on. Looking through their other styles, I think I may have found a new brand to try!


Item Four: Vincent Longo Perfect Canvas Liquid Concealer in Fair

Retail: $28.00


This wasn’t actually listed on the packing slip this month. Instead, I was supposed to receive a Vincent Longo blush. However, I’m much, much happier with the concealer, so I’m not going to complain! This is one of my absolute favorite products this month, and I cannot rave enough about how impressed I am. It has an angled, felt tip applicator and you twist up from the bottom to push the product through the little holes. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect concealer, and this is just so unbelievably amazing. It contains two different peptides, one to help reduce puffiness under your eyes, and the other to help diminish dark circles. Beauty products with a skincare base? Oh yes, please! It also contains arnica to improve blood circulation and to help minimize discoloration. I found that this color matches my skin perfectly and conceals easily. I don’t have to cake it on to cover up blemishes and imperfections. It also photographs well, blends easily with liquid or powder foundation, or can be worn alone. I wore it for a solid eight hours yesterday over an area on my cheek that has broken out (thanks, new birth control), and it didn’t come off until I used my oil cleanser. I can’t recommend this product enough. If you’re tired of having crease lines under your eyes from concealer, or if you’re looking for something that doesn’t just conceal, but heals as well, then this is the product for you. I think I may have to stock up on this new Holy Grail concealer!


Item Five: Vincent Longo Pressed Powder in Golden Banana

Retail: $28.00


This is another product I’m thrilled with. It’s difficult for me to find foundation and powder that isn’t pink toned. Being very fair skinned, it’s always a challenge! Not all pale girls are pink! I have yellow/neutral undertones, and this matches me exactly. I’ve never had a pressed powder that blended into my skin so seamlessly! The powder is triple milled with real silk fibers to be super smooth and soft. It doesn’t look heavy on my skin and could be used alone or over foundation. It feels so lightweight, but gives amazing coverage. I was able to wear it alone for about four hours without it fading at all. It also didn’t rub off on my clothes, and there was minimal fallout with application. I’m not a big fan of the velour pouf, as it just felt cheap to me. I could easily use any other pouf from the drugstore for the same quality. I do think it has very easy application, and is fool proof for anyone that’s just starting to branch out into full face makeup. The range of colors is diverse, and is also much different than what you normally find on a shelf. However, if you are one of the pink-toned pale ladies, then this probably won’t work as well for you. I could see it being used as a touch up powder, or being used to set concealer, as the yellow tones in it will help to neutralize any redness you may have. I also really love the packaging. The Tiffany Blue accents are really cute, the compact is very thin and will not fall open in your purse, and the mirror is very nice. Some mirrors are better than others, and this one is definitely top quality.


The full retail value of my box this month was $108.99!!! This is the highest valued Wantable box I’ve received so far, and I am seriously beyond impressed with it. I’ve discovered at least three new brands that I will purchase again, (Ofra, Vincent Longo, Liberty Republic), got to try some new fun skincare (Eleece), and I couldn’t be happier with this! While the blush wasn’t included, I’m much more pleased with the concealer I received. I’ve got plenty of blushes, but it’s not every day you find your dream concealer!

What all did you receive in your Wantable box this month? What other subscription services do you use? What would you like to have me try next?

As always, thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: I received this month’s Wantable Makeup Subscription Box free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinions on the products received. For any other questions, please contact me at

Birchbox – May 2014 – Review

Hello lovelies! I’m reviewing the May 2014 Birchbox today!

While I haven’t been particularly happy with my Birchbox selections lately, I had one impressive product this month! The Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream is definitely going on my list of things to purchase a full size of when the sample runs out. However, I am only giving Birchbox one more month to wow me before I end my subscription to them and pick up with another subby box. I’m tired of food samples and shampoo!

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream


This adorably packaged deluxe sample was 22 mL, a surprisingly generous amount. Airy and light, the whipped formula for this shave cream is unlike anything I’ve used before. It’s a very thick cream that doesn’t lather up, but instead coats your legs (or arms or whatevers) with a moisturizing layer of product. I received Acai Grapefruit, which smells fresh and fruity. The scent is very light and does not last after rinsing, but is extremely pleasant in the bath. I’ve found I get a much closer, smoother shave when using this and I will probably be picking up the full size! There are seven scents on the Birchbox website, all going for $20.00 apiece for the full size, 150 mL.

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals with IsoVoxy


I’m not a big fan of getting breath mints in a beauty box, but the Honey Mint flavor was very nice. I would not purchase these, however, as I feel they are ridiculously overpiced. The cost is $14.75 for 30 one-use packs.

PIXI Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm


I received a full size (4g) tube of this in the shade Coral Crush. While the packaging is too cute and orange is my current obsession, I feel it applies unevenly on my lips and shows off every imperfection, no matter how small. I think it would be excellent though, to wear over an orange or pink lippie to change up the color and add some moisture. This retails for $8.00 and has five shades to choose from.

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion


This one bugged me a little bit because I know for a fact this is what is in hotels everywhere, but it smells like the beach, so I’ll deal with it. I received a generous sample of Relaxing Sea Fennel, 1.35 fl oz. A full size bottle is $15.00 for eight ounces. I feel it’s a thin and watery lotion, but is good for days when I need to reapply often or for travel.

Nexxus Color Assure™ Pre-Wash Primer, Vibrancy Retention Shampoo and Conditioner


These are immediately going into my “for trade/give away” box. I do not use any kind of shampoo or primer in my hair, and I’m very particular about the conditioner I use. The foils are very well done though. A+ for packaging!

Overall, I’m not super excited about this box. I’ll definitely get some use out of the shave cream. The lip balm will most likely get used. The lotion is probably going to sit in a drawer until that day I run out of lotion and frantically run around the house because of course I’m as dry as the Sahara, and then I’ll find this stuff and be glad I have it. I ate the breath crystal pop rock things, and would buy them if they weren’t so expensive. I’m also disliking getting food items in a beauty box. I really wish I could customize Birchbox just a little bit more. I’ve been sent shampoo twice now, which I haven’t used in many years. They also are sending less makeup and more bath and body products. I’m going to give them one more month before making my decision on whether or not to keep them as a subscription box or if I want to move on to another one. What did you get in your May Birchbox? Did you enjoy your products? Get any of the same ones I did? Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see next!