June Birchbox for the Jetsetter

This month’s Birchbox theme was perfect for my two upcoming summer vacations so I’m just going to jump right into it:

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Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive. This was the first time I have tried a tanning towelette and I say I’d give it a one thumb up. When I first pulled it out of the package I was surprised that it smelled pretty good and not like typical tanning products. I was also surprised that it was a white towelette and therefore went on clear. Initially, it felt like I was just wiping down with a baby wipe. A few hours later though, I noticed the tan beginning to appear and the tanning product smell emerging (I’ve decided it’s impossible to get away from that smell with any self-tanning product). I liked the tan the towelette gave but the only problem was that because it went on clear it was hard to tell whether or not it would streak. Overall it went on fairly evenly, but I noticed a few streaks on the underside of my arms. I’d use these for a trip, but for week to week tanning I will stick with my Body Drench Quick Tan lotion.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick. My first try with this eye shadow I wasn’t too crazy about it because it seemed a bit dark for my day to day makeup. I usually use palettes of powder eye shadow so I honestly wasn’t sure how to use this creamy shadow. However, on Saturday night I decided to try it again before going out and now I really like it! Instead of spreading the color evenly on my whole lid like before, I used it as dark as it would go just as I typically apply my black eye liner and then dotted it and blended it in with some gold powder shadow lightly on the rest of my lid. It really brought out my eyes this way… Two thumbs up.

Likewise Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant SPF 50. This is perfect for traveling because my normal face cream with SPF is in a large container. It has the slight smell of sunscreen unlike my other face cream, but I actually enjoy the smell of sunscreen so it doesn’t bother me. It didn’t leave my face feeling oily after letting it dry before applying makeup either. Definitely an essential to have face cream with SPF, especially for my trips to the beach house on the Outer Banks and Puerto Rico this summer!

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen. Despite trying this on two separate occasions on both my lips and cheeks, I just can’t seem to like it. This is a two-in-one lip and cheek gel stain. Although it does leave a nice color to both, it left my lips feeling dry and putting gel on my face just felt weird. I much prefer to stick with my powder blush and chapstick.

Lifestyle Extra: tili Bag. As silly and simple as this extra was, it’s totally useable for me! It will be great to put my toiletries in to go through airport security with my carry on. It’s so much cuter than a normal Ziploc bag too!

Man Extra: John Varvatos Star USA. I was super excited to get this man extra cologne in my box this month to share with the boyfriend. It’s described as a “blend of ginger, juniper berries and vetiver.” I’m interested to see how it smells once he tries it out, so I’ll update on this.

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May Gossip Girl Inspired Birchbox

After reading a few raving reviews and little persuasion from my best friend Chelsea, I decided to jump on the Birchbox bandwagon. Shortly after putting myself on the wait list, I received an email letting me know that I could sign up for this little monthly surprise. I registered a few days after May 1 so I wasn’t expecting to receive this month’s box.. But I did and I was so excited to try everything out!

For those of you who are not familiar with Birchbox, it’s basically a $10 monthly subscription, like you would get for a magazine, and they send you a small box with 4 sample beauty products by mid-month. You can even fill out your profile and they will send you products suited to your needs. This allows you to try out top brand products without paying top brand prices on a full size item just to find out it doesn’t work for you. If you do find a product you just can’t live without, you can buy it directly from the Birchbox website. Buying full size products, referring friends and giving product feedback earn you points towards purchases. It’s a small investment for a little gift to yourself in the mail each month. How can you lose?!

For the month of May, Birchbox teamed up with Gossip Girl to provide some chic samples. Here’s what I got:

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Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. This 7mL sample will last me a while! You don’t need much and it goes a long way. This eye cream goes on like silk and doesn’t feel heavy. It rids of dark circles, lines and puffiness. Digging it.

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap. I’m usually not a huge fan of gold but I immediately put two coats of this on and got compliments throughout the week! It’s a fun summer color for a weekend on the town, laying poolside or jazzing up your work wardrobe. A perfect metallic color to add to my nail polish collection!

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Dr. Jart + Waterfuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+. This was my favorite product of the bunch, mostly because it’s so practical. This acts as a moisturizer, sunscreen and tint. It gives you light coverage, perfect for the summer months, while softening and protecting your skin from the sun.

Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo. I’m not sure how big of a difference this made for my hair because I couldn’t pair it with the conditioner and I don’t have limp hair in the first place, but, I will say that my hair did feel really clean after using it. It has sort of a tea tree scent to it but not as potent as typical tea tree smelling products.

Bonus: Gossip Girl themed XOXO Notecard and Envelope. This will be the perfect stationary for writing my little sister, since we have become pen pals over the last several months.

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