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Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013

Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013
Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013

So as you may know, I subscribe to a service called Birchbox.  For $10/month recurring charge they send you a monthly box of sample size beauty products such as makeup, skincare, and hair care.  I received my February 2013 Birchbox today and this is what I received:

Birchbox Unboxing Feb13

 

Here are the deets:

Beauty Protector - Protect & Detangle1)  Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle

First of all, I must say the packaging is friggin’ adorable!  It doesn’t say how big the sample is, but it appears to be somewhere around 2 or 3 oz.  The full size sells for $10.95 on the Birchbox website.  This product smells lovely.  Kind of like vanilla or some other kind of tasty desert.  According to the Birchbox website, this product “conditions, shields from heat and sun damage, and–of course–detangles, among other things. Plus, it’s 100% vegan and suitable for all hair types.”  All hair types, huh?  We’ll see about that.  Ha!

 

 

Ambre Nue Sample2) Atelier Cologne – Ambre Nue Cologne Absolue 

The February Birchbox included a little something for the fellas as well:  Atelier Cologne – Ambre Nue.  I forcibly applied this cologne to my husband and he wasn’t a huge fan, but he didn’t completely dislike it.  He said it smells like Bath & Bodyworks “Woodlands”.  LOL.   I think it smells alright, very manly and musky.  The full size, 200 ml bottle sells for $190!  Whoa!

 

 

Votivo - Pink Mimosa Sample3)  Votivo – Pink Mimosa Candle

I love candles and anything smell-good, and I must say, this candle smells AMAZING!  The Birchbox included a tiny votive from Votivo.  It a somewhat fruity smell.  I really like it!  The full size candle sells for $26 on the Votivo website.

 

 

 

My - Multi-Purpose Matifying Moisturizer4) My – Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for many months now, and my absolute favorite thing to receive is face moisturizers, since they’re often super expensive and probably the best deal of the whole box.  This month’s Birchbox comes with a 0.3 oz tube of this moisturizer.  Their website says this moisturizer is supposed to hydrate, provide a matte finish, and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.  A full-size, 2oz tube sells for $68.  So basically, if you do the math, that means that this tiny 0.3 ounce tube is actually worth about $10, or as much as I paid for this entire Birchbox!  Sweet Deal!  :)

 

The Balm - Hot Mama5)  The Balm – Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

I’m suddenly having deja vu… and I don’t like it.  I received this exact same product in last months Birchbox.  Maybe they had leftovers the had to get rid of, so they gave some of us duplicates.  It’s a perfectly fine product, but I wanted to try something new, so I’m a bit disappointed.  But anyway, this product is a multi-purpose shadow/blush.  It looks very similar to NARS Orgasm.  I can’t lie.  I’m still a little pissed that I got the same product in two consecutive boxes.

 

 

Ghihardelli - Caramel6)  Ghirardelli Square – Caramel

I don’t think this product requires too much explanation.  Everyone loves Ghirardelli squares.  Needless to say, right after I took this picture, I devoured this item.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

Anyway!  I hope you enjoyed my unboxing!  If you want to purchase your own Birchbox, you can do so here:  http://www.birchbox.com.

 

 

Review: Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries

Review: Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries
Review:  Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries

I’ve always said that hair spritzes do absolutely nothing for my hair.  They always seemed too light to have any effect on my thick mane.  So when I received my Oyin Juices & Berries in my CurlKit a while back, I immediately sent the ‘lowly’ spritz to spend eternity in product purgatory (the bottom drawer to the right of my vanity).  So, a couple weeks ago, while searching for some stray bobby pins in my drawer of unfit products, I came across my forgotten bottle of J&B.  Our eyes met.  It looked up at me and said “Leah!  Try me!  I promise I don’t suck!”   Read the rest of this entry

Product Review: As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Product Review: As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
Product Review:  As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

As mentioned in my January 2013 CurlKit Unboxing post, one of the items I received was a whopping 16oz jar of As I Am – Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.  Many of you guys responded to my video saying how much you liked this product.  I already have a tub of their gel and have fallen in love with that, so you KNOW I couldn’t wait to try the Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.

Full disclosure: I must admit that I’m a bad natural for a number of reasons.  Reason number #284 is that I very rarely cowash.  I’m hopelessly addicted to the suds.  I’ve always felt that cowashing just added to the gunky product build-up on my hair instead of eliminating it.  I couldn’t wrap my mind around using a conditioner to wash my hair!  It just didn’t seem possible.  However, it’s a new year, and I vowed to clean up my act when it comes to my hair.  One of the things that’s been on my to-do list is to give cowashing another shot.  So receiving this product was right on time.  Surely a product that has “cowash” in the name must be the best place to start.

So anyways… Here are the specs: Read the rest of this entry

CurlKit Unboxing – January 2013

CurlKit Unboxing – January 2013
CurlKit Unboxing – January 2013

So not only did I receive my Birchbox this weekend, but I also received my CurlKit.  For those who are not familiar with CurlKit, it’s a subscription service that sends you free samples (and some full-size products) every month for $20/month.  It’s great for product junkies like myself and those of us who like to try new products.  The products are mainly for curly/kinky hair, however they occasionally include products for locks as well.

So here are this month’s goodies: Read the rest of this entry

BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013

BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013
BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013

So for the past several months I’ve been subscribed to a service called “BirchBox”.  It’s a subscription service that charges you $10/month and in exchange you receive a box every month with about 5 or 6 hair, skin, and makeup goodies!    It’s a great way to try new products.  Their products tend to mostly be makeup and skincare related, and they have some pretty good brands.

So today, while I’m laying on the couch sick and hating life, I get a pleasant surprise from the mailman, My Birchbox!  So you know I couldn’t wait to share all the goodies with you all:

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Natural Hair Review: Locsoc

Natural Hair Review: Locsoc
Natural Hair Review:  Locsoc

For the past year or so, I’ve been stalking this product called “Locsoc”.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with these styling caps.  From my understanding, they were originally designed for people with locs, but have been growing in popularity among the loose natural hair community as a way to style and protect our hair as well.

A locsoc is basically just a piece of fabric in the shape of a tube.  It has an elastic band on the end to keep it in place around your head.  There are tons of styles you can do with your locsoc and it comes in probably hundreds of colors and designs.

I bought five locsocs.  Four regular locsocs in various colors and designs and one extra long locsoc.

LocSoc2

Each locsoc costs $12, although when I bought them, they were having a sale so I only paid $9 each for them, which I feel is very reasonable.  So far they’ve proven to be very versatile.  I wear them to sleep to protect my hair at night.  I wear them around the house to keep my hair out of my face, and I’ve been experimenting with different styles.  So far my favorite style is just to wear the locsoc as a headband. Read the rest of this entry

Product Review: Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

Product Review: Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls
Product Review:  Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls

So, as most of you know, I love me some Miss Jessie’s.  Pricey as it may be, I get some of my best results with their styling products.  I love my Curly Meringue and Quick Curls has grown on me in recent months.  In my opinion, their products are usually well-scented (which is super important to me), and give me the results I want.  I usually don’t care too much for their shampoos and conditioners, though, as I feel like if I’m going to put something THAT expensive in my hair, I don’t want to wash it out immediately.

Regardless of the price, Miss Jessie’s has usually been good to me, but sometimes it can make my hair a little stiff if I don’t apply it with a light hand.  So you already know, this summer with Miss Jessie’s announced they were releasing a product called “Pillow Soft Curls”, I was siced.  I envisioned big, fluffy, moisturized curls just blowing in the breeze.

I took advantage of their end-of-year BOGO event to re-up on my Curly Meringue, but I also bought a bottle of Pillow Soft Curls to try.  At first I applied it on clean hair, with just a touch of Coconut Oil underneath to keep it light.  My initial impressions were: Read the rest of this entry

My Long-Overdue Haircut

My Long-Overdue Haircut
My Long-Overdue Haircut

So I have a confession to make.  Up until recently I hadn’t gotten a haircut in probably about two years!  That’s right.  I figured because I wore my hair curly that hair cuts didn’t matter.  So when my ends started getting more and more tangled, and detangling sessions became more and more difficult, I attributed it to texture, not neglect.

No matter how many oils, butters, and sealers I added to my hair, it ended up looking like a rat’s nest after day two or three.  Finally the thought dawned on me that maybe I need a haircut.  This was a very scary thought, since it seems to go against my length goals.  But what good is long hair if it’s unhealthy.  Plus, I was losing so much hair during the detangling process, that I thought “this cannot be normal”.

If you’re curly like me, you’ve probably grown up getting horrible triangle haircuts from hairstylists that would rather be doing anything else but dealing with your massive head of unruly curls.  I can easily recall the look of “oh shit” on the stylists faces when I would come in for a hair cut or a blow out.  I’ve had numerous hairstylists tell me I should get a relaxer so my hair is easier to deal with.   Then, after spending hours hopelessly trying to tame the mane, I end up leaving looking like a giant cotton ball.  With these experiences, you can easily see why I’ve always been hesitant to get my hair cut in a salon. Read the rest of this entry

B*** Don’t Kill My Vibe

B*** Don’t Kill My Vibe
B*** Don’t Kill My Vibe

Bitch don’t kill my vibe, bitch don’t kill my vibe
I can feel your energy from two planets away
I got my drink, I got my music
I would share it but today I’m yelling
Bitch don’t kill my vibe, bitch don’t kill my vibe

~Kendrick Lamar

So here’s the all too common scenario: It’s Friday night. It’s been a long week and you and your friends are going out to this new lounge downtown that you’ve heard so much about. You put on your hottest outfit and head out on the town with your besties, excited about what drunken debauchery the night might bring.

Halfway through the night, that one friend (who everyone told you to leave at home) starts chiming in:

“Ugh… these drinks are so weak”,

“This music is giving me a headache”

“There are no attractive guys here”

“Who picked this place anyway?”

“I should have just stayed home.”

Nothing pleases her. She is having a terrible time and is intent on making sure everyone present not only knows it, but feels it as well.  Even though she’s miserable, she would rather sit around with her arms folded and complain than actually do something about it.

You and your friends try to cheer her up: You order her a shot, try to get her to dance, make silly faces at her.  Whatever you have to do to turn her into the fun-loving version of her you had invited and wished had shown up. But, despite your best efforts, the corners of her mouth refuse to budge. Now there is a palpable tension in the air, and all hope of an epic night out with the besties has turned to a pity party because of your friend Debby D. Downer, Queen of the Buzzkills. Read the rest of this entry