From Birchbox- Life is too short to wear boring fragrance. This youthful blend of fruity and floral notes is designed to make you feel fabulous, even if the most exciting thing on your calendar is laundry. Accordingly, the glamorous glass bottle comes bedecked with playful charms. One spritz and you’re ready for anything.
My take: I’m not a fan of this scent, but it did seem to last longer than most.
ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss-
From Birchbox- Sydney-based ModelCo prides itself in creating products that are fuss-free but high impact—ideal for off-duty beauties (models and non-models, alike). This non-sticky gloss goes on smoothly and gives lips a soft punch of sheer, slightly shimmery color. This slim tube has a built-in mirror so you can reapply on the go.
My take: I love this gloss! There’s a mirror on the bottle for easy application, and it smells like strawberries. It makes me feel like I’m using bonnie bell chapsticks again, but a little more grown up! It’s not sticky, and has the perfect shine with just a tint of color so I can wear it over lipstick or without it and either way it looks good. Quite the keeper!
Benefit it’s potent! eye cream-
From Birchbox- Thanks to this powerful cream, even stressed-out workaholics can feign eight hours of sleep. It fades dark under eye circles with day-to-day application. The thick caramel-colored refreshment works to preserve the elasticity of the delicate under eye area while protecting skin from free radicals.
My take- It was a fairly small sample, but I did see some results from using this for a couple of weeks. It wasn’t as greasy as other samples that I’ve tried, and was nice and light under my eyes. It’s definitely better than other eye creams I’ve tried.
Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique – Protect
From Birchbox- From heat styling to chemical processing, there isn’t much we haven’t subjected our hair to in the pursuit of beauty. And my, how our poor follicles have suffered. Fortunately, this ambrosia-like hair treatment revitalizes even the most parched strands and frayed split ends. In addition, it provides protection against heat styling and even improves the performance of your tools.
My take- This was a pretty nice conditioner. It didn’t weigh my hair down, but it was still nice and soft. The smell is great!
Emily’s Chocolates Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies
From Birchbox- Everyone knows that the best part of Chinese takeout is the fortune cookies, so it’s about time these treats received the royal treatment. Deliciously crunchy fortune cookies get a coating of milk and dark chocolate for a sinfully good update on the original.
My take- This was delicious! Despite the name, I did not expect to have a sweet fortune tucked into the cookie. It was much better than the standard fortune cookie. I’m not sure I can go back to the regular kind after these.
After Christmas, I try my hardest to keep on budget and recover a bit from the splurges of the Christmas season. Add to that 4 immediate family birthdays in January, and you have a recipe that includes keeping my credit card in my wallet! Despite that, these picks have had quite a stay in my online carts. Add a blazer to either of those dresses and they’re perfect for work, and the detailing on the clutch is just so perfect.
What’s tempting you this month?
We snapped these quickly on our way to dinner during our Vegas mini-vacation on NYE. What NYE wouldn’t be complete without a few sequins? I kept my favorite Michael Kors iPhone clutch/holder combo with me all night so all my essentials would be nearby with nothing extra to worry about. I have to say I loved having the Palazzo’s gorgeous Christmas decorations as a background! They were absolutely gorgeous! It was the perfect way to ring in 2013.
I’m back! I had every intention of continuing with regular posts during the holidays, but I had so much fun with my family and travels from DC to North Carolina to Vegas that I got a little behind. But now I’m back, better rested, and should be back on schedule!
I don’t know about y’all, but during January I’m more focused on sales than normal. All of these pieces are under $30!
The purse is even $12, which I think is a steal, and those 2 sweaters just seem so cozy and perfect to brighten up January days.