Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January Birchbox and ipsy Goodies!

Ugh, so this has been a long time in the making.  Usually I end up getting these both on the same day so everything works out well, but I got my Birchbox early last week and then got my ipsy bag just today so I can finally do this!  Although I feel like the universe is against me because as I was taking pictures my camera died, so I took pictures with my iPhone, only to remember afterwards that I have no cable to connect to my computer to get them because my cat has been eating them (*anger*) so then I had to figure out this whole iCloud thing.  But I digress...

First Birchbox!

This month's letter says:
Hi there,
We don't think a new year means a whole new you.  After all, you're pretty awesome.  But a fresh calendar is as good a time as any to refocus on the things that keep falling to the bottom of the to-do list:  you know, signing up for that big race or cleaning your makeup brushes.
 That's why we're heading into 2013 with the personal goal of making it the best year ever.  (Until 2014, that is.) We have plenty of ideas for maximizing your individual happiness - you'll find 25 of them on the fold-out poster included in your box.  We'd also love to hear your ideas - share them with us on your favorite social media channel with #mybestyear.
Here's to making 2013 extra special.
 So!  First we have amika Color pHerfection Shampoo:

From the card:  This gentle shampoo contains fortifying omega acids and healing sea buckthorn berry oil to keep your hair color bright and shiny. Full-size, $22.

From the bottle:  Indulge dry locks with intense moisture while gently cleansing.  Free of sulfates, parabens, and artificial colors.

 Next we have Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream:

From the card:  Dull skin no more, thanks to glycoloic acid in this exfoliating moisturizer.  The gentle tingle means it's working.  Full-size $115.

Next is Harvey Prince Skinny Chic:

From the card:  Keep your energy levels high (and fight cravings to boot) with this zesty blend of apple, mint, and lotus blossom.  Full-size $21-55.

From the package:  Sexy, zesty and bursting with energy.  Skinny Chic is your daily cure for the common bore.  A spritz a day keeps you feeling young, slim and beautiful.  Crisp green apple, sweet mint and warm amber.  We started Harvey Prince in dedication to our mother, and we craft exceptional fragrances that empower women to feel young, happy, slim and beautiful.  Our products are made with the highest quality, natural ingredients you deserve.  Read our story:  harveryprince.com.

Then we have theBalm cosmetics Put a Lid On It Eyelid Primer:

From the card:  Keep that pretty eye shadow crease-free with this stay-put primer, which also prevents smudges and smears.  Full-size, $18.

And lastly, we have 100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream:

From the card:  This skin-friendly moisturizer is made exclusively from 100 percent vegan, organic ingredients.  Not that you needed an excuse to slather it on.  Full-size, $15.

From the package:  Highly nourishing, luxurious cream concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters.

And that's it for Birchbox!  Everything smells so yummy!

Now for my ipsy bag.  This month's theme was Super Stars!

Here's the bag we got.  Simple on the outside but so cute on the inside!

So first up, we got another Soho brush!  I use the smudger one we got all the time and I love it.  I'm excited to give this crease brush a try!

Next, we got Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play, a volumizing hairspray:

Then we have Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter:

From the bottle:  Sparkling, juicy blood orange with notes of red raspberry and spicy sweet Italian mandarins.  The scent of the Mediterranean beach.  100% vegan, no animal ingredients.  Pacifica does not test on animals.

Next is Nailtini nail polish in Frappe:

From the package:  Wear Nailtini lacquers alone, layered or garnished to create countless combinations.  Great straight or mixed - it's cocktails for nails.

And last we have Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil:

From the package:  Clinically proven.  In four weeks, skin's smoothness, hydration and elasticity is visibly improved.  Highest grade.  First Cold-pressed to retain integrity of nutrients.  Perfect for All Skin Types.  Balances sebum production to help fight acne.  Responsible.  Supports women's co-ops and fair trade in Morocco.  How to Use:  Daily Moisturizer:  Apply on clean face.  Hair Treatment:  Apply to split ends.  Nail Treatment:  Apply to cuticles.  Bath Oil:  Add to your bath.

And that's that!  If you subscribe to one of these services let me know if you got anything different!  How do you feel about your box/bag this month?

I'm working on some reviews to get up soon for the eyeshadow palettes I picked up last week.  I'll try to get them up within the next couple days!