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You, you, you oughta knoOOoow…

… that birchbox is currently offering 25% off of all their full sized products through 10/31 using the code bblove25. Trillas, that is a great deal!!!

What is birchbox? Do you live under a rock? It’s a beauty product ecommerce site with a twist. You can pay $10/month and get a box full of fab samples picked for you (I’ve been known to get full sized products too, like nailpolish and Stila eyeliner). I’ve discovered some tried and true products this way. In fact, some of my favorites are pictured below. And yes, you can get 25% off ALL of them. And if you’re not a birchbox member, here’s my invitation link for you to use to sign up. It’s well worth the monthly fee of $10. 

Top Row:

By Terry Light Expert Foundation Brush: This is a great foundation for days you don’t need as much coverage. The color looks kinds of weird coming out, but it truly disappears into your skin and just makes you glow. Love it!

Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash: I got this in my September birchbox and was amazed at how easily it removed my makeup at the end of the day. It comes out as a cream and foams up nicely. It also has a really lovely smell.

Jouer Moisturizing Lip gloss in “birchbox pink”: I’m a lipgloss junkie but couldn’t really justify purchasing yet another pink lipgloss, even though I’d been oogling the subtle yet vibrant shade on this one for months after I’d received it in a birchbox this past summer. Enter the 25% off coupon and justification is complete.

Boscia BB Cream: I didn’t really get the hype behind beauty balms, until I received a sample of this goodness in a tube. It moisturizes, minimize pores, provides SPF and has great skin coverage all in one easy step. It was actually the first full sized product I purchased from birchbox and I’m almost out! Thank goodness for 25% off!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner: I actually received a full sized version of this eyeliner in a birchbox and loved it so much I’ve since bought it in other colors. It glides right on and is easy enough to maneuver that you can go with a light line or a big ole heavy line without many makeup skillz required.

Bottom Row:

Twistband hair ties: I’ve gotten a few of these in my birchboxes over the months and always keep them handy. They aren’t so great for holding your hair for working out, but I keep one on my wrist at work and when I’m out and about for a quick and cute ponytail or bun on my head as needed.

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumierre Liquide: Whew! That’s a mouthful. But, if you have long hair, this product is essential. It’s pricey, but get 25% off and it’s about the same price as most other salon quality products. And it’s totally worth it.

Zoya Nailpolish: I fell in love with this brand after getting the prettiest neutral shade (called Pandora) in my birchbox, and miracle of miracles, it went on totally opaque after two coats! I have grown to love Zoya polish not only because of the range of fab colors they offer, but also because their polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. Now, I honestly don’t know what those are except that they use formaldehyde to preserve dead animals, so I’m pretty sure I don’t really want that on my nails.

Happy shopping and if you aren’t a birchbox member get on that! I think there is a short waiting list right now, but you better go ahead and sign up so you don’t miss out any longer than you have to. 

A few face things I’ve been loving these days

I consider myself pretty low maintenance (read: just mostly lacking in makeup application skills) when it comes to what I apply to my face. I wanted to share a couple of products I’ve recently fallen in love with which make it even easier to be even more low maintenance. These are definite keepers for the long term!

First up, this Estee Lauder Idealist Serum. I was suckered in by the dewy, even skin of some models on a commercial, but after three weeks of using this twice a day, my skin is noticeably more even. I have freckles all over my face and some light acne scarring around my chin and all guilty parties are all definitely lighter and more even. This also has a pretty, but not overwhelming shimmer to it which gives you just the right about of glow when worn under makeup. Definitely two thumbs up from me! And everyone else, apparently.

The next item - a beauty balm - is one I’ve heard a lot about, but I wasn’t quite ready to buy into the hype. I kept all my fingers and toes crossed that I would get a sample one day in my Birchbox, and that day was last week! I love, love, love this beauty  balm from Boscia. It functions as a primer, moisturizer, foundation, and SPF to lighten your makeup bag and streamline your morning routine (that last sentence is direct from the website, fyi). I loved my sample so much, that I purchased the full size version. That’s true love, I tell ya! And it’s also true, that I don’t need moisturizer in addition to this, which is the part I didn’t initially believe about beauty balms. I’m a convert.

An honorable mention goes to the Cle de Peau (don’t ask me how to pronounce that) concealer. I’d read about this concealer in magazines for a million years and it has really great reviews. I really, really like it. It has great staying power and blends amazingly well. I use it after I apply the above serum and beauty balm and just dab it right under my eyes. However, I’m still trying to decide if it’s worth $70. Now, it’s definitely worth a lot and is absolutely amazing, but maybe like $40 - $50. That said, I’m glad I purchased it and hopeful that it lasts me a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long time.

I’m not paid or perked for this post, I just love this stuff and thought you guys might want to know some worthy products to blow your budget on.

If you aren’t yet a member of birchbox, you are really missing out, so here’s an invitation to join. It’s $10/month and you get a box full of 5 deluxe sample sizes. At least that’s what they say. I’ve gotten my fair share of full size products as well. Not complaining. No sirreee. It’s a fun little way to treat yo self each month for not a lot of money.

(beauty) BY TERRY Foundation

I am abso-positiv-lutely obsessed with this By Terry foundation that came in my June Birch Box. Normally, when my birchbox samples run out, I’m all like “well, that was fun” but with this one, I think I might cry. I will definitely be taking the plunge for a full size product, which at $62 is not cheap but I swear this make my skin positively glow. My face looks PERFECT! and I don’t even look or feel like I’m wearing makeup. Gah. It’s really, really, really awesome. You should use this foundation too.

And if you want an invitation to birchbox, here is mine. It’s the best $10 you’ll spend each month. In addition to this foundation sample, I also got a full sized eyeshadow/eyeliner stick (this one) and other goodies.