One reason I love snail mail (part 6)…

I know I just told you about my September BirchBox (albeit really late) but I’m back to tell you about my October BirchBox.

Here’s the rundown of what was in my box (prices are for full-size product):

Lucy B Pink Frangipani & Wild Jasmine Roll-On Perfume Oils:  $24 each ($48)
Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel:  $22
theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer:  $24
Vitivia Pro:Vitamins A15 and C10:  $55 each ($110)
LUNA Protein Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter:  $14.95 (for 12)

TOTAL:  $218.95

Since I paid $10 for the trial size box I saved $208.95 (if you figure I could have purchased these in their full-sized varieties). 

Lucy B Pink Frangipani & Wild Jasmine Roll-On Perfume Oils

Lucy B Cosmetics is the home of luxurious organic cosmetics that channel the healing resources from pure and magical Australian wild flowers.

I’ll be honest – I didn’t even give these guys a cursory whiff before sticking them in my perfume drawer.  Tisk tisk.  Bad blogger!

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

A “smart” gel, formulated with heat-activated wheat protein that breathes in humidity, protects the hair shaft and prevents hair from expanding. Its water-soluble formula of amino acids and vitamin A nourish and hydrate hair, leaving it soft, manageable and full of shine without any buildup. Even the most unruly curls are rendered calm, cool, and collected with style that will last and last. Also works as great protection against blow-dryer heat when a straight style is preferred.

It kinda makes me giggle that they sent out a heat and humidity gel right before winter rolls around.  Sort of strange timing if you ask me.  Then again, winters here in Houston can be on the rainy side and I will have to blow dry my hair every day to keep the chills at bay.  Who knows – maybe their timing was right on after all. 

theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seeming innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye.  This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer an younger while adding a subtle glow.  Layer it on your lids for luxe-looking lashes, sweep it on your cheeks for a sexy sheen, or use it as an all-over finishing touch before you head out for the night. 

I always put luminizer directly underneath my eyebrows.  Supposedly it helps the eyes to look more ‘open.’  I also put it on the inside corners of my eyes because that’s supposed to make your eyes appear further set (mine are really close together).  It’s nice to use a bit of luminizer on your face during the winter when so many people look washed out.  Just be careful that you don’t put it on too heavy.

Vitivia Pro:Vitamins A15 and C10

A15: contains pure Vitamin A (retinol) at 0.15%. A characteristic of sun-damaged skin is the degradation of the supporting structure of skin caused by reduced collagen synthesis. Vitamin A stimulates skin cell renewal by increasing the rate of mitotic cell division. Pro:Vitamin A refines pores, smoothes fine lines and reveals more youthful looking skin by assisting in the regeneration of healthy skin cells and maintaining the presence of collagen.

C10: contains pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) at 10%.  The skin, as the outermost barrier of the body, is continuously exposed to oxidative stress, in particular UV-radiation and environmental toxins such as smoke, air pollution, etc.  Pro:Vitamin C is known to neutralizes free radicals and effectively protect against environmental damage.

I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever put these babies on my face.  My face is uber-sensitive and I just don’t want to risk ticking it off.  I think that I’m going to put them on my hands instead. 

LUNA Protein Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

Sweet satisfaction in a high protein bar created just for women. LUNA Protein lets us indulge while it helps us stick to our best intentions, with nutritious ingredients and the power of protein to keep us feeling full. Gluten Free – 12 g of protein, 3 g of fiber – High in Calcium and Folic Acid – Good Source of Iron and Vitamin D

I’m not much of a peanut butter person so I put this baby in my hubbys snack box.  I’m sure it’ll be devoured in no time. 

Have you tried any new products lately?

Product Review: What I thought of my BirchBox goodies…

So a while back I mentioned that I’d received a nifty little package in the mail from BirchBox.  Then, a month later, I received my second one (it’s a monthly subscription).  I told you guys that I was going to take all of my goodies with me on my vacation to Lake Tahoe and let you know what I thought.

So, I did take everything, but I didn’t use everything.  I’m not all about the whole makeup wearing/hair arranging when I’m on vacation so there were several items that I haven’t used yet.  I WILL let you know what I think about them when I do.  Promise. 

Here’s what I’ve used (and what I think about it) so far…

Borghese Bagno Di Vita Soak

I used these bath salts the day we arrived in Tahoe.  I was exhausted from travelling (I’m sure having to be at the airport at 5am had something to do with that) and I just wanted to chill when we finally made it into our hotel room.  So, I drew a bath, tossed a package of these suckers in, and soaked for about thirty minutes.  I won’t say that I felt like a million bucks or that I think that these bath salts are anything different than the zillions of other bath salts I’ve used over the years.  However, I will say that they smell very nice, and I like the fact that they turn the water a soft blue color.  It was sort of like being in a small pool. 

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

I actually like this lip stain.  The only thing I don’t like is that you really have to pay attention when you apply it because it can get a little streaky.  As long as you have 30 seconds to focus, and a mirror, you’re all good. This lip stain doesn’t stay on for 12 hours or anything though; if you eat or drink something, it’s gone.  It has a nice, light color though and it doesn’t feel greasy like some lip glosses can. 

LUNA Bar in Chocolate Peppermint Stick

The Luna Bar is AMAZING.  I seriously could devour these.  I’m kind of hoping that Santa remembers to put these in my stocking this year.  YUM YUM!  I’m not sure how they stack up nutritionally against other similar products but the flavor is fabulous and there’s definitely way more protein (8g total) than you’d get by eating a cookie or something similar.  The Chocolate Peppermint flavor has just a subtle mint tone and isn’t overpowering while still being VERY chocolaty.  I’m definitely planning on getting some of these to put in my lunch box.  Soooo good. 

Kerastase Paris Cristalliste Lait Cristal & Bain Cristal with Lumiere Liquide



The Keratase ‘set’ that I got came with a shine serum that I used once on our trip.  I honestly don’t feel like I can really review this because I’m of the opinion that shine serums only work well on my hair when I straighten it, which I didn’t do.  I put a few drops in my wet hair, scrunched it around a bit and ran out the door.  Since I’m wearing my hair curly now I don’t know that I’ll be able to give this product a ‘real’ review since I don’t have any intentions of straightening my hair for a long long time. 



Product Review: International Delight Iced Coffee

Have you seen this stuff showing up in your grocery’s refrigerated section by the coffee creamers?  I noticed it a few weeks ago and then I happened to come across a coupon for it in a newspaper flyer so I purchased it.  I love iced coffee.  I rarely (as in once a year) drink hot coffee but I could drink iced coffee every day.  It has to be sweet though and generally mixed with chocolate.  I can’t get enough of the Java Chip Frappuccino’s from Starbucks or the Frozen Mocha’s from Panera Bread.  Yum!  So, when I saw this I was excited.  I brought the mocha version home and tasted it and I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed.  I thought it tasted a bit watered down and it wasn’t all that sweet.  I was really hoping it’d taste similar to the refrigerated Starbucks Frappuccino’s that you can find in grocery stores.  It doesn’t.  It’s not awful or anything, it’s just that that to me, there’s already something better on the market.  However, if you don’t want really strong or really sweet iced coffee, this might be right up your alley.  If you want to give it a whirl and try it for yourself you can get a coupon here


note:  I was in no way compensated for this review.  I just like giving people a heads up on new items when I try them.