Subscriptions for November 2014

work case

cheapyummyshiny took an unfortunate back seat over the last 18 months. I won’t get into it, but it’s been one heck of a ride. I’m sliding into 2015 sideways and with some roadburns on my tush, glass of wine in hand and hoping to finally get some sleep.

I’ve also gotten into quite a few subscription boxes. I love them! I started with Birchbox about 2 years ago, and since then have gone on to Julep, Cult Cosmetics, Ipsy, and recently Boxycharm. They aren’t very expensive, and if you’re on a budget, these various sub boxes will give you samples and full-sized cosmetics, accessories, food, even lingerie at a fairly low cost.

Think of it like a monthly present to yourself that helps you look and feel better, depending on what subscription you take.

At the start of the holidays, I thought I would share my November subscription boxes, although I’ll admit I haven’t gotten a chance to use most of the products because I’ve been working doubles, one, and two, I have a lot of makeup, already. The case at the top of this post is just the makeup I take to get ready for work every day. I also have a back-up small bag of things in case I forget this monster at home, and I have makeup I use at home so I don’t have to dig through this case when I’m just throwing on a quick face to meet friends for lunch. I also keep my shimmery, glittery, funky colors at home because they have no place on a news set.

Today I’ll start with Birchbox:

I love this company. They’re a NYC company, and also, even though you do get mostly deluxe sample sizes with a full-sized product here and there for $10/month, if you play this right, it’s totally worth it. One, they pick out high-end, unusual, and natural product lines. You’re not getting any old drugstore brands with these ladies. Also, if you order from their website, or their brick-and-mortar store in SOHO, you can mostly make the monthly cost back. Log into your account, go to the link to your personal monthly birchbox, and review each product you get. They give you 10 points per review. If you purchase from their company, you get 1 point per dollar you spend, plus they often have promotions where you can earn extra points, plus you get points for referrals.

Each 100 points equals $10 off any order you make from their website. Since I order hair and makeup things from them regularly, I make back $5-6 dollars from each of my monthly boxes just from reviews. Totally worth it.

November’s box was really nice, and they paired up with BuzzFeed to do a Holiday box. Missing from this picture is the Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips since I’ve had it before and when my friend Karen could no longer use Burt’s, I thought she’d like it.


I love the amika Perk Up dry shampoo and have almost used it up, already. You bet I’m ordering more. It’s a great product line.

The Greenleaf candle smells like Christmas trees…pine, spice, and happy in a smell you light up when you’re relaxing with your evening bevvie and dreaming of getting some Tiffany jewelry. Okay, well, I do that, anyway.

I haven’t yet tried the Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara, but I’ve used another kind that makes little tubes around each lash before, and for someone with long lashes (oh, poor me) that smudge with every blink, I appreciate this kind of mascara.

I’m trying out the Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist mask tonight. I already use the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream daily, so I expect to love it.

Birchbox is still one of my favorites, and no, I don’t love every month as much as others, but if you are willing to put in a few minutes each month, it really does almost pay for itself.

Let me know what you think, and if you want to try it out PLEASE use this referral link to order for yourself…OR as a gift to someone so I can get some points and buy that gorgeous jouer lipstick I’ve been eyeballing. Please?

Much love!