I don’t get a lot of gifts, so I make sure I have some sent every month
December subscriptions were pretty sweet, and as busy as I was, I didn’t get to enjoy a lot of them, but here are a few of the ones I got.
Birchbox December 2014
I added the Birchbox Plus for $25 this month because I loved the necklace, and so far the Capwell & Co Amethyst Stone Cluster Necklace has gotten a lot of positive comments when I wear on-air. It’s just sparkly enough without being distracting (you have to walk a fine line) and I have worn it a few times, already.
The box also came with Beauty Protector Protect & Oil, which I won’t use because it has a lot of silicones, and since I don’t use shampoo often, if ever, to wash my hair, I avoid silicone products that aren’t water-soluble.
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney which I love. I like to use their lipsticks and stains because they stay put and you don’t even need a liner!
Number 4 Hair Care Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner which I will probably give to someone. I may use the shampoo, as it’s sulfate-free, when I think I have some build-up, but the conditioner has silicones, so I’ll pass that on to dry-haired friends who don’t use the curly-girl method of hair care.
Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator which I LOVELOVELOVE. I may order a full-sized of this when I’m out. It’s a microdermabrasion-style scrub to use a few times a week. So far, it leaves my skin feeling and looking glowing and clear and lovely. Especially in winter, I like a little extra gentle slough-off of the top layer of NYC crud (plus all that makeup, sometimes I feel I never get it all off!)
W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone is the last sample, and I’ve liked their products, so far, but I swear I have far too many highlighters. I may have to fix my profile after this month, right? I’ll try it out this week (or tonight if I scrounge a quick date with friends) and let you know.
Boxycharm December 2014
Like last month’s, this month’s Boxycharm is pretty packed full for the price.
Coastal Scents Revealed Palette is a very complete neutral eye palette that will go into my touch-up/on-the-go work makeup kit. It’s flat and light, and as I said, has every color I’d want for most occasions. I ordered some of their loose pots of eyeshadow, and they are fairly well pigmented, especially for the price.
Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes are actually cruelty-free, according to the notes. They are handmade and say they don’t harm the animals, so I imagine it’s shed. I like to think they brush the bad-tempered little minxes into a semblance of happy and use that hair. Still, I won’t use them because I am lucky enough to have long lashes and it’s too much trouble to wear falsies. I love mascara, me.
Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush is a keeper for me. This will go in my on-the-go/touch up kit because brushes get dirty and damaged easily in travel cases, especially when you’re in a hurry. This one is soft, and fluffy, and perfect for everything from touch-up blush to powder.
Be A Bomshell The One Stick in Best Cellar is a great winter color. It goes on very nicely, and it’s good for quick color on your cheeks, too. However, I have a problem with the size because I always forget a lip brush and it’s not built for precision.
Eva NYC Hungry Hair Oil Treatment looks like a nice Argan oil based hair oil…however, it’s chock-full of silicones that need a sulfate-based cleanser to remove, so, I’ll pass. This will be another one to friends or to trade, etc. Not a lot of luck on the hair things this month!
Wantable Accessories December 2014
I really like this month’s Wantable collection, although I don’t wear a lot of earrings. I should probably either start, or change my profile. I don’t wear them much these days, by the by, because I wear necklaces for work, and most of the time wearing both earrings and necklaces is too much. Having said that, these are lovely, simple studs, so I may be able to use them nicely. The watch…oh yes. I love the leather wrist-strap and chain combo. Perfect for jeans and a cute summer dress. The necklace is pretty and a little boho, but I can make it work even on-air with a very simple, plain dress.
I have a couple more subscriptions to go through, but not today! The snow just started to fly, and I’m supposed to be out on a run. I’m trying to decide if the snow is too wet and if it’s time to switch to an indoor workout!
…it’s wet, soggy, and falling fast out there. Tamilee Webb here I come!