April 2014 Birchbox Swatches, Review & Photos

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Another month and I’m still with Birchbox! I must say, between this month and last I’m happy my cancellation didn’t go through. Hopefully it’ll keep up like this! The theme for the April 2014 Birchbox is Rainy Days, which is referencing April Showers bringing (hopfully) May flowers.

Birchbox April 2014 Rainy DaysAs you open the box the card resting on top gives you a little explanation and greeting on one side and a run down of what is in your box on the other side.

Birchbox April 2014 ContentsLet’s see what’s going on for April!

Birchbox April 2013 Review PhotosFrom Anastasia Beverly Hills, Clear Brow Gel. I love this brow gel. I’ve got a full size here and the brush/tube are fantastic. It pulls up just enough product and doesn’t leave a bunch of wet gel clumps in your brow hair. While this size is just a mini it’ll be perfect for when I travel to NYC next month.

From Color Club, Breakfast at… Nail Polish. I loveeeee getting nail polish, especially these adorable mini sizes. Birchbox teamed up with style blogger Gala Gonzalez to create this particular shade and I love it! Breakfast at… is a beautiful mint pearl shade. Two coats.

Color Club Breakfast at... Nail Polish SwatchesFrom Paula’s Choice, 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant. This feels great on my skin! My skin is sensitive so I only use it once a week, but there is definitely a difference even after only using it once. I’ll likely buy the full size once I run out of this.

From Supergoop!, Daily Correct SPF35 CC Cream. I received the shade light/medium but it’s stated to be self-adjusting. At first I thought it would be way too dark but it really did adjust! I wish the sample size wasn’t so small. It’s laughably small.. maybe two uses if you’re lucky and use sparingly.

And, as a Lifestyle Extra, from KIND Snacks, Healthy Grains Bar – Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. I love to get these in sample boxes. These bars aren’t something I’d jump to buy normally, but I usually love the taste. This particular flavor tasted fantastic but had a chewy, stale type of texture that I wasn’t a fan of.

Birchbox April 2014 Swatches Review PhotosThere was also a “tip” from 52 Bright Ideas for a Rainy Day. My tip number was 37 which told me to treat myself to a facial and other pamperings. It’s a once a week type thing that reminds you to do something for yourself.

Birchbox April 2014 TipsI was happy with this months shipment. If Birchbox keeps it up I might just fall back in love! I do believe it was worth $10 and it was a nice mix of makeup, nail, food and skin care. I’m definitely looking forward to next months shipment!

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***Disclosure – I buy my own Birchbox, but the links posted here do give me referral points which I can use towards product on the site.  Once you sign up for your own Birchbox, you’ll also get a referral code to send out to others and get some points of your own!

OPI Brazil Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

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The OPI Brazil Nail Polish Collection has.it.all. Expressive/colorful shades, vampy shades, vibrant liquid sand polishes… If you don’t do a mani or pedi (or both!) after this post then something is wrong with you as a beauty maven (<— kidding, but seriously..).

Brazil by OPI Nail Polish Swatches ReviewOPI is always good for taking us on vacation and this time we’re headed to Brazil! Land of beautiful people and popular waxes! I’ve got so many faves in this collection it’s not even right. The formula was surprisingly excellent on all of these shades! I can’t think of one that I had an issue with!

OPI Brazil Nail Polish ReviewDon’t Bossa Nova Me Around is a nude lilac cream. Two coats.

OPI Dont Bossa Nova Me Around Nail Polish SwatchesNext Stop… The Bikini Zone is a silvered purple shimmer with a flash of blue. The pics do not do it justice at all, this polish is gorgeous! Three coats.

OPI Next Stop the Bikini Zone Nail Polish SwatchesTaupe-less Beach is a cool lavender cream. Two Coats.

OPI Taupe-less Beach Nail Polish SwatchesI São Paulo Over There is a vintage purple cream. Two coats.

OPI I Sao Paulo Over There Nail Polish SwatchesOPI Scores a Goal! is a chocolate toned purple cream. Two coats.

OPI Scores a Goal Nail Polish SwatchesAmazON…AmazOFF is a deep teal with a hint of pearl to it. Two coats.

OPI Amazon Amazoff Nail Polish SwatchesI Just Can’t Cope-acabana is a bright, creamy yellow. One of the few yellows I haven’t had issues with applying. The formula wasn’t perfect, but it’s the second best I’ve ever tried. Two coats.

OPI I Just Cant Cope-Acabana Nail Polish SwatchesWhere Did Suzi’s Man-go? is a peachy orange cream. Two coats.

OPI Where Did Suzis Mango Nail Polish SwatchesToucan Do It If You Try is a muted coral orange cream. Two coats.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try Nail Polish SwatchesKiss Me I’m Brazilian is a pinked salmon cream. Two coats.

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian Nail Polish SwatchesLive.Love.Carnaval is a vibrant coral cream. Two coats.

OPI Live Love Carnival Nail Polish SwatchesRed Hot Rio is a ruby red cream. This formula was the smoothest and felt almost gel like. Two coats shows visible nail line, so if you’re not okay with that three is better..

OPI Red Hot Rio Nail Polish SwatchesThe Beach Sandies are a quartet of liquid sand polishes in mini-size - Samba-dy Loves Purple (a vivid violet), I’m Brazil Nuts Over You (a hot coral red), What’s a Little Rain Forest? (a vibrant blue) and You’re So Flippy Floppy (a bright, sunshine yellow).

OPI Beach Sandies Review Brazil by OPIBrazil by OPI Beach Sandies ReviewI’ve heard mixed reactions about this, but I prefer the liquid sands to be in smaller bottles. The formula isn’t something that I’d generally wear on all 10 nails on a daily basis, so the mini size is really perfect for me on these bright shades. What I don’t like about the mini bottles is that the names aren’t on them anywhere, so I have to save the box or I’ll forget what’s what. Also, on these particular colors the shades stain the nails, even with a good base coat. What’s a Little Rain Forest was the worst offender and needed worked on and buffed off for a few days.

Brazil by OPI Beach Sandies SwatchesBrazil by OPI Beach Sandies Review SwatchesMy faves are definitely the Beach Sandies (even with the staining I love a bold textured shade), Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, Next Stop… the Bikini Zone, I São Paulo Over There… I just realized I’m going to be naming all of these =\ I love them all. Which is impressive and also expensive.

What polishes from the OPI Brazil Nail Polish Collection are your faves?

Brazil by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas beginning February 5, 2014. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com. Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini pack will retail for $12.95 ($14.95 CAN). GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 – $38 for a manicure and $35 – $45 for a pedicure.

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LashEm Launches at GLOSS48! Let’s Celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

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Gloss48 is getting LashEm! Let me back up. Gloss48 is a site that features the best new beauty brands out there and introduces them to you at a discount (which lasts a week). The latest brand to join Gloss48 is LashEm.

LashEm is known for products that boost and enrich your lashes & skin with high quality, natural ingredients. Today I’m going to share with you three of their products – 3-in-1 Eye Bright, Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum and Extensions in a Bottle. Be sure to read all the way to the end so you can see how to enter the giveaway!!

Lashem Gloss48 swatches review giveawayGet the scoop on three awesome products from LashEm and then scroll to the bottom for a limited time offer as well as a giveaway!

Blushing Noir Gloss48 LashEm Giveaway3-in-1 Eye Bright ($40.00) will help you kick your age in the booty. This product helps decrease the look of puffiness and helps reduce melanin (read: pigment) production. Eyes look brighter and it also acts as a fabulous primer for your under-eye makeup. Eye Bright also works to prevent future damage to the area around the eye.

Extensions in a Bottle ($30.00) are Fiber Lash Extensions at your fingertips. Simply place one coat of the mascara side on the lashes, add a coat of the fibers, then finish off with another coat of mascara. The formula in the mascara will also condition and nourish the lashes.

Lashem Extensions in a Bottle reviewLashEm Before AfterLiquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum ($20.00) is a pitch black liner that goes on wet but dries quickly (so important with a liquid liner) and stays glossy. It doesn’t budge throughout the day and the slanted, tapered applicator makes it easy to get a precise line.

LashEm Liquid Eyeliner reviewLashEm Liquid Eyeliner SwatchesAwesome part #1 – for ONE WEEK ONLY (ends 4/23/2014) you can get them for 20-30% off over on gloss48.com!

Awesomer part #2 – I’ve partnered up with Gloss48 for the ultimate giveaway for your eyeballs! Click here to enter to win a LashEm Liquid Eyeliner & Lash Enhancing Serum, Double Trouble Mascara and Extensions in a Bottle ($70 value).

534d493f88fea-LASHEM-Giveaway-Graphic-No-Click-600Thank you to Gloss48 for sponsoring this giveaway!

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NARS Tasmania, Salamanca, Quito Lip Gloss Swatches & Review

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This Spring NARS is re-introducing their lipglosses by launching 30 shades (23 repromotes and 7 new) with new packaging, an all new formula containing Sea Lavender (to help protect against the signs of aging) and other nourishing ingredients to hydrate and smooth fine lines leaving lips soft and supple.

Of the seven new lip gloss shades being released I have three to share with you today in Tasmania, Salamanca and Quito.

NARS Tasmania Salamanca Quito Lip Gloss Review Swatches

  • Tasmania (pink cantaloupe) is a sheer but pretty melon tinted pink. A great shade for your every day lip look.
  • Salamanca (pink flamingo) is a semi-sheer watermelon shade that gives a lovely and natural, yet glossy, shade to the lips.
  • Quito (bright strawberry pink) is a semi-opaque berry shade. I find it looks more natural if I just dab the color on from the wand then blend into my lips with my pointer finger. One of my favorite lip glosses so far this year.

NARS Tasmania Salamanca Quito Lip Gloss Swatches ReviewI found the formula of these to be thin, but buildable. They weren’t extremely sticky but lasted several hours (Quito lasted the longest at about 4). I’m loving the doe-foot applicator (it’s always been a fave of mine) but I wish the neck of the tube allowed for more product to release when you pull the wand out. The suction seems to keep a lot of it down.

NARS Tasmania Salamanca Quito Lip Gloss SwatchesWith 30 shades to choose from you’ll have no problems grabbing up a few that you’ll love. Which of the new NARS Lip Gloss shades will you be picking up?

The new NARS Lip Gloss retail for $26.00 each and will be available beginning April 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on narscosmetics.com and May 1, 2014 at Sephora and Dept./Specialty stores (try Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s).

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Caress Fresh Collection Body Washes, Beauty Bar & NEW a-list Fabulista! #CaressMe

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Caress is rocking Spring & Summer with their latest Fresh Collection Body Washes and Beauty Bar. Three scents are available in Aqua Sparkle, Emerald Rush and Juicy Escape.

While Emerald Rush seems to be everyone’s heavy favorite (it’s infused with Lush Gardenia & White Tea Essence so I’m not shocked people love it) I’m loving Aqua Sparkle. It’s got a wonderfully fresh scent and pairs up well with the Emerald Rush Beauty Bar. Be prepared for strangers to walk right up to you and ask what you have on. True story.

Caress Emerald Rush #CaressMeCaress is also announcing a their new A-list celebrity Fabulista – KELLY ROWLAND! She’s such an inspiration and a gorgeous lady inside and out! I’m excited to see what she’ll bring to the brand this year as their ambassador!

Caress Kelly RowlandThe new Caress Fresh Collection Body Washes & Beauty Bar are currently available at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.

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