Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Wants: Birchbox Edition

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With the end of the amazing Birchbox point program and also the cancellation of my subscription (I still have 7 months left in my pre-paid year, but as of last week I cancelled the auto rebilling so I'll no longer be subscribed), it's high time I used up my remaining point balance. After next months last round of sample reviews I'll have about $32 to use it. This week I bring you a Wednesday Wants: Birchbox Edition to give myself a list to work off of. Some of these things I'll definitely be hunting for a better bargain so stay tuned for a Birchbox haul sometime next month when I make my final decisions.


  • Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask ($58) First up is a product that I actually discovered through Birchbox. This tea mask is amazing tingly and a little goes a long way. This clay mask is infused with an antioxidant rich blend of white, black and green tea as well as other botanical extracts such as acai, pomegranate, coffee, and goji berry. It firms, reduces dark spots, helps skin retain moisture and gently exfoliates to reveal brighter skin. It's very pricey for a tin plus six .33oz tubes. You're suppose to use the entire tube for one facial but when I had the sample which was just one of those tubes I actually got a good 3-4 uses out of it. It left my skin feeling firm and smooth while looking bright. I loved how it felt when it was on my skin and the results it gave. It's pricey but I would love to get my hands on it.
    *Note to Self* At the time of writing this post the cheapest place is Birchbox
  • Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse ($10) This seems like an interesting concept especially since you use it after you shampoo and condition. While a conditioner is great at hydrating your hair it's important to rinse thoroughly because it can really weigh down your hair. Since I use hair masks exclusively, that's double the weight on my strands. This lemon rinse is a clarifying treatment that balances hair pH, seals cuticles and promotes scalp health so it would really be great to remove any product build up from a wash cycle.
    *Note to Self* $0.50 cheaper on Amazon, also available at Target
  • Sumbody Detox Facial Toner ($23.95) I'm still on the hunt for the perfect morning toner and this one seems interesting. The main ingredient is apple cider vinegar which is a great detoxifying ingredient and this toner has the addition of witch hazel which is a great antibacterial to fight acne. This seems like a great lightweight toner to use in the morning that is alcohol free. It's small though, only 4oz so in the end I might not be able to justify this purchase for something that might not even work for me.
  • ARROW HYDRATE Soothing Facial Mist ($12) A complexion boosting hydrating mist that I want for one purpose and it is to mix with powder face masks. I don't remember where I saw it but someone mentioned using a facial mist instead of water to activate powder form face masks and instantly I thought of my clariSEA charcoal mask (that I actually got off Birchbox) and how it would be perfect! I never thought to use something besides water to make that paste but it makes so much sense, like hacking together your own super powered mask. I like the blend of coconut water, eucalyptus, mint and hyaluronic acid that this stuff is made out of so I might be able to justify the hefty price tag.
  • Shea Terra Organics S. African Lavender Soothing Facial Water ($16) Here's another facial water that I would love to try mixing with powder masks. This one can double as a light toner too and lavender is an anti-redness agent that would mix well with my blemish prone skin.
  • Juice Beauty® Blemish Be Gone ($15) Still on the hunt for a good spot treatment to use in my morning routine so this is just one that I stumbled across while combing the pages of the store.
    *Note to Self* Sold at both Ulta and Sephora
  • ORIGINS Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel ($16) Another spot treatment I found.
    *Note to Self* Sold at Sephora and Macy's
  • Sigma Beauty F57 - Emphasize Contour ($26) I'm really into contouring lately and I find myself taking flat top kabukis and holding the bristles flat in order to hack my way into a contour brush. It seems high time that I invest in a real contour brush and in general I want to go through all my makeup brushes and clean house. It's such an odd mix of brands in there and a few of them are pretty horrible but I hold onto them just because I don't have alternatives. Time for some upgrades and I would love to start with this guy right here!
  • Illume Dylan Ceramic Candle ($13.50) I love the Birchbox shop because besides beauty and makeup products they also have home products. It's kind of crazy because this is quite expensive for a 4.7oz candle, but I just love the container it comes in for decor and aesthetics reasons. I would love to have all three of these but of course I'll hunt around for cheaper alternatives because I'm sure they're out there.
  • Umbra Magnolia Ring Holder ($10) A few more decor items that again I can probably find for cheaper, but this beautiful piece I imagine as a great catch all by the front door. It would be good for keys, change or any other little trinkets you pull out of your pocket. I think it might be a little small for what I'm imaging but the idea of it is here.
  • Umbra Zoola Elephant Ring Holder ($8) I've seen these a lot of places and it's always something I tuck in the back of my mind to pick up at one point. These adorable animal ring holders are great decor pieces on top of dressers or would make nice bookshelf decor in general. I'm loving the chrome guy since I'm definitely more of a silver and copper gal.
  • Umbra Anigram Giraffe Ring Holder ($8) I absolutely love giraffes and this would look adorable with the little elephant.
  • Umbra Prisma Tray ($15) This was an add-on box item once and I'm kicking myself for not getting it especially now that the brass one is out of stock. It's just a nice cushy tray but I think it would be lovely for holding perfumes, or at least my favorite ones.The good news is that Amazon does carry this particular tray as well as a bunch of beautiful Umbra decor items so I think I'll have another day of combing through Amazon for some fun pieces.
  • BAGGU® Standard Baggu Tote Bag ($9) I believe I got this free with a Birchbox purchase and I find myself using it so much that I want more. I love the watermelon and flamingo patterns, I might need both. These bags are sturdy and roomy but at the same time they can be folded up real small into their provided bag. They fold up flat enough to tuck into the tiny pouch I use to hold my wallet, keys, and phone making a trip to the grocery store very easy. Just having one now means I leave it all over the place so I would have to have more of these bags to stash everywhere that I might need one.
  • BAGGU® Big BAGGU® ($12) Basically everything I said above, but now the slightly bigger bag for holding even more things.
  • Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub ($12.99) I'm always buying into these gimmicky pore minimizing products when I know full well you can't shrink pores. But I'm always on the hunt for good cleansers to use with my Clarisonic because I have yet to find one that I really love. This one is formulated with red clay and black jojoba beads for exfoliation. I have a red clay peel mask that my skin loves so it makes sense to try out a scrub with the same ingredient.
  • Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel Superfruit + CGF ($9.99) Just another cleanser, this time gel because I love how lightweight gel cleansers are so I'm thinking this would work great with a Clarisonic.
  • clariSEA Skintox Activated Charcoal Salt Bar ($11) I'm really loving using a bar of soap to cleanse after an oil cleanser and this one looked interesting. Activated charcoal to detox skin with salt to draw the moisture to the surface. It's also pretty to look at and is a blend of olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil.
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant ($28) I haven't quite given up on Paula's Choice products yet even thought everything I've tried hasn't been that effective. This is an AHA gel that you layer on underneath your serums and moisturizers that will work to gently exfoliate your skin. The concept is interesting albeit a little frightening to think of but I'm interested to test it out for sure.
  • COOLA® SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray ($36) Last item which is something I'll definitely be buying whether it's from here on from Sephora, is this amazing makeup spray. It smells great, really helps mattify my skin AND it has SPF, something I hate applying so I never use it even though I know that I should. Spritz and go, it's also great for a refreshing pick me up throughout the day.

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