Monday, June 18, 2012

Birchbox Brag

Holy Heck. Two blog posts in one day? What is the world coming to? Well. I forgot that today was the wonder Tara's monthly Birchbox Brag. woops. I've had this post ready to go for a few days now, but didn't know when to pull the trigger. Hope y'all enjoy a double dose of Blue Dog Belle today :)

stila one step bronze

Birchbox Breakdown: The formula uses a trio of complementary pigments: coppery bronze adds warmth, pink-toned bronze evens out skin tone, and Kitten (one of stila’s best-loved shades) brightens and conceals with its soft shimmery champagne hues. When you push down on the applicator, these pigments swirl together to create a lightweight serum. In addition to sheer coverage, it delivers an anti-aging mineral complex that helps regulate oil production while shrinking the look of enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: Okay. SERIOUSLY. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT. It's an all in one primer, bronzer, oil control, pore minimizer, life changer. I cannot express to you how much I am LOVING this product. AND. Birchbox gave me a full size sample. y'all are the best. seriously. 

tili bags

Birchbox Breakdown: Made of durable plastic, each quart-size zip and seal bag can hold a variety of belongings—from paper clips and sandwiches to makeup and toothpaste. Especially great for those on the go, they make life easier by keeping things organized.

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: they're cute, but aren't you supposed to use clear bags for the airport? so they can see whats in them? I guess I'm just not that much of a diva. I'm not concerned about cute zip lock bags for my exotic travels. 

comodynes self tanning towelette
Birchbox Breakdown:  Made of natural viscose fibers, these napkin-sized towelettes come pre-soaked with a paraben-free, moisturizing formula that works with the natural proteins in your skin to give you a convincing tan. Dehydroxiacetone—a naturally occurring sugar with a fancy name—acts as a pigment-depositing agent, while transcutol helps with penetration. The individually wrapped wipes offer a safe alternative to sun bathing or (worse yet) lying under a tanning bed, and they’re also way easier to use than messy bottles of lotion. 

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: other than a minor mishap during application I'm in love with these. I guess I had gotten used to a self tanner that you could see as it goes on. I don't know. but I missed major swatches on both arms, and one of my legs. I was a tad pre-occupied when I was applying it, so I'm sure it was my fault, but the product itself is great. It dries quickly, which is wonderful, but that means you have to move quickly too so the towelette doesn't dry out. While the price tag is a little too high for me ($15 for 8 applications) I do think this is a great product. 

John Varvatos USA colgne for men

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: I don't really need a Cologne for men, birchbox. I get that you're trying to plug your other product, but this box is for me. okay?

masqueology pore minimizing masque
Birchbox Breakdown: Each single-use mask may look like, well, wet paper, but it's actually dripping with complexion-saving ingredients. For starters, sodium hyaluronate prevents water loss and enhances your skin’s ability to soak up moisture. Next, panthenol calms red, irritated skin, while mushroom extract is a natural brightener that fades the look of acne scars and brown spots alike. Finally, ceramide 3 hydrates and helps skin look smoother, with less visible pores.

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: Ehh. It feels really strange on. I felt compelled to lie down so it wouldn't slide off. With that said it was super moisturizing (but I don't really need a ton of moisture). My skin was noticeably glowing the next morning, but I'm not loving it so much that I'm jumping to order it again. cool idea, but not the right product for me. thanks. 
Stainiac by the Balm

Birchbox Breakdown: The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

Blue Dog Belle Breakdown: LOVE IT. I've been wanting a cheek stain for a hot minute, but just haven't been able to justify shelling out $30 for a tarte one when blush could kinda do the same thing. Well let me tell you, this is not blush. The color blends into your skin so well and it stays on for a LONG time. I'm seriously going to cash in some bb points to get the full size of this puppy. 


Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

This is a great birch box review!

Red Soles and Red Wine

Niki said...

I really want to try the Stila One Step, the tanning towelettes and the mask! Birchbox is going to end up getting so much money from me after reading all these reviews!! :)

Blue Dog Belle said...

Oh I know. Thank god for Birchbox points.

Blue Dog Belle said...

Thanks Love!

Tabitha Mahoney said...

Umm love this, I want that stain too.

Happy Monday gorg!


tara said...

we got the same box! totally love everything in it!

Wil Harris said...

2 post in one day? Yay! We're always amazed by bloggers who post more than once a day.
Love your reviews of of all these products.

Krista @ Blonde Aesthetic said...

We got the same box! I really was not a fan of the mask. I had to lie down too and it just weirded me out. I do however love the stila and stain. I think i'll end up buying both of them when they run out!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Looks like you got an awesome box... I had thought mine sucked really bad until I saw that someone got two Luna bars in theirs lol. xo

Cara said...

I love hearing what you gals get in your Birchboxes. I'm going to have to give that Stila product a try, I'm one of those Kitten-obsessed people :) I'm also intrigued by that cheek stain, I shelled out for a Tarte one (that I love) but its a very summer color so maybe I'll try this for the cooler seasons. Thanks for sharing!

Jayme and Mendi said...

You are the only person that we've seen so far that got that Stila product!! That's a great one! We put up our Birchbox post today if you want to see what we got.

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Katie Wall said...

I am so mad I didn't get that box! Thanks for linking up!

Blue Dog Belle said...

Thanks ladies! I took it easy today. woops. back to normal tomorrow

Blue Dog Belle said...

Yah, that masque was strange. I feel like we must have answered all the questions the same because we almost always get identical boxes :)

Blue Dog Belle said...

ohh... not good.

Blue Dog Belle said...

I'm jealous you have the tarte one. I've been lusting over it forever!!!

Shannon said...

I got completely different things in my box and loved it just as much. Although, the Stile Bronzer you got definitely makes me jealous :)

Leslie said...

I got the face mask in my box this month too and did not love it either. And I loved the cheek/lip stain!

Blue Dog Belle said...

Thanks for hosting!!!

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