Review – September 2017 Birchbox

Ah September, the beginning of the fall season! Time to start looking forward to fall things the next few months. September’s Birchbox was a very unique design and was actually set up to be colored or painted. It was a creative idea! I haven’t reviewed this box yet because I’m still waiting on a replacement item, but it won’t be here for a bit still so I’ll review it anyway and update you if the replacement is any better than the original product I received.

*AS A REMINDER, YOU CAN BUT THESE ITEMS IN FULL SIZE AT THE BIRCHBOX WEBSITE, BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO CHECK SITES LIKE AMAZON AND EBAY TO SEE IF THEY HAVE LOWER PRICES! OFTEN TIMES THEY WILL ALSO OFFER FREE SHIPPING. I WILL LIST THE LINKS WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE ITEMS IN THIS BOX OFF THE BIRCHBOX SITE AS WELL AS LINKS WHERE YOU CAN BUY THEM ON AMAZON.*

First up we have Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray in a 1oz sample size. I had high hopes for this product as it’s supposed to be a better version of a dry shampoo. I skipped washing my hair to see how it would work on slightly oily hair. I was not impressed. It didn’t do anything to remove the oil in my hair. It did add volume but it felt more like adding hairspray on top of dirty hair…. I was hoping this would get added to my camping bag because dry shampoos are handy when naturing. This one will won’t be getting added.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

Next up is 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment in a 1.5 fl oz sample size. Now this stuff I loved! My hair is still growing out from when I dyed it a few years ago and it got super dry on the ends. I love my long hair and I’m trying to grow it out super long, so it’s taking a while to get all the dead ends grown out and cut off. This stuff made the ends of my hair feel super soft! And since I skipped washing my hair to test out the first product, this product was in my hair two days. Even on the 2nd day, the ends of my hair still felt pretty soft. Normally if I skip a day of washing, the ends of my hair feel more crunchy and stiff. I really love this product and I plan to buy more of it! Also – it smells great!

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

The next sample is Avene Cleanance MAT Mattifying Toner in a .84 fl oz sample size. I love toners because they are an important part of my cleansing routine. This one didn’t do anything magic that I saw, but my skin did feel nice after using it. If your face has any raw places, this WILL sting, despite what it’s description says. I had a few sensitive spots from a good exfoliation and this stung my face in those areas. It does have a very chemical smell as well. I usually prefer my toner to have a very light smell.

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it on Amazon.

The 4th item in my box was an Arrow Enhance Waterproof Brightener in a .028 oz sample size. This sells full size with the eyeliner and the brightener, but the sample only had the brightener. This is the product that arrived damage. I’m waiting on my replacement. The one I received arrived with the cap off and open in the box. When I tried to test it, I saw nothing. I literally cannot see anything on my skin. I looked online and there are mixed reviews. I’ve seen what it should look like so either mine is defective or my skin is too light. But it does not look like anything is coming from the pencil at all. There is no trace of it on my skin. We will see if the replacement is any different.

You can find it on Birchbox.

My last item is actually a full size Beauty Crop Glamazon Stick Highlight Crayon in .05 oz size. This is a fun highlighting crayon. I used it under my eyes and on my cheeks to test it out. The color is not super noticeable, but it does give you a shimmery look. I added blush over it on my cheeks and I had a really nice glow under the pink blush color. I will be using this with my cosplay makeup especially to help highlight areas while in costume. (^.^)

You can find it at Birchbox.

For September, there were only 2 products out of 5 that I liked. This to me is pretty normal with Birchbox. The 12 Benefits is the best product from this box for me! I really do love how it made my hair feel and smell. It is for sure the one item I will be buying in full size. The Beauty Crop highlight stick was a nice treat because it was a full size product which is rare. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can use it in my costume makeup for events!

What was your favorite part of your September Birchbox? Remember, you can sign up HERE and you’ll receive a box each month for $10 plus free shipping!

Don’t forget to check out my Esty Shoppe featuring unique and one of a kind items! Dragon Fire Rose

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Review – Pursito Floral Wildflower Honey Sticks 100 Pack

I am always on the lookout for good deals, especially when it comes to healthy snacks for Little Divine. We can’t expect to just take care of the outside of our bodies without taking care of the inside too! I try to keep things as healthy as I can for Little Divine and I, with the occasional treats of course. (^.^)  Little Divine LOVES honey sticks. Every time we shop at the healthy food grocery stores, we grab a few at the check out so she can add them with her lunches on the go.

When I saw that I could buy them in bulk on Amazon I was thrilled. I really enjoy shopping on Amazon because it means I don’t have to leave my house to buy what I need. No extra trips to a specialty store! On top of that, the package came with a FREE natural chapstick! Almost every ingredient on it’s list is organic! This went straight into Little Divine’s desk for daily use. It’s a full size lipbalm called Chocolate Bliss. It goes on the lips well, smells like chocolate, and does a great job of soothing!

As for the Pursito Floral Wildflower honey sticks, Little Divine loves them! It’s been a great way for me to get the healthy benefits of pure honey into her meals each day. She can take them on the go too. It’s hard to find a balance between eating healthy and being green. I know that these honey sticks being in plastic tubes is bothersome for some folks. I understand! For us, I decided that this was the best way to go for now. In the future I can look into reusable ways to take honey on the go, but for now we haven’t found a way that is really mess proof.

We ordered a package with 100 sticks in it. This is over 3 months worth of sticks if I add one to her lunch daily! That’s a really good deal for me because I don’t have to make a lot of trips to the store to buy more. I also saved almost $10 by ordering from Amazon! Again, another win for us.

You can find the Floral Wildflower flavor HERE or click one of the highlighted words above!

They also have a variety flavor pack which you can find HERE. It has blueberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors! This one will be the next pack we get so I can give her a different type each day.

Have you tried Pursito honey sticks? If so, leave me a comment below telling me what you thought of them!

Don’t forget to check out my Esty Shoppe featuring unique and one of a kind items! Dragon Fire Rose