Review – Walmart 2017 Spring Beauty Box

When I first discovered monthly boxes, I was excited by the idea of getting fun little packages in the mail every now and then. I started looking online and there are so many companies who do monthly or quarterly boxes of some sort! It was very hard to choose from, and there are so many I still want to try. I liked the idea of little beauty boxes with skincare, haircare, and makeup items in them. When I say Walmart had a quarterly/seasonal beauty box, I figured I’d try it out.

For $5 every 3 months you will receive a small box filled with a few sample size items. After using Birchbox for so long, I’m starting to lose my excitement for sample size products a bit. I do tend to like the full size items in the more costly boxes. Sample size it useful for trying out a product before you purchase full size, and for discovering products you love that you never would have known about!

In the Walmart Spring Beauty Box I received 9 samples. That’s not bad for $5! Keep in mind, these are drug store brands and not expensive brands like in other beauty boxes. Below are the items I received, the place to find them, and my thoughts on them.

Colgate Optic White Radiant Toothpaste – This is a 0.75oz sample. It came with a little paper showing the benefits of this toothpaste. I can’t say that with this small size you’ll see a drastic improvements in tooth color, but it is a nice little size to take on with you for trips. I prefer all natural and fluoride free toothpaste so I won’t be buying this in full size. You can find it in full size at Walmart and on Amazon.

Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials Antiperspirant – This is a 0.5oz sample. It smells good to me, not a strong or over perfumed scent. This is a great way to test out this specific antiperspirant to see if it works for you. Each person is unique so some deodorants and antiperspirants may not work for you. This is also a very handy size to throw in a gym bag to use after you’ve worked out. I won’t be buying this in full size as I stick with chemical free deodorants. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub – This is a 1oz sample. I am a big fan of facial cleaners and scrubs. Your skin is important and too many times we get caught up in makeup and forget skincare. The more you focus on skincare, the better skin you will have! This little scrub actually smells good which is nice since a lot of acne products have a strong chemical smell. It has 2% salicylic acid in it to help fight breakouts. It’s been a nice cleanser for us girls to use in the Divine household! I like using products with a little salicylic acid in them even if I don’t have breakouts at the moment because my skin is prone to breaking out and I feel it helps prevent them. You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon. (Biore also has a similar charcoal scrub that I am going to be trying as well! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.)

Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Each bottle is a 1.7fl oz sample bottle. I received one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner. These both smell really good! I am not a fan of strong perfume scented products so I was pleasantly surprised as to how gentle and pleasant their scent it. The bottles say they hydrate and soften hair with keratin. I liked how my hair felt after using them, though I won’t be buying them in full size as I don’t use hair products with that many chemicals in it. If you don’t care about chemicals, give these a try! The scent alone is really nice. You can find the shampoo at Walmart and the conditioner at Walmart. You can buy the set together on Amazon which is how I buy my shampoo and conditioner.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Moisturizing Conditioner – This is a 1.5fl oz sample. There was no matching shampoo in my box. It smells really good! I like the scent and don’t find it to be too over perfumed. The product leaves your hair very soft. I won’t be buying to full size due to the chemicals in it. If chemicals don’t bother you, check out this conditioner! I can’t speak for the shampoo, but if you try the conditioner you might as well try the shampoo too. You can find the conditioner at Walmart (along with the shampoo too) and on Amazon (along with the shampoo).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Facial Moisturizer – I remember when I was pregnant many years ago and I slathered myself in Palmer’s Coconut Butter to avoid stretch marks, as everyone said to do. Yeah, it didn’t work…. Thanks Little Divine. This is a .17fl oz sample packet. I am not a fan of coconut oil for skin care much because despite how amazing it is, it is very bad at clogging pores. This product as has a lot of chemicals added to it as well so keep that in mind. If it doesn’t bother you, feel free to give it a try! I didn’t get much from the packet but at least I didn’t break out from the 2 times I tried it. My skin did feel quite soft after using it. You can find it at Walmart.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil – This is a 0.03fl oz sample. This one goes along with the sample above. It looks like Palmer’s has a whole coconut oil facial line of products. Due to my breakout prone skin I am not a fan of face oils. I use oils as my first step in my face cleansing at night only. I feel that oil cleansing is very helpful for your skin, I just cannot let adding oil to my skin be my last step as it will break me out. However, I did try a little on m face for this review. The smell reminds me of a tanning oil scent. It didn’t feel heavy on my skin and I was careful not to use too much. It rubbed into my skin well and my skin felt very soft after. You can find it at Walmart.

Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Liquid Mousse Foundation 200 Soft Beige – This is a 0.05fl oz sample packet. This sample came on a little ad for it that included a $1 off coupon on any Rimmel product. They sell a primer and a powder to go with this set as well. I have my own preferred primers I use (Mac and Balance Me – which is sold in the UK mostly so it’s harder to find) but if you don’t have set ones you like yet, you might want to give Rimmel’s primer a try. This foundation was pretty impressive. It went on very matte as soon as I rubbed it in. All the shine on my face was gone. And a little went a long way. I actually used a very tiny amount, maybe a pea sized bit of it and it covered my whole face well. My skin is soft and it doesn’t look fake. I didn’t get a choice of colors so this color is a little darker than I would use, but it still looks decent with my current sun kissed color. I liked how evenly and easily it went on my skin. It seemed to last for a while before I noticed it wearing off. I would definitely give this drug store brand a try! You can find it at Walmart and on Amazon.

I would have to say this box is worth the $5 spent. However, most of the products I wouldn’t use regularly. This is based off my personal preference with beauty and skincare products. If there were more natural and chemical free products, I would like that better. I did like the Biore face scrub and the Rimmel matte foundation. I will probably buy those in full size because both impressed me. The other products are fun to try but aren’t things I’d buy full size.

What did you think of your Walmart Spring Beauty Box?

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Review – Do and Discover Rock and Gem Dig Discovery Kids

The last few weeks have been super busy in the Divine household! Little Divine went to summer camp at our local animal shelter for a week and she had a blast! Plus we just celebrated 4th of July here in America as well. I’ve been trying to get all caught up and back into a rhythm at home since they have ended.

One thing I like to do is have Little Divine work on projects of some sort during the week. During all of our moving, resettling, and moving again over the last year, we’ve ended up with a large collection of projects and activity kits that haven’t been done. Now that the major events of the summer are over – with the exception of Little Divine’s birthday – I feel we can get back into a little bit of a routine.

We have several dig kits for kits that involve excavation on a small scale. I think these kits are really fun because kids learn to do the work to unearth their treasures! (^.^) It brings a different level of excitement because it feels like a treasure hunt. Since the weather here is so warm, I thought this would be a great activity to do outdoors!

We started with the Do & Discover brand Rock & Gem Dig. This set is sold at Toys R Us and on Amazon but has now been rebranded under the Discovery Kids Rock & Gem Dig name. The set says it included 11 gems hidden in the block, a pair of little safety goggles that were too small for Little Divine, a mallet, a dowel, a magnifying glass, a brush, a streak plate, and a color poster with instructions. I found the brush they included to be pretty useless so I pulled out one of my paint brushes for her to use instead.

The box it came it was a really good size so I was very surprised at how small the little block to dig in was. It was actually quite small. I’m hoping some of the other sets we got have more to them. We decided to use a rectangular plastic storage container about 6 inches tall as her excavation site. This way all the extra dirt is contained in one easy place for clean up!

In the above photo you can see where Little Divine discovered her first gem. It wasn’t long after she started chiseling away that she found this one. I was thinking this process would take a lot longer than it did, but the block was pretty soft and easy to get through. This is definitely nice for younger kids, but it makes the process too quick for older kids.

Here is the kit totally demolished! The box says it includes 11 gems but we only found 10. Both Mr. Divine and I looked through it with Little Divine and we couldn’t find an 11th gem anywhere.

Even with 10 gems, Little Divine was quite pleased with her new treasures.

Once the gems were all cleaned up, Little Divine tried to test them out on the streak plate to see how it would work. She’s taken classes on rocks and minerals before so she knew that with a streak plate you can tell what a mineral is by the color of powder it leaves behind. She was unable to get any sort of streaks to show up on the plate included though. We tried several times but no results.

I did like that her set came with a large poster with information on identifying gems. Extra learning material included in a fun way is always nice! We will be keeping the poster and the 10 lovely gems Little Divine dug up.

All in all, this was not a bag kit for about an hour’s worth of use. I am disappointed in how small it was and how easy it was to break through. Also, the streak plate and some of the tools they sent weren’t very useful. I would say this kit is great for younger kiddos and those who aren’t expecting anything too fancy. Little Divine is about to turn 11 so this kit was enjoyable for her but not extremely challenging. She does love little treasures so the gems were a nice add to her collection! (^.^)

I’ll be reviewing other kits in the future so keep an eye out!

Have you tried this Rock & Gem Dig set?

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Review – Poshbox Spring Box 2017

As though of you who follow my posts know, I like getting treats for myself occasionally. I spent so much time for many years sacrificing for others and putting my needs on the back burner. And it burnt me out and drained me! Since the end of 2016 I decided to make a lot of changes in my life. I am very happy with those decisions! One of which was to do a little bit more for ME.

We cannot give back and do a lot when we are sucked dry, drained, and burnt out. That’s just a fact. You have to take time to recharge, replenish, and rejuvenate YOU. That can come is a multitude of forms depending on each person, so find what works best for YOU and do it! Our families, friends, communities, groups, activities, organizations, commitments, etc. need us to be healthy and doing well. Why? Because when we are, we are giving our 100% because we are in a good place! When you let yourself get sucked down to the bone, you can’t give anywhere close to 100% because YOU are not anywhere near 100%.

You have to take care of you to be the best you possible. It’s not the same as being selfish or self-absorbed, it’s making sure you are doing what you need on all levels – emotional, physical, health wise, mental, spiritual. You need to put yourself as a priority and take care of you.

One of the ways I decided to pamper myself was with Poshbox. I recently started using 310 Nutrition and I kept hearing from ladies in the group how awesome their Spring Poshbox was so I decided to give it a try! Salted Caramel seems to be the favorite flavor of A LOT of people who use 310 and that was included in the Spring box, which was an extra motivator for me.

Let’s start off with the 310 products.

First off you get a bag of Salted Caramel flavor shake powder. It’s not the super big bag, which I didn’t know, but it does have at least 14 servings in it. As I said, this seems to be a preferred flavor in the 310 Facebook Community group.

Next is a 310 shaker cup. If you’ve been a 310 customer for a while, you probably have a few of these! If not, this is a handy thing for them to send with the shake mix. Nothing like getting a product to try without the necessary equipment!

They even threw in a sample of the 310 Detox tea as well! This is a great way to try it out and see if you like it.

Then there are the Kashmere products! I received a full size Kashmere Kollection Purifying Masque and a travel size Luxurious Toning Oil. I would have LOVED full size of both products, but I’m still very thankful for both! (^.^)

Also included were two Beachwood Essential Oils – apricot kernel oil and Bulgarian lavender! I was out of my lavender oil so this was perfect timing. And the Beachwood lavender smells amazing! I like lavender at night especially to help me relax for bed time. The apricot kernel oil is a carrier oil so it’s good to use with other essential oils that may irritate your skin if you put them on it directly. I sometimes have this issue with my tea tree oil.

Another item included is a small size Purely Wrinkle Free clothing spray that you just spray on clothes to remove wrinkles without ironing. This is handy for those who don’t have the time or desire to iron. The small size is also small enough to fit in a bag on the go in case you need to de-wrinkle while you’re out.

And the last item is Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum. This is a very tiny bottle. I thought they skimped by giving me another travel size until I looked up the price. This 10ml bottle is $40 to $60 normally!

I’ll do a link up now where you can find all of these products at the lowest price in case you don’t want to buy the whole box or you missed out on this box. These links may take you to Amazon if I find Amazon has better prices than the company’s site.

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Full Size

Salted Caramel 310 Nutrition Shake Smaller Size in Starter Kit (may not be available for long)

310 Nutrition Shaker Cup

310 Nutrition Detox Tea

Kashmere Kollections Purifying Masque

Kashmere Kollections Luxurious Toning Oil

Beachwood Apricot Kernel Essential Oil

Beachwood Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Large Size

Purely Wrinkle Free Clothing Spray Small Size

Hydroderm Triple Effects Eye Serum

Did you sign up for Poshbox? What did you think of the products in it?


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Review – June Box From Birchbox

June is here! It’s officially summer and time for warm weather! June also brings a new Birchbox for me to review. (^.^) My last few Birchbox’s were a little iffy with a pretty even amounts of hits and misses, so I wasn’t sure what this month would bring. The theme for this month is Face the Day – and the box had an abstract art face design on it. I assumed this meant I’d be getting only face stuff, but I ended up with other things as well.

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZONG AND OTHER SITES FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPLANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you like. However, if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon and other sites because they often have lower prices! I’ve listed the links to other sites like Amazon where you can find each product! *

We kick off our June box with this product – Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. While this is not a face product, I was actually pleased to see this product in my box. I’ve enjoyed the leave in hair treatments they’ve sent me before, minus the one that gave me headaches, and I was in need of a new one. This has a pleasant smell, yet not overly strong. I put it in my hair after my showers to help protect my hair during any styling, and it also makes it feel softer and healthier. There is no info on this product’s chemical rating on Skin Deep but the product does state it’s vegan and paraben free. I liked this product and will keep using it. I’m unsure if I will buy it full size as there are a few other leave in hair treatments I like too.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

There is a reason I don’t like perfume samples and this is one of them. This sample leaked ALL OVER my June box! And it stinks! I had to remove it to another room to avoid the massive headache it was causing. Not a fan of it at all! Anything that makes me get an instant headache has waaaay too much fragrance and chemicals. And because it leaked, my other samples smelled awful for several days until the smell faded. It’s a very heavily perfumed fragrance. I did not enjoy this sample at all.

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

This sample I was actually very pleased with. It’s The Beauty Crop Blush Duo in the shade Papaya Don’t Preach. I am often a minimalist with my makeup depending on the day, and some days I just wear a little blush and lip gloss. This set was really cute and fits nicely in my purse! I liked the shades I received and I will be using this with me until it’s gone! It gave me a nice rosy and bronzy color on my cheeks that complimented my skin tone really well. I may order this product simply because the colors are great and I like products I can take on the go that won’t make a mess or spill. I use a lot of mineral makeups and they are not easy to take on the go since they are loose powders.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it The Beauty Crop website.

Next up is COOLA SPF 30 Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream. This is the second one of these they’ve sent me and I’m still not sure why. I don’t use a major sunscreen on my face because I’m rarely out in it for more than 30 minutes. And the tint on this is so light it’s not even noticeable. I’d rather have one with more color so you can wear it as a light BB cream and get a little coverage. As it is, this stuff has so little tint that I used it on Little Divine on our park days as she gets 2or more hours of straight sun exposure. Don’t freak out – she’s almost 11. And like I said, there is basically no color. I did like that it wasn’t greasy or shiny on her face. You couldn’t tell she had anything on at all. And no skin irritation on her either. So if you get this, understand there is no coverage from the BB cream at all. It’s mostly just an organic sunscreen.

You can find this product at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Amazon.

The last sample was Balance Me Instant Lift Primer. This stuff is really awesome! I didn’t realize it was going to make my skin all glowy until after I put it on and put makeup over it! Like the MAC Strobe Cream I received in May’s box, this made my face look radiant! I am torn between these two products, but I might choose this one for the face that it tightens skin as well. I love how my face looks with the glowy primers under my makeup! I haven’t used it enough to see major skin tightening, but it went on well under both liquid makeup and powder makeup. And again – glowing skin! Big fan. (^.^)

You can find it at Birchbox.
You can also find it at Bath and Unwind.

So to recap – a few samples I didn’t like and the rest were pretty good. No extra sample this month sadly. The perfume was awful and smelled up all of my products. The COOLA is not something I want to keep getting, yet they keep sending it to me…. The Balance Me Instant Life Primer was my favorite and I’d love to get it in full size! The blush set and the leave in hair stuff will get used up and enjoyed too. (^.^)

I honestly don’t know how much longer I will be staying with Birchbox. There have been several issues, including a specialty box review that it coming and boy the customer service with it was horrible!! Now they don’t give you any points unless you buy full size products. And the samples have been super iffy the last 3 months. I’ve signed up with another company as well, so if their 1st and 2nd boxes are amazing, I’ll be dropping Birchbox. They also send FULL SIZE products, not teeny tiny samples. I get not everyone can do the price difference on those boxes, but when I added both up or a year, there wasn’t a huge difference. So we shall see!

What did you think of your June Birchbox? If you haven’t singed up with Birchbox but you’d like to, it’s only $10 a month with free shipping! Click HERE to sign up today!

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Review – 310 Nutrition Vanilla Chai Shake Mix

I’ve been on the hunt for a good nutritional shake to help me lose a couple pounds as well as staying healthy with my injury. Since my fall, I can no longer do a lot of the things I used to do – including lifting weights. I also cannot do exercises that require me to put any body weight on my hand. Talk about limitations! Over the last year I have gained a few extra pounds due to being waaaay less active after my fall.

I’m thankful it’s only a few pounds now, but I know if I don’t nip it in the butt now, the pounds will slowly keep adding on over time. It’s better to get my weight in control now.

Drink mixes are often gross. Let’s be honest here! It’s really hard to find mixes that taste GOOD. And I still think that perfect product has yet to be invented. In the mean time, we want to find something pretty darn close! Especially if you are using them as meal replacements. No one wants to drink something gross EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different brands and types of powders. Green powders, weight lost powders, nutritional powders, protein powders. Each has a need it’s meant to fill and does different things for your body.

This go around we are looking at 310 Nutrition’s Vanilla Chai flavor powder. I stumbled across 310 purely by accident. A friend on Facebook is following a celeb chick and apparently she uses 310. Thanks to Facebook marketing, since my friend liked this woman’s post, it showed up in my feed. The timing was very right though!

I did my homework and compared 310 to other brands. I’m not a lazy consumer so I want to make sure what I’m getting it of value to me and to make sure it’s the best bang for my buck. I compared 310 to Shakeology, Thrive, and Herbalife. I found their products to have the lowest price, even at full price, and a really good ingredient list. To top that off, 310 products are:

– Sugar Free –
– Dairy Free –
– Soy Free –
– Egg Free –
– Nut Free –
– Gluten Free –

I have food intolerances with gluten and dairy topping the list. The fact that this company excluded ALL those possible allergens from it’s products is wonderful! The other brands I looked at couldn’t say the same.

I’m a cheap frugal person. I don’t want to spend a lot on most things. I like to save as much money as possible. Even at $68 a bag, which was the lowest out of all the companies, I still didn’t feel that was a low enough cost for me. Yet again, Facebook intervened (totally creepy by the way…) and started spamming my feed with 310 ads. Apparently if you view something online, Facebook starts stalking you with ads for it.

BUT – I did see a new ad for a sample starter kit for only $9 + shipping. I liked the look of all the stuff in the sample starter pack and felt $9 was worth it to try so many of their products. I didn’t, however, want to pay shipping for it. Frugal remember? I spent a few days mulling over it and looking at 310 stuff online. Turns out they had another deal going as well – 50% off their Vanilla Chai flavor plus a FREE shaker cup. $39 for it instead of $78 was something I could approve up. I decided to combine that deal with my sample starter pack deal and give it a try.

I also found a code for free shipping!

The Vanilla Chai arrived first! I mixed it with 1 cup of cashew milk (60 calories) and 1 cup of water. The Vanilla Chai has 90 calories per scoop, which is one serving.

Survey says – it’s good! It’s a little sweet for my taste, but that’s something I can tweak to work with. I think a plan flavor like regular vanilla or chocolate might be better for me too. Chai is good, but I have to be in the mood for it. Mr. Divine is going to try it as well and he LOVES chai so we’ll see what he thinks!

I felt full after drinking it as well, which was a nice thing. I’m really focusing on stopping my body before I get full with food because if you don’t allow yourself time to digest you will end up overeating. With so may buffet styles food places, it’s no wonder we can’t stop eating!

Conclusion – 310 Nutrition has really low prices on nutritional shakes compared to other similar companies. It seems they are always running some sort of sale as well which is nice! On top of that, if you sign up on their website they give you points for each order you place and you can trade those points in for $ off your next order! The Vanilla Chai is sweet but it seems to mix pretty well and left me feeling very full.

I’ll keep you updated on my 310 journey and I will review any new 310 products I receive for you! If you use THIS LINK to sign up you will get an extra 10% off your first order! Don’t feel you have to because of me, but if you want to give it a try, please use the extra discount to help out your wallet!

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Review – California Winecraft Chateau Vanille and Sonoma Brew

I like wine and I like trying new drinks. What’s life without a little excitement? When we were at the store I found two of these California Winecraft canned wines and thought I’d give them a try.

The first one I tried was the Chateau Vanille. This has 6.5% alcohol in it and I have to say, I loved the flavor! It was a really great combo of chardonnay and vanilla. I enjoyed this drink and would definitely recommend it!

The second one I tried was Sonoma Brew. This one also has 6.5% alcohol in it. However – I did NOT like the flavor of this one! They mixed red wine with cola and it just didn’t taste good. Mr. Divine tried it and didn’t like it either. So two for two of us said nay on this one.

I’m not sure if this company went out of business or not simply because their wines were on clearance at our local grocery store and their website seems to be missing pictures. Also, no posts on their Facebook page for a long while. If they have gone under, you might not be able to find their drinks anymore.

If you can still find them, try the Chateau Vanille! Totally yummy drink for those who like a sweeter wine. (^.^)

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Review – Hard Candy Lip Color Velvet Mousse and Metallic Mousse

I am a low maintenance gal in a lot of ways. While I enjoy using some beauty products and make up, I also like my products to work well and simplify my routine. I am not a big lipstick fan because I hate having to reapply stuff and lipstick feels thick on my lips. Plus it can get on your teeth and it can dry out your lips. However, I do like a good lipgloss and I have been looking at the crème lipsticks that say they last a long time without coming off or needing to be reapplied.

I did my online research and found a list of recommended brands. One of which was Hard Candy’s matte liquid lipcolor. I thought for $6 each, I would happily give it a go. I had picked up a different brand the day before that was cheaper but the color was off. The stuff was amazing so I expected no less from Hard Candy’s version.

Sadly, I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the quality! This stuff just does not stay on at all. It doesn’t last anywhere near all day. It stayed tacky and sticky on my lips instead of drying like the other brand did. On top of that, it came off on EVERYTHING the rest of the day! I have lipstick marks on every cup, straw, napkin, etc. Both shades I tried had the same result.

The color shades are nice but they don’t stay on and don’t last. The containers are really thin too so it looks like you are getting a lot but you really aren’t. For the price and the quality, I don’t recommend this brand at all. If you are looking for a long lasting matte lipstick that is TRULY all day wear without coming off, this is not the brand for you.

I will post another review of the other brands I try and hopefully I can find a super long lasting liquid lipstick that doesn’t cost a ton!

Review – May Box From Birchbox

May was the 3rd Birchbox I’ve received. I had picked out one of my samples ahead of time because I had been wanting to try it since I saw the option to pick it. I left the rest a mystery because I like surprises sometimes!

I want to make a special note right at the top of this blog post because I am super unhappy with it – Birchbox no longer gives you points for reviewing products you received in your monthly box! 😦 I find this to be a poor move on their part. I am a blogger and I reviewed my products on their site as soon as I tried them. Low and behold, no points. Customer service said through email that they are no longer issuing points for reviews – only giving them when you purchase full size items.

I find this to be a cheap way to cut us off from gain points and Ace status. I diligently would try my products and review them so this seems like a pretty low move. Clearly they did it so you can only earn points by buying full size products. I would also like to note that you DO NOT get any points for your monthly subscription! That’s $10 worth of points you should get each month since they just want to base it off money you spend, right??

Poor move on your part Birchbox…. Now onto the reviews.

This month I received 6 samples. I will go through each one with you and tell you what I thought about each product, as well as where you can buy them from!

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZON FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you want. If you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon because they often have cheaper prices! I’ve listed the Amazon links for any products that are available there! *

First up was ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner. This one did not get used because the shade is hot pink. So pink that I could not do anything with it. I’m not even sure why they sent this to me as it’s not in the color shades I picked… The info on it looks good for those who can get a shade they use!

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

The next product was Davroe Volume Senses Shampoo. I have to say, this stuff works really well! I can’t find a lot of info for it and it wasn’t popping up on EWG.org/SkinDeep. I have no clue how harsh the chemicals are in it, but there were a few questionable things on the ingredient list. However, they are listed as vegan and cruelty free which is awesome! On top of that, no sulfates or parabens! I used this sample up because it cleaned my hair super well, no super harsh fake scent (yuck!), and my bad reactions to it.

You can find it at Birchbox.

This product goes hand in hand with the shampoo above, as it’s the matching  Davroe Volume Senses Conditioner. Again, no info for this one on EWG.org/SkinDeep. I enjoyed it as much as the shampoo, as it left my hair super soft and feeling great. Mild smell as well! If you like the shampoo, get this matching conditioner too!

You can find it at Birchbox.

The next product I received was Vita Liberta Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual lotion. This was another one that didn’t get tried. Again, I’m not sure why I was sent this. In the options of choosing one of your samples I skipped this one and chose something else so I was very surprised to see this in my box. The major reason I didn’t try it was because the instruction said to apply with a tanning cream mitt. This means that you need something over your hand to prevent staining. And since Birchbox didn’t send one with it, I felt like it wasn’t the best sample to send out without all the tools to use it.  I’m not sure how it works so if you’ve tried it feel free to comment below with your experience!

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

The next product I tried was R+Co High Dive Moisture + Shine Crème. This cream has a very strong perfume scent. Not as bad as some products, but enough to notice it. I was able to use it despite it’s strong smell, but I am not a fan of the scent and I won’t be purchasing it in the future. I used it after showers on the ends of my hair. I found it to give my hair some extra softness on the ends. I didn’t find it helped with frizz or stray fly away hairs though. It didn’t really seem to keep them down or in control for very long.

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

The last product in my May box was the one I picked out to for sure be sent to me. I checked the info on each of the options and I REALLY wanted to try this one! When I got it, I applied it to bare skin and thought I just looked super shiny. I wasn’t very impressed. However – when I applied a bit of cover up and then my mineral make up over it, I ended up with this dewy glowing look that I was VERY impressed by! The end result looked wonderful! My skin didn’t feel super heavy or greasy from it either. No major breakouts either. Keep in mind I wash my face nightly and thoroughly to keep my skin clean and healthy. I would definitely recommend this for folks who want that dew kissed glowy look!

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

My May Birchbox was a combo of hits and misses – with it feeling like a lot more misses than hits this time…. I will see what my June box has to offer and go from there. I’ve been shopping around just in case. In the next few weeks I will review the specialty box I ordered as well as my customer service experience with it! It will be an informative post for sure…

I’m hoping June’s Birchbox is full of fun stuff that impresses me a ton. I’ve been looking at other companies that do full size products because I like that might be more enjoyable than small sample packs that don’t even line up with your beauty profile.

As always, new subscribers get a FREE item with their first box! If you’d like to sign up CLICK HERE to get started! Remember, you can cancel at any time! And it’s only $10 per month, free shipping!

Leave a comment below letting me know what you thought about your May Birchbox!

Review – Greens Plus Superfood Vanilla Chai Powder


This morning I’m at my desk drinking a big ol’ mason jar full of green stuff! No, I didn’t blend up green eggs and ham…. 😀 Today’s morning drink is Greens Plus Smart & Fit Superfood Vanilla Chai!

My last post asked a lot of questions about a couple of nutritional shake companies. I have tried a lot of different types of shakes and Greens Plus is one of them. I have to say that I’m not really a fan of the taste of this particular one. :/

I think the mix of all the greens with a vanilla chai flavor is part of the issue. My mouth just isn’t crazy about the taste combo. I usually add a little matcha powder and honey to it to make it a little better. I am just not a fan of the flavor.

Also, I don’t feel it mixes well. The instructions say to add it to water or milk, yet I cannot get it to mix into those liquids at all. The powder tends to settle on the bottom no matter how much I shake it up. That leaves me with a very gritty drink as well.

The one thing I do like is all the goodies packed inside this stuff! It’s non-GMO, soy free, dairy free and gluten free. With my food intolerances I love that it doesn’t have those things in it! It’s jam packed full of nutrients and good for you stuff as well! Just take a look at their ingredient label to see all of what’s inside!

I really wish I liked this flavor and that it mixed up better because this is a great product otherwise! Cost wise you are looking at about a month of drinks if you do them once a day for about $40 a month depending on where you buy it from. Compared to other companies I’ve looked at, this is what I have found to be about the best deal you’ll find for a good nutritional type drink mix that will last a month.

Have you tried Greens Plus Superfood Vanilla Chai before? What did you think of the product?

Review – April Box From Birchbox

 Last month was my birthday month (yay!) and I really wanted to do some sweet things for myself. Both Julep and Birchbox were having great deals so I signed up for both. I cancelled Julep at the end of the month though, simply because the cost of the boxes going forward were not worth the products I got in them. Birchbox had a lower monthly cost of $10 and I got at least 5 samples in each box. For the month of March, I got a whole second mystery box for free! ❤

This month I received 6 samples. I will go through each one with you and tell you what I thought about each product, as well as where you can buy them from!

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZONG AND OTHER SITES FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPLANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you like. However, if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon and other sites because they often have lower prices! I’ve listed the links to other sites like Amazon where you can find each product! *

First up was Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. I have to say, I really liked this product! The color went on well without looking like foundation. It was a very natural look and a very light feeling cream. I have worn it with and without makeup over it, and both times I didn’t have any issues with it. Also, it did not make my skin break out which is a big deal! I really like this BB cream.

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it on Amazon.

The next product was Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo. This stuff was wonderful! I loved how my hair felt after using it! The smell was mild, not super perfume-y like some products. My hair isn’t super frizzy but it is drier towards the ends due to dying it (thank you Harley Quinn cosplay….). This shampoo made my hair feel smoother even before it dried. The only downside to it is the chemicals in it. I try to keep my products as chemical free as I can, and this shampoo has some harsh chemicals in it that aren’t deemed safe on EWG.org/SkinDeep. If they can work on dropping some of the chemicals it would be great stuff to use every day!

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it on the Davines website.

This next product goes hand in hand with the shampoo above, as it’s the matching Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner. Again, the product worked VERY well for me! After using this conditioner and the shampoo above, my hair was super silky and soft. It felt great! I loved the very mild scent and the conditioner was very thick – no watered down mess here. As with the shampoo, the only downside is the chemicals in it. I check EWG.org/SkinDeep especially with shampoo and conditioner. This set just has too many things in it that I’m not okay with using day to day.

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it at Davines website.

The next product I received was Number 4 Jour d’Automne Smoothing Balm. This stuff stinks! I popped open the lid to smell it and some of the crème leaked out of the opening. I thought I’d rub that little bit on my hair to test it, but the smell was SO strong it immediately gave me a headache. Any time I turned and my head and my hair moved closer to my face, my head would start pounding super hard. It wasn’t until I washed it all out of my hair and off my hands that my headache went away! I do not recommend the product simply on that fact alone. Maybe others can use it without that issues, but I could not. The smell was VERY strong!

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it at the Number4 website.

The next product I tried was one I had requested before the box shipped. They gave me the option to pick out one item that I for sure wanted to be in this box. I picked this Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream. I chose it because the info said it was a calming cream good for skin with redness, blemishes, irritations, and inflammation. My skin can sometimes be a pain so I thought this cream might help. I loved the product! It didn’t have a strong scent, it wasn’t greasy, it made my skin feel softer, and it seemed to help it feel better in general. I didn’t notice a magic overnight difference but I like using it in the morning on my skin because it goes under face powder well and calms my skin. Also a bonus – it doesn’t make me break out! I would definitely recommend this product!

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it at Amazon.

The last product in my April Birchbox was The Beauty Crop Liquid Lipstick in Imma Bawse shade. This is from their GRLPWR collection. The tube is frosted so on the outside the lipstick looks way lighter. When you take off the lid you will see that this shade is a very dark red. That would be great – except this lipstick comes off VERY easily! With my first bite of dinner, I had reddish-pink color all over my food. When I tried to wipe it up I ended up with pink all over my hand and my mouth too. Not an attractive look! It bleeds a hot pink color and comes off with food or water. It stained my hand as well… I do not recommend this product due to the fact that it is not long lasting and will stain when it bleeds off. Great color but poor product. It went straight into the trash along with the Number4 Smoothing Balm.

You can find it at Birchbox.

You can also find it at The Beauty Crop website.

My April Birchbox was a combo of hits and misses. I don’t ever expect a perfect box, though I’ve gotten some pretty close ones! I’ve also gotten some real duds in my boxes as well. This box had a face cream and a BB cream that I enjoyed and am happy to use! The shampoo and conditioner I will finish up but I won’t buy full size due to the chemicals. The hair balm and the liquid lipstick were major DISCARDS FOR ME.

I’m excited to see what’s in May’s Birchbox! (^.^) New subscribers get a FREE item with their first box! If you’d like to sign up CLICK HERE to get started! Remember, you can cancel at any time! And it’s only $10 each month with free shipping!

Leave a comment below letting me know what you thought about your April Birchbox!


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