Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Random(ish) Product Reviews

So, I'd heard all sorts of great things about Dr. Brandt, so I bought the Take the Doctor Home With You kit on Gilt.
I really mostly wanted to try the dr.brandt Microdermabrasion, but I figured since the whole kit cost less than that one product, I'd buy the kit. The whole kit was $55, but I had a $25 off coupon, so I paid $35 including shipping. Right now they've got a holiday deal where if you use someone's referral link, you get $30 off. The kit I bought isn't available right now, but some other dr. brandt products are. On to the reviews.

dr. brandt microdermabrasion - 2oz $78
The price tag would normally be a deterrent for me, but there seem to be deals on it pretty often and a little goes a long way. That was the first thing I noticed. I used slightly more than a pea-sized quantity and that was all I needed. My skin felt AMAZING after I used it. Honestly, the results were equal to the professional microdermabrasion I've gotten in the past (which were upwards of $100 per treatment). In the two weeks I've been using this product my skin has cleared up so much! This is by far my favorite recent product!

dr. brandt dark circles away - full size $55
Honestly, I haven't been impressed so far. I've only been using it for about two weeks (maybe three), but I'll post an update if I'm more impressed later on. I like the roller ball application method, except that it's hard to control the amount that comes out when you press down on the push part. I also noticed that when I use it during the day, it peels off weirdly when I rub my eyes. If you have allergies and rub your eyes regularly, I'd recommend only using it at night.

dr. brandt crease release - 0.5oz $78 (I got a much smaller size)
I loved the smell of this, and I loved the way it felt when I put it on, but so far I haven't noticed much in the way of results. I don't have many wrinkles, just a couple of small ones on my forehead, but this didn't seem to effect them much. Maybe if I had deeper wrinkles it would've worked better? I don't know. I'm not really looking for a wrinkle product so I'm not too worried about this not working.

dr. brandt glow ruby crystal retinol hydracreme - full size $65 (I got a little tube)
It's hard for me to tell if I'm getting results from this. I used the dr. brandt microdermabrasion by itself before using this, and my skin was already clearing up, which makes it hard to know if this was helping once I added it. That said, it definitely didn't hurt, and might've helped. Sorry I can't give a more definitive review on this one.

I also got the dr. brandt collagen booster, but I got a foil packet and I honestly don't feel like the sample size is large enough for me to review it. So I'm not going to.

Don't forget, if you want to get $30 off at gilt.com, use my link!

The next three products I tried are products I got from PinchME!

The first, was Rimmel London Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara - $5.50
Overall, I really liked this mascara. The only problem I had was clumping. Not every time, but one or two times that I've applied it I've had to remove most of it and reapply it. The other thing that I found is that it's really hard to remove completely. Even when I removed it, or thought I'd removed it, my lashes were still black on the ends (the ends are usually light brown). I'd actually consider that a perk more than a negative, but it's still something to note. I'm planning on doing a comparison of the three mascaras I've gotten in the last couple of months, so I'll post that when I do it.

The second thing I got was a foil pouch of Pantene Expert Collection Keratin Repair Shampoo - $8.79
I wasn't impressed with this at all. I found it pretty drying and didn't see any benefits. I did like the smell (a kind of cocoa buttery smell) but that was the only thing I really liked about it. This is definitely not something I'm likely to buy.

Pantene Expert Collection Keratin Repair Split End Fuser - $13.97
I wasn't sure about this when I was applying it. I loved the scent but it didn't seem as creamy as I expected it to be. I applied it more to one side of my hair than the other (figuring that the results wouldn't be that noticeable and that would make it easier to compare). Now I look like a crazy person, because one side of my hair is GORGEOUS and the other is frizzy. Even my husband (who is generally completely oblivious to any sort of hair or beauty-related changes) noticed. I'm buying this the next time I go to Wal Mart. If my first use was any indication, this'll be my go to product from now on. The side of my hair I applied this to is soft and touchable, and mostly frizz free. The product has a chocolate-y scent when you're applying it and the scent remains a little bit once it's dried, but is very light.
The side on the left is the side that I put the product into, the right is my hair with no product. Please ignore the random pajamas. I'm off work today (which never happens on a random weekday) and made a promise to myself not to get dressed until AT LEAST noon.

My hair with Pantene Keratin Repair

My hair with no product in it.

Of all the products I've used on my dry, frizzy hair. This is probably the best results I've seen. Usually, if it looks great, it feels sticky, or crunchy or just generally producty, but that isn't the case with this. I'm really surprised to be getting this kind of results from Pantene (nothing against Pantene, but it's not a high end product, and I'd come to expect insane pricetags with any product that works well). If you've got frizz-prone hair, I strongly recommend this!

Let me know if you've tried any of these products, and if you got the same results!

Random notes/contests:
PinchME products are going to be updated today, so it's a good day to sign up if you haven't already.
Also, Birchbox has a contest to win a $3000 Joie Gift Card!
Gilt is doing a Give $30, Get $30 so if you sign up using my link you get $30 off your first order (I think it has to be a $60 order, but I'm not certain, still it's half price on already reduced-price stuff) and I get $30 too (so I'll love you forever).
You can enter to win a Rebecca Taylor Makeup case here:

Reviews to come:
I just started doing Influenster, so I'll have a review of that soon
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Birchbox Holiday Shop - Holiday Perks

I'll try my best to keep this updated, but after Wednesday I make no promises.

Here are the Holiday perks for Monday, November 25th:

EDIT: I finally found the Caudalie one!

Free with any $35+ Purchase:
Beauty mi Sample Kits
MIYUHYDRATEMI for the hydrate mi sample kit
MIYUDESTRESSMI for the de-stress mi sample kit

DDF Oil Fre Moisturizing Dew 1.7 oz size

35 Extra Birchbox Points

Free with any $50+ purchase
Ojon Rare Blend Tamer

Free with any $50+ purchase in the Birchbox Man Shop
Roosevelt Supply Card Case
Code: Roosevelt

Free with any $75+ purchase in the Birchbox Man Shop
Apolis Washed Linen Scarf

Free with any $25+ purchase of Jouer Products 
Jouer Tinted Lip Enhancer in Cosmo Sheer

Free with any $25+ purchase of full-size Caudalie Products in the Birchbox Shop
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Free with any $50+ purchase of full-size Tocca Products in the Birchbox Shop 
7oz TOCCA Crema da Sogno - Bianca

Free with Purchase of any full-size INIKA product
INIKA Light Reflect Highlighting Creme

No Purchase Necessary
Enter the Ready, Set, Jet! Sweepstakes

Tuesday, November 26th

Free with any $50+ purchase of full-size Benefit Cosmetic Products
Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

50 extra Birchbox Points on a $35+ Purchase (today only)

Thursday, November 28th

Free with any $20+ purchase of Whish products
Whish Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub

Free with purchase of full-size Caudalie Products
Caudalie Divine Oil

Also, Birchbox has a contest to win a $3000 Joie Gift Card!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013


So, I'm a free stuff addict. Sometimes, when I have free time I just google free samples and start signing up for random free samples. I recently heard about PinchME which seems like a word of mouth marketing company kind of like bzzagent. Right away, they allow you to sign up for two items to have shipped to you free of charge. Right now, there's not much available, but when I signed up I was able to get the Pantene Keratin Repair Shampoo and split end fuser, and the Rimmel London Mascara. They say the items update every two weeks, so they should be updating within the next few days. I'm excited to see what will be available!
I haven't tried the Keratin Repair shampoo or Split end fuser, but I really like the mascara! I've had clumping problems some of the times I've used it but overall it's been great. The one downside I noticed is that it's REALLY hard to remove. I wanted to take photos of my lashes with no mascara, and then my lashes with this mascara and the two other mascara's I've gotten recently. Unfortunately, not only did I discover that it's more difficult than I anticipated to take four photos of your own eyelashes from the same angle, but I also couldn't get the Rimmel mascara off completely (even after I managed to wipe it all off my lashes were darker than usual) which would normally be a good thing, but wasn't a good thing for this. When I find a friend to come over to be either my eyes or my photographer, I'll put the Rimmel on last. I'm excited to try the Keratin Repair (though I don't plan to wash my hair again until Friday, so it'll be a few days) and I'll probably post about it when I do. 

Has anyone else tried PinchME? What items did you get, and how did you like it?

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 2013: Ipsy vs. Birchbox

I was really happy with both of my subscriptions this month! If you don't know about Ipsy and Birchbox, they're both subscription services in which you can pay $10 a month (or $110 a year) to receive a monthly box/bag containing 5 products. It's a mix of samples, deluxe samples and full-sized items.

I was really happy with both boxes, and both boxes had 6 items this month.

I'll start with Birchbox because it arrived first. Out of the 59 options, there were a few other Birchboxes I would've liked:

Birchbox #25

Birchbox #37


I got box number 48.

 The item I am most excited to try was the The Balm Stainiac lip stain. The sample size is tiny, but I'm still really excited to see how this is. I've heard great things about it!

Full size : $17
1.2mL sample : $2.30

 The second thing in my box was DDF Amplifying Elixir. The sample isn't all that large, but it's 1/3 the size of full size and the full size is $70, so this one product paid for the box. I'm always excited to try new skin products, so I can't wait to try this one.

DDF Full Size : $70
0.5 Sample : $20.59
My third item was Folle de Joie eau de parfum. I'm never excited about getting perfume,  but I'll find someone who wants it.

Full size : $98
0.06oz Sample : $1.73
 My fourth item was Tiossan Dakar body cream in Fatale.

Full Size : $38
1/4oz Sample Size : $1.19

The fifth item in my bag is Color Club polish in Baldwin Blues. I haven't always heard great things about Color Club, but it's a gorgeous color. I've got Temptingly Teal from Mary Kay, which is really similar, so I'll probably gift this.

Full size : $8
Half-size : $4

 The sixth item I got was a set of three Ahmad Teas. I always love tea, so I'm actually pretty excited to try these.

40 teabags : $7
3 teabags : $0.53
Total value of Birchbox for this month $30.34. To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed with this month's box, but the DDF by itself (one of the items I am really excited about) has more than paid for the box. 

Next is Ipsy. My bag was suuuuuper awesome this month! We got six items, and of the two either/or items I got the two items I would've picked. 

The first thing I got in my bag was a Nailtini nail color in Caviar Cocktain. I'm not really a polish person, but I really like the color. This'll make a great gift for someone. Plus, I've heard great things about the brand.

Nailtini Polish: $13

 The second thing in my bag was GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Tingle Mask. I love masks so I'm really excited to try this. Of all the items, I wish the sample size was a little larger, but after getting all of this for $10 I really can't complain. Plus, it's 0.5 oz and the full size is 1.7oz and is $69.

Glamglow 0.5oz size : approx $20.29

This was one of the either/or items. The other possibilities were a BH Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow, Kiss eyelashes, Tresemme Hair spray, HSI Argon Oil (which would've been the other thing I'd like to try), or Cailyn Mineral Shadow.  Of all the possibilities, Glamglow was one of the two things I wanted.
 The third item I got was Em's lengthening mascara in black. I'm excited to try a new product from EM, and it was full-size, which is always awesome!

Em Mascara, full size : $20

Everyone got a full size Em product in their bag this month, but you could get either the Mascara, Pillow Plush Lip Balm, a Waterline Eye Liner, or a Lip Gallery Creamy Color Lip Color. I was really hoping for the black mascara in either Lengthening or Volumizing, so this was exactly what I wanted. I would've been really unhappy with the waterliner, and wasn't super excited about the lip colors.
 The fourth item in my bag was a Be a Bombshell lip crayon in Hot Damn. I usually like lip crayons and I'm always looking for new reds.

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon: $14

The fifth item in my bag is a Starlooks gem liner in amethyst. I wasn't excited about this at first, but I saw a swatch of it on facebook and now I'm really excited. It looks GORGEOUS!

Starlooks liner in Amethyst: $14

The last item in my bag is Pixi bronzer in Subtly suntouched. I don't use bronzer, so I'm not all that excited about this, but it's full-size so I'll gift/swap it.

Bronzer: it's $18 with the brush and it came without the brush, but similar products on the site are $15-$17, so I'll call it $15.

There were only two either/or items in Ipsy (the other four were the same for everyone), and of all the possible products I'm happiest with the two I got, so that worked out!

My total bag value this month was $96.29. Not bad at all for a $10 bag.

It's always really hard to match things up, but I'll do the best I can.

DDF Amplifying Elixir vs. Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

This is the hardest one for me to decide on. The sample sizes are about the same, and I'm really excited to try both of them. I'm slightly more excited about the DDF, so I'm giving this one to Birchbox but honestly, it could've gone either way.

Birchbox = 1
Ipsy = 0

Lip Products:
the balm Stainiac Lip Stain vs. Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon

I really like both of these. I'm more excited to try Stainiac, but the Be a Bombshell is full-sized. You can't beat full-sized items from good brands in a $10 bag. This one goes to Ipsy.

Birchbox = 1
Ipsy = 1

Color Club in Baldwin Blues vs. Nailtini

Of the two colors, I like the Color Club's Baldwin Blues better, it reminds me of Tempting Teal by Mary Kay. That said, I already have Tempting Teal and I've heard not so great things about Color Club. I've mostly heard good-ish things about Nailtini and that one is bigger, so I'm giving this one to Ipsy.

Birchbox = 1
Ipsy = 2

The next three pairings are going to be a bit random (body cream, perfume and tea from Birchbox and mascara, an eye pencil and bronzer from Ipsy), so I'm going to pair them up based on how excited I am about them.

It's probably a little sad that the tea is the thing I'm most excited about trying, but it is. Tea versus a full-size mascara? Mascara wins.

Birchbox = 1
Ipsy =3

A tiny sample of body lotion, or a really awesome liner? The liner. Obviously.

Birchbox = 1
Birchbox = 4

I'm never excited about perfume samples, but I'm also not excited about bronzer. Of the two, the bronzer is way more giftable, so this one goes to Ipsy.

Birchbox = 1
Ipsy = 5

This one goes to Ipsy, by a landslide. I'm happy with my Birchbox this month (though not nearly as excited as last month) Ipsy just kicked its butt. You can't beat four full-sized items (plus two samples, and a makeup bag that I can gift to someone) in a $10 bag. After comparing the monetary value of each sub this month, it's not at all surprising that Ipsy won. 

You can enter here to win 5 palettes from Too Faced

Random note, I just started using ebates, and it's awesome! I'm getting $15 back for clicking through them when I shop at walmart.com, sephora.com, and amazon.com (mostly sephora). Plus, if you sign up using my link, I get $5 (so I'll love you forever)

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Random Product Reviews

I've been reviewing all of my products on Ipsy and Birchbox, but I figure I'll review them here as well.

Hair Care Products:
My hair is long, thick and I've got 2C or 3A curls depending on what type of products I use and whether or not I let it air-dry. My hair is very dry and frizz-prone. I usually use oils unless I'm looking for a strong hold for a specific purpose.

UniqOne All in One Hair Treatment - $17.99 for 5oz:
This is my favorite of all the hair products I tried. It helped with the frizz (though my hair still wasn't frizz-free, I haven't found anything that makes my hair completely frizz free), had a nice smell, and didn't make my hair feel weird or gross. My hair actually felt healthier after using it for a few days.

Pros: Very reasonably priced, helped with the frizz, made my hair feel great, pleasant smell
Cons: I don't wash my hair daily, but I still had to reapply this daily. Not a big con, but a con nonetheless.

Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls - $22 for 8.5 oz:
I liked this product overall, and it did do a good job of defining my curls. The smell was a little strong but it didn't bother me too much. It smelled like fabric softener. I actually liked how this product made my hair look better than the UniqOne, but I didn't like how it made my hair feel. It wasn't sticky or crunchy, but it still had a residue-y feel which I really don't like. They recommend that to reactivate it you wet your hair a little bit and apply a little more product, and this worked well. Also, I found the smell pretty pleasant but it is strong and I can see it being unpleasant for some people so I didn't put it as a pro or a con.

Pros: Defines curls well, easy to "reactivate", decent price.
Cons: Residue-y feel.

Curly Hair Solutions: Curl Keeper - $10 for 3.3oz
I liked the way this felt in my hair but I didn't really notice much of a difference in my hair. The sample size was smaller than the other two and my hair is really long and really thick, so that may have been part of why. I like that it was an oil, since oils are what I usually use on my hair, but I didn't see as much frizz-improvement as I did with the other two.

Pros: Pleasant smell, felt good in my hair.
Cons: I didn't see as improvement (I was only able to use the sample twice, so maybe there would've been more improvement over time)

Sexy Hair Spray Clay - $18.95 for 4.4oz
To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this. A texturizing spray is the last thing my thick, curly hair needs. I gave it a shot anyway and it did pretty much what I expected. This might work well for straight hair, but it just made my hair sticky and tangly.

Pros: For my hair? None.
Cons: Made my hair sticky and tangly, didn't do anything to define curls.

Skincare Products
I have combination skin, mostly oily but I'll get random dry patches as well. I'm very acne prone and am always on the lookout for things that clear up my skin.

La Fresh Eco Beauty Oil Free Cleanser Wipes - $9.99 for 30 wipes
I like the idea of face wipes. They're extremely convenient and I do like being able to see the dirt that they take off my face (even though I'm sure that sounds weird). In the end though, I feel like they get my skin much less clean than a normal cleanser and water. I used these for three or four days and my skin definitely got worse. I've always had problem skin and am just starting to get it cleared up so I'm willing to try anything. These didn't work for me however.

Pros: Convenient
Cons: These didn't work well at all for my oily, acne-prone skin.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel - Sensitive - $39 for 2oz
This is a really gentle, natural peel. The first couple of times I tried this, I really didn't notice a difference. It made my skin soft, but no softer than most scrubs. After three or four times using it however, I noticed less blackheads, and my skin felt really good.

Pros: Wasn't hard on my skin at all, definitely helped with blackheads.
Cons: No noticeable improvement in skin clarity, price

Evologie Stay Clear Cream -  $62 for 1 oz
I'd never tried any Evologie products and was pretty excited to try it. It advertises as a moisturizer that contains collagen and anti-oxidants and strengthens your skin's natural moisture barrier. So basically it's meant to stop the cycle of your skin getting too dry and then producing too much oil to compensate over and over. I was really impressed with this product! I noticed less new pimples after three days of use, and it definitely kept my skin moisturized and prevented it from being oily. I also found I was able to skip my primer when I was using this. A little goes a long way (I used a little more than a pea sized quantity every time I used it) but the price is still pretty crazy. My tiny little sample was a $20 value.

Pros: Works really well, improved skin clarity, great moisturizer!
Cons: The price. I can't see paying $62 for an ounce of product, no matter how effective the product is. If you have more expendable income than I do, this might be a great product for you.

Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage - $38.50 for 4.5 oz
I don't usually try face masks, but I really like this one! I'd imagine it would be really drying for less oily skintypes, but it worked well for me. It felt really tingly, but in a good way. I liked that it was a scrub as well as a mask. My skin felt cleaner, tighter and less oily after each use. It's a little expensive, but as something that you'd only use once or twice a week, it might be worth it. It took 8-10 minutes to dry on my skin, but I just apply it before watching an episode of something and wait to wash it off until the end.

Pros: I love the tingly feeling, and it left my skin tighter and cleaner feeling.
Cons: The color was a little weird for me at first, and as with any mask you have to wait for it to dry.

Coola SPF 45 Sport Sunblock Mango scent - $32 for 5oz
I really love all things mango, so I was looking forward to try this. I was really disappointed by it, It felt disgusting on my skin and was really hard to rub in, like my skin didn't want to absorb it.

Pros: Smelled great.
Cons: Felt really gross on my skin and was difficult to rub in.

Lip Products
Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple - $19
Although this is advertised as a tinted lip balm, it wasn't moisturizing at all. I would consider it more of a lip tint. I applied chapstick over it though and really liked it. This was the perfect red for me. I don't know that the brush made it any easier to apply, but I do like the built in brush set-up. It lasted really really well (8 hours with almost no smudging, the only time I had to touch it up at all was after I ate, and it looked okay without the touchup, just not great). This is now my go-to red lip color!

Pros: Long lasting, great pigmentation
Cons: Price, Not at all moisturizing.

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Rose Romance - I couldn't find the price for this, but I found a set of 6 for $25.
I got this in my ipsy bag in September. They sent out three colors and of the three, Rose Romance is the only one I can never see myself using. It's a frosty pinky purple color which looked really terrible on me when I swatched it. That said, it went on smoothly and was very pigmented.

Pros: Price (if you buy the set, it come out to a little less than $5 per crayon), it's very pigmented and goes on smoothly
Cons: The color was terrible for me so I was unable to test for longevity.

Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in SugarBomb - $16 for 0.5 oz
I really liked the color of this gloss. It's a perfect everyday color. It went on smooth and wasn't too sticky like most glosses. The longevity left a lot to be desired though, I would've had to reapply every twenty minutes or so to maintain any sort of color.

Pros: Great color, very smooth, not sticky.
Cons: Price (especially when you consider how fast you'll go through it if you're reapplying every half hour or so), lack of lasting power.

Pop Beauty Aqua Laquer in flowering fuscia - $14 for 0.34oz
I really liked this color and was impressed with the gloss.  It lasted an hour or two, which isn't bad for a gloss. Looking at the color online it's a little scary, but the color isn't nearly that bright and is very wearable. I'm not a hot pink person, but this color works well for me. It was smooth and not sticky and I really like it. It has a strange little paddle that's supposed to make it easier to apply, but I didn't really see any benefit of the brush over normal brushes.

Pros: Great color, smooth, not sticky, pretty long lasting for a gloss.
Cons: Price

Eye Products
Elizabeth Mott It's So Big Mascara - $19.99 for 0.34oz
Honestly, I think most mascaras are the same. There have been a few I've tried that are legitimately better than the rest (I like Estee Lauder's mascara with their primer), and a couple that are really bad (mostly the $3 or $4 dollar ones you can pick up at Wal Mart), but everything in the middle is the same. That said, this mascara worked as well as most of them. I didn't like the way the brush felt coming out of the container, but beyond that I really couldn't say anything about it that's special.

Pros: Works as well as most other mascara
Cons: I don't think it's really worth the price

NYX shadow in nutmeg - $4.50 for a single shadow
I love this shadow! Browns have always been my go-to colors, and nutmeg is beautiful, it's very pigmented and long lasting. Honestly, there's nothing bad I can say about this shadow. It's my new favorite. I hope I get more NYX products in my subscriptions.

Pros: Gorgeous color, great pigmentation, goes on very smoothly, long lasting.
Cons: None that I can see.

Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil - $12
Eye pencils are another thing that are mostly all the same to me. I don't use them, so that might be part of it. That said, this was really smudgy. I didn't try it on my eyes, but I swatched it on my wrist and it had no staying power whatsoever. It went on really well, but I wouldn't use it if you want clean lines that'll last a while.

Pros: Went on really smoothly, nice shade
Cons: Smudged REALLY easily

Wet 'n Wild Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette in Desert Festival - $4.99
I was really surprised to see Wet 'n Wild in my ipsy, it's the brand I used as a pre-teen because it was cheap. That said, the pigmentation was surprisingly good and I liked the colors. It didn't last as long as some shadows I've used, but it wasn't terrible either and it faded evenly (I hate it when one of the colors you're using on your eyes fades more quickly than the others.)

Pros: Good pigmentation, nice colors
Cons: Not as long-lasting as some other brands

I'm really not a polish person, but I tested each of these colors on at least one nail.

Ruffian Nail Laquer in Hedgefund - $10 for 0.17oz
I read a lot of comments of people hating this color, but I really liked it. It went on really smooth and only really required one coat (I still did two). It chipped too easily for polish that costs $10 for less than a fifth of an ounce though. I was expecting really high quality for that price. Packaging-wise, The top is supposed to be easier to hold, but I saw no benefit. I think the bottle is cute, but no more practical than a normal bottle.

Pros: Decent polish, went on smooth, didn't require many coats, good color
Cons: Chipped really easily

Zoya Polish in Neve - $8
I loved this polish! Online it looks like a deep purple, but it's a lot bluer than it looks. I usually gift any polishes I get, but this one I'm keeping! The color is gorgeous! I had trouble keeping it from being streaky when I only put on one coat, but it looked great and not streaky at all once I added a second coat. The longevity of this polish was also impressive, it was three days before it started to chip, despite the fact that I didn't use any sort of top coat or primer.

Pros: Gorgeous color, long lasting
Cons: Requires two coats

Other Makeup/Tools
Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm in Medium - $39 for 1.5 oz
I really didn't think I was going to like this when I tried it. I'd never found a tinted moisturizer that I liked, and sort of assumed that it would be the same with BB Creams. That said, I was really impressed by this. I liked the light coverage, it felt good on my face really evened out my skin tone and it matched well. It really wasn't mattifying enough for me, but I imagine that this BB Cream would be perfect for people with dry to normal skin.

Pros: Light coverage, evened skin tone, matched well and felt good on skin
Cons: Not mattifying enough

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush - $2.49
I really like this brush. It was very soft, applied shadow evenly and was easy to use for blending. That a first impression though as I've only used it a few times so far. I'm not sure how it'll last, as some brushes start out great and deteriorate quickly.

Pros: Applies shadow smoothly, very soft, blends well.
Cons: I haven't really had time to test for quality over time

VOESH New York Aroma Spa Pedicure Set (scrub in green tea) - $12 for 3 pouches each of the scrub, the masque and the lotion
This product was kinda meh to me. I only got to try the scrub, so I don't know if it would've been better if I'd tried all three products together. Honestly though, it was no better than most scrubs that you could buy at Wal Mart for a few bucks and not nearly as effective as St. Ives Apricot Scrub (which is way cheaper). Also, the green tea scent was a little too sweet for my liking.

Pros: Softened feet a little
Cons: Didn't work any better than much cheaper alternatives, wasn't a fan of the smell

Random Extras
Tili Bags Small Collection - $8.49 for 9 quart sized bags
These were a cute idea, but clearly weren't all that well thought out. The theory is that they're a cute place to keep your makeup when you travel instead of just using freezer bags. If you're traveling by bus or car they might make sense (though if you're traveling by bus or car you might as well use a normal makeup bag). It's nice to not have people able to see everything you've got in your bag if it happens to tip over. If you're trying to get through airport security however, they require clear bags. It's just going to slow everything down having all sorts of liquids and gels in a bag that no one can see through.

Pros: Some of the patterns are pretty cute
Cons: Expensive and impractical for air travel.

Future Reviews:
My Birchbox for this month is on the way and a Stainiac Lipgloss, DDF Amplifying Elixir, Folle de Joie eau de Parfum, a Color Club Polish, Tiossan Body Cream, and some tea. I also just started using several products from the Dr. Brandt skincare line, and I've got some Julep polishes to review (though I'll probably just try them on a nail each and then regift them).

Also, I'm new to this kind of review so please let me know if there's other information that I ought to include.