Choix Subscription Box Review

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Subscription boxes are everywhere you look nowadays.  You might even be subscribed to one (or multiple) boxes.  I love them because it’s like getting little fun presents shipped right to me every month.  While the surprises are great, have you ever wished that you could choose the items that come to you in a subscription box? If so, Choix is the beauty subscription box for you.

Choix

The word Choix ((pronounced SHWAA) is French for “choice,” so the name is pretty genius.  Not only does it look pretty and sound fancy, but the name tells you a lot about the box in one word.  Choix is a beauty subscription box that sends you 5 samples of your choosing every month.  With products ranging from makeup for the entire face to skincare, it is an ideal box for the beauty enthusiast in your life who is a firm believer in “try before you buy.”

Choix carries a limited number of brand names, but the brand names are on the very high-end side, so I find that I am never at a loss for products I want to try.  Just a few names found on the Choix site are:

-NARS          -Benefit          -Bobbi Brown          -Kevyn Aucoin          -Lancome          -YSL       -Guerlain          -Cle de Peau          -Hourglass          -Clinique          -Smashbox

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The Best Makeup of 2015

2015 Favorites in makeup.

2015 was quite a year, both in beauty and in general!  There were a ton of awesome products that hit the market. Some made a huge splash, and others..well, not so much.  I’ve put together a list of my personal favorites.  While many are new products from this past year, there are a handful on here that are not new to beauty, but I finally added to my collection and fell in love with them, so they’re new loves to me personally.  Let’s jump right in.

Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation: This foundation is full coverage (or mostly full, anyway), oil-free, doesn’t break me out, and is only $7.99 at drugstores and Ulta.  There’s nothing about that to not love.  While I enjoy trying higher end foundations, when I find something my skin loves for such a killer price, I stick with it.

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation: This is a powder formula that offers the most full coverage I’ve ever seen in a powder before.  While I still need some concealer on my dark circles and breakouts, I fell in love with this because of how quickly I can put it on and be out the door.  It’s great for days when I don’t want to do a full face of makeup, but I still want to put some coverage over my troubled skin.  Totally in love with this quick fix.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer: I have used this concealer for several years now, and it still remains my favorite.  Full coverage, oil free, and a little bit goes a long way, so I don’t even feel guilty about paying a high end price for it. I find it works great on my acne and scarring, however it is not the right kind of concealer for your under eye area.  Look for a slightly more hydrating formula, as the oil-free formula of this MUF concealer doesn’t work as well.  MUF did recently release a new concealer made just for those of us with under eye issues, which I do plan on trying when I’m in the market for a new under eye concealer.

ELF Contour Palette: This palette is just as good (if not better) than many of the high end contour palettes I’ve tried.  There are 4 shades: A bronze, contour, shimmer highlight, and yellow matte highlight.  The only shade I haven’t touched is the bronzer shade, but all of the others I use regularly, especially the contour shade.  When you can find a contour palette that is just a good as the ones that cost upwards of $40 and this one costs $6…well, you just go with it.

NARS Blush in Deep Throat: When I was in Japan I discovered I could get a NARS blush for a few dollars cheaper than in the US, but they were always sold out of Orgasm (my go to shade), so I had to branch out.  It turns out that Deep Throat is the perfect peachy, warm coral shade for my face.  There’s less shimmer than in Orgasm, but I actually prefer that for daily wear.  This blush is highly pigmented and will last a really long time, so it’s worth the price to me.

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: I don’t know what took me so long to get this lovely piece of highlighting goodness. First of all, this product is huge, so it will last a long time.  Secondly, she’s simply stunning.  Mary-Lou is a beautiful, slightly golden highlight with multiple purposes.  I bought her as a highlighter, but one day decided to swipe her across my eyelids to see what would happen, and she made my eyes look so good with very little effort. I didn’t realize at the time that theBalm actually has “eyeshadow” as one of Mary-Lou’s functions.  She instantly brightens any look with very little product.  Dab her on your inner corners to brighten the eyes, or swipe her on your cheek bones for a stunning shimmer.  LOVE her.

Makeup Forever Artist Palette Vol 1: If I had to choose only one eye product to feature for the entire year, it would be this palette.  The 9 nude shades that come with it can create many looks from barely there to intense and smoky.  The shadows are buttery and smooth, highly pigmented, and easy to work with.  I’m definitely considering picking up another MUF palette in the new year.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in Glitterati:  I’m obsessed with this product. Glitterati was the first Colour Pop shadow I tried and I was completely blown away.  It’s gold toned shimmer that is clearly meant to sparkle, but I feel it works in a sophisticated way, like glitter for the working woman.  I adore things that sparkle, so I was instantly hooked.  I find the Colour Pop shadows are best applied with my finger tips, which is fine since I use this as an all over lid color (usually blending something darker in afterwards).  For $5, you can’t go wrong.

Colour Pop Creme Gel Color in No Shame: I wanted to branch out this year and started learning how to apply gel liners.  Ultimately I opted for a deep plum rather than a black gel liner, and this one did not disappoint.  This is a formula that won’t budge, lasts all day, and has stunning color payoff.  For only $6 (price point was a big thing for me this year, as you can tell), I’m sure this product rivals many that cost several times as much. If you’re looking for a gel liner but you’re afraid to invest, I highly suggest giving Colour Pop a try.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: I got a mini of this product in a Sephora Favorites kit, and I totally understand why it’s in there.  This hydrating and nourishing lip formula keeps my lips feeling amazing for quite some time.  I find myself reaching for it throughout the day, either before lip color or just to refresh my dry lips, especially in the winter time. Bonus: It also contains SPF 15 for sun protection. Once I run out of this mini, there is a pretty good chance I will be getting a full size one.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk: Another brand I “discovered” and fell in love with in 2015 is Bite Beauty.  Among their amazing product lineup is this lipstick, which has long lasting color and is super hydrating.  I find myself reaching for this lipstick instead of lip balm sometimes, and it definitely gets the job done.  Musk is a beautiful dusty rose shade that looks natural, but gives my lips a little something more.

Fleur DeForce’s Lip Gloss in Written in the Stars:  I’m sure you know YouTuber Fleur DeForce. This year she released a book and launched a makeup line.  I went to one of her signings and she was giving out her makeup to the fans that came.  I picked out this gloss because she mentioned it being one of her favorite things in a late summer favorites video.  This formula is amazing. SO hydrating, very pigmented, and don’t even get me started on the delicious vanilla scent..  I’m completely obsessed over this product. The price is an added bonus at just under $11 on feelunique.com.

There you have it friends, my best in beauty for 2015.  Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite products of 2015 were.

Here’s to a beautiful 2016!

Bite Beauty Discovery Set | Review

Bite Beauty Discovery Set for Holiday 2015- review

Bite Beauty fans, brace yourselves.  I’ve got a holiday kit that’s going to make you a very happy person.  At the Sephora VIB sale, this was one of the things that found its way into my basket, and I don’t regret it for a second.  The Bite Beauty Discovery Set is a limited edition collection of 8 Bite products that are sure to please your pout.  The set costs $55 and is available at Sephora.

What’s Inside

There are 8 products inside this set. A few of them are even full sized products, making the set an amazing value.  I’ll break it down for you.

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Lush Cup O’ Coffee Mask Review

Something for both the Lush AND coffee lovers out there: This mask from Lush Cosmetics is sure to give your skin and your mood the perk up it needs.

Lush is one of my favorite places for skincare and bath time goodness.  Coffee is one of my favorite things.  This mask combines both.  I knew I had to give Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee mask a try as soon as I heard about it.

What is it?

It’s a face and body mask made with coffee.  The ground coffee stimulates the senses and the skin while offering an exfoliation.  Kaolin helps give your pores a deep cleaning. Agave is the “glue” holding this mask together, leaving the mask as soft as it leaves your skin.

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September Favorites

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Grace and Lace Two Fit Knit Cardigan– I heard of this company awhile back, and since they appeared on Shark Tank they’ve gotten even more popular.  I finally decided to take a look at their stuff and I was instantly hooked. I ordered this cardigan and once I put it on, I was in love. What is great about this open knit sweater (other than the fact it is quite warm) is you can wear it two ways: as full cover sweater or as a cardigan.  This makes it  a versatile addition to my fall and winter collection.

Tieks in Patent Nude: Odds are if you’ve stumbled across my blog you have found my post raving about why Tieks are worth their price tag.  I recently obtained my second pair in nude patent, and they’re fabulous.  The shiny patent leather makes them look so sleek, and the nude shade matches almost anything.  Versatile, comfortable, fashionable shoes are definitely a huge win. Read more

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette- Holiday 2015

Ambient Lighting Edit Palette for Holiday 2015.  Is it worth the $80?

Holiday time is one of my favorite times of the year in the beauty industry.  Many of my favorite companies come out with amazing palettes and gift sets showcasing customer favorites (or entirely new product) just in time for my birthday (in November) and Christmas.  Usually I find this to be a cost effective way for me to try products I’ve been having a hard time justifying adding to my collection for one reason or another.

Last year, I decided a little too late that I wanted the Hourglass holiday release of the Ambient Blush palette. Well, I missed it, and since it was limited edition, I’ve got nothing.  This year I swore I would be on the ball and order the Hourglass holiday release as soon as I could, because I certainly didn’t want to miss the bus two years in a row.  So, as soon as I was able, I placed the order.

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September Watch/Wishlist

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September means my favorite season is fast approaching!  Time for cosy warm sweaters, hot tea and coffee, and pumpkin everything!  As I’ve been browsing the internet I found a handful of things that I’m dying to get my hands on this month.

1. Victoria’s Secret Hooded Cardi: Oh my gosh, I saw this and it was love at first sight.  To me, the cooler seasons are all about staying warm and cozy in Chicago’s sometimes vicious weather. This cardigan runs big, so you can bundle up and stay warm.  I also love the hooded idea for those times when I really want to be cozy. I’m loving the grey (pictured) and latte colors. Read more

Birchbox Breakdown- July 2015

BrichboxJuly2015I know my Birchbox posts have been on a hiatus ofr quite some time, but I feel compelled to bring them back.  This time around, I’ve decided that rather than just describing the products inside my box, I will try them out first and give a little first impressions type of review along with the breakdown of the box. Not only will this allow me to give better insight into what’s in my box, but it will also force me to use the products rather than just have them sit there and accumulate.  Imagine that..

So, without further adieu, here’s my July Birchbox. Read more