Beauty by Birchbox.
I've had BIRCHBOX on my radar for quite some time. For $10 a month, shipments of my own curated beauty picks was appealing yet I always got tied up doing something else to give it a fair shot. It's actually pretty easy...
Fill out a profile and get a monthly subscription box of beauty samples customized just for you. And, for every 100 points you earn, you get $10 to spend in-store or online. Easy enough, right?
I finally got to try my hand at it last week. BIRCHBOX launched a pop-up store in Chicago's Pioneer Court complete with a media breakfast and sample box curation for each guest. One for the dudes, too! In fact, the tour was really dedicated to our men as the official event title was called the Birchbox Man Road Trip and it lasted all weekend long.
Naturally, us ladies got to enjoy the perks, too. Pictured above, the items I chose for my first BIRCHBOX. I snagged a perfume as well but that is long gone! I'm super psyched to try the Stila gloss and dry shampoo. Those items were the first I gravitated towards...shocking, I know.
It was a colorful Friday morning filled with miniature donuts, tiny egg sandwiches and quiches, delicious juices and copious amounts of beautiful friends and beauty products. Not a bad way to spend a Summer Friday! (Pictured above, my lady loves Stephanie + Justine)
I’ve been coloring my hair since I was out of the womb…or so it seems. Many many moons ago I had dirty, dishwater blonde hair. My colorist has confirmed but that was then and this is now. While yes, I have had some hair disasters. read: green hair! For the most part we’ve been happy and healthy due to the amazing talent I’ve invested a LOT of money in over the years.
If you’ve been following me long enough, you know a few facts about me:
I work out quite a bit and it makes me a more sane person.
My time is very limited because family first!
I have IBS and am allergic to gluten and dairy.
I have two beautiful children and I am in my 40’s.
The area of my body that I struggle with the most <both physically and mentally> is my stomach.
READ: #5; I hate my stomach.
Great skincare, anti-aging and invasive treatments are a part of aging and if there is one message I could stress it’s that knowing and trusting your medical professionals is absolutely paramount. Just as it’s important to know what we are consuming or putting into our bodies. Medical technology has advanced so much that surgery is no longer a requirement which makes life quite simpler and more affordable.
I’ve been receiving quite a bit of new beauty products as of late and I ain’t mad about it. Spring is the perfect time to switch skincare routines and opt for lighter, cleaner beauty. Thank God it’s here. It’s been a long winter. And while I haven’t gone 100% clean beauty, I am slowly still inching my way. Additionally, there were some purchases made towards restocking my favorites on last minute runs before Europe. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at some of my drugstore finds.
The thing about skin is that it changes all the time. It changes with age. It changes with the seasons. It changes with stress. And while yes, I receive quite a bit of product to review, I hope you know by now that I only write about people, places, things that I truly love.
I will wholeheartedly admit that I am lover of all beauty products. It really doesn’t matter what kind or from where. I will shop at a drugstore as much as I will shop online or at a high end department store. The fact is, I LOVE beauty.
I’ll tell ya something. Nothing is more telling of your age than your eyesight. And fatigue. As someone who stares at a variety of screens day in and day out for a living…I can feel the effect on my eyes every.single.day. Turning 40 might have something to do with it as well.
You guys now I love a good beauty bargain and unbeknownst to me, Macy’s has recently launch a new subscription box service called the Beauty Box! For just $15 a month, recipients receive a chic pouch, 5 deluxe samples + 1 bonus sample and $5 off their next beauty purchase. This is truly the perfect solution to testing the waters on a brand you’re not too sure about which happens all the time to me!
I don't fall for beauty trends all that often. Perhaps it's my age but I know what I like. Fashion trends...yes, guilty as charged. Typically you will find me in a neutral lip or a bold lip. No in between but always matte. Lipgloss? Not so much, I kind of exhausted that in my late 20's but a strong lip...always!
What's new pussy cat? So MUCH! May is by far the busiest month for me personally and professionally. You could say I am savoring the quiet of April 30th because I know all hell is about to break loose. With that said, you know I am nothing if I am not a multitasking momma on the go which is why I want to introduce to you the newest lifesaver to my beauty collection. Meet Beauty by POPSUGAR!