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 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!
A lack of lipstick is a lackluster day for this girl. Every once in awhile I will sport a nude but very very rarely. I can tell you when I do, it's always Urban Decay. It's quite literally my #1 favorite cosmetic brand in the drawer and has remained so for several years. And this hinges on one thing alone - lasting power.
When I look at a 60-minute increment, a 30-minute increment, hand to God, I often think how many things can I accomplish in that time frame? It sounds a little insane but as a busy, working mom - efficiency is everything. But efficiency does not mean you have to sacrifice fun. Making the ordinary tasks in life a fun activity is my role as a mother. Enter bath time!
There's been a wonderful re-emergence in the beauty world and it's the return of rose. Rose scents, rose ingredients, rose saturation. It's a thing of beauty, quite literally, that I will never tire of. You see, the intoxicating scent of a rose is truly my favorite scent of all. Never too strong or a skin irritant, it's hard for me to walk away from rose products at just about any store front.
I never used any sort of toner until my mid-30's. Quite frankly, it seemed like a lot of work to add an extra step into my skincare routine. How's that for laziness? Don't answer.