This month saw my book of the month delivery to come a bit earlier than I expected. My official selection is Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich, and I made a bonus selection of Eat Only When You’re Hungry by Lindsay Hunter.
I’m looking forward to reading these, but first I need to finish up The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and I have a few graphic novels still to read too, Paper Girls vol 2, and Rat Queens vol 1.
So I loved my first EarFleek delivery so much I signed up for a second subscription with them. I was already enjoying Minimalist but Groovy, and then I signed up for Young at Heart too. Check out what I got this time! So cute!
I finally, after almost two months of waiting, got my first Lip Monthly bag and I’m just not impressed. The colors of the products I received are really Meh. I can use them, they look fine on me, but there’s no wow factor.
I’m just not impressed. The lipstick is the best of the bag, and it’s only an okay color for me. The so-called stain in the little pot is more a super soft gloss with almost no actual color. I’ll probably use it over some of my matte lipsticks to give them a little shine. The lip crayon will most likely be used on my cheeks. It’s the right shade for that at least.
Anyway, after the disappointment of this bag, I decided to cancel now and not even try a second month. It’s something like $15 a month and that’s too much to spend on unexciting products.
Another great Ipsy Glambag this month! I love the bag- that adorable little bat charm on the zipper pull is great and I love the lacey look they gave the bag.
What was in the bag?
- Urban Decay eyeliner
- tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara
- Dermelect nail polish in Verdant (?)
- Marc Anthony True Professional Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter hair treatment
- Luna by Luna lip crayon in Elara
The only thing I don’t love is the lip crayon, and that’s only because while it looks fine on me, its not my usual color choice. I prefer bolder shades most of the time. The eyeliner is like a dream come true- soft, smooth, and it stays put! Definitely the best eyeliner I’ve ever tried. The nail polish is a great deep green, which will be great for this fall, and even though I’ve gotten a mascara in every bag so far, its the one cosmetic I wear most often so I’m not complaining.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, plus bonus mini coloring book and colored pencils. I’m excited to start reading this one!
In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder. Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.
I just realized today, some weeks after I received this box, that I never posted about it, so here we go!
Little Fires Everywhere was my selection for the month. Little & Lion, and The Blind Assassin were add-ons. So far I’ve read all but The Blind Assassin, and I’ve been pretty pleased with the curation. I’m hoping to read the last one in the next few days, and I strongly suspect I will be pleased with it.
There also sent me a tote bag (not pictured) that seems to be pretty sturdy and usable. I’m really enjoying this first box a lot, and I’m looking forward to the second box arriving in the next week or so.
Yesterday I received my second TOM Box and it will be my last. They sent me the same candy as last time (just a different flavor), another cheap bracelet, a lip gloss of the same brand and very similar color as last month, and two other products I might use- an eyeliner and a lip product.
I just don’t see the point of continuing to pay for this mediocre box of stuff I’m really not into so I’ve requested cancelation and this will be the end of it.
Another super cute bag this month with everything on the scale of awesome. I am loving this subscription so much.
The bag itself is nice- understated plain black with little square faux-spikes all over. A bold gold zipper and a faux-leather fringe on the zipper pull.
Inside the bag:
Here’s what was inside:
- Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack
- Medium Angled Shading Brush
- Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey
- Adesse New York Nail Laquer in Deception
- Colourpop Lippie Stix in Glam Bag Matte X
The nail color is a great medium grey with a faint green undertone. The Lippie Stix is the perfect shade of pink. I suspect the blush will give my face a sun-kissed warmth, and I’ll try the Hydro Sleeping Pack this evening.
Definitely a win all the way across!
First, let me say I had reservations about this subscription before deciding to sign up. For less than $4 a month, they send you a pair of nickel-free earrings based on a style profile of your choosing. Obviously I’m skeptical because super cheap and cute earrings that my super sensitive speshul snoflake ears can actually wear? It honestly seems too good to be true but I finally decided to give it a try. I’d know within a few hours of wearing them if they were indeed nickel-free and the buy-in is so low, why not?
Anyway, today this came in the mail.
A pretty unassuming envelope with no secret who its from. Okay, let’s open it up.
There’s a card announcing that I just received stylish, new earrings, a temporary tattoo (which I applied to my thigh a few minutes later), and the little ziplock baggie with the actual earrings.
The earrings are pretty cute, albeit super simple. I posted the photos to Instagram and said they looked like little Superman shields, but my friend Liz pointed out they’re actually diamonds. Yes, I got rose-gold colored, diamond earrings for under $4. Score? Score!
I’m pretty happy with this pair, so I’ll continue the subscription for a while.
Yesterday I received my first Birchbox…. and then today I received another one. I’m not sure why I got two, but the second box is a lot better than the first one.
- 2 Ursa Major Super Natural facial wipes
- 1 tube Marcelle CITY Tinted Cream SPF 25
- 1 Oribe Dry Texturing Spray
- N4 Super Comb Prep and Protect
- 2 Stilla Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina, and Perla (one of these was a bonus item)
I tried one of the Ursa Major facial wipes and its like a bad-smelling wet-nap you’d get at a restaurant. Not impressed and my face doesn’t feel any better, but it does smell funky.
The Stilla liquid lipsticks go on nicely, but I’m not crazy about the colors. They’re both the nude matte colors that are so in right now, but they’re just not colors I actually use.
So that sums up box #1…. and then today a second box came from Birchbox. Why they sent me two boxes I don’t know, but here’s Box #2.
Box #2 contains the following:
- Beauty Protector Protect & Oil
- Lollia by Margot Elena In Love perfume sample
- MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara
- Marcelle New age 8 in 1 Power Serum
- Pixi by Petra LipLift Max in Honey Sheen
The perfume smells pretty nice. I’m really picky about my scents, but I like this one. I’m wearing it now and I might even buy the full-sized one if its long-lasting.
The lip product is a bit closer to a shade I will actually wear, and I use tons of mascara, so those are okay. The hair oil I’ll try the next time I wash it, but it looks like something I can actually use.
So there’s my first Birchbox reviews!