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Birchbox- April 2014

This month’s Birchbox theme is “Rainy Days,” bringing us a box full of beauty samples perfect for testing when you’re stuck indoors during April showers. This April hasn’t been too rainy in NYC, but I’m still game for testing new samples, whatever the weather, so let’s get started.

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Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection in “Breakfast at…” – I got a sneak peak at the Gala’s Gem’s Collection at a Birchbox event a few months back (click here to read all about it), so I already knew I was a fan of these polishes before “Breakfast at…” came in this month’s box. The range features four gorgeous pastel shades perfect for spring. Unfortunately I already own the entire collection, but I will definitely put this duplicate to good use by gifting it to a friend.

Color Club Gala's Gems Collection in "Breakfast at..."

Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection in “Breakfast at…”

 

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Clarifying Shampoo & Reconstructing Masque – This is the one product I haven’t tested out yet from this month’s box. To be honest I’m a little wary about using a clarifying shampoo on my colored hair, so I may stick it on my boyfriend’s shelf in the shower for him to try. The Reconstructing Masque sounds nice, but the sample is so tiny (imagine a ketchup packet) I’m skeptical of whether it will be able to cover my entire head. If I give either a try and they work miracles, I’ll definitely report back.

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Clarifying Shampoo

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Clarifying Shampoo

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Reconstructing Masque

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Reconstructing Masque

 

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in “Jamun (Deep Purple)” – This soft wax pencil promises to give long wearing color while not irritating the eyes, and I can say it definitely delivers on both. A beautiful purpely brown color that’s hard to pick up in photographs, this is a great softer alternative to lining the eyes with classic black liner. I’m not sure where you can buy Sumita products, but with a full size of this liner retailing for just over $10 I would certainly be interested in trying more from the range.

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in "Jamun (Deep Purple)"

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in “Jamun (Deep Purple)”

 

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum – I was a little disappointed to find another sunscreen in my box after receiving a Coola sunscreen last month that wasn’t my cup of tea. This Supergoop sunscreen serum is much better though, going on even, not irritating my sensitive skin, and wearing well under makeup all day. I’m happy with the moisturizer/sunscreen I’m currently using, but this is certainly a good alternative and will make a great addition to my travel makeup bag.

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum

 

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt – Last but not least, this month’s lifestyle extra was a delicious granola bar from KIND Snacks. Full of whole grains and the perfect balance of salty and sweet flavor, I’ve already gone out and purchased a box of these– they’re delicious!

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

 

Overall I’m very happy with my April Birchbox and appreciated its mix of makeup, skincare, haircare, and nail products, since it seems like for the past few months my boxes have contained a ton of skincare products. Did you get any of the same samples in your box this month? Leave a comment telling me what you’re loving!

-LMC ♥

 

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Skincare Staples: Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion (SPF 15)

Here comes Part 2 of my Skincare Staples series, where I tell you more about the products I’m loving in a quest to revamp and streamline my current skincare regime. To learn more about the first product I featured, Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, click here. This time around I’m featuring the Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 by Purpose.

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This moisturizer is  the only product that has survived my skincare shakeup and made it through to the other side. I’ve actually been using it consistently for almost four years, and am so satisfied with its performance and price that I haven’t gone looking for a replacement yet. With a medium-thick consistency (I’d say right in the middle between your lightweight body milks and thick body butters), this lotion goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. It’s free of oil and fragrance (although I do detect a faint sunscreen smell) and is hypoallergenic. I’m happy to report that I have never once experienced issue with redness, irritation, or breakouts from this product. The bottle comes in a generous 4 oz. size that takes me at least a few months to go through, and has a convenient pump top that keeps from wasting product and can be set to “closed” for when you’re traveling.   I appreciate the built in SPF, but I suppose if I had to make one complaint it would be the SPF level, as I really would prefer higher protection. If I’m  going to be outside for more than a few minutes in the middle of the day I’ll layer my Neutrogena facial sunscreen just to be safe. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone with dry, combination, or slightly oily skin who is looking for an affordable moisturizer available at the drugstore that contains sun protection.

What’s your current favorite facial lotion? It will be tough to get me to stray from this long-time favorite, but I’m always in the market to experiment and see what might help me to achieve an even more radiant complexion. Leave me a comment with what you’re loving at the moment!

-LMC ♥