December Birchbox Review/January Open Box

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I’m back with my thoughts on my first Birchbox and an unboxing on my new Birchbox, Check it out!

Here are the details of this month’s box:

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Perlier Revitalizing Body Butter $34.46

When it comes to Italian food, we adore a good olive oil. But with this Italian skincare brand, it’s butter that has stolen our hearts—these ultraluxe body butters, in particular. The botanical-based formulas are loaded with nutrients that instantly hydrate and protect skin. What’s more, it leaves skin with a delicate scent (thanks to natural ingredients like almonds and honey) that’s positively delicious.

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream $38.00 (Birchbox Exclusive)

Unless we make like Thoreau and camp out in the wilderness, it’s nearly impossible to live a fully natural lifestyle. (And even Thoreau went over to his mom’s house to do his laundry.) But it’s nice to know that we can go au naturel with our beauty products, starting with this botanical-packed eye cream. The hardworking formula helps lift sagging skin, brighten under eye circles, and smooth away fine lines using 99% natural ingredients.

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Created by sought-after Hollywood hair stylists Amanda George and Neil Weisberg, this luxe shampoo makes us feel more posh with every use (no wonder Victoria Beckham is on their client list). Yes, its antioxidant-packed formula lends megawatt shine to even the dullest hair, but what really hooks us is the scent: crisp, light, and oh-so-clean.
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We don’t just throw around the term “A-list,” so believe us when we say this conditioner has serious star power. Created by Beverly Hills stylists Amanda George and Neil Weisberg, it’s a cult favorite—thanks in part to the duo’s client list. Now you know how the likes of Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, and Victoria Beckham get hydrated, shiny, and supple hair that’s never heavy or dull.
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 The thought of carrying 20 different pots of eye shadow in our makeup bag is a little daunting. Thankfully, Coastal Scents® has done a little streamlining, creating this bevy of go-with-anything nude and metallic hues in one convenient palette.
 Did you get some of the same things I got in my welcome box? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

 This video is not sponsored. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.

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Too Faced – “Better Than Sex” Mascara

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I wanted to love this, I really did. Everyone has been RAVING about it so when I saw the combo of a mini version of this and a mini shadow insurance I scooped it up!

Let’s start with Too Faced’s claims…

Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic. $23.00

How it is in real life…

I have to say I agree with all of those claims. One coat and you literally start to look like you have falsies even though it’s not a fiber mascara. Two coats was perfect for me but three started to look a little spidery for my taste. The brush is a really effective shape and helps get to those shorter inner lashes plus it holds a curl beautifully.

The reason I can’t love it though is because about 2/3 through the work day I check the mirror and it is all under my eyes. It flakes and smudges like crazy on me. I tried so hard to love it but it just does not work with my watery eyes.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

Something else? Tell me about it in the comments!

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by me. All reviews are 100% honest.

Honest Organic Healing Balm

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What’s the first step before you do any makeup? Skincare. It’s much easier to solve the problem than to cover it up. Have you ever tried to cover up dry skin on your face? It’s not pretty and actually slightly painful. If you have dry, irritated, sensitive skin, keep reading because you need this stuff in your life… I signed up for the Honest Company trial kit a couple months ago and got this as one of the samples. I used it once and was hooked!

Here’s my skin story…

I’ve had eczema since I was a baby but I had pretty much grown out of it until last winter when we had one of our coldest winters we’ve had in a while (mind you, this is south Louisiana so I’m sure I sound ridiculous if you live anywhere north of here) so my eczema reared its ugly head again. I went to see my dermatologist and she perscribed me a foam that retails for around $150 and it’s like an ounce. Of course, I only had to pay a copay but I couldn’t stomach the pharmaceutical company making that much money off of so little product so I filled the perscription once and set out to find my own solution.

I tried using plain coconut oil, shea butter lotion, and some Aveeno products and it was under control but it was the summer so it was heaven for my skin anyway.

About a couple months ago now, my skin started getting dry again. I had been using the Aveeno Eczema Therapy lotiion and I liked it well enough but some of the ingredients were (in my opinion) not great for irritated, sensitive skin so when I found this product that was fragrance free and had all natural ingredients I had HIGH hopes.

Here’s what The Honest Company says about the Balm:

  • Organic sunflower, olive, and coconut oils work with enriching shea butter to nourish, moisturize, and help protect sensitive and irritated skin.
  • Tamanu oil helps ease inflammation, promote healing, and restore and balance skin.
  • Chamomile and calendula gently calm, and soothe.
  • Beeswax battles existing diaper rash and prevents future cases by creating a protective barrier against urine.
  • No harsh chemicals (ever!) – only powerful, natural, non-toxic ingredients in this must-have salve
  • Sensitive for infants and everyday use
  • Hypoallergenic • Certified Organic • Vegetarian • Biodegradable • pH Balanced • Naturally Non-Toxic
  • Honestly free of petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, gluten, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes & most common allergens

My Thoughts:

It does ALL OF THIS. There is not one false claim in any of that. I go through my normal lotion routine after every shower and just add this on top of my problem spots. They stay moisturized and calm until I shower again, no need to reapply lotion throughout the day.

I have also used this stuff on my dry knuckles, dry lips, and around my eyes with no irritation whatsoever.  I am so happy The Honest Company has created such a solid product that I can use daily, knowing it is only helping my skin.

I’m in the process of reviewing some of their other products and can’t wait to share them with y’all!

If you want to sign up for a free trial click here!

Thanks for reading!

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

Empties – January 2015

Tons and tons of empties….

If you made it to the end of this video, kudos to you! I’m sorry the lighting is so bad, it’s been super gloomy around here lately.

Products Mentioned:
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Balancing Toner
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing Cleansing Gel
Bioderma Cleansing Water
Korres Shower Gel – Basil Lemon
Alba Botanica Hawiian 3 in 1 Cleansing Towelettes
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother
Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair With Quinoa Protein
Dove Dry Shampoo
Alterna Hemp Strength Tousled Waves Spray
L’Occitane Olive Oil Body Lotion – Discontinued
Kiss My Face Moisture Shave – Key Lime
First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Cream
Origins – Modern Friction Scrub
Origins – High Potency Night A Mins Moisturizer
Origins – GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
Origins – A Perfect World Moisturizer
Ole Henriksen – Invigorating Night Gel
Tarte Maracuja C Brightening Eye Treatment
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
Boscia – Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
Crabtree & Evelyn – La Source Hand Creme
Urban Decay – Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
Korres – Quercetin and Oak Concealer – light (Sold out)
Benefit – Erase Paste – Fair
Laura Mercier – Loose Setting Powder – Universal
Urban Decay – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Bare Minerals – A Stroke of Light – Eye Brightener – Luminous

Thanks so much for watching and reading!

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

Versatile Blogger Award

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I’ve only been blogging since the start of January so I was shocked anyone would nominate me for anything! Thank you so much Urjasi from Stained Vanity for nominating me. I absolutely love your blog!

The rules go as follows-

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 blogs.
  • Link your nominees and let them know.

Seven facts about me-

–   I am 26 years old.

–   I was born and raised in New Orleans and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

–   I’m a photographer and graphic designer by day, beauty blogger by night.

–   Coffee every morning is a must.

–   I will never have enough makeup.

–   Pretty much the only channel on my TV at all times is Bravo.

–   I have a cup of tea at least once a day.

The blogs I nominate are…

Girl, Organized

French And Other Things

Polished By Amy

Touch Of Class

Style In Your Closet

Heliophilia

Sarah Loves Makeup

Lipstick on Coffee Cups

With All My Affection

The Brown Eyed Girl

Elegant & Relevant

Beauty-full

The Freevolous

Best Damn Beauty Blog

Bridget Beauty Blog

Check out these blogs I know you’ll love them!

Top 5 Lip Products of The Month

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I am obsessed with lip products. If you’re running late (which I normally am) and you don’t have time to do much makeup, you can always grab a lipstick before you head out the door and apply it real quick and instantly, you look more put together! It was so hard to narrow down my top 5 favorites of the month but I did it. Here they are:

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick in “Melted Berry”

This stuff is amazing! I put it in my December favorites video and I’ve been wearing it just as much in January. It’s so pigmented and lasts all day, plus the color is just gorgeous.

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Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in “Vigne”

I have loved every Bite product I’ve ever tried. They’re so creamy and moisturizing, plus they’re made entirely out of food grade ingredients. What’s not to love?

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Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in “Stanuchly Stylish”

I have been obsessed with this lipliner since I got it in late November/early December. It looks great on it’s own for a “Kylie Jenner” look or it layers perfectly under any darker lipstick. It gives you that precise line, extends the wear of your lip product and keeps your lipstick from feathering at all.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Anita”

I am so in love wit this lipstick and if it wasn’t so expensive I would buy all of them! You need the teeny tiniest amount of product and it almost stains your lips and lasts so long without drying them out!

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Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Balm

So this isn’t colorful but it’s definitely been a favorite this month. My lips have been so dry with this weather and this is my lifesaver. I’ve used this every single day.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! What are your favorite lip products for the month?

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

Allure Sample Society – January 2015 – Unboxing!

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Happy Friday! Allure’s Sample Society Box is one of my favorite subscription boxes. I had discontinued my subscription to save money but I got a six month subscription for Christmas so I am super excited!

Here are the details:

– $15 a month

– 5 “deluxe-size” beauty samples

– $10 coupon to use on a minimum $50 Beauty Bar purchase

Want to see what I got in my box? Check out the video below!

My Box:

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Interested in signing up? Click the link below and type in the code MARI6732 to get a discount on your first order!

http://www.beautybar.com/sample-society?ref=snb_3_be_unav&icn=B-AdZone-2&ici=112713

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by me unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

Tarte CC Bronzer Blush – Park Ave Princess – Pink Bronze

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I was so excited to get this as a gift from one of my best friends for christmas! I have loved every Tarte Product I’ve ever tried and I hadn’t ever heard of or seen this before. The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the packaging is. It reminds me of a stone from the desert or something, so unique, and the inside is even prettier. The pattern pressed into the pigment is absolutely gorgeous!

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Now onto the actual product inside…You can purchase it online here.

Here are the claims –

“All-over buildable bronzer blush infused with color-correcting colored clay.

Product Performance: Glow beyond with tarte’s latest complexion-enhancing essential. This all-over mineral powder delivers natural radiance and instant dimension with the perfect balance of bronzer and blush for any skin tone. Offered in a gorgeously warm park ave princess™ bronze shades, the buildable formula imparts the perfect level of sunkissed radiance as the nutrient-rich powder brightens skin without appearing dry or flakey. Infused with tarte’s revolutionary colored clay, this skinvigorating™ formula helps to restore gentle skin balance and defend against free radical damage.”

Here’s my take – 

It’s a light bronzer/blush/highlight combo. I wouldn’t call it “all over” because of the shimmer and the fact that you can’t just dip your brush in one color. You’re inevitably going to get some pink and you definitely don’t want that all over. It is perfect to throw in your bag if you just need a little something to perk up your look throughout the day because it gives a glowy, healthy, lit from within look and it’ll definitely give you that “sun kissed” look. All of the colors are shimmery but not at all glittery or shiny looking and it doesn’t have that annoying overspray of glitter on the top. This is the perfect product to sweep on your cheeks before you run out the door and you’re set. I am so happy she got it for me and I’m loving it!

Are there any other Tarte products out there that I need to try? Let me know in the comments!

This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by me unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

What’s In My Bag – Madewell Transport Tote

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Curious what I keep in my bag? Take a peek at the video below!

My Bag –

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/totes/PRDOVR~53228/53228.jsp?color_name=english-saddle

Erin Condren Life Planner –

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/mariealbares0522

*This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by me unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own. All reviews are 100% my honest opinion.