Birchbox: June 2016

I received my June 2016 Birchbox. I’ve got to say, this month I am impressed. The last few months’ Birchbox have just been okay. This month though, Birchbox nailed it.

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Beginning on the left, I received a sample of the Oribe dry texturizing spray. I have got to say, I now understand the hype behind this product. It is amazing. It smells amazing. It gave my hair nice texture without making it feel gritty. It’s also insanely expensive for a full size bottle, so one downfall.

Next, I received a sample of Evologie’s intensive blemish serum. This has a tea tree oil scent. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference. I don’t think I would buy the full size of the product, but I enjoyed the sample.

Moving on, I received a sample of the Ardency Inn modster eyeliner. This eyeliner went on super smoothly and didn’t smudge too much. I am super picky with my eyeliner, especially black eyeliner, since my eyes are super watery. Eyeliner smudges on me very easily. Eyeliner samples are some of my favorite because you get so many uses, so I am happy to be able to test out the eyeliner more.

The golden swirly sample is Laura Geller’s New York baked gelato swirl illuminator. I do love highlighter. This color is very similar to my favorite Becca Cosmetics champagne pop, but is more sheer. More of a subtle highlighter.

Finally, I received a sample of Benefit’s gimme brow volumizing fiber gel. I have used Benefit’s gimme brow before. Ironically, I ran out of my eyebrow pencil when I received my Birchbox so it’s nice to be able to use this sample daily.

All in all, I am happy with my Birchbox this month. I hope the good boxes continue to next month. Do you subscribe to Birchbox? If not and you are interested, you can subscribe here.

If you subscribe to Birchbox, how was your box this month?

An Ode to a Hair Brush

My very first post on The Spotted Poppy was an ode to a tweezers. I have a thing for talking about amazing beauty tools. Today, I have another ode for you, but instead of a tweezers it is a hair brush.

If you don’t know what a Wet Brush is, you need to change that right away. At first glance, it is a normal hair brush.

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There are a few things that make it magical. It has soft and flexible bristles that instead of pulling at your hair and any knots, it detangles your hair instead. A traditional hair brush pulls at your hair and can break your hair strand if you brush your hair while wet. Like the name suggests though, a Wet Brush can be used on wet or dry hair. This brush can be used on anyone and any hair type.

Seriously, my cat hates being brushed, but with a Wet Brush she will tolerate it. I may actually end up buying the mini version just to use on her. I wish this type of brush was around when I was a child. I hated getting my hair brushed and memories of sitting in the bathroom crying while my mom would brush my hair because it was so tangled. I recommend this especially for children because it makes hair brushing so easy. I think it would work on any length hair too.

I have found one to last a year or two before it needs replacing. I just purchased this pink one because over time, the bristles begin to bend in half and don’t bounce back. Over the last couple weeks I noticed my Wet Brush wasn’t brushing my hair very well and saw most of the bristles were permanently bent in half. The larger version is $9.99 at Target, but have seen Wet Brush at pretty much every drug store or mass retailer. It is also available online.

Anyway, I will stop raving about a hair brush. I highly recommend it.

Champagne Glow Collection Update

Last week, I posted about the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow collection. The middle of last week after I posted that, the beauty blogging world was in a tizzy. Jaclyn Hill posted on her social media there was some inconsistencies with the formula and quality of the eye shadow palette. Becca Cosmetics posted similar things as well. Becca Cosmetics has pulled the palette from the shelves and it will not be available for purchase on June 16th in Sephora stores.

I honestly feel like my eye shadow palette is great. I think the powder itself is very creamy and very pigmented. The darkest shade on the far right, the plum shade, is the least pigmented for me. I love the colors and haven’t stopped using it since I’ve received it in the mail. I will be keeping mine and will not be returning the palette. Sephora and Becca Cosmetics have offered full refunds for anyone that purchased the eye shadow palette and they are unsatisfied with it.

It is unfortunate you won’t get to try the eye shadow palette if you didn’t order it right away when it was available for purchase online. I wanted to give you that update. I still very highly recommend the champagne glow face palette. It is the show stopper of the whole collection.

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope you’ve had a great start to your week.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection

The beauty blogging world is raving about Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics Champagne Glow palettes. Everyone is raving because they are fantastic. The original champagne pop highlighter is fantastic. I have been loving it since it came out last year.

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Then, these palettes came out online and will be in Sephora stores on June 16th. First off, the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette is the show stopper of the whole collection.

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The face palette is fantastic. There are three blushes and two highlighters. The powders are creamy and very pigmented. You seriously need the smallest tap into the blush with your brush because it is so pigmented. Champagne pop, the shade that started it all, is on the bottom and front and center in the photo. The lighter more gold shade is prosecco pop and is just as dreamy.

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The eye shadow palette is also very pigmented. There are two shimmery shades and three matte shades. I haven’t yet experimented with all five colors yet, so I will keep playing around with them.

I haven’t tried a Becca Cosmetics product I haven’t liked yet. They make quality products that I feel is worth their price tag. These palettes are so beautiful and every time I open one up to use them I can’t get over it. Makeup makes me happy and I love playing around with makeup. These palettes are no different. I love there are so many different colors and combinations by mixing blushes and highlighters.

Do you have a favorite highlighter or highlighter palette? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

Updated Brush Cleaning

A while back, I posted about my brush cleaning process. I have an updated makeup brush cleaning routine. I had receivedĀ  a sample of the Real Techniques brush cleansing gel and really liked it.

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I purchased the full sized bottle when I ran out of my previous cleaner and am happy I did. It really provides a deep clean of my makeup brushes while still being gentle at the same time.

Another thing I have found useful, but definitely not required, is the brush cleansing palette.

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It is a hand held silicone palette/almost dish thing. I find if I put a drop or two of the cleansing gel onto the palette and get my brush wet, then begin swirling the brush on the palette. The gel foams and the different textures help clean the brush. I then rinse the brush and palette and boom, clean brush. I clean my brushes at least weekly and the palette has been great at making the whole processĀ  a lot faster.

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The palette has a convenient handle on the back so you can keep a grip on it. As mentioned before, it is definitely not a requirement for brush cleansing, but I have found it extremely helpful in getting brushes completely clean.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

To continue talking about my MAC obsession, let’s talk about their studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation. I use the shade NC20.

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This foundation is very thick in texture. I use a pea sized amount and really buff it into my skin. I find it lasts all day long. It doesn’t get cakey on me. The tiny bit of SPF in it is an added bonus. Since I ordered this foundation, I haven’t used any others. I feel it is that good.

According to MAC’s website, it is a gel based formula. This would explain why I feels it glides on so easily and smoothly. MAC has so many shades you are bound to find one that is a perfect match for you. It has a satin finish, so not completely matte but also not dewy.

There isn’t much else I can say about it other than I am in love with it. I have no real desire to switch back to another foundation for every day use.

Do you use a MAC foundation? If so, which one? Have you tried their studio sculpt yet?