March: Creativity Birchbox

Gosh, it’s already March. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and so far, 2015 has been pretty damn good. I’m excelling professionally and personally, and creativity has a lot to do with my growth. One of the things I am doing more in 2015 is switching up my beauty routine. It sounds so simple, but a new lipstick, or a new mascara can do a lot for one’s self esteem. That’s why I love receiving a Birchbox every month. It fuels my creativity, and in many ways, boosts my perspective and self esteem. Every month, Birchbox has a theme, and this month’s theme is ‘Creativity’. I feel most creative when I open up I Sort of Beauty on my computer. I am able to write down anything I want and share it with you all. If you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. Here are the products I received:

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A Note to Bloggers: Beware of Scammers

For me, blogging is just a hobby. I don’t get paid to do it. I do it on my own time, whenever I want. But for most of the people that I have come across, blogging is a job. It’s a full-time commitment that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Blogging can easily become a job through product review, advertising, and endorsements. This week, a “company” wanted to collaborate with me on I Sort of Beauty, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a fake solicitor.

I’m naming the company because I would hope that this does not happen to anyone else. Two weeks ago, Tops Wedding reached out to me on email to ask me to collaborate with them. Here’s how it went:

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February: Rent The Runway x Birchbox

photo 3 (4)February has been a very busy month for me. With work, looking for a new apartment, and blogging, my Birchbox this month really made my February special. Seriously, it’s the little things – in every literal sense of the word ‘little’ ’cause it’s just samples. Still, I love my Birchbox! If you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. This month, instead of letting Birchbox surprise me, I decided to go with the guest editor box made by Rent The Runway. Here are the products I received: Continue reading

Beauty By Beauteque – Head To Toe Pink Bag

Product junkies who love receiving a little surprise every month can rejoice with Beauteque’s subscription service. Beauteque is a US-based website that sells Korean beauty products. They describe themselves as,

The sum of beauty plus boutique gives you an equation called Beauteque. The one stop shop haven of everyone’s dreams! An online store that is not just simplifying, but magnetizing the business of beauty, bringing on board elements and brands from the other side of the world, Beauteque brings together for you the East and West, as it continues to globalize.

I received my first beauty bag from Beauteque last week and am pleasantly satisfied with my Head to Toe Pink bag. The Head to Toe Pink bag has 8 products varying from skincare to cosmetic products. And as you can already tell from the name, all the products in the bag are pink! Here are the goodies that came in my February bag:

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Products from L-R: Hada Senka by Shiseido (lotion or toner), Blending Sponge, Capsule Wash-Off Mask, Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer, Tony Moly Mascara, Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream, Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner.

Hada Senka by Shiseido: I’ve tried Shiseido products in the past and have always loved them, so I was really happy to receive this lotion/toner in my bag. Hada Senka’s lotion works great as a moisturizer. It’s more runny than other thick moisturizers I am used to but works great under makeup since it is so hydrating. I have not tried this as a toner yet, but if you’re interested in picking up this 2-in-1 product, to use as a toner, pour a bit onto a cotton swab before applying it to your face. (Retail: $15.95)

Blending Sponge: I recently jumped on the beautyblender bandwagon late last year, so practically squealed when I saw this in my bag. If you have never tried applying concealer or foundation on with a sponge before, you must try it! To use, wet the sponge and ring out the excess water. Place a bit of your liquid makeup product on your hand and dab it on the blender. Apply the product in a quick-patting motion for a flawless finish. (Retail: $15.95)

Capsule Wash-Off Mask: Anyone who knows me, knows that I loveee face masks. I have not had the time to try these wash-off masks yet but I am excited to try it out on my day off sometime next week. The mask claims that it is perfect for dealing with pores… I’ll update you all next week when I test it out. Oh, I received 2 capsules, so double the fun with this product! (Retail $2.50)

Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer: I’m not one to brag, but my highlighting skills have definitely gotten wayyy better lately. Sidenote: My boyfriend likes to throw actual highlighters at me when I’m doing this process in the morning. When done right, highlighting gives your face a natural and healthy glow. The packaging says that this product is a cream but it’s not thick like you would think. The product is runny and can get a bit messy if you squeeze too much so be careful! A little goes a long way. This can be used alone or mixed in with foundation. (Retail: $11.50)

Tony Moly Mascara: Just in time! I needed a new mascara so badly. So glad this came in right when I needed it. Want longer looking lashes? I’m siding with this one. (Retail: $6.50)

Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream: I love going to bed packing on my creams, so am always excited to rotate new products at night. This spoon cream claims to brighten and moisturizer the skin around the clock. (Retail: $3.95)

Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner: Ladies! This is such a beautiful rose color! It’s a shade darker than the natural color of my lips so it’s perfect for me. I am going to be using this product as a lipstick color as well since the liner has more of a creamy texture. (Retail: $7.25)

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Overall, I am so stoked to try all of the products in my Head to Toe Pink bag. I was not expecting to be blown away by all the products, but I truly am. The deal is even better. It is nearly an $80 value bag for just $26. If you want this bag, it is available through March 15th at Beauteque. If you try it out, let me know what you think! xo


January Birchbox: Let’s Do This!

My Birchbox finally came this month! After about 2 weeks of dealing with Birchbox support about my missing box for January, it finally arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. Was it worth the wait and hype? First off, if you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. Each month, there is a theme and this month’s theme is “Let’s Do This!” Here are the products I received:

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From left to right: Juliette Has  a Gun Not a Perfume, Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in New Delhi Chai, Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion, and Number 4 Hair Care Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

Juliette Has  a Gun Not a Perfume:  I don’t normally wear perfumes (and have actually requested Birchbox to stop sending me them) but I don’t think I mind this scent. It’s made out a single element called Cetalox, normally used in perfumery as a back note. The scent is very light, simple, and elegant. Great scent for wearing to the office or just a casual day out. Retail: $90

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+: I loveee Dr. Jart products! This is an all-in-one product that provides light coverage, primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum. I’ve already started using this and have to say it really cuts down on my time getting ready in the morning. Love, love, love! Retail: $39

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in New Delhi Chai: I don’t normally wear color eyeliners, only black and brown. However, I don’t mind a little color from time to time to spice up my look. This light shade of gold is perfect for a night out. Goes on smooth, easy to apply. It is more of a dress-up, night-out on the town color for me, so the sample will last me awhile. Retail: $11

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion: Can we talk about the scent, please?! The blend of rosemary and mint is divine and wakes me up every time I smell it. Not to mention, it’s also hydrating and heals my dry skin. I think I found my new favorite body lotion. Retail: $19

Number 4 Hair Care Non-Aerosol Hairspray: Number 4 products have been a hit or miss with me. I didn’t like their shampoo so much since it smelled like men’s cologne and made me feel quite nauseous. Thankfully, the hairspray doesn’t smell like that at all. The scent reminds me of watermelon candy, but it’s actually fruit and flower extracts. I’m running out of hairspray, so this is next in rotation.  Retail: $30

photo (1)I’m actually very impressed with this month’s box. What I love about Birchbox is that I am able to discover and try new products without having to break the bank. With my January box, I feel like I am ready to tackle the new year with a more adventurous beauty profile. I think I’ll be stepping out of my comfort zone this year.

Let’s do this!

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you think about your January 2015 box? Tell me in the comments section below!