Products I Finished in 2014 – New Year, New Products!

When most people think about the new year, they probably think “new year, new me” but I think “new year, new, products!” I finished a couple of favorites in 2014, and I can’t wait to either make repurchases, or move on to other products. Here’s what I finished in 2014.

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  • Lindi Face Serum
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel
  • Dr. Brandt Face Cream
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
  • Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask

Lindi Face Serum: I love this product! It was the first product I wrote about on I Sort of Beauty. The serum is super soothing and silky soft. I would definitely repurchase this.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More: Hands down, one of the best blackhead extractor masks I have ever used. I love that the mask dries into a darker blue color when it’s done and ready to be removed. I need to get this again for 2015!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel: 2014 was all about natural products for me. I love that this peel is made of organic, fruit-derived hydroxy acids, raw sugar cane, and antioxidant-rich vitamins—A, C, and E. Will definitely purchase the full size product.

Dr. Brandt Face Cream: Eh. I liked it, but didn’t love using it. I preferred using other moisturizers, so will not be seeing this product in 2015.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate: I recently got another one. Why? Because it worked so damn well I felt like I didn’t need any makeup. Love, love, love this stuff! Saying hello to soft, bouncy skin in 2015.

Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask: I wrote about Biodara recently last year. I took the products with me on my trip to Jamaica in October. It was the perfect set to pamper myself with while vacationing. Will I repurchase? I already have!

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  • Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo
  • Hello Body Cream
  • MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover
  • Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
  • Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
  • Supergoop! CC Cream

Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo: This was my first love (for dry shampoo, that is). I have never used dry shampoo before. I always thought that if I washed my hair every other day or every 2-3 days, I didn’t need dry shampoo. But after using Amika, I realized that there are so many benefits to using dry shampoo. I use it the day after I shower to keep my hair nice and voluminous.

Hello Body Cream: I didn’t love this product, but I didn’t hate it either. It smelled delicious and went on smoothly, but I don’t think it’s hydrating enough. Will not see this product in 2015.

MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover: I only found one makeup remover that I loved in 2014, and this product is not it. The remover is not tough enough for eye makeup removal. I won’t be seeing this product in 2015 either.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream: I don’t use enough hand creams, but after discovering Supergoop! I’m addicted.

Imperial Repair Hand Therapy: I loved the smell of this hand cream. There wasn’t enough in this sample, I will need to repurchase for 2015!

Supergoop! CC Cream: I have been seeing and hearing the rave about CC creams, but I don’t think this was the best CC cream for me. Will keep hunting for a CC cream to add to my beauty arsenal in 2015.

What products did you finish in 2014? What products will you be taking with you in 2015? Tell me in the comments section below, xo -Linda

Christmas Holiday Birchbox Unboxing

Last Birchbox for 2014! I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber since July and enjoy the perks of being a Birchblogger. Every month I get to sample 5-6 different products for $10 that I’ve never tried before. It’s a great way to switch up my beauty routine without having to break the bank. Here’s what I got in my box this month.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate: $28.00 full size/$1.87 sample value

I love the smell of this moisturizer! It also doubles as a makeup remover but the sample is tiny so I doubt I’ll be using it for that. Going straight into my work bag.



photo 1 (4)No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo: $34.00 full size/$4.00 sample value

No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Conditioner: $36.00 full size/$1.06 sample value

I’ve received a No. 4 hair detangling/styling product before and loved it. Actually looking forward to trying out their shampoo and conditioner.


photo 3 (2)Rusk Texture Spray: $18.00 full size/$3.37 sample value

I love when I get items in my box that I need. I finished my other hairspray and this one came right on time. I’ve seen pretty good reviews on this product so am excited to try it out.



photo 4 (2)Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky: $24.00 full size/$0.20 sample value

This was my sample choice this month, and I’m disappointed at how tiny the sample size is. It’s a mix between a gloss and a stain, which is something I’ve never tried before. I love the color and am surprised at the moisturizing and staying power. Wish the sample was a bit bigger.


photo 5 (1)Lord and Berry Paillettes Eyeliner: $18.00 full size/$4.50 sample value

Not really a glitter kind of gal, but will try this on a date night.




photo (6)REVIEW: Overall, I am pretty happy with my box. I paid about $10 for the box and received $15 worth of products. Birchbox partnered with GAP this month, so they included a $10 giftcard in my box, making my box worth $25.  I will also earn $6 in points to use in the Birchbox shop since I will review each product ($1 back per product review). It’s a great deal and I’m totally stoked to try out my samples.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you think about your box this month?

Happy box, happy blogger.  xo

LAQA & Co. Lip Lubes and Polishes

LAQA & Co. is a New York based beauty company known for their lip lubes and nail polishes. I discovered this chic brand through Birchbox, my monthly subscription box. Last week, I had a chance to try their Fall Fat Lip Pencil Fiver set at an event hosted by Birchbox for it’s Birchbloggers. The set includes five beautiful Fall colors – Siren Song, Toots, Doppelganger, Jammy Bastard, and Shambolic. Siren Song, a gorgeous deep red, is only exclusive to Birchbox. They are designed to conveniently twist so they do not need to be sharpened. The jumbo pencils glide smoothly because of it’s shea butter and vitamin E blend and smells just like peppermint. So delicious!

The packaging for LAQA & Co. is what gravitates me most towards the products. It’s designed by young artists who are just starting out in their career. LAQA & Co. gives these artists a platform to showcase their work, and the artists get a cut of the profit from every product purchased. This season’s artwork presents colorful swirls that seem never-ending. It’s definitely a showstopper.

LAQA & Co. is having an exclusive 40% off sale through Monday. Check it out!

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Birthday Month Birchbox

I have been a Birchbox subscriber for four months now. This month’s box, also my birthday month, is by far the best box I’ve received. For $10 a month, I get 4-5 samples based on my Birchbox profile. It’s helped me discover a wide range of new brands and products that I otherwise would not try. It’s a hit or miss, honestly. Here are the products I’m excited about this month:

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 10.12.19 AMBeauty Protector Protect & Detangle (Retail: $21.95)
  • Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eyeshadow Palette Set (Retail: $34)
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Retail: $45)
  • ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty (Retail: $24)
  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (Retail: $38)

So far, I’ve used my Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, and ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty. My favorite product is the ModelCo Lipstick. I actually took it with me to Jamaica for my birthday vacation. The light pink shimmer complimented well with my tan. I’m looking forward to trying out the other products in my box, and am already gearing up with excitement for my November box!

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you receive this month?

Benefit & Birchbox #BeautyBash

I’ve been waiting around all day today for the UPS guy to come with my #beautybash box, and it has finally arrived! It was so worth the long wait, and now I can’t wait for 5 of my special ladies to join me on National Wing Women Weekend 9/26-9/28!

Here are the complimentary Benefit products I received in my party box:

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  • They’re Real! Mascara
  • They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
  • Gimme Brow
  • The Porefessional
  • Lollitint Lip and Cheek Stain
  • Hoola

Also in the box:

  • Pink Party Balloons
  • Gift Bags
  • Bad Gals Finish First Coasters

I can’t wait to share these goodies with some of my best girlfriends. Game on, gorgeous!