I got really good use out of the samples, and I was thrilled to finally get a Cynthia Rowley beauty product (exclusively sold through Birchbox)! Here's what I got:
I've used a lot of dry shampoos, so I consider myself an expert on them. (Make sure to come back Thursday for a dry shampoo giveaway!) This one is lighter than others I've tried, which worried me a little at first because I wasn't sure how effective it would be. I was happy to find my hair was freshened and didn't feel gritty afterwards, and I was good to go without shampooing for another couple of days. The smell is really nice too. I went through the sample can during my trip home to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, buying me extra time to spend with my sweet, dear, rambunctious nephews!
I am pale and freckly, so I don't like to get sun on my face in the summertime, and my face ends up being lighter than the rest of my body. Therefore, it's important to me that my daily moisturizer have a nice, natural tint with good coverage, but that's not all that easy to find. This is by far the best BB or CC cream (still struggling to understand the difference) I've tried that gives me the coverage I want. It's also super smooth and makes my skin feel great! Although it's on the pricey end, I might splurge this season.
I'd never heard of Paula's Choice products, but a couple of my friends were swooning over this Birchbox score. Paula's story is that she grew up with bad skin, and she felt frustrated that all the products she used had acetone in them, so she made it her mission to develop skincare without harsh additives. My skin is pretty even, so I didn't find any great benefit from using this. I'm more in need of an astringent for some isolated breakouts. However, I have nothing bad to say about it. It has barely any scent and makes my skin feel cool and refreshed. Worth a try if you're looking for this type of product.
I'd been pining for a Cynthia Rowley beauty product, and I was so pleased to get this eyeliner! The gel base makes application a breeze, although I had to adjust my pressure after the first couple of wears. I'm used to applying a lot of product, but that's unnecessary with this pencil. I got the black one, and then last weekend I hit the jackpot at a yard sale in Adams Morgan where a girl was selling a bunch of her unopened Birchbox items and got a tin of Matcha Chai Minteas for $.50 and a silver Cynthia Rowley eyeliner for $2! The black eyeliner is now my everyday, subtle cat-eye look, and the silver is fun for a shimmery, by-the-seashore look. I hope I get to try more from her line!
KIND Healthy Grain Bars, $11.88
I got to try one of the dark chocolate bars, and it was so yummy! I ate it as a snack, but it was quite a decadent one. Each bar is made with five super grains, they're gluten-free and they're all salty/sweet. They're a little pricey for me at almost $12, but if I see these on sale somewhere I'd definitely pick them up!
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