Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cupcakes and Cashmere + Birchbox

I never want to throw out empty words into the blogosphere so when I told you that the Cupcakes and Cashmere edition of  Birchbox would be a great high school graduation gift I meant it. I ordered one for myself as a little "Congratulations, you did it!" gift and tried almost all the products inside. If you're familiar with Birchbox you know that you can go on the Birchbox website and post full reviews on all of the items you received in your package and rate each thing you tried. Today I'm just going to give you a little debriefing of each product -- a "yay" or "nay" -- and a few of my feelings about each item. Nothing too detailed, but enough to decide if you'd want to buy the product or not so that if you do want to buy one of the products or simply get a more in depth look at what I (and many others!) think of it, you can head on over to and check it out for yourself.

Number 4  Jour d'automne Thermal Styling Spray: This is by far my favorite product from the May box and if it weren't for the astronomical price I would definitely by the full size. The smell is addictive (a little fruity and a little flowery mixed with the usual hair product smell) and the hold is perfect for flyaway hairs (or blending your real hair with your extensions ;)) and DOESN'T leave your hair stiff/crunchy which is my number one request in a hairspray. [4 out of 5 stars]

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: My second favorite of the bunch, this eye cream seemingly worked miracles on my under eye circles. Daily use is recommended to reduce dark circles over time, but for me it worked more dramatically the first few days and barely seemed to make a difference after a couple of weeks. I've never really been worried about my dark under eye circles and I already have relatively dark skin so I think this works best for anyone looking to lighten their under eye circles with fair to olive skin tones. [3 out of 5 stars]

Harvey Prince "Sincerely" Perfume: I am fairly open to trying new perfumes and initially I was a fan of this scent. However, the more I wear it the more masculine the fragrance seems to smell. The veerry light sugary notes semi-balance out the manly musk, but I'd rather stick to the perfumes I have. [2 1/2 out of 5 stars] 

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner: First, I avoid traditional pencil eyeliners at all costs. This eyeliner  was no different than any other mid-level quality pencil eyeliner I've tried in the past. The tip was a bit too thick for my liking and dulled after just a few uses. Because I rarely use pencil eyeliner I didn't have a sharpener on hand to sharpen it so after less than a week it's become practically useless. [2 out of 5 stars]

CoTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50: Honestly, I am unsure what exactly this product is. Is it sunscreen? Moisturizer? A blemish fighting foundation? Not only am I hesitant to try what I am unsure of, but the lotion-like product is also "lightly tinted." I assume they meant extremely light coverage, but the tint is also so light in color (read: sand colored) that it would look ridiculous on my dark complexion. I didn't even bother trying it. [0 out of 5 stars]