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March 14, 2012

Teen Vogue Birchbox: Tarte, Essie, Shiseido

Ok, I know I haven't posted for awhile.  I guess I just wanted a little tiny break to do some brainstorming and find some inspiration. I recently hit the one-year mark of blogging (yay me!) and it made me think about how I can improve and keep moving forward. I'd like to put more effort and research into my blog posts in this next year of writing. While I work on writing creative and informative posts, I bring you my March Birchbox review!

This month we were given the option to receive a regular Birchbox or a Teen Vogue Edition. I chose the Teen Vogue one - I thought it would be fun. Here are my thoughts...

What came in my box...

1. Annick Goutal Petite Cherie Fragrance
Full-size $85

This scent was created by a French designer in 1998. It's a blend of fruity and musky scents. The first thing I could smell was a floral scent, which is rose. It also has notes of peach, vanilla, fresh grass, and pear. An interesting mix but I like it.

2. Essie Luxeffects "Set in Stones"
Full-size $8

Love this! It's a glitter top coat. This isn't just a sample size either, it's a full size Essie polish. I am mildly bummed that it wasn't "A Cut Above" which is the pink glitter top coat that I've been eyeing at the store for weeks, but this silver glitter would've been my 2nd choice. I love the varying sizes of the glitter. I'm fairly new to Essie polishes but I'll elaborate on my opinion of the brand in a post later this month.

3. Shiseido Pureness 
Oil-Control Blotting Papers
100 sheets $18

My sample came with 10 sheets. You use these to soak up oil in your T-zone. I get pretty oily in that area so I tried one out and sure enough the paper picked up a lot of it. I know you can get them cheaper though so I don't think it's necessary to buy high-end when it comes to this product.

4. Tarte LipSurgence lip tint
Full-size $24

This is a lip stain pencil that is moisturizing and long lasting. It's infused with peppermint, which I could smell right away (and I like it).  My lips are naturally on the dark side so I try to balance them out with lighter colors. Of course I was given the bright fuschia color, Amused - but that's ok! It gives my lips that popsicle-stained look. It looks like maybe I was given the full size which is awesome! The price is steep though.

5. Twistband Hair Tie
12 pack $18

I've had this type of hair tie in a box before by another brand. I like these alot. I think they're cute and they don't leave creases. I would probably buy them.

Final thoughts...
This box was so worth the $10! In fact, considering the prices of the products and how much I was given (and also assuming the lip tint is full size) the contents of my box add up to around $40, not to mention a $10 discount from Modcloth.com. I'm obviously still loving Birchbox!

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