Holding true to what I want to accomplish, here is my December 2013 Birchbox unboxing. Next month, I will give full reviews after I’ve emptied the samples right before the January box comes.
My initial reaction was how much I loved the gold box. The pink is nice, but the gold was a nice switch up.
The Fatty Sunday is worthless to me. I am allergic to nuts and coconut. My husband doesn’t like pretzels or coconut, so this was a waste. No need to update you on this one in January. My opinion will not have changed. Anything for lips I’m immediately excited to get, so I was just as excited about the jouer lip gloss. Immediately I swatched it:
I am not too excited about the color, or lack thereof, but will try wearing it and see if my initial opinion changes. I’m also really excited about the sarahpotempa half-up bun tool. Socks don’t always work for me because my hair is fine, but I will give this one a try!
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If you’re on the east coast, most likely you’re dealing with rain or snow today. It has been raining since I got up this morning. My day so far has been me, the laptop, and the dog browsing the J.Crew website, a dangerous past time. I know this won’t be the last rainy day this winter, so I wanted to share my picks for enjoying a rainy day.
If you’re on Instagram, more than likely, you’ve seen some pretty amazing photo edits that people create just with their iPhones. Usually I’m floored, puzzled, stumped and just can’t figure out how to do it, even if they tell me what app they use! One of the users I follow that creates those crazy amazing images is Nicole (@sparklynicole) and all with her iPhone! She has created a downright ingenious way to share her intel with all of us– a Skillshare class. Skillshare classes are self paced classes with video lessons and a cumulative project on specific subjects.
|Photo credit (c) Nicole Siscaretti|
I was able to take the Love Photo Apps skillshare class and it is a great way to learn how to make creative and unique photo edits with just your iPhone so I wanted to share how amazing it is with y’all! The class covers the ins and outs of 13 apps for the iPhone, eleven of which were completely brand new to me. Even the ones I already had, Nicole taught me exactly how to use them in her class. I have to admit, I didn’t use them much before. Now that all the features were shown to me, they have become my favorites! You create ten image edits in the class. The last two, your instructions are to use a combination of all the apps Nicole shares in the class. I cheated a little and edited my collage of nine apps for my tenth picture:
Six months ago, I couldn’t have told you what a Birchbox was. Now, I cannot wait to get it in the mail each month! For those of you that, like me, are a little out of the loop, Birchbox is a beauty subscription box where they send you four or five beauty samples each month to try and review online in the Birchbox shop. There are many different products to try and the boxes are personalized too. In November, the five samples came from a pool of 78! Genius idea in my book.
In order to hold me accountable to trying these samples, I’m going to post what came in the month’s box when it arrives and then post a review a week before the new one arrives of my final thoughts on the products. Unfortunately, life got the best of me, so I’m skipping straight to the review of November’s box.
This is the list of what was in it and how to use it:
- First on the list is the BeeKind body lotion. This is definitely a lotion and not a cream. It was great for on the go uses and as you can see in the picture, there was a lot in it and I should be using it on through December before the sample is empty. It is perfect for hands and for sensitive sniffers. The smell is nice, but it goes away quickly. My favorite item from the box.
- Second on the list is the Color Club “on the rocks” polish. “Metallic”doesn’t do this little silver polish justice. “On the Rocks” is definitely shiny and the perfect spark. Color Club does a good job with their polishes. It’s a quick dry, low odor, vivid color polish brand and the Cocktail Hour colors are no exception. (Looks like the silver sold out!)
- Third is the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I was so excited to get a liquid eyeliner to try, but you’re going to have to look at the Birchbox reviews for this one. My dog decided she wanted to try it before me. There were little black marks and pieces of plastic everywhere. (How can 5 pounds do so much damage in so little time?!)
- Fourth in my box this month was the Vasanti Consmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. This sample is all gone! While it was a generous size, I just used it that quickly. I used it almost daily. You can feel the little microdermabrasion crystals, but its more similar to a creamy over the counter facial wash. The smell was faint and not over powering. I really liked that about it. However, I couldn’t tell if my skin was “glowing” and my complexion definitely wasn’t smoother and with the price tag being strike three, I won’t be ordering this one at all and waiting for something better to come in my box.
- My fifth sample and lifestyle extra was the mighty leaf tea. Take a look at their ingenious design for tea pouches when you click on the link. Very cool. On the other hand, I think that affects the price of the tea. The taste was good, but not any better than something half the price.
If you want to get a Birchbox of your own, click here! They’re $10 a month including shipping! There are many different products to try and the boxes are personalized too, so what I get most likely will be very different than what you get. Last month, the five samples came from a pool of 78!
Do you get Birchbox? What do you like about it? Is there another subscription box I need to check out? Let me know in the comments.
Here’s my last tip, and the one that will save you the most, in the “How to save at J.Crew” series, and a round up of helpful hints!
- Wait for a sale. Good things always come to those who wait! Patience is the number one way I save money at J.Crew. Whether it’s waiting for a promo price, free shipping, until I can go to a store, or waiting for final sale, just a few days difference can mean spending less!
- It was a new item released in June 2013 with the price of $88. On August 1, it went on sale from $88 to $49.99 online. Employing tip #1 and waiting only a month, you could save $38.01. A month!
- In the store, it was marked down to $39.99 at the same time. This is when you could employ tip #3 and go get it and save and additional $10, bringing your total saved to $48.01.
- If you waited a few more days until August 9, a promo code was announced online for 20% off your purchase, bringing the top down to $40.01, very close to the in store price.
- Within ten days time (August 19), a new promotion was announced, 30% off sale items. The popover was marked down in connection with this promo to $34.99. Adding 30% off the new marked down price made this top a steal at $24.52.
- This was one of those rarities that hung around until the holy grail of promo codes was announced, the additional 40% and free shipping on October 7. During the month of September, the top was marked down to $29.99 online and in stores. Talk about rewarding patience. Those that snagged this top at 40% off $29.99 paid only $18.03 for this amazing quality chambray top. The final amount saved on this top was $69.97, and the J.Crew lover lived happily ever after.
- They offer a 15% off discount to Teachers and Students. They can add this additional 15% off to in store promotions that only apply to sale or pants, but when it’s the whole store, they can’t combine the discounts. (Using my student discount on the striped chambray above made my final price $15.33.)
- Call the store to see what the current promotion is. If the promotion online is online only, call to see what the in store one is. If a new promotion online is announced that follows a 30% off final sale, sometimes that sale will keep going in the store. In some instances when it hangs around it becomes 40% off in store.
- Things do come back in stock. For various reasons, an item can come back. No. 2 pencil skirts are notorious for this in my experience. I watched my size go out of stock four times in the indigo this past summer. These are called “popbacks.” J. Crew refreshes the website usually between 3 and 4 AM.
- Keep an eye on the promotion “details.” Notice that after the promo wording at the top of the page, there will be a little “*deatils.” Click on it. Not only are all of the restrictions listed, the end date of that particular promotion is listed. If the current one doesn’t suit your fancy, click there and mark your calendar for when the new one starts. Getting in early on the first day of a percentage off sale makes a huge difference than just randomly finding out. Most items and popular sizes sell out fast.
Use all of these tips together to save the most while you’re shopping! Have you had any success with these tips? Have any others? Please share!