April: Birchbox Unboxing

In case you missed last month’s unboxing – you can find it here.


For this month’s Birchbox I decided to try the curated box again. I’ve realized that Birchbox has a set number of samples they keep rotating and everyone is going to get them at one point or another. I’ve seen the same products over and over again during different months and different people. I liked the products in the curated box and I knew there weren’t going to be any repeats so I decided to give it a go. This does take away a bit of the excitement of finding out the products you’ll be getting, but there’s also not a way to be disappointed since you were happy with the products to begin with – which is why you chose the curated box.

I’ll stop annoying you with words and tell you the products I got.

1. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Double the Lip


These were heavily promoted by Birchbox when they first came out, and I was curious about them but not enough to actually purchase one. I got the shade Lusty Rose. The whole concept behind this product is that the one lipstick contains two shades, making it look like you’re wearing lip liner. I did test this out, and honestly, it’s a really pretty shade and a nice formula, but the two shades end up blending together making one color. The description card this two-in-one lip liner results in a “visibly fuller pout in just one swipe.” Not true. Has any of you tried this? I’m really interested in knowing your thoughts!

2. Vasanti BrightenUp! New Skin Amplifying Moisturizer

I really don’t think you can go wrong with a moisturizer – I do have dry skin so I love trying new things, but I am easily impressed. The full size of this product does cost $34 so it’s probably not something I would purchase, mainly because I use moisturizer every day and at $34 the bottle that just sounds expensive. It smells delicious, but I do know it’s a scent that it’s not for everyone. The scent makes it seem more like a body lotion than a face moisturizer… Is this a body moisturizer?? Now I’m confused – the description doesn’t specify and directions just say apply to skin…. Skin where??!!

3. Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It


This is probably what I was most excited about from this box. I am a huge Bumble and bumble fan (thanks to Birchbox), and I’ve even recently purchased a full-size Shampoo (the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil one). I am definitely a lazy girl and I like to sleep more than I like getting up and doing my hair in the morning so I can’t wait to try this and see if it gives my hair a little more oomph when I let it air dry. The description says, “Thanks to a blend of lightweight polymers and plan-based conditioners, this cream is perfect for those air-dry days when you feel like skipping heat styling, but still want a textured and bouncy ‘do.”

4. derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

I don’t know when I became such a Charcoal slut, but anytime a product claims to be “charcoal something” I’m sold! I’ve bought masks, cleansers, bar soaps, and exfoliates because they have charcoal. I don’t even know what this does or if it’s good for my dry skin…. If anyone can provide any insight on this, I would appreciate it! Buuut I did try this product last night and I really liked it. It has this thick pieces of something (aka apricot seed powder) that exfoliates my skin as the charcoal cleanses. Unlike other drugstore exfoliators I’ve tried before, you can’t really feel the things that are supposed to be scrubbing the dirt off of your face. You could definitely feel them here. It was also pretty quick and easy, something to do in the shower perhaps.

5. TOCCA Emelia Eau de Parfum


Last and least…. a perfume sample. Am I the only one that just doesn’t feel like these should be counted as “samples”? There are so little I can’t even test it for a week to see if I get any compliments on it. I’m not the only one who does that.. right?

I hope you enjoyed this month’s unboxing! Let me know what products you got in the comments, if you’ve tried any of these before, or if you just wanna say hi! And don’t forget to like this and follow me on my social media… I know, I’m so needy.


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Holaa! My name is Maria, twenty-three, Colombian in Oregon, pursuing my Masters degree in Media Studies and using makeup as a procrastination tool. Join me as I learn more about makeup and share my thoughts with you!

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  • Thank @pixibeauty for the most beautiful package ♥️ The #pixibeauty #mattelastliquidlip is one of my favorite #mattelipstick formulas so you have no idea how excited I was when Pixi announced they were releasing new shades 🎉 And I was even MORE excited when this showed up at my door. I already owned the original shades so I gifted the extra ones to my friend (and #skincare queen 👑) @mod.young.
This formula is so lightweight, and not drying, and really, the only #matteliquidlipstick I use anymore. My favorite shade from this new release HAS to be #BerryBoost. The perfect shade for #fall🍁
No se imaginan la felicidad cuando llego este paquetito a mi puerta 😍 Estos labiales líquidos de @pixibeauty son mis favoritos. Vivo enamorada de los seis tonos que lanzaron primero, y ahora han lanzado cinco nuevos tonos más vibrantes y coloridos.
  • Please ignore the disgusting stage of my #glossier #cloudpaints 🙈 But these are my go-to cream blushes (pretty much all the ones I own). I find that cream blushes can give the most natural, flushed look and I love that. The #cloudpaint is the one I have been using the longest but I think the @flowerbeauty #blushbomb color drops are VERY similar (and MORE affordable). My newest addition is the #lilahbeauty divine duo - again, gorgeous shade and amazing formula.
Do you like a cream blush? Or do you prefer a powder blush?
Hablemos de rubores en crema! Me parece que en esta presentación el rubor se puede ver tan natural, así como pretendiendo que hicimos ejercicio pero llevamos tres horas en el sofá. Así. Estos son mis favoritos (todos los que tengo). Si buscan una opción económica les recomiendo el de Flower Beauty. Muy similar al de glossier.
#FlowerBeautygiftedme @ultabeauty #flowerbeauty #OctolyFamily #creamblush #cremeblush #rubor #rubores #thrivetribe #thrivecausemetics
  • Showing you the various stages of this look from the final outcome to my very, very naked face from a couple of weeks ago. This week has been a test to my #confidence. I got a stye(eyelid pimple) on my left eye and I looked like I had been punched (according to me). This meant I couldn’t wear ANY eye makeup. While I preach that #beauty is not dependent on #makeup, I still felt very insecure not being able to put on mascara or eyeliner. We get used to seeing ourselves in a certain way, and when we don’t look like what we’re used to, it’s not necessarily a bad thing - but just different. In my mind, if I can see a “flaw,” everyone else can see it too. When the reality is they’re probably not even paying attention. •
Do you also get up close and personal with your mirror and wonder if others can see that tiny little mark on your cheek?
Mostrándoles este look de hace un par de semanas desde el acabado hasta mi carita bien desnuda. Esta semana me ha salido un orzuelo en el párpado izquierdo lo que significó que no me podía poner #maquillaje en los ojos. Estando acostumbrada a verme CON maquillaje, fue muy extraño verme sin. Cuando estoy en la casa sin planes de ir a ningún lado, nunca me maquillo. Pero cuando voy a la universidad si. Y fue difícil. Porque pensaba que todo el mundo se iba a dar cuenta cuando la realidad es que probablemente ni siquiera estén prestando atención.
  • Nothing like #TextureTuesday and dipping into a brand new pot of @farmacybeauty #GreenClean. I had only tried one other balm before this one - and it hadn’t really been an enjoyable experience. I then got a mini somewhere and I am now the proud mother of this baby.
I love how well this removes my makeup. It is so effective and I find that I don’t have to use a lot of product. Usually I scoop some out and then start grabbing it with my fingers, but I always have some left over. If you’re in the market for a cleanser, I definitely recommend you give this one a chance. It won’t disappoint you!
Como les mostré en mis historias, he empezado un tarro nuevo de este bálsamo para desmaquillarse de #farmacybeauty. Es súper efectivo en remover maquillaje e impurezas de la piel. No me reseca la piel para nada. Súper recomendado!
  • Happy #MACMonday featuring my two newest addition to my humble @maccosmetics collection. I picked up two shades of their new #MACPowderKiss formula - Shocking Revelation (the more red/berry), and Burning Love (the deeper shade). I have yet to use them on my lips 👄 but I am very impressed by the formula! Have you tried these yet?
Feliz Lunes de #MACCosmetics ♥️Les presento las últimas adiciones a mi humilde colección. Dos labiales de su nueva fórmula #PowderKiss en Shocking Revelation y Burning Love. Ya los probaron?
  • Nothing like having enough time to do a full face of makeup. Honestly, my most relaxing time is picking out what I’m going to use, playing some YouTube, and doing my makeup. Even when I don’t have plans of going anywhere 🙈 there are about 13 products here. How many are there in your #fullfacemakeup routine!?
Nada como tener el tiempo para jugar con todo esto. Para mi no hay nada más relajante que escoger que voy a usar, poner YouTube, y maquillarme. Aún cuando no voy para ninguna parte 🙈 aquí hay más o menos 13 productos. Cuantos hay en su rutina?
#hoolabronzer #bakedbronzer #benefitcosmetics #urbandecayheat #nakedheatpalette #maybellinemascara #ohii #concealers #undereyeconcealer #thrivecausemetics #thrivetribe #fullfacefriday #motd #muotd #makeupoftheday #maquillajedeldia #maquillajenatural #maquillajeprofesional #bloggercolombiana #bloggermexicana #beautyjunkie #beautyobsessed #beautylover #beautycounter #beautytime


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