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  1. kira685

    November 2015 Birchbox Swaps

    I have the LOC eye-shadow in On Point (silvery taupe) that I'd like to swap for either of the other colors - prefer the rose gold though. Please take a look at my swap list too!
  2. I haven't posted any empties yet, so these are mine starting from day 1.. there may have been more, but since I hadn't emptied the bag and accounted for Dec, these are the ones I definitely remember finishing in Jan. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (full size) Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo (deluxe sample) Beauty Protector Protect & Condition (deluxe sample) Beauty Protector Protect & Oil (deluxe sample) C.O. Bigelow No 4103 Shampoo (deluxe sample) C.O. Bigelow No 4103 Shampoo (deluxe sample) C.O. Bigelow No 4104 Conditioner (deluxe sample) C.O. Bigelow No 4104 Conditioner (deluxe sample) Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 (deluxe sample) EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask (deluxe sample) L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Shampoo and Conditioner (foil) L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm (foil) Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Night Cream (deluxe sample) MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 (deluxe sample) Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub (travel size) Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength (full size) Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque (foil) Origins Checks and Balances foaming face wash (travel size) Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution (travel size) Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink (deluxe sample) Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover (travel size) Tarina Tarantino Magic Hour Cream Shadow in Golden Shadow (full size) TRASH The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner (full size)
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    The official used it up thread!

    I didn't get around to posting my December empties, so my January list includes those. Full Size: Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle - I love this stuff. I like the sweet scent and the way it makes my hair feel soft. It saves the day when I test a new conditioner that ends up being not moisturizing enough. Giovanni Organic Hair Care Tea Tree Shampoo - I bought this because I was really into the idea of organic haircare at the time, but ended up using this more as a weekly build up treatment because it felt a little too stripping for daily use. Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner - This was a new concept to me, but I liked the scent and it was definitely conditioning. I just found it a bit too heavy for daily use. Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength - Helps prevent my nails from breaking, and I always have one on hand as a backup. Seaweed Clarifying Toner - I found this refreshing to use in the morning, but didn't really notice a difference in my skin. Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream - I wish I had gotten the one with SPF, but this was light enough to layer under one. Again, just no benefits seen but it was mattifying without being drying. Deluxe Size: Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo - I wasn't expecting to like this based on reviews, but my hair looked great the day I used this and the conditioner. Beauty Protector Protect & Condition - ditto. Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - I like this almost as much as the detangler, but the sample was a bit annoying to use. I'd definitely invest in this line after I make more progress through my hair products. BigSexyHair Root Pumper - An ipsy item that I diligently used. It left my hair kind of sticky, regardless of how much I used. C.O. Bigelow No 4103 Shampoo x2 - I ended up with a bunch of these after a hotel stay, and it works well enough as a clarifying shampoo. I wouldn't use it daily. C.O.O Bigelow No 4104 Conditioner x2 - I liked this more than I liked the shampoo, but it still wasn't quite enough to wow me. DDF Acne Control Treatment - A salicylic product, I liked that this wasn't drying. I did seem to notice a positive difference in my skin as well. DermOrganic Leave-in Treatment - I don't usually end up liking argan oil products, but I did like this. Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 - Just a nice sunscreen to keep in my travel bag. I got a few of these at a work event for that purpose. EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask - I love the way this smells and leaves my hair feeling. Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing shampoo - This was a nice nourishing shampoo. I like this formula much better than the original. Just not big on the scent though. Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Night Cream - I liked this, but I also think it may have been a little excessive for oily skin.I liked the scent. MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 - One of the tiniest samples ever, but I really liked this. It's not too opaque and matched my skin. I had been worried it would make my skin greasy, but it performed as well as others. Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub - I didn't really like this as a scrub. It worked well at helping to control my oily skin, but it felt almost more like a cream cleanser than a scrub. Number 4 Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo - nice clarifying shampoo. Ends up being fairly odorless. Origins Checks and Balances foaming face wash - I liked this for the most part, but overall felt like it wasn't doing much deep cleaning. It left my skin feeling a weird kind of squeaky clean. Paula's Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution - This is a 2$ salicylic acid exfoliant. My skin responded well to is, as with most PC products. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink - I got this in an ipsy bag, and it was a nice dupe for the Jane Iredale lip stain I love, just not quite as nourishing. Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover - I ended up buying a bunch of these on clearance once to use for gifts, but didn't end up using them. It works well enough, I do prefer Zoya Remove+. Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit - I don't usually use shave cream, but I thought I'd give it a try to see if it helped with winter dryness. It didn't really smell that great, and I didn't notice anything better than results I get from using body wash. Foils: Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner x3 - A repeat product that I don't really like to use daily, but these were the last of them. - Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad x2 - good when you're on the go. I tend to keep these in my desk at work for nail removal emergencies. L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Shampoo and Conditioner - I didn't notice any effects on volume, but it was fine enough to use for a day. L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm - I've used this before, it's a nice enough substitute for conditioner occasionally. Number 4 Lumiere d'hiver Reconstructing Masque - I like this mask, but not sure how it would hold up daily. Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color - i've used this before and enjoyed it. This was the last of it. Trash: Tarina Tarantino Magic Hour Cream Shadow in Golden Shadow - I liked this, but as all cream eye shadows do, it dried out before I could finish using it.
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    Days 21-30 of the 100 No Buy Challenge

    I have been doing really well at avoiding temptation.. I think it helped that I spent a few weeks being super sick, then busy catching up on things I neglected while sick. I have done a little "window" shopping online, but not actually purchased anything =D I'll need to make a run to target soon though (out of dryer sheets), so I'll need to hold strong and not make any impulse buys while I'm there. I haven't been doing as well at using up my stash, but that's mostly because of the sickness related laziness.. just haven't even been bothering with anything outside of the shower and my morning toner/SPF routine. I had been doing really well with putting on eye makeup every day until I got sick, so my project pan has fallen to the wayside. I did finish a travel size toner, leaving me with only ONE open toner now.. yay! I think I'll set a goal for this week to use a face mask.. I spend a few hours a week watching lectures for school online, so i just need to be less lazy and slap one on my face while i do that.
  5. I had received the code by email, not mailer.
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    The official used it up thread!

    I usually go by whether they smell/look bad, but here's a resource for checking expirations: http://checkcosmetic.net/
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    January 1 2015, 100 Day No Buy Challenge

    I'm already behind and it hasn't even started yet! I wanted to sort my makeup/skincare so that I'm using the stuff expiring soon first.. but I still need to do that. That's really the only prep I'm doing, otherwise I think I'm good to go.. will have to start on that tonight!
  8. kira685

    What hit the trash can today?

    i finally finished the full size The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream that I've been working on for over a year! I did like the way it left my skin feeling, since it was mattifying, but I definitely need something with suncreen.
  9. which prestige brands are you buying? i still have a 20% that works on everything except Not valid on Lancôme, Clinique, Dermalogica, Fragrance, Beauty Steals, 5 for $5/5 for $10 offers and Benefit Brow Bar Services.
  10. i received a code today with the following restrictions: Coupon offer valid on all regular price and sale merchandise and on any one service at THE SALON™, excluding hair extensions (THE SALON™ offer is valid for all guests on one service only). Not valid on Lancôme, Clinique, Dermalogica, Fragrance, Beauty Steals, 5 for $5/5 for $10 offers and Benefit Brow Bar Services. Cannot be redeemed for cash or gift cards. This offer cannot be combined with any other ULTA coupon offer. Not valid on prior purchases. Void if copied or transferred and where prohibited by law. May be used on a single purchase and is limited to stock on hand. We reserve the right to limit quantities to normal retail purchases. Limit one per customer, per visit. Please check ulta.com for your location details. ©2014 ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Valid now through 12/24/14. Looks like it doesn't include fragrance but does include some of the prestige brands? if anyone would like it, just let me know and i'll send it your way!
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    Memebox: Korean Beauty Box Service

    oh no.. my account shows the order as Completed, and it updated now to include tracking
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    Memebox: Korean Beauty Box Service

    i read a few pages back that people have gotten UPS updates for their Wish Upon a Mask + Brighten & Correct bundle.. anyone not get a notification but would expect to? i'm signed up for the UPS my choice thing, but no updates and I want it like yesterday lol. sadly, the updates i have gotten from UPS have been about my package being delayed because it's still on the truck =(
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    January 1 2015, 100 Day No Buy Challenge

    what a great idea! I hope I can make it through the 100 days, I'm pretty sure I don't need to buy anything at all, even the basics... recently I've been trying to swap for the things I know I'm low on so I don't have to buy them and that has been going reasonably well for me since I'm also clearing out items I won't be using at the same time. but one of my stress coping mechanisms is to treat myself, so I need to reel that in.. my financial situation is just really ridiculous right now. i need a new job or a housemate! my rules for myself are: in short, I'm totally not going to buy anything for the 100 days. I'd love an accountability partner as well, someone to keep me in line! ETA: I totally agree with not saving things for a special occasion - I realized a few years back just how pointless that was because I was finding things ended up just not getting used at all and then just going bad. I even eat my favorite skittles flavors first now instead of saving them for last lol
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    The official used it up thread!

    I finished up so many of my "almost there" products this month! Although, it seems like no matter how much I finish, I still seem to have so much =/ Full Size: Softsoap Exfoliating Body Wash, Sea Kissed - I didn't find it to be exfoliating, but it had a fresh scent and lathered well. Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo - my sister left this in my shower after she moved out, and it was nice enough to use here and there, but not one I would purchase myself. Smelled nice in the shower though, just like I remember! Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo for dry and frizzy hair - this left my hair feeling kind of greasy, so I wouldn't purchase it again. L'Oreal EverStyle Volume Root Lifting Spray - though this product says it's alcohol free, it really smelled like alcohol sometimes.. I have other similar products that I prefer, but this was a good enough gateway into root lifting sprays for me. Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Bath and Shower Gel - smelled great, lathered great, but horrible packaging for the consistency of the product. It was difficult to get out because the bottle wasn't squeezable but the gel is thick. I ended up watering it down so it would flow out more easily. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer - great for when I'm running low on time in the AM! e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish Remover Pads - these are horrible! Very thin, and the remover solution the pads are soaked in is not very good. They dried out fairly quickly as well, but I just used the pads with my own remover to finish them. Deluxe Size: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant - I really like this as a scrub. It has a fresh citrus scent, and is not too abrasive. It rinses well and it seems like the abrasive bits do melt away, so it's not bad for the environment. Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum - this was a nice serum, but I didn't really notice any benefits from using it as far as breakage. Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray - this is probably my 2nd or 3rd one of these, I just really love this product and just about everything else I've tried from this line. It gives my hair a nice amount of volume that lasts throughout the day, and leaves it so that I don't need to do much as far as styling except contain the post-blowdry flyaways. Dr. Brandt BB Matte with signature Shinerase SPF 30 - I really liked this BB cream, one of the few I've used that actually stays matte. I did find it to be a little difficult to apply because of the thickness, but I'd purchase this instead of my usual Smashbox next time. Bath and Body Works PocketBac in Japanese Cherry Blossom - one of a million of these that I have, will always repurchase in various scents just for the convenience. Paula's Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum - great lightweight serum, I feel like my skin just looks refreshed after using this. Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel - I've tried this numerous times over the years, and never really notice any benefit from it. Definitely better spot treatments out there. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - this has just always been my go to eyeshadow base, so I collect a lot of them. I have found it to be less effective recently, not sure if they've reformulated it. BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer - this was old and if I didn't finish it myself, it was completely dried out. One of my first primers, I also own a full size but I just stopped wearing anything besides SPF for a while. Ojon Rare Blend Oil Lightweight Texture - this was a nice oil, but seemed to still weight my hair down. I also thought it was annoying to have to shake it before using it, but that might not seem like as big of a deal in the full size packaging. Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum - wow, eye cream takes forever to use! This was the first eye cream I really made an effort to use at least once a day. I'm not sure I really noticed any benefits as far as dark circles go, but it kept wrinkles at bay. TokyoMilk Dark Handcreme in Tainted Love - really liked the scent and texture of this handcreme. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox OIl - I didn't really notice any benefits from using this, though it did soak in nicely.I didn't like the scent of it at all though, it smelled like.. greenery? Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub - this smelled like the Suki exfoliating scrub to me, kind of lemony sweet. It had a creamier texture though, while the Suki is foaming. Overall, it was a nice scrub! BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara - this was a tiny little sample that I've used a few times, so I'm counting it as done. Awful brush, I would never buy it. Can't really comment on the formula but it didn't seem to be smudgy.. if any even made it onto my lashes. Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser - I didn't really notice any effect on my pore size, but it was a nice simple cleanser. Foils: Aveeno Nourish + Strengthen Shampoo and Conditioner - I got a lot of compliments the day I used this combination. I liked the way my hair felt, though I think it wasn't quite nourishing enough for my bleached ends. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner - left my hair feeling weighed down, but also moisturized. Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Reconstructing Butter - I used this with a tea tree shampoo I found to be drying, and it was a nice balance. Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner - I received 7 of these shampoo/conditioner foil sets as a week long challenge to try the product. While it's a nice product, my hair seems to feel greasy a lot earlier in the day than usual. Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo - exactly what it says, a gentle shampoo. Nothing special. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner - definitely made my hair feel thicker, but also made it seem like it was more of an effort to style. Fekkai Technician Color Care 3-minute Mask - Nice mask, I used this with the BB Gentle Shampoo and they worked well together. Ole Henriksen African Red Tea See the Difference Serum - I didn't really notice any difference in my skin while using this Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid - I use as a toner or after another toner, depending on how my skin feels. I like the way my skin feels after using this, though sometimes I feel like it contributes to grease face later in the day. BareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum - maybe I shouldn't jump from serum to serum, because I find it really difficult to tell if there are any real benefits.. especially with the few days worth you get from foil samples. Sheet Masks: Pure Smile Placenta Essence Mask - one of the first sheet masks I've gotten and tried from Memebox, and I really like them. Hanskin Hydro Sheet Mask - nice, calming mask, but felt like the essence was a bit stickier than others. Shisheido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask - I was really excited to use this because Shisheido White Lucent products were my gateway to Sephora and higher end skincare. I could only keep the mask on for like 10 minutes though, my skin felt like it was on fire! I had to wash the essence off as well, my skin just kept getting redder and it's not sensitive by any means. insobeau Beauty Secret Step Up Bust Mask - this was itchy.. glad I at least gave it a shot though! Tosowoong Help Me Neck Patch - interesting. I liked the texture of it. I've been trying to pay more attention to my neck lately, so this came at a good time. Trash: Origins Brighter by Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer - the scent of this always threw me, and it wasn't the best for my oily skin so I just used it in the winter. I pulled it out to use now that the weather is getting cold, and it had separated. Seems to be discontinued by Origins as well. Biosilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder - I gave this a few tries, but just couldn't get it to work without my hair just feeling either sticky or dirty. Cailyn Gel Eyeliner in Iron - this was great in the beginning, but quickly dried out. I'm not sure why I still held on to it, but into the trash it goes! BareMinerals Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer - pulled this out to use it from a travel bag, and it had separated. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer - this was a nice primer, but I just neglected it for too long and it's over 5 years old at this point. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice - I used this as my main mascara for a month, but just didn't feel like it did anything for me. I have enough mascara samples to let it go. Clinique Lip Palette - this is probably a decade old, and just needed to go. I don't know why I still had it. Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple - another dried out Cailyn product.. though this one was always dry. Too Faced Lip Insurance - this deluxe sample is like 5 years old, and weirdly goopy now. Erring on the side of caution and throwing away.
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