BYOB – Build Your Own Birchbox

I am the Birchbox subscriber that cannot get enough!! Even with boxes on the way, I always take the time to BYOB (Build Your Own Birchbox) when passing the Soho oasis. The BYOB station has changed dramatically, since you can grab your own samples without someone assisting you, plus a mens BYOB. I went all out – even surprised my boyfriend with his own box filled with shaving goodies and whiskey stones. For my box, I picked samples I have been waiting to try! Luckily, the company now lets you substitute certain categories for others (hint – skip the fragrance and go for the skin or hair care).

My personalized Birchbox wasn’t my only purchase that day… I decided to try a Korean product called Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher in Happy Coral (for more Korean beauty, check out my Face Shop post). The sponge applicator is perfect for an on-the-go look to create glowing cheeks with a peachy finish.

Have you ever done the BYOB? What do you think of monthly subscriptions?

“Our Values are in Our Products” – LUSH Campaign

This month LUSH is celebrating their company values with a beautiful digital campaign. You have probably seen it if you were on the LUSH USA website recently:

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I adore the image that highlights products and values. This is a very creative campaign that really strikes the core concepts and objectives of LUSH. I will be taking my favorite products, writing a mini review, and talking about how they fit into a certain value based off of this image:

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NAKED!: Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo is the perfect NAKED product example since it does not have any packaging or waste attached to it. Once it is used up, it is GONE! No debris. I really enjoy Ultimate Shine because of its simple but elegant aroma. This bar is packed with ylang ylang oil, violet leaf absolute, and gardenia extract. Plus, it has a little shimmer!

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100% VEGETARIAN: Honey I Washed The Kids Soap is a LUSH trademark. It smells wonderful, lathers incredibly, and hydrates. The main ingredients are beeswax, sweet wild orange oil, aloe vera extract, and bergamot oil. All LUSH products are 100% vegetarian because they avoid anything that relies on animal manufacturing. LUSH is especially proud of the glycerin in their soaps since it is from American soy beans and NOT animal fat.

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FRESHEST COSMETICS: As you can tell by now, LUSH cares about using ethical and environmentally friendly ingredients. But they also care about fresh cosmetics. Most LUSH products have an expiration date because they are free of preservatives and other chemicals that help store products. The freshest LUSH products are the famous face masks. Love Lettuce is one I used recently that contains honey, almond oil, ground almond shells, ground almonds, and lavender oil (no lettuce surprisingly). Face masks are so fresh they need to be stored in a refrigerator!

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FIGHTING ANIMAL TESTING: LUSH has many campaigns, awards, and activities for fighting against animal testing. Obviously, LUSH products are not animal tested nor do they use ingredients that harm animals. They use cell testing and 3D human skin models to determine if a product is safe. The Emotional Brilliance makeup line LUSH developed includes eye liner, lipsticks, mascara, eyeshadows, and skin tints that are 100% LUSH acceptable. Wise is a deep olive eyeliner from this collection.

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HANDMADE: All LUSH products are handmade with love by real people. They even put stickers on the back of products saying who it was made by and when. Each bath bomb, melt, and bubble bar are unique. Bathos is a bubble bar I used from the Retro Collection that contains violet leaf absolute, rose absolute, jasmine absolute, and ylang ylang oil. It makes a perfect bubble bath!

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ETHICAL BUYING: LUSH makes sure their suppliers have similar values such as no animal testing, protecting the environment, and creating a positive impact. They buy ingredients from small scale producers rather than mass producers. The Ro’s Argon Body Conditioner is the example LUSH used and the example I will use. This is a lovely product that smells of luxurious roses and conditions your body. The rose oil is from Turkey and the capuacu butter is from Brazil.

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Believe – A Good Word for Easter

Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone is having a phenomenal day and eating tons of Easter goodies! One of my favorite parts of Easter is to see what everyone is wearing… I am a huge fan of dresses, pastel colors, bright lips, and so on! Easter fashion is pretty great. For this post, I want to do a review on the lip color I wore this Easter from the LUSH Cosmetics Emotional Brilliance line, Believe! 

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COLOR: As you can tell, this is a beautiful pink shade that has a nice coral undertone. LUSH claims that this color is a “raspberry-pink matte.” I semi agree. This lipstick makes your lips quite pink, but not a raspberry shade. I believe it is more of a orange-pink. This color is also considered matte since it does not have any sparkles in it.

LONG-WEAR: Once you put this lipstick on, it takes a while to come off! Super, super long wear. It also stains your lips. So when the color does wear off, the lips are stained pink. It is very pretty. I like to put on a moisturizing lip balm before I apply Believe because it makes the product more like a lipstick rather than a stain.

BELIEVE: Emotional Brillance is an awesome collection that LUSH created. The concept of this make up line is great because rather than being objective and just makeup without any meaning, LUSH has made is subjective. Each product within the collection has a special meaning tied to a characteristic. Obviously, this lip stick is called Believe and insures that “you believe in yourself and you can achieve anything that you desire!”

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in this lipstick are primarily safe synthetics. Although, there are a few natural products. These are jojoba oil, candelilla rose wax, and rose wax. All of the Emotional Brilliance lipsticks have these three natural ingredients I believe.

Have you tried any of the Emotional Brilliance make up products from LUSH? Here is an awesome store set up of the Emotional Brilliance line in the LUSH Lexington store in NYC:

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Eyes Right – LUSH Mascara

So I have been getting a lot of requests to do a review on the LUSH mascara, Eyes Right. I think this is a product that you should definitely read a review about before committing to it. Unfortunately, Eyes Right is not at all what I thought it would be! Here is a picture of the product and a picture of the wand:

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CLUMPY: I was a bit disappointed in the mascara because it is so so so so super so clumpy! I have a difficult time putting this on my lashes. I do not know if my eyes are too small or if I am not applying it correctly. To me, it is a bit to harsh and clumps on my eyelashes. Although, do not let this discourage you from trying it out if you are really interested! I have read some great reviews about this product!

COLOR: The color of the mascara is very nice. It is super black! If you love jet black mascara then this is definitely for you! Personally, I do not go for the blackest-black. Although, it is a beautiful deep black shade.

BRUSH: The brush looks like a usual mascara brush. The problem is that the mascara clumps to the brush. It is really hard to apply since you basically have a brush full of gooey product. I wish the formula was more liquid rather than gooey.

INGREDIENTS: The ingredients in this mascara are fresh wheatgrass, japan wax, water and a few more! The price of this product is near $19! LUSH also claims that it is a great deal since you are buying 5 grams of mascara while drug store mascaras hold 1-2 grams.

Overall, I use this mascara when I want a dark, black, sexy look! I do not use it daily but probably more like monthly! I was a bit disappointed with the clumpy product and the application process. But hey, everyone has a different opinion! If you have tried this product, let me know what you thought about it!

 

Feeling Younger Skin Tint

How many of y’all have tried any products from the Emotional Brilliance line?! Well I have really gotten into trying all the different liquid lipsticks, eye products and skin tints. Feeling Younger Skin Tint is a creamy, shiny tint that you can put any where on your face as a highlight! It adds lots of shimmer and helps to brighten your face.

Here are some pictures of my Feeling Younger:

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SHIMMER: This is a fabulous highlighter for all skin types. I use it around my eyebrows and under my eyes. I do not use it everyday… but I have started to use it a lot more in this snow apocalypse in New York! But it is great because the shimmer/luster does not stick out like a sore thumb. It mixes really well into your skin and brightens it!

VEGAN: This product is VEGAN! This probably makes all you Vegan lovers happy! I am shocked that makeup products can be Vegan now… I just started a gluten-free diet so I can feel some of the pain to find Vegan items! This skin tint and the Charisma skin color are the only Vegan ones in the Emotional Brilliance Skin line.

INGREDIENTS: Of course, all LUSH products have the freshest ingredients! Feeling Younger has Orange Flower Water, Oatmeal Decoction, Water, Cocoa Butter and Jojoba Oil. Remember, if you are wondering about any of the LUSH ingredients you can look them up in the LUSHopedia! It is a great dictionary filled with all the LUSH ingredients and their backgrounds (where they buy them, are they vegan, who makes it, what products they are in, etc.)

CAKEY: The only down side of Feeling Younger for me is that it is super “cakey” sometimes on my face… If you apply moisturizer, foundation and then this skin tint it does not work out well! According to LUSH, you should put on your moisturizer, Feeling Younger and then any other color supplements!

Overall, I really enjoy this skin tint! It was one of my first purchases from the Emotional Brilliance line! I love that I can use it anywhere on my face to brighten up my day! I suggest using this skin tint with any of the LUSH moisturizers/color supplements! This product is $18.95 and lasts forever! A little goes a long long way!

Have you tried any of the skin products from the Emotional Brilliance line?!

Mohegan Sun LUSH Haul

How many of you bloggers have ever been to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut?! Well it is a completely different world there. I went with my mom to a Luke Bryan concert there and had a BLAST! I even went shopping at LUSH after the concert… we walked out of the venue at 11:35 right to the LUSH entrance… and it was OPEN! I was baffled! Shopping at LUSH at midnight?! It was a dream come true. I dragged my mom into the store and got these goodies:

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  • Chocolate Whipstick lip balm – this stuff is AMAZING. Definitely one of my favorite LUSH products. Review to come very soon!
  • Skin Drink moisturizer – I have been looking for this product forever… they are always sold out in NYC. Excited to try this on my dry face!
  • Perspective lip stick – this is a great color. I have been wearing it daily since I purchased it! This liquid lip stick is a part of the Emotional Brilliance line.
  • Figs and Leaves soap – my goal is to try all of the year round LUSH soaps. I have not yet tried this one yet but it smells great!
  • Dragon’s Egg bath bomb – I have not purchased this bath bomb in a while! Really excited to do a review on this one!
  • Lord of Misrule bath bomb – this is an all time favorite of mine… I got this around Halloween and loved it so much I had to repurchase! Will definitely be doing a review on this before they are sold out! Remember, this bath bomb is only limited edition!
  • SMAPLE – Handy Gurugu hand cream – I am not a big hand cream person so I decided to sample this one before I buy the large pot if I like it!

So this was an awesome way to end an already great concert and day! I love LUSH and anytime I see one I have to go in and meet the sales associates and talk LUSH! Here is the beautiful store in the middle of the bustling casino with my mom in front and the lovely ladies who helped me out (sorry if the pictures are a bit blurry – my camera lens was dirty!):

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And… for those of you who are Luke Bryan fans… he threw a phenomenal concert! One of the best I have ever ever seen! Check him out! He really knew how to get a crowd excited:

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If you wish to learn more about LUSH Cosmetics at the Mohegan Sun Casino you can visit their Facebook page here. What concerts have y’all been to recently?!

Emotional Brilliance – Vibrance Review

Recently, I have been becoming more obsessed with Emotional Brilliance… the lip colors are phenomenal! They are so great because they last a long while, do not stain and come in unique shades! The only downside is that you should moisturize your lips heavily before using any Emotional Brilliance liquid lipstick! Emotional Brilliance is the make-up line name at LUSH Cosmetics.

Vibrance, was my first lipstick from Emotional Brilliance:

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So y’all might be thinking… what an odd lip color?! Well, this is actually one of the most subtle colors from LUSH! This color is a fiery orange with an enormous amount of gold glitter in it! When used on the lips, this shade is a sparkly gold color! The orange is not too loud… you can see it a bit but barely! It mainly is a gold sparkle lip stick! Vibrance lasts a long, long time! I suggest putting on a LUSH lip scrub or heavy moisturizing balm before hand! I always use Honey Trap lip balm from LUSH! It smells and tastes great!

Since this is my first post about Emotional Brilliance, I think that I should explain what the name of the different lipsticks and eye liners mean! Basically, each color signifies a character trait! For example, this one is a fiery shade called Vibrance! They have a light blue color called Calm, a deep purple called Confidence, a red called Decisive, etc. It is an awesome idea! Let me know if you have tried any Emotional Brilliance products! I will be posting a lot more from this collection in the upcoming months!