Target Haul

Hello, world.

I want to start by showing you a picture.

This is the result of being rushed.

I had initially wanted to do an FOTD post so I took a picture. I was rushing to catch the bus so I didnt even bother to check the picture. It turned out that the quality is way below par and I have a weird half-smile on my face.

There goes my first ever FOTD.

On the flipside, I have a haul to blog about.

The plan for today was actually to get myself some multivitamins. I did buy them—two bottles of multivitamins (They both contain different vitamins but are essentially for womens health) and a bottle of fish oil gummies. When my sister and I were growing up, my mom liked to make us take fish oil capsules and even fish oil extract so I assume that its good for you, LOL.

The bad news is that when you put me in Target, I tend to buy more than Im supposed to.

I bought a myriad of other things, but these are the ones that Im really excited about.
  1. Apotheke Smoothing Body Polish: This is a body scrub with a mandarin and guava scent. It contains macadamia nut oil.
  2. Champneys Spa Treatments Foot Scrub: This is a foot scrub. It contains olive butter, tea tree oil, and peppermint. It smells like tea tree oil and peppermint.
  3. St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub: This is a face scrub with an apricot scent.
  4. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Body Lotion: This is a moisturizing body lotion. It is a multilayer moisturizer.
As you can see, I bought scrubs for pretty much everything. In the winter, my skin gets very dry. And I mean VERY dry. So, the scrubs are to help exfoliate the dead and dry skin and the multilayer body lotion is to moisturize and repair my skin.

I just bought them a few hours ago so I havent tried them. I will in the next week and post reviews right here! I will, however, post my review on my final Birchbox sample before that, LOL. I havent forgotten!

Thank you for reading.
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Birchbox Surprise

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I checked my mailbox today and amongst a few packages and an assortment of mail, I found a package from Birchbox! It confused me because I hadnt ordered anything from them.

I didnt really know what to expect when I was opening it but I did and. . .

. . .its a surprise gift!

It came with a thank-you note that reads:
You've been with us for over a year—13 months to be exact! Here's a little gift to thank you for your loyalty. Use this keychain to keep the essentials—keys and your favorite beauty sample—on hand at all times.
Why, thank you so much, Birchbox. What can I say, Im pretty brand loyal, LOL.

I feel slightly guilty because I was on the verge of unsubscribing this month because my October and November Birchboxes werent exactly the best. But no worries about that! This months box was awesome so Im not unsubscribing.

Anyway, this is a pretty nifty keychain. My keys are already all on there and I plan to bring a tube of the lip product that Im using that day in the little pouch thing. Its a darker shade of Birchbox pink and its embossed with the Birchbox logo and brand name so its really pretty.

Thank you so much, Birchbox! I appreciate that you acknowledge the loyalty of your subscribers. Like I said, Im very very very brand loyal so its great when it goes noticed and appreciated.

Thank you for reading and I apologize that I havent reviewed the final sample in my December Birchbox yet. Its coming up. Itll definitely be done before Saturday.
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December 2012 Birchbox Review

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The December 2012 Birchbox is something that I was really looking forward to. Mine was one of those that were delayed so even before it got here, there were already reviews and videos online of other Birchboxers unboxing and reviewing theirs. After watching the official sneak peek video, I found out that they had a bigger variety of samples this month so we were all getting very personalized boxes.

In the spirit of the holidays, this months Birchbox is wonderfully different. The theme is "All Wrapped Up," and the box itself has designs on it. It was definitely a refreshing change. I guess that might be why this months box is extra varied because they wanted it to be our Christmas gifts.

The first sample is the 29 Preserves Skin Care collection by 29 Cosmetics. I have never heard of 29 Cosmetics, but this collection is super natural. The products are made from grapeseed extract. As the name suggests, this sample is the whole collection with a little bit of each product. It may look little but each sample is enough for your whole face, except the eye emulsion, which I still have left over after two uses.

I am still on the fence about this collection. The cream cleanser doesnt strip your skin, it leaves it soft to the touch, but it isnt anything special. I used the serum extract as a day moisturizer. Its a little too oily for me. The eye emulsion, though, is wondrous. Its thick and it really does soothe your eyes. The night moisture moisturizes but again, nothing special.

Personally, I feel like you can achieve the same results with ordinary skin care products but it does say that this collection contains the antioxidant-rich grapeseed extract so it probably works on a long-term scale. So, I wouldnt write this collection off without trying it for yourself.

If you buy from Birchbox, you can add this sampler to your cart for FREE!

This is the Fibre Lashxtend lengthening mascara by ModelCo. I love this sample! And its not ONLY because its an awesome mascara. This is a FULL-SIZE sample, very rare in Birchboxes so I was happy about that. The tube itself also comes with a mirror so yay for those of you who dont carry around mirrors in your purses.

The mascara itself is wonderful! Im usually not a fan of lengthening mascara. Im more of a volumizing mascara kinda gal. But BUT I love this one because its very consistent in its lengthening. You also only need one coat to see the difference. You can use two coats if you wish but all it does it clump your lashes without adding any more length. I myself usually put on one coat of volumizing, then one coat of lengthening so this product works perfectly for me. I definitely recommend trying this!

The full-size product sells for $24.

Ah, yes. Nicole by Nicole Richie, the fragrance by Nicole Richie. Ive seen this around but have never sampled it. Im usually into these luxurious heavier scents so I was really excited to get to finally sample it.

This is a heavier scent of creamy amber, rose, and a hint of vanilla. I say heavy but I dont mean HEAVY. What I mean is its not one of those lifty happy springtime scents. Its one of those sexy sultry scents that make you think red feather boa and black stilleto heels. Love!

The full-size product (50ml) is on sale at for $31.79.


Anyone who knows me knows that I love my hair. I play with it a lot so I really need to take good care of it. I have such an excessive amount of shampoo and conditioner and serum and protectant you have no idea. ANYWAY this is a clarifying shampoo by Number 4.

I have an oily scalp so I need to wash my hair every day, once every two days AT MOST. But the thing is that my ends are dry, which makes it harsh on them that I wash so much. Thats why this product is awesome. Its a low-suds formula that cleans buildup without stripping your hair of essential oils. You can also feel the softness of your hair once you wash the suds off. Its wonderful.

The full-size product (250ml) sells for $32.00.

There is one other sample but I havent gotten around to trying it out yet so check back soon, probably within the week.

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