Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Favorite Things: September 2014

Hi friends! It's the end of the month, which means it's time for me to talk about what new products I've discovered, rediscovered, and undiscovered(!?). This is some new things, some things I started using again after neglecting them for awhile, and some products that I tried and just plain disliked. But enough about that--let's get to the good stuff!  

Sulfate-Free Haircare: 
Coolway Cool Cleanse & Hydrate Shampoo/Conditioner ($20 each for 8.6 oz each)
Number 4 Shampoo/Conditioner ($34 each for 8.5oz each)

Yes, I am on a sulfate-free hair kick again (cue Throwback Sunday, or whatever). I received these in my Beauty Box 5 May 2014 and Birchbox May 2014May was a month of good hair care for me, I guess! In typical Beauty Buff fashion, I'm just getting to both of these now, but I'm glad I tried them! Since I cut 10 inches off my hair, I've been going through conditioner so much more slowly, but my shampoo usage is still going strong. I finished my Number 4 Conditioner and Coolway Shampoo, so now I'm using what's left. I think I prefer the Number 4 line, but to buy full-sizes of their shampoo and conditioner would cost me $68! Yikes! I'm in this phase where I'm using up all of my sample/subscription-service-size shampoo and conditioners, so my sulfate-free kick will end when these samples do. It's nothing personal, because as much as I love how soft and flyaway-free these products leave my hair, they also require use of dry shampoo on Day 2. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Birchbox: September 2014 Review

Birchbox: September 2014 Review

Hi, friends! My Birchbox is here, which means that it's time for my monthly unboxing and review! Are you excited? I'm excited. Hmm. Maybe if you received your own Birchbox every month, you would be as excited as I am. (To-do: look up synonyms for "excited")

Birchbox: September 2014 Review

Birchbox? What's that? - Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. It sends 4-5 deluxe samples that are curated to your beauty profile. It is $10 a month, and has a wonderful rewards program, in which you can earn points for reviewing products and making purchases in the Birchbox Shop. You can then redeem those points for full-sized products in the Birchbox Shop! It's probably the best rewards program out there, in my opinion, which was one of the big draws in me signing up. If you're interested in subscribing to Birchbox, I would love it if you used my referral link. Thank you!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guest Post: Back to School Checklist: Beauty Edition

Hi, friends! Today I'd like to share with you the guest post I did for Kriselle, a fellow HCBN member, on her blog Livin' and Lovin'. It's a beauty post (wow, shocker) titled, "Back to School Checklist: Beauty Edition." It's kind of the updated version of last year's Back to School Beauty Essentials, because I'm always trying new things and want to give you guys the best of the best from my experiences!

What's on your beauty back-to-school checklist this year?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fortune Cookie Soap: "Witch, Please" Fall 2014 Review

Hi, friends! Today I have a different subscription to unbox for you today: The Fortune Cookie Soap Box! I received this box in the middle of August, but I wanted to have the ability to get retail values of the products and do some research on the company before I wrote a post about it. Without further ado, here is my first review of FCS!

Fortune Cookie Soap? What's That?: Fortune Cookie Soap is a bath and body company that also sells a quarterly box of new (seasonal) products for $20 each. The boxes contain 8-9 generously-sized sample products as a preview to the new seasonal line that will launch on their website and in their store. With your box you will also receive a code for $10 off any order on their website, so you can basically score your favorite product in the full-size for free! Their product names and descriptions are often snarky, themed, and/or slightly inappropriate, which brings me way too much joy. Everything smells amazing, and there's something in it for everyone, because who doesn't bathe amirite?