Allergy Season Survival Kit

Allergy Season Survival Tools*Aaaahhhh- CHOO*  

Allergy season is upon us.  My allergies are much better since I went Gluten-Free, but I still get the sneezes during the high point of Spring.

When my nose starts to resemble a certain red-nosed reindeer…. (Red noses might be attractive on reindeer, but not so much on me)…. I have a couple of products that help return my skin to normal.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips  – This stuff is INSANE!  I got my first sample in a Birchbox eons ago and have been hooked ever since.  It is made from 100% medical grade Lanolin and can be used on noses, lips, cuticles, nipples (as the name implies)… whatever you’ve got that is dry and ouchie.  It is super thick and lasts…. even when you’re blowing your nose and breathing through your mouth… this stuff lasts! My eyes crossed a little at the idea of spending $15 on a lip balm, but it is so worth it.  Trust me!  Your EOS Lip Balm is great for everyday, but this stuff will get you through a cold or sinus/allergy season without your lips cracking.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – I’ve had other face scrubs that I liked… but never anything like this.  Vasanti WORKS.  The scrubbie things are super fine and gentle… yes, you’re using this to scour off dead/dry skin, but it doesn’t hurt… or leave your face even more red and sore.  It is a gentle scrub that works really well. You can even use it three to five times a week.  When I’m blowing my nose like crazy and scrubbing my face off with tissues, I use this every other day or so.  Yes, my nose is still red, but I don’t have the dry, flaky skin.  Combine it with the Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips for ultra healing. It’s $35… yep…. but it lasts forever… seriously, you only use a tiny bit.  I received the 20g sample size in my Birchbox just before I got a cold this past winter and it lasted through my cold (using it every other day) and for another two weeks (2x weekly use).

I know that neither product is exactly cheap…. but they LAST and they WORK.  Seriously…. anything that can help you get through allergy & sinus season without looking like a certain red-nosed reindeer…. WORTH IT!

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February Birchbox

I just got my shipping notification telling me that my March Birchbox is on the way… And I still haven’t reviewed my February box yet… Oops!

February BirchboxI guess I just wasn’t really excited about anything in the February box.  It was all okay… just nothing to write home about, ya know?

I’ve heard some people on the blogs complaining about Birchbox and how they didn’t get anything they liked and how they plan to drop their subscription.  I know I’m only 2 (almost 3) months into my subscription, but I think I’m getting what I wanted out of it…. I’m only paying $10 a box/month and I get to try out a handful of new products.  That handfull of would have certainly cost more than $10 if I had bought them individually at full retail price….. and I would have been really ticked if I didn’t like them after I’d paid full price.  So for $10 I get to try new stuff… and isn’t half the fun just having something in the mailbox that is just for you and just for fun??  Sometimes I don’t like the products… and then I can say, “whew, glad I didn’t pay full price for that!”  Other times I just love it… and I can buy it from Birchbox at a discount or with my Review Points.  So I still think I am coming out ahead….

Lancôme HYPNÔSE STAR – (Sample Size) – Didn’t really like it.  It made my eyelashes clump together and the brush was puny.  I’m happier with my $5 Maybelline Mascara.  On the plus side, I fell asleep with it on and it didn’t smudge everywhere…. I would not pay $28 for it… ever!  The only mascara that I have come across that is wort that price is Bare Escentuals’ Flawless Definition Mascara – $18 (Which you can get through Birchbox too)…. and I still think it’s kind of silly when Maybelline is only $5 and it’s pretty good.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – (Sample Size) – It’s a face scrub…. it was okay… and I’ll use up the rest of the bottle, but I wouldn’t pay $34 for it.  It is a bit too gritty for my taste and it was hard to get it to wash off.  I normally use a sugar scrub once a week or so…. this had a finer grit to it and even after I washed it off my skin still felt like there was sand on it…

Skin&Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel – (Sample Size) – I’m not a shower gel kinda girl…. I gave it to Brian (’cause he is a shower kinda guy) and he said it was ‘fine’.  That’s all the review we’re gonna get out of him…. it didn’t burn his skin off… so it’s ‘fine’.  $17.50 for a full size.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint – (Sample Size) – Hazel – For some reason Birchbox decided to send me the Hazel shade…. which was too dark and a bit orange-y on my skin.  It also seemed really thick.  On the plus side it did stay put… but it felt heavy.  Not worth $38.

Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES – (One square) – It’s chocolate… with caramel in the center….. Ghiradelli chocolate with caramel in the center… does this even need a review? The February Birchbox was redeemed by this product alone!