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April 2013 Birchbox.

Hi Glitter Girls!

This month’s Birchbox review is brought to you by our favorite nail artist and most loyal West Coast reader Jennifer Favela.

“So excited about April’s Birchbox! Let’s get into it!:

Atelier Cologne, Orange Sanguine.

I wasn’t too sure about this one just because I am not big on reeeeally citrus-y (that’s a word right?!) scents. But I was so wrong! It smells wonderful! And a big plus that I always look for in a scent? It lasts the whole day without needing to re-apply! Win-win right? This particular scent is very concentrated so you only need a little dab and you are good to go.

fresh, crisp, sweet.
fresh, crisp, sweet.

 Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

I LOVE anything Kiehl’s. AND since I am now in my last year of my 20’s (eek!) I have found myself starting to freak out about lines and wrinkles so I was so excited about this product. It is packed with vitamin C which apparently not only helps me kick colds to the curb but is great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Yay!

pure vitamin c, ladies.
pure vitamin c, ladies.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixer.

Okay, how did Birchbox know I wanted this?? As an avid flat-ironer, curling iron user, hair color-er, my hair is always in need of extra moisture! I may just have to purchase the full size on this one…

rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.
rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss.

Lipstick pencils are my new obsession and this one is awesome! It is a mix between a lip stain and a creamy balm. Mine came in the perfect shade of red (called, “Flirty Kiss”) and I can’t wait to wear it out this weekend during my mini-getaway to San Diego! It glides on SO smooth and feels very moisturizing. Bonus: it can double as a cheek stain! I don’t know if I would use red for my cheeks, but the pink color they make (“Cheeky Kiss”) would be adorbs! The one downside? It’s not very long lasting on the lips. BUT it is the perfect little skinny size to fit in my clutch for re-application throughout the night!

a birchbox exclusive! get it here.
a birchbox exclusive! get it here.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on

Not only is this an amazing product at a great price that you can pick up at your local drugstore, but it really works! I just swipe it under each eye, let it absorb and go on with my morning beauty routine! It reduces puffiness AND softens. I love how it rolls on smooth and I think my favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t have any harsh perfume scent to it. Just clean and refreshing! It is just what I need when wedding planning has kept me up all night and I only get 4 hours of sleep!”

wake up those tired eyes...
wake up those tired eyes…

And there we have it! What was in your April Birchbox? Tweet/Instagram us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: try something new.

HAPPY FRIDAY! It finally feels like spring here in Georgia. We’re in the mood to try something new this weekend! Oh, you too? May we suggest…

1. Golf. We know what you’re thinking. Golf is a slow game played by old men, right? WRONG. Golf can be super exciting (in what other sport can a 14 year old and a 53 year old be competitive with each other?!), and there’s definitely some eye candy on the course. Just look at Luke Donald, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley. If you’ve never been a fan, break into golf by watching The Masters live here. We swear you’ll love it.

Rory McIlroy
cutie-pie rory mcilroy with girlfriend caroline woznicaki. she caddied for him during wednesday’s par three tournament. image: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

2. Farmers Market. Sick of the usual Saturday afternoon Kroger trip? Switch it up and try your local farmers market for FRESH and locally grown fruit, veggies and flowers. April is the best time to go: read our tips here.

Dekalb Farmers Market
dekalb farmers market, atlanta, georgia.

3. Fresh Flowers. Speaking of fresh flowers, celebrate spring with a fun, homemade floral arrangement. This site offers lots of inspiration. Whatever you do, make it fresh and make it fun. We love these painted mason jars.

Hydrangeas
hydrangeas in mason jars.

4. Self-Tan. It’s finally warm…so show some skin this weekend! Don’t be scared. Scoop a can of L’Oreal Sublime  and go to town. You’ll be glad you did. We love this fool-proof spray.

L'Oreal Sublime on The Glitter Life.
magic in a bottle.

5. Enter our French Bull Giveaway. ATTENTION! Our FAVE boutiques Social and Dish are doing a Facebook giveaway through Sunday 4.14. Simply “Like, Comment, Share” to enter to win one of these adorable French Bull trays.

French Bull Giveaway
click here to enter on facebook.

We’re down at the Atlanta Apparel Mart this morning for a quick buying trip, then headed east to Augusta for a little Masters action. What are you up to this weekend? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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march ’13 birchbox.

My March Birchbox arrived last week, and I must say it was one of my favorites to date. I was beyond excited to try every product. Let’s get down to it, shall we?

March Birchbox
obsessed. with. everything.

1. Macadamia Natural Oil™ Deep Repair Masque: This product is *perfect* for thick, long hair like mine. Smells great and left my hair feeling silky smooth after one use. Recommend.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
reconstruct strands from the inside out.

2. Macadamia Natural Oil™ Healing Oil Treatment: Want to cut your drying time and have soft, shiny hair? This product is for you! Mix with the Repair masque for ever more amazing results.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
weightless moisture.

3. Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board: It is well-documented that L and I are pretty obsessed with doing our nails, so you can image how psyched I was to see this super cute emery board in my box! Every girl needs a “purse file.”

Madewell for Birchbox Nail File
charming.

4. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: Y’all. I’ve sampled several BB creams since they became a trend, and I can honestly say this is the best. Goes on weightless and smooth, and leaves you with flawless skin. Just try it.

Marcelle BB Cream
hydrates and calms skin, evens tone, controls shine, lightly masks imperfections, and infuses skin with a fresh-from the-yoga-studio radiance.

5. Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette: This fresh-out-of-the-shower scent is really nice, but I wish it lasted longer.

Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette 50ml
La Vie En Rose.

6. Supergoop!® Endless Summer SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion: I had heard *great* things about Supergoop!, so I was uber-excited when it showed up in my Birchbox. The non-greasy formula has a high degree of photo-stability, which means that it can withstand strong solar rays. This is what I NEED for long days on the lake.

this is one sophisticated sunscreen.
one sophisticated sunscreen.

So tell us…what was in your Birchbox this month!? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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a lush review.

Hi ladies!

As you saw in the weekend wrap-up, J purchased a few items at Lush: A fresh handmade cosmetics line. Let’s see what the buzz is about.

J says:

I heard a lot of great things about Lush in Macy’s Lenox Mall and decided to give their face scrub a try. Naturally, I left with more than just that. Here are the goods.

Lush Cosmetics
on a mission for perfect skin…

Herbalism Facial Cleanser: Best suited to those who have tried everything under the sun to clear up their oily and blemish prone skin. I must say, I saw results right away! No more blocked pores for this lady…

Herbalism Scrub
step 1.

Ayesha Fresh Face Mask: As I was checking out with my one and only item, I noticed a bar with various masks. Wrinkles in mind, I chose the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask with spellbinding ingredients to smooth wrinkles. One word: Magical.  My skin was fresh, clean, toned, bright and soft. A must try.

Ayesha Face Mask
step 2.

Skin’s Shangri LA: Whilst checking out, the super sweet sales associate offered me a sample of the Skin’s Shangri LA moisturizer. I’ll be honest, I was a little turned off by the smell (not great), BUT the results were fantastic. It took away redness overnight and made my skin feel soft and rejuvenated.

step 3.
step 3.

So what do you think about Lush!? Can you recommend any other products to try? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

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J+L

PS: CONGRATS TO ELISABETH GOOD (@EGOOD33) ON WINNING THE SHABBY APPLE GIVEAWAY! SEND YOUR FULL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO THEGLITTERLIFEXO@GMAIL.COM!

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