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december ’13 birchbox.

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Eslor Skincare System: Really enjoyed sampling this line. The cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft, then following it up with the facial scrub made my skin feel super clean. You don’t need a lot of the moisturizer to cover your face. A little bit goes a long way!

Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Such a yummy treat! Sweet and salty perfection.

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy™:The CURE for wintery, chapped hands. This feels great and is hydrating, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy so I can’t touch things after I use it!

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss: This gloss is great for a sheer, shiny tint of color alone or on top of your favorite lip stick!

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray: Meh. Nothing exciting to report here. It didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy, however, I don’t think it had as much hold either.

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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: holiday survival strategies.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

Eeeeek, only eleven days until Christmas! Holiday parties are in full swing (what to wear?! what to bring?!)) and shopping is at a fever pitch (what to buy?! how much to spend?!). Don’t stress. J and I are here to help. In keeping with our weekly tradition, we present today’s Friday Five: Top Five Holiday Survival Strategies.

1. Have a go-to appetizer. How often does it happen? You look at your calendar and realize you have yet another holiday party tonight…and you have to bring an appetizer. J and I have an arsenal of easy party recipes (duh, we get a LOT of invites), and this HONEYCRISP & GORGONZOLA CROSTINI from Channeling Contessa is one of our faves this time of year. Super easy, super pretty and sure to impress.

Honeycrisp Crostini
quick. fresh. easy.

2. Stock up on unique hostess gifts. Hostess gifts are a challenge. You want to show your appreciation for a gracious invite (your mother raised you right, after all), but you might not know your hostess that well. You may be tempted to go for something generic and inoffensive (another bottle of wine!), but don’t. Use this opportunity to give her something unique and creative, as well as thoughtful and useful. This list from Real Simple has twenty-two ideas for the hostess gifts. Our fave is this adorable sewing kit from anthropologie. You can order a bunch, or try your hand at making them in bulk. These would also be cute teacher gifts. Just grab and go! [[For the record, J and I would not sneeze at a bottle of wine, if we are your hostesses and that’s your thing.]]

Anthropologie Sewing Kit
this would be an easy DIY.

3. Make the most of your shopping dollars. We know, we know. Shop local. We really do try, but sometimes there’s just no reasonable alternative to online shopping. As long as you’re clicking away, you might as well earn skymiles to help with your holiday travels. Delta offers a certain amount of skymiles per dollars spent on TONS of websites. For example, J’s Christmas card order from minted.com earned her 3 miles for every dollar spent. Might not seem like much, but it adds up as you start checking things off of your list!

Skymiles Shopping
Watch the miles add up as you shop!

4. Detox on the go. Whether you’ve imbibed too many candy cane martinis, eaten too many slices of fruitcake, or dealt with a toxic relative, detoxing is critical during the holidays. This Tory Burch beverage container from the Neiman Marcus by Target collection is perfect for housing our Yogi Detox Tea.

Tory Burch beverage container
it’s a little embarrassing how happy that logo makes us.

5. Amp up your everyday look. Holiday parties call for a little something extra in the makeup department. Swapping your neutral lipstick for something brighter will boost your confidence and make your teeth look whiter. You don’t have to redo your entire face before that party–just change your lipstick, throw your hair in a topknot and go. Now, where’s that mistletoe?

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
try MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Imperial Red.

The holidays don’t have to be stressful. A little planning–stocking up on appetizer ingredients, buying hostess gifts in bulk beforehand–makes it easy to enjoy this time of year. How do you survive the holidays? Got any tips for us? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo.

XO

L+J

*Congrats to Rebecca Greener who is the winner of our Holiday Giveaway! Please send your address to theglitterlifexo@gmail.com.*

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in my bag.

Is it just me, or is the In The Bag feature the best thing in Marie Claire magazine? I’m always fascinated by the random stuff celebs have in their bags (rabbit’s feet, lottery tickets, etc). Jennifer and I decided to do our own version. Here’s what’s in mine…Jenny will post hers next week.

Laura's Tory Burch Amanda Hobo
a bag full of my favorite stuff.

First, the bag. My Tory Burch “Amanda” Hobo is the perfect size–not too big, not too small. Don’t  hate – she was a birthday gift from my mom. Now, for what’s inside…

i made this collage with ribbet!

1. Orange Hobo International Wallet. We sell a TON of these at Social, and for good reason. The Lauren holds an insane amount of stuff, and it totally works as a clutch, too.

2. Eucerin Original Healing Cream

3. Nail polish, of course. I’m currently wearing Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac (I want a job naming nail polish shades). Jennifer and I both love Essie’s Good To Go topcoat.

4. Pink Sharpie Ultra Fine Point permanent marker and 5. Kate Spade planner – This is the seventh year I have used one of these to organize my life. Some people can use Google calendar or their phone or whatever to keep everything straight.  Not me.  I am a paper person.

Kate Spade Planner
love love love the pretty illustrations

6. Bobby pins – I’ve got bangs issues! Mine are plain (blah)…I like these better.

7. NYC City Proof Gloss – I have neither the patience nor the budget for expensive makeup.  If I can’t buy it at WalMart, it’s probably not going to happen. {{There is no Sephora in Statesboro, in case you didn’t know.}} I’m a big fan of NYC–super cheap stuff that really works.

NYC City Proof Lip Gloss in Everlasting Blossom
seriously, this is how many tubes i buy at a time.

8. Ray Ban Aviators – The only sunglasses I will ever wear.

Plus other stuff like a mini-version of this toothpaste, Benefit Dandelion blush, (another gift from mom–anything nice I have is a gift from her),  my little boy’s silver rattle (for sentimental reasons–he’s definitely past the rattle stage now), headphones for the gym, and a corkscrew. Kidding. No, I’m not.

What’s in your bag?

XO, Laura

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