Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bathroom Storage, Organization & Post Purge!

EDIT: This post was scheduled to go up while I was in Vegas, and for some reason, it didn't. Turns out to be a very good think I cleaned and purged so much as I have a TON of new stuff to put away now!!

I am SO proud of myself. I have spent the last few weeks really cleaning up and purging all my beauty products. Makeup AND the rest. And my bathroom is organized! Which is such a huge relief hen I step foot in my teeny tiny bathroom!

And just to show its not all just stuffed in my shower, here is my shower:

Now my hair care is all in two baskets on the shelf with my towels. These are my backups, new ones and basically everything I am not currently using. Dry shampoos and conditioners for the most part are in the pink basket and everything else in the orange.

Then I have one tiny shelf over my toilet which for the most part is all the hair stuffs I am currently using, along with my toothbrush, toothpaste, clarisonic, and facial spray.

There are lots of products in use, but I really do use them. The elnett I use as an all over hairspray when my hair is don, and the Phillip B hairspray I use more when I am doing an up do and I need it to keep my hair completely up. Also a few samples that are currently in the mix, and to be fair, I have no idea why the purple Catwalk bottle is there. Think its a root bosster but pretty sure Ive used it once and only once.

Now the handwash (by Rocky Mountain Soap) is the ONLY foaming hand wash I can find from any brand that fits on the sink and still allows me to open the medicine cabinet. And my glade sense and spray. The face wipes just need to be put back away in the cabinet.

This basket that stays under my sink is where I put all my empties as I use them up.

And inside the ginourmous medicine cabinet (or closet as it more closely resembles):

Tampons (only have so many because they had the promo with the Revlon lip pencils a little bit ago if you recall). Behind them is my cotton pads, and q tips. Depending on the time of the month determines if the tampons are in front or if the cotton pads and such are. Then my monkey bandaids, hair stuff, and shaving stuff.

Next shelf is body stuff and shower caps and such, started and in use beauty products and then teeth stuff and face wipes.

Bath and shower shelf full of shower gels, bubble bath and scrubs.

And then is all my face masks, my skin stuff to try, and my backups and doubles of my go to products (my toner, makeup remover, after sun lotion etc.

Face masks:

Skin stuff to try:


As much as this is, I really did purge almost half of my stuff. Nothing is falling out or jumping out at me anymore, and I really do know what I have and where it all is. And it works for me! How do you store all YOUR beauty products? Would love to hear!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Birchbox Store Soho - Photos and Haul!

And the sales associate took a picture of the three of us shopping. Me on the left, Rocio in the middle and Maria on the left.

Don't ask me WHY but I seem to have taken NO photos of the upstairs where all the makeup lives. Not sure why. But I think lately I feel my makeup stash has gotten so big and I feel myself using the same items over and over and over that my focus lately has been hair and body.

Molton Brown. Swoon..............

Build Your Own Birchbox alcove:

Perfume options:

Body and Nails:




Free deluxe sample with every purchase! I chose the face peel!

My purchases:

I actually already gave away the conditioner. I made the idiotic mistake of buying without smelling and the No Poo. I made the assumption that it would smell like the Ultra Defining Gel. It doesn't. Its a strong nauseating floral. BAH!

And I loved the Rituals foaming shower gel so much from my Glossybox that I decided to pick it up in another scent.

The Peel that I chose as the free gift:

Everything together from the store:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Build Your Own Birchbox - My Box!

Since I was heading to the Bite Beauty Lab in soho, I felt like it would be INSANE NOT to  stop in the Birchbox store. They are a 3 minute walk away from each other (basically one is on Broadway and and Prince, and the other on Prince St) and it was windy and cold. So what else do you do but shop?

And you cant go to the Birchbox store and not build your own box! I feel safe in saying that there is a law about that somewhere. So who am I to break the rules? Now there obviously no detailed card with what is in each box since every box is entirely unique. But it comes with a little white blank Birchbox card.

And here is my box.

From the hair category I got the Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray. This is a big sample size and in fact is not really a sample but a travel size that retails for $10 on its own.

The skin category for me was a hard choice. I was torn between a few items. Turned out to be a really good thing because during the VIB Rouge private event I got the two Caudalie deluxe samples I was debating between! So I am happy I got the Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel. The full size s $48 for 1.7oz so this little .17oz sample has a value of $4.80.

The makeup section was a bit of a let down for me. They had great samples, but none were shades that called my name. In the end I chose the Lierac Micellar Water. I feel its a fairly safe (yet boring) choice and for the most part, they are all close enough to the same that I can assume this will work well. Its also a good 50ml size Since the full sized bottle is $24 for 300ml that makes this a $4 value.

GRR! Perfume sample. I dont dislike this. I will start by saying that. But I would prefer NO perfume sample. That being said there was some good choices. And I almost got the Harvey Prince grapefruit perfume but just couldn't on principal choose a HP sample in my custom box. So I got this little spray bottle of Joie perfume. Its tiny (.06oz) and its value is equally tiny at $1.72. Which is hard to fathom how such expensive perfumes can have such little values. But when you are only getting a few drops of the perfume, I guess it makes sense.

And last but not least a beautiful purple Ruffian polish. Its got a $10 price tag on its own.

Overall, I have to say I am happy with the box. The cost was $15 (you pay a $5 premium to build your own box in store) but you KNOW you love every item. Or at least you know you want to TRY every item. So its only a $30.52 value, but I want every single item in the box!


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