Monday: New Year Skin Maintenance (for your feet)

First off, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)!!!  Secondly, YES.  FOOT PEELS.  I know you might be recoiling a little but bear with me–the results are way better than a pedicure…I guess you have to paint your own nails though.

I don’t know about y’all but I feel like after a while, I fall off the foot-maintenance-bandwagon and my heels get really dry.  And cracked.  It’s gross. My mom swears my vaseline slathered all of your feet overnight but it doesn’t really work for me (aka it works too slowly because my heels are that bad) so I tend to go to town with a pumice stone.  Now, instead, I use foot peels.  I just did one to start the new year with smooth, non-cracked feet!

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I’m not going to post a picture because really!  It’s so gross–just take my word for it that it works (REALLY WELL).  Foot peels, which can be found in your local Korean beauty store (or on Amazon), work by exfoliating the dead skin off of your feet using fruit enzymes.  You put your feet in a little plastic sock (supplied in kit) which is full of gel.  It doesn’t hurt but it may tingle a little.  You wear them for about an hour and a half and then rinse (don’t scrub) afterwards.  About two days later, your feet will start to peel.  Some people peel like a snake, some seem to…molt…OH it’s so gross but afterwards, your feet are SO soft.  It’s totally worth it.

Here’s some tips:

  • Be careful!  If you have a medical condition or sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend this treatment.
  • Instead of two days after, my feet peel almost an entire week after I do my peel.  The peeling seems to last for another week but everyone’s different.
  • WEAR SOCKS ALL THE TIME.  To work, around the house, AND to bed.  Otherwise, you will flake all over the place it’s gross.  And obviously, skip yoga class that week because your feet will peel even more during class and no one needs to see that.
  • You get better results if you soak your feet for a while every now and then.
  • The peeling/crumbling is the worst right after soaking/get out of the shower.  SOCKS. SOCKS. SOCKS.
  • Don’t pick at your feet mid-peel–it seems to stop the peeling from working as well.
  • Try not to peel too often–the process can be rather extreme.  I save foot peels for extreme conditions and try not to do it for at least a few months afterwards.
  • If you can’t stand it anymore, you can use a pumice stone and lightly buff off the dead skin.

PopSugar sent this Kocostar product in one of their boxes but I’ve tried BabyFoot (Japan) and the in-house products made by Korean brands NatureRepublic and The Face Shop and they all work very well–my heels are so thankful afterwards!

November and December Birchbox 2016

Sorry guys–I’ve haven’t been keeping up with my Birchboxes.  I’ve picked the curated box for the past two months –November (The Finishing Touch) and December (Shine On)–so there haven’t been any surprises.  These might be the last two I ever receive!  I won’t be renewing my annual subscription.  I’ll miss the fun little boxes (I mean the box itself) every month but the majority of my BBs have felt rather blah and unexciting.  The shipping also took FOREVER–I feel like I would get a notice about mailing and then it would take maybe a month or more before I received any items.  Free, quick shipping for ACEs?  Maybe last year it was okay but this year, idk (this is for ALL orders–the box, the add-ons, and/or a regular order with full-size items).  Gosh, this feels so weird because I’ve been subscribing for 5 years!

November’s box was interesting because it included the ‘They’re Real’ mascara from Benefit (which is something I’ve received multiple times from Birchbox and is something that I actually really like).  I received a good, dependable black but I wish they sent out blue or brown just for something DIFFERENT.  The Juliette has a gun fragrance was just okay but I enjoyed receiving black eyeliner because I LOVE black eyeliner, the eye cream was just alright, and that smoothing balm was nice enough as a sample but nothing that I’d fall enough in love with to buy.

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December’s box is actually really nice! I say ‘is’ because I probably won’t get mine in until the end of January…oh well.  Nothing out of the ballpark but yep, definitely nice.  There was a French shampoo and conditioner, a primer with SPF15, a face cream, and one of Birchbox’s own LOC shadow sticks.

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I started to feel like my love of my Birchbox subscription started to fade once they nixed all of those mini little extras–I always felt that BB put some extra care in sending something to make the boxes pop with their theme of the month.  Once it was a cookie, another time it was a set of BB printed, travel-themed postcards…now, it kind of seems like most of their money went to making the actual box itself fancier.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fancy boxes (Rifle Paper Co, *swoon*) but it would have been nice to see the company invest more in higher-end and/or a larger variety of samples instead.  Fancy boxes once a quarter would have been okay.  I kind of miss receiving my regular, plain brown boxes cause they were the most reusable!

I also think that before, BB was all about discovery and trying new things.  For a while, I’d get totally new brands and old brands in new shades/products (which was really fun), but then it felt like they were trying to force us all to love Harvey Prince things.  The samples didn’t seem to match anyone’s profile anymore, and when the best thing in a box was a product that you’re already received at least three times, I think it’s time to step away.

Oh Birchbox.  I’ll miss you–it was really fun while it lasted.  Breakups are hard!  😦

 

Sisley Paris: November 2016

Yes, if you haven’t heard by now, Sisley Paris does a subscription box.  I count myself in the category of people who will never ever ever EVER have a reason to buy a $700+ skincare item…but it’s always fun to try them, right?  Sisley Paris sends out a set of samples each month ($10 a month!!!  Honestly, this is 100% more fun than Birchbox).  I don’t think these items are ‘customized’ per subscriber and I haven’t seen an option to pick certain items but gosh, this is one of the most fun boxes I’ve gotten because these products have a following for a reason.  I’m a bit afraid to find my ‘unicorn’ product–you know, the one that you fall in love with and then you realize, DANG IT it costs 500 bucks.  Oh well.  (Or Oh well, I get Nordstrom points?  SO BAD.)

A note: The sample sizes may look a bit tiny but when you compare how much the full product is (and then calculate the cost of the sample), it’s not bad!  I get the same feeling as when I try on a ridiculously priced (and ridiculously looking) pair of designer shoes at Nordstrom Rack.  Liz from MySubscriptionAddiction calculated the price of a tiny tube of night cream out as $28 because the full-size was $795.  WOW.  I got a week’s worth of moisturizing from that one itty bitty item.

This is what we got this month:

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MAKEUP!!!  I didn’t know this box sent makeup and I’m stoked that it’s a mascara because as you guys know, this is my absolutely favorite kind of product to use.    Don’t doubt that little foil packet–a little goes a long way.  I was able to get a little over 2 uses from last month’s packet.

And for the fun part,

  • Express Flower Gel – $140
  • Instant Perfect – $72
  • So Intense Mascara – $67
  • Phytobuste + Decollete – $285
  • Eau du Soir Body Cream  – $130

Sisley says the price of these samples is a $110 value.  You bet I’ll be cutting the tubes open for every last drop.

Next month’s spoiler theme is up already on their website!  It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…

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October 2016 Birchbox: Revive and Restore

IT IS OFFICIALLY FALL!  I’ll still be in summer clothing for a month more but my mind is ready for sweaters and boots.  I never really thought of October as a settle down and chill kind of month (I guess I automatically think about Halloween instead) but now that I think about it, settling down for a facial sounds like a really good idea.  Thanks, Birchbox.

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Alrighties!  Do you guys like the box pattern this month?  It’s very fall (to me) but I’m not really digging the print–I think I’ll recycle it and use it in my Poshmark wrapping.  (GUYS I AM HOOKED ON POSHMARK)

This month, I picked the curated box.

  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
  • Avene Hydrating Optimale Hydrating Cream RICH
  • GLAMGLOW POWERMUD Dual Cleanse Treatment
  • MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick

I’m really excited!  Oribe and GLAMGLOW are two of my favorite beauty brands.  MAKE is growing on me and the other two sound interesting enough that I’m really excited to try them.  That Deep Sleep Spray is supposedly able to help you go to sleep faster.  Interesting! I kind of feel like this is the first time in a while that the theme of the month actually reflected in the products that they sent us.

Hope you guys got something good!

August 2016 Birchbox: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

I like the theme this month–eking out the last bit of summer!  In Hawaii, we’ve actually got maybe…3 months of summer left.  October is when it FINALLY starts to cool down a little–it’ll finally be appropriate to wear a SWEATER.  Leather boots might be pushing it a little but I’m determined to wear them in my office!!!

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This month, Birchbox sent me:

  1. Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Day-Dream Palette
  2. REN – Flash Hydro Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
  3. ProfilePRO – Ultra Nourishing Oil (for hair)
  4. Avene – Micellar Lotion
  5. R+CO – BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste

YAYYYY I’m really happy!  REN is one of my FAVORITE brands–I really like the serum products that they make.  I’ve always wanted to try an R+CO product because (selfishly, the packaging is beautiful and) I’ve only heard rave reviews  about their things.  ALSO, I’ve never tried dry shampoo as a paste.  It sounds like a messy application but I’m wondering if you get the oil-absorbing perk without the sticky feeling that I get with the sprays.  Hmm.

Also interesting is the Manna Kadar product–again, I’m assuming its a small little sample size of perhaps two colors.  I just got a Manna Kadar eyeshadow in my Serendipity by LLB (Little Lace Box) and I really liked it!  The packaging wasn’t impressive but the product blended well (with the right amount of pigmentation) and the shade that I received worked wonders for my skintone.

I’ve never heard of ProfilePRO but I always welcome a light oil to rub on my ends (both on clean hair days and to help tame down the ends on 2nd day hair) and I’ll never turn down anything micellar.  I prefer this over regular eye-makeup remover and I’ve never tried a lotion yet, all of the ones I’ve bought or received were liquids.  Very interesting!

Hope you guys got something good in your boxes!  I’m actually rather digging the fact that this box is more skincare and style oriented versus just pure makeup.  Good job, switching it up, Birchbox!