Un-Boxing: July 2013

Hello Kitty-Kats! I may be a little late with this, but today I am going to show y’all what I got in my July Birchbox (purchased by me).  I have been getting birchbox every month for over a year; it was my first subscription box and is still one of my favorites!  It’s a great deal, and the samples are always high quality products.  So, let’s get on with it already!

Birchbox July 2013

Birchbox July 2013

Recently, Birchbox changed their logo, and I like it.  I liked the previous one too, but this one is a little simpler.

First Look

First Look

This month’s theme is “Power Play”, and the products received are supposed to help you take control of the situation.  I like the theme, and I think that the products in my box fit it for the most part.

Info Card

Info Card

I always like BirchBox’s information cards.  On one side the explain the theme, and the other side they list the products.  They also give the retail price for full size, and explain a little about what each product is and how you can use it.  Hey, the more info, the better, IMO!

Whats In The Box, 1

Whats In The Box, 1

Ahh, This is what I saw after I took out the info card.  Not too much to see yet.

Whats In The Box, 2

Whats In The Box, 2

Thats better!  Now it looks like the box full of goodies that it is.  I love how they package their boxes, it always looks so nice.  Plus, there’s always the little pouch to open up!

Now, since I know this is what yall came here for, let’s get on with what is actually in this box!

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 1

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 1

This is pretty much just a promotion for Benefit’s new primer, Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer.  It sounds like a great product, so if I ever feel the need for a primer, this might just be the one I try.

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 2

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 2

On the back of the card is two scratch off areas, kinda like a lotto ticket.

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 3

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer Promo, 3

When scratched off (and use a coin, not your nail!), the card reveals two codes for a couple of Benefit’s best-selling products.  One is for a mini-size of their Cha Cha Tint, and the other is for a mini-size of Sunbeam.  To use them, just enter the code at checkout when purchasing 25$ or more from Benefit.  I actually don’t have either of these, though I do have the original Benetint, Posie Tint, and Moonbeam.  If I purchase a Benefit product, I will definitely use this!

(MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamont Body Wash

(MALIN+GOETZ) Bergamot Body Wash

I always enjoy getting travel size products, that way when I’m traveling, I can take them with me instead of lugging around huge bottles of product.  (MALIN+GOETZ) is a really good brand for body products, so I am excited about this body wash.  Plus, I love the smell of bergamot, it’s a nice light citrus.

purminerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

purminerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

CC creams are still new for me.  I just recently jumped on the BB cream bandwagon, so I’m pretty excited to try out a CC cream.  They are supposed to help with evening out skin discoloration and skin tone, which I don’t really have an issue with, but Im sure it won’t hurt.  I really like that this is a high SPF since a lot of BB creams and tinted moisturizers are around SPF 15 or 20.  This also the “Suits Pick”, which is cool since BirchBox partnered with the TV show for this box.

 

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist

 

Oooh, a face mist.  I love these, even though I don’t use them that often.  I have started using a spritz of one on my beauty blender when I apply my makeup.  They also are great for cooling off when the weather is killer hot outside.  You could also use a facial mist for setting makeup.

 

The Pouch

The Pouch

 

Ah, the pouch.  It’s like a gift inside a gift.  This is part of what makes Birchbox so nice, especially for the price.  You can tell they care about how everything looks!  The pouch itself was also a promotion this month, advertising a makeup bag from clothing company Tibi.  You can buy it in the Birchbox shop for 28$, or get it free buy spending 65$ or more.

Now, let’s get back to the important stuff: what actually came in the pouch!

Birchbox Bobby Pins

Birchbox Bobby Pins

 

These are so cute!  I love the pattern on them.  I don’t use hair pins very often, but I might make an effort just so I can wear these! These were also this month’s “Beauty Extra”.  Beauty Extras are great, but I also like receiving lifestyle extras too.  I haven’t gotten one of those in awhile, so switch it up Birchbox!

Ojon damage reverse(TM) Instant Restorative Hair Serum, 1

Ojon damage reverse(TM) Instant Restorative Hair Serum, 1

 

This is a serum that is supposed to strengthen hair, making it healthier and shinier.  I think it is actually a light weight oil, but I can’t remember if I have tried it before.  I do think I have tried the damage reverse(TM) shampoo and conditioner, and I liked that.  I’ll try and do a product review on those soon.  I’ve also tried ojon’s rare oil, which I do like (product review on this too soon!).

Ojon damage reverse(TM) Instant Restorative Hair Serum, 2

Ojon damage reverse(TM) Instant Restorative Hair Serum, 2

The product came in a small vial, kinda like one for a perfume sample.  I do think there is enough for me to test it out atleast twice, depending on how much I use.  People with shorter or finer hair than me would probably be able to get more uses out of it.  It’s always hard for me to tell before I actually use it though, so who knows how many uses I’ll get out of it!

There was also another card at the bottom of my box promoting the TV show Suits, which airs at 10/9c on USA (not pictured).  On the opposite side, Birchbox lists their favorite “Power Players”, products they claim are “Suits-inspired”.  Whats funny is that I did not receive any of the products listed in this months box. Oh well! Lol.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this month’s box.  I can find a use for each product, which is great at the 10$ price point of the box.  If you are considering getting your own Birchbox, I highly recommend signing up!

 

I will post full reviews on these products in the near future, once I have tested them out.  Don’t forget to come back to BellaRose Beauty Kitty-Kats to check them out, plus all the other great stuff I have coming soon!  Now I’m off to do my nails!

 

BellaRose

Coming Soon

Hello Kitty-Kats!  I know I’ve been gone for a minute, but it’s kinda hard to post from the middle of the Caribbean.  My cruise was amazing!  And I promise to be a better blogger and post way more often now.  So, here’s the list of what you all will be seeing soon here on BellaRose Beauty.

Definitely Coming Soon:

  • Vintage Rose nail art (I’m about to do this mani right now!)
  • July 2013 Birchbox review (just gotta finish typing it up!)
  • August 2013 Julep Maven Box
  • Essie Sleek Sticks product review (I used these on the cruise, now I will tell yall what I thought of them)

Coming In The Near Future:

  • August 2013 Sample Society
  • August 2013 Pop Sugar Must Haves
  • August 2013 Birchbox (hopefully all of my boxes are waiting for me at the front office!)
  • More nail art!
  • More product reviews!

So, I’m gonna go work on these posts (instead of just telling everyone whats coming up) and I promise to see you soon, Kitty-Kats!

BellaRose

Nail Art: Chanel Symbol

Hello Kitty-Kats!  So its time for my first nail art post, which I am pretty excited about.

Chanel Symbol Nail Art

Chanel Symbol Nail Art

So, first up, lets talk about this wonderful Butter London polish I used. This is Butter London’s Fruit Machine (purchased by me) and it was such a gorgeous color that I could not resist.  It comes from their  Sweetie Shop Collection, which was for Spring 2013.

Butter London Fruit Machine

Butter London Fruit Machine

I used 3 coats, and despite a little streaking and cuticle drag on the first two, it was completely smooth and opaque after the third.  I seriously love this color.  I mean, I can never have enough pinks it seems, but for me this one stands out from the rest.  Here is it before nail art, 3 coats with out top coat.

Butter London Fruit Machine

Butter London Fruit Machine

Gorgeous, right?  Oh, and sorry about the white smudge on my hand, I was practicing some up coming nail art while I was doing this manicure and got white polish on my hand.

Now, on the the actual nail art!  For this mani I decided to recreate the Chanel symbol on my nails.  This is part of a series I have decided to do on luxury brand symbols on my nails.  I will post a previous mani that I did that has the Tory Burch symbol on it.

I used O.P.I’s Black Onyx and a detail brush to freehand the symbol on each nail, then sealed it in with my favorite fast drying topcoat, Seche Vite.  If you want to recreate this mani, I suggest doing the circle first, then doing the interlocked C’s.  This way your circle will be an actual circle.

Chanel Symbol Nail Art

Chanel Symbol Nail Art

So, what do you guys think?  Personally, I love it since its pretty much the only way I can rock those C’s because there is no way I can afford one of those purses.  What do you think about wearing a luxury brand symbol on your nails?  How do you like Butter London’s Fruit Machine?  Already in your stash, or are you considering adding it to your stash?  Lemme know in the comments!

Bye for now, Kitty-Kats!  I promise I will be back soon!

Coming Soon

Hello kitty-kats! Since I pretty much just created this blog today, I don’t quite have any posts with actual content ready yet.  So sorry.  But no worries, I do have a couple of things in the works for hopefully this weekend.  Around the 9th and probably through till the 20th (I’m being optimistic, a lot going on those weeks, between the cruise and the start of the semester) will being a short break.  I know, bad newbie blogger, taking a break after you just created your blog? But, there will be hopefully tons of content for me to post!  So let me just tell you what you can expect in the near future on BellaRose Beauty!

Definitely Coming Soon:

  • My Chanel nail art with Butter London Fruit Machine (its currently my NOTD)
  • A quickie post of my Tory Burch nail art that I did a few months ago using julep to match the earrings I got for my birthday
  • A vintage rose mani with Butter London Cuppa
  • A complete how to for my entire manicure procedure, super in-depth with product recommendations.
  • July birchbox un-boxing (I keep forgetting to pick it up from the office, oops)

Coming In The Near Future:

  • Product reviews (not sure which products yet, but when I pick them out I will post!
  • August julep maven un-boxing
  • August sample society un-boxing
  • August birchbox un-boxing
  • August popsugar must have un-boxing
  • More nail art manis!

That’s it for now kitty-kats, I will return, and I hope you do as well!  I can’t wait to see how this will turn out!

-BellaRose

Welcome! (My First Post)

Welcome!  I’m. Not really sure who I’m welcoming here, I’m guessing that I’m just welcoming myself!

I am so excited to start this blog, it is something that I have been wanting to do for quite awhile!  This is gonna be my place to showcase my awesome (at least I think so) nail art, let people know what’s in some of those beauty subscription boxes, and also tell y’all what I think about a few beauty products.  I’ll get a chance to let you all know which ones are worth it, and which aren’t.

I’m hoping to figure out some sort of posting schedule, but for now it will probably be a little random.  Probably atleast a nail post once a week, the boxes will be unboxed once I receive them, and product reviews pretty much when I can and hopefully atleast twice a week.  This is what I am going to aim for as I get this blog situated while I hopefully gain readership.

Since I am new to the blogosphere, I will be doing linkups with other blogs in an effort to gain readers.  I really hope to gain a following, and then maybe create my own linkups.

I also plan to do some “coming soon” posts to let everyone know whats coming up in future posts.  So that will probably be my next post.  Along with that, I will fill out the “about” page which will not only let you know what this blog is well, all about, but also about me, your wonderful new blogger!

Unfortunately, the creation of my new blog coincides with school starting in less than a month and a cruise to the Bahamas in a little over a week.  But I promise content will come and will hopefully be amazing!

So here we go, the first step in what I really hope will be amazing journey!