Cupcakes & Cashmere x Birchbox

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for YEARS. No really…you can see all of my Birchbox reviews/reveals here. When I decided to cut back on blogging to just three days a week, Birchbox reviews were one of the first things to go. Not because I don’t love them, because I am still a paying customer (as I have been since day one). But I just HAD to share this one because I am ALWAYS a sucker for collaboration boxes. Especially blogger collaboration boxes. This month, Birchbox teamed up with Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere (one of the first blogs I ever followed) to curate a box with products to help elevate your everyday life.

Birchbox x Cupcakes & Cashmere

Here’s what I got in my box:

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist: Getting beachy waves is as breezy as, well, a day at the beach with this salt-infused spray. It gives hair instant volume and lift for textured, piecey waves that look like you just got back from the shore (minus the tan lines and impossible-to-wash-off sand). What’s more, this formula is cruelty-free, vegan, and free of parabens and sulfates. My thoughts: I know Harvey Prince for their perfume line which I actually bought a full size of after getting a sample in a Birchbox a while back. I haven’t tried this yet but it does smell amazing.

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel: This is a product whose name says it all: The lightweight gel formula delivers nutrient-packed moisture that lasts all day, perking up and protecting your complexion. Loaded with green tea and cucumber extracts plus vitamins C and E, this moisturizer deeply hydrates skin while protecting it against pollutants and stressors. This gel goes on with a cooling sensation, soothing skin as it gets to work. My thoughts: Very light moisturizer. I usually use lotion moisturizers so the gel texture was a bit different but I liked it.

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust: Storybook princesses turn to a fairy godmother when they want a shimmering, ethereal look; we turn to this eye shadow powder from Pixi by Petra. The richly pigmented shadow has a radiant, gemstone-effect finish—giving our lids a glow that’s…well, almost magical. My thoughts: I don’t know why I thought this was a highlighter when I first got it. And I thought the shade was just WAY too dark for me. And then I realized it’s for your eyelids…ha! And now I love it because it is the perfect shade of coppery brown. Although I am not a huge fan of the applicator. It can be pretty messy and even with tapping off the excess, I had shadow below my eyes…which is annoying since I already applied my concealer/makeup.

Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme**: We all want to age gracefully—and we’d rather the number of wrinkles on our face not keep pace with the number of candles on our cake. This potent serum is loaded with rejuvenating ingredients to minimize lines. Equipped with the brand’s signature Super Antioxidant System, the formula protects skin from free radicals that trigger premature aging, plus boosts collagen production to leave skin looking younger and smoother. A study by the brand found this serum can reduce visible lines and wrinkles by as much as 54 percent after four weeks of use. My thoughts: You guys know I will try anything and everything under the sun to help diminish my wrinkles so I am hopeful with this one. If it’s Emily’s ALL-TIME fave, it has to be good, right? =) I’ve only tried it once so we shall see.

Tocca Eau de Parfum, Isabel**: We just can’t help but get a little spritz-happy when this pretty perfume bottle is around. Inspired by a chic city girl from Barcelona, this fragrance blends bergamot, sangria accord, Mediterranean orange, vanilla, and Spanish rose into a fresh, inspiring scent that gives us a major case of wanderlust. My thoughts: I thought for sure I wouldn’t care for this perfume because I am not a huge perfume fan in general. But I actually LOVED this. It smells delicious and isn’t too strong.

(**Emily’s ALL-TIME Fave Product)

FYI: Get a free copy of Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home (Emily’s new book!), with any $55+ purchase in the Birchbox Shop. Valued at $19.95. Available in stores nationwide on 05/19.

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