A Birchbox Sneak Peek!

Okay, so I don’t normally publish two related posts back-to-back. But I just received an email from Birchbox with a sneak peek video of the August box and had to share! So that’s it! Click on the link to the video. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/_f63HT3MjZk
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Birchbox, My Favorite Beauty Subscription!

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How many times have you paid full-price for a full-size product, only to get home and not like it? Buyer’s remorse anyone? But then you feel embarrassed to return the item, therefore feeling obligated to keep using it, just so you don’t feel like you wasted your money. Anyone? I’ve done it more times than I like to recount.

Welcome to the era of subscription services! Subscriptions are not just for magazines anymore! Search the Internet and you can find subscription services for almost anything. You’ve probably heard of “Fruit of the Month”, “Beer of the Month”, and “Flowers of the Month” Clubs. Similar to these clubs, are the new Subscription Services. I have seen subscriptions for all kinds of food, beauty, fashion, pet, baby, and “green” products. And I’ll admit, I am a bit intrigued by them.

BirchBox goodies!

BirchBox goodies!

Most subscription services are similar in that you sign up, register your credit card, and receive a monthly box of goodies! And you can usually cancel at any time, so there’s no long-term commitment.
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I currently subscribe to Birchbox, which I’m loving! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service offering beauty samples from an array of brands from Burt’s Bees, to Julep, Benefit Cosmetics, Olay, Simple, IT Cosmetics, and the list goes on! For only $10 per month, I receive at least five, and usually more, beauty samples. And sometimes the box even includes full size products. It’s a flat fee of $10, including shipping. Each month’s box is centered around a theme, and includes a postcard size instruction card describing all of the products included in the box. I think this is a great way to try products before purchasing them in full-size. This way, I know whether or not I like a product and want to commit to paying full price. It’s what I like to call, “Try before I Buy”!
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Special Edition Box

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Special Edition Box

Other perks of my Birchbox subscription?
1)Free shipping on any full-size product featured in that month’s box.
2)Free shipping on purchases of $50 or more.
3)Free samples with purchases.
4)Occasional opportunities to purchase special/limited edition boxes.
5)They have a generous loyalty program which rewards me every time I shop, refer friends, and give feedback on my monthly samples. I can then redeem points towards full-size purchases!
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Now I will admit, that I do not love every single product in every single box. But that’s okay; I also have not loved every single product that I have paid full price for at the local drugstore, discount store, or beauty counter. I have only experienced one problem with any of the boxes from Birchbox. And when I contacted them, they promptly apologized and credited my account for that month’s box. So I guess another perk, would be that they have great customer service!
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I’m including lots of pictures so that you can see some of the great products I’ve been receiving in my monthly Birchbox subscription. A few of my absolute favorites have been sunscreen by Coola, Couture LaLa by Juicy Couture, StriVectin-SD eye concentrate, suki exfoliating face cleanser, and so many more! Like I said before, I love this subscription service! If you love beauty products, or are just curious, I encourage you to check out the Birchbox website. You can click on the Birchbox logo on the right side of the blog, or go to http://www.birchbox.com. Tell them Anna sent you! I hope you enjoy Birchbox as much as I do. And if you don’t, you can always cancel your subscription at any time! As always, I’d love to hear what you think. So please leave me a comment!
*This review was not endorsed. All opinions and comments are honest and my own!

It’s Currently Time!

I love this part of my week! It forces me to take time to sit and think about what I’ve been doing recently. And it give me the opportunity to share with you, and you with me!

I’m Currently

Reviewing: Lots of fantastic products and companies! My latest review is for ENERGYbits, and you can read all about how I’ve started using these little “bits of food” (algae) to energize me for my runs. I’ll be taking the last of my sample provided by ENERGYbits tomorrow before participating in a 5k. Wish me luck!
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And I promise, very soon, I’ll be reviewing my beauty subscription service, Birchbox!
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Wishing: My house would sell quickly! I’m so ready to move to town!

Our home

Our home

Eating: Fresh Produce! I love summer! My own square foot garden, the farmers market, and even the grocers have great tasting fresh berries!
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Carrying: My iPad! Yes, it’s an obsession. And I’m okay with that!

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Running: Wow, this one’s easy. I’m running a lot now, and loving it. God has sent me two beautiful women to run with for the summer at least. This has breathed new life into my attitude and motivation. We encourage one another and spur each other on to greatness. Well, our own form of greatness! I’m scheduled to run a 5k in the morning, my second of the season. At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal of participating in six timed events this year! I’m a little behind, but I’m confident I will be able get them all in! I can do all things thru Him who gives me strength! (Philippians 4:13)
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Remember, drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been up to! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’d like to start running with me, consider this your invitation! Hope you enjoyed all the photos today! See you all next week!

Product Reviews: Procter & Gamble

I received the four products in the photograph below as part of a review promotion. They are all from P&G.  My opinions are truthful, and my own!
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1. Olay Total Effects 7 in one deep penetrating moisture Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash with jojoba butter & Vitaniacin
Love it! This was my favorite product of the four! It really is one of the most moisturizing body washes I have ever used, and I would definitely buy it and recommend it.
2. Cover Girl Outlast Double Lip Shine
I’m not big on lip glosses; I prefer lip balm. Especially in summer when I run or am out in the sun. But I will slather on a gloss when going out to meet friends or to dinner with my hubby. So this one will work. I wouldn’t say it’s spectacular; but another good gloss in a nice shade!
3. Gillette Fusion Pro Series Irritation Defense Soothing Moisturizer
My husband tried this one for me. He said it was okay. He doesn’t normally use a moisturizer after shaving, but I thought it made his skin a little softer/smoother!
4. Tide To-Go Pen
This is one of those products that I think is great if you can remember to use it. Which I can’t. I purchased one in the past and I would forget that I had it in my purse! I guess I’m not much of a messy eater either. So I don’t have much use for it. My grown daughter however, happily took this unopened one off my hands. Apparently her husband IS a messy eater and she said he immediately jumps up and runs to the restroom to clean food spots from his clothes when they dine out. She said they would use it all the time!

So there you have it. Overall, I think Procter & Gamble is a great company with great products. Something for everyone. And, they are making more efforts to be eco-friendly, which I appreciate as well.

Birchbox Subscription Service -Review

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Hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to
your door for $10/month + Birchboxes Ship Free!

This is one of my new favorite finds! Discover new beauty and lifestyle products for only $10 a month! That’s it. No extra shipping costs. Earn Birchbox points for each purchase, both for your monthly boxes, and for purchases made from the Birchbox site throughout the month. then redeem your points for full-size products. And , when you buy featured monthly full-size items, you can get free shipping. This is a great way to do what I like to call, “Try before you Buy”. And who doesnt love trying high-end brand products? Below is a picture of the products that arrived in my April Birchbox. Brands include Nexxus, Weleda, YoungBlood, Women’s Health, Strivectin, and Skin & Co.! By the way, the postcard is for a free one year subscription to Women’s Health magazine!

I’m loving my Birchbox subscription and highly recommend you check it out yourself. they even reward you for referrals! So, click here and let the folks over at Birchbox know I sent you! https://www.birchbox.com?raf=5rcnm

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They also have Birchbox Man. So men, you can have your own subscription. Or ladies, you can subscribe for the man in your life!