which beauty box is for you

vs-2.

As a self proclaimed beauty junkie, when I first heard about beauty box subscriptions I immediately signed up and waited patiently for my first box to arrive.

My first subscription was Birchbox. I was a loyal Birchbox supporter for about a year, but I started getting antsy for more full size products. So when I saw the Glossybox for NetAPorter collaboration, I was intrigued. Sure, it was pricier than Birchbox but the value appeared to be much greater. Now, after a year and a half with Birchbox and 8 months with Glossybox, I have a good idea about what each box offers, and what they don’t.

So, which box is for you?

Birchbox is for you if…

  • You consider yourself trendy and like to mix high and low cost items together
  • You’re a beauty product junkie
  • You love free samples at Sephora
  • You’re anxious to try the “next big thing” before anyone else
  • You are 18 and up

Glossybox is for you if…

  • You are someone who prefers luxury products from department stores or boutiques
  • You like beauty products, but you’re more “fashion focussed”
  • Skincare is one of your biggest concerns
  • You’re always looking for the perfect anti-aging or night cream
  • You are 24 and up

Let’s be honest…I can talk about the differences all day long but I’m sure you are more curious about the products that I’ve received. I’ve received great products in both of the boxes. My favorites are listed below.

birchbox and glossybox favoritesBirchbox Discoveries
Oribe color shampoo // Dr. Jart BB Cream
Coola Sunscreen // Joie Perfume

Glossybox Discoveries
Alterna hair CC Cream // Beauty Blender
Glam Glow mask // Paul Mitchel hair beautifier

 If you are on the fence about ordering a beauty box, I hope this post helped you determine which box is for you! If you are a Birchbox or Glossybox subscriber I’d love to know what you love about your box and your favorite products!

 

links of the week

weekend trip image via

Happy Friday! I’m taking a half-day at work today and am heading to Cincinnati for the weekend. We’re going to the Buckle Up festival tonight and will be spending the rest of the weekend relaxing by the pool with friends.

In case you haven’t heard…the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts today. I’m loving these earrings and this cheek palette. 
Speaking of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, how amazing does Rachel look in her head to toe sale finds?
For all of my fashion bloggers out there, this article is a great resource for pose tips!
I finally purchased a fitness band, I’m glad I held out this long since Tory Burch just released her collaboration with Fitbit!
Loving Amanda’s engagement pictures! I give her serious kudos for looking so amazing during the hot Florida summer!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!

wear to work: summer professional

outfit to wear to work in the summer
1 (on sale!) // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Working gals, is it just me or is dressing for work in the summer far more complicated than other any other season?

As a quick reminder, I work for a ad agency so my daily dress is more casual than a “corporate” job. Although when I visit a client, who is typically in the corporate world, I like to dress a little bit nicer than my typical 9-5 wear. This task is a breeze (no pun in tended) in the fall and winter months, but provides a unique set of challenges in 90 degree heat.

I’m loving this outfit for a number of reasons. This shirt dress is nice enough for a client meeting but is also lightweight and can be easily dressed down or up depending on the accessories. In my industry, accessories are a great way to show your personality. These fun sunglasses and cute bracelet have “trendy and creative” written all over them. Pair these pieces with a classic pump and bag and you are striking the perfect balance between professional and not taking yourself too seriously.

Do you have any tips for dressing for work in the summer? I’d love to hear them!

brand crush: tarte cosmetics

brand crush - tarte cosmeticsimage cred “I covet thee” 

I admit, I’m late to the Tarte party. While I heard about the brand’s infamous check stains years ago from Emily, I never got around to trying one. I blame this on my hesitancy to stray from my go-to NARS blush. But, I was overjoyed when I saw Sephora was offering a mini Tarte cheek stain for only 100 beauty reward points. As you may know, this product has formed somewhat of a cult following.

After using it for about three weeks I must say…I’m obsessed. I dab the cheek tint to the apples of my cheek and blend with my fingers. The sheer berry tint is beautiful, natural looking and stays on all day. Plus, could their packaging be any cuter?  If you need any more convincing, Olivia Pope’s makeup team uses the “flush” stain to give her that dewy glow.

tarte productsWhen a foundation of mine caused me to break out, I decided that I needed a foundation with more natural ingredients but was still high quality. I immediately thought of Tarte’s Amazon Clay foundation.  First impressions? It’s amazing. The foundation has serious lasting power without leaving remnants of it on your sweatshirt (my biggest foundation pet peeve). The best part? It feels like you’re not wearing anything while still giving you full coverage.

Have you tried any of Tarte’s beauty products? I’d love to hear what you think!  

 

*This is not a sponsored post, I genuinely love this brand and all opinions are my own. 

 

on my radar

currently craving

shorts // necklace // sunglasses // kindle
sandals // highlight duo

Summer is officially here! Hot weather has me craving a few items that are necessary for nights on the patio, weekend strolls, and reading by the pool.

These embroidered shorts are absolutely adorable. I can already picture dressing them up and down for multiple occasions this summer. Speaking of dressing up or down…these JCrew sandals are amazing. The jewel detail on the top of the sandal adds sparkle to an an otherwise basic sandal.

The two accessories that have been on my radar lately are these incredibly fun Ray Bans and a classic long necklace. Kendra Scott has been on my radar for some time now…I’m hoping that my first purchase will be one of her classic tassel necklaces.

My makeup routine has become much more low-maintenance this summer. This highlight duo is calling my name! Throw on some BB cream and a swipe of this powder on your cheeks, dab this gloss on your lips and you’re good to go. Not to mention it’s only $15.

Lastly, I’m seriously craving a kindle. I typically read on my iPad but the bright screen is terrible on my eyes, not to mention it’s impossible to read in the sun. It’s time that I cave in and buy a true e-reader.

What’s on your radar lately?