Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Birchbox and a Bath & Body Works Spree!

I'm still working on getting settled into the new place, so blogging hasn't been my highest priority the last couple weeks.  I went to an ELL conference on Monday and Tuesday (more on that later) and I'm now working on throwing a bridal shower for my former roommate!  I'm catching up on a few shows on my DVR ("Design Star", anyone?) and thought this would be a good time to share my June Birchbox and my most recent spree at Bath & Body Works' semi-annual sale!

The Birchbox

This month's theme was "Jet Set" and overall I was pretty impressed with this box.  I think at this point it would take a few months of bad boxes to get me to cancel and so far I haven't considered that.  I had 5 items in my box (2 of the same thing).  

By far the best bargain is the FULL SIZE Stila One Step Bronze.  They retail for $36 each!  I was super excited to get this one since this is something I probably wouldn't normally purchase for myself.  I haven't tried it yet (I did test it out at Ulta), but I've seen a few people online mention they mix it with their foundation.  I have some parties and stuff this weekend and think I may try it out for a little added color and glow.

The other item I'm liking is theBalm Stainiac "hint of tint."  It's intended for cheeks or lips.  The consistency is a gel, which I actually kinda like, but I definitely prefer it on the lips and not so much on the cheeks.  I liked the color it gave my lips and it really did stay that color most of the day!

I haven't tried the other items, but I'm excited to!  I received 2 Comodynes Self-Tanning wipes, which I'm thinking about trying out tomorrow.  I have some parties this weekend and a little extra tan would look good, but I want to try it a day or two ahead in case I need to do any color damage control!  I've also got a mini Luna bar and a sample of Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck perfume that I'm looking forward to testing out soon.

Bath & Body Works - The Semi-Annual Damage!

Last week on moving day my friend and I decided to take a break from that to hit up the big Bath & Body Works and White Barn at the mall.  I had a gift card and a coupon, so I decided that this was going to be my time to do some serious damage there!  In cleaning out my bathroom stuff and moving, I realized I have made progress in using up my supply of things from there, but I still have too many sprays and lotions from there.  The main thing I needed was shower gel since I use those almost daily.  I also wanted to stock up on summer-y Wallflowers (and whatever else I found to be a good deal).  

Here's what I ended up getting for a total of $21.68 out of my pocket.  (My gift card and coupon saved me $35.)  

  • 1 large metal candle holder
  • 4 oz. Peach Bellini candle
  • 4 oz. First Bloom candle
  • 6 total Wallflowers in Peach Bellini, Pineapple Orchid, Flower Shop, and Winter
  • 2 2-packs of Scentportables in Fresh Linen and Peach Bellini
  • 3 shower gels in Aruba Coconut, Bali Mango, and Apricot Vanilla
  • 3 hand soaps in Fresh Picked Peaches, Fresh Picked Cherries, and American Berry Pie
  • 2 Liplicious lip glosses in Paradise Pineapple and Amazon Coconut
  • 1 body spray in Be Enchanted
According to my receipt my total savings (not including the gift card and coupon) was $99.63!  I'm obviously well stocked up and have decided I'm on a Bath & Body Works shopping ban until fall!  It's not like there's going to be anything I need from there between now and then!

Have you picked up any goodies lately?


  1. I just joined Birch Box and received an email stating that the June box is on its way. Can't wait! Thanks for posting! Also, I have awarded you The Lovely Blog award! Stop by my blog to pick it up.

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  2. Hi! I just found your blog {from Aimee's blog, actually!} I love that your blog is a mixture of teaching, style, and shopping. I am a product junkie and cannot wait to go through some of your shopping posts :) Glad I found you!

    EduKate and Inspire


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