Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

When I visited the Birchbox store last month I got to make a DIY Birchbox, which is one of the cool services they offer. The employee I was working with recommended I try the Liz Earle skincare sample. She told me that everyone who worked in the corporate office and in the store was obsessed with the brand and specifically the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The cleanser comes with a muslin cloth, which I have found to be a miracle worker. I’m definitely not a skincare expert, but I think the cloth it’s the perfect combination of soft and rough. I have even found myself preferring it over my Clarisonic.

I really love this product, and it smells like soothing rosemary. I’ve had a few breakouts recently (it’s a stressful time at work) and I credit this cleanser and cloth with my speedy recovery.

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I’m beginning to think only good things can come from a blue box.

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Here is a close-up shot of part of the muslin cloth. I think the way it’s woven is the secret to the texture. I can’t recommend this enough. I believe you can even buy the cloths separate from the cleanser. Try it, I promise you won’t regret it.

Current Obsession

I got this Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm from my Birchbox and I am so obsessed with the color. It’s super pink in color and goes on like a traditional lip balm. They carry this brand at Target, but I’ve never bought anything from the line as it’s a bit more pricey than your average drugstore brand. The color I got is called Pixi Pink and I’d definitely recommend this for my fellow fair skinned ladies. The color is also long lasting —I think I only reapplied it once during the day.

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International Favourites

Have you spent time abroad and found products you cannot live without, but they’re tragically not sold in the US? You are not alone. I went to England a few years ago and had a pretty good idea of what was on the UK beauty market. Fast forward to now and I so long to go back and stock up on every brand I missed! This post is dedicated to international beauty products and brands, most are from England but I’m working on spreading the international product love.

Lee Stafford- One of my favorite blogs Bird’s Words makes me miss England so much. I see all these amazing products that I’m super jealous of. Aside from all these amazing UK hair extension brands that she gets to try, she brought a new hair-care brand to my attention: Lee Stafford. The packaging is hot pink and very girly and made me want to buy. Luckily it is available in the US (I got my products at Duane Reade, but it’s also sold at Ulta). I first bought the Hair Growth Treatment in hopes that I could have mermaid hair. Honestly, I have no idea if it worked or not, it just really deep conditioned my hair and that was great. More recently I bought My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo which is supposed to add volume. I think it definitely added texture but not totally sure on the volume.

Barry M– Oh Barry M, how I miss thee. It’s  possibly most tumbled nail polish, not that tumblr means anything, you know. The formula is ridiculous. It’s one of the only nail varnishes that will actually stay on without base/top coat. I own two colors from Barry that I bought in Boots when I was at Oxford and how I wish I had a few more.

ShuUemura- When I had my make-up done for the Refinery 29 shoot, the artist told me that I should go to K-town or Chinatown to buy make-up because I am so pale. Not sure what to think of her statement, I began to investigate some Asian beauty brands. She reccommended that I look up ShuUemura. I had heard of the brand but never knew too much about it. They used to have a store in NYC but it sadly closed. All their products are available online. I’m so tempted to buy a few things, I just have a totally unused foundation that I need to work on first.

Kevin Murphy– Back when hair chalking was first popular I discovered a cool contraption on tumblr by Australian hair brand Kevin Murphy. The chalk is adorably named: color.bug. I was obsessed for a while but fearing that I would get dye all over my clothes I opted not to purchase the bug. But recently Kevin Murphy has been in the spotlight for a new anti-aging hair treatment. Sounds cool right? My salon sells these products. (Shout out Shampoo Ave. B ) Kevin also has some stunning packaging, so bravo on that as well.

Eyeko- I first heard about Eyeko when I read that it was Alexa Chung’s eyeliner of choice? Who can argue with that? If Alexa Chung uses your product, it’s probably legit.  I got a sample of the Skinny Liquid Eyeliner from Birchbox. It took me a couple of times to get used to the product. I was terrible at it but now I think I’m slowly getting the hang of it.

These are just a few cool international brands. Have any that you’re obsessed with?

July Birchbox

Birchbox is a cool program. I look forward to my present each month. They always encourage people to upload pictures of their Birchbox. I’m lazy but lately I’ve been trying to take more photos for PWD. What’s cool about BB is that if you update your personal profile they try to send you items that are best suited for you. Here’s what I got this month:

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It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

Birchbox Bobby Pins

Super Comb Prep & Protect (leave in conditioner) by Number 4

Acne Control Treatment by DDF

Powder Staining Blush by The Balm

Birchbox X Gossip Girl

Although details are still on the down-low, Birchbox is teaming up with Gossip Girl to create a Blair and Serena inspired box of products. Birchbox is a monthly subscription which sends its members a cute box full of sample size beauty items. I’ll admit it, I still love and live for my Monday night Gossip Girl. Blair, Chuck, Serena, I can’t get enough. What’s better than GG inspired make-up and hair products? Nothing, in my opinion. The Gossip Girl Birchbox is to be sent out for May, so subscribe before it’s too late!