Beauty Finds

Back in April, my mom spoiled me with the best graduation gift – a Birchbox subscription!

I received my fourth box this month, and it was filled with all sorts of beauty goodies:

birchbox july 2015 beauty samples

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So far, I’ve tried the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (in Beso – classic red) and Coola SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray.

I’ll start with the Stila.

Wow. Wow… just WOW. When I first read the “go bold” postcard insert, I didn’t realize that I would, indeed, be going bold bold. I normally would never buy a bright red lip color, but the whole point of Birchbox is to discover new beauty products. So… I gave it a try. Here’s the result:

stila stay all day liquid lipstick classic red beso bold blue eyes brick wall

I was so, so, so pleasantly surprised with the outcome. It’s a pretty matte red, and perfect for a night out (I wore it to the Trainwreck world premiere last week). It stays on pretty well, but I had to reapply after eating.

I was also wearing the Coola Makeup Setting Spray when this photo was taken. All my makeup (including eye makeup!) stayed on throughout the hot NYC night and didn’t melt off one bit. It felt nice on my face and didn’t even make my skin feel tight.

I really love receiving my Birchbox every month, and it’s so much fun to see what’s in my box and play with the new products. I recommend it if you tend to shy away from buying new beauty things (it’s a great way to experiment without committing to the full-size product) or if you love a new beauty adventure (there’s always at least one brand I’ve never heard of).

If you already receive Birchbox, let me know which products you got this month and what you think of them!