September Rocksbox! Monthly Jewelry Unboxing

Raving about this subscription

Here’s my second September Rocksbox! I posted the first one in my Instagram Story; it had some cute dainty gold pieces. This one has wowed me, so I thought I would share it on the blog because I love all three pieces!

I’ve worn these beautiful Kendra Scott Sophee Earrings the most so far. The silver tone goes with everything in my wardrobe and it’s a fun change for me, since most of my earrings are gold. I think the larger shape elevates a basic jeans and tee look perfectly too. I may have to keep these!

The pink color on this Dusk Fairy Bracelet is so pretty and subtle enough to wear with practically everything. I love the gold setting with the pink gemstones, and there are actually little diamond rhinestones in between each stone as well. I have a pretty small wrist, so this dangles a tiny bit, but it’s definitely not as loose as bracelets from some other brands.

Lastly, I really like this fun Moma Necklace from Rudiment. It’s more playful than many of my current necklaces and it adds a subtle bit of sparkle as well. I think it looks lovely layered with chunky sweaters or a plain v-neck tee. It also goes well with warm or cool toned outfits since it has a mix of gold, silver, and black.

This has been such a fun subscription and I look forward to receiving each box. I love that it’s flexible and you can send back your items a few times a month too. That way, I get to switch up my outfits with new jewelry almost weekly! If you want to try out Rocksbox, get a free box with code “jeansandgemsxoxo”!

P.S. How cute are my matching Lakur polishes too? Unrelated, but I had to include them since the colors were spot on!

Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box Review!

My favorite discovery from August!

Jewelry is my very favorite accessory; I love how it can completely change up your look, whether a layered necklace can make a plain jeans and tee outfit feel special, or the perfect simple earrings finish off a great dress. I have a lot of sentimental jewelry pieces that I wear daily (story behind my rings here), but I’ve been playing with more fun and trendy pieces lately.

When Rocksbox kindly reached out, it felt like the perfect opportunity! The subscription is such a great way to try out different styles and trends without having to commit. It’s $21 a month for three pieces of jewelry at a time. You can keep any piece you fall in love with and your credit will be applied to the purchase. Then you can get a new set and start again within the same month! If you’d like to try your first box for free, you can use code “jeansandgemsxoxo” at checkout!

As far as personalization, you can note which metals or colors you prefer as well as your ring size and other details. There are helpfully curated shops to browse too, like delicate styles or trending stones. I would definitely recommend making a wishlist; it takes just a few minutes and your Stylist will choose from here first. You can then preview your set and swap out pieces if you’d like. I thought my picks were great and simply swapped out a pair of earrings because I’ve been eyeing something similar to this star and moon style!

My Rocksbox package arrived only three days later! Opening the cute, tied box felt like unwrapping an exciting gift! Inside were three little pouches (each with bubble wrap to protect the jewelry), a care guide (so helpful and thoughtful!), info on prices and how to return my box, and an extra scratch off that turned out to be a $5 credit! I really appreciated the message my Stylist wrote for my box, with more details on each piece and tips for how to wear them.

The three items I received were a Dusk Deja Charm Necklace, Slate Lyra Earrings in Gunmetal, and a Dusk Story Slider Bracelet. I wore the earrings immediately and then again on the weekend – they jazzed up a basic work outfit and were perfect for a night out too. They also weren’t too heavy and felt comfortable all day. The necklace was a great everyday piece since it was so dainty. I liked the gold chain and four charms mixed with rhinestones and labradorite; it’s one of my favorite stones. I loved the slider on the bracelet since it was so easy to put on and added movement to the piece.

After a few wears, I knew my wardrobe wasn’t complete without the Lyra earrings! I was really debating on the necklace too, but I have a lot of dainty pieces and am looking forward to buying more of a layered style. It was so easy to purchase the earrings on the Rocksbox website and I applied the $21 credit from the monthly subscription cost. Then I rated all of my picks and sent the other two back in the original packaging.

I’ve already received three picks for my second set and it should be arriving early next week! I’m so impressed with Rocksbox and I’m definitely going to continue my subscription. It’s an awesome way to shake up my wardrobe and find pieces that I really love after experiencing them for a few days. I think this would make such a fun gift for someone or a wonderful treat for yourself.

Have you ever tried a jewelry subscription box? What’s your favorite accessory or jewelry brand?

Birchbox August Unboxing and Mini Reviews

Monthly unboxing and review

It has been the busiest summer! I can’t believe we’re 2/3 through August already… Does everyone say that? Summer usually flies by for me, but it’s pretty relaxing.  Between traveling more than usual, having friends and family visit, building a bunch of new furniture for the apartment, getting ready to transition into an exciting new role, and working on a new fitness schedule, I’m feeling pretty stretched. All good things thankfully, but I have to say I’m looking forward to things settling down a touch this fall.

Anyway, here’s my August Birchbox! I chose the curated box this month because I knew I would use every single product. I was really excited to see Amika in this month’s edit as I love their hair-care products; I’ve also never tried a dry shampoo foam and was pretty intrigued. The Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam is fun to use, effective at removing oil, and actually adds volume to my strands as well. I dispense about a golf-ball size puff, flip my hair down, and massage it into my roots. It feels almost wet, but it doesn’t leave any residue or dampness behind and (as with all Amika products) smells lovely.

The other hair-care item I received is Oribe’s Featherbalm Weightless Styler. I was definitely looking forward to trying this because Oribe products are so luxurious; their Apres Beach Spray is one of my favorites. This balm provides light hold, nourishes, and protects against UV rays and heat. I think it did a surprisingly great job moisturizing as my hair was nowhere near as frizzy as usual, but I could use a bit more hold for my curls.

For skincare, I have yet to try this Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask because my skin is currently a bit dry and mud masks tend to dehydrate my skin. It’s a decently sized sample though – I think I will be able to get about three uses from this jar – which makes it perfect for travel. I’m heading to Mexico in a couple months and the humidity there might contribute some oiliness/clogged pores that this mask would be perfect for.

I received two makeup products this month, a cute Kabuki Brush from Birchbox and a Cheek Blush from Doucce. The brush is really soft and would be great for travel since it’s so small. It smelled a tiny bit like vinegar at first, but I washed it before using and that disappeared thankfully. The size and shape of this brush makes it great for setting powder or even bronzer. This RSVP blush is such a pretty, subtle shade of pink. The powder itself is very soft and blendable too. However, I don’t love the packaging as it’s meant to go in a Doucce case or z-palette (neither of which I own).

Box Breakdown

  • Dry Shampoo Foam: .75 oz = $3.54
  • Hair Balm: .5 oz = $6.18
  • Mud Mask: .5 oz = $8.8 (this same mini sells for $12 on the Borghese website, but this is the value of actually product based on the full size)
  • Kabuki Brush: full size = $5
  • Pink Blush: .12 oz = $12 (That’s with the packaging, so I’m docking $2)

For $10, I received $33.50 worth of product. I love the Amika Dry Shampoo Foam and was happy to try another Oribe product. I also received a full size brush and got to try two new-to-me brands.

What did you receive this month? Do you like choosing the Curated box or being surprised? If you’re interested in Birchbox, you can sign up with my link!

Dermstore June BeautyFIX Unboxing and Review

New monthly unboxing!

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I’ve been subscribed to Dermstore’s BeautyFIX box for three months now and it’s become my very favorite subscription box! That’s a big deal for me because I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for over five years. BeautyFIX is more skincare focused, although it usually includes makeup, haircare, fragrance, and body care in every box as well. I love the variety and that full size products are included too – it’s a great value to me. It’s been fun to experience new-to-me brands and have a stash of samples for all of my recent trips.

The June box arrived just before I left for Florida – which was perfect because it has two sunscreens. I’ve committed to using only reef-safe options (more on that here!), so I’m thrilled that these are both mineral formulas.

The first is the Color Science Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I love the idea of an SPF powder for easy reapplication throughout the day, but I couldn’t really tell how much I was applying. Even though this is shade Medium, it was pretty undetectable on my light skin tone. It did take down the shine in my t-zone during a hot day at Disney thankfully. Overall, it’s portable and convenient and I’m definitely going to use it for the rest of the summer, but I wouldn’t buy it for $57.

The other is from Nia 24 and is a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion. I could definitely tell where I applied this one, unlike the powder, as it’s super white. Zinc and Titanium Dioxide tend to be, so it doesn’t really bother me, and thankfully this formula blends in nicely without tugging at the skin. It’s also not too drying – I used a moisturizer (VMV Hypoallergenics from last month!) beforehand. I also appreciate the inclusion of Niacinamide, which is a great anti-aging ingredient.

Lastly for facial skincare is the Dermologica Biolumin-C Serum. I see tons of rave reviews on Instagram and I’ve been wanting to try this brand, so I’m really happy it was included in June’s box. I’m not opening this just yet because I’m still testing the Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Serum from last month that is supposed to brighten as well. That was another brand I had been wanting to try, so BeautyFIX has really impressed me.

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For body care, I was excited to see a product from Sol de Janiero since I love their Bod Buff Scrub. This is the ever popular Bum Bum Cream. I had first tried this a couple years ago and found it way too shimmery for my taste. It smells delicious though, so I tried it again and I’m happy to report that it makes my dry, pale legs look a bit more healthy and hydrated. You still can see the shimmer particles unfortunately, but you can’t feel them at all! I could never use something that felt remotely like rubbing glitter onto my skin… If you haven’t smelled their line at least, I would recommend it!

Another one for the body is The Cool Fix Target Gel Lotion. This lightweight, blue gel is supposed to help with ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and redness. I don’t deal with those too often thankfully, but I’ll be sure to have Reed try it and maybe I will need it sometime this summer. I think it’s a unique item that is nice to have on hand.

The haircare item this month is from one of my favorite brands, Alterna. I absolutely love their Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner as well as their Ocean Waves Spray. This Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter is supposed to give medium to thick hair a smoother, easier blowout. I never use a blow dryer on my hair – I actually don’t even own one – since it’s curly and air dries best. My hair is also pretty fine. This smells so good (like all of their products), so I am tempted to try it, but I may keep this for a giveaway.

Next we have the fragrance from Juliette has a Gun. It’s called Moscow Mule and has notes of lime, bergamot, and sandalwood. I like the original scent from this line, Not a Perfume, which I tried through Birchbox years ago. It’s light but pretty. I’m saving this new one for my mom since she loves trying out different perfumes.

Lastly, I completely forgot to photograph the Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm because I had taken it out of the box right away to try it on! I received the shade Flirt, a pretty, subtle pink. I enjoy the SPF 15 and lemony scent, but it’s definitely not the most hydrating lip balm I’ve ever tried.

Box Breakdown:

  • Powder Sunscreen (full size) .21 oz = $57
  • Mineral SPF 30 Lotion (full size) 2.7 oz = $49
  • Vitamin C Serum .10 oz = $8.70
  • Body Cream 1 oz = $4.50
  • Razor Gel 1 oz = $6
  • Hair Cream .85 oz = $5.78
  • Fragrance .06 oz = $3.35
  • Lip balm .05 oz = $6.07

For $27 (with tax), I received $140.40 of product!! This is such a good deal and I love the variety of categories included. Plus I got to discover new brands and I’m stocked on reef-safe sunscreen for this season. I’m really excited for next month now!

Are you subscribed to BeautyFIX? What was your favorite item this month?

Boxycharm June Unboxing and Review

My first Boxycharm!

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I’m clearly on a subscription box binge… but when I saw the Alamar palette and Luxie Brushes in the sneak peek for this month, I just had to subscribe! I’ve been inspired by summer, especially beachy locations, and have been wanting to play with more color lately. My Wet N Wild Palette is a fun way to dip my toes into warmer colors and a light blue, but this Alamar Reina Del Caribe Palette seemed to have much more of an impact. I had also never tried Luxie brushes and these pink ones are too cute!

I think the tropical packaging on the Alamar palette is cute and perfect for summer. I also love the mix of colors and how it’s organized so the cool-toned shimmers are at the top and the warmer satins and mattes are at the bottom. While this is definitely a bolder palette for me, I can still get everyday looks out of it as well! The mattes are really pigmented but blend nicely. The shimmers apply best with your fingertip in my experience – otherwise there’s some fallout. If I could make one change to the palette, I would definitely add a mirror. 

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The Luxie brushes came in a sturdy zipped bag. When I first took them out, they smelled chemically (and it was pretty strong). I let them air out for a day and then made sure to wash them before using. Thankfully, that scent totally disappeared! Boxycharm included the #522 Tapered Highlight, #660 Precision Foundation, and #516 Duo Fiber Powder in this set.

The Precision Foundation brush is a little weird in my opinion because normally foundation brushes in this size and bristle length are flat and denser. If this were a buffing brush, I would expect the bristles to be a bit shorter. I’m currently using it for lightly bronzing the perimeters of my face since I don’t like a giant bronzer brush.

The Tapered Highlight brush is perfect for highlighters like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders as it sweeps more over the cheekbones and temples (versus a fan brush which can be more precise). I also think it’s great for setting the under-eye because of the tapered shape.

Lastly, I do use #516 for powder. It quickly sweeps on translucent powder and doesn’t pick up too much product. Overall, I think these are quality brushes and I absolutely love the pink handles.

Since I really purchased this box for the palette and brushes, everything else was like a bonus! I received another Bum Bum Cream for Sol de Janiero, so this one will be going in a giveaway! I rarely ever use false lashes, but I’m glad to have a pair just in case. These Battington Monroe Silk Lashes ones seem nice because they’re not crazy dramatic. You can also use them 25 times! I hope they are easy to trim and stay on well – I’ll definitely write a whole review when I do wear these.

I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to eyeliner (at least in the waterline and if I’m going to wear it on my top lid, I like green or purple), but this Charcoal one from Jonteblu looks really pretty. I’m not sure yet if I should try it. Lastly, I’m not a liquid lipstick girl, so the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona will be another giveaway item.

Box Breakdown (all full size)

  • Eyeshadow Palette $28
  • Brushes $42
  • False Lashes $28
  • Lipstick $21
  • Eyeliner $5
  • Body Cream (travel size) $10

For $21, I received $134 of products! This is definitely the subscription box if you’re looking for a lot of value and all full size items! I think it’s great because the two items I wanted the most already cost three times more than the whole box! Boxycharm also seems to include trendy and niche brands, which makes a fun mix.

Do you get Boxycharm? What was your favorite item this month? If you’re thinking of subscribing, I have a friend link here!