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!

Kaja Beauty Swatches! Launching at Sephora on 9/18

A new K-Beauty launch!

Meet Kaja Beauty, a Korean Beauty brand that’s exclusively launching in Sephora on Tuesday! This line has the cutest packaging and fun product names, like stacked shadows and a highlighter called Mochi Glow! I love all the pastel shades and pops of berries on the outer packaging and the actual formulas are all beautifully pigmented as well. I think they did a wonderful job with the variety of textures too, from bouncy highlighters, pressed glitter eyeshadows, and creamy lip stains to cushion blushes.

I received an incredibly generous package to review, so here are some swatches! In an effort to be less wasteful and pass on products I knew I wouldn’t wear (either because I’m so pale or just from personal preference), I didn’t swatch every shade. So check out the Sephora website because their swatches are great!

These are the adorable Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blushes ($24) in Coy, Bossy, Fiesty, and Saucy (from the open one clockwise). They’re a cushion formula and the top twists off to reveal a heart-shaped applicator. It’s dense and a bit hard, so I wasn’t expecting to like it, but the applicator is actually perfect for tapping the blush into your skin. You can also use it to apply a bit of the color and then easily blend with your fingers since the formula is so liquid.

Here’s my favorite shade, Fiesty. It’s a cool-toned pink that looks like a cute, natural flush on the skin. The bottom swatch is one press with the applicator, while I dotted the top one about five times. The packaging is a bit bulky compared to most slim blushes, but I actually appreciate how the applicator is built right in. Since I love their heart-shaped sponge, I can ditch my blush brush, which saves space and is perfect for travel.

These adorable highlighters make me think of Neapolitan ice cream! They’re too cute! The Mochi Glow Bouncy Highlighter ($19) comes in four shades that should work for any skin tone. Prizm (opened) is a duo-chrome pinky-peach – it’s a really fun shade. Toy Alien (front) is a cool-toned champagne. Luna (left) is a medium gold and Stardust (right) is a bronze shade. I think these have my favorite texture; they’re bouncy and smooth while still being shimmery and reflective. I’m not a big highlighter-wearer, but I think Prizm is a unique option that I’m excited to try out!

Here’s a swatch of the Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain in Cashmere. I love that this formula is a true lip stain and not exactly a liquid lipstick; they don’t flake off and instead leave a popsicle like stain as they fade. You can use the doe-foot applicator to apply full on color or dab a tiny amount in with your finger for a pretty flush. You have to be a little more precise with the full on color since these are SO pigmented, but they last a really long time as a stain. Cashmere is a gorgeous berry that’s perfect for fall.

I love the name and packaging on the Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio ($21). They’re a conveniently stacked trio with a mirror in the lid. All of the shades are glittery and highly pigmented; I was really impressed with how reflective they are! There’s a bit of fallout to watch out for since they’re so glittery. I don’t own glitter glue, but that would probably help. Considering how many single shades at Sephora are $20, I think these are a great deal!

Here’s the Orange Blossom trio, which just screams fall to me. The top shade is more rose gold, while the middle is an orangey-gold, and the bottom is a bronze-ish brown. See how well they catch the light? I’m definitely going to be wearing these all over the lid.

While I’m normally drawn to warmer shades, the Rosewater trio is actually my favorite! I think the shadows are all so beautiful and I can see myself traveling with just this and two matte singles, light cream and taupe. The top shade is like a champagne, the middle is a light pink, and the bottom is a stunning burgundy. The way these reflect light is just mesmerizing.

Overall, I’m loving how playful and unique this line is! I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you see a shade you like in the eyeshadows or blushes.

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?