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July Birchbox

Birchbox had a really special treat for us in July.  This month’s picks are all personally selected by designer Cynthia Rowley and even the outside of the box is cute!

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Project 10 Pan Update

On my last update, I told you about how I had actually only finished nine products instead of ten.  Well since then, I’ve finished up TEN more products and I’m back to tell you about them.  Only one is a repeat and that is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted scrunch gel so I won’t mention that one again. Here is the list:

COVERGIRL LashExact mascara in black brown

Clean & Clear Grapefruit body wash

Clinique Toner level 3

Almay SmartShade SmartBalance light

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

Garnier leave-in conditioner curl & shine

Rimmel Eye Makeup Remover

Philosophy Chocolate Cookie Body Wash

Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick

Philosophy On a Clear Day Oil-Free Moisturizer

Philosophy’s Beach Girl Set

Periodically I’ll feature a product I’m using that does not contain at least one of the ingredients I am trying to avoid.  I received this Beach Girl set for my birthday in June.  I wasn’t even aware then, but Sephora told me it is formulated without parabens, phthalates, GMO’s, triclosan, mineral oil, or propylene glycol.  Parabens are one of the main ingredients I am trying to stay away from and when I learned that these were paraben-free, I was so happy 🙂


0.5 oz Beach Girl High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine: Polybutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’abeille, Fragrance/Parfum, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, C30-45 Olefin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Squalene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sodium Saccharin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410).

4.0 oz Beach Girl Body Lotion: water⁄aqua⁄eau, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, glycerin, isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl olivate, isopropyl myristate, squalane, fragrance⁄parfum, sorbitan olivate, cetyl alcohol, limonene, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, dimethicone, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, butylene glycol, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydroxyethyl acrylate⁄sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, macadamia integrifolia seed oil, hydrogenated palm glycerides, potassium cetyl phosphate, cetyl palmitate,sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, zea mays (corn) oil, sorbitan palmitate, hexylene glycol, disodium edta, potassium sorbate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, tris (tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) citrate, xanthan gum, caprylyl glycol, benzyl benzoate, citral, citronellol, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, phenoxyethanol, yellow 5 (ci 19140), red 4 (ci 14700), yellow 6 (ci 15985).

4.0 oz Beach Girl Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ppg-2 Hydroxyethyl Cocamide, Lauryl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocotrienols, Squalene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 6 (Ci 15985).

Doesn’t just looking at that list of ingredients make your head spin?  I’m a firm believer that the fewer ingredients in a product, the better it is for us (and it also helps if we can read, pronounce, and understand all of them too!).

Even though it’s been a few months, I have hardly touched the lip gloss at all.  I’ve used it a few times but it seemed to be too thick for me.  I’ll have to pull it out again and just use a teeny bit of it over top of another color; I think that would be the best way to go.

I was turned off by the lotion at first because it is pretty thin and runny, but I’ve been keeping it at my desk at work recently and I’m loving it!  I just have to be careful to turn it upside down and shake it down into the end of the tube before I open it.  It keeps my hands soft and moisturized for hours and it really smells like orange crush!  The scent definitely helps brighten my work day 🙂

The 3-in-1 shower gel on the other hand, is almost gone.  Be careful because it is runny and comes out too fast if you don’t turn it upside down before opening.  It lathers up awesomely on my loofah and even just between my hands, too.  In a pinch I’ve used it as a shampoo before and loved it.  It seemed just like any other shampoo, it just smelled really good and didn’t leave a trace of the scent in my hair after rinsing.

What paraben-free products have you found that you like?

Philosophy Shower Gel SALE

Philosophy is currently having a sale on their popular 3-1 shower gels which also doubles (triples?) as a shampoo and shave gel.  They are 3 for $33 and the sale is only valid for select 16oz varieties.  Here is a link for some more information.

Also, this month marks the 14th anniversary of Philosophy and to celebrate, they are hosting daily giveaways and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree!  You can enter every day by going here, enter your email address, then play a fun game!  The winner of the shopping spree will be announced April 1st.  Good luck ladies!