Birchbox Preview: December 2012

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Here’s a quick look at what I got in my December Birchbox. Check out that full sized lipgloss! (Retail: $16)

Thanks so much to the person who used my Birchbox referral link recently, I really appreciate it! Those points helped with my holiday shopping too! I had 300 Birchbox points, found a $10 off $35 coupon code, and there is free shipping on orders over $25. So I scored $40 worth of makeup gifts for free! (Stila lipgloss set & eyeshadow palette). Did I mention that I freakin’ love Birchbox? [In case you’re not familiar with the points system, 300 points equals $30 in their shop, and you earn 10 points for every product you review on their site. Referrals will give you 50 points AND the sincere thanks of the person whose link you’ve used!]

It seems as though the Zoya flash promos have ended now, did you guys score any good deals? I missed alot of them but was able to get 2 free lipglosses, a code for buy 2 get 2 free on polish, and a free Gilty topcoat w/ purchase of a dream box!! (With free shipping on each order too!). As usual, the Zoya fb page had some talk of people cheating, and I’m not sure if that’s why the promos ended when they did or not. For me, the main secret to scoring those promos is that I have two monitors, and just kept all of their pages open in various tabs while I was working on my other screen, not to mention refreshing the pages alot. Anyway, it’s awesome of Zoya to do this every year and I’ll take some pics when I’m brave enough to try Gilty.

Instead of typing out a gift guide this year, I’m doing a board for it on Pinterest. I’ll be updating it some more in the next few days. Are you guys finished with your shopping? I’m not. Yikes! Just gotta do it a little at a time and hope I can get everything in time.

Lastly, I have a quick question for y’all. I bought one of my nieces some makeup brushes (shh, don’t tell her), and the box they arrived in is a little squished. It’s still useable, but I’m not thrilled about it. It also has the price printed on the box.. don’t you hate when they do that? My question is, does anyone have any creative ideas for how to wrap them out of the box? I may end up buying a little brush roll or makeup bag, but if anyone has any ideas about how to box them up I’d love to hear it. I’ve considered repurposing a Birchbox, I’m just not exactly sure how I’d keep the brushes in place unless I rubber band them to something. Or perhaps tie the brushes up in a ribbon inside a decorated Birchbox? Let me know if you have any ideas! Thanks!

*My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Connecticut after the horrible tragedy that happened there. May they find whatever peace and comfort they can, though we know their lives will never be the same. And may they find the strength to carry on.

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