✽ beauty & body tips & reviews ✽

Hello Again, Sure has been a while since i’ve posted, and I am beyond sorry. As you can see i gave my blog a new look. This theme gave me more options and a better format. I will be doing a photo shoot this coming week so be sure to look out for that!

I’ve decided to update you on all my favorite beauty & body products and tips that help me along the way day to day. I am currently and have been receiving BirchBox every month for a while now and I am OBSESSED. If you don’t know what this is, it is a subscription based company where you pay 10$ a month and receive a box full of beauty or hair sample products and try them out. You can actually filter your profile to what age, type of products you want in there, and your personality. I receive everything from makeup to hair to facial to lotions. Anything you can imagine. I normally receive 6-8 products in a box along with their description, cost, how to use them, and tips and tricks. They also some months that BirchBox throws in little extra “surprise” like new candy that hasn’t come out yet or an extra product just to keep you interested. Then if you really liked a product you can go to their website and buy a full size product directly from there. It’s a great way to find & try new products if you don’t have time, don’t know where to look or use, or just like receiving little surprise gifts every month!

So let me tell you what i love:

This is not from my BirchBox, but it is from the salon I use (Morgan Ashley Salon & Studio). They use all Bumble & Bumble products.

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer       8.5 oz ( $26 )     Buy Online or at TargetBB

This is infused with 6 featherlight oils it helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways, ease styling and protect against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage. Just spritz on hair when damp and comb through then style! Easy & makes my hair super soft and non-frizzy. Amazing light sunflower smell. This product is definitely worth all you pay for it and it lasts a long time. All Organic, no chemicals used in this product.

This is From my BirchBox this month & MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCT

Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle      8.0 oz ( $ 21.95 )      Buy on BirchBox.com    


Although i’m not a huge fan of the packaging (lets face it, i learned in my Fashion class last year 70% of our judgement on a product is the packaging & design) , this is my absolute favorite hair product i’ve ever used. I used to just think hair products were a joke and never helped, but this spray is magical. The smell is heavenly and I’m a huge critic on smells. This is the best smelling spray EVER its like a mixture of cotton candy and heaven, i don’t even know how it could smell so good. Just like above, you spritz on hair when damp then style. This makes your hair soft, silky, smooth, all while protecting it from damage. Paraben & Sulfate Free!

Not from my BirchBox, just discovered it on my own.

Vaseline Spray & Go Lotion       6.5 oz ( $ 6.49 )       Most SuperStores & Online


These are lotions you simply spray, rub on, and GO. These dry so incredibly fast & leave no greasy, sticky, or lotiony feel behind… which i cannot stand, (yuck). You can put your clothes right on after spraying and not have to worry about it sticking or you can go right to class and not feel greasy all day, but keep you moisturized & bring a healthy glow to your skin ALL DAY. I’ve tried the Aloe & Oat and love both. These are also sometimes available in store brand as well for cheaper price, they work just as well!

Next lotion is from my BirchBox this month:

TOCCA Hand Lotion      2.0 oz ( $ 10.00 )       Only at Birchbox.com


This product is not just hand lotion, can be used for any part of the body. This lotion also dries incredibly quickly. I just put it on and counted to 30 seconds and it was already dry, no greasy or sticky feeling. The secret to this intensely hydrating cream is an indulgent blend of Shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe. It’s small enough I think this product would be perfect to keep with you for a little help feeling and looking great while traveling. I received the (Bianca) scent which is Green Tea & Lemon, very fresh and herbal. Comes in many other scents to pick and choose!

This i got as a sample freebee from the Benefit makeup counter & it’s a winner.

Watt’s Up Facial Highlighter     .33oz ( $ 30.00 )      Benefit Makeup


This is a great way to sparkle on a special night or party. Simply apply to cheekbones or brow bones over or before makeup and blend for a beautiful glow to enhance your face. You can also apply to the nose to create definition. I love using highlighter because when light hits your face at different angles it brings a light champagne glow to your face making you feel glamorous and beautiful. Here’s a video they made to help you out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6FM4lvL7A#t=32.

Not in my BirchBox but discovered myself:

Elf Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter      ( $ 3.00)     Walmart & Walgreens


This is one of my go to’s after a long night or just wanting to look fresh and awake. Elf is a great brand and this product is made with organic product likes chamomile green tea and vitamin c. The concealer comes in 3 different shades for skin tones. Apply under the eye to disguise bags, reduce appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Helps firm the under eye. The highlighter then gives you a brightness to work as an “instant eye lift” works great as a eyeshadow base as well, so no creasing! Gives a great youthful glow all for 3 dollars, OH YES GIRL.

Discovered on my own:

 Master Duo Liquid Eyeliner     ( $ 5.29 )    Superstores, Walgreens, Ulta


This eyeliner is wonderful. It’s waterproof, but comes easily off with makeup remover. Comes in 6 glossy shades. The best part is it has a dual tip so one way you turn it leaves a thicker line, and the other a very thin line. So you can easily go from thin to thick or the other way around. Simple & easy to use. Stays on, doesn’t smudge or come off all day!

Received in my BirchBox:

Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner      ( $ 16.00 )     Birchbox.com or Cynthiarowley.com


This is a great non-liquid eyeliner. Rolls on easily with a creamy crayon type consistency. It’s smooth and lasts all day. Great for smudging or rubbing to create a subtle line on lid. Colors range from simple black to violet to even metallic. Vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.

Discovered on my own:

Maybelline Colossal Mascara     ( $ 5.94 )      SuperStores, Walgreens, Ulta


This mascara is IT. It’s all i ever buy and want to buy. Nothing will change my feelings about this mascara. It elongates my lashes, thickens them, and stays all day. 9x the volume. It is washable and also available in water proof as well as & No Clumping!

Mascara Tips & Tricks: 

Start with one simple coat of mascara, go back and forth in a horizontal wiggle motion from bottom to top on top and bottom lashes. Next go from behind or underneath and brush up to make the backs of the lashes covered too- if you do not do this it does not elongate your lashes to their longest potential. This is one trick i have learned and it makes such a difference in my eyelashes. I will upload a video later of me doing this in person so you can actually see how. Next apply another coat of the mascara for a bolder look to your eyes, then SAVE your old mascaras that have run out and clean it and brush through your lashes to make sure of no clumping and sticking!

I think i’ve saved the best for last….

Moodstuck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique    ( $ 29.00 )     Younique.com or Younique Sales Associate


Left: Regular Mascara Right: 3d Fiber Mascara


This mascara gives you the real false lash look without the heavy sticky feel of actual false lashes. This mascara is a two part series. You first begin with your regular everyday mascara. Apply one coat. Then apply the mascara transplanting gel (it is black). Then apply the natural fibers on top of it. You do it the same way you would with the mascara wand. After that simply apply one more coat of the transplanting gel. This mascara is WATER RESISTANT but washes off easily with makeup remover. I only wear this on special nights or any occasion i want a little extra pop to my eyes.

That’s just a quick little product review to helpfully help you out with new products, or trying new things! Hope you enjoyed and try some of these out. They are definitely worth it!

XoXo. TheBohoBarbie

6 thoughts on “✽ beauty & body tips & reviews ✽

  1. Barbara Hoskins says:

    I enjoyed all of your tips, I had seen the Birch box but didn’t know if it was any good . Thanks for the info

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Pam Atchuson says:

    Love reading your comments on products that you have tried and have loved. This info gives us opinions from a person we know, and we know you are voicing your true opinion and not trying to push a product cause a company paid you to promote their product. Great job!

  3. janscruggs says:

    I have watched this “little girl with the blonde curls” grow into a stunningly beautiful young lady with a style that is uniquely “Gabs.” I can’t wait to see what she will become. I would not be surprised if one day soon the place to be I Birmingham is
    “BOhobarbie’s BOtique & Salon”
    Watch for it!

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