Borghese Splendore vs. High Beam vs Buxom Luminizer



Dupe time again!  I received the Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup in my December Birchbox and immediately thought that it looked like Benefit High Beam.  So I decided to do some swatching…


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As you can see with most of my ideas of dupes I am completely off.  It just goes to show that just because something looks the same in the bottle doesn’t mean it is.   I think the Buxom is a true golden highlight, High Beam is a pink, and the Borghese is a rose gold.  When you swatch the Borghese next to high beam it appears more gold and then when swatched next to the Buxom is appears more pink.

Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup:: $30.00

benefit High Beam:: $26.00

Buxon Divine Goddess Luminzer:: $28.00

Birchbox December 2014


I love how sometimes Birchbox adds a little something extra to your name… How cute is that?!

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And I love love love the box this month!

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Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup–

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Birchbox Says: Light Diffusing liquid shimmer that veils imperfections and leaves a gorgeous glow.

Lara Says: This looks similar to benefits High Beam, I’m interested to compare them.  and this is a generous sample size!

Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hr Mascara–



Birchbox Says: With its unique sculpting brush, this long-lasting formula gives lashes a dramatic lift.

Lara Says: You know I love me some mascara so I’m excited to give this a go and I’ll be sure to let you know the results. 

Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask–

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Birchbox Says: Made with antioxidant-rich tea, this mask firms and brightens skin in just eight minutes.

Lara Says: Yay! A face mask I can write a review on… 🙂 

Rusk Texture Spray–

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Birchbox Says: This medium hold spray gives any hair volume and shape— while keeping its natural bounce.

Lara Says:  I equally want to try this product and not try it. Why? I want to know what the fuss is (This is probably one of the most talked about hair products of the year) and I also don’t want to try it in case I like because of with the price tag involved… Is ignorance bliss?  Who knows… 

SeaRX Anti-Wrinkle Facial Lift Treatment Serum–



Birchbox Says: With Dead Sea minerals and potent hydrators, this formula fights wrinkles and fine lines.

Lara Says: I’ve noticed some lines this year.. EEKK… Now I’m all about getting them tighter and preventing new ones so this shall be given a fair shot. 

 My Birchbox this month is worth $54.63 Merry Christmas to me! 

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Ok so if you are not on board with Birchbox what are you waiting for?!  One of the reasons I keep coming back to Birchbox is their points system where you use your points to buy products in the Shop. You can get points a few different ways: One is by referring people (50 points),  buying products in the shop (1 point for every $1 spent), and by reviewing the products you received in your box (10 points for each review).  And… 100 points=$10.  So with a little math you can see that if you review all your products every month, you will get, on average, $5 in points a month.  I like to look at that as getting my box for half price!