What's In My Makeup Bag?: Middle School Edition

Readers, allow us to introduce you to Rebecca Zimmerman, the wise-beyond-her-years daughter of Birchbox’s lawyer. We first fell in love with Becca when she sent a personalized Birchbox to our co-founder Katia earlier this year. Not only had the teen filled the box with a selection of her tried-and-true beauty faves, but she’d also decorated the box with hand-drawn leopard print. In addition to being a product whiz, she is also a great writer—which is why we asked her to make a cameo on the Birchbox Blog. Read on for her makeup bag picks. 

As a teenager, it’s hard to find a makeup look that’s quick, easy, and won’t be criticized in the hallways. While it’s difficult to pick the items I use the most (the amount of makeup I wear always depends on my mood), I can tell you the products that I always keep in my bag:

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara: An absolute must. I use this almost every day. Out of all the mascaras I have tried, this works the best for me. It volumizes and lengthens my eyelashes without clumping.

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Growing my Missing Eye Lashes with SmartFX SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer

Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I’ve been losing my eyelashes! I lost a big chunk of my bottom eyelashes, which never grew back! 

I’ve been using SmartLash for the past week, twice daily. It is still too early to tell any definite results. My bottom lashes did not grow any new lashes. However, I noticed that my top lashes seems a bit longer than usual.

I will wait a few more weeks to see the full results. I’ve used Jan Marini eyelash serum in the past for my then over-waxed eyebrows, and it worked like magic.

I purchased my SmartLash at a discount for $29.99 USD from Dermstore. Dermstore will have such promos at times, but the usual price for this lash serum is $125USD. Honestly, I don’t think I would purchase any lash serums at that price! 

Info from Dermstore:

SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer (0.16oz.)

What it is:
A lash enhancement formula for a longer, fuller looking lash line.

What it’s used for:
This non-irritating lash enhancement gem completely transforms the appearance of your lashes. If you desire a lash line that looks thick, long and full, SmartLash is the formula for you. The prostaglandin-free blend frees you from the harsh side effects of other lash enhancement products. Results may be seen in as little as seven days! Also beneficial for brow enhancement.

In clinical studies, participants experienced:

  • 100% saw an increase in the appearance of eyelash length, fullness and thickness after 30 days.
  • 100% indicated a superior performance of this product when compared to previously used eyelash enhancement products.
  • 100% said they feel like they need less mascara.
  • 100% would recommend SMARTLASH to a friend.

*Results based on a 60-day independent clinical study with product application twice a day. 


Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Apigenin, Glutamic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Octapeptide-2, Panthenol, Mannitol, Biotin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Disodium Succinate, Sodium Oleate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlor Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA.


Shake before use. Apply twice a day (morning and evening) to the eyelid skin at the base of the lashes (do not apply directly to the lashes). Can be applied to the eyelid skin at the base or both the upper and lower lashes and must be allowed to dry fully before application of eyeliner or mascara. One tube of SmartLash will last approximately 30 days with twice-daily use.


My Glam- March. Did you get one? do you like it? do you wish you got one?

I never really showed you all what the package looks like that it comes in the mail.

This is the backside, obviously the front has my info.  But its pink and shiny and bubbly.  Lol.

So I wasn’t super impressed with this month’s, but there were a few things I liked/appreciated, and the rest will be good for giveaways.

This month’s bag:

I do like this bag.  The inside is an easy to clean one, and its cute and nice fabric.

All of the cards that came with it, first off:

I do wanna say I vouch for dermstore from the experience I have had with them.  They offer free shipping, samples, and gifts (at least in my experience; obviously don’t know if they will always) and the shipping was fast, products in tact, etc.  It is where I bought the lash serum I’m using (that is working- for sure) for $30.

At first when I saw this I was kinda like what the..?  But its a neat little holder.

I have a lot of brushes but don’t ever mind adding to my collection, so I think this was a good addition to the bag.  I haven’t used it yet but it seems sturdy and nice.

I swear I should just start collecting these lol.  What was in it:

Murad reminds me of my mom, so I automatically think of her and offer the product to her if it doesn’t intrigue me.  Otherwise this will go in a giveaway; just because I have eye creams.

I may try this or it may go in a giveaway- probably the latter but I’m not quite sure yet.

Again with the Murad- (not a bad thing) I’m not sure how I feel about this.  I don’t usually use things like this so I may just go with that instinct and give it away.

This I was interested in.  I tint my hair different colors every once in a while; darker, lighter, or like now reddish.  I’m interested to see if and how it works.

So overall not a bad bag- just wasn’t wowed this time, didn’t fall in love with anything, you know?  But I’ll be staying with them for now and don’t regret the bag purchase.  (Albeit I don’t know if I even paid.  They keep “charging” to an expired card.)

So how about you guys?