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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: May Birchbox

may birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! I've been very pleased with what Birchbox has been sending me lately, though not everything has worked for me. But I feel like the curators are killin' it, ya know? Keep reading to see what I got and to find out what worked and what didn't!

may birchbox

  1. MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Silverlite, $33-  I tried this out both under and on top of my makeup and, no surprise, it is more visible on top. It's pretty subtle compared to the powder highlighters I usually use, so it's great for a more natural looking highlight. This smells great and I do like using it as an illuminating primer, however my NYX illuminating primer is way cheaper so I'll probably stick with that. 
  2. Whish Firming Body Cream, $36- This smells great, feels good, and claims to reduce inflammation and diminish the appearance of stretch marks, though I'm not sure about that since this is only a little sample. The directions say to massage it on your skin for 2-3 minutes, and when you actually try to do that, 2-3 minutes feels like forever. 
  3. COOLA SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray, $36- I was so excited for this because ya girl burns easily and she also frequently forgets to apply sunscreen but always remembers setting spray. This seemed like a perfect solution for me and I wondered why all setting sprays don't have SPF in them. This smells good, but also has a very sunscreen-y scent to it, and the spray isn't very fine, it kinda shoots you in the face instead of a light misting, which could potentially ruin makeup. I love the idea of it, but it needs some improvements before I shell out $36 for a full size bottle. 
  4. OUAI Wave Spray, $26- I've never been a fan of texturizing sprays but everyone raves about OUAI, so I was hopeful. It smells great and claims that it won't dry out your hair. No matter how much or how little of this I used, my hair felt dry and disgusting. Texturizing sprays and my hair just don't get along, I guess. 
  5. The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes, $19.90- It's pretty windy where I live, especially on mountaintops, and my eyes always water like crazy. I almost always forget to put on waterproof mascara, or even buy it, so I was glad to receive this. It's cruelty free and the packaging is super cute, but the wand is pretty basic, so I was unsure of it. As long as I curl my eyelashes before applying it, it looks great and comes off fairly easily with micellar water. I'm not sure if I would buy it, but I'm definitely going to use it till it's gone. 

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Have you tried any of these? Want to sign up for Birchbox? 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Escape to Acadia

acadia national park

It's been raining for a hundred years. I'm obviously exaggerating, but Maine has been getting a ridiculous amount of rain and I'm over it. Between spraining my foot, catching a nasty cold, and the rain, I've hardly been outside lately and that's just not okay. That's why on Friday, when the weather was overcast, Spencer and I headed to Acadia National Park. Since I'm still limping a bit we didn't hike any trails, which is a bummer, but I was just happy to be out of the house and thankfully Acadia offers beautiful views everywhere you look.

acadia national park

Our first stop was the Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain. This overlook has a pretty decent sized parking lot but I've never seen more than two other cars there, and let me tell you, people are missing out. The view, especially on sunny days, is gorgeous and it's such a serene spot.

acadia national park

acadia national park

We proceeded to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and walked the path, visited the gift shop, and pet some cute dogs. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard at 1,530 feet and I can never get enough of the views from up there.

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Next we went to my favorite part of Park Loop road, the part near Otter Cliff. This area is all rocky coast, beautiful views, and salty, misty air. We walked down the trails for a good while but my darn foot wasn't doing well, so that didn't last too long.

acadia national park

acadia national park

Before we headed home, I wanted to explore at least one area that was new to us, so we stopped at Little Hunters Beach. Little Hunters Beach is located about 3 miles past Otter Cliff and is very easy to miss. There's an informational plaque on the side of the road that is barely noticeable, as well as a large staircase. It immediately reminded me of Moonrise Kingdom and I thought it was cute. I took a few photos then put my camera down to enjoy the moment and I started to notice spiders. Spiders everywhere. So many spiders. With every step I took, I would see at least 50 scatter beneath my feet. Maybe that's why it's called Little Hunters Beach?

acadia national park

acadia national park

I definitely overdid it-- my foot was not doing well at the end of our adventure, but it was so worth it. Each visit to Acadia reminds me of how privileged I am to to live so close to such a beautiful place. I strongly encourage you to get out there and Find Your Park and support our National Parks.

What's your favorite National Park? Which one do you want to visit the most? Tell me in the comments!
Monday, May 8, 2017

Music Monday #40

music monday playlist, kate nash, violents, harry styles, kendrick larmar

In case you missed it, Kate Nash recently used Kickstarter to fund her fourth record which I am so darn excited for, especially after the release of her recent EP, Agenda. The campaign ended 222% funded! I backed her campaign and eventually I'll be receiving the fourth album on vinyl, as well as her debut album, Made of Bricks, signed and on pink vinyl. I'm just so excited for all of this and I promise this will be the last time I talk about Kate Nash for a while. Just listen to Agenda, okay? Okay!

Speaking of vinyl, Beyoncé announced a $300 Lemonade vinyl box set, as well as the record on it's own for only $30. Finally! You bet your butt I pre-ordered that...the record, not the whole box set.

Anyway, I'll get to the point of this post...the playlist. Enjoy!

Don't forget you can follow me on Spotify and view past playlists hereWhat have you been listening to lately? Leave me some recommendations in the comments!
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #4

moose near camden maine

Life Lately:

Sooo yeah! A couple weeks ago I had my first confirmed moose sighting. Actually, she came back twice more after the initial sighting. Each time she showed up, she would walk so closely to my house and scare the bejeezus out of me. Not that I was scared of her, but you're never really expecting such a large animal to walk past your window, ya know? Anyway, I'm so happy that I finally saw a moose! To me, seeing an animal in its natural habitat is just the coolest.

Spencer and I have been doing a lot of spring/summer prep and boring business things. (Oh snap, I finally revealed what we've been working on!) It's really nothing worth writing about because I don't think sitting at the auto shop getting our winter tires switched out and filing paperwork is very interesting.

Most recently, I sprained the heck out of my foot and had to make a trip to the ER for the first time in a decade. I didn't even go to the ER after I was in a car accident a couple months ago, so that can tell you how much pain I was in. That injury really put a damper on some plans to go to Acadia but at least my foot isn't broken! It looks like I'll just be hobbling around for a week.

Oh yeah, and my hair is now pastel blue, purple, and pink. I used goodDYEyoung, of course, because it is the best. 

via my Instagram

Link Love: 

  • Summer is approaching and so are vacations! Check out Britt's tips for traveling with dogs. Not only does she provide great advice, she includes a couple photos of her dogs and they are so cute
  • Not too long ago I made a post about podcasts I love, but since posting that I've discovered Fake Goth Girls. I am absolutely obsessed with this podcast. The hosts, Liz and Mia, are so darn relatable and funny. They often discuss the ins and outs of being content creators, so naturally, I find that very interesting and helpful. 
  • Aforementioned Fake Goth Girl, Mia, also recently wrote about how to practice self-care at your work desk
  • Naomi of Teatime With Naomi recently opened an Etsy shop and I'm super into it. Such cuteness!
  • Alex talks Instagram shadowbans, what they are, and how to avoid them (hint: don't use annoying bot services).
  • Spencer and I have been talking about eventually taking a trip to Nova Scotia because why not? It's right there. There's a ferry that goes from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia or we could just drive there and also spend some time in New Brunswick. We have no idea when this trip is happening, probably not anytime soon, but I'm still gathering ideas. I've been loving all of Deni's tips and recommendations for exploring Canada. 

Have you read any great posts lately? Link 'em in the comments!