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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: February Birchbox

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February birchbox

My February Birchbox arrived on Valentine's Day (good timing, Birchbox & USPS!), and I've tried out all the products. Overall this box wasn't my favorite but it also wasn't the worst. But I'm very, very excited for next month's box!

February birchbox

  1. NUXE Moisturizer Cream Crème Fraiche de Beauté, $34- The formula of this is thick, it feels great on my skin, and it smells like a honeysuckle bush. I can't say anything negative about it, except maybe the price, especially because I can see myself using it up very quickly!
  2. PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo, $22- This stuff smells so good. I'd like to find a candle that smells like this shampoo so my house smells like it. Besides the smell, I didn't notice anything extraordinary about it. It says it is color safe, but I noticed it made my color fade quite noticeably, more than other shampoos I've been using lately, so that wasn't too great.
  3. PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Conditioner, $22- I was expecting this conditioner to smell as good as the shampoo, but nope. The smell of this reminds me of a dentists' office or something, if that makes any sense to you. I wish I could put my finger on it, but it's weird. Other than that, this little sample size wasn't at all enough to coat my hair. I've specified my hair length and type to Birchbox so I don't know why they bother sending me these tiny conditioner samples.
  4. Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream, $38-  I put this product on after my primer and before my foundation. The tint of this product isn't right for me, it's a bit orange-y. I had very subtle orange circles around my eyes, which my foundation and concealer covered up. Other than making me look weird, this didn't do anything for me. I think this one will stay in the drawer.
  5. R+Co OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray, $29- If you've been around for a while, you know I am a big fan of R+Co products. However, I don't use hairspray that often anymore, especially since my curling wand creates curls/waves that last for days instead of falling out within a couple hours. I used a little bit of this to tame some flyaways and the hold lasted all day, didn't give my hair the crunchy look, and of course, it smells so good. There are certainly comparable products out there for less money, though. 
  6. LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter in Ninza, $25- I chose this item to be in my box and I was under the impression it would be a very sheer color for some reason. Nope, not sheer at all. The color is beautiful and goes on well, but it's not a good color on me. It's a horrible color on me, really. I would definitely try this product in a lighter shade.


Have you tried any of these products? Have you signed up for Birchbox yet?
Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Monday #37

music monday playlist, lightspeed champion, los campesinos!, neaux, cold war kids

Remember when I said 2017 was going to be a great year for music? Yeah, I wasn't wrong. On the 24th Los Campesinos! released a new album, Sick Scenes, and The New Pornographers released another single this past week from their upcoming album, Whiteout Conditions, that (sadly) isn't being released till April 7th.

Oh, and I'm still obsessing over Eisley's new album, I'm Only Dreaming. I mean, look at it!

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Find all my past Music Monday playlists here, and don't forget that you can follow me on Spotify. Want me to check out your band's music? Get in touch!

What have you been listening to lately? 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

After weeks of freezing weather and having snow dumped down on us day after day, we finally had a little relief. Sunday was (mostly) sunny and 52 degrees, which is t-shirt weather to most Mainers. Spencer and I had been dying to visit Acadia National Park again but not in the harsh cold. Although the ground was still covered in snow, Sunday was our best option.

Acadia National Park

We weren't 100% sure what we were going to do once we got to Acadia. Most things are closed till April and we don't snowshoe or cross-country ski, so that left us extremely limited. The places that were open had limited parking because of the snow piled up in half of the spots and the tourists staying on Mount Desert Island had flocked there very early in the morning. We drove around for quite a while looking for things to do, then finally came across the entrance to the Ocean Drive portion of Park Loop Road, one of my favorite parts of Acadia and one of the few areas that is open this time of year.

Acadia National Park

The Ocean Drive area was packed but we found parking quickly. Tons of people were out walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. We got out and started walking south, from Thunder Hole to Otter Cliff but stopped a lot along the way to try to get closer to the water. Spencer and I both wandered into some deep snow a couple times and were snickered at by the snowshoers and skiers. Whatever, at least we were out there! But it was quite funny, I giggle each time I see this photo of Spencer caught in the snow.

Acadia National Park

It really is so much different to experience Acadia in the winter when Mount Desert Island is blanketed in snow. I was a  bit cocky, thinking I knew the place like the back of my hand, but the snow changes that.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia is as beautiful as ever right now and I already wish that I was back there. If you haven't been, I can't recommend it enough. Don't forget that the National Park Service offers free entrance days, so start planning your visit to a National Park!

Which National Park is your favorite? Which one do you want to visit the most? Arches and Saguaro are at the top of my list!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: February Ipsy Glam Bag

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#ipsymuchlove February glam bag

So far I've been very pleased with Ipsy, though this is only my second Glam Bag. I love that I can earn points and redeem them for extra products, I love how many giveaways they constantly have running, and of course, I love what they've been sending me! I think the thing I liked the least about this month's Glam Bag was the bag itself-- the denim with neon orange accents just doesn't speak to me.

#ipsymuchlove February glam bag

  1. The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream, $48- This is super thick, creamy, hydrating, and smells great. Because of the price, I don't see myself buying a full size bottle but thankfully I think this sample size will last me a while!
  2. LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in Smoking Mauve, $9- I love this color! It's a little more gray than it looks in the above photo and looks great with my skin tone. It also stayed on really well with just one coat and no top coat. I would definitely buy more shades from this brand. 
  3. Lord & Berry LINE/SHADE Eye Pencil in #221 Black, $19- I don't use pencil eyeliners very often anymore, but it's always good to have one or two around. This one went on very easily and the formula was very smooth, creamy, and well-pigmented.
  4. Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Blush Brush 514, $18- When I first took this out of my bag, I couldn't stop rubbing it on my face. Is there anything better than a brand spankin' new, soft makeup brush? Other than that, it's great. It picks up the right amount of product and none of the bristles have fallen out. 
  5. Biobelle #StayGorgeous and #Iwokeuplikethis Sheet Masks, $5 each- Just like the sheet masks that I received in my first Glam Bag, these made my face feel more greasy than hydrated. However, these fit and stayed well on my face, unlike many other sheet masks. Overall they're not my favorite but they're not horrible. 



Do you subscribe to Ipsy? What do you think? Want to subscribe? 
Monday, February 20, 2017

Music Monday #36

music monday playlist

This past week one of my all-time favorite bands, Eisley, released a new album, I'm Only Dreaming. This is their first album since two of their members left and I must say, I am absolutely beaming with pride over this beautiful album. Is it weird to be proud of people I've never met? Maybe, but I don't care. I could go on and on about this album, but I'll spare you. Just listen to it! I've been listening to it non-stop and I can't wait for my vinyl record to arrive in the mail. 

Oh yeah, and Prince is finally on Spotify!



What have you been listening to this week? 
Friday, February 17, 2017

Popham Beach

popham beach state park maine

Spencer and I had some errands to run yesterday about an hour south of where we live, in Bath, but I was over it almost as soon as we got there. After we took a coffee break we headed 20 minutes south to Phippsburg, where Popham Beach State Park is. Why not visit the beach during the middle of winter?

popham beach state park maine

Unlike our recent trip to Owl's Head State Park, Popham Beach wasn't completely deserted. There were quite a few people surfing while we were there. The entrance to the beach was covered in thick snow and there was no escaping it. We trudged through the snow, some of it went up to our knees. Spencer fell forward and faceplanted in the snow a couple times, but he'll deny that.

popham beach state park maine

Before we left the area I really wanted to visit Fort St. George, part of the Popham Colony that was founded in 1607, but I think it's safe to assume that no one has shoveled the a path through the snow there. We hung around the beach for a while but big surprise, we were pretty cold, especially since we had walked through a ton of snow. We made our way back to the car, thawed out a bit (thank you, heated seats), and headed home, thus concluding yet another mini-winter adventure.

popham beach state park maine

The beach was more beautiful than I could capture, and certainly more beautiful than I was expecting.  We'll definitely be heading back there when the snow melts!
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Owl's Head

owl's head lighthouse

I've been a little quiet lately because I've been snowed in quite a lot, meaning I've been bored and uninspired quite a lot. Yesterday the weather was decent-ish and Spencer and I were determined to get out and explore. Our initial plan was to head to the top of Mount Battie, where we were married, but the auto road was closed. I can't blame them, it's probably a pain in the butt to plow. After a little bit of defeated wandering, we ended up at Owl's Head State Park.

owl's head state park

Owl's Head State Park is located near Rockland and is home to Owl's Head Light, an operational lighthouse that was opened in 1825. Oh, and it may or may not be haunted. The park was completely empty, but that was no surprise since it was 30 degrees, colder with the windchill, and snow was on its way. We parked in one of the few parking spots that wasn't covered in snow and walked for about 5 minutes till we reached the lighthouse. It was a short walk, but the cold made it seem much further!

owl's head lighthouse
Boots:  Dr. Martens 1460 Vegan 8-Eye Boots. Backpack: Herschel (old, similar here). Coat: L.L. Bean (old, similar here). 
We didn't go all the way to the top of the lighthouse because the steps were pretty icy and we were in no mood to fall and knock our teeth out. We stayed by the lighthouse and enjoyed the view for only a minute or so before we power-walked back down the steps to the trail. I didn't want to leave so quickly, but my lips and fingers were starting to go numb.

owl's head state park

owl's head state park

owl's head state park

We couldn't make it down near the beach this time, but now we know this is definitely a place to come back to when the snow melts!

Do you do any outdoor exploring in the winter? What about ghosts, real or nah? 
Monday, February 6, 2017

Music Monday #35

music monday playlist

2017 has me very excited. So many of my favorite bands have already released new music, or have announced that they will be later this year. This week I've been listening to The Menzingers new album, After The Party, nonstop plus a few others. 


What have you been listening to this week? 
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Deer Isle Day Trip

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caterpillar hill maine
view from Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick

This time of year in Maine, it's hard to find things to do. Most things are closed till April or May, so for a non-skiing, non-snowboarding person like myself, things can get a little monotonous. Spencer and I decided to explore a bit, even though it was 20 degrees outside, and went to Deer Isle, an island on the other side of the Penobscot Bay.

winter in midcoast maine
Vegan Dr. Marten boots -- Vans Era Vansguard sneakers

It was too cold and windy to get out of the car for more than a minute at a time, and even with the grass and trees all brown and dead, Deer Isle was still beautiful. We didn't know what we were looking for or where we were going, so we drove around aimlessly looking at the water and beautiful houses. 

winter in midcoast maine

After realizing we had no plan and we had no idea where to go, we headed back to our town and went to a small nearby beach. 

winter in midcoast maine

winter in midcoast maine

Ultimately it was a pretty uneventful day, but I had never been to Deer Isle before and I love exploring with Spencer. We're planning a few more day trips over the next few weeks and I can't wait!