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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: March Birchbox

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pretty mighty march birchbox

This month's Birchbox, the Pretty Mighty box, was in collaboration with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand. Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorite actresses and I think I've had a crush on her since I was 9 years old. The sample choices and the curated Birchbox were chosen by Reese herself.

pretty mighty march birchbox

  1. Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer in Medium, $29-  I wasn't too excited about this at first, especially because this bronzer is a bit shimmery and I prefer matte bronzers, but I actually really like it. It is very pigmented, so you have to watch out for that when applying it, but it isn't too dark for me and doesn't make me look orange. I haven't tested to see exactly how water resistant it is, though.
  2. Bioderma Hydrabio H20, $16.99- With my usual micellar water, I have to apply a bit of pressure when rubbing off my eye makeup. With this micellar water, I didn't have to apply any pressure, it came off so easily. If I didn't go through micellar water so quickly, I would definitely consider purchasing this. 
  3. ARROW ENHANCE Waterproof Eyeliner + Brightener, $16- I chose this sample to be in my box because I've been loving light, bright colors in my lower waterline lately. I've been using NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk ($4.99) and it gets the job done, but it definitely doesn't stay all day. I've heard that some people set theirs with powder but I don't really want to put powder on my lower waterline.This liner is a pretty color and does stay all day, but I just wish that it was a lot more pigmented. It's very subtle, which others may like, but I'd just like it to be much brighter. The full size version of this product is double-ended and has a black eyeliner on the other end, which doesn't sound bad for $16.
  4. Beauty Protector Protect & Volume, $23.50- I absolutely love this brand but I've grown weary of volumizing products. They always give my hair such a gross texture or makes my hair looks piecey, which isn't bad, but it's not what I want. This product didn't add any weird texture to my hair, but I also didn't notice any extra volume. 
  5. Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum, Medium to Coarse, $38- This serum smells so good, smooths my hair, and makes it feel soft and silky, but I can't say that it's worth the price. I can't see any difference between this and the $28 serum I got in my January Birchbox, using $9 jojoba oil, and the $6 serum that can be found at a drugstore. Maybe it's worth it because it smells so good?
pretty mighty march birchbox

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

Music Monday #38

music monday playlist

If you haven't realized it yet, I'm a little Hamilton crazy. I've finally gotten Spencer into Hamilton so we've mostly been listening to that, as well as the Hamilton Mixtape, for the past week. When I need a break from Hamilton (which isn't too often), here's what I've been listening to lately.

I started this playlist with a track from Jasmin Kaset, whose album I received in my last VNYL delivery. I have to reiterate that the VNYL curators did so well, I've had "Strange Traveller" stuck in my head for a couple weeks. 

What's been stuck in your head lately? Don't forget to follow me on Spotify! Find all my Music Monday playlists here
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #2

coastal maine botanical gardens

Life lately:

I am so happy that it's finally spring, but unfortunately the above photo wasn't taken recently. Everything is still pretty brown and dead here and the ground is still blanketed in snow. I just need some flowers and greenery in my life!

It's been a busy couple of weeks for me and I've felt tired and overwhelmed most of the time, but I am so excited for the coming months. I'm not 100% sure what's going to happen in the coming months, but the potential is exciting! This was pretty vague. Ha. Whoops. Sometimes you just gotta keep things to yourself.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was going on a super-secret trip this weekend (spoiler: it was to Chicago) but there were so many conflicting things going on, I cancelled. I'm pretty disappointed but a little relieved. I booked the trip on a whim, which I don't typically do, it has been years since I last traveled by myself, and a lot of the details were still up in the air. Maybe I'll re-book the trip sometime soon when things are more calm and give myself more time to plan.

Link Love:

Is spring arriving where you live, or are you still stuck in winter? What did you read this week? 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: March Ipsy Glam Bag

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Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag

I was so excited by the Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag when it was revealed, especially because I love the new design of the bag itself. This bag is one that I may actually use again, it's so cute! After finding some Glam Bag spoilers on Hello Subscription, I had high hopes for mine. However, I was only excited about 2 out of 5 products in this bag-- keep reading to find out which products I loved!

Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag
  1. Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rosé by Tarte, $20- I know this product comes in lots of different colors, but Ipsy sent the absolute best color for me. It's the perfect shade and it dries super quickly. I'm certainly going to be buying a full size. 
  2. Blush & Glow by So Susan, $22.95- This blush is a pretty color, but I prefer matte blushes over shimmery blushes, and this is very shimmery. 
  3. Affinitic Snail Cream by Ladykin, $22- Yeah, you may have guessed that this has actual snail secretion in it. 80% of this product is snail slime. Though I've heard snail slime can be very beneficial for skin, I just didn't feel right about using this, so I didn't. A quick Google search will tell you how the snails' secretion is harvested. I gave this stuff a sniff out of curiosity and it smelled almost exactly how I imagined snail slime would smell--- it's not a smell I would want on my face. I will say that the packaging is super cute, though. I mean, it has to be to effectively market snail slime, right?
  4. Eyeshadow in Goddess Gold from INT Cosmetics, $4- This eyeshadow is very similar in color to the Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Eyeshadow that was sent to me in my first Glam Bag, but the color is just slightly more gold. Usually I would be a little disappointed about receiving such similar products but I love my Manna Kadar eyeshadow, so having another one that is so similar isn't a bad thing!
  5. Eye Define Retractable Crayon Liner in Black by ModelCo, $14- I think the name says it all. It's a retractable black eyeliner. It's fine, but I didn't find anything too special about this product and I can't even tell you how many black crayon liners I have rolling around in my drawer. 
Ipsy Très Jolie Glam Bag

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Monday, March 13, 2017

March VNYL Delivery

vnyl record subscription review

Over the weekend my second VNYL box was delivered and I was initially very underwhelmed by the records I got this month. I've opted for the curators to add a few experiments to my collection instead of sending me only music I already knew and this month, all three records they sent were experiments.

I placed this order on January 28th and didn't receive it until March 11th. This delivery took much longer to arrive because I chose to get a box curated for just me, rather than a pre-selected vibe (theme) like I did last time. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hella impatient, but they have a ton of customers and I would rather them take their time to select music for me rather than just slap something together. I knew what I signed up for, they clearly stated it would take a while, so I can't whine about it.

vnyl record subscription

My box included music from John Vanderslice, The Smith Street Band, and Jasmin Kaset. I used to listen to one song by John Vanderslice years ago, I think the last time was in 2010, and had never heard of Jasmin Kaset or The Smith Street Band.

john vanderslice vinyl

the smith street band vinyl

jasmin kaset vinyl

the smith street band throw me in the river

I think Quiet Machine and Throw Me In The River are tied for favorite from this box. It is clear that the curators spent a good amount of time selecting this music just for me and they did a great job. I was basically unfamiliar with all of them, but they're so similar to bands and artists that I love.
I'm very excited to see what comes next month!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love

Japanese Maple Tree

I'll be honest, life has been a little dull lately. We're in that weird limbo between winter and spring-- last week it was 60 degrees and then yesterday it snowed. I also haven't been feeling my best and have been trying to take it easy, but I'm so bored with taking it easy! Today I wanted to introduce the "Life Lately + Link Love" tag, which I think is pretty self-explanatory, and I think I'll be posting one every other week or so. So let's get into it!

Life Lately:

Besides not feeling well...

After a few years of going without, I finally got Photoshop again and Lightroom for the first time. I've been spending a lot of time getting reacquainted with Photoshop since it has advanced a bit since I last used it and I've been getting to know Lightroom. People have said that Lightroom is easier to use than Photoshop but I'm not so sure about that. Maybe I feel that way because I'm so used to Photoshop.

I have a super-secret trip coming up at the end of the month and I am beyond excited! But I'm also a little anxious because I booked the trip on a whim and I do not do that, plus it's been years since I last traveled by myself. On a related note, I've been watching a million "What's in My Carry On?" videos on YouTube because apparently I don't remember how to pack for a trip.

I have a half-baked idea for a project that I think would be really cool and fun, so I've been trying to fully bake that idea for the past week or so. It's been taking up a lot of my time and hopefully it will be worth it. More on that soon, perhaps!

Link Love:

What have you been up to lately? Any posts or recipes you've been loving?
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Current Favorites + Flops

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I realized that it has been a very, very long time since I shared my current favorite products, aside from my 2016 Favorites that I posted at the end of December. Truthfully, I haven't tried out too many new things since then, especially because I've been so happy with the products that I've been using. They've been working very well for me. Nevertheless, I wanted to share the few new things I've been loving lately and a couple products that let me down.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlight, NYX Epic Ink Lip Dye

Some recent favorites...
  • Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter by NYX Cosmetics- I had only used one other liquid highlight before and wasn't too into it, but I am always down for trying out new NYX products. I try to use more liquid and cream-based products during the winter, anyway. I bought the color "Moon Glow" which is a white shade and I absolutely love it. It's buildable and adds such a pretty glow. I think next I'm going to try the lavender shade, "State of Flux."
  • Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo by Hask- I had used the deep conditioning packets quite a lot but until recently had never used the shampoo. It smells so good, it has a bright citrus scent which I always welcome. It lathers well, makes my hair feel great, and is free of sulfates and parabens.
  • Restore Brilliance Hydrogel Eye Treatment by Miss Spa- These claim to reduce under eye puffiness, but I don't have an issue with that so I can't really say if they do. But they feel so good to have on, they're very cooling and soothing. I use them after I've been outside in the cold and my skin isn't feeling its best and they really help. They also cling very well to the face and don't fall off easily, unlike sheet masks.
  • Smith's Minted Rose Tube by Rosebud Perfume Co.- I have been using the Rosebud Salve that comes in a tin for as long as I can remember but I've always hated dipping my finger in the tin to apply the product. This salve being available in a tube isn't anything new, but I just kept forgetting to purchase it, especially because the tin lasts so long. It's just easier than the tin and the peppermint in it smells so good!
  • TheBalm Hot Mama Eyeshadow & Blush- This isn't new to me, I've had this product for about a year, but I hadn't used it in a very long long until recently. I wasn't liking my usual blushes anymore so I dug this out of the depths of my makeup drawer. I had forgotten what a pretty shade it was and how easy it was to apply and blend. It gives a really healthy glow and little flush to the cheeks.

And some flops...
  • Epic Ink Lip Dye by NYX Cosmetics- I bought the shades "Charmer" and "Victorian" and was very excited. I hadn't used a lip stain in over a decade (I think it was from DuWop?), but I remembered that I liked them, so I added these to my cart super quickly. I tried applying these in a ton of different ways, and no matter what I did, they looked patchy and messy. I tried the applicator, using a lip brush, dabbing it on with a cotton pad...nothing worked. I also tried to use it as a cheek stain, since I had seen someone on YouTube do that, and that was a big mistake. I looked like a clown. This product is just not for me.
  • Wonder Stick by NYX Cosmetics- This is a cream contour and highlighter stick. I love two-in-one products, I thought it would make my routine a bit easier and quicker. The first thing that threw me off was the consistency of the highlighter stick, it was a greasy sort of creamy, thus making my skin look oily. I still had high hopes for the contour stick, applied it, blended it out, and it disappeared as if I hadn't even put it on. I re-applied more product than before, blended it out, and once again it was completely unnoticeable. I tried using this a few more times over the next week and had the same results. I was very disappointed by this product, especially because I bought two right off the bat because I thought I would love it. 

Have you tried any of these products? What products have you been loving lately? 
Thursday, March 2, 2017

5 Podcasts I've Been Loving

I got my first iPod in 2004 (it was a pink Mini, of course) and was understandably eager to explore the iTunes store immediately. All I knew at that point was AOL so the iTunes store was so magical and exciting. I went a little crazy when I discovered podcasts and subscribed to maybe 100, mostly stupid comedy shows and the local radio station's podcast. A year later, I was sick of paying for my music (I was a jobless tween, keep in mind) so I abandoned iTunes and started streaming music instead.

A few months ago I started listening to podcasts again (and learned podcasts aren't only through iTunes?! Crazy!), mostly to listen to while I'm cleaning the house. I get distracted by music, I always have to skip songs or sit down for 2 hours to create the perfect playlist for my mood, and TV always distracts me as well. But I need something to listen to, so I just put on my podcasts and get to work.

5 podcasts you should listen to

Here's the podcasts I've been loving lately:
  1. Lead Singer Syndrome- LSS is hosted by Shane Told, frontman of Silverstein, one of my old favorite bands. On this podcast he interviews other lead singers, mostly from bands that I loved back in high school, in a very laid back fashion. I listen to a lot of these bands less often now, but I still love hearing from the singers of the bands that were so important to me back then like Underoath, Norma Jean, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday, and more. 
  2. Besterday- If you love the 90's, this is for you. And who didn't love the 90's? They discuss the best things about the 90's-- movies, music, cartoons, and more. Each episode is filled with nostalgia and I guarantee it'll put you in a good mood. 
  3. Young House Love Has a Podcast- My mom introduced me to John and Sherry's blog, Young House Love, years ago and I instantly loved it. They went on hiatus for a while, so I forgot about them for years, one day remembered they existed, went to their blog, and the hiatus had ended! And they had a podcast! John and Sherry talk about interior design, renovation, and occasionally, life as full-time bloggers. 
  4. She ExploresThis podcast is for those who appreciate the outdoors. You'll hear profiles of female park rangers, activists who are working for the safety of our public lands, peoples' stories about their long hikes, how to foster a more inclusive outdoor community, and more. She Explores is entertaining and also covers such important topics.
  5. How I Built This- HIBT is brought to you by NPR so of course, you can expect soothing voices and great content. They interview founders of huge companies such as Lyft, Kate Spade, Instagram, Airbnb, and so many more and they talk about the process of starting their company. You'll hear many times that these wildly successful people often had no idea what they were doing and faced many challenges, which is why I love this podcast-- it's interesting and inspiring.  

Which podcasts do you love? Recommend some for me!