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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: April Birchbox

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This month's Birchbox theme was "magic inside" and I was pretty happy with it. I loved everything they sent me, though not everything worked for me...I guess I loved the thought they put into it? Maybe I'm just extra-pleased with this box because my April Ipsy bag was such a letdown. Who knows, read on to find out what I thought of everything!

  1. Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream by Dr. Jart+, $48- This cream is to calm sensitive and irritated skin, and boy, my skin has been both of those lately. This cream definitely helped and honestly, I would purchase this product for the scent alone.
  2. Nourishing Mask by amika, $28- This mask smells so good and it did make my hair feel great, but I barely had enough from the little sample size to coat my hair.
  3. Resurfacing Mask by Tata Harper, $58- This mask smells a bit like a citrus-y cold medicine but other than that, it's great. My face feels so soft and smooth after use and my skin even looks a little brighter. I think continued use of this could be very beneficial and I could consider purchasing a full size.
  4. HIGH DIVE Moisture + Shine Cream by R+Co, $27- Birchbox first introduced me to R+Co a few months ago and have since sent me a few of their products. I think it's safe to say that R+Co is one of my top 5 favorite hair product brands and I am always happy to try more of their products. This, however, didn't wow me. I couldn't tell if it actually did anything to my hair, and I had to be so careful when applying it. One little bit too much, and my hair was too greasy for dry shampoo to fix.
  5. GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in Imma Bawse by The Beauty Crop, $15- I was very excited for this, but the shade was a little too bold for me. It's a mix of berry and blood red, and that shade washes me out and makes me look dead. The applicator was also very difficult to work with, it was hard and didn't create smooth lines. I'm not sure if the applicator is different in sample sizes from the full size products, but if not, I would use a lip brush to apply this. Other than all that, it's a great liquid lipstick and I'd be glad to try it in a lighter shade.

Have you tried any of these products? Want to try Birchbox? 
Monday, April 24, 2017

Easy Ways to Discover New Music

easy ways to find new music

I've mentioned it before, but I went a little crazy when I first started using iTunes. The only music I knew before then was what was on the radio, what was played at school dances, and what my parents listened to. I loved all of my new discoveries and wanted more, so I began spending hours and hours looking for new music to listen to. Over the past decade I've had tons of people ask me, "how do you find all this music?" I usually replied with, "the internet," and didn't go into detail because I forgot that not everyone spent hours obsessively looking for new music. So, here, I'm finally elaborating. Other than using the Discover feature on Spotify, here's how I've made my favorite music discoveries.

  • Sign up for a account- Next month is actually my 10 year anniversary on This is how I've discovered the majority of my favorite artists. You can link your Spotify or iTunes to it and it "scrobbles" (tracks) the songs you listen to and compiles them into charts. I love keeping track of how many times I've listened to a song or band. Along with the charts, you can find upcoming concert dates, band bios, connect with other fans, and discover new music. So far I've scrobbled over 400,00 tracks!
  • Read the biographies and interviews of your favorite artists- They might mention past projects, side projects, influences, or associated acts. Whatever they mention, go listen!
  • Research record labels- If you like a few different artists that share a record label, go to their website and see who else they have on their label. 
  • Explore Bandcamp- One of my favorite websites, it's mostly for independent artists. Some may offer their music to download for free, but if you have the means to pay them you should, 'cause that's always cool. 
  • Attend small local shows and festivals- Just because they're not widely known doesn't mean they don't deserve to be. These events are usually very affordable, tons of fun, and yay for supporting local artists!
  • And of course, follow music-related websites on social media- This is a no-brainer. Follow them and read their content. One of my personal favorites is The Wild Honey Pie, but there are a ton out there, so go find 'em!

What's your favorite band or artist, and how did you find them? Tell me in the comments!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: April Ipsy Glam Bag

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Ipsy Sideshow Glam Bag

When spoilers for the April Ipsy Glam Bag started popping up around the internet, I was so excited. Not only is the bag super cute, definitely my favorite so far, most of the picks for this month seemed great. I was hoping that Ipsy would bless me with the Lisa Frank x Glamour Dolls angled blush brush, but unfortunately they didn't so I took matters into my own hands, pre-ordered it, and should have it sometime in May. Nearly 25 years old and I'm still not over Lisa Frank...anyone else?

Ipsy Sideshow Glam Bag

  1. Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter, $25-  Yet another gold-champagne-y eyeshadow/highlighter. If you recall, they also sent me similar products from Manna Kadar and INT Cosmetics. This is a perfectly fine product, it's pretty and blends well, but ugh. Boring. I have so many things like this. 
  2. MintPear Vitamin C Serum, $79- This product very slightly smells like that slime that came in cups that I used to play with when I was a kid. Other than that, it feels really good on the skin but I didn't notice any results from using this little sample size. 
  3. Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter, $40- This has little to no scent and is very hydrating but I didn't see anything too special about it. 
  4. OFRA Cosmetics Blush, $15- I was sent the color "Rendezvous" and it's very pretty and blends well. On another note, this Glam Bag is my fourth from Ipsy, and I've already received three blushes. I've been hearing about OFRA for the longest time, but had never tried anything of theirs until this. I'm torn between being happy that I finally got to try an OFRA product and being annoyed that I've gotten so many blushes from Ipsy in such a short time. I don't need nearly as many blushes as they seem to think I do. 
  5. EM Cosmetics Illustrative Eyeliner Brush Tip, $15- The arrival of my Ipsy bag was perfect timing because all of my liquid liners were starting to dry out. I like this eyeliner, though like Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner, I found it a little difficult to work with at first. 

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed with this bag. My favorite item was the bag itself. I don't feel like much thought went into my selections and there was no standout product in this bag. I've seen what other people got in their bags and I feel like I got the leftovers. As soon as I found out what was coming in my April Glam Bag, I changed my beauty preferences. Hopefully next month they'll send me some more exciting products. I still have faith in them!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Music Monday #39

music monday playlist, kate nash, the new pornographers, cold war kids, bright eyes

As usual, this week's playlist features a few new tracks and some old favorites. This past week was exciting because The New Pornographers and Cold War Kids both released new albums and Kate Nash blessed us with a new single, Call Me. In case you missed it, Kate Nash is an independent artist now and is crowdfunding for her 4th album. She is so close to reaching her goal so if you're a fan of hers, donate or share the link!

Don't forget to follow me on Spotify! Need more music recommendations? Lurk my Music Monday tag. 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Life Lately + Link Love #3

spring showers bokeh

Life Lately: 

Last week I got in a car accident for the first time. Without telling the whole dramatic story, it was due to a semi truck driver driving recklessly. Thankfully it wasn't the semi who hit us, but we got rear-ended and I was in quite a bit of pain for a few days. It was not a fun experience but I am so incredibly thankful that no one was seriously injured or killed.

After that happened I took longer than I probably needed to recover and relax a bit. I'm behind on my work and I feel very out of touch with recent events. Do you ever get to that point where you're so disconnected that you've surpassed FOMO and you don't care about what you've missed but you feel like you should care and the fact that you don't care stresses you out? That's what I'm feeling. Does that even make sense?

Besides all that business, Spencer and I have both been working on some projects that we're very excited about. I feel like I've been dropping hints for months and I don't want to really talk about it just yet, but also...I want to talk about it so darn badly! Anyway, that's another reason why I've been sort of quiet. I'm just so eager to work this all out!

Link Love: 

  • My queen, Kate Nash, is an independent artist now and needs help to put out her 4th album. She's started a Kickstarter to fund it and if you pledge $10 or more, you can get a digital download of the album before it's released! If you're a fan of Kate I implore you to donate or at least share the Kickstarter page. Hooray for supporting musicians! 
  • Julia's post about her recent trip to Fort Myers made me a bit homesick for Florida-- and eager to explore Florida's west coast in the future, since I've only been there once. 
  • On April 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd you can visit the National Parks for free in celebration of National Park Week. Click here to find events and to find your park!
  • Alyse shared her tips for improving photography on a budget and I found it very helpful. I had no clue what a gray card was before reading this, but now I realize that I probably need one. 
  • The car accident made me realize that I really need to buy (or make and print my own) "my pet is home alone"cards for my wallet just in case something horrible ever did happen to me. It's not a pleasant thing to think about but if that happened, I would want my furchildren to be taken care of. (Can you tell that I'm lowkey freaking out about the fragility of life?)
What have you been up to lately? 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Current Favorites #2

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This past month flew by, and besides what I got in my Birchbox and Ipsy deliveries, I didn't pick up too many new products. The bright side is that out of the few new products I tried, none of them were flops like last month

favorite products, nyx cosmetics, real techniques, pair'd beauty

Real Techniques Core Collection, $17.99- I was searching for some new makeup brushes and luckily found this set at my local T.J. Maxx for only $8. Who doesn't love inexpensive, soft, fluffy, cruelty-free brushes?

NYX Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation in Porcelain, $13.99- I was initially very displeased with this foundation. I didn't read the description very closely when I ordered it online, so when this teeny tiny bottle showed up at my house I felt ripped off. I was expecting it to be twice the size. Anyway, it is a very liquidy foundation and I found it difficult to work with at first-- I would apply it to my face, reach for my brush, and meanwhile it would run down my face. Once I figured out how to work with it, I really started to love it. People say it's buildable but I don't really agree with that, but it is very light, doesn't leave my face feeling goopy and has a nice finish. I have been having the most difficult time finding a foundation that works for me, but I think this one is it.

PAIR'D Beauty Lavender and Lemon Dry Shampoo Powder, $6-$14- To preserve my color I use dry shampoo very often. When I came across PAIR'D Beauty's dry shampoo and saw that they sell it in my favorite scent combination, lavender and lemon, I ran to find my wallet. More things in this world need to be lavender and lemon scented. Anyway, I love this product. Besides the amazing smell, it's cruelty-free, and has a short list of ingredients and I know what they all are. In case you missed the image on my sidebar, you can get 10% off your PAIR'D Beauty purchase with the code "PPPY10"!

Conair Flexible Rollers, $14.99- Yeah, I know these aren't a new discovery by any means, but I just recently gave them a chance. I have been heat styling my hair like crazy for the past decade and it's very frustrating to get a trim and then split ends show up 5 minutes later. I love having my hair curly so I finally gave these foam rollers a try. I'm used to using hot rollers that come with clips to keep the rollers in, but these don't. My hair is very fine and I found it very difficult in the beginning to get these to stay in my hair. I still do sometimes so if I'm having trouble with that, I secure the end of the strand onto the roller with a small elastic. I put these in when my hair is wet and leave them for a few hours, then I get super tight ringlet curls. I then sleep on the curls and in the morning I have kinda curly-wavy hair that stays in for a long time. I'm still trying to figure out the right technique for me, but using these rather than heat styling has really been helping my hair.

ZHICHEN Eye Mask, $8.88- Okay, this isn't a beauty product but I wanted to include it. I've been using an eye mask to help me sleep since I was a kid so having a good one is important to me. Sure, it's a little ridiculous, but it's also adorable. Besides how cute it is, my favorite things about it are the adjustable strap-- so it can actually fit your head well-- and the removable cool gel pack.

pink bunny eye mask

What products have you been loving lately?
Monday, April 3, 2017

April VNYL Delivery

VNYL record subscription

My third VNYL subscription box was delivered and once again, the curators nailed it. I opened my box as soon as I got it and flipped through the three records they sent, and they were all perfect choices for me. I still have a couple deliveries left in my subscription before it's over, but I'm definitely considering renewing it.

taking back sunday tell all your friends vinyl

The first record was Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends, an old favorite. You just can't go wrong with Taking Back Sunday.

yeah yeah yeahs mosquito vinyl

The second was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' most recent album, Mosquito. I consider the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to be one of my favorite bands, but I didn't listen to this album much until recently. It's not that I didn't like it, I just sort of forgot about it. I was actually listening to it a few hours before my VNYL delivery arrived. I love this album and can't believe it took me so long to really listen to it-- and I love the album art so much. 

the gaslight anthem american slang vinyl

The third album sent to me was The Gaslight Anthem's American Slang. I love The Gaslight Anthem, but this is an album that I hadn't listened to very much, so I'm glad they sent it! 

VNYL subscription delivery

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