August 16, 2016

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Cool Down. "It's time to eke out every last bit of summer - and for that you'll need product that don't slow you down. Since there's nothing like uncooperative hair to suck up time and energy, we're doing our part to help." Here's what I received:

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray (1 oz/2 oz $22) | Avène Micellar Lotion (.8 fl oz/3.3 fl oz $12) | Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel (.24 oz/1.7 oz $23.95) | R+Co BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste (.25 oz/2.2 fl oz $28) | Manna Kadar Cosmetics Day-Dream Eyeshadow in Fantasy

I've been on an Oribe trip with Birchbox these past few boxes and I'm not complaining. So when I could customize one of my samples I selected this beach spray. Summer is all about the beach waves so wanted to compare to some others. "Get beach-to-bombshell hair—tousled, touchable waves with sun-kissed shine—without the salty stiffness. Our moisturizing glamour spray uses rich extracts and exotic oils for lush repair and sultry texture." I only tried it a small sample of my hair and it worked fairly well without my usual routine of having to sleep overnight on it. It could also just be a texturizing spray.

Excuse the smudged mascara

I'm not usually an eyeshadow girl but this color is fairly nude enough. Could work in with other shades as well.

More micellar water! I received a sample from Avène last month and have been enjoying it. "3-in-1 no rinse cleanser, toner and make-up remover based on a micelle principle that releases cleansing agents upon contact with the skin leaving it soft and moisturized." I really liked this sample and it's for sensitive skin. It's so small though so I don't want to quickly run out so I'm going to keep for my travels.

I thought I had tried all the dry shampoos in the world but dry shampoo... paste? I was definitely intrigued. "One part dry shampoo, one part styling paste and 100% badass on days when you want to add texture and hold to slept-on hair.  Good for: Adding amazing second-day texture and absorbing oil. Its matte finish and reworkable hold mean no build up." Now I watched the video that was on the site but still nope. Could not figure out the best way to work it into my hair... I'll have to keep playing with it but for right now not feeling the paste. Much prefer sprays.

"Fight against dryness and the effects of external stressors with this energizing hydrating gel that deeply hydrates for 24 hours. Its invigorating formula, containing antioxidants, cucumber and green tea extracts as well as vitamins C and E, protects against harsh climatic elements while restoring the skin's protective barrier function for a bright, glowing complexion. Its ultra-light, jelly-like texture is non-sticky and melts into the skin, leaving it instantly refreshed with an alcohol-free cooling sensation." I also really liked this sample. When I wore it I got compliments on my beautiful skin (or it could be the sweat). I'm going to keep it for the winter to see if it keeps my skin moisturized then.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?

August 11, 2016

My August Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Endless Summer. "This month, we're keeping summer vibes strong by turning up the sparkle and the saturation with brand new holographic nail colors. With such a sunny lineup, who could blame us if we never want the summer to end?" I selected the Beach Essentials upgraded box because I didn't feel a lip gloss + sunscreen was valuable enough. Spoiler alert: Not a very exciting both this month as the sunscreen is backordered:

August 9, 2016

Currently Craving: Unfinished Hems

Currently Craving: Unfinished Hems
WM3 Crop Fringe Stella $295 || Blanknyc Distressed Crop Jeans via Nordstrom (sale $57.90) || Vigoss Destroyed Crop Skinny Jeans via Nordstrom $68 || Dark Wash Frayed Hem Distressed Skinny Jeans via Wet Seal $39.95

Denim has been around so long that it's hard to think how the fashion world will try to make them trendy each season.

August 7, 2016

Book Review: Lindy West's "Shrill"

I was first introduced to Lindy West when she was a guest host on one of my favorite podcasts, Citizen Radio. I was so struck how confident and sharp-witted she was. I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. I have been a fan ever since so when I found out she wrote a book I knew I had to pick it up. The aptly named "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."

August 1, 2016

My July Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

July Beauty Product Favorites
July was a mixed bag of products - lots of hits and misses. My skin has been badly breaking out with the obscene amount of sweat I've been producing in this horrendously humid weather so I've been trying lots to detoxifying my skin. Let's start with the good:

July 28, 2016

Gone to Cali

This evening I'll be flying to southern California for the weekend to celebrate some birthdays - Liam's 2nd, Jacob's 8th and mine.

July 22, 2016

Another Off-the-Shoulder...

Like everyone I fell in love with the off-the-shoulder trend. As Style of Sam showcased in her wonderful series "Chic At Every Age" this trend does work for all ages and body types. After some trouble hunting down the perfect top, I found one at Neiman Marcus's Last Call.

July 20, 2016

Battle of the Micellar Waters: Bioderma & e.l.f.

The micellar water craze has hit big in the beauty blogging world. When I was in Paris I decided to pick up one of the originals - Bioderma. Did you know one bottle of Sensibio H2O sold around the world every 5 seconds? Damn! I was enjoying it but didn't know if it was worth the big bucks on repurchasing. Then e.l.f. released their Micellar Cleansing Water for $7 so I knew I had to compare to see if I could go down in price without losing quality.

July 19, 2016

My July Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Let's Do This. "This month is about the things that get you up and at 'em. Fittingly, we're spotlighting the product our subscribers say they won't leave the house without: mascara." I somehow received two boxes and praise be because this was one of my favorite boxes in a LONG time! Here's what I received:

July 17, 2016

Movie Review: Ghostbusters

Can ya tell I was excited?

Ever since they announced they were going to be releasing an all female led cast Ghostbusters movie I was ecstatic! I grew up playing with the Ghostbusters packs and jumpsuits with my little brother. I loved the original movie and cast but I can't imagine how powerful it was going to be for little girls to see badass ladies on the big screen unlike I got to. Yes, Marvel and DC superhero ladies are great to see as well but most of them are in skintight outfits whereas these fabulous ladies wear some unfitted jumpsuits that make you focus on their brains, talents and humor. Then came the trolls...
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