Friday, March 28, 2014

Guest Post: How to Love Yourself

Hi friends! This is a post I originally wrote for Shane over on Whispering Sweet NothingsIt's something that really resonates with me, a little outside of my cosmetics-comfort-zone, which is why it's so important. Sometimes, we just have to stand back and look at things from a different perspective, and I hope my post does that for some of you.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Birchbox: March 2014 Review

Hey, friends! Today is the day for my monthly Birchbox unboxing! Woohoo! My box came a few days later than usual, since Birchbox shipped mine from Tennessee this month (weird), but it's finally here, and I'm excited to share it with you. 

Birchbox? What's that? - Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. It sends 4-5 deluxe samples that are curated to your beauty profile. It is $10 a month, and has a wonderful rewards program, in which you can earn points for reviewing products and making purchases in the Birchbox Shop. You can then redeem those points for full-sized products in the Birchbox Shop! It's probably the best rewards program out there, in my opinion, which was one of the big draws in me signing up. If you're interested in subscribing to Birchbox, I would love it if you used my referral link. Thank you!

It came in the typical pink box. As you can see, the college mailroom has yet to spell my last name correctly, even though it's right next to the correct shipping label! I will never understand. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Products I've Used Up: March 2014

Hey, friends! Today I am back with my monthly empties. I've used up quite a bit of products this month, much to my surprise. But, I would rather know I'm getting some use out of them, rather than have them sit in the back of my drawer. It makes me feel good knowing that my beauty obsession is going to good use (and that I'm not just hoarding--well, that's a lie). Without further ado, here are my empties for the month of March!

(Full size [.5 oz]: $43.33) (Sample value [2mL]: $6)

I received this in my July Sample Society box and thought nothing of it. I was young and arrogant, thinking "I don't need a daytime eye cream!" One fateful day in February, I decided to pull it out just to get it out of the way, but little did I know how much I would like it. Seriously, this stuff is great! I tend to get a little dry under my eyes, especially around the inner corner, and this definitely helped with that. It also helped my undereye concealer look more natural and less like makeup-y, since I was applying it onto a smoother base. Plus, I can't argue with a product that provides SPF protection! I'm considering using my Birchbox points to buy a full-size, because it's available in the Birchbox shop and I am no longer a Sample Society subscriber. However, paying the full price out of pocket for this makes me cringe, since it's only half an ounce for the full size. Ouch.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lip Balm Bonanza! Part Two

Hey, friends! As you may or may not know, I have a problem when it comes to lip balm. The feeling of dry lips makes me nuts, so I always make sure to have a tube of lip balm on me somewhere. Today I bring you another portion of my collection that I have acquired while on the search for my perfect, holy-grail lip balm.

Let’s move on to the good stuff~

NYX Color Lip Balm in Thank You ($5.33 for .14oz) 

This was in my February Favorites last month, and with good reason. It's a bright, watermelon pink color, and it’s quite pigmented for a lip balm. Since it delivers a good amount of color, I like to swipe this on my lip before heading out the door in the morning. It almost works like a lip balm and sheer lipstick in one! It’s not very long lasting, since it’s so buttery, but I’m okay with that. For some reason, all of the shades are different variations of “Thank You” in different languages (Merci, Grazie, etc.). Just a fun fact. I think this product was discontinued with the release of NYX’s Butter Lip Balms, but they’re still available on Amazon, because everything is on Amazon. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brand Overview: Solscents (+Giveaway!)

In a beautiful, idealistic world, no one would go without sunscreen. Whether it be winter or summer, rain or shine, everyone would protect their skin with an SPF of at least 15. No one would get sunburned and everyone would be happy. 

Unfortunately, not everyone likes to wear sunscreen. 

Enter: Solscents. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Road Trip Beauty Essentials

It's the first of the month, which means it's time for another blog hop with the Beauty & Fashion Blog Community! This month, we're going on a road trip,  and can only bring five essential items with us. Well, since we're beauty junkies, the actual "essentials" (cleanser, moisturizer, body wash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc) are conveniently already packed for us.

If we're going to get technical, I've never actually been on a road trip before since I tend to get carsick within an hour, but on my imaginary road trip, I can go anywhere I want! Without further ado, here are my five items that I would grab before running out the door.