Month: March 2015

Favorites: March 2015

Every month I short list products that I’ve either discovered that month, or decided that I value but haven’t discussed on my blog. A few of these are older discoveries, but I hope that some of you will check them out and give them a shot! I only have one beauty favorite this month, but I’m hoping to have many more in April!

I commute into NYC from NJ daily, so I found that I need to have durable headphones. I discovered Yurbuds last year when I was getting more into working out, and fell in love. They have a line designed to fit in women’s ears, and I find the sound quality impeccable. When I put the iPhone earbuds back in my ears I can’t believe how different the quality really is. I tried to just use my Yurbuds at the gym, but now I use them everywhere! The only downside for me is that they were designed not to tangle, but they tangle SO BAD. Its frustrating, but I wouldn’t trade them in for anything. I even have a pair of the FRENDS headphones (the white and gold ones to match my iPhone) but they are static-y and not nearly as great as Yurbuds. Mine are in the pink color, but they have other options!

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I’ve been trying to increase my water intake, and bringing a bottle of Poland Spring to work just wasn’t cutting it. Since I am a huge fan of Lily Pulitzer I noticed that the brand makes a tumbler with a straw, perfect to keep on a desk. I picked up one on Amazon (it was a little more money because I wanted an older pattern) but it is really helping me take in more fluids and try to hit my goals. Plus it is adorable!

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Since I was little I’ve been a planner nerd. Seriously – it was bad. I loved decorating my planners in elementary, high school, college and even into grad school. So it is no surprise that I’m still, indeed, in love with planning. My daily planners graduated from the Moleskine (which I still use at work as my planner) to the Erin Condren, and now to my absolute favorite of them all: the Louis Vuitton PM Agenda. I can do a separate post on EC vs. LV, but for now, I’ll just say that I adore both, but didn’t realize how much I prioritize portability. I purchased a pre-loved one on Poshmark, and saved substantially. It even came with some old inserts that included the stickers, maps and address books! (All inserts need to be purchased separately from the planner when bought new). Mine is a dark purple/red vernis and I use the 2015 filofax inserts. I also bought a fisher space pen to fit in the itty bitty pen loop. So much love for the LV PM Agenda.

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* Picture from Poshmark

I typically shy away from any type of shampoo that is drugstore brand, because I’m afraid it will be bad for my hair. But I found OGX’s Moroccan Argan Creme Shampoo and can’t believe how soft and shiny my hair is. Major win.

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Last this month, I rediscovered a lip gloss that I purchased a month or two ago, but put in my drawer and didn’t give it a fair shot. Jesse’s Girl Liquid Glass Lip Gloss in Lip Lock is the perfect frosty pink, and I’m totally digging it for spring. I’ve heard fantastic things about their eye liner and hope to pick it up soon. In the meantime, some RiteAids carry the brand, but typically just the eye shadows and lip glass.

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Let me know if any of you have tried these products, and what products I should try next!

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Review: Birchbox March 2015

So this month Birchbox first upset me, then totally surprised me. I had logged in and selected my item for March box in plenty of time, only to receive a notice that something was wrong with my payment info. I can’t figure out why that would be, because nothing changed from the month before. So I fixed it, and was disappointed when the item I pre-selected wasn’t in my box. (VERY disappointed because it was a product I was itching to try, but I digress…) However, I wound up with seven items in my box instead of five, and it was quite the pleasant surprise!

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Harvey Prince Singular Scentsations Imperial Gardenia: $29

I haven’t even smelled this yet because I couldn’t believe I received ANOTHER Harvey Prince sample. Since I first joined BB I now have something like 8 or 9 different ones. Enough is enough…. (I also don’t like anything floral)

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: $34

I’m really into face products lately, and this is supposed to mimic microdermabrasion. Can’t wait to give this a shot!

Temple Spa Peace Be Still Calming Body Balm: $29

I think I’ll be swapping this one. The scent is super strong, and I so badly want to like it, but I just can’t. The aromatherapy scent just isn’t for me.

Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter: $14

I’ve heard great things about this brand – can’t wait to try it out! It looks like a tiny bottle of nail polish and is a gorgeous color.

Davines Ol/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion: $41

This is a FULL SIZE product. I love hair oils, and hope this is really nourishing.

Somehow I wound up with both the shampoo and matching conditioner! It is so rare to receive both, let alone THREE products from the same line. I received shampoo from the same brand last month though, so I’m hoping I don’t get a three-pete. But for now, I’m excited to actually try the line!

Winter/Spring Date Ideas

When I started this blog, I wanted it to capture my journey in 2015, and not be just another “beauty” blog. So I thought a fun post would be to describe fun date ideas that my boyfriend and I have done, as we prepare for the fun outdoor activities we can do this spring!

Since we began dating, one of the first things we tried together was wine tasting. We’ve been probably to about 15 different wineries since – and have many more scheduled! It makes for a fun day in the winter because some have cozy fireplaces and usually its a slow time. But since it has been warmer, we’ve been able to drive around and try a few different ones in one day, and walk around the grounds. It is a perfect year-round idea!

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We try to find local activities because we love trying new things. I had always wanted to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show, because I hear it was gorgeous and that it was a total blast. Before we went I had friends that had gone, and posted their photos on Facebook. When I saw that you could feed butterflies, I made sure that was the first stop on our list. Look at the cute pictures!

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For Valentine’s Day I gave my boyfriend several Groupon/Living Social cards with dates picked out for us to do as the weather was warmer. Because I’m into art, and used to work in a ceramics studio I thought a fun date would be to paint pottery. We went to our local Color Me Mine, and I painted a flower dish and he painted the stem of a wine glass (they attach the glass for you!). He was SO into it, and it was perfect for a recent rainy/snowy day. It was so exciting to go pick up our treasures, and we can’t wait to go again!

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This past weekend we so desperately wanted to be outside, and tried to take a walk along the river last night. It was such a beautiful night, but still a little cold. It was perfect though because it was a fun, relaxing date and sent us in search of hot chocolate!

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Review: Sample Society March 2015

I decided to keep trying Sample Society, at least for another month, because I was so excited that Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara was going to be included. I’m familiar with all of the brands this month, so I’d say that from the start, this box is a win.

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Juicy Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer: $45

I’ve been on the fence about Juice products. I’m so excited to try them, but usually I can’t get past the smell. I now have several tubes and jars from the line, so perhaps I’ll give it a shot, and work past the smell. Anyone out there a Juice Beauty fan? Let me know what products you like!

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: $24

I was SO excited to get this because of all the hype surrounding this product. I should admit I haven’t used it yet, since I have so many tubes that I’m trying to work through and finish up. Can’t wait to try it!

Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray: $24

I do like their dry shampoo, so I was thrilled to give this a try. I’m interested to see how it compares to the Oribe version.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm: $12

I’m not a huge lip balm gal, but the write up in the pamphlet in the book makes me want to give this a shot. Especially if it isn’t greasy. I’m weird and LOVE sticky glosses, but I can’t stand greasy balms.

Cargo Essential Lip Gloss: $16

Mine is in the color Madrid, which is a dark plum color. Since we’re going into spring I would have preferred a lighter pink or coral, but I do enjoy a vampy lip.

Verdict: This box (as I mentioned above) is a win for me. Brands I have heard of, coupled with products I actually wanted to try. Way to go Sample Society.

What’s on my iPhone? March Edition

Back in November I purchased the iPhone 6 Plus. I’m more in love with this phone than I ever thought I could be. The screen is so large (some say too much so) but it is so great for all of my apps, that it has become weird for me to look at other screens.

Since I’m obsessed with my phone, I thought it would be fun to feature two apps each month that I absolutely adore – both old and new – and welcome all types of new suggestions!

This month the two apps I have been into are MyFitnessPal and the Serial podcast.

This year, more than ever I want to not only look good but look healthy in a swimsuit. I’ve struggled with weight issues my whole life, and finally being in control and getting fit is at the top of my priority list. I love that MyFitnessPal lets me track my calories, tracks my exercise AND operates as a pedometer. Now, I’m not too sure how accurate the pedometer really is, but I love seeing how many steps I take each day. It motivates (and reminds) me to get moving, and holds me responsible for what I eat each day. I LOVE it. I’ve heard friends say that it becomes a bit too obsessive sometimes, and I completely agree. But considering I have to track my food now due to some health problems, I need to be careful and meticulous about tracking what I’m eating.

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Serial is a podcast that is completely new to me. A friend recommended it knowing I have a long commute, and it is riveting. I never thought I would enjoy listening to a story so much – in this case a crime drama type story- but it makes my walks through the city that much more focused. I’d never tried a podcast before, but I’m excited to keep this going!

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What are some of your favorite apps?

Carmindy & Co. 5 Minute Face

Last September I received the Carmindy & Co 5 Minute Face kit for my birthday. I’ve always been a huge fan of Carmindy’s on What Not to Wear, so I was hoping I would fall in love with her products. And for the most part, I do.

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The kit comes with 5 beauty products, plus the adorable bag – all in a gorgeous tiffany blue color. The packaging is fantastic and I love the cosmetics bag.

One of the best items is the elevating mascara in black. It isn’t anything overly special, but it is one of the items I use most often. And is perfect for day to day use.

The item I use ALL the time is the love struck blush in Universal Pink. I literally use this everyday, and the color mixes and blends beautifully. I can’t recommend this blush enough.

The Carmindizing Highlighter is great. One side is powder, the other is cream, and the color matches my pale skin perfectly. I don’t use a highlighter everyday, but this is the one I reach for whenever I want to use one.

The Kiss Me Lip Butter in Rose Passion is just ok. It is a coral/red color, and is extremely sheer. More of a balm consistency. Perfect to run errands with, but not so great for work or for going out with friends. It isn’t that pigmented, so I find it similar to chapstick consistency. I’m a lip gloss kind of gal.

The product I don’t like at all is the Ever After Eyeliner in Espresso. It isn’t dark, rubs off easily, and I can’t stand the brown color. I love dark, black eye liner, so this naturally doesn’t fit my routine. If you use brown eyeliner though, you might really like it for a soft look!

Overall I love the brand. This kit is sold out at HSN, but I believe you can buy the products separately if you want. I know she has many other products in her line, and I can’t wait to try other products from Carmindy!

*Edit* I found this kit on this site:  http://www.softsurroundings.com/P/Carmindy_5_Minute_Face_Kit/

Hair Care Review: Aveda and Kardashian Products

Recently I was flipping through a magazine and saw that Aveda has a new product out called “Naturally Straight.” Over time it is designed to smooth out curls and reduce frizz. The ad in the magazine said that samples can be picked up at your local Aveda salon. I’m SO glad I went and picked one up – I love this product. It is a two component system – first you apply the smooth infusion – naturally straight cream while hair is wet. After you style you apply a few drops of the dry remedy daily moisturizing oil. Go pick up your free sample! Highly recommended!!

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I also picked up a new flat iron recently. I went to Ulta and found that the Kardashian’s are now making a line of hair tools. I generally don’t like celebrity products like this, but this iron is produced by CHI, and my old iron (Babyliss) wasn’t ceramic and was ruining the ends of my hair. This iron gets SO hot, and is apparently infused with some kind of oil product promoted by the Kardashian line. Unlike the CHI there are various heat settings, and the more I use it, the less time I find it takes me to tame my hair. And you can use coupons on it at Ulta, making the $90 price tag more affordable. Another item I’m definitely recommending (and I’m so surprised I like it!)

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