Friday, July 29, 2016

What's in my Trash?! #33

I really didn't have that many empties this month. I kind of started a whole bunch of new products this month after purging the last few months so I just really didn't have anything to empty. I still have a small handful to share mostly small random things. Sorry for the super yellow lighting in a few of these I just couldn't adjust the white balance and in the end just decided it still got the point across.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Subscription Box Journey

I’ve done a previous post about all the subscription boxes I have and what happened with them but since then things have changed yet again. Today I wanted to explore the entire journey of subscription boxes for me, how it started, where it went, and where it's going now.

So I can actually pinpoint my subscription box fascination to two videos (which coincidentally also started my YouTube obsession). One is this Elle Fowler video which isn't the exact one. But it was her video that unboxed her Little Black Bag that had that purse in it but I can't find anymore. I was in love with that bag and that's when I really started looking into subscription boxes as a service. This was back in the summer of 2012 and probably when the subscription service model was really just beginning. The next video that specifically pointed me towards beauty boxes is another one I can't locate anymore but it was a Leighannsays Birchbox unboxing that included a tiny Make eyeshadow sample. That along with meeting a real life person who was subscribed to Birchbox finally pushed me over the edge and I signed up for a month to month subscription of Birchbox in March 2013.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nails of the Week #88: Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Full Volume

Another week, another set of stickers. I know, I know, but they are so easy and pretty! Nail polish is still packed away for the foreseeable future so we will just need to live with these beauties for a little while longer.

This week I have Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Full Volume. This is a fun mixed print set with two chevron designs, a sort of pointy ruffian manicure interpretation and then some little diamonds. Yeah, great description of the designs. So I did these on naked nails, last week when I tried with the base coat it was horrible. It wouldn't apply evenly and they actually started chipping and cracking at a week! Let's see how these go. My nails are at an all time long right now, they tips are getting a little brittle and peeling so there are a few nails were it is actually a little uneven but thankfully because of the pattern it's not noticeable at all. I think after this I'll need to trim my nails short again to let them get healthy again.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Unboxing: Birchbox July 2016

This month is a little different. I can't actually get my hands on this box until August but I still wanted to get the unboxing up before that. I'm doing this based off my online box profile. This means, no pictures but I'll provide some links to the products. Honestly my heart isn't in this review at all since I'm so disappointed with what Birchbox has become. I can't wait for my subscription to be up, I already turned off the automatic rebilling for my year subscription and I managed to snag a spot for the Sephora Play! Box, so keep your eyes peeled for a new unboxing post coming soon.

July 2016's theme was My Morning Routine and the sample choice was a mascara. Great...So here are the sad items I got in my box.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sigma + Sephora Haul!

This is just turning into a haul filled month. I guess it's just one of those spendy months. To round out the hauls, or at least the ones I'm willing to share, is this collective haul of Sigma and Sephora items. I thought it was about time I started investing in my makeup brushes and taking better care of them. Coming soon I'm purging my collection throwing out old or cheap ones and just keeping some good favorites. Sigma was having their site wide 30% off sale and I decided it was time to snag a few of those beauties. As for Sephora, a coupon became available for a free travel size of a product I'd been dying to try but I couldn't pick a color so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get that mini for free and pick up the other color in a full size. Kismet I say. Anyways, it's a very small haul but I just wanted to share anyways.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Nails of the Week #87: Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Double Dare

Second consecutive week now of nail stickers. I know. But I just got a few different patterns plus all my nail polish is still packed away somewhere. This design is quite classic and nice and since my nails are being troopers and have grown fairly long, it looks really nice on my nails! I had a tougher time applying this time, I tried it with a base coat underneath because somebody said they were even more hardier that way. Didn't work out for me, so the next time I won't be doing it. I found it was a lot harder to get a smoother application so my nails have a bunch of bubbles and wrinkles this time. Trying to look past it, and at a glance it's fine.

This week I did the Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Double Dare. It's this white base with cool black art deco patterns. If there were some gold in it I would say it's very Gatsby. I love it and it looks great on my longer nails despite the hiccups when it came to applying it.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday 5 Faves

After our weird break last month where I talked about some things that were irking me, we're back to our regularly programmed favorites of the month. It was hard narrowing it down because I've definitely had a few strong favorites but I think I figured it out. As usual I threw in a song, some new addictions and weirdly enough a beauty product!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Unboxing: Walmart Trendsetter Beauty Box Summer 2016

Walmart Beauty Boxes, I'm still pretty undecided about them but for the price and being just seasonal, why not. You can look at this in two ways: it's a $5 box or a free box with $5 for shipping. Either way it's $20 a year for some samples and full sized items that are typically very practical. They have two different boxes, the Trendsetter and the Classic box, I get the Trendsetter which is for women 35 years and younger. Honestly it's boxes can really vary and it seems like the later you get a box, the higher than chance is you get the leftovers. Mine actually came a month ago but I've been quite busy with a few things and I'm only just now getting around to posting this unboxing. Let's take a look at what I got.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nails of the Week #86: Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Desert Rose

So this is that weird post that will come before the unboxing on Wednesday where I actually get these strips, and then strangely enough I'll be talking about these again on my Friday post. It's one of those weeks...Anyways, I have quite a collection of nail stickers and fake nails that I've just amassed from subscription boxes that just go into a box where I forget about them. This time around, a pattern arrived that I would actually enjoy wearing and it was festively appropriate (writing about the past here since I actually used these for 4th of July weekend, yes I'm a tad bit behind).

These are the Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in the design Desert Rose. These are a fun geometrical tribal print in blue and red on a white background so I thought color wise it was very festively appropriate. I guess a little about these nail strips, they are strips of actual nail polish meaning they are thin and delicate without that much give. Luckily all the strips provided fit my nails perfectly (except one pinky but that was my fault, I chose the wrong size which I fixed on my other hand). Basically you stick them on and you're able to gently stretch them (but not that much) and then you file off the excess. I put a top coat over it since I was skeptical about how long they would last but you probably don't need to do them. It did take me some time to do it, probably 30-45 minutes for the full manicure but I can imagine this is something that gets quicker with practice, I was having some issues peeling the strips off the backing and actually ruined a strip in the process. Overall though I love how it's mess free and I can get some intricate patterns that would normally take me much longer to do. I'm already planning on seeking out some more patterns!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ulta Skincare Haul!

And now we have the second haul promised for this week! This time it was an email advertising the fabulous Platinum perk of a 22 piece beauty kit that did it for me. That along with cobbling together my Birchbox Wishlist post that inspired me to go hunting for some products that ended up in my shopping cart and here we are with haul number two of three. This Ulta purchase consisted of head to toe skincare/beauty care items, not a stick of makeup in sight. I discovered some interesting new products that I can't wait to test out and hopefully a review or two will come of this.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

elf Haul!

It's a "haul"-iday week indeed for me. This is the first of a series of hauls that will be featured on this blog this month, apparently I was just in the buying mood. What happened with this particular haul was that I was actually looking at my blog analytics and for some reason "elf pink diamonds" was a keyboard used to find my blog. How that happened? I have no clue. Naturally that lead me to google the phrase myself and I stumbled across some (kinda new) baked mineral highlighters. Way back when I picked up a number of baked mineral eyeshadows from elf which I loved so after looking at swatches for these highlighters I decided I needed them. That caused me to shop around on the site and pick up a few more things so here we are with a haul.

I must say there are two items I tried to purchase which I was able to checkout with (and they are STILL listed as in stock on the site) but once the order actually shipped they refunded me the amount of the items. Curious. It's a shame because one of them was the elf Hydrating Bubble Mask which sounded really interesting and the other was the elf Blemish Control Primer which I'm a little more apathetic about. Anyways, let's check out the items that actually made it into my hands as well as the "surprise gift" which was free with a $25+ purchase. Surprise gift ended up being a random assortment of products mixed in which was kind of annoying since they were all listed on my invoice mixed in with my order so it was a little hard remembering what I actually ordered and what was a gift.

Monday, July 4, 2016

June 2016 Favorites

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Everything is a HUGE mess right now in my life, as in I'm living construction zones and I'm really not sure where anything is. That means I'm not able to photograph my favorites this time around but I'll add links to each item! Don't worry all the links are non affiliated, I'm not cool enough to have partnerships like that, yet. I actually have quite a few makeup favorites which is probably the reason why I've been breaking out but it's a good thing I've also discovered some good skincare to balance it all out!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fitness Friday!

So fitness in June didn't go so well. A combination of being lazy and unfortunate incidents with my Fitbit(s). In general I wasn't feeling to great throughout the whole month, I was (and a still a little) having some horrible congestion, breathing, and allergy related issues with an extremely erratic sleep schedule plus the hot temperatures, it hasn't been good. So that goal of 45500 weekly steps? Didn't go so well. I just had a lot of days where I wasn't able to track steps very accurately so these numbers from last month are a rough tally of whatever I was able to track with a Fitbit and whatever I was able to track with my phone. I actually went through a few Fitbits this month. My original Flex just died on me, wouldn't hold a charge no matter what, so then I got an Alta. Then I had issues with that one and was stuck a few days without a charger too so that was a few days where I didn't have a Fitbit. Finally I got my second Alta and so far so good (knocks on wood). I managed to get a little bit more on track near the end of the month so I guess finishing strong is what matters. That 30 day sit up challenge too? That was rough.

So for July we're going to just go ahead and act like June didn't happen and repeat the same things. 45500 steps per week plus sticking to the 30 day sit up challenge app. So let's take a look at what happened in June. I used a * to denote days I had to pull data off my phone's app. It's not very accurate because it doesn't count steps very well and there's a lot of times during the day where I walk around without my phone on me.