Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This Is Not The End

It's with a heavy heart that I'm writing these words, I might as well get it over with in the first sentence, lovelifeoutloud is going on hiatus and I can't tell you when I'll be back. I began this journey three years ago because I was missing something and somewhere along the way I think I found it. Life happens and with mounting responsibilities I don't have the time necessary to dedicate to this blog anymore nor do I find the drive to push through everything else to get here. I hope to return one day, maybe as a slightly different blogger focused on topics and the big picture instead of just beauty and makeup.

To all who have ever stumbled across this blog I thank you and you will be missed. This isn't a good bye, this is a see you later.

Monday, August 29, 2016

What's in my Trash?! #34

So this month I finished up a whole bunch of favorite staples as well as discovered some new favorite items which is always exciting. It was also a ton of full size items that I conveniently all finished at the same time so I'm really looking forward to sharing these things with you all. My skin has really been unhappy lately, I think it's a number of factors and changes causing it so I'm happy to find some things that are working with my skin and sadly I'm having to come up with a whole new skincare routine, but I love testing new things out and hunting out new products so really I don't mind TOO much.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Unboxing: August 2016 Birchbox

I keep wanting to do a side by side comparison of my Play box against Birchbox but for some reason my Play box always ships really late in the month and it just doesn't make the cut. Once again, here's an unboxing of my Birchbox. This post no longer includes any affiliate links because I do not endorse this subscription any longer but still wanted to get an unboxing up there so I can give an honest opinion on how I think the box is doing.

The sample choices this month were all hair care items which you can just imagine thrilled me (not..) but in my experience if you don't pick a sample there's a higher chance you will receive 2 or even all 3 in your box which is the last thing I want to stack my odds against. The biggest positive of this month is no perfume, so that's a very small win. Let's see what I picked up this month. Also sidenote when I went to upload all the pictures I took, the files were corrupted and since I already passed on some items...we're going with the pictures from the website!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Things I Really Want

It's a short list today but let's be real, I'm starting to think about my birthday which is in exactly one month and the things I wouldn't mind magically appearing in front of me. Some things on here I know I will eventually get in the future and other things are widely unpractical (for now) that I probably will have to keep resisting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nails of the Week #91 Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Wild Blooms

I'm getting quicker every time at applying these and now I found a new method using my cuticle tool to really seal those edges. I use the side that's like a little pick which I believe is used to clean out under your nails and kind of press the stickers down on the edges so it wraps around the nail better. I've always had issues with the part where the nail meets skin on the side (is there a technical term for this?) in that it would always end up kind of rolling up and bunching so this technique helped remedy that!

This time I have Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Wild Blooms. I'm not sure if you can tell but each nail is black cheetah print with some flowers over top. Three of the nails have white stripes running on top of them to kind of break up the overall pattern of this one. I must say that I ended up picking up a lot of white based designs which makes sense since this is the summer collection but I've found as it wears on, the white really starts to show any wrinkles or imperfections on your nails and the edges are never that clean. I love this pattern because it is still white and chic but the bright pattern helps distract from those tiny bubbles and ridges that are just my nail.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fresh Finds Friday

Recently I've picked up quite a few mystery boxes and grab bags as well as some small purchases here and there. Instead of doing one giant haul of everything I want to just showcase the things that I really love. I guess I should go ahead and list out the places this stuff came from so I don't waste valuable real estate down where I'm describing the products.

First up is the Popsugar All-Star Mystery Grab Bag where for $20 a box they took apart leftover stock of their curated box and mixed the items up to ship out mystery boxes for half the price. I haven't been subscribed for at least a year now so I went ahead and purchased two and surprisingly still got some repeats. Next I also picked up the New Beauty, Beauty Choice Awards Box that is similar to the Allure Beauty Thrills where it's a $50 box stuffed full of BCA winners. I had compared the two boxes and decided I would like this one better, actually just one SAMPLE sized product is what swayed me, and it also had a lot less hair products than the Beauty Thrills. I also got the Bareminerals Mystery Bag which was stuffed full of Bareminerals products. I also featured some items from my Sephora Play! bag this month which is $10 for a bag of samples from Sephora with a crazy wait list to even subscribe. There's also an item from my Bookish Limited Edition Harry Potter Box which was a one time purchase for $35 of Harry Potter goodies (I went ahead and ordered the Game of Thrones box too!) as well as something from the Serendipity by Little Lace Box which is $12.99 for every other month (I used a coupon and scored a year for $55!) which is a whimsical collection of beauty, lifestyle, jewelry, actually anything they find and want to send. Lastly there is something I actually picked out myself from the Birchbox shop using up some leftover points before I graciously exit that service.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Freeman's Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay

It's been quite some time since I sat down and did a review for you guys, but then again I'll admit nothing has really been wow-ing me lately and deserving of that review. I've actually had this particular product for a month or two now but I feel comfortably reviewing it as I've been able to thoroughly test it!

The item I have for you today is the Freeman's Apple Cider Vinegar 4-in-1 Foaming Clay! This can be used as a cleanser, scrub, toner, and mask! In their description they bunch cleanser and scrub together as well as toner and mask however at the end of the day I feel like it's all the same. The only difference is as a cleanser/scrub you rinse right away and as a toner/mask you wait until it's dry. Anyways, I digress.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Nails of the Week #90: Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Endless Summer

Are we sick of these yet? Probably, but I'm not! Things are so hectic for me lately and these are just so convenient. Plus I'm very pleased with the health of my nails lately which I'm pretty sure is due solely to the fact that I'm not slathering nail polish of them every week. I must say that taking these stickers off is kind of a pain. Yes it does come off with nail polish remover but there's also the sticky glue-y stuff that needs to be scrubbed off. It's a process but I'll take that any day seeing as how long and strong my nails are right now.

This week features Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Endless Summer. It's this really nice swirly line design in white and navy with some nice floral accents. This seems to be about 90% of the nail designs in the line, some sort of abstract design and then they slap on some flowers. To be fair this is from the summer line and I guess this is what they deemed summery. Either way I love it. I find that these designs sans glitter or shimmer apply a lot smoother and the sticker seems a little bit thicker and sturdier so I'm able to put them down flatter and clean up the edges better.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday 5 Faves!

I have a full list of things this time around and a lot to say! Weirdly enough I've fallen off my usual song favorites, I guess nothing new is really hooking me lately. I have some treats that I'm loving as well as a game and something to watch. I had a hard time narrowing it down again this month but I think I chose a few things that evenly touch on different things I'm in to lately. So without further ado, let's just get right into my current favorites.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: Birchbox CEW Prestige Box and Mass Appeal 2016

My love hate with Birchbox continues but I've done it every year now that it's almost a tradition, so I'm here with a Birchbox offering. Also quick shout out to Haleigh for signing up with my referral link which gave me 50 extra points! Moving forward I won't be posting that link up anymore since I just don't suggest anyone sign up for this service but still thanks for signing up through me!

Anyways, I got sidetracked again. Today I'm doing a quick unboxing of the CEW award boxes. Each year Birchbox releases two Limited Edition boxes curated from the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Beauty Insider Awards, a prestige box and a mass appeal one. Usually there's a bundle offer that saves you about $5 so I typically buy both boxes because they're always great value with some solid items to stock up on. This year I definitely wasn't wowed by either box but I still went for it anyways. The mass appeal box came with a mix of full size and sample items and the prestige box was all samples this year. Let's get right into it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nails of the Week #89: Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Perfect Match

Surprise another week of nail stickers! Now I'm just encouraged to continue because my nails are longer and healthier than ever and I highly suspect it's due to NOT using nail polish. Nail polish chips and when it does it takes off huge flakes of my nails which causes this whole peeling disaster and thin brittle nails. I know that base coat is suppose to help with that but I feel like it still doesn't. So for now I will enjoy my long nails and continue with the stickers because there are just so many beautiful designs to try. Don't worry at one point I'll tire of long nails, I'm already struggling a little typing with these so maybe soon.

This week I have Coconut Nail Art by Incoco in Perfect Match. It's kind of hard to tell on the nails but in the box you can see that it kind of looks inspired by Victoria's Secret. Those three center nails are actually a background of opalescent white and light pink stripes much like the original Vicky's bags. The thumb and the pinkie finger has some silver and polka dots and one four of these nails there are artfully placed flowers. I absolutely love this set and I feel like I might be able to recreate this one day!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fitness Friday!

I killed it in the middle of the month, it's just the beginning and the end that weren't so great. Actually both the first and last week I came within 5000 steps of my target so I say not too shabby in general for July. The crazy thing is it's that Pokemon Go has been a huge help in this. I found a walking buddy at work to go for walks with during our lunch and that easily adds a few thousand steps to my day. So I guess the goal of getting people active is sure working!

For August I'm going to repeat this challenge, I'd like to get a full month of hitting my goal followed up with a second month so I'm not quite ready to up it just yet. Again this means 45,500 steps per week (roughly 6,500 a day) and we'll see how we do this time!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July 2016 UNfavorites

It's been awhile since I've done an unfavorites post but there were just a good handful of products I've tried out recently that I just hated that it made sense to do one of these posts. Keep in mind what didn't work for me might work great for you since everyone's skin chemistry and environment is vastly different. I just thought I'd share some of my unfavorites if there is anyone else out there like me. I have oily acne prone skin that is typically triggered by hormones and not products. I wear no face makeup (just mascara and brow pencil) on a daily basis and do a full suite of skincare products morning and night. I also like to use double cleansing at night and my Clarisonic with a mild foaming cleanser in the morning. I guess the last factor in my skin is the fact that I live in California where the weather is constant and mild year round.

Monday, August 1, 2016

July 2016 Favorites

Kind of hand in hand with empties, I didn't really have that many favorites for July. Again just a small handful, and I kind of like how I did it last month with just links to the products instead of pictures so I'm going to try that again this month. I did find quite a few products hat I'm not a fan of, mostly because it's new skincare stuff that's breaking me out horribly. Maybe I should do an unfavorites..hmm will consider it.