April 2014 Birchbox: Rainy Days

This is not a good picture and I apologize. Also, that dresser is not actually dirty- it got scuffed in the move.

But anyways! I love subscription boxes. It’s so exciting. Like mini Christmas. P doesn’t understand, but he likes seeing me happy and doesn’t mind when I decide to tell him the contents of every box.

Gilchrist and Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (full size: $15)
This is just a body wash. No scrubbies, no purported benefits. Just a nice body wash. The texture is smooth and jelly-like, but the smell…it smells like your grandma’s potpurri basket. I was disappointed, because I love sea-smelling things, but this smells like a scented candle from the Christian bookstore.

derma e Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid (full size: $29.50)
You know they’re serious when it says creme instead of cream. But seriously, this is a really generous sample size. I love it. I haven’t gotten to test it yet, but with that much to work with, I’ll be able to get a really good run.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Silver (full size: $16)
Will I ever use a silver eyeliner? I don’t know. That’s the challenge now. But it’s creamy and goes on easily, so if I ever need one, it’ll be a good one. But would I ever buy a silver eyeliner? Nope.

Color Club Gala’s Gems Nail Polish in Gold Struck (full size for the set of four: $13)
I’m not a huge fan of Color Club polishes- they seem runny and streaky to me. But the color itself is lovely, a pale gold with a warm, almost rosy tinge. It’s definitely the color I wanted the most from the set (there’s also a pearly white, a blue, and a green).

KIND Healthy Grain Bars in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt (full size box of 15 for $11.88)
This was weird. The texture is like the Nature’s Valley bars (thin and very crispy). But the first taste is WHOA MAPLE SYRUP, and then it dies down to the weird slipperyness of the pumpkin seeds, and randomly you’ll bite into a granule of sea salt. Like it’s an actual crunch into a grain of salt. Very odd. It was good, but I won’t buy them myself.

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All Thumbs Thursday: Birchbox by Color Club in Tweet Me

Birchbox by Color Club: Tweet Me

Birchbox by Color Club in Tweet Me

This arrived in my October Birchbox. Initially I was really excited to get a nail polish, and then I was like “…lime green? Really?” My preference veer towards subtle glitters or neutrals, and I don’t wear a lot of crazy colors, but I thought I would give it a try.

Color: a bright lime green creme

Consistency: a little on the goopy-thick side, but nothing unmanageable. Two coats covered it, but I added a third just to keep it smooth. There’s no visible brushstrokes, but it got a little clumpy on the nail.

Staying Power: Yikes! The ends were chipping by the end of the day. Like…majorly chipping. This picture was taken the day after I painted my nails, and you can already see how much it scraped off on the edges.

Color and Dupes: I already have a bright lime green in my collection- Did It On ‘Em from the Nicki Minaj collection. I haven’t compared them to see how they look, but the shade and quality seem pretty close.

Restock: Will I buy it again when I run out? Nope. Probably not.

Overall: This probably won’t be on my usual rotation- it’ll probably be used mostly as a pedicure color in the summertime. But a free polish is a free polish, right?

Le Gasp, Pants!


This is the first time I’ve worn pants to work ever. Ever.

I don’t really like wearing pants- I feel like they fit me funny- but I don’t mind this particular pair. They’ve got that cropped pedal-pusher 1950s look I like, and they were extremely comfortable for today- I was choreographing the battle scene for Narnia and needed to be comfy and covered enough to do crazy things like roll around on the floor.

I also wore my contacts! I wear disposables and I’m down to my last pair without knowing when I’ll have time for a doctor’s appointment, so I only bring them out for special occasions. Today was headshots for Narnia, so I needed to look prettyish and stuff. Also the reason for the plain black tee shirt, and why I wore it with pants.

And there are my glorious rainbow Keds! I love them.

And also a cameo appearance by my car keys.

Tee: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds via eBay

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive by Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Harajuku Lovers Super G

September 2012 Birchbox: The September Issue


Somehow my September Birchbox got misplaced. BUT IT’S OKAY, I FOUND IT.

On the other hand…it was an underwhelming box this time around, so I didn’t quite miss it. My October box should be here today or tomorrow, so I hope it’s about 20% cooler this time around!

For a quick recap, my box had:

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint ($38 for full size)

This bottle is so tiny I haven’t gotten a chance to use it! I’ll probably save it for a weekend trip or something, since it’ll probably only last 2-3 uses.

La Fresh Eco Beauty Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover ($9.99 for a pack of 20)

This’ll be great to stash in my purse or take on a trip, since it’s just a little packet of nail polish remover wipes. And it’s cheap enough that if I like it, I won’t mind splurging a little to get a pack of 20 wipes!

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enyzmatic Face Rejuvenator ($34 full size)

I think I’m most excited about this one. I’m always looking for new face washes- I have pretty clear skin, but I’m always on the hunt for a face wash that’ll keep my skin super clear and won’t dry it out.

kate spade new york Twirl ($80 for 3.4 oz)

Man, I’m just racking up the perfume samples, aren’t I? It’s fun, though. I like having a lot of scents to choose from. I’m a big fan of the Kate Spade style and the scent is nice- floral without making me feel like an elderly woman’s pocketbook (I’m looking at you, Viva La Juicy.)

Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection in Tweet Me ($8 full size)

On one hand, I’m excited to add a new nail polish to my collection. On the other hand…lime green? Really? Not too excited. Especially since I already have Did It On ‘Em in my Nicki Minaj mini set, and it’s practically the same color. Oh, well. New polish is new polish.

Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches ($9.95 for three packs)

I’m a tea fanatic, especially when it’s cold out, so I was pretty excited about this month’s freebie (even more especially when a friend told me that Mighty Leaf is really good). I got three flavors, Green Tea Tropical, Vanilla Bean, and Chamomile Citrus. I’ll probably bring them to work with me- I keep several mugs and an electric kettle in my library to make tea for myself in the afternoons.

So that’s my super belated review of my September Birchbox! I’m super excited about my October one to arrive today or tomorrow.

But it needs to be about 20% cooler.

I Look Like a Fourteen-Year-Old


I really love this skirt, but it makes me look very young. But I wore it anyway! I tried pairing it with a button-up shirt to look more grown-up, but it just doesn’t change the fact that I look like a ninth grader.

And then, for Narnia rehearsal, I changed out of the striped button up and put on my Harry Potter tee, so I looked even younger. Oh, well. I was comfy!

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Modcloth via eBay
Leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds, thrifted

Nail Polish: Birchbox Exclusive Color Club in Tweet Me
Perfume of the Day: Gap So Pink