birchbox review – june 2012

June 20, 2012 § 2 Comments

My first Birchbox arrived today, yay!

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For those unfamiliar, Birchbox sends you a box of beauty product samples every month for about $10/month.

As a self-proclaimed product junkie, this is literally a dream come true for me. And at 10 bucks a month, not a wallet-buster either. I’ve been stalking the mail everyday since I got the email notification last week that my box had shipped, and finally it has arrived. Here is a rundown of what it included:

Melvita | Rose Floral Water

stila | one step bronzer

theBalm cosmetics | Staniac in shade Beauty Queen

Wonderstruck | fragrance by Taylor Swift

tili | Bags

When I opened the box, the first thing I saw was the stila one step bronzer (1) and immediately was filled with disappointment. While I am generally a fan of stila products, I have never, ever liked any bronzer. They are often too light for my skin tone, too shiny, or too orange. However, after I tried this I was amazed.  Somehow it managed to even out my skin tone and leave it looking natural, warm and matte (!!!). Also, Birchbox sent a full-size bottle — a $36.00 value (what?!). I am pleasantly surprised and will likely continue to use this as a tinted moisturizer throughout the summer in place of my foundation (which can feel a bit heavy in the heat).

The next item I played with was the tili plastic bag (2), a great size for an airplane carry on ( I should mention that the theme of this month’s Birchbox is “summer travel”). This bag is definitely cute, almost too cute for the airport.

Like the stila bronzer, Taylor Swift’s “Wonderstruck” perfume (3) was another pleasant surprise (and had such a cute packaging design!). After putting it on, it immediately smelled familiar. Imagine a combo of that Tropical Splash Barbie perfume from the 90s combined with Lolita Lempicka. I never imagined I would remember this scent as a 21-year-old adult, let alone actually want to wear something that smells similar! If you have no clue what I’m talking about or have a vague idea but are struggling to remember, please view the video below and enlighten yourself:

Wearing Stainiac by theBalm Cosmetics and stila one step bronze. Loving the healthy glow!

OK, now that you know what toys I liked to play with when I was five, let’s talk about theBalm comestics Stainiac (4). This is a two-in-one lip and cheek stain. The upside of this is definitely the color and so far, its staying power (I’ve had it on my lips for about one hour, no eating or drinking, and it looks good). The downside is that it took 2-3 coats to get the color as deep as I like. This isn’t so bad because if I were ever to use this on my cheeks, I’d want some build-ability, not something super dark right out of the tube.

Lastly was the Melvita rose floral water (5). This organic mist works as a “light toner and mid-day skin refresher”. I sprayed it on my arm and enjoyed the scent, very fresh and natural. I don’t doubt that it’s a great refresher, but probably wouldn’t buy the full size, it’s just not my type of product. When I think of a mist spray,  thoughts like “I deserve a cucumber water” or “I haven’t been to the spa for awhile” pop into my head and eventually lead to over-indulgence.

My first Birchbox experience was rad, very grateful to my sister for telling me about this and excited to have found a few new products to add to my stash. Interested? Join Birchbox here.

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beauty found in the old and used

June 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

Thrift shopping is a favorite past time of mine… well, actually shopping in general is, but thrift shopping especially because I can find wonderfully unique items as opposed to only the uniformity sold by department stores.

Typically I love to thrift shop in little independently owned stores, but I found myself in a Lynnwood Value Village last week experiencing some amazing treasure hunting…What’s you’re favorite thrift store find?

Beautifully printed high-waisted skirt. A steal at 5.99!
Retro lamp with paneling on all four sides. They had a set of two, each $16.99.
An antique dresser. With some touching up it could be a great addition to a vintage-style room. $19.99
Love this beautiful brown and red dress. Ties at the waist to accentuate the figure. To the right see an up close version of the awesome print! – $11.99
What attracted me to these frames was the removable Maya Angelou quote, but after studying them I found them to be a unique and versatile room addition. It would add great substance to the corner of a desk and I can picture them being topped with things like flowers or decorative statues. $4.99 each.

cream, forest green, violet and burnt orange color palette

June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

cream, forest green, violet and burnt orange color palette

I saw these beautiful flowers at the park and snapped a photo. Upon examining the photo more closely I discovered two things:

1) iPhones take really great pictures
2) The color depth of these flowers is enchanting and inspiring

I’m in love with all of these colors but the burnt orange offers a subtle contrast that is the perfect touch to an otherwise simple and harmonious group. These colors don’t necessarily fit the season and scream summer, but together they make a very natural and interesting palette that could easily be the foundation for a fun-in-the-sun look.

finding someone like you

June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

this is what this blog is about.

May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

live high up. climb up high. you’re a flower. you’re a river. you’re a rainbow.