May Favorites

May was an incredibly busy month. I studied like crazy for and passed my final exams, I successfully conquered a professional exam, I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I came home for the first time in months, and I spent two weeks with a horrid cold.


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August 2014 Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I posted a Birchbox review! Which means that I have a lot of catching up to do. So, despite the chilly fall spring weather…welcome to August!

The theme for August was “Lighten Up”. According to Birchbox, this meant being less serious, keeping cool, and kicking back and relaxing.  I think part of my box sort of embodied the theme — the grapefruit scent of the lotion was a little playful and out of the ordinary, the eyeshadow was named “Cool Lids,” and the face mask was relaxing. I would have loved to see the theme expanded into sea salt hairspray, cooling foot lotions, and aromatherapy.


And without further ado, onto my box!

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June Favorites

June is over, unfortunately, because this June was really great for me. It involved 5 wonderful weeks of my summer internship, a couple of baseball games, several books, a bunch of World Cup watching, froyo, and a lot of really beautiful summer weather. The following are my 5 favorite beauty products from this month. If I have a review for the product, it’s linked in the product name.

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The Body Shop | Sorbet – Satsuma

This gel is so bright and summery smelling, and it has such a lovely texture. It also contains aloe, which was useful as I got sunburns on a construction site several times this month.


Kat Von D | Tattoo Eyeliner – Trooper

This is the eyeliner that singlehandedly made me realize why other people wear eyeliner.


Harvey Prince | Hello

I really can’t get enough of this perfume. I will definitely buy this as soon as my Birchbox sample runs out.


Olay Fresh Effects | Dew Over! Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

I’ve been loving this moisturizer because of how light it is. It also smells very fresh; perfect for both day and nighttime.


Vasanti Cosmetics | BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This month I’ve been getting back into exfoliating for the first time in ages. I did it in high school, but after I switched to some new products I guess I just forgot to buy an exfoliator. This one contains very small microcrystals that feel great on my skin and definitely gets the job done.

Here’s to an even better July!

May 2014 Birchbox Review

I’ve been wanting to sign up for a beauty subscription box for a while now, and after some consideration I decided to go with Birchbox. The May box was my first box, and I was pretty happy with it!


The theme was “Free-wheeling”: all about freshness, optimism, and bursting into action. I don’t know how well Birchbox’s samples usually fit into the theme, but I thought about 2-3 of mine definitely qualified. So, here goes!

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