The “Mother Load” of all subscription boxes….Seriously though…

Ok, here’s the deal, I have a serious addiction to these subscription boxes.  Currently I subscribe to:

BirchBox:  https://www.birchbox.com?raf=bhxzm

BarkBox https://barkbox.com/r/KkjNgByWh8/

GlossyBox http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=NDAyOQ== 

Beauty Bar Sample Society Box

Petite Box–No longer available but worth mentioning because the concept was fantastic

PVBody Box–Fitness clothes!!!!  http://www.pvbody.com/pvbody-how-it-works

and PopSugar  http://popsu.gr/pPE 

Needless to say, its like Christmas ALL THE TIME around here 🙂  I love it.

Let me be the first to say…not all box’s are created equal!

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

BirchBox–This was the first of the boxes I ordered, fun at first, but the sample sizes are tiny and I am officially bored with them.  I have re-purchased a few things, but I don’t know that BirchBox is worth it to me anymore….that said, it is a GREAT gift!

BirchBox UnBoxing

BarkBox– For your Dog!  I loved it!  LOVED IT.  So much fun.  Willie Nelson loved it too.  Great treats and toys!  You pick the size of your dog and they do the rest!

BarkBox image from BarkBox.com

GlossyBox–GlossyBox is like the upgraded better version of BirchBox.  The sample sizes are actually deluxe sample sizes and they do a great job of sending Lux products too.  They tailor to your skin color and preferences.  I have had a few nail polishes I can not live without now 🙂

GlossyBox image from: http://www.unspottedbeauty.com/

BeautyBar Sample Society–almost identical to the BirchBox…WAH WAH.  I love Beauty Bar because they carry my favorite treatment shampoo and have free shipping, but I won’t be getting another sample box.

Beauty Bar Sample Society picture from http://www.twochixbeautyfix.com

Petite Box–As mentioned they are no longer available, but this is a great gift idea for any of your pregnant friends.  Nobody loves gifts more than a pregnant woman.

“Each month you’ll receive a new baby box full of baby necessities such as baby lotion, baby clothes, baby food, calming oils and more. The contents of the baby boxes change each month, but only the best baby products are always included. You will never get the same thing twice.   Mothers enjoy the surprise and utility of receiving a baby box every month. Each petiteBox delivery is like getting an extra treat you weren’t expecting—and more.”

PVBODY Box: “For $39.95/month, we ship a new fitness outfit right to your door. Each box has a retail value of about $139. Avoid the mall, look good, feel great and have our personal stylists shop for you. Shipping is free and you can cancel your order any time.”  -PVBODY.com

Click here: http://www.pvbody.com/pvbody-how-it-works  select the SAMPLE BOX header to see a video

I have received two boxes so far.  I would say the first box was a bit of a bust, but the second box has been great.  Here are my frusterations:  1.  They don’t have a link share program-LAME.  and 2. They do allow for returns and exchanges, but upon trying to request a return I have been sorely disappointed 😦  Still waiting to hear back on how this is done, and its been 30 days 😦  So overall I would say in concept, its incredible, in execution its a bit rough around the edges.

PopSugar–“THE MOTHER LOAD” of all subscription boxes.  Like WHOA.  While PopSugar isn’t dedicated to beauty, they are dedicated to AWESOME.  Each month I get something:  beauty (usually a nail polish combo, but this box was a Benefit pack AND hair ties AND the cucumber facial wipes), foodie (I am ALWAYS impressed with this item), fitness (the last two have been DVDs), fashion (this scarf is $89 online) and home (a note pad-but two months ago I got a diffuser from http://www.aloraambiance.com/ and it was legitimately DIVINE–I have already ordered two more for other rooms in my house) and a book (I just got Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling–I read it in FIJI).

While the pop sugar box is over double the cost of the other boxes, it is completely worth it.  As mentioned the scarf in this picture is $89 online and the diffuser I mentioned was $60.

Here is the link to sign up again:  http://popsu.gr/pPE

I have ordered their one time HOLIDAY LUXURY Box for both men (the men’s is still available) and women.  It was a WHOPPING $100 but I know deep in my heart that it will spillith over with awesome.  SHH and I intend to wrap it and put it under the tree for Christmas morning-OH WHAT FUN!   Stand by for that review!

PopSugar Box  Image from POPSUGAR.COM

Enjoy lovelies.  Enjoy.

I would LOVE to hear of any subscription boxes you have and what you love and don’t love about each!

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Bula Schmula!

The last day has been a bit trying.  Everywhere you go they say “Fiji Time!  NO HURRY NO WORRY.”  Charming, right?  Only until you need something done 😉

And then there’s the kids…..This resort is beautiful, but its like the Disney Land of the Fijian Islands.  BLECH.  We also discovered that Australian parents believe in letting their children “discover” with very little supervision (turns out the Fijian people abhor this behavior)-my SHH actually called a kid a DW for squirting him in the face with semi automatic water gun (oh how toys have changed since we were kids). Clearly there was no mention of this in the reviews.  Nor did they mention that the Adult Pool (that we had planned most of our lazy days around) has been under construction and inoperable since 2010…though still listed as an amenity.

To top it off, we were enjoying a BEAUTIFUL sunset dinner 10 feet from the waters edge when the live entertainment BUSTED OUT in “THE WHEELS ON THE BUSS”  Followed by a wonderful rendition of “Jon Jacob Jinglehimer Shmidt” for those of you that are unfamiliar with that song, its from BARNEY–you know the big purple dinosaur ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lwVFt_f4Uw).   After the shock and awe we left, in the middle of our meal (cocktails in hand).  Went back to our room and booked an adult only hotel 🙂  As luck would have it we got a refund for the rest of the nights here 🙂  That said, we both have “the wipers on the buss go swish swish swish, swish swish swish, swish swish swish, the wipers on the bus go…..all over town.”

And finally, the silver lining……since we can’t stand all the kids we have spent many hours in the spa (kid free zone)enjoying relaxing treatments 🙂  Off to enjoy a coconut body wrap now 🙂

Here is a picture of the BeBe Spa perched high above the resort:

BeBe Spa

Is this real life? I felt like at any second a Unicorn might coming running towards us on the beach….

Blogger Misconceptions….

Dear Loyal Readers,

BULA and Thank you for your continued support.  Seriously.  Thank you 🙂

When I started blogging, I imagined I would write 4-5 blogs a week…more if time permitted.  I really felt like I was honestly creative enough to write a new and exciting post every day!  BAHAHAHA, this is a blog about products I put on my face!  Eventually I was going to slow down….and it happened…my apologies 🙂
So today, while on vacation on the beautiful Island of Fiji, I am inspired by the all the beauty around me….and all the new vacation products in my luggage 😉

You might not be surprised to hear that I have packed my standard Kiehl’s products.  I am referring to this combination as the Kiehl’s vacation tri-fecta.

Super Fluid SPF 50 for our faces:

SuperFluid

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Lightweight Body Lotion, SPF 30

Creme De Corps

And the newest addition–mostly for my ginger giant, the Activate Sun Protector SunScreen in SPF 50

Sun Protector SPF 50

Fiji is dangerously close to the equator, Sun Protection is at the top of my Must Haves for this trip and we have been “uber” happy with all three of these thus far 🙂

Upon arrival to our resort, we had scheduled a couples massage.  I figured after a 16 hour travel day, massages seemed necessary.  All the massages at this resort spa start with a mini pedicure, they use the most amazing body scrub…so while I didn’t actually pack the next product, I have used it every day since we arrived.

Coconut Sugar Rub by Pure Fiji–this stuff is like GOLD 🙂

Coconut Sugar Rub – Orange Blossom

“Use in the shower after cleansing for a natural exfoliation and moisturizing treatment. From the pristine environment of Fiji, comes an extraordinary moisturizing body treatment. Coconut sugar scrub with fresh sugar cane crystals, contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxyl to gently buff away aging skin cells, polish your skin clean and unclog pores. Added to this is the deep moisturizing richness of a blend of cold pressed virgin coconut oil and exotic nut extracts to nourish, moisturize and protect your beautiful skin – leaving it glowingly healthy. Ideal for all skin types. This generous 16 oz jar will give 15-18 treatments.” purefiji.com

***If this doesn’t last you 30 treatments, I would imagine you are using FAR to much product.****

IN MY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT WHORE OPINION:

This is a super aggressive scrub, not for the faint of heart or sensitive.
And this is exactly what I love.  While I love Kiehl’s sun protection products, I hate the way sunscreen feels on my skin.  I was excited to find a scrub that would easily slough away the product and leave my skin feeling refreshed, smooth and wonderfully soft.

This scrub is one of the most moisturizing, (cold pressed coconut oil based) scrubs I have every used, I didn’t even have to apply any moisturizer after as my skin was perfectly soft and totally moisturized.  I love that about this product…you know how I get about a two for one effect 🙂

I will leave you today with a view from the ocean looking in at the resort:

BULA FROM FIJI

Bula from Fiji!

Arrived in Fiji tired, uncharacteristically crabby (as the woman sitting next to me for 13 hours didn’t have the core strength required to maintain her own personal space bubble and constantly spilled into my VERY tiny bubble (I have the bruises to prove it)) and smelly but recovering nicely.

 

My SHH only had one small panic attack due to his crazy but increasing fear of flying 😉

 

Room service, couples massage, naps and our butler (yup, I said butler)who has just brought us champagne and canapes….have made for a great start to this wonderful vacation.

Papaya Pumpkin and Jalapenoyo’face–sounds like a tasty salad :)

Peaches Miracle Mask

Product Description: This special active enzyme mask reduces discoloration from age spots, scar tissue and sun damage, as well as removing dead skin cells – thus giving the skin a more youthful flawless look.

Wear as a spot treatment or mask. Can be worn overnight and as often as every day.  Always apply to clean skin.

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Pumpkin and Papaya wonderful-ness all up in my face.  I love love love it.  I love the way it feels on my skin.  AND I LOVE THE RESULTS!  I’ve done the mask two nights in a row and am over the moon happy with the radiance. I like this mask for all you readers that hate the intense tightness that a lot of clay masks give you.  This goes on like a thick moisturizer and feels slightly tingly (all those anti-oxidants working so hard) and washes off like a cleanser.

In the last few days, I have had a lot of questions about my daily skin care regimen. So here it is 🙂

I start with the Blueberry and Coffee Exfoliant, then the Cleanser (with my Mia) then the Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish,  I usually don’t actually wash off between each product, I just apply over,  then I spray the toner.  I apply the mask with a brush, I let it sit and then wash of with warm water (only once a week).  Then I spray more toner and apply the Retinol Night Creme. In the morning, I do the same but instead of the Retinol I rotate in my Monistat (aka vag cream moisturizer).

It seems like a lot, but its a lot faster than one might think.  I switched to Peaches in Feb because I was worried about all the chemicals I was putting on my face EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It was a tough mental transition for me because I was used to paying between $50-$200 on EACH product.  I was also used to FANCY pants packaging and outstanding fear based marketing.

Peaches Skin Care is none of those things.

1.  Each product is under $30 because the owner believes everyone should be able to afford good skin.

2.  It seems they are able to do this because they don’t spend a lot of money on fancy pants packaging.  All of their products are packaged in a cute but simple way.  ALSO, they only produce small batches of the product, hence their ability to keep everything all natural.  “Organic, filled with anti aging antioxidants and pure penetrating food for the skin. YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE with your first wash. “-Peaches

3.  “I have never believed in oily or combination skin, I believe we all have normal skin but we damage it by using foundation, bad skin care products, smoking and not knowing how to care for it. “-Peaches  Clearly not fear based marketing 🙂

If you are looking for an all natural, organic, full of anti-oxidants check out this line:  PEACHES SKINCARE

If you are looking for a Starter product, consider the Blueberry and Coffee Exfoliatant, the Retinol Night Creme or the Pumpkin and Papaya Miracle Mask.  I have found these to be my “no matter what” products 🙂

Also, if you suffer from Acne, check out their testimonials.  They will BLOW YOUR MIND.  And, if you have acne and aren’t using Vag Creme (MONISTAT ONLY) on your face, you are BONKERS.

Friday Finds and Other Nonsense

1.  This should be abundantly obvious to everyone by now:

2.  While my Willie Nelson has never done something like this, I feel like this is something he would say:

3.  Speaking of fur babies:

 

4.  This is sad and very funny in the same breath.

 

5.  My current nail art:

I was sad about my thumb nail fail 😦

6.  I must be missing my dog today….too bad he has black fur–cause I would do this…everyday

7.  Seriously, if you are considering it, do it.  You could save someone’s life.  I have been on the registry since 1999.

8.  I love the idea, I hate it in execution

9.  GLOSSYBOX IS FINALLY IN THE US!  I loved my first one!  It’s like BirchBox on Crack!

10.  AND THIS IS LIKE A PONTOON ON CRACK….I LOVE IT

I hope you all get a little giggle out of this today 🙂

 

Catch Up!

Wow, its been a while.

Since the last time I blogged I have:

Re-enrolled in school.

The Institute of Integrative Nutrition – Health and Wellness are passions of mine.  However, as of late, they haven’t been enough of a priority in my life.  After trying the Atkins diet starting in October I got REALLY sick.  REALLY really sick.  I originally felt amazing.  I had so much energy and I was dropping weight like crazy.  I had read all the books and scoured the internet for feedback and tools about the diet.  I found the good the bad and the ugly.  Based upon my own research, I decided to move forward.  I took it very seriously and very rarely cheated.  THEN, I started to have some tummy trouble.  That tummy trouble turned into colon issues.  Those colon issues are currently dictating all my activity levels in one way or another.  It is a disaster.

I try hard to not use my blog as a soap stand…so forgive me for this.  It drives me absolutely crazy that I spent 16 years in school learning algebra and world history (I do understand the importance of world history).  These years are meant to prepare you for the real world.  Unfortunately, I have found few occasions in “real life” that require any kind of geometry or algebra.  In the event that I do need any geometry, I find that GOOGLE solves everything.   I am resourceful.  CRAZY resourceful.

In all 16 years of learning, I was never taught the two most important lessons for daily activities: eating and spending.  No coincidence that our country is well known for being obese and in debt.  I resent our education system for not spending more time teaching me the importance of the value of food and a dollar but spent weeks on the value of a right angle.  That said, I should say, I loved my teachers and school.  I had a great school experience otherwise.

All of that to say that for years I have been considering going back to school to learn more about nutrition so that I can teach/help people understand the importance and the basics.  I finally took the first steps and enrolled!

I have so much to learn and a burning passion to help people understand the importance of food value.  This is why I chose the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Stay tuned for more!

Also, my SHH and I planned and executed a wedding this month.  Our very good friends T and J LOVE got married and SHH and I did what we could to make this event as smooth as possible.  During and after the event we received so much positive feedback that we decided to throw our hats into the wedding planning business in SB.  We really had a great time together 🙂  we had talked about this as a possibility for years and finally pulled the trigger-we are in the practice of pulling the trigger lately :).    It is a HUGE risk, but we are excited to test it out.

Also, we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!

and one year later…

We took an amazing weekend spa getaway.  I highly recommend a spa getaway.  Seriously, it was amazing.

And now on to products….

I had a recent Sephora Haul….

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, Radiant Touch

“What it is:
A luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion.

What it does:
Loved by models, makeup artists, celebrities, and women everywhere, the award-winning Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT Radiant Touch is like eight hours of sleep and an instant pick-me-up in a magic wand. With a few strategically placed strokes of TOUCHE ÉCLAT, the complexion immediately looks rested, rejuvenated, and radiant.

What else you need to know:
TOUCHE ÉCLAT banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area. TOUCHE ÉCLAT widens eyes when used between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose, and creates fuller looking lips when used in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips. It’s formulated for all skin types and for anyone who wants instant radiance, luminosity, and lift.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I have heard LOADS of raving fans on Vlogs go on and on about this product.  Apparently YSL, has been a leader in the world of foundations (which I do not wear) and recently the launched YSL Touche Eclat as a foundation in Europe-it will launch here next month.  The foundation is getting RAVE reviews and I wanted desperately to try the highlighter 🙂

Drumroll pls…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I really loved it.  Looooved it.  It is the perfect amt of glowy.  That said, I have a few others that have a similar affect for less.  I don’t often discuss pricing but for $40 for highlighter I felt a responsibility.  Since highlighter is one of the only products I wear, I will keep this as I like it a lot, but I don’t know that I would re-purchase.

VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY – Glossy Balm

“What it is:
A glossy lip balm.

What it does:
This balm dresses your lips in a sheer veil of brilliant color boosted with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruit extract. Its ultra-light, sensual texture leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to eight hours and is ideal for year-round use.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

OBSESSED.  I love the color, the formula and the smell is so dreamy. It’s like chap stick, but longer lasting and amazing color.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Bio-Oil

“Bio‐Oil is a specialist moisturizing oil that smooths and tones scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‐Oil has won 80 skincare awards since its global launch in 2002. It is America’s #1 selling multi use skincare oil.”  Biooil.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

This might be my very first drug store find review.

For weeks I have been hearing rave reviews for Bio Oil.   FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.  I finally made a special trip to CVS to investigate 🙂

So far, I really like it.  It makes my skin so so so soft.  Though, the scent took some getting used to for both me and SHH.  It’s not bad, its just different.  Also, I made the mistake of spending time in the sun hours after application and I am quite certain that even though I applied SPF 50, the reason I burned is the residual Bio Oil.  I will continue to use it for now as I love the way it makes my skin look supple and feel so soft.  Stay tuned for more on Bio Oil.

Ciate Caviar Paint Pots

I have been on pins and needles waiting for these to come out…you all know how I feel about things with Caviar in the title….

Image from sephora.com

What it is:
A two-step revolutionary nail art kit that inspires head-turning results.

What it does:
Created in London, this one-of-a-kind nail art innovation brings avant-garde catwalk nail styling to your fingertips. Featuring pearlescent beads for a 3-D effect, this kit includes everything you need to express yourself with your hands and become an instant nail connoisseur.

This cutting-edge manicure lasts at least 48 hours. To ensure your new manicure last even longer: seal the free edge of your nails with a top coat to ensure durability, make sure you allow the pearls to set for at least 15 minutes, and work on one nail at the time while nails are still wet.

I finally found them (in limited supply) at Sephora last night.

We (my cute lil aesthetician, turned neighbor, turned friend) had a little nail polish picnic last night.  Complete with champagne thru a straw and 12 colors of pink:)

Its easier than you might think it would be, but still more complicated than a standard manicure, it was helpful to have a partner for this application.

In this last picture you can see that my first nail, my thumb, didn’t hold up too well.  I made the mistake of not actually reading the instructions.  After the second coat you are suppose to apply the pearls and press them into the nail.  I skipped the pressing part and this is a direct reflection of the finished product.

 

MY PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT WHORE OPINION:

Its like unicorn glitter on my nails.  I love it.  I wish they had more staying power, 48 hours isn’t enough time to enjoy these fully!

Speaking of Unicorn Glitter…My SHH got me an early 1st anniversary gift…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weddings on my mind!

I have a few lucky ladies in my life getting married in the coming months….It is SUPER EXCITING!

I remember this planning stage very very well.  It was only a year ago that I was one month away from becoming a Mrs.  The 30 days leading up to a wedding are generally considered the most intense. To all the SOON TO BE MRS.’s out there, I salute you.  Planning a wedding isn’t easy, and its such an epic day.  The stress is UNBELIEVABLE and 100 worth it!

MODelicious: Fabulous Wedding Dresses By Wedding Blog - MODwedding | Wedding Websites for Modern Brides + Grooms

MODelicious: Fabulous Wedding Dresses By Wedding Blog - MODwedding | Wedding Websites for Modern Brides + Grooms
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Oh Oscar...you complete me.
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This is such a cute post Bachlorette Party gift idea.  I LOVE IT

This is such a cute post Bachlorette Party gift idea. I LOVE IT
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John & Jacqueline at the table - Lisa Larsen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Sep 12, 1953

John & Jacqueline at the table - Lisa Larsen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Sep 12, 1953

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS
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Currently obsessed with Yellow!
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Love this sweetheart so much

Love this sweetheart so much!
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lol
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For the sporty couple:)
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MmmmMmmMmmmM
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awesomeness is having synchronized swimmers as wedding entertainment
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love love love
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