Monthly Archives: August 2016

August Empties 

Today I’m going to be sharing all of the products that I used up during the month of August. I’m so excited to give my mini reviews and let you know if I’d repurchase! 

I’m so proud of how many products I was able to finish! I usually only go through 2 or 3 things a month, but I’ve made a big push to start working my way through some of my Birchbox and Ipsy samples that have been piling up. 

Without further ado, let’s get into it! 


My first makeup empty is the Maybelline Master Precise black liquid eyeliner. This is my favorite liquid liner, and lasts for months! Would I repurchase? As soon as I finish a couple of liners from Ipsy I’ll be buying this one again for sure. 

Next I have a sample of the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara and I hated this. The wand is a super cool triangle shape and did an amazing job coating all my lashes, but the smell. It not only stunk while I was applying it, but I could smell this mascara all day long. Would I buy the full size? Noooooo. Just no. 

Skin Care 

I finally pulled out my Wilma Schumann Collagen Eye Pads sample, and they were…alright. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting…but it wasn’t exactly this. It came with two super slimy silicone gel pads that were kinda gross at first, but they were cooling and soothing and that’s all that they’re really supposed to do. Would I buy these? Probably not. I don’t really have issues with dark circles, puffiness, or wrinkles so I personally don’t need a product like this. 

I was super happy to finally finish up my Vasanti face wash sample. It smelled fresh and clean and was what I would classify as a mild exfoliator. It didn’t do anything to brighten my skin like it claims, but I didn’t really expect anything amazing from a sample size anyway. Would I buy a full size? I’m not a huge fan of exfoliating face washes, so no. 

I personally hated this Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub face wash, but my husband really liked it (thanks for using this one up for me babe). The one time I used it, it felt like I was scratching my face off. Would I purchase this? No, but if you’re into super harsh exfoliators, you’d love this. 

I finally finished up this pack of Up&Up makeup remover wipes. About halfway through the pack I discovered the magic that is microfiber cloths and I’m never buying makeup wipes ever again. Would I buy these again? Obviously no, but if you’re a makeup wipe person, these are cheap and cheerful. 
Body Care

We coincidentally finished our Q-Tips this month. I like the cheap store brand ones because they’re stiffer than the name brand. Would I buy these again? Obviously, everyone needs Q-Tips. 

This Whish Lavender Shave Cream sample was delightful. This left my legs feeling super soft in a way that foam shaving creams don’t. Would I purchase the full size? I like this a lot, but I’m only willing to spend about $3-$5 on shaving cream, so if it costs anymore than that, probably not. Would I mind getting another sample of this from Birchbox? Not at all.

I’ve been working on this Secret Charm lotion from Victoria’s Secret forever. This was one of the products I wanted to use up in 2016, and I’m so relieved that I finally made it through this bottle. Would I repurchase? I would like to stick to Bath & Body Works from now on, but this lotion wasn’t bad by any means. I’m happy to have this scent out of my life. 

Hair Care

The first hair sample I used up this month was the Parlor shampoo. This smelled super fruity and lathered really well. Would I buy it? Probably not just because I’m not really the type to seek out a certain kind of shampoo. Herbal Essence works just fine for me. I wouldn’t mind getting another sample of this though. 

Next up is this awesome Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask. I wasn’t a huge fan of the avocado and almond scent, but this made my hair crazy soft. Would I buy this? I probably wouldn’t buy this specific one, but I’m definitely going to purchase another deep conditioning mask in the near future. 

I was so excited to try out this LivingProof Nightcap overnight hair treatment. I used this all over my hair the night before washing it. I’ve got to say, I don’t feel like this really made much of a difference on my hair and I really didn’t like the scent of it either. Would I buy this? Probably not, but the product itself is kind of a cool concept. 

I’ve been loving hair oils for the ends of my hair, and this Eva NYC Hungry Hair Oul Treatment was no exception. I mainly used this on the ends of my hair the night before washing it to add a little moisture and prevent split ends. Would I buy it? While I loved the smell of this oil, it left a super greasy look and feel when I put it on dry hair, so in the future I would probably go for something that could be used on wet or dry hair.  I definitely wouldn’t mind getting another sample of this, though. 

If you saw my July Birchbox unboxing post, these will probably look familiar to you. These are the MINU conditioner packets and matching shampoo. The conditioner packets smelled so freaking bizarre. As soon as I put it in my hair I actually said out loud that it smelled like food. After using the second packet, I’m completely convinced that these smell exactly like corn tortillas. The shampoo has more of a medicinal scent to it, but it still wasn’t pleasant. Would I buy this? No freaking way. 


I burnt up my Mainstays Apples & Berries candle this month and I liked it alright. Would I repurchase this? The scent itself was just okay in my opinion, but I love Walmart’s candles for the price. They obviously don’t have as good of a scent throw as the Bath & Body Works candles do, but they definitely fill the general area. I wouldn’t repurchase this particular scent, but I’ll probably pick up a fall scented one in the next month or so. 

Finally, I have this Everyday Home Watermelon candle. The wax on the sides is due to the candle having only one wic, therefore not burning evenly. Would I buy this again? The scent throw was almost nonexistent, and as I said it didn’t burn evenly, so no I probably wouldn’t buy another candle from this brand. 


August Favorites 

I’ve got a super exciting August favorites post for you all today! I’ve discovered a bunch of new stuff in the last month and I’m stoked to tell you guys all about everything I’ve been loving. Let’s dive on in!

My first favorite this month is this adorable new makeup bag. This is the Tartan + Twine Train Case makeup bag (I got mine at Ulta for $25) and I love that it has two separate pockets and tons of room for all of my makeup goodies (full review post to come).

My next favorite has been the Too Faced Hangover RX Primer. I got this sample in an Ipsy and I’ve been loving the coconut scent as well as the lotion-like feel as opposed to the typical silicone feel that most primers have.

I purchased this Too Faced blush this month in the shade “Baby Love” and I’m obsessed with it. Crazy pigmentation, beautiful subtle shimmer, and all day lasting power. Need I say more? (I’ve got a whole post on this comparing it to another popular blush in a similar color coming very soon!)

I’ve rediscovered my Naked 2 palette this month! I decided to do a little challenge where I only wore shimmery eyeshadow for a whole week (coming from a girl who only wears matte neutral eyeshadow, this was a much needed “branch out” for me) and my Naked 2 palette is the only palette I own with a range of shimmery colors. It was so nice to try something out of the ordinary, and Urban Decay has such a beautiful eyeshadow formula.

My next favorite is the ELF Flat Eyeliner Brush, or more specifically, using eyeshadow as eyeliner. I’ve been loving the soft, smokey look that eyeshadow liner gives me.

If you’ve seen any of my posts in the last month, you were probably expecting this one. This is my Delectable Lemon & Cream Hand Cream and it smells like heaven. I also love that it’s non-greasy and absorbs super quickly.

This one may seem kinda strange, but stay with me here. This is the Old Spice Wolfthorn Deodorant (yes, for men). This smells like Koolaide and works 1000000 times better than any women’s deodorant I’ve ever tried. It has been an absolute miracle during the end of summer heat (don’t knock it till you try it ladies).

I’ve been obsessed with hair oils this month! I cut my hair at the beginning of August to get rid of all of my split ends, and I’ve been putting oil on my freshly chopped ends right out of the shower to try to help prevent split ends from happening again. I’ve noticed that my hair has been super soft since I started slathering on the oil (no matter which of these oils I use, I’ve honestly been getting the same results).

I’ve been loving my Contigo water bottle (I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $15) and it’s definitely been the main reason I’ve been staying so hydrated and keeping up with my water drinking goals. (I did a whole post on how to drink more water that you can check out right here!)

My last favorite for this month has been candles. I’ve been burning through all kinds of brands and scents this past month, and it’s been an awesome way to keep my apartment smelling nice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorites this month! Let me know what you’ve been loving in a comment, and thank you for stopping by!

Until next time!

How to Drink More Water 

I’ve been drinking so much more water lately than I ever used to, and I’ve realized that drinking water is something that you have to work at. It’s so much easier to grab for a sugary, sweet, or carbonated drink. Here are my tips and tricks on how to keep your body hydrated throughout the day. 

1. Invest in a good water bottle (and keep it with you) 

The main thing that’s forced me to drink more water is investing in a nice water bottle and never letting it leave my side (or get empty).

 I got mine from Bed Bath & Beyond for around $15 and it’s my favorite thing on the planet. It’s super important to get one that’s good quality, and makes you happy. If you don’t like the way it looks, you’re never going to take it around with you. Throughout the day, I make sure to carry it from room to room at home as well as bringing it in the car with me, taking it to work, and sometimes bringing it to the store with me. Having it there constantly will automatically help you remember to drink more. 

2. Ice it 

I can’t stand cold water from my fridge or tap, it needs to be ice cold in order for me to drink it. I never realized the reason I wasn’t drinking much water is because I needed it super cold in order to enjoy it. 

3. Flavor it 

If you can’t stand the “nothing taste” of water, add in some lemon or one of those individual Crystal Lite packets to flavor your water. 

4. Set a goal and make it a game 

I like a good challenge. I’ve found that making a game out of drinking water helps motivate me to drink more. Try telling yourself that you need to drink x-amount of bottles by the end of the day, and see what happens. 

5. Make it fun 

There are tons of different apps geared toward tracking water intake. Plant Nanny is the one I’ve used in the past (not sponsored, they have no idea who I am lol); every time you drink water you get to water your plant. You get to pick out and name your plant, and the app has super cute graphics. Try using something like this to help keep you motivated (you can also set up reminders so every hour/2 hours/etc. so it’ll pop up and remind you to “water your plant, and yourself”). 

There you have it, all of the tips that have helped me drink more water throughout the day. Let me know if you have any water drinking tricks of your own in a comment. Thanks for stopping by! 

Until next time! 

My Favorite Leggings for Fall and Winter 

Let me start by saying: 1. This post is not sponsored in any way. 2. I wear leggings every single day during the fall and winter (which probably makes me an expert on leggings at this point). 3. I don’t like paying a lot of money for my leggings. All that aside, today I’m going to talk about my favorite leggings for fall and winter, where I buy them, and how I get them on sale. Let’s get into it!

My favorite leggings of all time are the Minicci Seamless Twill Leggings, which you can find at Payless (yes the shoe store). They’re normally $19.99, but Payless has 30% off and Buy One Get One 50% off sales all the time (I worked there for almost a year, so I should know). Combined with the 20% off coupons they email you, I’m usually able to get one pair for about $8. Because I do wear them every day (rotating between a few different pairs of course) I find that I have to buy new ones about every month and a half (you can get away with longer if you’ve got a thigh gap, lord knows my legs rub when I walk though lol). Because I only have 2 Payless locations near me (and Payless doesn’t ship store to store), I’ve bought out all of the leggings in my size in my city, and these ones can’t be ordered online (so basically, I’m going to have to branch out soon because Payless hardly ever restocks their leggings). But I’m telling you guys, these leggings rock. Here’s why:

As far as inexpensive leggings go, it’s really hard to find a pair that doesn’t show your underwear when they stretch over your butt. I’m not talking underwear lines, I’m talking actually being able to see what color you put on that morning. I love the Minicci leggings because they’re twill, which makes them nice and thick and neon pink underwear safe.

They’re also awesome because they’re extremely durable. They last way longer than the cotton leggings I get from Ross. I love the feel of the material too, they don’t feel like spandex, they’re nice and stretchy while still being soft.

They also do awesome in the washer and dryer and they never get fuzzies or hairs stuck all over them like most other leggings do.

I also want to mention that Payless has a killer return policy. These leggings come in packages, and Payless obviously doesn’t have a fitting room for you to try them on. However, if they end up not fitting, you can return them no questions asked (opened or ripped packaging and all) as long as you have the receipt.

All in all, these leggings are the bomb dot com. I highly recommend them if you’re a frequent leggings wearer like I am. Let me know what your holy grail leggings are in a comment (I’m always on the hunt for more). Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time.

Where to Find Deals on High-End Makeup 

No, this isn’t a sponsored post. This isn’t a scam. This isn’t an article telling you to buy off of some crazy sketchy website or purchase knock off’s from eBay. This is all about how to get brands like Tarte, Too Faced, Urban Decay, bareMinerals, and Benefit for 15-35% off normal price while ordering directly from their website! Sound too good to be true? It’s not, you just have to know where to look. 

Today I’m going to teach you how to get high end makeup for a discount using legit, legal, tried and true methods. If you shop at Ulta and Sephora for your high end makeup, you’ll know that it’s very rare that either store has any of their makeup on sale. Aside from Ulta’s 21 days of beauty and Sephora’s VIB Rouge sale, you’re never going to see Too Faced blushes for less than $26 or Urban Decay Naked palettes for less than $54… That is, unless you know where to find the deals. 

1. Hautelook

(While this isn’t an ‘ordering directly from the manufacturer’s website’ deal, it’s still worth mentioning as this is how you’ll get the biggest discount on high end makeup). Hautelook is a flash sale website that partners with manufacturers to get deals on makeup, clothing, furniture, etc. I know websites like this tend to lean on the sketchy side, but this one is 100% legitimate and trustworthy. 

Downsides: You can’t choose from (for example) the entire Too Faced line, you only get to pick from the 15 items Hautelook has available. Also, it’s flash sale so if you’re not logging on every couple days, deals will disappear before you can get your hands on them. Shipping also takes forever; 2-6 weeks before they even have your items packed. 

2. Ipsy Brand Offers 

This is my newest discovery, and it’s amazing. If you subscribe to Ipsy, you already have access to this amazing feature. Ipsy will do partnerships with brands such as Too Faced, The Balm, bareMinerals, etc. for anywhere from 2-4 weeks. During that time, you have access to coupon codes for 15%-35% off of your entire order and free shipping. You go to the brand’s website, add items to your cart, and enter ipsy’s coupon code at checkout. I just recently bought a Too Faced blush for $20 using this method. It would have been almost $40 with shipping and tax if I hadn’t had the coupon code. That is a crazy good deal. 

3. Email Sign-Up

This is the quickest and easiest way to save money on high end makeup, and it also gives you the widest selection to choose from because you’re not limited to certain products or certain brands at one time. For this, all you have to do is go onto the company’s website and sign up for their emails. They’ll immediately email you a welcome coupon code. Tarte offers 15% off your first order, Too Faced gives 20% off, and Benefit gives you free shipping (these are my 3 most purchased brands, so they’re the ones I researched). While this coupon only works one time, you can always sign up under a different email address for future orders. 

There you have it, those are my 3 favorite ways to get high end makeup at a discounted price. Let me know in the comments if you know of any other ways to get great deals on high end makeup. Thank you so much for reading! 

Until next time! 

Birchbox vs. Ipsy August 2016

Battle of the beauty subscription boxes is back! Birchbox and Ipsy are both $10 a month beauty subscription services that include 5 deluxe sized samples and a collectible box/makeup bag. If you missed last month’s BB vs. Ipsy, you can check it out here!

In case you’re unfamiliar with my subscription battles, I like to rate them on two point scales.

First impression points: Each item has a potential to get 1 point including the box/bag that everything comes in. These points are awarded to products I’m keeping, anything I’d be willing to toss doesn’t get a point. Total of 6 points possible for the month.

Product stars: Each item (and the bag/box) can get 1-5 stars depending on how impressed I am with the quality of the items after trying them out several times. Total of 30 stars possible for the month.

Here. We. Go.


Birchbox, you had so much to live up to this month after screwing over your subscribers by changing your point system last month.

Let’s talk about the box itself. If I had to pick a word: ehh. I don’t like it at all. No first impression point (since it’s going straight in the trash). 1 star. 

My box was pretty battered this month. As you can see, the card that the info comes on was ripped and bent when I received it. Not technically Birchbox’s fault, but I wish they were still including tissue paper to keep the products a little more secure to prevent this kind of smashing in transit.

The jumble that everything arrives in.

August’s products layed out

Here’s an overview of this month’s lineup. So far, it’s not looking too good. Upon first impression, they’re all very small samples, and one of them is clearly broken and unuseable.

The first item this month is SkinFood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off. After reading the directions, my initial though that this was a face mask turned out to be false. This is an after cleanse face scrub. Not too thrilled about trying this one.

No first impression point, 2 stars. 

Next up is this Manna Kadar blush/eyeshadow/???

As you can see, mine came completely shattered to dust. I had to open it over my bathroom sink as not to get powder everywhere. It turns out a lot of people have been having theirs arrive broken as well. I’ve emailed customer service about the issue, and have a replacement on its way. As of now, I’m going to have to give it 1 star and no first impression point since it had to go straight into the garbage. (Possible rating change when they ship me a new one).

Next up we have the sample that I chose, R+CO’s Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. This product is super intriguing, and definitely gets a first impression point. I dug right into it and it absorbs so much oil. However, it leaves an almost crunchy feeling to your hair with a little bit of white reside, so I’m docking it a star for that. (After I wrote my initial thoughts here, I found that over then next few days this product left my hair feeling crunchy and powdery and no amount of brushing could get rid of it. Yuck. 3 stars)

I discovered Beauty Protector’s products through Birchbox, and I actually ordered the full size leave-in conditioning spray from them after receiving a sample for it, so when I saw this Beauty Protector Protect & Oil hair oil, I was stoked. The smell is UNBELIEVABLE, and I love using oil on the ends of my hair straight out of the shower. 1 first impression point, 5 stars. 

Our last product from Birchbox is the Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in the shade “Patina”. If you know anything about makeup, you’ll know that this is not only an extremely popular (and expensive) brand, but an extremely popular product as well. 1.5 first impression points for a high end brand and 5 stars because these lipsticks have unreal lasting power.

Birchbox breakdown:

17/30 stars

3/6 first impression points (which means I’m only keeping half of this month’s box. Boo.)


This month’s Ipsy arrived super late, it didn’t ship until the 9th and I didn’t receive it until the 17th. That aside, let’s get into this month’s bag.

The bag itself is gorgeous this month and definitely gets its first impression point. I’m also awarding it 5 stars because this is one that’s going straight into my purse.

This month’s first product is the Beau Gachis makeup sponge. This wins my first impression point. I love it when Ipsy includes makeup tools, and I’m always down to try out a new sponge. 5 stars. 

Next up is the Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer. This shade is way too dark to be a bronzer on me, so I’ll be using it as an eyeshadow instead. Although I’m bummed they didn’t take into account my skin tone that’s on my profile, I’ll still be giving it a first impression point as well as 4 stars. 

Our next sample is the Dermelect nail polish in the shade “Unscripted”. While I’m super excited to be getting a full sized nail polish, the color isn’t quite my taste. I was hoping for something a little more fall, but I’ll try it out on my toes for the end of summer anyway. It gets a first impression point and 3 stars.

Next we have the Marc Anthony Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment. I love deep conditioners, and this one smells awesome. Plus, this really is a huge sample as far as hair samples go. One first impression point, 5 stars. 

Our final sample this month is Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Crème in the shade “Wonder”. This is a super beautiful deep pink (almost red) shade that will be beautiful for transitioning into fall. 1.5 first impression points for including a high end brand and 5 stars. 

Ipsy breakdown: 

6.5/6 first impression points (I’m so excited that I’ll actually be keeping every item from this month’s bag!)

27/30 stars makes this an almost perfect bag! 

So clearly Ipsy won this month by a landslide. I’ve been so impressed with them after the last couple of months! Hopefully Birchbox can step it up or I might just be unsubscribing at the end of the year.

Thank you all so much for all of your lovely likes! Leave me a comment on what you received in your birchboxes and ipsys this month’s and stay tuned for next month.

Until next time! 💕

Birchbox vs. Ipsy: July 2016 

We have a super exciting (and super late) new post today! We are starting a battle of the subscription services series! We are taking July’s Birchbox and Ipsy and putting them head to head.

Both are monthly beauty subscription services for $10 a month including 5 deluxe samples and a collectible box/bag  I like to rate mine on two different point scales.

First impression points: Each item has a potential to get 1 point including the box/bag that everything comes in. These points are awarded to products I’m keeping, anything I’d be willing to toss doesn’t get a point. Total of 6 points possible for the month.
Product breakdown stars: Each item (and the bag/box) can get 1-5 stars depending on how impressed I am with the quality of the items after trying them out several times. Total of 30 stars possible for the month.

Let’s get right on into it!


Here’s an overview of this month’s bag and I do need to mention that I’m missing one of my samples here. My dumb self decluttered the makeup brush that came in this month’s bag before I got around to taking pictures of everything. Oops. It was a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush from Vasanti Cosmetics. No first impression point because it was nothing special (and I didn’t keep it) and 1 star. 

This month’s bag is a silver hologram with cute little umbrellas. Very summery, but I do have to admit, I’d like it a lot more if it didn’t have the massive Ipsy logo splattered across the front. I’ll give it the first impression point because it’s not the worst they’ve ever had. 2 stars. 

I wasn’t too thrilled to receive this right after getting it in my Birchbox last month (this photo is actually of the Birchbox one that I’ve been using, the one that came in the bag is still nice and plastic sealed with a cap). How much spray water can one person really use? No first impression point because I’m probably going to declutter it and 2 stars.

Where do I even begin with this lotion? It smells like heaven (or more specifically, lemon cream), it’s non-greasy, and has shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera in it. I can’t stop using it. This has rightfully earned its first impression point and 5 stars because I can’t give it 6. 

I love it when subscriptions include high-end brands. This Too Faced primer is more of a lotion than a silicone primer, and it smells like coconut. It’s absolutely lovely. This definitely gets a first impression point and 5 stars. 

Last but not least, we have an eyeshadow sample from The Balm. I appreciate that it’s a neutral color, but I personally don’t like how warm toned and red this brown shade is. It gets a first impression point for being a more well-known brand, but it only gets 3 stars from me.

Ipsy monthly totals:

4/6 first impression points 

18/30 stars


Birchbox has made a lot of changes this month that have made a lot of people really angry. To sum it up: their point system used to be one of the best out there. Every product you reviewed gave you 10 points, and when you saved up 100 points it was equal to $10 to spend at their online store. You could save your points up to $30 before they started to expire, and tons of people were getting free high end makeup this way. They decided that starting in July, they were only going to let subscribers review 5 products A YEAR for a grand total of $5 annually in their store. Yippie. They’ve lost tons of subscribers recently because of this change, and for good reason. It’s not a good idea to piss off the people that are bringing in the money. Anyway, all that aside, let’s get into the July box.

Here’s an overview of my box. I’ve got to say, I’m not too impressed.

The box itself is…fine. To me, it kind of looks like fingerprinting on the top, but it’s not one I’d necessarily get rid of. 1 first impression point, 1 star. 

Unfortunately, they’re actually count in this as two samples. Umm…what gives? This is the MINU shampoo sample. 1 first impression point, 3 stars because it smells alright and it’s a large shampoo bottle. As far as the two conditioner foil packets, that is a cheap rip off if you ask me. No first impression point, 1 star. Step it up Birchbox.

Next up is the sample that I chose this month. This is the Marcelle curling and lengthening mascara. From the pictures I’ve seen online, it has a nice curved want. 1 first impression point, 4 stars (I haven’t tried it yet because I have a bunch of mascaras opened right now, but I’m giving it 4 stars because I love trying new mascara).

Next up we have the Dr. Brandt Pore Perfecting Exfoliator. I know this is supposed to do all kinds of stuff for your pores, but to me, it’s just another face wash (and I have half a billion face wash samples from Birchbox, not really looking for another one.) No first impression point, 1 star. 

And finally, we have a blush/bronzer duo from Cargo in the shade “Catalina and medium”. The bronzer is glittery, the blush is Barbie pink, and it arrived broken. No first impression point, 1 star. This guy is going straight in the trash.

Birchbox monthly totals:

3/6 first impression points

11/30 stars. 

As you an probably guess, Ipsy is this month’s winner! Birchbox is usually a clear favorite for me, but man this month really sucked for them! I’m hoping that their sample quality won’t go down now that they’ve lost a bunch of subscriber money, but the change to their point system could really cause them to crash and burn.

I’m so excited to continue this series next month with August’s Birchbox and Ipsy! Until then