April 2017 Julep Maven unboxing + GIVEAWAY!

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Check out my April 2017 Julep box and don't forget to enter my giveaway so you can snag some Julep polish of your own!

It feels like forever since I shared a Julep box here on the blog! Well, actually it’s been about six months…but that’s still a long time! I skipped a few boxes this winter and actually haven’t been polishing much in general because my nails have been in bad shape. But now they’re healthy again, and I had some Jules to use toward a monthly box, so I thought I’d treat myself to some new polish! Check out everything I got in my April 2017 Julep box, and make sure you enter my giveaway to win some Julep polish of your own!

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March 2016 Birchbox

See what goodies I got in my March 2016 Birchbox!

I can’t believe how fast March flew by! Before the month is out, I wanted to share what I got in my March 2016 Birchbox. This box was a little mixed for me but still had some good items in it.

The biggest disappointment for me was the Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm ($16.50), because it’s made of pure lanolin, which is not vegan and is just kind of gross in my opinion anyway! I’ve heard such rave reviews about this product and it’s nice to see Birchbox trying to include more natural, “green” products, but c’mon. I don’t want to put this on my lips, or anywhere else on my body.

I’m not entirely sure about Kiehl’s animal testing policy, since they’re owned by L’Oreal and L’Oreal and animal activists are still at loggerheads over how slow they’ve been to convert to a 100% ban on animal testing. For the record, this Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum ($48/0.5 fl. oz.) is a very nicely sized sample. I think the great thing about eye cream samples is that you use so little, you can really make these samples last and last!

The Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner are nice to try since I really love the results I’ve gotten from sampling this brand, and they’re vegan-friendly. But you’ll shell out $34-$72 for full size bottles—way too much for me!

I’ve never tried theBalm products but this Stainiac lip and cheek stain ($17 for full-size) looks interesting. I just hope it’s sheer and pretty, not streaky. I don’t have good luck with stains because my lips are so dry.

Finally, I got an eyeshadow duo with two shades from the new Cargo Land Down Under Palette ($34). I’ve wanted to try Cargo for a while but have just never gotten around to it, I guess. I’m not normally a palette person but this palette is so pretty and summery, and the consistency of the shadows is great. (And this is another great sample for the box, since the Cargo eyeshadow singles typically retail for $15.)

See what goodies I got in my March 2016 Birchbox!

If you’re interested in signing up for Birchbox I’d love it if you used my signup link. Each month costs $10 and you can cancel anytime. What I really love about Birchbox is that you earn $5 in points for reviewing all of your box samples each month on their website, and those points are redeemable in the Birchbox shop to buy full sizes of the items you loved, so instead of paying $10 for each box you’re basically paying $5. That’s pretty hard to beat, especially with such awesome deluxe samples.

So there’s my March 2016 Birchbox! Do you subscribe to Birchbox, or do you have another favorite monthly box? Any new products you’ve tried lately that you can’t live without? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Ethical fashion picks: May 2014

1. Britta top, $29.99, Threads For Thought. Organic/recycled materials.
2. Indian block-print sandals, $65.53, Fashion Conscience. Vegan.
3. Edenham bangle, $25, Roozt. Fair trade and made from plants.
4. Chevron zip pouch, $23, Pure Citizen. Vegan and fair-trade, supporting single mothers in East Africa.
5. Sarong scarf, $33.66, People Tree. Made by Swallows, a fair trade group working with women in rural Bangladesh.
6. Southwestern top, $19.99, ModCloth. Made in the USA.

Ten on Tuesday: school, TV, and oh yeah, books

1. I’m almost done with my sci-fi lit class and as much as I’ve enjoyed it, I’m kind of relieved. I’m ready to read books for fun again, not because they’re on a syllabus.

2. I knew I would enjoy my modern business class when the professors started referencing Dilbert and The Big Bang Theory!

3. Helllllloooo, spring time! We actually turned the heat off and opened the windows two days in a row. (Just a crack, and I’m wearing my fuzzy bathrobe, but still–the house stayed at 66 degrees.) It feels great to get that fresh air inside.

4. I can no longer claim to be “not a TV person”–I’m hooked on Boardwalk Empire. And yeah, I’m about three seasons behind, but it’s still awesome.

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5. Are you going to see Divergent? I loved the first book and hated the second and third ones. I do like Shailene Woodley but overall I’m still feeling kind of “meh” about the whole franchise. And no one, repeat, NO ONE can replace Katniss!

6. I need this pin! (From Etsy seller beanforest)

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7. So true.

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8. Speaking of books–take this Buzzfeed quiz to find out what type of book you are! I’m a secondhand book, apparently.

9. By the way, those Buzzfeed quizzes are evil. Talk about a time suck!

10. If I buy one new pair of shoes for spring, it will probably be these. You can’t go wrong with Chucks.

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Ethical/vegan/USA fashion picks: March 2014

Ethical/vegan/USA fashion picks: March 2014

I thought it would be fun to start doing a regular feature of ethically sourced, charitable, vegan and/or made in the USA fashion picks. I don’t know if I’ll do this on a monthly basis or just as the mood strikes me. For now, here are some spring picks for you, all under $100.

1. Folk Like Us cotton crinkle maxi skirt; $54 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Fair trade.
2. Crowned Earrings; $28 from Roozt. Designer Glit-Z donates a portion of proceeds to charities benefiting autism awareness and child abuse prevention.
3. Hopeful of Life tank; $27.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.
4. On Deck sneaker in pink; $60 from Pure Citizen. Vegan, fair trade, recycled and eco-conscious.
5. Chinese Laundry Vegan Milk Shake Tribal Wedge; $80 (converted from pounds) from Fashion Conscience. Vegan-friendly synthetic design.
6. Ellie Bouquet Dress; $80 (converted from pounds) from People Tree. Organic and fair trade cotton.
7. Everyday Hobo; $32 from One Mango Tree. Locally sourced and stitched by Ugandan artisans.
8. Heads or Tailwinds top; $37.99 from ModCloth. Made in the USA.

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