• accessories,  Fashion,  jewelry

    Rocksbox #7

    Happy Tuesday! I’m in the middle of a four-day weekend (lucky me!) and hopefully heading out for some Thai food and a movie later tonight! Today I wanted to post a quick peek at my latest Rocksbox.

    New to Rocksbox? Check out the details at the end of the post and find out how you can get your first month for free!

    See what I got in my latest Rocksbox and sign up for a free month!

    After a few really good boxes, this one was a disappointment. I really loved the bangle, which is so pretty solo but could also be stacked. However, the necklace wasn’t really my style, and the earrings were just “meh”–I really prefer bolder styles! I can see why they sent the necklace, since I loved another statement necklace I received and bought a pair of earrings with a similar shape. I’m hoping the next box will be a lot better, though. (Margaret Elizabeth Teardrop Bangle, $88 or $70 for insiders; Loren Hope Carina necklace, $165 or $132 for insiders; Sophie Harper Pave Ball Studs, $40 or $32 for insiders.)

    Never heard of Rocksbox? Here’s how it works: you start by completing a “style profile” via their site; your stylist then puts together a set of gems for you that arrives in about a week. You can keep the pieces as long as you like and if you love anything from your box you can purchase it at a discounted rate (you also get $10 in “Shine Spend” each month to put towards a purchase). Not in love? Reuse the shipping bag and the return label inside to send back your set; a new one is put together and shipped out within a few days.

    The monthly charge is $19 and you can refresh your set an unlimited number of times monthly; there is no option to skip a month, but you can cancel at any time. If you’re a new subscriber, you can get your first month FREE by using my promo code MARTHABFF9 at sign-up!

  • face care,  product review,  vegetarian

    Product review: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

    (Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for honest review as a member of the Influenster community.)

    How did my face feel after the Neutrogena #WipeForWater experiment?

    Neutrogena Naturals and The Nature Conservancy launched a large campaign this spring to encourage consumers to reduce water usage in the U.S. The numbers on water waste are pretty shocking: the EPA estimates that the average American household uses 400+ gallons of water daily and wastes over 10,000 gallons of water per year. Obviously there are lots of things you can do to reduce your wastefulness–shorter showers, ensuring your pipes don’t leak, etc.–but for the #WipeForWater challenge Neutrogena asked consumers to replace their regular cleansers with cleansing towelettes, saving an average of five gallons of water per day.

    That’s a lot of water, especially added up over the course of multiple days. However, I’ve always been a little leery of replacing a cleanser with a makeup wipe–I feel like they just don’t clean as effectively–so when I received these wipes in the mail with an invitation to go waterless for three days, I was hesitant. Neutrogena claims these wipes leave skin looking “purified, fresh and healthy-looking”, but would they really work on my temperamental skin?

  • celebrities,  feminism,  health,  magazines

    Kristen Stewart’s plastic surgery remarks aren’t body positive. Here’s why.

    In case you somehow missed it online or on social media, plastic surgery was once again a buzzy topic this weekend, this time thanks to Kristen Stewart. In her cover interview for the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.K., the 25-year-old actress said that not only would she never consider getting plastic surgery, she had some strong opinions about women who do:

    “I am so freaked out by the idea of doing anything. And maybe that’s completely arrogant but I don’t want to change anything about myself. I think the women who do are losing their minds. It’s vandalism.”

    Predictably, the internet exploded, with lots of people proud of her for standing up against the pressure on women to alter their looks to be “better” or prettier. I think it’s great that Stewart is confident in her own skin and doesn’t feel the need to bow to Hollywood pressure to conform to a certain body standard. However, I think we need to pause for a moment before we retweet her remarks, because her comments are not as body positive as they appear to be.