• Beauty,  spring

    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!

  • Thought Questions

    The final round of Thought Questions!

    The final round of Thought Questions!(photo by Alvin Engler via Unsplash)

    Well, I’m down to the final round of Thought Questions! I’ve been answering these questions on and off for two years after seeing this post on another blog. It’s been fun and thought-provoking, to say the least. Here are the last twelve questions—somehow I seem to have lost a few, because I’m only counting up to 362 here. Oh well. If you want to see the post that started it all in July 2014, you can click over here. As always, thanks for reading!

    #351: Where do you spend most of your time while you’re awake? Home. I’m a homebody.

    #352: What makes someone a hero? Having the courage to follow your gut and be brave, whether that means making a personal decision that risks ridicule (even though you know it’s the right thing to do at the time) or if it means being selfless for another person. Heroes come in many forms.

    #353: When in your life have you been a victim of stereotyping? I think some people see a young person with tattoos or someone who dresses differently and they draw assumptions about how responsible they are, or whether they’re a decent human being. I don’t run into it a lot but sometimes I do feel like I get rude responses from people and I wonder if it had something to do with how I was dressed that day, as opposed to something more socially normal and nice.

    #354: When was the last time you felt lucky? When I spent my day off with my husband. <3

    #355: When did you first realize that life is short? I think it hit me really hard a couple of years ago and kind of spun my world around. You spend your teens and early twenties thinking you’re invincible and immortal and for some reason getting north of 25 brought that to a halt for me.

    #356: What is the most insensitive thing a person can do? I hate those people who “top” someone who’s explaining why they’re sad or hurting. You know: person A is like, “Wow, this cold sucks,” and person B is like, “You think that’s bad—I had bronchitis last month!” And now person A feels shitty from their cold and for saying anything at all.

    #357: What can someone do to grab your attention? Be smart. It’s a dying talent, I’m afraid.

    #358: What do you usually think about on your drive home from work? What I’ll eat. I don’t eat a lot at work on a typical night so I’m starving for a home-cooked meal when I get home!

    #359: What’s one downside of the modern day world? I love my smartphone, but I hate that people expect to “connect” with you online instead of face to face. It’s cool if you legitimately live far away from each other, but if we’re a town apart—for crap’s sake, let’s grab coffee and chat! I don’t want to talk to you on Facebook!

    #360: What simple fact do you wish more people understood? That life can be hard, and getting the things done that matter to you can be hard, but being miserable is hard too. It’s all a choice.

    #361: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? Oh yes. But I wonder what the consequences would be. Maybe it’s better to live happily scarred than unblemished and bored to death.

    #362: How would you describe your future in three words? “Glowing empty page” (Jack Kerouac).