• animals,  Fashion,  gifts,  holidays,  just for fun,  product review

    Brand spotlight: Wildlife Wardrobe

    If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, then you know how much I love animals. Another thing I love: finding companies to support that also love animals and put their brand power toward animal protection. Today I’m sharing one of those companies with you, novelty sock brand Wildlife Wardrobe.

    Sleepy Sloth and Fantastic Fox socks from Wildlife Wardrobe

    Paul from Wildlife Wardrobe kindly sent me two pair of their socks to review for the blog, their popular Sleepy Sloth socks and these uber-cute Fantastic Fox socks. These socks are a natural/manmade fiber blend that’s sooooo soft—like those silky fuzzy slipper socks that everyone goes nuts for at the holidays, but thin enough that you can actually wear them in your shoes, too. I love all the cute designs, which are available in both men’s and women’s sizes and in crew or mini-crew styles.

  • Beauty,  eye makeup,  product review,  vegetarian

    Review: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

    Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara (review and pics!)

    Guys! I finally tried that $5 false lash effect mascara that the inter-webs was going crazy over. You’ve probably seen the posts going around about the Redditor who found a $5 drugstore mascara that offers false lash-like volume and drama. It sounds too good to be true, but considering that it’s only the price of a pumpkin spice latte, and considering I’m a huge sucker for good mascara, I had to pick up a tube and try it! Read on for my thoughts and before & after pics!

  • books,  product review

    Book review: ‘Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency’

    (Disclosure: review copy/affiliate links)

    Why 'Learn ANY Language' is helping reenergize my lanuage self-study course in 2017!I have always been one of those people who assumed that I am “just not good” at learning foreign languages. I’ve dabbled in a wide range since high school, trying to find something that would “click” for me: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and even American Sign Language. I’ve tried text books, language tapes, online programs, flashcards—you name it. And every time, I’ve inevitably been frustrated by my inability to hang on to what I was learning. After a while I kind of put the attempts at language learning on the back burner, because it was too frustrating.

    Recently, I decided that I wanted to get back into language study. I still have my instructional CDs in Spanish, German, French, and Italian. There are tons of resources available at the local library and online. And it’s winter now—if I’m going to be stuck inside because of the cold weather, why not take up a learning hobby to pass the time?

    Once again, though, there’s that general feeling that I’m “bad” at learning a language. So my interest was definitely piqued when I got an email asking if I’d like to review a copy of Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency. Any language? Any at all? Even if I’m “bad” at languages? I definitely wanted to see what tips and tricks I could glean from this book before tackling a language program again.

  • Beauty,  birchbox,  product review

    May 2016 Birchbox (six months of BB so far)

    Peek inside my May 2016 Birchbox and see all the goodies I got!

    It’s time to unbox my May 2016 Birchbox! I completely skipped out on unboxing my Birchbox in April but I didn’t forget this month. When I first signed up for this box six months ago I didn’t expect to be wowed, but so far I’ve been very pleased with each month’s box. Almost all of the samples have been veg-friendly (and many are Leaping Bunny certified); there’s a good mix of skincare, hair care, and color cosmetics; and with the luxe skincare items and seasonal makeup items, I feel like I’m getting a good deal for my money versus shopping at Ulta and trying to decide what product will work best for me.

    Plus, not only does the box value always massively beat the $10 monthly fee—many of the products are deluze samples of very pricey items I could never afford to try otherwise—that fee is cut in half by the points I earn for rating the items in each box on the Birchbox website. I get $5 worth of points from each box to redeem on the site toward full-size versions of the products I love—the only hard part is picking which ones I want! It all works out to a hell of a deal.

    Read on for a peek of this month’s products!

  • Beauty,  face care,  product review

    February 2016 Birchbox: the best yet

    See what I got in my February 2016 Birchbox!

    I kind of forgot my February 2016 Birchbox was coming last month. We had a lot going on, in between school, work, spring cleaning, and home remodeling (that unexpectedly took about two weeks to complete—not the promised four days). It was a busy month and so it was a real treat to find this cute little box in the mail one rainy day!

    I’ve been decently pleased with Birchbox so far, but this box was easily the best yet. The theme this month was “What’s the occasion?” and these products are definitely perfect for getting you ultra-glam for a date night or just because you want to feel pampered. Read on for pics of what I got and my thoughts on the products!