Sephora Play! Unboxing | July 2017

It’s the middle of summer and Sephora knows that we have vacation on our minds, so they decided to help us out with a little beauty R & R by theming this month’s box as “Beauty Staycation.”  Everything in my July box focuses on quick summer beauty fixes that will have me ready to travel or ready to sip iced tea in my recliner at home.  My July box makes summer beauty effortless, natural, and oh so glorious.  Let’s see what was inside. 

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My Sephora VIB Sale Haul – April 2015


Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm | DERMAdoctor Cleanser | Rosebud Salve | Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eye Shadow | Kate Sommerville EradiKate | Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Minis

Since I shared my proposed shopping list for the Sephora VIB sale so I figured I should share what I actually purchased as well.  It looks a tad different from my original wish list, but I’m super excited about it all the same.

1. Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip-Oil Balm ($16)- I bought the shade “Rose Passion” (deep blush) after swatting almost all of them in the store, but after trying it on at home I loved the formulation so much I immediately hopped online and ordered another one. The second shade I bought is “Pink Passion” which is a youthful pink color perfect for summer.

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Birchbox: September 2014



This month’s Birchbox was called “fresh paint” and they certainly meant it.  To celebrate the 4th anniversary of this great company, the boxes came out in fun and exciting colors rather than just plain brown.  The box itself was enough to get me excited, but now lets dig in to what was underneath that brightly colored exterior.



Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray

I was super excited to see that this was one of the options for picking a sample this month.*  I have used several products my this brand and have loved every single one of them.  Thanks to the fatty nature of the macadamia nut, the oil is great for moisturizing and and replenishing all hair types.  This spray provides a light, even application that adds softness and shine while being weightless. I am really looking forward to giving this product a try.  If my love for the other items I’ve tried in this brand is any indication of how I’ll feel about this, I’m sure it will be a new favorite.

Full Size: 2.0 fl oz @ $14.50

Sample Size: 2.0 fl oz (full size!)

Sample Value: $14.50


Tocca Crema de Mano Luxe

Tocca is an Italian fragrance house and this rich hand cream is one of their amazing smelling products.  This cream contains heavy doses of avocado and coconut oils along with some chamomile extract making it an incredibly rich and hydrating cream.  A little bit goes a long way here.  My hands are silky smooth and smell so fresh.  I received the scent “Bianca” which is green tea and lemon (SO nice), but you can also get “Cleopatra” (grapefruit and cucumber), “Stella” (blood orange), “Giulietta” (pink tulip and green apple), and Florence (bergamot and gardenia).  All sound incredibly luxurious, and the cream leaves the skin feeling as such.

Full SIze: 4 fl oz @ $20.00

Sample Size: 1 fl oz

Sample Value: $5.00

Avène Cleanance Soap-free Gel Cleanser

Plain old soap can be harsh on the skin.  Enter this soap-free cleanser to keep things clean and gentle.  This is a pH balanced formula made from thermal springs that keep skin calm and soft while removing all of the grime from the face.  It specifically says it’s great for oily and acne prone skin which is 100% me, so I am really excited to use this.  I gave it a few tries already and I will admit that my skin feels great.  My skin is soft and feels quite clean.  I use this with my Foreo Luna Mini and get a great lather for an awesome feeling clean.

Full Size: 200ml @ $20.00

Sample Size: 50ml

Sample Value: $5.00


Temptu S/B Highlighter

Temptu is an airbrush makeup brand that I’ve heard of but never gotten to try.  This little sample of highlighter is sure to go a long way, as all you need is a drop or two.  This silicone based formula won’t clog pores and stays in place.  I am a little overwhelmed with how strong the champagne coloring seems to be, but my hope is that I can figure out how to use this without looking incredibly shiny.

Full Size: 1 fl oz @ $27.50

Sample Size: 0.1 fl oz

Sample Value: $2.75

Harvey Prince Hello

This is supposedly a warm weather scent, so I’m thinking it should have showed up a few months ago, but hey..  This perfume has notes of Meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria making it a light and floral summer scent.  While it isn’t my favorite, I will admit it is a nice energy boosting scent.

Full Size: 50 ml @ $55.00

Sample Size 1.5 ml

Sample Value: $1.65

ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Moisturize and Renew

I got a Birchbox find this month and it is by a brand I know and love.  This dual-ended chapstick has slightly different formulas on either end.  The moisturize side has antioxidants and CoQ10 and vitamin E while the “renew” side has plant butters (shea and mango) so they hydrate well, but a little differently.  As a ChapStick hoarder, I definitely approve of finding this in my Birchbox.

Value: $2.99

Total Box Value: $31.89

What an amazing value in this month’s Birchbox!  If you’re interested in getting in on this amazing little subscription service then head over to Birchbox and sign up today!  For $10 a month you could be getting fun new beauty discoveries delivered to your door.

*Birchbox recently started giving people options of one particular sample or shade they would like in their box by emailing links and having everyone choose between a few different items.

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Friday 5: 2 Part Edition

Because I ended up having to be up at 6:30 and off to work some Weight Watchers meetings last Friday morning, I completely forgot to do a Friday 5 post, so this week is the special Friday 10 edition to make up for it.


Wedding Rings

Erik picked out a wedding ring! After repeatedly telling him he doesn’t have an option when it comes to wearing one (business man who wants to be traveling every week?  Come on..I’m no dummy..) We went back to a high end jeweler we visited once before and after a lot of back and forth, trying different rings on, he narrowed it down to two.  It took me taking one away and saying “what if I told you this was your ring?” to discover that the one I hid was really the one he wanted.  The smile on his face gave away that he was actually excited by the idea of having a ring, and as the bride-to-be, it’s nice to see the occasional bit of excitement show through, even when he’s not putting forth the effort to show it.  It’s those moments that mean the most.


Rekindling a LUSH-ious Love

My face has been terribly unkind to me lately, so being on my last nerve I decided to make the 30 minute drive to a different mall that contained one of my favorite beauty stores, LUSH, to get my skin some TLC.  I haven’t gone in quite some time because it is a tad pricy, but after making two trips (in one week…I get bored on my days off sometimes) I quickly remembered that it was worth the money, and have found myself falling back in love with a brand that I had ignored for almost a year.  The fresh face masks work wonders on the skin, and my Fresh Pharmacy face soap is trying to rescue my face from disaster.  I picked up a good haul from there, but I will be writing about the products later.  I’m just glad that I rediscovered this cult favorite.  Thank goodness my birthday is coming..


The Perks of Being A Wallflower

I am a Bath and Body Works addict, and have been since age 11 or so.  I have a strong loyalty to this brand, always have, always will.  That being said, I really disliked their wall flowers for the longest time.  I just felt like they didn’t work. Well, something this time around inspired me to get a fall themed one (Halloween wasn’t out yet) and a few scents I knew I loved just to add a little something to my bedroom.  10 minutes after plugging this baby in my room smelled like their Leaves fragrance like you wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would, if you’re smart unlike me and have been using the wall flowers).  I don’t know why I haven’t been using these, but I promise you this: I will become a collector of seasonal wall flowers to use year round.  These are WONDERFUL.  I’m sorry that I ever doubted you, Bath and Body Works.  It won’t happen again.

Two Week’s Notice

I gave my two week’s notice to Kohls on Tuesday!  It has gotten to the point that going to work for them 4 or 8 hours a week has turned into one of the less productive things i could be doing with my time.  With my studio and Weight Watchers picking up I have really lost the ability to take time to enjoy things like working out, cooking healthy things and blogging.  They have all turned into a chore because of this lack of time, and when the things you do for fun start to not be fun, something has to go.  I’m willing to take the rather tiny hit to my bank account (which won’t be a hit at all if work picks up like it has been) to increase the quality of my day.  Happiness is more important. Bye Bye retail, God willing, forever!


Saturday at a Dairy Farm

Last Saturday the MBA program had a nice evening planned for the students and their families at a dairy farm about 25 minutes away.  We got to go on a hayride around the farm, where the tour guide stopped along the way and told us about how things work.  They have about 350 cows on the farm, each of which eats 100lbs of food a day!  Craziness.  We even got to see a cow who was expected to have her baby by morning and all of the little newborns.  Major cow cuteness.  Pictured above is a ring of pregnant cows.  The mamas must feel the need to support each other.


Real Southern Pig Picking BBQ

Guess what else was at this farm??  A real Southern style BBQ, complete with the whole pig on the grill.  I must admit, this is some of the most delicious meat I have ever eaten.  Down South I guess the thing is a vinegar based sauce that gets injected right in.  This meant was tender, juicy, and unlike any BBQ I’ve ever had before. Take a look at that plate: The pig picked pulled pork, mac n cheese, a sweet potato casserole that was decadently delicious, green bean and 3 bean salads and southern potato salad.  Needless to say, I was NOT counting PointsPlus that night.  SO good!


0 Calorie Cake?!

Product find: Limited edition Chapstick in Velvet Cake and Cake batter flavors.  Surprisingly I like the cake batter one better than the velvet one (shocker, I know!), but they both taste yummy.  I got mine for under $1 at Wal-Mart.  Look for them in the check out line. I will be going to get more.

Mod 1 Finals!

Yesterday Erik finished up his last final of his first module of business school!  Translation: total chaos is part way over.  I refuse to believe it gets better until next year, but many have said once he makes it past interviews for his internship in January he will have more time and more of a life (to spend with his new wife, maybe??).  Finals here are odd, as they all take place in the evening.  All week he has gotten up to go to a review session, most of which he left early, and then came back home only to go take his exam from 6:30-9:30pm!  By the end of the day I would not be motivated to take exams at all.  I give props to you UNC MBA students.  Congrats on getting through Mod 1.  Added bonus: Erik has a day completely off today, which means we get to spend the whole day together shopping, cleaning, making dinner together, and watching a movie.  I think I’m going to make him sit through Hunger Games 😉


Trader Joe’s Find: BODY Butter??

Yup, you read that right.  There’s this little section in Trader Joe’s that had bath and body products.  I read they had pumpkin body butter and had to check it out.  Turns out this stuff is pretty awesome.  Made with shea butter, coconut oil and pumpkin seed oil, this a nice moisturizing  butter, and the scent is very subtle.  It’s a barely there pumpkin smell so I still get the gratification of wearing a pumpkin flavored product while not having to worry about carrying around an overwhelming scent of food.  The best part: it’s only $4.99 for a big container.  Way to go, Trader Joe’s!

Epic Turtle Jump

Make the most of your small accomplishments.

Happy Friday!