Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: September Birchbox

Well, ladies, this month is my last month reviewing Birchbox.
My year long subscription Cory gifted me is up, and lucky for me,
 it ended on a good note with their "September Issue."
Here's the goods:

The Brush Guard | Variety Kit
I think this is very clever. Half the time I just throw my makeup brushes in my bag without a second glance. 
This way, they can keep their shape and stay clean while I'm traveling.

La Fresh | Instant Body Soother
I wish I had these while I was traveling back and forth to Houston..waking up for two  6:30 am flight seriously wiped me out. The cloths are infused with six different oils to relax and refresh.

Dr. Jart+ | Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+
I really wish I was a beauty balm fan, but they just do not give me enough coverage to my liking. 

twistband | Birchbox Custom Lace Hair Tie
Y'all already know from my love of their first twistband they gave me, that I was thankful for another. 
These are the only hair ties I use now. 

boscia | Purifying Cleansing Gel
I'm so happy I got to try this since I'm in love with boscia's Black Mask Peel.
This reminded me of all those sulfate free cleansers. Really soft, doesn't lather.
But not very good for removing my layer of makeup everyday. I'll still stick to my Dove bar.

Color Club | Birchbox Custom Polish "Put a Pin In It"
Inspired by the Fall 2012 collections, the polish color was the first thing that caught my eye. 
I really love the shade. I would call it almost a mix between champagne and rose gold.

My Overall Review of Birchbox
Besides the annoying amount of hand creams I have received over the past year, I really did enjoy my Birchbox subscription, and I am more than likely going to be jealous when I see another box review on some of y'all blogs next month. 

Would I suggest it? 
Completely! I've spent $10 on worse things. But I will warn you if you are hesitant. Not every month is going to be this amazing month of amazing goods. Take it from will get a few too many hand creams. And that's ok. Things like a $14 amazing razor and your new favorite lip balm will make up the difference. 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: August Birchbox

Wow, I'm kind of late on posting this, right? 
Just gave me more time to review the products, of course!

Schick | Hydro Silk Razor
This is seriously the best razor I have ever used. Looked up the price and realized it was $14. Huge bonus!

Miss Jessie's Original | Pillow Soft Curls
Still haven't used the Pillow Soft Curl cream, but I'm interested in seeing how my coarse hair will handle it.

Whish | Three Wishes Body Butter
Another month, another body butter, hand cream, whatever. I'm over my shocked phase.

DDF | Brightening Cleanser
Finally, a cleanser that lathers. Still doesn't sway me to cheat on beloved Dove bar though.

Juicy Couture | Viva la Juicy La Fleur
I wasn't planning on liking the Juicy Couture perfume, but I surprisingly enjoyed the light floral scent.

One of the things I love about Birchbox is their packaging, and they have really been stepping up their game in the past few months. This month, dedicated to back-to-school, came with a little Beauty School booklet full of tips and tricks. Clever, Birchbox. :)


Monday, September 24, 2012

Wedding DIY: Getaway Ribbon Wands

My original dream of a wedding getaway was running through a aisle of friends holding sparklers, but that vision was crushed when the Woodruff-Fontaine House notified me that it has a huge fire hazard. 
Well, the house is nearly 150 years old, after all. 
So I had to come up with something to please both the venue and myself. 
And trust me, I adamantly refuse to be pelted by bird seed...ouch.

What You Need:
- 12 inch dowels 
- 18 mm jingle bells
- jewelry wire
- hot glue
- various colored ribbon

1. I used the jewelry wire to string and tightly wrap each jingle bell on the ends of the dowels and secured it with a drop of hot glue. The glue is just to make sure the wire doesn't slide around. 

2. For the wands, I chose coral, grey, and champagne gold ribbon and cut them into roughly 15 inch strips. *Helpful Hint: By unrolling my ribbon, folding it in half over and over, and then snipping the looped ends, I was able to make sure none of my ribbon was wasted. 

3. Because the grey was twice as thick as the gold and coral ribbon, I used 1 part grey to two parts gold and coral on each wand. I read many a tutorial that suggested hot gluing the ribbon to the dowel, but I looped a knot at the end and it was secure, so to each his own.

Although I ran out of ribbon before I could finish all of my wands, I went back to the craft store and bought a roll of lace to add into the fold. I adore the vintage look. :)

Now I'm curious! How did you make your wedding getaway?


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hello Fall

I love when September 22 rolls around. It means just the beginning of...

wearing leggings with boots
sipping pumpkin spice lattes
burning mulled wine candles
burgundy, navy, and gray manicured nails
decorating pumpkins with glitter
planting orange and yellow mums
eating bags and bags of candy corn
 welcoming my favorite TV shows back into my DVR
and celebrating my birthday. :) 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

OOTD...yeah, right.

I always wanted to take all of these cute little Outfit of the Day posts like how some of my favorite bloggers do virtually everyday, but one thing has always gotten in my way..

I'm truggin' 95% of the time.

Level 99 boyfriend trousers, Eloise camisole, Target cardigan, and the smirk of not having a care in the world

The problem is when I look halfway decent, I feel like too much a goofball to ask someone to take my photo.

Anyone else have the problem too?


Friday, September 14, 2012

five things about my fiance', Cory

Lets talk about Cory. 

You know, you would think that after dating someone for six years, getting engaged, and all that jazz would have rendered me into mentioning Cory a lot more on my blog. I don't know why he's been hidden in the background for all this time, and sure, he's been in photos and I've mentioned him on here, but I've finally come to realize he deserves a little spotlight put on him every once in awhile. 

I'll become Mrs. B in three weeks. (woah.)
Here's what I'm getting myself into... ;) 

1. He has a twin, and his name is John Krasinski.
Now, am I really the only one who sees this? 
C thinks I'm crazy to say he looks like Jim from the Office. 
And I may have told our hair stylist (yes, I got him to go to the same girl as me!) to not cut too much of his hair so he can achieve that John K messy do...ok, ok, maybe it is just me.

2. He's an aircraft mechanic. 
Some may have already know this, but in a nut shell, my dude went to school to work on airplanes. 
He is extremely knowledgeable about all kinds of planes, how the operate, and he's steadily pointing out different models as they're flying about. I find myself in awe when I get him to tell me what he did for work that day. 

3. Cory is a good ole southern boy.
Because you know, a southern gal like me has to have her gun toting man's man by her side...who on occasion blows things up in the backyard as you can tell...and still manages to clean himself up nicely for when we go out on dates. Seriously, he sometimes puts more thought and attention to his clothing than I do. ha  

And for those who were curious about the photo, those are haystacks ravished by his AK47..

4. He can make this girl laugh. 
And yes, he really wants our first dance to be to Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is."

and lastly...

5. Cory has taken a job in Mobile, Alabama, and come October (or sooner!), we will officially start our newlywed status together in a different state.

Did not see that one coming, did you? Well, to be honest, neither did we. 
Bring on the adventure!!