October 2014 Birchbox: Laggies


(Psst, it’s a movie.  I was like….is this some super cool UK fashion/beauty brand that I’ve never heard of?)

We love a good movie as much as the next person, which is why we were so psyched to get a sneak peek at “Laggies,” hitting theaters this October. The coming-of-age romantic comedy, starring Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz, is about figuring out who you are and taking charge of your life—something we can all identify with. (Spoiler: it’s completely charming and heartwarming.) We teamed up with the film to put together a box filled with products fit for taking on challenges big and small. You’ll find a longwearing mascara that will keep up with all your adventures, a bestselling exfoliator for a glowing complexion, a confidence-boosting scent, and much more.
We hope you love this fun-filled box, and can’t wait to hear what you think of the movie!

Keira Knightley!  I’m a big fan.  I absolutely loved her in Pride and Prejudice.  :3

But aaaaaaaanyway, I know you’re more interested in what’s in the actual box”

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The Laggies box was another one of those ready-made curated boxes (you all know that I just *HAVE* to pick them).  Of the three that I’ve gotten so far, this is….idk.  At first, I wasn’t loving it, but it’s definitely grown on me!  That hand cream looks like a winner (6,902 reviews with a 4.5 star rating) and it’ll be perfect for when I travel to Japan later this Winter…my hands are going to be so dry (and with that parfum, at least I’ll smell good on the plane/train)!  I’ve had the Beauty Protector before, the coconut smell is great but it’s not for everyone.  I had good results with the Vasanti face wash and mascara!  Who can never be pleased with getting mascara?

I’m very curious to see what you all got in the regular box, sometimes I regret always getting the curated ones because I feel like I miss out on some super cool things that the regular boxes are featuring.

Hope you guys are having a great, long, Holiday weekend!

30 Ways to Improve Your Day

It is….Tuesday. How have your weeks been going, so far? I have been feeling a bit down for itty bitty reasons (which is a bit silly, since they really are itty bitty reasons, even it feels like there are a *million* of them). Whenever I’m not feeling so hot, I randomly pick items from this list to focus on. It helps!

My favorite? #4 (Sunrise :D).  And perhaps #1—I add lemons (and sometimes apples for sweetness).


1. Drink water

2. Call your grandmother

3. Thank the bus driver

4. Experience something new (watch the sunrise, go to somewhere you’d never see yourself at)

5. Tell someone you miss them

6. Buy your mom a flower

7. Search for [healthy!] milkshakes recipes and try some

8. Start a conversation with someone you know is crazy about talking to you

9. Be concentrated at school/work

10. Exercise outside

11. Bring your headphones everywhere

12. Listen to a new kind of music

13. Watch a tv series you used to watch in your childhood

14. Appreciate things; look at someone in the eye when you say thank you

15. Greet your friends with a hug

16. Those who are quiet know it, don’t point that out

17. Forgive someone you’ve been mad at for a long time

18. Eat clean

19. Take pictures of the sky at different times of the day and then put it all together

20. Go to the coffee shop by yourself, watch people around you

21. Dance freely

22. Compliment on more than appearances

23. Bake cupcakes and offer them to your friends

24. Say goodmorning to a stranger and say it to another two for each one that doesn’t say it back

25. Ice cream

26. Offer your help

27. Use a new outfit

28. Be humble

29. Don’t search for old photographs, take new ones

30. Remember to go out some time but also remember how great it feels to be home

Fairycake Fair: Japanese Style Mini Cupcakes

Hi everyone!  A bit of a post-hiatus, I’m away for work (again.)

As I was stumbling around Tokyo Station the other day, I found THE CUTEST mini cupcakes that you’ll ever see.

Fairycake Fair.


I was so tempted to buy myself a box of mini Panda cupcakes….but they were nearly $5, and I had to get on the Shinkansen soon…but so cute!  I’m a sucker for cute, Japanese food.  If I did buy it, I don’t think I would have been able to eat them.

I have to up my cupcake game up.  o_O

I’ll update soon, when I get back!  I have to show you my last and final Julep box (I caved and got the Plie wand before they tacked a renewal on my next box—I unsubscribed).

Happy Aloha Friday: Shooting the Stars

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone!

Any plans?  If the weather is clear, I’m going to try and get some Milky Way pictures.  Here’s my last attempt:



The colors came out but hoooo, da blurry (my pidgin is atrocious)….Last time, I forgot my remote.  I had to hold it open for 3 minutes by pushing the trigger.  So imagine this: It’s 50 something degrees on the mountain, it is windy and I am shivering….I have my finger on my camera…. *sigh*  Camera shake was inevitable.  Oh well, it was a good test run.

Do you guys take night pictures as well?  It’s actually a bit hard to take pictures like this on Oahu—the light pollution from the city is ridiculous in some areas.  I have to go to the other side of the island, practically.

If night pictures aren’t in the schedule, I guess sunrise/sunset works just as well?  Here’s a shot I got last time:


It’s so beautiful up there!  And yes—we did throw that hard packed snow at each other.  Haha!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Total Beauty Grab Bag Review – Bombshell/Anti-Aging/Summer Prep

Woo-hoo!  So I got my Total Beauty Collection Boxes (or rather, bags)  in the mail.  I ordered 3 of them (and paid only $20, score!)—-the Bombshell, the Anti-Aging, and the Summer Prep Grab Bags.

I was super curious about Total Beauty—I’ve seen them around but I don’t really see any reviews for them…And $20 for 3 bags with 4-5 items in it (mostly full size) sounded way too good to be true!



I opened the box….and it was a bit of a mess.  B was there—he made several jokes about something throwing up.  *SIGH* Man humor, sometimes.




I was really hoping that the products would be….I don’t know.  In bags?  But I guess not—everything was thrown in (a bit carelessly) so I have no idea what products go with what grab bag.  Supposedly, this is $60 worth of merchandise.

I grouped them as best as I could:


  1. Kitsch Hair Tyes
  2. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Pink Lemonade
  3. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Sorbet
  4. Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Sea Mist
  5. Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Tradewinds
  6. NYX Roll On Shimmer in Light Blue
  7. Skiinshop Soothing and Smoothing Eyecream


  1. Cotz Healthy Mineral Complex (x 2)
  2. Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer Packets (x 4)
  3. Elan Veda Skim Renue Anti Aging Serum
  4. Juara Candlenut Body Creme
  5. pur-lisse pur-protect Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (x 2)
  6. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm
  7. Gleam Body Radiance Self Tanner


  1. Semi di Lino Diamante Illuminating Hair Serum
  2. 100% Pure Honey & Virgin Coconut Restorative Shampoo
  3. Nelsonj Argan Oil 7 Styling Conditioner
  4. Nelsonj Argan Oil 7 Hair Masks (x 3)


 That Cotz packaging is so strange!  Inside, it says that you can buy the product at TotalBeauty.com….but this is a sticker, covering up the Birchbox label.  So does Total Beauty get Birchbox seconds, or what?  I really like the Cotz BB Cream because it’s SPF 40 and it’s really smooth—it gives my skin an airbrushed effect with the awesome bonus of sun protection (or is it the other way around?  Haha) but now, in the back of my mind, I’m wondering about the age (and effectiveness) of some of these samples.

Can you kind of make out which items go with each grab bag?  I can!  I’m glad that the Summer Prep included all those sunscreen items—sunscreen is a MUST HAVE for my beauty regimen.  I was rather happy to get 2 tubes of that purlisse sunscreen (their website quotes this product for $55!  What?!  Ridiculous!!!) and those hair masks—it’s been so stinking humid/hot here (90s still!) that I’ve been swimming more.  Chlorine.  Blech.

The Revlon items were just okay for me—I think I might gift them or put them up on a swap site.

So overall, what did you guys think?  I feel like I definitely got my money’s worth (esp with 2 purlisse tubes haha), even if the presentation was a bit lacking.  Not sure if I would subscribe to a regular box/bag service from Total Beauty but I would definitely purchase grab bags again if they did another promo like this one!  Did anyone else place an order?  There were several bags that I was hoping to get but were sold out at the time I placed mine~