Scratch MMK – October 2016

I don’t think I caught this last month–the Monthly Mani is a KIT not a BOX.  Hence, MMK not MMB.  Oops!

October’s kit arrived–I LOVE IT.  I also need to take my pictures in better lighting.


The design is pink and red flowers (roses?) on a light grey background.  I love that the pattern is positioned/designed in a way that even if you keep your nails shorter (like me), you’ll still get the majority of the floral pattern.  I kind of wish I could grow my tips to the full length of a nail wrap because I adore the idea of flowers on the very ends!  But then my nails would be WAY too long to type and do yoga with.  Oh well.

The bonus items in this box are tiny tiny tiny little gold ‘pearls.’  They’re miniscule little spheres that lie flat on your nail beds.  To pick them up (since they extremely little), Scratch included a wax pencil, a sharpener, and a little plastic tray to pour the gold bead-things in.  I LOVE these nail extras but I am terrible about making them stay on.  I only have luck with them when doing gel nails because their baked into the gel and then sealed in with a hard gel top-coat.  To use this with regular nail polish, I assume I’ll have to use…nail glue?  Does nail glue removed with regular acetone as well?

I can’t wait until next month’s box!  No spoiler yet.  Month 1 was geometric, Month 2 was floral.  For Month 3, I wouldn’t mind seeing another clear design (I feel like these wear the best because the frayed tips blend in).  Currently, I’m wearing the old lazy panda design.  I didn’t top-coat them very well so it kind of looks like panda mosaics on my nails.  All piece-y.  OH WELL.

Adidas Avenue A: Fall 2016

The Avenue A box is $150 a quarter–this makes it $50 more a quarter than my Sub Box staple (the Box of Style)–but it is AMAZING.  I fall into the category of people who LOVE athletic clothing and I’m a big fan of the Avenue A presentation.  The goods come in these really cool printed cardboard packaging that’s really versatile to use around the house/in your closet/at work to sort things, etc.


The box typically consists of these sorts of items:

  1. Workout Outfit — YES a complete outfit!  The pieces differ depending on the other items in the box but there’s usually a top/bottom.
  2. Workout Extra — Something special that goes with said workout outfit .  Depending on the outfit, there can be more/less items in this category.
  3. SHOES — There is always always always a pair of running shoes.

The double-edged sword aspect of this box is that YES there is always a pair of shoes (and I do forsee us all starting to toe the line of how many athletic shoes does one girl need?).  If I don’t dig the pattern too much, I sell them on Poshmark.  Currently, I use my first pair to run outside and I keep my second pair clean to exercise in the house.

But anyway–this is what was in the Avenue A Fall Box.


OUTFIT: Supernova Workout Bra + Leggings, Performer Tank.  An entire outfit!  The bra is strappy and designed for high-impact activities (it also works well for yoga) and the pattern really pops when layered under the black performer tank (not pictured).  THANK YOU ADIDAS for making a bra with the padding sewed in!  That’s one of my love-hate things about Lululemon bras.  I love the option of removal but everytime you wash it and you have to readjust the little pads (or you lose one), it’s such.adfjklajf;ajf;a–sorry.  That’s my laziness talking.   Back to the leggings– like the reflective details and all the special things like mesh on the calves, the pocket which is GREAT for when you take your dog sprinting and all you need is your house key…


OUTFIT: ZNE Hoody.  I guess this could be considered the ‘extra’ since this box included an ENTIRE OUTFIT (yeah!) but to me, it’s more of a hero item.  This is a GORGEOUS white hoodie that has a bit of a dolman cut to the sleeves–it’s fitter in the lower half.  The material makes it the perfect amount of warm for Fall and I really like the feel and texture.  If anything, this jacket is made for taller people–I’m 5’2″ and it bunched a little too much because the torso is longer (and the fit is kind of dolman-like).  Because of the fit and the fact that I live in Hawaii which is always warm (aka we can get a little sweaty/sticky at times and this jacket is WHITE), I sold it on Poshmark.  AHHH if it was black, I would have kept it FOREVER.


SHOES: Adizero Boston Sneaker.  From what I read on past spoilers/comments, this shoe was intended to commemorate the Boston Marathon.  It’s a REALLY comfortable shoe–extremely lightweight and flexible.  I use mine to workout in my house but I think I’ll upgrade it to sprint duty later because they’re really that comfortable.  I like that the sole is made of Continental Tires?  Isn’t that pretty neat?  (I used to own a really nifty pair of leather Adidas sneakers that had Goodyear soles.  Man, I loved those shoes)



What’d you guys think?  I’m in the process of purging old stuff in my closet that has lost its stretch over the years, I’ve loved to death, or has slowly been pushed to the back of my closet (this is what Poshmark is for).  I love that the Avenue A box helps me fill-in-the-blanks!  I hope that they send a pair of long leggings for Winter’s box.  I’ll selfishly (and boringly) wish for them in black.

October 2016 Birchbox: Revive and Restore

IT IS OFFICIALLY FALL!  I’ll still be in summer clothing for a month more but my mind is ready for sweaters and boots.  I never really thought of October as a settle down and chill kind of month (I guess I automatically think about Halloween instead) but now that I think about it, settling down for a facial sounds like a really good idea.  Thanks, Birchbox.


Alrighties!  Do you guys like the box pattern this month?  It’s very fall (to me) but I’m not really digging the print–I think I’ll recycle it and use it in my Poshmark wrapping.  (GUYS I AM HOOKED ON POSHMARK)

This month, I picked the curated box.

  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
  • Avene Hydrating Optimale Hydrating Cream RICH
  • GLAMGLOW POWERMUD Dual Cleanse Treatment
  • MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick

I’m really excited!  Oribe and GLAMGLOW are two of my favorite beauty brands.  MAKE is growing on me and the other two sound interesting enough that I’m really excited to try them.  That Deep Sleep Spray is supposedly able to help you go to sleep faster.  Interesting! I kind of feel like this is the first time in a while that the theme of the month actually reflected in the products that they sent us.

Hope you guys got something good!

PopSugar MUSTHAVE Box: September 2016

I’m really inconsistent with sharing my PopSugar boxes–I think I’m so eager that they came in that I tend to tear them open as soon as I get home.  I had a little self-restraint this month, hence a review!


This month’s box included:

  • Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat
  • NCLA Mani-er Tool Kit
  • Brigeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Flint Lint Roller
  • Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning
  • The Gluten Free Bites, Dark Chocolate Coconut

This black hat is really really really cute.  It’s 100% wool and it’s got adjustable ties on the insides so it fits a variety of heads.  Unfortunately, I live in Hawaii (and I wear shorts in December) so this is on Poshmark!  Wide-brimmed, Fall hats are in the same category as leather jackets for me: LOVE LOVE LOVE but so impractical but LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I’ve already stashed the mani-kit in my desk at work–it’s the perfect size for in your glove compartment, also.  I’m glad that it came with scissors (which’ll come in handy for an emergency eyebrow trim–I’m serious!  It’s like, all of a sudden I stop what I’m doing and I notice–it’ll drive me crazy until I fix it).  The Gluten Free Bites also came with me to work because these are delicious!  I pop one in my mouth around 2 in the afternoon for a quick snack.

The hair mask seems like it’d be more of a summer item but I guess it also works when your hair tends to be a little dry, due to the weather.  The lint roller is really cute–another thing that got stashed in my desk.  The only thing I’m not too crazy about is the lip lacquer.  I totally get that it goes with the super cool fall hat but I’m more of a long-wear lipstick/lipstain kind of gal.

I find that I’m not toooooooo crazy, head over heels, excited for PopSugar boxes but I totally appreciate their versatility.  I AM glad that I got this sub as a deal because it’s full of re-giftable items, fun consumables, and cute and useful items.  I hope Fall and Winter’s PopSugar boxes are the best of the year!😀

Rachel Zoe, Box of Style: Fall 2016

FALL!  After the Spring and Summer Box of Style offerings, unfortunately, I do have to admit that my interest in the Hero Item (throughout this subscription) has been…dwindling.  I loved a few (Miansai Cuff, Cluse Watch, Cambridge Clutch) and sold a bunch on eBay or Poshmark (Luv AJ necklace and Leather Bucket Bag).  Overall, I still love this sub because it’s FUN, still practical, and isn’t TOO much of a credit-card-killer.


This is what I got in this quarter’s box:

  • HERO ITEM: The Colorblock.  Donni Charm, Wonder Cape ($197)
  • The Cinch.  B-Low, The Belt, Gatsby Wrap Belt ($105)
  • The Statement Maker. IT Cosmetics Brow Power, Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24)
  • The Perfect Pout. IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush, Hydrating Gloss Stain ($24)
  • The Eye-Catcher.  Rachel Zoe, Tassel Bracelet ($95)
  • The Styling Tool.  Hollywood Fashion Secrets, Lint Removing Sheets ($6)


Let’s start with the Hero Item.  I’m not really sure how to feel about this–I like the idea but the black/white contrast is REALLY strong.  I realize this is the push-the-envelope fashion item but I’m not really sure that’ll work for me.  (There is a 75% chance that this will end up on eBay or Poshmark).  I do appreciate the versatility of it all–the RZ style card shows 4 different ways to wear this but I’m afraid that I’ll drown in all of that sleeve fabric.  I might have been more in love with this if it were a nice, solid color (or a really pretty, soft heathered tone) but that’s boring and typical and oh, RZ.  I know why you sent this to us (but I’m not sure if I’m that adventurous, especially here in Hawaii).


What I do like, very very very much, is the cinch belt.  I know what y’all saying about tassels but I still love them!  I LOVE that this belt is BLACK because it’ll go with everything and I can cinch my clothing at either my waist or my hips.  I belieeeeeeeeve that this item is leather.

I’ve never tried IT Cosmetics before–I’m interested in the brow pencil and intrigued by the lip product because it’s a glossy stain.  I hope it’s not sticky–I’m assuming that it’s not because the styling card does say that it can be blended onto the cheeks.


How do you guys feel about the TASSEL bracelet?  (I kind of like it, it’s like RZ is showing how tassels can go from summer to fall.)  This bracelet is rather heavy but I like it because the design is strong enough to be worn on it’s own.  Are these perhaps the first RZ products to make its way into RZ’s own subscription box?  I am forgetful, perhaps there were some earrings in Spring or so.  Oh well.


And those lint sheets—they will definitely be used!  I wear a lot of black pants and I feel like those are the days that Zuko tends to crawl into my lap as I’m putting on my makeup or getting dressed.  It’s like he knows.  ;_;  Interestingly, the last Popsugar box that I received also had a lint roller in it.

Okay that’s everything!  What did you guys think?  Overall, I’m not too ecstatic about the box items for this season.  I feel positive about at least two of the items, neutral about most of them, and negative about the Hero Item (which I was hoping that I’d love but I don’t).  Definitely looking forward to Winter’s Box!  I feel like Winter is the strongest Box of Style selection because Christmas/Holiday boxes are always special!