August 2016 Birchbox: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

I like the theme this month–eking out the last bit of summer!  In Hawaii, we’ve actually got maybe…3 months of summer left.  October is when it FINALLY starts to cool down a little–it’ll finally be appropriate to wear a SWEATER.  Leather boots might be pushing it a little but I’m determined to wear them in my office!!!

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This month, Birchbox sent me:

  1. Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Day-Dream Palette
  2. REN – Flash Hydro Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
  3. ProfilePRO – Ultra Nourishing Oil (for hair)
  4. Avene – Micellar Lotion
  5. R+CO – BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste

YAYYYY I’m really happy!  REN is one of my FAVORITE brands–I really like the serum products that they make.  I’ve always wanted to try an R+CO product because (selfishly, the packaging is beautiful and) I’ve only heard rave reviews  about their things.  ALSO, I’ve never tried dry shampoo as a paste.  It sounds like a messy application but I’m wondering if you get the oil-absorbing perk without the sticky feeling that I get with the sprays.  Hmm.

Also interesting is the Manna Kadar product–again, I’m assuming its a small little sample size of perhaps two colors.  I just got a Manna Kadar eyeshadow in my Serendipity by LLB (Little Lace Box) and I really liked it!  The packaging wasn’t impressive but the product blended well (with the right amount of pigmentation) and the shade that I received worked wonders for my skintone.

I’ve never heard of ProfilePRO but I always welcome a light oil to rub on my ends (both on clean hair days and to help tame down the ends on 2nd day hair) and I’ll never turn down anything micellar.  I prefer this over regular eye-makeup remover and I’ve never tried a lotion yet, all of the ones I’ve bought or received were liquids.  Very interesting!

Hope you guys got something good in your boxes!  I’m actually rather digging the fact that this box is more skincare and style oriented versus just pure makeup.  Good job, switching it up, Birchbox!

July 2016 Birchbox: Morning Routine

I consider myself a morning person but I feel like it still takes me FOREVER to get ready in the AM hours…  Will this box help speed everything up?


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YESSSSSS This box is great!  I’m sure that Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner is probably a foil packet sort of set but I LOVE Oribe things.  Everyone product that I’ve tried has made my hair feel AMAZING.

I’m also really excited about the They’re Real mascara (my sample choice) because I feel like this sample works really really really well for a few weeks (then it gets a little dried out and not so great).  My lashes are on point (while this product is still ‘fresh’).  This will be my second LOC product and my first lip product of theirs so I’m interested–the eyeshadow pencil they sent me a few boxes back is actually pretty awesome.  I use it routinely, not just on those days where I have no time so I smear something on my lids real quick.  The Dr. Jart+ moisturizer also seems promising–I have a new esthetician who’s encouraging me to moisturize more (and scrub less).  I’ve been layering my moisturizers (YES even in summer!) and it’s only been two days but my skin feels a lot less greasy.  Does that make sense?

I don’t always wear perfume but I’m curious about the CLEAN brand…I always see a set on Black Friday at Sephora but I always pick grabbing another Ole Henriksen set or another LivingProof Shampoo set instead.  For everyday things (especially going to work), I think I’d favor something more neutral and well….yeah, ‘clean’ smelling.  (Face Mask seems like it’d be cool.  I’m going to put mine in the fridge and paint it on with a brush after my next round of daytime shopping.  Ala Moana, the biggest mall in Hawaii, is also the world’s biggest open-air mall!😀  Wear your sunscreen!)

Anything good this month?  YAY can’t wait to get my samples~~~


Adidas Avenue A: Summer 2016

I went off the deep-end, for Summer. In terms of adding new Subscription Boxes, that is. HAHA oh gosh. Its true, I get buyer’s remorse sometimes but the Avenue A box from Adidas definitely has NONE. Yes, it was THAT good.  ut, to be fair, I signed up because I already saw full spoilers on

There were two spoilers that convinced me to sign up (BTW this is a $150 subscription sent quarterly):  These really awesome and comfortable Edge Lux Bounce Running Shoes in this really fun blue color and this Fit Smart running watch.  I actually gave it to B who has been using it daily–he wishes it wasn’t white but he’s been using it daily.  It has a heart rate monitor and interacts with an app to give you workout coaching.  Back to the shoes–the tongue is part of the top fabric so it doesn’t slip and the toebox is very stretchy which makes them extremely comfortable for those with wider feet, like me.  These make great weekend errand shoes–stylish yet comfortable when you’re darting from place to place.



The other things in the box (YES there were other things) were amazing as well!  There was a pair of running shorts (the kind that comes with its own liner), a great lightweight running top (that I wore to Yoga), a headband (that I also wore to yoga) and a pair of slides that are not something I really wear.  I come from a slipper wearing culture (we wear slippers as our daily footwear –not the plastic flip-flop kind, we wear the leather-wrapped, ergonomic with arch support kind) and these would be out of place in Hawaii unless you were going to the pool to swim laps?  Or in a gym locker room?  Hmm.  These might get eBayed but I am digging the colors of the stripes and they do look rather comfortable.  Hmm decisions decisions.

Anyway, what’d you think?  I feel like $150 for two pairs of footwear, an exercise watch, and an entire workout wardrobe is a STEAL, especially since its quality stuff.  I’m definitely looking forward to Fall’s box!  The spoilers are on MSA already–there’s a pair of fun leggings and a pair of shoes that are commemorating the Boston Marathon.