January 2013 Birchbox – A Whole New You

This is the FIRST time that I am actually posting about a Birchbox after I received it. SERIOUSLY!!!   Haha.  Yes, yes, I know I’m extremely late to the party but better late then never, right?

Mikaseven's Birchbox January 2013

This month, Birchbox sent me:
 – theBalm cosmetics – Hot Mama Shadow/Blush All-in-One
 – Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo
 – Lashem Measurable Difference Lash Gel Serum
 – Fresh Lotus Youth Preseve Face Cream
 – Harvey Prince Skinny Chick

I like….the blush.  It’s so cute!  It’s tiny but in the case, I totally appreciate it.  It’s small enough so that I can fit it in the same bag as my mini makeup brushes.  I feel the color is universally flattering also.

I haven’t tried the shampoo yet but am going to start with the Lash Serum and Face Cream tonight.  I’m a bit skeptical on the serum (the reviews on Birchbox.com aren’t stellar) and I have a feeling that I will like the face cream but not enough to switch from my current favorite (Ole Henrikson!).  I am going to be saving my perfume sample to eBay later, haha.

This box also came with a cute fold-out poster with 25 to maximize personal happiness.  Aww, that’s sweet, Birchbox.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls (aka no yeast!)

Cinnamon rolls are B‘s favorite comfort food, so naturally, I’ve learned how to make ’em.  (BUT NEVER EAT THEM because he will never gain weight but I will.  *sigh*)

My go-to recipe has always been the 5-star rated “Clone of a Cinnabon” but I think I might be switching it up with my next batch–to make these beauties! 

Ounces and Gram’s Quick Cinnamon Rolls.

Ounces and Grams

No yeast means that these can be made in less than an hour. YES PLEASE! My regular Cinnamon Roll baking falls only on Football Sundays, when we’re actually home for 3+ hours so my dough can rise and yada yada yada. ‘Aint nobody got time for that! (okay i’m sorry.)

Ounces and Grams

Also FYI, this recipe makes TWO large rolls. If you’re going to make them for a potluck, maybe you should double or triple the recipe and then cut them in quarters. Yum!

(WAH it is 9AM Hawaii time when I’m posting this.  Now I am rather hungry.)

Influenster Vox Box Review: Goody Quikstyle Hair Brush

Hey guys!  Having a nice long weekend?  I finally got to test one of the products in the Holiday Vox Box.  (Plus, blogging is a good stress reliever.  I went to a bridal expo today–OVERWHELMED.  Some of the vendors were like vultures but we got to try lots of different photobooths!  B had fun.)

Introducing the Goody Quikstyle Hair Brush!  Removes water by 30% so your hair dries faster.  Does it really work/Is it worth it?  Hmm.

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First things first: My first impression was that the brush itself was HUGE.  It’s the first thing that I noticed when I opened my box.  It’s big but the barrel is slightly curved.  It’s almost like a cross between a big paddle brush and a barrel brush–the shape helps you style your hair if you’re blow-drying it.  Neat!  Second, the brush is built so that in between the regular bristles, little tufts of microfiber stick out.  It’s almost like the cloth that you dry your car with.

Second: TESTING!  After exercising from 9-10, I took a shower and wrapped my hair in my towel.  I kept it like that for about 20 minutes, applying my moisturizer and checking email.  Blah blah blah.  So right before I went to bed, I started brushing my hair with my new fangled brush for about 5 minutes.  It didn’t feel any different (I guess I could tell that it had less regular bristles) but after a while, I inspected the microfiber part–it was soaked!  It really did absorb some of the water from my hair.  At the end, my hair was still damp but I could definitely tell that it wasn’t as damp as it was before the new brush.  I still have to test it while blow-drying (I actually rarely blow-dry my hair).

Third: My only issues with this brush is that I’m concerned about it drying after use?  The package says you can just air dry it and there are little holes on the sides to help with ventilation, but it was still wet in the morning when I got up.  The package says I could blow dry it also, and when it gets dirty you just rub some shampoo in it and rinse it out.

So would I recommend it?  Yeah, I would!  It’s a bit gimmicky but I think it works well for what it’s designed to do.  I don’t think it’s a must-have-as-part-of-your-beauty-routine item but if you routinely blow-dry your hair after the shower, give it a shot!

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012

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YAY my Influenster Holiday Vox Box just came in!  I am rather impressed with the products that was in it. 🙂

Here’s what I got and my first impressions!

Goody Quik Style Brush (Paddle Style, $11.99)
HUGE BRISTLES.  Seriously.  HUGE.  But it’s supposed to remove up to 30% of water as you style (like a towel and brush all in one).  I’m really interested to see if this works!  Sometimes, I exercise really late at night so I don’t get to shower until even later.  I have to blow dry my hair or if I’m lazy, I’ll just collapse with wet strands.  Blah.  If this helps my hair dry faster, that would be awesome!

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ (Peach Almond Oatmeal+, $1.79)
I’ve moved off oatmeal as my go-to breakfast so I’m viewing this as more of a snack.  It’s so convenient!

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine  (Nude York City, $2.49)
I’m not one for nude lip colors but I’d like to give this one a try.  Good for work?

Kiss Nail Dress ($6.99)
SUPER BLING!  I’ve always wanted to try one of these sticker type styles because they seem so easy.  “On in minutes, off in seconds with remover.”  It’s even got a topcoat built in!  That’s neat.

EBOOST – $28 for box of 20 powders
Hmm.  Not in my box?  I wonder if I’m missing something….

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask
Face Masks!  I am going to slather one all over my face and go. to. sleep.  I have been really tired lately, hopefully this can help my skin relax!

Sole Society Coupon – $25 off my first purchase
I’ve actually been trying to cut down on the number of shoes that I’ve been buying but if I see some really cute flats, I might be tempted….

Wedding Wish List: Calligraphy

So after blinding myself by looking through Pinterest for the past couple hours (my eyes, my eyes!), I am going to start blogging about my absolute most favorite ideas.

I think we’ll start with my personal favorite: hand-addressed envelopes. 

I think they are GORGEOUS.  Can you imagine if you got one in the mail?  It would be like getting an invitation to a ball!  (You know, like Cinderella?  I tried on a very Cinderella-esque dress the other day) 

DamnGoodCalligraphy – $2.50 per envelope

AbigailTCalligraphy – $2 per envelope

inkblotcalligraphy – $3 per envelope

So with a little math, I figured it would cost me about….$240 to have my invitations hand addressed.  Dang! Which one do you guys like the best?  I think my favorite is Abigail’s writing–the script is just enough.  It’s not too crazy or not too simple and the design is still very eye catching.

Do you think I could teach myself how to do this?   Hahahahaha. 😦  Maybe I can ask my future Mother-In-Law.  Her handwriting is BEAUTIFUL (she writes everything in cursive!) but it’s rather small.  Hmm.