July 2014 From the Lab: Summer Essentials Collection

From the Lab sent out their July boxes—and dang.  I am IMPRESSED!  This box includes four (YES FOUR!) full-size items to create the ultimate Summer Essentials Collection.

We’re celebrating our one year anniversary with our very special, limited edition Summer Essentials Collection, designed just for you!  At a retail value of $225+, this collection will help you beat the heat and keep you focused on easy, breezy, summer fun.  Stay refreshed, resplendent, and effortlessly cool with four of our favorite innovations.


This month’s box includes:

  1. Face Primer No. 327
  2. Hair Mask No. 718
  3. AM/PM Cleanser No. 586
  4. Face Mask No. 598
  5. BONUS! Lip Primer No. 627




AWESOME I ended up getting 5 full-size items!  In a monthly subscription box?  That’s practically unheard of.

The Face Primer is a dream to wear.  It’s silky without feeling oily or heavy and it includes extracts that boost anti-aging benefits and evens out skintone.  It’s definitely a great product to wear to get a matte finish.

The AM/PM cleanser is my favorite thing out of this box!  It’s a waterless cleanser!  So what I do is I stick some cotton pads in a ziplock bag, squirt some cleanser in it (enough to saturate but not too much), and then I stick it in my purse.  This way, I always have something to wipe away sweat or grime, even when I’m out.  BONUS it’s oil free and eyelash extension safe!  Woohoo!

The Hair Mask is pretty nice too—it’s like a leave-in deep conditioner.  It’s got a very rich smell and I’ve been using it after beach sessions to help get that dry and crispy feel out.  I apply a dollop (bigger than a quarter) to my hair (it’s pretty long) and let it sit for 30 minutes before I take a shower.

The Face Mask is also another after-beach ritual of mine.  It feels so wonderful on your skin—especially if you’d had a little to much sun.  It soothes, cools, and revitalizes skin while moisturizing.  I gently wash the sunscreen and grime off my face, apply this mask (and the hair mask haha), then I chill out for 30 minutes before wiping it off and taking a shower.

And voila!  July’s box was AMAZING.  I have three more to go (to get me through to October) but I’m very tempted to stay on until December.  I can’t imagine what a Christmas box would be like!


July 2014 Julep Box Review: Boho Glam/It Girl

My Julep Box for 2014 came in!  Julep originally typed me as a ‘bombshell’ but I wasn’t really feeling the Bombshell colors too much.  I ended up swapping all 3 choices out.  😀

But anyway—this month (July 2014) featured a Poolside collection.  The colors were all mostly bright, very summer/water inspired!  The featured product was Bare Body Polish and Bare Body Milk.


I opted to get:

Braiden – It Girl (Graphite Stardust, textured matte glitter)

Tamara – Boho Glam (Lipstick red creme)

Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat



Do any of you subscribe to Julep?  I really like the way that the polish applies (so smooth!).  I feel like my manicures don’t last that long though—less than a week and then LOTS Of chipping!  My toe polish has been okay though.  I suspect the issue may be with the Freedom Gel Top Coat….but I’ve got to do more experimenting to be sure.  One more box to go!  I think my ‘extra’ will be the cuticle remover.

How to Style: Combat Boots

I recently added a pair of Combat Boots to my life.  Yes, recently.  I know, I know.  You guys are all super stylish and are too nice/honest to tell me that it’s taken me FOREVER to jump on this style wagon (or that it was so last season) but awww I’ve always wanted a pair!  It was hard for me to buy something other than slippers (AKA flip-flops, to everyone not in Hawaii.  But slippers!  That’s what we call them here, and they are the best.  I promise  Especially Olukais, I’m on my 4th pair.)  The reason why it’s taken me so long is that I honestly thought it’d be totally impractical for Hawaii-wear….but there’s hope!

I didn’t realize how cute these boots are with dresses!


…and that they’re entirely wearable with shorts.  This is probably my #1 requirement.

I think my favorite way that I’ll try and wear them is with skinny jeans.


And with skirts.  I’ve got a pretty good collection of cute skirts, I think.


AHHH I wish it got colder here!  These boots are so awesome with scarves.  😦


Maybe I should have saved my money and bought another bikini.  ;_;  No!  I’m determined to avoid buyer’s remorse!  Do you have any advice/suggestions about wearing and styling my new kicks?  If you’d love to share, I’d love to hear it!

Birchbox Subscription on sale at Gilt City!

AHHH for those of you who currently aren’t Birchbox subscribers—-here’s your chance!  A one year subscription (PLUS a $25 credit to the BB store) is going for $99 (regular $135) on Gilt City right now.


This deal also works for subscribers who haven’t received a box in a 3 months.  What a deal!   You can save an additional 25% off if you’re new to Gilt City by clicking here.

If you’re on the fence about subscribing….I’d say just do it!  Getting a monthly present in the mail of new beauty samples to play with is a GREAT pick-me-up, especially when I’ve been having a hard week.  Check out my past Birchboxes here.  Happy Aloha Monday, everyone!  Have a great week!

Wishlist: Tory Burch for Fitbit Collection

AHHH have you guys seen the new Tory Burch for Fitbit collection?  It’s absolutely, to die for.

PS: A Fitbit, if you didn’t know, is an activity tracker that keeps track of how many steps you’ve taken, how many floors you’ve climbed, and how many calories you’ve burned!  I absolutely love mine—it helps to motivate me, especially on very lazy days (when I’ve only taken 2,000 steps and its past noon.  *SIGH*)

Metal Hinged Bracelet – $195

Metal Pendant Necklace – $175

Silicone Printed Bracelet – $38

Silicone Printed Bracelet – $38

I currently have a Fitbit One, which I liked more than the Fitbit Flex (which is what Tory designed the new collection for) because when I run and do exercises where I’d get all sweaty, I didn’t want my activity tracker to also…get…sweaty…

But ahhhhh man, I love that metal hinged bracelet!  It’s beautiful!  It’s made of solid brass so I forsee no allergy issue, and it’d be the most stylish way I can think of to log my daily steps (when not at the gym).  B isn’t too big of a fan, though.  “For that price, I’ll just buy you a bracelet.”  Which is true….but ahh, c’mon!  This is the coolest Fitbit accessory that I’ve seen.  I’m in love!  What do you guys think?  The silicone bracelets are WAY more affordable and they still give you super cool Tory style without breaking the bank….I wish she’d design a collection for us One users, as well.