The Happenings: April 2016

How have you guys been?  I am writing this at…5AM local time (Japan)–whenever I get here, I tend to wake up in the 4AM timeframe, no matter how late I go to sleep.  I am going to pretend that we’re at a nice cafe drinking coffee while I’m filling y’all in on the happenings–OH GOSH I just want some caffeine.

BUT ANYWAY I was also here last month–Okinawa though!  It takes about two hours to get there from mainland Japan (from Fukuoka, or three from Tokyo).  Coolest thing we saw while we were there was this HUGE aquarium (Okinawa Churami Aquarium) where there are WHALE SHARKS!  Osaka also has a whale shark but there were about 4 of them in this gigantic tank.  Do you see the little fishball making a slightly heart shape?  Awwww.

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May 2016 Birchbox: Out of Doors

OH BIRCHBOX, that was a good one.

Now, all jokes aside, this month’s theme is ‘Out of Doors’ which is for exactly as it sounds–outdoors with each box including some sort of SPF!

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This month, Birchbox sent me:

  • Vera Bradley – Vanilla Sea Salt Eau de Toilette
  • Goldfaden MD – Doctor’s Scrub
  • ModelCo – Lip Lacquer
  • Coola – Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  • Parlor by Jeff Chastain – Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

We’re still a bit…off (see confirmation of custom pick):

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…but I think I’ll survive.  Its funny, the incorrect Coola product is still the same from the weird men’s preview I got last week.

But anyway–I love that there’s a good exfoliator with this. I always feel like a gentle scrub (carefully, not right after sun exposure) really helps my skin turnover and I’m glad they sent me that Coola product–I’ve gone through three or four tubes since my time with Birchbox!

The meh products for me are the lip lacquer and the vanilla perfume.  Not excited.

BUT that sea salt spray–yes!  I like that it’s moisturizing–sometimes, I feel like salt sprays make my hair a little too dry and crunch (like being near the ocean, for real).  I want the texture, scent, and look without having to go there.

Did you guys get anything good this month?  Can’t wait for summer!  Hope BB sends some more SPF products–I wouldn’t mind a gentle tanning formula also.  My stomach is SO PALE compared to my arms and legs.  D:

May 2016 Birchbox: ??? [Men’s Box?]

I peek at my boxes every month and this month’s box has no title.  I think it was in the customization screens but I don’t remember–I do remember that the majority of the sample picks were sunscreens or peels.  Let’s go with that: Sunscreens and Peels.

My pick was the Coola Classic Face Sport SPF50 White Tea Sunscreen because Coola products are AMAZING!!!  They don’t smell like sunscreen (I’m looking at you, SuperGoop) and the texture isn’t sunscreen-like either.

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  • ICNY Twill Ball Cap
  • Baxter of California Herbal Mint Toner
  • Coola Classic SPF 50 for Face (???)
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash
  • Balla for Men Powder

Okay what???  This must be wrong (the preview hasn’t been wrong before) because those are all men’s products.  Except maybe the Coola product because I guess that could be unisex.  Hmm.

  1. Twill Cap could be useful for the summer
  2. Mint Toner is a gentle toner that removes dirt and oil without overdrying
  3. Coola–thank goodness at least one Coola product but its not the one I asked for
  4. That Kiehl’s bottle says ‘For Men’ on it.  D:
  5. MEN’S DEODORANT POWDER

Maybe this is the world’s/Birchbox’s way of telling me that I have too many skincare and makeup samples for myself and I have to take care of B‘s skin more.  *sigh*  Lucky him–if these were all women’s products (or at least products with unisex/neutral scents), I’d be stoked.  I’ll update if something else shows up at my doorstop but it seems unlikely. D: