Friday, September 20, 2013

MAKEUP REVIEW

I've been saving up my Birchbox points for a while to purchase something really fun, and I finally decided on a product. Let me tell you, it took me way too long to decide what to buy. I eventually decided on the Stila in the light eye shadow palette, and I'm in love.






 The colors on my arm, from left to right are:

Smudge stick waterproof liner in Damsel: A very dark brown that goes on extremely smooth with amazing smudging-ness!

Bare: A nude colored matte shadow that I use on my entire lid, before any other colors and it really helps with brightening my eyes.

Kitten: A metallic off-white that (for me) is a little too much for under my brow, but is great for the corner of your eyes, and your lower lash line.

Bliss: A matte tan. I haven't used this one much, but its a great neutral color.

Sunset: A metallic golden, coppery brown. I use this one the most for the outer edges of my lid, and I love it! On Birchbox.com, this looks like a burnt orange. This is a lie; it's a fantastic bronze that you'll love!

Sandstone: This is a dark, matte brown. It's got great staying power, and I use it across my upper lash line.

Bubbly (second row): This is like a more subtle version of Kitten, and it looks great right under your brow. It's a metallic champagne color. On the website, this one looks yellow, and it's not. Don't let the internet fool you!

Gilded Gold: Dark brown metallic with hints of gold. This is another one of my favorites, and is a less metallic version of Sunset.

Luster: This metallic shadow is brown, almost black and it makes for a great smokey eye.

Night Sky: This was the one color I was unsure of. On the Birchbox website, it looks like a metallic blue and I was like "Eh...", but in real life it's like a dark grey/blue and it's great. My mom likes this one the best, and it looks great with her brown eyes.

Ebony: Matte black. It's got great pigment, and it perfect for a night look.

If you're looking for a new eye shadow palette, and you like neutrals, this is the palette for you. I read a few million reviews online before I bought this, and one girl said that she likes it more than her Naked Palette, which I haven't tried, but heard it's quite fabulous.

:)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SEPTEMBER BIRCHBOX

I've been receiving Birchbox since November 2011. I get so excited every month when I get an email saying that my box has shipped! Now, my sister and mom get them as well, and it's always really fun sending each other pictures of our personalized boxes. When my mom and sister signed up, I thought that our boxes would be very similar each month, but they're always totally different, so you can tell how much time the wonderful ladies of Birchbox spend making the boxes personalized.

These were the items in my box this month:



I watched one of my best friends dog, Bowden, this weekend and he really loved the Birchbox box. Needless to say, this explains why the picture doesn't include the box :)

(Left to Right) Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Hedge Fund, Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm (SPF 45+), amika Blow Up SprayDr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips, and Eyeko Black Magic Mascara.

And here's what I thought about the products:

Ruffian Nail Lacquer: I was hesitant about the mossy green color, but its metallic so I think this makes it look less... fungus-y? You only need one coat for a rich color, but it definitely needs a top coat, or it'll chip within the first day.

Dr. Jart BB: I rarely wear any sort of foundation (mostly out of laziness) but also because I hate the caked on feeling of some foundations. However, this Beauty Balm is fantastic! It only comes in one color, and it's pretty light, but it feel like I'm wearing nothing, and it covers any imperfections.

amika Blow Up Spray: I was so stoked to try this! My hair is fairly long and heavy enough so I have little to no volume after blow drying. I used it for the first time the other day, and I really like it. It definitely added some much needed texture to my hair, but didn't make it feel dirty. At times, the spray made it harder to brush through my hair while brow drying, but it was a small price to pay for some volume.

Dr. Lipp nipple balm?!: I was skyping with my fiance when I opened my box (like the cares about the makeup samples I get, right? But he's sweet enough to pretend). When I read the name of this product to him he said "Oh no, I don't want you to use that!" So, the point of that little story is that this product has a weird name, but don't knock it before you try it! I think this would be great for those of you who actually get to experience cold weather. It's a very thick lip balm that would cure chapped lips in about 2 seconds. As the name states, nursing mothers can also use it for their chapped (?) nipples, and you can use it for very dry elbows, knees, or hands!

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara: I had yet to receive a sample of mascara in a Birchbox since I subscribed back in November 2011, so I was super excited to finally get to try one! I love this mascara as a top coat to my normal mascara (L'oreal Extra Volume Plumping Mascara), but when I use it on it's own it just don't give me the same wow-factor. It's also very...stretchy? I know that sounds weird, it's hard to explain. It makes my lashes look crazy long, but gives me little to no volume.

If you'd like to sign up for Birchbox, use this LINK and I think you'll receive 50 Birchbox points (every 100 points = $10 to the Birchbox store!)
AND every month, you can review each of your products (usually 5 products per month) and for every review, you get 10 Birchbox points!

Monday, September 9, 2013

DIY HARRY POTTER

Last summer one of my roommates (and best friends!) was getting married. One day, her fiance was at our little townhouse and he was designing the wedding programs on his computer via Photoshop. It was so cool!

So, that night I gave it a try on my (as I've already stated) super antique version of Photoshop, and I came up with some silly designs. I've recently started making printables with Harry Potter quotes, because I'm obsessed with I kinda like HP.

Anyway, the exciting news is that I've pinned them on Pinterest hoping that they'd gain popularity, and this one:


has been repinned 701 (1045 as of Sept. 17th!) times! That's 701 (1045!) people that have seen my design! It's pretty exciting. It would be more exciting if it were 701 (1045) sales on Etsy... but I'll take what I can get.

Here are some of my other designs :)






Sunday, September 8, 2013

DIY BRIDE

So, I've been browsing the internet for wedding invitations (even though I have 14 months to go...) and I've found a few that I adore:

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Aren't they great?
However, I've yet to 100% fall in love with one. So I decided to make my own via my archaic version of Photoshop. I'm not sure I'll use it, but it was fun to make.

I've taken out the address of our church, but you get the picture :)