Friday, October 9, 2015

Boxy Charm Review - September

Boxy Charm time!

This box has been hitting it out of the park for me lately. It is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like.

The theme this month is “Runway Ready” which I suppose makes sense.  It’s not very creative though.  I could care less though, I am very happy with what I received!

Here is the September Boxy Charm! 

1)            Previse Skincare HydroMilk Hydrating Lotion  – 2 oz. (FULL SIZE)
               $48 for 2 oz. of lotion? Seriously? This stuff better work miracles!
               Full Size: $48.00 My Value: $48.00

2)            Vasanti Professional Foundation Brush  - (FULL SIZE)
                Maybe this is bad, but I just use my fingers to put on foundation.  I feel like it takes so much
                longer to use a brush, because you need to include cleaning time and such.  I don’t
                think I will be using this, but I’ll save it in case I ever decide to start using one! It seems like
                a very nice brush!
                Full Size: $32.00 My Value: $32.00

3)            Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in “Golden Tigers Eye” – .04 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
                This doesn’t seem like quite my color, but it is really pretty so I am going to give it a try.  If I
                like the formula, maybe I will go buy it in black. I’m excited to try it. I’d say the color is a
                dark bronzy brown, really nice.  I honestly like pencil liners these days….I don’t even know
                who I am! I used to only use gel liners, but I rather not take the time to clean the brush. All
                about saving time here!
                Full Size: $19.00 My Value: $19.00

4)            Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel – .17 oz. (FULL SIZE)
               Well, I can’t say this is something I will ever use.  Since I have bangs, you can’t even see my
               eyebrows.  I barely wax/pluck those things!  I think I have another container of this stuff
               somewhere I’ve had for a while….still unopened. If my eyebrows were visible though, I
               might give it a try.  Seems like it would tame them well!
               Full Size: $18.00 My Value: $18.00

 5)          SCRATCH Nail Wraps in “Lace Work” – (FULL SIZE)
               I don’t usually put any color on my finger nails, but if I do it is pretty neutral.  These wraps
               are fun, but still stay on the neutral side of things!  I can’t wait to try them out! If I like
               them, the company does a $10/month manicure box…that might be fun to try!
               Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

 6)          Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil – .5 oz.
               I’m not totally sure what to do with this stuff. Will it make my hair look oily? I’m not sure
               how an oil can make hair look  “strong, thick and smooth” but I guess I will have to give it a
               Full Size: $16.50 for 3 oz. My Value: $2.75

7)          Cargo Beach Blush in “Cable Beach”  – .31 (FULL SIZE)
              This item isn’t listed on the card included in my box or mentioned anywhere on the
              website….so I have no clue how it ended up in my box.  I am soooo glad it did though! It is
              beautiful! It’s a bit dark for me, but I think if I do light swipes, it will work out ok.
              Full Size: $30.00 My Value: $30.00

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $161.75

I have no clue why people haven’t jumped on the Boxy Charm train yet….just look at that value!  I got products worth almost 8 times what I paid for the box this month! That is crazy.  Though there are a few products I won’t be using (eyebrow gel and foundation brush) the value is still worth it. Heck, even one product (like the blush) more than covers the cost of the box. The rest are just bonus items.  Great job Boxy Charm!

What are your thoughts?

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(Also, I’m not a review only blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Noah - Month 3

At the beginning of the month....I love that smile!

This is their "game face" photo....taken before daddy left on a road trip!

Can you tell he loves his swaddle sack?

Wedding dress shopping with mommy's best friend!

Just because costumes are so cute!

Getting some!

Standing!  (And a perfectly timed photo....he can't really do that all on his own)

His first giant finger nail attack....whoops!

Loving his infant stimulation videos

Tummy time and alfalfa hair!

He looks so different when he is sleeping....

The famous sad face emoticon in real life haha.  Its hard not to smile at this face!

Rattlers game recap!

Lookin like a big boy

More shots :(

One of my favorite pics of him

Trying out his chair!

Just chillin....watchin tv

Rattlers game recap #2

Hanging in the "man cave" with daddy....shirts unbuttoned haha

At a Rattler game when daddy was injured :(

Hanging out with all the boys at the training facility

3 months!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ipsy Review - September

Ipsy time!

This is one of my favorite times of the month….I love getting this bag in the mail! For the cost, $10 including shipping , it is such a great deal. If you are looking to start a beauty subscription, I would try Ipsy first. You can’t really beat that! Getting makeup in the mail is just so fun!

The theme of this month’s bag is “Face Fashion.” First, I love, love, love the makeup bag (think I could use it as a purse?). The items actually do feel fasion-ish.  The dark polish, nude lips, flat iron balm…they all scream fall runway to me!

So here it is…the September Ipsy bag!  

          1)     Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express  – 5.1 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            While I am not a huge fan of Garnier products (they usually leaves my hair a bit oily) I am 
            really excited to try this.  I flat iron my hair a few times a week so this seems perfect for me.  
            I have naturally wavy hair, so even if I blow dry it straight, I have to use a straightener too.   
            This product is for “difficult to straighten hair” and is a leave-in balm that “reduces flatiron 
            time for a long-lasting, silky straight, 450 degree heat protection.”  Sounds awesome!
Full Size: $5.99 My Value: $5.99

           2)    Formula X Nail Color in “Ignite” – .13 oz.
            This color is super dark red, so unfortunately it’s not for me.  It is a perfect travel size polish 
            though, if you happened to like the color!
Full Size: $10.50 for .4 oz. My Value: $3.41

            3)    treStique Mini Matte Lip Crayon in “Nantucket Nude”  – .02 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            I received an eyeshadow crayon from this brand in a past beauty box and oddly enough….it 
            looks exactly the same!  If the colors were similar, I would have a very hard time knowing 
            which to put on my eyes and which to put on my lips! I like the size of this, its fits into your 
            pocket easily.  The color I am not so sure of, but I am willing to give it a try!
Full Size: $32.00 for 3 My Value: $10.66

4)  Glam Glow Flashmud Brightening Treatment – .5 oz.
I enjoy trying samples of Glam Glow products and this will be no different.  I don’t however foresee myself ever buying anything from their brand. They are WAY too expensive for me! I don’t really see myself as a brightening treatment needing person either but hey, sometimes it’s fun to pamper your skin!
Full Size: $69.00 for 1.7 oz. My Value: $20.29

       5)  NYX Eye Shadow Trio – .035 oz. each (FULL SIZE)
Though I love me some eye shadows, these 3 just aren’t going to work for me. They are WAY too dark! I think the lightest one is about as dark as I usually go (or maybe the 1st two colors mixed). Bummer.  Also, this palette is actually called Ipsy NYX. I am assuming NYX made this palette especially for Ipsy?
Full Size: $6.00 My Value: $6.00

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $46.35

I am lukewarm about my bag this month.  I love the straightening balm, but as for the other products I am not sure how much use I will get out of them. The nail polish and eyeshadow are definitely busts for me. This month I went in an updated my style quiz results…hopefully that will result in some better products in the coming months!

What are your thoughts?

If you’d like to give it a try you can sign up here!

(As always, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these things in hopes that other people will get to have the same fun that I do!  I am not compensated in any way.)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Noah - Month 2

I am finally getting a bit closer to being caught up on Noah's life....a bit.  Haha. Here are some photo's from his second month of life! Sooooo many firsts!

One month old!
He loves his daddy so much!

What he wore coming home from the its almost too small!
This is how I had to feed him at C's chairs....just a toilet :/
In the background is his daddy on the "fro meter" which they use to get the crowd to make noise!
A selfie on his first road LA!
He didn't see much of Disney...he was too busy sleeping!
First time at the beach
At the LA Kiss game....sitting right behind Paul Stanley of KISS. Noah's first celebrity encounter!
Starting to enjoy bath time a bit more
His first BBQ holiday....the 4th of July!
He love's his Kick N Play piano!
Starting a nighttime routine....bath
Naked baby!
The swaddles and a book!

Sleeping through more of daddy's games....even when daddy is on the field!

First time in the pool!
Two months old!


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