Summer Nails


Yes, summer is here!

There’s a steep learning curve with putting on nail stickers, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a fun alternative to nail polish.

I’ve tried a couple of brands over the years but always come back to Sally Hansen Salon Effects. Cheapish ($9, but you can find them for half that on Amazon), constantly updating designs, lasts 10 days with no chips.  Just throw them on , clean up and shape your nails, and you’re good to go with no dry time.


July Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox. Check out last month’s post if you don’t know what Birchbox is.

Last month’s box felt safe, I thought. This month’s was a little more out there. Every month has a different theme, and July’s theme was “designer picked.” Cynthia Rowley pulled together the pieces in this box.

Here’s what I got in my box, and my comments:

1.  Nuxe multi use dry oil- This was the wildcard product. It’s a face/hair/body moisturizing oil. I enjoyed using it on my face, and it has a pleasant timeless fragrance, but it really does nothing for my hands and body, and the residue feels gross on hands. And yet on the face? Kinda nice. I know, it doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately this product is pretty pricey, so I won’t be purchasing when my sample runs out.

2. Redken shiney hair spray- I wanted to like this, but it smelled horrid and didn’t make my hair any more luminous than usual. Either I have good hair or this product is snake oil.

3. Zoya nail polish in Pandora- I’ve been a little obsessed with painting my nails lately (stress reduction), so I was excited to try this eco-friendly nail polish out. It went on super creamy and seemed to dry quickly. The color left a bit to be desired. When I put it on my nails it made my tan hands look like creepy old claws. I was so bummed, but I wanted to give the color a chance. In Bikram, I thought the color looked sophisticated. By the next day the color had changed! The pinky beige was no longer shimmery, it had flattened out and looked disgusting. Man, Jekyll and Hyde nail polish. I liked the feeling of the formula so much that I’m willing to give another color a go, though.

4. Philosophy Purity cleanser- The surprise from behind. Smells great, feels great, and seems to be keeping my skin happy. I’ll be purchasing this one.

5. A Kind bar.- I already love Kind bars. They’re moist and yummy.

I’ve been really enjoying Birchbox, even with the major hits and misses from my last two boxes.






June Birchbox

After much anticipation, my Birchbox finally arrived! I heard about this on Twitter last month and promptly signed up.I am not the biggest beauty junkie, but I like playing around with makeup (and then promptly taking it off).

Birchbox is a monthly subscription of “hand-selected ” beauty samples from “luxury brands”. For $10 bucks a month you get a little pink box with about 4-5 deluxe sized beauty samples. You receive “points” for subscribing, which you can then use for discounts on full-size products on The website also has tutorials and other silly stuff.

Here’s the box. When I said little, I wasn’t kidding. SMALL box. It fit in my mail slot.

Seriously well thought out packaging though. Isn’t this beautiful?

My cynicism subsided once I popped the box open. OOO!! Stuff!

Every box has a theme- this month’s theme was “travel”.

In my box I got:

Archipelago Pomegranate soap– This was simply a nice smelling travel sized soap, nothing too exciting.

Kate Spade Twirl fragrance tester– This scent wasn’t for me. It went straight into the trash.

Deborah Lippman Stripper to go nail laquer removers- I haven’t tried these nail polish removing wipes yet, but I really like the idea.

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals Molecular Mist– It’s a refreshing moisturizing spray. It feels really great, but smells kind of bizarre. It reminds me of a bad coconut tan oil. I’m on the fence about this one.

And the best part of the haul… a FULL SIZE Laura Gellar Baked Blush ‘N Brighten blush. I’ve never tried this brand before, but it was quite natural and pretty on me. This blush retails for $29.50 so I really can’t complain about the $10 Birchbox subscription fee. If I didn’t like the product I would totally sell it online at a profit. $$$

I am against the idea of paying $10/month to receive makeup samples (aka “paying for things that should be free”) but I love receiving mail, and I did discover a new product that I liked… So I think this is a YES. 🙂