Category Archives: Makeup and Beauty

Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013

Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013
Birchbox Unboxing – February 2013

So as you may know, I subscribe to a service called Birchbox.  For $10/month recurring charge they send you a monthly box of sample size beauty products such as makeup, skincare, and hair care.  I received my February 2013 Birchbox today and this is what I received: Read the rest of this entry

In Love With a Body Scrub: Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish

In Love With a Body Scrub: Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish
In Love With a Body Scrub:  Pooka Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish

So in my January 2013 CurlKit Unboxing post, I mentioned that one of the items I received was the Pomegranate Kiwi Body Polish by Pooka.  Out of all the products in the CurlKit, I was most excited about trying this one because it smells heavenly, and if you watch my videos, you KNOW smell is big to me.  Just about everything I put on my skin or hair has to smell like a fruit, desert, or flower in order for me to be happy.

So, this morning I decided to give it a try, and I must say… I REALLY like it!  After washing my skin with my regular body wash, I applied the sugar scrub.  The consistency is like coarse sugar, and I was pleasantly surprised that it left my skin feeling extremely smooth and moisturized after I rinsed it off.  According to their website, this is due to the fact they add coconut oil to their product.  I applied my regular moisturizer on top, but I probably could have done without it, as this product was very moisturizing by itself. Read the rest of this entry

Death of a “Fitspo” Board…

Death of a “Fitspo” Board…
Death of a “Fitspo” Board…

For the past six months or so, I’ve been an active part of the Pinterest community.  I’ve found it to be a wonderful place full of DIY projects, outfit ideas, domestic tips and tricks, and yummy recipes.  I mean, where else can you get weight loss tips and an Oreo buttercream cupcake recipe on the same site?  Pure genius!!  In my relatively short time on the site, I have amassed an array of boards that cover just about every topic you could think of, but lately I’ve been giving one of my boards the serious side-eye.  …my Fitspo board.

For those of you who don’t know, “Fitspo” is short for Fitness Inspiration.  It’s where people (mostly women and girls) repin, Instagram, or post pictures of beautifully chiselled, youthful, cellulite-free female bodies in minimal clothing as inspiration for exercise and healthy eating.  Many of these images have inspirational quotes on them and come from fitness ads for athletic apparel companies.  Not quite as controversial as it’s Thinspo predecessor, the Fitspo craze has been making more and more of a presence on the online photo-sharing community.  A quick google search will yield over a million results for the term, ranging from sweaty women in  sports bras running up a mountain or working out in the gym, to pictures of super-skinny models with phrases like “would you rather eat that bag of chips or look like this?”

These photos of scantily clad, rock-hard bodies are supposed to inspire me to work out and eat right.  They’re supposed to motivate me to be a healthier person, but more and more lately, I’ve been feeling like they’ve pretty much just replaced music videos and Calvin Klein ads as the newest unattainable body image I’m supposed to aspire to. Read the rest of this entry

BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013

BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013
BirchBox Unboxing – January 2013

So for the past several months I’ve been subscribed to a service called “BirchBox”.  It’s a subscription service that charges you $10/month and in exchange you receive a box every month with about 5 or 6 hair, skin, and makeup goodies!    It’s a great way to try new products.  Their products tend to mostly be makeup and skincare related, and they have some pretty good brands.

So today, while I’m laying on the couch sick and hating life, I get a pleasant surprise from the mailman, My Birchbox!  So you know I couldn’t wait to share all the goodies with you all:

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