And just like that…

…almost a month has gone by since I last documented my thoughts.  And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but today’s hiatus interruption is nothing to jump for joy over: lip balm.

We all know Target is a money sucking, evil place masked in smart marketing ploys.  Let’s face it, I LOVE IT.  And when Mom  asks, “do you want to go to Target and spend money?” you can’t exactly say no to that.  Wouldn’t you know that one of the few times I’m ready to buy junk, I find nothing.

I marched to the register with my one Essie nail polish and figure “hey, you’ve done good…throw something else on that conveyor belt!”  So I added a pack of gum.  Gum.  I’m getting old if gum is my good behavior gift.

Then I saw it, a pretty little pink bulb of a lip balm.  I’ve seen Eos lip balm around but haven’t heard too much about it so never thought to try it.  So on a whim {and because I just had to buy somethingomg!}, I bought it.

Holy Grail of lip balm?

Like a good little bride-to-be, I went through my nightly routine: wash face, Clarisonic face, remove mascara in order to apply Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum {Ashley is a Mary Kay consultant and gifted this little gem to me}, brushed my teeth, etc, etc and finally got to the last step of moisturizing my lips with my new toy {let’s face it, make up and beauty products are every girls toy}.  

I typically don’t like flavored lip products but this Strawberry Sorbet is pretty darn nice.  The flavor is mild but the balm is oh so moisturizing.  This morning, I still had some on!  That’s a plus in my book!

Because I’m sort of a lot goofy, I whipped this silly stuff out after lunch to show my co-workers.  Yes, the shape gets funny looks and yes, I look ridiculous when I’m applying it but around 3:30p I realized that I still had some on!  I might have found an awesome new lip balm.  It’s just creamy enough that it moisturizes but you don’t even realize it’s there.  Just enough flavor but not so much that you eat at your lips all day {you do it too!}  For about $3, I should have tried this much sooner!

July Birchbox

This month, Birchbox teamed up with Glamour to bring us a group of samples that has had everyone in the blogosphere chatting.  Like everyone else, I was so eager to finally get a chance to rip into mine!

fun stuff just in time for my birthday!

What else did I have to do on a gloomy Monday evening? {laundry…dishes…cleaning}  Whatev.  Based on my brief trial of the products, I really enjoy everything in the box.  Laura Geller’s Caribbean Kiss is a perfect shimmery peach that I’ll probably wear for evenings out {since I typically do not wear much color on my lips during the day} and will also take me into fall.  A major plus: it feels amazing!

I’ve never heard of Manna Kadar but I’m always willing to try products that make me a little shimmery.  Everyone knows I love to be able to see my skin through my makeup and it has to have a healthy glow so this seems to be right up my alley.  I rubbed this shimmer lotion on the apples of my cheeks and I must say the color is very similar to my favorite blush by Nars.  I’m excited to mix this lotion with a tinted moisturizer {as the package suggests} and get a better idea at how it feels on my skin.

I don’t think I’ve ever used a face mask but I completely expected to have that tight, dry feeling after using the AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask tonight.  Nothing like that at all!  As Birchbox explains, “jojoba oil keeps skin hydrated and supple” and my skin really does feel the complete opposite of what I thought it would.  I’ve had some skin breakouts lately and I just read that you can use this as a spot treatment at night.  Yet another bonus from Birchbox.

My perfume vial was empty but my Birchbox smelled good!  I am on the hunt for a new perfume but I don’t think I would purchase Mr. de la Renta’s live in love, it’s a tad to florally for me to wear all day.  I haven’t tried the earbuds but they are such a fun color!

As usual, just when I think that I don’t need my Birchbox subscription, they reel me back in!  These hot pink boxes are so fun to open each month!  You should try it out 🙂

High Five for Friday

Some weeks, the evenings just fly by and this was one of those weeks.  Looking through my phone’s camera roll, I came across six fun photos from this week.  So…High Five Six for Friday? 🙂

1.  Over the weekend, I found that Gap was having a major sale {additional 40% off sale items!} so I stocked up on a few summer t-shirts.  These t’s are perfectly soft, cozy, and cute enough to leave the house in.  And for about $7 a pop, you can’t beat it!

of course, Lucy is never too far away

2.  Wedding prep has definitely begun!  I ordered matches and napkins from For Your Party and the package was delivered this week.  So excited to get some of these wedding crafts going!

kinda looks like a sweat shop

3.  I tried out the accent nail trend…still debating on whether I like it or not.  I do love the summery pink though!

Essie’s Secret Story and A Cut Above

4.  Quality time with my girl will probably always make it into my ‘high five.’

I know, we’re weird

5.  My aunt invited my sister and I {and all of the girls} to dinner one night and we walked away with this gem.

Peanut, Annie, Francine, Lucy

6. After a storm blew through town yesterday, we were graced with a clear view of a rainbow.

rainbow on the horizon

Spring has sprung

It seems like every corner of the internet is full of bright colors and new trends for this season.  After a weekend with beautiful weather {combined with a short trip next weekend}, I officially have the itch to shop for a Spring wardrobe. After scouring the interwebs {including some favorite bloggers}, I’ve narrowed down my “gimme” list to these ever so modest {cough, cough} items.

Top Row: Tennis Anyone Lucille Top, Sarah Wedge Sandal, Solid Gold Idiom Bangle, Latticework Scarf, Jacquard Dot Popover

Middle Row: Striped One-button Cardigan, Natasha Top, Miller 2 Sandal

Bottom Row: Geometric Scarf, Tumbled Leather Thora Sandal, 1969 Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans, Classic Jenna Bracelet

To go along with all of my new clothes {:)}, I’ve also been searching for a small makeup update.  I’ve had the same daily routine for the last 4+ years: concealer, cream blush, powder blush, black eyeliner, black mascara.  I want something minor just to brighten me up a bit.  Low and behold I came across a Birchbox sample at the bottom of my makeup bag this weekend.  This pink is the perfect pink!  I feel like I’ve searched high and low for a pink lip color {you know, the one that makes you look as though you’ve just had a cherry popscicle} and this one absolutely fits the bill.  The pink lip gloss tube is intimidating but it is so sheer once you put it on.  Unfortunately, today the link says the lip gloss is unavailable.  I guess I should have just bought it yesterday…now I’ll have to ration my tiny sample.

Birchbox Pink

Keepin’ On

Welp, life seems to have gotten in the way of my little ol’ blog.  {note: I need to make this a priority for me}

Until I find time to post all of my photos from the Photo-a-Day Challenge {an entire month and a half of pictures!}, I’m going to link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk and list my “High Five” for the week.

1.  Of course Lucy is at the top of my favorite things this week.  She’s just so darn pretty.  Poor thing is at the vet today getting her teeth cleaned {because I’m a negligent mother :(}.  Praying she comes through strong and doesn’t have any horrible side effects from the anesthesia!

sleepy girl

2.  Beautiful skies in Southeast Texas after we had after a rainy, dreary weekend.

beautiful sky

3.  My bonus Birchbox that came a few weeks ago…I finally got around to trying some of the Vichyproducts and I think I’ve found myself a new daily moisturizer.  This doesn’t go on heavy and doesn’t leave me feeling sticky and greasy all day.

Vichy via Birchbox

4.  Manicure dates with mom!  All of the fun, Spring colors floating around the internet left me longing for a fresh manicure.  I don’t love long nails on myself so I’ve always just gotten regular old manicures but among the blogosphere, I’ve seen girls with a thin layer of acrylic over their natural nail.  I thought this would be ideal for me so I don’t have to worry about polish chipping, nails peeling, etcetera.  So far I’m enjoying the look.

OPI, My Chihuahua Bites

5.  Stella & Dot.  I attended Ashley’s Trunk Show last week and I’m almost positive I’m hooked.  My loot was delivered this week and I’m so in love with all of it!  My very own Trunk Show is scheduled for April so I’m busy making my wishlist nice and full 🙂

Stella & Dot goodies

Here’s to a fantastic weekend full of fun and plenty of rest!

Samples Galore!

Ashley recently reminded me of this great beauty membership and I finally decided to join.  I first heard of Birchbox about a year ago and thought it might be too good to be true but from what I’ve heard, it’s fantastic!   You pay a monthly membership fee and every month, they send you a box of goodies.  Can’t beat that!  My first Birchbox should be delivered mid-November and I cannot wait!

My beauty and skin regime has been the same for YEARS.  I’ve tried new products here and there but have always gone back to the tried and true.  With Birchbox, I have the opportunity to try many samples without actually having to purchase full size products.  And if I do decide to purchase a full size product, my accumulated points can be used toward a purchase.  Win/win!