Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My July Ipsy Bag

   So last month I re-signed up for Ipsy, just because I felt like I was missing out.  Well, this July bag sort of proved I wasn't and after receiving it I cancelled Ipsy again.  If I do sign up for another makeup or beauty box it will most likely be a natural or cruelty free one.  So here's what I received in my one and only Ipsy bag of 2014.

*Whet Nail Polish in Facetious*
This polish is three free ( void of harmful chemicals) and cruelty free so I'm loving the brand.  The color itself is beautiful also and it's a color I'll be rocking on my toes shortly.

*Pur-lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen*
$55 for 1.7 oz
I always like having samples of sunscreen to throw in my purse or my beach bag.  I've read that this brand is great for sensitive skin, so I'll be happy to try it out.

*Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Cream Eyeshadow in Sweet Spice (I think)*
$18 for .1 oz
This baby tube doesn't have the name on it, but according to the color card I think it's Sweet Spice.  I have heard a lot of hype around these shadows and always love trying out a cream shadow.  I also think it's great that this shadow has SPF 15 in it.

*Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine*
I like Pop Beauty products and their cute packaging, but it's insane how many bronzers I now have in my collection.  I'm going to see if I can swap this on the Ipsy forum.

*Tints and Sass Lip & Cheek Stain by Elizabeth Mott*
Another cruelty free company- yay!  I love multi-purpose products and have actually wanted a true red blush for the winter to mimic that just came in out of the cold hue.  I can't wait to play around with this!

The value of this bag is great!  I received $48 worth of full sized products and two generous sample sized products as well.  I love the idea of getting a little makeup surprise every month, but I normally end up using only a few of the things.  Also, now that I'm really dedicated in going cruelty free in my beauty routine I thought my money would be better spent supporting a cruelty free or natural subscription service.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Style Sunday: The Dangers of Wearing Flip Flops

  The true sign of warm weather for me is when it's warm enough to wear flip flops.  Flip flops have long been the accepted footwear of summer.  While I love flip flops, I have never been able to wear them for long periods of time.  If I wear flip flops to walk around for a long period of time I know that evening I am going to have leg and ankle pains.

   Between flip flops and high heels, can us women and our feet every catch a break??  Here are some of the dangers of flip flops and what we can do to nix the pain.

Image from inbop.com

*Flip flops are too flat for walking around.  Shoes need to provide arch support.

*Due to the fact that flip flops are so open you are at risk of stubbing your toe, bruising your heel or having something land on your foot.

*Flip flop tan lines used to be the sign of summer to me, but more and more cases of skin cancer are appearing on people's feet because people tend to forget to lather them up with sunscreen.

*More open footwear leads to more insect bites.

Now, here I am bashing flip flops, but every time I'm just running to the store, walking to the beach or pool or hanging outside without doing a lot of walking I wear flip flops.  However, to ward off long term pains to my ankles and legs I always wear my sneakers or Crocs (yes you are allowed to make fun!) when I know I'm going to be doing a decent amount of walking.

If you are going to be walking more than just to the car or around a store, I recommend looking for a sandal that has arch support or some extra padding to absorb the shock of your footsteps.

Am I the only one who suffers from ankle or leg pain when rocking my flops for too long?  Any tips for pampering my tootsies?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fitness Friday: My First Bulu Box

   A month or so ago I ordered a Living Social deal for a 3 month subscription to Bulu Box.  Bulu Box is a monthly subscription box targeted at weight loss, health and fitness.  It typically costs $10 a month so for half the price, I snatched up the 3 month deal.  I received my first box this week.  Here's what I got and my take on this month's box.

*FitFusion.Com 2 Week Trial Period
Fit Fusion is a fitness site with "unlimited workouts from top fitness experts."  It appears to be a site full of fitness DVD workouts.  For only $5.99 a month it seems like a great deal depending on how good the workouts are and the variety!

*Voucher for Nakedwines.com ($100 of $160)
Unless I'm having a massive party, I don't see the need of buying $160 worth of wine.  Plus, I have no idea how this is weight loss related!

*Shapeology Burn Blend Samples
This is a fat burning pill and those usually terrify me.  This pill says it mimics the effects of a high metabolism.  I'm going to try it, what the heck!

*Pur-Absorb Iron
This is the second time I've received these in a "health box".  I wish there was more variety amongst these different companies of boxes.  Anyway, this is basically iron water.  I'm normally low on iron though, so I don't mind getting these.

*Rutaseomn Natural Sleep Aid
I am always looking for a natural sleep aid, since melatonin never works for me.  This pill is interesting because it says it removes the caffeine from your system to help ease you into sleep.  As a coffee and soda lover, this pill sounds great!

*Rescue Pearls Stress Relief
Yet again, this is a dupe from another health box I've received.  I haven't used them yet, but I do like the idea of a natural stress reliever pill as I do tend to get anxious.

*Revolution Southern Mint Herbal Tea
I am really, really trying to get into tea!  This mint tea says that it can aid in digestion and soothing headaches.  Both of which I suffer from so I'm happy to try this.

*Chosen Foods MetaPowder
This is one of those add to water drink packets.  It says this drink can help support a healthy immune system and improve metabolism.  As someone who has a horrible immune system and mediocre metabolism, I will be trying this as well!


For my first Bulu Box, I'm not thrown away by it.  There are two products that I received in other health boxes and the sample sizes are rather small compared to other boxes.  However, the products that I did receive I will be trying so I guess that is a success.  I usually tend to giveaway a product or two from most of my subscription boxes.

Do you subscribe to the Bulu Box? Any health or weight loss subscription services that you recommend? 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Current Empties: July 2014

     I didn't think I had enough empties to do an empties post until I went to go throw something in my bag and noticed it completely full!

Let's look through my trash, shall we?
♥ Skin Care 

Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes
Love these! Have already repurchased and will continue to do so.  The scent is fresh and yummy and they don't burn my eyes when I wake off my eye makeup.  These don't take everything off, but I have yet to find a wipe that does.

Yes to Grapefruits Wipes
I'm glad I only had these in the sample size, because I don't care for them as much as the cucumber wipes.  The grapefruit scent burns a little and I just don't care for the formula.  I won't be repurchasing this.

Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Dark Circle Eye Cream
This eye cream wasn't a hit, but it wasn't really a miss for me either.  I didn't notice any lightening in my under eye circles, but it did leave them feeling moisturized and my makeup applied nicely over this.  I'm on the hunt for a new and more natural eye cream though, so I probably won't be repurchasing.

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover
I've had this little sample size of this forever and just leave it in my travel bag for when I take trips.  It does a nice job of taking off heavy eye makeup, but even after using this thoroughly, I still sometimes have some left over liner or mascara the next day.  I won't be repurchasing this.

Skyn Iceland Eye Gels
My friend ordered a box of these from Ulta and gave me one set.  I popped them on the fridge and placed them under my eyes on a particularly stressful day.  I loved the feel of them and while my under eye skin felt smoother underneath, I didn't see any noticeable brightening effect.  I love eye gels, but these are a bit pricey so I won't be repurchasing these particular ones.

♥  Hair Care 

Samy Fat Hair Hair Spray
If you are going to tease your hair and need it to stay, this is the hairspray to use.  My best friend Ally is the queen of the tease, and this is the only hairspray she will use.

Lush Big Shampoo
This is my favorite clarifying or deep clean shampoo.  I've repurchased this before and a new one is in my shower already!

♥  Makeup 

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara
This was my first time trying this mascara after seeing a lot of hype about it on Youtube.  I'm so glad I tried it!  I love it!  The formula is amazing and something about it makes my eyes pop under my glasses, which is hard to do.  If you are looking for a great cruelty free drugstore mascara, look no further!  I already have a backup in my collection.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Pencil
I think I may have received this in a QVC BeautyTube way back when.  It's an amazing brow pencil and I love how thin it is, but I can't justify spending so much on a brow product so I most likely won't be repurchasing.

ELF Makeup Remover Pen
If you have never tried one of these babies, you have to!  This is the best product to keep in your bag to clean up any makeup smudges on the go.  I have already repurchased another one!

♥  Body Care 

Wet Wipes
My friend Lori gave me these in my Christmas present, and I don't know where they are from but the packaging alone is worth it!  I used these to wipe down after working out or even wipe off my weights when I sweated all over them.  If I find them again, I will be repurchasing.

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Body Butter
My dad got me this as a stocking stuffer, and while the formula moisturizes superbly, I didn't love the scent.  Plus, there are so many more natural body butters out there that I would rather try one of those.  I won't be repurchasing.

Fortune Cookie Soap Native Nectar Body Wash
I received this in my summer Fortune Cookie Soap Box and it was LOVE!  It smelled heavenly and lathered nicely.  I'm debating on purchasing this in the full size, but I have so many body washes to go through it's insane.

Healthy Peppermint Foot Mask
I think I bought this at the Mitsuwa Market when I went with Tammy and Vanessa last summer.  I need to stock up on these because it felt so refreshing to have these on my tired and battered summer feet.  I will be repurchasing!

♥  Misc. 

Swispers Cotton Rounds
I bought a 3 pack of these cotton rounds from Harmon, and they are my favorite.  Yes, I understand it's weird to have a favorite cotton round, but these are them.  They don't fall apart or leave fuzzy residue all over.  I will be repurchasing@

BBW Sugared Vanilla Wish Soap
I love any of the BBW's vanilla scents and this one is no exception.  I'm not one who uses seasonal soaps during the appropriate season, hence why this is in my July empties.  When Christmas time comes around, I will be repurchasing this scent.

BBW Halloween Candy Apple Soap
I like using fruit scented soaps in the kitchen and this one smelled a bit too sticky sweet for my liking. I will not be repurchasing this scent.

BBW Paris Daydream Candle
It's no secret that I love the candles from Bath and Body Works.  This one was no exception.  If you love a more manly scent, this one is perfect.  I have so many other scents from them I want to try, but I will most likely be repurchasing this baby.

Lucky Vitamin One Daily Energy Vitamin
I bought this from Luckyvitamin.com and only tried a few vitamins, so this isn't technically an empty.  I always have my vitamins after a meal and no matter what time of day I tried this vitamin, it made my stomach seriously upset.  So no, I will not be repurchasing!

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What products have you been reaching for lately?  Have you tried any of the products I've loved or hated?

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All products are purchased by me unless noted otherwise. If a product is supplied for review, this does not affect my opinion. My opinions can not be bought.