Monday, January 16, 2012

January 2012 Birchbox

In December I decided to sign up for Birchbox and MyGlam. Part of my new years resolution was to work on finding myself again and (like most girls) I love makeup and beauty products.  I should be receiving my first Glam bag in February but on Saturday I received my first Birchbox!!!!  I never thought one little box with pink paper would make me so happy! 

Birchbox is a monthly beauty sample mailing.  It is $10/month and every month you receive 4 to 5 high end samples to try.  What I like about Birchbox is you take a beauty quiz and the samples are picked out for you.  If you don't like the samples you are getting you can change your quiz and try again.  Easy peasy!!  Also if your friends sign up for Birchbox and use your link you get beauty points for products. :) 

If you are interested in trying Birchbox follow this link.  I never thought $10 would make me run to my mailbox! 

It arrives in a wrapped box.  The box is so simple but pretty. Who doesn't love pink?

Everything is wrapped with pink tissue paper. aahh... pink :)

Everything that was in my box except the disgusting granola.  My Hubby ate that and said it was horrible. 

Cute little list for mini detoxes.  I need to do all of them!
About each product and how much the full size costs. 

Treats and hides problem areas at the same time.  I rarely wear concealer because I do not like to feel like my makeup is caked on.  I rubbed a dab on my hand this morning and was AMAZED at how light it felt.  I am going to try to tomorrow.  So far I really like it.  It also doesn't smell medicated or super make up like. 

I *heart* this color!!  When I first got it I thought it looked alittle chalky.  I used it on Saturday and its a beautiful lavender/gray color.  I have used Zoya nail polish before and loved it.  This is no exception.  Its also a thicker nail polish and doesn't chip like cheaper brands.  The polish has a super glossy finish. 

This fragrance is really flowery.  It smells good but I have not tried it yet. 

VMV vows to conquer dark circles once and for all. I will be trying it this week.  Out of all the products in my Birchbox I am the most excited about this one.  I want to stay 28 FOREVER!!!!




Saturday, January 14, 2012

O Well....

It was nice for an hour :) 

I still love them!

A Few Changes

One of my goals this year is to replace some of the lighting around my house.  We started this last year but never really finished it.  We purchased our home brand new in September of 2008 and all of our fixtures are builder grade.  We are not builder grade kind of people.

The first fixtures we changed were the lights by our front and back door.  Unfortunately I didn't take a before photo.  I thought I did but I guess my camera had other plans.  We found these fixtures at Lowes for $24.99 each.

These lights reminded me of growing up near the Great Lakes.  Such wonderful memories. 

I love the color and shape of the light.  These are by the front door. 

Light by the back patio doors. SO MUCH BRIGHTER!

The second fixture we changed is the one by our front door.  Normally this light faces the other direction but my hubby is tall and hit his head on it one to many times.  I came home one day and it was facing up. :)

We found this guy at Lowes for $38.99.  I fell in love with it instantly!

The light is on the wall straight :)  When you are only 5'2" you need to hold the camera above your head. HA HA!


Such a pretty light!  Very soft.


Our other change..... Meet Ladybird!
 Ladybird is a 10 year old female Bloodhound we fostered for a week.  We became so attached to her that we decided to adopt her.  :)  Yes we are big softies!

She is the sweetest thing and my husband is totally in love with her.

As you can see by our photo bombed picture we now have 2 bloodhounds.  Never in a MILLION years did I think I would ever have a bloodhound let alone 2!  I absolutely love this breed!  They are the sweetest dogs!     I wish I could just fill my house with them.  If you are interested in rescuing a bloodhound please visit South Central Bloodhound Club.  




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What is my style????

As I am relaxing at home this evening listening to two bloodhounds snore I thought it would be fun to take some "what is my style?" quizzes.  

The first one I took is from the ladies home journal online.  My result was:


Your Style Is: Classically Chic

You're a woman who loves her life -- you've worked hard to get where you are, and you're darn proud of it! You are brimming with confidence and assertiveness, and friends and colleagues know that if they need help solving a problem, you're the woman to see.
Looking pulled-together at all times is a priority for you. That's why you rely on classic, simple items that don't require a lot of thought and have timeless style.
Your wardrobe staples:
  • Several impeccably-cut suits in neutral shades of navy, black, charcoal, and chocolate. Buy pants and skirts for more options.
  • Tailored button-down oxfords. They look great under a jacket, and just as good paired with weekend jeans. 
  • Cashmere crewneck sweaters. Stock up on sleeveless versions for summer, long-sleeved ones for winter.
  • Glossy leather pumps with a manageable heel of 1 to 2 inches.
  • Man-style oxfords to wear with pants. 
  • A stainless steel tank watch, which goes with everything.

I agree with everything except:  I do not own several suits but I love pants and skirts.  Also, my heels are WAY higher than 2 inches.  I am only 5'2" and need all the height help I can get.  

If you would like to take this quiz click here

Second Quiz was from Spiegal. My result was:
Your Signature Style is: SIMPLE CHIC
Simplicity is more than just your style, it's your approach to life. You firmly believe that it's better to have one perfectly beautiful piece you can wear for years than a closet full of "almosts". Quality rules in your world. The trends of the moment may interest you, but they never determine your choices. And that applies to more than just fashion. You are selective and deliberate in all your decisions. The saying "less is more" could have been written for you.

This is dead on for me.  I like to think that I have classic style.  I do like trendy piece but I hate wasting money on something I may never wear again.  I would rather spend more on a quality piece and less on the trendy ones. 

If you would like to take this quiz click here

Hhhmmm.... I am starting to see a pattern here... My third quiz from Elle also told me I like classic style.
You are a classicist. Modern yet edgy, you love smart blazers, sleek skirts, and accoutrements with a professional flair.  

I will agree with that also!  I love a great blazer and skirts!
If you would like to take this quick click here

After taking 3 more quizzes and all came back with a classic style, I guess I have a classic chic style :)  Yeah for shopping!!!!!