Sunday, March 25, 2012

March BirchBox!


In December I decided to sign up for Birchbox.  Part of my new years resolution was to work on finding myself again and (like most girls) I love makeup and beauty products.   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! 


I love the cards BirchBox includes.  On the back (bad blogger I forgot to take a pic!) the card has a brief description of the product along with pricing. 

Full Size $8

I love nail polish in my BirchBox and I really liked this color.  I painted my nails on Sunday and by about Thursday they were starting to chip.  I consider that good for me and my nail polish NEVER stays on long.  I am hard on my nails.  :(  

The green color is kind of retro.  Not really teal but not really green. Very cool!! 

"All of Color Club’s nail polishes are free of icky ingredients like formaldehyde and parabens"

Full Size $30

I was excited to see a hair powder.  I have never used a powder.  Living in New Mexico I do not wash my hair everyday.  

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BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN
Lulu Organics®’s organic hair powder is the hip younger sister of mainstream dry shampoos: she’s eco-conscious, health-savvy, and has vague plans of packing her bags and moving to Portland. Analogies aside, this winning natural formula revives second day locks by absorbing volume-zapping oil. It has a lovely lavender scent laced with the faintest trace of herbal clary sage. And since it leaves no chalky white residue behind, even dark-haired girls can use it.
HOW IT WORKS
Most dry shampoos are made with talc, a controversial ingredient that may have carcinogenic properties (scary, no?). But Lulu Organics®’s version is formulated with organic corn starch, rice powder, white clay, and pure essential oils, so you never have to worry. The sweet-smelling powder helps you achieve the look of just-washed hair no matter how long it’s been since your last shampoo.
HOW TO USE
Sprinkle a quarter-size smount of hair powder into your hands, and rub them together so a thin coat is covering both palms. Work through your roots. For best results, brush your hair immediately afterwards to help evenly distribute the powder."

Full Size $68

"BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN
This creamy balm is such an incredible multi-tasker, we don’t know how we ever lived without it. A three-in-one makeup remover, cleanser, and head-to-toe moisturizer, it’s the only product you need to keep your skin pure and unbelievably soft. The faint tropical scent comes courtesy of organic oils and other natural ingredients. Bonus: it’s made without a single drop of water, making it ultra-rich and concentrated (look Ma, no fillers!).
HOW IT WORKS
Simplify your beauty routine with this all-natural balm. Pure virgin coconut and sweet soy oils remove dirt and makeup, while mango seed butter increases the formula’s hydrating powers. The thick, waterless formula simultaneously acts as a moisturizer for your face and body, delivering you from dryness anywhere it strikes.
HOW TO USE
To cleanse skin, apply a small amount to face and massage gently. For best results, remove with One Love Organic’s My New Best Friend Skin Shammy and rinse away with lukewarm water. For moisturizing effects, apply a small amount to thirsty skin."

Full Size $55-$98
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BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN
What started out as a sweet gift idea has turned into a cult fragrance. The brother duo behind Harvey Prince originally created this uncommon blend as a Mother’s Day present for their stylish mom. And they didn’t just design a pretty scent—they used olfactory research to develop a fragrance that’s calibrated to make you smell more youthful. The result, a sophisticated mix of citrus notes and blossomy florals, will appeal to you no matter your age.
HOW IT WORKS
Olfactory studies have shown that when the fatty acids in our skin begin to breakdown, they emit a particular odor. Fascinating, no? Even more fascinating: pink grapefruit and mango counteract that smell, which is why they’re called the ‘olfactory antidote to aging.’ Beyond the science, this lovely scent has layers of fresh citrus, pomegranate, and mango as well as jasmine, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood. It’s guaranteed to make you feel good.
HOW TO USE
Apply the scent to your pulse points — neck, wrists, behind the ears, and inner elbows. You can also spritz a little on to the tips of your hair or any non-delicate clothing."

16 Bags $6

BIRCHBOX BREAKDOWN
Teatime just got a makeover. Not only do these fruity green teas taste amazing, they contain mega-high levels of antioxidants to repair your skin from the inside out. Each flavor addresses a specific concern, from fighting oxidative stress (a major source of wrinkles) to restoring skin’s youthful glow. Certified organic and fair trade, the beautifying blends will help you look as great as you feel—and who can say no to that?
HOW IT WORKS
Tea Forté’s® intelligent green tea blends boost the health of your skin by clearing toxins out of your system, which helps ward off the signs of aging. Lychee Coconut is a fruity white tea blend designed to help your body ward off harmful free radicals. Honey Yuzu is designed to help your skin renew itself and increase elastin levels with yuzu, a revered Asian citrus fruit known for its high concentration of vitamin C. Cucumber Mint is laced with the subtle sweetness of blueberries and encourages your skin to firm up by boosting collagen production. The nuttiest of the bunch, Cherry Marzipan features the toasted goodness of almonds, plus antioxidant-rich acerola cherries, to reverse the look of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, our favorite celebrity nutritionist Dr. Oz calls it “dessert in a mug.”
HOW TO USE
Steep a tea bag in hot water for two to four minutes. Sip and enjoy
Supergoop!
Sunscreen Swipe
40 packs $34

I tried these on Saturday and they were HORRIBLE!!  My face and arms are burned.  I would never use these again!  They are messy to apply and my hands were greasy after. 




Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Loves!

I can't wait for spring! I am ready for some sun, rain, and warm weather.  Here in New Mexico our temperatures have been warmer than usual but I am ready for the wind to go away!  We also need some serious rain.  I do not want a summer like last year.  We had terrible fires, hot temperatures and wind.

I don't have an outfit to post today (or as of yet) so I was cruising around pinterest looking for some spring inspiration.  Look to the right if you would like to follow me via pinterest :)



I am in love with neutrals and pops of color right now!


Source: dsw.com via Amanda on Pinterest

I need these shoes!!!

Every girl needs a nude pair of heels!

Very New Mexico




Mint is one of my new fav colors. 




Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wardrobe Updates 3/1-3/17

I haven't been doing much store shopping the last two weeks because of how crazy work and home has been.  Hubby has been working extra hours lately which means I have to rush home after works to take care of the dogs.  After I get home I lose energy and just want to relax. :)  I think I made one avenue stop to return some HORRIBLE fitting pants. 

I did some online shopping and hit Goodwill once.  I actually hit the jackpot on both!  

3/1 Avenue Online Shopping
Avenue was having a 50% off clearance sale PLUS 50% off your highest priced item and 40% off the next. Advantage... Mandy :) 4 Cardigans and 4 Knit Tank Tops for around $40 with shipping and taxes

Just before I started tearing plastic :) I have no patience!

Cardigan in Turquoise $5.71

Cardigan in Emerald $5.71

Cardigan in Peacoat $5.71
Cardigan in Fuchsia $5.71

Soft Tank in Emerald $3.80

Soft Tank in Peacoat $3.80

Soft Tank in Black $3.80

Soft Tank in Fuchsia $3.80

I love these cardigans and tanks.  They are super light but warm.  I can wear these year round to work :) 

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AVENUE- IN STORE TRIP 3/7/12- Returned HORRIBLE fitting pants and sandals. Total after returns $0.05. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE Avenue tights! They are by far my favorite tights ever!  I like my tights alittle bigger than most because I don't want to feel uncomfortable at work.  Im not saying I like saggy tights though, LOL! Also I think if you get one size bigger than you think they will last a bit longer.  Not as much pulling, rubbing and stress on the fibers. These tights were 2/$10.  I actually got 6 pairs but the other two are some where in my dedicates laundry basket. 

Avenue Sweater tights are awesome!  I can wear them, be warm and look hot!

Love the pattern.  I bought 3 pairs of these because I love the pattern so much. I had so many compliments wearing them. Not only from men ;)

These are cute too.  Not sure what to wear them with yet. 

Turquoise jersey top $7
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GOODWILL TRIP 3/12/12 $40ish with taxes
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New Target skirt $4.50.  I'll be honest Im not 100% in love with it but I thought it was cute.  Love the pockets and light fabric. 

Cute detailing around the waist band

Love the pockets!

Bottom is cute also!

Lane Bryant Skirt $4.50.  Love the colors and print!

Close up of the print. 

Wider waist for us fluffy girls :)

Brand new Target skirt $4.50 Love the print and colors!

New Target wedges $9.99

New Target purse $7.99

Love the chain detailing on the strap

This is more of its true color

Two pockets on the outside

Plenty of room in the inside :)

New Target purse $7.99

Loved the pink too!!
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Doing some guessing Math I would say in the last 2 weeks I saved approximately $266.78
Avenue Cardigans: Retail $14.99 each ($59.96 total), I paid $22.84 total
Avenue Tanks: Retail $9.99 each ($39.96 total), I paid $15.20 total
Avenue Tights: Retail $14.99 each ($89.94 total), I paid $30.00 total (returned pants and sandals)
2 Target Merona Purses via Goodwill: Most Merona purses are 17.99-19.99. Average Price would be 18.99 ($37.98 total), I paid $15.98
2 Target Merona skirts via Goodwill: Most Merona skirts are $22.99-25.99. Average Price would be $24.49ish ($48.98 total), I paid $9.00
1 Pair of Merona Wedges via Goodwill: Most Merona shoes are $24.99-29.99.  I think these were $24.99 last I looked, I paid $9.99
1 Lane Bryant Skirt: Similar skirt and style on LB site for $49.99, I paid $4.50
1 Avenue Tank: Retail $29.99, I paid 7.50