Tag: makeup

Girls Night Slumber Party

girls night 3

I’ve got a challenge for all of you lovely readers.  I defy anyone to produce better friends than I have.   It can’t be done.  They defend me when I am sad, are incredibly loyal and also a lot of fun.   I just love them and after the month I’ve had I wanted to say thanks and relax with my girls.

A few days ago I was talking to a box review friend that unfortunately I can’t remember who it was (if you are out there please remind me).  We were discussing how we had more make up from box reviews than we could deal with.   It really starts to add up quick and not all of it is good for my complexion so it could go unused.

So my friend and I were talking about our excess makeup problems and she told me she was going to have a makeover party with her friends to have fun and use up the makeup.  All of you know I love a party so this sounded like a great idea to me! Plus I felt exhausted by October so why not?

I put out the word of a girls night out to my friends and gave them plenty of warning and reminded them a couple of times.  I also invited a new friend Lindsay who I know from twitter.  I always have an eclectic group at my parties.  This was no exception.  There was Emilee and Rachel who I knew from singles ward and Hawaii 2011, Stefanie my roommate from 2006-2007 and bestie, and Rachel my friend from book club (yes, 3 Rachel’s- party!) .  I like having different people at parties so you have a mixture of conversation and personalities.  It is a risk but usually leads to the best time by all.

The party was easy to plan.  I put together goodie bags using dollar store items (and some see’s candy!).   I figured it was my chance to put together my own beauty bag so it fit well with the theme of the party.

In Rachel's beauty bag we had lip gloss, nail polish, q-tips, glow bracelet, pedicure kit, cherry tea light and 2 see chocolates
In Rachel’s beauty bag we had lip gloss, nail polish, q-tips, glow bracelet, pedicure kit, cherry tea light and 2 see chocolates (there was also a washcloth I forgot to picture)
The party booty
The party booty

The food for the party was easy.  I got a take and bake pizza and some baked chicken strips from a local restaurant. I didn’t have to cook anything which was good because I have been working and starting nanowrimo so no time to cook!

The girls got there at different times and we chatted for the first hour or so.  Then we ate and started our makeovers.  Masks, apple peel (from Juice Beauty, a great birchbox find) and exfoliants were used by various people.  Then we moved on to the eyes, lips and nails.  We looked very pretty by the end of the night!

girls night 2Then we finished up the night watching Joss Whedon’s new Much Ado About Nothing which was really fun.  They shot the film in 12 days with hardly any  budget but that was all for the benefit of the film.  I liked the black and white photography.  You could tell the performers were all friends (I guess Whedon does Shakespeare readings with his friends (great idea for next party!) and he had a break between the Avengers and decided to make a movie in his house.  Love that!

So I think the party was a great success and I look forward to the next one.  What do you gals like to do for girls night out?   I think as a 32 year old singlite I’ve got the girls night out down.  So fun!

Now off to write my next section of nanowrimo!  How are you all doing on your word counts?

“For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.”

Box Month Review

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(Excuse the length of this video.  A lot to cover 🙂  ).

After a month and half of trying subscription boxes I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  I hope you have all enjoyed the reviews.  I now plan on moving on and covering only an occasional box on the blog (I want to keep the blog varied and interesting).  My goal with the blog has always been to be like a magazine for me.  Stuff I think is interesting, fun, exciting, meaningful.

Basically the blog is an exercise in self-indulgence that somehow has interested all of you.  I write about movies, books, politics, religion, writing, vacations, subscription boxes, swimming, current events, TV, weight loss and much more.  Thanks to all of you for reading my ‘silly thoughts’ as I say in the byline. More to come.

What would you guys like to see more of?  What posts have you liked more than others?  My movie posts are always quite popular but I’ve been on a bit of a movie drought lately.   I would love feedback.

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Box Month: Escape Box

Forgive me for writing quickly.  I am so tired today.  I stayed up to late and ended up getting around 4 hours of sleep.  I hope I can crash tonight.

Anyway,  I am down to my last two boxes for box month 😦 .  The mail won’t be the same after this month and I still haven’t decided which one’s I’m going to keep.  Which one’s have you liked or been interested in?  Once box month is finished I will give the blog a rest and only do periodic updates but you will be able to find photos and such on my instagram.

Today I received a brand new box.  Meaning this is the inaugural box. (This also means they are eager to get it out there so contact them if you have a blog with hits or a youtube channel).   You can get 20% off using code ESCAPENOW.  With this discount the box ends up being $39 and while that is a lot for the box you will find the value is there.

So the idea behind this box is you get all the stuff to get to know a vacation spot, including a guidebook if you decide to travel there.  They also have a contest and give away said vacation with each box.  There aren’t a ton of subscribers since it’s new so I think you chances are higher than in other sweepstakes.

The box this month was on Napa so unfortunately for me it had some wine/tea items I will not be able to eat.  However, my friends will or I will use them for topical applications.  Fortunately even with those items removed I still save $20 on the contents of my box.  Pretty good.

Escape box.  Pretty good, right.
Escape box. Pretty good, right.

Here’s the breakdown of the box:

Escape
3.95 luffa
3.31 cookies
9 white tea
4.49 dead sea salts
5.98 rose candles
4.48 napa soap
0.5 suki body butter cream
2.99 detox mud
7.89 lavendar body scrub
0.7 Clearly natural bar
3.39 mixture lip balm
13.19 Moon Guidebook
50 Wine card
109.87 subtotal
7.69 sales tax
117.56 total
58.56
59 value I can use
39 cost of box

Lip Factory Review and Unboxing

My last beauty box for box month is here.  Its called lip factory and I had quite the story getting it here.  I had entered my information and then received an email from them saying they needed my address.  I gave them my address but for some reason it was sent to 1357 instead of my number.

With it being returned in the mail I tried to contact them to no avail and their website was down so I got nervous.  I cancelled my account and then posted a comment on their facebook account.  Within a few hours they responded, apologized, explained the situation and sent me a new box that got here quickly.  All in all I think they handled the situation very well and I left feeling impressed.

This box is $22 so it is more expensive than Birchbox or Ipsy but it has much larger samples, some full size.  It also has a larger beauty profiling service than either of those sites so you get the colors that work for your skin type and coloring.  I found it to have a $53.99 value which is a great return.

It is only for girls that wear makeup.  It doesn’t have a lot of health products such as lotions and hair products like ipsy and birchbox have.  I’m a medium makeup wearer but I like it and like trying new things.  I wish I knew how to do my makeup better but I try.

Anyway, here’ s the review.  2 more boxes left for box month!  Fun!  I hope you guys are enjoying learning about these subscription boxes and let me know if you decide to subscribe to any and what you think.

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Lipfactory Price Breakdown

Lipfactory
7.99 sweat pea and fay lip joule
6.5 nyc wonder pencil
15.6 me me cosmetics shimmer stack
7.9 red cherry natural lashes
15 coulour u lipstick
1 White Towel Make Up Remover
53.99

 

Ipsy and Love with Food

Box month continues!  I got two today!

Love with Food- a box for the kind hearted.  You get a bunch of samples for $10-$12 and give a meal to the hungry for each box.  Here’s the video and breakdown.  I really liked this one.  Everything except for the praline looks good and the few things I tasted were very yummy.

Love with food box
Love with food box

Breakdown

Love with Food
1.25 Cranberries, sesame seeds and honey
0.58 POPS chips
2.49 pralines
1.99 snappeas
1.28 mints
1 dizzy dust
1.65 salsa
1.25 waffel cookie
2 salsa coupon
13.49

 

Ipsy- Ipsy is the competition to birchbox and a lot of the people on youtube like it better but I haven’t been thrilled. I like birchbox much better.  First of all birchbox has their points system and they give you more samples, smaller but I like trying more things and then leaving my review on the birchbox website for points.

This month was particularly disappointing for ipsy.  The value was high but everything I tried seemed overpriced and there wasn’t much in the bag.  On the other hand its only $8 so one can hardly complain.  Still I give the win to birchbox.

ipsy box
ipsy box

Ipsy breakdown

Ipsy
2.99 lip balm
5.29 michael todd facial scrub
9 chella eye liner
9.99 MICA Shimmer
4 Pixi mascara
31.27