Beauty and Style

July Birchbox

Have you heard of Birchbox? It’s only $10/month and you get a box (you would’ve never guessed that right?!) of sample-sized products (on occasion you even get a full-sized item).  Sometimes the boxes are a let-down, but overall they have some great products in them! This month was one of those months that I was excited about pretty much everything when I opened it.  I can’t wait to try the products, especially the Benefit It’s Potent! eye cream and I LOVE the bobby pins.   Not sure if I will use the blush since I use Benefit’s Fine One One, which I talk about here, but I will probably give everything else a try and I will let you know how I like them!



From left to right: DDF Acne Control Treatment, Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect leave-in conditioner, Benefit It’s Potent! eye cream


theBalm InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush (left) and Birchbox Bobby Pins (right)

Dirty Little Secret

I have a secret… it’s kind of a dirty one.  Do you promise not to tell?

Okay… I admit it…  I don’t wash my hair every day.

Now that I have that off my chest, I can fill you in on how I keep this a secret: dry shampoo! I discovered them about 2 years ago and it changed my life (ok, I’m exaggerating a little).  But they have been the key in being able to skip days between shampoos, which has made my hair so much healthier and my highlights last longer.

I’ve tried several different ones over the last couple of years, but these two are my favorites right now:

Bedhead Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo


I really like this one on days I want to wear my hair up because it give a lot of texture to my hair.

***Bonus! Bedhead products are Buy 2, Get 1 Free at Ulta this week!***

KMS Hair Play


I like this one on days I want to just straighten my hair and leave it down.  It absorbs the oil but keep my hair feeling soft.

Do you use dry shampoo?  If so, what is your favorite one?


Makeup Mash-up

I love playing with makeup and beauty products.   I really enjoy trying new products, but when I find something I love, I will use it every day.  Here are a few of my current faves:


1. Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner:  This stuff holds up to its name!  I put this on in the morning and it lasts ALL day.  Usually after an 8 hour work day, my makeup does not look very “fresh,” but this eyeliner still looks like it was just applied.


2. Eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm:  Makes your lips so soft!!!  I carry one of these in my purse and one in my workbag so I have one handy at all times.  However, 1-2 applications a day is all you need.  This balm doesn’t dry out your lips like other  lip balms, which mean you don’t feel the need to constantly apply it.


3.  Benefit Fine-One-One:  This is a blush and highlighter, plus you can wear as a lip tint (I haven’t tried that yet though).  I was a little wary about this product at first because I haven’t liked cream blushes before, but this one glides on smoothly and blends really well.  It is a little pricey but has lasted a long time.  I bought it 3 months ago, wear it every day, and I’d say I still have another month before I run out.

What are some of your favorite makeup products?

 (I shop at Ulta for most of my beauty products, and all of the items below can be found at your local store or online.)

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