Birchbox Review: February

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One of the subscriptions that I use and find extremely convenient is Birchbox. For only $10 a month I receive 5 new samples of beauty products that I would have probably never tried on my own. The sad part is when I use up my samples!

My February box had a lot of fun goodies so let’s take a look…

1. Parlor Sea Salt Spray
This was a fun product to try because I have heard SO much about sea salt sprays being the latest trend for those beach waves. Now that my hair has grown out a bit, this product was fun to try. I love how ‘tousled looks’ are the best excuse for bed head 😉

Full-size: $24

2. Sumbody Salt Scrub
I love a good exfoliator and this salt scrub is the answer to my skin needs. It smells fresh and keep me feeling soft after each use.

Full-size: $13.50

3. theBalm ‘Read My Lips’ Lip Gloss
I’m more of a natural palate type of girl when it comes to makeup so I was a bit nervous about this lip gloss. However, it’s not as bright as you would think looking at it in the tube. It gives my lips a nice rosy tint and shine.

Full-size: $15

4. amika Nourishing Mask
I was introduced to the amika brand from a previous Birchbox (here) and its become one of my favorites. So, I was very excited to see yet another product in this month’s box. Because I process my hair constantly through dye, blowdrying, and sometimes flat ironing, it’s important that I take care of my hair. This nourishing mask is the perfect solution as it conditions and repairs. Another plus is that it smells really good!

Full-size: $28

5. BeeKind Shampoo
Shampoo is a touchy subject for me only because within the last few years I realized that not all shampoos are created equal. I have fine hair and, like I mentioned before, I process mine so finding a nourishing shampoo has been a bit difficult. I love that BeeKind’s shampoo is soft on my hair but also uses natural ingredients such as honey.

Full-size: $16

Birchbox Rewards:
Within this post I do use Birchbox referral links. I receive 50 Birchbox points for each referral, which goes towards purchases within their shop. Another way I earn points is by posting product reviews on their website. Sound pretty easy, right? It truly is…and you don’t even need a blog to do so.

If you’re looking for an easy, and affordable, beauty subscription service this is it. For $10 a month you receive 5 different samples each month to try and KEEP! No sending back what you don’t use and by taking a moment to post a review on, you too can earn points that can be used like cash in their shop. 

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Hair Inspirations

Today I am so excited. What for? It’s my religious every-eight-week hair cut appointment with the fabulous Chelsea from Matiz Salon. I don’t know what it is, but it’s almost an art form to find your perfect hair stylist. You know, the one where she/he gets it exactly right every time, the not having to mess with correct it once you get home, and best of all, no second hair appointment with a different stylist to fix the first cut.

Another reason I’m so excited is that getting my hair done is the one thing I do for myself. Due to budgeting and trying to save, I’ve cut the fun little expenses like getting my nails done and going shopping for new clothes every other weekend. However, carving out a little bit of ‘me time’ is just what I need to reset. It’s funny how those little things make the biggest difference in your attitude and confidence…

Having the appointment is the easy part. What’s difficult is figuring out what I’m in the mood to do with my hair. A lot of styles have come and gone in 2015 and it’s only February, which leaves me with some choices. I’ve had everything from a pixie cut to long and lush and I constantly battle the urge to cut it all off or to continue growing it out. Right now I’m almost to a ‘lob’ and am looking to change things up.

Here are my hair style inspirations:

Who knows what I’ll walk out with but I’m excited about what we’ll come up with! Follow me on Instagram to see what I get! What style do you recommend??

Before you leave…

Forever Ashley

I wanted to introduce you to Ashley of the Atlanta based lifestyle blog Forever Ashley. I met her through The Peony Project community and I am so glad I did. She offers wonderful blog advice, food for thought posts, and I just love her witty writing style. Want yet another fabulous blog to follow and connect with? Be sure to check her out here!

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The Guy Behind the Blog

Not too often does my guy get much attention on my blog. For the most part it’s due to the fact that he probably doesn’t read it to begin with and pretty much I am ok with saying that this little corner of mine is, well, mine. With that being said, the lovely Betsy over at Heavens to Betsy has created this fun linkup just for those guys behind our blogs.

This handsome guy is my husband, Philip, and he will be taking over the blog today sharing his thoughts on these six questions:

1. If you could write a book, what would you write about and why?
Traveling and drinking.  As cliche as it sounds, kinda like Hemingway – part fiction, part real life experiences.  I doubt anyone would read it, but it would give me even more of a reason to travel and document my life.

2. What is the one thing on your bucket list, or one thing you’d like to do or accomplish?
Break the sound barrier.  But since that isn’t as feasible as it may have been previously, I would like to attend a Formula 1 race in Europe somewhere.

3. If you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life what would you want to see?
Our babies playing on the beach with our dog, Murphy.

4. Imagine you’re opening a shop. What are you selling?

5. If you could have 50 lbs of anything other than money, what would it be?
Blank airline tickets – fully paid round trip to anywhere in the world for my wife and I (obviously it’d be a lot of tickets).

6. Time to brag on your girl…tell us one thing that makes you proud of your wife.
Honestly, it’s difficult to narrow it down.  I could talk about her beauty or how intelligent she is, but I think it’s her uncanny ability to read my mind.  She almost always knows what I’m thinking, how I’m feeling and how to cheer me up when I’m down.  Plus, she knows how to check me when I’m getting worked up, which isn’t all that astonishing, but what is – I actually listen to her.  And she’ll tell you I never listen to a woman.  Does that come off as sexist? You betcha.  But does that show how awesome she is?  You’re damn right.

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Beef Shank & Horseradish Crumbs

One of the best magazine subscriptions I have invested in has to be Bon Appetit. Each month new and intriguing meals grace the cover and once again I am inspired to recreate these recipes myself in my little kitchen at home. March’s issue is all about “The New Rules of Pasta” in which the often traditional pasta dish gets revamped by using different, more exotic, ingredients.

Even though I cannot take the cooking credit this time around (that goes to my husband) I just HAD to share this one particular recipe that has now become one of our favorites thus far: Strozzapreti with Oxtail Ragu and Horseradish Crumbs. Now, I’m sure you’ll notice that we swapped the oxtail for beef shank and that simply came down to the fact that Whole Foods was out when we went grocery shopping last weekend. No worries though, we grabbed some marrow-in bones and used beef shank, which provided a similar taste and texture.

Get the original Bon Appetit recipe here.




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