February 2017 Birchbox Reveal: the Curated Box

21 Feb

I’ve been getting my monthly Birchbox subscription for quite a while now, but for the first time I decided to choose their curated box. When you pick one of their special curated boxes you know exactly which items will be included, rather than being surprised with a box built for your specifications.

When I peeked at the February curated box, I was interested enough in a couple of the items that I decided to go for it. Want to see what I got?

Item #1: Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry

This serum is supposed to be applied to your hair before you blow dry to help reduce the damage of drying your hair. I usually blow dry my hair on winter workdays, so I’ll stick this in my bathroom and try this in the mornings to see if there is any difference.

Item #2: CLEAN Reserve Parfum

I’m not really a huge perfume person and I’m super picky about my scents, but I knew this one would be in the box, so that’s fine. This scent is a fruity and floral scent that isn’t overpowering, so I’ll add it to my “stuff to give my sister’s” pile.

Item #3: The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Saucy Marsala

I received my first PBJ Smoothie stick from Birchbox almost a year ago and it’s still my absolute favorite. The color goes on great on top of a little chapstick and really lasts. Also, I don’t find it overwhelming to swipe a bit on in the morning. Love, love, love this and can’t wait to try the new color!

Item #4: Acure Organics Purifying Fruit Peel

I love a great face peel and can’t wait to try this one. It contains active enzymes from papaya, bitter cherry and blue agave to purify pores and reveal a more even and glowy complexion. Sounds great!

Item #5: Vasanti Eye Wonder 2.0 Super Powered Eye Cream

I love the Vasanti face scrub I got in a previous Birchbox, so I am very interested to try this eye cream. It is an amplified version of their original version and contains a clinical mix of peptides, botanicals, and vitamins to hydrate under eye skin and reduce dark circles. I just rubbed some on in between typing sentences and it goes on nice and smooth. Crossing my fingers for my circles to start disappearing immediately!

Final Thoughts
I thought this month’s Birchbox was a total winner and I’m really glad I decided to try the curated box. If you want to try Birchbox, use my special referral code to get 50% off your first box: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/joules

Do you have a favorite beauty product that you’ve found through a subscription box? Share it in the comments!


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Jack Turns 5 & a Mini Gift Guide

20 Feb

You guys… my baby boy is FIVE YEARS OLD!

Geez, when people say time flies they are not kidding. Somehow the last five years have flown by and suddenly I have this full-grown five year old little boy. He’s funny and so sweet and one of my favorite people in the entire world.

And he’s FIVE.

And poof, I have a 5 year old! Happy Birthday Jack! ❤

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Our first celebration was at Jack’s school on his actual birthday (February 15th). I ordered some cupcakes from the local grocery store and topped them with rings that Jack picked out. We went with rainbow rings and snowflake rings.

We got Jack a few tiny gifts to open, but his big birthday gift this year was another family trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. We had so much fun last year (see it here) that we decided to forgo the stress of having a kid party and/or a family party and decided to go back again this year.

Mini Gift Guide
I feel like we did super well with gifts this year, so if you are looking for some 5-year-old approved gifts in the less than $20 range, you might want to check these out:

Gift #1: Gold Dig-it and Diamond Dig-it (find it here)
I found a Gold Dig-it and a Diamond Dig-it at Target and they were only $3 each. Basically it is a block of hard sand and there is a treasure inside. After pounding the heck out of the first one and taking forever, we decided to put it in a bowl of water and it melted right away so that we could get to the stone. And yes, I know this is cheating. However, I don’t even care because Jack then played with the sand/water combo for a good three nights before I finally got rid of it!

Gift #2: Tonka Tiny vehicles in Blind Garages (find it here)
Jack has a million cars, but recently asked for some “tiny” cars. I have no idea what that means, but I did find these Tonka Tiny’s while I was at Target. Each car comes inside a little garage, so it’s a surprise which one you get. I bought four ($2.50 each) and the garages all snap together to make a super-sized garage. Jack LOVED these!

Gift #3: Russel Stover Valentine’s Day Mini Heart
Day three was Valentine’s Day, so Jack’s gift was a little Snoopy Valentine’s heart with three little chocolates inside. Yeah, they were gone pretty much immediately.

Gift #4: WowWee Mini Remote Control Robot (find it here)
I really like the WowWee robots, but the regular sized version is $50. Considering that I don’t know if Jack would even be into it for more than 10 minutes… it just seemed silly to buy the expensive version. This little version does less, but it’s also only $20. Jack loves it, but Ollie is not a fan…


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Dressing Room Snaps: Nordstrom Rack

16 Feb

Since you all had such great feedback on my last Dressing Room Snaps post, I decided to go ahead and take some quick pictures when I recently stopped by Nordstrom Rack.

One of the things that I love about Nordstrom Rack is that you never know what you are going to find. On this day, I brought 15 items into the changing room and photographed my favorites…

Item #1: Bobeau polka dot skirt
Size worn: Large
Original price: $72, Rack price: $29.97
Not available online

I had high hopes for this skirt with the pretty polka dots and elastic waist, however it was just ‘eh’ in my book. The dotted layer of fabric was more transparent than I realized, which showed off the shorter slip. All in all, it wasn’t going to come home with me.

Item #2: Bobeau brushstroke skirt
Size worn: Large
Original price: $58, Rack price: $26.97
Not available online

This navy and white skirt is super comfortable and it has pockets, so that already is a couple extra points in its favor! The length is a little below my knees and it seems both comfortable and flattering. I think that once the weather warms up a bit, this will look great with wedge sandals. Of course, right now it’s way too cold, but at $26.97 it make sense to buy it now and let it hang out in my closet for a bit. This one was a keeper and I can’t wait to style it.

Item #3: Diane von Furstenberg Cici mixed-print skirt
Size worn: 12
Original price: $398, Rack price: $119.40
Not available online

I admit that I grabbed this skirt off the rack strictly because of the Diane von Furstenberg name. However, it’s just really ugly. Like, SO ugly. I mean, I think someone else may be able to carry this off… but not me!

Item #4: Obey Oxblood Suede Moto jacket
Size worn: Large
Original Price: $224, Rack price: $129.97
Not available online

I don’t need a suede moto jacket, but this one was so pretty that I couldn’t resist trying it on. Looking at the pictures, I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting this one. It was a bit cropped, and the oxblood color is so pretty. {banging head against wall} I’m seriously considering stopping back by tonight to see if I can track it down again…

On my way out of the dressing room, I stopped though the accessories area and saw a couple super cute items:

You are my Happy Place glass tray, $12.97

Pet’s Rock glass magnets, $4.97

Final Thoughts
I love Nordstrom Rack and I especially love the thrill of the hunt, so I’m pretty happy with my purchases. I came home with: the brushstroke skirt ($26.97), the glass magnet set ($4.97) and a pair of black tights ($6.97) for a total of: $41.24. I kind of wish I had also scooped up that oxblood moto jacket though… what do you think, should I try to run back by and see if I can find it again?

Do you enjoy these impromptu Dressing Room try-on posts? Should I try to track down that moto jacket?

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Red Door Spa: Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

{Disclaimer: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive products & services at no cost.}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

My friends at Red Door Spas certainly know how to spoil their ambassadors. This month’s gift was this incredibly gorgeous Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Power Red.

Isn’t the color incredible?! The Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick retails for $25 and can be purchased at any Red Door location.

As if the lipstick weren’t enough of a gift, my friends at Red Door also sent me a $50 gift card so I could treat myself to anything I’d like! I decided to book myself a Swedish Massage and I’m totally counting down the hours until I can have Mary at the Gaithersburg Red Door Spa work some of these knots out of my shoulders!

If you are looking for a great gift to give (or get) this Valentine’s Day, the Red Door Spas are offering a pretty great “give a little, get a little” deal:

Get a gift up to $100 this Valentine’s Day when you purchase a gift card for $150 or more! {More info here}
• Spend $150 get $25
• Spend $250 get $50
• Spend $350 get $100

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disclaimer: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive services at no cost. Red Door gift card deal: Limit $100 bonus gift per transaction. Offer expires February 14, 2017).

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