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Love It/Hate It: Eye shadow

28 Jan

It’s an age-old story… you have a product that you love and BOOM it gets discontinued. A long, long time ago there was this magical eye shadow that I used from Clinique. It was a liquid eye shadow that came in a little tube – you’d apply it to your eyelid with the applicator and it would dry and stay there perfectly in place all day long. Magical.

Then, they discontinued it and introduced a different product. I switched over, but didn’t love it as much as the old version. THEN, it suddenly became super hard to find the new product… so I did what any reasonable person would do and I bought three of them off eBay.

Well, recently I found a product that looked almost exactly like that old stuff that I loved so I figured I’d give it a try. Which lead to this post…

Love It: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, $18.50 (find it here)

Source: Clinique.com

This is the Clinique product that I switched to and then started loving. My favorite color is “Lots o’ Latte” and after that blip of it being sold out everywhere, it’s back with no issues! This shadow stick is basically like a big crayon and the color goes on easily and evenly. There is no need to sharpen it and as you need more you just give the base a little twist. This stuff STAYS ON, but comes off easily with a normal make up remover wipe.

Hate It: Sephora Collection Sheer Liquid Shadow, $10.00 (find it here)

Source: Sephora.com

This looks EXACTLY like the old Clinique liquid eye shadow, so I was super excited to buy it. I even bought two colors: Jasper (golden brown) and Emerald (moss green). I mean, for $10 that’s a steal! I used it for the first time and the shadow went on nice and smooth. The moss green was gorgeous and subtle and I totally felt like a movie star…

And then, my eye watered on the way out the door and immediately ALL the shadow washed off. Just my right eye.

What the actual frick?! Within about 3 minutes I suddenly went from looking made up… to looking like I forgot to do the other eye. My eyes water all the dang time, so I basically just threw $20 in the trash because these eye shadows are useless. So, save yourself the money and don’t bother with this one!

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Reviewing Causebox: The Winter 2020 Box Reveal

21 Jan

I finally received my Winter Causebox… and to be honest, it’s not a winner for me. But, before we get all into that, let’s do a quick refresher on the Causebox subscription.

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter. I don’t have a referral code to give you, but if you click on their website you might see a pop-up with a promo code on it: www.causebox.com

Now, let’s talk about the Winter Causebox:

I saw the Winter box spoilers back in November, but they had some shipping delays so boxes didn’t come until mid-January. This was kind of a bummer, because there were a couple items that I was thinking about giving as gifts. Apparently rather than sending out an update by email, they put it on our Causebox log in pages… but who logs in on a regular basis? It seems that they had a lot of negative feedback, because they sent out a few ‘sorry’ emails and also launched a new customer service Instagram account to deal with some questions. Kind of disappointing, since this company isn’t exactly new at this point.

Anyways, let’s take a look at what I received in my box:

Imani Collective Knit Throw Blanket, $120 retail value

Everyone received a blanket, but annual subscribers were able to choose which colorway they preferred. I went with the slate gray stripes version, but when I opened my box I was kind of surprised at how thin and scratchy it was. I mean, I expected a lightweight blanket… but it’s not very cuddly at all. For now, it’s living in my den and may end up moving out to the sun room once the weather gets warmer. For me, this is certainly more of a spring/summer weight blanket rather than one I can use now when it’s super cold outside. The colors are pretty though and I like the little tassels on the ends.

Artisan Direct Gold Servings Spoons, $39 retail value

I had a choice between mittens, a travel jewelry box, or these spoons. I didn’t really need/want any of the items, so I picked the spoons since I’m always needing serving items when we have holiday dinners. They’re fine. Not $40 worth of awesome. But fine.

Whitney Kerney Mugs – Set of Two, $35 value

SIGH. Is there literally anyone in the world that needs a coffee mug at this point? Sure, these mugs are cute but I have an entire cupboard full of cute mugs and the last thing I need is two more. Very underwhelmed with this one.

Foxy Originals Mix & Match Stud Earrings

I think these earrings are cute, but I basically never change my studs… so I was planning to gift these. Since I missed Christmas, these will go to live in my ‘gifting’ box until I have something coming up where I think they’d be a great fit.

PUR 4-in-1 Correcting Primer, $33 retail value

Derma E Hydrating Night Cream, $29.50 retail value

I don’t use a foundation or primer, so I thought this PUR primer might be interesting to try. As for the Derma-E night cream, I’m almost out of the night cream I’m currently using so this is good timing for me to try a new one.

Overall Thoughts
I feel like the Winter box was just… meh. I mean, it was fine. Nothing was terrible, but also nothing was great. Usually I find at least one item in the box that I really LOVE. So, this one was a total disappointment for me. Perhaps I’m overlooking a sleeper favorite though?

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My Noom Review

13 Jan

Okay, for those of you looking for the short and sweet point: Noom is a nope for me.

Now, for the longer story…

I was unhappy with my weight around my birthday, so I decided to use some birthday money to invest in 4 months of a Noom subscription. Noom is a weight loss app that you can download. The cost varies based on whatever special they are running, but I think at the time it was like $120 for the 4 months.

Noom is a four-part process:

  • You weigh in each morning and track it on a chart.
  • You log your food throughout the day. It gets divided into green, yellow and red zones to help you focus on eating healthier food (no food is off-limits).
  • You get a few articles to read each day which are designed by behavioral psychologists to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes, rather than being on a restrictive ‘diet’.
  • You get access to a “goal specialist” and a “group coach”, as well as a support group of other people going through the program at the same time.

 Month 1 thoughts (October-ish):

I started out strong. I weighed myself and logged it every single morning and tracked every bit of food that I ate throughout the day. I lost about 4 pounds within the first 10 days and then just stuck there for the rest of the month. At this point, I was enjoying the reading and learning all the little psychological tricks on why we do what we do. I was excited about Noom and brought it up in conversation with my friends (probably too much). After week two, my goal specialist reached out. I was hoping for someone who would really help me feel motivated, but instead he was kind of annoying and each chat felt like homework. Basically, every post ended with a question and it was a little more time consuming than I expected. As for my group, the group coach posts prompts on the page and then only a few people in the group bother to respond. During the first month, I responded to a few prompts each week.

Month 2 thoughts (November-ish):

I’m still reading the daily articles, but I’m finding them less interesting at this point. I’m still weighing myself in on a daily basis, but I haven’t lost any weight. Instead I’m up a pound, I’m down a pound, I’m up two pounds… and it’s pissing me off. I’m still tracking my foods, but not 100%. I find my goal specialist irritating and his responses are starting to feel canned. I ignore him for a couple weeks and he keeps posting “hey, we haven’t talked in awhile and I’d love to know how you’re doing.” I feel guilty, but not guilty enough to deal with him. My group is becoming less active and I probably only post once a week.

Month 3 thoughts (December-ish):

Hello holidays! The daily scale thing is starting to make me a little crazy. I know that everyone fluctuates, but the up and down is starting to wear on me. I’m more of a weigh-yourself-once-a-week kinda girl. I’m still on average about 3-ish pounds less than when I started Noom and with the holiday treats surrounding me that is certainly a win. The articles seem to be getting longer and more plentiful. I’m completely over the goal specialist and the group coach. Both are basically nothing but canned responses and prompts and barely anyone in my group comments at all on our group page. I decide to give myself a break for a week and I don’t log in at all between Christmas and New Year’s. I feel like my brain is a lot healthier when I stop weighing myself daily and tracking every bite.

Month 4 thoughts (January-ish)

I’m done. I still have a few weeks left on my subscription, but I’m so over it. Once again, I feel like a ‘diet’ failure and each time I see the app on my phone I’m reminded that Noom has worked for thousands of people… but not me. I’m in that “I’m too fluffy and I ate too much over the holidays” phase, and I think maybe if I could just force myself to use the app again I’ll do it *right* this time.

Monday comes around again and I do my weigh in and start tracking my food again. By Wednesday I’ve stopped. Putting this much focus on food and my weight is making me unhappy and stressed. On most days I’m still 2-3 pounds down from where I started. Did Noom help me lose weight? Possibly. However, any time I buckle down for a couple weeks and forgo snacks that is typically what I would lose. For free.

When it comes down to it, I know what’s healthy and not healthy. I know I should drink more water. I know I should be more active each day. It’s not magic, it’s just hard. The Noom app didn’t work for me. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace for it. Maybe I’m just not a food tracking sort of person. Any which way, I’m pulling the plug.

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Philosophy Face Lotion… with a Boost

10 Dec

In the fall I was on a bit of a face lotion quest. I needed a new lotion, but like Goldilocks everything I tried was either too heavy, too light – nothing was just right. After some trial and error, I stumbled upon Philosphy’s Purity face lotion.

I picked up a travel sized tube of the Purety lotion at Ulta so I could make sure my skin really loved it before I committed. I ended up squeezing every last drop out of the tube. So on Black Friday, it seemed like the perfect time to make a replenishment order on Philosophy.com.

While it would have been quite easy for me to reorder just the lotion, I was intrigued by this deal:

Purity Moisturizer & Turbo Booster C Powder, $42 (find it here)

Source: Philosophy.com

This set includes the Purity lotion I already love with a vitamin C powder “booster”. The instructions recommend using a tiny included scoop to put a scoop of the booster powder into your hand, then add some lotion and mix it up with your finger before applying it all over your face.

According to their website, by including the vitamin C and mixing it fresh each morning, the combo acts as an antioxidant to help protect skin against environmental attack and prevent premature aging.

I looked up reviews online and found a ton on both the Ulta website and the Sephora website. People RAVE about this booster… like apparently it’s life changing. People are claiming it does everything from fade acne scars, to brighten their entire complexion and make them look younger.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I do feel like it’s giving me a brighter, more glowy complexion. It’s certainly possible that it’s the placebo effect, but really when it comes down to it don’t you just want to FEEL prettier? And then these feelings make you LOOK prettier?

So yeah, I’ll keep you posted if I suddenly look 30 again! And let me know if you’ve tried the Vitamin C booster!

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