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Fashion Friday: Favorite Birchbox Products

6 Nov

Happy Friday all! Today I wanted to mix things up a bit and share some of my favorite products that I have received from Birchbox. Birchbox is a subscription service which costs $10 per month and each month they send you five samples of different make-up, hair or skin care products. Before your first box, you fill out a profile so they can get to know you and send products that you are looking for. Also, if you find a product that you love, you can purchase it directly from the Birchbox website. It’s a nice little treat each month and I always look forward to seeing the new products that I get to try!


  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I have always been a big fan of Benefit makeup and a lot of products that I regularly use are from them so I wasn’t surprised at all when I loved this bronzer. It was my first time using bronzer and I really like the subtle glow that it provides.


  • Balance Me Radiance Face Mask

I rarely have the time to sit down and put on a face mask but I absolutely love this one. It doesn’t seem to dry out my skin like some other masks I have tried and I love how soft my skin is after I rinse it off.


  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

A few months ago we celebrated my best friend Melissa’s bachelorette party at a local spa and the woman who did my facial asked me how often I exfoliate and my answer was hardly ever. She told me it would help to balance out my combination skin and provide a glow as well. I received this in my Birchbox shortly after and its amazing. It is very gentle but definitely gets the job done. I use it twice a week which is why I have been fortunate enough to have the sample last so long.


  • Coola Natural BB Cream

I had never used a BB cream before but I have definitely fallen in love with this one. I don’t use it very often because my makeup routine is pretty quick most days but it goes on very light and provides a subtle tint with a matte finish which is great. It also doubles as a sunscreen with SPF 30 which I also need to use more.


  • Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner in Black

This product came to me in one of my most recent boxes and it was perfect timing since my favorite liquid eyeliner from Victoria’s Secret was running out and was also discontinued. I had only used liquid eyeliner in the past and wasn’t a huge fan of the crayon but this one goes on so smoothly and it is very hard to mess it up. I am almost out of this sample as I use it every day and I will definitely be purchasing it in the coming weeks.


  • BONUS! Dan’s Favorite: Naobay Oxygenating Moisturizing Cream

Dan has very sensitive (and at times, dry) skin and one day he had asked me if I had any moisturizers which did not smell “girly”. I hadn’t used this one yet but I gave it to him to try as it has virtually no scent and is organic as well. He has been using it ever since whenever his skin has any dryness or redness. They don’t have it available right now on the Birchbox website, but I will be keeping a lookout so I can purchase a full size version for him.


This post was not sponsored in any way, I just really wanted to share some of my favorites with you guys! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the products or Birchbox in general.

Have a great weekend!


Fashion Friday: My First Birchbox!

22 Jan

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the goods from my very first Birchbox! If you are wondering what Birchbox is, it is a subscription service (similar to Stitchfix) which costs $10 a month and they send you five to six samples of high-end beauty products, anything from makeup to skin care to hair products. You can opt out at any time, so even if you just want to try it out once, it’s easy to cancel! Since I’ve been getting more into all things beauty lately, I decided to try it out! I’ll go over what I received and what I think so far.

Birchbox 1

Birchbox 2

  • amika: Nourishing Mask (full size cost: $28)

This one intrigues me because it is actually a hair mask and I have never used one before. I haven’t had time to try this out yet but I’m thinking it can’t hurt to give my hair some extra attention.

birch box hair mask

  • Cane & Austin: 2%/5% Acne Retexture Pads (full size cost: $60)

I’ve always had a little problem with acne from time to time and I think that these pads are the perfect solution for when I’m dealing with a breakout. They are pretty costly so I’m not sure I would buy them full-size but I think they are pretty great.

birch box acne pads

  • Eyeko: Fat Liquid Eyeliner (full size cost: $16)

I was pretty excited when I saw this in the box because I’m a big fan of liquid eyeliner. I haven’t had an occasion to try it out yet but when I do, I will be sure to let you guys know how I like it.

birch box eyeliner

  • Klorane: Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (full size cost: $20)

Dry shampoo is something that I have been trying out a lot lately since I work out nearly every day and I really don’t like to shampoo my hair every single day since it dries out so easily. I had heard of this dry shampoo before and I honestly love it! It smells great and the price is not bad at all so I will likely be purchasing this next time I need to stock up!

birch box dry shampoo

  • Whish: Three Wishes Body Butter – Almond (full size cost: $24)

My skin has been incredibly dry lately due to the cold weather and this stuff definitely helps with that. It smells wonderful and really moisturizes my skin without providing that greasy feeling that a lot of body butter gives.

birch box body butter

Overall, I really enjoyed my first Birchbox and I think I will definitely do another one next month. It’s so low cost and allows me to try out some high-quality beauty products without having to spend a ton of money. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to dabble in the beauty world! If you want to try it out, use this link to subscribe and let me know what you think.

Marvelous Monday: A Great Weekend

18 Jan

Happy Monday all! I can really say that since work is closed today and I’m currently writing this while relaxing on the couch in my PJ’s. We had the most fun-filled, packed to the brim weekend and I’m really excited to share some of it with you guys.

It really all started on Thursday evening since I had Friday off and we attended the VIP Grand Opening of NIXS Evergreen in South Windsor. It was a very nice event, albeit very crowded, with lots of good food to try and even more yummy drink samples. My favorite cocktail was the Moscow Mistress and the truffle fries were incredible. We can’t wait to go back for a full meal.

NIXS Moscow Mistress

NIXS Harpoon

NIXS Truffle Fries

I spent my day off on Friday at Nelson Salon & Spa in West Hartford where I was redeeming the makeover I had won about a month or so ago at the blogger event at Vinted Wine Bar. The salon is absolutely gorgeous and I felt like a princess getting pampered for most of the late morning/early afternoon. First, I had my hair cut and styled by the wonderful Erickson. He did such an amazing job!

Nelson Salon and Spa

Next, I had a relaxing pedicure done by Lana and my feet have never felt so soft! After that, she did my makeup and I was able to chat for a bit with Dominika, the general manager of the salon, and learn about what makeup works best for me. I was absolutely floored by the results and I felt like the luckiest lady in the place! I can’t wait to go back and visit and I highly recommend Nelson Salon & Spa for anyone who needs to be pampered because not only do they have a salon but they have a full spa, including a masseuse and they do facials as well!

Nelson Makeup

Photo Credit: Nelson Salon & Spa

Nelson Crew

Photo Credit: Nelson Salon & Spa

Nelson Before and After

I had decided that a makeover called for a fancy Friday night dinner so we went to one of our favorite spots in town, Sayulita, and enjoyed some margaritas, guac, and tacos. It was so nice to sit at the bar and enjoy the Friday night atmosphere.

Sayulita margarita

Sayulita guac

Saturday morning was spent getting some errands done because we were heading on a little getaway for the night! I had been toying with the idea of heading to Newport for a night and I ended up booking a hotel (The Howard Johnson Inn in Middletown) Saturday morning (at a very cheap rate) and we left a little after lunch time. The weather cleared up just in time for us to get there and we checked in and headed to Brick Alley Pub to watch the Patriots game. We had dinner there after the game and spend the rest of the evening wandering around the center of Newport before heading back to our hotel for some wine and a movie.

Newport snap

Midtown oyster bar cheeseplate

The cheese plate at Midtown Oyster Bar was amazing

Dan and Shawna newport

Yesterday, we slept in, got ready and headed to one of our favorite restaurants, Diego’s, for the best brunch I have ever had. I had my usual standby, Diego’s Huevos, along with their house bloody Mary. The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around the shops and after a quick stop at Greenvale Vineyards for a wine tasting and a reuben at The Shop, we headed home, stuffed and very happy!

Diegos huevos2

Dan Reuben

It was honestly an incredible weekend and I think it is so important to take time out for yourself like I did on Friday and also to have those little getaways as a couple too. I feel totally refreshed and although I’m going to fully enjoy my day off today, I am ready to tackle the rest of the week when it comes! I hope you all have a great Monday and an even better week!

Things I’m Loving Lately # 4

8 Jan

Happy Friday! I figured this post-holidays week would drag but it actually went by pretty quickly. I feel like I stayed in my routine pretty well this week and I have also stayed on top of everything that I needed to which is another one of my mini goals for this year. I have a few things that I’ve been loving lately that I wanted to share with you guys today.

  • Lipstick. I have been all about the lipstick the past few months. It’s really makeup in general that I have taken an interest. It has been mainly since I spent a lot of money on makeup for the wedding, I wanted to put it to good use and I’m really enjoying improving my skills. I have always worn the basics (primer, concealer, mascara, eyeliner) but lipstick is new to me and I’m starting to build quite a collection. I have recently purchased this one from Mac in Mac Red and this one from Sephora and I’m obsessed with these lip pencils from Nars.
lipstick collection

My current collection… I should probably stop for a while

  • Hot water with lemon. I know this has been a recent fad/craze/whatever you want to call it, but I decided to hop on the bandwagon. I have been thoroughly enjoying a mug of this every morning as I find it to be refreshing and definitely a less bitter start to my morning than my usual cup of coffee. I’m not sure that I will continue with it forever but it’s a nice change for now.
lemon water

I’m currently enjoying some in my favorite new mug 🙂

  • Dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joes. I cannot stop. It’s a problem… or a solution, I’m not really sure. But they are insanely delicious.

PB cups

  • Shades of Blue. I tuned into this show last night mainly because of the crazy amount of advertising that was done leading up to it (and because Dan left on a fire call and I had nothing better to do). It was actually very interesting and J.Lo was freaking amazing as always.

J-Lo ecard

  • Random dinners. Last night’s dinner consisted of a bag of seafood ravioli that I actually got for free with a coupon from Stop & Shop. I put the ravioli on top of some pre-seasoned brussels we purchased at Trader Joe’s and topped all of that with some pizza sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. It was very random but it was tasty and definitely hit the spot! Creativity makes for the best meals.

seafood ravioli

That’s all I have for today guys. I’m looking forward to this weekend as we have a fun get together tonight, UConn basketball tomorrow night, and a friend’s birthday celebration after that. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!