Saturday, February 23, 2013

February Birchbox!

I vowed I'd give Birchbox THREE chances to really "hook" me.

My January box, the first one, was so-so...I loved the shampoo, and I'm using the lipgloss even though I'm not a huge fan.  I at least could give the products a SHOT...

My February box arrived a little while ago, and, well...

It's safe to say, I'm still disappointed.  Even more disappointed than the first box, actually.

1. Ghiradelli chocolate: Really?  This is a BEAUTY box.  I think the only time chocolate would be appropriate at all would be if it was one of those 75% pure cacao ones that actually has health benefits, antioxidants and such.  If I wanted Ghiradelli (which I don't!) I would go to the store and buy some.

2) Color Club Fiesta Collection Nail Polish: This was a good try, in theory.  It would have worked if a) I don't get my nails done professionally and b) if it wasn't such an ugly color.  I personally don't like it, so I'm giving it to a friend...who, honestly, probably won't like the color either.  But it's worth a shot.

3) Skin & Co. Sicilian Body Gel:  This sounds super fancy, right?  Essentially, it's just a bath soap.  I was at least excited to try this one, and it smells really good out of the tube--like oranges--but I didn't notice any major difference with my skin.  I don't feel cleaner or softer or more moisturized or anything, and the smell doesn't linger.

4) Lancome Bi-Facil:  This is an eye makeup remover.  Which is totally pointless to me, because the only makeup I wear is my eyeliner--which is TATTOOED on and doesn't come off.

5) a twistband Headband (not pictured): My friend Katie and I made these headbands ourselves when she came up for winter break.  All it took was some fabric, a glue gun, and a hair elastic.  I have probably ten of them. The twistband I got is in a hideous pink shade that I will literally only wear around the house.

The overall verdict?  I really wish Birchbox allowed us to customize our options more.  If they did, I could tell them straight up that I hate the color pink, that I don't wear nail polish, don't like chocolate, and don't wear eye makeup.

That being said, I DID change my settings for the next box.  I had put down that I was "low maintenance", and I changed it to "adventurous".  I also had selected previously that I knew "the basics" of makeup...I changed that to "I am well-versed" or something to that degree.

I hope these changes will shake up my next box a little!  If not, I'm definitely heading over to ipsy and their Glambag!

(If you would like to try Birchbox yourself, feel free to use my referral link!)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Dear Ladies,

This is a Public Service Announcement.

Don't date assholes.  Seriously.  Even if they're an asshole to everyone else except you.  Even if you think they're kinda just like a rude comedian, but at least they make you laugh.  Because guess what?  One day, you're going to be on the other side of that fence.  One day, you're going to be "everyone else".  And man, is it going to be a doozy.  You are not going to know what hit you.

Also, don't date Underdogs.  Okay, that's not quite right...don't date Underdogs who blame everyone else for their problems.  It's okay to be down on your luck sometimes and feel badly about it--but you pick yourself up and make things work.  If you frequently hear things like, "The universe is against me", "I have the worst luck in the world" and "Everyone is out to get me", RUN.  When you do terrible things in life, there are repercussions.  When you have a nasty, negative attitude, you attract negative situations to you.  When you look for the bad in everything, YOU.  WILL.  FIND.  IT.

Don't be that sad-sack sympathetic girlfriend.  Don't make excuses.  Don't say things like, "He's a really good person...he's just had some shitty luck."

Because guess what?  When the chips are down, he WILL screw you over without a seconds thought.
If someone does terrible things to other people, don't think for a moment that they won't do terrible things to you.

They WILL come back to haunt you.

And at the end of it all, and for years afterwards, you will shake your head in disbelief and ask yourself--was I really that blind? Did I really date someone who could possibly be so awful? 

And you were that blind.  And you did date him.  Somehow, for some reason.  Whether he had you thinking no one else would ever love you, whether you were afraid to be alone, whether you thought you could "fix" him...

And all you can do is move forward and try not to make the same mistakes again.

This has been a public service announcement.