My First Birchbox!

Hi friends!

Thought it would be fun to share what was inside of my first Birchbox delivery.  ‘Scuse the sniffles – I seem to have a little touch of a cold!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox or any similar services?  Do you like it?  Honestly, not sure this month’s delivery was worth $10 – what do you think?

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July faves

Blah!  Sorry to be gone for so long!  Damn, I am a broken record.  Each post seems to start with some variation of that sentence.  😉

Well, good news is that I jumped out of bed this Monday morning just ready to attack the day.  I had a great workout this morning and have been full of energy all day.  Hopefully that also means I won’t be so MIA on the blogosphere for the rest of this week 🙂

I’ve compiled another list of faves for the month of July – and I’m realizing that I certainly do have a lot of “favorite” things.  Maybe I should rename these posts, “stuff I kind of like.”  But that just doesn’t have the same zing to it, does it?  Regardless, here are my monthly favorites:

Costco Workout Tanks:

Costco doesn’t put images of their clothing items on their website!  So I need to credit Skinny Runner for this photo that I am borrowing (hope you don’t mind, Skinny Runner!  Great blog!)

Costco tank

I really like these tanks – in fact, I like them so much I bought it in 3 colors:  hot pink, peach, and purple.  They are not too tight and they are long enough to cover the booty.

Starbucks Refreshers:

Also an impulse buy from Costco!  These are really refreshing.  I’m pretty bummed that I missed the memo that they were giving these out for free at Starbucks last Friday, but oh well.  The flavors are not too sweet, and there is not a lot of added sugar or other scary ingredients.  I think they are a nice treat!

Breaking Bad:

Seriously, I am obsessed.  The hubby and I are trying to catch up on the last 4 seasons before watching the new season that just started last night – so no spoilers, please!  We are about halfway through the 3rd season and I can’t believe I missed out on this show for so long – it is crazy good!!

My Toss & Chop Salad Chopper:

I picked up this nifty gadget a year or so ago from a specialty kitchen supply store in my town.  I use this just about every day!  Here’s the thing:  I love to eat spinach salads, but I find they just take up too much space in my tupperware containers when I pack them up for work.  So, I simply chop, chop, chop down the spinach with this tool, then I add in whatever protein and other veggies I want.  I chop that down too, and before you know it, I have a lovely, compact chopped salad.  If you’re interested in buying one of these guys, here’s a link.

MUFE HD Foundation:

I just bought a bottle of this foundation over the weekend at Sephora and I’m already in love!  It’s very challenging to find the right shade for my skin tone in the summer time, but there is such a selection of colors that I was able to find one that was spot-on perfect.  It covers beautifully and seems to last all day.  My “holy grail” foundation for eons has been Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, but this one may have won me over!!  Come to think of it, I’ve never been disappointed by any Make Up For Ever products, so if you are in the market for some new cosmetics, check them out!

What are your current faves?  xoxo,

ULTA Haul!! {vlog}

ULTA rewarded my “loyalty” (aka $$$) with a 20% off coupon, yippeee!  I filmed another vlog to show you my haul.

Products mentioned in the video:

  • Loreal Evercreme Conditioning Cleanser
  • Xen-Tan Face Tanner
  • Japonesque Clear Skin Tool
  • Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment
  • Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Curl Perfecting Cream
  • Zoe paddle hairbrush
  • Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay hairspray
  • Physician’s Formula pH Matchmaker Bronzer
  • Lorac Couture Shine Lipstick in Muse
  • Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
  • Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion
  • Bodycology Sweet Petals body mist
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal
  • Boscia Pore Essentials Trio (sampler)

Organization: The makeup stash

Hello my name is Menden and I have a makeup problem. 🙂 I seriously could never have enough!  But I recently cleaned out my supply, got rid of a bunch of old and expired cosmetics, and got my collection somewhat organized.  Here’s my system for keeping everything straight in my bathroom:

In the first drawer, I keep pencil eye liners, eye shadows, gel eye liners, mascaras, and pencil sharpeners.

Everything’s kept in clear plastic dividers.

In the second drawer, I have tons of lip glosses and lipsticks.  I also keep some makeup brushes and brush cleaner in this drawer, along with some fake eyelashes that I’ve never tried.

But I keep everyday makeup in a small makeup bag that I bought from Wal-Mart:

How do you keep your cosmetics organized?  Can anyone relate to my addiction?  😉