Beauty by Birchbox.
I've had BIRCHBOX on my radar for quite some time. For $10 a month, shipments of my own curated beauty picks was appealing yet I always got tied up doing something else to give it a fair shot. It's actually pretty easy...
Fill out a profile and get a monthly subscription box of beauty samples customized just for you. And, for every 100 points you earn, you get $10 to spend in-store or online. Easy enough, right?
I finally got to try my hand at it last week. BIRCHBOX launched a pop-up store in Chicago's Pioneer Court complete with a media breakfast and sample box curation for each guest. One for the dudes, too! In fact, the tour was really dedicated to our men as the official event title was called the Birchbox Man Road Trip and it lasted all weekend long.
Naturally, us ladies got to enjoy the perks, too. Pictured above, the items I chose for my first BIRCHBOX. I snagged a perfume as well but that is long gone! I'm super psyched to try the Stila gloss and dry shampoo. Those items were the first I gravitated towards...shocking, I know.
It was a colorful Friday morning filled with miniature donuts, tiny egg sandwiches and quiches, delicious juices and copious amounts of beautiful friends and beauty products. Not a bad way to spend a Summer Friday! (Pictured above, my lady loves Stephanie + Justine)
What's new pussy cat? So MUCH! May is by far the busiest month for me personally and professionally. You could say I am savoring the quiet of April 30th because I know all hell is about to break loose. With that said, you know I am nothing if I am not a multitasking momma on the go which is why I want to introduce to you the newest lifesaver to my beauty collection. Meet Beauty by POPSUGAR!
A lack of lipstick is a lackluster day for this girl. Every once in awhile I will sport a nude but very very rarely. I can tell you when I do, it's always Urban Decay. It's quite literally my #1 favorite cosmetic brand in the drawer and has remained so for several years. And this hinges on one thing alone - lasting power.
When I look at a 60-minute increment, a 30-minute increment, hand to God, I often think how many things can I accomplish in that time frame? It sounds a little insane but as a busy, working mom - efficiency is everything. But efficiency does not mean you have to sacrifice fun. Making the ordinary tasks in life a fun activity is my role as a mother. Enter bath time!
There's been a wonderful re-emergence in the beauty world and it's the return of rose. Rose scents, rose ingredients, rose saturation. It's a thing of beauty, quite literally, that I will never tire of. You see, the intoxicating scent of a rose is truly my favorite scent of all. Never too strong or a skin irritant, it's hard for me to walk away from rose products at just about any store front.
I never used any sort of toner until my mid-30's. Quite frankly, it seemed like a lot of work to add an extra step into my skincare routine. How's that for laziness? Don't answer.
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
I've never been all too loyal to one particular beauty brand. That's changed quite a bit in 2017. I find myself reaching for the staples pretty frequently these days. Let's just say I've figured out who makes the best concealer. I know which matte lipstick stays on the longest and yes, it's worth your precious dollars to spend a little bit more when it comes to these items. Took me 39 years to figure it out but hey - better late than never.
There's a few things that I prioritize when it comes to my skincare regimen...which are completely different from my priorities in my 20's. I suppose that happens. They are as follows:
- Anti-aging benefits
- Reasonably priced
- Ideal for oily skin
The last one is kind of obvious but hey, it needs to be said. ...and I found one that actually accomplishes all of the above: Timeless Skincare. You'd be amazed what $20 can do for your skin!
Okay, real talk. I never get to a spa. And that is not a complaint. I'm of the mindset that if I cannot relax at all - why spend the money? Heck, I can barely get through a no-chip manicure without tapping my toes and telling my manicurist to skip the hand massage complete with warm towel aromatherapy. Yeah, I'm that girl.