Hello, my beautiful friends. Today was a super fun and busy day. A week ago, I was asked if I could help decorate a birthday party. I agreed, but my mind was yelling at me "thats only 6 days away!! How are you going to do it!!!" But with God's help, I managed to do so.
(I frequently thank God for the strength and health he has given me, because most days I am running around like a mad woman. I know, without him I could not do anything. )
I was in charge of dessert table, decorating, and the games.
My day started with getting up at 7:30am, picking up the cake and cupcakes at the bakery at 8:30am and then to the park to decorate for the party. (off course, I already had all my stuff packed and ready to go the day before) Then, back home to get the kids and hubby at 12pm.
I was so tired by 6pm, I just wanted to collapse. But the OCD in me made me wash all of the dishes I used, put everything away, give the kids a bath and do laundry, etc.... oh, and write this post.
I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.
Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 5-6 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.
You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)
If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box
What Birchbox says about this product: The soft wax formula goes on smooth to create clean lines or can be smudged to smoky perfection. Plus, the long-lasting liner will hold up all day and night. FUll size: $11.00
What I think: I got the color Raina, which is a smokey gray. I don't wear anything but black eye liner, I guess I am pretty boring. I did swatch it though, it is extra creamy and didn't wash off until I rubbed it. I really don't think I will wear this.
What Birchbox says about this product: This paraben- and sulfate-free detangler seals the cuticles (the microscopic scales that compose the outermost layer of each strand of hair). It also smooths and moisturizes, thereby minimizing frizz, while safeguarding color and adding shine. Lastly, it provides protection against UV rays and heat. Happily, it accomplishes all this through a weightless, non-greasy formula that leaves behind an airy floral scent. FUll size: $21.95
What I think: I was really surprised that I loved this product. You see, I ran out of my heat protectant last week and have been using a different brand, which I have not been liking. Then this little baby shows up in the mail. It smells heavenly!
My only problem, was that I could not get the sprayer to work. I guess I got a defected sprayer. I just poured some in my hand and rubbed it into my ends. It made my hair soft and smell so good! Best part is that it is paraben and sulfate free!
What Birchbox says about this product: The perfume opens with a burst of freshness from an intimate blend of calming citrus and a light woodsy floral, giving away to playful hints of cognac. Its middle notes—jasmine and Damascenia rose—give the fragrance a carefree, summery vibe. Finally, warm base notes of spicy woods and rich leather add a seductive finish. Plus, the vintage-inspired glass bottle adds a chic touch to any vanity. FUll size: $98.00
What I think: Wow, this stuff smells good! The bottle is so pretty, but the price is really steep! It would be a great gift, but I wouldn't buy it for myself.
What Birchbox says about this product: Unlike chemical sunscreens, which can take up to half an hour to kick into effect, this ultra-light sunblocks start working right away. The skin-balancing formula features vitamin C-rich strawberry extracts to soothe and tone lackluster skin. Age-reversing antioxidants like evening primrose, acai, and linseed oils deflect free radicals, while naturally water-resistant plankton makes the formula extra-durable. FUll size: $32.00
What I think: I really liked this sunblock, it seeped into the skin really fast and is non greasy. This sample size will last me a long time.
This is my favorite mask I have tried so far. It is very inexpensive $6.99 at Whole Foods (I bought it on Amazon). I have been using it once a week since September of last year, and I still have plenty left!
I use this mask with Organic Raw Apple cider (just as the mask recomends)
YOu use equal parts of both and create a paste.
Do not use a metal spoon or bowl to mix this in.
I keep my small bowl, spoon and apple cider in the bathroom, so I can easily mix up the mask anytime I want.