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The Last IPSY Bag, Ever.

Pfft, all my selfies are posted sans filter. Nice try, #ipsy.


So this is the last IPSY bag I will ever receive. After I got the notification that this bag had shipped, I promptly cancelled my membership with them and I have no regrets at all. I've been using their subscription for over a year now and I just wasn't feeling their selection process - I got too many products in too many colors (did I seriously need another black felt-tip eyeliner!?) that I just wouldn't use. Not cost effective.

So what's ironic is that I actually like everything that came in this bag. A nice parting gift, I suppose.








Depression is Like the Tide - It Comes in Waves

To preface, I've been struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD for a long time now. I've written about it on this blog too; here, here, and here. 



I always feel the urge to start off a post like this with "Have you ever woken up one morning and just felt..." but then I stop. I am stopped by the internal fear that I am the only one who feels like this and no one could possibly understand. Rationally, I know that's not true and millions of people around the world wake up feeling like I do on my really bad days.

Spankie Valentine from SWOOP recently posted this moving video to her Youtube channel and I wanted to share it with all of you. Because I am not okay either. And it's okay to not be okay right now.


I woke up Sunday just feeling really...off. And it's true that we all have those days sometimes, but usually we're able to crawl up out of our funk, shake it off, and live our best lives. Usually. But this Sunday was not that kind of day for me. It…

BIRCHBOX August 2018 Unboxing + Review

Okay, I'm seriously amazed at how quickly Birchbox ships their stuff out - I got the notification that it shipped a few days before it arrived. That's amazing...(I'm used to waiting on two weeks for ipsy!) And I love the pink box it arrives in - when the office hands it to me I already know exactly what it is. No mystery boxes here!

So let's crack 'er open and see what we've got:





The contents of my July Box include:Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styleramika Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo FoamBorghese Advanced Fango Active Mud MaskDOUCCE Cheek BlushBirchbox Kabuki Brush



Oribe, we gotta talk. You have one of the best hair product scents I've ever come across, but I'm gonna give it to you straight. I don't think any of your products actually work. I've tried your dry shampoo, your beachy wave spray and now this one. All of them just weigh my hair down and make it super greasy. Not a good #lewk. 
And for an average price point of $90 full size, …

OOTD: Lime Green Popsicle

So I got a hair cut! These photos were actually taken the morning before that happened and looking back, I can see how frizzy and nasty those split ends were. Here's the issue though - I'm not in love with the cut I have. Sure, the split ends are gone and it looks sleeker, but I'm just not *happy* with it.

I went into Fantastic Sams after work on Friday and maybe it's because they were closing up shortly after my scheduled cut, but I felt like my hair stylist was rushing a bit - she barely even wet the back of my hair to trim it let alone the front. I wanted a sharp line - shorter in the back and longer layers in front - an angled lob if you will. 

Is that what I got? Nope!

I got home and the boy was like "Did they even cut your hair?"




And here's the thing: I'm a very non-confrontational person in real life. On the internet, I fire back at all the trolls, no holds barred. In person, I tend to be reserved. And let's face it, it's almost imposs…

My Skin Care Routine - Late Summer/Early Autumn

As we slide into August I've started to take stock of my current skin concerns and the routines or products that are either working for me...or aren't. As the weather begins to cool just slightly and that nasty humidity drops off, I start to focus a little more on moisturizing and less on SPF mania (thought that never truly goes away....)


I have combination skin, so I tend to be oily in some areas and fairly dry in others - and these differences seem so much more apparent and exacerbated during the hot summer months. Now that I feel my skin needs are more streamlined, here is my current skincare routine:

Morning I'm not a morning person, so I've whittled my morning skincare routine down into something I can in between brushing my teeth and getting the coffee pot going. I start with a quick sweep of my face using micellar water on a cotton pad, followed with dabbing a few drops of the Primer Water into my skin. I roll the eye serum on while watching coffee drop and then…

What I Found Interesting This Week - August

From one man to another - this brilliant gentleman address the dudebros in the literary scene and explicitly coaches them on how NOT to act towards lady authors. It's nice to know there are other men in the literary scene who appreciate their women peers and are willing to lend their voice to support us.

It helps that his tone is hilariously vulgar - meet 'em on their level, right?


Since we're on the topic, have you been noticing lately that so many of the recently published works of fiction have flower-themed cover art? Me too, and apparently some other folks have noticed this. Check out Vanity Fair's take on this publishing trend, which has been dubbed "bouquet books."


Remember the last time you had no weekend or weeknight plants? What did you do with that? How did you feel? Your answer likely depends on your scheduling style and how you view "time" - are you a clock-timer or an event-timer? The Cut breaks down this paper from the Current Opinion …

BIRCHBOX July 2018 Unboxing + Review

When the concept of beauty subscriptions first crossed into my awareness, I was honestly torn between Birchbox and Ipsy - there were pros and cons for both. At the time, I was looking to beef up my makeup stash so I initially settled on Ipsy and that was a good run while it lasted (I'll be getting my last bag with them in August) but then they had their anti-trans snafu during Pride Month and I couldn't, in good conscience, stick with 'em.

So a couple of coworkers tell me how much they like Birchbox and that I should give it a go if I'm more into hair and skincare products these days. Which I am. So here we are:




The contents of my July Box include: Oribe Apr├Ęs Beach Wave and Shine SprayM·A·C Cosmetics Strobe CreamARROW REVITALIZE Undereye Brightening SerumVasanti® Makeup Magnet WipesEyeko Brow Liner



Oribe is one of those brands that is both beloved by hair stylists and too expensive to justify, especially since I rarely do any styling to my hair. However, I'…