July’s Birchbox: Boscia Oil-Free Moisturizer for all skin types with SPF 27, EyeKo London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Larabar Uber Bananas Foster Gluten-Free Kosher Sweet & Salty Fruit & Nut Bar, a pair of headphones from Glamour Magazine's beauty editors, Amika Nourishing Hair Mask with Argan Oil & Amika Oil Treatment. Hello, a fragrance by Harvey Prince (not pictured).
Gotta take a moment to rave about my newest obsessioooon *insert Oprah voice*. Its called Birch Box and I first heard of the company when my bff purchased a subscription for me for my birthday. So what is Birch Box, you ask? Well, its an online beauty company that allows you to try before you buy! Basically, for $10 a month, you can sign up to receive monthly samples of great beauty and lifestyle products. You can sign up for a three, six, or twelve month subscription. Then each month, Birch Box will ship you (standard mail) samples of some of the newest and truest products for you to take on a trial run. Birch Box carefully selects some of its most popular products to feature each month. So you don’t get to choose what products are sent to you, but that would ruin the element of surprise! But I’m always pleased with their featured selections.
Each month, I feel like its my birthday all over again when I find that box of goodies in my mailbox. And I have since been fully converted to Erno Laszlo skin care and love Taylor Swift’s fragrance, Wonderstruck. And the sample of double-sided fashion tape has helped me to avoid a couple wardrobe malfunctions. Not to mention the samples come in travel sizes, so I feel fancy even when I’m traveling city to city for gigs.
As you can see, I have nothing but great things to say about Birch Box:) And the best part is, once you have tried a sample of something you really like, you can purchase it on the company’s website. They even have a point system so that you can earn freebies and discounts on future purchases.
Go and check out their website here:)
Ginger & Lime Iced Tea. Certified Yum.
Well, not exactly free. But almost!
I’m talking about a few of my new found faves and today’s feature. They’re from the Wet-n-Wild cosmetics line and they’re surprisingly inexpensive. I’m talking $1.99 type inexpensive!
About a year ago, I realized how much money I was wasting on mani/pedis. Like most of my friends, I was getting my fingers and toes painted on a regular basis. And in New York, because the service can be found to be fairly inexpensive (most salons run weekly $20 specials) I found that this little treat was an expense I could easily eliminate to save some cash. So I started painting my little pretties myself!
Now, in the beginning I was addicted to the go-to salon nail lacquer brands like OPI and Essie, which can run between $7 and $10. Then I started to notice other less expensive brands that offer just as many color variations. It took some experimenting and quite a few chipped nails, but by golly I’ve found a brand that I plan to stick with—Wet-n-Wild, baby! I tried the Wet-n-Wild MegaLast Collection initially because it offered great colors and a thicker brush which allows for easier application. I was pleasantly surprised to also learn that the color is super lush and long lasting when paired with a quality topcoat.
I, then, decided to venture out and give their lip colors a try. Nude and pinks are a big trend right now. And as a dark-skinned woman, I didn’t find it smart to splurge on a MAC brand, especially since I anticipate getting a little darker with the summer sun on the horizon. So I purchased two matte options, a nude and a soft pink. I will say that the colors need to be mixed with foundation or concealer depending on the look I’m going for. I also sometimes use a little lip pencil and a dab of gloss for a more finished look. There are tons of great tutorials on YouTube on how to customize the look for your skin tone.
So that’s it, that’s all. I HIGHLY recommend you give Wet-N-Wild a try. The brand has surely come a long way. And its a great, pocketbook-friendly option to spice up your look!
gotta love the lychee. the lychee be exotic.
Yesterday I blogged about J, my good friend who is averse to consuming fruits and veggies. I realize there are lots of people out there who don’t care to partake in nature’s goodness. I think taking baby steps to incorporate them into foods we love like adding a little spinach to your pizza or sliced bananas to your cereal is a great way to introduce yourself to all that you’ve been missing. But I also think that being adventurous is a surefire way to get you out there trying new things. I mean what’s an apple when you can have passion fruit? So I’ll occasionally update the blog with fruits you may want to try.
Enter the lychee. Yummmmm. The lychee be exotic!I can’t help but chant that line whenever I think about this fruit. My songwriter brain is always on. I digress. Lychee fruits are great because they’re a nice size, they’re juicy, and they’re satisfying;) No, but really. This super sweet fruit is bigger than a large grape, and is protected by a thick outer layer you have to peel off. Lychee fruits are low in calories, and although its not citrus, provides more Vitamin C than an orange. Its also chock full of B vitamins, potassium, and anti-oxidants. Translation: it will help fight infectious diseases, will help to increase your metabolism, and helps control blood pressure staving off heart diseases.
So show the lychee a little love. Do a little googling to find out where you can find them in your hood. I picked mine up on my recent trip to Brooklyn Chinatown. You can eat them as a snack (just a few can be surprisingly filling) or you can indulge in one of my faves, a lychee martini. Just give it a try.
And remember. The lychee be exotic!
You don’t have to go all the way to Whole Foods for yummy, healthy fruit and veggies:) Keep it local!