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Channing Presents…July Birchbox

It’s no secret that I’m pretty lame when it comes to photographing my subscription box. So I decided I would be super lazy and make a photo collage of what was in my Birchbox (with images from Birchbox.com) as brought to you by Channing Tatum in his Magic Mike costume. 


Yup. Still want that artsy unboxing picture? I didn’t think so 😏

Overall, I’d say this month was a win! I took a chance by not choosing the curated box or even a sample choice, but I completely forgot. 

Let’s talk about what’s inside:

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara:

I love this mascara because it has a curved wand AND teeth. For the most part it combs and stretches lashes but you can see in my picture, it can also give them a tangled curl: 

Either way, you get lashes that stand out. Oh, and it removes easily when you want to take it off. 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot:

I’m sorry did hell freeze over? Because this is the first time I actually like a perfume sample from Birchbox. I don’t think this company is connected to Harvey Prince. Harvey Prince is the stinky fragrance monopoly that ruins every Birchbox. This scent is technically a vanilla fragrance, but it also has notes of apricot and jackfruit. I’m not sure what jackfruit is but it smells pretty damn fine. Thumbs up👍🏻

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme SPF 50:

Ok, I’m not sure how this will work out with my skin, but I’m psyched that it has Titanium Dioxide and Zinc. I do NOT fare well with  chemical sunscreens that begin with the letter O, as in “O hell yes you will break out from using this.” Excited to try this, but no promises just yet. 

Dr. Brandt Pore Dermabrasion:

I have not tried this yet, but I have always wanted to try it. I assume it will help with surface texture, not unclogging. You need a leave-on BHA for that. It will probably give a nice polish to the little flakes around my nose. Oh, it actually retails for 58 bucks so there is no way in hell that I will buy it unless I had a ton of Birchbox points or Dr. Brandt decided to gift it to me. Is Dr. Brandt a real person? Does he/she read obscure blogs with just 100 followers? Prob not. 

Rene Furterer Karinga Hydrating Styling Creme: 

This is a silicone free styling creme to smooth out frizz, static, and dryness. It’s not strong enough to use on its own, but it is a great finishing product. And the smell! It smells like the beach ❤️

Makes me think of Channing on the beach


Hello again! 😍

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Birchbox August: Soak it Up! 

So I get my August Birchbox, and the design is kind of adorable…



It makes me want to photoshop myself in there. Because that’s what normal people do, right?

Old picture btw. 

This little pool picture looks like more fun than I’ve had all summer. If you don’t follow my blog, I’m in grad school and I just finished my summer session. This summer has been The Summer of Nope. In fact, if I were curating a Birchbox I would give it that name and fill it with products for sad, pale people. 

Let’s talk contents:



Not bad. I’m actually ok with it because I’m happy with 3 out of 5 products. *Update: 2 out of 5 :/

Let’s talk about those first:

  • LAQA & CO Charm School Kit (One of the three in the kit) in Humble Brag. That’s a terrific name, btw. The color is cheery and bright, and the texture is creamy. This is supposed to be for cheeks and lips, but I’m gonna play it safe and just use it on my lips. Why? Cuz I’m a break-out beast and I don’t want to tempt fate. 



  • Coola Makeup Setting Spray: I chose this as my sample, and I thought I was glad I did. It has SPF 30 and it is refreshing. I kinda feel like I would just use it sparingly because :
  1. I fear regular use could tempt the break-out gods. (Is that a whitehead after two minutes of spraying? 😩)
  2. A full size of this is expensive AF. 36 dollars for 1.7 oz, which is so not coola. (This trial size is .34. Someone do math and report the value back to me. God help me when I take assessment this semester). Either way, no thanks. 

UPDATE: * NO LIE: Earlier in the evening I sprayed this Coola spray on my face and it is now 2AM and I have two zits. Anyone want a Coola sample? 

  • Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with SPF 40: A teeny tiny sample just big enough to coat a finger. I’m anxious to try, but not actually buy. The full size is 34 bucks. Looks like I will embrace gnarly witch-like hands instead. 

Now, the rejects:

  • Beauty Protector/Protect & Detangle: Ehhhh. The smell. Not a fan of the smell. It’s a cross between a mixed drink and a taxicab air freshener. I couldn’t stand a spritz of this on my hand, let alone coating my entire mane. 

And speaking of things that smell bad…

  • Hello by Harvey Prince: HARVEY. FREAKING. PRINCE. As soon as I saw the word “Hello” I said, “Goodbye!” I’ve gotten this crappy scent, along with a ton of other Harvey Prince scents. I’m sorry, but he’s like the guy you gave your number to ONCE and just keeps showing up everywhere and you can’t lose him. Ugh, Harvey- I can’t! Can I get a restraining order on a perfume???!!!

     Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed my beauty babble. Oh, and if you are an actual human being who is excited to receive Harvey Prince samples, feel free to leave a comment. I need proof that people like you exist. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Sunscreen!

Ok, it is far from the magic of ice cream, but sunscreen really is something to scream about- in a good way. Not only does it help to protect against skin cancer, but it also helps to prevent aging. Yet these two important factors don’t seem to be enough for us to wear it everyday or AT LEAST when we will be out in the sun. By out in the sun, I mean everything from the beach to a sporting event. (Guilty, guilty guilty).

*Today’s blurb is on sunscreen for the face. Remembering to use sunscreen for the body is a work in progress. 

Anyway, I admit I was not big on sunscreen, mainly because it made me scream in frustration due to the breakouts it caused. However, I am happy to report that I have continuously used this sunscreen and I have suffered zero breakouts as well as zero sunburn. 

Check it out:



Doesn’t my sofa backdrop almost look like sand? #LowBudgetBlogger 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen for the face. This stuff is shamazing. It is 

  • Fragrance free, 
  • Paraben free 
  • Water resistant (40 minutes). 
  • It has 11% Titanium Dioxide (remember to avoid those other sunscreens that begin with the letter O.)
  • It has a slight color to even out the face a bit. This is mostly to combat the white effect sunscreens can have. 

Here’s a pic with just the sunscreen on:



Pretty good. It’s not a makeup, do don’t expect that. However you can now go to the beach with a little bit color on the face without resorting to foundation. Makeup at the beach is just weird sometimes. Am I right?

And remember:



Till next time…

Smooches! 💋