Birchbox October 2014

This will be the last Birchbox you will see from me for a few months.  I won’t have a permanent address for a bit so have to cancel my subscription this week.  I actually don’t feel bad about cancelling because I’m not too excited about my box this month.

October’s theme is Fanfare for blockbuster season.  Here’s what I received in my Birchbox this month.

Birchbox October 2014

Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant – 1.1 ounce
Charcoalseems to be the thing right now as I’ve been seeing charcoal products popping up everywhere.  One of my favourite facial scrubs contains charcoal so I’m excited to try this product out.  This exfoliant is made with sea salt and scorched bamboo, it’s all-natural and claims to battle blackhead and oils.  It comes in a dry, powder, salt form and you can add it to your favourite cleanser or just plain water.  It doesn’t have much of a scent so that is a plus in my books.  I’m excited to try it out and will let you know what I think.  The full size retails for $18 and is 4 ounces.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude – 5 ml
I enjoy receiving these types of products and I guess I’m lucky because they typically match my skin tone. This is basically a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.  It has an SPF of 15, most people typically want at least 30, but I don’t mind SPF 15.  It glides on smooth onto my hand, I’ll probably test it out this weekend and update you on it.  I noticed right away that it has quite shimmer in it so I’m not sure if I’ll like it. The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint retails for $38 for 50 ml which is more than I’d like to pay for this product.  I haven’t found anything that I like more than the Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream, which is an inexpensive drugstore product.

Lord & Berry Pailettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black
Once again, another eyeliner, like I’ve said before, I’m pretty set on certain ones and don’t really enjoy receiving these samples.  This is a very small pencil, it will probably get lost and it will be hard to be precise with it.  It goes on patchy when I swatch it and has silver sparkle in it.  It’s not big chunky sparkles so it is wearable but I don’t think I’ll ever wear it.  I thought it might be fun for New Years Eve but it doesn’t go on very nicely so I wouldn’t want to use it for a special event.  The full size retails for $18 and is 0.04 ounces, definitely not worth $18.

Perlier Body Cream – Shea Lavender – 1 fl oz.
This body lotion has a very strong lavender scent, I can smell it before even removing the safety cover.  It says it is 100% certified organic and contains 25% shea butter.  I’m not going to open this and try it because I hate the smell already and am going to give it to my Mom since she likes lavender.  It’s probably a really nice lotion but I can’t bare the smell.  The Perlier body cream retails for $28.45 for 6.7 ounces.

Number 4 Hair Clarifying Shampoo – 30 ml
This vitamin-rich botanical shampoo is suppose to gently purify hair while restoring moisture and shine.  I’m going to use this the next day after leaving Oklahoma as their water is horrible and this will help my hair.  It smells good but I typically don’t like getting these samples because I never get enough to see if I like it.  They also included a “bonus” conditioner foil packet.  I really wish they’d give me the shampoo in the foil packet and the conditioner in the bottle.  I have really long hair so I use a lot of conditioner.  The full size bottle of the shampoo retails for $32 and is 8.5 ounces, which is too expensive for me to repurchase.

So as I mentioned before, I’m not too thrilled about this month’s box.  The Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant is probably the only product I’m excited about.  What did you get in your Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.  You can find me just about anywhere with the username “ImLovingThis”.

Creamy Dill Dip Recipe

Creamy Dill Dip RecipeI am obsessed with everything Dill.  Especially dill pickle popcorn seasoning, my favourite one is by Clubhouse.  My friend brought a dip dip over one day and I loved it, so naturally I asked her how she made it.  The next day I whipped up my own version of her dip.  I tweaked it a bit and ended up making it a ton over this past summer, it’s really easy to make and tastes delicious.  I love taking it on the boat or to summer BBQs, it’s a cold dip so it’s great for hot days.  You can dip veggies or crackers in it, or even spread it on a baguette.

Feel free to add more or less of all the ingredients to suit your taste.  I usually end up adding a tablespoon or two more of the sour cream to mine because I enjoy the sour cream taste more than the cream cheese.  This recipe makes about two cups of dip so sometimes I half the recipe when I’m making it for myself.

 

Creamy Dill Dip Recipe

5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce package of light cream cheese
  • 1 8 ounce container of light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of ranch dip mix
  • 1/8 tsp of onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of fresh chopped dill.
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  • Set the cream cheese out on the counter to soften for a bit, usually around 30 minutes. Once softened then put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a mixer until smooth.
  • You may want to add more dill depending on your tastes. You could also add red pepper flakes if you enjoy spice. I usually end up adding extra dill and sour cream. This dip tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight. Store it in an air-tight container for up to three days.
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Orogold Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling Review

Orogold 24K Deep Peeling ReviewMy boyfriend brought me back the Orogold Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling Gel back from Hawaii and I have been meaning to review it for quite some time.

The Orogold 24K Deep Peeling provides a powerful facial cleanse by removing a thin layer of dry cells to reveal ultra-smooth and youthful skin. It is specially formulated to gently polish, renew, and revitalize the skin without stripping away vital oils or causing irritation. The 24K Deep Peeling is formulated with 24K Gold, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Green Tea.

The directions say to wash your face and add a small amount of the product to your face, avoiding the eye area and then rub the peel in a circular motion.  They say not to leave the product on for more than 30 seconds. Rinse your face with cool water to remove any product and use weekly.

The Orogold 24K Deep Peeling is quite expensive and it is definitely something that I wouldn’t just randomly purchase on my own.  It is listed for $128 for 50 ml on their website, although I’m not sure what my boyfriend paid in the actual store.

The container comes laying in a satin type material inside of a white box with gold writing on it.  It looks very luxurious and is what I’d expect to receive after paying over $100 for a product.  The actual peel comes inside of a Gold container shaped like a ball.  I like the packaging and it is very sturdy and can hold up to traveling.

The 24K Deep Peeling has a slight unpleasant smell to it, I can’t really explain it.  The smell is bearable, I don’t really notice it when applying it to my face.  Fragrance plays a huge part in if I like a product or not and this fragrance didn’t turn me off from the product at all if that helps you in any way.  The gel is a gold colour and has gold flakes throughout it.  It also has some black/brown flecks throughout it, not sure exactly what those are, maybe the green tea?

old Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling

When I use this product I take a small amount and quickly, but gently rub it around on my face for less than 30 seconds.  Instantly I will see my dead skin balling up, at least I think that’s what I think it is.  The more often I use the product the less dead skin I see ball up.  I do find it hard to rinse off areas of my face, maybe I’m not doing it quick enough?  It tends to ball up and get stuck anywhere I have a bit of peach fuzz.  But I really don’t mind, the end result is worth it.

The Orogold 24K Deep Peeling gel leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth instantly after using it.  My face feels like a baby’s bottom every time I use it.  It leaves my face looking fresh and brightened as well, probably because it removes all the dead skin cells.

I don’t use the Orogold often because it is really expensive so I will never see the full results of using it weekly.  But even just using it every few weeks it has helped improve my skins overall appearance.

I have never used another product at home that actually takes a layer of dead skin off my face.  It is really neat to see the skin ball up.  I would love to find something less expensive that gives me the same results.  But it’s still cheaper then going to a beauty salon.  Like I said earlier, there is 50 ml of product in the container.  It doesn’t look like that much but it does last quite some time, you don’t need much. I should also mention that the product doesn’t dry up. Sometimes masks and gels will harden and become useless.  This one doesn’t and I’ve had it for along time now.

I read a lot of poor reviews online about this product when I first received it.  Most people were complaining about being pushed into buying this product.  That does not give consumers an accurate review of the actual product.  Everyone has a choice to purchase something, and that is a decision we all have to make ourselves.  People shouldn’t blame someone else for their poor spending habits.  I doubt that the sales associates pulled out their credit card and made them purchase this product. Rant over.  It just really bothered me when reading the reviews.

I do recommend this product, if you can afford the splurge.  I will be looking for it at a discount when my container of Orogold 24K Deep Peeling runs out.

Have you tried any of Orogold’s products?  Let me know in the comments below. :)

P.S. Orogold just contacted me after I posted this blog post and wanted me to share a promotion with you that they are running until October 13th, 2014.  Receive 20% off at select store locations and on their website using promo code OGFALL20.

Birchbox September 2014

This month Birchbox came in a pretty pink, blue, green and white box that just might be the most exciting part of the entire box.  It is Birchbox’s four year anniversary so they gave boxes with patterns on them to celebrate.  I received 5 products in my box this month and one bonus item.  This may or may not be a negative post because I’m not too thrilled with my BirchBox, or Ipsy this month.

Well, I’m just going to start with pretty much the only thing I was excited about in my box.

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Ipsy Glam Bag September 2014

This is my second Ipsy bag that I’ve received and I’m feeling so-so about this months bag.  Once again, I feel as though I’ve gotten my $10 back in products but did I really need this stuff?

I’m pleased about three of the items but the other two I could do without.  I like the makeup bag a lot better this month.  I received a metallic silver bag embellished with four silver studs.  I might add it to my donation box as I’m really not sure what I’d do with it.  They are always way too small for me to use to keep my makeup in.  Maybe I could keep hair ties and bobby pins in it when I travel or something?

Let’s dive into what I received this month in my Ipsy Bag.  Going to start with the things I’m most excited about. :)

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My Traveling Life – Where I’ve Traveled in the Past Year

I used to blog about my travels regularly but haven’t in awhile.  Typically by the time I sit down to blog about my travels three months have passed and I feel like by then there’s no point in blogging about it.  In fact, the last time I wrote about traveling was a trip to Yosemite, that was in January of 2013.  I’m hoping to start blogging about my adventures and travels more regularly from now on.

I haven’t done as much traveling and adventures as I usually do because my boyfriend is really busy in pilot training for the Air Force.  He’s training in Oklahoma so I’ve been visiting the southern part of the US quite a bit.  It’s not as exciting as other places we’ve been but we make the best of it!

I decided to do a blog post summing up all my travels for the past year or so since I didn’t make individual posts.  I’m going to skip by most of 2013 and start when he moved down to Oklahoma.

If you’ve never been to Oklahoma, let me start off by saying, its pretty boring.  We both live on the west coast and there’s always something to do there.  The west coast offers a lot of outdoor recreational activities with all the mountains, lakes and the ocean.  Oklahoma is flat, there aren’t many lakes and during the summer it’s pretty much too hot to do anything outside besides water sports.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been loving Oklahoma’s weather, but if I didn’t have AC I’d be one unhappy girl.

Canton Lake OklahomaI think the first thing we did when we arrived in Oklahoma was look for water.  We first drove to Canton Lake (see picture to right),  it was really windy but was pretty.  There was a huge sandy beach but no one to be seen.  It was October, so my first thought was maybe people just don’t go to the beach here outside of summer.  But after further research we found out more about Canton Lake.  It used to be a more popular place with events and boats and all but in 2013 there was a drought and Oklahoma diverted 30,000 acre-ft of water from Canton Lake down to Lake Hefner for Oklahoma City.  A few weeks later rain replenished the level of Lake Hefner and they actually had to drain out a bunch into the North Canadian River to prevent the lake from overflowing.  Canton Lake still has not recovered from this loss and is about 12 to 13 feet below it’s normal level now.  We also noticed it smelled similar to the ocean while we were there and that is because of an blue-green algae that started to grow once the lake levels went down.  The place is pretty deserted today, and people say it might never recover. Continue reading

Vitality VoxBox Review/Opening

Vitality Vox Box InfluensterIf you don’t already know, Influenster is a company that invites social media junkies (like myself) to try new products and share opinions.  Basically you sign up and connect all your social media profiles then complete tasks and earn badges.  As you earn badges you will get invited to participate it campaigns.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive some awesome products from Influenster since joining and love being part of their community!  It’s free to join and if you are active on social media then you should sign up too.  Don’t go thinking you will get a bunch of free products for doing nothing, it takes work to earn freebies.  That is where this blog post comes in.

My latest awesome freebie from Influenster is the Vitality Vox Box.  I received a good sized purple box in the mail a few weeks ago and was super excited to see what was inside.  They don’t tell you what you are getting, so you can either wait or peak on social media to see what others received.  I like to wait so it’s a surprise.  I’ve only ever received brand boxes from Influenster and this time I was gifted a box of a bunch of items from different brands.

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