I haven’t had my hair cut since March, so it is definitely getting around to hair cut time! Luckily I found a groupon the other day for a great looking place close by that I am looking forward to trying. Every time I start thinking about getting my hair cut, I want to do something different with my hair, but I never actually go through with it! I’ve had basically the same hair cut for the last 5-6 years – a deep side part with slight long layers in the front, just varied in length by a few inches, which I mostly wear wavy. This time around I’m thinking about getting more layers, but keeping it pretty long still (drastic, I know). Even that makes me a little nervous! I’ve bookmarked the two pictures below for some layered wavy hair inspiration. I’ll keep you updated if I decide to do anything shocking! Lob, anyone?
Like I mentioned before in my August “Currently Loving” post, I’m obsessed with my new Stila Convertible Colour Trio in Warm, and have been using it every day since it was gifted to me for my birthday by my friend Alina. I’m going to ignore they claim you can also use it on your lips because it sucks that way, and I love it so much as a blush.
It contains two regular shades, Gerbera, which is a very pretty, light melon pink and Camellia, a pinky brown nude. The third shade, Honeysuckle, is a limited edition, and is a sheer peachy pink.
L-R Gerbera, Camellia, Honeysuckle
Gerbera is one of the most popular Stila Convertible Colours and I can definitely see why. It is very pigmented and has a thicker texture than the other two shades, and gives your cheeks such a pretty pink glowy flush. I find it a little easy to go overboard with this shade, but it does blend out easily. Honeysuckle is just as pretty but definitely sheerer, which makes it easier to apply, but I find it has less staying power than Gerbera. It also has some gold shimmer.
L-R Gerbera, Camellia, Honeysuckle
Camellia looks terrifying in the pan, but is surprisingly pretty on, since it applies sheer and more pink toned than it looks. I think it would look better on someone with even just a slightly darker skin tone than me though (I am super pale), and I definitely reach for Gerbera and Honeysuckle over it most of the time. I also really like it mixed a little with Gerbera or Honeysuckle.
All three shades are very creamy, apply smoothly, and can be built up easily. I’ve been applying and blending them with either my fingers or my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and both methods work well. They have a dewy sheen to them, which I love for a natural summery look. I find the wear time on them is not as long as other reviews generally report, only around 2-3 hours, but (again) I do have very oily skin.
The only problem is, now I want the cool version too…
My birchbox this month was decent, but I wasn’t super excited about anything. The most exciting thing was definitely the lipstick, though I’m not sure I can pull it off…
Birchbox August 2013 Contents and Review
Derma E Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid: This moisturizing spray contains hyaluronic acid, which I’ve heard is a great moisturizer, as well as green tea and Vitamin C. To be honest, I haven’t tried this too many times. I used it as a moisturizer a couple of nights and found it to be very tacky and hard to apply. The bottle says it can also be used as a makeup setting or refreshing spray, but I found the spray to be way too forceful for either of those uses. I’m not really sure why Birchbox sent this to me, as it’s for “dry and dehydrated skin” and I have “oily” selected in my profile.
EVOLVh Ultrashine Moisture Conditioner: This conditioner is vegan, paraben-free, and includes 20 herbs to naturally moisturize any hair type. I found it too lightweight for my thick, dry hair, and also that it just made my hair dry in a strange way? It made the front part of my hair wave in weird ways. I usually shower at night and let my hair dry overnight, so the chances of it drying strangely are pretty high, but the fact that it happened both times I used this conditioner is suspicious. I also used the 2 fl oz sample bottle up in two uses, which would only work out to about 8 uses for the $25 full size, which is crazy.
Whish Exfoliating Body Scrub: This scrub contains lemon, apple, and green tea extracts to brighten skin, sugar cane and bamboo powder to exfoliate, and coconut oil and shea to hydrate. This scrub was fine? The exfoliating particles were very small and gentle, and it didn’t leave a film. It said the scent was “coconut milk” on the bottle, but didn’t smell very coconut-y at all, which was disappointing.
Whish Deodorant Swipe: This deodorant wipe supposedly acts as both a deodorant for on-the-go as well as a hair growth inhibitor. I found it very sticky once applied, and pretty much just a gimmick, especially at $22 for 30 wipes. Maybe people who go to the gym then straight to work or other places would appreciate it more.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: This was the one redeeming item in my birchbox this month. This lipstick applies like a thick lipgloss, then dries down to a matte lipstick that I found really does last for hours, unless you get it wet from eating or drinking. I found it pretty drying, and have to make sure my lips are fully moisturized before using. It is also a little tricky to apply, as it really does not budge. The colour I received, “beso”, is an intense red that I think is just a little too warm and dark for me to wear. Maybe I just need to be braver?
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This month was my 16th month with Birchbox, so I received a 25% off anniversary code. I had a few points saved up, and decided to purchase a mini spray bottle of Harvey Prince perfume in “Hello”. I received this in my Birchbox last year, and loved how fresh and summery it smells!
With notes of “Meyer Lemon, White Grapefruit, Satsuma Mandarin, Summer Forsythia, Pink Plumeria, Wild Verbena, Tahitian Vanilla, Sensual Musk”, it is very citrus-y, and sweet, without being too “young” smelling. I’ve been loving spritzing this on in the morning when I’m grumpy (a.k.a. every morning). It’s light, refreshing and not overpowering, though the scent unfortunately doesn’t seem to stick around all day. If you are looking to extend your summer with a summery, citrus- based scent, I would definitely recommend trying out Harvey Prince “Hello”!
8.8 ml, $26
Just a heads up: I thought this was going to be a rollerball, but it’s actually a smaller spray bottle!
Here are some random things that I’m currently loving this month!
I somehow managed to never watch this show before, despite it being everything I would ever want in a television show (and more!). I binge watched the first two seasons, though now I’ve reached the third season I’m slowing down a little. It’s smarter than I thought it was going to be, and constantly makes fun of itself, which I love. Next up: The Walking Dead? Game of Thrones?
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream Trio
One of my best friends, Alina, gave me this for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I have been using it everyday since (thanks Alina!). I am definitely going through a cream blush phase at the moment. Review to come!
40 Days of Dating
I discovered this project a few weeks ago and have been obsessed ever since. It’s a day by day blog of two friends who decide to try out dating for 40 days, giving you each of their perspectives about what’s happening. It’s very addictive (though I don’t think they make a very good couple at all) and the website is visually interesting (they’re both designers). It looks like they’re stopping on day 36 until September 3rd, which is kind of annoying but will give you a chance to catch up if you haven’t started reading yet!
Ecote Easy Knit Maxi Skirt
I love love love this maxi skirt from Urban Outfitters. It’s the first maxi skirt I’ve owned, and I definitely want to get more now. It’s like wearing a blanket as an outfit! I’m only 5’4 and it’s the perfect length for me. I went to Boston a few weeks ago to visit some friends, and it was great for wearing on the plane on the way there, and I didn’t even have to change to go out that night! So easy! I want to get it in black too.