FabFitFun Summer 2019

Hello, friends! Here again with another FabFitFun review for the summer. It is late but, hey, someone, somewhere might find it useful! So, to be totally honest, I loved this box but decided a couple of weeks ago to cancel this subscription. I looked at the spoilers for the fall box and was so unimpressed and didn’t really want to spend the $49 (plus tax!) so decided to just cancel. The good thing about this subscription service is that is super easy to cancel and easy to reactivate so if I change my mind for the winter box, no problem. Now, on to the products! Oh, and if you were unaware, this box is sent semi-annually for each season and is $49 each box. Glad we cleared that up…onwards!

FabFitFun Summer 2019

So, my favorite items that I use daily and have used are the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream and Shower gel set. I have used both products before and LOVE both of them. So this was very exciting. The Coola Setting Spray was also exciting especially since it is summer and I have been trying to up my sunscreen game but I have not used it yet. The Rose facial spray is just okay. Loved the silicone wine glasses but haven’t found an excuse to use them yet so stay tuned! Lastly, the West Elm bowls have turned out to be one of my favorites ever. I use them everyday because they are the perfect size.

I really enjoyed this summer box but like I said, I have unsubscribed but will probably at least look into restarting it for the winter depending on the spoilers. If you are interested in starting this box, I would definitely try it with the caveat of checking the spoilers first.

Thanks so much for reading!


Boxycharm October 2018

Hello, internet! I’m actually posting about a subscription box in the same month I received it! Go, me!

I really like the Boxycharm subscription as it is only $21 a month and includes enough full size products that total up usually way more than that.  Having said that, I have canceled the box.  I really liked this month’s box but I am trying to be less materialistic and let go of some of the over consuming of these boxes.  It really just comes down to I love getting new stuff in the mail but I have noticed that these items don’t bring me as much joy as they once did.  In this thing called adult hood (yuck) I have tried to focus more on the things I truly love and spend my money a little more wisely.  Maybe that will change in the future, but as of now, I don’t want anymore samples or lipsticks that I will probably never use.

So, moving on to the box. I’m trying a new format for these posts so we will see how it works.

  1. IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara– This was actually the whole reason for keeping this month’s subscription.  This mascara was my favorite a few years ago then I tried other mascaras and kind of forgot about it.  It’s around $24 usually so I was really excited it was one of the items in the box.  Word of caution…it can be a little clumpy but for the most part it is easy to work with.

2. Dermovia Lace A Peel Black Bamboo Charcoal Mask, set of 2– So normally I enjoy trying new face masks.  I have watched two of my favorite YouTubers try these masks and they seem a little intense for my sensitive skin.  I will probably save these as a stocking stuffer for my sister.  But, Amazon lists them for $55 for 5 so these value around $22 for 2.

3. Pharmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleanser– This was the second item I was most excited to try.  I am also using a moisturizer and eye cream from this brand that I received in a previous FabFitFun so I am anxious to try more products from this brand.  I have been using the Clinique Cleansing balm but once I am out of that, I will reach for this.  I do like the brand’s vibe of healthier, cleaner products.  The balm is valued at around $32.

4. Kat von D Liquid Everlasting Lipstick in Mother– $18, Not a huge fan usually of liquid lipsticks but I am working on stepping out of my comfort zone.  It is a pretty mauve, berry color that should go well in the fall.

5. PUR Cosmetics Boxycharm exclusive, Face and Eyeshadow palette– Ok, so, let’s be real…I need another eyeshadow palette like I need…another eyeshadow palette.  Like, really?  This is part of the reason I stopped subscribing.  We got some sort of palette last month and the month before that.  They are pretty but I just don’t get excited about it so I will probably pass it along.

I think there are some variations of this box but these are just the products I received.  Thanks for reading!


September 2018 BoxyCharm

I’m posting a little late seeing as I just got my October Boxycharm in the mail today but we’re just going to go with it.

Apart from Sephora Play, Boxycharm is my next favorite monthly subscription box.  They tend to send mostly full priced items and usually from brands I recognize. It is more expensive than the Sephora, Ipsy, and Birchbox at $21.99 plus tax but has a much higher value.

This month’s theme was “Wildflower” and came with a nice booklet describing the products in this month’s box.

The biggest item was the Nightingale eyeshadow palette from PRETTY VULGAR retailed at $35.  The swatches (bottom right corner) were pigmented but I decided to gift this to a friend as I have plenty of eyeshadow palettes.  Still, great item and high value. Next, was a baked blush from Laura Geller that has really pretty gold and pink specks.  I have used this for the past month and really enjoyed it.  It just gives your cheeks a nice rosy glow without being glittery. Boxycharm usually includes some sort of makeup brush and this month was an eyeshadow trio from Alamar cosmetics.  I have yet to use them but they feel really soft and seem well made.  I also appreciated that they sent eyeshadow brushes to go with the palette. The last two items I was on the fence about.  A liquid lipstick from Hank and Henry beauty which I have never heard of and an eye liner from Butter London.  The liquid lipstick formula seemed nice in the swatch but was just a little dark for my preferences.  The eyeliner has a weird circle applicator like a pizza cutter and was really difficult to apply.

Overall, I was still impressed at the this month’s value, around $120 for a $21 box.  Not too bad.  As mentioned above, I am still subscribed to this box so here’s hoping next month’s box will be even better!

As always, thanks for reading!


BoxyCharm August 2018 Box

Hello, friends! Today I am giving my thoughts on my August BoxyCharm.  I decided a few days ago to reactivate my subscription to BoxyCharm on a whim and thought others may want more info on if it’s worth it the $21 a month.  I have had several subscription to beauty and lifestyle boxes over the years and BoxyCharm was one of the more expensive (higher than Ipsy and Birchbox at $10 monthly) but usually had more value with some full sized products.  I stopped this subscription a couple years ago in an attempt to declutter some of my random assorted travel beauty and skin care products but thought for my blog I would give a go again.  So, on to the products and my thoughts on this month’s box.
Oh, also, forgot to mention.  Some people get different variations of products.  I have seen some reviews where people got a Becca highlighter instead of the eyeliner, for example.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Eye Mask, set of 3
Estimated value $12.50

I was most excited about the eye masks because who doesn’t like an eye mask? I appreciate we got 3 instead of just 1 mask.  Sephora has a 6 pack for $25 so 3 is a good deal.

House of Lashes, “Boudoir”
Full Size, $12

Next item was kinda of a “meh” product for me.  They included a set of false eyelashes from House of Lashes in “Boudoir” so that sounds fancy.  To be honest, I have never worn false eyelashes nor do I really want to wear them but one nice thing about these boxes is getting to try new things without a lot of extra effort.  Since I have them, I will probably try them and hope I don’t look too ridiculous.

Adesse New York Nail Treatment Full Size, $18 value

I also received a nail treatment from Adesse New York that is supposed to help cuticles and nails.  This is another take it or leave it product for me.  I will use it but nothing too exciting.

Smashbox Lip Creme, Slay Tan, Full Size $24
Laura Lee Party Animal palette, Full Size $19
bang Beauty, Full Size $22

So not to be a downer, but the last 3 products were really duds for me personally.  The eyeshadow palette from Laura Lee was just not my style.  I love makeup but I tend to use more neutral and everyday colors so all of the neon colors don’t really have a place in my collection.  I will pass this along to a more adventurous friend. The eyeliner from Bang Beauty was just a no.  It was a weird color and very waxy.  Lastly, Smashbox lip creme…not a huge fan of lipsticks but the main issue for me was the color.  It was…brown.  Not sure who would wear this color but doesn’t work for me.

So, that was my August BoxyCharm.  To be honest, this month was really a miss for me.  However, the total of everything was around $107 so that’s pretty good for a $21 box. If all of these products were more suited to my tastes, I would have probably been more excited.  That’s really the only drawback from these subscription boxes but usually there are more exciting boxes that even it out.  Let me know if you got this month’s Boxy Charm and if you got different items!

Thanks for reading!

The Big Move

Oh, hello! Welcome to my first blog post.  I didn’t really know where to start with the first post.  Like, who do you talk to? But like most new things, it feels a bit strange until it isn’t so practice makes perfect, right? I feel like my first post should begin with the big move from our long time home of Memphis, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia July 2017.  My husband was offered an amazing job that required us to move almost 400 miles away.  Now, you and I don’t know each other very well (yet) but let me give you some background. I don’t like change. I am a Capricorn, a very steady Eddie. So the idea of leaving my job, my family, my friends should have been an instant red alarm, nope, no way, not happening.  But for whatever reason, I was supportive of this change from the beginning. And I would make the same decision in a heartbeat.  However..this transition has not been without meltdowns and what-have-I-done moments.  It was hard and continues to have its challenges.  Yes, it is a really cool opportunity to have a new city to explore and find new adventures.  But sometimes I crave the known.  I miss being able to drive to a destination and not need Apple maps.

During my random meltdowns, I turned to my favorite bloggers and Youtubers to make those moments not so heavy.  When I missed my friends and family the most, I found comfort in reading about how to make the best brownies(found it) or what face primer was going to change the world (still searching). So, thus this blog was created.

Looking for lemonade is a challenge to myself to remember not to be so hard on myself and to look at my life through a new, positive lens.  It may be cheesy but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth finding.

Thanks for reading!