Pixi Lip Balm Review

This is a quick lil review of Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink that I got a couple of Birchboxes ago. I’m gonna hit on three main points:

1. Moisture – It provides equal moisture as EOS’ lip balm. Mid-level. Not bad, but certainly not long lasting like Burt’s Bees or Chapstick Hydration Lock. Perhaps it has something to do with it also being a color lip balm?

2. Color – Speaking of, I really like this pink. It’s brighter than a pastel but soft enough to where I won’t look like I’m going to a rave. (Do the kids still call it a rave? Curious.) The color lasts all day, too. Even if the moisture may wan, my lips still look pink-ish.Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink

3. Scent – It smells cocoa-y and warm, like Hawaii. I live near the beach so the scent of shea butter or cocoa butter appeals to me.

This balm came through in a pinch, especially since I have a bad habit of losing my latest Burt’s Bees on hand. Kudos to Birchbox for sending a full-size sample as well.

Thanks for reading, Stephanie

My Top 3 Most Used Lifestyle Apps

  1. MyFitnessPal – This free app plus my willpower are the reasons why I’ve lost weight and was able to keep it off. I don’t use the social aspect of it because I don’t really have many friends who use this app regularly. What I like the most about this app is the ability to add in foods and how your most used exercises and meals are remembered. The only downside is if you cook a homemade meal, it’s really hard to find the macro nutrients or calorie information so you may have to add ingredients one by one.
  2. ModCloth – I love just browsing this app and getting outfit inspirations. It’s easy to add things to your wishlist or love an item. When you do order something, your order information (including tracking) is right in the app so it’s easily accessible. That’s probably the thing I love the most. The downside is that it makes you want to buy everything. (P.S. It’s free!)
  3. Bunny Free – I mentioned this app last week when I was discussing cruelty free beauty products. I like the scanning feature because it’s really convenient, and it has most common items listed. The downside to this app is that it doesn’t register general search terms. For instance, if you just searched “makeup remover”, you wouldn’t get results for “makeup remover” unless it was in the product name AND it was cruelty free.

What are some apps you use daily? I’m always up for recommendations.

Xx Steph

My Ode To Flats

Oh flat shoes,

I can’t say I like you.

You give me the blues

& I don’t know what to do.

Necessary to a wardrobe,

& sometimes very cute,

you are always comfy.

Like a stud to my earlobe,

you accent like a lute,

but my legs look stumpy…and I don’t care because heels hurt after 8 hours, dangit!

Cruelty Free or No? 

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a beauty curious blogger is this: do I use a product that works well even though it’s tested on animals?

Since coming across some Instagram posts by Peta, which you do have to take with a grain of salt sometimes, it’s renewed my commitment to try to purchase and use things that are free from animal ingredients or tested on animals. Moreover, big game hunting controversies seem to be popping up in the news, first with that Texas Tech cheerleader and now with L’Oreal finding itself in a bad PR situation.

Bunny Free app What came in handy was the Bunny Free app. Associated with Peta, you can scan a product or search by name and it’ll tell you if something is a-okay or tested on critters. (P.S. It’s also free.)

What’s your take on living cruelty free?

xx–Steph

#OOTD & #MOTD – Feeling like a horror pop…

Today was a Tiger Army/Misfits/Dancehall Crashers kinda morning so…

Rockabilly pin-up girl hair, leopard print skirt, and black cardigan photographed in mirror

And because my swoopy bangs looked so killer, I had to get a close up selfie. Make up includes the following: Supergoop! CC Cream, Calvin Klein mascara, Sumitas Color Contrast Eyeliner in Mansha, and LAQA Sheer Lube Pencil in Stranger Danger. (I got the Sumitas eyeliner and LAQA lip pencil in my May Birchbox.)

Rockabilly bangs and simple makeup taken in mirror

Excuse the mess in the background, y’all. Thanks for reading!

Cheers, Stephanie

Square Hue Rio Collection Review

I love subscription box services. Conscious Box? Tried it – didn’t like it. Birchbox? Faithful subscriber for over a year. Graze Box? Super fan, plus it’s a lifesaver for office snack cravings. Then I discovered Square Hue. Square Hue is a subscription box service dedicated solely to nailpolish. You get three colors each month, and they’re all Big 5 free, according to an email correspondence with an employee there. It costs $19.95, which is reasonable considering most Big 5 polishes run at least $9 a bottle.

Square Hue Rio Collection: three nail polishes (green, yellow, and blue) in a small, white box

I received my first box a week ago and it was the Rio Collection. It contained three .5 oz polish bottles. The first was a forest green shimmer called Leblon, the second was a micro glitter yellow (which reminded me of Zoya’s Solange) called Ipanema, and the third was an ocean blue glitter polish called Copacabana.

 

I tried the latter first because it looked the prettiest to me. It kind of reminds me of a mermaid. The formula was surprisingly great. It had the same thick consistency that Zoya or O.P.I has. Because it’s a glitter polish, I had to do four coats to get it to the opaque darkness I desired.

Square Hue Copacabana on toenails

I haven’t seen any chipping yet, which is good because it’s only been a couple of days. My mom even said she liked the Copacabana color the most. Also, the bottles are square and recall Pantone’s design.

Cheers, Steph

P.S. Both of these photos originally appeared on my Instagram – @shbouzounis. Feel free to follow, I’ll follow back!