May 2015 Birchbox Duds

May 2015 Birchbox In my review from yesterday I listed my fav (or kinda f  fav) top products from this month’s Birchbox. Well, in  the post, I’m gonna list you the products that I wasn’t  quite stoked on.

 1) LA Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes  – Full Size $7.99 – I was really excited about these    because the hotel I stayed at in Knoxville, Tennessee,  had LA FRESH makeup removing wipes in the  bathroom and they worked pretty well. These, however, did not. They didn’t really do a great job of removing my eye makeup, even after I had used eye makeup remover beforehand. Altogether, they were forgettable. I’m sticking with Burt’s Bees.

2) Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain – Full Size $20 – This was a very, very, very mini red lip stain. It was less of a stain to me, and had the consistency of a lip gloss which kinda surprised me actually. The downside to this product was despite the ass-kicking red color pre-application, when I applied it, it had a lot of orange in it. It was very coral, and I don’t wear coral well.

3) Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm – Full Size $38 – This product really confused me because even though it says BB cream, there was no tint to it. I used it at night as a moisturizer, and it worked well enough. I got even further confused when I tried to look up product information and could find virtually nothing save for a page on Sephora’s website.

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May 2015 Birchbox Top 3 Favs

The products in my Birchbox this month were all quite good, but I definitely had my favorites. Most of what I got was geared toward my hair and skin. In this post, I’m gonna list my top three favorite products.

1) Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls – Full Size $22 – Available online or in Target, this product absolutely rivals my all-time favorite It’s A 10. Not only did it keep my curly/wavy hair in check, but used in conjunction with the PARLOR Sea Salt Spray, there was virtually no frizz. In fact, the first time I tried this combo as opposed to my It’s A 10 and Argan Oil routine, I didn’t wash my hair for almost five days. And the thing is, my roots didn’t even look greasy. I’m gonna seriously consider buying this when I run out of product.May 2015 Birchbox Sample Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls

2) PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray – Full Size $24 – I like the scent of this product, even though it reminds me of Myrtle Beach. (I can’t hate on Myrtle Beach, but I’m still glad I moved away, haha.) I like that it’s light and doesn’t weigh my hair down, which hey, it’s a sea salt spray, so what do you expect? Mainly, I really only like this because of what it does with the Miss Jessie’s product.

3) Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer – Full Size $36 – I had recently suffered a mild eczema outbreak on my hands due to incessantly washing dishes. This lotion really helped cure that. It absorbed directly into the skin within a couple of minutes. I’m almost done with my sample bottle and I’m actually kinda bummed about it. Also, it smells like Froot Loops, and I like that.

Top 2 Best Post-Sun Skin Soothers

Originally appearing online at MyrtleBeachOnline.com, this was a short blog post I wrote for The Weekly Surge on the best products to use after a day outside this summer. Enjoy!

Since it’s nearly summer, that means it’s time for sunburns.

Everyone has heard the lectures on what the proper sunscreen is from UVA to UVB protection, the type of SPF to use, and the danger of hanging out in the sun too darn long.

The short of it is: Skin cancer is real. When your skin burns, that means it’s being damaged.

There are two products you can use after a day at the beach or waterpark that will soothe and repair better than any aloe cream at Walgreens:

▪ Burt’s Bees Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother – This product is a little on the high end in terms of price, but it’s well worth it. At about $11 a bottle, this creamy, milk-like cream has the slightest scent of citrus. It absorbs into the skin pretty quickly and neutralizes any achy, red skin.

▪ Coconut Oil – The brand of coconut oil I use regularly is LouAnna, and for a small jar (which will last ages) it’s about $8 at Wal-Mart. I got badly burned on my back last summer, and with my dear mother’s assistance, she applied a quarter-sized amount to the affected area on my shoulders. Not only did it soothe the burn … I DIDN’T PEEL. Repeat – I. Did. Not. Peel. So, so worth it.

Be safe in the sun, and have tons of fun!

Beauty Blogging and The Class System

One of the things I struggle with as a beauty blogger is how much money is required to actually blog. I go on Instagram or other girls’ blogs, and sometimes I think, “How can I even compare?”

I work full time; I have bills to pay. I don’t really have the cash to throw away $50 on a new Urban Decay eyeshadow palette or $22 on some Tarte lipstick. Even though I want to. I desperately want to.

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 I would love to spend $100 on a new ionic hair  straightener, or buy boars bristle hair brushes. I  wish I had $300 on a keratin treatment. But the  fact is, I don’t have disposable cash like that  anymore. Even before my move, I don’t think I  would’ve spent money like that because I couldn’t  justify it.

 Which got me thinking about class. Some women  just have better financial situations because they  worked for it, or they come from wealthier  backgrounds, and that’s why it’s easy for them to spend money on makeup and blog about it. Can’t fault them as people for that. It just seem this section of the blogosphere definitely favors those with extra cash to spend. It doesn’t seem like many beauty bloggers (I mean the really popular ones) have conventional jobs, or limited time, like many people do.

That’s why there have been gaps in my blogging in the past – I just couldn’t justify spending money on a ton of makeup that I wouldn’t wear anyway because I have to appear professional at work, or I was job hunting and didn’t have time. But I don’t wanna give up on blogging because I love writing, especially about products I find to be profound or exceptionally lame.

On Wanting A Career

I haven’t blogged in over two months. Not for lack of want, but because my life took a hectic turn.

I started looking for a job back in October/November. Part of it was motivated by a guy who I was seeing at the time, but also, the ad agency I worked for started to lose clients and I recognized my job was in jeopardy. I visited Cleveland, and the guy I was talking to, in November and really envisioned my life in this place. There was so much more opportunity than Myrtle Beach. When the relationship fell apart between me and this guy, I joked, “Well, hey, I liked Cleveland more than him anyway.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I continued looking for work, applying like crazy, and eventually interviewed for a position at an independent senior living community in the Cleveland area. I was unsure at first, but something felt right about it. Then the worst happened – I got laid off.

Despite not wanting to live in Myrtle Beach forever, I also didn’t want to lose my job before I found another one. The reason I was given for the lay off was that there was “no point in you being here”, all based on one conversation I had with the boss back in November. I was blamed for the lack of social media clients because, why would they find more clients since I didn’t want to be there? Also it was my fault for not fighting hard enough for the SEO work I once had despite going the extra mile to write an SEO proposal for a client and bluntly asking for said work. (I could go on and on, but that’s not the point of this right now.)Feminist Beyonce Quote

Oh, that conversation, I keep referencing? Yeah, all I said was I’ve been seeing a guy from Cleveland.

Anyway, I called the business manager for the position I interviewed for, and flew back up to Cleveland in April to do an official interview. I took the job. And now, I’m the administrative assistant for Hilltop Village in Euclid, Ohio. I proud to say that. I’m happy where I am, and proud of myself for making it here.