July 2011 Birchbox

Yep! Its that time of the month again... Birchbox review!

I was very excited to hear that this month birchbox was going to have some of Cynthia Rowley favorite products! So once I got my bitchbox I was in awe! One thing I noticed that instead of their pinkish purple tissue paper they used a turquoise one, which matched my nails. By the way you can also get a limited edition gift box that contains exclusive samples such nail strips with a Cynthia Rowley design. You can get the box here, but be quick i think you can only get it this month.

The list of products

An overview of whats in the box

When i first opened my box i saw this small bottle of Philosophy's purity made simple one-step facial cleanser. This perennial award-winner is pH-balanced to gently clear away dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out skin. I've been wanting to try this product so I'm glad I get to try this out. I will make a review on this once I try it out.

The next product was hiding from me but it's ybf beauty's automatic eye brow pencil in universal taupe. A two-in-one brow-tamer: the comb brushes hairs into place, while the creamy pencil fills in sparse areas. I never heard of the company but this is so great! I've needed a new eyebrow pencil and this just came in time, and it comes with a handy little brush on the other end. I'm going to be making a post on my eyebrows soon, maybe next week?

Closer look at brush

The color is in universal taupe

I wonder whats inside???

This is the Korres little showergel in fig. A deliciously foamy body wash with aloe to keep skin soft long after you've toweled off and an exotically lush fragrance. I honesty do not like the smell, it smells like straight up fig and I don't like out-doorsy nature smells. However I am going to try this out because It says that its foamy and I do like foamy body washes, so if its any good I will post a review if not then oh well.

Last product is Redken's shine flash. A must for Cynthia's runaway shows, this weightless spray gives hair a brilliant sheen. Again it sounds like a great product but the smell of this spray is just so... yes I already tried it out and it does give your hair a nice sheen along with sort of a piec-y hair texture, which is lovely but the smell is horrible! The good part is that the smell does not stick so that's good. I'm going to play with this product more before I makeup my mind about it.

Along with all birchboxes they always include a little extra this one was no exception and it's a favorite of Cynthia Rowley! It is a KIND bar in the favor almond & apricot. Snack right with this wholesome bar - no preservatives or hard-to-pronounce ingredients. "They are my faves! I always have one in my bag just in case." - Cynthia Rowley and I must say that there my new faves as well! I read about what other birchboxers thought about this and most people didn't like it, I however love this bar it have a salty sort of sweet tasty to it and you can definitely taste the apricot juice in it...so good! You can get these bars at Starbucks which I can't wait to!

Anyways that was my birchbox hual. What did you get in your birchbox? and Did you like the KIND bar?



Travel Series: How to pack a suitcase

I'm leaving on my road trip to California this weekend so I'm thought why not do a mini travel series since its the summer a lot of you are probably leaving on summer vacations. The first of this summer series is on how to pack your suitcase.

First thing you should do before pulling out clothes out of your closet is find out the current temperature of the location you are going to be visiting. Also if you can, plan ahead or find out what you are going to be doing there, like visiting family, shopping, beach, etc. Once you have an idea of what you're going to be doing then you can start pulling out clothes. Before you start folding and storing your clothing items make sure you have some outfits planned out, this will be much easier on you and you will spend less time worrying on what to wear and more time having fun! You can either lay out you clothes over each other or you can also go to and find picture of your clothing items or at least some similar to them and plan outfits, I did this and it was fun!

Now that you have your clothes out and ready to pack its time start folding your clothes. All suitcases vary so make sure you get one with enough space for all your stuff to fit in, I like one with lots of pockets so I can pack all my clothes in the main area. I usually always pack my bras, undies, and socks in the front pockets, I then pack all my shoes in the large inside pocket and then finally pack my clothes and other stuff in side. When organizing my items inside I place the bottoms in one stack then all the tops in another stack and so on, but as you can see I'm only packing one skirt so I just placed it on top of of my dresses, I sometimes pack according to fabric type and color weird I know but I'm OCD about some stuff, haha.

* TIP: Make sure you have some sleepwear planned out, a jacket in case it gets cold at night, and clothes you will be traveling back in. *

By now your suitcase probably looks something like this, I only packed my clothes for this post but I'll show you guys what else I packed in there in a another post. At this point you can put in other things that you will also be taking with you like slippers, I always need slippers, hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, hair products, face products and makeup, I will also be making a whats in my travel makeup bag.

* TIP: When traveling is always make sure you have enough space in your suitcase so you can go shopping and bring back some goodies! *

Happy Hoildays :)