4.26.2012

Knit Picks Haul & Mini Review

After reading Twinkie Chan's review on Knit Picks Brava yarn I decided to make a purchase because I was in need of some yarn. I buy from Knit Picks from time to time but this was my first time ever buying Brava worsted yarn. I didn't noticed at first but I ended up buying three of the four colors that she bought but I bought all worsted.

From left to right: Knit Pick's Brava worsted yarn in Canary, Rouge, Tranquil, and Cream.

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Back

I used Canary to create this petite pencil, (I called her Misses Scribble Bottom) pattern from Knitting Mochimochi. This was also my first ever knitted amigurumi toy I'm so pleased at how well it turned out.  Anyways the yarn was very easy to work with it was soft against my skin and the yarn is only $2.99 a skein. Overall I would recommend this yarn to anyone my only complaint is that the colors choices aren't that great, I wished there was some pastels or neon yarns.

You can purchase Knit Picks Brava worsted yarn here.


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-Michelle

4.20.2012

3 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

I've always been very interested in green smoothies so the last three days I decided to do a green smoothie challenge. All you have to do is mix different fruits and a green vegetable, I choose spinach. Blend your desired fruits with spinach, ice, and water in a blender to create a yummy green concoction. Down below I listed the my three smoothies that I created along with my afterthoughts on each drink.

Day 1
On my first day I added one banana, a few pineapple chunks, a handful of spinach, a few ice cubes, and a cup of water to create a light green frothy drink. I really likes this smoothie I only wished that I had added more ice cubes because it was kind of warm.

Day 2
The second day I had a very bright green smoothie that contained leftover pineapple chunks, papaya slices, a handful of spinach, a few ice cubes, and a cup of water. This smoothie was way too mushy (I think I added too much spinach) this was my least favorite out of the three.

Day 3
On the last day I had a strawberry and banana green smoothie. This was by far my favorite out of the three! It was super delicious it tasted just like a strawberry and banana smoothie but green (well not that green it was very light green, the least green of the three).

I had so much fun making different versions of the green smoothie. I would totally recommend you trying out the 3 day green smoothie challenge out it's so fun to create different drinks and a great way to eat more veggies and fruits but in drink form.

Have you tried a green smoothie before?


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-Michelle

4.16.2012

April 2012 Birchbox


I got my April Birchbox late last week and here is what I got. If you don't already know what is Birchbox it's  a $10 monthly subscription filled with deluxe samples all wrapped up in a box and delivered to your door. This month's box theme is Natural Wonders, a box loaded with fresh products inspired by the nature and the world around us.

I loved the avocado green wrapping they used for this month's box.

 Products listed 

Cute Befine box inside were 5 packets, 3 daily moisturizers and 2 gentle cleanser.

 Befine Skincare Sampler Full-size, $24-$25
"Easy does it. This exfoliator and moisturizer duo uses gentle ingredients like rice and brown sugar to keep skin supple and healthy." When I opened my box I was really surprised yet intrigued by this box set. I've already found my dream cleanser but I am looking for a good moisturizer so I can't wait to use the moisturizer packets good thing they gave me three!

Amike Obliphica Nourishing Mask Full-size, $40
"Rich in rare omega acids and vitamin C, this conditioning mask boost shine and even helps repair split ends." At first when I saw this I thought it was a snack because of the super sweet packaging but it's actually a hair mask. Now I'm not a big fan of receiving hair samples in my box but this one sounds really interesting since is helps repair split ends and lets just say my hair can really use this.

 What's in here?
 Wonderstruck Taylor Swift Full-size, $49.50 - $59.50
"The pop-country songstress' scent is as catchy as her lyrics, we think it is worthy of a standing gig on our vanity." I'm not really a fan of Taylor Swift (I don't like her music, sorry.) but this perfume does have a nice slightly familiar scent. However this fragrance doesn't last long at all I applied some on my wrist and within a few minutes the smell had completely vanished and I hadn't washed or done anything with my hands. Kind of disappointing.

Zoya TRUE Spring Collection Full-size, $8
"Lighten up for Spring with this fresh shade. The non-toxic formula goes on opaque and last 50% longer than traditional polishes." I was excited when I saw this in my Birchbox I'm already a huge fan of Zoya nail polishes(I'm actually going to order some later today.) so it's joy each time I see their miniature bottles in my box. This is in the color Bevin, a dusty greenish blue color that is darker in person then in the picture. I wouldn't consider this to be color for the Spring, it's more of a Fall shade but still it's nice to have it in my collection.

Le Palais des Thes 20 bags, $12.50
"Little Known fact: the French take teatime just as seriously as their coffee breaks - as evidenced by these sophisticated Parisian green blends." First off I'm really glad that I got tea as my extra in my Birchbox, I saw that a lot of people got laundry detergent in their boxes (AGAIN!) so I'm glad I got tea especially green tea in my box. I absolutely love green tea! I drink two cups religiously a day can't wait to try out these teas.

Well that is it for this month's Birchbox. I actually really liked this month's box I'm planning on using everything and I'm pretty happy about all the products that I got in my box (well everything besides the Taylor Swift perfume). What did you guys get in your Birchbox this month?


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-Michelle

4.13.2012

DIY: Crochet Bow Band

I use to sell these bow hair ties (which I called bow bands) and today I am going to show you how to make these cute bows! It's super easy and makes your hair look adorable!

 I used wasbi colored wool yarn to create my bow band because I like to felt my bows after I'm finished but you can use whatever type of yarn you would like.




 Make sure you leave a uber long yarn tail for sewing afterwards! 




 If you left a longer tail then you can just start attaching the hair tie after sewing down the bow shape. I ran out of yarn from the tail and had to cut out another piece.

Now you are done! I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY and let me know if you try it out.


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-Michelle


4.03.2012

March Favorites

It's that time of the month again..(um, not that time of the month)..March favorites! In March I was obsessed with lip products but I only choose my top three favorite so that I didn't bombard you guys with nothing but lip products. I also rediscovered two of my old favorites, a mint nail polish and a multipurpose product that is great on both your lips or cheeks. I also mention two adorably cute products that have made my makeup application a lot more fun!

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Amused: This was my favorite item that I received in my Teen Vogue Birchbox last month. I love the color it brings to my lips! This is currently my go to lip product I'm thinking about getting more of these lip stains, maybe lucky?

Carmex: My lips have been super chapped lately (I know, gross) and since my EOS wasn't cutting it for me I decided use probably the best chap stick out there, Carmex. Seriously, if your lips are ever chapped get a hold of some Carmex it improves your lips within just one use!

Oreo Cookie Mirror: I got this cute oreo cookie mirror on some random website for like five dollars a few years ago. It came with a white comb inside as the "cream" but sadly I broke the comb. But I still love this mirror! It has become my new favorite makeup mirror plus it's super adorable!

China Glaze Nail Polish in Re-fresh Mint: I'm so glad that I found Re-fresh Mint in my nail polish box I totally forgot that I had this color! I love wearing light pastels, floral prints, and white for Spring so this mint colored polish blends in perfectly into my Spring wardrobe.

 Revlon Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink: When I was in my local drugstore I saw that they were having a sale on Revlon lipsticks so I picked up this hot pink matte lip color called Stormy Pink and I've been totally digging it! I love bright lip colors and this one is especially bright when layered!

Stila Convertible Color in Camellia: An old but goodie! I've probably had this for ages (I need to get a new one!) but I still love the color it gives to my cheeks when I apply it. This is a multi-purpose product so not only do I use this on my cheeks but I sometimes also use it on my lips for a fresh look.

Tony Moly Cat Wink Mascara: I found a picture of the Tony Moly cat wink mascara online and fell in love with it that I had to get it! Tony Moly has such cute packing (I'm waiting for another package from them in the mail)! This was definetly a impulse buy but a great one. I will make a separate review on this later because it's actually a pretty good mascara.

Well those are all of my beauty favorites for the month of March stay tune for my March playlist coming up tomorrow! What are you favorite beauty products for the month of March?


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-Michelle

VICHY Product Review

Last month I received a special Birchbox sponsored by French skincare company VICHY (Check out that post here). I promised that I would test out these products for a month and share my results with you all a month later. Some of these products were hits and some were huge misses, check out the review below to see which products are worth checking out and which ones are best left untouched.

Purete Thermal 3-IN-1 One Step Cleanser
This is the cleanser that I've been using for the past month it's VICHY's Purete Thermal 3-in-1 one step cleanser. 

PROS:
- Made my appear skin clearer.
- Removed all of my makeup.

CONS:
- Too milky.
- My skin didn't feel clean after using this.

Would I buy this? No, I love my Ahava rich cleanser too much!

Would you recommend this to somebody? Yes, I think this would be perfect for someone who has dry/sensitive skin. 

Aqualia Thermal Cream
I really hated using this because it made my oily skin come back so I had to stop using it early. Even my family members noticed that my skin look "sweaty" and gross. 

PROS:
- Very moisturizing.
- A little bit of product goes a long way.
- Lightweight.

CONS:
- Very greasy!
- Made me skin appear oily.
- Unhygienic, since it comes in a jar I have to dig my hands in each time.

Would I buy this? NO!

Would I recommend this to somebody? Unless you have really dry skin and need all that oily. 

Lifactiv Rhamnose Night Cream
Through it's similar to the thermal cream I ended up liking this better. Even though it's heavyweight cream I feel that it can pass since you sleep you need that extra moisture.   

PROS:
- Hydrating.
- A little goes a long way.

CONS:
- The cream was thick. I don't really like heavy products on my skin.
- Unhygienic, since it comes in a jar I have to dig my hands in each time.

Would I buy this? Probably not however I do need a night cream.

Would you recommend this to somebody? Maybe, but I didn't really see that much of a difference in my face.

PURETE THERMAL EYE MAKEUP REMOVER FOR SENSITIVE EYES

CONS:
Did not like this makeup remover at all! It didn't remover anything not waterproof mascara, not normal mascara, not eyeliner, and not even eye shadow! This is just a terrible product do not waste your money on this.


Overall I didn't really like the VICHY skincare line that much. I wouldn't personally buy anything from them plus they test on animal which is a big turn off to me (I didn't research the company before I got sent the box). I feel there is so many companies out there that have much better skincare products.

You can purchase these products off VICHY's official website here


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-Michelle