9.20.2012

September 2012 Birchbox

It may have come late but my monthly present finally came in the mail yesterday! Usually I'm impressed with Birchbox's shipping but this time my box came really late which made me upset but anyways let go on to the box. This month Birchbox had a "September fashion week" theme, they even include their own mini zine with fashion and beauty tips! Now let's see what came on my box!

Quick look inside

The list of products in my box

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Full-size, $34
"This exfoliating cleanser uses professional-grade (read: effective) microderm crystals and papaya enzymes to brighten dull skin." I actually used this for the first time last night, it smelled nice and felt like tiny little sand particles on your face. However I didn't notice any big changes but I will keep using this and let you know if I see a drastic change in my skin.

21 drops Focus Aromatherapy Blend Full-size, $29
"Stay sharp with this mind-clearing blend of rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Apply to pulse points and breathe deep." This comes in a roller ball applicator, which I prefer better then the mini spray bottles. The smell is not that bad it actually has a slight eucalyptus smell.

Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Treatment System Full-size $9.99-$14.99
"Infused with coconut oil and amino acids, this shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment work together to fix unsightly split ends." I have a lot of split ends so I hope that this stuff can reduce my ends because I hate cutting my hair short because it takes FOREVER for it to grow out. 

Mighty Leaf Tea Company Tea Box of 15, $9.95
"Swap your afternoon latte for these yummy tea blends, made from natural, ethically sourced ingredients." I love getting teas in my box for some reason (Anything eatable, really). This bag comes with three tea bags Green Tea Tropical, Vanilla Bean, and Chamomile Citrus. I tried the green tea one yesterday, it had a slight fruity flavor but lets just say it won't replace my favorite green tea.

This is the mini zine that Birchbox included in this month's box. It has lots of fashion and beauty tips and some tutorials too!

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Color Club Birchbox Custom Polish Full-size, $8
"We teamed up with Color Club to create this custom shade, inspired by the Fall 2012 collections." When I heard that Birchbox was going to include one of their Color Club custom nail polishes I was so excited! I loved every color but the dark grey color which I ended up getting in my box, Status Update. I would have liked any other color besides this one. I already have a color very similar to this, Zoya's Cynthia. The two look exactly alike they're both a dark grayish color with a hint of blue in it but Cynthia has a blueish green and Status Update has a blueish under tone. 

Twistband Birchbox Custom Lace Hair Tie Set of 6-12, $14-22
"Designers went gaga for lace this season and we don't blame them. Get on board with these ouch-free hair ties." Another twistband, really? This is like my third I still don't get why these are so popular. However I do like the purple lace print.

I also received a 25% gift card off of Madewell (with a purchase of $75 or more).

Not my favorite box but not my least favorite. I'm excited to try out the split end treatment system, vasanti face rejuvenator, and tea. What did you guys get in your September Birchbox?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

9.17.2012

Nails Art Supplies

Hey guys so maybe you guys don't know this but I am currently in LOVE with gel manicures! I've never had a professionally done gel manicure but I've done them myself and not only do they last longer but they look awesome too! Regular manicures last a few days but gel nails last 2 to 3 weeks! Which is amazing since I don't always have time to do my nails. Anyways I've collected quite a bit of gel and nail art supplies so I thought why not show you guys my collection?


I got this 24 pack of UV glitters on eBay for around $5. 

 Pack of lint-free wipes (a essential for gel nails), Freeman peppermint and plum foot lotion, Gelish artificial nail remover, a small glass, and Gelish Structure Gel.

I displace all of my nail supplies in a birchbox. Great for organizing!

Fimo clay rods I got a pack of 100 on eBay for about $5.

 Four nail art spheres with pearls, gems, and dessert fimo slices (also from eBay). 

 Nail dotting tools, nail file, nail buffer, small nail essential kit (Comes in a cute cupcake pouch!), and a four sided nail buffer.

Heart shaped nail file (Which I got from my Birchbox), 3D acrylic nail art letter mold, blade (to cut the fimo pieces), 7 piece nail art brush set, cuticle pusher, nail file, big nail clipper, cuticle remover cream, and nail tweezers.  

 I use the Sensationail starter kit by Nailene. I got this as a birthday gift and I love it! It comes with all the gel nail essentials you need to get started. The LED lamp and the bottles in the kit are a bit small but I was ok with that because you only use them once or twice a month.

Here is a closer look at the bottles you get in the Sensationail starter kit. You get a gel nail color (I got the pink chiffon kit), a clear gel coat that you use as both the base and top coat (You use this a lot so I would recommend getting a separate base and top coat), a gel primer, and a gel cleanser.

I'm still pretty new at gel manicures but once I get the hang of it I will make more gel nail rated posts. Do you guys like gel nails?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

9.14.2012

How to: Crochet A Knot Headband

Hey guys so today I am finally doing another DIY post! Since it's getting a lot more coolr I am going to show you guys how to crochet a cute knotted headband so that you can wear from fall to winter. This is a easy and basic pattern so even new crocheters can make this.

For yarn I used Knit Pick's brava worsted yarn in the color rouge.

First you are going to want to measure the diameter of your head, I just measured how I wanted my headband to fit. My head measured 21 inches so I started off with 62 chains. 

Ch 62 sts.
Sk the first 2 chs and work a sc into each st until you reach the end of the row.
Ch 1, turn, and crochet the entire row (repeat however many rows you want your headband to have, I crochet 6 rows total).

Now after you have reached the end of however many rows you want ch 1 but don't turn instead stick your hook into the side of your work and sc that row.

Ch 1, turn and continue sc 10 more rows (Depending on how thick you made your rows before you may want to make these rows a bit longer). 

 After you reach the end of your side rows it is time to go back to your original work. Join these two rows together by working a sc all the way to the other side like you did earlier.

Repeat the above steps to make another ten sc rows on the side (Use the pictures to guide you). Cut off leave a long tail for sewing.

This is how your headband should look like. 

Now time for the knot. Get your two sc rows that you made on the side ready. 

Cross the rows by making a X. 

The piece facing you should go over and under the other piece like this. 

 Next join the end parts together and sew the sides together.

Tada! This is how your headband should like like when you are finished! You can make your headband whatever color and size you want. If you want a thicker headband I suggest you use a thick yarn. If you want your knot to look more bulky try making your headband thicker. 

Let me know if you try this pattern! Also if there is any problems please let me know and I will try to help you.

X♥X♥
-Michelle

9.07.2012

Guest Review: A Tale of Two Sisters: Gash & Peroxide



Two totally different colors, like two totally different sisters. One dark and classic, the other sparkly and bubbly. This describes me and Michelle fairly well. I'm her older sister, Stephanie. She was nice enough to let me do a little makeup review for A Colorful Creation. Today's my favorite makeup topic: LIPTSICK. 

I'm the kind of girl who actually doesn't wear much makeup. I don't do mascara and eyeliner, my nails are rarely done, and a glimpse at my skin will tell you I'm in dire need of some good skin care habits. But I do indulge in lipsticks, their companions lipgloss and lip balm, and BB creams.  

Urban Decay is one of my favorite companies. I love that they are animal-friendly and have kickass names for their colors like "F-Bomb" and "Apocalypse." They're having a super sale right now on some products they're discontinuing. Sad times. I was going to title this "A Fond Farewell: Urban Decay Lipsticks," but that would be too sad and negative and Michelle is NOT into negativity. 

I bought two tubes at the crazy price of $8 bucks each, when they normally go for $22.


Can we talk about the packaging first? Just look at it! It's all pretty and purpley. There's a little dagger at the end of it because "Lipstick is a weapon of love." I guess they're implying love is a battlefield? Makeup is war paint? I could go on forever.



Gash

There really is nothing like red lips for confidence. You can't convince me that there is any better color for lips. There was a time when I couldn't go without a bit of rouge on my lips or my face would feel naked. Gash has to be the best red I've ever worn. It's dark and luscious. It has magenta undertones, so if you're not too into bright, cherry red you may like it. The satiny finish makes thin lips look fuller.


Peroxide

Such a deadly name for such a pretty pink. I wanted to wander a bit away from the red and try something safer and more day-time appropriate. This pale pink is fun to wear. The photo doesn't show it, but this shade has just a hint of shimmer and glitter without looking too wild. I tend to wear it without lipgloss just so the slight sparkliness will show. This is more up the marshmallow, bubblegum rainbow alley of A Colorful Creation, non?


So, Colorful Creators, do you have any Urban Decay favorites?

9.04.2012

August 2012 Random Favorites

Welcome back to another favorites post. In this favorites post I will be sharing my random favorites from the month of August, favorites such as my favorite book, clothing pieces, app, etc. So let's get started!

Nylon Magazine (September Issue): Nylon is one of my favorite magazines I've been subscribe to them for almost 2 years now but I discovered them back in 2008. I use to read the entire magazine (because I am one of those people who actually reads magazines) but then I stopped and only read articles that caught my eye's but now I read almost all of the magazine and I am so glad that I do because there is so many fun articles to read! If you have never picked up a Nylon magazine DO IT NOW!

"On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson" by Louise Rennison: I've had this book forever but never read it, it is the second book of "Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson". I was watching the movie "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging" the other day and was reminded that I had the second book so I decided to finally read it. This is a quick read (Because it's written for a younger audience) but it's hilarious! I had to laugh in my pillow at night (because I didn't want to wake anybody up at 4 am) because it was that funny!

Apple Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters: I found these sunglasses at Urban Outfitters on sale for $5 dollars! They are called "The apple of my eye sunglasses" which is the perfect name for these! You can buy them here

Ladybug Shoulder from Asos: Bought this bag for Mexico but it didn't get to me in time but I decided to keep it because it's really adorable. Has enough space to hold the necessities like your phone, money, and gum or in my case mints.

Minteas in Ginger Pear: Got these in one of my Birchbox and they have quickly become my favorite mint. They are made for tea (Which is awesome because I love tea!) and are suppose to help you focus? Well I'm not sure about that but they are really tasty and make my breath smell nice.

App: Hatchi Do you guys remember Tamagotchi? Well if you do then that is the best way to describe this app, it's a virtual monster pet that grows as you feed and play with it. You can buy the app here.

Show: Adventure Time I have always heard nothing but good things about "Adventure Time" so when I came back from Mexico I decided to offically start watching it and I LOVED IT! Where has this show been all my life? It's the perfect combination of cuteness and sillyness. I just saw one episode and fell instantly in love! Watch the latest episode here.

Well that is it for my random August favorites. Let me know what your random favorite for the month of August is in the comments below. Also what do you guys think of the new layout?

X♥X♥
-Michelle

9.03.2012

August 2012 Favorites

Today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite beauty products for the month of August (Random favorites will be up tomorrow).

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: This mask is AMAZING! It makes your face appear bright and beautiful and makes your face look FLAWLESS (a.k.a pore-less)! This is my second tube and I can bet you it won't be my last.

Miss Jessie's Stretch Silkening Creme: I got this hair curl cream in my August Birchbox and since then I have used it quite a few times to love it. It claims to loosen tight curls and adds tons of shine. It didn't really loosen my curls but it did add some shine and made my hair look clean and healthy.

Freeman Bare Foot Lotion in Peppermint and Plum: My sister had this foot lotion and after letting my borrowing it a few times I finally decided to get myself a tube. This lotion refreshes, smells good, and makes my feet feel soft and smooth.

Corrector Pen:  Back when I started getting back into BB creams I decided not to use concealer (unless I really need it) because the BB cream hid my under eye circles perfectly. However when I returned from Mexico I couldn't sleep and in the morning I had these huge panda eyes so I went back to concealer. I really like this concealer because it's a pen and I can easily glide the product onto my problem areas without me using a brush.  

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream: Another product from last month's Birchbox and as you can tell from the picture I've used it all up. This is a multi-purpose product, you can use it as a moisturizer, lip balm, cuticle cream, etc. The cream itself has a unique smells/flavor (Yes, I tried it as a lip balm) but I actually like it. I'm going to buy the full-size and use it as a hand/cuticle cream.

Nail Art Wheels: Like I said in my last post I've been really into nail art (Especially 3D gel nail art) so I purchased a bunch on nail art supplies including these nail wheels. The one on the left had different size pearls and the one on the right are fimo slices in the shapes of desserts! I got both on these nail wheels on eBay for under $2.

Let me know what your current favorite products are, I love discovering new products! Comeback tomorrow for my non-beauty favorites!

 X♥X♥
-Michelle