Birchbox

October Birchbox

Image by Marie the Bee via Flickr

I’m so excited! I can’t wait to get my first Birchbox!!

October Birchbox

Image by Marie the Bee via Flickr

If you don’t know what the Birchbox is, I’ll tell you!

The Birchbox is a monthly subscription service. You pay $10 a month to receive a box of girly goodies. There is no contract and you can cancel at any time. They can take your payment off of a credit card and you can change the info at any time.

Now that that is cleared up…when you get your Birchbox, it will be filled with 4-5 deluxe size samples of high-end products.

What is a “deluxe size” product? It’s about half the size of a full product instead of in a tiny packet like other samples. If they do give you packets, they give you big ones and lots of them. Just look at the pictures!

For example, you may receive a half-bottle of hairspray or half-tube of mascara. You can get anything from cosmetics, to hair products, to toothpaste. Yep! Toothpaste. That’s what was in last month’s Birchbox, so I don’t think I’ll be getting any of that in my Birchbox!

There are plenty of beauty vloggers that have shared the contents of their Birchbox, so I know what to expect…nothing! You never know what you’ll get with Birchbox, but you’ll probably get something you’ll love and the products will probably last at least until your next Birchbox. That’s the beauty of deluxe-size!

I should be getting my first one within the next couple of weeks so I will update with a post and review of the samples.

Skin as pink and white as a newborn (white) baby’s bottom

I saw this on youtube, and thought immediately: I want that!! Not because I want to be white, but because I want my skin to look brighter. I think there is a difference, but a lot of the people who comment on the commercials for Pond’s Flawless White and White Beauty were appalled and thought it was racist. Perhaps it’s the name of the product. Maybe it should be Flawless Bright or Bright Beauty. Unless some of the women in Asia use this product because they want white skin and not just bright skin. Perhaps they feel self-conscious if their skin is dark.

Is this wrong? There’s probably some people out there who wish the women these commercials are aimed at would accept themselves for who they are. Unless they just want to get rid of a few spots.

I know the lady looks pretty white at the end of this commercial. Almost like she’s wearing face paint.

But other commercials just show some dark spots fading away.

What do you think? Is race seen differently in Asia than in the United States? What do you think the races are of the people who commented on these videos?

Pi Phi Under Fire

I don’t know what the big deal is! I read the whole list here and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. No frumpy clothes? I don’t think this is too much to ask. No caked on black eye makeup? So what?

Cornell’s Pi Phi certainly doesn’t sound like the sororoties in the movies.

House Bunny

I think that girls nowadays should all try to look there best and care about the way they look and how people see them. The way women dress and take care of themselves show how much respect they have for themselves.

House Bunny poster

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What do you think? Click on the link to read the list.

What’s Wrong with the Drugstore?

paul mitchell

I love the drugstore and it’s aisles of haircare products. I love to go there and open the bottles and sqeeze them just enough to sample the scent of coconut…the aroma of rose hips. I have used a plethora of shampoos and conditioners on my hair, always choosing the mousturizing formulas, never buying the salon brands. Of course, I enjoy the shampoo at the salon and the fresh smell of the conditioners, but it’s just too expensive for me.

While sitting in the salon chair, getting my hair chopped off, the subject of salon brand hair products came up between the stylists.

Young One- No one will buy our products, not with the economy.

Old One-Yeah, they go to Wal Mart and buy them. But, they don’t know that they’re (the product) crap!

Young One-I know! They “fell off the truck” and sometimes they just bottle anything and then the customer thinks it’s the real thing!

They continued to talk about how all of the Pantene commercials are lies, and that Pantene does nothing for your hair. Personally, I use Herbal Essences.

Well, I was quite silent, because I am a user of this “crap.”

So, is this true? Do the general stores really rip us off with fake salon products? Are salon products that different than regular brands?

To answer the first question, I did some research, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t know what the answer is. Most who have this problem on their minds talk about Paul Mitchell brand.

There was a heated argument that made me giggle like a kindergartner on The Beauty Brains article Are salon products in regular stores the same as those in salons–According to the Beauty Brains, Paul Mitchell likes the drugstore because it boosts his sales. He just pretends nothing is going on. But if you look at the flyer on top of this post, there is a different story. Salons furiously defend their products and condemn the “salon” brands at Wal-Mart and supermarkets saying they dilute the product with water and harmful chemicals. The Beauty Brains says this just isn’t true.  Who do you believe?

Of course, it would be nicer if everyone purchased their hair products at salons to keep small businesses afloat, but it’s cheaper to buy them at general stores.

Now, for the second question…I compared conditioning treatments because if any brand was to perform, I think it would be with the deep contitioners. I was going to compare Paul Mitchell with Pantene Pro-V Deep Moisturizing Treatment but when I saw Pantene’s ingredients, I was very disappointed. It may make your hair soft, if it is fine and oily, because it didn’t have enough moisturizer for dry hair. In my opinion.

Garnier Fructis: Fortifying Deep Conditioner-3 minute masque

Ingredients: Saccharum Officiarum (Sugar Cane) Extract–hydrates

 Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride– Antimicrobial

 Cetrimonium Chloride-smoothing, anti-static

Cetearyl Alcohol-smoothing, anti-static

Bentrimonium Chloride-anti-static, antimicrobial

PEG-180– Humectant

Amodimethicone-Selective conditioning

Cetyl Esters-Thickener

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract-Hair growth

Methylparaben-Antifungal (preservative)

Hydroxyethylcellulose-Thickening agent

Niacinamide-good for acne (?)

Pyridoxine HCl-Moisturizer

Citric Acid-cleanser (can strip hair of moisture)

Trideceth-12-prevents build-up

Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract-Astringent

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract F.I.L. D2669/1-Nutrients

Paul Mitchell-Super-Charged Moisturizer

Ingredients: Cetyl Alcohol-Lubricant used for consistency

Stearyl Alcohol-Smoother, thickener

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein-Adds shine, detangles

Stearalkonium Chloride-Anti-static

Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone-Conditioner

Hedychium Coronarium (White Ginger)– aka awapuhi, moisturizer

PEG-12 Dimethicone-smoothing

Panthenol-moisturizer

Tocopheryl Acetate-aka Vitamin E Acetate, uv protection, moisturizer

 Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminoethyl PG Propyl Dimethicone-conditioner

Algae-Lots of Protein

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf -moisuturizer

Anthemis Nobilis-aka Chamomile, adds luster and smells pretty

Lawsonia Inermis (Henna)-enhances color, conditioner

Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)-Conditioner

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)-Enhances color, conditioner

PEG-12 Dimethicone-smoothing

Lecithin– Paul Mitchell is cruelty free so I guess this is plant derived?-hair growth, smoothing

Glycerin-absorbs moisture

Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate-haven’t a clue

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride-smoothing

Cetearyl Alcohol-smoothing, anti-static

Ceteareth-20-emulsifier

Citric Acid-cleanser (can strip hair of moisture)

DMDM Hydantoin-preservative

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbarnate-preservative

Right off the bat, I could see that there are a lot more ingredients in the Paul Mitchell brand. That doesn’t make it better! There are a lot of “cones” in the Paul Mitchell brand. Cones are notorious for causing build-up, but these cones have “PEG” in them, which fixes that problem.

Paul Mitchell wins in my book.

I will use both of these products in the future and see how my hair turns out!

I am glad I did this just for myself. I think that I should do this for everything I consume. Why not? We should all care about what we put in/on our bodies. I’ll have to wait and see if I do it. The research will keep me busy!

Kitchen Time–Avocado Mask…

Make masks with stuff from your kitchen cupboards and fridge!! You don’t need to buy stuff in a jar to make your skin beautiful and soft.

What to buy at the grocery store~~

  1. Avacado–Natural oils moisturize skin.
  2. Honey–acne treatment.
  3. Lemon juice–blackhead treatment.
  4. Green Tea–reduce inflammation and raise metabolism, skin toner.
  5. Black Tea (like Lipton or Tetley original)–reduce inflammation, skin toner, hair rinse.
  6. Olive Oil–moisturizer for skin and hair.
  7. Sugar–skin scrub.
  8. Sea Salt–skin scrub, toner.
  9. Milk–skin nutrition, exfoliant.
  10. Cucumber–reduce inflammation.
  11. Oatmeal–soothing exfoliant, cleanser, skin nutrition.

Avacado Mask~~~Avocados are ripe when the fruit is soft. The skin should give a little when sqeezed gently. Stick a knife into the avocado and use a sawing motion all the way around the pit. When the entire avocado is cut in half, pull it apart. It should look like this:avocado-bsp

The pit can be removed with a number of methods. I scoop it out with a spoon. Slice the fruit with a knife horizontally, then vertically, so that the fruit is cut into little cubes:

Then scoop the cubes out with a spoon. I like to eat the avocado in a salad and leave a little fruit left in the skin for a mask. If you don’t like to eat avocado, you can use a little and store the rest in a storage container (with the pit) in the fridge. It should keep for 2 days. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice to keep it from turning brown.
Mash a quarter of the avocado with a teaspoon of honey and spread over your face and neck. Cut a couple of slices of cucumber and put them over your eyes. The cucumbers will help with under-eye bags and dark circles. Lay back with some relaxing music and let the avocado and honey moisturize and tone your skin!! Leave on for 10 or 15 minutes and rinse!
Stay tuned for more Kitchen Time Posts!!

DAINTY Just for Fun!!

Look at the lovely links I have so lovingly provided!!

Dainty June

Dainty June has an adorable summer collection called “She’s Like a Rainbow.”

My favorite dress on the site
My favorite dress on the site

Click here to see where you can find Dainty June.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dainty Diva Designs has a selection of cute accessories for girls.
I love this charm bracelet and it’s only $7.00!
  
  
daintydollThis chick may look dainty but her tunes aren’t! She is a dj from the UK specializing in psychadelic trance music–great for clubbing or just dancing around the house alone…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  If you REALLY want to be Dainty, you have to use the right SOAP!
–Lux soap makes your skin dainty! But I can’t get it in America so I have to settle for Dove.
I love Dove because it doesn’t dry out my skin!!
If you want to take DAINTY to a “whole ‘nother level!”
You migopalht want to consider wearing DAINTY jewelry!!
  http://youravon.com/jsiino —shipping directly to you for only $3!!!
This pretty stone from Avon reminds me of Bella’s ring from Twilight-click the ring to order!
The right makeup will bring out your inner DAINTINESS
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glazewearblushmineralsnail
 
 
 
 
 
Click on the pics to order from my trusted Avon lady, Jasmin Siino!! I’ve always loved Avon and higly recommend it!
 
 
 
  http://youravon.com/jsiino —shipping directly to you for only $3!!!
What 50s gal didn’t want to smell dainty?
 50s
Smell like a 50s glamour queen!
Finally, if you want to go to the EXTREMES of DAINTINESS…I suggest you get a Dainty tattoo…

Vivid Vixens, Voluptuous Voluptuaries, and Velvety Vainglorious Venuses

I’m talking about the ladies of the silver screen! Here are a few of them:

My favorite!!

Marilyn Monroe

 

Before performing, Marilyn would sometimes get sewn into her dresses so they could be skin-tight. She was sewn into her dress to sing “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy. She wore nothing underneath! To make her hips sway even more when she walked, one heel was cut to be shorter than the other. She wore red lipstick and red toenail polish, but always kept her fingernails nude. Chanel No 5 was her perfume of choice.

 

 

 Audrey Hepburn-Voted the most naturally beautiful woman of all time by a panel of experts. They chose the most beautiful out of a list of 100 lovely ladies compiled by Evian. I will put the list in last so you all can have a look!

 

Audrey Hepburn was very self-consious about her teeth. I guess all the worry was for nothing since she is considered the most beautiful actress of all time by many. She sported pixie bangs and thick eyebrows, doe eyes and ballet slippers!

 

 

 

 

Brigitte Bardot-I’ve always loved her hair.

Bardot, now 74, has gotten herself into trouble numerous times for voicing her controversial political views. When I hear her name, I think of her “Sauerkraut” hairstyle (yes, this is what it’s called but in French) and her bangin’ bikini bod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Bette Davis-One of my favorite actresses, Davis was well known for her sexy bedroom eyes.  She played many a “vainglorious vixen!”

       

 

 

 

 Bette was the first woman to be presented with the AFI Life Achievement Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica Lake-Femme Fatale with the “peek-a-boo” hair!

No! This is not Veronica Lake!! It is Martha Stewart made up by the late cosmetic genius Kevyn Aucoin. But it does look just like Veronica!! Buy the book this picture is featured in, “Making Faces,” on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Veronica so influences ladies in the 1940s, that the hairdo was affecting their job performance! Getting your hair caught in a machine is not worth it!!

 

100 Most Naturally Beautiful Women

I have doubts about Cleopatra but, oh well!

1. Audrey Hepburn
2. Liv Tyler
3. Cate Blanchett
4. Angelina Jolie
5. Grace Kelly
6. Natalie Imbruglia
7. Juliette Binoche
8. Halle Berry
9. Helena Christensen
10. Elle Macpherson
11. Cameron Diaz
12. Princess Diana
13. Kate Moss
14. Charlize Theron
15. Scarlett Johansson
16. Isabella Rossellini
17. Nigella Lawson
18. Beyonce Knowles
19. Madonna
20. Jamelia
21. Nicole Kidman
22. Monica Bellucci
23. Audrey Tatou
24. Vanessa Paradis
25. Julianne Moore
26. Jennifer Lopez
27. Marilyn Monroe
28. Julia Roberts
29. Liberty ROss
30. Kylie Minogue
31. Estelle Warren
32. Gisele
33. Gwyneth Paltrow
34. Kate Winslet
35. Katherine Hepburn
36. Ava Gardner
37. Kiera Knightley
38. Iman
39. Jerry Hall
40. Heidi Klum
41. Ursula Andress
42. Virginie Ledoyen
43. Sophie Dahl
44. Michelle Pfeiffer
45. Uma Thurman
46. Kim Catrell
47. Jennifer Aniston
48. Eva Herzigova
49. Brigitte Bardot
50. Felicity Kendal
51. Claudia Schiffer
52. Jacqueline Kennedy
53. Marlene Dietrich
54. Milla Jovovitch
55. Lucy Liu
56. Penelope Cruz
57. Neve Campbell
58. Sharon Stone
59. Vivien Leigh
60. Sophie Marceau
61. Linda Evangelista
62. Dido
63. Catherine Zeta Jones
64. Jessica Lange
65. Ingrid Bergman
66. Greta Garbo
67. Jodie Kidd
68. Laetitia Casta

69. Princess Caroline of Monaco
70. Kathleen Turner
71. Rachel Weisz
72. Naomi Campbell
73. Grace Jones
74. Christie Turlington
75. Famke Jensen
76. Catherine Deneuve
77. Cindy Crawford
78. Heather Graham
79. Judy Garland
80. Ginger Rogers
81. Sophia Loren
82. Yasmin Le Bon
83. Kirsten Dunst
84. Sandra Bullock
85. Melanie Sykes
86. Cleopatra
87. Lisa Snowdon
88. Rita Hayworth
89. Katie Holmes
90. Honor Blackman
91. Joely Richardson
92. Joanna Lumley
93. Andie MacDowell
94. Alicia Silverstone
95. Cat Deeley
96. Rene Russo
97. Sienna Miller
98. Rachel Hunter
99. Jade Jagger
100. Kelly Brook

Vermont Country Store–Purveyors of the Practical & Hard to Find

I will order from here as soon as I get the chance!!!

I will order from here as soon as I get the chance!!!

 
What I want…<3
Tabu Lipstick--the original stay put lipstick!

Tabu Lipstick--the original stay put lipstick!

Tangee Rouge
Tangee Rouge
Tangee is a different color on everyone! For over 70 years...
Tangee is a different color on everyone! For over 70 years…
Since 1911--Great for anywhere!--Only $5.99!
Since 1911–Great for anywhere!–Only $5.99!
Botox in a Box!
Botox in a Box!
 
No.4711 Eau de Cologne--Since the early 18th century

No.4711 Eau de Cologne--Since the early 18th century

Love the Box

Love the Box!

 

Yummy Kissing Potion! I used to have one of these when I was little!

Yummy Kissing Potion! I used to have one of these when I was little!Available in Bubblgum, Cherry, and Mint.

It looks so pink and pretty!

It looks so pink and pretty!

Cake Eyeliner like the old time movie stars!

Cake Eyeliner like the old time movie stars!