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Birchbox Review April 2017


This month’s box was slightly disappointing for me. I’m so used to quality items from my boxes that I was really let down by what I tried.
Number 4 Texturizing Spray: ⭐️

The spray left my hair strainer than it started as and heavy. It promised beach waves and I received none. It smells nice and left my hair shiny and sleek, so if I want my hair to look nice and straight I will use it. 

Schmidt’s Naturals: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The deodorant was lavender and smelled great. It lasted all day and worked way better than Toms deodorant in that sense. I had a problem with the texture, goopiness, and the residue left behind. Also, I’m not sure if my skin was irritated by the lavender or not.  I had some irritation after using the product.

The Beauty Crop, lipstick: ⭐️⭐️

Great color, great staying power… terrible application. It went on with no control and didn’t blend well on my lips. I’m not sure if it was user error or the formula but I’ve not had a problem with my other liquid lipstick. 

ToykyoMilk Dark: ⭐️

Personally was disgusted by the scent. It first gave off a babypowder smell and then a woodsy smell (which I didn’t mind) but in general did not mix with my personal scent taste.

Visanti: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Smells great, absorbs well… takes a lot to feel moisturized and no noticeable difference in skin texture. I liked it but would never buy it. 

Review of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

Be forewarned, this is going to be a very positive review of the new Ghostbusters.

 

I fully expected the new Ghostbusters to disappoint me. I was ready to laugh a little bit and then cringe the whole time. I hadn’t read reviews but I had heard negative whispers whenever the movie was mentioned. I was pleasantly surprised. I walked out of the theater beaming and excited. That was the movie experience I had been missing in all other action movies. Let me explain why.

These four women leads gave me what I had been missing. Intelligence, well rounded personalities, practical fighting gear, and excellent acting. The comedy was on point and the excitement the ladies exuded over ghosts caught me up. I also absolutely loved that a love match was not the focus, it was actually about capturing ghosts. There were little nods to romance, but it was the focus like in many other female films.

This is not the same feel of old Ghostbusters, but there were nods to the old film that felt right and gave an air of respect. I don’t think they successfully recaptured the campy 80’s feel of the old film, but it was still delightful. The new film  is a classic in it’s own right.

I’ve heard many say that Chris Hemsworth was their favorite part of the film. I disagree. He was in fact my least favorite. The dumb, hunky assistant trope became a little much at times. It was a nice comic relief from time to time but in the end his scenes made me cringe.

There were a few other small things that made me cringe. There was a moment where the four women were called “girls”. That is always something that puts me over the edge. I don’t mind so much when the Ghostbusters were called ladies, but “girls” makes them seem infantile and inept.

I think the four actresses who played the leads were perfect for their roles. On the other hand I always like to see more diversity in film. Hopefully, this film opens the doors for more female led action comedies and a Ghostbusters sequel. As long as the public asks for it, Hollywood will deliver.

 

How did you feel about the film? Do you agree? Do you disagree?

 

Bookish Box June Reveal

 

This month is classic novels. Bookish Box is a delightful way to get a surprise fix for book nerd delights. I loved every item I received, but the monthly cost was too much for my tiny pocket.

The tshirt was soft and fit perfect. The ring was a tad tight for my ring finger. The rest was great.

I’d suggest this box for those with excess income who enjoy book themed merchandise. It’s not worth the monthly cost for me to keep it up though.

Birtchbox May 2016

I received my first $10 Birtchbox this month, and I was very impressed.

My favorite item I received was a sample of Vera Wang’s Appleberry Champagne perfume. The sent is very strong and pleasant. In fact, I spilt some on my bed and it made my room smell for two days. The large size is around $50 and the small is around $30. I would definitely buy it full price. It reminds me of autumn days at a apple orchard.

I also loved the Cargo blush/bronzer. It gave my face a healthy glow and didn’t feel cakey. The color would be good for most skin tones, except possibly the lightest.

The Coola sunscreen smelled amazing! Once it absorbed into my skin it wasn’t greasy. It’s perfect for the on the go person who wants quick absorption.

The Berts Bees lip tint was the only product I had previously owned. It was slightly pinker than my lips, which is a look I normally rock. I would suggest it for pale to tan skin tones, but it might get lost on a darker tone.

The final product was the Beauty Protector for hair. I’m not big on hair products and usually dry and go. If anything I’ll put mousse in my hair and straighten it. So this product was not meant for me and my hair knew it. I sprayed it through my hair and brushed it out. The smell was great, as with all the products, but my hair became greasy and icky feeling. I used it as a detangler for my friends 4 year old and it was amazing. So, it’s a bit or miss product for me.

Birtchbox is a great way to sample Beaty products without the commitment. I highly suggest it for those of you who like to try new and exciting things.

 

Diva Cup Review….

(Discussing period type things, be warned)

So, after a year of hearing the wonders of the Diva Cup I decided to check it out. I bought mine at Target in the tampon aisle.

For those of you who have no idea what a Diva Cup is, it’s a silicone cup that is inserted into the vaginal canal to catch your period on it’s way out. The box indicates that it can be left in for 10-12 hours and there should be no leaks if inserted correctly. To gain more specifics you can find the website here. I highly suggest doing your own research before investing, it is a $40 item.

The first thing I want to say about the cup is that it’s incredibly weird. If you’re not used to sticking your hands up inside your business, you better get used to it real fast. I didn’t have to change a tampon or pad every few hours, so the only reminder of my period was when I emptied the cup and when I was experiencing cramps. Also, if you are sickened by your period, this product is not for you. This month I got really close and personal to my period in ways that I had never imagined. It was oddly satisfying to empty the cup out and see all of nonsense leaving my body.

If you’re thinking it’s similar to using a tampon, you might want to start rethinking that idea. Tampons are a no mess option in comparison to this thing, but I’ve found the cup is far more comfortable than tampons. I have a tilted uterus and my vaginal area is small. I’ve had problems with Tampax being too long for me to be comfortable. I made the comment to my roommate I didn’t feel the cup at all, it was like a ghost cup. If you can feel the cup it’s probably inserted wrong and you will leak.

The biggest problem I’ve had is insertion and getting the damn thing out. Only by getting in the lowest squatting position can I get the cup in and out. I’ve had the most success putting it in and taking it out in the shower. After insertion you have to rotate the cup to make sure it’s opened properly. That can be a messy process. Honestly, I’ve never had more of a mess during my period than learning how to use this cup. It’s a rather gross business.

Once it was in properly I’ve had only a couple problems. On my heaviest day I had to empty the cup every couple of hours rather than the 12. It was not a fun experience and I almost gave up on the damn thing. I suggest wearing a pad on heavy days or a liner. I can’t imagine having to empty this cup in a public restroom on a heavy day.

On my lighter days it was  a very convenient thing. It didn’t leak and I was able to live life as if I wasn’t on my period. The cup is very revolutionary in some ways, and is a pain in the arse in others. Pads and tampons are way easier to use and are less likely to be used incorrectly. That being said, I didn’t fill up my waste basket with period garbage and I didn’t have to sit in a pad full of blood.

Next month may be easier. I’ve decided that investing in pantie liners  in case of leaks would be a good plan. I had a few leaks on heavy days. I also ordered no leak period underwear.

I think the cup is a good investment, it just takes some getting used to. I’m going to go to the website and look through advice to help me for next time. I’m also thinking about investing in a pair of those Thinx panties. If I do I’ll let you know my thoughts.

Global Union Milwaukee, Wi

Alverno Presents Global Union

My boyfriend got wonderful photos of Global Union this year!! Go check out the link above and like his page. This was my first time going to Global Union and it was amazing!!! We got to watch some real talent.

La Yegros was a sexy and fun sounding band. Their female vocal was delightful and funny, she also had amazing fashion sense. They were a mix of electric instruments and old Latin flavor.

Wu Force is an “Avant-garde Appalachian-Chinese folk trio”. I would have to say that they were my favorite part of Global Union. I loved their mix of almost Celtic sounding vibes with the Chinese harp.

Kobo Town is Alternative Calypso. They caused everyone to get up and dance! It was amazing to see so many different kinds of people dancing together. Things really got swinging when Calypso Rose joined Kobo Town. She was so cute and funny. She made jokes with the crowd and had an amazing ability to get everyone pumped up.

The last group was Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. They were also amazing! Their drums and vocals really stood out. At the end of their set they asked for everyone to donate to stop the spread of Ebola in their home country.

The best part of Global Union was just the feeling of freedom. People brought their kids and dogs. The food was amazing, and so were the handcrafted items. It was an experience that I will never forget!

 

Black Rasberry Vanilla Diamond Candle

Another Diamond Candle! This one not only smells great but I finally got a stone in my ring that wasn’t  green! A tip when burning these candles- trim the wick as it burns or you will get smoke. I highly recommend this candle, but I still think the Lime Vanilla one is my favorite it just smells so clean!  Five Stars!

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