Ipsy November 2016

You all KNOW I have been on the fence lately with a few of my boxes. One of those was my ipsy bag. They have a system to review your bags. I have been faithfully reviewing, and lo and behold, this month’s bag was bomb! We have some crazy eyes goin’ on in the video cover shot. Don’t mind those. :) Having way too much fun over here, ignoring my holiday baking I need to be doing.

I loved my items this month. What did you all think?


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Boxycharm October 2016

Hey you all.

I just love Boxycharm.

I can’t wait for you guys to see what came in this month.

Hint: I just love these dang brushes. Did you guys get anything different in your box?

There was a spoiler with an Ofra highlighter, a powder bronzer, Cargo blush and this Temptu liquid shimmer bronzer. You could have two items of the first three options OR one Temptu shimmer bronzer.

I wish I had gotten the highlighter and the powder bronzer. It’s like the unicorn leggings. Waaahhhh!!!! Hoping some of you out there got my unicorn.



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So…not crazy about the name. Feels a little cheesy? 3 F’s, not sure why.

But so crazy about the contents.

This box is supposed to channel fitness (toesox in this box), beauty (fab?) and fun.

It’s 49.99 a quarter, so monthly breakdown isn’t such an investment. And over $200 in products. I loved the fall box.

A Modcloth blanket scarf (love), a night serum that is alone $50 (and I’m more of a serum than a cream girl) and an eye palette that I know I will use.

Pretty fab if you ask me.

Glossy Box

This box has the most DIVINE packaging out of all the boxes IMHO. It’s pale pink, with black graphics and a black ribbon (almost) each month. Here is my September Glossy  Box live unboxing.

I unbox live, which means my reviews are honest and I have not peeked in the box to form opinions before I unbox.




Probably my VERY FAVORITE of all the beauty boxes… so great. Every month, the cost is $21, and they send over $100 of cosmetics. Each subscriber gets the same products, so no box jealousy. My only regret is I don’t know if I will ever be able to use all of my eyeshadow pallets. I have been subscribing since June, but only started video reviewing last month. So those of you that love Boxycharm, or want to check out what comes in their boxes, please see below!

Beauty Boxes

So I’m loving beauty boxes lately. So fun to get little presents in the mail with new finds on skin care and cosmetics. Hair care in there sometimes, too! Fall feels like the most fun time to have fun with cosmetics because I feel licensed to wear darker colors.

I’ll be embedding those videos here, so those of you that are beauty addicts like me can get your beauty fix. Enjoy!

These boxes are my little recent beauty hobby, and one tiny way of finding beauty in my recent quest of choosing happiness. A shallow hobby, maybe, but I love it. That’s your clue to HOW do these beauty boxes fit in this blog? Sometimes, I will want to write. I love blogging and am an avid reader. Sometimes, I want to talk mental health and neurobiology and how this helps us choose happiness and the choice can then affect our happiness capability. Sometimes I want to talk beauty and fashion. Because in another life (in my mind) I am a stylist. I have background in retail fashion, have done makeup artistry for weddings and plod around in photography.

I am counted on in my family as the go-to stylist. I am honored to consult many family members, even my budding starlet little sis, who will let me pull outfits and shove them in the changing rooms with her. They always work. So it’s just another weird little piece of me that comes naturally. Beauty and style, art and music, just come naturally.

So if it feels like the posts don’t fit together sometimes, I hope this explains some of your feelings. It is odd. It is a little random. Trust me, I know. It was so hard for me to choose a career. I cried for days when I resigned from Madewell and moved home to Oklahoma to try mental health. I still wanted to style people after completing my Masters. I just couldn’t give it up. It was painful to sacrifice that part of me occupationally.

The pull of beauty and fashion is a passionate pull for me. It’s like second nature to know what looks good or what might help others pull a look together. I bet many of you can relate. It’s a piece of you that if you didn’t choose for your career, you will still need to find a way to explore, experiment in, and create with. It’s a part of you. And if you get any boxes, let me know your thoughts.


Beauty addicts, unite!


Sephora Play for October

Hey you guys!

I hope the weather change is not making everyone else’s skin and hair go crazy like mine. Even if so, there are a couple ditties in this box to take care of those things. Watch the video linked below and comment if you got this box, or what you think! I love to hear your thoughts.

Things have been feeling a little blue lately around here. Our pastor put it well this morning that we have been going through possibly a worse time than ever the last few months at our church, with marital struggle, chronic diseases, divorces, a young girl who was just recently told that the Dr.’s do know what is wrong with her, but that they can’t fix it, and the only option is to help her learn with a pain management team how to live with pain. It’s kind of been that kind of heart wrenching season.

Personally for Ross and I, we have had multiple family funerals in the past six months, ongoing confusing health issues for myself, chronic pain, and clients at work who have so much to battle uphill. So this seems to warp in to my daily feelings and can make me feel blue. At least I’m noticing. I used to just feel cranky and not realize I was sad.

Thank you all for celebrating happiness with me… and joining me in our quest to choose happiness, even if we don’t have to feel happy all the time. Just to remember the blessings and the beautiful things that are truly woven all throughout my life. Woven through the darkness. Highlighting and remembering to note these times can help with depression and sadness.

For me, singing hymns in church this morning is one of those things. Reading the book of Hebrews this morning brought me to tears. Deep gratitude for my faith helps me find joy. Pushing the dark curls out of my daughters eyes. Lots of kisses. The warmth in the water on my sore muscles in the shower. My favorite podcast while cuddled under a blanket in bed. The warm sun cutting through the cool breeze….has to be one of my favorite things about fall.

What are some of your highlights?