MY EMPTIES FROM MARCH

This month I didn’t really empty that many products- but I have been trying out a lot of new things! Here are the products I finished up and what I thought of them:

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Suave Professionals Rosemary & Mint Shampoo and Conditioner: Loved this stuff- mostly for the smell. But I also loved the formula and it seemed to work well with my hair. I started the bottles in September and since I had a pixie cut throughout most of these bottles’ lives I JUST NOW finished them. One good thing about short hair- the ability to have a bottle of hair product last a looooong time. Would I buy these again? Yes.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser:Β You know those travel-sized bottles that most department stores have? Well I was in Target one day and they were having a 50% off little bottles sale and I decided it would be the perfect time to try out new products- and if I don’t like them I’m only out 50 cents. I picked up this bad boy and really liked it. I think I’ve used it before but I like to try out new skincare products to keep my skin from getting used to a product. This stuff was gentle, and when applied it makes your pores tingle- which to me was a good sign that it was getting my face super clean (I think?). It was also really relaxing, and I sometimes would put it on and let it sit for a few minutes in the bath. How luxurious. Would I buy this product again? Yes.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub:Β This was another skincare product I decided to give a go for a mere 50 cents. This one I wasn’t as impressed with. My skin is dry and sensitive, so I tend to stray away from a facial scrub unless I feel like I really need it. This scrub smelled lovely, but all in all nothing to write home to. Granted, I did use it up, but I wouldn’t buy it unless it was on sale.

Bath & Body Works CO Bigelow MENTHA Lip Balm Stick:Β I have to say, I loved this lip balm to the very end. Perfect moisturizing-ness for wintertime chapped lips and a great scent. If you haven’t already figured out that I love mint then you must be blind. I’m super sad it’s gone, and the next time I walk by a Bath & Body Works I’m definitely getting a new one.

Dried Cranberries: Oh man, I’ve been obsessed with these guys all month long. I’ve been putting them in everything: salads, yogurts, and even granola (check out my blog post for a recipe). Super good for you and a healthy snack for on the go. I know this bag isn’t technically empty, but it’s the second one I’ve bought this month. Give me a break. πŸ˜‰

What were your favorites this month?

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FEBRUARY STITCH FIX HAUL

As I was scrolling through my Newsfeed on Facebook, I saw that one of my good friends shared something called Stitch Fix- clothes and accessories sent to your door by a personal stylist. I clicked on the link and before I knew it, I was all signed up for a package coming my way in just a few short weeks.

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a screen shot from their website explaining how it works:

CaptureYou can also link a Pinterest board or any other website that you feel portrays your style so the stylists have more of an idea of what you like. It also made me go over my pins on my “Style” board and weed out the things that really weren’t me. Apparently, at first glance at my board, I really love scarves and cardigans- check out my Pinterest board if you’re interested!

So here it is- my first Stitch Fix box. I felt like a kid on Christmas and couldn’t wait to see what the stylist picked out for me. I wrote them a note saying I was going to be in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day weekend and was looking for a cute outfit for the trip- here’s what they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageI must say- I didn’t think this fix was really me. I do love me a good cardigan- but these two were a bit too floppy and shapeless. I feel like sometimes since I’m a size large in most clothing and I’m tall, people assume I’m also bigger. But I’m not. I’m quite the averaged-sized human being: just 6 feet tall. I’m also not a huge maxi-skirt fan, so that right off the bat wasn’t something I thought I wanted to keep. I’m also into autumn colors, so the scarf and the skirts’ bright, bold pattern were a bit out of my comfort zone. The only thing I liked right away was the pencil skirt- it fit pretty well and was a nice, neutral brown.

But to my surprise, once I tried the outfits on (mixing in my own accessories), I weirdly loved them all. Here are three of my favorite combinations of the 5 things they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageI surprisingly loved the scarf- and happened to have a jacket that matched it quite well. I probably would have kept it- if not for the price tag. I didn’t feel like it was worth the amount they were asking and I think that I could find one similar locally for less- but it at least broadened my horizon to new colors and “bright” things.

The pencil skirt was as great as I thought it would be- it’s stretchy and no zipper in sight which makes for a sleek, no-fuss look. The cream twist cardigan was also much better on me than in the box. But- as with the scarf- I felt like it wasn’t worth the price. If the fabric were a bit more quality and was about $20 cheaper, I would have definitely kept it. But I’ll keep my eyes out for something like it in the future now that I know it’s something I like on me.

The maxi skirt was also a huge surprise- it was so comfortable and long enough for my mile-high legs (and you have no idea how hard it is to shop for those bad boys). The cardigan was alright, just not my style. Loved the color, though.

I guess all in all I wasn’t expecting perfection from my first fix, but I feel like this fix was one that really opened my eyes to new styles and colors I never thought to use before. Before shipping the items I didn’t want back, I was given the option to tell my stylist what I thought about her picks- which hopefully will help her know what I like and don’t like in the future! And I’ve decided I’m going to get one fix shipped to me every month for 6 months and if I feel like it’s not working for me, I’ll quit. But I really like the idea of it and I’m hoping for even better luck in the future!

If you’re interested in trying this out, click here to go to their website and sign up!

WHAT’S IN MY BAG- APPARENTLY READY FOR MARCH

As I was reaching into my bag for some chapstick, I realized that I’m more prepared for St. Partick’s Day than I thought. A lot of the items in my little pouch were green, gold or minty- I just had to snap a picture:

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These are the things that (lately) I can’t leave the house without.

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=22993546

This is seriously one of my favorite chapsticks- it’s smooth, mousturizing, and minty. It’s perfect for wintertime- but in the summer I find it goes on a bit thick. During winter, I’ll take all the moisture on the lips I can get.

Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara: http://wnwbeauty.com/product.php?cid=15&pid=89&subid=24

So far, I’m enjoying this mascara. To be completely honest, I hate brand new mascara- it seems to go on too thick for my fair/redheaded complexion, but once the tube gets “broken in” I’m sure I’ll love it. I haven’t really noticed if the proteins in this bottle have done anything to improve my eyelashes, but it seems to be staying on all day and is quite black.

Wet n Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Light: http://wnwbeauty.com/product.php?cid=17&pid=929&subid=35

Apparently I’m on a Wet n Wild kick- but I do love their products! This powder is great for touching up under the eyes or around the t-zone throughout the day. Since it’s winter, I definitely moisturize before applying for a smooth finish. And, as you can tell from the picture, my pressed powder is very loved.

Essie “Good as Gold” nail polish: http://www.essie.com/Effects/mirror-metallics/good-as-gold.aspx

I’ve tried out lots of gold nail polishes- gold is one of my favorite colors so I am quite picky when it comes to shades of gold. Out of all the golds I found at the drugstore, this one has to be my favorite. It’s not see-through when you apply it, and is very shimmery and matches all of my gold jewelry- which is quite important.

Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Liner in Black Onyx: http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-twist-up-longwear-liner/-/A-14264328

This is one of the smoothest eye liners I’ve ever bought. You barely have to touch it to your skin and it just melts (in a good way, I promise) onto your skin in a beautiful line. I got it on clearance at Target, but it might become a regular in my collection. I also love that I don’t have to sharpen anything- it twists up with more product easily. It comes in different colors, and I might just have to try them out.

The makeup brush came in a brush set from Walgreens about a year ago- but I really like angled eyeshadow brushes for everything powdery.

And of course- Extra Spearmint Gum: delicious. And the gum itself is a bit of a neon green color which always makes for interesting gum bubbles.

What are some constants in your bags lately?