{BirchBox} Effortlessly Elegant Box

April 2016
“From sprouting buds to the first truly sunny day, spring is all about renewal – and what’s fresher than a revived looked? Our editors have assembled this box of products that will help you feel pretty, polished, and effortlessly-put-together for all your springtime adventures.”

Yay! Spring has arrived! “AJ checks the forcast……” nope nope spring only arrived for about a week in Minnesota. The past few weeks have been chilly and wet. They say April showers bring May flowers…… I will be holding mother nature to this. If I don’t have flowers in may she and I are going to have a chat. Because this cold damp weather is crazy talk.


Lets talk about the actual box this month. For the second year BirchBox has partnered with Riffle Paper company to bring us a vibrant floral box to celebrate spring. The box is gorgeous and it made me very excited to see what was inside! For the month of April I chose the curated box which featured one of my favorite brands TOCCA.

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Effortlessly Elegant – April 2016

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution: removes makeup, cleanses skin, and soothes irritation with natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber.

Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream: this high-tech, first-of-its-kind, collagen producing cream visibly firms, lifts, and plumps skin.

Laura Gellar New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten:baked from liquid pigments, this blush-highlighter combo delivers a natural-looking flush.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastian Volumizing Lifting Spray: this innovative body-enhancing spray uses marshmallow root to give locks instant volume and lift.

TOCCA Crema de Mano – Giullietta: loaded with natural botanicals, this green apple and pink tulip lotion absorbs in a flash.

The curated box was spot on for spring. It included a little something for everyone to change their look from winter to spring.

Birch Box is a beauty and lifestyle subscription box program that costs $10.00 per month. For every dollar you spend in the shop you can earn 1 point. 100 points will get you a free birch box or $10 towards a purchase in the shop at birchbox.com. I know you’ve got friends so why not refer those friends to Birch box and earn a few points for doing so. If you would like to learn more and get a Birch Box of your very own go to http://www.birchbox.com for more information.

***I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own***

{Julep} Brights + Whites

Sun’s coming, Mavens. Even here in rainy Seattle we’re already in serious sunshine mode. We’ve sprung forward our mani-pedi palette in a major way and we’re really, really (really!) excited for you to see our newest BRIGHTS. Plus, we’ve got some fresh new ways for you to get the perfect glowing complexion that’s so on point right now.

New Vivid Sheers. Can’t. Stop. PLAYING. One coat, and you get a juicy wash of color. One coat layered over white, amps the look totally. Multi-color crisscross, negative space, peekaboo white—we’ve loved every look so far.

That’s why we’re throwing in a FREE Brigitte (Classic with a Twist) bright white crème so you can try out different designs too! Get it with any Vivid Sheer; limit one per box. <——— How cool is this! Julep is going to give you a free polish so that you can carry out the trend of vivid brights over white!


Julep gets my jam, they know what its like to live and work in a dreary springtime land. Minnesota and Seattle are very much a like and oh so very different. Julep had me at “Brights + White.” This months colors and products did not disappoint. I had a very hard time choosing and added three additional products to my April Maven Box. By adding 3 additional products I earned a free surprise gift.

“Lady! What did you get in your Brights + Whites Box!?


Julep Maven – April 2016, Brights + Whites:

Kaolin Clay Konjac Sponge: A gentle exfoliator made from the fibrous root of the Konjac plant and enriched with detoxifying kaolin clay that draws impurities from deep within skin.

Green Tea Konjac Sponge: A gentle exfoliator made from the fibrous root of the Konjac plant and infused with green tea powder to balance the skin.

Charcoal Konjac Sponge: This super gentle all-natural exfoliator is enriched with skin-clarifying charcoal to cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify your skin.

What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk: a lightweight treatment milk infused with five potent oils to hydrate and replenish skin. Just in time for winter’s harsh bluster on our sweet faces, this restorative facial milk is a seasonally on-point addition to the daily routine—under moisturizer, before makeup.
——————————> This is a repeat product for me, don’t worry it wasn’t done on purpose. With My Maven you can customize the products you receive in your monthly box. I happen to hands down love this moisturizer and needed another bottle, so I switched out a product and put this one in.
Just a note, be careful not to drop the bottle or dropper both are made of glass. I did this for you and ended up stepping on said broken glass at 3AM ( I thought I got it all) and cut the bottom of my foot.

Julep Lip Gloss in Charming: A gorgeous lip gloss that offers subtle color, unstoppable shine, and luscious hydration.
——————————-> Yup you guessed it, this is another repeat for me. I am addicted to Julep’s lip gloss, it is so light weight and does not ware off easily. Note the bottle is glass and if dropped it will break, so be careful when using it.

Julep Breathable nail color:
Isabela – Amparo blue crème
——–> free with Jules! I love getting free polish.
LuLu – soft pinkish gray creme
——–> this was my surprise gift for selecting 3 add on products.

Air Heads Green Apple Candy

I am in love with the My Maven customization feature and that you can switch up one or all of the featured products in your box. Julep is $24.99 a month, which is a great value because you can design a box that is totally for you.

To get a box of your very own visit wwww.julep.com for more information.

After your Welcome Box, the contents of your monthly Maven Box depend on the program you signed up for. Each My Maven Box includes over $40 worth of new beauty innovations and/or limited-run nail colors. We create at least five new boxes every month—one for each Style Profile, plus monthly exclusives. If you have a fully customizable subscription, you can personalize your box by picking exactly what you want.

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Walmart Beauty} Quarterly Beauty Box – Spring 2016


These Walmart spring picks provide you with beauty products that help you define your beauty into full bloom!

Hello Spring! Well around here it is more like “Hello wind and chilly days!” Spring has sort of sprung in Minnesota, our days are a tad warmer, snow free, and fucking windy. Wind is no ones friend, it messes with ones perfectly groomed hair and skirts of a certain length are not safe.


I was very excited to see that the spring Walmart beauty box was on its way. Affordable easily accessible beauty and skin care products are important and Walmart always showcases the seasons hot new products. Thou I am a little concerned, Walmart must think that I have bad breath and itchy skin, they sent me tooth past and an itchy skin body wash. Everything else is semi-debatable.

“Lady! What did Walmart send you!?”


Walmart Beauty Box: Spring 2016

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser: deep cleans to remove dirt and impurities from the pore while gently exfoliating away dead cells to reveal smooth, healthy-looking skin.

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash: stops the itch before it begins. The soap-free formula is a unique blend of gentle cleansers and skin conditioners that creates a rich lather to gently cleanse and soothe itchy skin.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: gives your skin a natural-looking summer glow.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo: cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette color.

Vera Wang Embrace Perfume: Radiant, ethereal and pure

Colgate Optic White toothpaste: breakthrough formula is Colgate’s fastest whitening toothpaste to date giving you whiter teeth in just three days just by brushing.

CeraVe Healing Ointment: Protects and soothes dry, cracked & chafed skin

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude: sheer, creamy color instantly moisturizes lips while it helps to improve their texture over time. Packed with natural fruit extracts, the hydrating formula replenishes lips’ moisture so they instantly feel softer and smoother.

This months box was so so for me. Nothing wowed me and a lot of the things that I received are just not me. The box is still a really good deal and a lot of the things I received will be given away to friends and charity.

Do you want a $5.00 quarterly Walmart Beauty Box of your very own. Oh! Come on now, get over yourself and hop on over to https://beautybox.walmart.com. Your box is waiting for you and trust me you will not regret that you signed up! The box ships every three months and the next box will be winter.

***I was not compensated for this post. Reviews are my own.*****