Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quick Tip Thursday: Save Your Chargers!

   This is not a beauty or fashion related quick tip at all, but it is a tip that can help save you some cash and I am all about that life!

   If you're anything like me, you abuse your phone charger.  Probably talk on the phone while it's charging which leads to the wire bending or I just yank my phone off of the charger.  This is had led to me going through two iPhone 5 wires.  They usually end up bending at the tip of the cord leading to the wires being exposed and the possibility of me blowing myself up.  I think I saw this tip on Pinterest somewhere and it's brilliant!


Wrap your phone charger wire with washi tape! If you don't have washi tape, you can use regular tape just to reinforce it, but doesn't washi tape make it so much cuter?  Also, if you have several different types of chargers lying around you can use different colored washi tape to help differentiate between them! 

Have you jumped on the washi tape bandwagon yet?  If you have, what is your favorite way to use it? 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My July Ipsy Bag

   So last month I re-signed up for Ipsy, just because I felt like I was missing out.  Well, this July bag sort of proved I wasn't and after receiving it I cancelled Ipsy again.  If I do sign up for another makeup or beauty box it will most likely be a natural or cruelty free one.  So here's what I received in my one and only Ipsy bag of 2014.


*Whet Nail Polish in Facetious*
$15
This polish is three free ( void of harmful chemicals) and cruelty free so I'm loving the brand.  The color itself is beautiful also and it's a color I'll be rocking on my toes shortly.

*Pur-lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen*
$55 for 1.7 oz
I always like having samples of sunscreen to throw in my purse or my beach bag.  I've read that this brand is great for sensitive skin, so I'll be happy to try it out.

*Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Cream Eyeshadow in Sweet Spice (I think)*
$18 for .1 oz
This baby tube doesn't have the name on it, but according to the color card I think it's Sweet Spice.  I have heard a lot of hype around these shadows and always love trying out a cream shadow.  I also think it's great that this shadow has SPF 15 in it.

*Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine*
$10
I like Pop Beauty products and their cute packaging, but it's insane how many bronzers I now have in my collection.  I'm going to see if I can swap this on the Ipsy forum.

*Tints and Sass Lip & Cheek Stain by Elizabeth Mott*
$22.99
Another cruelty free company- yay!  I love multi-purpose products and have actually wanted a true red blush for the winter to mimic that just came in out of the cold hue.  I can't wait to play around with this!

The value of this bag is great!  I received $48 worth of full sized products and two generous sample sized products as well.  I love the idea of getting a little makeup surprise every month, but I normally end up using only a few of the things.  Also, now that I'm really dedicated in going cruelty free in my beauty routine I thought my money would be better spent supporting a cruelty free or natural subscription service.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Style Sunday: The Dangers of Wearing Flip Flops

  The true sign of warm weather for me is when it's warm enough to wear flip flops.  Flip flops have long been the accepted footwear of summer.  While I love flip flops, I have never been able to wear them for long periods of time.  If I wear flip flops to walk around for a long period of time I know that evening I am going to have leg and ankle pains.

   Between flip flops and high heels, can us women and our feet every catch a break??  Here are some of the dangers of flip flops and what we can do to nix the pain.

Image from inbop.com


*Flip flops are too flat for walking around.  Shoes need to provide arch support.

*Due to the fact that flip flops are so open you are at risk of stubbing your toe, bruising your heel or having something land on your foot.

*Flip flop tan lines used to be the sign of summer to me, but more and more cases of skin cancer are appearing on people's feet because people tend to forget to lather them up with sunscreen.

*More open footwear leads to more insect bites.

Now, here I am bashing flip flops, but every time I'm just running to the store, walking to the beach or pool or hanging outside without doing a lot of walking I wear flip flops.  However, to ward off long term pains to my ankles and legs I always wear my sneakers or Crocs (yes you are allowed to make fun!) when I know I'm going to be doing a decent amount of walking.


If you are going to be walking more than just to the car or around a store, I recommend looking for a sandal that has arch support or some extra padding to absorb the shock of your footsteps.

Am I the only one who suffers from ankle or leg pain when rocking my flops for too long?  Any tips for pampering my tootsies?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fitness Friday: My First Bulu Box

   A month or so ago I ordered a Living Social deal for a 3 month subscription to Bulu Box.  Bulu Box is a monthly subscription box targeted at weight loss, health and fitness.  It typically costs $10 a month so for half the price, I snatched up the 3 month deal.  I received my first box this week.  Here's what I got and my take on this month's box.



*FitFusion.Com 2 Week Trial Period
Fit Fusion is a fitness site with "unlimited workouts from top fitness experts."  It appears to be a site full of fitness DVD workouts.  For only $5.99 a month it seems like a great deal depending on how good the workouts are and the variety!

*Voucher for Nakedwines.com ($100 of $160)
Unless I'm having a massive party, I don't see the need of buying $160 worth of wine.  Plus, I have no idea how this is weight loss related!

*Shapeology Burn Blend Samples
This is a fat burning pill and those usually terrify me.  This pill says it mimics the effects of a high metabolism.  I'm going to try it, what the heck!

*Pur-Absorb Iron
This is the second time I've received these in a "health box".  I wish there was more variety amongst these different companies of boxes.  Anyway, this is basically iron water.  I'm normally low on iron though, so I don't mind getting these.

*Rutaseomn Natural Sleep Aid
I am always looking for a natural sleep aid, since melatonin never works for me.  This pill is interesting because it says it removes the caffeine from your system to help ease you into sleep.  As a coffee and soda lover, this pill sounds great!

*Rescue Pearls Stress Relief
Yet again, this is a dupe from another health box I've received.  I haven't used them yet, but I do like the idea of a natural stress reliever pill as I do tend to get anxious.

*Revolution Southern Mint Herbal Tea
I am really, really trying to get into tea!  This mint tea says that it can aid in digestion and soothing headaches.  Both of which I suffer from so I'm happy to try this.

*Chosen Foods MetaPowder
This is one of those add to water drink packets.  It says this drink can help support a healthy immune system and improve metabolism.  As someone who has a horrible immune system and mediocre metabolism, I will be trying this as well!

Review:

For my first Bulu Box, I'm not thrown away by it.  There are two products that I received in other health boxes and the sample sizes are rather small compared to other boxes.  However, the products that I did receive I will be trying so I guess that is a success.  I usually tend to giveaway a product or two from most of my subscription boxes.

Do you subscribe to the Bulu Box? Any health or weight loss subscription services that you recommend? 




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All products are purchased by me unless noted otherwise. If a product is supplied for review, this does not affect my opinion. My opinions can not be bought.