Oomph. The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Every coffee lover's dream drink with a little splash of so-called fall heaven. Lauren and I recently had the Pumpkin Spice Creme drink there (Can you tell that I am a Starbucks novice?) and it was less than impressive. All I tasted was sugar and a slight resemblance of fall spices. I'm pretty sure there isn't any real pumpkin in that pumpkin syrup you can buy on their website. [Sidebar: There seems to be very few processed foods that actually have REAL pumpkin in their snacks. I am very saddened by this.] But the thing is, it isn't hard to make one yourself. It's actually incredibly easy if you have 10 minutes and a microwave.
When I think of fall I think of pumpkin everything, fall leaves, warm drinks such as lattes, and reds, oranges, and yellows. But for me, today is the day for quick bread. Delicious quick bread that just happens to be banana instead of pumpkin. This bread SERIOUSLY has it all. It is incredibly moist, soft, and full of banana flavor. It is the real deal (and I'm pretty sure I can use this recipe to sub in pumpkin for the banana but I haven't tried it yet).
I have been signed up for Influenster since late April and was lucky enough to receive my first box this month. This seems to be a quick turnaround time to get a Vox Box, as many people have had to wait to receive their very first box for a long time. I did a video on our YouTube channel discussing how I felt about Influenster as a newbie in addition to a full video review of this box. I will post both videos below. Additionally, it was crazy that I received a Vox Box that had 4 samples, 2 full size products, and one 1/3 size product (maybe a travel size?). As I understand it, Influenster sends out Vox Boxes with varying amounts of product, and I feel like this is a good sized box.
Here you'll find an archive of all Sephora rewards, promo codes, and gifts with purchase. All of these deluxe samples are free with $25 purchase on Sephora's website, unless otherwise stated. Some of the release dates are estimates. Please note that the estimated values of perfume and shampoo samples will vary, as a perfume's value is not set per ounce. If I were to use the largest perfume for sale, which normally has the steepest discount, the value of the perfume sample would be about $5-8, but if I use the value of a smaller bottle, the value may be $20. So, be sure to take into account what full size amount I list next to products that have varying sizes and prices.
Birchbox costs $10 a month, or $110 a year, unless you're savvy and get your year long subscription on Black Friday, then it costs you $6.41 a box, which is what I did. The best part about Birchbox is that you can review your samples for anywhere from $5-7 in Birchbox store cash.
DIY photo canvases have been on my radar as a cool craft to try for several years now. I just got married, and our wedding pictures are still very new to us. I knew my mom and dad would love a special picture of me with each of them, and I wanted to make them extra special. I also knew I couldn't afford to purchase a pre-made canvas, so I thought I would try the decoupage technique.
Choix is a subscription box that allows you to pick 5 high end makeup samples every month. It costs $20 a month, but I was fortunate enough to get this on Black Friday when it was $120 for an entire year, so $10 a month. I would be on the lookout for sales like this because they've been having them more and more often.
Good news! Sephora Play! is now open to more people! This box is $10 a month and includes brands featured at Sephora. I'm really sad this month, either they didn't include an info book and play pass, or I just didn't get one. Either way, it makes me sad! I hope it was just a fluke because those are so helpful.
Recently Milk Makeup sent us some products to review, and I'm really excited to share them with you. We got 5 products, four makeup and one hair product. In addition to their crazy makeup packaging, Milk has an interesting spread of products, ranging from natural deodorants to spray nail polish. They're an interesting company for sure. Let's get into the products!
Recently I got an email from Sephora about a VIB event in my area-not a free one, unfortunately. Sephora knows better. This event cost 500 points (aka $500) and we were promised amazing things; a Sephora gift card, a gift bag full of freebies, a fun experience for me and a friend (my mom)- I'd say that's better than 99% of the 500 point perks on Sephora's website right now, which led me to ultimately decide that this event was the best way to spend my points. Because it doesn't look like anything better will be coming out in the near future (and even if it does, how do we know it won't be another Epic Rewards fail?). So I took the plunge, and now I'm going to go back and break down the experience for you and try to put a cash value to a priceless experience. Classic Lauren.
These Amuse Bouche lipsticks by Bite Beauty retail for $26. $26, otherwise known as the perfectly priced item for beauty addicts. You can buy this lipstick on Sephora.com and snag one of their gift with $25 purchase promotions. The consistency feels just like chapstick on the lips. It never completely dries down.
Popsugar Must Have recently came out with their first miniature box to compete with midrange subscriptions like HammockPack and GlossyBox. I tried to resist but ultimately hopped on the bandwagon in hopes of their first box being spectacular. If you're interested in subscribing to this box, it costs $18.95, and you will receive two full size products with a promised retail value of over $30. However, the next box is the July box.
Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes. For $10 a month they send 4-7 products to try. They often have promotions going on for new subscribers. Right now you can get a free Rifle Paper Co. Pocket Notebook Duo with your subscription. Use this link to tell them we sent you. :)
I have been a loyal birchbox subscriber for 3 years now, and I can never get enough of their boxes, especially ones designed by Rifle Paper Co.! This is a review of the curated box this month, sometimes you can find these boxes for sale in the Birchbox shop.
Hi, I'm Fresca! I'm taking over the blog this week for National Pet Day (this happened on Monday!)! I was excited because my mom and dad spoiled me so much with treats, pets, and snuggles. So, I really wanted to say thank you to them by writing them a sweet note. The paw-blem is that I don't have a card to give to them! What's a dog to do?
While roaming the three isles of the Target dollar spot (you know, the only safe place in Target for a spendaholic like myself), I found the planter of my dreams. It was cheap, $3, it was fake, so I couldn't kill it, and it was super adorable. When I got it home, I was completely satisfied with it, until I got the urge to paint. In a past life I was subscribed to many a nail polish box, and I only use a few of them. So I decided to put them to use here.
It may be hard to come by an honest My Makeup Brush Set review, because they offer free brushes for bloggers and YouTubers who write them *positive* reviews. So I decided to come by these brushes the honest way. All 10 of these brushes cost me $25, and I used the code BFF for free shipping. So let's be real, these brushes are attempting to be the Artis knockoff brushes of our dreams.
Lauren is always kind enough to give me any samples from her beauty subscription boxes that are anti-aging and any samples that she does not like or want. Benefits of having a little sister who LOVES beauty products! So when Lauren gave me a sample (0.34 fl. oz) of Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Triple Recovery Cream, I was in heaven. I know that this is a "luxury" skincare product, given that the full size product goes for $135 for 1.7 fl. oz, and I can tell by the heavy duty packaging that it is a quality product. My intention for this post wasn't to review the product, but I would like to say a few words about it.
Sleep has not always eluded me. Many nights, I sleep just fine. It mostly depends on my anxiety level from the day. Do you experience this same phenomenon as well? Why is it that anxiety (as well as other matters) interferes with our sleep? Doesn't anxiety know that we need the sleep to heal? I'm going off on a soapbox that I know is unnecessary. But, I have some tips that may help you find sleep again.
I am excited to be reviewing BarkBox. This has been by far one of Decker's favorite boxes; the contents are always a hit, and the toys have a good history of holding up really well. I love how playful BarkBox as a company is. Their Instagram is hilarious, and even when you contact customer service the dog-related puns just do not stop, and I can never have enough dog-related puns in my life. This is a review of the 50+ lb box, for large dogs.