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Sephora Play!


Are you ready for this month’s Sephora, PLAY! subscription? Here’s what I got! I’ve put descriptions of each photo in the captions of the photos, because I’m short on time today. I promise a better post next month!

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Opening the box!

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This month’s bag!

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A photo of all the items

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TARTE TARTEGUARD 30 SPF SUNSCREEN: You can never be too careful!

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BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER: I don’t use primers, but I’m interested to see how it works for me!

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BENEFIT COSMETICS THEY’RE REAL MASCARA: I am really REALLY excited for this!

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TOCCA BEAUTY FLORENCE: I’m disappointed in the size of the purfume samples, as you can get these free inside any Sephora…

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BAREMINERALS bareSkin bronzer: I’m not a bronzer type person, but the paper that came with the box has me intrigued and I will be trying it this time!

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Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it: SUPER excited to try this – as It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, in regards to my hair!

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Sephora Play!


Last year, about the time I started having issues with my IPSY subscription, and started considering cancelling it (which I did do, last August.) Sephora announced their very own subscription service! I was super excited, and put my name on the waitlist immediately.

I got an email about a month (maybe more) ago that Sephora’s subscription service is now available in our area!

This post is about my very first box from Sephora Play!

Disclaimer: I am not paid or sponsored by any of the companies listed in this post. This is just a review/un-boxing for entertainment purposes only!

Lets jump into the unboxing! The box itself is super cute!

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As you can tell – I obviously blurred out my address and such. When you first open the box you’re greeted with box/Sephora related paperwork.

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Each month has a theme, and this mont’s theme is the forces of nature. It also includes an in-store bonus. This is the Play pass, which if you bring it into the store you get an extra 50 beauty insider points, with any purchase. Which is pretty cool — though I’m not sure what the points are for at this moment.

A booklet with each product, and an explanation is also included. I’ve included a photo of this months below.

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Now lets get to the good stuff!

Not pictured: Tarte lip crayon.

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how cute is the bag that it came with? I love it!

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Each box comes with a fragrance, this month was Orange Sanguine. It came with a super cute postcard!

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Also in my box was Amuse Bouche in Kimchi by Bite Beauty. I have pretty fair skin, but it has a rosy tone to it, and lip colors are usually pretty tricky for me — but I think this one is pretty cute!

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My box also had Origins Maskimizer + drink up & clear improvement masks. I’m pretty excited to try these out!

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This month’s box was big on skincare – which is okay with me! It also had Korres Wild Rose sleeping facial. Which I’m not sure how I’ll feel about that, as I can’t usually sleep with scented things because I always wake up with a sore throat…

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Finally, Briogeo don’t despair, repair! Deep conditioning mask… for your hair of course! as someone who struggles with her hair, I’m super excited for this too!

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Month #1 down, and so far even better than Ipsy was. For $10 I’d say this is by far better than ipsy… but I can’t be certain until I’ve had it a couple months 😉

Do you have a favorite subscription service? Do you like reading this? Let me know! I still get Julep – but stopped posting because life got busy. I know I gained many more readers once I started posting these, so I’d be interested in knowing if anyone is still interested!

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“Finally I know now what it takes It takes money and airplanes”


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Photo taken by me, but was Mitchell’s vision. Friday Harbor October 2010. I’ll include a photo below showing how we captured this moment.

I’m back! Sorta? I didn’t actually go anywhere. So can you be “back” if you never actually left? Either way, here I am! 2016 has been incredibly busy for us. Many many changes!

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Here is the photo of me taking the above image. 

There hasn’t been a whole lot of downtime for me this year, and though I kinda enjoy being busy (who am I kidding, I love it) It’s nice to have a day of nothing with Mitchell.

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This year I made my very first blanket! I made it for someone who is a huge fan of the Seattle Super Sonics. I have to say, though it isn’t perfect, I think the project turned out really well, and the person we gave it to loved it! I’ve discovered sewing is really quite relaxing and it has helped me get through a few rather stressful weeks. I also made handmade catnip treats!

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We’ve also been able to play several new board games the past few months. If you didn’t know, I looooove playing board games.

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Forbidden Island

A few (several actually) months back my friend Lauren sent me a care package. Inside the care package was a copy of Forbidden Island. We loved it so much and played it any chance we got. Then, this last Christmas Mitchell got a copy of Forbidden Dessert. It is just as much fun as Forbidden Island, but slightly more complicated which is great!

 

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Another game Mitchell got for Christmas was Exploding Kittens. We actually had a friend come over a few months back and introduced us to the game. I had heard of it online but we had never had a chance to play it. That’s another super fun game. We also recently got to play one of my favorite games, Munchkin!

There is a place near by, that lets us play games for free. So a few others we’ve been able to play are:

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Patchwork (I enjoyed this one. Mitchell did not.)
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Ticket to Ride Europe (I had heard of this one, and always wanted to play it.)
Betrayal at House on the Hill (Our friend introduced us to this, and I LOVED it!)
Coup (Same friend introduced this one to us too, and I enjoyed it a lot!)

There have been several others, but I can’t seem to remember them at the moment.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a game for us to play, just let me know!

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“A life lived in love will never be dull.”


It’s that time of year again! Mitchell and I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this month…which means for a short while it’ll be acceptable for me to express just how much I love him in one of those sickly adorable, and annoying posts. So here goes.

Last year, I posted about our adventures and how far we’ve come. I’ve included a link in case you’re interested.

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Mitchell and I met almost 8 years ago, May 2008. It wasn’t until November 2008 that we started talking. He reached out to me first, and because I didn’t know him really well I was really hesitant. The friend I lived with at the time talked me into hanging out with him when he asked.

Obviously, if when he first asked, I knew where we’d end up I wouldn’t have hesitated. If I had truly known who he was I would have been thrilled that he even considered talking to me.

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Mitchell is just the sweetest and most loving person I’ve ever met. I am in awe each and every day at the capacity he loves others. He has taught me so much, and I am so incredibly lucky to have met him. Mitchell, has such a large heart, and I think even all our friends would tell you just how loving and kind he is. Over the years I’ve watched his relationship with my family (specifically my nieces and nephews) grow. Watching him with them, I know that he considers them his family too. He is such a wonderful influence on all 5 of my nieces and nephews, which is just another extension of how loving he is. He came into a family with a bunch of kiddos that were EXTREMELY energetic and he saw the relationship I had with each and every one of them.

I remember the first time he met them, he just kept telling me how awesome he thought it was that I was so close to all of them. That I would play board games, and throw water balloons and have nerf wars with them. I knew then, that once he had adjusted to having them in his life, he’d make an awesome addition to their lives.

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He’s so amazingly kind, and is always there to lift me up when I’m down. No, I don’t mean in the same cliche’ way everyone else does, I mean truly through and through. When I come home from a long exhausting day, or an emotionally draining day he’s always there to listen and talk to me.

He has this ability to make me smile no matter what is going on. When my stepdad died, he was there and sat up with me all night playing video games. When I fell asleep (on my then, twin sized blow up mattress… what can I say, I was poor…) He curled up on the floor next to me and held my hand.

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He has dreams and goals. Not just the typical boring ones, he has some beautifully creative hopes and goals for his life, and mine too! He’s conquering the fear that we all have, you know, the fear of not succeeding at something, and doing all that he can to complete those goals.

He is constantly thinking and working out new ways to get to where he hopes to be in 5 or 10 years…all while learning new things and coming up with new ideas for activities for him and I to do together, or even ideas for me to do while I’m at work!

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He’s so creative and an amazing artist. He doesn’t always believe me when I say that, but it is true. Sometimes he’s shy about his artwork, but to me, that is far better than rubbing it in everyone’s faces. Especially this day in age, everyone is trying to “make it big” via the internet or instagram. Mitchell is humble and though I know he knows deep down that he has a beautiful artistic eye, he’s humble about it.

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He loves me. I love him. That’s all we need in this crazy world. I know that every morning when I wake up, he’s there for me, and I certainly hope that he knows that I’ll always be there for him. 7 years. 7 short, yet long, fun but hectic years. 7 beautiful years together. Somehow I managed to snag the guy that is the most perfect addition to my life. I love everything about him, and I love how he so willingly puts up with my flaws.

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Every day I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to experience life with him by my side.

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APRIL IPSY


My April ipsy showed up today! So here is the post I promised after getting my Julep Maven box.

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So today my April ipsy bag came… I knew what was going to be in it ahead of time because they give you a sneak peak. Before I go into my personal opinion/thoughts on the bag, heres a photo of everything together.

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Starting with the Jor’el Parker Femina perfume. It smells nice, it isn’t by any means a bad smell… but it does have a hint of “old lady” to it… which is a little off-putting… but I could totally (and probably will) wear it to the next fancy outing we have.

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Next up, Hey Honey. I am MOST excited about this. I am really faithful to my MaryKay lotion but I love products made with honey/beeswax. (Hello Burts Bees!) So I’m really excited to see how this works for my skin!

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Next up is Hikari blush. I do not, have not and probably will not ever use blush. If you’ve ever seen any photos of me, I have naturally rosy cheeks… always have. I was going to trade it with someone online — but the box came with this nasty residue on it so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do that.

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Next is the Nude Dude eyeshadow – Fit. I have so many brown eye shadows, I know I typically were natural looking make-up… but the reason I signed up for ipsy was to step outside my comfort zone… but I won’t complain over a new shadow 😀

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Finally is the lip gloss. I’m not sure how I feel about this particular color, but I’m curious to try it and see how it works. Mitchell said he liked it, but we’ll see how it looks on me, hopefully I’ll remember and I can post a photo whenever that happens. 😀

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Julep Maven. Spring Welcome Box.


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This past christmas, my sister (for all intents and purposes) came to our annual murder mystery party. She came early and helped us prep. A few minutes beforehand we all got dressed and ready for the party. While she was getting ready she pulled out a TON of make-up and such. She mentioned that she had subscribed to ipsy. Told me how much she loved it and that I should try it.

Over the past few years, Mitchell’s family has given me several Julep nail polishes (they know someone who works at julep, so they’re huge fans.) I’ve enjoyed my polishes they’ve given me, but a lot of them were seasonal or small enough they won’t last very long.

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So this past month, I cancelled a few monthly subscriptions and freed up some extra funds. For Christmas one of my friends paid for my first month of ipsy and another paid for my first Maven subscription. So I’m officially a subscriber of Julep and ipsy.

I got my first ipsy a couple weeks ago, and have already opened and used everything so I’m not going to talk about that… but I got my Julep welcome box yesterday so I thought I’d share it! It’s pretty cute, and I’m really excited to try the colors!

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One thing I’m a little worried about, is if/when the time comes to cancel Maven… I hear its awful, and many times Julep doesn’t cancel, and will continually charge your card after you’ve called and cancelled on several occasions… but I’ll deal (and gladly blog) about that later. For now, I’m oooohhh-ing and awwww-ing over the new polishes and lipgloss I got!

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In the bottle the lip gloss looks like it’ll be too pink… but it’s actually PERFECT. It’s very light and I’m quite pleased with it!

All in all I’m really looking forward to April’s Maven box :).

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Flowers, beautiful flowers everywhere!


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Last Friday I went to Costco and picked up a few necessities… and in the process the little girl I nanny spied the beautiful flowers, so we picked up a bouquet. The tulips above. I always forget how beautiful tulips are, and I think I might try and keep a vase full of flowers in the house this spring because boy do they make me happy. Don’t you love them? They just started opening up, so I thought today was the perfect day to snap a photo of them. Bonus, a photo of EverSoLightly and I bottom right

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I flooped… today you get two photos again… haha… oh well. Today I came home and EverSoLightly brought home a bouquet of flowers for me! How sweet! I love them, and they’re very pretty! I love all the flowers in our home right now! 🙂 Do you have a favorite flower? 😀 The white roses remind me of the bouquet he bought me last year before I left for my mom’s surgery. I think thats what makes them the most special.

bonus photo, the bouquet that I got last year…