October 2012 Birchbox

Last month’s Birchbox was a bit of a disappointment, so I was really looking forward to this month to decide whether I wanted to keep my subscription or not.  October’s box did not disappoint!

 

My little box of goodies included:

– Harvey Prince Eau Flirt – Lavender Pumpkin – 100 ml

– theBalm® cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

– Mox Botanicals Lip Butter

– Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Pouches

– LiQWd The Perfect Wave

– LiQWd SiLK Professional Deep Conditioning Treatment

I think my favorite out of the box was the Mary-Lou Manizer.  I’ve been using it everyday with my eye shadow to highlight my brow bone.  The Mox Botanicals Lip Butter smells tropical, and if I didn’t have so much lip product, I would totally buy it.  The perfume smells wonderful, but once again, I have way too much perfume.  I was so happy to get the tea pouches as a little extra in my box – I love tea, and love Mighty Leaf Tea.  I have not tried any of the LiQWd products yet.

I’m very happy with this month’s box, and am looking forward to what Birchbox has planned for the holidays.  If you want to get your Birchbox, click here.

 

September Birch Box

I need to get better at posting these the month I receive them!  Here is my September Birch Box:

My box contained:

– Kate Spade New York Twirl sampler

– Twistband hair tie

– Tili small bag

– WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit: Clean and Ideal Skin

– 21 drops Aromatherapy Blends in Focus

– Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection Nailpolish in Status Update

I think my favorite part of the box was the Twistband hair tie.  I had heard about them before, but wasn’t about to spend $18 for 12, so it was nice to have one to try.  I love them!  But I still didn’t want to spend $18, so a quick pinterest search brought me to Lil Blue Boo who had a tutorial on making them!  For $6, I got 10 yards of brown fold over elastic (FOE), and made a bunch of work-appropriate colored Twistband knock-offs.  Now I think I know what I will be giving out for Christmas!

The perfume sample was ok.  Honestly, I’m tired of perfume samples – I have way too many perfumes already, and my new motto is that I can’t buy a new one until I use up one!  The Tili bag was pretty, but I found it useless because I carry my makeup around in make up bags.  I’m still on the fence about the 21 drops Aromatherapy Blend.  It smells nice, but it doesn’t last very long.  I do think it will be good for when I’m studying for the Florida Bar, because I will definitely be needing help focusing on studying for 2 1/2 months straight!

The nail polish is ok.  I’m not ready to give up my bright summer nail polish (and since I live in Florida, I don’t have to ever really give it up), but I’ll try it soon.  It’s just very dark.  I have not tried the WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit, mostly because I have an awesome Origins Checks and Balances face wash that I love.  However, I will probably bring it up to Chicago next time I visit.

I’m hoping next month is a better box.  If you want to join Birchbox, click here!

Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf

I have a friend who is a huge Harry Potter fan.  So, for her birthday I decided to knit her a Gryffindor scarf.  I had previously knit a Gryffindor scarf for an ex-fling, which turned out ok – it was the first pattern I had made myself.  I improved on the original pattern for my friend, including adding an iron-on appliqué.  The scarf is knit with Knitpicks Shine Worsted yarn in Currant and Dandelion.  I love this particular yarn because it is a blend of pima cotton and Modal® natural beech wood fiber, which makes it extremely soft and washable!

Perks of living in Florida – knitting in a hammock 🙂

Knitting while I watch videos for my on-line course

The final product!  Someone suggested including a note when you give a knit as a gift, talking about the yarn, why you decided to knit that person this particular project, how long it took you, etc.  By including the note, the gift has more value – it gives the receiver a chance to understand how much work you put into the particular gift, and in return, the receiver is generally appreciates the gift more.  I did that for this particular gift, and I think it made her realize how much work actually goes into a knit gift.  Definitely something I am going to continue doing!