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Archive for March, 2016

Target Beauty Box – February

So you’ve seen my review of Walmart’s Beauty Box,  now here is a look at the Target Beauty Box!  Yes, I am aware it is March…but whatevs, I do what I want. 🙂  Target’s beauty boxes run between $5-$7 per month, while Walmart’s are $5 every season. But if you use your Target Red Card, you will save 5% and receive free shipping.  I will note that these boxes sell out quick!  Like first day quick!  Unlike Walmart’s beauty box, these are not set up like an automatic subscription.  You have to manually purchase each month, so set yourself a reminder to get yours each month!  So let’s take a looksee!

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  • Ecotools- Ecopouf Mini Sponge (100% recycled sponge) – This little sponge is pretty sweet.  It’s a little rough, but nice for exfoliation.  And even though it’s considered a “mini” sponge, I felt that it was big enough to get the job done on the daily. Although, I wondered what it’s recycled from? Hmmmm…..

 

  • L’Oreal – Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist – This is an awesome full-size product!  This is something you spray on your roots when your hair is damp to give it a little lift.  It definitely worked, but I have big hair already so I probably wouldn’t use this very much.

 

  • Soap Box – Coconut shampoo and conditioner – This shampoo/conditioner combo left my hair feeling clean and had a light coconut scent.  What’s interesting about this product is that this company has a global mission to make sure everyone receives clean water and soap.  So when you purchase one of their items, you also contribute to this pretty noble cause.  I like when companies give back, so I may purchase more of this brand in the future.

 

  • Skinfix – Repair balm – This is also a full-size product.  It is made from coconut oil and doesn’t have a flavor.  I thought it did a good job relieving chapped lips, but had kind of an oily feel.

 

  • Derma E – Hydrating night cream – This went on smooth and didn’t feel greasy.  It also had a pleasant, light scent.  It’s supposed to help fix fine lines and wrinkles, but I would need to use it more frequently to really see a difference.

 

  • Vera Wang – Embrace perfume – I’m not really a fan of the perfume samples where you have to rub scented paper all of you, so I was pleased to see an actual tiny spray bottle in the box.  It’s a nice, pleasant scent.  I didn’t hate it, but nothing really memorable.

 

  • Mayfair – Body crème in Sea Lily Jasmine – I really dig this lotion.  It’s a good consistency – not too thick, not too thin. It’s also paraben-free and this company doesn’t test on animals which is a sweet bonus!  I also really loved the scent.  It’s kind of on the sweeter side, which isn’t for everyone – but I absolutely loved it and will definitely be purchasing this product again.

 

  • Laneige BB cushion – This came with three different shades (light, medium, and medium dark) and an applicator sponge.  I went with the light and felt that it was the best shade for me.  I liked that it gave my skin an airbrushed appearance without feeling heavy or cake-like.  It does have a slight scent, but it wasn’t overwhelming.  The only downfall is that it retails for around $34 which is a bit much for me…but it’s that rad,  I might actually purchase this at some point.

 

  • Incoco – Nail polish applique – This item intrigued me the most, because it’s basically real nail polish that sticks right on to your nail and lasts for up to two weeks.

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You just peel off the paper and stick it to your nail.  Then you file off the excess.  It’s that easy!  I really was surprised at the ease of use!  The strips come in all different sizes so  every nail receives full coverage.  I’m really terrible at doing my own nails, so I was pretty stoked about this product!  My only complaint was this terrible color…ugh, so much glitter.  Maybe a 12-year-old would enjoy this color, but ugh…it was tough to look at.  I took it off after three days because my eyes were burning from the junior high glitter party that was occurring on my fingernails.  I’m still recovering.  On the upside, it did come off pretty easy with nail polish remover.  I suspect it would have come off even easier had there not been glitter involved (so. much. glitter.).  Ugh, I would purchase this product in the future, but never again with that color.

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Also included in the box was a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase.  This is a pretty good coupon.  I may use it on the Laneige BB Cushion. 🙂

Overall, I think this box was well worth the $7.  It included many full-size products and I can’t wait for next month’s box!  Let me know if you have tried any of these items!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~SM

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In case you didn’t have children (or weren’t a super nerd like me), March 2nd is the birthday of Mr. Theodore Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. And every year , The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido holds an event to celebrate Mr. Cat in the Hat himself as well as “Read Across America Day”.  I personally love Dr. Seuss (probably way more than my kids) so I was super stoked to learn about this event! I’m also a huge fan of this museum so I was super duper stoked when I found out that a Dr. Seuss event was being held at this venue. Bonus: the museum offers half price admission for military families! Score! 

It was a fairly crowded day due to the event, but not crazy packed. Parking was a bit difficult, but I later learned that more parking was available at the nearby Center for the Arts. For those of you that don’t know, parking is minimal in San Diego. I’m pretty sure it’s the city’s goal to make everyone take public transportation. And my first rule for parallel parking is to park someplace else.  I probably could do a whole ‘nother post on the parking sitch around here, but anywho…I digress. Luckily, it was a nice day so I didn’t mind walking a few blocks. Once we checked in, we found fun activities inspired from various Dr. Seuss books spread all throughout the museum.

   

    
   

   
   

I liked that they offered activities for various ages and the staff was super friendly and helpful. There was even a visit from a special friend! What up!
  
Besides the special activities and programs, the museum offers tons of fun areas for kids to exercise their creativity and imagination muscles. I really like that this museum encourages so much exploration, sensory, and pretend play both indoors and outdoors. Also, the museum periodically chooses a country for the kids to explore. This month is Korea.

   
    
    
   
In addition to the activities, a volunteer from Words Alive came to read stories to all of the kids for this special event. It’s a great organization with a mission to create a love for reading in both children and families all over San Diego County. P.S. They are looking for volunteers! This would be a great opportunity for book lovers and those looking to get experience in the education field. 

   
 
So what was the SWAG?

   
 
-Each family that RSVP’d was able to choose from a variety of Dr. Seuss books. 

-Sweet Bookmarks

-Dr. Bronner’s full-size soap sample. This soap has so many uses! Check out all of the benefits here. *This item wasn’t part of the event, it was just something the museum was giving out this day. 

-Free coffee *The museum always offers free coffee. ❤

Overall, I would say this was a successful event! My kids had an amazing time and I was able to socialize with some other great moms. I’m sure I will be posting more about this awesome museum in the future!

So in honor of National Read Across America Day, I will leave you with this Dr. Seuss quote from one of my fave books, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Happy 112th Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Also, if you are ever in La Jolla go see the “Dr. Seuss” tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park.  Supposedly this tree along with other plants and animals in the area inspired some of his works. His widow still resides in their La Jolla home and he is honored  all over San Diego County.

  
~SM

Host a Healthy Baby Home Party from 7th Generation!

Apply to become a Healthy Baby Home Party Host Today!  It’s all free courtesy of  Seventh Generation’s Generation Good program!  Hang with your peeps and learn about maintaining a safe and healthy environment for you and your family!  Seventh Generation has provided the deets below:

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at  www.seventhgeneration.com to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

And score all of this SWAG for you and your party guests!  Apply Today!

~SM  *As a member of Generation Good, I receive free samples in exchange for reviews.  Dope, right?

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