Archive | October, 2013

Influenster #VarsityVoxBox Revealed!

30 Oct

I was so excited to receive Influenster’s latest Voxbox a few weeks ago. Now that I have had time to try out all of the products, I can’t wait to show you what I got and tell you about them!

What I loved:

I especially loved the NYC Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss. It is so slick and shiny and stayed on all night through a girl’s night out in Hollywood this weekend! I would definitely recommend this lip gloss, especially at the price of  $3.60.

I also really loved the Airheads Xtreme Bites. I’m not a huge sour candy fan, but these are waaay better than sour punch straws and might officially be my new go-to movie candy. A bunch of my sorority sisters from college were around my apartment this weekend and we devoured the entire bag almost the second we opened it.

What I liked:

I really liked the convenience of the Tide PODS Detergent. Detergent and fabric softener are in one little packaged ball that you just toss in with your wash and go. This is especially great for people using common laundry facilities because you don’t have to lug around a heavy bottle of detergent. I say this is not a love because I’m committed to trying to use unscented and dye-free products where possible and this does not fall into that category.

I also had mixed feelings about the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Gel Wash. It cleaned my face and smelled good, but in general I try to avoid putting dyed and scented products on my face, so it’s probably not something I would purchase for myself, but if you are looking for a new face wash give this one a try!

Meh:

I received another set of Kiss Nail Dress adhesive nails. These have come in other voxboxes, and while I think the patterns are fun, I don’t wear any type of fake nails because they freak me out. I will probably gift these to someone, although they could come in handy for Halloween.

If you want to receive boxes of fun free samples, I definitely recommend signing up with Influenster! I have only a few invites left, and if you would like one send me an email or comment on this post! Have you tried any of these products? Which are your favorite?

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Currently Loving: The Bouqs Company

25 Oct

I love to send (and receive) fresh flowers, but often times the ones available at online retailers just aren’t the quality I expect, and seem totally overpriced. Enter: The Bouqs Company. Literally rethinking the entire concept of online flower ordering, each bouquet is handpicked from a sustainable farm partner located on volcanic property in equatorial South America. Each farmer is paid a living wage and offered services like healthcare and continuing education. “Bouqs” are cut on the same day you order them and arrive at their destination (with free shipping!) just 4 days later, meaning the flowers are always fresh.

40 different bouqs are available for just $40 flat – that’s it, plain and simple. They also offer subscription packages for a discount. Not only am I a big fan of their sustainable and fair business practices, but the beauty and price can’t be beat. Take a look at these beauties and consider shopping Bouqs the next time you need occasion flowers. (P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post, just trying to share an awesome company with you guys!) BONUS: Use any Bouqs link in this post for $10 off!

Above and Beyond, $40

Lush Us, $40

The Fix, $40

Harvest Moon, $40

Have you ever tried Bouqs before? Which ones are your favorite?

Bisous,

Rachel

The Little Market by Lauren Conrad

24 Oct

Lauren Conrad has recently helped start a fair trade gift shop called The Little Market! Is there anything this girl doesn’t do perfectly? *Sigh* Love her and all of the adorable goodies that you can  purchase while supporting independent female handicraft artists in places like Nepal, Peru, India, and Bolivia. It’s definitely about that time to start thinking about holiday gift-giving, and I think any of these fabulous items would be just darling in someone’s stocking. What do you think about LC’s fair trade venture? What’s your favorite item from the shop? Here are a few of my faves:

copper candle The Little Market

Copper Candle, $38

The Little Market alpaca knit beanie

Alpaca knit beanie, $44

Alpaca knit scarf, $100 

block print journal The Little Market

Block print elephant journal, $18

 

 

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MatchaDNA Review

23 Oct

Those of you who know me (or have been around the blogosphere awhile) know that I love tea. While black tea used to be my staple, recently I’ve been trying to switch to green tea because of the many health benefits it provides over the other varieties. Matcha is an especially pure form of green tea that is created by blending the tea leaves into a minuscule powder that dissolves in the hot water, instead of just drinking water brewed from the tea leaves. Consuming the entire leaf in this manner provides more than 10 times the nutritional value and antioxidants that regular tea provides.

matcha dna green tea

When MatchaDNA contacted me about trying out their tea, I couldn’t wait! One thing I especially loved after trying the product was that it doesn’t have the bitter, harsh taste that certain green teas can have. Because it’s derived from a Chinese green tea plant (as opposed to Japanese, which is the more common), it has a much more smooth, calming flavor that I really loved enjoying while relaxing on the couch. It also provides a steady, energizing amount of caffeine that leaves you aware and awake without feeling jumpy or jittery like coffee (or the other college staple, adderal.)

Another neat aspect about MatchaDNA in particular is that one package comes with 34 individually wrapped serving size packets of matcha instead of a bulk bag of powder. This made it so easy to make a single serving for myself, plus I was able to toss a packet in my lunch bag to take to work without having to worry about making a powdery mess everywhere. Extra bonus, MatchaDNA is guaranteed never radiated and is USDA certified 100% organic. Please check out their website, facebook, and twitter for more information!

Are you a tea or coffee person? Have you ever tried matcha? What do you think of this “superfood”?

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Sponsored: Dove Clear Tone Review!

11 Oct

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Dove. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

I don’t typically use Dove brand deodorant, but when I was sent the materials about their newest product I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I have very sensitive skin and am always prone to irritation from shaving or exercise. As Dove says about their product, “Shaving can be harsh on underarm skin; in fact, 32 million women in the U.S. experience underarm red and dark marks that result from shaving irritation. As a result of shaving, underarm skin loses 50% more moisture, which can lead to dryness and irritation. Dove Clear Tone Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant is designed to reduce red and dark marks in just two weeks, while also providing 1 / 4 moisturizers to replenish skin after women’s daily shaving routines. Specially formulated with Calendula and Sunflower Seed Extracts, Dove Clear Tone accelerates the natural skin renewal process to help restore skin to its natural tone. Dove Clear Tone also offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection and comes in four variants including new Pink Rosa – a floral and fruity fragrance. Dove Clear Tone is available at drugstores nationwide. You can find more information at Dove.com.”

Dove clear tone

I love the special emphasis on natural ingredients and the formulation for sensitive skin. This is especially important to me because I hate putting unnecessary chemicals on/in my body and my skin tends to turn red very quickly if products are too scented or otherwise harsh and irritating. The Dove deodorant smells fresh and clean without being overwhelming and really lasted all day through lots of running around, errands, work, and other activity. I have not previously used Dove personal care products very often but in the future it is definitely a brand I would consider purchasing! Have you used any Dove products in the past? Will you be trying the new deodorant?

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Catching Up

8 Oct
Me, standing in front of one of the temples in the Emerald Buddha complex in Bangkok, Thailand. Duh I'm wearing Marley Lilly... :)

Me, standing in front of one of the temples in the Emerald Buddha complex in Bangkok, Thailand. Duh I’m wearing Marley Lilly… :)

Holy cow y’all. I cannot believe it has been 7 weeks since a blog post went up here. I really needed the break and now I feel refreshed and inspired to start writing a bunch of stuff for you guys… if there’s still anyone out there?? Here’s a brief rundown of the amazing things and big changes that have been going on in the past 2 months, which are pretty much why I didn’t have a single second to blog. But now that things are finally starting to settle down, I can’t wait to get back into blogging! In the past 7 weeks I…

  • Moved out of the apartment in Tel Aviv I lived in for 3 months (I will miss the beach but not the bed bugs.)
  • Spent 3 weeks traveling through Southeast Asia (and developed a new obsession with Thailand)
  • Finally got to spend Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with my family at the synagogue I grew up with for the first time in 4 years
  • Moved to Los Angeles and found the most perfect apartment!! (It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.)
  • Learned to navigate to the boonies of Los Angeles, become a Craiglist junkie, and flea market raider to decorate said apartment
  • Applied for over 50 jobs in the film and television producing industry
  • Started interviewing at some amazing companies! (fingers crossed.)

As you can see, I am at a major crossroad in my life and am so excited about all of the unknowns in my future. I hope that you will stay with me through this journey and I can’t wait to update you all every step of the way :) I would love to hear what you all have been up to!

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