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Beauty Box 5: November 2014

I am sent Beauty Box 5 every month for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

In case you've never heard of it, Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service.  Every month, they send you 5 cosmetic samples.  You can find out more here.

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This month's theme is giving yourself that little extra something special in your routine.  Sometimes an extra 10 minutes makes all the difference!

When I got my box in the mail, I was inspired to create a travel essentials video.  Most of these products would be perfect for travel.  Since the holiday travel season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to put together my absolute essentials for when we're on the road!  You can check out the video at the bottom of this post.

On with the unboxing!

Afterfeather Refillable Travel Bottles

This bottle is so sturdy and nice!  Do you ever purchase travel bottles and feel like they're going to break if you look at them wrong?  I know I have a whole set of them in my bathroom cabinet.  This travel bottle is very well made, and it has a cute design to boot!

DenTek Floss Picks and Case

I am such a stickler for oral hygiene, even when we're traveling.  I keep at least one bag of floss picks in the bathroom at all times (we go through them pretty fast, since four of of us floss every day).  This little case is perfect for travel.  No need for an annoying little sandwich bag to hold our floss picks!

HASK Macadamia Revitalizing Shine Oil

I have and love a couple HASK masks.  They're affordable (you can find them at your grocery store) and super effective!  My hair always feels amazing after I use a HASK mask, so I was excited to try a hair oil. A little goes a long way!  It is very easy to over use this and end up with a grease ball for a head.  Just make sure you use it in moderation, and you're good to go!

Laura Ashley Body Butter (different scent here)

I am such a fan of body butters.  When I put on lotion, I want it to be thick and very hydrating.  This body butter is so nice.  It has all the hydration without the grease.  I received the peony scent, and I love it!  It gets bonus points for being a travel friendly size.

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

This little guy will be so handy!  This is actually the body wash I'm using right now in my shower. Talk about hydrating!  This is creamier than a regular gel body wash.  You really don't need a ton of lotion after you use this.

I think this month's box had a good variety of items!  Check out my travel essentials in the video below.

Seeing Fall Through Rose(gal) Colored Glasses

Rosegal sent me this shirt to style.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Rosegal Fall Outfit 1

Rosegal Fall Outfit 2

Rosegal Fall Outfit 3

Top: Rosegal (c/o) // Jeans: Gap // Sweater: New Direction (thrifted, similar)
Clutch: Urban Expressions (similar style wristlet) // Boots: Forever 21

Despite the fact that I love fall and everything that goes along with it, I am going to try hard and not get an outfit rut.  When your coworkers comment on the reg that you wear more black and grey than anything else ... it's time to switch thins up a bit.  I am the first one to admit that once the cold weather starts, I'm all about the black and grey (and denim.  and cognac!).

I know this Rosegal top will be perfect and keep me out of my rut!  I love that this shade of coral can be mixed and matched.  It would look so pretty with blue, don't you think?

If you want to pick up something from Rosegal to keep your fall wardrobe fresh, they have given me a coupon code to pass on to you all.  If you use the coupon code joeyCgil, you will received 8% off your order.

Blue cardigan with grey top

Fall Casual Fashion 1

Fall Casual Fashion 2

Top: Gap (similar) // Cardigan: Gap (via thredUP, similar)
Jeans: Target (similar) // Shoes: Old Navy

These photos are obviously not from this week.  These were taken back when I didn't have a pile of scarves in my room and mismatched mittens in the kids' cubby drawers.  I like this outfit so much, I'm going to try and recreate it for winter.  I have longer/warmer versions of the cardigan and shoes that will be perfect.  I think it will be more of a work outfit, so I'll make sure to dress it up with a statement necklace.

Do you try and recreate outfits across the seasons?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

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Rebecca Reads: The Night Circus

Rebecca Reads The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I finished The Night Circus a couple months ago, so it is most definitely time for a review!

I bought this (on my kindle) after seeing many positive reviews for it.  The circus theme was appealing to me.  The synopsis on the book is also pretty mysterious, so it drew me and I wanted to know the story.

The story starts with two magicians challenging each other to a duel.  This is no ordinary duel, though.  This is a duel between their protegés.  The magicians were Prospero the Enchancter and Mr. A.H.  Prospero had a daughter who inherited his magical abilities.  Her name is Celia.  Mr. A.H. searched for a protegé and found one at an orphanage.  Marco is his half of the dual.

At the beginning of the duel, Celia and Marco are magically tied to each other with invisible rings. Over the years, they are brought together in the Le Cirque des Rêves.  Not surprisingly (based on the title of the book), the circus is only open at night.  It does not announce its schedule.  It will appear one day and disappear before the next morning.

Celia is the magic show in the circus.  Marco helps the boss run things.  The interesting thing about their duel is that they aren't supposed to know who each other are ... or, rather, they are supposed to figure it out on their own.  Marco figures it out pretty quickly.  By the time Celia figures it out, it's apparent that they are very connected to the circus.

I won't give away any spoilers, so I'll stop there!  I really enjoyed this book.  I mean, it has some hokey parts and I felt like the romance element developed too quickly.  The magic in this world is not explained, so you don't have to think about it too much.  This book is great if you want to read something slightly fantastical without feeling committed to learning a new world.

Have you read The Night Circus?  What did you think of it?

Easy & beautiful curls with KISS Instawave

I was sent a KISS Instawave for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Beautiful Curls With KISS Instawave

I am a huge fan of curls, but I'm not such a fan of the hassle that comes with curling your hair.  I am that person who can't curl her hair worth a flip.  My curls never look even, my arms get tired, and I have to curl pieces over and over again to make them look right.  Basically, I need help!

That's where my KISS Instawave comes in.  It is AMAZING!  It is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls.  It does all of the hard work for you.  It has two heat settings, so you can make waves or curls.  And it barely takes any time to heat up!  The maximum heat setting is 420 degrees (also, it shuts off within 90 minutes).

It is so easy to use, from any angle, with any hand.  All you have to do is select the piece of hair you want to curl, place the curling wand vertical to your hair, press the button, and hold for 5-10 seconds!  I've used other automatic curlers before, and this one has one advantage over them -- you can decide which way your curls go.  With the ease of a button, you can twirl your curl left or right.  In fact, if you alternate between left and right curls, it will look more natural.  I love it!

Easy Beautiful Curls With KISS Instawave

This weekend, I recorded curling my hair so you can see how it works.

You can purchase the KISS Instawave at Target, Ulta, and on Amazon!

Saturday Footwear

Sneakers: 1 // 2 // 3
Flats: 1 // 2 // 3
Booties: 1 // 2 // 3

Whether I'm running errands all day or playing with the kids in the yard, all of my Saturday footwear has one thing in common: comfort!  I don't need any pinched toes or sore heels.  It helps that these are all cute options, too.  

So.. make that two things in common!  

What footwear do you wear on the weekends?

Birchbox: October 2014

So, this has been a long-time coming.  My post office, for some odd reason, sent back my October Birchbox apparently due to "moving and not leaving a forwarding address."  Um... we have not moved.  The post office couldn't tell me why they had it it back.  So, Birchbox sent me a replacement box. Luckily, they still had the items that were in my original box!

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Dr. Brandt Pore No More Vacuum Cleaner

Every Dr. Brandt product I've tried has been so nice.  I was excited to try this.  I'm always up for a new cleanser!  This is a very gentle, pore detoxifying cleanser.  It is supposed to remove black heads and tighten your pores.  I don't get many blackheads, so I can't speak to that.  My pores felt refined, but not tight.  My skin just felt very refreshed.  I really like this!

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir

I first smelled a Harvey Prince perfume at the beginning of this year.  One word: yummy!  I love a perfume that you want to smell all day.  This one smells so good!!  The notes are jasmine, tropical orchid, lily of the valley, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli.  Those are some of my favorite scents.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil

Sadly, I did not like this product.  I love eyeliner and wear it almost every day, but this actually has little sparkles in it.  I don't like the texture on my eyelids.  It's probably all in my head, but I can feel the sparkles on my skin.  Not a fave at all!

BeeKind Body Lotion

This lotion smells so good.  Even though it's a body lotion, I've been using it on my hands.  It's very hydrating and smells citrus-y.  The most obvious scent is lemon.  This lotion is free of all those nasty chemical-y type things.  It has honey, soybean oil, and cottonseed oil.  This has kept my hands very moisturized!

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty

This is my favorite product from this month's box!  I've gotten a ModelCo lipstick before.  I love the formula and the scent.  It smells like watermelon candy!  This pinky nude is perfect for every day. I've included a picture below of my wearing it.

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