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Unboxing: August Birchbox!

August 12th, 2014 · Beauty

My August Birchbox arrived today, and it just might be one of my favorites yet.

So good that I stopped everything to take pictures immediately after tearing into it, despite the crappy about-to-thunderstorm lighting going on right now. Also, major marketing points for the clever box greeting. You guys are too much. And I love it.

Let’s jump into it!

#TEEHEE (New favorite hashtag.)



First up, Perk Up dry shampoo from Amika. I sprayed some on my roots a few moments ago, and I’m already loving it. The smell (let’s be real, crucial element of a dry shampoo) is really nice. Scent can make or break a dry shampoo for me (Herbal Essences, looking at you, #broken). I also like that this doesn’t contain talc. Can’t wait to play with it!


How cute is this bottle?!

Next item: Dr. Jart’s Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm. Dat name doe. Dis-A-Pore!

I’m a big fan of Dr. Jart’s Black Label BB, and have also tried the Water Fuse formula, which is decent. I rubbed a bit on the back of my hand and the texture seems spot on… I will test this out tomorrow and tweet my thoughts. Stay tuned!

The third item in my Birchbox is one that I actually had the opportunity to select in advance. For the second time, Birchbox offered subscribers the chance to select one of a handful of (super) deluxe samples. I had my eye on a cream eye shadow from Laura Geller initially, but ultimately chose this bronzer from Model Co. It has a touch of golden shimmer, and looks like it’ll be perfect for these last few weeks of summer. This sample is HUGE, and will last for a long time. Love that.


I was pleased to see another product from Supergoop! in my box, this time around, their new hand cream fortified with Sea Buckthorn and SPF 40. I’m a stickler for sun care, so this is a very welcome addition to my purse. It feels nice and creamy, and the scent is light– not overly sunscreen-y.


The final item, this month’s ‘beauty extra’, is a soothing face mask from nügg Beauty. I love the packaging of this: the perfect little luxury to use when traveling. Or, in my case, the perfect face mask to end a busy Tuesday on a peaceful note.

That’s a wrap! If you’re interested in Birchbox, look no further… it’s my favorite way to try products for only 10 bucks a month before I buy (and rack up major beauty points in the meantime). Think of it like a present in your mailbox each month.

If you subscribe, what did you get in your box this month? What would you dig into first?

P.S.- Like what’s on my nails? That bright green is Color Club London Calling (scored in a previous Birchbox!) topped with Sephora Formula X in Meteoric on the accent nails.

xoxo, Emma

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Summer Recipe: White Sangria

July 4th, 2014 · Lifestyle

Last weekend, my husband and I were feeling inspired to make a fun, new summer beverage. After happening upon Mirbeau Inn & Spa‘s featured July recipe for White Sangria, there was no turning back… Mirbeau holds a special place in our hearts, as we held our wedding there last August.

And, sangria is the perfect choice for warm summer nights!

The recipe calls for:

  1. 1 cup blueberries
  2. 1 sliced orange (we kept the slices thin + pretty, like pinwheels)
  3. 2 cups strawberries, quartered
  4. 1 bottle sweet white wine
  5. 1 bottle Champagne
  6. 1 cup vodka
  7. Juice of one lemon and one lime (in a pinch, this is optional)

Mix together in a large pitcher (we used this one from Williams Sonoma.) Set your backyard/balcony/poolside playlist. Chill the sangria. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

What are your favorite summer drink recipes? Share with me in the comments.

Cheers to summer!

xoxo, Emma

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Mascara find: Lash Out Butterfly

June 16th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts

If pressed to pick one must-have cosmetic, it’d have to be mascara. Natural looking lengthening, thick and dramatic volume, I love it all. As I’m a natural blonde, my lashes (although quite long) are lighter on the tips. Because of this, a coat or two of black mascara opens my eyes up that much more. It’s essential. Even on no-makeup days.

Earlier this spring, I ordered Target’s seasonal beauty box. Only $5, the box was a total steal… two full size products, and three very generous samples. Inside that box I found L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Out Butterfly mascara, in black. (This alone made the beauty box more than worth it, as this mascara retails for around $8.)

The brush has a unique, asymmetrical shape. The base is much wider, with flexible rubber bristles that flare out. It works on my eye shape really well, perfectly suited for coating every lash and creating a winged-out look.


The formula is spot on– no smudges or flakes! Color payoff is rich without being clumpy. I have worn Lash Out Butterfly nearly every day since I cracked the tube open.

The true test of love? I will be repurchasing.

Which mascaras are you loving right now?

xoxo, Emma

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