July 11, 2013

July Birchbox

     Today I'm going to review my July Birchbox that I received in the mail yesterday. For those of you that don't know what Birchbox is, it's a subscription for $10 a month & you receive a box of samples from various brands every month. Sometimes the box is awesome, others are not so great. I had seriously been thinking about canceling my subscription. Let me know what you guys think. You can check out the website Birchbox.
    
Product #1 (far left)- KLORANE Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: This is an award winning powder spray that absorbs oil and plumps up second-day hair.
 
Product #2 (second product from left)- THEBALM COSMETIC Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush: Budge-proof pigment lasts from sunup to sundown.
 
Product #3 (middle)- BIRCHBOX Bobby Pins: Add style to summer hair with minimal effort. Jazz up simple ponytails, or use to secure errant bangs or layers. (Sorry you can't really tell the detail of these or see their cute pattern.)
 
Product #4 (second from right)- ATELIER COLOGNE Mistral Patchouli Cologne Absolue: Zetsy and woodsy, this enticing scent has notes of pepper, grapefruit, and Indonesian patchouli.
 
Product #5 (far right)- DDF Acne Control Treatment: An overnight treatment with purifying salicylic acid to tackle blemishes and inflammation.
 
 
     Alright, there you have it. I will be honest, I was not thrilled with this months box. I am excited to try the dry shampoo to see how it works. I have tried other brands & haven't had much luck. I have found the one brand that works is the KMS brand. It works great. The bobby pins are super cute, but hard to put in your hair. The perfume doesn't smell all that great. I mean, it smells woodsy....come on now, what girly woman wants to smell woodsy?! haha. I am pretty excited to try the DDF treatment cream. I have some blemishes on my face that I would like to go away! I may try out the blush today. I have actually received other product in my Birchbox's from theBalm & love them.
 
     If you like any of the samples that you receive in your box all you have to do is go to the Birchbox website to order the full size product. Hope you guys have a great day! 
 

July 9, 2013

Makeup Superstar

If you haven't seen any of Jaclyn Hill's makeup tutorials, please visit YouTube & subscribe to her videos! She is awesome! I watched several today & I am so excited to test out my new skills! 
If any of you ladies like NuMe products, Jaclyn has a promo code on one of her videos & you get like 60% off your order. I ordered a magic wand today & can't wait for it to come in. I also ordered some M.A.C. Makeup. Woohoo!! Can you say ExCiTeD?! 
I will post another post when all my product comes in! 
😁👄💄

Infertility

I have decided that I want to share this struggle that my husband & I have been dealing with for some time now. It is something that I struggle with every single day. It hurts. I have so many questions & no answers. For a while J & I decided that we were not going to tell anyone about the struggles we were having with infertility. However, as times passes by, it gets easier to talk about & I actually don't mind telling others & sharing about our struggles. I know it is something that many couples struggle with.

J & I started trying to have a baby in Dec of 2011. Yes, it is now July 2013. It has been an extremely hard road so far. We got pregnant last year, but had a really early miscarriage. That was by far the hardest thing ever. We have both had tests done & so far every test has come back with normal results. We don't have an answer yet as to why we can't get pregnant. I have an appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) this month so hopefully we will get some answers there. We are having to drive 2 hrs just to get to the doctor because he is one of the closest fertility doctors around. I am very excited about the appointment because it means that we are one step closer to getting our baby!

This journey has been so stressful. Not only the fact that we are having trouble getting pregnant, but also the financial aspect of it. My insurance doesn't cover infertility so we are basically having to pay for most everything out of pocket.. meds, tests, ultrasounds, etc. We are very lucky to both have really good jobs! I don't understand why insurance shouldn't have to pay for infertility or at least help with it. Women do not CHOOSE to suffer from it. However, people CHOOSE to smoke which causes multiple heatlth problems that lead to hospital stays, ER visits, disease, etc & the insurance companies help cover it.
But, whatever.

Here lately I have been in better spirits about this process. I know that one day J & I will be parents. Right now is just not the time. God has different plans & when it does happen, it will be perfect timing. I just have to trust & believe.

Please feel free to message or email me if you are struggling with infertility & you need someone to talk to. It is a very hard thing to go through. And honestly, if you haven't ever been through it yourself, you don't quite understand. Sometimes it helps just to let things out & talk about it.
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