What a whirlwind the past 2.5 weeks has been. The most notable:
· My husband and I closed on a new house, and then I left the next day for a weeklong road trip with a friend in Ireland!
· Upon my immediate return, it was time to move!
I’ll elaborate on both of the above large life events on a later date, but before I do, let me share with you the little box of sunshine that I received right before my departure. I recently signed up for VoxBox where I receive complimentary products to review. The "sunshine box" is aptly named because these products are perfectly geared towards the summer months when we lose moisture (both in our skin and hair).
The Nail Polish. (SinfulColors Nail Polish) I might as well be reviewing ammunition for handguns. I literally never paint my own fingernails, and on the rare occasion (maybe twice per year) that I get a manicure, I opt for nude tones so as to be less off-putting when I inevitably forget to take the chipped polish off for the third week in a row. My nails have not been a shade similar to this Real Teal since my days of mini bon bon nail polishes that... you guessed it, I left on for weeks beyond the “you should really take off your chipped fingernail polish" point. For this photo I am strategically showing you my left hand for obvious reasons. I’m out of practice. What’s that? You still want my opinion on this polish? Ok then, I actually really liked it. The polish, not so much the color. This is three coats, and true to its name it really does have a silky matte-like finish. I could (and do) just suck at painting my own fingernails, but the first two coats felt kind of splotchy and reminded me of the days when I would paint my nails with highlighters in elementary school (I was a classy lady).
The Lotion. (Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer) I have a confession. I’ve seen the “spray lotion” commercials in the past that state things like, “Who has time to rub on lotion these days!” and I’ve rolled my eyes a time or two. That being said, I actually really liked the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Spray Moisturizer. I
t was really lightweight, and with my sunburn-prone fair skin, I’m constantly in need of Aloe.
The Make-Up Removal Wipes. If you know what Dickenson’s witch hazel smells like, then this won’t come as such a shock. Some of the other reviews I read stated that the smell was a bit off-putting. It’s true. It’s a potent smell. I’ve used Witch Hazel in the liquid form as a toner before, so I didn’t mind it as much. That being said, I usually use make-up removal wipes for more on-the-go purposes, and would opt for ones that are truly more fragrant free.
The Hair Stuff. I am constantly in search of products that calm the frizzy straw-like mess that occurs on top of my head if left unattended. I desperately wish I had tossed this product in my bag for my Ireland trip. My hair was in rare form after visiting the Cliffs of Mohr where my friend and I had been doused by a steady mist and what felt like hurricane winds. I’m not anywhere near a beauty product expert, in fact I’m only barely a beauty product user, so take this with a grain of salt, but this product relaxed my “I went to bed with wet hair” look this morning, and for that, I’ll for sure continue to use it. Plus it smells nice.
So there you have it. Now if only I can remember to take this polish off before the school year begins. Chipped Real Teal polish doesn’t exactly scream, “I’m a professional! Take me seriously!” The green hue does serve as a little reminder of my time on the Emerald Isle. Stick around for details on this: