Month: September 2014

Threading: A Girl’s View on Eyebrow Sculpting

I didn’t even know you could shape your eyebrows. I know. It’s really a sin because now I love it. I was first cajoled into getting my eyebrows done when my sister, a fellow beauty enthusiast and fashion standout, asked me if she could do my eyebrows. And at first I remember being confused – do my eyebrows? – I didn’t even know what that meant. Then she explained that she plucked hers into an appropriate shape every few weeks to keep them sculpted and beautiful. I acquiesced and she plucked away! Soon, she was doing it for me whenever we had the chance/she had an itch to pluck the hairs that I was too lazy (and afraid) to pluck on my own.

Enter threading. Many of my friends were familiar with this practice. My knowledge of threading came only from my hurried walks past the public threading booth kiosk in our local mall. All I saw was a lady lying down, a woman with thread in her two hands and in her mouth (yuck) and I was confused as to how this actually worked. This weekend, after many, many moons of being too chicken to take it upon myself to walk into the threading station, I did it.  (more…)

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Pahk Yah Cah

We know how much I love on-the-go bags. 

You know, those little pouches that have some basic necessities in them that we keep in our bags, purses, backpacks, and other places? I love them. And I have recently found myself the owner of a car, a beautiful Toyota RAV4 that has yet to be named (I’m thinking something dragonesque or nerdy, like zwitterion). Now, what comes to mind is the idea of having this whole new place to myself; this is a place I can keep things, a place I have to make my own. And for all of us on-the-go, the jetsetting, place-to-place-getting type of girl (or guy), we need the appropriate tools in order to make our lives flow from location to location seamlessly. 

Enter the carpack. Or, as I like to call it, my beaugo (pronounced like “Hugo” and a combination of beauty-on-the-go because I’m not that creative). Mine is a simple waterproof pouch that I received from my big sister and fellow blogger, The Lauren Lizzie (check her out, it’s fun to read!) that has a picture of Le Petit Prince on it and a beautiful quote about the sheep, hehe. I actually keep it inside the console. What’s in beaugo, you ask? Let me tell you: (more…)

Isn’t It Ionic

After an amazing family vacation in London, I came home with a bunch of fun new tea to try and no hair dryer, thanks to a faulty international adaptor that burned my dryer to a crisp. I was pretty upset, considering that my trusty red Vidal Sassoon hair dryer and I have been through four years of college and countless adventures together, but I took its leaving me prematurely to be a blessing in disguise…because it leaves me with the option of getting a new hair dryer!

But which one?

This is the question that plagued me for days, so naturally, I took to Google and began my exhausting research on “The Best Hair Dryer.” To my dismay, the lists that Google was bringing to the forefront of my search contained hair dryers with prices that were in the three-digit range. A hundred dollars or more on a hair dryer? That’s definitely not what I was looking for…nor is it something that I can currently afford. I wanted a deal. I wanted something new, something cool, something versatile and something fairly inexpensive that I could buy instantaneously because, well, tomorrow is my first day of work. And boy, did I find it. My newest toy in this beauty-venture is this beauty:

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And no joke, it looks exactly like that. Introducing my new friend, the Revlon Ionic Pro Stylist, 1875-watt Hair Dryer. It sounds impressive and wonderful and best of all, I got it for $15.99. That’s right, $15.99. Reviews from Ulta, Total Beauty and other similar sites proved its worth and I am so excited to begin my journey with this beauty. In addition to the major power, this hair dryer boasts two speed options, three temperature options as well as a cool shot and an on/off option for its ionic component. It has a ceramic plate and tourmaline to boot, so I’m told I’m going to definitely be getting some shine and sheen and smooth texture with less flyaways!

The coolest part is the ionic bit, I believe. I’ve yet to try anything ionic, but I’ve heard that ionic hair dryers are great for cutting down on dry time because they produce negative particles that help break up water molecules in your hair! AWESOME. And they’re great for those of us who love that sleek look, minimal flyaways and no frizziness. I’m all about that and I’m super excited that there’s a product that is too! AND, for $15.99, my hair dryer comes with a concentrator (for added specificity in styling) and a finger diffuser (for extra volume, body, and oomph).

I said I wanted a deal, didn’t I?

Anyone have a favorite styling tool? Tell me about it below and Happy Adventuring!

Love, PB

Honestly Abe

With the beginnings of a new school year making an appearance, I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite websites. 

Most of you, if you haven’t figured it out by now, probably have realized that I am an extreme bookie. I. Love. Books. I have an unhealthy obsession with them, I have a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in my bedroom and my world (and paycheck) rise and set on what books I can buy with what money. I always have a list of books to read, I dabble in some writing myself (haha, dabble is the appropriate word) and I am so in love with the way books are. Everything about them makes me happy. They are my happy place. 

With that said, books are expensive. Extremely so. Especially when you are dealing with textbooks. Cue my favorite place on the World Wide Web, AbeBooks. The website doesn’t boast about itself, but it’s tagline is Passion for Books. And ladies and gentlemen, that’s what this is. This is a place where you can get all your books from anywhere in the world for insanely small amounts of money. It’s the greatest thing in the world! I have found books I’ve been trying to find for YEARS for $3.47 AND free shipping. That’s the greatest thing about this place; it lists the books that it finds to match your search query in order of lowest TOTAL purchase amount and half the time, you get one with free shipping. 

The only difficulty I’ve found with using this website is that sometimes, you wait for the purchases to come, like anywhere, depending on where they’re shipping from and where they’re shipping to, but if you’re in no rush, it’s a great resource and one that will definitely be used month after month after a month…

If you’re an addict like me, that is :) 

Any experience with internet thrift bookshops? Comment below and let me know! Happy Adventuring! 

 

Love, PB

FREE?

That was my first thought when I found out about this amazing, not-so-well-known offer from WALMART, from all places! That’s right, ladies, Walmart has its own Beauty Box Subscription!

The Walmart BeautyBox is, first and foremost, FREE. It’s a seasonal box that comes four times a year and all you have to do is pay the flat rate $5.00 shipping in order for it to be sent to your address of choice! While the website isn’t so grand or informative as our professional beauty box subscriptions, like Birchbox, it does tell you a little bit about how the Walmart BeautyBox offer works and what you can expect from your purchase. After signing up, I received a charge for $5.00 on my account and my beauty box account lists my order as processing for the Fall 2014 box!

Another fun thing that I really enjoyed about this is the fact that because it’s a drugstore beauty box with drugstore products, many of the items coming to me this fall are going to be affordable and feasible to buy on a regular basis. That was my current issue with some of the beauty box samples I had been getting the past few months–I would receive a box, fall in love with a product and then see that the full size was more than $20 a bottle and realize that would put me (a post-graduate in desperate need of money) at a huge deficit, just for my favorite shampoo! This is definitely something for us beauty bloggers on a budget and is something different that we can bring to the table so thank you to my dear friend and fellow enthusiast, MJJ, for her linkage! 

Check it out and tell me what you think! Any of you ever subscribe to Walmart before? Tell me in the comments bellow and Happy Adventuring! 

Love, PB