December 18, 2014

Battle of the Lip Balms: Teadora vs Nuxe

I'm a major lip product junkie. Currently I have about 5 lip balms in my purse (and that's on the low end). I feel like I've tried everything when it comes to healing chapped lips. I'm always excited when I see a lip product in one of my subscription boxes because I'm always down to try a new one. When I received these products I thought they were fairly similar so I thought I'd do a comparison.

TEADORA Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Lip Butter (5 oz $15) I received this in my holiday GLOSSYBOX and it claims: "Packed with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracujá (Passion Fruit), Açaí oils, Cupuaçu, Murumuru, Mango butters plus Carnaúba Wax, our Rainforest at Dawn Lip Butter comes in a delicious citrusy flavor we call Laranja - which means orange in Portuguese - and provides light exfoliation and intense hydration for your lips." It definitely has that tropical smell which I liked. Not a lot of product comes out which took some getting used to. I'm used to slapping on a lot. What they call "light exfoliation" felt more like leftover residue to me. I do like that part of their sales goes towards restoring rain forests.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel® 20th Anniversary Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm (.52 oz $19) A best seller that is made "with honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and most chapped lips. Thanks to its unique texture and subtle taste of refreshing grapefruit..." I wasn't a fan of the smell or texture. It was grainy to me and left a lot of residue on my lips. Kind of surprised me that this is such a huge seller. Perhaps someone can explain to me the appeal.

Final verdict: Teadora slightly edges out because it supports charity. It is also a cheaper price for more product. Neither one impressed me much and I wasn't a fan of the residue on my lips.

What lip products have you tried recently?

December 17, 2014

Movie Review: Foxcatcher

Monday afternoon my boss treated us to a movie! We went to see Foxcatcher starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum. Two actors not known for their serious roles. Long story short: They are both going to get Oscar nominations.

December 16, 2014

My December Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Decked Out. "... we find it hard to feel anything but buoyant this time of year. There's the anticipation of a pile of brightly wrapped presents, the glow of a family gathering, and of course the fizz of excitement before a big soiree." This month's box featured a $10 gift card from GAP which was appreciated. Here's what I received:

December 15, 2014

MMG: Guilty Pleasures

This weekend was pretty low key. Saturday I met up with my coworker, Margo, for brunch at Lexington Brass. She leaves in a couple days to go back to Denver so we wanted to say our goodbyes. She's new to NYC so wanted to see my 'hood so we wandered around 5th Avenue. I took her to her first Sephora store, which of course was overwhelming lol, and then we stopped by the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which was a nightmare. Fun times in Midtown.

December 12, 2014

DIY Holiday Wrapping Ideas

I have been getting into the crafting spirit this holiday season. I always try to reuse and recycle items I already have before buying anything such as using my beauty boxes. In case you're still looking for some wrapping inspiration or affordable ways to jazz up your gifts, I thought I'd share my ideas with you:

December 11, 2014

Limited Edition Holiday GLOSSYBOX

I received the Limited Edition Holiday GLOSSYBOX which was a gorgeous velvet red box with gold details. It featured 7 full-sized products + a perfume spray valued at over $140. It might be my favorite GLOSSYBOX yet! Here's what was inside:

December 10, 2014

Reppin' B.A.D. Girl For Life

Kim looking contemplative

I took advantage of MyTee B.A.D.'s Cyber Monday sale. Everything was 50% off! They released their new winter collection and of course I wanted everything. If you read this blog often enough you've probably seen me rocking MTB. B.A.D. stands for Beautiful, Authentic, Determined (despite what men on the streets think). "We are more than just a fashion brand; we are movement and our mission is to help women discover their inner B.A.D. Girl. Our girl is confident, strong-willed, ambitious and has a killer sense of style. She is also free spirited and kind, but doesn't allow anyone to put her down." How can you not get behind that?!

December 9, 2014

My December Julep Maven Box

For my Julep Maven box this month I selected the Holiday Soirée box. It featured a mix of beauty products and polishes. The collection this month was The Countdown collection but nothing really caught my eye. Here's what I received:

December 8, 2014

MMG: Final Final.

This weekend I pretty told everyone not to disturb me because I needed to focus on finishing my final project. But of course I procrastinated. I met up with Alex for brunch at Banc Cafe. It was all glammed out for the holidays. Put me in a festive mood. Afterwards, I stopped in Duane Reade to pick up some holiday wrapping supplies but of course I couldn't pass up the beauty aisles lol. Then I proceeded to wrap gifts while listening to Christmas music. Tisk tisk.

December 6, 2014

Book Review: "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler

Let me just say right off the bat - I love Amy Poehler. So I had high expectations for her memoir, Yes Please. I was sadly disappointed. A book that I thought I would finish in two short sittings like Tina Fey's Bossypants instead took me all month. Tina Fey's 272 page book felt like a feather compared to Amy's 329 page book. Thankfully it was broken up by pictures and fun quotes. It hops all over the place and I often found it tedious to read at times (confession: I skipped some chapters). As Dwight Garner said in his New York Times review "her heart wasn't in it."
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