Falling for this Season – 3 Things to Try this October

It’s hard to imagine it’s already October. The fall season is here! I’ve already seen Instagram posts of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, popular Halloween costumes this year, DIY fall decor and feeling the (slightly) brisk evenings.

Pumpkin – I { heart } pumpkin. If you’re anything like me, I scour the supermarket aisles for anything and everything pumpkin! I can always depend on Trader Joes to roll out an impressive season-appropriate pumpkin collection. The Fearless Flyer of their pumpkin products can be found here. The other night I did a mini-haul of the pumpkin necessities. I’ll have to go back again because I forgot to peruse the frozen section (c’mon, how could I have forgotten to grab Pumpkin Macarons and Pumpkin Croissants?).

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Dark Lip Color – Dark lips are all the rage this fall. A romantic take on this classic goth/vampy look is to find a formula with a slight sheen and keep the eyes light. Lip items are possibly my favorite beauty product. I have more than I’d like to admit to. Lip products I’ve been into lately are these two full-size limited-edition Marc Jacobs Beauty items I picked up from Sephora a few months back (I got them for free by redeeming my points). I finally took them out of the box this past weekend. { Lovemarc lip gel in Caberet & Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars } I usually pre-treat my lips with an exfoliant lip scrub or lightly rub a damp, warm towel over my lips after I shower. This will create a smooth lip canvas before applying product.

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Gone Girl – I’ve joined the October Birchbloggers Book Club and will be reading all three bone-chilling books from the bestselling author Gillian Flynn. She’s known for Gone Girl, the insanely suspenseful thriller novel-turned-film, featuring Ben Affleck (movie is already out in theaters). Flynn’s other two novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects also sound like the perfect Halloween-season reads. Thanks Birchbox for sending me the series to read!

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heart my birchbox !

There are so many subscriptions services–The MINT family (JewelMint, BeautyMint, IntiMint, StyleMint, ShoeMint), Umba Box, PaleoPax, BarkBox… It’s quite hard to resist the temptation to subscribing to them all, but it’s fun to receive a monthly package of surprise goodies. My favorite subscription service is Birchbox.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that delivers curated beauty products tailored to my preferences. For just $10 a month, I receive 4-5 hand-picked, deluxe beauty samples from the best brands—popular luxe brands I covet, to the new and niche brands I have yet to discover. I’ve been a loyal subscriber for the past few years and this is hands down the best beauty box and offers the best incentive programs. Recent products that I’ve been trying are from brands like Tarte, Caudalie, Macadamia Professional, Acure Organics, and nail color brands Color Club and  Zoya.

It’s brilliant how Birchbox tailors the products to my beauty profile–skin & hair type, beauty style, high/low maintenance lifestyle. These deluxe samples are perfect for traveling or stashing in my purse. I can’t stop talking about it to the husband, friends, family and coworkers. This is my go-to gift to my loved ones. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Some of my past favorites boxes are the collabs with other media brands like Women’s Health, Teen Vogue and Glamour.

{ August 2014 – Everygirl collaboration }

The new Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner lives up to the hype! It’s surprisingly easy to use and goes on so smooth. Harvey Prince’s Hello is as fresh as spring gets. I’m a fan of facial scrubs and this Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub unveils smooth, glowing skin.

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{ July 2014 – Women’s Health Collaboration }

First of all, this box design makes me happy. Who knew weights, water bottles and exercise ropes could be so adorable? “Power Up” was the perfect theme of the summer. I enjoyed reading all the clever 12 bite-size challenges Birchbox wrote up in their handy booklet. This was the first time Birchbox gave the opportunity for subscribers to select one of two product offers (Cynthia Rowley Beauty Lip Stain or a Ruffian nail polish). Among subscribers who loves choices, this was so popular  it crashed the Birchbox site!

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{ March 2012 Teen Vogue collaboration }

This is my all-time favorite box. Hello, full-size Essie polish and Tarte Lipsurgence products!? The value of this box surpasses the $10 price I paid and I adore the nail and lip color. I still use the Twistband hair tie too.

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{ July 2012 Glamour collaboration }

This was chock-full of favorites. I loved the Boscia BB Cream so much I ended up buying and using up two full-size bottles since. The mint green Color Club nail polish color was perfect for summer and the full-size Still Lip Glaze brought sexy back to my lips.

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Birchbox is by far the best beauty box out there. For just $10/month, you won’t only receive beauty, skincare and lifestyle products, you’ll re-discover and understand the importance of taking care of your skin and well-being. It’s a lifestyle change and Birchbox guided me through it! Sign up!

OOTD | Keds x Madewell Sungarden Sneakers

In wake of springs’ new trend–florals–Madewell has incorporated this beautiful floral print called Sungarden into their spring line. The print is inspired  by an actual vintage photograph! I recently purchased the Keds x Madwell Sungarden Sneakers and been having an extra spring in my step since. It’s quite nostaglic because I remember wearing Keds as a kid and been loving this faded floral print. (I’m also digging the suede laces) I first saw the print from an exclusive Madewell x Birchbox Sungarden nail emery board in my March Birchbox (Love it!). Birchbox also sent an awesome $25 off of $75+ purchase discount offer. Thank you Birchbox!Keds x Madewell Sungarden sneakers via http://itsjoulife.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/ootd-madewell-x-keds-sungarden-sneakers/Madewell Sungarden

keds floral shoes via http://itsjoulife.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/ootd-madewell-x-keds-sungarden-sneakers/Gap for Threadless’ Alphabet “Missing U” shirt. JewelMint’s Heavy metal necklace. Lauren Conrad’s denim jeans. Madewell x Keds Sungarden sneakers.

floral crystal earrings via http://itsjoulife.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/ootd-madewell-x-keds-sungarden-sneakers/Anthropologie’s Floral crystal baubles earrings

{ photos: jennifer’s iPhone }