Bless X ELLE

Hi there, it’s me again and I’ve missed you! I ended up taking a longer break from blogging than I intended, but sometimes you just need to take a break and focus your attention elsewhere. I have to remind myself that my blogging isn’t something that I HAVE to do but rather it’s something that I GET to do. I’m glad that I get to be back to blogging and this space!

I’m also excited today because I get to share with you what came in this month’s Bless Box, especially since it’s a collaboration with ELLE Magazine!

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Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Cream | Retail $24.00

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Brightening and depuffing? Yes please! I have had the worst allergy eyes lately and I know that this is going to be used very quickly. I have wanted to try Sunday Riley products for a long time as well because I have heard so many good things about their brand!

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish | Retail $5.00

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I am ready for some warmer weather for sure but I’m also definitely not sure that my skin looks the best right now. This looks like it’ll be a hydrating exfoliant for getting rid of  my dry, dead skin–just in time for spring!

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara | Retail $9.49

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This came in perfect time because I just ran out of mascara! I don’t know what happened to my eyelashes but they seem to have broken off this winter–so I’m anxious to see if this formula really does help with providing some volume.

Nuun Hydration Vitamins in Grapefruit Orange | Retail $7.00

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I love these so much! I have bought multiple tubes of this product before, especially when I have been training for runs. Nuun is such a great alternative to Gatorade or other energy drinks because the ingredients are more natural, it provides extra hydration, and it also includes vitamins. All you need is a bottle of water and one of these tabs and you’re set to begin hydrating!

Ren Skincare & Now to Sleep Pillow Spray | Retail $ 10.00

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This smells like a spa and I think it’ll be so relaxing to use! I love a good pillow spray for those nights that you just feel little stressed, wound up from too much caffeine, or just can’t seem to fall asleep.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Crushed Mineral Blush | Retail $22.00

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This also came in perfect time because the blush I have been using is getting old and probably needs to be tossed. I think this blush color is perfect for spring and because it’s a mineral powder–you don’t need much for the pigment to appear.

Hippeas White Vegan Cheddar Puffs | Retail $2.50

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These were promptly consumed following the taking of this photo. I was hangry–sorry not sorry! Hippeas are a much healthier version of other cheese puffs and they taste so good! I have eaten these before in airports when I’ve needed a snack and I recommend you also give them a try!

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tapes | Retail $11.00

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No one likes a fashion faux pas or a wardrobe malfunction! Fashion tape is such a useful thing to have sometimes because it helps to keep everything in place, without having harsh reactions to your skin.

Lifeline Skincare | Retail $ 9.99

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I have not heard of this brand before but I’m always excited to try out new skin care products!

The most exciting thing in this month’s Bless Box though is a complementary one-year subscription to ELLE Magazine! How fun!

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February Bless Box

February’s Bless Box was all about self-care, self-love, and all things rosy feeling. I love that the boxes each month revolve around a specific theme and that there is usually always something new to try out in each box. If you want to see what came in the February Bless Box, keep on reading! I hope you are able to treat yourself with some self-care tonight!

Ella + Mila 7-Free Nail Polish in the shade Berry Much In Love |      Retail $12.00


I like that this brand’s formula does not have the majority of harmful chemicals that most other brands do. I am finding out more and more that a great form of self-care is to keep your body as clean as possible when is comes to the things you put in and on your body. This shade is so pretty for the spring!

Maybelline Python Metalic Lip Kit | Retail $9.99


This lip kit is definitely something different from what I normally use but I think it looks fun! The kit comes with a cream lipstick shade (on the left) and then a metallic powder that you finish the look with (on the right). This would be really fun to use if you have a special night out!

True Citrus Raspberry Lemonade | Retail $9.99

HUM Nutrition Green Superfood Powder | Retail $5.00


I have tried both of these before and they are so good! I like taking the lemonade packets with me on the go and I think they are a lot healthier for you than other drink mixes. The  superfood powder is really good in smoothies and I’m excited to try this new flavor!

NuFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths | Retail $2.00

Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum | Retail $33.00


Both of these skincare items look like they would be great for traveling! The facial cloth can fit right into my purse or travel bag and will help to eliminate having to carry around some other products. I love getting eye cream samples too because they are usually just enough for one trip and they are so compact. I’m looking forward to trying these out!

Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in Candy | Retail $10.40

Maybelline City Mini Eyeshadow Palette | Retail $9.99


This lip oil is so nice! I’ve been testing it out for the last few days and it has really helped to hydrate my chapped lips and also give a subtle hint of color. Clarins is such a luxurious brand and it’s fun to be able to try this product. These eyeshadow palettes are also so creamy, blendable, and compact. Bless Box sent all of the newest shades in a previous box, which was awesome, so I know that this will be a great gift to someone else.

Pura Vida Bracelet | Retail $5.00

Melinda Maria Amari Mini Necklace | Retail $48.00


I love simple but unique jewelry and I was really excited to receive some new items! Pure Vida bracelets are so affordable, colorful, and come in so many styles. And how cute is this gold necklace?? I know that I’m going to get a lot of use out of this necklace.

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February Birchbox

Here we are again for another Birchbox un-boxing! I hope that you like these posts and enjoy seeing what could come inside your own Birchbox each month. Are you a subscriber of Birchbox? Here are the things that I received in the February box.

Love Beauty and Planet Smooth and Serene Argan Oil & Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner


Each of these can be purchased for $9.00 and I even saw them in Target this week. I think this is a super affordable brand and this sample size will be great for traveling.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment


It’s always fun to receive samples for things that I usually can’t afford. The full-size bottle of this product retails for over $100. I’ve been a fan of lactic acid treatments for the past few years–it’s a great ingredient for acne-prone skin.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner


I swatched this on my hand when I opened it and it seems like it will last a long time on the skin. I don’t wear eyeliner much, but this would be a great one for me to test.

DOUCCE Luscious Lip Stain


This looks like it’ll be a great color to wear during the spring months! The consistency of this lip stain is also definitely more on the watery side and less chalky/drying than some liquid lipsticks can be.

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Bonus Post: Makeup Looks for Valentines Day

Hi there! I know today is not a normal bloggins day but I really wanted to get this post in before Valentine’s Day. I think it’s fun to see how people do their makeup for special occasions, so I’m going to share with you three different makeup looks for Valentine’s Day. If you’re getting dressed up and going out, staying in, or just having a night to yourself–I hope these looks give you inspiration and make you feel special. Enjoy!

Base Makeup

PRIMER: Smashbox sample FOUNDATION: IT Cosmetics & Milani BROWS: Ulta MASCARA: Maybelline

I have been using a mixture of two different foundations lately to help give me a little extra coverage. My brows are almost grown back out again so I don’t need a ton of help when it comes to taming them–I just use this brow gel to help keep everything in place. And as far as mascara, this one has been amazing and the wand is almost like a comb–so it gets to the root of the lashes easily and gives extra volume.

Look #1

EYE SHADOW: Maybelline CREAM EYESHADOW: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop CREAM HIGHLGHTER: Laura Geller

For this look, I kept everything pretty neutral but added in lots of glow. I applied the cream eyeshadow first as a base to help hold the powder shadow. The color on ColourPop was Jinxie but I think it’s been discontinued. There are so many other pretty shades though and they’re all so affordable. The eyeshadow shade that I chose is a rose gold and had a subtle hint of pink. Next I put some of the highlighter stick onto my foundation brush and then dabbed it on the high points of my cheeks. I finished off the look with a nude shade lipstick–the ones from ColourPop are also so creamy and they are so affordable.

Look #2

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EYE SHADOW: Real Her (received in a FFF Box) LIPSTICK: Jane Iredale sample BLUSH: Milani (similar one here)

This next look is all about pink! I mixed two different eye shadow shades to give a pink flush to the eyelids. Next I added some powder blush to the cheeks–Milani blushes are so nice to use and can be found in so many stores! Lastly, I finished off the look with a lip and cheek stain to the lips. I like that this look still has a lot of pink but it’s still kind of subtle.

Look #3

BRONZER: Physicians Formula HIGHLIGHTER: Maybelline EYE LINER: IT Cosmetics sample BROWS: ColourPop LIPSTICK: ColourPop

For this look, I went with a bright statement lip and subtle face makeup. I think I’m at the end of the line with my much-loved bronzer (as you can see). I like that this bronzer is matte and doesn’t have any shimmer in it. I did add a little bit of the highlighter to the high points of my cheeks to help the finish not look to0 matte and flat though. I tight-lined the upper water lines of my eye lids with a liner, to help my mascara look a little more dramatic. And I did go ahead and fill in my brows a little, just to help give a more polished look. The lipstick is one of the new ColourPop Lux Lipstick’s and so far, I love it! They glide on so smooth and the color seemed to last quite a while.

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January Birchbox

Good evening my friends! I hope you have had a good day and that you’re settling in for the night. I’m back with another Birchbox reveal post to show you what came in this month’s box and some things that you could receive if you’re wanting to give Birchbox a try.

If I’m being honest, I almost didn’t post this today because in the scope of things and life–sometimes blog posts seem to be the least important/meaningful things and there are so many things that are just way more important. But (as my sweet little sister reminded me–love you Abs) one of the purposes of this blog is to be a little bit of an escape from whatever is going on in life, to provide some encouragement, life, and joy–so I’m going to keep writing blog posts.

Here is what’s inside my January Birchbox:

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Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo/Conditioner

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Oribe products are super expensive but they smell so good! I’m always excited when those samples are included. These are also a great travel size and might be coming with me on a trip later this week.

Laura Geller Fortifying Lashes Primer

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I like that this is a black primer–instead of the white formula that others are. I’m interested to see what this is like to wear by itself and then with mascara.

Clark’s Botanicals Age Defying Radiance Cream 

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This is another super expensive product if you buy it full-sized. I’ll make sure to use this one sparingly. The consistency of this cream looks like it will add a nice glow under makeup or just by itself.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

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I have used this twice already and it was really hydrating to use under makeup–which is great for the winter. I also noticed a luminous finish and it helped to keep my foundation on for much longer.

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