Wednesday, February 22, 2017

U by Kotex Box

This is a slightly different post than I normally put up, but hey!  It is sort of a subscription box (which I am addicted to) so why not?  These are free boxes of pad and tampon samples that U by Kotex is currently offering, which I will link at the bottom of this post.  They have a rule about one per household like most samples do, so I cheated had one sent to my home and one to my PO Box (which you are welcome to send things to! It is Bethany Allen, ASU Box 09665, Boone, NC 28608)

In case you are wondering, it comes in a box like this sealed, so it isn't too terribly discreet, but it also doesn't scream "I'M ON MY PERIOD" either.

The first box is the U By Kotex Ultra Thin Pads - Regular.  It came with 1 CleanWear Regular pad with wings, 1 Security Regular pad with wings, 1 U by Kotex AllNighter pad with wings, 1 Security Overnight pad with wings, and 2 U by Kotex Barely There liners.  I tend to use pads more often than tampons honestly, and a box like this could get me through a few days of a period!

With this box they were also offering a little present to make you feel better while you are on your period!

These were the options to choose from, and I had no idea what they were going to send, so for this box I just chose "All of the Above," which I think gave me a random option from the other three  So as you can see in the previous picture, they sent me four little mini posters with sweet/funny things on them that would probably fit in the "Tell Me I'm Pretty While I Feel All My Feelings" category!

This was the second box I received, and it was the U by Kotex Click Tampons box.  It came with 2 Click Regular tampons, 2 Click Super tampons, and 2 U by Kotex Barely There liners.  I rarely use tampons, but pretty much my entire supply has been stocked by free samples from Kotex and other brands.  I like these Click tampons because they are so small, but then the applicator expands to full size when you are ready to use them.

For my little gift with this box I obviously chose "An Endless Supply of Snacks" category.  They sent me four little recipe cards with cute snacks!  I like this present better than the last one.

Finally, both boxes came with a dollar off coupon!

I think this is a really cool promotional program that U by Kotex is doing!  There were also two other options to choose from, a Full Sized tampon box, and a Heavy Flow Long pad box, so I chose my favorites from the two categories.  If you would like to check this out you can find it on the U by Kotex website, I highly reccomend it!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Amazon Beauty Box

So this is a box that Amazon offered exclusively to around Black Friday, and I debated a while before I got it, but I am super happy I did!  I know I am late getting it out to you, but I still thought it would be worth sharing!  (Plus I just realized you can still buy it!  So stay tuned until the end and I will link it for you all)

They offered two options, this basic beauty box for $11.99, a men's box for $9.99, and the luxury box for $19.99.  I decided on this one, because though the other had some cool brands, the sizes of what came in this box were better and I saw some of the products as more useful.  Now, the cool thing about these is that after you buy them you get the credit back and can buy anything in either the beauty or luxury beauty section, depending on which box you choose.  So in the end, you can order a product, and everything else you get in the box is like a free bonus!

It came with the Crest 3D White toothpaste, Crest 3D White 1 hour Express Whitening strip, and Glide floss.
Because of beauty boxes like this one, the Walmart box, and the dentist, I haven't bought toothpaste in forever!  This is better than usual because even thought it isn't full sized, it is significantly larger than the usual sample tubes.  
To me, it seems like one whitening strip wouldn't do a whole lot for your teeth, but that was before I saw that you were supposed to leave this one on for an hour.  It scares me a little bit, but it's also a pretty cool sample since whitening products can get pretty expensive.
But the floss... Come on Amazon, I can get this for free any day of the week.

So it didn't occur to me when I first opened this box that I got two of the exact same Aveeno Skin Relief body washes.  I thought maybe one was supposed to be a lotion, but nope, I went back and check and apparently just lucked out because they put two in mine by accident.  Regardless, I love Aveeno, even if it is a pretty small bottle.

This is the Pantene Hydrating Shampoo and the Dove Nutrium Moisture Body Wash.
I love having sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner to take with me on trips, but it really kind of threw me off that they only gave you the shampoo in this box... I like things in sets!  Plus I always use conditioner faster, so I never have small bottles of it.  Either way, I love Pantene and have tried this kind before, and I highly approve.
This body wash feels so good and moisturizing, and it makes a ton of bubbles, but there is one thing... This is probably a personal issue, but I remember my grandmother using a similar body wash when I was little so that's all I can think of!

This Venus Swirl razor is the main reason I chose this box over the luxury box.  Razors are always so expensive!  This razor is usually $10 at Target, so it almost made up for the full price of the box on its own.  And let me tell you, this is a good razor...  It makes my legs feel so smooth, it is my favorite one I've tried in quite some time.  I highly reccomend trying it out!

I know these products don't really go together, but they needed a partner for pictures!  This is the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, and Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment.
I hadn't ever heard of this this Acure brand before, but now I'm kind of itching to try the whole line!  I have been trying to stay away from salicylic acid facial washes, but all of my favorite scrubs contain it... So maybe this can start replacing them.
Aquaphor is honestly a miracle product.  I use it on my lips as intensive chapstick, and on my feet or hands at night if they are desperately dry or cracked.  That barely even scratches the surface of all the uses it has, so if you haven't tried this stuff before then you should give it a shot!

I had heard of Tom's before but I've never tried anything from the brand.  I needed a new baby deodorant, so this was another big deciding factor of this box over the luxury.  First of all, the lid is insanely difficult to get off, and the bottom is cracked.  It smells like baby powder when you apply it, which I don't mind at all, but as the day wears on, you just smell like sweat and baby powder... It doesn't really mask the smell or stop the sweating, so I can't really say I'd reccomend this.  I'll probably finish it, but not ever go out any buy it.

Finally, this box, like most other subscriptions, came with some foil packets.  It came with L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Moisturizer, L'Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition: Face and Eyes System, Nivea Nourishing Body Oil, and The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth.  I thought it was pretty cool that they sent a sample of each piece of the system for the top right sample, and The Body Shop is a nice brand, but what else can you say about foil packets?  I gave the anti-aging ones to my mom because I don't really use products like that right now.  I'm not mad at them because there were really nice bigger samples in this box too, there just isn't much to say about foil packets!

And finally, this is the product I got for free one I received the credit back for my box!  This is the Acure Facial Cleansing Gel with Superfruit and Chlorella.  It was only $8.34, so I didn't end up using the full credit, but I was still pretty excited about trying a new, basically free, product!  I began using this regularly as soon as it came, and I have fallen in love with it.  It doesn't bubble up like I usually like, but it cleanses my face really well and has helped reduce any breakouts.  Also, it smells amazing!  I highly reccomend giving this brand a try.

Now I will link the various boxes for you all like I promised, but remember, you are only eligible to order them if you are a prime member!  Here is the basic Beauty Box I chose, the Luxury Box, and the Men's Box.  I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book of the Month: January

Have you all ever heard of Book of the Month Club?  It is a subscription box unlike any other one I've seen!  Instead of makeup, food, or home goods like most boxes, you get to pick a book to have sent to you every month!  It is the perfect thing for bookworms like me!


This subscription is only $16.99 per month, and you can choose to skip a month at any time if the five options they are offering do not appeal to you.  But here is the catch, today is the last day of their Galentine's sale they are offering through the blog My Subscription Addiction (love that place!).  So if you use the code MSABOOKLOVER you can get a three month subscription for only $29.97 (normally $44.97) along with a Book of the Moth tote bag and free credit for an extra book ($9.99 value)!  So you are getting four books for only about $30, which is less than you could get them in a bookstore, and are saving $25 over what you would pay for a normal subscription!  I highly suggest you try it out!

I used a deal they offered back around Black Friday to get a free box, but either skipped or forgot to confirm my selection until January!  So here is a book from the January options which were offered!  I chose Girls in the Moon which is described as,
"Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.
But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future."
People who ordered in January also received this little bonus book by Gilian Flynn, which I thought was very sweet!

It think this is an awesome and incredibly unique idea for a subscription box, and I highly reccomend you check out the Book of the Month Club!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Popsugar: January

Though this box wasn't as good as December in my opinion, I am still loving this!  These are so much fun!!  I would like to apologize for my photography skills this time though... I was trying to hurry and shoot these before I left to come back to school a few weeks ago and I let quality slip.  I'll do my best not to let it happen again!

The theme words for January were new, fresh, detox, motivation, healthy, and revitalize.  That seems pretty standard for January, everyone is making an attempt at getting healthier for their new years resolutions!

This is the Daily Concepts Hair Wrap towel.  I'd seen these before at every grocery and beauty store while they were super popular, but I'd never really bought into it.  They are supposed to cut drying time and reduce frizz, so I guess we can give this a shot!  Though from first glance taking it out of its case, I'm not totally sure how to use it...  Anyway, this retails for $18 on the Daily Concepts website.

This Peppermint Tea by Dean & Deluca is just straight dried peppermint leaves!  I figured there would be other additives or things to make the flavor more complex, but no, just peppermint leaves!  It has a nice flavor, and isn't nearly as strong as I expected, which I appreciate.  This tin is filled to the brim and retails for $10.75 on their website.

This calendar by May Designs is honestly the cutest little thing!  I have it sitting on my desk now, and I love it.  It makes it even cuter that after you are done with the month you can trim off the calendar part and the back is a sweet little postcard!  Apparently it is even hand painted designs!  This retails for $25 on the May Designs website

So I'd like a little guidance here... This is a yoga towel by eQua, but what exactly are you supposed to do with them?  I tried to read up on it a little bit, and it is supposed to be quick drying and slip resistant, and used either as a yoga mat cover or in place of the mat altogether.  But I feel like it would slide around and bunch up!  I don't know, somebody please educate me!  Regardless, this retails for $38 at manduka.com.

Now though these seem a bit pointless, sticky notes are something I can get behind!  Sticky notes are totally my thing, I love them, and these already have cute little prewritten notes on them for you to leave around for people!  These are Instant Happy Notes by Sourcebooks, Inc, and you can get them for $8.99 on their website.

This is the Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel.  It is a multi acid resurfacing peel which removes dead skin cells and rejuvenates skin!  The information card stated that this retails for $85.... and it is 1.7 oz.  I thought they must have meant the full size was that much and this was a sample, but nope!  So this was a pretty awesome thing to get considering I'd never actually pay that much for a product like this!

Guys, this Glade candle in Coconut and Beach Woods smells AMAZING!  It smells like summertime and the beach and sunscreen... All good things!  This was considered a "Special Extra" in the box and retails for $4.99 on their website.  I honestly can't wait for summer to start burning this!

This box also came with a 15% off Dean and Deluca coupon, which was the brand of tea.

Total, this box retailed for about $190!  I really loved three of these things, was happy with two, and kind of unsure about two.  Those aren't as good odds as the December box, but for the $20 deal I got I would do it again in a heartbeat!  This is such a fun subscription!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day: Five Senses Present Idea

So I made this present for my boyfriend for our Anniversary, but because Valentine's Day is just as lovey-dovey, I think it would be perfect now as well!  This is called the Five Senses present, so each piece of the present is themed around one of the five senses.  I always like to do lots of little things instead of one big present, so when I fund this idea on Pinterest, I thought it was perfect!  This was in no way my idea (though I don't know who to credit...) but I thought I would show you all my take on it, as well as give some other options!

First of all, I numbered them because I wanted him to open them in a certain order, but that is in no way required!  I started with a good present, put two of the more mediocre ones in the middle, and then the two big ones at the end!

1.) Sight
For the first present, I gave him a framed picture of the two of us.  This is from the Avett Bothers concert we went to, which I actually did a post about if you'd like to see more!  I also gave him a Breaking Bad poster, which is one of his favorite shows.  Both of those went over really well and are hanging in his room!
You could also do something like a DVD, movie tickets, or tickets to a play.  Anything that is primarily visually stimulating!

2.) Taste
So this is one of the less fun ones, only because I am currently living in a dorm room without access to a kitchen... I could have had so much fun with this otherwise!  I made him a homemade mug cake mix, which you may have seen before when I originally posted the recipe before Christmas.  If you would like the recipe, you can fid it here!  It is really good, and I use it frequently now, but there are so many things you can do with this present!
Some of my top suggestions would be cupcakes, (whiskey) caramel and apples, homemade truffles, a special drink or drink mix you know they like, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered Oreos and peanut butter crackers,  literally just about anything chocolate covered!  The possibilities for this one are endless, and I highly suggest you try to outdo me and send me pictures bragging about it.

3.) Smell
First of all, I forgot to take a picture of my Dollar Shave Club box, but this is exactly like what I got in mine (though I do not claim the picture).  This to me was a cool idea, but he saw it as me telling him he should shave more... So definitely feel out your audience before giving them a razor apparently.  From my perspective, I saw this as a really nice and highly acclaimed shave set, the Shave Butter smells good, and if wasn't all that expensive.  I used the free trial and added on the more expensive razor and Shave Butter, so it wasn't totally free, but I am about positive it was less than $10.  If you are on a tight budget this could be a good solution, and complaints or not, he really seems to like it!
If you have some more funds to play with then I highly suggest going the route of cologne.  It makes the most sense, and is a very nice gift.  Another budget idea could be a nice bath set with body wash and the likes.  If you are going for more romantic or sexy and have access to a nice bathtub, you could also do bath oils or bombs for the two of you to use.

4.) Sound
So for sound I did tickets to a haunted corn maze since our anniversary was back in October, but that present is kind or irrelevant now!  I think a good suggestion would be for you to get tickets to the Brantley Gilbert concert in NC at the end of the month and come with me! 
Other options for sound could be CDs, an iTunes gift card, earbuds, or beats if you are going big!  This present was kind of difficult for me because my boyfriend has or doesn't use those things, so I had to get creative, but you can make it as easy or as complex as you desire!

5.) Touch
This one can be fun... I went a little bit on the sexier route and got him American Eagle Boxers, but if you wanted to go even further you could get yourself a present (*cough cough* lingerie) and give it to him too!  
Like I said, I had fun with this present, but if you would rather you could go much more innocent and get him a soft blanket or other clothing.


This is truly a fun present to give because you can make it as big and complex, simple and cheap, or sweet and heartfelt as you would like!  The possibilities are endless and I've only listed a few.  Do your research and know your guy, and the present ideas will come pouring in!


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Winter As a College Student

Let me just tell you, there isn't a thing in the world fun about a dorm room in the winter!  On the happen chance that yours is as old as mine (pre-1960s, thank you very much) you probably have radiators too, which personally, I have very little control over.  Even on the off setting they exude so much heat that the room is stifling!  And then you open the window and snow starts blowing in... Yay Appalachian Mountains! Let's just all agree that is quite a process.  So what is one to do to combat these cold (and getting colder!) temperatures?

First, I've got two B's for you (mostly because I couldn't come up with a third...) 
Blankets and Bedwarmers!

Let's face it, dorm rooms are tiny and your bed is the focus of the majority of decor, as well as where you will be spending a large portion of your time (yay Netflix binges!) so you need to make sure it is super cozy!

Personally, I have my sheets and comforter that I sleep under every night.  And then at the foot of my bed, I have two big, warm, fleecy blankets that I can grab and cuddle up in at any time! There is also a blanket (from Disney of course!) hanging on the rails at the head of my bed to keep some of the cold air from the window out.  I also like to "nest" so to speak, so I have a TON of pillows!  Anything you feel would make your bed extra cozy throw it in there!  If you are looking, Arhaus has some really beautiful blankets that would be perfect to decorate for winter.

And that is where the second B, a bedwarmer, comes in... Honestly, it looks like I am sleeping in a hospital bed, but I don't even care.  I keep in on low and it is still insanely warm, I couldn't imagine what a higher setting would be like!  It makes uncomfortable dorm beds so much better, I highly reccomend getting one if you are cold natured like me.

Similarly to a bed in a dorm room, a couch is the focal point of a living room.  I feel like any of the above tips would apply just as well to them to.  I love having lots of blankets and pillows on my couch, there is nothing like curling up under an afghan to watch a movie with family!

Though most college students don't have room for a couch in their dorm, a futon can be decorated in the same way.


But if you are lucky enough to be that student with an apartment, I think the sectional couches at Arhaus are gorgeous as well! In my opinion, sectional couches represent all things warm and cozy, and I hope to have a house big enough to have one in it one day!

Rugs are also super important in dorm rooms (like mine) with cold, hard, tile floor... I love our rug in our dorm, but it is necessary to have a vacuum.  We didn't think to buy one, and have to borrow all the time, and it is not picture-able at the present time, so here is this one!  It is also from Arhaus, where they are having some pretty awesome sales right now, so check them out!

Finally, I just recommending bundling up and getting out of the room!  Put on ten layers, and get out, even if it just to go to the student union to hang out.  You will go stir crazy staying inside all the time, and the February Funk is a REAL thing!  Go outside, meet friends, and try to have a warm and cozy winter!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Disney 2016: Days 13 and 14

Day 13

12:40 p.m.
Good evening everyone! It is officially our last day in Disney...

And when we came out of our room this morning we saw this in the window beside us!  One last little bit of Disney magic!

Today we all woke up around 9:30, sick.  Apparently sharing and drinking after each other for two weeks now hasn't been in our best interest!  But it's just a cold, so hopefully we can beat it and it will be over soon! This morning we started packing up and organizing everything we have bought, and then my dad and brother went down to the pool.  While they are at the pool, my mom and I are going shopping at the outlets we visited at the beginning of our vacation!

Before we left we went to the food court for lunch. I had bacon macaroni and cheese, with a side salad.  We also shared for dessert Nutella gelato (AMAZING) and S'mores bread pudding (extremely disappointing).

6:05 p.m.
Well... I spent too much money! We had an awesome time at the outlets, and ended up visiting a few places other than just the Disney outlet. I was able to get 3 Mickey snowflake ornaments, plus Anna's shoe, and an Olaf, altogether cheaper than I could have gotten one shoe ornament in the park! I also got a really good price on a Roxy sweater, and some other things! After the Disney outlet at went to American Eagle, and Charlotte Russe, both of which were having good sales.

Now we are on our way to Disney Springs for dinner.

Day 14

8:20 a.m.

Two weeks ago we set out on this amazing vacation at about three in the morning. At 6 this morning we started getting ready to head home. It has been wonderful and magical, but I am ready to be home
now...

We used our last dining credits for breakfast this morning, and I had Mickey shaped waffles! A good meal to end on.

Thank you all so much for letting me bring you along on this magical journey.  It has been so much fun, and nothing makes me happier tan getting to share it with you!  Now just 10 hours left.




Thank you all so much for reading! I thought it would be fun to have a little summer Disney sun to brighten up snowy winter days!  If you missed yesterday you can see Day 12 here, or go to the Disney 2016 tag to see the full series!