April Unboxing | Boho Berry Box

Guys it’s the very last week of March! Isn’t that crazy? It LITERALLY feels like it was just the beginning of February like 5 days ago. Why does every year seem to fly by faster and faster?! But I guess with every rain cloud there is a silver lining – and for this little gray cloud it’s the fact that the end of one month comes a brand new Boho Berry Box of goodies to open up and use!

The Boho Berry Box, for those that don’t know, is a monthly subscription box created by the owner/creator/mastermind behind Boho Berry & and Boho Berry Paperie Shop on Etsy, Kara Benz. She’s been using Bullet Journaling as a way to plan her life for years now, and has turned her love and passion for it into a business! The Boho Berry Box is full of monthly goodies, specific to the season/month that’s upcoming. The subscription is an auto-renew monthly box, coming to about $25 per box. *

This month’s box was heavily influenced by all things floral and spring-y, and I am 100% obsessed with all of the items!

BB April Collection

Here’s what was included this month:

  • Boho Berry | Custom 5A insert, “Bloom Where You Are Planted”
  • Boho Berry | April Tracker
  • Boho Berry | April Sample Stickers
  • Boho Berry | Custom Floral To-Do List Stickers
  • LaurelBox | Plantable Seed Paper
  • Bella’s Bits And Buys | Flower Wreath Sticky Notes
  • In The Clear | Red & Purple Floral Modern Washi
  • The Goulet Pen Co. | Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen in Red, Fine

I was super excited to see that Kara had decided to include a fountain pen from her favorite pen company! I’m looking forward to using it in my journal!

Insert Cover

First up is the notebook insert that was included in the box. This is great if you have a traveler’s notebook (which I’ve thought about investing in several times and I may have to go ahead and take the dive) and you want to keep specific notes separate from your main journal. This would be great for say, planning all of your Spring cleaning and Spring break plans.

Insert Inside

The notebook is the classic 5A size, which is what most people usually reach for when bullet journaling. The inner pages are in a dot grid formation, which is what Kara prefers for her bullet journal. I personally like a square grid better (like graph paper) because I feel like it helps me get better lines, but I’ll have to play with this and maybe she’ll convert me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

April Stickers

Every month you also get a set of header, to-dos and mood/habit tracker stickers to use to save time on lists and such. So far I’ve gotten a little too far ahead and premade all of my trackers before my monthly box arrives, so I haven’t been able to use any of my monthly tracker stickers. But this month I forced myself to keep from pre-planning for April, so I’ll actually be able to use the mood/habit tracker this time!

I’m so fawning over the floral to-do list stickers! How cute are they? Perk: You can even color the flowers in to make them match whatever color theme you’re going for, or leave them blank for a more modern black/white feel.

April items 1

You will also get a few items from other small businesses included in each monthly box, which I think is amazing. There’s few things better than small businesses supporting and promoting other small businesses, amiright?

This month includes some super pretty lilac seed paper and a set of floral wreath sticky notes! I’ll have to go out and get some small pots to plant the paper in!

April items 2

I think overall my two favorite items this month are the washi tape & the Goulet fountain pen! I’ve never owned a fountain pen, so it’ll be fun to start using one/play with it.

So far I’ve also gotten a new washi tape in each box, and this month’s is sooooooo freaking pretty I’m going to use it all over everything I possibly can!

April items preview

I went ahead and tried out the fountain pen – the ink is a really pretty light red…almost like a hot pink really. (ignore my awful handwriting).

This month’s box is definitely a hit for me! The first few boxes were ok, but I can tell Kara and her team are stepping up their game with each box and the more feedback they get. I can’t wait to start using all of these amazing goodies!

till next time,

~katie

*items in this post were purchased by me to use and review. for more information, visit my disclosure & policy page.

Make A Plan

This week’s QOTW is inspired by none other than Winston Churchill himself. Recently we found out that although we were originally told we would be able to renew our lease, we will have to be moving out at the end of April due to our landlord’s personal reasons. So up until now, at the end of March, we haven’t worried about packing or purging or obviously even looking for a new home. So now more than ever, I need a plan.

We have a LOT to do over the next few weeks, so this week I’ll be formulating a plan so that hopefully everything runs smoothly. I will probably turn the experience into a blog post because, hey, that’s what bloggers do. Lol.

That being said, we will be SUPER DUPER busy this month. So off I go to start making a short notice moving plan. Here goes nothing…

till next time,

~katie

Full Face Of Covergirl Cosmetics

There’s no doubt about it. Quality makeup is expensive! But in the world of beauty, 99.9% of the time you get what you pay for. There are exceptions, however. Occasionally you’ll come across a drug store brand that a) is affordable AF and has AMAZING products. Or b) is affordable and has a few really great products. Either way, it’s always a great day when you can sub in a cheap (or cheap-ish) item for something more expensive.

In that spirit, I decided to try out an entire face-full of Covergirl makeup. I was inspired when I was browsing through the beauty section of the most dangerous store ever Target and I came upon the Covergirl section and saw that they had a new 3-in-1 foundation that looked fairly promising. Let’s dive in, shall we?

I opted for fairly simple products, aiming to purchase items that I would use again and again if they worked out for me. This meant grabbing very basic, daily wear items and steering clear of anything super bright or obnoxious. Thus, I ended up with your basics; primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer/contour/highlight, blush, setting powder, eyeshadow primer, neutral rosy shades of shadow, eyeliner, mascara, a brow pencil and a pinky-nude lip color.

Face

Covergirl full face - face 1

  • Outlast All-Day 3-in-1 Foundation + Sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 20 (in Creamy Natural)
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer (in fair)
  • Outlast All-Day Prime

Thoughts:

The primer seemed kind of thin in my opinion, though it went on smoothly and didn’t seem to cause any issues with the application or wear time of the rest of the makeup. I’d definitely use it again, though I’ll have to try it with my usual go-to face makeup.

As far as the foundation goes…I can’t say I hate it. I really loved the fact that it came in a glass bottle WITH a pump (isn’t it so annoying when liquid foundation doesn’t?!), and the color seemed to be an ok match for my skin, though I couldn’t tell it oxidized or the loose mineral powder I used to set everything was a little dark. Either way, it didn’t look bad and I’ll definitely use it again. I’ll also have to try to use it sans the primer, because it is supposed to be a 3-in-1, meaning have the power of primer, have the coverage of concealer, and blendability of foundation. I feel like it didn’t have the full coverage that I would expect out of a concealer, but it is definitely buildable without issues so if you need a little extra help in some spots this foundation makes it fairly easy to build up where you need it.

I purchased the concealer in the shade fair specifically to use under my eyes. It comes with a doe-foot applicator in a squeeze tube – which I can’t say I’m a fan of. I feel like these kind of applicators get really messy really fast, but that could just be me. Anyways, the concealer also wasn’t as full coverage as I expected/wanted, and it also didn’t seem to blend or build as nicely as the foundation did.

Covergirl full face - face 2

  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Cheekers Blush (in Natural Rose)
  • TruBlend Loose Mineral Powder (in Light)

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize it when I purchased it, but the contour palette is actually a cream palette, which I don’t usually go for. However, it seemed to apply fairly well with the exception of the highlighter. I feel like I wasn’t able to really get enough product and it was a little too close to my skin tone to really act as a true highlight. So I was able to get a tiny bit of glow out of it, but not as much as I expect from a highlight. The contour and bronzer however, were really nice. I used a brush to slowly build up color for the contour and did the same to bronze the couple of areas I felt needed some love. I made sure to use all of these BEFORE blush or powder, since creams/liquids NEVER blend well on top of powders.

As for the blush…ehhhhh…I wasn’t a fan. And I can’t really tell if it was simply not pigmented enough or the color I chose was just not the right shade, but I couldn’t seem to be able to get enough color to make any sort of a difference. *whomp whomp*

Last of the face items – the loose powder. Again, I’m not sure if this is why everything seemed a little off-colored compared to my neck or not, but I would definitely use it again as a setting powder. It’s light, smooth, and seemed to help smooth things out where my pores are usually a tiny bit enlarged.

 

Eyes + Brows

Covergirl full face - eyes 1

 

  • Lid Lock Up Eyelid Primer
  • TruNaked Roses Shadow Palette

Thoughts:

The Lid Lock Up primer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, which is a little different for me (I’m used to the UD Primer Potion in a tube) and is a very basic nude color that helps even out any patchy-ness or discoloration on your lids without adding much color. I’ll more than likely use this up once the very last of my UD Primer is finished up.

The shadow palette, on the other hand, I wasn’t quite as pleased with. Firstly, LOTS OF FALLOUT! I barely touched the pan with my brush and *poof* a cloud of shadow rained down. So, make sure to tap the crap out of your brush after picking up color. Secondly, they don’t really seem very pigmented. It took me a little while to build up color in my crease, though the darker colors were a tad bit more cooperative when it came to deepening the outer corner. I personally wouldn’t recommend this palette if you need good color payoff, but it’s definitely a great starter palette for someone just getting into makeup and they don’t want to worry about having too much color on their brush.

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  • So Lashy! Blast Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Liquid Liner (in Black)
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil (in Soft Brown)

Thoughts:

Ok. Last of the eye products. I can 100% say I loved the brow pencil. I got the soft brown pencil so it seemed to match my natural color well enough without appearing too dark or too light. There’s also a spoolie on one end to help blend it in, and the formula was fairly long lasting and creamy enough to go on easily and blend well. 10/10 would recommend.

The So Lashy Pro Waterproof mascara was also a great item – absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the applicator definitely separated and coated my lashes evenly. I opted for the waterproof version (though they do have a non-waterproof one).

Unfortunately the liquid eyeliner didn’t quite measure up like the others – it comes in a little pot with an felt (?) applicator wand tip. I usually aim for a felt tip pen or a liquid pot with an actual brush. This eyeliner dries very quickly, which makes it hard to apply and build up color – which you also shouldn’t have to do with a black eyeliner. The applicator tip is not really flexible, making it a bit more difficult to create a winged eye, and the liner itself dries down matte but not as a dark jet black like I prefer.

Lips

Covergirl full face - lips

  • Outlast All-Day Lip Color (in Nude)

Thoughts:

I probably should have grabbed a slightly darker lip color, but again I wanted to get items that I would use fairly regularly if I liked them. This is a two-step set, the first being the actual liquid color that you apply and let sit for about a minute before applying the gloss top coat that helps seal in the color and moisturize your lips. Nude is a very pretty pinky-nude slightly shimmery color which makes it perfect for day-to-day wear. It also held up very well after a sushi lunch date. Another pro is that it never felt heavy, sticky, or gooey – all things I hate in lip products.

Final Look + Thoughts

Covergirl full face complete

Overall, I ended up with a decent look. Again, I’ll have to do a retest on the foundation and loose powder separately to tell which one made my face look darker, and there are a couple of things I wouldn’t really reach for again.

I would say, at the end of the day, these are all pretty decent and fairly affordable products. They’re great for people new to makeup or those that are on a budget.

What I’d Use Again

  • Outlast All-Day Foundation
  • TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder
  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Lid Lock Up Primer
  • So Lashy Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil
  • Outlast All-Day Lipcolor

What I’ll Probably Toss/Rehome

  • Outlast All-Day Primer
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer
  • Cheeky Blush
  • TruBlend Roses Palette
  • Liquid Eyeliner

 

till till next time,

~katie

Fight For Your Dreams

Hello again loves, I hope your St. Paddy’s day weekend was a fun (and SAFE) one! Mine was fairly laid back, spend mostly indoors nursing a chest/head cold in an attempt to speed the healing process before this coming weekend. Zach and I have fun travel plans and I DO NOT want to be sick during the festivities. This week’s QOTW is some inspiration to fight for your dreams, no matter how crazy some people may say they are, or how impossible it feels to reach them at times. Fight. It’ll be worth it.

2018 fight for your dreams

People will tell you all the time how impossible or unrealistic your dreams are. They’ll tell you that you’ll never be able to make a living if you pursue it. It’s too expensive, risky, dangerous even. You’ll never be successful. Play it safe and be a doctor, a nurse, or something similar and “safe”.

But what those people don’t know is that if you have the passion and the drive to achieve your goals and dreams, you will be so much happier and satisfied with your life. If you manage to make a career out of it you’ll never complain about working for the rest of your life. If your dream is to climb a mountain, then start training and make a plan to reach that.

Turn your dreams into goals and make a plan to reach them. Because once you do, they’re no longer seemingly out of reach.

till next time,

~katie

QOTW | Be Better Than Yourself

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was relaxing and restful!

This week I want to talk about striving to be a better version of yourself, and how you are the only person in this world you should try to be better than.

2018 better than yourself

You can spend your entire life trying to be better than other people, or even just trying to be like other people. But comparing yourself to others is never healthy. It’s like comparing a fish to a dog. They are extremely different, and if one were to try to be like the other, it would only result in failure.

By trying to be be like others, you are setting yourself up for failure. And while there is no harm in striving to be a better person than the majority of humanity, to be kind, thoughtful, generous, empathetic; but this should be seen as improving yourself and not an attempt to be better than others.

Self improvement is an inside job, as is happiness. If you want to be kinder, do so because you want to make yourself a better person. Because at the end of the day, there will always be someone out there that is better than you in some aspect. They may be smarter, faster, stronger, more generous, and that’s 100% okay. If you are constantly trying to race to be better than everyone else you are going to get burned out. But if you do just one thing a day that makes you a better person than you were yesterday, you’re already moving in the right direction, and you can only keep moving forward.

till next time,

~katie