Portland: Places to go during your Maine Journey

Portland: Places to go during your Maine Journey

I drove to Portland, Maine for the first time in August and it was fantastic! The city itself is so alive and colorful, but it was also fun to see it through the eyes of someone who has lived there her whole life. When I arrived, my friend Taylor drove us into the city and we walked around looking at all of the cute shops and I had my first potato donut which was so good! We saw the most beautiful fluffy black dog as we were debating whether or not to get our fortunes read, ultimately deciding $40 was too much to learn what we’d find out in time anyways. We then went back to her house and made pizza and played Wii sports (I know, so 2010) until our other friends arrived for the weekend.

The next day was a bit rainy, but that didn’t stop us from having fun. The group of us drove to this abandoned tower in the middle of a forest-y area and we climbed to the top. It was a dark climb, and at one point the stairs had fallen away so we had to climb on a crate leaning against the wall to get up another floor, but the view was worth it. At the top, we were level with the tops of the trees and with the rain it seemed as though we were in the middle of the rainforest. We could also slightly see the water in between some of the trees.

Afterwards, we headed out to lunch at The Lobster Shack. It is such a cute little place to eat, but because of its small size, it felt very crowded. We ordered our food (I got a lobster roll) and then headed out onto the rocks as we waited for our order to be announced over the speaker. The Lobster Shack is located right on the ocean, so there was a grouping of large rocks below the picnic tables. Although it was slightly drizzling, we ventured out onto the rocks and explored. By the time our food was ready, we had worked up an appetite. The lobster tasted so fresh and filling that I was thoroughly satisfied with my choice. After lunch, we went to the other side of the building where there were even more rocks to climb. We climbed out onto a rock ledge and looked out into the ocean as the lighthouse whirled on the shore next to us.

Later on in the day, we drove to a little river area and jumped off not-too-tall rocks and swung on rope swings into the water. The current was pretty strong, but we had fun swimming against it. It began to really rain after a couple of hours, so we decided to head back. That night, we went up onto the roof with lots of towels and blankets and a speaker. We set everything up and just looked at the stars while listening to quiet music. We didn’t talk much because the stars were brighter and more numerous than I’ve ever seen. Her house is in an area with very little light pollution so we got to see the sky in all its glory. I also saw my first shooting star… and second, and third, and fourth! There were so many and it was awesome in the literal sense of the word. At one point, I started to get annoyed because there was such a bright light off in the corner of my eye that I thought was a neighbor’s house light. It turned out to be the moon in such brilliant light as I’ve ever seen. It was the perfect night.

Our last day, Sunday, it was bright, sunny, and hot so we headed to Peaks Island. On our drive to the dock, we stopped by Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. It was so beautiful and green! There was a gorgeous lighthouse that, according to my friend, is the most photographed lighthouse in the world, and I can see why. The flowers around the trails were stunningly bright and colorful. The water from the ocean was beautifully blue and clear. We only spent about half an hour there, but it was enough to see how absolutely incredible a place it is. I would love to go back and stay longer.

When we got off the ferry at Peaks Island amongst the hundreds of other people, we took a ride around the island on a golf cart so that we could see Peaks Island in all it’s glory. Everything was so green and beautiful and lush. By the time we returned to the dock, we were warm and ready to cool off. We got into our bathing suits and jumped off the pier along with everyone else around us. There were tall wooden structures sticking out of the water that we climbed to the top of and jumped off. Jumping into the Atlantic Ocean felt like diving straight into a bucket of ice water. But it was exhilarating! We had to stop once another ferry was arriving, so we walked a block and got ice cream.

When we finished, we hopped back on the golf cart and drove to a tiny beach on the other side of the island. The water was just as cold over there, except that there were random pockets of warmer water that we occasionally took refuge in. We stayed there and had a wonderful time at the beach for about an hour. On our drive back to the pier, we stopped on the side of the road and stacked some rocks together to add to the accumulation of cool rock towers and sculptures that littered the shore of the ocean. Once back at the pier, we hopped on the ferry with the hundreds of other people leaving and watched as Peaks Island faded into the distance.

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Some places to visit if you ever visit Portland include:

  • The Holy Donut
  • Shipwreck and Cargo souvenir shop
  • The Lobster Shack
  • Fort Williams National Park
  • Peaks Island

Ciao for now!

 

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Falling for Fell’s Point

Falling for Fell’s Point

Fell’s Point, for those of you who don’t know, is a fun and adorable part of the Baltimore Harbor area. It is home to various restaurants, shops, and activities. What I love most about it is the scenery. I think the architecture of the buildings is neat, the shops are quaint, the restaurants are cool and quirky, and the water is right there.

I’ve only tried a few places to eat around there (Barcocina and Smoothie King), but there were plenty more I’d like to try out. There was one restaurant/bar, The Horse You Rode In On, that I kept passing and wanted to try out. There was always music coming from inside, the people looked happy, and the atmosphere just looked cool. Many of the places in Fell’s Point have a similar vibe, which is what makes it so hip I think. It’s kind of retro and hipster in one.

The shops are also really cute too. The ones I went into were pretty small but more like boutiques and independent shops rather than chain stores. It This gives the area a more homey and cozy feel, at least to me. There were furniture stores, clothing boutiques, record shops, and so many other places to stop by and peek into. The coffee shops were made for taking cute pictures sipping delicious coffees and lattes, and the aesthetics of the buildings will please your eyes every time you look around.

My favorite part of Fell’s Point is the weekend flea market (for lack of a better term). On summer/ fall weekends, people put up tents and tables and sell all kinds of cool items. I happened along one Saturday and came out of it with five records for $15. The guy selling them had so many and was very knowledgable about each one. Most of the record were legit as well. He said he’d had most of them since the 70s. I got some albums from ABBA, Boston, and others of that variety. My mom also gifted me a gorgeous heavy silver with turquoise ring that we had seen in the tent of a woman selling a bunch of silver jewelry. It was all so exquisite and real. One thing about this market is that everything is all real and legitimate. They sell things like records and jewelry, as well as vintage signs, comics, and clothing among other things.

Everything in Fell’s Point is within a short walking distance, so there’s not really any trouble getting from one place to the other. At night, it becomes the place to be with many young people going out and enjoying the night. Because of that, there is an air of activity about it and you can just feel the good times in the air.

Ciao for now!

Eating your way through Baltimore Harbor

Eating your way through Baltimore Harbor

If you’re like me you will probably eat almost anything! That means I’m always open to trying new restaurants and eateries wherever I am. When I was in Baltimore, there were so many cool places to eat that I simply did not have the time to try them all… although I wished I could. I did come across a few, however, that I thought I’d share with you all. These restaurants had some fantastic food and they are all of different varieties, so if you have varying tastes check them out! And if you’re more picky, this will give you a bunch of options the next time you visit the Harbor!

If you’re interested in price, my range will go from $ (least expensive- around $10-$15) to $$$ (most expensive- $70+)

The Oceanaire ($$$)

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Seafood lovers rejoice! The Oceanaire has all your seafood needs, although it is on the pricier side of things. I went with my aunt for a little bonding dinner before we went to the airport to pick up my mom. Because it was a slow summer evening (I believe it was a Tuesday) we were offered the couples special. This meant we would each get an appetizer, a main course, a dessert, and a bottle of wine to share (although I did not indulge) for $70. Overall, I think it was a pretty good deal for the amount of food we received. I will say though, that it is very pricey if you simply order off of the regular menu. But it’s what you’d expect from a nicer seafood restaurant.

I ordered the Caesar salad as an appetizer, the jumbo shrimp scampi as a main, and strawberry sorbet for dessert. My aunt got the escargot (which we shared), the salmon fillet, and bread pudding to finish the night off. Everything came in a timely manner, and the waitstaff was polite and attentive. What I liked most about the atmosphere was that it was more formal than many seafood places. The waiters were in white coats and nice clothing. This is definitely a place to go if you’re looking for a nice date night location or a celebratory dinner.

The Rusty Scupper ($$)

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I have written in detail about The Rusty Scupper in a previous post (check it out here), so I’ll just give an overview. If you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch place, this is the restaurant to go to. It’s right on the water and overlooks the entire harbor area. The atmosphere is fun with a live jazz band playing throughout the brunch. There are two times to choose from, one from 10am-12pm and another from 12:30-2:30.

You pay a flat rate of $45 per person (less for children) and receive an all included brunch with drinks. There’s tons of seafood along with the usual foods like eggs, bacon, meat, etc. Plus there’s lots of dessert options and food enough to stuff yourself silly. This was probably my favorite experience while visiting Baltimore, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is near the Harbor.

M&S Grill ($) 

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If you want a great Happy Hour spot, M&S Grill is the best. Their menu is full of great options, including seafood, and the waitstaff are wonderful. I went with my mom one evening around 6pm and we were seated outside right by the flowers and looking out at the water. The historic ship Constellation was about 30 feet away and the umbrellas shaded us from the harsh summer sun. Altogether, it was a perfect atmosphere to enjoy our early evening treats.

We ordered two oyster shooters and a shrimp cocktail, and my mom had a specialty mojito that she says was quite delicious and refreshing. This was my first time trying an oyster shooter and I have to say it was pretty fun! Not only did it taste great, but having it in shooter form made it slide so easily down my throat. The shrimp was fantastic (but if I’m being honest, anytime I have shrimp I love it), and I enjoyed sipping a lemon water to wash it all down. Great place: great atmosphere, great staff, great food!

Lebanese Taverna ($)

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I had never really had Lebanese food before, but my mom took me to this restaurant for lunch on her last day visiting me. The restaurant itself was full of light and relatively quiet, which was nice since I wanted to be able to have a conversation. The waitstaff was attentive yet kept their distance which I liked. We decided to order a couple of different platters so that I would have the opportunity to try a bunch of different types of food.

While we were waiting for our meal to come out, we were given a basket of fresh pita bread and a bowl of hummus. It was so good that I almost filled up on bread! Luckily, I controlled myself and was able to enjoy all the different options when they arrived. There was more but different types of hummus, some tabouli, a mini salad, different types of meat, some rice, and other little foods. It was honestly amazing and deceptively filling.

Definitely worth going to Lebanese Taverna if you’re ever around the Harbor. You also get a view of all the boats docked in the harbor and it’s only a couple of steps from the giant Under Armour store if you’re interested in that.

The Hard Rock Cafe ($-$$)

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Almost everyone knows what the Hard Rock offers, so I only add it because I had such a fun time there. It’s a classic restaurant that offers great burgers and a variety of different and exciting combinations of food. It is also on the water (although it’s more of a little straight than an actual waterway), and because of that there are two different seating areas. You can either eat outside in a more cabana-y type of place or sit inside in the more “normal” Hard Rock setting. Both are good option, I just chose the inside because I like to see the music videos. Outside, I believe, there is live music however.

My favorite drink to order there is the strawberry lemonade because it comes with real strawberries and is really satisfying on a hot day. There are a bunch of options to choose from, so if you have picky eaters with you there is something for everyone. The atmosphere is cool too because there are records, and outfits, and instruments from classic rockers and bands hanging all around the place. The TVs play old (and sometimes new) music videos so you can jam out while you eat.

 

There are so many more restaurants around the Baltimore Harbor that even if you don’t want to go to any of these places, simply walking around them will find you in a location with tons of different options. Wherever you choose, I hope you enjoy Baltimore as much as I did!

Ciao for now!

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Finding Federal Hill

Finding Federal Hill

If you’re one for hikes and history then try visiting Federal Hill in Baltimore. It’s not really a “hike” in the full sense, but you do have to make it up a hill. Luckily there are multiple entry points, and the back way is more accessible for people who have either difficulty walking or don’t want stairs. What I loved most about Federal Hill, though, was that it gives you a gorgeous view of the entire Harbor area from the top.

As for the history part of this little adventure, there are signs and posts around the top of the hill describing why Federal Hill is significant and what part it played in both the history of Baltimore and the history of the U.S. One interesting fact I found was that it was a kind of temporary camp for Union soldiers to pitch tents on during the nineteenth century.

There is also a little park in the middle if you want to bring your kids or if you are a kid at heart!

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Ciao for now!

Sunday Brunch at The Rusty Scupper

Sunday Brunch at The Rusty Scupper

Hello all! This past week my mom was in town visiting me and we had a great time walking all around the harbor and the city. But my favorite part was when we went to the Rusty Scupper restaurant for their Sunday brunch. Oh. My. Goodness. It was delicious. What makes this brunch special and by far the best brunch I’ve ever been to is that it’s all you can eat, has tons of fresh sea food, unlimited included drinks, a live jazz band, and a gorgeous view of the Baltimore Harbor. If that doesn’t grab your fancy then I don’t know what will. It certainly impressed me and my mom.

They have two seatings for the Sunday brunch buffet: one from 10:30-12:00 and another from 1:00 to 2:30. We went to the 1pm seating because we’re late risers. It’s $45 per person ($16 for children) but that includes the all-you-can-eat buffet and as many drinks as you can (responsibly) handle. If you’re interested, check out the menu here. That may seem like a lot of money for a brunch to some, but, personally, I definitely think it’s worth it.

I ate a ton and could have eaten more if my stomach would have allowed it. For my first round of food, I opted for a breakfast variety since I hadn’t eaten anything yet. I chose scrambled eggs, some bacon, chopped pineapple, a biscuit with strawberry jam, and some asparagus. I ate it all and delighted in it. My mom opted for a made-to-order omelet with cheese, spinach, and crab. It tried it, and it was amazing. We also both got a Bellini, which, surprise! was also fantastic.

Second round, mom and I decided to share since we knew we could not continue to consume so much food at that rate. We picked out a plate full of seafood including lots of oysters, tons of shrimp, and some salmon with a bagel. (We didn’t eat the bagel because it was a little too hard for us, but everything else was wonderful.) There was also a sangria ordered because we heard it was delicious (I tried it: it was).

Third time’s a charm right? Well for our third round, (I know, you’re probably wondering how we could continue to eat. I really don’t know what to tell you other than we had sheer perseverance and a desire to try a little of everything.) we went for the desserts. Luckily they were a nice petite size, otherwise I don’t think I would have managed to try them all. Mom and I opted to try the chocolate chip cookies (a classic), the mini creme brulees in espresso cups (adorable), a couple of fruit tart things (strawberry and lemon), two mini waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, and some more fruit. We ended our brunch experience with a coffee each and a last look at the harbor view, before we headed out to walk along the harbor ourselves.

Overall, I would highly reccommend if you’re ever in Baltimore on a Sunday and you’re looking for a magnificent dining experience, you should try out The Rusty Scupper. I certainly wasn’t disappointed and there’s something for everyone. Now, enjoy the photos if you don’t believe me! 🙂 (sorry there’s no photo of the breakfast foods… I was too hungry and devoured it all before photos could be taken haha)

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The seafood course (w/ bellini)
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The dessert course (w/ sangria)
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Mini waffles and fruit
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I saw a boat go by and thought the view was too good to pass up
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The amazing view from our seats
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Taken on the boat riding away from brunch

Ciao for now!

 

Yellow and Strawberry Cake w/ Cream Cheese frosting

Yellow and Strawberry Cake w/ Cream Cheese frosting

If you saw my Fourth of July post, you’ll know that I made this cake to celebrate Independence Day. But it can be made for pretty much any occasion and it tastes amazing. Plus, you don’t need that many ingredients and it’s super easy. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Cake:

Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

To Make:

1. Cake

  • Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray then put off to the side.
  • Mix the cake mix according to the instructions on the box, then evenly pour the cake batter into the bundt pan.
  • Once the cake is cooked, let it cool for about 15-20 min.
  • Poke the cooled cake with a fork to create a bunch of tiny holes all over the cake.
  • Set to the side.

2. Jello

  • Pour the jello powder into a bowl and add about 3/4 cup hot water to it and stir.
  • Once that’s mixed, add about 1/3 cup cold water and mix.
  • Pour this jello mixture over the cake trying to get it through the holes you made earlier.
  • Once that’s done, place in the fridge.

3Frosting

  • On medium power, mix together the sugar an cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Add the milk and stir until creamy.
  • Spread over cake.

4. Fruit

  • When your cake is frosted and ready, cut up your fruit and place on frosting on top of cake,
  • Fill the middle hole with fruit.
  • Be creative and enjoy!

5. Extras

  • If you have extra frosting, use kitchen scissors to cut a strawberry in quarters without severing them.
  • Fill the middle of the strawberry with the cream cheese frosting.
  • Top with a blueberry.

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Ciao for now!

Fourth of July Fun

Fourth of July Fun

Yesterday was, of course, the Fourth of July, otherwise known as Independence Day! It’s a day full of patriotism, colors arrayed with red, white, and blue, and tons of fireworks. I had such a fun 4th of July this year because my mom and aunt came to visit me in Baltimore.

We walked around the city shopping, talking, and eating. Eventually, we ended up in Fell’s Point for lunch where we dined at Barcocina on the water. To start, we ordered an appetizer of crab guacamole and it was delicious. For our meals, we decided to order 3 different types of tacos (Korean Beef, Charred Lemon Fish, and Lamb Gyro) to split, because each taco order came with 3 tiny tacos, and we also split the Green Mango Quinoa Salad which I loved because of how refreshing it tasted on a 95 degree day.

By the time we made it back to the apartment, we were hot and ready to rest. But I got to work finishing up my patriotic dessert surprise: a yellow cake filled with spots of strawberry flavor and topped with cream cheese frosting and fruit. It’s an incredibly easy recipe, and I’ll be writing a post on how to make it if you want to try it out. It will be up on Sunday, so be sure to come back and check it out. It’s festive for the Fourth, but it’s good for just about any occasion.

By the time it was dark outside, we were rested and well fed. All that we were waiting for was the fireworks to go on at 9:30 over the Harbor. (What’s better than fireworks on the Fourth of July?) So we played some American jams while we were waiting on the balcony (Springsteen’s Born in the USA , Martina McBride’s Independence Day, and then the classics like the Star Spangled Banner etc.).

Finally we started to hear the thundering and crackling of fireworks, and we sprinted down near the lighthouse with everyone else to get a prime viewing spot. There’s something magical about a fireworks display because it’s as if nobody can be unhappy in the 15-20 minutes they’re bursting. It’s as if time stands still and that moment is an explosion of color and admiration. It was a great Fourth of July, and I want to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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Down at Fell’s Point
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I bought a new hat at Anthropologie… lol
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My patriotic and delicious cake

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I hope you all had a good 4th of July… Ciao for now!

A bit of Baltimore

A bit of Baltimore

Hello everyone! For the past few weeks I have relocated to the beautiful Baltimore, Maryland for my internship at Girl’s Life Magazine. Basically, it’s a magazine aimed at pre-teen and teenaged girls that discusses beauty, fashion, relationships, health, and confidence. I was lucky enough to land the internship for six weeks this summer, and it’s been great so far! I get to do book reviews, pitch article ideas, write articles, and pretty much learn the ins and outs. It’s pretty cool!

One of the main reasons I took the internship (besides the obvious experience part) is because my grandparents live in Baltimore. I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to spend time with them. As an added bonus,I didn’t need to rent a place to stay. Needless to say, the past few weeks have been pretty great, and now I’m on my own (my grandparents split their time between Baltimore and Italy) learning how to be an independent adult.

This past week I’ve discovered that I am capable of cooking delicious meals all by myself, and that I can function on my own. Overall, it’s been a real eye opening experience. I’ve taken a few photos of my surroundings (not many), and I thought I’d share the beauty of this city with all of you. Most of my time is spent in the Harbor area, but hopefully I’ll expand my experiences further outside this soon enough. So, without further ado, enjoy!

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Fell’s Point

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The Marina
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View from the mall
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Right outside Power Plant Live

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Don’t worry, they’ll be more. Ciao for now!

What’s in my Birchbox- May

What’s in my Birchbox- May

This month I received a bunch of goodies that I have never tried before and found a few new brands that look great. Enjoy the photos and the product descriptions. Without further ado:

May

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The Number 4 Jour d’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray is actually a perfect size for me even though it is a sample because I already have naturally wavy hair and only need a little bit of a pick me up. I never thought I’d need texturizing spray because my hair has always tended to look pretty full, but since I received this sample I figured I’d give it a try. Well, it did indeed give me soft beachy hair which I really liked. It made my waves more defined, however by the end of the day I found my hair just a bit greasier than normal. Overall though, I’d say it is a good texturizing spray.

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This one here is the Beauty Protector Protect and Oil sample. It has argan oil and protects from UV rays and heat styling which is perfect for keeping hair undamaged. I’m not usually one to use oil on my hair because it is already sensitive to oily products, so I’ve only tried this a couple times. So far, I’ve liked what I’ve seen. It made my hair glossy and got rid of most of my frizziness, making my hair look extra nice.

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I was so excited to try another scent after my last box that I sprayed on TokyoMilk Dark Novacaine Eau de Parfum right on myself. To be quite honest, I didn’t love it. The product itself is nice, and I know other people have liked the scent, it just isn’t my taste. I think there’s a bit too much frankincense in it for my liking. It has “warm notes of spicy Thai pepper and smoky frankincense with velvety vanilla orchid.” For those of you who do like a smokier scent, you might like this scent.

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When I saw this, I got very excited because I love Kiehl’s products. This is a Super Multi-Corrective Cream sample which is essentially a moisturizer to “fight signs of aging.” I am 20 years old, so I don’t exactly need to look any younger, but it is never too early to start lifting and firming skin so that when I am older I still look 20. I have to say it IS really hydrating and once on feels incredibly light. What I like is that it is slightly harder than most moisturizers when putting it on because I think that really shows the quality of the product. It’s something I like using so much that I’m almost out of the sample.

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Out of everything in the May box, I think this is my favorite. It is the Love of Color One and Done Shadow Stick in Heavy Petal. I’ve always wanted to but never have used an eyeshadow stick before, and I have to say this did not disappoint. The application is so easy and smooth, and the color is absolutely beautiful. I usually lean towards pinks and light colors anyways because I have blue eyes, but I especially loved this petal color. It’s almost a rose gold and shimmers in the light. 10/10 would recommend.


Well, there’s another month gone. I really don’t know where the time goes. I’m looking forward to my final Birchbox in June, and I’ll be sharing it all with you guys. Which product are you dying to try?

Ciao for now!

What’s In My Birchbox- A Monthly Look

What’s In My Birchbox- A Monthly Look

At Christmas I was gifted a subscription to Birchbox and recently I’ve been excited to receive my box in the mail, so I thought I would do a few monthly looks at the 5 sample products that come in the box. What’s great about Birchbox is that each box comes with a list of the products, how to use them, and the price for a full size product. The box that these products come in also changes every month, and I look forward to seeing what cute design will be next. I’d like to apologize for the lateness of the post and as such will be beginning with the box from March. So without further ado, here are my Birchbox products for March and April!


March

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These Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Wilma Schumann Skin Care were unexpected as I’ve never used collagen eye pads before. I did not think I needed them since I am only 20. But once reading the back, I realized that they are not just for “fine lines and wrinkles” but that they also reduce puffiness, which I definitely have after a late night. I did notice a slight difference once I used them, but nothing major. Nevertheless, I’d probably use them again if I had an event to go to.

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I love Smashbox products (especially their eye shadow palettes) so it was a fun surprise to find this Photo Finish Foundation Primer in my March Box. It goes on nice and smooth, and I’m pretty sure it has a bit of a sparkle to it (which I think is great for Spring/ Summer time).

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This OUAI leave in conditioner is fantastic! It leaves my hair so soft and it smells great. I’m a sucker for anything that smells good! I have now fallen in love with this brand because of how quality its products are.

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Winky Lux Glazed Lip was another product I’ve never tried before and I was not disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it has a sweet scent to it, almost good enough to eat. This lip gloss was called “Coffee Glaze” and it is a gorgeous pinky brown color in the container. Once on, however it has a beautiful shimmery sheer look. I expected it to be sticky like a gloss, but I was delighted to discover that it goes on like a balm, very light and smooth. Use it over a colorful lipstick or on its own, either way it’s so pretty.

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I’ve never used a Dr. Lipp product before so this balm was my first encounter with the brand. It’s tiny (only 0.1 fl/oz) even for a sample, but it goes a lone way. I didn’t need a lot when I used it. I decided to try it on my lips first since it was a colder season and they were a bit dry. The balm is thick but slides on nicely and definitely moisturized my lips. The only other way I’ve used it is to tame my eyebrows, and it works surprisingly well, if a little bit sticky at first.


April

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I LOVE this shampoo from Davines! It smells absolutely divine and it leaves my hair looking amazing. I was surprised by how much came in the sample, but I’m so glad it did because I have been using it for every wash since I got it. It is enriched with olive oil extract, fatty acids, and Vitamin E so that it smooths frizzy hair. What is also great about this shampoo is that when I brush my wet hair, there are almost no tangles and my brush slides nicely through my hair.

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If I loved the shampoo, I absolutely adore the conditioner! I have never had a conditioner leave my hair feeling softer. I don’t often praise hair care products mainly because I think they all do the same job for my hair, but this conditioner proved me wrong. It smells so lovely, like a light floral scent, and I don’t need to use much. This has probably been one of my favorite products I’ve received in all of my Birchboxes.

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I had never used a setting spray before trying this one so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I have to say I did like it. It has SPF 30 and is the Organic Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA. I didn’t notice too much of a difference to be honest, but my makeup did look a bit better than when I normally end the day. One perk I noticed was the scent was nice, not overpowering or chemically. It has aloe vera extract and cucumber along with hyaluronic which is supposed to “boost hydration.”

 

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As I have previously said, I really like Smashbox products, however I don’t especially love gel eyeliners just because I find that they smudge more easily than others. That was the case for this eyeliner too. I made the best of it though and used it to create a killer smoky eye which it was perfect for. It also stays on incredibly long, almost annoyingly long as I found out when trying to take off my makeup lol. I would definitely recommend the Always On Gel Eye Liner- Fishnet from Smashbox if you’re looking for a good gel liner.

 

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This tiny little sample perfume was everything one could wish for in a scent. It is the Citron Fig Eau de Parfum from CLEAN Reserve and it definitely is a clean scent. It reminds me of freshly dressed lady about to leave for the gala (if that makes sense). I’m pretty particular about scent, as I’m sure we all are, and I prefer lighter notes that don’t make too much of a statement. This parfum hit that perfectly, allowing me to use it as a subtle addition to my person.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these products as much as I have enjoyed discovering them each month. I’ve never used a subscription service before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But receiving presents in the mail is always fun, especially when they’re a surprise. I was always excited about what would come each month, especially because I am not particularly aware of all the beauty products out there. As I said before, I am a beauty novice so this is the perfect kind of thing for me because it shows me all the products I never would have known about. Plus, each box comes with a little paper explaining exactly what each product is and how much the full size is on the Birchbox website. All in all, not a bad first subscription. Which month’s products are your favorite- March or April?

Ciao for now!