Yep, still LOVING my Birchbox subscription. So much so that I signed Andy up for the man box (He'll be posting his review later after he's had a chance to try everything). It's just so much fun getting to try new products every month that I would probably otherwise never even hear about. I'm not so connected to the beauty scene. It's not that I'm not interested, I just rarely buy a product that I don't have a strong personal recommendation for. As we all know, good quality products aren't cheap so if I'm going to invest, I'm going to need to know it works. I love that with the Birchbox samples I get enough of the product in the sample to know whether it's something I want to purchase.
This month I got to try out:
Dropps Laundry Detergent Love that the package dissolves in the wash and it has a nice clean scent. I haven't had a chance to really price compare with our current brand of choice (Method Free + Clear for clothes and Nelly's for our cloth diapers) but I would definitely consider switching for the convenience factor if the price was comparable.
Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb Love the color, it stays on for a long time, and gives you those fun lip tinglies. I definitely will replace this one once it's gone. Maybe. I kind of have a moratorium on lipbalm purchasing seeing as I have four thousand rattling around my house. Also, I really want to try one of the Sugar tinted balms. Those look fun.
Willa Lavendar Facial Towelettes Since I've been working hard to get rid of hormonal redness leftover from baby baking (and I also have SUPER sensative skin), I'm always a little leary of cleansers that contain any kind of scent. Typically they burn my face and the next morning I have red blotches all over. I tried this with much trepidation, but it turns out there were no adverse affects. My face didn't feel super clean afterward, but I think they would be awesome on a long plane trip when you don't want to wash your face with the yucky airplane water.
Wonderstruck Fragrance by Taylor Swift It's not really my kind of scent. A little heavy on the sugary sweet side for me.
Befine Food Skincare Sampler Inside the box there were three brown sugar, sweet almond, and oats exfoliating cleanser packs and two rosemary, pomegranate, and rice moisturizer with SPF 15 packets. I really liked both of these products. Again, no adverse affects on my skin and the moisturizer felt light on my face. Right now I'm using Rx products but once I transition off of those, I would definitely consider the Befine line.
If you want to sign up it's only $10 a month and you can earn points for reviewing your box products, buying full size products, and referring friends. I would love it if you would use my referral link if you do decide to join the fun!
These photos, like my week, are a bit all over the place. But life has taken on a bit of a faster pace over the last week and it is what it is, I suppose. Spring blooms are so fleeting, I always feel pressure to capture them while I can. The strong winds of the past few days have the streets snowing with petals. I'll miss them when they're gone.
I don't claim to know what makes art "art," much less what makes good art "good." But, to steal an expression from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, I know it when I see it. John Lee is an aspiring artist living in Pennsylvania who paints under the moniker of Clohnart. John is one of January's oldest friends, and one of my newest, and this coming week his work will appear at Gallery 831 in the Brewery District.
Last summer, John and his family visited us over the Fourth of July weekend and brought along a couple of his paintings to share. The arrangement was that we could put them on display in our home and make them available for sale to anyone who visits us who is interested. We've had these two pieces on display in our home since then and, if I'm being honest, I hope for selfish reasons that nobody ever is interested. This first piece, titled Twice Finished, was January's pick and sits on the bar in our dining room, right next to where I work most days. I'm not going to wax poetic about the brushstrokes or the technique used, but all I can say about it is that I have enjoyed its presense in my work space for the past eight months.
This was my pick, titled Double Cycolps #2. If I'm being honest, the main reason that I picked it was because it was his most recent work among the offerings he brought that day, but time has convinced me that I made the right choice. It sits on our mantle, between our cardboard buffalo, Beatrix, and our two ceramic owls, Schmandy and Lucille. I think the four of them really go together well.
John Lee will be displaying more of his work this coming week at Gallery 831, and the opening reception will take place this coming Saturday evening from 7-10pm. I'll be there, and I hope to see some of you as well. January and I will be bringing Lucy, so I'm sure it will be very family friendly if you want to bring any of your little ones as well.
If you want to learn more about his work in the meantime, you can check out his web site at http://clohnart.com. He also posts some of his latest work to Twitter at @clohnart as well as on his Instagram account of the same name.
Hope to see you this Saturday!
Follow the Brush - Featuring the work of John Lee (Clohnart) and Rachel McFarlane
Gallery 831: 831 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH 43206
April 27 - May 4, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 7 - 10pm