I’m not that into fashion.
And it’s hard to believe, if you were to look at photos of me. Hair in exactly the same style – the way I let it air-dry as I was late to work…the same pair of jeans on the weekend along with Jethro’s college shirts that I get in trouble for wearing…shoes picked for comfort and price and then MAYBE style… I definitely LOOK like SUCH a fashion plate….
(There is one thing that I’m into that is vaguely stylish, and that’s makeup. The contents of my makeup bag will routinely cost more than what I’m wearing on any given day. Probably EVERY day, with the exception of my wedding day. It’s a problem.)
Anyway, I’m not that into clothes. I LIKE them and I like looking good, and if I have an event to shop for I’ll enjoy it. But in general? If I could wear a uniform that made my butt look good and showed off my giant ta-ta’s, I’d be all over it. If I could wear that to work and then only have to think about clothes on the weekend, that would be enough for me.
And as a result, I don’t know anything about designers other than the major ones. So when I got my July Birchbox in and it was all, “CYNTHIA ROWLEY,” I was like, “Who?”
I mean, I know her name, but only because she had a super cute line of jewelry in Target the late 90’s, early to mid-2000’s that I LOVED. And then she did some home decor products for them that were fun but I was too old for. (You can only have a super cute colorful pink bedroom for so long before it starts to get creepy.) But as a clothing designer? I had no idea. But apparently she picked the products in the latest Birchbox as her favorites and I have to say, lady has good taste.
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First off, is a Kind Almond Apricot snack bar. Ick. That might need to be given away. (Who wants it!?)
Then there’s philosphy’s purity made siple one-step facial cleanser. (Really, philosophy? You couldn’t do without about four of those words?) I tried this and I thought I hated it because there was no foam. HOW DO YOU CLEAN WITHOUT FOAM? Apparently pretty well because it worked. Clean skin, no mascara streaks and no massively dry face afterwards either. I likey.
This one’s fancy – Nuxe ‘s Huile Prodigieuse Multi-usage Dry Oil. This brand is forgiven because it’s French. And the oil smells good, like magnolias. This is supposed to be used all over; face, body and hair to soften and smooth. I’ll try anything once, so I slapped some on my face before bed. I didn’t wake up with a oil slick on my face, so that’s a plus in its column. However, it’s also hella expensive for something so small. Unless this gets up and makes me breakfast, I’m not paying nearly 50 bucks for 100 ml.
Redken Shine Flash 02, which is just a fancy shine spray. I like this; being half a colored girl, my hair gets frizzy like WHOA. And it’s usually not because it’s dry or unhealthy, it’s just curly and coarse. So while it feels good and healthy, it looks like Pam Grier. Not stylish L-Word Pam Grier – lost in the woods, hopped up on heroin Foxy Brown Pam Grier. (I am not the only one who’s seen that movie y’all, do not even lie…)
And my favorite. I was excited to see more Zoya in the box, because it’s my favorite nail polish and I’m kind of a nail polish fiend who actually HAS a favorite nail polish brand. But Birchbox is a cheater because this color is from their new Touch collection so it totally can’t be an “all-time favorite” product of hers. (How sad is it that I know that? We might need to call A&E.)
Anyway, this is Pandora and it is pretty. It’s a shimmery nude with just enough pink to make things interesting. (The photo makes it look a little…peach? Maybe?) It’s kind of cool for my skin, so we’ll see how it goes.
Anyway, this box got me thinking about what I’d put in my own box if Birchbox was like, “Hey, famous lady! Pick some stuff.”
1. MAC’s Prep+Prime powder.
It’s white, but goes on completely invisible. It keeps me from being crazy shiny. It is my friend.
5. Starburst Fave Reds.
WHAT? Fancy desginer lady gets to send her icky snack bars and no one bats an eyelash, but when I add something that tastes good y’all judge?
If you guys had to pick 5 items to go in your own Birchbox, what would you pick?