BoxyCharm | October

by Lisa on Friday: Oct 21, 2016

Another month, another BoxyCharm review! The theme of this month’s BoxyCharm is “Boxy Bazaar”, and this month’s box contained a wide variety of products. Was it as good as last month’s rave?

October BoxyCharm

As always, this post is not sponsored or affiliated with BoxyCharm in any way.

October BoxyCharm - Info Card

Here’s what we got this month:

October BoxyCharm - Luxie Brushes

Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Pack
I’m always excited to get new brushes in a subscription box, and I had actually been needing a new blending brush that was on the smaller side (the only one I had in my collection was too big). These brushes are all blending brushes, and they come in three varying sizes, all rather small. However I would have preferred to get a blending brush plus two other kinds of brushes instead of 3 of the same type.

October BoxyCharm - Temptu

Temptu Shimmer Bronzer
I was pretty hesitant when I saw this in the box. I have extremely pale skin, and I’ve never tried a liquid bronzer before. I was certain it would make me look crazy, and I had heard a lot of people grumbling that they were unhappy that this was included in their boxes this month. I gave it a try mostly for the sake of being able to give my opinion in this blog post, and I actually was pleasantly surprised. This bronzer blends incredibly well and it can be as light as you want it to be. It just goes to show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

October BoxyCharm - Lip Color and Briogeo

Briogeo Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant
I haven’t given this a try just yet, but this heat protectant comes in a cream form and has a great smell to it. I don’t regularly use heat protectants on my hair, but every now and then I throw one into my routine so I will be saving it for that.

Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Paint
This is a very nice fall color and I really wish the formula had been better. It was extremely dry and patchy and this was not helped by the extremely stiff wand it came with. I had a hard time applying it, and though I liked the color, I didn’t like the way it looked at all.

October BoxyCharm - IBY Palette

IBY Beauty Threes Company Trio Eye Shadow
I think if BoxyCharm hadn’t sent the Studio Makeup palette last month that this trio would have gone over a lot better. It includes shadows of pretty good quality and nice, wearable colors.

October BoxyCharm - IBY Palette Inside

However the colors are remarkably similar to the ones in last month’s palette, and if I had to choose I would pick the Studio Makeup over this one any day. Still, not a bad product if you didn’t get the one from last month.

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Overall, this month’s BoxyCharm wasn’t one of my favorites, but in my eyes, BoxyCharm is like a pizza – even an average one is still delicious.

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What did you think of this month’s BoxyCharm?

Do you prefer your bronzers to be powder, liquid or cream-based?

Something New!

by Lisa on Tuesday: Oct 11, 2016

As you may have read in my recent Thinking Out Loud post, I’ve been contemplating doing something of a rebranding around here. The idea has been on my mind for a while, but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go or how I would go about doing it. Now that my life and schedule has calmed down some, I figured it was time!

Why am I rebranding?

I’ve loved being Lisa the Vegetarian for many years now, but I do find myself writing about many more topics than just vegetarianism. I want my blog and blog name to encompass everything I enjoy, whether it be travel, food, fitness, beauty, planning or technology. Also, from a search engine perspective, it is a little difficult to track down my blog because of the famous Simpsons episode of the same name.

How am I going to do it?

I’ve already bought a new domain and will be working on moving over all my WordPress installations over the next week or two (not to mention designing a new template!). Once everything is moved over, I will publish my posts both at lisathevegetarian.com and the new domain for a few weeks before moving exclusively to the new domain.

I will do an official launch and make an update post over here once everything is figured out and ready to go. Stay tuned because lots of fun things will be on the way!

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Have you ever rebranded your blog? Any tips?

Tell me something fun from your weekend!

October | Currently

by Lisa on Wednesday: Oct 05, 2016

Today I’m joining Anne in Residence and Drink the Day for the October Currently Link Up.

cheers-ing …
to the fact that the new office ceiling fan has finally been installed. We had a broken ceiling fan in our home office for approximately a year and a half. With all the craziness of wedding planning, installing the new one fell to the back burner. Well, last weekend D and one of his friends finally put it in and we now have an overhead light in the office again. This is very exciting! I will cheers to this with a glass of wine.

organizing…
The whole house! I’ve been on an organizing kick lately, focusing in particular on the cabinets and drawers of the house. Right now I’m focusing on the disaster of our office closet, my nightstand, my vanity and underneath the kitchen sink. There have been so many orders coming in from the Container Store, and I’m really excited to see how these projects turn out.

dreaming…
Lately I’ve been dreaming up a slightly new direction for this blog and some other exciting things that go along with it. I’m really excited to put my new ideas into motion. Stay tuned for more on that!

buying…
Aside from the aforementioned numerous Container Store hauls, I’ve also been buying lots of planner-related goodies. I recently purchased my new Erin Condren for 2017 as well as a whole lot of Halloween and fall planner stickers. Also, to prep for fall and winter, I’ve been doing some damage at clothing stores – lots of new fall sweaters are now in my possession!

listening…
Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a music rut, so I haven’t been listening to much more than my old playlists. Instead, I usually have youtube or the Food Network on in the background while I’m doing other things, so you could say I’m listening to that instead!

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Your turn! What are you currently cheersing, organizing, dreaming, buying or listening to?

Workout Week in Review 9/26 – 10/2

by Lisa on Monday: Oct 03, 2016

Boy has it been a long time since I’ve written a workout week in review post! And that’s mainly because I haven’t been able to get into any great workout routines since the wedding. Last week I was finally able to get in some solid workouts, and I have a good plan for the week ahead.

Workouts

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Last Week

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I decided to re-start the 100 pushup challenge this week to continue throughout October, so in total I had 3 days of pushups, plus three other additional workouts:

Monday

Week 1 Day 1 of Pushups: 15 total
Cardio: Dance Cardio for 43 minutes

Tuesday

Cardio: Dance Cardio for 30 minutes

Wednesday

Week 1 Day 2 of Pushups: 22 total
Upper body workout: biceps, triceps and front raises

Friday

Week 1 Day 3 of Pushups: 29 total

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Plan for the Coming Week

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This week I will be continuing on with the pushup challenge which includes another 3 days of pushups. Also, I’m hoping to get in 2-3 gym trips with D where I will be focusing on the elliptical, treadmill and maybe venture into the weights room. This is all in addition to my usual dance cardio which is a staple in my routine.

Goals

  • Pushups: 3 days
  • Gym: 2-3 days
  • 1 Upper Body Workout
  • 1 Lower Body Workout
  • Total workouts: 4-5
  • Step goal for the week: 65,000 steps

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What have you been doing for workouts lately?

Favorite type of cardio?

BoxyCharm | September 2016

by Lisa on Saturday: Oct 01, 2016

Spoiler alert: I have one thing to say about the September BoxyCharm…

It was the best box ever!

BoxyCharm September - Contents

This month’s theme was “Camp Glam” and included some amazing products that I will be using regularly from now on. BoxyCharm has always been my favorite beauty subscription box, and this month really proves why.

As always, I am not sponsored by/affilated with BoxyCharm in any way.

BoxyCharm September - Hairgurt and Butter Nail Polish

Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Masque
We’re starting off with a giant hit right here (and it’s not even the biggest hit in this box!). I gave this a shot in the shower the day I opened this box. I used it in place of conditioner and crossed my fingers that I wouldn’t regret skipping that step (my hair would be unbrushable without conditioner of some kind in it). Well, I didn’t have anything to worry about because this transformed my hair into something so smooth and soft I barely recognized it. This may have to become a staple for me in my hair care routine.

butterLONDON Trend Nail Lacquer
I’ve never tried butterLONDON nail polishes before, but I have heard that the formula is very high quality, and the price tag matches this claim. This is a nice fall color that I will try out as soon as I’m ready to take off the polish I’m currently wearing. I’m excited to finally give this brand a try!

BoxyCharm September - Lipstick and Eyeliner

Hikari Cosmetics Eye Liner
I haven’t cracked this eye liner open just yet because I have such a large backlog of eyeliners to get through. I am always happy to have backups of the things I use regularly, so this will be well used once I get to it.

PUR Cosmetics Lip Lure
This is the only product in the box that I have some doubts about. As I mentioned in last month’s review, dark lip colors aren’t really my thing, but this one seems like it might be more wearable if applied with a light hand. Will I ever reach for it? That remains to be seen.

BoxyCharm September - Palette

Studio Makeup “On-The-Go” Palette
We’re both starting and ending this review with a bang. This is the absolute star of the box.

BoxyCharm September - Palette Colors

BoxyCharm has included several palettes in the past, and while they were good, they were never of the “OMG I love it” variety. Well, this one is. The formula is so creamy and blendable. I was able to do a really nice look with it without much hassle (and I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to applying eye shadow). This is now my go-to everyday palette! I just can’t put it down.

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If you’re looking for a high quality beauty subscription box to try out, BoxyCharm has my vote as #1, even over Sephora. It’s my favorite package to get in the mail every month!

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Have you tried out BoxyCharm?

What’s your favorite subscription service?