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July 2012: A month for the books.

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So, I began writing a post with the assumption that my last entry was June 25th for some reason.  I completely forgot that I did in fact do a July Birchbox review, well, partial review.

I was going to write about the things that transpired this past month- some great, some sad, but instead I want to share with you a proposed feature for the Ashleigh’s Apartment blog.  My co-workers are beautiful, intelligent and wonderful people-  they are also quite talented.  I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing a little blurb about those who wish to be included.  I think it would be nice for those who read and stumble upon this electronic thought page, a break from my psuedo-beauty write-ups.


With that, I am going to go hammer out some details, snuggle with the Ki and will hopefully return with some fun stuff! (Unless my August Birchbox comes sooner)


July Birchbox SPILL Spoiler!

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I just want to make note (and maybe give a bit of a warning) that the perfume in my Birchbox had leaked and had gotten all over most everything in the box.  At first I thought that it was just a nice smelling box- past boxes with perfume in it have had a pleasant smell, but nothing had spilled. THIS box, the perfume leaked everywhere.

After checking with a friend, her perfume actually was SMASHED which, of course, caused the perfume to leak all over her box.


If you’ve gotten your box and haven’t yet opened it, just be very careful! (My bedroom and bedsheets now smell like Oscar de la Renta Live in Love; too much of this is NOT a good thing)

*SPOILER ALERT* July Birchbox

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There are a few people at my new job that also get Birchbox.  I admit that I myself had a bit of a July Birchbox Spoiler at the office on Friday, but that’s because I just wanted to get the surprise over and done with!  aI had a basic idea of what to expect in mine, but as always, every Birchbox is slightly different from one another.

So here is what was found in mine:

-Alterna BAMBOO UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide, Full-size: $24

-Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden, Full-size: $38

-Oscar de la Renta Live in Love, Full-size: $25-$78

-stila lip glaze in Lights CL, Full-size: set-of-3: $12

-LÄRABAR über in Roasted Nut Roll; Full-size: pack of 5: $12.69

-Birchbox Exclusive: Earbuds

Now, my co-worker received a Bananas Foster LÄRABAR which she gave to me (Thanks Evelyn!) and I brought home and shared with my other half who is a Bananas Foster freak.  It went over very well.  I opened up and tried the stila lip glaze while writing the box contents and I can tell you that it feels nice and smells nice, but I haven’t looked in a mirror yet this morning, so I don’t have a full review of that!

I heard from another BIrchboxer that the earbuds had the same quality of those from a walkmen, despite being in-ear earbuds.  I’ll give you my full report when I get to it… Which is now: it’s not the best quality, far from it, but not horrendous.  If you’re in a pinch and need headphones/earbuds, these will do just fine.

I’m a little apprehensive about the Jouer tinted moisturizer for a couple of reasons.  First: I’ve tried several tinted moisturizers within the past few months, testing the waters and seeing what other choices I have from my tried and true Philosophy Hope in a Tube Tinted Moisturizer, but have unfortunately had nothing but awful luck with horrific breakouts.  I am afraid of this happening again.  Secondly: I was sent “Golden” which is the second to the lightest tint and I always need the lightest tint offered.

Stay tuned for everything else!


My neighborhood has a new mailperson and they are not very good at the delivery aspect of their job.  I should retract that and say that they’re not very good at the delivery at MY house.  I ordered some stuff that was time sensitive and  tracked the delivery like a hawk via the USPS tracking service online.   I was so excited when the status finally read, “Delivered” and checked the mailbox, checked the milk box (yes we get our milk delivered like it’s 1940) and around our porch and found nothing.  I was really bummed and annoyed because, like I said, I kinda needed this stuff by a certain time.  I went back outside and I looked at the mailbox on the outside of our house, and there was my package- along with very sensitive financial benefit information from my new job.

Instead of describing it to you, I think a photo will be best:

I was afraid of finding my Birchbox like this, but, they decided to trick me and put it in the milkbox. Tricky tricky!

June Birchbox Review

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So, I realized that it had been a month since I’ve written an entry, something that made me sad, but also proved that I’ve been a very busy bee!

First things first; I started a new job with an incredible company- my dream company. So, I’ve been going through the onboarding process, learning the ropes and have been loving every minute of it.  Good energy is hard to come by… Great energy, well, let me tell you- it does exist. 

That being said, I work with some absolutely amazing people and am looking forward to building my work relationships and friendships.  I love being surrounded by other creative souls.

I forgot to set aside some time to give the June Birchbox a review, and admittedly, I’ve only tried a few things from the box, but I’ll report on those anyway.  Here’s a rundown of what the box included:

-Modcloth Headband (in Blue Deer print)

-Masqueology  Brightening Mask

-Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive Cloths

-theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac (in Beauty Queen)

-Supergoop SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body

 What I tried since the last post:
-Supergoop SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body:  I used this when we were going somewhere that we were going to be outside for a while.  I can’t remember for the life of me where we were going or for what, BUT being in the sun was part of it, and this stuff went on nicely, didn’t cause a breakout (so happy!) and prevented any burn. I used this one my face only, but it is intended for use all over.
I’ll get around to the towelette and the mask eventually and will let you know how it rounds out.


June Birchbox (Spoiler Alert!)

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ImageIt’s “That time of the month” again! Not that time of the month- it’s my favorite time of the month!



So.  This month, things are lookin’ pretty good!  I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but I was too eager to play (and so was my kitty).

Here’s the rundown of the contents:

-Modcloth Headband (in Blue Deer print)

-Masqueology  Brightening Mask

-Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive Cloths

-theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac (in Beauty Queen)

-Supergoop SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body


Now, Dylan and I had a wedding this past Sunday for his cousin and this box arrived on Friday.  Because of the close proximity of box arrival and getting gussied up, I decided to postpone trying everything but the stain and the headband as my skin doesn’t always like to play nice.  The headband went on almost immediately actually…

So, the headband I received is the one seen above which is a light blue background with tiny little deertz (deer for those who don’t always understandmynames for things).  It’s kind of cool because there is actually a wire inside the fabric so it helps keep it’s shape and gives it more stability.  It’s also easier to “tie” because all you have to do is twist the ends around and voila!  I’ve found this wire particularly beneficial to me as I have a “small” head.  I say small, because, well, it kinda sorta is.  The rest of me isn’t as small, but my head seems to be a little tinier than I feel it should be.  (Now, as you’re all imagining Violet when she turned into a blueberry in Willy Wonka…) Anyway, headbands don’t seem to stay on my head, my guess is because of its size, and this one seems to do the trick.

Headband Retail Price: $14 @ Modcloth


The lip stain, the only other thing I’ve played with, is kind of neat as well.  As with most stains, the color you see in the tube ismuch more vibrant and deep in color than what actually appears on your cheeks and/or lips.  It’s kind of a magenta-y pinkish color once it’s on you.  It’s simple and easy.  A great thing to have on hand for an event like a wedding, or travel which was suggested in the box description card.

Staniac Retail Price: $17 @ BIRCHBOX

I’ll keep you all posted once I test drive the rest of the June Box goodies.  I’m interested to see how the mask works.  Apparently, it costs $24 for only three of them and they sent me one- with my excellent math skills, I’ve figured out that it’s an $8 present. Not too shabby!

Silver Anchor Leather Charm Bracelet

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Silver Anchor Leather Charm Bracelet

Ships Ahoy!

Citrine Gradient Gold and Silver Harp Ring OOAK

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Citrine Gradient Gold and Silver Harp Ring OOAK

New at Ashleigh’s Apartment on Etsy!