Halloween Costume Ideas

I got pretty excited about making a Halloween costume this year, but then October really crept up on me! Luckily, I had some ideas for some easier-to-put-together costumes. Here are some of the ideas I’d had, for your last-minute or future-Halloween inspiration:

1. Cheerleader: This is the costume I wanted to make. I was way awkward in high school and definitely not a cheerleader, so I thought this would be a fun way to see myself in a different light. I think we all tend to get a little stuck in our high school self-perceptions sometimes, don’t you?

2. Flapper: I already have an awesome dress that I got from Express several years ago. I’ve used it for Halloween and for a decade-themed dance party, and it’s been lent out to others who needed it for a theme. It’s a good go to for me and it’s so fun to dance in! Here’s an inspiration photo plus me in costume in 2008.

3. Liz Lemon: I noticed that my new glasses are similar to Tina Fey’s character on 30 Rock. Really her costume is just a plaid shirt and jeans with glasses and a cardigan. I have all those things! But when I tried them on I looked like a lesbian. Not that there’s anything wrong with lesbians but it seems like an insensitive Halloween costume.

4. Ballerina: I thought this would be easy while also helping me feel skinny and pretty. Black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and some sort of tulle skirt. I don’t have a picture for this because every picture of ballerinas on the Internet are either too fancy or too tacky for what I had in mind.

5. Chinese dress: I’m not sure exactly what I would say I “am” in this costume, but basically I saw a movie called Brick and there was a costume party where everyone’s costumes were pretty understated and cool. The main female character wore this pretty Chinese style dress, so I had my grandmother sew one for me! This was my costume in 2006. I don’t have any pictures of me wearing it, but here’s a still from the film.

6. Carmen Sandiego: This is what I ended up being this year! I bought this trench for $30 at JC Penny, and found the perfect hat at some weird store in my neighborhood the day of a Halloween party I was attending! I already owned black jeggings, a black t-shirt, and black riding boots. The hat isn’t quite the same red as the coat, and the coat isn’t quite long enough, but it worked out! Here’s a little inspiration board for your own costume. The hat and trench are from Forever 21, the shirt is from the Gap, and I forgot to save the source of the boots.

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Mini Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

I heard a commercial for this on the radio (remember the radio?) and it sounded so dumb to me! But then I saw a preview for it and realized it looked hilarious. And it was! I saw this with my mom and we cracked up the whole time. Plot-wise, it’s really just a glorified Glee. We have auditions, and then regionals, and then nationals. And of course we have an unpopular girl getting romanced by a more popular boy. The music is fun but nothing I wanted to go download. But the script is just so great, and the character of Fat Amy is amazing. I know as a woman I’m probably supposed to go on some sort of feminist rant about how awful her character is, but Rebel Wilson is just perfect and hysterical. I have to warn you that there are a couple of scenes featuring projectile vomiting that were gross and unnecessary, but they don’t ruin the movie. I highly recommend this one!

Birchbox: October 2012

The October 2012 Birchbox could have been either a Goop sponsored box, or a Transformations themed box. Everyone else seemed to have gotten an e-mail asking which box they preferred, but I never did and I ended up with the Transformations box. Fine by me. I did not get as many items as I often do, but the items I got seem more luxurious than many of my other boxes. Which is funny, because the full size items are less expensive. Here’s what I got:

1. BENTA BERRY G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream (Full Size, $22 for 30 ml)
This little box had two identical samples in it, which was a fun surprise! I’ve used this a couple of times and it goes on a little sticky but doesn’t feel that way for long. I would be more likely to buy it if I wasn’t so happy with my Clinique moisturizing gel.

2. theBalm® cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer (Full Size, $24 for 8.5 g)
Cute packaging and it goes on nicely, but I don’t feel like it stays on very well. Maybe I’m doing it wrong? Also I wish it came with a tool to apply it.

3. Mox Botanicals Lip Butter (Full Size, $16 for .2 ml)
Good taste and very moisturizing for my lips! I wouldn’t pay $16 for it though…

4. Harvey Prince Hello (Full Size, $55 for 50 ml)
I was annoyed to see yet another fragrance, since I’m really not much of a perfume person. But I think this is a nice scent, not overpowering but also seems to fade as the day goes on.

5. LUNA Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter (Full Size, $14.95 for 12)
This was my lifestyle extra, and I haven’t eaten it yet. Seems like a full size bar though so that’s nice. And at least I didn’t get the lemon flavor, gross.

Honestly, if you did the break-down of how much money each sample size was worth, this would be one of my worst valued boxes. However, this is also probably the first box where I am excited about and will actually use each sample. I also like this range of sample because if I actually do really like an item, it is not outrageous for me to consider purchasing it in the future.

Birchbox’s value overall is excellent. I get a surprise in my mailbox every month, I get to try new brands and products, and I get to earn points just buy reviewing, shopping, and referring. With those points I can buy full-size items of my favorite samples! Ready to get on board? Here’s my referral link!

Birchbox: Catching Up

My dear friend Rebecca gave me the gift of Birchbox last Christmas. The gift included three months of high-end beauty product samples, and after one month of not renewing the subscription I decided I missed it too much and subscribed! It’s only $10 a month and it’s such a fun surprise in my mailbox.

Every time you review a product you get 10 points, and every time you refer a friend you get 50 points, and you get 1 point for every dollar you spend. Once you get 100 points (which happens pretty quickly), it turns into $10 you can use on full-size products in the Birchbox store! So you get fun samples and the ability to get free full-size items! Score.

I’m going to share what I get in my Birchbox each month when I get it. For now, here’s a list of everything I’ve gotten so far. I linked each to the Birchbox store, and I put stars by my favorite items! (PS: click here to sign up!)

September 2012 Birchbox
**LA FRESH® Eco Beauty Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover** (link)
Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection in “Tweet Me” (link)
**Jouer Matte Moisture Tint** (link)
**Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Pouches** (link)
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (link)
kate spade new york Twirl (link)

August 2012 Birchbox
DDF® Brightening Cleanser (link)
**Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur** (link)
Caldrea Hand Soap (link)
per-fékt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel (link)
**Schick Hydro Silk Razor** (link)

July 2012 Birchbox
Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds (link)
Suki Balancing Regimen (link)
**Manna Kadar Cosmetics sheer glo shimmer lotion** (link)
LÄRABAR® über (link)
Color Club® Summer Pastels Collection in Blue-ming (link)
**GLOSS Moderne™ High Gloss Masque** (link)
Harvey Prince Eau Flirt – Lavender Pumpkin (link)

June 2012 Birchbox
theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac (link)
Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive (link)
stila one step bronze (link)
Masqueology Pore Minimizing Mask (link)
tili Bags Small Collection (link)
John Varvatos Star U.S.A. (link)

May 2012 Birchbox
stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner (link)
Kérastase Lait Cristal Conditioner (link)
Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal (link)
**Color Club® Foil Collection in Disco Nap** (link)
**Kérastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide** (link)
**Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+** (link)

April 2012 Birchbox
March was my last gifted box and I thought I wouldn’t miss it. But I did!

March 2012 Birchbox
TALIKA Lipocils Expert (link)
AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer – Normal to Dry Skin (link)
**Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner** (link)
**Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo** (link)
Kusmi Tea Paris – I Love My Detox Tea (link)
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (link)

February 2012 Birchbox
Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse (link)
Eye Rock Designer Liner (link)
**Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant** (link)
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (link)
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (link)

January 2012 Birchbox
Showstoppers® Designer Fashion Tape in Nude/Black (link)
EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster (link)
**VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Lotion** (link)
Harvey Prince Yogini (link)
Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss (link)
Zoya Feel Collection in Kristen (link)

Mini Movie Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower

I was very excited to see this movie ever since I heard it was happening. I read the novel by Stephen Chbosky just a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of a modern Catcher in the Rye, a story about a boy who doesn’t fit in the world or in his own skin. Overall I thought the movie was an excellent adaptation of the book, which it should be since the author wrote the screenplay and directed the film. It did a great job putting the viewer into the protagonist’s mind as he uncovers memories from his childhood, which is something I was somewhat worried would get lost in translation. I wish the film had focused more on Charlie’s relationship with his teacher, and how the books his teacher gave him helped to shape his identity. I know things always have to be cut from books, and the film did not suffer from this so I can’t complain too much. The book, of course, is better, but the film is great too and stands on its own.