Merry Christmas!

Here is a video of Muppet chickens singing “Joy to the World”. Hope you enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!

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Birchbox: December 2012

In the midst of my end-of-semester and animal-in-my-wall and Christmas-shopping stress, I forgot to post about my Birchbox! Luckily I hadn’t thrown away any packaging yet, but I was too lazy to take a proper picture. I hope this is the biggest disappointment of your day!

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This month’s box was a really big bummer for me. Lately my boxes have been pretty good, with at least one or two products I was in love with. This month, no such luck.

1. per-fékt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel (Full Size, $28.50 for .45 fl oz)
This is perhaps the biggest disappointment in my box, not because the product is bad, but because I’d already gotten it in an earlier box. I don’t really love the product. It’s just mascara, though it claims to do all this great stuff for my lashes. I don’t know, I didn’t notice. Anyway, true to Birchbox’s excellent customer service, I received 100 points ($10) as a “sorry”.

2. Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture (Full Size, $90 for 2.4 oz)
I don’t like this scent. To me it smells like soap. My friend got it in her box and her boyfriend said it smells like his mom. My age is listed in my style profile, so why send me a fragrance that smells like moms?

3. Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo (Full Size, $32 for 250 ml)
I haven’t used this yet, but I’m sure I will like it. All I really care about in shampoo is that it cleans my hair and smells good. This smells good, and I am confident in its cleaning abilities. However, I wasn’t really excited about it because it does not claim to do anything I really need. It doesn’t say it smooths or prevents breakage or anything like that. Just shampoo.

4. Frownies Eye Gels (Full Size, $29.95 for a set of three)
I haven’t tried this one yet either, but I’m not optimistic. A while ago Birchbox sent me a face mask that seems similar to this and I hated it. It felt so slippery and gross on my face. I assume these will be similar. Also I hate that it says it eliminates wrinkles. Again, it says my age on my profile. Wrinkles are not an issue, thank YOU!

5. Tea Forté Skin-Smart Teas (Full Size, $6 for 16 bags)
Again, haven’t tried them yet. But it’s tea, and I like tea. Interesting flavors, and it claims to improve your skin? Sure, why not! This is the “lifestyle extra” so I’m always happy when it’s something I will actually eat/drink/use.

Also included was a gift card for $50 off a Rent The Runway rental. I’ve never used Rent The Runway before. Thoughts?

Anyway, I’m sure this Birchbox was not a huge selling point for you, but if you’re ready to subscribe for yourself, please use my link so that I can get points! Points turn into money I can use towards full-size products!

Normal Person Gift Guide

I always look forward to holiday gift guides, but honestly I am usually pretty disappointed because the gifts always seem either too expensive or just really specific to a type of person that is not in my life. Especially guides on blogs. I don’t know about your mom, but mine would think I’d gone crazy if I got her a Kate Spade iPhone case. She’d think it was pretty, sure, but it just isn’t the kind of gift she would want. So I tried to make my gift guide for the more everyday, non-fancy kind of people in our lives.

1. Snuggie – $10-20. I mean seriously, I love my Snuggie. I resisted because they look so stupid, but this is really one of the greatest things ever. If your parents or grandparents don’t have their very own Snuggies yet, this is perfect. Look how much my grandfather loves my Snuggie!
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2. Turbie Twist – $10 for 2. This is great for women in your life with long hair, especially if you have ever heard them complain about drying their hair. I have several and I use them every single day.
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3. Vera Bradley tablet or laptop sleeve – $28-45. I don’t know if people everywhere know Vera Bradley or if it’s more of a down South kind of thing, but I love their luggage! I recently got myself a laptop sleeve in the “Happy Snails” pattern and it makes me so much happier than the plain black one I’d been using for years. This would be great for a girl or woman who carries her laptop or iPad around with her constantly.

4. Birchbox gift subscription – $30-200. This is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten! A 3-month subscription is only $30 and the giftee receives a package in the mail filled with high end beauty samples for each month! Birchbox also offers boxes for men, but I think that’s a certain type of man who would enjoy that. I’ve written about what I’ve gotten in my Birchboxes here.

5. I Want To Draw A Cat For You – $10. This is for that quirky person in your life who has everything. You tell this guy what kind of cat you want him to draw, and he draws it. So you could get a teacher cat, or a med school cat, or a barista cat. Some people get really specific about what they want, the options are really endless. Plus it has this hilarious video:

I did see on his website that he conservatively estimates 3-5 weeks for a drawing, so this might come too late for Christmas. Oops! But he also says it might get there sooner, so maybe it’s worth a try!

Anyway, I hope this gift guide is helpful for you! You may notice it leans towards the feminine side, and that is because I never have any idea what to get men in my life for Christmas or their birthdays or anything. Maybe I will make that a goal for 2013, to develop a gift guide for men. Again, the ones I see online are so weird. They pretty much exclusively recommend shaving products and whisky stones. *sigh*

Mini Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph

I saw the preview for this months ago and was struck by how original the idea is. In case you haven’t heard of it, Wreck-It Ralph is about a video game bad guy who is tired of being bad and starts going from game to game in the arcade trying to win a medal so the people of his game will respect and like him. My mom and I saw this move on Black Friday and we both loved it! I loved the references to old video games and jokes about how different character are programmed or glitches or whatever. Both Ralph and one of the characters he meets in another game are rejected by the others in their game and struggle with their identities and where they fit in, something a lot of kids (and adults!) can relate to. Eventually, both characters realize and accept who they truly are, so that’s a nice little message for the kids (and adults!). It was funny, heart-warming, and even a little action-packed. My only warning is that a great deal of the movie takes place in a candy-themed game which made me REALLY want candy after the movie. Also get your classic video game consoles out because you will probably also want to play Mario Kart after.