#WeeklyRecap / 12-52

How was everyone's week? It was a wild weather week, with one day giving us sunshine, rain and hale. How bout dah? But anyways, it was good! Tareek's first week was amazing and he's been a wonderful addition to our family. ❤

This Week's Posts

My Favorite Posts of the Week
What's Wrong With My Plant!? [a pair & a spare] // I don't know about you, but I don't have a green thumb. Even when we were very active in taking care of our vegetable/fruit garden. Because of that, this post is super helpful for those with plants to figure out the basics of what could be wrong with your plant.
5 Everyday Habits For A Tidy, Clutter-Free Home [The Private Life of a Girl] // Helpful tips here! I feel like I'm terrible at them though. One week I've kept up with everything and then the next I'm all, "fuck it." I realize its more my own laziness. Btw, #1 and #5 are my key tips.
Be Careful What You Buy/Buy Into With Skincare--Percentage Concentration Claims, Texture(s), Truthful Facts and Tall Tales [Han in Beauty Spot] // I personally use snail products, but I think if you read this post here, you'd get some more info about claims. Essentially, be an informed consumer! We're all guilty of joining the hype train on something at some point.
2 Hard Realities Every Blogger Has to Face [Zanita Studio] // If you're a blogger or even an Instagramer, this is a must-read.
Vegetarian Pad See Ew [oh my veggies] // It's been a while since I've shared a recipe. My kids love Thai food. Well, Izzy loves, I mean LOVES, Thai. Chris won't turn it down, but its not his first option. Rosie will tell you she doesn't like Thai and then you take her and she's grubbing down. Anyways, this recipe looks delicious and will be added to our family's arsenal of tasty meals.

Video of the Week
Long time readers/followers know that my kids cosplay. I think this makeup is amazing. I may not enjoy the anime, but I can appreciate the work all cosplayers do.

#Unboxing / March '17 FaceTory Seven Lux Box

March '17 FaceTory Seven Lux Box

TGIF! I know I just showed two FaceTory boxes, but right when I wrote that post, this month's box came in the mail! I will admit, I'm pretty excited about this box. So instead of some fluffy text here, let's get into the contents of the March '17 FaceTory Seven Lux Box.

#Unboxing / March '17 Julep Maven Box

March '17 Julep Maven Box

Late to the party (again), but let's take a look at what I ended up with in the March '17 Julep Maven Box. I know I stated I was going to stop or slow on the Julep boxes, but I really wanted two of the March shades. However... Oh boy, you'll see.

Anyways, I ended up creating my own box. So I started with three items and then noticed when the box came in, that some additional items came, too! While that's cool and all, I need to vent before we look closer at the products. Let's take a look below...

March '17 Julep Maven Box

Above are four shots from the unboxing. This is how the package came. One piece of brown paper on the bottom, everything inside and one crumpled over brown piece of paper. That's it. Who does this?! This is literally the most poor packing job I've gotten from them. And in talking with Rijel, this was pretty much how the boxes came.

As you can see, one of products opened and poured into its box. Also, the polish bottles are glass! How do you know that my local post office isn't shitty? How do you know that they don't just throw things on my porch? Or shove things to the point of crumpling in my mail box? PS, I'm literally voicing all of my concerns from my local post office. But beyond that, why would you ship $14-$30+ products like this?

I would love for Julep to tell my why they decided to skip on the paper string packing. I feel that even if I get an answer, I'll be unhappy. Anways, now that that rant is over, let's talk about the goodies.

#ManiMonday / Sally Hansen (Sugar Coat) Sour Apple

Sally Hansen (Sugar Coat) Sour Apple

Happy Monday! I've got a mani that's from the picture vault. This is Sally Hansen Sour Apple. This is from the Sugar Coat collection, a textured collection that came out in 2013. If you have been a long time follower of the blog, meaning from when I only focused on nail polish, you'll know that the texture finish is my absolute favorite.

Sour Apple is a mint green creme with a textured finish. Its on the sheer side, but I was able to do three moderate coats on one hand (the one shown) and two thicker coats. The nails that had two coats looked pretty similar those that had three, however I did notice they chipped much easier.

Sally Hansen (Sugar Coat) Sour Apple

#WeeklyRecap / 11-52

So I'm finally back with an official #WeeklyRecap. This week has been long and tiring with the hubs out of the country, but he's finally back. By the time this goes up, we'll be doing the one thing that, while exciting, may be hard emotionally. We'll be meeting a possible new friend for Vincent. I really hope it works out! You know it'll be blasted on my social media accounts if it does.

How about you all? Any awesome plans? Any favorite posts of the week?

This Week's Posts
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My Favorite Posts of the Week
This Simple Trick Will Help You Use Your Free Time Effectively [Career Girl Daily] // Time management is something that I feel I'm always struggling with. I think more so when things get almost too hectic. Take a quick read and then listen to the clip from the TED talk that's linked. Really good stuff.
8 Qualities of Highly Confident Women [The Huffington Post] // How many of these qualities do you have? I definitely see some of these qualities in myself and I see this list as potential for me to gain more confidence.
I’m a Feminist but My Subconscious is Still Sexist [Man Repeller] // Ever have those moments where you watch another gal do something and you're like... omg 😮  but then realize that if a guy did the same thing it'd be no big deal? This is just another gal's thought on watching a particular event.
The Great Debate: What’s Better for Your Skin, An Oil or Cream? [Bldg. 25] // So which is it? Well, it depends! This article is a good starting point for those who really want to know.
The Difference Between ‘Fashion’ And ‘Style’ With Jemimah [Chronicles of Her] // Another age old question answered.

Video of the Week
So one of my favorite looks in general in a more "masculine" or "handsome" look. If I don't feel like wearing lipstick, this is what I gravitate towards. Rhian has a great tutorial on this look. Lisa Eldridge has one too. I believe she uses the term androgynous for the title though.

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