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Oil Pulling – How I Whiten My Teeth

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!
You know me, I rarely come on here and share my beauty & health tips, but when I do it’s because I love it & it works for me. I shared before how I cured my acne and problematic skin [here] & I can’t tell you how many emails, comments, & people I meet in public that tell me that it saved their skin too. Acne is no fun & being able to take care of it naturally is amazing. If you struggle with your skin for sure check that post out. Today I wanted to share something with you I have been doing for over a year now. I don’t do it everyday simply because I forget, but it really has benefited me in many ways. It’s call oil pulling & many of you may have heard of it before. It’s where you take a tablespoon of coconut oil & you swish it in your mouth [pulling between your teeth] for 20 minutes before spitting it out when you are done & it helps clean your mouth among other things. Strange right?

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!

Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, & anti-fungal. These things are great for your oral health of course among other things, but today we are only talking about oil pulling. Coconut oil detoxifies your mouth & makes it a clean environment which effects your overall health because you are not swallowing bacteria & other things that are bad for your health. I am not a scientist or a doctor, but did a lot of research before I started doing this & I suggest you do to before you start. Just google oil pulling & you will find some great articles from people far smarter than me.

Some benefits of oil pulling:

-whitens teeth
-prevents cavities
-TMJ relief
-soothes throat dryness
-freshens breath
-alleviates headache
-strengthens teeth & gums
-increases energy
-draws out toxins
-heals skin issues
-aids hormonal changes
-heals cracked lips
-helps alleviate sinus congestion
-helps detox the body

I’ve even heard it can help cure hangovers. I mean, what doesn’t coconut oil do? If you have read my skincare post you also know I wash my face with coconut oil which I LOVE. Those anti- [….] properties really come into play again there. The goal in skincare & oral care? kill all the germs while healing & strengthening at the same time. That’s what coconut oil does.

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!
So what’s my experience? I’m obsessed.  I typically oil pull while getting ready & doing my hair, in the shower, & actually I oil pulled today while taking a few photos for the blog. They say to do it right away in the morning, but that doesn’t always work for me. I suggest doing it while you are doing a little task to help pass the time quicker. I use about a tablespoon of coconut oil I oil pull for as long as I can [20 minutes is suggested] & then I brush my teeth right after. My mouth feels so clean after & I can for sure tell a difference in how clean & fresh my mouth is. My teeth aren’t the whitest because of my love for cherry coke, coffee, & tea, but coconut oil for sure helps keep them whiter & I know I can attribute it to the oil pulling. My skin is better when I oil pull & I feel better. Sometimes I wonder if it’s correlated, but I do notice a difference when I do it more regularly. I can’t explain how it works, but my review is that I’m going to keep doing it! I typically get my coconut oil from Marshalls which I always find it there for a great price. & for those of you not caring what I’m talking about today & just want to know where everything in the photo is from.. it’s all marshals [you know that store is my jam] & the little tree guys are Ikea of course. The ONLY negative I have experienced from oil pulling? Sometimes the texture can get to me. I’m not always in the mood to oil pull because it does have a texture & a taste, but this rarely happens & is different for everyone, but worth sharing for sure.

How oil pulling has changed my beauty routine & the power of coconut oil.. a must pin! Whiter teeth the natural way along with so many other benefits from oil pulling like cavity & headache prevention, releasing toxins from the body, & more!

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Not the whitest teeth in America, but much whiter than they would be without the coconut oil because of my coffee & tea addiction. You can also mix in essential oils in with your coconut oil before you oil pull. I’ve never done this, but I’ve heard it’s great & it’s worth a try if you have some essential oils laying around! Today’s post was so different than my usual, but I’ve been meaning to share this little ritual of mine for a while. I just like it so much that I couldn’t keep it a secret. Do you oil pull? What is your experience with it? I would love to hear from you!! Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. As always, thank you so much for stopping by my little blog & sharing it with your friends it means so much. xx

 

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Read my entire skincare post [here]. 

DIY Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub

DIY sea salt & sugar Hand & body scrub - Easy to make & a must for the summer months to keep in the shower to remove rough & dry skin. Gives you the silkiest glowing skin ever!

It’s that time of year again where I want to use self tanner to look sun kissed all while playing it safe & staying out of the sun & the tanning beds. If you are a self tanner user {I’m loving the St. Tropez self tanner, what about you?} , you know that exfoliating before applying is the number one rule. I can never find a scrub that is exfoliating enough for my liking that is the price I want to pay so I started making my own DIY sea salt and sugar scrub & I happened to make a fresh batch this weekend so I wanted to share my recipe with you. It’s so easy to make, smells & feels amazing, it’s moisturizing, & husband approved too!

DIY sea salt & sugar Hand & body scrub - Easy to make & a must for the summer months to keep in the shower to remove rough & dry skin. Gives you the silkiest glowing skin ever!

ok. So the thing about this hand & body scrub is that it’s not a specific scientific recipe. It’s completely preference. You can choose your ingredients by what your specific needs are.  I wanted my scrub to be a little more rough to remove the long hot summer days & the dead & dry skin so I decided to use sea salt, raw sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, & for an extra bonus this time I added some Dawn with olay hand renewal cream. I used the lavender scent so the scrub has a calming aroma which makes it perfect to use in the shower after a long hot day. I made my scrub in a small mason jar, but you can use any container you wish. I simply mixed all the ingredients in the mason jar until I was happy with the texture. On this particular batch I chose to have it a little runnier with more of the Dawn/olay soap. If you choose to not use the soap & use the coconut oil {you can use olive oil too!} it will be less runny & more of a firm texture. I chose to use the soap not only for the scent, but also so it would be a great cleanser in the shower. You can add & subtract ingredients to fit your needs. I change up the recipe every time I make it & that’s the best part about this DIY scrub! This particular recipe gives you the smoothest silkiest glowing skin ever. Perfect for summer when we are showing more skin!

DIY sea salt & sugar Hand & body scrub - Easy to make & a must for the summer months to keep in the shower to remove rough & dry skin. Gives you the silkiest glowing skin ever! DIY sea salt & sugar Hand & body scrub - Easy to make & a must for the summer months to keep in the shower to remove rough & dry skin. Gives you the silkiest glowing skin ever!
Super easy DIY sea salt & sugar scrub... a wonderful treat for your skin that scrubs away dead skin while moisturizing!
Keep a jar in the shower & by your sink & I guarantee you will become addicted to using it. The mason jars & tags are both from good old Target, but you can use what you have on hand. All of the other ingredients can be found at any grocery & you probably have most of them in your pantry already. Have you made a DIY scrub before? What did you use? I would love to hear your recipe & what works for you. I’m down for trying new DIY scrubs & I think if you start making them now, you will become addicted too. Share with me in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. xx

DIY Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Face Mask

DIY honey cinnamon nutmeg face mask - A natural face mask that brightens skin, clears breakouts, & evens out skin tone. A must try for any skin issues!!

I recently shared my natural skin care routine that cured my face from having chronic breakouts to being perfectly clear. Nothing ever helped my skin until I went all natural. My skin is generally very clear since I started the natural skincare routine, but once in a while I will get a blemish {one just popped up this morning in fact. Yay!} So I made my favorite skin clearing mask & I decided to quickly share it with you. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s life changing. It helps moisturize, clear blemishes, even skin tone, exfoliate, brighten your complexion, & so much more! I usually try to do this mask once a week, but I tend to do it when I feel like my skin needs some love. It’s a mini DIY facial that is easy to make & you most likely have all the ingredients in your house! Here is the DIY honey cinnamon nutmeg face mask that I have loved for so long.

DIY honey cinnamon nutmeg face mask - A natural face mask that brightens skin, clears breakouts, & evens out skin tone. A must try for any skin issues!!
First let’s talk about why this mask is so amazing. It has honey which is a humectant, which is a natural moisturizing agent. Honey is also naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. Cinnamon is an antiseptic which will help reduce the bacteria on the surface of your skin to aid in the prevention of pimples and even help dry out existing pimples. It also stimulates and revitalizes the skin by drawing blood, oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin, leaving your skin healthy & glowing. Nutmeg exfoliates the skin which in turn reduces blemishes & the look of blemishes. The nutmeg also helps reduce those pesky blackheads… yuck! Try not to lick your own face because this mask smells divine!

DIY honey cinnamon nutmeg face mask - A natural face mask that brightens skin, clears breakouts, & evens out skin tone. A must try for any skin issues!!
Making this mask is super easy & customizable for your skin needs.  Gather your honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, & you can even add other items like oatmeal or turmeric if you feel like getting crazy.  start with one tsp of nutmeg & one tsp of cinnamon. These measurements do not have to be precise & are only there for a guideline. After that mix in two tablespoons of honey & stir it up!

DIY honey cinnamon nutmeg face mask - A natural face mask that brightens skin, clears breakouts, & evens out skin tone. A must try for any skin issues!!

I usually wear the mask for about 2o  minutes. Sometimes more & sometimes less. You can do what you feel comfortable with. I have never felt any tingling or burning, but if you do and it’s uncomfortable I would rinse off & maybe this mask isn’t for you. Have you tried this mask before? What do you think of it? Have you had good results with it? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram.

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To see my full natural skincare routine click {HERE].

Kiki La’ Rue Giveaway

I  have such a fun giveaway for you today! I’m sure a lot of you have heard of Kiki La’ Rue & their amazing clothes & accessories. I have been following them for so long now on Instagram & love seeing their daily updates. I’m also a proud owner of a few items from their shop & I’m not ashamed to say I’m a little addicted.

DSC_1445I’m loving this this Essential long sleeve top in navy so much right now. If you know me, you know I’m a t-shirt & jeans kind of girl. I love casual & cozy & this shirt is all that. It’s loose and flowy & snug in the arms. The necklace is barbados mint necklace & I love that it dresses up a plain t-shirt so easily.

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I also have the Essential long sleeve in gray & I’m embarrassed to say how much I have worn this t-shirt. It gets used  A LOT! It’s so cozy & goes with absolutely everything.  & you may have seen this necklace a while back on my Instagram. I have been pairing these two things together & I’m loving it.

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Now for the giveaway! Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win $50 to Kiki La’ Rue so you can buy your own lovely goodies. If you are impatient & want to shop now, use code KLRLIZ for 10% off your order. & just FYI if you plan on being a frequent shopper {I know I am} they have a rewards program. You get 5% off every order after your 10th order. That’s pretty cool! Anyways, enjoy the giveaway & good luck!!

 

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Natural Skin Care Routine – How I Healed My Skin!

How I healed my skin the natural way!

So I will be the first one to admit that I don’t have perfect skin { Even though lately it feels pretty perfect compared to what it was.} I’ve been on this journey for a few years trying to clear up persistent breakouts & I am not lying when I say that I have tried EVERYTHING. I mean everything. I am finally at a point in my journey where I have found a routine that finally works for me & has kept my skin super clear & healthy. I know that I can’t be the only one who has struggled with hormonal breakouts & oily skin so I wanted to share what has worked for me in hopes that it can help someone else as well. Remember that I am not a dermatologist so I have to say do your own research & your own caution when changing up your skin routine. I just have to say when I went natural with my skin, my skin started loving me back & I finally got the results I had been wanting for so long.

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Here’s a little back story about my skin. When I got into my twenties I started noticing lots hormonal breakouts on my jaw line & chin area. My skin became very oily & the breakouts wouldn’t stop. Ummmm seriously? Wasn’t this supposed to happen when I was a teenager? Apparently not. So forever I was using makeup wipes & products with harsh chemicals in them. My skin was just getting worse, I had large sore breakouts & they would never really go away. I would use makeup & concealer to cover it up, but you can still see bumps through makeup & if you know that the breakout is there you become self conscious & it can effect you emotionally. I would have maybe a week with clear skin & then another large breakout would start again. I was thinking that I was just stuck. This was my skin and I had to deal with it. I had prescriptions, every face wash on the market, & even expensive tools Until one day when I decided to go mostly natural for a while & see what that would do. I mean it couldn’t hurt right?

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First things first I cut out the makeup wipes. They were causing my sensitive skin nothing but irritation and adding unnecessary scents & chemicals causing breakouts. In place of the makeup wipes, step one of my skin care routine is to use coconut oil & a wash cloth with warm water. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial so it combats all of the bacteria that can be on your face from your long day. I use ogranic coconut oil {you can find it practically anywhere!} I rub a tiny bit all over my face & then with a wash cloth that is damp with warm water I wipe all of it off. This step removes almost 100% of the makeup & my face feels so soft and clean. Coconut oil has also been known to shrink pores, fix fine lines, & it’s a seriously amazing moisturizer. After a week of cutting out the makeup wipes I noticed that my skin was no longer red & irritated. I think coconut oil is one of the biggest factors that has made my skin better these days.

Second step changes from day to day depending on what I feel like. I’m usually only wearing tinted moisturizer these days so sometimes I will repeat step one & then move on to step three. But, if I’m feeling a little dirtier or that my skin needs some more love I will use the Pacifica sea foam complete facewash which is sulfate free & super gentle. I love the smell of this stuff & it foams up so nicely that I feel like it makes my skin so clean & fresh. If you are looking for a gentle cleanser I for sure recommend this one.

The third step in my nightly skin care routine is Thayers alcohol-free Rose petal witch hazel {I purchased mine at GNC}. This toner is seriously so gentle & one of the only ones I have ever used that calms my skin down. It refreshes, shrinks pores, & is a great last step that ensures I have removed everything off of my face. It has aloe & vitamin E so it soothes my skin perfectly & preps it for moisturizer.

& last but not least I moisturize with grape seed oil { I purchased mine at GNC}. I place a tiny bit in the palm of my hand & use it all over my face. Grape seed oil has anti-oxidents & anti-inflammatory properties that really combat any breakouts & soothe the skin as well. It also tightens pores which also helps prevent further breakouts. Grape seed oil is great for people with oily skin. You may think you need to dry your skin out if you have oily skin, but that only causes your skin to think that it needs to produce more oil. Therefore you will just be an oily mess. So after washing your face add a great moisturizer to your routine. The grape seed oil has changed my life. I have noticed fading of my scars, smaller pores, less breakouts & my skin is not a hot oily mess anymore like it once was.

For when I do get a breakout or a pimple I have been using tea tree oil {mine is from the Body Shop}. Tea tree oil is a great alternative to other topical acne creams with lots of harsh chemicals. for my dry lips I have been loving this hemp oil chapstick that I got in my Birchbox last month. & for eye cream when I’m feeling like I need it I use all about eyes from Clinique.  For nights when I want to put a mask on my face or I feel a breakout coming I will make a mask with honey, nutmeg, & cinnamon. All the ingredients combat bacteria, help with scarring, fight breakouts, & much more. The mask is amazing. Try it 😉

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In the morning I use oatmeal to wash my face. Don’t laugh. It seriously works! Oatmeal contains this scientific word called saponins which is known for it’s cleansing properties. Oatmeal also contains lots of vitamin E & is recommended for those with sensitive skin {i.e. my sensitive acne prone oily skin} To cleanse with the oatmeal I put a tiny bit in my palm & run hot water over the oatmeal to soften it. I then use it as a scrub all over my face and rinse with warm water. You can blend the oatmeal so it becomes finer, but usually I just use the whole oats that I store in a small container in our bathroom. I seriously just use regular oats, I mean any brand out of the grocery store.

After I cleanse with the oatmeal in the morning I use the Thayers alcohol-free rose bud witch hazel as a toner with a cotton ball all over my face just like I do at night. For day lotion these days I am OBSESSED with boots number 7 beautiful skin day cream for normal/oily. It is non-pore blocking & it has zinc in it which controls oil. I seriously don’t know if I ever will switch from this lotion. If you have oily skin I would try this!

I should also add that I have tried to add more water to my diet & cut back on the caffeine a little which are both factors in healthy skin & hormonal breakouts. I also take daily vitamins {I have always done this}. As many of you know your skin is not only how you treat it on the outside, but the inside as well!

c49159ea5a1211e38e691281ffd27b69_7My skin has been so different lately! Less oil, minimal breakouts, scars are diminishing, & my overall skin tone is healthier. Like I said before, I am no expert & I still get breakouts. I mean, I’m only human. But I do feel like I have become an “expert” at my own skin recently & for that reason I felt pushed to share what I have discovered by using all these natural products. It’s funny, now that I am 25 I have completely changed the way I view products from food to my skin care & I really wish I would have know about it sooner! If you want me to share more skin care & natural masks I use leave a comment below.  I would love for you to weigh in! Do you have a natural skin care routine? What products work best for you? Do you have a certain line or brand you like? What skin issues do you have? I would love to here your opinions and experiences. Leave me a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram!

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Clearasil Superfruits Face wash Review

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Clearasil, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuperFruits  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.”

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Lately I have been wanting to share more beauty posts on my blog. Posts about my favorite makeup, tips and tricks, and my skin care routine. I actually used to have a beauty channel on youtube, did you know that? I quit because my heart wasn’t in it anymore, but I would love to share my honest reviews, my favorite products, & maybe even beauty products that didn’t work for me on here as well. If you would like to see more beauty related posts & videos  comment below!

Anyways, recently I was contacted to try a new clearsil product called Clearisil daily clear Superfruit cleanser. I was immediately intrigued. Why? Because my skin has been terrible lately! Let’s back it up a little bit. When I turned 21 I started to see my skin change a little, I was getting breakouts on my chin & my skin was becoming more oily, something I never struggled with before. Mind you my skin is not terrible, but I do have to be really careful what I use on my skin & I can tell right away if a product will break me out or make my skin oily. I’m kind of a product junkie & that is why I want to start sharing more reviews here on the blog, because I try a LOT of things for skin. So back to my recent battle with bad skin. Remember when I went on the GMC trip a few weeks back? Well, a few days before I left for the trip my skin went crazy. I developed a huge breakout all around my mouth, my lips were so dry and cracked that they hurt, and I wanted to cry. I had never had a breakout this bad before. I think it was from stress, but needless to say I was devastated. I was about to fly to a different state to meet up with all new people & meet some of my favorite bloggers for the first time & travel throughout the US for a week with a huge breakout around my mouth. Mind you it’s not all about looks & I’m not saying that, but it does hurt ones self esteem when you have pimples the size of texas on your face. Needless to say I had a great time on the trip & I never felt like one person was judging me or even paying attention to my zits {even though I brought it up a thousand times to them… sorry guys!} & by the time I came back to North Carolina my face was clearing up for the most part & everything was fine, but I was still left with some scaring & a couple of breakouts. I purchased the Clearasil superfruit scrub a few weeks ago at Walmart & I was a little hesitant that it would be harsh on my sensitive skin, but I have been really surprised. I use the scrub at night even though it is sensitive enough to use twice a day. I have been noticing that the exfoliating properties in the scrub have helped the scaring fade, & since I have been using it my epic breakout from the GMC trip has died down.. thankfully!!

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Thankfully my breakouts didn’t really show up in photos on the GMC trip, like this photo I took with my phone on the trip, but those of you who have occasional breakouts know that even if you can’t see them, you still know that they are there & it bugs you.

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This face scrub has replaced my other face scrubs for now & my clarisonic. My nightly routine lately goes something like this…

– use face wipe to remove all makeup, including eye makeup

– use the Clearasil face scrub with warm water and gently scrub my skin

-use a gentle face wash to finish cleansing my skin

– apply face lotion

– apply night time face mask

-head to bed!

If you want more of my routine/products comment below!

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The texture of the scrub is creamy with more coarse exfoliators, not fine like sand, but chunkier pieces. Not sure if that explains it more to you, but I know to some the texture is important! The smell is lovely & fruity, when I use it it makes me thirsty & to me it does not have a chemical smell at all.

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All in all I am really happy with the Clearasil daily clear refreshing superfruit scrub so far & if it continues to be this nice to my skin I will repurchase this face scrub because of the amazing price & the fact that it hasn’t made me breakout. I also wanted to say that if you suffer from breakouts, you are not alone! Find what works best for you and your skin & don’t stress about it, you are still beautiful! Click {here} to get a coupon to purchase it if you want to give it a try. Question: have you tried the superfruit clearasil products? What are your thoughts? What is your biggest skin problem? & if you want more beauty posts leave your questions/comments/post ideas below.. I would love to hear from you!

 

Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself & all thoughts & opinions are my honest opinions. I was compensated for my time to review this product.

Etsy Tips & Tricks-8 Things To Know Before Selling On Etsy

Etsy Tips & Tricks- 8 things I wish I knew before starting my Etsy shop

This series has been a long time coming! I happen to have this amazing friend, Christine, who makes & sells beautiful jewelry in her Etsy shop, All My Heart Shop. Seeing how amazing & successful her shop has grown since she first started has been such an incredible thing for me to witness & I couldn’t be happier for her. Seriously, I think I get more excited about things to do with her shop then she does. A while back I asked her if she would be willing to share all of her tips & tricks about Etsy here on the blog & from that point on we have been brainstorming things she could share & today is finally the day where we start the series & I’m so excited for her to be able to share her insights with all of you who have ever thought about opening an Etsy shop or those of you who have an Etsy shop who are just wanting to learn more. There will be many many posts in this series dealing with everything from SEO, selling tips, packaging, social media & so much more. Today’s post from her is all about things she wish she knew before she started selling on Etsy. Let me turn my blog over to Christine so she can start sharing what she is so passionate about…

Etsy Tips & Tricks: 8 Things to know about Etsy

Hello all! I’m Christine and I am the girl behind All My Heart Shop, where I design and create hand stamped jewelry. Liz and I have been friends for the past 4 years or so. Before she wrote her first blog post, and before I stamped my first piece of jewelry. Wow, how time has flown and our love for making lovely things has grown. I was ecstatic that Liz asked me to be a contributor on her blog, but to be honest I was a bit hesitant because by no means do I believe I am a professional at this Etsy business owning stuff. But I want to share with you 8 of the things I wish I would have known before I started my Etsy shop. I learned most of these tips and tricks by making mistakes, and a lot of them. But that’s how we can learn and grow our business right? Well, I want to help you jump some of these hurdles that I’ve come across in my Etsy journey. So today I am sharing just that — 8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Etsy Shop.

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1. It’s all in the name.. Username that is.

When I first decided that I wanted to take the plunge into opening an Etsy shop, I was so incredibly excited that I started working at it right away. Researching, ordering supplies, and even practicing. But one of the many things that I didn’t know in the beginning,  was that I shouldn’t open a new shop with my pre-existing username. Your username can never be changed on Etsy. Not even if you decide to open a shop! Crazy, I know. So choose your name very carefully because it will stick with you forever. I’d recommend picking a name that goes with what you will be naming your shop. I got lucky because my shop name was available as my username as well.

2. Branding, branding, branding. 

Brand your shop. There is a plethora of designers on Etsy offering pre-made or even custom Etsy graphic kits. Be sure that your banner, avatar, custom listing photo, as well as you business cards all have the same look. Make your packaging match the ‘theme’ of your shop as well. When people see your logo, you want them to say, “Hey that’s so-and-so’s shop, I love her work”!

3. Post the best photos that you can. 

Etsy allows you space for up to five pictures — try to use as many as possible. But if you only have a few good ones, only use those and leave off the not so great pictures. The saying that first impressions are everything holds true on Etsy!! This is because Etsy is an image-driven site, shoppers make quick visual decisions based on needs, personal taste, and the quality of your shop’s images. Try to create clean, clear, clutter-free product photography. Use similar backgrounds and lighting when you photograph your items. For example, I tend to use wooden backdrops inside of a light box and you will never catch me taking a photo without my tripod.

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4. Think as if you were the customer.

When listing an item, try to put yourself in your buyers shoes. Remember that when a customer is viewing your item, they will be relying solely on the item’s description and photographs to truly understand what they are purchasing.  What keywords will they use to search for your products? Is your  product personalizable? Is it for a specific person or occasion? Include this information in your item titles,  descriptions, as well as you 13 tags.

5. Don’t list every single item at once, spread them out!

I recommend when first posting items, list only a few things the first day. Then, every single day following, list a new item until all of your items are listed. By using this strategy, your newest items will be higher up in Etsy searches.  This helps keep you more visible to shoppers for a longer period of time.

6. Connect with an Etsy Team.

Etsy has a wonderful thing available called Teams. These are groups of Etsy sellers who are connected by some common thread. It could be that you’re all stay at home mommies, that you sell similar items, or even that all of your names are Christine. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find a team that fits you perfectly. If you can’t seem to find an Etsy team, start looking at different Facebook groups. They have thousands of those as well.  Once I joined in a team, I felt such a sense community and I learned so much from my fellow teamies. So much to the point that I actually refer to them as my friends and honestly can’t picture owning my shop without their support!

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7. Provide stellar customer service.

This one is one of the most important things to provide as a business owner. Treat your buyers like youd expect to be treated.. and then go beyond that! Don’t hide anything from your buyers. Be direct about shipping turnaround time, whether you offer refunds or exchanges, how you handle customs and duty fees, and the types of payments you accept. Answer convos and emails as quickly as possible. If you wait over the recommended time of 24 hours, chances are your customer has moved onto a new item to purchase.. And chances are it wont be from your shop.

8. Be patient. 

As much as you want to dive right in to your new creative business, keep in mind that it most likely wont take off immediately. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep making improvements to your shop, this is the never ending task of a successful Etsy shop owner. Sales can go up and down for no reason at all.. Stay positive during slow times and work on creating more or bettering your shop image or listings!

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It’s been fun to take part as a contributor on Liz Marie Blog today, and I look forward to a series that will help you start and grow your Etsy business. I hope you were able to learn something new today, and use the information to kick start your Etsy shop. Happy creating!

XO, Christine
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Mothers Day Gift Guide

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Mothers day is such a special day for us to celebrate the moms in our lives. It’s a day to make our moms feel special & tell them how much they mean to us. I don’t know about you, but every year I struggle to decide what to get my mom & my mother in law, so I wanted to help us all out and post some mothers day gift ideas that are fit for every special woman in our lives. I hope this gift guide helps you find something for any special moms in your life. & if you are a momma, happy early mothers day to you!!

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What an amazing way to show your mother -in-law lots of love with a necklace thanking her for raising the man of your dreams. This necklace from All My Heart Shop is the perfect mothers day gift for the mother-in-law in your life.

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For the mom who loves to cook: These beautiful recipe cards from The Painted Arrow are an amazing gift to give. What a perfect way to keep secret family recipes as beautiful memories on these lovely recipe cards.

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A robe is the perfect gift for any mom. Every mom no matter what age loves to unwind and relax & pamper herself. A nice robe will help her feel like she’s at the spa & this one from Pottery Barn is beautiful & also available for monogramming to make it even more personal.

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A pretty apron from Anthropologie for the mom who loves to cook is the perfect pretty mothers day gift. With so many styles to choose from, there is sure to be the perfect one for the mom in your life.

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For the mom who is a coffee lover, this hand stamped spoon & handmade mug set from JessicaNdesigns & NSpottery is perfect! You can choose your spoon saying & your mug to send to your momma. She will think of you every morning over coffee, not that
she already doesn’t 😉

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If you are wanting to make a handmade gift for your mom, this yummy smelling lemonsugar scrub from I Heart Nap Time is a lovely gift any mom would love. Better yet it’s affordable to make, & what mom doesn’t love a handmade gift?

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For the long distance relationship mom these pillows from Cover Love are perfect! They are personalized with your address & your moms address connected with hearts.

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A mothers day print is a great way to honor your mom & a great way for her to remember how special she is while displaying it in her decor. This print from Rock The Custard Prints comes in different colors & you can easily change the look with any frame.

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A Monogrammed dresser-top tray from Pottery Barn is an elegant gift for any mom for them to keep their pretties and perfumes stored nicely in their bedrooms, or any room for that matter. & the monogramming just adds an extra pop of awesome.

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For the hot drink lover: whether it’s coffee or tea this knitted coffee cup cozy from Natalya is perfection. It’s makes whatever is in the coffee cup taste even better, & adds a level of coziness & comfort.

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Want to send your mom a beautiful mothers day card with original hand drawn art work on it from Lily & Val. You can write a personal message in it for your mom & she can proudly display it for others to see.

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This Mother & child necklace from Mirit Levin Jewelry is a stunning symbolic gift for any mom who loves beautiful jewelry.

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This family tree pillow from  Blue Leaf Boutique  is so personal & any mom would swoon at being able to see all of her families names right on this one of a kind hand stitched pillow.

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If you have a mom who loves rings, this personalized ring from January Jewelry is stunning & with the secret message inside it’s a great way for a mom to keep her children close to her with their initials stamped inside.

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An adorable makeup bag from Milloo is such a thoughtful gift to help your mom keep all of her daily essentials organized in a beautiful way.

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For a mom who loves to garden these garden markers from Paulova are too cute to pass up. They are a perfect mothers day gift to add an extra pop of color and cuteness to her garden.

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hese monogramed candles from Pottery Barn would be a great addition to any mothers decor. Perfect to set in a bathroom, kitchen, or any room of the home. This is a great personalized idea for mothers day.

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Since mothers day falls in spring, what better than to give your mom a pretty spring accessory like this lightweight floral scarf from Anthropology. A multi-colored scarf like this is sure to go with any spring outfit she may have.

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A personalized Mother sign is the perfect gift for your mom to add to her home decor. With being able to customize the sign from the words to the colors, this sign from Bosheree Family Signs is an awesome mothers day gift.

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For a mom who loves bracelets, this infinity bracelet from Briguys Girls is the perfect simple reminder of a mothers infinite love. The dainty chair with the pearl and the infinity symbol is perfectly paired with a note to your mom.

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A picture frame, like these from Pottery Barn in your mom’s decor style is a great gift, especially if you include photos of her children &/or grandchildren in the frames. This is a great way to update her photos in her home of her loved ones.

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A personalized handmade bowl for your mom for her to hold her rings, keys, or other jewelry is a lovely dainty gift that any mom would love. This “mom bowl” from Promise Pottery is beautiful & there are other mom pottery items in the shop too!

I hope this gift guide has helped you decide what you are going to get for the moms in your life. Have you already got your mom a gift? Do you have any more ideas to add to this list? Share your ideas in the comments below or {here} on the facebook page. I hope you are all having a great week!!

April Birchbox

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I have been the worst at sharing my Birchbox monthly with you guys & I’m sorry for that! I used to share it every month & I need to start again. I have been loving my Birchbox every month & each time I get it I get so excited to try all my new products I get for the month. If you do not know what Birchbox is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service where you receive quality high end samples once a month for $10 {free shipping!}. You can learn more about it {here}. This month I recieved 2 full size products along with 3 other deluxe sized samples in my Birchbox. How cool is that? This months box was all about tiny tweaks that can have big results on your beauty routine in teaming up with Womens Day Magazine…

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What I received this month…

>> LaFace Laboratories– purifying face wash. Great for blemish prone/ sensitive skin

>> Mirenesse– Glossy kiss Lipsick. Full size lip pencil that is goof proof

>> Joie– Folle de joie perfume. Carefree scent in manderin, rose, & sandalwood scent

>> Nexxus– Youth renewal rejuvenating elixir. Shine boosting serum cures dry strands & reduces age related breakage

>>Simple– Revitalizing eye roll. Eye roll with cucumber & vitamins to de-puff tired eyes

>> This box also came with lots of beauty product coupons & a free subscription to Womens Health for a year!

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The lip pencil is amazing, my husband even did a double take and told me that my lips looked stunning, that says something ladies! The eye roller has saved me a few days already where I have missed out on sleep, & the other products are yet to be tried out. All in all I am really happy with this months samples. The great thing about Birchbox is if you love the sample, they sell the full size item with free shipping. Did you get a Birchbox this month? What were some of the items you got? I would love to hear from you in the comments below, {here} on the Facebook page, {here} on Twitter, or chat with me on Instagram {here}. Talk to you soon!

Wear It- Linky Party

This week for the wear it challenge I wanted to share with you
6 things about my style. Now of course I can’t define my style in 6 short
sentences, but I’m a comfy, casual, skinny jeans wearing kind of girl
who likes to wear anything cozy & that flatters my figure. You can
read more about my style {here}.

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The dog days of winter bloggers shared some great fashion posts as well….


1. Please link up posts that have to do with fashion or style.

2.Feel free to link up old or new posts.

3. Please include a text link back to this post.

4. Party hop & visit some other posts & leave them some love!


Get To Know Me: 6 Things Style

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1. Shirt/Belk 2. heels/target coat/target Jeans/Express 3.Abercrombie 4.Shirt/forever 21 Jeans/American Eagle clutch/ Michael Kors Shoes/ American Eagle Via Instagram

1. I dress for comfort. I buy shirts a size too big, I live for cozy sweaters, & shirts that are long.

2. You will find me in neutral colors 9 days out of 10.

3. Skinny jeans are my jam. But trouser jeans are a close second.

4. I wear a tank top under everything, I own one in every color, but white is my fav.

5.flats, flats, flats. I wear heels once in a while, but to me flats are where it’s at.

6. Low maintenance is the way I roll. I’m casual but I do love getting dolled up too!

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1. shirt/husbands old shirt {Gap} 2. Shirt/ Forever 21 3. Shirt/ American Eagle Jeans/Levi’s 4. Jacket/Target Scarf/JB&me Via Instagram

What is your style? Do you dress for comfort or fashion? What’s your favorite item in your closet? I would love to hear from you in the comments below, on facebook {here} or on Instagram {here} I hope you all had a great weekend! & be sure to come back tomorrow to link up your “wear it” posts. It can be an old or new post & once you link up to one blog it will show up on all 9 blogs of the Dog Days of Winter series. See you then!

January Birchbox

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I got my January Birchbox a while back, but I’m just now taking a minute to show you
what I got! This month seemed to be all about moisturizing, & that’s exactly what
I needed this month. It also had a few other goodies that I’m in love with….

Aerie- Shimmer fragrance
Embryolisse- 24 hour miracle cream
Eyeko- Skinny liquid eyeliner
Ojon- Rare blend oil hair therapy
100% pure- nourishing body cream
The Balm- eyeshadow {DEC box}
Kiels- lotion {DEC box}

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The box also included an entire booklet of tips and tricks on how to make
2013 your best year ever, and I loved reading the list. There were some things
I had never thought of to make my life better. I pictured two things from my
December box because I never got around to posting about it. I love the lotion
& the full size eyeshadow!

Have you signed up for Birchbox yet? You can check it all out {here}, but basically it’s a
monthly beauty subscription where you get 5-6 deluxe sized high end beauty products
for $10 { & free shipping!} You can also order full size products off their
website with amazing deals like free shipping as well. Did you get a Birchbox this month?
What did you get? I would love to hear about it! Share it below or {here} on the
Facebook page. Talk to you soon!

Favorite Makeup of January 2013

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I’m a DIY girl at heart, but I still love getting ready everyday. Whether it’s just some mascara,
I love feeling girly & pretty. My makeup routine changes constantly so I wanted to share with you
monthly what I am loving. This month it’s all about perfecting my chapped lips & concealing
blemishes that I got from the dry weather. Some simple eye liner, a spot of blush, & some
mascara & I’m out the door. I don’t use all the products listed below everyday, they are just my
favorites for the month of January….

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Click the item below to see more info on the product or to purchase the products…

1. My makeup brushes Used:
. Bare Minerals brush– used for blush
.Sonia Kashuk brush– Used for my finishing powder
.Sigma F80– Used for applying my foundation
.Kirkland makeup brush– used for bronzer

2.Love & Beauty blush– no color on packaging
got this at forever 21 & I love it! I love the matte
rose color. It adds the perfect subtle blush

3. Stila Stay All Day foundation– In medium
This product has concealer in the lid so it’s a great 2 in
1 product & it really does last all day!

4.Skin Vanish– primer

5.Extra Virgin Minerals foundation
I wear this one on my lazy days. Goes on very smoothly
& stays matte for long wear.

6.Elf High Definition powder– Setting powder

7.Lash Stiletto Mascara– in blackest black
Great drugstore mascara!! lengthens & adds fullness

8.Loreal smoldering eyeliner– in Gray

9.Tarte Amazonian clay foundation
I mix this with my stila foundation because this one is
too light, & my stila one is too dark. perfect combo!

10. My DIY lip scrub- tutorial {here}

11. Jurlique Rose Balm– perfect for dry lips!

12.NYX matte bronzer- in medium
great for contouring because it has no shimmer in it

13.Benefit brow kit– in medium
best brow kit I have ever used.

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Recent Instagram photos of me using some of my favorite products {@lizmariegalvan}

What are your favorite beauty products this month? Do you use any of
my favorite products? Share your favorites with me in the comments below.
Whats your biggest beauty problem in the winter?

A Look Back On 2012

2012 has been a pretty crazy year for me to say the least. Lot’s of good and some bad. Some things I have expressed on here, and some things that I haven’t. I have BIG goals for Liz Marie Blog in 2013 starting with a complete blog redesign that will be live soon! I can’t wait to show you the new blog! I hope it makes viewing my blog more enjoyable, easy to navigate, & makes Liz Marie Blog one of your favorite blogs on the world wide web. I seriously have a passion for blogging & all things DIY & I want to show you that in 2013. I have a set of goals, including sharing more personal things with you on here {eeeek!}. I wanted to take a look back with you on this wonderful year with a few of my favorite blog posts. I would love for you to share you favorite posts in the comments below, share what you want to see more of on the blog in 2013, share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you & your feedback about my blog. Enjoy these few posts that I chose from 2012….

Master Bedroom reveal
{Here} 

Minty Fresh Dresser
{Here} 

DIY Terrarium
{Here}

TV Console & Bench Re-do
{Here} 

Laundry Room Re-do
{Here}

Pinstriped End Table
{Here} 

How To clean your makeup brushes
{Here}

Mossy Green Dresser Re-do
{Here} 

 Homemade Chalk paint Recipe
{Here}

Secretary with a pop of color
{Here} 

Dresser With Burlap Shelves
{Here}

DIY Laundry Soap
{Here} 

Day Bed re-do
{Here} 

Being Published in Pinterest Power
{Here} 

Vintage Sewing Desk re-do
{here} 

I am excited to see what 2013 has to offer not only me, but also my blog. I am excited to share all of my DIY projects, furniture restoration, Interior design adventures, tips & tricks & so much more! I hope you all had an amazing year & I am so thankful for each and every one of you for following my blog & being so awesome!! Be sure to share what you want to see on the blog in 2013 below & on the facebook page {here}, Tweet me {here}, or chat with me on Instagram {Here}. & here is to wishing you all a very happy new year!!

Liz Marie

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Favorite Things Friday

Hi friends! It’s been a few weeks since I have posted my Favorite Things, but today I have some down time in between school projects {Countdown: 10 days until school is done!!} & I’ve been crushing over a lot lately so I wanted to share some of my faves with you. If you want to share your faves or if you blogged yours, share them in the comments below.. I would love to see what you are crushing on lately!!

Favorite Gallery Wall.
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I love that the frames “frame” the desk & really define the space. This would be great if you had an office area in a living room or dining room to really define that as an office space.

Favorite Makeup.
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I am loving the brown liner & eye shadow combination. This look is perfect for night or day & would be stunning bridal makeup too!

Favorite Tech Item.
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I am not sure I can justify the pricetag of this driftwood idock. But are you kidding me? I need this in my room.. actually I will take two. I love this!

Favorite Christmas Wreaths.
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I love these dainty little wreaths. They would look lovely above a fireplace, in a window, on kitchen cabinets, pretty much anywhere. Love the pops of red too!

Favorite Floor.
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First of all these wood floors are amazing. I want them throughout my entire home.  Secondly I love all the white, the stunning ceilings & those puddled curtains. I recently made some like these you can see them {here}

Favorite Sweater.
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If I owned this sweater you would never see me in anything else. I could live in this sweater forever & ever.

Favorite Living Room.
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I love all of the lovely textures in this room, the rustic coffee tables, all of the fabric, & those lovely walls & that basket of firewood. Everything.

Favorite Recipe.
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Peppermint crunch puppy chow. Enough said.

Favorite laundry Room.
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I love all of the natural light in this space. I could hang out in this room & if you know me, you know how much I loathe doing laundry… maybe if my laundry room looked like this I wouldn’t hate it. You can see my lovely little laundry room {here} it’s cute, but there is no natural light what so ever.

Favorite Boots.
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These books would literally go with everything in my closet. For sure my next shoe purchase will be inspired by these.

Favorite built in bench.
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I love the use of this space between the stairs and the wall. With out the built in bench I feel like this would be wasted space. The bench is warm and inviting & great for storage too!

Favorite Quote.
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Favorite bedroom.
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I love this rustic cottage bedroom. Cozy, functional, and can we talk about all the lovely deer antlers & that ceiling?

Favorite DIY.
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I’m pretty obsessed with barn doors, so this DIY is perfect for me.. now to get into our forever home so I can do this.

Favorite Entryway.
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I am loving the bold Green & cream pattern mixed with the natural wood. Very inviting!

There are some of my most recent favorites. What are some of your favorite things? Tell me in the comments or link them! I would love to see what you have been loving lately.
Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!!

Talk to you soon,
xx Liz Marie

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November Birchbox

It has been a long time since I shared my monthly Birchbox with you guys… yet another sign that this semester at school has been crazy! Only a couple more weeks & the hardest semester of my schooling will be over! I can’t wait to celebrate!! & you guys will be able to celebrate with me by seeing more blog posts from me 😉 Maybe I should plan a huge “End of the semester giveaway”? I’m seriously jumping out of my pants so excited for it to be over, can you tell? This months Birchbox was pretty awesome. If you don’t know what Birchbox is… get with it 😉 …. just kidding, It’s a monthly beauty subscription where you receive 5 samples a month based on a beauty survey that you take when you sign up. It’s $10 a month with free shipping. This month I recieved a full size mascara with built in mirror & a hair care product that I don’t know how I lived with out before this month, along with some other awesome goodies….

In My November Birchbox:

Feeling Smitten- Limited Edition Holiday Bath Bomb
MCMC Perfume- Phoenix
ModelCo- Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara
Oscar Blandi- Pronto Texture & Volume spray
Chuao Chocolatier- Chocolate bar 

I’m pretty obsessed with Birchbox, I mean that mascara alone was more then $10. & that volume hairspray has changed my hair forever! With out Birchbox I would never find out about all of these awesome products. This is a great Christmas gift too!! You can buy a subscripted to your mom, dad, brother {yes they have birchbox for men!}, friend, sister, cousin, uncle, second cousins mothers aunt… ok you get the point. It’s a great gift. You can also shop full size items on the Birchbox website as well. Do you have a Birchbox subscription? What did you get this month?

Talk to you soon friends!
xx Liz Marie

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