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Hello, my dust sprites. If you’re reading this, I hope you are well. It’s been awhile since my last Unboxing post! So let’s just dive right in, shall we?

Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious (all vegan) brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products, and is currently priced at $29.95. The selections include beauty, wellness, and lifestyle products. You can read previous reviews here. This season’s box was a collaboration with Liz from My Subscription Addiction, and it includes two of my favorite natural beauty brands: 100% Pure and One Love Organics. The April/May box is valued at over $125.

I’ve been excited about this one!

One Love OrganicsLove Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum $75 value

This is such an indulgent addition to my bedtime routine. I’ve been using it for a few evenings, now, and I definitely feel pampered. Three pumps of product is enough for my face and neck.

100% PureMaracuja Black Tea Mascara $25 value

I use mascara even on days when I’m not putting on a “full face” of makeup, so I go through it relatively quickly, at least in comparison to the rest of the products in my cosmetic bag. I also really enjoy trying out more “natural” brands, when it comes to things I use daily. I love the smell of this one, and it’s perfect for a minimal makeup look. 100% Pure has a number of other mascara options, if you’re not into the tea scent (I know a lot of people don’t dig it as much as I do).

100% Pure – Bright Eyes Mask $7 value

I’ve been wanting to give these eye masks a try, so this was a nice surprise! I’m interested in anything that will minimize my dark circles and make me look more awake. I’ll let you know how it goes on Insta.

PureSolBamboo Charcoal Konjac Cleansing Sponge $13 value

Sorry I don’t have a photo of this one. It’s already hanging in my shower! I love using konjac sponges on my face for extra exfoliating power, but I’ve never used a large one like this. This was actually a well-timed surprise; I’ve been looking for a plastic-free alternative to replace my body pouf. This comes with a suction cup hook for the shower that I’m still trying to come up with an alternate use for.

Juice Served Here$10 coupon

I may or may not use this. My finances are not currently in such a state that allows me to spend that much money on …juice …over the internet. So… we’ll see.

Coupon aside, each item in this box is something I needed or wanted, and I will definitely use it all. That’s really the best thing about Love Goodly. The selections have been consistently thoughtful and high quality. This is a beautifully curated box, and I’m still making use of products from previous boxes!

Let me know if you’d like to see more Unboxing or more detailed reviews on individual products! I’d love to get back into the habit, so any input from you would be greatly appreciated. Have a favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Subscribe to Love Goodly here!

My most recent Fix (my seventh!) has definitely been the best, yet. They just keep getting better! I was reading back through my previous reviews, and it’s apparent my taste has changed in the last couple years! I was going through a phase. It involved buying white floral shorts. I don’t know. I’m over it.

I left a note with my stylist, explaining my closet’s color scheme (blacks, grays, darker shades, and cool jewel tones), and also pointed her in the direction of my Pinterest style board.  I told her that I needed a few pieces that would be office and Graduate presentation appropriate, but also dress-downable. She used these details and images to create a perfect Fix for me! I ended up with two pieces that I know I’m going to be happy with for a long time.

A couple things before I continue:

  1. When will winter end? I am dry, soft, and blotchy.
  2. Growing out a pixie cut is kind of terrible. Somebody please end my misery.

In this box:

  1. Jessie basket weave detail jersey maxi dress by Gilli $74 (made in the US) kept
  2. Gazele mosaic print blouse by Amour Vert $78 (made in the US)
  3. Kayella lace sweater by Mystree $68 kept
  4. Gilligan cocoon style cardi by RD Style $58
  5. Uruguay pintuck detail top by Skies are Blue $48

The dress is an investment piece, for sure, but will be perfect in the summer and for our vacation. The lace sweater, which I fell instantly, heads-over-heels in love with, replaces a less-loved black sweater that was much too small and boxy.

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Kayella lace sweater by Mystree (pet tortoise accessory not available in Fix)

I did like both the blouses, especially the mosaic print, but I already have two similar graphic print tops in my closet as it is (one LL Bean Signature and one Tart, from a previous fix). Both shirts provided no stretch, so a size small was slightly out of my normal comfort level. The oatmeal-colored cocoon cardigan (not pictured) was a non-option. It was cozy and warm, but light colors are asking for trouble. I’m a mess maker.

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Gazele mosaic print blouse by Amour Vert / Uruguay pintuck detail top by Skies are Blue

I spoiled myself with this Fix. This girl is officially on a shopping break, especially with next semester’s tuition on the horizon. I’m at a pretty amazing place right now, though, where I am, after purging and replacing, a stable 90% happy with my wardrobe.

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Jessie basket weave detail jersey maxi dress by Gilli detail / necklace from the Rock & Art Shop, Bar Habor ME

Use this link to sign up for Stitch Fix! All you need to do is fill out a quick style survey and provide a few details. Remember, the more information about yourself and your style you provide, the better your Fix will be. Give your stylist something to work with, and you’ll be happy.

Thanks to this Fix’s stylist, Heather!

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I have recently rekindled my love for stationery. Perusing the shelves at DC Museum shops last week probably is to blame (I am looking at you, National Gallery).

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Lost on the Midway postcard collection, The Black Apple (etsy)

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Prairie Summer boxed note set, One Canoe Two (etsy)

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Art of Instruction postcards from Modcloth

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hello letterpress notecards, Honizukle Press (etsy)

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mushroom letterpress cards, Pioneer House (Check these folks out on etsy!)

Here’s to more letter writing in 2014 (because seriously, I need all of these)!

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Julep’s September Collection is called “Cityscape,” and it’s full of beautiful skyline inspired colors, which are perfect for transitioning into fall. I am typically a “Boho Glam” girl, but this month I went for the “Bombshell” box because it featured a lovely slate grey creme polish. I normally don’t pick any “add ons,” even with their deeply discounted pricing, but this month I chose one more polish and Julep’s new Konjac Cleansing Sponge.

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from l to r] Candace, Daria, Carmen

One of Cityscape’s featured beauty products is Bare Face Cleansing Oil, which is an oil-based facial cleanser that you apply dry and then rinse with warm water.  This product was included in all of September’s Maven boxes, and while I no longer regularly wash my face, I decided to give it a try. I used some of my Julep points to cover the add-on cost of the konjac sponge.

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The Konjac sponge appealed to me for a couple different reasons. The shape makes it easy to hold and use, and the sponge is made from natural plant-based material with added charcoal. The product description said that it’s gentle enough for everyday use, which for me means it’s safe to use every other day or so in the shower. I was also drawn to it because as an anime-obsessed teenager, I went through a brief obsession with Japanese beauty products.

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I’ve been using the sponge during every other morning shower, and a small amount of the cleanser every night before bed. One or two pumps does the trick for me, as I don’t typically wear makeup. In the winter, I’ll likely be adding a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer to my routine, so I’ll probably end up increasing the amount of cleanser I use. It’s supposed to be great for makeup removal. It’s been a week and a half since I started using these products, and my ultra-sensitive skin hasn’t yet broken out, so I think I’m safe to continue! The cleanser is seriously a treat. It’s made with grapeseed oil, olive oil, vitamin E, and rosehip seed oil, and it smells divine. Julep’s site recommends using the sponge in conjunction with the cleanser, but I’ve been enjoying using it in the shower on its own. It’s a soothing process to wake up to, and my face always feels great.

I was originally going to completely skip over the September Maven box, but I’m so glad that I didn’t.

If you’re interested in becoming a Julep Maven and receiving two new polishes every month, feel free to sign up using my referral link. I’d really appreciate it! Julep is a great company, and I fall more in love with them every month. Their nailpolishes are free of toxins and none of their products are animal-tested.

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Hurraw! recently released a new trio of lip balms based on Ayurvedic Dosha principles. Ayurveda is a traditional Indian belief that the body is composed of three Doshas (Vata [wind], Pitta [fire & water], and Kapha [water & earth]), and that every person has a unique balance of these elemental forces within. I don’t personally prescribe to this belief, but as an outsider, I’ve always found it pretty fascinating. I like the idea of being in tune with internal balance, and I suppose that on some level, we’re always trying to maintain that balance, whatever it may actually be. We ought to know our own selves best. The new Hurraw! balms are infused with with various plants known to compliment each Dosha, and the combinations seemed intriguing and unique; I had to give them a try.

I’ve ordered from Hurraw! a couple of times, now, and I’ve always been pleased. The balms are lovingly handmade and packaged beautifully. This time around, I was sent a free Earl Grey balm, which I am in love with.

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Here’s a quick rundown of the Ayurvedic balms (click the names to read more about each Dosha, and/or purchase):

Vata: grounding, an infusion of ashwanga root with almond, cardamom, and rose

Pitta: cooling, an infusion of amalaki fruit with coconut, lemongrass, and peppermint

Kapha: energizing, an infusion of tulsi leaf with grapefruit, eucalyptus, and ginger

These are totally unexpected combinations for lip balms, which was why I was originally drawn to them, and they do not disappoint. I love all of them, but I am especially fond of the Pitta balm. The scent is soothing and there’s just a bit of a tingle from the peppermint.

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I’ve been using a cheap natural beeswax balm from the dollar store, so it took my lips a little while to get used to this product, again. It was nice to treat myself! These balms are light and super smooth with a hint of shine. They are animal-product and testing free, and are handmade in small batches using a combination of high quality organic and raw ingredients.

I used to have a hardcore lip balm addiction, but now that I’m drinking lots of water and have switched to non-petroleum lip products, I don’t really use it quite as much. With these, at least it’ll feel like a bit of pick-me-up!

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