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This round of Who Wore It Better: Subscription Edition! is Birchbox vs. IPSY 
I recently gifted myself a year subscription to both and I am very interested in finding out which one I would continue/recommend.  
I have been a Birchbox subscriber before, but recently a friend told me about IPSY and how much she liked it. I knew what IPSY was but.... Could it be better than Birchbox? Let's find out! I will be revealing what they sent me each month in this blog series to determine a final winner in the end!


Let's get this going!

Each subscription comes with 5 samples. 
I feel like Ipsy is closer to full size for some samples, though. 

5 Birchbox Samples this Month:

5 IPSY Samples this Month:

Looking at all the goodies, I think IPSY is this month's winner. Although the larger sample of shampoo and conditioner came in Birchbox, the IPSY bag had variety - and it came with a cute bag for February. I can't wait to try the products and review them!!

What do you think? Who is this month's winner?

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overtone unboxing
Link to YouTube Video (Above)

I UnBox My oVertone Hair Color Order:

Get yours here:

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I love my all white Nike sneakers. But, the soles turned yellow sitting in my closet. I was too heartbroken to just throw them out - they are very comfortable and I have so much love for them. I tried a lot of different Pinterest ideas to try to make the sole white again and none worked! If you know of a way to reverse the yellowing, please let me know in the comments below. As you can see, I did not let the yellow get to me. I tried multiple ways to change the color.

I first tried to paint the sole of the shoe with silver acrylic paint, but I soon realized I needed to have LOTS of layers before getting good coverage. So, I looked at our spray paint supply and found a metallic gold. Next step, taping off the shoe!!

Check out the shoes after a little gold spray paint! I also spray painted the hardware on the laces to match the sole.

What do you think? I love them! They look so much better gold and now, I can actually use them. I loved these shoes because they were comfortable and all white, but after the sole turned yellow, I had no choice but to change the color. I know, I could have purchased new shoes, but I feel like it would have been a waste of money because the shoes have no holes and are in really good condition. 
Metallic shoes are in right now anyway, right?

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Sometimes, I just need to create. I needed some hanging plants in my apartment and I spotted this kit from Brit + Co at Target. Perfect time to create some hanging planters!

Just one problem: I have never made [or even tried to make] any kind of hanging planter.

No worries, though! I knew I could learn how to create them and I also already had a great planter I wanted to use. I found the perfect macramé tutorial on Brit + Co's Blog! They used jersey cotton, but I had a few t-shirts that were going to be used as rags and used those instead of the jersey.

T-Shirt that will soon be cotton strings

Cutting the t-shirt into strips [and stretching out the first few strips into strings]

Using the Rotary Cutter made it so easy!

Pulling the rest of the strips 

The hanging planter I picked up from Target's dollar section

My first macrame attempt!

Before: a t-shirt
After: a hanging planter!

I also made one from a blue t-shirt 

I used a large orchid vase to create a hanging fruit bowl 

I love the second one! My work gets flowers delivered every week and I thought this vase would make a great hanging fruit basket. I think it looks chic and I can't believe I made it! 

I used cleaned out Bath and Body Works candle holders to hold my plants. All I had to do was drill a hole in the bottom of the candle holder. They are so versatile!

Bath and Body Works candle holder 

Bath and Body Works empty & clean candle holder 
Hole drilled so the plant can drain

I put the plant in this grey ceramic holder so the water doesn't get onto the floor

The candle holder is clear and you can barely see it! It fits perfectly!!

The Finished Product! *Beams with pride*

I am so proud of myself. I not only learned how to Macrame, but I created many hanging planters out of items that were going to be thrown out or eventually end up in a landfill
[except for the grey target planter]. 

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Today's Tested Recipe: Oven Dried Strawberries

When I spotted this post on Facebook from, I had to try it!

Recipe Review:

I would highly recommend to cut the strawberries into small pieces. In the recipe photo, they are whole, but I wanted to test the recipe and have strawberries of all different sizes. I ended up baking them for an extra hour and they came out great:

Have you tried to make Oven Dried Strawberries? How did it go? What recipe did you use?

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The 2016 TOMS Warehouse Sale | Pomona, CA


Thursday, October 13th | 10am – 8pm
Friday, October 14th | 10am – 8pm
Saturday, October 15th | 9am – 7pm
Sunday, October 16th | 9am – 7pm


Fairplex in Pomona
Expo 4 | Enter at Gate 17
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

Check out more details HERE

Below is a screenshot of their website. Let's make this the best year ever for TOMS! Come on down to the Warehouse Sale

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I love a fresh dessert. Strawberry shortcake is light and sweet - perfect for a summer picnic or bbq. 
Strawberry shortcake needs time for the sugar to become syrup. See below for the recipe. 
I added sugar to the fruit and this is what it looked like after just one hour in the fridge:

Simply slice the strawberries and other berries and add white sugar to the fruit. Do not add water. 
The more sugar you add, the more berry syrup you will have. 
I like to add about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of sugar to one basket of strawberries and then add more sugar later.

I also like to add more sugar after about an hour in the fridge. I love the syrup and all you need to do to have more syrup is add more sugar!

Mix well with the berries before putting it back into the fridge.

Refrigerate and let the sugar become syrup.

Take the easy way out and buy shortcake from the grocery store. You can find it in the produce section near the berries. I found this lemon shortcake and I loved it!!

Look at all that syrup! Lots of sugar has made my strawberry shortcake full of syrup.

Perfect! It's almost like a strawberry soup. The Strawberry Shortcake will last in your refrigerator. This is a great summer dessert that is easy to make and bring along to a bbq or picnic. You just need time for the sugar to become syrup, so making it before the party or event is key!

Add whip cream if you want to make it decadent!!  

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Today, I donated 12" of my hair. Want to see the before and after? Check out my video.
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We went to the Unique USA's Los Angeles Market and had a blast! I cannot show you anything I bought - they are all gifts. Except one! I got myself a party pack to have some fun with my girls! 
Even though I can't show you what else I got, I can show you around this amazing and fun market! 
Let's start at the elevators:

Free boxed water. 

Party Size DIY Lip Balm Kit from Handcrafted Honey Bee

A treat for me!

Selfie before the Market. I am donating my hair in October to
Wigs For Kids and I can't believe how long it is! 
I keep cutting my bangs to keep it from looking shaggy.

All the Vendors I fell for at #uniquela. 

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