Jun 22, 2019

Birchbox Review: The Ugly Truth - Not Worth My Money


Let’s talk about my Birchbox Beauty Subscription - it’s a no for me dawg.

Point blank. I already unsubscribed but for this post I’m getting as real as possible with you guys. I’ll be spilling my guts about the good, the bad and the in between because y’all need to know. 

So you all already know how hyped up I was about my Birchbox Subscription but if you have no clue what I’m talking about just go read this post first 6 Affordable Gift Ideas You’ll Love for Mother’s Day and then come back. When I say I was hyped I mean I was HYPED UP. I was seeing different people post their monthly boxes and watching a bunch of YouTube reviews along with the official posts from the company itself and to be completely honest I was excited to get my very first box. 

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What is Birchbox?



To put it simply, Birchbox is a subscription box service that provides you with beauty products without the hassle of searching for them yourself. They use a short quiz to get basic information about your hair, skin, personality and your makeup preferences so that they can create a group of personalized beauty products just for you. It’s basically a box of handpicked beauty products that matched your beauty profile for just $15. 

They bill subscribers on the 1st of every month (auto renewal) and the box ships by the 10th of each month. To me it was perfect - they provide me with beauty samples and if I liked them I could order the full-size product on their website - so that’s why I subscribed. 

I was itching to see what all the hype was about and I let them reel me in. Every time I’d attempt to order my box the little voice in my head would stop me by saying “Do you REALLY want to spend $15 on a subscription box?” and I’d end up closing the tab. This happened a couple times until I happened to find a blog post with a coupon code. And this is what got me. Cause I love me some deals. 

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It was a buy one get one coupon so technically I was getting two boxes for $15 and technically that was $7 per box and that’s pretty cheap for beauty products. So it wasn’t so bad. Right? Well in my head it made perfect sense and I used that logic to convince myself to sign up for the subscription. 

My boxes took a little over a week to arrive and literally 2 days after they did I got billed for the next month. I didn’t even get time to open the boxes much less assess them and decided whether or not I wanted to keep the subscription. 

That was the first “issue” I had with the subscription but I figured it was my fault because I subscribed at the end of April so I let it slide. After building up a week’s worth of anticipation I finally gave in and opened my boxes. I actually prefer the products/samples in April box than the ones in the free box but to be fair when something’s free you have to just take whatever you get. 

April Birchbox - What’s inside my April box? 

Here are the products I received in both boxes: 

Free Birchbox with subscription
May Birchbox 

Exactly one week after I opened these boxes my May box arrived and honestly guys I was disappointed the moment I picked up the box. It was as light as a feather and I’m not joking. I even shook the box to check whether it was empty or not. It wasn’t and it had me wondering if I signed up for the wrong subscription. I waited a while for my disappointment to pass and my boyfriend was the one that ended up opening the box for me. 



It wasn’t until he showed me the last product that I realized that I was the one the chose this specific box. I got the option to choose on the website and I chose this one because it looked cute and it was all about girl power. But lo and behold the pictures are deceiving. These samples look way bigger on the picture than in my hand. And I guess if you receive a full sized product in the box the other samples are going to be microscopic. 

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May Birchbox - What’s inside my May box? 


So to sum everything up:

The prices of the full-sized products are super high and Birchbox puts the S in Sample - the samples I received are literally the smallest sizes I’ve ever seen. I mean there is just enough for one use and I can’t even judge the results of said samples to see if I want to purchase the full-size. Also when I compared it to the Walmart Beauty box I felt completely ripped off. If I put the samples of all three boxes together they would make ONE Walmart box. Plus the box from Walmart is literally half the price. 

Like I said up top I cancelled my subscription and I think I’ll resubscribe if and only if the samples seem like they’re worth the $15. If you’re interested in trying them out for yourself here’s the link to signup >>> ( https://www.birchbox.com/invite/chevytakesthemic ). If you do sign up, I'd love to hear about your experience (if it's better than mine or worse, if you like it or not, etc) so just leave it in the comments below.


Anyways, let me know what you guys think in the comments. Were my expectations too high? Have you ever tried Birchbox? Should I resubscribe? 



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Jun 3, 2019

8 Valuable Natural Hair Products Every Girl Will Love

a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, chevy takes the mic

In the four years since I’ve been natural I’ve noticed that natural hair influencers and YouTubers all have their go-to products or brands that they swear by. And I mean they’re diehard users/fans and they will almost always find a way to incorporate them into their routines. 

I think I’ve officially become a Naturalista because I’ve caught the fever - I’m official on the bandwagon. No matter what hairstyle I’m considering I have to use my routine because it’s something I’ve tried, tested and guess what?... it works wonders for my hair. 


a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, chevy takes the mic

Whether I’m doing a twist-out, braid-out or a protective style, I always ensure that I use these products: 

  1. Pre-poo
  2. Shampoo
  3. Hair Treatment 
  4. Conditioner 
  5. Leave-in Conditioner 
  6. Cream/Pudding/Moisturizer 
  7. Oil
  8. Edge Control or Mousse 

I’m sure other Naturalistas can attest to this but the difference comes in the brands that we use. I personally realized that my hair behaves better when all the products I use are from the same brand or line. But I’m the type of person to only buy hair products once every three months because I use EVERY DROP. I also tend to wait for big sales so I can save some coin here and there. 

The issue with this is that sometimes whenever I’m buying my products some items are out of stock so I have to substitute them with another brand. And other times one brand doesn’t provide all the products I need so I often times end up with a diverse bundle of hair products

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I’m going to give you the specifics of what products I’m using and tell you what I like about each of them below so keep reading. 

  • Pre-poo; I try to incorporate some natural elements into my wash day routine and I’ve found that two things that work best for my 4C/D hair are Aloe Vera and raw coconut oil. From the moment I decide that I’m going to wash my hair I source a stalk of raw aloe vera either from my backyard or my neighbors. On my wash day remove the jelly from the inside and gently purée it in my blender. After it’s completely blended (but not frothy/foamy) I strain it into my applicator bottle and save it for when I start my routine. I love using natural aloe because it moisturizes and defines my curls but if I can’t find any I substitute it with organic coconut oil or some raw coconut oil to help with my split ends. 
a list of natural hair products that every girl will love, aloe vera, chevy takes the mic

  • Shampoo; At the moment I’m using my SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo. I started off with the travel size to see if I like the results and I loved it so much I had to get an upgrade. The apple cider vinegar removed build up from my scalp while the Shea butter and peppermint moisturizes the strands with a tingling effect. 

  • Hair Treatment; I normally just use a packaged deep treatment mask or when I feel fancy I’ll mix egg, coconut oil and mayo together and leave it in my hair for 30 minutes. 


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  • Leave-in Conditioner; this is where I switch things up. My go to leave-in is the LottaBody Love Me 5-in-1 Leave in Treatment because the formula is light and easy to apply. 

  • Cream/Pudding/Moisturizer; I then follow up with the LottaBody Moisturize Me Curl Style Milk this is the one product that almost always define my curls. I can literally see the difference whenever I use it. 

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LottaBody Coconut & Shea Oils Line

  • Oil; I normally use a mixture of 5 oils for my hair - Castor, Argan, Tea Tree, Jojoba, and Olive - because I find that they have better results instead of using them one at a time. My hair is always soft, shiny and it grows faster with this combination. 
  • Edge Control or Moussenow this is a hit or miss for me because my edges have a mind of their own. They only stay laid whenever they feel like it but whenever they do I have the LottaBody Control Me Edge Gel to thank. I also interchange this with the LottaBody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse. 


So there you have it! Whenever I want to ensure that my hairstyle turns out right I just follow my routine to the T and then enjoy my results. 

What are some of your go-to / must-have hair products? 
Do you have a brand of choice when you shop? 

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May 25, 2019

I Think I’m Obsessed With Affordable Subscription Boxes


I’ve come to the realization that almost every season I get obsessed with something new. Well something new to me that is. 

First it was online shopping - I spent about US$1000 (not all at once) on clothes at Forever21 and Charlotte Russe. I swear to you they were just having sales back-to-back and I felt pressured into buying things. It was like high school all over again (peer pressure). However I think I got a bit carried away - as usual - especially since I was spending my own money. Luckily I didn’t end up wearing majority of the clothes I bought so I got to resell them. 

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Then I moved on to wigs - I just loved the fact that I didn’t have to comb my hair regularly if I had a wig to wear. I literally bought almost every type of wig that existed. I had a long one, straight one, long curly one, short curly one, a black one, a red one, a human hair one etc. You name it and I had it. They were so affordable and it was like I never had enough even though I could literally wear a new one everyday without repeats. Then to make matters worse YouTube kept suggesting wig installation videos for me to watch so I just kept getting reeled in. 

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This season it’s something out of the ordinary for me - subscription boxes. For those of you know me this might seem something completely strange because most subscription boxes are beauty related and I don’t even wear makeup. As a matter of fact, the only beauty items I own are: 
  • mascara (that I don’t use)
  • eyebrow pencil (that I don't need) and
  • a Burt's Bees vanilla lip balm that I can't live without.
So to find out that I’m paying to have boxes of beauty products sent to me monthly is definitely a shocker. 

In all honesty I just like the excitement of not knowing what I’ll be getting in the box every month. Pair that with the fact that they’re SUPER cheap and it’s a done deal.

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I Think I'm Obsessed with Affordable Subscription Boxes

You might be wondering how I got sucked into this craze and it’s simple - Instagram. AGAIN (see A White Christmas post for reference). I was literally minding my own business and scrolling through my explore page when I saw a post about a free subscription box, just pay shipping. Immediately my red flags went up because nothing could be that easy/simple so I ignored it and continued with my scrolling. 

About a week later I was thinking about ideas for a blog post and I figured that unboxings could be interesting but I needed something to unbox. So I googled reliable subscription boxes and that’s when I found out that Target had some. I ordered my first subscription box from Target then other companies started popping up as suggestions on my social media. I ended up watching people unbox theirs on YouTube then I ordered some more boxes. 

And now I have a total of four monthly subscriptions plus two others that I’m still contemplating. The ones I’ve subscribed to already are Target, Walmart, Birchbox and Ipsy and they were all under US$10 - except Birchbox which was $15. Each subscription is different in terms of availability and payment so I’m not really worried about the monthly sum that will be taken from my account.

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If you’re interested in getting your hands on a box for yourself here’s some more information about them: 


Walmart 
Target

Birchbox 

Ipsy

Subscription Type 
Seasonal 

Monthly 

Monthly 

Monthly

Price
$5/ 3 months 
$7/ month +tax 
$15/month,
$10/ month + tax

Items Included 
4-6 samples 
4-6 samples
5 samples
5 samples/products
Billing & Delivery 

Billed every 3 months. Free shipping. 

You choose when to pay for a box. Free shipping 
Billed monthly on the same date. Free shipping 

Billed on the last day of every month. Free shipping 

Links 




My boxes were delivered surprisingly quickly but I am yet to open them and believe me when I say that the suspense is killing me. I don’t want to get my hopes up just in case I get disappointed when I do open them but the longer I take to open then is the greater my anticipation gets. I’m at the point where I pick up the boxes every now and then to check if they’re heavy. Then I judge the weight and guess if there are good sized products inside. It’s a bad habit but I can’t help it. 

I’ll be doing follow up posts when I actually unbox each of them and I’ll be going into details of the products I received and whether or not I’ll be keeping the subscription. So stay tuned! 

Comments Discussion 

Would you purchase a subscription box for yourself? 
Which of these boxes are you most excited to see unboxed? 

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May 5, 2019

I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2 | I'm Not as Strong as I Thought

What did you give up for Lent? Was it hard giving up junk food? What are my results?

As promised, here is the follow up post to the original I Gave Up Junk Food For Lent. If you haven’t read that post go ahead and click here to check it out. It’ll give you some background to this post. 

So to start it off, I failed guys. I succumbed to the temptation and the amazing smells of food and I could not give up junk food completely. But...let me explain because it’s not as bad as you think. 

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I Gave Up Junk Food for Lent Pt. 2

My original challenge for lent was to give up junk food at my school and substitute them for green smoothies. This included foods like: 
  • KFC
  • Burger King
  • Chinese food
  • Patties
  • Pizza
  • and any other food that wasn't cooked in my house.
I thought this would be somewhat easy since my mother already cooks healthy food - my stepfather has high blood pressure and my little brother has hyperthyroidism so they can’t eat just anything. Giving up these foods at school would just equate to me eating more home cooked meals and saving my daily lunch money. And saving money meant I could spend it on other things I want. So the motivation to get it done was definitely there. 

Nonetheless I took on the challenge with maximum motivation however, after two days I started thinking that I bit off more than I could chew. Normally I can finish a regular fruit smoothie (papaya, banana, pineapple and berries) in five minutes or less but this vegetable smoothie took me about 15 mins. It wasn’t even a smoothie anymore but the time I drank everything - it transformed into warm-ish green juice *barfs*.

I never had any issues eating these same vegetables but this blend had me feeling some time a way. But I had to drink it for the greater good of my body - was trying to get fit for summer (didn't work as planned though). I eventually found ways to get around the weird taste like adding more blue agave (sweetener) or making sure that the straw was as close as possible to the back of my mouth so the juice didn't touch my tongue when I swallowed. 

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BUT about a week after Ash Wednesday the smoothie shop at my school closed down (indefinitely) and my replacement meals basically disappeared. At first I tried to work around it by eating larger potions at home before I went to school. Then I moved on to bringing lunch with me daily but I got tired of that really quickly. My only other option was to remove patties from the list of banned foods and use them as a substitute for smoothies. 

So I basically ended up needing a substitute for my substitution. Sad right?! 

Anyways, this worked for the remaining days of Lent and the more time passed the less guilty I felt. When Lent finally ended I actually was surprised that I didn’t go crazy and eat a bunch of junk food so that's an improvement. But I definitely didn’t turn it down when my mom offered me some Wendy's. So you guys should be a little proud of me.


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Apart from the technical difficulties that arose, I completed my mission and I find myself having little interest in eating burgers and fries nowadays. Surprisingly I miss the memory of drinking smoothies with my friends everyday and I even miss the weird taste of the green smoothie. 

I don’t know if I’ll be drinking it any time soon (since I’m on summer break) but if the option pops up I’ll seriously consider it. I’m also thinking about purchasing a mini blender so I can make my own smoothies when the cravings arise. 

Comments Discussion 

On a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate my performance? 
Would you consider giving up junk food? 
Have you done it before? 
Do you have any recommendations for substitutes I could use for junk food? 


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