Unboxed: Spring Walmart Beauty Box

Okay, seriously. Who knew that the Walmart Beauty Box existed?? I stumbled across it on Instagram earlier this year, and I’m a big fan. The subscription is only 4 boxes a year, one for each season. This was my spring box, and my summer box should be on my doorstep any day now! I’ve already pretty much found my makeup must-haves, but the jury is still out on health and body products. I love the idea of getting to try out stuff that I already walk by every week for way cheaper than buying a full bottle and finding out I hate it. This whole box was five dollars. FIVE. DOLLARS. No-brainer.

imageSample #1: Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste
Guys, I’ll be completely honest with you – this toothpaste tastes horrible. But it WORKS. I may never use any other toothpaste again! It really does start working in 3 days, and this is the first time I’ve noticed an actual significant change in whiteness. Two thumbs wayyyy up!

image.jpegSample #2: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo
I’m not gonna lie, I was really tempted to try this. But I didn’t, because (1) the sun already gives me a lot of natural auburn/gold highlights in the summer anyway, and (2) after my last experience with going back to other hair products, I’m sticking with the good stuff I’ve already got.

image.jpegSample #3: Burt’s Bees Light BB Cream
I haven’t tried this yet because I don’t typically wear any foundation or powder – blessed with good skin! – but the reviews look great! I’ll definitely still give it a shot.

image.jpegSample #4: Jergens Natural Glow Daily For Fair to Medium Skin Tones Moisturizer
Ooh, I LOVE this stuff! I had tried this before, but I wasn’t disappointed to receive another sample of it! It goes on really smooth and doesn’t take long to absorb, and it doesn’t feel sticky either. There’s no risk of those pesky streaky lines either, just a “natural glow” just like it says!

image.jpegSample #5: Curel Itch Defense Body Wash
Nothing special about this, in my opinion. But I also don’t have super itchy skin, so it might be more useful for someone who does!

image.jpegSample #6: CeraVe Healing Ointment
Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with this. First of all, the sample amount inside the little jar was laughable – I could have scraped it all out with one finger. Second, while it was hydrating for some dry places on my arms, it felt super greasy. Maybe I just used a little too much of it, but I felt like it was still in a thick layer on top of my skin 2-3 hours later.

Something dangerous is beginning….I’m slowly becoming obsessed with subscription boxes! I understand now why people have entire blogs centered around trying different subscriptions throughout the year. I just found out that there’s a Target version of this too, and I’m jumping for joy. I think one of these might be my new fix for awhile if I decide I’m giving up Birchbox indefinitely. Especially since it’s only $20 for the entire year.

Aside from Birchbox and Walmart Beauty Box, the only other one I’ve tried is Ipsy. But I know there are other categories besides beauty! What subscription box should I try next??

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Weep With Those Who Weep

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I’m at a loss today.

I’m honestly not really sure what to say, in light of the events of the last few days. My thoughts keep bumping into each other. First, I’m white and have no idea what it’s like to be black. Second, I have a brother-in-law and an uncle I love dearly who both serve and protect their cities as law enforcement officers. And third, I’m embarrassed that I waited until violence hit Dallas, my own backyard, before I said something. True, there is no easy answer here. I have no idea how to contribute something useful to this conversation, and I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said. But I do know one thing. Love heals. God’s love for us is extraordinary, and people who follow Him are ambassadors for this great love. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and so should we be.

I’ll never know what it’s like to be black, and I’ll never know what it’s like to be a police officer. But I know what it’s like to be scared. I have felt isolated, hurt, betrayed, unsafe, and have even feared for my life. Please don’t misunderstand – I am in no way equating my experiences with those of the last week. I’m saying that based on the knowledge and experiences I have had, I know how to pray.  I can pray earnestly for people who are afraid, because I have been afraid. I have understood those feelings in different contexts, yes, but I still understand them.

It’s appropriate that I’m going through a bible study in Exodus right now. Last week’s study covered the first two chapters, concluding with God hearing the cries of his suffering people and remembering His covenant with Abraham:

“During those days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel–and God knew.” (Exodus 2:23-25, ESV)

I don’t know what else to do right now besides pray and grieve. But both of those things are powerful. Romans 12:15 commands me to weep with those who weep, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. To quote my friend Ted Harrison, “To my black friends: I do not have the ability to stand in your shoes, but I have the ability to stand next to them.” With the heaviest heart, I’m praying for peace and a rescue from the Father who sees us and KNOWS.