October Birchbox

October Birchbox 2014

My October Birchbox is here! I decided to not opt for this month’s collaboration/partnership box because I had already tried out or received many of the samples in it. Plus, that made sure of this month’s goodies being a surprise!

I got quite a few nice things in my box:

dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner™

I’ve received a sample of this before from Sephora a couple of years ago and have only heard great things about this product. This mask helps get rid of anything that is clogging your pores. It’s perfect for fall when your skin needs that seasonal change-TLC.

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel

This is no ordinary shower gel. It contains honey, rosemary, and mint oils.

ModelCo Power Lash Long Wear Black Mascara

We’ve talked about ModelCo before (here, here, and here). This black mascara lengthens lashes and adds volume with its unique brush.

Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens

By turning the dial on the bottom of the pen, the liquid lipstick is released onto the brush and you just brush it onto your lips. It’s a very shiny pink!

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir – 50 ml

This perfume contains jasmine, orchid, lilly of the valley, and vanilla scents!

That’s about it! Time to go try out that pores no more mask!

Favorite Finds #25

Not gonna lie, I’ve got pasta on my mind. I’ve been eating pasta a couple times a week for dinner for the past week and a half. With that being said, it’s no surprise that I’ve been attracted to mouthwatering pasta recipes! Check out the two I’ve picked as favorite finds below, plus two other finds!

Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Credit: Tiffany from Creme De La Crumb

Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells - *mouth is watering* These stuffed shells contain two things I love: broccoli (yeah, I really like broccoli) and alfredo sauce. Stuffed shells are a *very* appropriate vehicle for cheesy, saucy, broccoli. I’ll be trying this recipe out in the near future!

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Credit: Chungah from Damn Delicious

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta - Speaking of pasta (again), I’ve been obsessed with garlic pasta dishes lately. This one is definitely going on the list, and I think it has everything to do with the rich sauce coating each of those thick noodles.

Geometric Coasters

Credit: May Primdal

Geometric Coasters – Copper - These modern coasters would make a fun DIY project for a weekend afternoon! I’ve been really into geometric designs lately, and these coasters are not exception. With all the hot teas and coffees I’ll be having this winter to keep warm, stylish coasters are a must!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Credit: Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap – This isn’t a recipe nor a craft. It is, however, a super cool idea coming from Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil. It’s a fun way for food bloggers to connect with other food bloggers and also raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Bloggers mail out a box of cookies to three other food bloggers who have signed up. Check out the link for more information to find out if you’re eligible to participate!

Splatter Paint Pumpkins

Splatter Paint PumpkinsWith Halloween just around the corner, I figured that now is the time to start decorating for Halloween and just for fall in general. I’ve been seeing so many ways to decorate pumpkins on Pinterest. There are so many amazing ideas floating around out there, from decking out pumpkins in metallic paints and glitter to hollowing out the center and adding flowers to create a table accent or centerpiece. Really, there is something out there to suit anyone’s taste, whether someone is looking for something sophisticated or spooky.

This splatter paint pumpkin gives you the best of both worlds. It’s festive without looking tacky, and it’s easy to customize. I stuck with Halloween colors to keep the look a little more traditional but something tells me pastel or metallic splatters could make a splatter paint pumpkin look pretty sophisticated.

This project is so easy and you don’t have to worry about making any mistakes! They just blend right in.

Splatter Paint PumpkinsSplatter Paint Pumpkins


  • Acrylic paint in the colors of your choice
  • Paintbrush (the kind with bristles, not the sponge!)
  • Mod Podge (gloss)


  1. If desired, paint the entire pumpkin in a base color of your choice. I used two layers of stark white acrylic paint to cover my pumpkin.
  2. Pour out the first paint color you would like to use into a disposable tray, and dilute with a few drops of water to make it easy to splatter. In a covered area (or an area you don’t mind getting covered in paint), dip the paintbrush into the paint and splatter the pumpkins.
  3. Continue to do with other colors until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage.
  4. Seal with Mod Podge for durability and for a more polished look.

That’s it! Super easy to do. Splatter Paint Pumpkins

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