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Foxbrim Haul + Review* | 2

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Hi my loves! If you missed out on my past review of products from Foxbrim, click here to read it!

So for my first post about Foxbrim, I was able to have a friend take some amazing pictures for me and I tried to get my boyfriend to take some, but he definitely is not an Instagram Husband by any means, haha, so I apologize for just the product shots. I wanted to try something new out with my pictures, so let me know if you like the fairy lights? I’m always looking for feedback! In this package from Foxbrim, I got some hair care products and some skincare products which I’ve been trying out to share what I think with you!

Natural Soap & Wash // $16.95

This is an all purpose wash – it’s good for your face, hands, hair, and body! Since it contains natural ingredients, it’s going to be gentle on your skin and is safe for sensitive skin types. I’ve used this on my face and was really surprised, it didn’t dry me out at all and evened out my skin-tone! I also love that this is a multi-purpose wash so it’s good to bring with you on travel to save space in your bag! It’s also a decent size so it’s a good buy for families, especially because a little bit goes a long way.

Argan Oil Hair Repair // $26.95

I’ve always been afraid of hair oils just because I don’t want my hair to get too greasy too quickly, but hair oils can actually be really effective on the hair. My hair is pretty dry since I’m a blonde, it’s also incredibly fine and thin so I need all the help I can get. This hair repair oil is formulated with argan oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil – which are really beneficial for your hair! You apply this to dry hair, leave it on for two-hours or overnight, then wash your hair with shampoo to make sure all of the oil gets out. You can also use this as a styling oil and I must say – I’m super impressed with this! My ends look SO much better and you can tell the difference. It is a bit pricey, but a little bit goes a long way and I really think it’s worth it, especially if you use a lot of heat on your hair (personally, I don’t but I still have everyday damage on my hair).

Soft & Light Detangler Spray // $15.95

This has been a lifesaver for me! Having hard water (lots of minerals in my water) puts a toll on my hair and dries it out and also makes it difficult to brush. I’m so happy I found this detangler spray! It works really well and doesn’t take a lot of product to do it’s job (I bet you’re seeing a trend here). You’re probably wondering what “soft & light” means, right? The soft comes from how your hair will be after you use it, and the light is because it won’t weigh your beautiful locks down! My hair gets greasy pretty quickly and I’m surprised that this doesn’t make it worse but it really doesn’t. It just makes it easier to brush my hair and leaves it nice and shiny and smooth. I definitely recommend getting this!

Argan Oil+ Shampoo // $15.95

I guess I’ll just continue on with the hair care products! Aloe, argan oil, B5 + more ingredients work together to do wonders on your hair. I’m not a fan of the smell of the shampoo, but that does go away after you use your conditioner afterward (plus, I also use the detangler spray and that smells good!) I’ve noticed that after immediate use of the shampoo my hair feels a little dry, which is why I only use it a couple times a week. I make sure to rinse it really well and give my hair a minute to soak up my conditioner before rinsing it out, but other than that & the smell, I do really like it. I have seen an improvement with breakage, especially since I’m using some of their other hair care products. If you’re looking for a natural shampoo, definitely check this one out!

Exfoliating Tea Face Scrub // $16.95

I love scrubs. I don’t really know why, but I just do. My shower is full of different ones for my body but I haven’t tried out a new facial scrub yet so I was excited to try this out. It has a pump bottle, which was new to me since most scrubs come in a tube or a jar. So as you guys know, I’ve been getting a lot of hormonal acne lately and there’s not a ton that I can do about it, but I can try to reduce redness and prevent future breakouts. I love this face scrub because it’s gentle and won’t irritate my skin any more than it already is. It’s also full of anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients, so that’s definitely a plus. I feel like it really balances my skin and I’ve been using it a couple times a week and I’ve been loving the results!

Makeup Remover & Facial Oil // $13.95

Lastly, I received this makeup remover/facial oil. I feel like facial oils are all over the market now and people are swearing by them and after using this, I can see why! I love that this is a makeup remover and facial oil in one. I feel like most makeup removers don’t do their job completely, or they strip the skin of all the natural oils that we need. The oils help to break down your makeup while hydrating and nourishing your skin, so no irritating cleansers are needed which I love. I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup lately, so I mainly use this on my eyes and it takes off mascara so quickly + the oils will help to hydrate my lashes!

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you see anything you want to try? Let me know! 

I also have a discount code for my readers. Get 15% off ANY and ALL Foxbrim products with the code “RAECHIC15”!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

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July 19, 2017
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Summer Cocktails You Need to Try

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What a better way to cool down during the summer with a nice cocktail?! Here are some of my favorite summer cocktails that you need to try if you’re 21+ (if not, skip the alcohol to make them mocktails!)

Headhunter

I was intrigued by the name when I saw this on the drink menu at a local sushi joint but I’m so glad I tried it! This drink has rum, beer, lime juice, lemon juice, papaya juice, coconut milk, and orange juice. If you’re into fruity drinks, I totally recommend this one! Check out the recipe here.

Mojito

Mojitos are super refreshing because of the mint and lime. They’re also pretty easy to make which is why they’re a favorite of mine! You can also add fruit to them to make them sweeter and change the taste. Check out the original recipe here.

Sangria

You literally can’t go wrong with sangria. It’s the perfect party drink and is super simple to make. Just add freshly cut fruit (preferably oranges, apples and raspberries), add lemonade, a bottle of Chardonnay (or any white wine), a little bit of light rum and you’re good to go! It’s a crowd pleaser.

Moscow Mule

I’m a huge lover of ginger ale, so it’s no wonder why I like Moscow Mules. All you need is lime juice, ginger beer, and some vodka. Serve in a copper mug to keep it stylish!

Those are some of my favorite cocktails, what’s your favorite cocktail?! Let me know!

If you’re curious as to what you should pair some of these cocktails with, you’re in luck! SkinnyPop was kind enough to share this snack/drink pairing guide with me. Check it out!

Popcorn is such a light snack and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. SkinnyPop is a guilt-free snack that doesn’t contain artificial ingredients, it’s non-GMO, gluten free and more!

I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: This post does not contain affiliate links nor is it sponsored. I am not being compensated to write this post.

July 14, 2017
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6 Adult Things You Need To Start Saving For Now

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In my previous post about a letter to my college self, I talked about not spending all of your money on food while in college. I feel like there are a lot of things that we don’t realize we need to save money for, then when it comes time to go and make these big purchases, we find ourselves scrambling around trying to find money – or even worse, you desperately need money to fix your car or another emergency comes up and your savings account won’t cover it. Keep on reading to find out what adult things you should start saving for now!

1.) Reliable Transportation

I bought my first car when I was 16. I was able to do so because I worked a lot over the summer at a local shop and since I was living at home, I didn’t have any bills to pay. I saved all of my paychecks and I was able to buy a car, by myself! It’s something I’m super proud of. I obviously bought a used car and it worked out for me since I didn’t do a ton of driving, I mainly just stayed in town. This car had some issues, but for a 16-year-old it was perfect. When I started college, I was going to be a commuter and I knew my car would no longer be as good as it had been, especially because it needed some repairs that I didn’t have money for. I decided to go to a car dealership, trade in my old car and get a new 2014 car. Now, I must admit this may not be the smartest decision for everyone, but I knew I could afford it and that I needed it. Basically what I’m trying to say is, save your money for your car. Without a car, you can’t work. Even if just putting $25 a week away in case something happens, it’s worth it! Also putting a down payment on your car can lower your monthly payments, so saving for that is a good idea too.

2.) Mattress

This might sound silly to some, but trust me. A bad mattress can affect your sleep, which then will affect your performance in school and work. Investing in a good mattress is extremely smart and it’s worth it! Mattresses are very expensive, which is why it’s a good reason to start saving for it now. Most mattress retailers offer financing if you’re comfortable with that, but sometimes it’s a better idea to buy it in full (if you can!) If buying a new mattress doesn’t fit into your financial plan, try getting a comfortable mattress topper until you can afford a new one.

3.) Luggage

Again, this might sound silly. Luggage is important! Whether you’re going to spend the weekend at your moms or if you’re going on vacation far away, you need good luggage. Whatever the occasion, you definitely don’t want your suitcase to bust open mid trip.

4.) A Tool Box

This is something I wish I had saved for earlier. When Tyler and I moved into our apartment, we had to furnish it and most furniture nowadays you need to build. We didn’t have the right tools and it was such a pain and caused a lot of unnecessary frustration. Save for a toolbox that has a lot of different things in it – you never know when you’ll need to repair something or build a new kitchen table!

5.) Sofa

You can probably see a trend here, most of these items you might be purchasing when you move out on your own. Moving is stressful but trying to furnish your place is even more stressful! Tyler and I couldn’t figure out where to get a sofa from, how much we wanted to spend and if one would fit. We opted for a cheap futon, but I really wish that we had saved our money and spent it on a nice sofa instead since the futon isn’t entirely comfortable. Tuck away about $400 for future furniture!

6.) A Savings Account!

Lastly, start putting money into your savings account NOW. You never know when you’re going to run into an emergency and you have to dish out hundreds of dollars. Having a backup plan is smart and will give you peace of mind knowing that you have backup funds. Try not to touch your savings account unless it’s absolutely necessary (something I need to start telling myself more!) This money could be used as a security deposit for your future house or apartment, a down payment on a car or could help pay a medical bill.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s an “adult” purchase that you’re saving for? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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July 14, 2017
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A Letter to My College Self

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It’s really crazy to think that on September 7th, I’ll be starting my senior year of college…where does the time go? I feel like just yesterday I was a freshman in high school. Since I will be finishing my degree over the next year, I thought I would write a blog post about things I wish I knew before college or things I wish I had done differently. I hope it helps you out if you’re in college now or if you are going to be a freshman in the fall!

School comes first.

This should be a given, but I feel like for some people it’s not. You’re paying to attend school, so that means you should go to your classes! I know that waking up at 8 AM absolutely sucks, but failing a course (that you paid for!) sucks even more. I’ve definitely had my share of skipping classes to nap or hang out with friends, but for some of my courses, I wish I hadn’t. You may not think that skipping a class here or there will affect you, but it can. Study before you go out with friends. Finish your homework before you go to work. Make school your priority.

Don’t spend all of your money on food.

I’ve lived on campus and I’ve also commuted and I’ve noticed that doing both has made me spend a lot of money on food. Whether it be a breakfast sandwich on my way to class or ordering a pizza for myself just cause, it adds up. If you have a meal plan at the dining hall – use it! I had the unlimited plan so I could go in multiple times for lunch or dinner, which worked out for me. I suggest doing unlimited (although it costs more) so you don’t accidentally run out of meals before the end of the week (my school offered other meal plans, ex. 15 meals per week, 3 per day for 5 days, or however many days you split it between). I definitely wish I went to the dining hall more (even though the food wasn’t that great) so I could have had more money in my pocket. If you’re a commuter, bring food with you. No one is going to judge you for carrying around a lunch box – you’re being smart and not spending extra money.

Be yourself.

College is so much different than high school. College doesn’t have cliques and everyone is there for the same reasons – to further their education and to make friends. I found it so much easier to make friends in college than I did in high school. I was worried that college was going to be worse and that people weren’t going to like me or they were going to judge me – I was totally wrong! I have made so many friends by just being myself and starting conversations with strangers. Don’t let other people sway you, stay true to yourself and you’ll be so much happier.

Save your money.

Trying to keep a job while you’re a full-time student is pretty hard, it’s also hard to keep your money in your pocket. Be aware of your spending and create a weekly budget if you have to. You never know when you’ll actually have to buy the textbook that your professor had on the syllabus and that would be a bad time to have an empty wallet, right? I like to use Swagbucks to earn some extra money. You can earn Swagbucks and redeem them for gift cards or Paypal credit, which can be quite handy! I also like to use Dealspotr to find the best coupons and deals, you can even earn points from validating or reposting deals which you can also redeem for Amazon gift cards. Putting away $50 a week (if you can afford it) is a good option too, you never know when you’ll need to dip into your savings account!

Review your financial aid.

Does anyone else find the word “financial aid” scary? Maybe it’s just me, but I do get worried thinking about my student debt and having to pay it off in the future. As a student, you have the option to accept or decline financial aid awards from your college, which also includes certain loans. Make sure that you are aware of what loans are being offered to you and the interest rate on them. You can also pay the interest on your loans while still in school, to help avoid super large loans when you graduate (if you can afford to do this, I do recommend it!) Interest rates can be anywhere from 2.7% to 7% and above. Check out Earnest if you’re interested in refinancing your student loans! Refinancing can get you a lower interest rate.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s one thing you knew before starting college? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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July 11, 2017
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50 Questions I’ve Never Been Asked Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Alexandra to do the 50 Questions I’ve Never Been Asked Tag, so here I am, doing just that! I hope you enjoy!

1. What is your favorite candle scent?

  • Anything Autumny, so like spices and shit.

2. Which female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

  • Blake Lively, hands down. Most beautiful human being in the world and she has great style.

3. Which male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

  • Hmmmmm, maybe Ed Sheeran? So he could serenade me to sleep and sing at my wedding (if I ever got married)!

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

  • As weird as it may sound, I have a feeling I won’t ever get married? I feel like it’s kind of unnecessary, if you love someone, you love someone. You don’t need vows or a ring to prove that.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

  • I do not but my boyfriend might say I am…

6. Can you do the splits?

  • Absolutely not. I am not flexible by any means.

7. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?

  • Probably 8 or so? I’m not exactly sure, I just know a neighbor taught me how.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

  • Just the Atlantic! Cold af, usually.

9. How many countries have you visited?

  • One, but I hope someday that will change!

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

  • Nope! My step brothers served previously and I am thankful for their service.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

  • Delilah Rose.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

  • I haven’t thought about this one, but I have no idea. Maybe Kurt after my uncle?

13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got on a test?

  • I couldn’t tell you the percentage but I’ve definitely gotten more than one F before…I’m not proud.

14. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

  • Sabrina the Teenaged Witch!

15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8? 

  • I couldn’t tell you, have no clue.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Twilight series?

  • I read the first two Twilight books and have not attempted the others. I definitely want to read the Harry Potter series before I die though.

17. Would you rather have an American or British Accent?

  • I feel like I just have a normal accent like some people from Massachusetts have a total Boston accent and mine’s just kind of neutral – so definitely a British accent!

18. Did your mother go to University?

  • Yes she did and I’m very happy for her!

19. Are your grandparents still married?

  • My maternal grandparents – yes. My paternal grandparents have both passed. My grandfather passed away before my oldest sister was born but my Grammie still wore her wedding rings.

20. Have you ever taken Karate lessons?

  • I have not but I wish I did when I was younger.

21. Do you know who Kermit the Frog is?

  • What kind of person doesn’t know who Kermit is? I knew him even before the memes, let’s get real.

22. What was the first amusement park you went to?

  • Probably Fun Town, Splash Town? I really have no idea.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

  • Probably German or Swedish.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

  • Usually grey.

25. Is your father bald?

  • Partially. He has the typical dad hair, where it’s missing off of the top of his head but he still has some on the sides.

26. Do you know any triplets?

  • I know that I have cousins that are triplets but I’ve never met them. Does that count?

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

  • The Titanic scared me as a child (still kind of does) so, I prefer The Notebook.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

  • I don’t think so.

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

  • Kind of hard to choose, but right now I’ve really been liking Unos.

30. Have you ever been to Nandos?

  • No, I haven’t. Never heard of it.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores? (Costco, Bookers, etc..)

  • I do not. Tyler and I don’t need to buy in bulk since we don’t really use much!

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

  • Well, I got my name during one of my mom’s ultrasounds, I guess it was the perfect close-up of my face and apparently I looked just like my Great Uncle Raymond so my mom wanted to call me Rae, but my dad said no way so she came up with Raeanne – so I’m assuming probably Ray/Raymond since that’s kind of how my name came about anyways.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

  • Rae! It’s just easier to say for most people.

34. Who is your favorite person in the world?

  • My mother.

35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?

  • Definitely countryside.

36. Can you whistle?

  • No, I can’t! I did it once when I was younger and I can clearly remember that, but haven’t been able to since then. I also can’t really snap my fingers.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

  • I don’t. My room needs to be pretty dark in order for me to be able to sleep.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

  • Usually. I’m really hungry when I wake up.

39. What medical conditions do you have?

  • I’m not really sure if this qualifies but I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder).

40. How many times have you been to the hospital?

  • I’ve been to the hospital a lot to visit family but I’ve only been there once for me, which wasn’t anything serious.

41. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

  • Yes, I have. I remember my Grandma Donna took me to see it and there were children crying in the theater when Dory and Marlin ended up in the whale’s mouth, haha.

42. Where do you buy your jeans?

  • I think all of my jeans are from Old Navy. Fit well and last a while.

43. What was the last compliment you got?

  • My boyfriend said I was cute, but he kind of has to – it’s in his contract (lol).

44. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

  • Most of them because they’re SO bizarre. I wake up like WTF just happened most of the time. I blame my medication/stress.

45. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

  • Peppermint for hot tea. I like fruit flavored teas but they have to be iced.

46. How many pair of shoes do you own?

  • Let me go count. Looks like 20. (Is that excessive? I have no idea.)

47. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

  • I am not religious by any means so there won’t be any of that.

48. How old were you when you found out Santa wasn’t real?

  • I was pretty young, probably 6 or 7. I found the Power Puff Girls wrapping paper under my mom’s bed and that totally gave it away. I’m pretty sure my older sister still believed after I found out he wasn’t real.

49. Why do you have a blog?

  • I started my blog two years ago and I’m so happy I did. I’ve always been a fan of reading blogs and seeing what new products are actually worth my money. This was also around the same time that I was transitioning into cruelty-free beauty so I shared my cruelty-free findings with my readers. I love blogging so much and I’ve met so many awesome people because of my blog.

50. Name 5 of your favorite albums ever.

  1. Jonas Brothers by the Jonas Brothers. TOTAL CLASSIC. I’ll never get over them.
  2. Divide by Ed Sheeran. This man’s voice is incredible. All of the songs are so different and they all sound so damn good.
  3. Homesick by A Day To Remember. Brings back so many memories, love it.
  4. I like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it by the 1975. Beautiful.

And I can’t really think of any more albums that I have listened to as much as I’ve listened to these?

But that’s all! I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me and thanks again to Alexandra for tagging me in this! It was a lot of fun, totally brings me back to the MySpace days. Make sure to go check out her blog and give her some love!

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, so if you want to do this tag – feel free! If you do the tag, let me know and send me the link, I’d love to check it out 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as alway <3

xoxo, Rae

 

 

July 7, 2017
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