Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty Sample Subscriptions

This year, as a part of my "Year of Self" I decided to buy myself a few beauty sample subscriptions.  I like makeup a lot, but I rarely buy it for myself even though I use it every day.  Not only that, but I'm rarely adventurous when I do buy it.  I thought this might be a bit of fun and give me the opportunity to try some new stuff.  The first one I bought was MyGlam.

The picture above is my 2nd MyGlam bag.  I liked the first one, it was a bit of fun and I posted about it earlier on this blog.  This second one I wasn't too thrilled with.  First off, when I opened the package the smell nearly knocked me over.  It was a horrible chemical smell.  I still haven't figured out if it's coming from the bag itself or the leatherish case that contains a small makeup brush.  Anyway, it was an instant turn off.  I also received a pur-lisse lip repair that I thought was very nice. I still have to use the Kera Color sample.  In the little mesh bag is a sample of pur-lisse essential daily moisturizer and a Murad Eye Lift Protector.    Lastly, there was a coupon code for $25 off of $50 purchase from Dermstore.  Overall, I'm just not feeling MyGlam as being glam.  When I think "glam" I think makeup, not month after month of skin creams.  Not only that, how many skin creams can my skin take before it starts to break out from trying so many on it.  I decided to go ahead and cancel this $10/month subscription.  It just wasn't what I was expecting.

 Next is Birchbox.  I quite liked this little box.  Included was a sample of 3 teabags from Teaforte, an all natural, organic tea blend.  The cherry marzipan tea that I tried was really weak and I didn't taste any of the marzipan.  The perfum, Annick Goutal, is delicious!!  it's got a slight citrusy scent to it and I like it a lot.  I also received Ahava moisturizing cream, a Jouer moisturizing foundation, a sample of Orofluido Elixir (for your hair), and a bottle of purple nail polish.  I have not tried any of these items yet.  I did give away the nail polish to a friends daughter.  Can't wait to hear how she likes it.  I liked Birchbox and will keep it if the box continues to be of the same quality.  The $10/month price tag is worth it.

Today I received my Beauty Box 5 subscription.  Included was a Codynes self-tanning towelette (which I have just applied and takes 3 hours to work), Weleda day and night moisturizing cream (I am going to try the night cream tonight), a pur-lisse gentle soy milk cleanser (going to try that as well tonight), Priti NYC soy nail polish remover (will give away), and a lavera eye pencil in a brown shade (perfect for me!)  I subscribed to this for 3 months and I like my first box, although many of the items are the same as previous subscribers received last month.  I think that the first box is great and I'm happy I've subscribed to this one as well.

I am hoping to get on with Cravebox sometime in the near future.  It's not a makeup box but instead is all about things you crave.  The past two months boxes have looked great and I'm hoping my name will come to the top of the list soon.

Well, that's it for tonight.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Northeastern GSA

Today I presented my poster at Northeastern GSA.  I think it went rather well.  This was the first time I'd done a poster without having someone nearby that was an advisor.  It felt a bit weird...haha.  As I was standing there thinking about my research I realized that I could take what I'd done here and take it a step further...and then....VOILA!!  I have my 2012 annual GSA topic!!  Woohoo!!  I've been sweating trying to come up with some idea to present at GSA, especially since this next one is really important to me.  All of my friends will be there and I think I really need to get reconnected with them.  It feels so odd to be so far away.

Back to GSA tomorrow.  Allison's student is presenting and there are some geoscience education talks that I want to go to.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

First day of spring break...

I had a great first day of spring break!  I drove down to Groton, CT and went out on a Seal Watching trip with Project Oceanology.  We were definitely not disappointed!!  The seals were just lovely, laying around on the rocks, warming themselves (even though it was cloudy and overcast).  I especially love this first picture.  Notice the seagull landing right in the center of the picture.

Again, more lovelies laying around on the rocks.

I wonder if they wonder what the heck we are doing...haha.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thank goodness it's Friday!

It has been a very busy week for me at school.  I don't know why I did this to myself, but I gave 3 exams this week!  Two of the exams were the rock & mineral exams, and the third was an oceanography exam.  It took a lot of pushing but I got them all graded and recorded.  This is nice because this next week is spring break!!  I'm hoping to do some fun things, but mostly I'm going to be working.  Sorry to say this but I've fallen behind in getting lectures ready for the oceanography class, so those will be my focus this week.  I want to get at least 2 weeks worth (6 lectures) completed.

Today is Friday, and during Lent, that means no meat.  I happily make my way to my local fish monger, the Fish Market on Main Street, after work on Friday.  This is quite simply some of the most fabulous seafood I have ever had!  This place is so clean and the fish are so fresh that you don't smell a thing going into this fish shop.  Lovely, lovely, lovely!  Tonight I picked up scallops and shrimp again.  I can't get enough of them and they are well worth the couple of dollars I spend.  Here's a picture of the shop.

I arrived home to find my order from Penzeys Spices had arrived!  This was my first time ordering from Penzeys.  I can't wait to try out the items I bought.  I purchased the almond extract (for cookies & tapioca pudding after Lent), the turmeric, and the 33rd and Galena seasoning.  I received free the cinnamon sugar and Turkish seasoning.  The Turkish seasoning has a lot of cumin in it.  I can't wait to try them all!  Oh, and I also got $5 off my order, so basically free shipping.  You can't beat that!!

Finally, last week I decided I was going to start keeping fresh flowers in my office.  These roses below have looked so lovely on my desk all week long.  They are purple/pink in color and smelled heavenly.  Just looking at them made me smile.  I think they still look pretty darn good for being a week old.  I brought them home tonight so I could continue to enjoy them here.

That's all for tonight.  I'm going on a cool boat trip tomorrow.  I'll type more then.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

A few things that made me happy today...

The temperatures were very warm today - the 60's!  It's been a great day!!

 A new-to-me globe that I got at the Salvation Army thrift store for $4.50!

 My first heart-shaped rock.  Found it in my front yard.  It's a gneiss.

Homemade Toscano Soup for dinner.  Delicious!


Monday, March 05, 2012


I love, love, LOVE the show on Food Network called "The Sandwich King".  The other day he made this sandwich, a meatball sandwich with provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and pepperocini (well, he made his with giardiniera but I wanted pepperocini).  This sandwich is absolutely delicious!!  I think he's genius by making the meatball in the shape of a hamburger patty rather than making balls, which always fall off the bread.  You can find the recipe here.  Well done, Jeff Mauro, well done!!


Saturday, March 03, 2012

Just Another Saturday...

Today I had several things to do.  First off, I started the day at school.  The rock and mineral exam for my students is coming up in 2 weeks and I wanted to get it, along with a practice test, together for the students.  I spent the morning at school doing this.  I am so happy to have that out of the way.  Afterwards I headed out to do a bit of shopping.  I needed dog food and a few things from the Ocean State Job Lot (it's like a Big Lots).  I bought myself a cute bench scraper for $3.99.  I've wanted one for a long time and wanted to treat myself.

Speaking of treating myself....I headed next to Starbucks on my way to the University of Connecticut.  I picked up my favorite drink from there...a green tea frappuchino....delicious!!

Next is was a trip to the Connecticut Museum of Natural History.  Okay, so this is the smallest museum I've ever been in but they had this cool "Witch Hazel Broom."  I had to look up what it was when I got home because there was no explanation.  Here's what I found:

"This was how brooms were made before the introduction of Broom Corn in Colonial Times. They were made from witch hazel.  Witch Hazel Brooms are truly one of a kind. They are made from one piece of wood, and the size and shape is more or less dictated by the piece of wood chosen. Knots and blemishes add to the character of each broom."  Cool, huh?

Finally, the reason I headed to UConn was to see a talk being given by Dr. Kenneth Noll about his trip to the seafloor, entitled "Life in the Deep Sea as Seen by Alvin."  Here is a picture of me with Ken.  He's showing off the styrofoam cup that went to 2,000m depth while strapped in a mesh bag to the outside of Alvin.  The extreme pressure causes the cup to compress, removing the air contained in the cells of the styrofoam.  Pretty darn cool!  The pictures and video were just amazing.  One of the best talks I have ever been to in my life!