~ Birchbox… and my thoughts on Birchbox!!

With International Women’s Day right around the corner, today’s post is dedicated to all the Divas out there!!

What is Birchbox?!

Birchbox is a monthly subscription to a beauty box of five samples tailored to your skin, hair, and style. You answer some questions when you sign up and based on that, they decide your style.

Each month, your personalized beauty box will include five product samples. You’ll get to try all different types of products, from haircare to skincare to makeup, and also included is information on how to use them. Your samples will include beauty products from different categories, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. You get to try cult favorites, new launches, and more.

For more or to sign up visit: Birchbox

Lemme make one thing clear, this is in no way an affiliate or marketing post and Birchbox has no idea I am writing this post. You know, I wish they did, haha!! That would simply mean some compensation in the mail in terms of makeup goodies! LOL!!

So what is today’s post all about?? Well, today I am sharing my experience with Birchbox and my thoughts on these makeup samples that I received for well over a year when I tried out Birchbox back in 2015-2016.

I heard about Birchbox from some of the blogger divas that I follow and thought to myself, why not give it a try?! Mind you, I am in no way as fancy as these diva bloggers and honestly hardly wear makeup on a daily basis. But the idea of getting a cute box in the mail every month for $10 a month sounded so chic to me that I jumped on the bandwagon. BUT what I forgot was that I wasn’t much of a makeup person to begin with and hence these boxes would be fun to receive but majority of the products would sit and collect dust – more of this below.

I started to receive my boxes and while I loved getting all these girly things in the mail, a lot of them were too expensive to buy when it came to full size products (available only on their website), and that too for not so famous name brands. You can see more on the brands they carry here: Brands.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved some of the products I received and even bought their full size items but these mostly included either fragrances, lip sticks and eyeshadow pallets. What completely went to waste was all those hair care samples coz I’m not a blow dry, straighten or curl-it-up kinda girl, I am more of a let this beauty air-dry kinda girl!!

So who is Birchbox for?!

If you love trying new makeup and hair care products and playing dress up, go ahead and sign up for Birchbox without a second thought! It’s $10 put to good use as you get a lot of good stuff and the size of the products makes it travel friendly too!! It’s also for all those women who want to pamper themselves.

In case you read my blog and give it a try, do let me know 🙂

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~ The 5 Languages of Love…

There are 5 languages of love which one you choose depends on who you are and also who you are showing that love to. In lieu of Valentine’s Day, today I am taking about these languages of love.

So what are the 5 languages of love?

Words of Affirmation:

Everyone loves being appreciated!! And if you cannot readily think of anything positively noteworthy to say about your partner, parents or kids – you are most likely taking them for granted. It’s worth taking the time out to stop, reflect, and comment on how they enrich the lives of others, be it their partner, children, extended family, friends, colleagues, and/or community. 

It’s always good to notice and acknowledge the little things as well as the more obvious things, and give thanks for those everyday routine things that are mostly taken for granted. Aim for at least a couple of genuine heartfelt compliments, words of appreciation, and encouragement daily. It’s good for the soul.

Acts of service (devotion):

I think of this one is more like loyalty. If your love is true, no matter to whom (be it your parents, partner, kids or God) you will also be loyal and show devotion by making time.

Also people with this love language are always there to help others out and love to have others help them out! These are also the friends that feel so loved and cared for when you do something special for them in some way.

Gifts:

When in doubt – give gifts!!

Don’t mistake this love language for materialism – it’s actually far from that! The receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. The perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. 

Gifts are visual representations of love and are treasured greatly!!

Quality time:

Quality time is giving someone your undivided attention. I don’t mean sitting on the couch watching television, instead what I mean is sitting on the couch with the TV off, looking at each other and talking, and giving each other your undivided attention. 

Sometimes you need to spend quality time together to make the love felt. It doesn’t have to always be in person, chatting over the phone with a friend is also spending time together, or even better Facetime with them so they know all your attention is theirs. 

A central aspect of quality time is togetherness, but by that I do not mean proximity.

Physical touch:

Physical touch doesn’t always mean sex. Hugging, kissing (even on the cheeks or forehead, on the hand), a pat on the back, a stress relieving head massage, massaging someone’s feet when they are hurting, patting their head – are all examples of physical touch. 

When you reach out with tender touch, you create emotional closeness. They can be implicit and require only a moment.

So what does all this mean??

They say we all have a primary love language but I believe, in reality, we often do need more than one with each relationship we have in our life. 

For example: As lovers/parents/friends – you share all 5 languages of love. For your God, you have the devotion form of love and also gifts in terms of the offerings we make. A teacher’s words of affirmation are their form of showing love for their favorite student.

Final thoughts:

If you want to understand these languages of love in greater depth, I would recommend reading Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages”. 

Disclaimer: This post is in no way an advertisement, infact I myself have to still read this book!!

It would fun to also take an online quiz to see what is your preferred language of love when it comes to the receiving end of the spectrum! Here’s a link to where you can do that:

5 Love Languages Online Quiz

Hope you enjoyed my post and wishing you all a Very Happy Valentine’s Day in advance!! 

Ps: My online quiz revealed that I am a Quality Time (#1) and Physical Touch (close #2) kinda girl and I would say I couldn’t agree more. I definitely have changed over time, as I have matured. Earlier gifts would excite me a lot, don’t get me wrong, they still do, but just not as much as spending some meaningful time together. Oh and yes I am totally touchy feely and the physical touch being a close second doesn’t surprise me at all. If you wondering what the others rated as: #3 was tied between Act of Service, Gifts and Words of Affirmation.