How embarrassing: the August Birchbox has arrived and I haven’t even gotten to July’s yet. Well, in my defense, there were a few boring repeaters, and I don’t have the interest to blog about them.

For a not-boring repeater, I give you yet another gem from The Balm:

Yes, that blush is INSTAIN! Not their best, but still good. Not sure I like Vous va bien as their translation of “Wear it well” on the inside of this new-millennium compact (“Vous va bien” is better translated as “it looks good on you”), but it’s a cute color, and clever package copy as usual.

Here’s a product name I just can’t get excited about:

G-1? A trade association? And shouldn’t it be “mattifying”? I guess the excitement here is that it’s for boys too.

I’m dispensing with the rest so I can move on to August … stay tuned!

Where did my life go? Oh yeah, back to the routine. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still dream of our Hawaiian vacation.

Here’s a shot of a Kona Brewery truck:

In case you can’t see it, that’s “Liquid Aloha,” their slogan. Just delightful, as slogans go. The beer? Lived up to the slogan. And yes, we’re trying to figure out how soon we can get back there.