Thursday, December 13, 2012

Birchbox December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
I got my December Birchbox today. I had forgotten that I still hadn't received it this month so it was a lovely surprise. I didn't even check my account to see ahead of time what I was being sent so it was nice not knowing ahead of time. Lets jump into what I got this month.

- Frownies Eye Gels (Size: 1 set)
Cactus collagen improves circulation and reduces puffiness, while arbutin combats hyperpigmentation and dark circles. Meanwhile, aloe vera and vitamins C and E increase radiance and slow the aging process, helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles over time. Full size contains 3 sets and has a retail value $29.95

- Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream (Size: .17 oz / 5 ml)
Free of harsh toxins, this eco-conscious CC cream uses natural and organic ingredients to protect and treat skin. It’s part tinted mineral sunscreen—the SPF 30 formula contains 20 percent zinc oxide—and part antioxidant serum, thanks to infusions of grape-derived resveratrol, vitamin C, and fruit stem cells. The actives work together to reverse cellular DNA damage (translation: less noticeable lines and wrinkles), and the formula is designed with all skin types in mind. Full size is 1.7 oz and has a retail value of $39.00

-Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Advanced Volume Shampoo (Size: 2 oz / 59 ml)
The star of this shampoo is the exclusive Expansion Technology, which features one of our favorite moisturizers: hyaluronic acid. Keratin and soy protein give hair added strength, while UV protectants help prevent further damage. Full size is 237 ml and has a retail value of $22.00

- Cartier Baiser Vole Eau de Parfum (Size: Small Vial)
Dreamed up by in-house Cartier perfumer Mathilde Laurent, this unique fragrance focuses on a single floral scent: lilies. Notes of lily blossoms, fresh buds, and the flower’s green leaves slowly unfold, leaving a soft, powdery scent in their wake. Full size is 50 ml and has a retail value of $100.00

- ModelCo Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Strip Tease (Size: 4 ml)
These lush hues can be worn alone or layered over bolder lipsticks. It stays put for hours, without ever feeling heavy. Full size is 4 ml and has a retail value of $16.00

- Cartier Declaraion D'un Soir (Size: Small Vial)
The prefect blend of spice and wood notes, this chic scent features an alluring cocktail of spicy pepper and earthy sandalwood, with subtle touches of sweet rose. This was my bonus this month and it is for a birchbox man. Full size is 3.3 oz and has a retail value of $105.00

- Rent The Runway (Discount Code)
Choose the perfect look for your special occasion. Select a date up to 6 months in advance and rent for 4 to 8 days for 10 - 15% of the retail price. They send a second size for free with next day delivery within the U.S., same day delivery in NYC and they even ship to hotels. After you are done then just drop the pre-paid envelop in any mailbox. They handle the dry cleaning. Discount card sent is for $50 off your dress rental of $125 or more. Discount code is BRCHBX50.

Overall I think it was a decent box. I wasn't too impressed with anything in particular, wish it would have wowed me more but you can't have a winner every time. What did you dolls receive this month? I'd love to hear from you guys!

Until next time, take care <3

Urban Decay Deluxe Mystery Travel Bag

Hello Gorgeous!
Towards the end of November Urban Decay had a mystery bag available for purchase on their site for $16.00 and is said to contain over $45 of makeup! This Mystery Travel Bag is packed with fan favorites in both full and compact, travel-friendly sizes. TSA Coveted And Approved! So I jumped on and took a chance and it finally got here. Lets jump in into what I was sent in mine.

- Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Size: 15 ml / 0.51 oz)
In an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, we developed this groundbreaking, hypoallergenic setting spray that keeps your makeup on for 16 unbelievable hours. Legendary enough that it’s already inspired imitations, All Nighter boasts a patent pending Temperature Control Technology that makes this weightless mist so powerful and sets it far above the competition. Your makeup won’t melt when it's warm and humid or become dehydrated when it’s cold and windy. Yes, it actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place. This is the travel size and it has a retail value of $12.00

- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Size: Sample Card)
The most coveted eyeshadow primer on the planet for a good reason, it keeps your eyeshadow true, vibrant and CREASE-FREE for 24 hours.

- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (Size: 10 ml / 0.34 oz)
You want a super-shiny gloss, but can't stand the sticky texture, right? Wait till you feel the soft, cushiony texture of this gloss! Lip Junkie stays put longer than other glosses, but never feels gummy or gooey. This is a full size item and has a retail value of $19.00

- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Shadow Pencil in Rehab (Size: 2.5 g / 0.088 oz)
They’re crease-proof, they’re waterproof… it’s the next generation of 24/7 Pencils! Our Shadow Pencils deliver incredible color payout, but feel lightweight. The new fat shape allows you to cover large areas more quickly. Use the thin tip as eyeliner, or the side of the tip as a generous swipe of eyeshadow. Full size is 2.8 g / 0.10 oz and has a retail value of $20.00

- Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara (Size: 5.4 ml / 0.18 oz)
Curl makes a lady. Sculpt your lashes with perfectly sexy curves to feel instantly prettier-than-pretty. Our formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set. Part of the secret lies in our molded and curved new technology wand that shapes lashes AND holds curl effectively throughout the day. Even more impressive are the incredible conditioning ingredients in our formula packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing. Full size is 9 ml / 0.3 oz and has a retail value of $20.00

- Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm (Size: 3.7 ml / 0.12 oz)
This lightweight, velvety, oil-free miracle worker makes skin look better instantly and delivers serious results in just 8 weeks. Pepha-Protect helps inhibit DNA damage while Vitasource and dGlyage firms skin, improves elasticity and fights wrinkles. The universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent, demi-matte finish that works on most skin tones. This was sent as my bonus sample with my order so your sample may vary. This is a new exclusive sample so as far as I know this actual product has not been released yet.

Overall I think this was such a great deal. The bag and all the items included definitely surpass the $16.00 cost that I paid for. This item is still available for sale so if you are intrigued by this great value I'd would suggest that you hurry on the Urban Decay site and purchase it before it is gone.

Until next time, take care <3

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ipsy / MyGlam December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
December's Ipsy / MyGlam bag has arrived! When I saw the items were revealed on Facebook and was rather under enthused about this months items. I thought it would be a bit more glamorous. But anyways lets jump into what I received:

- Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess (Size: 3 g / .11 oz)
The perfect holiday “true red” lip gloss that goes on sheer! Layer for a more opaque look. This formula instantly creates the look of fuller more voluptuous lips with luminous shine. This maximum-shine, moisturizing gloss will be perfect for any haute holiday party. The applicator features a soft sponged tip that picks up a generous amount of gloss. This has a retail value of $14.00

- NYX  Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Shadow in Charcoal Pearl (Size: 0.06 oz. / 5 ml)
It’s not hard to sparkle with one of NYX’s ultra-shimmering loose shadow powders that can be used on eyes, cheeks, even lips. These finely-milled mineral eye shadows are high-impact, long-lasting and a little addictive! Just the sparkle you need this holiday! This item has a retail value of $3.00

- Mai Couture Highlighter Papier (Size: 25 sheets)
Add radiance to desired areas of your face and body. The shimmering highlighter paper from Mai Couture will illuminate any dullness for a glowing complexion. Lightly press and sweep paper to desired areas of face and body. Full size has a retail value of $28.00

- Mirabella Prime for Face & Eyes (Size: 12.85 g / 0.45 oz)
Prime for Face and Eyes weightless, oil-free formula glides onto help promote long-wearing makeup. Vitamin E works as an antioxidant to smooth out lines as it moisturizes and protects skin. Prime provides a silky feel to the skin as it aids in repairing cellular damage. Application: Use a small amount and lightly pat into skin. This is a full size item and has a retail value of $29.00

- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (Size: 0.8 g / 0.03 oz)
Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, 24/7 pencils delight you with lush tropical hues, deep metallics, and unusually vibrant neutrals. Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.Full size is 1.2 g / 0.04 oz and has a retail value of $19.00

Like I mentioned at first I was not that excited about the items that were going to be sent. But once the items arrived and I had a chance to play around with them I am really happy with everything. I liked that items were sent to help complete a lovely holiday look. Its nice to be able to try out new items from different companies and I am surprisingly happy after all with this months bag despite of what my initial thoughts were. What are your thoughts on this months bag? I'd love to hear them.

Until next time, take care <3

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beauty Army December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Today I received my Beauty Army box for the month of December! Crazy how time has been flying by and we are already in the last month of the year. Enough blabbering lets get into what I picked for this month:

- Skinn Cosmetics Twin Set in Coral Poppy (Size: Lipstick: 0.12 oz, Gloss: 0.08 oz)
With the perfect blend of vitamins and great shine, this dual ended lip gloss/lipstick from Skinn Cosmetics gives you an ultra-modern, high fashion look that also helps to condition your lips and helps soften lines. Drench your lips in the most up-to-date colors delivered with collagen forming ingredients in a creamy rich formula that won’t feather. Item sent is a full size and has a retail value of $18.50

- Not Your Mother's She's A Tease Volumizing Hairspray (Size: 2 oz)
So you want big & beautiful hair and you’re tired of Mr. Humidity getting in the way, right? Then stop dreaming and make it happen already! SHE’S A TEASE will have the whole crowd gossiping about your huge head errr... I mean hair. Infused with natural apple blossom & bamboo, this salon formula will have you walking tall. Size of 2 oz has a retail value of $3.00

- You Da Balm Tea Tree Lip Balm (Size: 4.25 g)
100% natural & organic lip balm. Crisp, revitalizing citrus. Smells delightful and has a smooth nice texture on the lips. This is a full size and has a retail value of $2.99

- Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Shower Gel (Size: 3 fl oz)
Bath & Body Works' exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter for softer, cleaner skin in their bubbliest lather ever! Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E join our original, award-winning Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance for lather that bursts with fragrance! Japanese Cherry Blossom is a seductive and mysterious floral scent. Retail price for a 3 oz bottle is $5.00 and  for a full size 10 oz the retail price is $11.00

- Mark. Hook Up Lip Gloss in Blow Kisses (Size: 0.12 oz)
Glistening shine, sheer color and minty freshness all in one. Lips stay smooth and moisturized, with a slick and sexy finish. Hook up products: packaged in a convenient mini vial. Indulge in this bold, shiny red gloss that not only gives your lips a pop of color but keeps them moisturized.  Full size is 0.12 oz and has a retail value of $6.50

- YoungBlood Mineral Primer (Size: 5 ml)
Rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, this primer is a must-do first step for any make-up look. Apply this weightless primer with finger tips to smooth out skin and eliminate imperfections. Follow with your favorite foundation. Full size is 30 ml and has a retail value of $41.00

Overall I think this was a pretty good box it had a lot of products that I am excited to use. My body shower gel spilled in my box a bit so that was a bit disappointing but other than that I am overall happy with this months box and cant wait to choose next months items.

Until next time, take care <3

Starlooks Starbox December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month was the main reason that I decided to take the chance with this subscription service. I heard that a palette was going to be sent for the month of December and since I have such an love / obsession for eye shadows that made my choice much easier. My December Starlooks Starbox has come in and I am so excited to start playing around with these eye shadows! Here is what came in this month:

This month the items were sent in this cute red box with a gold bow. Upon opening it there was white padding with glitter which I thought was rather cute. Underneath all of that was this eyeshadow palette. How gorgeous are these colors!? I am happy that they are not all nuetral because I already have a ton of those. These seem really nice to change it up a bit from time to time and add a pop of color to any eye look. The palette sent is i07A and it includes 15 eye shadows.

While playing around with these shadows I noticed that they have pretty decent pigmentation without a primer especially the green and gold row. These shade go on very smoothly. I did not experience any fall out with any of them which is such a major plus for myself. These are just some absolutely gorgeous shades. I do not have anything bad to say. The size of each shade is a very generous amount. It overall is a pretty great product and for $15 I think it is a steal! This palette has a retail value on the Starlooks website of $99 so for the monthly price that I got it for it was an amazing bargain. Have any of you dolls tried out this subscription service or any of their products? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, take care <3

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Square Hue December 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month the first package I received is from a new subscription service that I recently joined. It is a nail polish subscription service where the company sends three full size nail polishes of .50 oz to keep. Each month the colors sent will be colors that are in style and up to date with today's fashion. The nail polish are 3-free clean formula - does not contain DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene and are not tested on animals. Now through December 8th their is a deal going on where each month will have a monthly subscription price of $14.99 per month as long as you stayed subscribed to this company. If you were to sign up after that date then the monthly price is $21. So lets jump into the polishes that were sent this month.

- Holly Berry
This is a gorgeous shade of red with some subtle sparkle to it. Under certain lighting is almost has a velvety finish like appearance to it. It is a perfect shade for the holiday seasons!

- Champagne Toast 
This is a very unique shade and I do not have anything like it in my collection. It comes off as almost silver in certain lighting but then also comes off as a light golden shade as well. This shade also contains some shimmer and is just absolutely stunning.

- Sugar Plum
A lovely purple shade that also contains some shimmer. Its really nice for the winter and fall season and will look lovely complimenting most colors that are worn during this time. It adds a subtle pop of color which is really nice.

Over all I really enjoy the shape of these bottles I think they are really cute and has a good shape that will keep the bottles stable on the table. The application is very easy and smooth and that is because the formula's consistency is pretty awesome. The dry time is pretty good, I noticed that I didn't have to wait as long as other nail polishes that I own which is such a huge plus because I am not that patient when it comes to allowing my polish to dry. So far I am very very impressed with this company and will stick around a while longer and hope that the company keeps going as fantastic as it is now!

Until next time, take care <3 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Starlooks Starbox November 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
I recently joined this new beauty subscription service and I am so thrilled that I did! Starbox sends out 3-4 full size makeup / beauty products by Starlooks delivered to your door for $15 a month. This is such a great price for the items that are being sent out. This is what this month included:

- Starlooks Tender Gloss Lipstick in Pearl (Size: 3.8 g)
A moisturizing lipstick with a sheer coverage that combines lipstick and lip gloss in one convenient product! This is an awesome lip product, it goes on very smoothly and gives your lips that extra special something to pull your whole look together. This product has a retail value of $11.00 on the Starlooks website.

- Starlooks 3-in-1 Mascara Guide / Applicator
This helps when applying mascara so that it does not smudge or come in contact with your eye make up. I have never seen anything like this before but I am really liking the idea of this product. I will give it a try the next time I go to apply mascara.

- Starlooks Eyeshadow Quad Palette
This quad includes the eyeshadows in Pearl Reflection, Brazed Beige, Midnight in Magnolia, & Mocha Move. These eyeshadows go on smoothly and blend very easily. I used this quad during Thanksgiving dinner and really enjoyed how my look came out. Each of these shades have a retail value of $9.00 on the Starlooks website.

Overall I have to say that so far I am very impressed by this subscription service! The packaging that it came in is just so adorable. All these items that were sent definitely made the value of this box exceed my expectations. Give or take this months box had a value of about $47.00! For only $15 plus shipping I'd say that is a great deal! Have any of you dolls tried this subscription service out yet? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them.

Until next time, take care <3

Ipsy / MyGlam November 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month I have to say is one of my favorites thus far. The items sent are just off the charts. I am so excited to start using these items! Lets get into what this months Ipsy / MyGlam Bag consisted of:

- Benefit They're Real! Beyond Mascara (Size: 30 g)
They're real! beyond mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. The jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

- TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow in Matt Batali (Size: 0.03 oz)
Matt Batali is just one of the nine shadows found in theBalm’s Meet Matte(e) compact palette (named after their favorite Matthews next door) which can be combined to create a multitude of soft and wearable looks. Matt Batali leaves a dark, matte finish, perfect for creating a smokey eye.

- Starlet Intense Eyeliner in Black (Size:1.5 g)
These creamy eyeliner pencils glide on to deliver a lasting vibrant color in chocolate or black. Blend or line your lids to create your favorite glam look, whether a smoky eye or straight line wing tip.

- Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Millionaire (Size: 15 ml)
Introducing Millionaire nail lacquer from the new Nailtini “Speakeasy” Collection chosen specifically for the ipsy community. Millionaire spikes a base of rose gold micro-glitter with iridescent gold and teal tinsels for statement-making nails, whether worn alone or as a dazzling special-effect topcoat. The only line of lacquer developed to maximize the creativity of the user by "cocktailing" different shades, Nailtini serves up endless color possibilities with amazing performance, hip sensibility and tongue-in-cheek attitude. Always 3-free, made in the USA and never tested on animals.

- Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dare Devil (Size: 2.25 ml)
Unleash your inner moxie with a fabulously full, pillowy pout. The luscious marvelous Moxie lipgloss delivers vibrant sheer-to-medium color with a glistening mirror-like finish. Infused with natural ingredients, exotic oils, botanical extracts and antioxidants, the refreshing formula smoothes and hydrates lips for exceptional comfort without any stickiness or tackiness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex delivers strong antioxidant defense against environmental stressors, so you’re ready for anything—and everything.

Overall like I previously mentioned this bag this month exeeded my expectations. It was filled with tons of great products by some pretty awesome brands. I really hope they keep it up with future Ipsy / MyGlam bags! What are your thoughts on this months bag? I'd love to hear from you! =)

Until next time, take care <3

Birchbox November 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month has been so busy so I am a little behind on my posts. So lets just jump into what I was sent this month from Birchbox:

- Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray (Size: 1 oz.)
There is some serious science behind this sleek spray: Zeolite, a natural volcanic mineral, actually removes toxins to keep your hair from losing volume throughout the day. Keratin proteins strengthen hair, and UV absorbers keep your color looking gorgeous.

- Chuao Chocolatier ChocoPod in Potato Chip (Size: One Bar)
 Don’t knock these unusual flavor combinations until you’ve tried them. Potato Chip: kettle chips and sea salt in milk chocolate. This unusual snack turned out to be very delicious. The combination really worked out great.

- Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Petite Cologne Absolue (Size: Small Vial)
Top notes of Italian bergamot sourced from Calabria blend seamlessly with fresh Chinese ginger and Turkish rose essence. Next, the fragrance opens to a core of Turkish rose absolue and exotic incense from Somalia. Balancing the sweetness are base notes of Indonesian patchouli and earthy Indian papyrus.

- Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector (Size: 3 ml)
As a serum, this skin corrector works overtime to defend your skin from all the major threats of aging. The antioxidant superduo of stabilized vitamin C and ergothionene reduce fine lines by improving elasticity and increasing collagen production, while plant extracts brighten your complexion and protect it from sun damage and environmental stress. Simultaneously, imperfection-blurring optical diffusers instantly help give your skin a smooth, poreless finish.

- Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Pink Shimmer (Size: 1.5 ml)
A mix of antioxidants and grapeseed oil conditions dry skin, while soft light-reflecting pigments mask fine lines and imperfections. Blends seamlessly into skin—and unlike some other shimmer powders and creams, the liquid formula won’t cake, clog, or budge. Plus, the easy-to-use brush allows for precise, goof-proof application. 

Overall a pretty good box filled with various items that I would personally not try out on my own. But some that I have now been able to try I am growing to really enjoy them. What did you guys get this month? I'd love to hear about the items that were sent to you. 

Until next time, take care <3

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beauty Army November 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month I was really excited about the items that were available to choose in my kit. I think this is one of the best boxes that I have recieved from Beauty Army so far. So lets jump right in into what I was sent this month!

- Lashem Measurable Difference Lash Difference (Size: 3.5 ml)
Lashem’s proven Lash Enhancing Serum increases and strengthens even short, brittle and weak lashes. Measurable Difference isn't just for lashes, it enhances eyebrows too! Say goodbye to pencils and hello to fuller and more dramatic eyebrows in as little as 2 weeks. This item is the one that I am the most excited about because I have sparse lashes and it can also be used for the eyebrows so thats a plus. Another huge plus is that this is a full size product. It has a retail value of $69.99 so this is a total win!

- Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Shower Gel (Size: 3 fl oz)
Bath & Body Works' exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter for softer, cleaner skin in their bubbliest lather ever! Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E join our original, award-winning Sweet Pea fragrance for lather that bursts with fragrance! Sweet Pea is a fruity floral scent that evokes the intoxicating, floral-infused breezes of the Mediterranean. Retail price for a 3 oz bottle is $5.00 and  for a full size 10 oz the retail price is $11.00

- You Da Balm Grapefruit Lip Balm (Size: 4.25 g)
100% natural & organic lip balm. Crisp, revitalizing citrus. Smells delightful and has a smooth nice texture on the lips. This balm is going right into my purse, I'm loving it! This is a full size and has a retail value of $2.99

- Shea Terra Mongongo & Banana Shampoo (Size: 1 oz)
Nourish your hair in this 100% natural, banana-smelling nourishing shampoo. Made for banana lovers everywhere! This smells amazing! So yummy exactly like bananas. The full size is 16 oz and has a retail value of $22.00

- Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigment Eyeshadow in Lock & Loaded (Size: 0.03 oz)
These exclusive, trend-setting pure mineral pigment loose eyeshadows have exceptional workability and color payback. This universally flattering iridescent brown is the first in a series of four army-themed loose powder eyeshadow pigments. Full size is 0.10 oz and has a retail value of $14.00

- Skinn Cosmetics Twin Set in Pink Tulip (Size: Lipstick: 0.12 oz, Gloss: 0.08 oz)
With the perfect blend of vitamins and great shine, this dual ended lip gloss/lipstick from Skinn Cosmetics gives you an ultra-modern, high fashion look that also helps to condition your lips and helps soften lines. Drench your lips in the most up-to-date colors delivered with collagen forming ingredients in a creamy rich formula that won’t feather. Item sent is a full size and has a retail value of $18.50

Overall like I mentioned before I think this is a really great box. I got such a good value for only paying the monthly $12! Do any of you dolls subscribe to Beauty Army? If you do I'd love to hear what you chose for this months box. If you would like to subscribe here is my personal link that you can go through if you wish:

Until next time, take care <3

Monday, September 17, 2012

Birchbox September 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Its that time of the month again when all the subscription boxes start to roll in. Today my Birchbox arrived. So lets take a look at what I was sent this month.

- Boscia Oil Free Nightly Hydration (Size: 0.5 fl oz)
The preservative-free formula uses antioxidant-packed licorice root to gently lighten any discoloration and improve skin’s texture, plus oil-fighting silica powder and burdock root to regulate shine and combat breakouts. Rounding out the winning formula, marine algae extract helps repair damage from the sun’s rays and environmental aggravators. Full size is 1.4 fl oz and has a retail value of $36.00

- Mighty Leaf Tea in Chamomile Citrus, Vanilla Bean, & Green Tea Tropical (3 tea bags)
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, turn to the rich Vanilla Bean, a full-bodied mix of Ceylon and China black teas flavored with exotic Madagascar vanilla. For a boost of energy, try the Green Tea Tropical, an uplifting blend of exotic fruits. To unwind after a long day, brew a cup of the Chamomile Citrus, formulated with Egyptian chamomile flowers and citrus fruit. Retail value is $9.95 for 15 pouches.

- Kate Spade New York Twirl (Size: Small Vial)
This fruity floral gets its cheerful, flirty vibe from a combination of top notes of watermelon, blackberry, and red currant and a middle layer of orange blossom, jasmine, and magnolia. Musk and a dose of French macaroons balance the composition and add an undercurrent of sophistication. This smells absolutely divine!

- Birchbox & Color Club Custom Collection in Insta-This (Size: 7 mL)
Insta-This is a deep cobalt blue and I am loving this shade. It is so perfect for the upcoming seasons! Full size bottles are 15 mL and have a retail value of $8.00

- Twistband Lace Up for Fall in Purple Lace (One hair tie)
Each twistband is made of soft elastic that keeps braids, buns, and ponytails secured. Because they’re thicker than regular hair ties, they don’t leave crimps in hair. The retail value is $22.00 for a packet of 12 hair ties.

- Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude (Size: 0.07 fl. oz)
This mattifying tint is infused with titanium and zinc dioxides, which deflect both UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it has vitamins A, C, and E to deflect the free radicals that lead to premature aging. This has a retail value of $38.00 for the size of 1.7 oz.

Overall it was a pretty okay box. I really like the nail polish and the small perfume sample. The teas are something different which I am excited to try out. The other items aren't that appealing to myself but then again some months are absolute hits while others are misses. What did you dolls receive this month? Until next time, take care <3

Friday, September 7, 2012

Beauty Army September 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
A few months ago I use to subscribe to Beauty Army and then canceled for a while but now I am back again with them. This month they had some really appealing samples so I thought it would be a great time to start back up again. I also love that you can skip a month now because at the time I canceled that was not an option so I think I will sticking around with them for a while now even if I do use that option every now and then. Okay on to the samples that I chose this month:

- Freeman Beauty Vita-K Professional Age Spots (Size: 3 oz)
No age spots for me! ProVita-K Complex and Licorice Root Extract dramatically reduce the appearance of age spots while anti-aging peptides helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Full size is 3 oz and has a retail value of $14.99

- Bath & Body Works Paris Amour Shower Gel (Size: 3 fl oz)
Bath & Body Works' exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter for softer, cleaner skin in their bubbliest lather ever! Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E combine with the romantic scents of Paris to sweeten up lather that bursts with fragrance. Paris Amour is a romantic fragrance inspired by French tulips, apple blossoms and sparkling pink champagne. Retail price for a 3 oz bottle is $5.00 and  for a full size 10 oz the retail price is $11.00

- Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment (Size: 1 fl oz)
Macadamia Natural Oil's Healing Oil Treatment is a therapeutic hair oil perfect for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair. Benefits is has are: intense nourishment for tangle & frizz free hair, hair that is ultra-smooth, manageable & shiny, reduced drying time by an amazing 40-50%, natural UV protection extends the life of color treatments, and it is alcohol-free. Full size is 4.2 oz and has a retail value of $39.95

- Suntegrity BB Cream SPF 30 in Medium (Size: 0.25 oz)
An all in one, natural Beauty Benefit cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that fight free radical damage, this cream also provides mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 coverage. Red algae and Certified Organic: aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea provide the face with additional sun defense and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxide protects the skin while providing anti-inflammatory properties that help with rosacea, acne, and melasma. Carefully made for all skin types. Full size is 1.7 oz and has a retail value of $45.00

- Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein (Size: 0.25 fl oz)
Formula 2 is a treatment for soft, peeling, bitten, weak or thin nails. The salon-tested formulation offers a special combination of ingredients, including hydrolyzed keratin and protein in combination with gelatin and calcium to build a healthy nail foundation. The protein formula bonds the nail layers together building a strong nail foundation resistant to peeling, chipping and splitting. Full size is 0.25 fl oz and has a retail value of $9.50

- Lipsi Cosmetics Aphrodite Powder (Size: 0.17 oz)
This fine finishing powder is designed to absorb the excess oil, allowing your skin to glow. Aphrodite Power sets makeup and absorbs shine while keeping your cosmetics fresh and natural all day long. This powder suits all skin types and tones. Full size is 0.17 oz and has a retail value of $20.00

Overall I am very happy with everything that I picked out. My box arrived fairly quickly I placed my order on the 1st of September and it arrived today. So kuddos for fast shipping. My overall approximately total for this box was a value of about $68.62 which is amazing considering I only paid $12.00 for this box! I cant wait to dive in and start trying all these products out! If you would like to subscribe here is my personal link that you can go through if you wish:

Until next time, take care <3

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bath & Body Works Haul + Great Deal!

Hello Gorgeous!
I received an e-mail from Bath & Body Works on Friday I believe and in it was filled with all sorts of great sales but one caught my eye. It was the one that stated that when you spent $10 or more at Bath & Body Works then you would be able to get an item up to a $14 value for free! How great is that? So Saturday in the afternoon I stopped at my local Bath & Body Works store with my coupon in hand and did a little bit of shopping. This is what I came out with:

- Paris Amour Fine Fragrance 8 fl. oz ($14.00)
- Teal Rhinestones PocketBac ($3.00)
- Aqua Blossom PocketBac Hand Sanitizer ($1.00)
- Paris Amour PocketBac Hand Sanitizer ($1.00)
- Vampire Blood in Plum PocketBac Hand Sanitizer ($1.00)
- Bonjour! in Pink Blossom PocketBac Hand Sanitizer ($1.00)
- I Heart Paris in Berry Amour PocketBac Hand Sanitizer ($1.00)
- Pink Rhinestone Bow PocketBac ($3.00)

I was in need of some hand sanitizers so I grabbed 5 of them because of their 5 for $5.00 deal. If you choose not to buy 5 at a time they come out to $1.50 each. Then I grabbed two PocketBac holders one for myself and another one for my mom. At that point my total before tax was $11.00 so at that point I qualified for the free item up to a $14.00 value and I opted to get one of their new fine fragrances in Paris Amour which smells absolutely delightful! I was really happy with my purchase and thought it was worth sharing. If you would want to do an order online use the code FREEFALL50 but if you would rather go in a store click here to print the coupon that you will need to take. Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend! Until next time, take care <3

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Beauty Box 5 August 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month was a pretty decent box. I think there are some pretty decent samples in this months box and some of them I have really been enjoying. So here is what I recived this month:

- Elias Fass Creamy, Milky, Glazed Lips in L305 (Size: 0.95 fl oz)
Just twist the botton of this gorgeous silver pend and you will be wearing the new lip product that everyone is talking about! Retail value is $35.00. I think this is probably my favorite item from this months box its a pretty neat lip glaze.

- Ferro Cosmetics Sheer Crystal Veil (Size: 0.14 oz)
This multipurpose powder is the answer to illuminated skin! Dust over or under foundation or mix with moisturizer for a dewy soft finish without the shimmer or glitter. Retail Value is $19.00. This seems like a pretty cool product I really like the fact that it doesn't have any shimmer nor glitter. I am pretty excited to try this product out.

- H2O Plus Marine Calm Restoring Eye Cream (Size: 0.5 fl oz)
Use this marine, botanical-infused eye cream to deeply nourish and reduce the look of fine lines and dark circles. Retail Value is $32.00. This seems like a pretty good product if it meets the claims that this product states.

- Blum Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes (Size: 10 packs)
Remove oil, dirt, and makeup with these deep cleaning towelettes that eaves your skin feeling soft and silky smooth. Retail value is $3.99. I have really been loving these towelettes, they really do remove the majority of my makeup without rubbing and tugging too roughly.

- Dermaesthetics USA Vitamin C20 Serum (Size: 1 oz)
Help prevent the premature signs of aging with this double-duty Vitamin C that promotes collagen production and brightens lackluster skin. Retail value is $144.00 for a full size.

MyGlam August 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month's MyGlam theme is Endless Summer. I have been loving last months and this months bags a lot. I really like that they are like a mesh matterial and I can see what is in the bag itself. The colors they have been choosing have been great as well. So here is what came in my MyGlam bag this month:

- Eclos Cellular Activator Facial Serum (Size: 0.5 fl oz)
This lightweight serum from Eclos helps wake up skin's self-renewal process to revitalize fatigued, stressed skin. Unique plant extracts help boost firmness and tone to smooth out fine lines and damage. Exclusively formulated with rejuvenating Apple Stem Cells, clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture in two weeks. Comfrey, Gotu Kola, Tumeric and Green Tea antioxidants shield against skin aging environment assaults, helping to prolong a youthful appearance. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes, mineral oil or petroleum. I've never tried a serum before so this is an interesting product. Can't wait to see how it works for myself.

- Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream (Size: 0.25 fl oz) 
This medium-weight moisturizer with restorative benefits helps smooth and brighten for a youthful finish. Hydration replenishes dry, dulling skin suffering from the signs of aging. Powerful extracts and antioxidants boost collagen levels for noticeable tightening and firming. Exclusively formulated with rejuvenating Apple Stem Cells, clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture in two weeks. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes, mineral oil or petroleum. I am excited to try this out, its always nice to what other kinds of moisturizers are out there. It such a plus that this does not include any parabens or any other yucky ingredients.

- MyGlam Glam Gloss in Shade 02 (Size: 0.237 fl oz)
 I really like when personalized items are sent along in these beauty sample subscription services. I think it just adds that special bonus everytime they do something like this. I recieved mine in the shade 02 which is a  bright pink. This lip gloss is very pigmented which is really nice. I am really loving this item!

- SALTY Cosmetics Glama-ZOID! Eyeshadow (Size: 1 gm)
The array of colors and shades is designed to help you express your inner diva! Glama-ZOID!, an iridescent violet pink satin has a sexy touch of light reflecting sparkle. This shadow is perfect for all skin tones and works as an amazing highlighter for brow bone and inner corners. Best of all, this shade was created exclusively for the MyGlam community. This is such a gorgeous pigment, I don't have anything like it so I am really glad to be able to add this to my make up collection.

- Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Dragon Fruit (Size: 0.29 fl oz)
Dragon Fruit is created with leafy green notes intertwined with juicy Dragon Fruit, citrus zest and soft floral and wood hints. Clean Skin is a blend of orange, lemon, white rose, bergamot peach and vanilla, making the perfect shower-fresh scent. This has a very sweet scent which is nice but I prefer floral scents more. I think I will be passing this along to someone else.

- Circus by Andrea's Choice Nail Polish in Ringmaster (Size: Full Size)
This month, I'm causing a color spectacle with the newest shades from my CIRCUS collection. Join me, your ringleader, and show the world your hottest nail looks with the newest shades of vegan, cruelty-free nail polish, Spectacle and Ringmaster, from the exclusive collection curated by me, Andrea's Choice. I received Ringmaster which is a gorgeous shade of a bright pink! Can't wait to see what other shades are added to her collection.

Overall this was a pretty good bag. I don't have any complaints it seems like it was filled with some very useful products. Cant wait to see what next month holds. Until next time, take care <3

Birchbox August 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
August Birchbox theme was back to school and I think it was a great theme considering everyone is starting to head back around this time of the year. This month I was very pleased with the items that I was sent. Here is what was included in my Birchbox this month:

- Miss Jessie's Original Creme de la Creme Conditioner (Size: 1 fl oz)
This light blue cream conditioner is loaded with softening ingredients that help tame even the most unruly ringlets and frizziest waves. But rather than softening your hair’s natural bounce, it just enhances it—all the manageability, with none of the flatness. I have tried this and I really like how it leaves my hair. I am really thinking of purchasing this in a full size.

- Schick Hydro Silk Razor
Made with an innovative compact oval-cartridge head, each razor is equipped with five blades for an incredibly close shave. The blades work with your legs’ natural curves to make shaving tricky spots like your knees and ankles a breeze. Our favorite part? The water-activated moisturizing serum has marine extracts and shea butter and hydrates your skin. This is a pretty good razor I already had it and I have liked the results it has given me so far.

- Miss Jessie's Original Curly Meringue (Size: 2 oz)
This curl-loving cream does triple-duty, delivering lasting hold, lightweight hydration, and enviable shine. It’s made with a fortifying mix of natural plant oils—including avocado, coconut, sweet almond, and olive—plus frizz-reducing aloe extract. I tried this creme after I showered and let my hair air dry a tad. I then distributed it throughout my hair and then I put in some foam curlers. The next morning I had some really soft and shiny curls with some great bounce. Love this item so far!

- Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur (Size: Small Vial)
The uplifting scent opens with a sparkling cascade of mandarin and wild berries. Next, sweet notes of honeysuckle, gardenia petals, and jasmine peek through, followed by a lingering trace of waterlily. This smells amazing! I really like that its light and all the floral scents are just my favorite!

- Sabon Foot Cream (Size: 1.05 fl oz)
Hardworking moisturizers like aloe and glycerin work to soften rough callouses, while camphor and menthol pack an anti-fungal punch and leave your feet feeling fresh and clean. This is a pretty good foot cream and I definitely noticed a difference after using it a few times.

- Talika Lipocils Expert (Size: 2 mL)
Mainstream lash serums derive their power from chemicals, which can cause everything from redness to side effects like darkening the skin on your lids or even your irises. But Lipocils Expert is different. It’s only made with botanical ingredients that have been tested to meet meticulous French safety standards. Nettle and horse chestnut stimulate growth and boost circulation to your capillaries, while soy lecithin and apple extract condition your lashes. Still haven't tried this one out yet but Im excited to see how its going to work out.

Overall I think this was a pretty good box and I can't wait to see what next month holds! Let me know what you dolls received if you do subscribe to Birchbox. Until next time, take care <3

Influenster Latina Beauty VoxBox 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
I was lucky enough to be chosen by Influenster to receive a Latina Beauty VoxBox! I was so excited when I found out and even more excited when it arrived. Inside this VoxBox it was filled with some pretty awesome goodies inside. Here is what I received:

- Always Radiant Infinity Pads (Size: 16 pads; Retail Value: $6.99)
Product Claims: Always Radiant Infinity Pads features a unique technology, Infinice, that conforms to each individuals shape delivering premium protection and performance. The pads offer a light, clean scent and microdots for fast absorption to help women stay feeling fresh. A wider back and flexible wings provide increased coverage where you need it the most. At first I was a little hesitant because the pad itself seemed really really thin. But I decided to give it a shot and see how it worked for myself. I overall really enjoyed this pad because of what I feared at first. The thinness makes it feel so comfortable and it has great protection. I was surprisingly pleased by this product and will plan on continuing to purchasing it. 

- Bath & Body Works Shea-Enriched Shower Gel in Pink Chiffon (Size: 3 fl oz; Retail Value: $5.00)
Product Claims: This is a new and improved formula that now contains shea. It claims to be their richest, bubbliest lather that gives you softer, cleaner skin. Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E combine for lather that bursts with fragrance! I have smelled this scent before on a recent trip to Bath & Body Works and I immediately liked it. I liked that it is a nice light sweet scent so I was ecstatic to see this in my VoxBox. While using it in the shower I did enjoy the way it lathered and I do think that it lives up to what this product claims. It made my skin feel softer after showering. The scent lingered all day and I just am very pleased with this item.

- Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen (Size: 2 fl oz; Retail Value: $7.99 for full size)
Product Claims: Moisturize and protect your skin with Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen. The dual ribbon hydrating formula infused with luxurious silk protein and rich shea butter provides continuous 12-hour moisture and broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection that wont break down in the summer sun. This product does moisturize and leaves the skin feeling smooth. I don't know about the 12 hour protection because I haven't worn it that long. The only thing that I didn't really like was the scent. It is not a bad scent but its just a scent that doesn't appeal to my liking but overall this is a pretty decent product.

- Always Tampax Radiant Collection (Includes: 1 purse, 1 scented pad, 3 unscented daily liners, and 2 unscented tampons)
Product Claims: This is a stylish collection of tampons, pads, and liners all included in a wristlet for convenient storage. Designer packaging allows for easy disposable with the all new re-sealable wrappers. Absorbent and flexible pads provide invisible protection meeting all of a woman's feminine care needs. Like I mentioned earlier I have really been enjoying the new products that Always has recently come out with. All of them have surprised me by their performance and has exceeded my expectations!

- NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City (Size: 0.24 fl oz; Retail Value: $2.49)
Product Claims: Keep your lips soft as ever with the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine. Its pure pigment ingredients create a 3D gloss effect while Vitamin E provides shine and moisture. The non-sticky formula created the ultimate creamy and soft texture feel. I am really loving this shade. It looks great alone as well as paired with a lipstick. I really like that it does have some glitter but that the glitter is really finely milled and not obnoxously big and rough on the lips. Big kuddos on that! This lipshine is really moisturizing and feels smooth on the lips. The texture is just perfect and not sticky at all and the wand is just perfect! I love that it is flexible and allows to distribute the product evenly. I just cant stop raving about this item! Can't wait to get other shades of this liquid lipshine.

- Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips Legs & Body (Size: 40 full strips & 6 wipes; Retail Value: $9.99)
Product Claims: This summer, keep your skin smooth for longer with Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Legs & Body. The strips are specially formulated to remove hair on legs, under arms, and bikini area from closer to the root than shaving for smoothness that lasts up to 4 weeks. This was my first time trying a wax strip and I was a but scared to do so at first. So I tried it on my leg and it wasn't as bad as I though it would be. I enjoyed my legs staying smoother and hairless for a longer period than what it normally did when I use to shave. I may have now been converted to the other side... the other side meaning the waxing side. We will see as I keep trying them but so far they have worked wonders. Couldn't be happier with this item.

This Influenster Latina Beauty VoxBox 2012 was filled with tons of new goodies that I hadn't had the opportunity to try beforehand but now I am really lucky to have been able to. All the products were given to me for free and this is what I honestly think about each one of the products. I have now added some new favorites to my list that I will continue to purchase over and over again! Until next time, take care <3

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Birchbox July 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month Birchbox teamed up with Glamour so I was really excited to see what I would be sent! After looking through the items I was sent this month I feel as though this box was a so so box for myself. Some products I have been absolutely loving while others I could have done without. Here is what my box consisted of this month:
- Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds
 These are just like the earbuds that came with your standard music player, only way cuter. The contrasting neon shades play into this season’s neon trend. I thought this was a pretty nice touch. I love getting personalized things from companies. It gives off a more personal touch.

- Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum (Size: 2 packets)
Supergoop’s unique Hydrovotin 24 complex works with the skin’s own moisture mechanisms to increase hydration levels, while vitamins E and B5 heal past damage. A chemical sunscreen duo absorbs both UVA rays that lead to premature aging and UVB rays that cause sunburn. The top-of-the-line “PA +++” rating means the formula meets the highest standards for sun protection. The kicker? This sunscreen serum is paraben and fragrance-free—just what the doctor ordered for sensitive skin. Seems like a good product but I was disappointed with the sample size sent.

- Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (Full Size)
The precision pen tip allows you to control the thickness of the line you create and vary the intensity of your look. Plus, the fade-proof formula will hold up all day and night. I recieved mine in black and I have really been loving it! Its a great product so far and definitely one of my favorites from this months Birchbox.

- Color Club Summer Pastels Collection in Blue-Ming (Size: 0.25 oz / 7 mL)
Blue-Ming is a lovely greenish turquoise. I really love the shade of this nail polish and it is the current polish I have on my nails. But the consistency of this polish seemed to be on the thicker side and a little harder to work with. But overall I am happy with the color that I was sent.

- Harvey Prince Eau Flirt - Lavender Pumpkin (Small Vile)
Though it feels carefree, this scent has been meticulously calibrated to turn up the heat. It combines pumpkin and lavender, two seemingly ill-matched notes that have been clinically proven to spur passionate reactions in men. Olfactory theory aside, we love the combination of seductive jasmine and freesia with sumptuous nutmeg, cinnamon, and amber. I really do like this scent. It isn't overpowering it is just the right strength and smells absolutely delightful!

- Tea Forté Minteas in Ginger Pear (1 tin)
These pick-me-up treats are laced with healthy ingredients that keep you balanced. The flavors are designed not only to taste good but also to accomplish specific wellness goals. Resist boosts immunity with lemon and lime extracts, while Results, a spicy matcha chai and cinnamon blend, spurs metabolism. Regroup, a ginger pear treat, helps you focus; energizing Reboot is a cocoa mate; and Retreat, a lemongrass yuzu blend, is designed to help you relax. At first I didnt know if I liked the flavor I was sent just because it is so different from any other mints I have tasted but as I have been having more and more I have come to really like them.

Overall this box was average. I did like most of the items sent with the exception of a few but that is expected with these monthly subscription services. Until next time, take care <3

Saturday, July 14, 2012

MyGlam July Bag 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Today my July MyGlam bag arrived and I must say I am very impressed. I am really liking everything that I was sent this month. Maybe they are starting to get a better grasp of things? Only time will tell but for now I am one happy customer. The bag itself is so cute! I love that it is a mesh like material and that it is so colorful. It also helps that this bag does not have a strange smell like previous ones. Now lets get into what I received this month:

- Yes To Cucumbers On-The-Go Facial Towelettes (Size: 10 towelettes)
Yes To Cucumbers On The Go Facial Wipes are 98.7% natural, hypoallergenic, paraben free, SLS & petroleum free and made from organic cucumber and aloe vera. Designed for the trendy traveler, this package of travel towelettes will fit right into your purse (or a TSA size clear plastic bag!) to cleanse, soothe and remove makeup to refresh your beautiful face, regardless of where you are. I have been wanting to try these but just never got around to purchasing them so I am really happy that this was part of this month's bag.

- Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer (Size: 0.5 fl. oz.)
Revitalize with optimum anti-aging benefits and protect with full-spectrum chemical-free protection. With a blend of brightening hydroxy acid, certified organic apple and lemon juices, age-defying peptides, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, Co Q10 and vitamin antioxidants, this is the optimum dual purpose moisturizer.

- Circus By Andrea's Choice Nail Polish in Somersault (Size: Full Size Bottle)
Give yourself the perfect summer mani-pedi with the first shades - Reverso & Somersault, from an exclusive nail color collection curated by MyGlam stylist, Andrea's Choice. I really like the nail polish shade I was sent, it is a perfect shade of yellow for myself.

- NuMe HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner (Size: 0.67 oz.)
Add shine back to your beach braids with this conditioner that packs a punch, of hydration that is. Formulated with NuMe's patented Seratin K Protein Complex Technology, it restores elasticity and flexibility to dry, damaged hair. Made with an incredible blend of Morocco's finest Argan oil, strengthening bamboo and conditioning sage, this conditioner repairs hair and reveals naturally gorgeous locks. Since it has been extremely hot where I live my hair has been looking on more of the dry side so I am eager to see if this product holds up to it's claims.

- Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in Jitterbug (Size: 2.5 g)
As you're beach bound this summer, add a long-lasting flush of color to your stylish, sun-kissed look. This cheek and lip stain provides a pop of color to amp up your look in an instant. Hyaluronic Acid and sugar extracts smooth and plump lips for a sexy pout. I recieved the shade in Jitterbug which is a light bright pink tone which I am really enjoying!

Like I mentioned at the beginning I am really impressed so far by everything I was sent. Now I get to try some items that I have been interested in for a while and see how they work out for myself. Can't wait to see what next month holds, its kind of hard predict if it will be a hit or miss since MyGlam has been all over the charts. So here is hoping for another successful bag for the month of August! Until next time, take care <3

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Back From My Vacation in Tenamaxtlan, Jalisco 2012!!

Hello Gorgeous!
It has been a while since I last blogged. I was gone from the blogging world for the whole month of June. Lots has happened since I have been away. I graduated at the end of May from Mt. San Jacinto College with an Associates Degree in Science, which was very exciting way to end the month of May. Then in June I was busy getting ready for my trip to Mexico! It had been 5 years since the last time I had visited so it was way past due. I left at the beginning of June and got home on the 27th of June. I wish I could have stayed longer there was still so many more things I wanted to do and places to go see but overall I am very content that I was able to go at all. On my trip I went along with my parents, my oldest sister, my youngest sister, my 2 nieces, and my nephew. We had quite a big group so there was never a moment of boredom while we were on vacation. We took a plane to Guadalajara, Jalisco and it was about a 2 hour and a half plane ride which wasn't terribly long. Then from Guadalajara to our home town (Tenamaxtlan, Jalisco) was about another 2 hour and a half drive.  It was quite a bit of traveling for a day so we were excited to get to our house in Tenamaxtlan.

During my stay there I was able to go to a lot of different places and visit a lot of family that I hadn't seen in years. My time there was filled with tons of joy and happiness so much so we are already trying to plan another trip for December of 2013! There is just so much to tell about my trip but it would make this blog extremely long so instead I would like to share a few things that I brought back from my trip. To start off I would like to show you dolls a few cosmetics that I picked up.

I didn't really buy a lot but the things that I did buy I have really been loving. The first thing that I bought were 5 Bissú Neon Nail Polishes I saw these and was attracted because of the bright colors each of them cost me 8 pesos which is roughly a little less than 50 cents. At that price it was a total steal now to think about it I should have picked up more. Most of the colors with the exception of the yellow shade can be used with one coat and you would be good to go. I am use to putting on at least 2 coats so that's what I did in the picture with my nails painted. After that I picked up two Bissú Shimmering Eyeshadow Pigments in number 34 & 28. The colors that are swatched are without a primer and they are extremely pigmented! These were about 16 pesos which is about a dollar and some change, which again I thought was a great price. The last time I picked up during my stay was a Jafra Lipstick in the shade Spring Rose which I have really been loving. This item was the most priciest of all the cosmetics I bought this one cost me 95 pesos which is about seven dollars and some change. Not too bad for a lipstick though and I have been told really good things about this brand so I figured why not buy it and try it out for myself.

Next group of things I bought were a couple pieces of jewelry. I am such a sucker for jewelry, I can never have too much. On my trip I made it a point to buy a bracelet at every city/town that we visited. So on the top left hand corner has all the bracelets that I picked up. The brown belt like bracelet I picked up in Atengo, the following bracelet I picked up while on the beach in Melaque, the heart turquoise bracelet I picked up in Talpa, the one after that one I also got it in Melaque, the fifth one I bought it while on the beach in Barra de Navidad, and the last pearls one I picked it up in our home town of Tenamaxtlan. The earrings on the top right corner I got them from my aunt. She makes jewelry and sells it and when I saw these I completely fell in love with them. The picture does not do them any justice these are just completely stunning! On the bottom left hand corner are three pairs of earrings that I picked up while shopping in Tena, I just thought these were all gorgeous and I didn't have anything like them back at home. Lastly the bottom right hand corner is a hair clip which is so beautiful and in my favorite color! This clip is very sturdy and can hold up all of my hair and as an added bonus it looks absolutely beautiful on.

These are just a few items I picked up as souvenirs from Tena and Talpa. The cowboy zebra shot glass I bought in Talpa, I just thought it was really cute and I am a zebra print fanatic especially when the stripes are black and silver. The next shot glass I picked it up in Tena and it has the picture of the church which is absolutely beautiful. The flowery cup with the ribbon on it has candy inside and this was given to me by my Uncle Marcos. He bought it while we were visiting Talpa. The last cup I bought because I thought it was simple gorgeous & thought it would be great for some of my makeup brushes. I just loved the simplicity of the that cup and I really like how it looks as part of where I have all my makeup brushes.

The last group of things are some odds and ends that I picked up in the swap meet like area in Tena. I bought this cute flower print bag because I didn't want to carry around my big purse all the time so I thought this was a cute and easy way to fix that. I also love that it has various places where I can store things. On the top right corner I got a leather flower print change purse that was given to me from a cousin, then next to that I bought a shoe horse key chain with my first name initial on it, on the bottom of both of those items my mom bought me some scissor like tweezers (we were told that these are some of the best tweezers and so far I would have to agree), and the last four items are magnets which all hold a special meaning to myself. I bought a Coca Cola bottle because that's pretty much the only kind of soda my dad drinks, then I got a Dia de Los Muertos skull because that day has some pretty major history in my family and lastly I bought two characters from a TV Show that I still watch to this day called El Chavo del Ocho. The two characters that I bought are El Chavo and La Chilindrina. As you dolls can see I was able to bring back quite a few souvenirs back and now just by looking at them it makes me want to go back even more. Hope you dolls enjoyed a small snippet of my trip in Mexico & I hope you all are having a great summer. Until next time, take care <3

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beauty Box 5 May 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This months box I am really excited about! I have been really enjoying most of the samples that I was sent this month. Beauty Box 5 has really started to become one of my favorite subscription box companies! This is what I received this month:

- It's A 10 Miracle Styling Serum (Size: 7 ml)
No matter your style, get a flawless finish every time with It's a 10's Miracle Styling Serum. Whether your goal is bouncy curls or flowing straight locks, this serum is the solution for you. It protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage with naturally-derived ingredients. I was really excited about this brand because I have been wanting to try it for a couple of months now but didn't want to pay the full retail price since it is a bit high. Full size is 120 ml and has a retail value of $24.96

- It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask (Size: 13 ml)
The Miracle Hair Mask from It's a 10 turns your locks up to 11! This high-performance mask gives you detangling, frizz reduction, vibrant color, and amazing body all in one. Just work through cleansed hair for one to three minutes and then rinse - in no time, you'll see more manageable, shinier, softer hair. Like I mentioned before I am excited about these samples because I have been wanting to try this brand out for a while now. I really love hair masks so I love receiving samples to try out different ones and see which one works best for myself. Full size is 240 ml and has a retail value of $22.96

- Comodynes Convient Cosmetics Self Tanning Towelette (Size: 0.8 oz. - 1 wipe)
Get a natural-looking tan with Comodyne's Self-Tanning Towelettes - no salon appointment required! In just three hours, you'll have an even, clean tan with no side effects or streaking. So this sample I was disappointed to see in my box this month because I had already received this in my first month. Hopefully in the future I do not receive any more repeated samples. Full size consists of an 8 pack and has a retail value of $17.00

- Merlot Moonlight Radiance Night Cream (Size: 3 packets)
Infused with grape seed antioxidants, Merlot Skin Care's Moonlight Radiance Night Cream keeps skin hydrated and healthy. Specially-formulated peptides team up with natural grape seed to reduce deep wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging while locking in moisture. Find the tone, elasticity, and pH balance your skin has been craving! This seems like a pretty exciting sample to try out. I am very pleased that since this was a packet sample that they sent more than one packet. This will help me get a better feel for my thoughts on the product. Full size is 4 oz. and has a retail value of $19.00

- Tree Hut Hawaiian Shea Body Butter (Size: 2 oz.)
Luxuriate in the infusion of organic shea butter, cocoa butter, and safflower seed oil. This extra thick body butter seals in moisture, giving you rejuvenated skin with a healthy sheen. Natural Hawaiian kukui nut oil repairs cracked skin and provides deep moisturization. I absolutely love this product! It is so moisturizing and smells divine! This is my first time trying this brand out but I am hooked! I will definitely be placing an order once my sample runs out. Full size is 7 oz. and has a retail value of $7.49

- Evie Evan Purity Masque (Size: 0.5 oz.)
Experience the enrichment of the Purity Masque from Evie Evan. It's a smart, nutrient-rich purifier that gives you glowing skin while shrinking pores. Infused with safflower, chamomile, witch hazel, and orange peel oil. This sample is a very generous size sample. I haven't had the time to try this out yet but I cant wait until I do. I have heard very good things about this product so I can not wait to see how well it works out for myself. Full size is 2 oz. and has a retail value of $36.00

Overall like I previously mentioned I think this was a great month. The samples sent out were great sizes and the ones that I have been able to test out I have really been enjoying so kudos to Beauty Box 5! Can't wait to see what next month holds! Until next time dolls. =)

MyGlam May Bag 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
This month's bag I thought was really cute in a light blue shade with lips all over it. The contents of the bag I was a tad underwhelming. But any who I will get into what the bag consisted of and you can be the judge of what your own thoughts are. Here is what I received this month:

- Philosophy Love Sweet Love Fragrance (Size: Small Vial)
Feel smitten and irresistibly pretty with this flirty and fruity fragrance. This is probably the sample that I have been enjoying the most. I really do like the scent of this. Its light and just smells delightful. This is something I would actually purchase for myself.

- Studio Gear Complete Color Lipstick (Size: Full Size 3.4g)
Rich color that plumps and hydrates for perfectly kissable lips. I received mine in the shade Warm Embrace, it is a little too dark for my taste. It is like a medium brown shade. I think this could have been a good item this month if the shade was something more wearable for myself but since the color isn't going to look good with my skin tone this was a fail on my end.

- Miss Beauty Nail Bling (Size: 20 pieces)
Nail art that will make you fall head over heels in an instant. I think the design is pretty cute. I wouldn't wear them all at the same time. I think I would be more inclined to use it for an accent nail. It is not a complete fail but this is an item that I could have gone without.

- MyGlam Concealer Brush & Defining Eyeliner Brush
Two final signature pink brushes to complete your myglam collection. These are pretty decent brushes. I think that the concealer brush is more like a lip brush so I might use it as that instead. I think this is the last month that brushes are going to be sent out which I think is pretty good. I want to get other samples besides repetition month after month. It is not that I mind getting brushes I just think it would have been better if the brushes sent out were more spread out a few months so that it didn't get a bit predictable.

Overall I think this month was okay not too excited about much. Hopefully next month will improve greatly. Did any of you receive any other shades of the Studio Gear Lipstick? What did you dolls think about this months bag? Are any of you unsubscribing? Until next time! =)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Hautelook: Lorac, Pixi, & Pop Beauty

Hello Gorgeous!
A while back there was a sale on Hautelook that featured Lorac, Pixi, and Pop Beauty and I ordered a few things. If you dont know what Hautelook is it is a membership website where they feature different brands at some great discounts. To join Hautelook is completely free and you can join either by going directly to or you can join through my link and help me with my referrals:
Since Lorac is going to be on Hautelook tomorrow I thought this would be a great time to share what my thoughts were on the products that I purchased. So from the Lorac sale I bought two items. The first item was the Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box Collection:

This had a retail value of $56.00 but I was able to get this at Hautelook for $29.00! I thought this was a complete steal because this Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box comes with two eyeshadow palettes in Day & Night which includes sixteen eye shadows each and a blush in each of the palettes. The eye shadow palettes are each located in one of the drawers of the jewelry box. The top of the jewelry box flips open and it contains two lip glosses in Peach and Rose along with a huge bronzer in Bronze that has a net weight of 0.53 oz. The eye shadows are really pigmented and go on really smooth. They also blend like a charm! The lip glosses are really nice shades as well and aren't overly sticky. The bronzer has a light shimmer to it but it isn't overly bearing which I have really been enjoying. Overall I am really happy with this Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box Collection and truly believe that this was worth every penny!

The last item I bought from the Lorac sale was a baked matte satin eye shadow in the shade Insider. This has a retail value of $22.00 and I got it for $2.00! I wish I would have picked up some other shades when I made this purchase but I was hesitant since this was my first time trying this brand. Insider is just a stunning shade of blue and it is insanely pigmented and blends so effortlessly. I will definitely be picking up some more shades in the future.

During the same time that Lorac was on sale on Hautelook they also had a sale for Pixi and Pop Beauty products. This would be the first time I was going to try these brands as well so I only picked up three items. From Pixi I picked up Pretty Eye Perfection Limited Edition Palette and from Pop Beauty I bought a Pretty Punk Palette and Lid Neon Palette.

The shades from the Pixi Pretty Eye Perfection Palette have a retail value of $12.00 and I was able to get these for $3.00 I believe. These shades are all very pigmented and go on smoothly. The only things that I didn't really like is that there is a bit of fallout and the size of the eye shadows are on the smaller end so it gets a bit tricky when using an eye shadow brush. But other than that it was a great deal and its perfect size for travel.

Next up I picked up Pop Beauty Pretty Punk Palette and I believe I got this for $3.00.  The eye shadows are not that pigmented and are a bit on the smaller size so using a brush can be tricky with this one as well. I didn't get fallout with these shades though which is nice. I think I could have gone with out having this palette as part of my collection but it wasn't a huge bust either. Maybe using the eye shadows wet I will get better results? I will have to try that out and update this later on.

Last thing I picked up was Pop Beauty Lid Neon Palette and I believe I got it for about $5.00. I was drawn to the vibrant colors and thought it would be a great addition to my makeup collection. The eye shadows are more pigmented then the Pop Beauty Pretty Punk Palette but less pigmented than the Pixi Pretty Eye Perfection Palette. These are definitely more workable and I can build these up more as I apply them which makes this not a total bust. I think it was a pretty good buy.

Hopefully this helps some of you decide on what products you might like to purchase on future Hautelook sales. Did any of you dolls make a purchase during any of these sales? If you did what did you get and what were your thoughts on it? Until next time I hope you all are doing great! =)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Birchbox May 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
My box arrived today which seemed to have been the fastest I have ever received mine. Usually I get the chance to log on to Birchbox and check what box I was sent before it even arrives but this month it was a complete surprise. I think I prefer when I don't know what I am getting until I get it. It was nice not expecting anything in particular. So enough rambling here is what my box included this month:

This month's theme was Gossip Girl which was nice. I personally haven't seen the show. I am just really bad at keeping up with TV series. But regardless I was excited to see what was going to be included this month. Upon opening my months box I was delightfully surprised with all of the items I was sent.

- Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo (Size: 15 mL)
Made with purifying deep-sea volcanic extracts, Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil lathers up into a light foam to transform tired locks into a luscious mane. It gets rid of any and all signs of oily debris while softening hair. Plus, the formula is made without heavy silicones, so it won’t weigh hair down. Pretty excited about this sample. It is a nice size and I think I can get a few uses out of it. The full size is 400 mL and has a retail value of $55.00

- Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 (Size: 0.5 fl. oz.)
Miracle Skin Transformer, the brand behind the cult concealer, has developed a formula that evens out all our imperfections all over your body. It works as a light moisturizer, SPF 20, and a skin-perfecting tint—curing roughness, hiding blemishes, and even masking scars (good news for the klutzy ones among us). It’s the perfect accessory to that strapless cocktail dress, not to mention all your summer tank tops and shorts. I received mine in the shade glow which seems to be a really nice shade especially for the summer time. Full size is 3.38 oz. and has a retail value of $34.00

- Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara (Size: 4 mL)
Tiny spherical black pearl pigments define and add thickness, while metamorphosis powders plump up each individual lash. A unique SR38 ceramide complex conditions your lashes, repairing damage and helping them grow more lush than ever before. I've never had the chance to try any Dior products so I was really excited about getting the opportunity to try this mascara out. The full size is 10 mL and has a retail value of $28.50

- Dior Miss Dior Eau De Parfum (Size: 0.03 fl. oz.)
An audacious chypre floral scent, Miss Dior charms with opening top notes of fresh citrus before blossoming into a bouquet of jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and rose. It’s anchored with a base of patchouli laced with sultry musk. I was also excited about this sample. I had smelled this before from a sample in a magazine and I liked it but never thought I'd be able to buy it since its on the higher end. Now I get to have a small spray vial for my special occasions lol. The full size is 3.4 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $102.00

- Birchbox Notecards (Size: One Card)
Made of durable cardstock, these are pretty much the cutest notecards ever. You can use them as thank you notes, invitations, and just-because-you’re-awesome cards. I felt indifferent about this sample. It is a cute and simple card but would have preferred something else personally. Full size is a set of 12 notecards and has a retail value of $10.00

Overall I am really enjoying this box. Everything I received I will use, even the notecards. I don't know how I am going to use it but I'm sure I will figure it out. What did you dolls receive? What are your thoughts on Birchbox? I personally really like this subscription. Let me know what you dolls think. I'd love to hear your feedback! =)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Beauty Bar Sample Society May 2012

Hello Gorgeous!
Sample Society send out 5 deluxe-sized samples from beauty brands like Murad, Stila, and Oscar de la Renta fragrance for $15 a month. You will also receive $15 gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase - when any product from the brands you've sampled is included in your order. A bonus one-year subscription to Allure magazine ($12 value). This was my third month with this company and this is what I received:

- Colorescience Pro Suncanny SPF 20 Travel Puff (Size: 1g / .035 oz.)
Colorescience Pro SPF 20 Travel Puff provides sun protection whenever and wherever you need as well as a dose of color to keep your complexion looking its best. This weightless mineral pigment provides hours of water-resistant SPF 20 and fits easily in any purse or bag, making it perfect for travel. Each puff contains 10-20 applications for multiple uses. Once empty, use for other makeup applications. This item has a retail value of $10.00

- StriVectin SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles (Size: 0.75 fl. oz.)
Strivectin powered up the original with even more potent collagen-boosting peptides and Strivectin re-engineered the formula with NIA-114. Discovered in DNA skin cancer research, NIA-114 accelerates the rebuiling of skin layers. Proven in Clinical Trials. And in Your Mirror. Strivectin's research was conducted under rigorous scientific standards. The result? Multiple patents, proven and documented in years of clinical trials. But the only results that matter to Strivectin are yours. Full size is 5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $135.00

- Alterna UV+ Color Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide (Size: 0.25 fl. oz.)
Fade-Proof Fluide combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract & color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract in a formula that weightlessly shields hair with a UVA/UVB barrier to fade-proofs color while enhancing vibrancy & multi-dimensional shine. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology for the highest level of color protection. Full size is 2.5 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $24.00

- Stila Cosmetics Forever Your Curl Mascara (Size: 0.12 fl. oz.)
Few things are prettier than sweeping, flirty, curly lashes - and thanks to Stila's revolutionary mascara, you can see to it that the 'pretty' lasts all day. Featuring innovative lash-curl memory, this eye-catching wonder contains a proprietary resin that continuously curls lashes throughout the day - and holds curl for long-lasting results. A unique brush design coats and extends each individual lash, while an intense carbon black hue delivers maximum impact. Full size tube of mascara has a retail value of $22.00

- Bond No. 9 New York Bon Bon Sample in High Line
The scent starts off with a prairie grazing weed- purple love grass-mixed with citrusy bergamot and zesty Indian rhubarb. The perfume floral heart is red-leaf rose, Lady Jane tulips, and grape hyacinth. Its lingering base notes combine bur oak- from the sheltering tree that thrives here- with imported sea moss, to evoke the Hudson River proximity, along with musk and teakwood, to remind us that Bond No. 9 High Line is a metro- perfume. Full size is 3.3 oz. and has a retail value of $230.00

Overall I think this was an okay box. I have been with this subscription company for 3 months so at this time I like to evaluate and see if its a company that I will continue with. Even though they have sent out some nice samples. I don't feel like this is the right sampling company for myself. So this will be my last month with them for now. Maybe in the future I will try this company out again but as for now I will just continue with the other companies that I am currently subscribed to. Are any of you dolls subscribed to this? What are your thoughts? How do you determine if you will stick it out with a sampling company a little bit longer? I would love to hear your thoughts!