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