Friday, January 16, 2015

Le Parcel Period Subscription Review

www.leparcel.com

It often feels as though nothing can be worse than "Mr. Monthly Visitor."  But I have good news for you ladies!  I have found a subscription service that can make that time of the month a little more easy to bear.  I have had the pleasure of reviewing a Le Parcel box just to share with you!

Le Parcel's Vision

"We want to make “that time of the month” the time of the month you will now look forward to. That’s why each of our parcels come with chocolate, a gift and your choice of up to 25 products customized perfectly to fit your needs. You can even pick when it arrives."

Brands

There are several name brands to choose from including Playtex, Kotex, Tampex, and O.B,  You can choose a variety of tampons, pads, and liners- a total of 25 products in all!

Cost

$15 plus shipping

My Box


Even the inside of the box is adorable!

Look at all these goodies!

I received a variety of products from Kotex, which is actually my favorite brand.  I love that the products are small enough to throw in a purse or slip into a pocket.

I also received this super yummy fruit gum.  It came in an adorable box that is about the size of a matchbox.  


This Fig + Yarrow Rose + Vanilla Tinted Lipblush could possibly be my favorite item in the box.  I love the small tin and the color is sheer, yet amazing.  I love the way it feels on my lips, making them super moisturizing.

These individually wrapped chocolates are very high quality and perfect for a little moment of stress relief.

How adorable is this bracelet?  The brand is Pura Vida and I received the style called Beach Life.  I love that these bracelets help provide full time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica.  

Finally, I received this trendy notebook that is perfect to keep in a purse so that you can jot down notes on the fly.  




My Thoughts

I love the idea of never having to buy feminine products in the store again.  I really love that there is a variety of goodies, from chocolates to jewelry in each box.  The thrill of the surprise also keeps me coming back to subscriptions like these.  Most subscription services have shipping included in the cost, but I think $5 shipping to the US is reasonable for the size box that I received.  I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Le Parcel sends next.






Friday, November 28, 2014

New One Direction Limited Edition Beauty Collection



Hello lovelies!!  I am very excited to show off a new One Direction Beauty Collection with you.  I was lucky enough to be chosen to sample and review 3 of these new kits for you guys.  All three kits included the same contents, but the collectible tins each had unique covers.  






First the Product Info



Created for—and inspired by—fans of the world's biggest band, this limited-edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, just like ONE DIRECTION.

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member). Tins include:

Eye Shadows:
Nobody Compares- Metallic silver
Tell Me A Lie- Metallic nude pink
Same Mistakes- Metallic mint
I Would- Smokey brown shimmer
Summer Love- Smokey purple haze
Everything About You- Smokey black shimmer

Eye Pencil:
I Want- True matte black

Lip Gloss:
Loved You First- Bubble gum pink
One Thing- Frosted pink ice
Irresistible- Shimmered pearl
Heart Attack- Creamy rose shine

Lip Gloss Top Coat:
Over Again- Silver glitter sparkle

Nail Varnish:
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer
Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes


These new sets are available in stores November 15th at:
Sears USA
Kmart
Target
Walmart Canada

The Goodies





The Giveaway
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New One Direction Makeup Kits and Giveaway!

Hello all!  Brrr.... Is it getting cold!  Since I have been staying indoors more and more, I am super stoked to have the opportunity to review some amazing makeup kits from One Direction.  I was sent a nail polish kit, a mascara kit, and a lip gloss kit to test out and share with you awesome people!  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!


Product Info

ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA

Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours. 
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink 
Story of my life- Amped canary yellow 


LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS

Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. 
Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look. 

Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light 
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light 
Taken - Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light


ROCK ME NAIL KIT

ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. 
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle! 

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter 
Moments- UV neon pink 
Diana- UV 3D holographic 

Glitter Toppings: 
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter 
Star-- UV holo glitter 

Makeup by One Direction will hit the follow stores November 15th!
Macy's
Dillards
Boscov's
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & Taylor



;The Goodies










The blue mascara in action.  This can also be used on hair.  Go CATS!! ;)

The lip gloss is so pretty!

The Giveaway


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kate Spade is on Birchbox!!!



I am jumping up and down with excitement!!!  Kate Spade is now on Birchbox!

I always say that Birchbox is my all time favorite subscription service, and now I have one more reason to be in love.  I just ordered a Kate Spade tumbler and gold bow magnets and did not spend a penny!  That is right, I used a coupon code and bonus points to get those bad boys for FREE!!!

THE GOODIES

Here are some of the amazing Kate Spade items you can pick up from Birchbox.  Perfect gifts for Christmas (hint, hint)!









If you are interested in how to technically get your Birchboxes for FREE each month, be sure to check out my blog post HERE.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exuviance Review

Hello!  I just received samples from a company named Exuviance that were sent for the purpose of reviewing and sharing with you.  I received 3 packets of the Performance Peel AP25 and samples of the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum and Evening Restorative Complex.  When I originally signed up for the campaign, I was set to receive full size products to review.  Since there was such a high demand for review, I was sent sample sizes, therefore my results will not be accurate as those who were able to test the products for an extended period of time.

ABOUT THE COMPANY/PRODUCTS



EXUVIANCE® is created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.

Exuviance Illumination Duo combines the power of our nighttime transformer, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, with the 100% pure active formulation of Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster for a potent antiaging cocktail that combats the visible signs of aging.

Give your skin a beauty boost! Mix Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster with Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex before bed. The Vitamin C amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex for a potent antiaging cocktail that acts as an evening transformer for all skin types.

- Evening Restorative Complex is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance
- 90% saw smoother skin after 4 weeks of using Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
- Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex, helping to fade the look of dark spots while improving firmness and smoothing wrinkles

The powerful Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone in Evening Restorative Complex decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture. Lactobionic Acid - a potent antioxidant - inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity. This bionic blend of PHAs, along with botanicals and Vitamins A, C and E, delivers full-strength anti-aging benefits without drying or irritation, even on the most sensitive skin types.

The 100% pure active formulation of Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster contains Vitamin C, an essential co-factor in collagen synthesis, known for its power to strengthen skin's matrix, improve firmness and smooth wrinkles. Plus, we've added our patented super antioxidant, Aceta-C™, to enhance the natural antiaging effects of Vitamin C, amplifying its skin-protecting and pigment-evening effects. Together, they help fade the appearance of unwanted dark spots, and strengthen skin's defenses against future discoloration and signs of aging. (What does 100% actives mean? The formula does not contain water or fillers, etc. All the ingredients are benefit ingredients.)

For more product information, please visit here:
http://www.neostrata.com/product/exuviance+illumination+duo.do

Available at Exuviance.com and ULTA stores nationwide
Value: $120, Retail Price: $77

MY EXPERIENCE

I have used the Performance Peel twice since receiving my sample and I have not noticed any dramatic differences yet.  To use the peel, I wiped my face using the pad in Step 1 and after 10 minutes, I applied the product on the pad in Step 2.  I noticed that my face did not burn like a peel and seemed to be much smoother afterwards.  I also noticed a slight glow to my skin.  I followed up with the Evening Restorative Complex after my peel.  This product did not have a strong odor and seemed to add to the smoothing and glowing benefits of the peel.

I used the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum at night after removing my makeup before bed.  Again, I do not believe that I have been able to use the product long enough to give a valid review, but it did leave my skin feeling soft, smooth, and bright.  I did have a slight break out (typical for my skin) after using the products for a few days, so I had to stop the routine to use the products that help my skin when it flares up.  I will update this post when I am able to sample the product a little longer.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jamberry Nails Review

I have recently had the privilege to review samples of Jamberry Nails courtesy of Kimberly Ziglar so that I can share the results with you!  I am so excited because I have been interested in trying Jamberry for a while now, but I did not realize that they could be used on acrylics as well as natural nails.  When she contacted me about writing a blog post, I was more than happy to test the products out!

Kimberly sent me a kit that included an alcohol wipe, wooden cuticle stick, Jamberry Nail file, 2 sheets of 5 samples each, business cards with coupons, and a brochure with information about the products.  I was excited to look through the brochure and browse the different styles on Kimberly's website.  There are so many cute choices!  Here is a photo of the samples that I was sent (excluding the style that I chose to demonstrate):


My fingernails are actually fairly small, but with my acrylics, the samples were too small to fit my fingernails.  Therefore, I decided to try my favorite design with my fresh pedicure!  The steps for applying are actually really easy.  I looked up videos on YouTube for tips and tricks before trying them out myself.  Here are the steps that I used:

1. Use the alcohol wipe to remove any oils or films from your nail.
2. Select the nail design and size for your nail.
3. Peel the design halfway off of the plastic using the wooden stick to avoid getting oils on the sticker.
4. Cut the design in half- each design will cover two nails.
5. Place the sticker in front of a hair dryer or small heater for 10-15 seconds until it is soft and pliable. 
6. Place the sticker on the nail, being careful to get the rounded end close to the cuticle.  
7. Take your wooden stick to smooth out any bubbles and to press the sticker firmly to the nail.
8. Trim the excess sticker that hangs over the nail.
9. Use heat on the nail design while placed on the nail once more.
10. Apply more pressure to assure that the sticker is in place and does not have any bubbles.
11. File the end of your nail so that the sticker is flat against the top of your nail.
12. Voila!  You have instant adorable nails that will last 10-14 days (up to 4 weeks on toes)!

Check out my adorable results!


I absolutely cannot wait to buy more designs to try out!  
A regular sheet includes 18 wraps in various sizes (that WILL fit my fingers) and retails for $15.
If you purchase 3 sheets, your fourth sheet is free!

If you are like me, you have a thousand questions.  Feel free to check out the FAQ page HERE