Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Secret Agent Beauty- Secret Lip Affair

Ladies, I cannot wait to share with you my newest beauty secret!

I came across the brand called Secret Agent Beauty and knew that I just HAD to try it out for myself!  So, you know me, I contacted the company to see if I could get a sample to share with you lovelies!  They were able to send me their Secret Lip Affair Natural Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss in Foreign-Intelligence Flirt!


There are so many things that I love about this gorgeous gloss.

First of all, it is a level 3 lip plumper.  Let me just say that I am all for a lip plumper, but I do not like those that tingle too much.  This one had just the right amount of POW for my liking. ;)  It tastes like peppermint and left my lips with a cool sensation rather than a burn.  I wish more lip plumpers were like this one!

Not only does this gloss perfectly plump your kissers, it is packed with natural, soothing ingredients.  The pure aloe vera extract cools, soothes, and heals lips.  The sacha inchi oil helps to reduce dry, flaky skin and leaves lips looking more youthful.  The peppermint oil extract and menthol help to penetrate the gloss and soothe your lips and to the fullest potential.  You will find vitamins A, C, F, B, E, and B12 as well as Omega 3, 6, and 9 among others.  This gloss is perfect to use during the winter months when lips need that extra attention while still looking fabulous.

According to the company, "Foreign Intelligence Flirt is dripping with secret agent sex appeal.  With one swipe of this glimmering gloss on your lips, you'll knock 'em dead every time!"  --- I have to say that I 100% agree!  P.S. It also passed the boyfriend test ;)

Check out how pretty it looks on.



What I like most about this company is that it offers a range of high quality lip glosses to include on that has tiny flakes of real gold.

You can purchase a gloss of your own for only $16 at www.SAB.US.com.
They also have a kit that includes all 5 of their amazing lip products for only $60 (It appears as though it comes in a cute bag as well).

You can check out their Facebook page HERE as well.

I hope you enjoy their products as much as I do!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pureology- Your Hair Will Thank You!

I was so disappointed when I realized that I did not receive a Pureology sample in a previous Little Black Bag that I decided to contact the company for some samples to try out for my blog and share with you lovelies.  The sweet lady who responded to my email was more than happy to send me a few products to sample, even though I told her that I was lucky enough to get a sample in my second Little Black Bag!

She sent me three samples to try: Supreme Control Zero Dulling Hairspray, Fortifying Heat Spray, and Cuticle Polisher. 


Supreme Control Zero Dulling Hairspray
What I love about this hairspray is that it has major staying power, but does not leave my hair feeling stiff or crinkly.  I am super picky when it comes to hairspray because I love for my hair to feel soft at all times. If I cannot brush my hair with my fingers, I am not a happy camper!  I used this spray on my roots at the crown of my head for a bit of volume and on my bangs to keep them in place.  For the first time this week, I was not fighting with my bangs! 
Fortifying Heat Spray
I LOVE this product!!!  I am adamant about the use of heat protection for your hair before using a hair dryer or straightener.  My hair will not touch heat without fierce protection.  I love for my hair to be healthy and shiny and this product did the trick.  In fact, I just colored my hair two nights before using it, so this was the ultimate test.  I have to deep condition my hair and be extra careful with it after coloring.  I could tell as soon as I used this spray and combed it through my damp hair that I was going to like it.  It made my hair feel like elastic, as though it would withstand a lot of tension before breaking, which is also what I look for in a heat spray. 
Cuticle Polisher
Sounds like I am getting my nails done, right?  When I first read the email, I thought she said that she was sending a cuticle PUSHER.  Lol.  I was wondering to myself if they sold nail products as well (hint, hint... maybe that could be their next big thing)!  This product is actually a serum that you can put on your hair when it is wet or dry.  It comes out looking creamy and absorbs nicely into your hair.  Here is what it looks like before running it through your hair.
Yummy, right? ;)
May not look that attractive, but it sure does make my hair look ah-mazing!

I used both the Fortifying Heat Spray and the Cuticle Polisher together.  After drying my hair, I did not even need to use a straightener.  My hair felt like pure silk.  No joke.  I am in love with these two products together.  Remember how I said I just colored my hair?  Well, to be honest, I used a box color and was not exactly thrilled with the results.  In fact, the day after I colored it, I wore my hair in a ponytail to work (which NEVER happens)!  I went a bit darker and my hair pulled some reddish tones- on top of seeing my hair's little imperfections more vividly.  It seems like when my hair is darker, every flyaway is amplified times 10!  I used these miracle products today and actually came to terms with my hair color.  My hair was super shiny and really soft.  Here are some pictures to prove it!

 So, if I have you sold on the product, check out their website to learn more about their line or to find a salon featuring Pureology products near you!  Enter their website HERE.





Saturday, November 17, 2012

Popsugar Must Have Bag- November

Use the code REFER5 for $5 off of your first order!

I just posted the other day about an amazing, fairly new subscription service called Popsugar Must Have Bag.  For $35 per month (plus tax), you get a box filled with goodies that range anywhere from workout videos, to socks, to edibles, to jewelry... you name it!  This month was a pretty great month in my book!

I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  I used my phone, which was dying so I wasn't able to use the better features... but you can still get the idea ;)



1. $30 credit for CanvasPop
This is a great site that allows you to upload photos to be made into a canvas.  The prices start at $30, so with this card, you are able to get an 8X10 print on rolled canvas for free!

2. $29.95 credit to StyleMint
This credit can be applied to any of the "Mint" stores (HomeMint, StyleMint, IntiMint, etc).  I chose to spend mine on JewelMint and the really cool thing is that you can combine the credit with a promo code.  I was able to use a buy one get one free promo and am getting a pair of earrings and gorgeous bracelet sent to me for free!  I don't even have to pay shipping.  So in actuality, this item was worth $60 to me.

3. Here is one for you guys!  $5 off of your first PopSugar box!  See the code at the top of this post!

 4. Snow & Graham Thank You Notes- Value $16
These note cards are ADORBS!!!  You get a set of 10 of these super pretty cards.  I cannot wait to send a few of these beauties out! 
 

5. Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet- Value $55
This bracelet is very pretty and can also be worn as a necklace.  I like the toggle clasp and that it is the perfect mix of leather and gold embellishments.  I wore it today and received several compliments already.  I have been dying to try Gorjana since I saw it in Little Black Bag, and now I have my very own piece that I didn't even have to trade for! ;)

6. Mor Lip Macaron- Value $10
I. LOVE. THIS. LIP. PRODUCT!!!!  OMG!!!  It made my lips super soft and has a very subtle vanilla taste to it.  I can see myself using this up within a month!  I definitely a fan of lip products, but I usually get bored with them after a few uses.  I can already tell that this will be one of the VERY few products I will actually finish!  I even have plans to stock up on this one!

7. Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Sugar Donut Mix- Value $10
This yummy looking mix has me out searching for a donut baking pan!  No such luck at Wal Mart or Kohls, so it is on to Bed Bath & Beyond tomorrow!
 

8. La Boite Spice Mixes- Value $???  I am thinking around $15
I am not really a spice person, but this will make a great gift!  It also came with a recipe card.

9. Yogalosophy Workout DVD- Value $7
I am actually pretty excited about this as well.  Although I am sure that I will look pretty silly doing yoga (aka, falling all over myself), at least now I can do it at home where only my boyfriend and my dog will be giving me funny looks! ;)



All in all, this was a great month for PopSugar!  The total value of my box was $203, and I am tickled pink!

Use the code REFER5 for $5 off of your first order!




Friday, November 16, 2012

Tagxedo

So most of you know by now that I am a teacher by day, beauty blogger by night.  One of my favorite sites to share with the kids is Wordle, and now there is Tagxedo.  You simply type words that fit a theme (or even your own blog URL and it will pull words for you, which is what I did) and then you can create pictures made from the words.  There is a plethora of shapes, fonts, and colors to choose from.  Here is the one I created in honor of My Beauty Boxes.  Enjoy!



You can make your own at http://www.tagxedo.com/.  Just hit create to begin! 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lindsay Christensen Design Headband

My birthday was last week and a very sweet cousin of mine got me a gift certificate for Etsy.  You would have thought that she just gave me the key to Fort Knox!  Lol.  I spent (no kidding) HOURS looking around for something to buy.  I narrowed it down to a few favorites and one of them was this gorgeous headband by Lindsay Christensen Design.



I fell in love with the cute giraffe print, big flower, and adorable leaves.  You can even choose which color leaves you would like.  My favorite part is that it has a velcro back so you can wear it as tight as you like and it stays put!  I cannot wait to wear this out and about!

You can check out her Etsy page HERE  and find her on Facebook HERE.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Little Black Bag- November


This month I think I have gone Little Black Bag crazy!  This is my first box, I have a second on the way and am in the middle of trading my third!  Since they introduced the $29.95 box, I have not been able to resist a little self-spending ;)


In this bag I received the:

Elise Hope handbag- Retail price $96
Catherine Stein bracelet- Retail price $22
Mocha Leaf Bracelet- Retail price $18
Pureology Silk Bodifier- Retail price $9
Carol Dauplaise earrings- Retail price $15

Total Value of bag- $160
My price- $49.95 plus shipping

How It Works
Right now you have two options for picking a bag.  For $49.95, you can get a bag worth over $100 which generally includes your first pick item and 2-3 other items.  For $29.95, you can get a smaller first pick item and 2-3 other items.  You are limited on your first picks if you opt for the $29.95 bag.  The $29.95 bag can be a great deal if you like accessories!

To get the bags at these prices, you have to sign up for a membership.  As a member, you can skip months and cancel at any time.  Also, you can purchase as many bags as you want each month at these prices as a member.

What you do is pick one item that you absolutely love from the gallery.  You will be guaranteed to receive this item, plus Little black bag will then select some extra surprise items just for you that will become part of your bag.  Once you confirm that bag, you will be able to start trading and will not be charged for your bag until it ships.

How Do You Trade?
Very simple.  You can offer one or more of your items for a different item in the gallery.  So if you do not like the items that were randomly selected for you, you can offer them up in trade for things that you do like. It is a good idea to stay within a $10 price difference when offering trades.  People will also offer items in trade for things that you have in your bag.  You can accept or pass on these trades and people can accept or pass your trade offers as well.  If you open with the $49.95 bag, you will get 7 days to trade and if you get the $29.95 bag, you will have 3.  If you do not want to wait the whole time and are satisfied with your bag, you can have it shipped at any time.  If you are like me, you become a bit obsessive during these trading days!

HAPPY TRADING!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Influenster Blog Box

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own. 

This box was so much fun!  I received an assortment of amazing products to try and review. 

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin - These are pretty neat little hair accessories that take buns to a whole new level!

Bath & Body Works mini candle - I LOVE this candle!  I even like that it is a smaller size.  It is perfect for gift giving or to keep around the house for a quick pick me up!

Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit - This is probably the coolest set of lashes I think I have seen.  It came with a really neat applicator, which is excellent for a newbie like me! :)

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream - This is a great product for naturally curly or wavy hair.  It reduces frizz and makes hair super soft!

New York Color Individual Eyes Custom Compact - This amazing compact comes customized for your eyecolor and includes four shadow shades, a primer, and a highlighter all in one!

EBOOST in Orange - This is a great pick me up for when you have a cold or just need a boost.  Although this is not a product I typically use, it is one of the better ones of its kind that I have tried.
Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Creams - This was my favorite product in the box! I love how soft and smooth it made my skin!  I cannot wait to try the whole line!

Be sure to read more about these and other products on my blog or on Influenster.com!



Not Your Mother's® Kinky Moves

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.



This was a product that I was curious about, but does not fit my hair type well.  Sometimes I will air dry my hair and wear it wavy, but it is just honestly not that cute.  This product helped my hair look a little better and not so frizzy or stiff.  I think this would be an EXCELLENT product for curly hair!

Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.



I have really straight, slick hair, so I was really nervous about trying this product.  I did not think that it would stay in my hair and keep it up.  It actually did much better than I thought, but I think this works better for thicker, curlier hair.  I love that you can get it in different shades and sizes.  You can pick this up at local stores such as Wal Mart, Rite Aid and Walgreens.




Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.

This is possibly my favorite product from Influenster!  I LOVE these products!  The cream goes on smooth and makes my face feel sooooo soft!  I immediately went to Target to check out what deals I could get on the full size.  They actually have a variety of products and I cannot wait to try more of them!  Seriously, you HAVE to try these out!



NYC New York Color

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.

I was so excited to receive an amazing eye color palette from NYC New York Color.  This compact came with 4 gorgeous shadow shades as well as an eye primer and a white cream highlighter all in one compact.  This compact has it all!  You can pick this compact up at local stores for around $10.  Also, these awesome compacts are customized for your eye color, so there is no way you can go wrong!

Bath & Body Works Scented Candles

Hey guys! I recently received another great Voxbox from Influenster (www.influenster.com). In case you are not aware, Influenster is a company that sends products for people to review and share. You receive a score based on how well you promote products, surveys you take, activities you complete, etc. Your score will then determine which promotions you get to participate in. The boxes are free, but the opinions are all my own.

I received this FABULOUS candle in my VoxBox from Bath & Body Works.  The scent I received is called White Barn Nutmeg and Spice.  It reminds me of winter and Christmas at home.  It is a classic, clean scent that covers the room without overpowering.  I have burned my mini candle for hours and it is still going!  I like that it burns evenly as well.  This is a definite must have for Christmas and would make an excellent stocking stuffer ;)





PopSugar Must Have Bag



Use the code REFER5 for $5 off of your first order! So, Of course I have joined yet another monthly subscription service.  What can I say?  I am obsessed! :)  This is one of my favorites.  It is a little more expensive than some of my other boxes, but it is well worth it.  This is the PopSugar Must Have bag.  For $35 per month (plus tax), you are sent a box of goodies worth $100 or more.  Some of the favorite items I have received include:

OPI Nail Polish Set
Govino Wine Glasses (these are amazing)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book
Two Tickets to The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Benefit CabanaGlama Makeup Set
Alora Diffuser (LOVE this!  My bathroom smells like heaven- VERY high quality)
Pirate's Booty Puffs




Oh, and you cannot forget my all time favorite item. This GORGEOUS Brokedown scarf that retails for $84 and is sported by celebs such as Vanessa Hudgens and Halle Berry.

Come on, you know you want your own ;) 

The November box is sold out, but if you hurry, you can still get in on December's goodies!


ORDER YOUR MUST HAVE BAG HERE

P.S. They have amazing referral offers as well.  Be sure to check it out!  You can get up to 6 months for FREE!


A Drop of Golden Sun Cell Phone Cover- Coupon Code

I am notorious for demolishing cell phones.  Seriously, I cannot go a single day without dropping mine.  It just so happens that a while back, I dropped my phone on concrete THE DAY AFTER I had a screen on my HTC Evo replaced.  Normally I would have a phone cover and a Zagg shield to protect my phone from my clumsiness, but both of these were off due to Sprint replacing my screen.  Of course my screen shattered, so I had to upgrade to a new phone.  I went with the new Samsung Galaxy s3 (squeee!!!!).  In honor of my new phone, I decided to shop around for a personalized cover and I came across A Drop of Golden Sun on Etsy. 

The owner was super sweet and very helpful in designing my phone just the way I wanted.  The shipping was fast and I fell in love with my cover the moment I saw it.  Here it is in all it's glory :)


In case you were wondering, my nickname is Cina (pronounced Sin-uh).  This cover is from Case Mate and it very sturdy and high quality.  I have received so many compliments and am in love with this case. 

You can snatch up your own at http://www.etsy.com/people/adropofgoldensun.  Even better, use the code CINA15 for 15% off of your order!