Friday, January 17, 2014

Everpurse Introduction and Mini Review

Okay, I have no patience.  Forget the photos and written review.  Check out my video! ;)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Birchbox January- Giveaway

I just received my Birchboxes for January!  Yes, I have two subscriptions, and would honestly start another if I didn't think I was becoming a little over obsessive.  ;)  There are lots of reasons why Birchbox is my favorite (be on the lookout for a post on why soon), but the number one thing is that the point system cannot be beat!  The box only costs $10 per month and you can get a discount if you sign up for a year in advance (which I always do).  So I pay closer to $9 per month.  I always get at least 5 items in my box to review.  For each item that you review, you get 10 bonus points which = $1 in rewards.  So when you think about it that way, it's as though the box is only costing me $4 per month.  Then I save my reward points until I get a 20% off coupon, which makes the points worth even more.  In essence, it is then as though each item reviewed = $1.20 which makes the box cost me only $3 per month.  Confusing, I know.

So here is what I spent "$3" on this month ;)

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
1.0 oz and 1 cloth
Value: $9.50

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler
Value: $1.50 (estimated)

Klorane Shampoo
Value: $1.77

Handmaid Hand Cream
Value: $1.13

Under Armour Braided Mini Headband
Value: $9.99


I received this absolutely YUMMY smelling mascara in my second Birchbox.  I have too many mascaras to count, so I decided to pass this along to one of you!
($7.50 Value)

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Younique 3D Lashes Review with Video

Hello, lovely ladies!  I am beyond excited to share the latest product that I have tested.  Sweet Kelly Brock, who is an independent Presenter for Younique, sent me one of their best selling products called 3D Lashes.  I have played with the product today and am so impressed!  I can't wait to share some info about it with you! ;)

Let's Start with the Basics.  Here are some details about the product according to the website:

Packaged in two separate bottles, the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers are used together to enhance and magnify your OWN lashes. Watch your lashes transform into something you only dreamed of! A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural. Potentially "mood-altering" 3D Fiber lashes will quickly become your favorite makeup accessory!
Water resistant, yet easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser.

When the envelope first arrived, I noticed that it was wrapped in a beautiful purple and black designed tissue paper with the company logo.  This tells me that the company pays attention to detail and take pride in their products.  The second thing that I noticed is that the product came in a very hard shell case that looked like a glasses case.  It was sealed in plastic wrap, so I know that my product had not been used or tampered with.  This is yet another detail that makes me happy with the company.


So of course I ripped off the plastic wrap to check out what was inside.  I was surprised to see two tubes in the case.  They were fit nice and snug with bands that keep the products in place like a brush roll would keep brushes.  

I made sure to read the directions that were included in the envelope.  Here are the steps that I followed to get amazingly long, beautiful lashes:

1. Apply a coat of your favorite mascara.  In my case, I used Yes, They're Real by Benefit.  I love that it seperates and lengthens lashes.  I figured since I would be layering, these would be great qualities for my base.

2. After my coat of Yes, They're Real dried, I applied a coat of the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel.  I only applied to one eye as you are supposed to go to the next step with the gel still wet.

3. Next you apply a coat of the Moodstruck Natural Fibers.  I was actually surprised when I opened the tube.  It did not look like a typical mascara wand, but more like a fuzzy wand with cloth-looking fibers all over it.  I swept the wand over my eyelashes and the fibers attached to the wet gel.  I have to admit, at first it didn't seem that pretty to me because you could see the fibers on my lashes.  That's okay, because it was fixed in the next step. :)

4. Now you apply another coat of the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel.  This makes the fibers "melt" into your lashes for a look of lash extensions.  Since I only did one eye at a time, I was able to tell a major difference.  That is saying a lot, because Yes, They're Real is my go to mascara for doll lashes! I am beyond impressed with the results!


The cost of this product is $29 and can be found on the Younigue website.  

(According to Site)

Transplating Gel Ingredients: collagen, water, natural Propolis, Brazilian palm glue, Black iron oxide, Acrylic Copolymer, Nylon 12, Stearic acid, propylene glycol/emulsifier. Net: 12ml
Natural fibers Ingredients: 100% natural fibers taken from the campanulaceae of green tea. Net: 3g
Collagen is a type of protein found extensively throughout the body that works with elastin to give skin its texture, structure, and appearance. Full of antioxidants, and provides volume and natural shine to lashes.
Aqua, or highly purified, de-ionized water, is the liquid of life! Hydrates, cleanses, and nourishes the skin and works as a natural spreading component, helping to distribute other ingredients evenly over the skin.
Natural Propolis is a brownish, resinous material collected by bees with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Brazilian Palm Glue is extracted and refined through pressing and crushing that turns the palm glue into an oil, creating the sticky nature of the transplanting gel. Also acts as a natural preservative.
Black Iron Oxide is a naturally-occurring mineral that acts a colorant, giving the gel its striking black color.
Acrylic Copolymer is an adhesive and binder, as well as a suspending agent.
Nylon 12 is a powder substance that is used as an absorbent and thickening agent.
Stearic Acid (also known as Palmitic Acid) is an organic nutrient derived from palm trees that soothes and softens the skin by nourishing the skin deep within.
Propylene Glycol is a humidifying and delivery ingredient that helps active ingredients penetrate the skin.

Monday, January 6, 2014

It Pays to Be a Smart Shopper

I don't talk too often about the amazing deals that I score, but the one that I am about to share with you has been my "lottery" of all deals.  I have to tell you the story from the beginning... so grab some popcorn.

I have been using my Old Navy card for purchases lately to rack up on the reward points.  Seriously, I have used it for everything (but always pay it off immediately; I hate interest fees).  I received an email stating that I had a $50 reward credit that could be printed off on my account.  So I looked it up and I actually had the $50 plus 4 $15 rewards that I didn't even realize that I had on my account.

I decided to do a little free shopping and headed to my local Old Navy store (where I used to work part time- just a random fact about me).  Right beside the Old Navy is a Gap Outlet.  Which reminds me of another tidbit about me.  When I was younger I had a huge gap in my front teeth.  One day, on the school bus, a really snoody girl asked me if I shopped at the GAP and started cracking up at her cleaver wisecrack.  I swore the store off from that point forward.  Now, as an adult, my gap has been filled in and I have since learned to love the Gap.  Sorry, I will try to stay on track now.  See, I told you that you needed to grab some popcorn before you got started. ;)

Anyway, I checked my reward certificates and they stated that I could use them at GAP as well.  So I walked in and they were having amazing sales!  Their sweaters and jeans were half off and they had several other great deals as well.  I spent a long time perusing and after a couple of trips to the dressing room, I just could not narrow down my choices to the limit on my rewards certificates.  So I decided to do what I ALWAYS do before I check out, and looked up online coupons.  I found a coupon that was worth 25, 35, or 55% off of the purchase.  I thought to myself, sweet, I can get everything I want!  So I headed to the checkout line.

There was a lady in front of me who could not pull up her coupon on her email.  I politely told her that she could find it online and the cashier gave me a sideways glance and let me know curtly that the coupon that could be found on Retail Me Not would not work as it is a one-time use code.  Hmph.  I did not care for her tone in telling me that, but I don't give up so easily, so I kept searching.  I found another barcode just in case one didn't work, I may have a backup.

When it was my turn to check out I asked the lady if she would put in the coupon at the beginning of my purchase so that I could see if it worked.  If it did not, I was going to put a few things back.  So she tried it and motioned for her manager to come over.  She showed the original price of an item and then the price that was showing up.  She said, "that's 55%, right?"  JACKPOT!  I verified that I received the additional 55% off of the sale prices and then asked if I could run and grab a few more items.  I was throwing more jeans and earrings on the counter.  If I had known sooner, I probably would have wiped out the store!  I was only able to use 3 rewards coupons per transaction, so I used the $50 and two of my $15.  This is what all I ended up with:

I bought 4 pair of jeans, 4 sweaters, a pair of shoes, two pair of earrings, and a jacket (not pictured).  Guess how much I spent....



My entire purchase would have cost me under $10 if I was able to use all of my rewards certificates.  Still, I paid less than the cost of one sweater and saved $450.86.  Yes, over $450!

That NEVER happens to me.

So, what is my point of sharing this extra long story with you?  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS look up coupons before making a purchase.  Always.  Did you get that?  Even if the mean ol' cashier tells you that it won't work, make her try it anyway.  That made it even better for me.  Not only was I able to use that coupon that she was so skeptical of, I scored big time on it.  Hehe.

So start looking up those coupons, ladies! ;)

I Got a New Tattoo

So, I have been feeling sort of adventurous (rebellious??) lately and decided to get another tattoo.  I have the word love on my foot as well.   My friend's husband is a tattoo artist and he hooked me up with an adorable bow tattoo!  I just love it, so I decided to share it with one of my favorite people- YOU! ;)

What do you think?? :)

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balm

I have heard nothing but great things from the Baby Lips line.  In the checkout line last night, I noticed a balm in a really pretty pink color called Pink Me Up, so I decided to give it a try.

Of course I did not notice until I got home that it was a MEDICATED lip balm.  Actually, I didn't even notice until I tried it on (yes, I can be that blonde sometimes).  I was thinking, WOW, that is NOT the flavor I was expecting.  Lol.  You can definitely taste the menthol (.5%) and feel the slight tingle.  So if you are looking for a good medicated balm, this is a great bet!  

Here are a few things I noticed:

1. My lips did feel super soft and smooth.  The menthol taste/feel did not last too long and I was left with amazing feeling lips.

2. The color is MUCH more sheer than I had expected.  It was almost as though I was not wearing any color at all.  There are several shades to choose from, so when I pick up an unmedicated tube, I will certainly try to find something more pigmented.

3. The cost is very pocketbook friendly.  

4. The wrapper has a sticker that you peel off for drug info.  My sticker did not lay flat and kept wanting to peel.  I tried to peel it off to make the tube smooth and the whole label with the name of the product wanted to come off.  This is a little annoying to me, although it is not a deal breaker.  I just thought I would give any of my OCD ladies a heads up.  It may drive you a little crazy!

Will I try this again in the future?  Definitely.  My lips feel super amazing (yes, I just said super amazing.  I spend my days with over 160 teenagers).  I will just be more careful next time and hope that this sticker issue was just a flaw.  :)

Honey Love Necklace

Hello ladies!  I just received the most adorable custom order and I had to share with you!  I have had my eye on a monogram necklace and found an amazing deal on Instagram for 50% off on Honey Love.  Since following them, I noticed that they are pretty generous about offering discounts on their products.  After devouring their site, I decided on a silver heart shaped monogrammed necklace.  Here she is in all her glory ;)

The quality is honestly much nicer than I expected.  The chain is delicate, yet strong.  The pictures really do it no justice.  It is nice and shiny. ;)  The monogram lays very flat and sits at a confortable spot on my neck. 

 Another thing that I absolutely love is the name of my necklace.  It is called the Alexis and my best friend's name is Alexis.  ;)

 One of my favorite aspects is that they use very personal touches on their packaging.  The address is handwritten and they even drew a cute pink heart on the envelope.  Inside was a box wrapped up in a pretty bow and another cute handwritten note thanking me for the order.  I did notice that they did not include a copy of the invoice, which is no big deal since it is available online.  I am all about saving a tree. :)

The only downside is the shipping time.  Since these necklaces are custom made just for you, they of course take a little longer to make.  They are created and sent to the Honey Love office, then forwarded to you.  I had a misunderstanding with shipping time and contacted customer service.  They were very friendly and professional.  I love receiving great customer service and the necklace was completely worth the wait for me. 

If you are interested in placing an order of your own, you can find my exact style HERE