Archive | April, 2013

$25 Spring Beauty Bag on

23 Apr

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HauteLook’s Beauty Bag $25

HauteLook Spring Beauty Bag $25 on includes: Lorac, Urban Decay, Laura Gellar, Stila, NYX, LA Fresh, and more. Tempting purchase!

I think this is the first time they have done a sampler type of thing like this with a mix of different brands. I want the Urban Decay eyeliner in Demolition (matte brown) and the Lorac eyeshadow in Debutante (shimmery teal) and mascara!


Sunday Spree

22 Apr


I went to the Ross store a few blocks from my apartment with the intention of finding a lavender bath mat. Instead, I bought
a gold Falchi tote bag with green lining $16,
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a fuschia Kenneth Cole Reaction foldover crossbody bag $19,
black Aerosoles sandals $15, 4 lavender wash cloths $6, and 1 fluffy bright coral wash cloth $2.
My over worn dv dolce vita sandals have seen their last weekend, they were my go-to weekend sandals for a while. As of today, they are OUT and my new black sandals are IN! I already wore them out to walk my dog. Yay!

I was a little unsure about the gold tote bag with flowers on it. Is it too grandma style or is it cool?

Please please comment on this, I need some validation or some honest opinions on this one!

**UPDATE** I actually returned both of the bags. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in buying something just because it’s cheap, but on second thought I did NOT see myself using either of those items! The black sandals, however, have already gotten plenty of use!

My First Beauty Box 5 – April 2013

20 Apr


Yeah! My first box arrived from Beauty Box 5! I signed up on April 14th – the last day to receive April’s box. I choose the $100 option for 1 year so each box costs me only $8.33! Regularly it is $12/month.


Model Co. Lip Liner with built in sharpener. Great item to receive in a sample box. I do not currently have any lip liners, so this is now going to get used on a daily since I have decided I need to start using more of the makeup I own to make a dent in the supply I have built up!! Yay for this pencil!


Minxxette Makeup Brush Hanger and Jean Pierre Oil Absorbing Tissue – The brush hanger is now hanging in my bathroom, what a good idea! It’s not something I would ever think of, but now that I have it I like it! The Oil Absorbing tissue I will stash in my purse for sweaty summer days coming up. 50 sheets is a decent size sample!


Brazen Cosmetics Organic Mineral Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit – Oh my it feels like silk dust! This color is a nude color and will get lots of use. It is a loose powder; wonder if I can set it in an eyeshadow pot with alcohol so it is less messy? I’ve seen that done in youtube tutorials but I’ve never tried it. I would highly recommend this brand, however I cannot find them by searching google. No reviews or website found to purchase. Does anyone out there know anything about Brazen Cosmetics?? **UPDATE** Here is the website to check out their goods!


2 sample wipes of 100% biodegradable LA Fresh instant Body Smoother. I have seen good reviews for this brand from others that have received samples,  I’m looking forward to trying this.

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So far like the love the lip pencil and mineral eyeshadow, but I have never heard of most of these brands. I am glad I decided to sign up for Beauty Box 5, seems like they work with smaller companies and a few more well known ones also. Always great to support a growing company with great products 🙂 Looking forward to receiving more boxes to get a feel for this company.

Hey, for $8.33 for over $25 worth of product in this box = TOTALLY worth it for the lip pencil alone!!

Get your own Beauty Box 5 subscription with my referral link here.

I haven’t seen many other reviews with this subscription, is this a small operation or a new subscription box company???

May Julep Boxes Revealed!

20 Apr

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Julep just sent me an email with info on the May Julep Maven Box!! The theme for next month’s subscription boxes is a 1920’s style Set the Stage. The picture above links to Julep’s youtube video showing their new lipstick colors on 3 different women with different complexions.


My style profile is “Boho Glam” I will be receiving 3 of their soon to be launched lipsticks!! WOO!


After watching their youtube video with their new colors, I decided to stay with my Boho Glam box instead of switching to another style profile. It will include the New York Jazz Lipstick Trio (above).


The bubblegum pink color in the Paris Jazz Lipstick Trio (above) I think is not for me.


One person’s box will include $1,000 worth of 1920’s style jewelry, plus there is an add on option for $39.99 for a Mother’s Day gift (1 candle, 2 polishes, 1 greeting card).

Definitely not skipping this month’s Julep Maven Box! $19.99 is so worth 3 lipsticks and 2 nail polishes – and they start shipping on 4/27!! Yippee!

I don’t think the freebox code applies to this box, you might have to already be subscribed as a Julep Maven Member?

My First Birchbox April 2013

20 Apr

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April 2013 Birchbox!

Okay, I paid my $10 and added a Birchbox monthly subscription to my budget. Was I the last one to receive Birchbox this month? Arrived 4/18.  A week ago I got my first Ipsy subscription bag and was so thrilled by it that this Birchbox doesn’t seem as wonderful by comparison, but it’s like apples and oranges. Ipsy is mostly makeup, no makeup in my Birchbox.

vertical april birchboxCaudalie Divine Oil – Grape, argan, hibiscus, and sesame oil blend to use on skin, hair and nails. I tried a little bit on my arm and it was all absorbed into my skin! Such a nice feeling rather than a sticky lotion BUT it has an added parfum ingredient in it and I cannot stand overly smelly products. If this came in a NON-perfume version I would probably get the 100ml $39 size of this, my boyfriend would also use it as a moisturizer. So close, Caudalie, so close.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Warm Glow – I used this today and I totally approve of the light, tinted coverage! I was expecting a thick cream, but this absorbed into my skin and did not leave a layer of product smeared everywhere. Added a subtle evenness so it looks like my skin is naturally healthy. Feels more like a primer to wear under a foundation. Wore it yesterday with my new Be a Bombshell “Beach Please” blush (code IPSY30 for 30% off and Free pink eyeshadow) and got 3 compliments at work on my “glowing skin” before 10am on Friday! That Never happens!

Ojon Deep Conditioner – This has really good reviews, but I will be giving this away to my sister. My hair is too thin for a heavy conditioner.

Supergoop! SPF 40 Anti-Aging Eye Cream Hmm, maybe a good idea to try this for long walks with dog. I am probably at the age to start using something like this, however, I doubt I will buy the full size $45 version.

April 2013 BirchboxHail Merry Chocolate Macaroons – Lifestyle Extra. These would taste better if the package didn’t say macaroons, I was expecting something different. These are melt-in-your-mouth real coconut and cocoa balls. Impressed that Birchbox went there, not sure most people will like this type of product. No added sugars, organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-gmo, kosher, raw treat. Maple syrup, dark cocoa, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt are the only ingredients! Brave Birchbox – good for you! I liked these and will definitely buy some. $5 for a 3.5oz bag

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Cleanser, Serum and Lotion Sample – Beauty Extra. The sample of exfoliating cleanser is a product I would like to use maybe once or twice a week, it was smooth and silky – not strip-your-skin rough like an apricot scrub, but it would be an added step to my normal routine.

My winning items: Hail Merry Macaroons, Juice Beauty CC Cream, sample foil of Elizabeth Arden exfoliating Cleanser.

I’m not sure about this box, though I have to say it’s been really exciting seeing other reviews of this months Birchbox and seeing such a HUGE variety, it becomes very suspenseful waiting to see what came in MY box!! I’m glad I didn’t get the color changing nail polish, I have too many polishes (especially with my new Julep Maven Monthly Subscription Box) I’ll keep Birchbox another month at least 😉

If this review is helpful and you don’t currently have a Birchbox subscription, here is my referral link.

I want to see pictures and reviews of what’s in YOUR box this month! What was your favorite item?

Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box

18 Apr


Julep’s Sea Salt Mystery Box arrived today! I got mystery box 2.

4 colors

Left to right: Lauren ($14) (semi-matte hot pink creme), Meryl ($14) (grey creme), Sadie ($14) (black sea salt textured), Gunta ($14) (Trina Turk Fall 2012 navy blue creme), Nail File ($1), Pedicure Spacers ($2), and Pomegranate Body Creme ($18).

The Sea Salt polish looks like someone dumped a ton of sparkly sugar onto the nail polish. It goes on really thick, as opposed to Lauren (pink) and Meryl (grey) I had to use 2 coats for an opaque finish. Gunta is super opaque, only used one coat.

I have to give kudos for the ingredients list of the Pomegranate Body Creme – Most of the ingredients are in English, not like a list of chemicals.

On my thumb is left over from this weekend’s Sation pale pink polish that came in my Ipsy subscription box – by the way I’ve been wearing that matte hot pink  Be a Bombshell “Beach Please” blush every day this week! It took a little practice to apply with a light hand, it’s such a strong color!


So far I have seen reviews for 3 different Julep Sea Salt Mystery Boxes, and I like my colors the best! Woohoo!! Honesty, I will probably never wear the navy blue Gunta, but  Lauren and Meryl will get soo much it will make up for the navy blue. My neighbor already asked to borrow Meryl 🙂

Total value $77 . I paid $24.99. Yay for me!

It may only be open to Julep Maven subscribers as an early release, I didn’t see the 3 individual sea salt colors on sale yet. If you want to try your first box free, use code FREEBOX to discount the $19.99 fee, you will only pay shipping , but shipping is included in future Julep subscription and mystery boxes. Also, if you enter my referral code it will help me earn Julep points- 11808027.

I just got my first Birchbox and my first Beauty Box 5 in the mail – I’ll post pictures shortly of what I got!! Officially a subscription box addict!! Doesn’t it make you feel so special to receive surprise gifts from yourself?? haha 😉

Stila on Sale at Hautelook Today Only!

16 Apr

Stila makeup is on sale today at!

The Long Wear Lip Colors (with the flowers on the tubes) are all being discontinued, they are being replaced by new meh colors called All Day Wear. I’ve been trying to hunt down a Long Wear Liquid Lipcolor in Caprice to no avail – until today!! Only $8! The 10 pan eyeshadow (photo above) also has the individual pans on sale! Have to check out the Stila Smudge Pot in Cobalt and Stila Primer Pot in Caramel!! Both are truly lovely on most everyone!

Eek Check it out before Wed. 8am!