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Thursday, July 17, 2014

BeautyCon is coming to LA on August 16!

BeautyCon is coming in the next few weeks in LA! Save the date for August 16! Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1zE7kTE

They already have a great line-up of vloggers and beauty gurus for the event. So excited to learn more from them! Stay tuned for pics and a recap after the event! If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, don't wait any longer! 

Power Up with July's Birchbox

This month, Birchbox teamed up with Women's Health magazine for their #PowerUp box. Not only do you get a full year subscription to the magazine (or a $10 refund), but 4-5 awesome samples! This month, you were also able to choose a product- a Ruffian nail polish or a Cynthia Rowley lipgloss. Of course by the time I got to choose one, the color choices were sold out. I did get to snag a silver-taupe Ruffian polish (shade: Relic) which came with a polish remover towelettes sample.

Here's what else I got:
- Benefits PosieBalm - light pink lip tint in the cutest packaging 
- Naobay body radiance lotion
- Real Chemistry luminous 3 minute peel
- Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask ( 2 mini jars )

New to Birchbox? Don't forget to sign up here and enter code: WOMENSHEALTH100 to get 100 extra Birchbox points!! ( aka $10 to use in the shop)  After you get your box, you can review the products and earn 10 points per product! (~$5 per box) 

Simple Skincare & PopSugar's Passport to Healthy Skin

This past Saturday, I stopped by the Grove for the last leg of the #KindToCitySkin tour hosted by Simple Skincare and PopSugar. Skincare is important and loves that I got to learn different skincare tips during the event. I was also introduced to some of their products- including their radiant wipes! Unfortunately they ran out of samples so couldn't try any, but I did get to snag the May PopSugar Must Have box!! (Review coming soon!) I also sampled some light bites and fruits! Yes- eating right and drinking plenty of fluids is important for skincare. There was also a mini yoga section since exercise and destressing is important for good skin!!

Thanks Simple and PopSugar for a great afternoon!! Also props to the Grove for the venue! Always fun to go shopping afterwards ;)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Summer Craft Camp hosted at Brooklyn Craft Company

In June, Brooklyn Craft Company hosted a full day session of crafts, snacks and lots of fun!! If you missed it, they are having another session on the evening of July 24! Check out their site for more info!

I was the lucky recipient of a ticket so special THANK YOU to EtsyNY! What an incredible fun-filled day!!

The June session consisted of 3 90-minute workshops to make a Shibori dyed wrap, leather sunglasses case and a stained metallic wooden necklace. In between, they offered mini craft areas to make flower crowns, get your hair braided, make friendship bracelets and postcards! 

Here's all the crafts that were made at the end of the day:

At the end, we also got a bag full of swag! 

Snacks that were yummy, scrumptious and thoroughly enjoyed:

Check out their next session to join in on all the fun! 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Perlier Hand Cream Review

Perlier has become one of my favorite bath and body brands this past year! Thanks to iFabbo, I recently got to try their latest Moisturizing Hand Cream in White Lily extract. It's floral scent is amazingly fresh and delightful! The hand cream is great  for the dry weather out in the west, so I'm glad this is part of my daily routine now.
Learn more about the hand cream here: http://bit.ly/Perliersheabutter

Don't forget to check this out on HSN on July 24 & 25 to get this in several amazing package deals! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

FabFitFun VIP Summer Edition 2014 for $35 ONLY!

Woohoo! The Summer Edition of the FabFitFun is here! This quarterly box comes every 3 months and with summer already here, it's the perfect way to kick off the season!

So many goodies...
Here's a rundown of what is inside. (Oh and don't forget, you can get ALL this for $35 (save $15) using this coupon code at checkout: 3508094 at VIP.FABFITFUN.COM 

- Sonya Dakar Flash Facial -a one-minute facial that can help you get younger looking skin..
- Pur-lisse protect SPF 30
-Thursday Friday Mini clutch 
- Balanced Guru no frizz oil
- FabFitFun water bottle (can add your own fruits for infused water)
- Zoya nail polish
- KISSTIXX Lip Balm 
- Popchips 

The three items below were sponsored:
- Skintimate shaving gel 
- Always liners
- Slimfast meal bar

Also got 2 coupons to use :
- $30 gift code for Thursday Friday 
- 25% off KISSTIXX

I'm excited to be trying out the Flash Facial and Balanced Guru's no frizz oil! The makeup clutch bag is super cute too so will be using this lots this summer. 

Like what you see? Get this box today for $15 off!! Lucky you! Normally $50 but you get $15 off! Use coupon code: 3508094 at checkout today

BECOME VIP Today!! vip.fabfitfun.com

Happy Summer!! 

BeautyBar & Allure's Sample Society - Relaunch

I haven't joined Sample Society before but they announced this past week their relaunch for July! Changes going forward include all Allure-editor selected products, ie: more makeup products, and a $10 off $50 discount on BeautyBar.com. Previously, their boxes focused too much on skincare and the discount was only applicable on products featured in that month's box. Some changes but what drew me in was their July sneak peek!!  Subscription boxes really need to do this more often to get me hooked! (Actually my wallet doesn't agree..)

ALL July boxes will include:
Fekkai intesnive hair mask
Laura Mercier's highlighter
Butter London nail polish
L'oreal liquid lipstick
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette

The monthly cost is $15 which is $5 more than my Birchbox and Ipsy bags. However, with a Laura Mercier product and Butter London Polish and Fekkai, I am intrigued! I am hoping August boxes will continue to bring more makeup goodies!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Birchbox & Ipsy Box Reviews

This month, I thought I would do both my Birchbox and Ipsy reveals together. I received my Birchbox past the 15th and my Ipsy around the 13th - which are not the norm for either subscriptions for me! In any case, I enjoyed both bags equally for different reasons!

First, Birchbox! I have subscribed to them for so long so I was genuinely happy that I got a good box this month .. Variet of skin, fragrance, eyes, lips and facial. Perfect combo and new additions for the next coming weeks! Here's what I got in my "away we go" themed box:

The Coastal Scents quad sampling of the Revealed 2 eyeshadow palette
The Egyptian Magic all purpose skin cream
Harvey Prince citrus perfume - perfect for summer!
LAQA & Co. sheer lip lube pencil in Bees Knees - sheer coral color with a minty side
Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - with papaya enzymes to bring out your inner glow! 

Want to subscribe to Birchbox? Go here! 

Ipsy- I have bee getting my bags for almost a year and have to say that it keeps getting better! My first few months were okay but now I am using more of the products as they're more suitable. Also, each bag's design gets better and better! We lucked out with getting this cute Rebecca Minkoff pineapple print bag. There could've been just one product and I would've been okay with it. But of course, Ipsy spoils us with 5 goodies again.

Here's our "Pretty in Paradise" treats:
Laneige BB Cushionsampler- got the softest mini puff ever! Perfect coverage for myself and includes all 3 shades.
Skinn olive & enzyme cleanser - doubles as a cleansing mask too!
Marc Anthony Beach Spray - beach trip, anyone?
NYX cosmetics lip butter gloss in Apple Strudel -moisturizing!
Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner

Want to subscribe to Ipsy? Check out Ipsy today for $10/month! 

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Quarterly #MIZ03 box review

This quarter's #Miz03 Quarterly box curated by Bianca Jade aka MizzFit has arrived! I feel like I have been waiting for this since mid-May and now that it's here, I can't wait to use everything! 

This month's theme is all about rejuvenation after a workout. The largest item is the Thermos filtered water bottle. I  already using another filter water bottle so will have to save this for a bit later.

Vidergize is one of my favorite sites to get on-the-go workout videos. Using a credit system, ($1 a credit) you can easily watch videos for a buck or two all in the comfort of your own home. You get a free 7 credit pass with this box. 

Now on to my favorite beauty products... The Norma Kamali trio set- soap, massage oil and liniment (aka moisturizer). Olive oil is so naturally good for your skin and I love how it moisturizes. Really excited to try the soap now.. As I've already dabbed myself in some of the liniment and oil.

We also received a special blood orange lip balm and eye gel pads to keep your face feeling refreshed. It was completely thoughtful of Bianca to keep us feeling spa-like from head- to- toe with all these products! There's also two snack bars Almond and Cashew flavors. Nutty! 

There was also a code to get a lace sports bra for half off! I saw that they were prices at ~$60 so although it comes out to about $30, I will probably pass. Going to put that $ towards my next Quarterly box! :) 

I seriously can't wait for my next one in August! #miz04 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ipsy's Generation Beauty Conference

Happy June! I kicked off the month with the Ipsy Generation Beauty conference in LA this past weekend. (AKA the Beauty Mecca with a gazillion beauty goodies) This was my first time there and I am so glad I got the opportunity to go both days! Tips on avoiding the long lines? Get there early, and head straight to the booths that were giving away products! 

We dashed to the Benefit booth to get a free sample of their They're Real Push-up Liner. Quickly noticed that the other brands were either selling or doing demos so we went to Bare Minerals's booth. It was by far the most popular booth of the weekend; the lines stretched about 3/4 of the entire space as people waited patiently to get their skin color matched to a full-size Bare Skin foundation and brush! (Almost all freebies at the event came at the cost of posting a pic on social media with their hashtag.)

Here are some pics of the venue:

The best part of each day was the HAPPY HOUR- redeeming tickets to get packaged goodie bags! There were 4 tickets with 4 bags of loot! There were slight variations in the bags of course but mostly everyone got lots of stuff! Some booths you were only allowed to get one sample since they marked your badge but others you could get multiple :) 

Can't wait to do reviews of these products and hopefully will get to try these all out! This should seriously last a whole year :) or I may just give it away.. Reviews coming soon! 

This is seriously one of the best consumer beauty events out there! The ticket prices are a bit hefty- ranging from $50-$150 depending if you're an Ipsy subscriber and when you purchase the ticket. I'll be getting mine in advance again! 

Subscribe to Ipsy today!! $10/month for beauty goodies :) http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hkd1iykrlf0y7y3

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Don't forget to... Pack A Hat!

This summer, whether you're going to the beach, outdoor BBQ or a picnic in the park, protect yourself from the UV rays with Pack A Hat from Cappelli Straworld! This adorable clutch, shown in Navy Blue & White, will carry your essentials- keys, cards, lip gloss- and even a sun hat! This cute floppy and wearable hat will give you UPF 50 protection needed for your skin and peepers too (but I like to wear shades just in case) for those sunny days! It's so easy to forget to bring a hat and one that is so portable and easy to remember is a WIN for me! The hat is durable like the ones I already have from -- but once folded, it was like it vanished inside the clutch. The roomy clutch can also be thrown into your summer beach bag!

Check out www.hartfordyork.com/product/7341/womens-hats-ss to order yours today! They're only $25 for the hat and clutch combo and comes in many colors and also stripe combos! 

May Birchbox Reveal

This month's Birchbox had 6 items! A nice treat considering my past boxes this year- all items I am excited to try! 

* Smarty Pants vitamins- tastes delicious 
* Cynthia Rowley eyeliner in a gorgeous silver color
* Marcelle BB cream golden glow- a gorgeous tint for the summer
* Number 4 volumizing shampoo 
* extra: Number 4 volumizing conditioner 
* Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Lotion- nice compliment after using the body wash from last month's box 

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