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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Birchbox July 2016 review

Even after the whole Birchbox ending their review points after July uproar in the subscription box community, I decided to continue with my sub and see what goodies I will continue to get. After all, I have the annual plan and tons of points I have racked up I need to use. I will sorely miss it and my end of the year shopping sprees, but I've had Birchbox for 5 years already! Wow! 

Lots of cleansers this month- Oribe shampoo/conditioner samples for the hair, Clinique facial cleanser and Marcelle 3in1 Micellar makeup remover! I chose the Benefit They're Real lengthening mascara :) not too shabby of a box but I am looking forward to August's box to bring it! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Birchbox May 2016 review

My May Birchbox review looks promising with brands I'm already familiar such as Benefit and Dr. Brandt but with new products! (Except for Avene's refreshing water spray! I already tried this and love it!)

Excited to be upgrading my brows with Benefits new gimme brow Volumizing fiber gel. To help cleanse and exfoliate my skin, I'll be sloughing dead skin cells away with Dr. Brandt's poreDermabrasion! So far, so good! I e also got 2 sunscreen options this month- Lavanila's Healthy sunscreen sports lux with sweat -proof technology or IPKN's BB cream option for correcting coverage. Either way can't go wrong, will just need to assess my day. :) 

And when my skin is crying of sweat because of the insane heat we are experimenting in SoCal, I will happily spray the Avene thermal spring wate. I've already finished a bottle last summer so I know this stuff is amazing! 

Looking forward to next month's box. After July, it will be difficult as the point system is changing (aka no more points to review products in August...) hope the boxes will be awesome!!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Sephora Play Beauty May 2016 review

Sephora's coveted beauty subscription finally opened up and I got a chance to join in for May. Here's what I got:
Bonus: cute drawstring bag to put everything inside!

Fave items:
-Bite mini lipstick in kimchi (although I would've expected that color to be more orange)
-Briogeo hair mask
-Korres wild rose facial 

So far I'm enjoying the items I got in this bag, so I'll be sticking with this sub to see how it goes this summer!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Influenster Treatbox review

Influenster' latest box for mommies is out and I was lucky enough to receive one! It came with a few mommy essentials to help bring some energy to our lives- drinks! Yogi Tea which I am already a fan and I got introduced to Hills Bros Cappuccino instant drink mix!

Redeemed the Country Crock coupon to bake these chocolate chip cookies 😍


Note: I received these goodies from Influenster to review and share with my readers. 

March Birchbox reveal

Happy April! I'll start this month with revealing last month's BirchboxIt was a well-rounded beauty box that had items from skincare, haircare to makeup. 

Juara's radiance exfoliant scrub
WilmaSchumann's collagen eye pads

No.4 shampoo & conditioner

TreStiQue color and smudge eye pencil
Smashbox primer oil

Excited to see my April Birchbox!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

VeganCuts Beauty Box is an amazing monthly subscription service that introduces you to new brands and products that will help update and make your makeup/skincare/haircare more natural. In February, new subscribers got a bonus goody of the nail polish.

Each month they give spoilers and 2 of them were the 100% Pure double eyeshadow sticks and the Wonder Seed facial cream.  Totally got me hooked as I'm a huge fan of the of 100% Pure! 

The WonderSeed Facial cream is amazing, just as amazing as their hand cream!

Monday, February 29, 2016

GoodBeing Limited Edition beauty box Review

GoodBeing, a natural beauty subscription box company recently launched in February a limited edition special box. New to their services, I decided to treat myself to this indulgent box full of natural and amazing goodies.

The two items that initially caught my eye were the Vitamin C body oil from One Love Organics- one of my favorite brands and the most adorable set of fashionable totes! 
After receiving the box, I fell in love with all the other goodies:
-AILA nail polish - the perfect deep red hue for Valentine's Day and any other day !
-Osmia lip treatment provided an intense moisturizer for my lips
-lilikoi living serum
-MeToWe Necklace

Also included was a 2 month subscription gift to their regular monthly boxes! 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TKO Running Belt- fitness accessory find!

Are you a runner? Or just looking for a way to hide your keys and phone without putting them in your purse? Then you've got to invest in a running belt! It's a more fashionable than a fanny-pack and you get the reflective trim to help protect you when you're out in the evenings/nights.

The TKO running belt is a particular favorite fitness accessory because it practical, useful and comfy to wear. It has two zipper compartments to hold my phone- these smart phones nowadays are just bulky!- and my keys separately. You can also put any ID or credit cards  in the same pouch as your phone.

Note: I received this product for review purposes only. All opinions are mine.

Monday, January 04, 2016

KERANIQUE Clean & Condition Set Review

Thanks to iFabbo, this holiday I kept my dull, winter hair extra fab with the KERANIQUE clean & Condition set.

This duo combination offers the Scalp stimulating shampoo.  Afterward, you use the Volumizing Keratin Conditioner which helped bring life to my usual flat hair. 

Learn more about the duo here: http://bit.ly/1fXnMbB

Loving my #keraniquehair thanks to being an #ifabbomember!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner Review

This past month I have been using the new StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. Thanks to iFabbo, I had the opportunity for my pores to go from ick to ahh. Learn more about it here: http://bit.ly/1gE3Gni
Its technology and age-fighting benefits are to help minimize the pores and overall smooth out one's complexion. Having had some bad acne while growing up and also having large pores and blackheads, I have noticed a large difference after use.  A love-hate relationship grew throughout the years, even after trying lots of products. Consistency and continued use had to be the key.

After using the StriVectin Pore Refiner, I saw an immediate difference on my skin. Smoother skin was the biggest thing that I noticed. Usually retinol causes my skin to get a bit more dry but the additional moisturizing ingredients in this product helped ease that. This product overall is a must in my skincare routine. Many of the bumps and pores that I used to have are now less noticeable and even gone! :) LOVE LOVE the results and can't wait to keep using it throughout the winter season.

#iFabboMember #striveStory

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Holiday Series: Holiday meals

It's time for some home cooking for the holidays! (Or there's always take-out too if you don't have time.) But for those that enjoy time spent in the kitchen, you have to check out RawSpiceBar. This monthly subscription provides a monthly theme along w/ 3 spices and recipes that would go along with the supplied spice packets. 

November's theme was Ethiopian

Sample recipes for the spices

Spices included the pumpkin pie spice, Berbere and Ethiopian motmots. I haven't heard of the last two before but this is definitely interesting and really "spices" up your holiday meals. 

The subscription is less than $10 a month and adds a nice "flavor" to your meals. 

(Note: RawSpiceBar provided the November subscription so I could review and share my thoughts with my readers. All opinions are my own.) 


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Holiday Series: Stuff your Stockings!

Can you believe it's already December? Between Thanksgiving to Christmas, these couple of weeks is one of my favorite times of the year- spending it with family and shopping for others! I have only a few short weeks and quite a number of folks on my Santa list (lots of people who were nice this year apparently). Each year I usually like to give a mix of stocking stuffers to go along with the gift. It just adds a nice oomph to it.

For my beauty lovers, I love gifting them with useful beauty tools and beauty sets. A gal can never have more than enough glosses! Plus, I adore both so these are definitely on my wish list as well! 

Beauty tools:
-new compact mirrors!
-new hair brushes

These 2-in-1 combine a compact mirror and hair brush! From Olivia Gardens, these are available at Ulta for $3.49-perfect for your bestie and yourself!

Gift sets:
One of my fave beauty brands Vapour Organic Beauty is offering these three gift sets on Target.com! Obsessed with sets in general, I adore their multi-use sticks to provide lip colour and cheeks the same colored flush. Here are three with 3 different price points to match your holiday budget!

Available for $40, the duo set includes: Siren Lipstick in Plush, a dusty rose, and Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Mystery, a sugared plum.
Available for $50- this is the perfect holiday duo. With nude eyes and berry stain lips, you'll be the catch of the party! This set contains Aura Multi-Use in Instinct, a decadent pomegranate stain, can be used on both lips and/or cheeks and Mesmerize Eye Color in Chill, a silvered taupe, which brightens the eyes with a soft shimmering light.

What I love most about their products is that their colors are buildable so you can get a more intense look by layering on an additional coat of color. 😍
This is my favorite combo- for $70- the set provides Aura Multi-Use in Lavish, a gilded peach to get the perfect glow, Mesmerize Eye Color in Bliss, a smoky brown with a hint of violet and the Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Bon Bon, a golden peachy pink. These can be worn together or separately to help create your holiday look this month!

Use the code SHINE to save 10% at Target on select beauty items!

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