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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Birchbox review

My January Birchbox came with 5 awesome products. Themed, "Let's Do This!", January is all about getting you in the right track for the new year. 2015 is going to be full of fun and surprises. :) All the products I got this month were to keep my skin, lips and hair moisturized for this winter month.
My chosen item was the Tocca hand cream in Cleopatra which I am loving! The grapefruit and cucumber combo smells great and feels super luxurious.. 
Other goodies in the box included:
- Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream- made of 99% natural ingredients.. feels light and creamy
- It's a 10® Miracle Leave-In Product Plus Keratin- haven't  used this yet
- MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil- love argan oil as a facial moisturizer
- Manna Kadar Lip Locked - smallest sample ever!! The color is a perfect rose colour for everyday and keeps my lips feeling moisurized. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Spring 2015 Warby Parker collection

The new Spring collection for Warby Parker eyeglasses debuts today! I got sneak peek of some of their available frames yesterday and I'm a fan! I'm a dual contacts/eye glasses wearer myself so I always love to see what kind of frames are out there. Here's some of my favorites:
An everyday pair

Got the blues? 

I am loving these blue frames!!  They're chic and bold and they kind of remind me of my very first pair of blue frames when I was in elementary school..

Check out all the frames on the Warby Parker site: http://www.warbyparker.com/eyeglasses
They have an amazing program where you can order the pairs you want to "try-on" at home so you skip the whole going-to-the-eye-doc thing. You'll just need your current prescription though.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Scala Rainhat review

The Scala rainhat, shown above, was my savior in the rain! Last month, SoCal was met with a few rainstorms that left many SoCal residents soaking and unpleasant (mind you there was only a few occasions of rain in the past year). The Scala rainhat, made of 100% nylon, was my chic and practical solution to keeping my hair dry without an umbrella. 

The interior pattern is also quite cute with polka dots and I love how flat and convenient you can pack it after use. Also makes it quite easy to store into accessories bin for the next time rain decides to stop by SoCal (such as this weekend!)

It's available in 4 colors- for $25 each. Get yours today!! Check it out here!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Target Naturals Beauty Box review

The Target beauty box (limited edition box back in Nov/Dec) was just $5 and I got these 6 awesome items! They included brands that can be naturally found at Target stores.

Here's what I got:
Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelettes- a must have for every purse/gym bag/etc.
Soapbox Argan oil shampoo- been using it all month and loving how full my hair looks after
Acute brightening facial scrub- this is one of my favorite natural brands and love how this scrub feels
Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie- haven't been able to try this as it's not my hair type
Borghese  Age Defying Facial Scrub- pleasantly surprised with this scrub, used it as a body wash/scrub so was able to use this 2-3x
Skinfix hand repair cream- perfect to combat winter dryness!

Can't wait to see what other boxes Target will offer next!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

December Birchbox vs. Ipsy boxes

December came and went, and I realized I didn't post my beauty boxes. I got my ipsy bag mid- month and Birchbox after the 20th so the holidays got the best of my posting. I was quite pleased with both boxes but I'll let you be the judge of which box was better!

There were technically 7 different samples, but one was a fragrance (English Laundry Signature for Her) which I never count and two were one time use foil packets (Davines Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner which were considered extras). My December pick was the W3LL People Bio Brightening stick sample (in the little jar) which is simply amazing! A tip I learned from one of Birchbox's video was to use this as a base for eyeshadow. (love it!) I also received the Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge, Royal Apothecary Cuppa Cuppa treatment mask and the Davines Replumping Superactive. Overall, this was the perfect box to end the year. Tons of hair samples as well as a facial, lip gloss, brightening and fragrance sample to make it a nice and well rounded box.

My Ipsy bag had a nice mix of makeup samples, an eyelash curler and a basic black makeup bag. From all the samples that were available, these were my top 5 picks, so I am pleased with what I got. From left to right:
- Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler (needed a new one so this was perfect!)
- Pixi by Petra- Fairy Dust
- Beauty without Cruelty- facial cleanser
- Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara
- NYX butter lip balm
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Which bag was did you like better? I felt both bags had different samples so they actually complemented and updated my current routine (as always each month!) Overall, love both and probably can't see myself parting from either of them. :)

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Happy 2015!

This year is going to be amaazingg! I can just feel it! Lots of exciting changes including more product reviews and some DIY projects! I've been interested in everything crafts again but haven't actually done a lot. So my new year's resolution is to be more crafty and more resourceful with what I already have! 

Stay tuned for more exciting updates! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Ipsy bag review

My #GirlMeetsGlitter November Ipsy bag is amazing!! The bag is shiny and glitter-full and the products inside are perfect! Here's what I got:
-Laura Mercier finishing powder with a mini fan brush
-Calvin Klein lip gloss 
-Elizabeth Mott eyeliner 
-Be a bombshell eyeshadow/base
-Marc Anthony hairspray 

I got spoiled again by Ipsy with this amazing bag. I definitely lucked out with two higher end brands- Laura Mercier and Calvin Klein- and I feel like Ipsy got me as these would have been my top picks out of their choices this month. Can't wait for December's!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kushyfoot Fall 2014 products

As the days are getting much colder, it's time to keep your toes warm and kushy! Wear stylish work socks and/or flats this season with Kushyfoot's New York Chic collection! Here are some of the products I got to try from them: 
-Microfiber Crew socks (above your ankles so you can still wear them under your favorite slacks)
-Fishnet Opaque Knee Highs (to keep your legs warmer underneath pants OR wear them with longer skirts) 

My favorite Kushyfoot product- their Flats To Go! I feel like I need at least a new pair every season as these get so worn! The black alligator print brings texture to a pair of boring black flats, and it's shiny so you can't miss them tucked in your bag. (it was a bit tricky taking them out of the plastic packaging, so I recommend placing these in a smaller cloth bag or extra cosmetics case.)

Get these today at kushyfoot.com!! They also have amazing tights to dress up your favorite dresses/skirts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive review

My hair is extremely thankful for iFabbo for introducing me to the Monat Global Rejuveniqe™ Oil Intensive hair product that I have been using the past couple of weeks.

This incredibly sleek packaged hair oil has hydrated and kept my hair looking shiny and feeling fabulous. My hair is already naturally "oily" so naturally I wouldn't be inclined to use a hair oil. However, there are hydrating benefits to using Rejuvenique, whose key ingredient is Abyssinian Oil, esp. during the winter when my ends get a bit drier than usual. My scalp also reaps the benefits, as it helps control sebum production (aka more oilies). 

Bonus? You can also use this on your cuticles, elbows or any other dry patches on your body!! This is definitely my go-to product for this winter and you can too! Check out www.monatglobal.com to learn more!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this iFabbo to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Birchbox review

Here's a peek at my November Birchbox!

It came in this month's #shaRED packaging to help fight AIDS with Birchbox + RED. 

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

October Birchbox Review

My October Birchbox came mid-October and I was thrilled with it! I decided to wait until I tried all the products before I wrote my review. My item selection was the Mally high shine liquid lipstick in Mally Melon. A gorgeous fruity color that delivers shine without stickiness. I already picked up an extra one from their Shop for a holiday gift... *insert excitement for the holidays*

I also got these 4 other samples (from left to right):
-Skin & Co. Sicilian Light serum- day brightening light- didn't see its effect really but it did feel nice and hydrating on my skin. 
- Lord & Berry sparkle black eyeliner- love the glitter! Not something I could wear everyday but definitely for the evening or a night out!
- Dr. Brandt pores no more Vacuum Cleaner- this is actually one of my favorite masks I've used to extract blackheads many years ago. Glad I got to try it again!
- Amika perk up dry shampoo- still using my other sample from a previous box but I tried this and it actually worked nicely to get rid of my oilies. 

Can't wait for my November box coming soon!!!

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Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review

Candles + Spa = an amazing experience.. but if you can't go to a spa, you may as well create an environment that smells like one! Old Facory Candle Gift Sets has so many different scent variations but I decided to pick their Spa Day collection- 3 candles of each Cucumber, Lemongrass and Green Tea. For me, the cucumber and lemograss scents smelled very true to their scent. Green tea was hard to make of since I'm so used to drinking the tea and its scent didn't seem the same. Nevertheless, these three candles help create the aroma of a spa.

I also liked that these are natural, soy wax candles so nothing seemed "artificial." They're also 2 oz. each so they're super cute and make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays! The two holiday themed ones- Happy Holidays and Winter Wonderland sound amazing.. who doesn't want to smell gingerbread and/or hot cocoa in their living rooms all winter? :)

Interested in learning more about Old Factory candles and all their selections? Check out this comprehensive list:
Fall Harvest: Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, Autumn Leaves
Happy Holidays: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Gingerbread
Winter Wonderland: Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, First Snow
Romance: Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate
Fresh & Clean: Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen
Spa Day: Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
Vacation: Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, Awapuhi
Coffee Shop: Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
Man Cave: Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
High as a Kite: Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies
New Born Baby: Baby Powder, Baby Shampoo, First Blanket
50 Shades: Leather, Vanilla Sex, Jasmine Bubbles

(Disclaimer: I received this product from BrandBacker to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)
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