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Friday, December 21, 2012

Gifts gifts! Last minute gifts?

Christmas is just around the corner and this year it's about giving what you can! Even a simple card with a heart felt message is good to show those you care that you're thinking about them. But if you have some extra cash to spend on gifts, I say give them health! My top items are giving them a workout DVD that they may like to try, a food subscription box , or a few workout classes! This special gift may help encourage them to give fitness a try for 2013! And who doesn't want the gift of health? Happy holidays!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December's KLUTCHclub

KLUTCHclub, the health & fitness related monthly subscription box, has quite a good December box this month. As always, they give you a peak as to what you will expect so there's no surprises! (if you decide to order a month at a time) For this month, you get products from the following brands:

C. Booth Body Butter
Giovanni Cosmetics
Berry Plus
Funky Monkey Snacks
Jaali Bean
Lush Gourmet Foods
Soy Joy
Seer Outfitters

The deadline to receive this before Christmas has passed, but you can still order this and give your recipient a "gift tag." Look forward to seeing what is in next month's box!

Beauty Gift Sets from TotalBeauty

Save yourself time (and paper cuts) with these beautifully-packaged holiday gift sets
Pretty Beauty Gift Sets You Don't Even Need to Wrap
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The days left in December may be dwindling, but the to-do lists are only growing. After all that shopping, getting the decorations up in time, and remembering to RSVP to friends' shindigs, meticulously wrapping all the gifts moves further down your endless to-do list. To avoid any full on panic attacks, we've rounded up amazing beauty gift sets that kill two birds with one stone. These perfectly-packaged sets are not only filled with great limited-edition products, but they're also so pretty on their own that they don't even need to be wrapped, making these the perfect presents to give. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

My December Birchbox

Update #2- will not be getting the sample afterall. Boo!

Update#1- Birchbox's Customer service responded to my inquiry and I will be getting a replacement soon! YES!

I've been posting my Birchboxes pretty frequently, may have missed a month or two, but I'm always proud to showcase my monthly Birchbox. This time, I was debating whether I should. Not that I don't love my box, it's just that for the second time- I am missing a product. And it's a pretty noticeable difference!

My December Birchbox came in a beautifully decorated box with these products:
 1) Thymes Body Lotion in Naia  (Absolutely adore Thymes so ecstatic to try this scent with notes of lemon pulp, water lily and sheer musk)
2) ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss in xx (It's a tad bit bright for my taste but the cute mirror on the package is a plus!)
3) Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique (this sample pack is great for travel, but I usually save them just for that. Also, it's a hair treatment which may be too heavy for my hair..)

The one thing I really wanted to try was the Juice Beauty CC Cream!! I'm a huge fan of Juice Beauty, so it's natural I wanted to try the next generation BBcream.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

My EcoEmi Bonus Box

Back in October, EcoEmi announced its sale of a Bonus box. They are sold whenever they have an extra supply of items and they randomly put everything together to give you about
30+ items for about $30. Since I haven't gotten a single box this year, I said why not? Boy, am I glad I got this! First the amount of goodies in here is worth it! And they're all pretty useful!

Stay tuned for next post as I unveil what's in the box!

If you're looking for a new box to try out, check out EcoEmi!

Conscious Box review

 **For a limited time, PlumDistrict is offering a 3 month subscription for $29!!**Expires Jan 19, 2013

Conscious Box, another monthly subscription box service, focuses on bringing healthy, eco-friendly items to your doorstep. Their first box came out last November but since they were so new and I already had a bunch, I cancelled. Throughout the year I've still kept my eye on them and finally for their one year anniversary, I decided to subscribe again as a holiday gift to myself. (Maybe I have matured as a monthly box subscriber and decided what is actually of good value (ha)!) So for the November one year box I was pleased with the samples of Justin's peanut butter cups, Freekah, Teecino and pancake mix that I received. It was all food-related but who doesn't like to eat? They remind me a lot of the other subscription box, Love With Food but Conscious Box usually has other random samples..

The December box came this week with even more variety- nothing Holiday themed though which is a bummer. Again there's more snacks which I will definitely enjoy during my breaks but my favorite is the Weleda firming eye cream! Valued at $33, the cream makes the whole box worth it!

So it's been a fun ride with Conscious Box. It's a new year (and on to trying other boxes perhaps?) Until next holiday season, Conscious Box! Au revoir!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fragrant gifts for the Holidays with Krigler

GiftsGifts! Not sure what to give for the holidays this year? The gift of scent is always a classic, and this month, I am loving the Krigler brand's Oud Azur 75212 & Splendid Gold 211.

According to their website, the Oud Azur captures the fagrance of: "White Pepper from Sumatra, Ginger from India and mingle with notes of Sicilian Papyrus Wood and Oud from South East Asia, leading to a sumptuous finish of Musk, Australian Amber." 

  The Splendid Gold has citrus notes along with:
"Australian Amber and Pineapple notes from Costa Rica mingle with Bergamot, Peach and Star Jasmine, creating a lavish mélange infused with notes of Lily, Tobacco, Sandalwood, Musk and Vanilla."

These make divine gifts for your friends, loved ones, and they smell absolutely terrific. They're quite unique and I appreciate how a scent can change your mood and lift your spirits. It's the holidays after ll so there's no need for additional stress in gift giving. They're also affordable too!

(Note: Samples were provided for review consideration.)

Holiday Makeup Collection- Behind the Scenes

Behind-The-Scenes: Holiday Makeup Collections

We got an exclusive look at the inspiration boards responsible for the holiday collections created by your favorite brands

Behind-The-Scenes: Holiday Makeup Collections

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While we love the trusty products of our favorite beauty brands year-round, we always get giddy over the launch of exclusive holiday collections. Believe it or not, it takes more than red and green color combos to get the creative juices flowing when creating a special collection. The masterminds behind beauty brands compile inspirational mood boards and we got an exclusive look. After seeing these collages, you'll want to seriously step up your Pinterest game. Prepare to be wowed!

See mood boards

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Holiday party headpieces- Fascinators

This is not your average GossipGirl headband! This lovely headpiece is sophisticated and gorgeous to wear at your next stylish party! I absolutely love this Fascinator from the Scala Collezione collection because it's durable and affordable. The feather is chic and it is basic black so goes with lots of outfits. Popular since the Royal wedding, this royalty wear is simply stunning. What will you be wearing (on your hair) this Holiday?

(note: I received this product for review purposes only.)

Keep your Rings and Earrings on with BlingGuard

Got jewelry that are a bit loose? BlingDots and BlingWraps by BlingGuard are the answer for your rings and earrings! They help remove the gap between your skins and jewelry so you feel comfortable and confident when wearing it! They're one-time use since these temporary stickies are just really just temporary. They're also affordable so gift them to yourself or a friend for the holidays!


BlingDots: $14.99 for 45 pairs

BlingWraps: $14.99 for set of 30

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

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

November Birchbox

My November Birchbox arrived mid-month but Thanksgiving and Sandy- craze got in the way of blogging...

I got some nice products but would have liked larger samples! :) I received the Stila liquid luminizer in Pink Shimmer (perfect for highlighting cheekbones), One Love's Aromatic Body Serum (body aromatherapy oil for hydration), MCMC fragrance sample and Masqueology eye mask. As a bonus, I got an Masque Cleanse and 7D Moisture Cream from Masqueology.

The products are fun and definitely worth a try so I'm glad I'm still with Birchbox. Its been more than a year! Trying new samples is always fun and I am definitely loving the One Love serum and Stila highlighter!

Coming soon.. Redeeming my Birchbox Points and deciding what to buy!

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