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Saturday, December 28, 2013

December's Project DIY Collection: Baroque n'Roll

Calling all DIY-ers! If you remember my previous post on the Project DIY subscription box, December's box is even more amazing! Themed, Baroque n'Roll, it's all about the gold & black, lace and embellishments! This month's box had 3 beautiful projects- perfect for the sophisticated party/gala. It costs $30/month but includes a FREE starter kit (which is already valued at $20). I'm excited to see what is in next month's box already, as I love Spring time jewelry.

Project DIY also includes instructions online and on their app, so in case you already have some of these materials, you can use their tips to DIY at-home!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

FabFitFun Winter Edition Review

For the holidays, one of my bffs gifted me the FabFitFun box! Not only was I psyched to hear I was getting it (surprise!) but I was incredibly wowed when I received it!

There were already two sneak peeks of the box- TruEnergy ear buds and the Giving Keys necklace. The variety in the box is perfect because theres something for the fitness/beauty/Everyday kind of gal! 

- TruEnergy ear buds- snug in my ears, will be using these for my workouts and even in the office.
- Physique57- 5 online workouts for FREE! Already have one of their workouts, I can't wait to explore more! 

Beauty-focused: (there's a lot and they're all good!)
- Beauty For Real lipgloss
- NYX eyeshadow
- Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser face wash 
- Skyn Iceland Eye cream - say goodbye to those bags!

-Giving Keys necklace- mine was inspire. The keys are meant to be given away when you feel someone else will need to be "inspired". Sharing is caring!
-MeUndies- $20 credit to try a pair of their undies or other basics! I have my eye on a comfy tee and socks! 
- Lorna Jane Bracelet- bright neon pink, it'll be sure to brighten your day! Not your fave color? Try it out when wearing a black ensemble to make your outfit pop!

I'm excited with all the fun things to use in this box and can't wait to see what will be in the next edition! It's a box that comes with each season, so will be saving up for the next one! 

Thank you to E for this wonderful box! We are subscription-box buddies :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Element: Targeted Toning Pilates for Beginners DVD Review

Have an hour to spare? Instead of watching your favorite TV episode, spend it on Pilates! The Targeted Toning Pilates for Beginners includes 3 targeted 20-minute sessions to help you lengthen & strengthen your body. And if you have 10 minutes to spare, you can also try their 10 minute BONUS video to strengthen your core. I'm all about mixing up my workouts between yoga and pilates, so when I don't want to do a warrior pose, I go for Pilates. 

Bonus after any workout? The feeling you can do anything! Your mind and body feels energized and relaxed at the same time to get you ready for the day!

  (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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December Love With Food Box Review

It's a foodie winter wonderland! This month's Love with Food subscription box was a treat -literally 10 of them! Wonderfully packed in its bright red packaging, the box also came with a reusable bag- perfect to hold all my gifts in! This month, subscribers will get to taste the following:

* Angell Candy bar - mine is called Snow and it is white chocolate with a coconut center. Yummy!
* Lindt 70% Cocoa Chocolate sample- tastes great bc I love dark chocolate but too small.
* St. Claire's Organic Peppermints- fresh breath, anyone?
* Madyson's Marshmallow topper- 3" diameter marshmallow is a cute idea! 
* Donsuemor's chocolate dipped Madeleine cookie- one is not enough! :)
* Les Confitures a l'Ancienne hot Choco packet- French-made hot cocoa with raw cane sugar is absolutely delicious!
* 34 Degrees' crispy crackers- great when looking for a crunchy snack!
* Grey Ghost Bakery's Molasses Spice cookies- something different and incredibly tasty. New fave!
* Desert Gardens Spinach Dip mix- haven't tried yet but look forward to sharing my masterpiece with family for the next gathering! 
* Food Should Taste Good sweet potato tortilla chips. Always yummy these were a great mid-afternoon snack.

So, there you have it! All 10 amazing treats in this month's Love with Food box!  

For a limited time (until Dec 31), you can get $10 off your first subscription box with code: YEAREND13

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Intimates Wantables Box

I got the Wantables box this month after a Buy One Get Free Cyber Monday deal. I was excited to see I got a pair of PACT socks, Steve Madden lounge shorts, Coobie soft bra and a pair of undies. Wantable subscriptions are a great way to build your basics and get new fun ones while you're at it. The Lounge shorts are a plus for me as they're cute and super comfortable. Each monthly box costs $36 with a subscription or $40 for a one-time subscription. It makes $$ sense to subscribe for $36 first and if you're not a fan, to unsubscribe the next month.

Look forward to getting my next month's box!! (I tweaked my preferences a bit, so I won't be getting  socks/undies.) Get your Wantable box today!

December Ipsy Bag

My December Ipsy bag arrived last week and earlier than I expected! It's been a pretty busy month so the waiting time wasn't as excruciating as last month. Themed "Celebration", this bag included goodies to celebrate the holidays, New Year and all that fun, warm and spirited cheer! The bag is so cute and will definitely be put to good use! 

If you enjoy getting full-sized makeup products, join Ipsy today!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Crown Brush HD Cosmetic set review

iFabbo Shop gave select iFabbo members the opportunity to try this amazing #CrownBrush HD makeup brush set with a mirror and tweezer. This compact set contains 6 different brushes to complete your flawless look.

If you're familiar with #CrownBrush already, you know that they have incredibly soft bristles. If you're new to this brand, it's a must-try! They're great for blending and application. This amazing set contains your necessities: powder brush, medium blush brush, smaller contour brush, eyeshadow brush, crease blender brush and eyeliner brush.

As the holidays are approaching, this will make the perfect gift for your makeup-fiend friends or newbie. :)

Get yours today at crownbrush.com or go here: http://bit.ly/19fuEGV
(Disclaimer: I received this product from iFabbo to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Birchbox

This month's Holiday Birchbox was bit of a letdown and less holiday-ish than I would've expected.
The sample sizes were small and there wasn't anything in there that made me go WOW. I'm hoping my next box will be a lot better!

Here's what I got:
* Eslor Skincare System- 4 sample packs of the cleasner, cream, scrub and mask.
* Number 4 Hairspray- hair spray to give your hair its hold
* Supergoop! CC Cream- a one-up from regular BB cream, its primer finish helps create a smooth finish. Wish the sample was larger though.
* The Honest Company's Healing Balm- Perfect for hydrating dry skin and protecting.
* Extra: Pretzel from Fatty Sundays- This literally one bite-sized pretzel snack was yummy. Would've loved a larger sample, like the Ghiradelli chocolate last month!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Rock Your Hair! (seriously!)

Want spunky hair? Or just plenty of volume? Try the Rock Your Hair Shampoo and Conditioner to help your hair get some oomph! I've been growing out my hair and although I've had my my locks trimmed, I still feel like my hair needs more volume. Upon using the Big Hair Rocks shampoo and conditioner duo, I've noticed an immediate lift in my roots  and couldn't be happier! I've used it several times already and noticed my hair is more moisturized & rocked out. I'm loving the results!

Source: http://www.rockyourhair.com/latest/rock-your-hair-pink-line

 Bonus: It's formulated without Sulfate and Parabens, so none of that yucky stuff!

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

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Bianca Jade's Quarterly #Miz01 box review

It's been a week since my delicious feasts and family time, so it's time to up the ante in my fitness routine! I enjoy at-home DVDs because of its convenience but also love checking out new fitness classes for variety. Last month, I discovered (and quickly ordered) the Quarterly subscription box and was psyched to learn about a fitness/fashion box curated by MizzFit aka Bianca Jade. Themed, Style to Shape Up, is such an incredible motto because what motivates me more than to feel good while working out?

I finally got this box (it's been a long month!) after a 2 week delay in their shipment but was sooo happy to see the sneak peek item (the GYM BAG!!) along with many other workout essentials!

Here's what I got:
- A Pink Yoga Bag from Electric Yoga (valued at $58)
- Fresh Feet wipes (valued at $6)
- Banjees Mesh wristlet pouch (valued at $16.50)
- Words to Sweat By Towel (valued at $11)
- NatureMade VitaMelts Energy tablets (valued at $9)

The Quarterly box is $50 but the entire box was worth more about a $100! I'm pretty much going to use all these products in my lovely new pink gym bag, and I especially like that these items have a purpose to one's fitness journey. This is actually one of the best fitness/healthy themed boxes I have seen with full-sized USEFUL products. I'm not a fan of the healthy boxes that include weird drink mixes/foods that I normally would not eat, so I'm glad I did not see any of that in here. :) I definitely look forward to my next #MizFIt02 box!! Thanks Bianca Jade for curating this amazing box! 

The Conscious Collections box from Teens Turning Green

When I first learned about the Teens Turning Green organization and their mission, I was so happy to see the younger generation motivated and taking action to help make their lives more "green." I was also excited to learn about their Conscious Collections box, their project to curate specially selected products that are environmentally friendly and use organic ingredients. Their monthly care package features great beauty, food and lifestyle products for about $50-$75 per box, with each box valuing at $150-$200+. This month's theme, Holidays in Green, has 8 beauty/skincare products, 3 soap products, 7 food/snacks, and 4 lifestyle products. Of course, my favorites are the beauty products and cannot wait to use these facial oils, lotions and spritz! Check out the products here!

Support Teens Turning Green and get their box today!

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

2013 EcoEmi Bonus Box

It's the most wonderful time... of the year! Yes- my EcoEmi Bonus Box is here!

It's my yearly treat from EcoEmi, to get their Bonus Box (no longer dubbed small or Large Bonus Box) filled with eco-friendly goodies and treats. It's all a surprise to me since it is a collection of the past products in their 2013 boxes. I was excited to see many more samples of beauty products this year and even some repeats in last year's boxes as a "re-fill"! (They advertise about 25-30 samples, but I see about 40 here!)

If you like what you see, they have a monthly subscription box for $15/month that includes 5-7 items.

See my loot here:

Since this box was so beauty-focused, I'll be highlighting some of my favorite eco-friendly brands in future posts. What a treat to be trying these all and to be adding to my own personal collection. If you like what you see, snag your mystery box pronto! Let them know that BeautyAllThat sent you! I'm a fan! :) http://www.ecoemi.com/join-today/

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Monday, December 02, 2013

MJ Trimming's Project DIY box review

MJ Trimming's, a popular NY-based craft shop, has their very own Project DIY subscription box. They kindly sent me their latest box, themed Joan of Arc, to play and review. I'm a fan of all things crafty and was so excited to learn about this new box. I've seen some in the market already but have always gotten beauty and food boxes. So my very first craft box was so much fun! First, the box came with all supplies (& tools!) needed to complete two projects, a cuff bracelet and necklace. What I like about this box is that you're able to make this your very own piece, by adding as much or as little beads as you wish.

The box came with its own tools kit that you can use for all future projects, Ms. DIY-er! (A $20-value is now included in your first box, for a very limited time!) Since how can you really use your Project DIY box without the right tools, right?

Here's a sneak peek of the Joan of Arc goodies... Stay tuned for a future post on my completed pieces!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

November Ipsy bag

My November Ipsy bag was simply amazing! Packed with 6 full-sized products and a cute golden wristlet, the $10 value of the bag was well worth it! Not a subscriber? Sign up today!

Here's what I got in this month's bag: 
(You pretty much get everything to create a gorgeous holiday look, from nails to lips to eyes!

- Nailtini Straight Up nail lacquer
- Be a Bombshell lip crayon
- Starlooks silver gem  eye pencil
- Pixi bronzer blush
- BH Cosmetics eyeshadow in Neptune
- em Cosmetics lash gallery mascara

Subscribe today!  Can't wait to see what's in my December bag!!

Cyber Monday deals

Didn't get a chance to shop Black Friday OR you were just waiting for Cyber Monday deals? Here are some from a few of my favorite brands:

1) Weleda: Save 25% OFF with code: MONDAY
2) Vichy Laboratories: Save 25% Off, free shipping and a tote bag with code: CYBER13  (Offer ends 12/3)
3) Colorscience: Save $10 off $75, $15 off $100 or $20 off $150 with codes: THANKS10, THANKS15 or THANKS20 (depending on your minimum)
4) First Aid Beauty: Save 30% Off your order and get free shipping! Discount taken automatically.
5) Hydroxatone: Save 25% at Ulta. PLUS get a bonus beauty bag with orders over $50+.

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