Sunday, December 23, 2012

Influenster Holiday Voxbox 2012 (Goody QuikStyle,EBOOST,Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque,Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ )

Holiday Voxbox 2012

I get home today from last minute Christmas shopping to find this on my door step. I was so excited to see it but it just got better after seeing what was inside.

Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal $1.79 per cup
NYC New York color liquid lip shine, in the color 582 Nude York City $2.49
Kiss Nail dress, in color Chemise $6.99
Eboost $28 for box of 20
Goody Quikstyle brush Half-round shape $11.99
Sole Society Coupon For $25 off
Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks $2

Box Total: $26.66+ $25 coupon

I'm not usually a fan of oatmeal but I probably try this one because it looks so good. The NYC brand I have tried before and they are very nice for the cheap price. But I've never tried the liquid lip shine so this will be nice to try.  I have also tried some other brands of the nail stickers but never this one so hopefully these will last longer. Never tried the Eboost but I'm sure I'll love the natural long-lasting energy .  My favorite thing in this box is the Goody hair brush. I can't wait to try this hair brush super absorbent and antimicrobial microfiber removes 30% of water from wet hair. And last I have tried and love, love, love the face masks. So I'm happy to have another!
Let me just say a big Thank You to Influenster for this Holiday box, its a nice mix of products and the value in this box is amazing!
SPOTTED : $12.99 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Duane Reade
The GOODY® QUIKSTYLE™ Paddle brush works like a towel and brush in one. The super absorbent (and antimicrobial) microfiber removes 30% of water from wet hair to help speed your drying time! You can effortlessly detangle right out of the shower and continue using it while you blow dry!
SPOTTED : under $2.00 at Wal-Mart, Ulta, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS
Whether you enjoy looking after your skin, or being pampered, you will absolutely enjoy one of these "Life’s Little Pleasures"! With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody!

The oatmeal apple and walnut is a good taste.
SPOTTED : $1.79 per individual cup
Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ 
- The best oatmeal ever - made to-go
- Packed with wholesome multigrains and chunks of real fruits or nuts
- Portable single-serve cups
Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ is simply the best oatmeal ever – and you can enjoy it on the go! Whole grain oats, rye, barley and wheat are mixed with large chunks of real fruit & nuts in a convenient single-serve cup. Just add hot water or microwave and you can have a delicious breakfast anytime, anywhere. Enjoy all four delicious flavors – Apple Walnut, Cherry Pistachio, Peach Almond and Summer Berry.

My rating: A+

I received all products complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster.

December 2012 Birchbox

This month box was "All wrapped up"

Frownies, Eye Gels- $$29.95 for set of 3
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills, Advanced Volume Shampoo $22
NUXE, Reve de Mie Ultra Comfortable day face cream $40
Per-fekt Beauty, Lash Perfection Gel $28.50
Lifestyle Extra: For a Birchbox Man
John Varvatos, Artisan $62.00

Box Total ~$30.56

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 2012 Birchbox

This month, Birchbox is supporting The Art of Elysium to learn more at
This months box was much better then last, with 3 full sized times!

Jouer, Fragrance Cornucopia- $42
Lulu Organics, Lavender + Clary Sage hair power- $30
ModelCo, SHINE ultra lip gloss in Showgirl Red- $16*
Sumita, Contrast eye pencil- $11*
Lifestyle Extra
Soyjoy, Cranberry Snack Pack- Box of 5, $6

Box Total ~$36.03
* Full size products
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lipstick Swatches

     Today I thought I would do some swatches of my lipsticks. First off lets me say that I hate when people say “this is the perfect nude lip color” because everyone has a different shade of lips.  Personal my lips have more color then most, a light mauve is more my “perfect nude” verse the average, of baby pink! So my lipsticks are mostly mauve. And my favorites right know are the Revlon lip butters.

Colors show a little brighter in picture.
From left to right we have…
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 025 Peach Parfait (has a little bit of glitter & very sheer)
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 001 Pink Truffle (very smooth,no glitter, not sheer & buildable “my perfect nude)
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum (very smooth, no glitter, not sheer & buildable)
Avon Ultra Color Rich in M101 Rumberry (smooth, no glitter,& not sheer)
NYX Lipstick in 529 Thalia (no glitter & not sheer)
NYX Lipstick in 579 Sky Pink (no glitter, not sheer & is a soft pink)
Ulta in 229 Sugar & Spice (no glitter, not sheer & more of a red brown)
NYC in 319 Violet Shine (no glitter, little sheer & a medium pink)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall Boots

Merona® Manette Double Buckle Boots in Brown 

available at Target for $39.99 are AMAZING a must have.


Boots (see more buckle boots)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Influenster Ultra Palmolive Fresh Infusions 2012

Ultra Palmolive Fresh Infusions Voxbox 2012

I am so excited to try out these new Ultra Palmolive Fresh Infusions the bottles are so cute!  The size of these bottle are also impressive. Instead of the normal 10 fl. oz. these bottles are an whopping 16 fl. oz.
The smells are Ginger White Tea (most excited about *Favorite flowery smell), Lemon Thyme and Lime Basil (shared this one with my mom, she loved the soft smell of it).  It also came with 5 coupons! I do not yet know how much they retail for but you can find them at Walmart and Target.

Palmolive's Description- Just like the best recipes, the freshest scents & elegant simplicity are what inspire us in the kitchen. Taking cues from nature, we created inviting naturally inspired fragrance blends and combined them with the sparkling clean you've always trusted from Palmolive dish liquid.
Phosphate free.

So I will update my review as soon as I have a chance to use them. Cant wait!

UPDATE- Love, love, love these bottles they are so pretty you can leave them on your counter. I do wish the smell was stronger so it would take over the kitchen but the flavor-smell that they come in are very nice. 
My rating: A

I received all products complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes from Influenster.

October 2012 Birchbox

My Birchbox what late again!!

This month Birchbox teamed up with Goop and you had the choice of receiving the regular Birchbox or the Goop box.  I did not receive an email about the Goop box option, so I ended up with the regular box. But I have to say this month was a bad month for Birchbox. Everyone that I have seen do a reviews on there boxes have said that they hated there boxes and I myself am a little disappointed too. There was not one full size item and I don't drink tea. So on to the break down.

Harvey Prince, Eau Flirt- $55-$98
Mox Botanicals, Pomegranate & fig lip butter- $16
Ouidad, Climate control heat & humidity gel- $16
theBalm cosmetics, Mary-lou manizer- $24
Lifestyle Extra
Mighty leaf tea, Assorted teas- Box of 15, $9.95

Box Total $15.59

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Wrapped in rubies by Essie

Went on opaque I two coats but I found it very hard to get a solid color without lines of the metallic showing up. I've only worn it once because its just to hard to work with.  

*Sorry about the bad picture I will update.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I won! Thank Influenster.

I WON, I WON, I WON, lol!  I recieved this prize from Influenster for my blogs review on there Summer Voxbox. I recieved Sally Hansen salon effects in the pattern Queen of the jungleRetail price around $8.50 *Complimentary from Infuenster.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Nail Polish Remover Trick!

          The best way to remove stubborn nail polish.  Cut ten 6 x 6 squares of foil.  Then cut ten cotton round disc in quarters and coat the cotton pieces with polish remover, place one piece on each of your finger nails.  Then wrap cotton round and fingernail in foil.  *Quick tip save your thumb and pointer fingers for last.*   Let sit for 15 to 20 min.  Then apply a little pressure on nail while removing both the foil and cotton pad all at once.
          There you have it the simplest nail polish removal ever! Fast, easy and no more hard scrubbing on those stubborn polishes such as the glitter polishes and dark reds.
Thanks for stopping by and reading. XoXo

Tip for brighter nails

Easy fast nail brightening trick.

          Make your nail brighter and whiter in minutes with this nail scrub.  After having nail polish for a week or so sometime your nails will get yellow or even be tinted by the nail polish color itself.  This trick is the best and fastest way to fix a simple problem.  Mix together equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste.  Scrub paste mix into nails with a toothbrush. Rinse and repeat if necessary then dry and... instantly brighter nails!

         If you have any tips and trick please post them bellow.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Nail art design

I Started with a base of Spoiled in the color My button fell off and then used scotch tape to form a line then applied the Nyc in the color French white tip (two coast). Lastly I traced the line in L.A. Colors Art Deco in the color 24k glitter.

Influenster's new page!

Influenster has revamped them page!

  The website itself is much better, easier to understand and just plain fun to look at. But the downside they promised that all of you previous reviews, badges, surveys and extras where all kept and on the new page.  Well that's not the case! I put in allot of work into this program, in fact hours of work. Mostly because it was good for my blog, my friends and family love hearing about new things I've tried and they love hearing about the different box services I'm reviewing. But also who doesn't love getting to try out new products for FREE!  So the fact that all that time has been wasted and lost is very frustrating.  So what do I do I sit down to re-due all my info and hard work just to find out that now there are limits to how much you can do in one day (or one week I'm not quite sure). So now I'm on the fence to what I should do. I have sent in an email to see if they will fix the problem, but we will have to wait to see what happens (previous emails have gone completely unanswered!) .  But for the sake of such a good program I think I will wait and see if they can work the bugs out.
  Overall this is a great program to join! But if your already a part of it, its going to be a little rocky for a while.

 If you would like to join

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday Haul

   Went to Sam moon, a local purse and jewelry store. They have amazing prices and are a really good quality.  I got a small cream colored purse with dark silver hardware that came with matching strap. It was only $19.99.  And a pale pink wrap around scarf that was only $7.00.  AMAZING right?!  If you don't have one in your area you can order online at

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 2012 Birchbox

My Birchbox what 10 days late. Ugh, I hate that!

Color Club, Birchbox custom polish- $8
Dr. Jart+, Beauty Balm- $32
Fekkai, Shampoo & Conditioner- $25
twistband, Hair tie- Set of 12, $18
Vasanti, Brighten Up! cream- $34
Lifestyle Extra, The brush guard- variety kit $5.50
Birchbox digital download - 2 FREE DOWNLOADS!

Box Total $21.07

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall boots by CZ laundry

          These are some awesome fall boots that I picked up a couple of weeks ago from Ross. They are from CZ laundry I've never heard of them but I LOVE them! I picked them up for $29.00.  The boots are a taupe brown color with an inside zipper and buckle accent.  They have a small heel but are very manageable, I haven't been really worn high heels since my son was born.  Do you love them? Do you have them? Tell me down bellow...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Manhattan by NYC

Nyc in the color Manhattan is a lovely dark Ox blood color with a hint of purple. Goes on opaque in three coat and last about three days, not great but with the perfect base coat it can last much longer! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bubble bath by OPI

    Opi in the color Bubble bath this took four coast and as you can kind of see it is not opaque at all. But if you put on only one or two coats it can be a very pretty sheer light pink. It is long lasting, around 5 days.
*Sorry that turned out to be a really bad picture, I will update with a better one.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sigma Brushes

Beauty product
These sigma brushes are beautiful! Sigma Beauty (no longer available)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dream on by Sinful Colors

It's a pretty purple pink color. It applies opaque in two coats and has a matte finish. I applied a clear top coat to make mine shine.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blazed by Wet n wild

This is a beautiful coral color that applies opaque in three coats and has average wear of three to four days. A perfect color for summer.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Steel the Show by Spoiled

Spoiled in the color Steel the show applies opaque in two coats. Color block with Ulta's High Roller Nail polish.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nyx Jumbo Eye pencils color UPDATED swatches

(From left to right Strawberry,French Fries, Yogurt and Sparkle Nude)

    I love these eye shadow pencils! They are creamy and come in 32  beautiful colors.  They work great as an all over color or an eye shadow base.
    I have French Fries which is a dark brown with a copper tint, yogurt is a pink flesh tone, Sparkle nude which is the perfect base nude color, and Strawberry Milk that is a pale pink.
    They all have a sparkly sheen to then without have actual glitter pieces. The only down side is that they do crease so make sure you apply a eye lid primer first if your using them as eye shadow color.

    I personally like Smashbox photo finish lid primer.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

August 2012 Birchbox

Pencils of Promise

    This month 15% of proceeds from Birchbox shop will be donated to Pencils of Promise towards building a school in Central America.

Juicy Couture, Viva la juicy la fluer Full-size $70 (spray bottle)
Miss Jessie's Original, Stretch silkening creme Full-size $22
Pixi Beauty, Lip & line Full-size $18*
Yu-be, Moisturizing skin cream Full-size $16
Finds-  Schick hydro silk razor Full-size $9.99*

Box total~ $36.17

*Is a Full-size product

More info about Pencils of Promise go to

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First off let me say how sorry I am that it has been so long since my last post. My family and I had our mini Pomeranian of 6 years pass away unexpectedly about 2 weeks ago and it hit us all pretty hard. Since then it has just been hard to get back into the routine. So thanks to everyone for waiting!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Haul

  I went to Ulta today and picked up a deal.  When you spend $17.50 on Ulta brand items you get a free makeup bag with $88 of  free products. So I picked up there Ulta enriched cleansing cloths, Ulta eye shadow in rose dusk and the Ulta double size pencil sharpener. The facial wipes are very nice they are moist, soft and smell good. The eye shadow is pretty but the color comes out looking a little orange. I also have a full list of reviews on facial wipes that I have tried, just leave a comment below if you would like me to post a review.  (because good ones are so hard to find)

  With those purchases I got the mystic -cool set in the light brown clutch for free. Inside the clutch it included a Ulta sunkissed cheek blush, Ulta legendary lengths lengthening mascara in black, Ulta Mini nail lacquer in high roller, Ulta eyeshadow quad 1 with silk, platinum, gold dust and granite; 2 with 24k, bronze, cashmere and espresso.  Ulta instant nourish facial moisturizer protect (.5 fl oz), 3 piece makeup brush set, Ulta lip color in #229 sugar & spice and Ulta super shiny lip gloss in #17 illusion.
While I was there I also picked up a sample bottle of Sasha by Benefit.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Haul!

My Saturday haul is from Ulta, CVS, Ross, Walmart and Avon

  Neutrogena All in 1 Acne control -fades the look of past acne marks, clears present breakouts and helps prevent future breakouts. I have hyper pigmentation and acne scares. Cross you fingers that this will work.
  Glow all the way in the color doll face from Hard Candy. I just had to try this highlighter. Its allot of product for such a good price.   De-slick spray by Urban Decay for oil control makeup setting spray.  I have comb to oily skin so I hope this works. Silk Infusion by ChiSecret Garden Collection by ULTA (no longer available). Smashbox Try it kit. A collection of best-selling products.  Color Wheel Mosaic face powder in the color Rose glow by NYCCover stick in the color light by NYCGrow nails now! by Sally HansenAge Rewind Eraser dark circles in the color fair by Maybelline. Smooth Minerals lipstick in the color rumberry by Avon

(I will post swatches if requested)
Reg. Price $14.99 / $40 Retail Value
Sale price $4.99

This palette came with 9 eye shadows, a cheek color, a lip color, eye liner pencil, 2 applicators
Eye shadow colors are key west, gold, pearl, in the buff, sage, flutter, amethyst, granite and toast
Cheek color is sweet cheeks
Lip color is Sweet
Eye liner doesn't have a name but its a medium brown color

Smash box Try it kit
Reg price$19 / $52 Retail Value

Kit includes:
Photo Finish foundation primer -Mini .25 fl. oz.
Photo finish lid primer- Mini .02 fl. oz.
Limitless eye liner in ONYX- Medium .03 fl. oz.
Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout- Mini .13 fl. oz.
Lip enhancing gloss in illume- Medium .14 fl. oz

Glamour magazine
2 Acrylic makeup organizers (found at Ross)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Favorite Shoes for Summer

        My new favorite shoes, the ones on the left are from the Brash line avaiable at Payless. They are a tan color with gold inside and gold gem stones covering the outside.  The ones on the right are from Target, they are rose gold flip flops with gem stones on the straps they also come in black, silver and gold.  They are both so cute and are the first ones that I reach for on a hot summer day.  The are both very comfortable but the Brash ones take a few days to brake in.  A little trick I learned is to put Vasline on your heels when your shoes rub and it works great.
          Happy shopping everyone!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Saturday Haul

I have a small haul from Saturday that I wanted to show you guys. I went to a local discount store and found this top that looks so cute belted, a Paris style notebook for my purse and this Paris picture that I got a CRAZY good deal on! The price was $29.99 but I got it on sale for only 7 bucks!! I couldn't pass it up. Its a good size picture too. I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture but it has four little rhinestones in the corners. It will go perfect in the master bedroom.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday Haul!

Friday Haul!
The family and I went to an outlet mall on the other side of town where I picked up some goodies!
  Headbands are from Charlotte Russe
  Eyeshadow block in the color cigar/multi and the pink beaded necklace is from Forever 21
  Pink sequin stripped tank is from Charlotte Russe
  Light coral sequin sweater is from RUE 21
  Yellow shirt is from RUE 21 and black basic tank is from Forever 21

Happy shopping everyone!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quit Metal-ing by ULTA *Rose Gold

Updated pic

My new favorite nail polish of the moment is Quit Metal-ing by ULTA. This is three coats of polish and it will last a full week. In the light its a very sparkly, metallic rose gold color. I LOVE rose gold! 
   I'm sorry about the lighting, I couldn't get my camera to balance. *Updated photo*