Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sephora Holidy VIB Gift Card Haul!

So I received the annual Sephora VIB Gift Card ($15 off a $50 purchase) and had another $5 gift card through the Wrapp App and decided to get a few goodies. Here is what I got:

Soap and Glory Cream & Soaper Duo
Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics in Clear
Sephora Collection Microfiber Headband
Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens
Too Faced Flatbuki
The Lasting Impression It Kit
3 Samples

Pretty balanced haul if I do say so myself. Have any of you tried these products? What did you get with your VIB gift card? Comment below with your list, or link and let me know! I'd love to check out your haul too!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Natural Beauty Products Haul

So some of you may know that I am a Secret Shopper. Recently I had an assignment at a natural foods store and I decided to get some natural beauty goodies instead of groceries because my assignment didn't require me to make a specific purchase, I could get anything! Here is what I scored:

Alba Moisturizing Foam Shave in Mango Vanilla
Giovanni 2Chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Conditioner
Giovanni 2Chis Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Blow Out Styling Mist
Mini Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Citrus Orange

I had tried the Alba foam shave in another scent before (I bought it on another Secret Shopping assignment at the same store!) so I am excited to try the new mango vanilla scent. I have always loved Giovanni products and I think this line is new so I am also excited to try these out. The soap I have always heard good things about and this was on clearance for a $1 so I felt I couldn't pass it up.

Have any of you guys tried out these products? Thoughts? Opinions? Let me know in a comment below! :)

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

CVS Haul (Fragrance Dupes, Tangle Teezer, and more!)

Recently I made quite a few trips to CVS and here are some beauty goodies I picked up:

Perfect Scents Fragrances An Impression of Daisy
Perfect Scents Fragrances An Impression of Happy
Pink Tangle Teezer
CVS Brand Eye Makup Remover
Suave Sleek Shampoo

Have you tried any of these products? What are you opinions on fragrance dupes? What about the Tangle Teezer? I had been lusting over it on Amazon after seeking UK Youtubers love theirs but it always cost like $15 plus shipping, but my CVS had them for only $10 and I had a 25% off coupon so I HAD to get one, especially because the pink was in stock!

Comment below and let's chat! :)

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Victoria's Secret Beauty Haul

So I had a $10 off any purchase coupon and a $10 Secret Gift Card from Victoria's Secret which sadly could not be combined so instead of buying one of those adorable silky robes I decided to buy some beauty products! I don't currently own a primer so I thought it would be fun to try the Victoria's Secret Pro Oil-Free Airbrush Fx Face Primer Spf 15. And because I used up my hand creams I went for the Moisture Luxe Hand Cream with Shea Butter in Luxurious Kiss because the scent was gorgeous and the packaging is adorable. It's going to look so cute at my desk at work! :)

Have any of you guys tried any of these Victoria's Secret Products? Have any favorites you recommend I try next? Comment below any let me know!
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fashion Dupe: Sneaker Wedges

As you guys have seen on previous posts (check out HERE, and HERE), I am obsessed with the fashion trend of sneaker wedges. I had fallen in love with a pair of $100 Steve Madden sneaker wedges but I just never could justify the price because I wasn't sure if I'd still love the trend next year. Solution? Dupe it! Just when I gave up hope that DailyLook wouldn't dupe it... their sneaker wedges started appearing in a lot of their outfits! Score! I managed to get these Street Style Sneaker Wedges for only $50! I was so excited you have no idea! And, bonus points, my boyfriend thinks they are cool AND lots of people have complemented me on them!

What do you guys think? Is $50 a good dupe for a trend that started with $300 designer shoes? Are you as excited as I am that the trend has finally trickled down to lower-end brands? Hate the trend? Comment below and let me know! I'd love to hear from you.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Little Black Bag(tm) Jewelry Haul

So last month in one of the Facebook previews posted by Little Black Bag they showed the By Phillippe Wire Infinite Love Necklace that is in my picture above on the right side. I was smitten, I had to have it. If you know me, you know that I hardly ever have passionate feelings about jewelry so you KNOW that this need would only be quenched by getting my hands on it. Low and behold, you could not start a bag with the necklace, argh! (Don't know what I mean by "starting a bag" or never heard of Little Black Bag? Check out my previous post about my first LBB HERE). So I had to open my bag with a different item and trade my way to it. It took a lot of work but I managed to do it! And I got some cute bracelets on the way too, both the Flower Wreath Cuff and the Multi-Shape Bangle Set are by A.V. Max.

What do you think? Have you scored any great deals on Little Black Bag recently? Comment below and let me know or post a link to your haul! I'd love to check it out!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Novemeber Empties

1. Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets
I have reviewed this product in a previous empties post and my review THERE still rings true now.

2. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Body Wash & Foam Bath in Energy Lemon Zest Mini
This was nice for a freebie (there was a facebook coupon for it a while back). I like lemon scents so I loved the scent of this one, especially because it was like a true lemon zest scent, not a sweet lemonade-y one. The foamy-ness and its bubbles for the bath were adequate but nothing to write home about. Probably won't buy the full size though because the White Citrus scent is like a better version of this one!

3. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
I got this when I bought a gift sent with this scent as the perfume (hauled HERE). I love the scent but was disappointed by the texture. I assumed that because it was a hand cream that it would be similar in texture as the Dry Skin hand cream (which I have reviewed HERE). Sadly, this was not the case. This Pivoine Flora one is a lot more fluid and as a result I feel that it doesn't moisturize as well. However, I do think it might dry a little faster and with less of a greasy feel. Will I buy again? Probably not. I do have another one that I got for free though, so I will still be using that one, but after that I don't anticipate ever buying one again unless I got it for free.

4. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
I got this sample a while ago at the Towson Townceter Fashion's Night Out event. I decided to try it because I have heard about it here and there on Youtube, and I love face masks, so, why not? I thought it was pretty good. I felt like it did help get the crap out of my pores but it wasn't a super miracle worker. However, I didn't think to use a hot towel to open my pores before applying the mask like the instructions on the website said. Perhaps it works even better when you do that? I'd love to try this again to find out, though I don't think I'm ready to take the risk of buying it in the full size to do that so I'll be hunting down another sample.

5. Sensodyne Extra Whitening Toothpaste Mini
I have used the ProNamel version of this toothpaste many times (check out my posts HERE, HERE, HERE) and got this tube (along with a few others) for free from my dentist when I complained of sensitive teeth. I don't like the taste of this one, the ProNamel tastes better, but I think that it helps just as well with sensitivity as the ProNamel formula. This formula is little less foamy I think, which bothered me, but might be a perk to others. Buy the full size? Probably not, but I would buy it if I had too because there was no ProNamel at the store and I desperately needed sensitivity relief.

6. Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Sensitive Skin Formula
I really liked this moisturizer. I wouldn't say it is "holy grail" because it does have a few things that could be improved, but otherwise I love it. I like that it has SPF, and drys down decently well in the morning before applying makeup. It moisturizes just the right about for during the day so I don't feel like I am left parched, but it is a little greasy so I had to blot with an oil absorbing sheet before apply makeup each day. I got this for a super good deal, and because at the time I wasn't lusting over any moisturizer in particular when I ran out. I would probably buy this again if I am ever stuck in a rut about what to use again.

7. Crest Complete Whitening Plus Deep Clean Toothpaste
I love this toothpaste. It is the only toothpaste I have ever used that has ever really made the back of my teeth free really clean. Usually toothpastes leave behind a layer that I can feel, but I never had the problem with my front teeth. With this toothpaste my whole mouth felt super deeply cleaned! The taste is also not bad, and I like how foamy it is. I didn't buy this, I "borrowed" it when my brother left it at my parents house when he went back home after a visit. Muhaha, thanks brother! However, I will be buying this myself because it is amazing!!

8. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleanser Pads
I really love the idea of a cleansing pad instead of a regular cleanser. I feel like it can get more stuff off of your face because of the swipe of the pad. Usually I would use this by rubbing it on my face and then scrubbing again with just my hands like you would with a regular cleanser. I think that for most people it could be gentle enough to use daily, but I felt that after a week or two of continuous use it felt drying. When I started using it only a couple times a week I fell back in love and didn't have a dryness issue. It is expensive for a cleanser if you are going to use it every day because it only comes with 28 pads, but I think its worth it. Also, I weirdly love the huge container it comes in, haha! Buy again? Definitely! Just gonna try out some other things first.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Birthday Haul! (Sephora and Fossil)

Got some Sephora giftcards for my birthday and I thought you guys would enjoy seeing a haul! Sephora was also doing an awesome promo code to get a bag of sample with your purchase so that is what the pile of stuff on the right side of the picture is. I am excited to try out the In the Glow set! I know that I have said in the past that I am not a huge bronzer and blush girl, but I think it might be because I never really had a lot of options. If this doesn't give me enough options for me to get a full opinion I don't know what would! Haha. Oh yeah, I also had some VIB points saved up so I got a mini bottle of Miss Dior! So cute and smells amazing! I also needed $5 to get free shipping so I added the Soap and Glory body wash. I love the Righteous Butter and the Hand Food so I thought this was the next best thing to try!

The other fabulous thing I got for my birthday was a this beautiful Fossil wallet/clutch and I LOVE it!!! It is just what I was looking for for my nights out on the town. I think it just screams my name, don't you?

So what do you guys think of my haul? Do you have any of the same things? Get anything good for Black Friday? I didn't go out this year hence this Birthday Haul post instead. Let me know in a comment below! :)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's My Birthday but I want to Celebrate YOU!

It's my birthday today! Yaaay! I'm 23. :) But instead of talking about me today, why don't we talk about YOU! All of my subscribers that currently write blogs are featured below and have a description of why their blog rocks! :) Feel free to leave them a comment saying that I sent you ;)

KayHeartsMakeup16 hasn't posted a lot recently but her blog is adorable! I like her DIY post the best! :)

LovelyBlueLife has a fabulous blog with a variety of different posts. She has been MIA for a bit, but I hope she comes back soon because I like her reviews!

BeautyObsessed2 has some fabulous Influenster themed posts (one of my favorite sources of free stuff!), and I love that she does Blog Hops all the time.

Eyelining Obsessions is one of my favorite blog sources for posts about empties! She has the same weird obsession with using up products and hitting pan like I do! <3

FashionCandyFloss has awesome and quirky fashion posts. She thinks up outfits that I wouldn't have, and I like that about her!

YouSoldtheWorld seems to be a wiz like me at finding free stuff (hello Influenster related posts of hers!) and good deals like subscription services! She likes to individually review things which I always love!

Lets Kiss to Makeup is a fresh new blog, and she has all the kinds of posts that I love: hauls, reviews (positive and negative!), favorite products, the works! I can't wait to see her blog grow :)

And last, but not least Bat An Eyelash who is a subscription service maven, and I love that she is also in love with LittleBlackBag like I am! :)

If you are a reader of mine and I did not list you, either your blog is in a foreign language, or the way that you signed up for my blog prevented me from finding your blog because it wasn't associated with your account some how. Comment below with your blog and I'll gladly add you to the list of fabulousness! :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mid Month Empties - Novemeber

1. & 2. Herbal Essences None of Your Frizziness Shampoo & Conditioner
I really liked this! I bought this when I was out of my last shampoo and couldn't find the "Honey I'm Strong" line at my local CVS. I was plesently surprised and I think I like this shampoo better than the honey one (see my review of that line HERE)! It is like all the good aspects of the honey shampoo & conditioner, without that slippery texture. Also, I think I prefer the smell of this one better. I think it helped to fight frizz, but sometimes its hard to really tell with any shampoo & conditioner whether that really works. I do know it didn't make my hair more frizzy! Buy again? Totally!

3. Unknown Dome Brush
I have had this brush for a few years now and it served its purpose. I found it on the ground near my apartment one time, and thus have NO idea what brand it is because the handle doesn't indicate anything. I have decided that it is time to retire this brush because it is a little pokey/scratchy when trying to darken up the outer v, and I found a nice replacement brush on sale at Sephora!

4. CVS Brand Eye Makeup Remover Oil-Free
I really liked this, though I think the Simple Makeup Remover I used previously works slightly better on mascara. However, I will probably by buying this again I'm sure because this is way cheaper than the Simple brand, and sometimes CVS gives you coupons for $ off CVS brand stuff, making it an even better buy! 

5. Sensodyne ProNamel Toothpaste
I've reviewed this three times already (HERE, HERE, and HERE), and my opinion is still the same.

6. Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes
I got these for free through and was excited to try them out since they are a pretty new product (Thanks Klout!). I found that they work fine, but I think the texture of the towelettes aren't the softest, and sometimes they left me wanting them to be wetter. I've tried other brands (Like Simple, and Garnier) and I feel that the Aveeno ones just didn't measure up. Buy my own? Probably not.

7. L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
Another free hand cream, this time through a Facebook coupon. My opinion about the previous tube remains true for this one. Buy full size? Contemplating!

8. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shower Gel
I got this in the perfume gift set I bought this summer, and have loved every single use of this! I love the scent as a perfume, and in the shower gel form! I just made me feel so feminine and girly. But will I buy it again separately? At $20 it's not likely, but I would love to have it via a set of some kind again!

9. Blinc Mascara
Previously reviewed a sample size HERE. I loved it so much then that back in January/February-ish I bought the full size with my Birchbox points! This tube of mascara lasted FOREVER, about 8-9 months! O.O That is insane! And I loved every use. I loved that I didn't have to worry about raccoon eyes, and that the effect always pleased me. However, now that I have used another mascara I'm not sure I would buy this again because I want to try other styles of mascara and I think I like mascaras that are a little more defining and separating that this one.

10. Towson Town Center Unscented Hand Sanitizer
I got this for free at an event at my local mall last year. Not much to report about it since it is just a plain hand sanitizer. It did it's job, it was free, the colored beads were fun to look at, but nothing else to report. Not re-buy-able unless Towson Town Center gives them out again this year at another event!

11. Baltimore City Health Department Clean Hands Save Lives Aloe Hand Sanitizer
I don't know why this was called "aloe" hand sanitizer because there is no aloe in it... just fragrance that smells like aloe. Even the ingredients give it away! Otherwise, it was a nice hand sanitizer, but not any different than a non "aloe" one. I got this for free at the Baltimore Book Festival, and it came with a carabiner hook on the top, which I am keeping, so that was cool. Like the Towson one this is not re-buy-able, but I would welcome more free hand sanitizer since I use it like a fiend at work!

12. La Fresh Original Formula Makeup Remover Wipe
I got this single wipe for free at a hotel that I said at this summer. I don't even remember how I felt about using it recently, so obviously it is not a memorable product. I remember that it was moister than the Aveeno ones mentioned above, so that was good, but otherwise it was just a average plain-jane makeup wipe. Buy full size? Probably not.

13. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Styling Cream
Thank God this is out of my life! I hated this product. It was so easy to use too much product and end up with gross greasy hair. Occasionally the results were OK if used quite sparingly, but never was is amazing, or even good. I think I bought this originally because I liked the Anti-Humidity Styling Milk that I had bought before, but the cream formula is so much inferior to the milk version. I'll never buy this again, and wouldn't even want it for free!

14. Softsoap Milk Protein & Honey Moisturizing Hand Soap
I could have sworn that I used this soap before but I can't find the empties post with it in it, so maybe I am mistaken? Either way, it feels like the hybrid between The Up & Up Milk & Honey Soap and the Softsoap Shea Butter soap. Could still make your hands dry after using it, but more moisturizing than a non-moisturizer soap. The scent was nice and it had the interesting slick honey texture. Buy again? Probably if I saw it on sale but I am not obsessed or desperate about it needing to be in my life. It could disappear and I wouldn't be that upset. 

15. CVS Brand Premium Cotton Rounds
Cotton rounds are cotton rounds and I used these previously and my review there is the same now.

16. Hawaiian Tropic Lip Balm SPF 45+ in Vanilla Mint
I bought this spontaneously when I was on vacation in Florida in August. I needed a new high SPF lip balm because the one I had been using was one of those balm that made your lips white and I didn't think that was cute for surfing! haha. This did its job SPF-wise but the taste was gross because it was like you could taste the chemical sunscreen in it, and not the vanilla or mint. Bleck! It was decently moisturizing, but I won't miss the gross taste! Will stick to Sun Bum lipbalm instead!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

My Stash - Updated!

I don't know if you guys have noticed but my current stash is now always available in the above links bar. See "Home" and "Affiliations"? Right next to it is "My Current Stash!" where I will now be keeping an up-to-date list of my stash instead of having dedicated blog posts every couple months. This works better for me, and should be better for you guys because it will be updated more regularly! Enjoy! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Wish List

My birthday is next week, woo! Here are some things on my wish list, even though I don't expect to get any of them, haha!

1. Fossil's Georgia Watch in either the Smoke & Rose Stainless Steel, or Leather Sand
2. Mac Fix+

3. A pair of black sneaker wedges

4. A new medium sized purse

5. A Keurig Platinum

6. A fancy Sur La Table cooking pan <3
7. Madewell shopping spree, haha

8. Beautiful bag from Miller & Jeeves on Boticca <3 (see my post HERE about a clutch I already own from the same designer.)
9. A permanent job :)
10. An apartment <3

What do you think? Are you a Scorpio too? What do you want for your birthday? Comment below! :)

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Influenster Contest Haul: Hawaiian Tropic

Remember when I posted about two Influenster Sally Hansen Contests that I won? Well I also won a Hawaiian Tropic contest too! And here is my ultra sweet Hawaiian Tropic swag that I got! I am obsessed with the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Lotion (review HERE, empties HERE, and HERE) and am stoked that I got another bottle of it! I am excited to try out the lip gloss because I didn't even know that Hawaiian Tropic made any, and this color looks like a nice neutral red that would look good on everyone!

What do you guys think of the haul? Opinions of Influenster? Have any of you won any contests recently? Comment below and let me know!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blog-Tober-Fest is Over! FEEDBACK REQUESTED!

Hey everyone, now that it is officially November Blog-Tober-Fest is now over! Don't worry though, I will still be blogging frequently (usually at least 2-3 post per week)! Now that my month long project is over (gold stars and pats on the back for me for sticking with it!), I would love to hear what you guys thought of it! Did you like having daily posts? Or do you read so many blogs you would have preferred the usual 2-3 blog posts a week so you don't feel overwhelmed by things to read? Maybe there was something you wanted me to post about that I didn't get to? Comment below with any and all feedback! :)

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Halloween Costume: Big Boys Bail Bonds Pen!

So if you aren't from the Baltimore, this costume probably looks silly. What's the story behind it? Well in Baltimore the Big Boys Bail Bonds pen (see the handful in my hand) is famous because they are EVERYWHERE; Literally everywhere - almost every restaurant, store, bank, you name it, because that is their entire marketing campaign. No commercials, no ads, just free pens! So I thought it would be clever to dress up as one! I was inspired by the fact that I already owned the yellow sweater from The Gap and the pink shirt! And already owning the shoes too was just the icing on the cake! Just add leggings (that I bought on amazon for $9.99 HERE), some $2.50 yarn from Michael's that I used to knit the hat, and some felt we already had to make the letters and... voila! Simple yet witty and hilarious costume! What were you guys for Halloween  Comment below and let me know! :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ultimate Thrift: Wilsons Leather Jacket for Under $50

For the past couple years I have been on a quest for the perfect leather jacket, but something about the features that I wanted made the search ever elusive, and when not elusive completely cost prohibitive! But I have an announcement you guys... I found my dream jacket with all the qualities I wanted... for only $45 at The Wise Penny!!! I nearly died! I would have paid $100 without hesitation even! It is a leather jacket by Wilsons Leather Maxima in a size M, but it fits like a slightly bigger S in my opinion! Based on my perusal of the Wilsons Leather website, this jacket probably cost $500 originally! O.O What. a. fabulous. deal! I LOOOOOVE The Wise Penny! Why do I love this jacket so much? It's real leather (why people pay $60-100 for a faux leather jacket I don't know...), wasn't cropped, wasn't motorcycle style in the belted or asymmetrical zip sense, has a track collar style neck, and is fitted so it's flattering!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

L'Occitane Haul (Freebies galore!)

 Who doesn't love a little L'Occitane shopping on the weekend after a long week? Even better when you go armed with a 20% off coupon and a voucher for a free hand cream! Twice as good when there is a promotion to get a free bag of goodies after you spend $65! What did I get?

1. L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care (Shhhhh everyone, this is my mom's Christmas present!) - Regularly $30, I got it for $24
2. L'Occitane Ultra Rich Lip Balm - Regularly $10, I got it for $8 (bought it so I could reach the $65 threshold!
3. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream - Regularlly $10, I got it for free with a coupon through facebook!
4. L"Occitane Immortelle Brightening Cleansing Foam Eco-Refill - Regularly $38, I got it for $30.40
 Now here is all the stuff that I got because I spent $65!
L'Occitane Makeup Bag
Mini Dry Skin Hand Cream
Mini Dry Skin Foot Cream
Mini Fabulous Serum
Mini Ultra Rich Face Cream
Extra-Gentle Soap in Milk (Full sized product! Regularly $7!)
Ultra Rich Body Cream Sample Packets x 2
And here are the samples that the sales girl threw in my bag. I think it is probably something that everyone gets!
Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry and Damges Hair with 5 Esssntial Oils Packets
Ultra Rick Body Cream

Woo hoo that's everything! What have you scored recently? What is your favorite L'Occitane item? What's at the top of your L'Occitane wishlist? Let me know in a comment below! :)

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Amazon Wishlist

So recently my father added me to his Amazon prime shipping account so I get free shipping from Amazon while I live at home! YES! Because of this change I am now OBSESSED with Amazon. So here are some things I have on my wish list waiting for me justify the purchase :P
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Project 10 Pan

By this point in internet history you likely know what a Project 10 Pan is. The short version: a quest to use up 10 specific products. I know I am constantly on a "use everything up" kick, and I know I had a similar project last year (Ahem... unfinished Kill It Quest), but I felt I needed to declare a Project 10 Pan for renewed inspiration to use up some hearty hanging-in-there products that just need to be used and go! What's on the hit list?

1. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Hairspray
2. Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things - Love Rocks Fragrance Spray
3. Designer Imposters Fragrance in Wanna Play?
4. Wet n Wild Cover All Concealer
5. CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in 415
6. Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lip Gloss in I Know You Want Me
7. Mini Sized Urban Decay Primer Potion
8. Bare Minerals Warmth - Starter Kit Size
9. Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Powder Foundation
10. Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Skin Gradual Tanner & Daily Lotion

Are any of you guys on a project 10 pan? Comment below with your links or lists and let me know! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

October Empties

1. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
I got this little sample/travel sized one for free in a Target Beauty Bag some time this summer. I have reviewed this product before HERE, and HERE.

2. Fekkai Essential Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner Samples
I received these samples in my September Birchbox and I really liked them. If I remember correctly, I liked the conditioner better than the shampoo, but it could have been the other way around (I used them up at the beginning of the month). Would I buy the full size? Probably not since Fekkai is so expensive. Will I hope that one day they show up at TJ Maxx for an amazingly cheap price? Heck yes, because I loved the smell, and I feel like long term results wouldn't be disappointing.

3. Beauty Fixation Makeup Remover
I received these three swabs in my September Birchbox as well and I loved them so much I bought the full size (check out my haul HERE). They are super convenient in quick mornings before work when I make a makeup error that needs to be corrected or else I would look sloby for work. Each swab has just enough fluid that it sin't drippy or anything, but you also don't have to rub and rub to make it work - just a swipe or two and you are ready to go. I find they are perfect for the accidental mascara on the brow bone or eyelid. Buy full size? Already have!

4. Miss Jessie's Quick Curls Sample
I received this in my August Birchbox. I liked it, but I'm not sure if I love it enough to buy it because I feel like other brands can do the same for cheaper. It had a nice smell, and it wasn't really fatal if you over used the product, which is nice. However, I feel like it didn't do miracles for my hair, just de-frizzed a little. The sample size was huge though so that was fantastic, and I have always wanted to try this brand out because I keep hearing about it online.

5. Schick Quattro for Women Razor Blades
I got this from my mom when she stumbled upon them in her stash and she realized she doesn't really use the brand so she doesn't even know how she got them, LOL. Fine by me though since I used the Quattro. However, I did find that I like the sensitive version of this blades, which is what I have always bought myself. It was nice to confirm to myself that the sensitive is indeed better though. These blades are nice, but I am totally a "razor with gel stripe" princess and love a nice gel-y lube-y razor over a simple one like this one. Buy myself? Probably not unless I was desperate because the sensitive ones were out of stock or these were hugely cheaper or something.

6. Nivea Creme Tin
I don't like the smell and the formula is nothing special. The smell reminds me of a hospital, and it moisturizes just as much as you would think a really thick cream would, aka, a little bit greasy. I used this at night for a hand cream as well as an occasional calf, or foot cream. I have a second one of these because I bought them to fulfill a promo deal at Target one time, but I probably wouldn't by them again unless I was similarly trying to fulfill a promo via the cheapest means possible (because these tins are under a dollar if I remember correctly). Buy full size? Nope. Buy the mini again? Not unless it was for other reasons than for wanting the product, haha.

7. Grand Home Furnishings Hand Sanitizer
The size of this hand sanitizer is just plain adorable! And you could actually put it in a nighttime clutch if you wanted because it is so slim. I used this up at work because I now have the inspiration to finally use all my sanitizers that I have seemed to aquire. This one was fine, and it was simple. It lasted a couple days with 4-6 times daily use (my office has a few cold bugs going round so I am now one of those obsessive people haha). Buy again? Can't because I got it for free at a Grand Home Furnishings Store. I doubt they still have them out as I got this a few years ago. I am happy I have a second one though so i can experience the cuteness again! haha.

8. Bath & Body Works I Love Shopping Peach PocketBac
The world wanted me to have this hand sanitizer because I got it for free when I found a coupon for a free hand sanitier just laying around on a shelf in a B&BW one time. Then the "I Love Shopping" name just called to me, and the peach scent was the icing on the cake. Like the other hand sanitizer I used this up at work. And would you believe that this was my first B&BW PocketBac? Needless to say I understand the hype now... scented hand sanitizer is just way more fun and the prices of PocketBacs are always 5 for $5 so I am pretty sure I will be buying more of these super soon!

9. L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
I got this for free when I was at the L'Occitane outlet in Florida (See my haul post HERE). I had always heard about this hand cream being good, and my mom loves L'Occitane, but this is the first time I've ever owned it. I've gotta say, it is just as good as the hype makes it out to be. Its just the right amount of moisture without being greasy, and it always does it's job. I never was much of a hand cream person but now that I have an office job I am washing my hands all the time and there is nothing worse than the feel of dry hands, eww! (well maybe dry feet is worse, haha). This lasted me a bout two and a half weeks use when I used it many times per day at work. Buy full size? Well I have a second one in this size that I got for free with a Facebook promo/coupon, so we'll see if I want to drop the money for it after I used up that one.

10. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash Sample
I can't remember how I got this sample again, but my opinion hasn't changed since the first time I reviewed it HERE.

11. Simple Soothing Eye Balm
This thing lasted FOREVER! I got this in the beginning of the year and it lasted me until now! WOW! HERE is my previous review of the product itself, which hasn't changed.

12. L'Occitane Precious Eye Balm Sample
This was one of the many L'Occitane samples that my mom gave me that she had been hording for some time. This eye balm just didn't meet my needs after using the Simple Soothing Eye Balm. This one stung my eyes a little bit upon first application, and I didn't notice that it did any better of a job at hydration than the Simple one did. It did have the nice Immortelle scent, but that was about the only thing it had going for it. Buy the full size? Not likely given my experience and I'm sure the price point isn't something I would want to pay for an eye cream at this point any way.

13. L'Occitane Brightening Essence
I liked this product. It was light, smelled nice, and didn't feel sticky or leave a residue. My only problem, that isn't really a problem, is the fact that it was a one time use size. I have not idea if it really brightens my skin after just one use. I would love to try this out but as a L'Occitane serum that costs $56, my purchasing it doesn't seem likely unless I get to try it out for a longer (via a gift set maybe?) and actually think it gives results. I so love the Immortelle scent though and I forgot how much I loved it since I used up my cleanser already.

14. Australian Gold Tan Extender Moisture Lock Moisturizer
I bought this when I was on vacation in Florida while I was getting my tan on. I love the fruity smell, I like the slick texture, and I felt that it did extend my tan. At the very least it was a nice moisturizer because it never felt greasy, it sunk in pretty quick, and it never really left me wanting more. This was my first Australian Gold product and if they are all this good then I understand why the brand is loved so much. Buy again? Definitely!

15. Lush Noubar Soap Sample
I got this as a sample at Lush when I bought a different item. I like the smell ok (it smells strongly of pistachios), but everything else about it wasn't that fabulous. It has these weird chunks in it but I wouldn't say that makes it srubby at all, which it claims it does. It makes you squeaky clean, which some people may like, but I prefer feeling moisturized. It was fun to have the sample, but I know I would never buy it. Still love Lush though! If I wanted a scrub soap I think I would try their Buffy Bar or that other one that is blue and has the sand in it that my Gay BFF swears by.

16. Tretinoin Cream
Another tube down and I am still in love! I found that now that I wash my face morning and night, and continue applying this at night, that my face is doing WAY better than when I was only washing my face at night (thanks Mom for the tip!). I don't wanna jinx myself and say I might be almost clear skin 24/7 until I see the results remain for more than these last couple weeks, but I know that it is significantly better even if I do break out later this month during the "lady time" of the month. Any spots that I have had recently were super small, not really that noticeable and went away after a day or two. The proof? I have been using my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation at work! My skin is so clear I can get away with it, and I am not reaching for my foundations! I love love love my skin this month :)

17. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Cream
I have reviewed this previously HERE.

18. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Mini
I got this for free via a gift card via the app called Wrapp which legitimately gives you free giftcards to give to friends! I convinced my sister to send me a $5 Sephora one and I went and got this, all I had to pay was the few cents of tax. Woo hoo I love social Media! I have reviewed this product previously HERE and my opinion is still the same. I am contemplating purchasing one of the gift sets for myself so I can try other products by Soap & Glory! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Extreme Couponing: $40 of Beauty Products for under $5!

How do you get $40 worth of beauty products for $4.32? Here is how:

1. Tresemme Sale of 2 for $7
2. Tresemme Coupon Buy A Shampoo and Conditioner get a styler free
3. CVS $2 Tresemme Coupon
4. Nivea Coupon for a free Lipbalm (from Facebook)
5. Dove $1 Coupon
6. 25% Off Whole Purchase CVS Coupon
7. $4.50 in Extrabucks from 2% of last quarter's spending
8. Cotton Rounds & Nail Polish Remover Sale of Buy 2 get one Free
9. $5 back through
10. And then one more $1 CVS coupon that I can't remember what it was for... maybe the polish remover?

It was one of my more magnificent coupon-ing moments! Have you had any extreme coupon-ing moments recently? Comment below and let me know! :)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Is It Worth The Hype?: NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm

After Lisa Eldridge on Youtube said she loved this lip balm it seemed like every UK based Beauty Guru ran out and bought the NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm and fell in love. When I saw that this product was being sold at Birchbox I JUMPED on it once I had enough rewards points saved up! (Here is the haul where I first showed this product) But do I think this is worth the hype? I think it kind of is. I understand why people love the texture because it's not greasy, and it doesn't leave your lips shiny. It also is amazing at moisturizing just as Gurus claim. My one hesitation is that sometimes it feels a little heavy, but that could just be me and my application. Therefore, I just use this at night like a super moisturizing treatment for my lips. I saw online that is also comes in the form of a stick lip balm, which I would love to try next!

What about you? Have you tried this product? Do you think it's worth the hype? Let me know in a comment below! :)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's In My Lipstick Holder

I've always seen youtube girls using adorable lipstick holders/risers but never felt that they were worth the price (sometimes up to $20 depending on where you buy them) and didn't think I would ever want one... until I found this little darling for only $2.99 at my local Tuesday Morning! I nearly did a backflip! If they had had more than one I probably would have bought them all, haha. It wasn't until I finally saw one of these in real life did I understand why people want them... it helps you see your products better. When it comes to all things beauty, and fashion, if I can see all my options better I am more likely to use everything more. It kind of counteracts the "forgot I even owned this" problem that I can sometimes have, and I KNOW I have the problem with lip products because I used to store all my lip products in a tin where they all sat on top of each other causing me to never use any of them! When I bought this holder I decided to just have some of the things I use most, plus some things that I want to use more and leave the rest in my vanity drawer waiting for something to get used up or to be swapped. Genius. I'm in love. Wanna know what everything is? Here is the list!:

1. theBalm Staniac in Beauty Queen (see my haul post HERE)
2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
3. Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Spice & Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob
4. Clinique Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry
5. Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Soft Rose
6. CoverGirl  Lipstick in Smokey Rose
7. CoverGirl Lipstick in Natural Frost
8. CoverGirl Lipstick in Soulmate
9. CoverGirl Lipstick in It's Your Mauve

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Monday, October 22, 2012

What's In My Work Purse

Ever wonder what I keep in my work purse? Check out the pictures below for a little look see. I got this Latico leather bag at DSW for $80 (link to the bag online is HERE, and there apparently is a cool woven version too that can be found HERE). It comes in Black and Red as well, but I felt the Brown was more neutral for my own purposes and for some reason the Black just didn't look as high quality to me in person, but maybe you might feel otherwise. The zip is awesome and sturdy too!

What do you keep in your work purse? Comment below and let me know if you think of anything I might enjoy having in my purse too!

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