Sunday, April 29, 2012

Vichy Overview Review

So back in February Birchbox sent out this email where you could sign up and get a bonus box (like a whole separate box from your regular monthly box) for free! All you had to do was sign up, so of course I signed up. It was a box sponsored by Vichy, a brand I had kinda heard of but never tried. I am always in the mood to try new skincare so I was ecstatic for the opportunity. Now, I will admit that the box came in February but I have been waiting to get through a good deal of each product before reviewing them as a whole, hence the delay in the reviews.

It came with 5 samples and I will discuss each in turn below along with a review.

Vichy One Step Cleanser
I kind of like this cleanser. But, I feel like I love the idea of it more than it's execution and its price. I love that it is creamy, and it hasn't every left my skin feeling tight (my number 1 cleanser pet peeve!). However, it did leave me wanting more exfoliation every now and then. I know that this shouldn't really be a fault because most people have separate cleansers and exfoliators, but I want an all in one super cleanser haha. If that quest proves fruitless, I would consider buying this cleanser as my daily non-exfoliant cleanser, but I just am not 100% sold on the idea yet. And at $19.50 a bottle, I am going to try out some more cleansers first before that investment.

Vichy Cellu Destock Intensive Treatment for Appearance of Cellulite
I'm not sold on this product either, but that simply is because this was only a one use size sample so its hard for me to fully form an opinion on it. I love the idea of it. It has a great fresh smell and feels nice on the skin. I liked that the product requires you to massage it in so it can get at your cellulite because after I did that step my legs felt awesome! Of course, this feeling wasn't because of the lotion necessarily, but my massaging, but I wouldn't have done it unless the lotion told me too, haha. My hesitation lies in the fact that I can't form an opinion about the Cellulite reducing aspects as the product says it takes 4 weeks to see results. The full size is $39.50, which maybe is a good price for such a product, but at this point in my life where I don't really have a problem with the texture of my butt, hips, and legs, I will pass. But when I am older and feel the need for such a product I won't dismiss this product as an option.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal
Me and this moisturizer began as a love/hate relationship. I love how moisturizing it is, and it truly may even last the 24 hours it claims it does! The small problems? Sometimes it stings a little on application, but it is a quick sting and goes away super fast (unlike other lotions that have done this and the stinging persists longer). The other little problem? It is so moisturizing that it can leave you oily in the morning. However, even with both of those little problems, I could deal with them just so I could have this product. I love how moisturizing it is, even when used in crazy snowboarding conditions. It's a $29.95 product, so will I buy buying it right away? No, I want to try out some cheaper alternatives first. But when I get a nice job after law school (crosses fingers) and have an income where I won't feel super guilty about a $30 moisturizer, I would definitely put this on the short list of the products I would probably buy.

Vichy Lift Activ Nuit
Being only 22, anti-aging products only serve a preventative function for my skin rather than as something that I would see result with right away. Given this aspect it can be hard to tell if a product is doing its job since I won't ever really know, haha. That being said, I am still going to use this up because it couldn't hurt haha, but I don't think I'll buy it again because of the price and the fact that I can't tell its working at my age. I love the texture of this stuff. At first it surprised me because I thought it would have a lotion-y texture like the Aqualia Thermal did because the both came in the same kind of container, but this product actually has a much firmer balm-like texture. At first this kinda weirded me out, but after using it for a week the texture grew on me and I discovered I quite liked it because it meant you could use less product without sacrificing the feeling that you are using enough. Will I buy this when I am older? I am not going to dismiss the idea because even though it costs $49 now, which is actually quite a good price for an anti-aging product these days, and the fact that I think it would last longer than other products given its firm texture, I think I would definitely consider this in my future.

Vichy Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover
Like I've said about other make-up removers, I am not really one to use an eye make-up remover unless it is the rare occasion that I am wearing eyeliner. That being said, when I do have a remover on hand I will use it every day anyway just to use it up and get it off my counter. What I loved about this product was that it didn't sting my eyes, which is amazing for me because even removers targeted at sensitive eyes have stung my eyes. What I didn't like? I didn't think this was the best at removing mascara if you are in a hurry. I found that if you let this sit and soak on your eye for like 10-20 seconds it didn't have as much of a problem, but if you are of the style (that I generally am) that you just wanna wipe and not have to wait, then it doesn't get all of your mascara. All in all this is a good remover, maybe even great, but given my cleansing habits I don't think I will buy it.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

I will admit that I bought Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua last summer after all the hype over it on Youtube. I originally had the plan of not buying it because it wasn't sold at Sephora, haha, but when I was at King of Prussia mall it called out to me to try it out. The make up artist there applied it and I loved it so I decided to buy it. (I was disappointed though that the make up artist had not idea that it was popular on Youtube and she looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned it haha).

Over the summer I applied this with a brush at first but then decided I didn't like that after a while so I started applying it with my fingers and liked it better. Then I kind of abandoned it for a while when fall came around and I started using my Covergirl Natureluxe. I found that the Chanel looked funny when I had dry skin flakes, etc (gross sounding sorry haha!) which I had quite a bit of the time because I was dating a boy with a goatee at the time and smooching him was ultra exfoliating for my chin which then resulted in dry skin for a week afterwards, haha. Does that sound weird, or have other girls had similar experiences with men and their facial hair? Haha :P

Anyway, I was reunited with this foundation again this winter when I realized that I hadn't been using it for a while and it was expensive so I should be using it. While at first it started as a kind of use-it-just-to-use it intentions to get it out of my collection (sorry if that sounds sacreligious to some of you, haha), I am still enjoying it. When I got a beautyblender in my February Birchbox I really learned I loved the application of this with it and it rekindled my love a little bit.

Will I buy it again? I don't think so. While it was fun to have something Chanel, I think it is just too expensive even if I love it. I don't LOVE foundation so I'd rather spend money on Chanel products that will last longer, like maybe on of their powder or cream shadows. I do recommend the product though if price isn't an issue for you.

Friday, April 20, 2012

4/20 in a Target Soap

I have been trying to figure out the best way to review this item: Method In Season Daffodil Bouquet Liquid Soap. An then it dawned on me that 4/20 is the most appropriate way to debut my review, haha. Why? Because my review is this: It has an after smell that 1/4 of the time, I swear, smells like pot/marijuana/weed/whatever your favorite work for it is! The other 3/4 of the time it smells like a mixture of daffodils, honeysuckle, grass, and dirt, which sounds weird, but I just LOVE that because it smells just like my memories of my backyards as a kid. Even the 1/4 of the time pot smell doesn't super bother me because it doesn't hang around too long, but it only annoys me in the sense that I love it's regular smell and what memories it evokes for me! Now this is a limited edition spring scent, so I'm not sure it will be around when I am in the market to buy more soap, but even with the pot head aspect, I am pretty sure I would still buy it again. If I do buy it again I think I will buy the foam version to see if that one doesn't have the same 1/4 issue, haha.

Have you ever had a product with a similar after smell? Haha. Anyone actually want to buy this product BECAUSE of this after smell? I don't judge :P Comment below, let me know! Haha

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Simple Skincare Overview Review

Ever since I discovered UglyFaceofBeauty on youtube, I had been dying to try out the Simple skin care brand and lamented that it wasn't in the US. Until the day that I learned that it would be coming to the US! It was like a dream come true because I didn't even have to wait and lament that long! Thank you skin care gods for answering my beauty prayer :) Given by anticipation I kind of have the urge to try EVERYTHING haha, but I am restraining myself to take it in steps. Here is my first step and chunk of products that I have tried (when I try a couple more, like maybe a cleanser and the makeup remover or toner, I will do another post like this) and what I think of them.

Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes
I am in love! The texture of these are different than any other wipe that I have used because this isn't soft, its rough and textured. Some people might not like this because it could feel a little too rough on your skin but I love it because I feel like it truly does get all the makeup and oil off my face without leaving a residue feeling behind! I also love the smell! Will I buy these again? It is highly likely! I may be swayed to try something new just to try something new, but I know I will be returning to these!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (not pictured)
I tried these before the Exfoliating ones when I first saw that the Simple line came out (when I finished these up I then bought the Exfoliating ones). I talked about this product in a previous post when I finished it so you can go there for a more in depth review. In short I liked then, didn't love them, but would buy them again if I felt the need to have make up wipes regularly in my routine.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer
This was the product that UglyFaceofBeauty kept raving about and what got me interested so of course I had to get this first! I can see why she likes it. It is kind of everything I want my Garnier light moisturizer to be (but the poor garnier moisturizer just never seems to live up to my expectations). I love the texture, it is definitely light, which I love, but it doesn't leave you wanting more so it's not too light. It doesn't sting, which my Garnier has been known to do. And it moisturizes at the level that I wanted it to, no greasy mess, and no dry patches in the morning. Will I buy it again when I run out? I am not 100% sure because the thing is huge and it might be quite some time until that happens and I might change my mind. I would be interested in trying another of their moisturizers though, like perhaps one that comes in the pot. Would love to see how Simple does in the heavy moisturizer category.

Simple Soothing Eye Balm
Finally, a eye cream that doesn't sting my eyes! After having a short relationship with a Say Yes to Cucumbers eye cream that I ended up returning because it stung my eyes like crazy and was roll-y the next day when I would put on foundation, this Simple Eye Balm is like a god send in comparison! I hope this isn't like a rebound-like love, but even if it is, I value what this Balm is doing for me. It has let me foray in to the eye cream word which I have been interested in entering but kept getting scared away by the products I had tried and hated in the past. Thank you Simple for making a product to get me started on my eye cream journey! Like the moisturizer, I think this will take quite some time to use up so I can't say if I will buy it again. I might, but I also might not because I might try something targeted at anti-aging after this. But if I have more troubles with other eye creams stinging and not cooperating, then I know that Simple's Eye Balm will be here for me to sooth my eyes and tell me eye creams are ok! (Sounds like the gay best friend of eye creams doesn't it? haha :P)

Also, semi related... I have realized that I have a thing for green themed skin care. I don't know if it is a subconscious thing that I think green skin care products will work better or I just like the look of it or what but between this, my Garnier moisturizer, my green clay mask, and my cucumber peel off mask, my whole cabnet is green! Haha. Does anyone else a similar tendency? Maybe one for blue colored stuff (that seems to be another popular skin care package color to me)?

So who else has tried out Simple? What did you think? What should I try next?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Review: Beauty Blender

HOW: I received this a little while back in my February Birchbox and have been playing around with it ever since.

WHY: I had always heard about this in the blog/vlog-osphere but always was skeptical about how good it really was because it IS a sponge, which just always seems so low-tech to me, but guru's that love brushes also loved this, so when i received it I was pretty happy to try it out. Now, the price always scared me away, $19.50 for ONE FREAKIN' SPONGE! Which I think is insane, but because I got this for free/ for $10 I'm not complaining.

PROS: I have been using this with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation that I bought this summer and loved then but kinda stopped using it once fall came around. I had been previously been applying that foundation with my fingers after I decided I didn't like the look a brush gave. I have to say, I love the finish the Beauty Blender gives it. It makes the application really even and at the sheer/medium level I strive for but don't always achieve when applied with fingers.

CONS: The price, the price, the price. Plus, it is really annoying to clean. I don't have the cleaner that they sell and I refuse to buy a cleaner just to clean one implement, haha. I tried using my brush cleanser, various face washes, and different liquids soaps that I currently have and none of them could get the foundation out, which is annoying. Also, in the cleaning process I seemed to have faded the cute pink color some as well as create or reveal some damage/wear to the sponge. I read some where that the sponge lasts/should be used for 3 months, and from what I have experienced that it probably how long it will last me.

CONCLUSION: I don't think I will ever buy this simply because of the price compared to how long it lasts, as well as the annoying-ness of cleaning it. I do like how it applies foundation though so would welcome any more free ones with open arms, haha. I wouldn't be adverse to trying out one of the cheaper drug store "dupes" of this, especially if those are easier to clean!

Have any of you tried to Beauty Blender? Or one of the drug store versions? What did you think?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stash Insurance 2012 Spring Policy Update

So, a lot of readers loved my older post called Stash Insurance where I wrote out the total value of my stash. Now that it has been quite a few months, it's time for a policy update! Haha! I also discovered through using up my products that a few things had been previously left out so will not be included.

GirlGotGlitter Stash Insurance Policy

$20.00 Large Z Palette in Black
$7.00 Inglot 3 Shadow Palette
$2.00 Stila Eyeshadow Pan Holder
$10.00 Urban Decay Grind House Sharpener
$14.00 Sephora Collection Purifying Brush Shampoo 6.75oz
$10.00 Sephora Fragrance Atomizer
$10.00 Travalo-Style Sephora Fragrance Atomizer
$8.00 Sephora Pop Up Brush
$19.50 Beauty Blender
$13.00 Mai Couture Lavender Re-Fresh Oil Blotting Paper
Total: $113.50

$32.00 Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Airbrush #56: Face
$34.00 Sephora Collection Pro Natural Powder Brush #40: Face
$28.00 Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
$28.00 Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush
$3.99 Eco Tools Bamboo Eye Shadow Brush
$5.99 Revlon Covered Lip Brush
$20.00 Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Total: $151.98

$34.00 Kat Von D Beethoven Palette
$18.00 Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Matte 390
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Pearl 402
$5.00 Inglot Shadow Pearl 422
$19.50 Too Faced Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Magenta Moon
$19.50 Too Faced Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Amber Asteroid
$3.75 Maybelline Eyeshadow Single in Tasteful Taupe
$3.75 Maybelline Eyeshadow Single in Pumped Up Peach
$12.00 Flirt! Cosmetics Dreamy Eyes Eyeshadow in Chocoholic
$17.00 Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
$0.00 Stila Eyeshadow in Cloud (Free with birchbox points)
$17.00 Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Walk of Shame
$17.00 Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Foxy
Total: $142.50

Foundation & Concealer
$11.99 Cover Girl Natureluxe Silk Foundation
$45.00 Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
$7.99 Cover Girl Aquasmooth Make-Up
$28.00 Bare Essentials Matte Foundation
$1.99 Wet n Wild Cover All Concealer
$3.00 ELF Makeup Mist & Set
$12.99 Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream in Light/Medium
Total:  $110.96

$29.50 Bare Essentials Brilliant Gold Duo (with brush)
$8.99 CoverGirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder (discontinued packaging)
$20.00 Bare Escentuals Try. Believe. Love Set (Foundation x2, Mineral Veil, Bronzer)
$7.49 Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Powder in Translucent Light
Total: $65.98

Blush and Bronzer
$15.00 Too Faced Mini Pink Leopard Bronzer
$5.69 Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones in Refined Rose
Total: $19.69

$18.00 Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Total: $18.00

$0.00 Blinc Mascara in Black (Free with birchbox points)
Total: $0.00

$18.00 Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Distortion
$16.00 Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Love Metal
$23.00 NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte
$20.00 Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock
Total: $77.00

Lip Products
$16.00 Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss in I Know You Want Me
$11.00 Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink Mini (half sized)
$5.79 Cover Girl Wetslicks Lipgloss in Peachs N Gleam
$8.29 Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain in 415
$8.99 Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor in 860
$9.49 L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolor in Diane's Tuberose
$6.99 Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Soulmate
$14.50 Clinique Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Natural Frost
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Smokey Rose
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in It's Your Mauve
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Bronzed Peach
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Pure Gloss
$5.70 Covergirl Continuous Color in Classic Red
$6.49 Revlon Lipstick in Soft Rose
$1.00 Lip Vitamins Lip Balm in Peach Mango
$3.19 Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay on Lip Contouring Pencil in Spice
$5.79 Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner Definer in Eastend Snob
$6.00 NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul
$24.00 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Joy
$2.50 FusionBeauty LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick SPF 15 (Birchbox item)
$0.00 Yes to Carrots Lip Butter in Sweet Fig (Free with purchase)
$2.29 Physicians Formula Happy Booster Lipstick in I <3 Nude (Fabulous coupon)
$3.99 Sun Bum Lip Balm
Total: $137.72

$12.00 Victoria's Secret Sheer Fragrance Mist in Girls Night
$12.00 Bath and Body Works Body Spray in Cherry Blossom
$10.95 Victoria's Secret: Sexy Little Things Love Rocks Scented Mist 75ml
$9.99 I Love... Lots of Bubbles Set (Coconut & Cream, Blueberry & Smoothie, Lemons & Limes, Mango & Papaya, Strawberry & Milkshake, Raspberry & Blackberry)
$4.79 Degree Natureffects Honeysuckle + Tea Tree Oil Invisible Solid
$65.00 Kate Spade Twirl 1.7 oz
$9.99 Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin Gradual Tanner & Daily Lotion
$7.42 Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash
$4.29 Secret Smooth Effects Deodorant in Wildflower Fresh
$5.00 Bath and Body Works Travel Sized Body Wash in Wild Citrus Sunflower
$3.50 Bath and Body Works Trial Sized Body Lotion in Malibu Heat
$4.89 Nivea Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion
$1.49 Essence of Beauty Shower Gel in Island Bliss (Limited Edition)
$0.87 Nivea Cream Mini Tin
$0.87 Nivea Cream Mini Tin
$5.39 Nivea Express Hydration Lotion
$1.99 Gillette Satin Care with a Touch of Olay Shave Gel with Shea Butter
Total: $129.72

$3.99 CVS Purifying Mint Masque
$3.99 Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask Cucumber
$7.99 Garnier Nutriniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight Lotion
$5.19 Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser
$5.19 Clean & Clear Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Cleanser
$10.99 Simple Soothing Eye Balm
$12.99 Skin Effects Glycolic Cream Cleanser
$19.99 Physicians Formula Ultra-Hydrating  Day & Night Cream
$6.49 Lumene Sensitive Touch Eye Makeup Remover
$24.99 L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Corrector
$7.99 Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Ultra
$7.99 Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes
$11.99 Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer
Total: $37.24

$6.99 Goody Spin Pins
$6.99 Goody Modern Updo
$2.99 Conair Bobby Pins with Case
$3.50 Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics
$5.99 Got 2B Fat-tastic Mega-Lift Root-Boosting Spray
$5.99 Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
$16.99 Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
$16.99 Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse
$4.99 Tresemme Instant Heat Tamer Spray
$3.99 Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Styling Cream
$3.99 Alberto V05 Whipped! Volume Styling Mousse
$7.95 Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged
$17.00 Redkin Nature's Rescue Radiant Sea Spray
$17.50 TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Adrenaline with a Superfine Mist
$19.95 Big Sexy Hair What a Tease Backcomb in a Bottle
$8.50 It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product 2oz
$5.50 Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum 25ml
$5.95 Big Sexy Hair Powder Play
$6.79 Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Anti-Frizz Serum
$14.29 Macadamia Travel Sized Healing Oil Spray
Total: $159.75

$0.99 Sally Girl Polish in Glow in the Dark
$7.00 Orly Nail Lacquer in Rage
$7.99 Orly Magnifique French Manicure Topcoat
$4.29 Nina Ultra Pro in an unnamed Matte Mauvey Pink color
$4.99 Sally Hansen French Manicure Pen
$4.99 Revlon Polish in Minted
$4.99 Revlon Polish in Sheer Petal
$5.99 Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine in 08 Glossy
$3.99 Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Champagne Toast
$2.99 Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Gunmetal
$4.00 Zoya Polish in Noel (half sized)
$1.99 New York Color Quick Dry Top Coat in Grand Central Station
$2.95 Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Mini
$8.00 Essie Disappearing Trick Conditioning Cuticle Remover
$1.99 New York Color Quick Dry Top Coat in Spring Street
$4.00 Zoya Polish in Bevin (half sized)
$8.98 Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Strength
$3.07 Nutra Nail Gel Perfect UV-Free Gel-Color in Sheer Natural
$2.07 Essie My Perfect Picks polish pair minis in Real Simple and Very Cranberry
$0.57 Nutra Nail No-Mess Express Gel Polish Remover
$2.27 TRIM Nail Care Sticks
$1.99 TRIM Pink Salon Boards and Sapphire Nail File
Total: $65.11

Bare Minerals Warmth Starter Set Size
Unknown Blush Brush
Unknown Bronzer Brush
Unknown Pencil/Blender Brush
Unknown Blush and Highlighter Duo
Sephora Eyeshadow Deluxe Sample in Peach Beige
Sephora Eyeshadow Deluxe Sample in Aspen Summit
Clinique Almost Bronzer Sample
Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyz
Urban Decay Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bouron
Benfit Coralista Blush Deluxe Sample
Lorac Multiplex Lipgloss Sample in 3D
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in unknown color
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Nuxe Multi Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer
Towson Town Center Uscented Hand Sanitizer
Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Urban Decay 6 Pan Holder
Simple Refreshing Facial Wash
L'Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser
Yogini Perfume Sample
Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Soap Sample
Artiste Flor y Canto Perfume Sample
Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream Sample
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Conditioner Sample

GRAND TOTAL: $1208.15
(This value does not reflect the currently crossed off items, those in Bold&Green, or those in purple)

Key: Green means it was added after this was initially published and reflects the MSRP/actual value.
Purple means that it was added after this was initially published and the pricing is based on what I actually paid and includes coupon, and sale considerations.

Dang it! It is higher than my first calculation! I was hoping it would be lower with all my purged products. This is a good wake up call though! Part of it is due to getting some items through Birchbox and MyGlam (when I was signed up for 2 months before it got lame), but it is also due to that hair care haul, as well remembering some items that I had when I first calculated but forgot to include, and also probably because I may have replaced some used up items with more expensive products, oops! 2012 Resolution, we still have $208.15 to get under 1K! (But ideally I'd love to be under $800) Can we do it? Yes we can!

What is your makeup worth? Comment below! :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Where have all the Birchbox posts gone?

Hey guys, some of you may be wondering why I don't do Birchbox posts any more (when I first signed up I used to post a picture and list and reviews for each item that I got each month). Well, I'll be lame and admit that I am busy with school. But, do not fret! I will be graduating this year, and after I sit for the Bar exam in July, there is a good chance that they could be coming back!

Also, keep an eye our for a Birchbox store haul soon because my reward points are building up rapidly and I think I might make a purchase soon. Eek, so excited! I am thinking Stila Cloud eyeshadow? But what else....?! Any suggestions for what to get? Comment below and let me know!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Love... Haul

So maybe one item doesn't count as haul when it is one gift set, but if you think of it as 6 things this is kind of a haul! Haha. Either way I wanted to share this purchase for you. I was in the market for a bubble bath because I didn't have any on hand (a tragedy I know!). I heard about this product coming to the US from the UK via Nouveau Cheap but didn't think I would find it for quite some time. And then I just stumbled upon it the other day when shopping for other things.

Haven't used them yet, but I smelled all the scents and they are just DIVINE! I can't wait to use the Lemon & Lime one because it smells just like Lemon Lime Gatorade powder, haha. :P

Have any of you guys tried this line out? Have any fav scents? How are the non-bubble bath products in the line? I saw online that they make a hand cream... I would love to try that next! However, the only thing I saw for sale at Rite Aid where I got this was just this set, none of the other separate products.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

$250 Pan is complete!

I don't know if you guys have been following the updates to my older $250 Pan post and noticed that I completed it a few weeks go, so I thought I'd make a formal announcement of it...


Ok, it's out of my system :) I am just so proud of myself because it was a goal that I could really see my progress towards, unlike classic Project Pans which feel like you never are making progress in... kinda like my Kill It Quest... haha.

What did I learn? That I should take into account the price of something when buying something because sometimes a price isn't worth the time it takes to use up (whether it is gone too fast, or it lasts forever and you get bored and never want to use it so it was a  waste because you probably would have done better to just not buy it).

Now that this is over and I got a good chunk of old products out of my stash, look forward to an updated Stance Insurance Policy post to reflect the value of my current stash with all of these old products removed and with the list of all the other products that I have added to replace them! (As well as some extra products that maybe I didn't need... oops :) )

Have any of you ever done a money style Pan project? Did you succeed?