Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall 2014 Target Beauty Box

In the past, Target offered a free seasonal beauty bag with some really nice samples. Recently, they began offering the Target Beauty Box as a one-time-purchase box. It looks like it will be available a few times a year for $7. I just received mine and wanted to tell you about it because it's still available and Target is offering free shipping on every order right now! (But be sure you go through Ebates- they offer 2.5% on Target purchases.)


Target Beauty Box
Price: $7 (one time purchase)
Contains:
  • Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray (value for 2.2 oz- $6.70)
  • Fekkai Professional Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo (value for 1.7 oz- $8)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (value for .18 oz full-sized product- $4.50) 
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick (value for .18 fl oz full-sized product- $8)
  • Laneige BB Cushion Sample (3 samples in 3 shades) (value for one .07 oz sample- $4.75)
close-up shot of three samples of Laneige BB Cushion sample
 
I came up with a value of about $32, and I'm super happy with this box. There was also a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target, but they also printed that in this past Sunday's circular.
 
I have always wanted to try Elnett Hairspray, and can always use another dry shampoo. I will definitely use the eye pencil because I've been wanting to try highlight the inner corner of my eye, and this will be perfect for that. I am also excited to try the Laneige BB Cushion sample- I love that they included all three shades so I can try the shade that works best for me.
 
The only product I am a bit disappointed in is the L'Oreal lippie- the shade I received is Nude Ballet and I normally don't wear that shade of lip color. I did give it a try and I did like the formula though- it was really moisturizing, yet didn't run outside my lip line like most glosses do.
 
If you like sample boxes like me, this is a great one to try because there is no commitment since there is no subscription. It's also nice that you know what you are getting when you place your order!
 




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Monday, October 20, 2014

September 2014 Glossybox

 
GLOSSYBOX is one of the more expensive beauty subscription services ($21 versus both Birchbox and Ipsy's $10), but the quality is so much better- these are high end brands! I also LOVE the beautiful, high quality boxes they send each month. They are great for drawer organizing or keeping craft products in.

Here's a run-down on what I received in my September 2014 box, along with the value of each product.
 

BVLGARI Eau Parfumee au the vert conditioner: (value of $16 determined by another blogger- I could not find how many ounces was in my bottle, but the full size price is $45 for 6.76 fl oz) I've never tried a condition this expensive, but that is one thing I love about high-end subscription boxes- getting to try something I wouldn't normally purchase. The scent is really nice.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar Matte in Black Dahlia: (full size product value $18.00 for .33 oz)  OCC Lip Tars are pretty cool- just a tiny tiny tiny dot of the pigment applied with the included brush gives you a gorgeous lip with fabulous staying power. Black Dahlia is DARK so be prepared! I like a dark lip, and hell, it's Fall, so why not?

VICHY Liftactiv Night: (value: $15 for .51 fl oz) I used this in the evening where I typically use a night cream- on my cheeks where I battle hyperpigmentation, on my marionette lines, and on my forehead. It felt great on and had a nice light scent that faded quickly. My skin felt really nice the next morning.

BENEFIT They're Real! Mascara: (value: $7.67 for .1oz)  I am definitely a fan of Benefit mascaras, they are always great quality.

Essie She's Pampered: (full-sized product value: $8.50 for .46 oz)  Nail polish is my most favorite item to receive in subscription boxes, so and Essie is a favorite brand so this was totally a win. She's Pampered is from their Winter 2012 collection, but was a shade I did not already own. Application was fabulous, and 2 coats provided perfect coverage. Here's a swatch pic I took of the mani I did with it:

Essie She's Pampered (2 coats) 

VERDICT: My box had a value of approximately $65 so I'm super pleased. There are items I already know I like (nail polish, lip tar, and mascara) and the others I am excited to use.

GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box.


They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. During the month of October, if you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, you can use the promo code GBGLAM to receive a FREE deluxe sample-sized GlamGlow Youth Mud ($19 value) with any new subscription.


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walmart Beauty Box- Fall 2014

I was so excited to get my first Walmart Beauty Box in the mail yesterday! At just $5 (for shipping, the box itself is free) this just can't be beat! Beauty boxes are just plain fun.... especially if you are a product junkie like me. I am currently only subscribed to Glossybox and was glad to add this low-priced box to the mix.
 
 
My box contains:
  • Clear Damage & Color Repair shampoo and conditioner (sample packet)
  • CoverGirl Continuous Color Lipstick in 425 Vintage Wine (full-size; $4.94 at Walmart)
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Completely Clean (full-size, 2.6 oz, $11.97 at Walmart)
  • Juicy Couture Couture Couture fragrance (sample vial)
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer (0.5 oz deluxe sample size)
  • L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer (0.5 oz deluxe sample size)
 
I understand that there were two different boxes for the Fall, but I am super happy with mine. I actually had Secret on my grocery list and was excited to be able to mark that off! The lippie is in a shade I will definitely use, and I love sample packs of shampoo and conditioner for travel. Although I'm not big on perfume samples, I love skincare from both Olay and L'Oreal, so I am looking forward to giving these deluxe samples a try. They are definitely large enough for me to get a feel for the product and whether it's a fit.
 
from the website:

How does it work?

Each new season brings different product needs and a reason to refresh your beauty cabinet. In your Walmart Beauty Box, you’ll find sample beauty products and tips on how to use those and other items sold at Walmart and on Walmart.com. Receiving your Walmart Beauty Box will be another reason to welcome each new season.
 
 


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hello!

Hello friends! I cannot believe it's October.... this school year is flying by so fast!
 
 
Here's the first day of school..... 3rd for WC and 5th for P.
 

P decided to try out for competitive soccer this year and is loving it. He's been playing goalkeeper some and has learned a lot.
 

 
For those that have been around for a while, you may remember P's school pic tradition. What started out as accident has become a fun little game. Left to right is 1st thru 5th.
 
 
WC decided she'd like to give tennis a try. So far, so fun!

 
 
And Bella? She's good, but she does NOT like her Halloween costume......

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch Jeans


I bought a pair of the new Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch jeans last week and they are so soft! (I even made a friend feel them!) They are around $20 and a great value.


The pair I purchased are Mid Rise Boot Cut and they fit amazing. They come in three lengths too, so I was able to get a Petite so I wouldn't have to have them hemmed. I also have a huge problem shopping for jeans because since I have some curves (ha! some!), jeans typically gap in the back of the waist. These have a "no gap waistband" and I can attest it works.

Best of all, they feel amazing! Remember the infomercials for Pajama Jeans? The lounge pants that looked like jeans that they tried to convince us were OK to wear out and about? Well these actual jeans feel like I imagine those felt. So soft and comfy. They are actually being called "denim meets yoga pants."

They are having a cool promo where if I get 10 people to follow this link and "like" the Riders by Lee page, I will get a free pair! And then you can do the same too! They are around $20 and a great value.

*Once 10 friends have used your link, you will receive details via e-mail on how to claim your pair of Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch jeans. Your e-mail confirmation will be sent within 2 business days after qualification. Be sure to check your junk e-mail/SPAM folder if not received in that time period. To claim your pair of Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch jeans, respond to the confirmation e-mail with your size preference and your street address (no P.O. boxes) within forty-eight (48) hours of transmission of confirmation e-mail. Please allow 4-6 weeks (from date of response to confirmation e-mail) for delivery of your pair of Riders by Lee Heavenly Touch jeans.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

August 2014 GLOSSYBOX


 
GLOSSYBOX is one of the more expensive beauty subscription services ($21 versus both Birchbox and Ipsy's $10), but the quality is so much better- these are high end brands! I also LOVE the beautiful, high quality boxes they send each month. They are great for drawer organizing or keeping craft products in.
 
Here's a run-down on what I received in my August box, along with the value of each product.
 
SpaRitual nail polish in Magnify: (full-sized product value: $12 for .5 oz)  I LOVE when subscription boxes include nail polish. It's like they KNOW ME! And isn't Magnify a gorgeous Barbie bubble-gum pink? Application was fabulous, and 2 coats provided perfect coverage. Here's a swatch pic I took of the mani I did with it:
 
 
 
Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: (value: conditioner- $4, shampoo- $4.30)  I tried this duo last week and sadly felt like it made my hair limp and lifeless. I'll have to try it again and give it another chance.
 
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner:  (value: $8 for .035 oz)  Although I love pen-type eyeliners, I typically prefer softer applicators, like the Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Dark Brown. This pen-type eyeliner is black and has a more rigid applicator. Because of that, I found it a bit hard to get a fine line.... it was much easier to get a thicker line, as you can see below.
 
Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere: (full-sized product value: $18.95 for .15 oz)  I haven't been a big user of highlighters, but this might change that. I LOVE how this product feels. It just glides on and blends so well. Glossybox suggest using it for the inner corners of your eye, and I think that would be perfect. You can see a swatch it of it below.
 
 
 
Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream: (value: $17 for .34 oz) I was pretty disappointed to see that this day cream doesn't have an SPF..... that's pretty much a must for me. I tried it on my hand and it does feel nice and sink in quickly. There is a bit of a flowery smell. Glossybox suggest to use this twice a day to improve elasticity and prevent the early appearance of wrinkles (too late!), but since it wouldn't be appropriate for me for the day, I will try it at night. I suspect the fragrance will be a bit of a bother to me.
 
VERDICT: This box has a value of approximately $64, and I am not as excited as I was for the July box. Of course, the nail polish is a definite win! The September box will include a mini Benefit They're Real! mascara, which I have tried before and really like. You can see October and November spoilers below as well. Yay for October- more nail polish!
 
GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box.
 
They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. During the month of October, if you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, you can use the promo code GBGLAM to receive a FREE deluxe sample-sized GlamGlow Youth Mud ($19 value) with any new subscription.
 
Here's a sneak peek of items included in upcoming boxes:
 
 
 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Preteen Skincare


A friend recently asked me for some beginning skin care suggestions for her preteen. I've come up with some suggestions that I think are a great start to taking care of your skin, yet don't contain harsh anti-aging ingredients that a young girl doesn't need.

Cetaphil has long been a favorite line, and I think that's a great place to start. Their Daily Facial Cleanser (1) is unscented and won't strip your skin. The standout product in their line has to be the DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 (2). I've been using it for at least 6 months and love how it gives me sun protection without clogging my pores and leaving me greasy.

My friend mentioned that her daughter is self-conscious about under-eye puffiness (which I have never noticed on her!) so I looked for a product that could help with that while still being gentle. I think the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller (3) would be a good product to try.

Although I think items 1-3 would make a great skin care set, if a girl is interested in using the same line for all her skin care, Simple Skincare has a great line. Their Moisturizing Facial Wash (4) is a great basic product. I'd then recommend trying their Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 (5), although I'd really prefer a higher SPF. As a last step, I'd suggest their Revitalizing Eye Roll-On (6).

If you've got some great preteen skin care recommendations, please let us know in the comments!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: July GlossyBox

 
A few months ago, after doing quite a bit of research on beauty subscription boxes, I decided to give GLOSSYBOX a try. In the past, I have subscribed to both Birchbox and Ipsy, but discontinued those because I seemed to get products that I never used.
 
GLOSSYBOX is more expensive ($21 versus both Birchbox and Ipsy's $10), but the quality is so much better- these are high end brands! I also LOVE the beautiful, high quality boxes they send each month. They are great for drawer organizing or keeping craft products in.
 
Here's a run-down on what I received in my July box, along with the value of each product.
 
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream: (value: $14 for 1.4 fl oz) Sadly, I did not care for the scent of this product. In fact, I had to wash my hands after using it to get the lingering smell off. I'll be passing this on to someone else. It did leave my hands feeling nice and moisturized.
 
GLAMGLOW® YOUTHMUD® TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT: (value: $20 for .5 fl oz) I am a big GLAMGLOW fan! Their masks are amazing and make my skin feel fabulous! If your skin is very sensitive, this might not be for you, but to me this 10 minute mud mask feels great and my skin feels so clean and refreshed after using it.           
 
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm:  (value: $7 for .2 oz)  I am a big Jack Black lip balm fan and not sure any lip balm could ever replace that for me, but this is a nice product that I will definitely use. Since it doesn't appear to have any sunscreen in it, I will most likely only use it at night. The Mojito scent is nice and not at all over-powering.
 
Skin Inc, Skin Supplement Bar Custom-Blended Anti-Aging Serum: (full-sized product value: $45 for .34 fl oz) Love love love that they sent a full-sized product! This serum is nice and light and absorbed into my skin very quickly. It did not leave my skin sticky at all. It does not have a noticeable scent.
 
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist: (value: $11 for 2 fl oz) My daughter's hair is just like mine, fine with a slight naturally wave, and since I don't typically blow dry her hair, it has a tendency to get pretty frizzy. I found that this spray works great to help smooth it out. It does have a slight vinegar smell, but that dissipates quickly and you can't smell it at all.
 
VERDICT: This box has a value of $97, and I am impressed! The only product I won't be using is the hand cream, but I am sure I can pass it on to someone with a less sensitive nose than mine.
 
GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box.
 
They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. Right now if you sign up and use the code MAGIC, you can also get a free EYEKO Mascara!
 
Here's a sneak peek of items included in upcoming boxes:
 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: DohVinci Memory Masterpiece Complete Ribbon Board Kit

BzzAgent recently sent us a really fun product to try.
 
 
From the product info on Amazon.com: Let your creativity pop off the page with a unique make-and-display art experience that just might get you hooked. Brought to you by the makers of Play-Doh modeling compound, DohVinci design kits let you decorate and personalize your world in so many colorful ways. It's super easy for almost anyone to do! Just use the innovative air-dry design compound and Styler tool to create dimensional designs with bold 3D lines. And unlike most paints or markers, don't worry if you make a mistake. Just wipe off your design and try again! Once you're ready, let the compound harden overnight for a beautiful, keepable, giftable creation!

 
Reese really loved doing this! There is a bit of a learning curve for using the Styler tool, and by the end of the project she was much better at it. She actually worked on this for about an hour and a half straight!
 

I think this is a fun project for the recommended ages, 6 and up, and we'll definitely be using this a birthday present for Reese's friends.
 
This product retails for $11 on Amazon.com (#afflink). I checked our local Target for this line and did not see them there. I do believe they are supposed to be stocked at TRU.
 
One note: Since this is a Play-Doh product, and traditional Play-Doh contains wheat, I of course checked this product before we used it since I have Celiac Disease. It is clearly marked on the box that it contains wheat, so I was careful to wash our hands after we used it, as well as thoroughly wash the surface we played with it on.
 
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Skittle Pops!

Last week a friend and I were at the local skating rink with our kiddos, and we were doling out money right and left. As we gave them 50 cents each to buy a "Skittle Pop", I remarked that we ought to try to figure out how to make these at home. I figured out the home version would be much more budget friendly.
 
And we cracked the code on the first try!
 
 
The kids put a few Skittles in small lidded condiment cups and poured Sprite over them. It takes a surprisingly very short time for the Skittles to fully dissolve! Next we put the lids on and put them in the freezer. After an hour or so, they are frozen and the kids are happy. I'll admit to having a few myself- they are pretty yummy!
 
The combos are endless, but do know that they are also just as good with just one Skittle in each cup.
 
 
Here are the cups we used- I found this pack of 50 at Walmart near Solo cups.
 
Let me know if you have other fun summer snack ideas!
 


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