Benefit

February Favorites

7:05 AM

My February has been super lame so far, kind of a shitty month for life...but it will only get better. So my February Favorites are super tiny since I haven't really been playing around with anything.



 *BENEFIT Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Farenheit Fab.
I received this from my January Luxe Box , I didn't do a post about it because I was so mad they shipped it to another address and it took me a while to even receive this box and by the time I got it I just didn't feel like posting it =/ BUT this stuff is amazing! Gorgeous golden shimmery color, that really goes with almost everything. I have been wanting a golden color for a while and this was perfect!

*ELF Blush in Mellow Mauve
I freakin love this color, I think it is really pretty and is a little different then the pinky colors I regularly would use. And for Elf's super cheap prices how can you not love it?

*DIANE LAI Soothe Moisturizing cream. 
HOLY CRAP my hands are super dry lately and this is my favorite moisturizer to help fix that problem. I love that this product is all natural and has a really light scent, as well it does not leave the gross greasy silicon feeling on your hands that some can leave behind.

*LANCOME Hypnose Drama
Love this mascara, adds volume and length. I like the curved S shape brush and the formula isn't too dry or wet.

*CARGO Pencil in Black
Could use this liner everyday I think, I recently have gotten a few liners I am loving so this was one I have been using the most. I had always used cheap drug store ones until a few months ago and wow I can see the difference in the few I have tried. More color and goes on so smoothly!

My favorite song of February was:

 

And that's the end of my February thankfully! 

What were your most used products?


Bath And Body Works

February Empties

12:15 AM

 This really looks like an empty haul or something but I think I was on the last little bit of a TON of things!
The best part of finishing up all this crap is that I get to buy new stuff =D
Here is what I used up this month....

 *Pure Divine $2 at dollar store.
Repurchase? Nahh, this packaging tricked me, I was thinking it was Venus, like the razors but it was just no name stuff. It was alright but I wouldn't repurchase.

*LUSH Snow Fairy- MY FAVORITE!!!
Repurchase?Yes I will one day, when it's on sale. It smells soo good but Lush is just a bit expensive for me to purchase often =/

*LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub
Repurchase? Nope, This was a gift from my mom and it really took too long to use up, I only finished it up before it expired and didn't like the smell tooo much.


*DERMALOGICA Daily Microfoliant
This is my absolute favorite facial scrub, it's really different because it is a powder that you rub into your face after wetting it. I didn't like the idea at first because it's kind of like using baking soda or something but holy crap does your face feel nice after!
Repurchase? If I wasn't a total cheap ass I would, but Dermalogica is so expensive and it's really only sold at certain spas or salons around here so it's not taunting me to buy like it would if it was at the drug store.

*BATH & BODY WORKS Sweet Pea Body Butter. Surprise surprise!
Love this stuff!
Repurchase? Yes sure will!

*BATH & BODY WORKS Sweet Pea Shower Gel
Repurchase? Probably not, only because I think it's crazy to pay $10 for this bottle, body wash is body wash to me, if it smells good I am sold, and there are a lot of cheaper ones that smell nice.


*JOICO Body Luxe Shampoo
I really do like Joico products, they are cheaper salon options and are usually on sale around here for the 1L bottles so you really can't go wrong.
Repurchase? Only if there isn't Redken on sale.

*GARNIER Skin Natural Fresh Makeup Removing Wipes
Okay so this is kinda cheating... I tried using these up but they kind of dried up since I bought them a million years ago.
Repurchase? Heck no, they don't remove anything from your skin let alone makeup.

*CALGON Epson Salts
Loved the smell of Eucoliptous and Mint but these aren't anything special if you can find a cheaper alternative.
Repurchase? If there isn't a cheaper option.

Thought I was finished?
NOOO I still have more, ridiculous I know!


*BATH & BODY WORKS Sweet Pea Body Butter

*BATH & BODY WORKS Cranberry Cider

*BATH & BODY WORKS Cinnamon Pumpkin

*BATH & BODY WORKS Merry Misletoe

*BATH & BODY WORKS Pineapple Orchid

I would repurchase all of these candles, I LOVE B&BW Candles, they smell amazing!!!

That's the end of my massive empties this month, I think I made a lot of room for my new things =D

What was on your empties list?







DKNY

February Luxe Box Flare Edition

12:15 AM


For February Loose Button collaborated with Flare Magazine and kind of has a Valentines day feel to their box. I was surprised when I opened the package and it was red! I enjoy when a company switches it up once in a while for something a little different.

The same nice personal touch,as well the tissue paper even has flare printed on it. 
 

JOICO K-PAK REVITALUXE 
Full Size Product $27 150ML
Indulge in the ultimate luxury treatment for dry damaged hair.Actively repairs,restores,protects and hydrates hair correcting years worth of damage while preventing future damage. With each application,hair instantly becomes stronger,softer,more moisturized with improved elasticity. Blend of Bio-Mimetic Peptides, Keratin Amino Acids,Jojoba Oil and Aloe Extract.

First Impression: Sounds perfect! I was happy about this sample in the box.

DKNY PUREDKNY VERBENA
Full Size Product $80 50ML
                                  $105 100 ML
The hybrid note which makes up pureDKNY Verbena, Verbena-Basil, as the species is known,is a delicate plant. Although an herb, it has a sparkling citrus,lemon like quality. The fragrance has been crafted to accentuate the freshness of this raw material, balanced within a sophisticated light floral structure and supported with natural depth. The end result is a sparkling, wet fresh scent which personifies the pureDKNY brand.

First Impression: After reading about the scent it really didn't sound like anything I would like... but it actually smells pretty nice, its fairly light but it isn't something I would buy.

MEREADESSO BEAUTIFUL BODY BALM
Full Size Prodcut $54 200ML
 A high performance,non greasy all over body balm, hand moisturizer and foot cream for men and women if all ages and skin types.
Beautiful Body Balm will bring out your inner glow,improve your skin's texture and enhance elasticity -leaving your body with a smooth,silky finish.The sumptuous lotion spreads easily,absorbs quickly and won't transfer onto your clothes,while the refreshing scent dissipates so as not to compete with your own signature fragrance.

First Impression:For some reason this smells like wine gums or some kind of candy but it's not sweet. That probably makes no sense but I like the smell! It absorbs quickly and seems fairly nice.


LISE WATIER 24 HOURS GLAM MASCARA
Full Size Product $22
It's elastic polymer formula and FlexiQueen brush surround each lash with a 3D waterproof film to create an infinitely glamorous look that lasts all day, and all night for an astonishing 24 smudge free,waterproof,sweatproof,humidity proof for hours.
This mascara does the work for you so you can focus on your night out!

First Impression: I loved the packaging! So cute, and then I opened the tube and saw the plastic brush and my hopes didn't stay high. I will give this a shot but i already have doubts since I don't like those brushes but maybe this will surprise me?

MEREADESSO FACE + NECK TONING GEL
Beautiful skin shouldn't just be easy,it should be effortless. That's why I created Mereadesso face + Neck Toning Gel, a one step skin care solution.
It's easy to apply,quick to absorb, and perfect for any skin type. Best of all, the longer you use it the less you need it.
With over 40 botanical extracts,minerals and antioxidants packed into one effective gel, you're sure to see a difference in just 3-5 days.

First Impression: I believe this is my 3rd sample, and sadly I wasn't all that impressed with it. I certainly would never purchase.

I was fairly happy with this month's box but it wasn't anything super exciting.

What was your favorite monthly subscription box item this month? 
Have you used any of these before?



Garnier

Drug Store ReGRETS!

12:15 AM

One of my favorite posts to read is the things people don't like, is that strange or is it just helpful? 
I am not dissing these products but they really just did not work for me and I was very disappointed!


*GARNIER Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector Clinical $11.99
Of course I was very hesitant when purchasing this but I do have some marks on my skin that I would be happy to erase, I have been using this for a couple months and I have no luck as of this even doing anything. I am not surprised since it is cheap and I even hear negative feed back from Clinique dark spot corrector and that stuff is stupid expensive. This tube is really massive for what the cost is and now a days you really don't get something amazing in a large size for so cheap, I should have known better. =/

*RIMMEL Scandal Eyes $7-8(I don't remember for sure but it was around this price)
Okay this is just ridiculous! I love the idea of the large brush but this was just so big it like swallowed my eyes when I tried to apply to my lashes. The brush is so large that it wouldn't even go through my lashes properly as well the formula is way too wet for my likings. 

*NYX Shadow in Sparkle Cedar -$7.99 
Ekkkk that was a lot of money for something I REALLY dislike. This shadow is really nice, the color just really didn't look nice on me. Too shimmery or something. It is decently pigmented and applies really nice but just looked like crap on me! Hopefully my sister will want to adopt this shadow.

What was your last product you were disappointed in?





Famous Stars and Straps

Famous Stars and Straps Haul #2

6:41 AM

Another Famous Haul!!!
I lucked out and my 50% off promo code from August worked for me again so I thought meh why not!
It's actually really hard to find girl Famous clothes in my city so I usually have to order them online. It is getting pretty popular though, I see a lot of guys wearing Famous now a days.

I have a hard time photographing clothing! Sorry for the bad pictures!
I FREAKY LOVE MY HOODY!!
Each shirt was $12-$14 with the sale and the hoody was only $26, REALLY good deal for a Famous hoody!

 I wanted these socks but they are so big so I have them to the bf =)

And they threw in some stickers! =)

Lucky for you American's!




Julep Maven

Julep Maven

8:29 AM



 What it is:
 We launched our new Julep Maven program to give all of our girlfriends access to the beauty editor Sneak Peek Box we create every month.  As a Julep Maven, you will have access to the hottest trends in nail color and the latest Mani Care and Pedi Care products - delivered right to your doorstep, just like the beauty editors do.  And you'll have access to these trends and products before anyone else.

We know that tailoring and customizing each editor delivery is critical to gaining her attention and enthusiasm, so every Sneak Peek Box we send you will be tailored to your needs and preferences.  Just take our fun and easy Julep Maven Style Quiz to help us understand your style profile.

Then each month, we'll send you an email to let you know what we've curated for you in your customized beauty editor Sneak Peek Box.  If you don't like what you see, you can try a new style.

Or choose to send your Sneak Peek Box to a girlfriend as a gift - every month's set comes beautifully packaged and ready to gift.

Welcome to VIP treatment - because your opinion matters to us.  YOU are our favorite beauty editor!

Benefits:

Being a Maven, gives you exclusive access to COLOR!  You get it first, and YOU decide how often you want to receive your beauty editor Sneak Peek Box
For just $19.99 a month, you'll receive over $40 worth of trendsetting polish colors and cutting-edge treatment products each month customized in a gift-able Sneak Peek Box
Each Sneak Peek Box features new, never before released colors and treatments FIRST to you, before anyone else
Your box also includes hits and cult favorites - the products we like to keep on the top of editors' minds

20% off all julep.com purchases
FREE shipping on ALL your purchases
Each box also comes with a surprise and delight element- something to look forward to!
Receive additional membership perks throughout the year

 I am super new to Julep Maven, but I since I am a sucker for these monthly boxes I thought I would give it a try even though their main focus is polish, I am not addicted to polish like I am with beauty products but they did have a January promo going on to get your first box for a PENNY! How could you not try it??

 After I took the style quiz I was in the category "American Beauty"
So I received:


*Julep Essential Cuticle Oil
Natural blend of essential oils and vitamin E softens rough cuticles and strengthens nails.
* Glenn Julep Nail Vernis
Bold Berry Red Shimmer
*Oscar Julep Nail Vernis
Ultra chic,multi-dimensional gold glitter.



LOL yes I laughed too, my nails look like a frightful mess! But I just wanted to show the color, its pretty but certainly not my style. I did remove this after the pictures.

SOOOO. MY thoughts on this box =( .
I don't like to be negative about these boxes because I am aware it is a random pick of products that will be sent to you. BUT I did take the style quiz and I absolutely dislike any kind of red for myself, it's great for others but not me. As well I am not a huge fan of the gold, I think its great on top of a color but I wouldn't purchase it. =/
Also after reading other blogs and seeing the gorgeous colors they received as well as a hand scrub I was kind of disappointed. I LOVE scrubs and I don't really like the cuticle oil. 
But that's okay, sometimes you do get something you aren't a huge fan of.
The packaging of the polishes are really nice, as well the polish does seem to be a good quality polish but the colors just didn't sell me. I will make sure to find Glenn a good home =)

Have you ordered a monthly box that you were disappointed in?

 


Random

Super Bowl Commercials

10:12 AM

I kind of watched the Superbowl this year, well mostly just played on my iPad but I was annoyed that since we were watching the game on a Canadian channel we didn't get the good commercials...here are a couple I thought were kinda funny.














I just don't understand why there can't be good commercials all year long?
Did you see any you liked?


Cortex

Cortex Four in One Styling Wand Review

10:16 AM

CORTEX Clipless 4 in 1 styling wand $149.95 

  • The 4 in One professional curling iron gives you a full and natural look that cannot be duplicated with any other brand and it is the most versatile curling iron on the market today. Styles ranging from tight ringlets and spirals to large curls and waves. The Cortex 4 in One Curling iron will be the only curling iron you need!
  • Four Ceramic/Tourmaline Interchangeable Heads with Ionic Technology to promote smoother, silkier hair.
  • Far-infrared technology distributes heat evenly, preventing damage.
  • Sleek, ergonomic, non-slip grip, designed for professional comfort.
  • Adjustable Digital Temperature Display with Programmable Auto Shut-off
  • Heats to 450F (230C)
  • 11′ Heat Resistant Textile Cord and Heat Resistant Styling Glove
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY



Everything comes in a very convenient case for neat storage and great for travel. There is nothing more annoying to me then having messy cords and no proper case to carry them in.

 I absolutely love the option of different sizes for different types of curls. This wand comes with:
  • 2"
  • 1.5"
  • 1"
  • 0.5"
So far my favorite is the 2 & 1.5". They provide more of a beachy wave look.

 This is great when you are first learning to use the styling wand since it really is different then a curling iron and as well it gets CRAZY HOT!!!

 The size is average for a curling iron. I like the matte black with the blue LED display.

 Easy to read display as well simple + - buttons make it easy to adjust the temperature. This sucker gets up to 450'F!! I don't go passed 375... I did burn my hand on that once and holy crap it hurt!

 LOVE the swivel cord! I have an old Conair curling iron ( That I will be throwing out now) and the cord is so tangled up even thought it is a swivel it is a crappy swivel and this one is really nice.

Just a simple twist to remove each wand,change and twist back.

 This was with the 2" wand, i quickly tried it the second I opened it so it's not done as nicely as it can be.

 This was with the 1.5" Wand, I actually didn't even want to try it because I figured it would be too small but I was wrong, I LOVE this type of curl.

To do my whole head slowly it around 10-15 minutes just because I am not pro, but it is really quick and since the wand is so hot you really don't need the hair to be on it for too long.
The type of curl clipless wands give you are so different then the ones with the clamp. I will NEVER use one with a clamp again, I much prefer this type of curl/wave then the ones with regular curling irons. Also the time it takes to curl my whole head with a regular curling iron is too time consuming for me. The curls actually last all day as well. Flat irons do hold my curl but curling irons do not. This Cortex wand is amazing.

I did purchase this at Beautychoice.com for $150.00 plus a $50 off promo... Yes that is stupid expensive but I debated it for a while and I am super glad I did. I feel this is so much less damaging on my hair then regular drug store curling irons and the quality is amazing, feels very salon quality.
I did hear from another beauty blogger that you can purchase this on Amazon.com for around $50 which is a wicked deal!! I know I over paid but with a lifetime warranty I think it was worth it.
This is my new BFF =D

Which do you prefer, Curling irons,clipless wands or flatirons to curl your hair?





Random Wish List

6:18 AM

I find it fun for some reason to look around online at thinks I wish I had the extra $$ to blow on, here is a few things I am lusting after!











What is your latest want?


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