february Julep Maven Box

20120210-163630.jpgHi friend!

Here’s what I received from Julep Maven:

1. Rachel – a warm rich copper shimmer

2. Oscar – a multidimensional gold glitter

3. Elizabeth – midnight blue with a hint of shimmer

4. Treat – an Oscar shaped unsweetened dark chocolate which I devoured upon opening of the box.

Not very happy with this box. The only thing I really like is the gold glitter polish. I contacted them about it and was told that the window to changing my box had past. They don’t have the option to return the box either so I decided to just cancel my subscription. I think that’s the flaw about this program. If I’m paying for $20 for these nail polishes I should be able to return them. This isn’t like the other sample program boxes.


infinity rings

Hi friend!

I have been drooling over this ring lately. It’s made to be worn right before your knuckle.

It’s lovely but with a hefty price tag of $180! No thanks. I know I can find a much cheaper alternative.

And I did! They are made by Indulgent Design – link!  However, she doesn’t make them in rose gold which is okay because the silver matches my wedding ring. In addition, I found the heart infinity ring for the same price of $21 and it’s as lovely.

Oh how I love dainty accesories. It’s a great gift, well for me anyway.

What kind of jewelry that brings you over the moon?

february photo-a-day challenge: days 1-3

Hi friend!

I decided that I’d post a round-up of my photo-a-day challenge on Fridays. The reason? Just felt like it – nothing special. Lol

//from left to right

day 1: your view – my babies are playing, obviously hehe

day 2: words – The quote says, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” written by Helen Keller. I ripped it out of  the February Woman’s Day magazine.

day 3: hands – I wanted to take a photo of my babies’ hands because they won’t be small for long. They grow up so fast.

I am planning on getting the diaper deal at Target tomorrow, Saturday, and hoping to walk at the flea market if the temperature permits. My son is turning 1 year old in 2 weeks and we are planning to have a party for him. So, I’d like to also take a pre-birthday photo this weekend but there are so many things that need to be done that it might get pushed for next weekend.

What are your plans this weekend? Well, whatever it is I hope that you have a great one!

babyganics soap

Hi friend!

I have two words to describe this product: EXTREMELY DRYING!

So, if your baby has eczema then this is not the product you want. I wouldn’t recommend this even if my baby didn’t suffer from eczema. I love that  this soap doesn’t have the harsh chemicals but I wish that they added some type of natural oil or something that moisturizes the skin.

What organic/natural body wash or body soap do you use for your little one?



Hi friend!

Several weeks ago Plum District had a 50% off offer for Bloom. I was able to snag a $50 voucher for about $18. Bloom is like a smaller Sephora. They offer 10% credit back called bloom dollars with every purchase, whereas Sephora offers points for redeeming samples and deluxe kits.  They are currently offering a limited number of beauty brands in their website. I purchased the voucher because I have been eyeing and wanting to try the Ole Henriksen anti-aging eye creme which retails for $45.

Now onto the Bloom website quick review:

1. It took about 2 weeks for my package to arrive.
2. I still have not received my bloom dollars since ordering.
3. I appreciate the effort put into my package. Everything was wrapped in pink tissue paper and the eye creme was bubbled-wrapped.
4. The samples that I picked and received are perfect because they are from the Ole Henriksen range. Perhaps the website is scripted to offer samples of products I viewed or placed in my shopping cart? Perhaps.
5. Shipping is FREE for orders $50 and above. I wish it’s free shippig for any order.
6. Return is free as well, however, unlike Sephora, my order did not come with any invoice and shipping label. This does not make it easy to return products.

Besides the 3 complaints mentioned above, namely points 1,2 and 6, I am quite happy with my purchase. I am planning on purchasing the Clarisonic Mia as I still have another $50 voucher. I probably will not purchase from this website again had I not have another voucher. This is mainly because of the point stated in 6. Sephora just makes it so easy plus I can just go to any store and make a return or exchange.

Here is another picture of the box and the products I purchased:

What eye cream are you currently using?

au naturel…

…well, more like organic, natural products. i honestly just wanted a catchy title. epic fail.

Hi friend!

a back story:

it all started when my sister came to visit for thanksgiving. upon her arrival the first thing i noticed was her shiny, healthy-looking hair! let’s ignore the fact that she  lost some weight! apparently, she had been running and eating healthy ie. avoided sweets and fatty foods. her hair looked amazing, so i asked her to spill the beans. her new secret: organix moroccan oil conditioner, an organic, sulfate free product. i had to get/try it as my hair has been looking like a dreadful mess lately. it just so happened that the organix line was on sale on thanksgiving week at cvs. it was part of buy $30 get $10 gift card. long story short,  my sister and i were able to snag 4 conditioners, 1 hair treatmeant, 3 shampoos for a total of $30 out of pocket. each bottle cost about $8.xx. however, we also received a total of $20 in gift cards and $5 ecb from being a part of beauty club. in essence, we paid about a mere $5 for 8 organix items! we were excited!

i experienced no epiphany during that time obviously but i have been looking/researching into using natural, organic products for a while now. that incident merely was the first step, a push if you will.

and so my path to using natural, organic products begins…

surely, it will not be a sudden, dramatic 360 change!  it will take some time. my first priority is baby products.

what natural products have you discovered that you like for yourself and/or babies?