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.





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?

a wish list

Hi friend!

i told mr. s that i didn’t want to exhange xmas lists this year (2011) because i just wanted to focus on our babies. okay, that was somewhat of a lie. i did want a love letter from him (cue evil but cute face here). there wasn’t anything that i needed or badly wanted. however, a girl always has some kind of a wish list. or am i the only one? i don’t need any of these things but having a list comes in handy especially if there are massive sales that come by once in a while! we have to be ready! lol

1. house of harlow 1960 leather station necklace  i purchased an inspired version of this necklace from gofavor.com. interestingly, it looked the same and felt quite substantial. much to my despair the metal oxidized after just one wear. then, my 2 year old got her hands on them and broke it. i don’t like spending a lot on trendy jewelry but i really like this and it isn’t too much pricewise. i’d love this in the light color as well!

2. house of harlow 1960 antler ring gorgeous! enough said.

3. nars danmari blush palette i love nars! this one is a necessity! it’s sold out everywhere, unfortunately.

4. miu miu vitello lux in light pink i’d love this one in the brown/cognac color as well! but i’m thinking it will remain in my wishlist for a long, long time!

5. madewell boots in english saddle the one pair i’ve been looking for!

6. tory burch reva leather flats with gold detail i’ve been a heels kind of girl but flats make things easier and safer especially when toting babies! i’ve heard all but rave reviews about these flats!

what products/items are you currently coveting?

rite aid trip week 01.08 – 01.14.2012

Hi friend!

i was in desperate need of skincare products, so to rite aid i went.

7.99  aveeno foaming cleanser
15.99  aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer
5.99  aveeno daily moisturizing body lotion
29.97 (the aveeno was buy 1 get 1 50% off, the body lotion is 11.99)

coupons used:
4.00 (2) $2 aveeno skincare q
1.00 (1) aveeno q

total: 24.97 + 2.40  (tax)
oop: 27.37
+up rewards received: $10

so in essence i paid $17.37 for the 3 products which is not bad at all considering the facial moisturizer is $15.99. it’s seldom that aveeno goes on sale and i NEEDED them!

now onto the quick reviews:

aveeno daily moisturizing body lotion – one word: love! leaves my skin soft a lot longer than any other body lotions i’ve tried. it’s not greasy, though it takes just a little extra time to absorb. my skin, mainly my legs, are sensitive and get very itchy most specially during winter months. from my experience, this lotion helps the itchiness as well as prevents it.

aveeno foaming cleanser – cleans without stripping the skin. mr.s likes this too and he’s very picky when it comes to cleansers. my sister has been using this product for 2 years now and swears by it. my brother also uses this product and it has cleared his acne prone skin.

aveeno clear complexion facial moisturizer – it’s a light daily moisturizer that leaves the skin soft. however, it’s not creamy or moisturizing enough for my dry spots (eczema spots on my face). i have to use my aquaphor for that. still, my face is now doing much better than before. we’ll see how it goes in a month or so.

the cleanser and the facial moisturizer claim that they even out skin tone and prevent breakouts. so far i have seen that my skin had evened out a bit and the redness diminished. the key ingredient for both products is salicylic acid. it’s a plant based compound that helps treat acne. i had a cystic pimple on my chin and it lasted for a day! without using these two products, the annoying zits would have lasted for several days or even a week.

What is your skincare routine? What are your favorite products?

Dollar tree finds

my latest finds from the dollar store! i went there to get some gift boxes and couldn’t help but check out the cosmetics aisle.

the sally hansen lacquer shine is very pigmented and long lasting. it’s a good red to wear with a winged liner. i picked up elf’s lip stain because they remind me of nars. i really like both. the lipstain is very long lasting as well. the lipgloss, on the other hand, isn’t 😦 however, it is a great price for $1.