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?

one little word 2012


a few years back ali edwards coined the one little word (challenge, so to speak) in lieu of a new year’s resolution list. a single word that one chooses to use as a guide and mantra throughout the year.

though i have a resolution list for 2012, i also chose my one little word for this year. it was my mantra for 2011 and will continue on for this year. that one little word is edit. i found it was difficult to choose just one word but i managed to narrow it down to 3. it was a debate between minimal, focus and edit. i felt that edit emcompasses the other two so it became my mantra. editing leads to minimizing our life.

now that we have 2 children, accumulating things is very easy. add the shopaholic-ish me and hubby and we have a very messy, cluttered home. stuff is everywhere. it drives me insane! however because of this mantra, i am delighted to report that  mr. s and i have made some progress.

cvs trip week 1.1 – 1.7. 2012


18.99 (1) pampers
6.00 (2) always pads
5.98 (2) cover girl eyeshadows

coupons used:
2.00 covergirl mq
3.00 ecb earned from fall spending
10.00 cvs gift card from my dec. gc trip

total: 15.97 + 2.48  (tax)
oop: 18.45
ecb received: $0 but i received a $10 cvs gift card for purchasing $30 worth of participating items.

this was a great trip. i was in dire need of diapers as my stockpile had been depleted! in essence, i paid $8.45 for all of the items pictured after the gift card. i think i did fairly well especially with the box of diapers!

reading sherlock holmes

well, more like listening to the adventures of sherlock holmes book. i was browsing through itunes for a book to read one night and i came across the audio books.  this satisfies one of  my new year’s goals for the month. although, i feel like i am cheating a bit since i am not actually reading the literature but rather listening to someone reading it. however, i also feel that it’s perfect for me. i can multitask –  ie. do laundry or clean – while listening. last night i was able to clean the bathroom, do laundry and nightly quick-cleaning routine while i listened all the way through part 3 of the book. each part tells a different story. so far so good, i am enjoying it. the best part?  it’s free! just download and you’re good to go!

ps. when i say quick-cleaning, i meant a 30-45 minute cleaning routine. lol i am working on making that 10-15 minutes! also, when i say nightly , i meant most nights. ^.~))

a side note

i’ve been dreading to go out lately. the main reason would have to be the weather. it gets very cold at night here in the central valley. a few more reasons would have to be exhaustion and the current condition of my skin (my face, that is). i’ve neglected it far too long and it’s screaming for an intervention! yikes! even hubby began to notice it!

project life album


“a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – lao tzu

to be honest, the quote above is suppose to make me feel better about starting the project life album but that’s besides the point. although i have several albums in queue for completion, i am beginning a new one called project life. it is an album documenting a year of  one’s life created by ali edwards. i haven’t gathered the materials for this album yet but i already began taking pictures and taking notes. fairly good start, no? we are still in week 1, lol, we’ll see how it goes. my plan for this album?

1. keep it clean simple and not fuss about the design.

2. use a spread of photos per week instead of putting all of my focus on taking a photo a day. i definitely do not have the energy or the time for that.

3. create and print my own journaling cards instead of purchasing. this should be easy enough, i think.

4. purchase a white 12 x12 album and page protectors.

cvs couponing trip: week of 12.11-12.16.2011

i was one of the unlucky ones who was unable to find any pronutrient this week. i unashamefully asked one of the employees if he would substitute for the 100 count. he said he can but the register will not print out a gift card. he was really nice about it too. instead, i went ahead and grabbed some clearance nail polishes. i needed a new mascara so i thought i’d throw in the rimmel glam eyes for $2 bucks! why the heck not? i’m currently wearing the sally hansen nail polish in red carpet. it’s perfect for the holidays – not too dark or light with the right amount of glitter. i really wish i had more rimmel coupons because i scored the nail polishes for 12 cents! great deals! i will scour more deals at the other 2 cvs stores in my area.