Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December Birchbox


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Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription where you receive a mix of beauty products (samples and full size). At only $10 per month, it's one of my favorite beauty boxes and a great deal! I really like the festive boxes they used this month! I received Box #25.

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First look at my December goodies!

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Really like their info cards, as they give you prices for the full-size items as well as descriptions. The theme for this month's box is Holiday 2013.

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Hayadi Pure Happy Smooth hair lotion.
Though you may want to shave a minute or two off your prep time by blow drying immediately post-shower, you should never skip the all-important step of applying a heat shield. Developed by hair pro Zaid Bakeer, this keratin-rich lotion makes for easier styling sessions by stopping frizz before it has the chance to ruin your day. It’s great for those with unreliable curls or anyone who wants to improve their hair’s texture.

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (24-Hour Miracle Cream). 
This velvety moisturizer gives skin the ultimate silky finish, thanks to generous amounts of soothing shea butter and aloe vera. Plus, it doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother, and all-over body lotion. Who says beauty isn’t practical?

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Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss.
 This gorgeous gloss conquers both dry lips and ho-hum style in a single, shimmery swoop. The shades may look pigmented but they go on sheer, and the ultra-shiny finish makes lips look fuller.

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SARAHPOTEMPA Half Up.
Made of strong and cushy foam, The Half Up secures your updo sans bobby pins and comes in three hair color-matching options: Black, Brunette, and Blonde. This nifty tool helps you fake a fuller mane and secures your bun without the help of bobby pins

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Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels
In our humble opinion, nothing on Earth is too delicious to be dipped in a tub of chocolate. The folks at Fatty Sunday’s must agree, because their series of gourmet pretzels all share this mouthwatering trait. With so many flavors to choose from, and so many mouthfuls to savor, the epic battle between sweet and savory may carry on forever. The winner, however, will always be you.

Another good box! The lip gloss was teeny-tiny and there was only one pretzel in the bag, but everything else was a good size. This is definitely my favorite box and I'm thinking about subscribing for the year instead of on a month-to-month basis. I'm still a little paranoid about the 12 month commitment, but really like this box! 

Anyone out there take the year plunge on a subscription box? Are you happy with it or do you have buyer's remorse? Please let me know and help ease my worries!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

And if you don't celebrate Christmas - 
Happy Wednesday!

Some funnies for your amusement:

Wish I had thought of this for our office Gingerbread contest!
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Genius!

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Waffles, the unhappy reindeer. 
She was not amused....
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Hope Santa is good to you!
And remember - tomorrow, everything is ON SALE!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December Wantable box

Wantable is a subscription box company that offers makeup, jewelry, and intimate apparel options. When you sign up for a subscription, there is a detailed quiz so that they can better match products to your unique preferences. This is one of the more expensive subscription boxes at $36 per month ($40 for a single month), but I recently re-subscribed with a special B1G1F offer.

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First look at my December box

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Concealer stick by FACE Stockholm.
The non-oily, matte Concealer Stick provides full coverage and is as easy to use as a crayon! The extra rich pigment can be applied to conceal and camouflage dark circles, blemishes and other skin discolorations for a perfectly flawless finish.

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Color Club nail polish in Baldwin Blues.
Here comes trouble. With an indigo blue shade across your fingertips, strumming on a six string and singing the blues never looked so good.

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La Bella Donna duo lip crayon in Admire. 
La Bella Donna Love Lips Collection Duo Lip Crayon delivers highly pigmented color to define and enhance the look of your lips. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it nourishes and delivers antioxidant protection for healthy, hydrated lips. Wear alone or combine for a custom look. Admire features a dusty-rose shade and a copper-pink shade.

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Instant skin tightener & line filler sample by Skiin. 
Instant Face Lift “Plastic Surgery in a Bottle” is an extraordinary skin solution that tightens sagging skin to visibly lift as
it smooths creases and wrinkles. Instant Face Lift lifts, tightens and rehydrates skin in just a few minutes, thus making it a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery. The combination of carefully chosen ingredients when applied daily will help the skin regain a radiant and younger appearance.

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Michael Marcus prime foundation brush.
Anti-Bacterial Taklon tip. Lightweight Aluminum Handle. Finest available syntehetic fibers are used to create this brush.The perfect brush to apply foundation, concealer, or primer.

I have mixed feelings about this box. On the one hand, the foundation brush is worth more than the price of the box, so I definitely got my money's worth! But on the other hand, I'm not sure that I'll use all of the products. 

While I love nail polish with a vengeance, the dark blue color just isn't me. I've never used concealer so that's something I might like, and I like the lip duo. These aren't anything I would buy on my own, so I guess the box has served its purpose by introducing me to new products. Looking forward to seeing what I receive next month!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum - Influencer VoxBox

I joined Influencer several months ago, but this is my first VoxBox. Very excited when I received it, as I love trying new beauty products!

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The Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum is part of Cindy Crawford's beauty routine, and who wouldn't want to look like Cindy Crawford? I really like the bottle design, with the clear and colored swirls.

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As per the website description:  The Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum takes a triple approach to combating the signs of aging with three powerful anti-aging ingredients: superantioxidant melon complex, anti-aging peptides and hyaluronic acid. Combining the power of a serum with the rich, moisturizing effects of a crème, this crème de la crème treatment is designed to help protect, increase hydration and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Available as part of the Meaningful Beauty New Advanced Anti-Aging System. Combines the best properties of a serum (concentration and potency) with the best properties of a cream (rich, moisturizing texture). Formulated to help to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leave skin soft and more supple. Designed to help promote a smoother, more even toned, radiant complexion. 

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The serum sample is larger than expected, and I've been using it for several days now. A little goes a long way and I've found that one pump is more than enough for full coverage. My skin feels silky smooth now, but I have noticed a few small blemishes on my chin this week. It could be a coincidence or it could be because of the serum. I'll continue using it as I'm happy with the results, but if I have any further break-outs, I'll stop.

If interested, it's available for purchase online.

Influencer

Complimentary sample received in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Love With Food Flavors of Fall (+ coupon!)

Love With Food is a monthly subscription service which delivers gourmet foods directly to your home, some sample-sized and some full-sized. A nice plus is that for every order, they donate a meal to a hungry child! How great is that? 

They offer a Tasting Box and a larger Deluxe Box, with the option of subscribing by 1 month, 6 month, or annually. And all of the foods are all-natural or organic, so it's a fun way to discover healthy new snacks.

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I've subscribed to Love With Food in the past but had to cancel, so was happy when they offered me a complimentary box for review! I believe that this was the box sent out for November, and the theme is Flavors of Fall.

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First look at my Tasting Box.

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Sweet Potato popped chip snack by Popchips. Popchips are naturally delicious potato and tortilla chips like you've never tasted before. Never fried (unhealthy). Never baked (undelicious). We start with the finest ingredients, add a little heat and pressure, and pop! it’s a chip. The only thing added is a flavorful blend of seasonings for a snack so crispy and delicious, you won’t even notice it’s (we hesitate to say) healthier.

While I'm not normally a fan of sweet potatoes, these chips are surprisingly tasty! Much healthier for you too, so can see this as an occasional replacement for regular chips.

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Sensible Foods Sweet Corn Crunch Dried Snack. Sensible Foods products are unlike other dried fruits. Our Crunch Dried® process removes the water and keeps the fruit’s natural form with adding a crunch that will satisfy the biggest junk food lover. Our snacks are also fulfilling that crunchy snack craving to keep you satisfied throughout the day.

This was a pleasant surprise, as I didn't expect to like these. There's a strong sweet corn flavor, with a nice crunch. Much tastier than rice cakes!

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Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist Artisan Tea. Mighty Leaf Ginger Twist herbal tea combines lemongrass with tropical fruits and refreshing mint to culminate in a lush infusion balanced with a touch of Australian ginger and ginseng. Packaged in a silken tea pouch, our gourmet teabag, this magical loose leaf tea blend delivers an extraordinary flavor experience.

To me, there's nothing better than curling up on the couch with a nice, hot cup of tea on a cold winter day! Unfortunately, I didn't care for the ginger flavor. Guess this just wasn't my cup of tea. ;) 

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Chicken Tikka Masala seasoning by Arora Creations. Feel like adding a kick to your meat or vegetable routine? The Organic Tikka Masala Spice is a fragrant and exotic blend of ground sunflower seeds, coriander, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, and other exotic seasonings. This Masala, or blend of spices, will tease your senses and get your stomach ready to grub on some delicious greens or meat! So go ahead add more than just a pinch!

None of us care for strong spices, so I'll be gifting this to a niece who has a more adventurous palate.

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Laura Secord maple fudge. If Willie Wonka had a Canadian Cousin who was not only obsessed with making delicious candy, but luxurious and premium chocolate as well then Laura Secord would be her name. This delicious fudge is made with authentic maple syrup from the spacious Canadian hillside.

Maple + fudge = chewy goodness!

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KuKuRuZa Tuxedo gourmet popcorn. If you haven't tried Kukuruza yet, we shall be the first to say that your mouth is missing out. You're curious, we can see it now. This unique combination of premium milk and white chocolate will help satisfy your savory and sweet cravings, all in one bite.

A good popcorn, but I wish there was less chocolate. While I love chocolate, I've never been a big fan of chocolate-covered popcorn. Would probably like other flavors better.

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Green & Black's organic dark chocolate. Just let a single square rest on your tongue and see how many flavors you can pick out. Do you get a rich nuttiness? Roasted coffee? Savory notes? Bitter cherry? Sweet vanilla? Our original dark chocolate may look simple, but it’s anything but.

I prefer mild chocolate, so gave this to DH. It disappeared pretty quickly, so assuming it was good!

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Eat Natural fruit & nut bar in Apricot & Almond Yogurt bar. Color versus Colour? Yogurt or is it yoghurt? Well no matter how you spell it, this all natural bar takes the cake. It is a simple mix of unsulphured apricots, crunchy almonds and coconut and then topped with a smooth layer of yogurt coating.

Better than expected as the apricot & yogurt combo had me a little nervous. Would make a good snack when you just need a little pick-me-up.

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Rosemary & Pink Sea Salt shortbread by Dancing Deer Baking Company. Without even opening the bag, you can already smell the sweet Rosemary seeping through the wrapper. The playful balance of aromas makes this savory shortbread a perfect companion with an array of cheese and meat plates, or for a quick sweet snack, try adding a thin layer of strawberry jam.

Didn't really care for this one, as I don't like the taste of rosemary or shortbread. I split it with DH, who said it was a little too dry for him.

Special Offer:
Love With Food is currently offering a great special:  When you order a gift subscription, you'll receive a $15 gift to either Soap.com or Little Black Bag. You can also save $5 with coupon code HOLIDAY2013. 

Complimentary Tasting Box provided in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Barielle Orange Parfait nail polish


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Two coats of orange parfait

Bought this one thinking it would be in the coral family, but it looks more like salmon to me. Not my favorite shade, and it chipped within 24 hours. I really need to remember to use a top coat next time to see if that helps. Think that this one is going on my swap board, as it's a little too bright for me.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Birchbox

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription where you receive a mix of beauty products (samples and full size). At only $10 per month, it's one of my favorite beauty boxes and a great deal! I received Box #3 this month.

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First look. The theme this month was "More Good", which makes sense because of Thanksgiving.

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My November goodies!

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Tiossan Body Cream. Loaded with antioxidants, this aromatic body cream leaves skin silky and soft. I am practically swimming in body lotions and creams, so not sure when I'll be able to use this. Opened it up to see how aromatic it was, but I wasn't impressed.

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. This face illuminator brightens and contours - it can be applied 10 different ways! I've never used a highlighter before, so looking forward to trying this out (as soon as I figure out how to use it).

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Color Club nail polish in Dark 'N Stormy. From the new Cocktail Hour collection, this shimmering shade gives nails a gorgeous glint. Love nail polish, so pleased that I received this shade instead of the other options. It looks like a gunmetal grey in the bottle, but haven't swatched it yet.

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It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. This 10-in-one treatment addresses the spectrum of hair damage, from brittleness to frizz. Will give this a try after I finish my latest conditioner sample, as I can always use a miracle product!

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Chuao Popcorn Pop mini chocolate bar, the lifestyle extra in this month's box. Made with premium cacao, these inventive treats satisfy any sweet tooth. Love chocolate, so was pleased to find this in my box! Didn't really taste like popcorn to me, but I still enjoyed it!

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This little holiday booklet was included in this month's box. It includes party pointers as well as gift suggestions for almost everyone on your gift list. Very cute!


While not my favorite box, you can never go wrong with chocolate and nail polish!