Monday, July 29, 2013

Barielle Orange Parfeit

Totally loved the last Barielle nail polish I bought, so picked up a few more. Still not sure how I feel about this one....  I don't really have anything in this shade and it's a fun summery color, but I have mixed feelings about it.

Barielle Orange Parfeit

I used two coats, but could have used a third as I wasn't totally happy with the results. I'm stubborn though and don't like having to put on more than two.

Barielle Orange Parfeit
with flash
It lasted 2-3 days before I noticed the first small chip, but that seems about par for the course for me. Jury is still out on whether or not I like this color, so will probably use it again in a week or two.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Julep July It Girl Maven Box

Julep is a monthly subscription service whose main focus is nail polish. You take a style quiz in order to best match your preferences, then receive a box of nail polish every month. Some profiles are polish only and some have beauty items such as skin care or make-up. The subscription is $19.99 per month, but there is usually a code floating around to get your first box free (just pay shipping).


I received the wrong box this month, but Julep's customer service was amazing and not only sent me a prepaid return label, but also sent me the correct box. Great service!


First look. I love how their boxes are like opening a present!


Tracy, Nadia, and Angela. Tracy is the one I really wanted, as it's a sea salt finish and I love how those look!

Julep blotting papers

The bonus beauty item this month is Green Tea Facial Blotting Papers. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Treatsie - July box


Was a little surprised to receive my Treatsie box inside of a regular flat rate envelope, but the box was inside an insulated envelope with a coldpack. No chocolate this month because of the heat, so was a little disappointed.  

First look at July's goodies! Nothing was melted, but the caramels and taffy were a little soft when first unpacked. They were fine after about an hour in air conditioning.

AvenueSweets Caramel
AvenueSweets Caramel in butter rum and sea salt. Was disappointed in the butter rum flavor as the rum was too strong, and the caramel wasn't as creamy as expected. The sea salt flavor was much better, and creamier to boot.

AvenueSweets Almond Nougat
AvenueSweets Almond Nougat. This one surprised me, as I was initially put off by its looks. A sweet candy with almond slivers, I enjoyed this much more than expected!

Mehlenbacher taffy
Mehlenbacher's taffy in vanilla bean and watermelon. The taffy was a really nice size, about the size of a cigar. It was the perfect consistency, but I thought that the flavor was too subtle.

Brooklyn Hard Candy
Brooklyn Hard Candy in key lime. Love the jar and look of the candy, but I prefer a stronger flavor in hard candy. Again, too subtle for me.

While I like the premise behind Treatsie, I decided to cancel my subscription. My first box was awesome, didn't like box #2, and this one was just okay for me. At $15 per month, it's a little too expensive for me to not love it every month. Will stick to Goodies for now.

July Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box where for $10 per month, you receive a mix of beauty products (some samples and some full-size). This month’s theme is Power Play, and the box is dedicated to helping you take control of any situation, and to make the most of every minute - on the clock or off duty.

I really like the boxes that Birchbox uses, as they're nice and sturdy!

First look at July's goodies!

Ceramidin Cream
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream: combats roughness, redness, and irritation and moisturizes for up to 26 hours.

Color Club nail polish
Color Club nail polish in London Calling. While I don't think I have any mint green polish, I'm not really a fan of Color Club and a little annoyed that I received it again in this box. Granted, it's a different color than last month, but I wish they had sent me something else instead.

Party Proof lipstick
Party Proof lipstick in Peony. I'm not sure about this color yet, as it's a little bright for me. Might be fun for summer though, so I'll give it a try.

lotion sample
Caudalie Divine Legs tinted body lotion. This is a no for me, as I'm not putting tinted lotion on my legs! 

The beauty extra this month is two bobbypins. I haven't worn bobbypins in years. This will be thrown in with one of my future swaps as a bonus, as I know I won't use them.

Postcard promoting a TV show called Suits. I'm not sure how I feel about something that's basically an ad being included in the box. Doesn't feel right, as I'm paying for the box so why include advertising?

Think I'm going to skip the next box, as nothing this month really thrilled me. The bobbypins were actually a turn-off, just like the ad postcard. I think that the thrill is gone.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Ipsy Bag

Ipsy is one of my favorite monthly beauty subscriptions. Every month, you'll receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Getting a different makeup bag every month seems to be popular with subscribers, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all these different bags as I'm happy with the one I already carry in my purse. It's only $10 a month, so it's a good deal!

Love that it comes in a bright pink bubble mailer! So cute!

First look at this month's goodies!

eye shadow
California Collection eyeshadow sample: This BH Cosmetics makeup palette includes a shade from each of the California Collection palettes:  Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu.  

Sexy Hair beach spray
Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray. Creates beachy undone texture that looks and feels like you’ve spent a day at the beach. Contains argan oil which helps nourish, protect and heal hair damage.

salt air roll-on
Demeter Salt Air perfume oil roll-on. Demeter Fragrance Library’s Perfume Oils come in over 250 scents. Their perfume oils provide a long lasting fragrance alternative while pampering your skin.

COOLA Moisturizer
COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Unscented Moisturizer. This sunscreen is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, ultra sheer, anti-aging, and water resistant for 40 minutes.

lip crayon
POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in coral crush. POP's Pouty Pop Crayon nourishes, treats, and adds that perfectly-plumped pop to lips. These extra-nourishing balms gently bounce onto lips creating a plumped & pillowy pout leaving them with luscious, long-lasting color with a super-smooth texture.

Ipsy bag
This month's bag is an odd plastic tube. I guess it would be good for the beach, but it's my least favorite bag I've received from Ipsy.

Think I'm going to try and trade the eye shadow and moisturizer, as I doubt I'll use them. Did you receive a bag this month? What did you get?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mail Call! (2)

Having signed up for so many samples and entered so many contests, decided that I needed a place to share the goodies that have started coming in the mail!

Barielle nail polish
Barielle had a free shipping sale, plus buy one, get one 50% off, so couldn't resist ordering a couple of colors I don't have yet! Orange Parfait and Positive Zen-ergy. Love the other Barielle polishes I have, so looking forward to trying these two!

Nature Box
Received a sample pack of Mango Almond Bites from Nature Box. DH doesn't like nuts, but I didn't think they were bad. Wouldn't buy them, but will finish the bag.

Butter London nail polish
Bought from one of my Facebook groups:  Butter London's Brummie & Marrow with Color Club's Mod in Manhattan. Love Butter London, and the Color Club was a nice bonus that she threw in the box!

grab bag
My first grab bag! Love surprises, so decided to finally take the plunge and try a mystery grab bag from one of my Facebook friends! Zoya Piaf, Rainbow Honey XOXO, Julep Nadia, Julep Lucky. Julep Raegan, Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe, Ulta After Party. Orly FX Black Pixel, Kelara Daydream, naked wines gift card, sample body cream, and Disney Tiana lip smacker. Nice!

Am loving all the mail I've received this week, and can't wait to see what shows up in my box tomorrow! Think I need to bake my mailman some cookies or something though, as he hates it when stuff doesn't fit in the mailbox and he actually has to get out of his car...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Julep Warehouse Sale


Julep is a monthly subscription service whose main focus is nail polish. They've started to branch out to skincare and make-up, but I prefer their nail polish. They recently had an online warehouse sale and I couldn't resist the awesome prices!

First look at my haul

Julep sea salt
The Sea Salt Collection:  Jill, Madeline, and Sadie

Julep Pomegranate body scrub
Pomegranate body scrub. I've read mixed reviews about this one, but it was only $2 so thought I'd give it a try.

Julep DakotaJulep Sheryl
Dakota and Sheryl were a duo called Copper Love. I've had Dakota on my wishlist for while and this was such a good price that I couldn't resist! Sheryl is a sheer butterscotch, but I'm not a big fan of sheers so this one will probably go on my swap list.

My goodies! Minka, Minka, Amber, Dakota, and Sheryl
I've had Minka on my wishlist and really love the color, so bought two!

Was really pleased with my warehouse haul, and proud of myself for only making two orders! Some of my Facebook friends ordered 7-8 times, as Julep kept restocking. My combined total was $23. Not bad for 8 nail polishes and a body scrub!

Did you order anything from the Julep warehouse sale? Leave me a link as I'd love to see your polish haul!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Julep July Maven Box

Julep July Maven Box
Julep is a monthly subscription service whose main focus is nail polish. You take a style quiz in order to best match your preferences, then receive a box of nail polish every month. Some profiles are polish only and some have beauty items such as skin care or make-up. I'm not a big fan of their beauty items and prefer to receive nail polish only.

Julep July Maven BoxJulep July Maven Box
First look

Julep July Maven Box
July Boho Glam Maven box. Beach Tonic dry body oil and polish

Julep July Maven Box
Faye and Karen

Julep July Maven Box
Bonus item - Green Tea facial blogging papers

Because I originally signed up for nail polish, I changed my style profile from Boho Glam to It Girl, which receives polish only. For some reason, I received the wrong box this month. Customer Service was fabulous and is sending me a return label so I can send this one back and receive the correct box. I'm excited because the It Girl box had Tracy, the blue sea salt polish! Can't wait for the exchange!