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!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Consignment Shop Finds (7) - I hope my ancient ancestors would be proud of my bargain hunting and gathering skills.

There have been a few items that I've been keeping an eye out for during our consignment shop visits, and a glass fish was one of them. I've seen them in regular shops, but they're a little too expensive for my taste so was hoping to find one in a thrift store. Have come across a couple over the past few months, but they were almost as expensive as brand new ones! 

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Was very happy when I spotted this one the other day! Very reasonable price, so I snatched it up before anyone could beat me to it!

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While I had hoped to find a multi-colored fish, red is one of my favorite colors so I'm quite pleased with my latest find. It's a fun item and very beachy. Love it!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nail Mail!

I belong to an Un-Birthday group on Facebook and November is my month (we exchange gifts on a month other than our birthday). Received my first gift from Nina and I absolutely LOVE it!

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Lindor truffles are my absolute favorite candy, so was thrilled to see this cute little bag in the box! Love purple polish, so was very happy with what she chose:  Orly Rockin Rockette, Julep Joy, and Julep Tina. I've had the Juleps on my wishlist for awhile, so thrilled to finally get to try them! 

Looking forward to seeing what else I receive this month!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November Barkbox

BarkBox is, literally, for the dogs. Their goal is to make dogs happy. BarkBoxes contain all-natural treats and other the coolest pup products in each box - things you can't find at the typical big-box pet store. Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. (website)

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First look at our November goodies!

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Truffle Mac & Cheese by Bocce's Bakery ($5.95). Cheesy, wheat-free, preservative-free goodness. With organic, local ingredients like cheese, turkey, bacon, and truffles - and yes, dogs deserve them doggone it - humans may be the ones begging our pups to pass the mac & cheese, please!

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Etta Says Crunchy Deer Chew ($0.99). Made with novel proteins - perfect for pups with allergies! - the team at Etta Says makes some of the most premium, high-quality chews we've seen yet. 

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N-Bone Pearly Whites chew bone in Vanilla Mint flavor ($2.79). Treats are fine and dandy, but clean teeth and fresh breath require proper oral hygiene! The all-natural Pearly Whites chew bone is wheat free, corn free, and soy free, so your dogs can get a treat and clean their teeth at the same time.

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Happy Howie's Turkey Sausage ($2.79). According to Happy Howie's, what goes into your dog's treas is every bit as important as how much he likes them - we couldn't agree more! Since we believe you can have your cake (or turkey sausage) and eat it too, Happy Howie's makes delicious, all-natural treats that you can break into appropriate portions. 

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P.L.A.Y. Zucchini dog toy ($9.50). Squeaky, eco-friendly, and...healthy? Vegetables have never been so fun. P.L.A.Y.'s zucchni toy is handmade with the same, strict production standards as infant and children products. Features double-layered AZO-free fabric, double stitching, and stuffing from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles.

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Waffles loved her new toy! Unfortunately, it only lasted a few hours before she managed to tear a hole in the end. This is the first Barkbox toy that didn't last. :(

This is the first time I've calculated the value of a BarkBox, and a couple of the items weren't for sale on the manufacturer's website so I had to check elsewhere. Came up with a total of $22.02, which is not a great value for the $29 per month subscription ($24/month for a 3 month sub and $19/month for a 6 month sub). 

Was disappointed with the toy, as my dog was only able to play with it for a few hours. She did love it, but I had to throw it away after she tore a hole in it. She loved the chew bones, and the mac & cheese treats are a big hit, but to be honest, we have yet to find a treat she doesn't love.

While I enjoyed getting new items in the mail for her to try, I cancelled the subscription as it's just a little too expensive for our budget. Back to Milkbones and Beggin' Strips!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Zoya Julie nail polish

Zoya Julie is described on their website as a full-coverage, soft wisteria purple metallic, but I think it's more of a silvery lavender. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi, it's simply gorgeous!

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Two coats of Julie, with a base coat.

This is the first time in a long time that I received compliments on my nail polish! Actually received two, one at Costco and one at the grocery store. It started to chip by the time I remembered to take a picture, but it lasted longer than some other polishes I've worn lately. Will definitely keep this one, as I love how it looks!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Julep Secret Store haul

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).

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first look
Even though I skipped the November box, I couldn't resist ordering a few items from the Secret Store! This is the first time I can remember the store being available to people who skipped the month, but was excited to get a few awesome items at a great price!

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My Secret Store goodies!

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I've had my eye on Blakely for awhile, as I'm a sucker for gorgeous purples!

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Have heard nothing but good things about crystal nail files, so couldn't resist adding this to my bag! Even though I have enough nail files to last me a couple of years....

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The Moonlit Monster set. The scarf was the one item I really, really wanted, but it was only available as part of this set and as an add-on. Tracy is a duplicate for me so will be going on my swap board, but I don't have anything like Amity in my collection and I'm looking forward to trying it!

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This was also in my box, so guess they had some left over from the October boxes. I don't like candy corn, but luckily DH does so I gave it to him.

Very happy with my Secret Store goodies!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Barielle Island Breeze nail polish

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Two coats of Island Breeze.

Still haven't made up my mind about this one...on the one hand, I like the color as it's not a pure blue, but more of a teal or aqua shade. But on the other hand, it did chip rather fast and it's a little dark for me. While I did use a base coat to prevent staining, I didn't use a top coat. That might help prevent future chipping problems, but I'd like my polish to last more than 24 hours.

I do like Barielle nail polishes, so will give this one another chance. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

October Goodies box

Goodies is a monthly subscription box that lets you try new snacks and food for the low price of only $7 a month! This is one of my favorite subscriptions, so I was really disappointed and saddened when I received an email stating that they were discontinuing their subscription service and that October would be my last box. 

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First look at my October Goodies! I received Taster's Box #7.

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Special K Nourish cinnamon raisin pecan oatmeal. Not a big fan of oatmeal, even though I know it's good for me and I should really give it a chance. Maybe this will be the one to convince me?

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SunRype Raspberry Fruit Strip. Gave this to DH to try, but he wasn't impressed. Said it tasted like rubber and he didn't like it so threw the rest away. Can't understand why so many of the fruit bars taste like rubber.

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Happy Family strawberry yogurt pouch. I like yogurt, but haven't tried this one yet because I can't get past the pouch. I feel weird eating/drinking anything out of a pouch!

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Caffe D'Vita Enchanted Chai Spiced Tea Latte. My absolute favorite item in this box, as my toes curled in pleasure as I was drinking this! Toes curled, people! Sad to say that my local WalMart doesn't stock this, so need to check around. Need more!!!

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Guylian Original Praline Chocolate Seashells. Two pieces, so I could share with DH! Just a so-so chocolate, so doubt we'd buy this.

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Enjoy Life Cinnamon Bun bar. Large enough to break in half so we could share. I thought this bar was good, but DH didn't care for it as he said it was too dry. I'm a sucker for anything with cinnamon!

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Choco-Pie Fluffy Biscuit. Didn't share this one, much to DH's disappointment. Reminded me a little of a mallomar cookie.

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Progresso Artisan Rustic Tomato with Chicken & Dumplings Soup. We're not big soup eaters, so haven't tried this yet. Tomato with chicken and dumplings doesn't sound very appetizing, but will give it a try. Who knows, it might become a new favorite!

Very pleased with this box. Seems that they added a few extra items, maybe because it was the last box and they had extras? Very sad that it's being discontinued, as this was one of the few subscription boxes that I was happy with and decided to keep. Now I need to find something to replace Goodies, as we really enjoyed the box of goodies every month.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Do the Mermaid

Really like Deborah Lippmann's mermaid nail polish collection! They go on like a dream, last several days without chipping, and aren't that much of a pain to remove!

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Deborah Lippmann Do the Mermaid, two coats, with BL basecoat and no top coat.

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So pretty!