Sunday, August 10, 2014

INFLUENSTER AVEENO VOXBOX

I recently received the Aveeno Voxbox from Influenster. 

Influenster is a company that sends out products (for free) to influential people (Bloggers, YouTubers, ect.). You don't have to even have a large following to qualify for review programs. The other important aspect of influenster is the reviews. It's a great place to go to look for reviews on products you are interested in trying. If you want to qualify for a review program, you need to be active on the site (writing reviews, asking questions, participating in surveys, ect.). You are not guaranteed to qualify, but the more you participate on Influenster, the better your chance.



In my Voxbox, I received the Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector. I was super excited about getting this item. I have some dark spots on my face, as well as some old acne spots, and some cheek redness. 


This product smells great, and it feels really good on the skin. It feels almost cooling. I have to be honest though, I haven't seen much of a difference in my skin. I think the main problem is that my expectations were way too high. I've never tried a tone correcting product so I didn't know what to expect other than what the product claims. I've seen a bit of a difference in a couple of my dark spots, but not much else. I plan to keep using it to see if with more time there is more of a change.

I think that if you have minor skin issues that this product may work for you. I would definitely say give it a try.

<3 Julie

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

HAUL

I did a little shopping recently and got some good buys that I wanted to share. I went to Ulta, mostly because I had got an email to get a free deluxe sample of the new Urban Decay Perversion mascara, but of course that's not all I left with.


Pretty much everything I bought was buy one get on 50% off with the exception of the Essence express dry drops. If you haven't heard of these before, you need to look next time you're in Ulta. These drops are amazing. They dry your nail polish in seconds, and this bottle only costs around $2.

I have heard a lot of good things about the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe line, and have like everything I've tried from the other lines, so I thought I would give this line a try. I haven't tried it yet, but can do a review if I really love it. 

I've tried a lot of products from the Organix line, and have liked most of them, but this shampoo and conditioner are amazing! I absolutely love the scent of these. That is basically the only reason I purchased, because I already have 3 sets of shampoo and conditioner currently in my shower. 


I went in to Nordstrom Rack (my absolute favorite store) and picked up a few goodies! The eyeshadow is just a single insert eyeshadow for some type of pallet. I plan just to depot it into one of my empty pallets. It was on clearance for $1.97, and who can't use another champagne eyeshadow! 

   Then I found this simple silver hoops from TOPSHOP on clearance for $2.97 from $16.00, so of course I had to get those.

My final buy was a total impulse buy. It's a Kate Spade bow necklace that was marked down to $35.00. Normally I wouldn't spend that much on a necklace, but I have been wanting a Kate Spade necklace for the longest time, but can't justify the normally $70 price tag. I have been wearing this necklace pretty much non stop, so I'm totally getting my money's worth out of it!



<3 Julie

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JULY IPSY BAG

It's that time again! My July Ipsy bag is here.
This month's theme is Sensationally Sun Kissed.
How cute is this Ipsy Bag! 
The neon pink would be enough for me to love it, but then they throw in that adorable scalloped edge and I'm in love! 


Be Fine Daily Moisturizer
Whet Nail Lacquer in Facetious
Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow
Pixi Tinted Lip Balm in Unique Pink
Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil


First Swatch: Ignore, this will be on another post.
Second Swatch: Bare Minerals Cream Eyeshadow just swatched.
.Third Swatch:Bare Minerals Cream Eyeshadow blended.
Fourth Swatch: Pixi Lip Balm which has basically no color.

I'm really excited to try the Bare Minerals BB Eyeshadow, but that's about it. This bag is probably the worst one I've ever got. I know they can't all be winners, and I don't mind a sucky bag once in awhile.  With that said, I've tried quite a few subscription services and so far for the money, Ipsy is the best. 

I've tried:
Birchbox
Ipsy
MyGlamBag (yes I know it's Ipsy now, but I tried it when it was MyGlamBag and quickly cancelled)
GlossyBox
Julep
Lip Monthly (I will be getting my first box in August)

Ipsy gives you a wide range of products, and this month's bag aside, you usually get one to two full size products.

Interested in Ipsy? Try it NOW!!

What subscription services have you tried and what have you thought of them? Which is your favorite?


<3 Julie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

EBATES

Have you guys heard of Ebates? 
I remember hearing about it a while back and thinking it was probably some scam. I mean getting paid for shopping online...HELLO DREAM JOB! Well I looked into it more recently and it's actually legit. All you have to do is go to their website first, and then find the store you plan to shop from and click their link. You then earn a percentage of the total order. For instance, I just placed and order from Old Navy and I'll be getting 2% back, which is $1.48. Now I know that doesn't seem like much, but when you shop online as much as I do, it adds up. My last Ebates check was for $8.05. and I'm already at $5.35 for my next one. They have deals sometimes where the percentage will increase. I know a while back I got like 8% for my order at Nordstrom. Anyway, if you do a lot of shopping online, I would definitely recommend Ebates. If you're interested, here is a link to sign up! 


<3 Julie

Saturday, July 12, 2014

MAKEUP HAUL

HELLO!!!
Long time no Blog!
I wanted to start back my blogging with a bang, so I've been saving some of my more recent purchases for a sweet little haul. I've been on a bit of a MAC kick, some of the more recent collections have really caught my eye.



Top: Warm Soul
Bottom: Soft & Gentle


My husband went out of town for work and he always brings me something back. Now I may or may not have accidentally text him my makeup wish list. Okay, maybe it wasn't an accident. Anyway, he picked me up MAC Soft and Gentle mineralized skin finish and Warm Soul blush. These have both been on my wish list for the longest time and I am so happy to have them! I couldn't wait to use them, and I love them both. They definitely live up to the hype.


Left: Flamingo
Right: Sweet & Sour


While watching someone's YouTube video, they were using MAC Sweet & Sour. I honestly can't even remember how long ago I watched it or who's video it was, but I knew I wanted it. Flashback to last Christmas when I once again sent my husband my makeup wish list. He went to two different MAC counters looking for Sweet & Sour and the first counter told him it didn't exist, and the second told him it was limited edition. He gave up looking for it, but I never have. Flash forward to when MAC re-released some discontinued shades, and I about screamed when I saw that Sweet & Sour was one of them. I immediately added it to my cart, and then continued looking through the other shades and came across Flamingo. I have a bit of a love affair with flamingos, so I bought this shade not even caring what the color looked like. Is that weird? I hope I'm not the only one. If so, hold your comments, because I did it again in this haul. Oops.





When Kelly Osbourne first posted on Instagram about her upcoming MAC collection it was like 3-4 months out and I was beyond excited. I'm a bit obsessed with her lilac colored hair and I just knew lilac would be involved. I had been MIA for various reasons from social media and totally missed the launch of the collection online. Everything I wanted was sold out. I knew that I wouldn't be able to get to the MAC counter early on the day it was released in stores because I work 8-5, so I enlisted my husband to go. (I need to confessed that my husband is awesome and will do just about anything for me and I love him dearly for it.) I told him that he had to go as soon as Nordstrom opened because I just knew the collection would sell out ASAP. I think my exact words were, "This collection is like crack for the makeup obsessed, you must get there early." He of course didn't believe me, but none the less showed up as they were unlocking the doors. He was the first one at the counter and by the time he checked out, all the lipsticks and blushes were sold out. He hated telling me that I was right, but I was so happy he got what I wanted that I didn't even gloat!



Did I mention earlier that I sometimes buy things based on name alone. 
Case in point: Top Shop Macaroon lipstick. 
Enough said.


Last but not least, I picked up the new CoverGirl foundation and two (because they were buy one get one free) Physicians Formula mineral wear powder.

You may have noticed that the lipsticks haven't been used yet (except for Macaroon, which my lovely niece got her hands on before I could stop her). I've had them all for awhile now, but have had them stashed away until I could get my makeup area all set up. Which I finally did today. I was trying to wait until the new K.C. Ikea opens this fall to get a makeup table and Alex 9-drawer chest of course, but it's not opening until the fall and I just couldn't wait any longer. We recently moved to the K.C. area and have been slowly getting everything settled in, emphasis on slowly. Anyway, long story short, now that this post is up and all my makeup is unpacked, I'm stoked to start playing with all my new stuff!

As always, let me know if there is anything in particular you would like a review of!


<3 Julie


Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAS IT REALLY BEEN A YEAR?!?

I was just thinking about my blog today, and kept thinking about why I stopped blogging. I never really did come up with a reason. I found myself on Bloglovin going through my feed that I honestly haven't looked at in what feels like ages. I went to my blog and was reading over my last few posts, and I can't believe how much had changed. Then I realized that it has been exactly one year since my last blog post. Crazy! 

I think I might want to start this up again...

Most of my posts would probably be hauls, because let's face it...I love buying stuff. I'd love to do more reviews and first impressions too. 

What do you think? Should I jump back on the Blog train?

<3 Julie

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WEEKEND HAUL

So I'm sure that you are really, really sick of me posting hauls. I'm starting to feel embarrassed when posting them. You probably think all I do is shop. Well, I do love to shop, so I guess that's partially true. I promise I am going to start doing some reviews on some of the products that I haul. I don't want you to think, I'm just showing off. However, I do love to show off the things I get, especially if I get a good deal!! Well let me just go ahead and show you what I got!


At Ulta, I stumbled upon a great deal on the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. The mousse is normally $32 on it's own. I got this set with the mousse(the same 120ml that is $32), the glove($6.50), body polish, and body moisturizer. If you've wanted to try the product, I would suggest Ulta, for this set.


Then I picked up 2 Essie Polishes, and another NYX butter gloss (I love these glosses).


My husband took me shopping for my anniversary present, since he says he never knows what to get me. So I picked out a new Vera Bradley bag. I love these colors together, and this is the perfect size!



Went to MAC to get Fix+, but ended up leaving with the new Mineralize foundation. So far I'm really liking it!



Last, but definitely not least, I hit up B&BW Semi-Annual Sale. I definitely didn't need any more hand soap, but for $3 each, I couldn't pass them up! I probably should have passed up a few, I really didn't need 7. Then I found these room sprays for $3 in my favorite spring scents, so I bought a couple of my two absolute favorites, and one Honeysuckle. I bought another Lilac Blossom, because I just used all of my last one, and they were 50% off. Finally, I had a coupon for a free travel signature scent. I also had a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $40. So for all of my B&BW stuff, I spent $36. It was a pretty good deal if you ask me!


Well that's all for now!!

<3 Julie