Beauty by Arielle

7.22.2014

#BusyGirlNails is back for Summer 2014!

Last Summer, we first launched #BusyGirlNails. I can't believe it's already been a year! This new round begins on July 28th. I hope you will join us!



Here are all the deets for this weekly nail art challenge:

  • Use this image on your blog or instagram to spread the word.
  • Launches July 28, 2014.
  • Post your mani on instagram and please use the hashtag #busygirlnails. We would also love if you would tag the hosts. If you don't have instagram, feel free to post on your blog and tweet the link to us!
  • Post the week's prompt starting Monday's. You can post your mani any time during that week. (Ex: Week 1 is the week of July 28, Week 2 is the week of August 5, etc.) 
  • Follow the prompt to be as simple or creative as you would like. 
  • Participate in as many or as few weeks as you want!

xo, arielle

7.21.2014

Blissmo Box Review

PR  Sample

As many of you know, I had been subscribing to monthly beauty boxes for quite some time. Since I switched to natural products, the ones I had signed up for were no longer an option. I have since been on the lookout for all natural subscription services.

In my search, I came across Blissmo. Blissmo is like the other subscription services where you pay a monthly fee for a box full of products. The difference is that theirs are eco-friendly, organic and non-toxic. The boxes can include a mix of full and sample sized products. They range from $20-$40 worth of product. 

The monthly cost is $19.95. If you do the month to month option, you will also pay $4.95 in shipping. If you pay 6 months up front, shipping is free. You are able to select from 3 different boxes each month (food, beauty or seasonal). You can also skip a month.

I received June's beauty box. Here is what arrived:

blissmo

blissmo

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Collection skin care (samples)
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream (full size), $12
California Naturel skin care (samples)
Nature's Fusions Lavender Essential Oil (full size), $15
Red Bird Naturals Eye Opener (full size), $12
'Ohana Organics Cococut Spice Solid Perfume (full size), $9

Box total (I do not price samples because those are generally free to consumers) = $58

I was happy with the amount of product, especially full sized, received. I also enjoyed the variety of product. I thought it was a well put together box.

What I most appreciated was the mix of brands (well known vs small business). Since I am new to natural products, I was happy to see brands from etsy and online sellers. This helps me know who else is out there for me to purchase from. 

The downside is the price. I don't know about you but when I sign up for a subscription box, I'm doing it to get to try products on the cheap. I cannot see myself forking over $20-25 per month and have the possibility of mostly sample products. While this box was worth double, there's no guarantee a month will be. I also am not a fan of charging for shipping on these boxes, particularly since the price is up there. Compared to their competitors, they are on the high end of price per month.

Having said that, I do think this is a nice subscription for someone who is looking for a natural based service. I was happy with the box overall and plan to use everything included. If you're ok with the price, I think you will enjoy this service. 

Want to save $10 on a subscription? Use the code BLISSMOKM.

xo, arielle

Disclosure: Box was sent by the company or the company’s PR group. All opinions are my own. PR companies never receive preferential treatment. For my full disclosure, click here.

7.18.2014

Stop Wearing Granny Panties with U by Kotex

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Maybe it's you or maybe it's your best friend but I'm sure you have heard of people out there who save up their tired undies to wear during their periods. I have always found this strange. I mean, you already feel bad enough, why add dingy granny panties to the mix?


When I learned of the U by Kotex® Save the Undies campaign I thought finally! someone is marketing feminine hygiene products right! I would think that companies would want to tout that you can wear your favorite undies and white pants no problem.

U by Kotex® offers a full line of feminine care products for periods including pads, liners and tampons. They even carry a line of ultra thin pads (so you don't feel like you're wearing a diaper!) that still promise to save your undies.



So how do they do it? The new U by Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads feature a 3D Capture Core that has a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks. 


Are you ready to say goodbye to your tired undies and feel confident in wearing your favorite pair during your period? You can get some free samples of U by Kotex. Visit the U by Kotex Landing page and find the samples that best fit your mission to save the undies. Click on the “Get Sample” button and enter your mailing information. Then, sit back and wait, your samples will be on their way!

xo, arielle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kotex and I received monetary compensation for writing this post. All opinions are my own. For my full disclosure, click here.

7.16.2014

3 Summer Essentials from Just Natural

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When summer rolls around, there are a few skin care issues I try to keep in check. I find it important to have my feet in sandal condition, my face blemish free and my lips completely nourished. I also don't want products that are full of chemicals. I recently discovered the natural company, Just Natural, and wanted to share some their products to help keep your summer beautiful.

Who is Just Natural? They are one of the few companies hand making their products. They even hand bottle and label their line! Their products are cruelty free, formulated without chemicals and include organic ingredients. Just Natural carries an array of hair and skin care products.

Just Natural

Need to keep acne in check? Try Just Natural Natural Acne Spot Treatment. It is formulated with a combination of blemish fighting oils, such as tea tree oil. It can be applied day or night to fight blemishes. I add a bit to my evening moisturizer to fight acne while I sleep.

Want your tootsies to be summer ready? Just Natural Peppermint Natural Foot Lotion is an option for you! The bottle has a plethora of product for you to make it all summer long. Plus, it has a wonderful peppermint smell to keep stank feet at bay. My feet have been eating this up and are feeling soft!

To keep your lips kissable all summer long, try Just Natural Repair Minty Smooth Lip Saver. The 100% natural lip balm soothes dry lips and keeps them flake free. A little bit of this goes a long way. I love to use it at night so I can repair while I sleep. 

Just Natural

What are your essential summer products?

xo, arielle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Just Natural and I received monetary compensation for writing this post. All opinions are my own. For my full disclosure, click here.

7.14.2014

Sharing a Laugh with Friends: Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

In college, I avidly sent my friends greeting cards for their birthdays. Unfortunately, I have let this slip away. I have been thinking, lately, that I really need to get back into it.

Then, I heard that Hallmark had created a collection of #TrendyCards that are inspired by pop culture. They even have BuzzWorthy greeting cards with hilarious memes on them. I don't know about you but I love to share humorous gifs and memes with my friends, coworkers and husband. I knew I needed to give a couple of these out ASAP!

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

I went by Walmart and found them amongst the card aisle. The #TrendyCards and BuzzWorthy cards have "funny!" tags, so you know when you've found 'em. 

It was amusing reading them all (and laughing out loud in the aisle). I ended up picking up three that were perfect for each person I was giving them to.

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

When I stumbled upon the pool card, I thought it was excellent for my co-worker because she is a total germaphobe and she used to work at a public pool. I immediately knew the sympathy card was ideal for my lawn obsessed husband. He loves to admire how green it is but our sprinkler system broke and now it's browning. Obviously, this was an ace in the hole. I knew my BFF would appreciate the hot dog one because, really, who wouldn't laugh at get your wieners out?

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

First up, my co-worker. A few times a week I go into her office to steal a Jolly Rancher. I thought it was about time I replenish her stock. I left both on her desk as a surprise. She laughed at the card and thought it was sweet.

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

One of my best friends lives about 40 minutes away but were constantly texting each other hilarious things from the internet. I mailed her card (by the way, I think snail mail is such a nice surprise!). She immediately texted me about how hilarious she found it. She said she was putting it on her fridge.

Hallmark BuzzWorthy Cards

I gave my husband one but when I took a picture of me giving it to him, he said "you better not put that on your blog!" He did give it a nice chuckle. 

I plan to pick up several more of these to send to my mom and friends across the country. They were only $1.97 and are a playful way to connect with friends. I enjoyed seeing and hearing everyone's reaction. Plus, does anyone actually hate getting a card from a loved one?

Be sure to check out Connections from Hallmark and remember to sign up for the Hallmark Card Rewards Program! For every 5 Hallmark cards you purchase (even ones purchased at Walmart), you earn a reward.

How do you connect with your friends near and far?

xo, arielle

Disclosure: I am a member of the #CollectiveBias ®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.
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