Ulta Haul 4/22/12: My Largest Hall Yet!

Hello lovely readers!!

I have a mega haul for you today! Many of the products I purchased were based on recommendations from other beauty bloggers or gurus. Some of these items are dupes for high end products too!

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation {dupe for Makeup Forever HD Foundation}
NYX 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Caviar & Bubbles {dupe for Urban Decay Naked 2}
Palladio Herbal Foundation Primer {dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish Primer}
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
NYX Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Daiquiri
Palladio Eyeliner in White
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt and Tough as Taupe
EcoTools Beautiful Expressions Kabuki Set
Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks
Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Redken Spray Starch 15

I also received a bag with FREE goodies!

Ulta Beauty Smoothie Shower Gel
Ulta Eyeliner in Raisin
Sebastian Drench Conditioner and Shampoo
KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry

I think I went a tad bit crazy!! I did buy most of the makeup for my wedding, so there was a method to my madness!!!


Review: Wet n Wild Perfect Pair Eye Wand in Java-Champagne

Hello beauties!

Today's review is of the Wet n Wild Perfect Pair Eye Wand!

$3.99, drugstores

This wand has product on each end with a stick shadow in champagne and a brown eyeliner:

I loved the concept of this product and was very excited to try it out! The colors are very nice and pigmented but unfortunately that's where the positives end. 

The shadow creases within a few minutes of application and the liner rubs off the moment you add mascara. I was throughly disappointed because the colors were so great! Wet n Wild you had a good idea here but the formulation is just plain bad. That is why I think this product is a total miss!

How was your experience with this product?


Birchbox: Month 4

Hello lovelies!

This month's Birchbox arrived on Tuesday. It has the theme of "natural wonders" because most of the products include natural ingredients.

willa Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facial Towelettes, value $2.33
drops Laundry Detergent, value 60¢
Befine Skincare Sampler, value $12
Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb, full size product, value $7
Wonderstrck Taylor Swift perfume, value 70¢

Total Value $22.63

First impressions: 
I am not as excited about this month's box as much as last. Why? First, I signed up for a beauty box and I received a sample of laundry detergent. Second, the lipbalm smells like Play-Doh. 

And third, this e-mail arrived in my inbox:

I looked at my Befine moisturizers and they expired in {wait for it} FEBRUARY 2010!! This is quite disappointing. Shame on you Befine!

Therefore my breakdown now looks like this:

willa Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facial Towelettes, value $2.33
drops Laundry Detergent, value 60¢
Befine Skincare Sampler, value $12
Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb, full size product, value $7
Wonderstrck Taylor Swift perfume, value 70¢

Total Value $10.63

While I appreciate that Birchbox notified their subscribers and are compensating with 100 Birchbox points, this is meaningless to me. 100 Birchbox poins = $10 to redeem on their website. Most of their products are quite expensive so the likelihood of me using it is zilch.

What are your thoughts on this month's Birchbox? 


Guest Blogger: Kassi of The Closet Intervention

Hello beautiful readers!

Today I have a fun guest blog by Kassi of The Closet Intervention!


I discovered Kassi's blog soon after I started blogging and was an instant fan. Kassi uses her blog to showcase how she styles her thrift store finds. I am always very impressed by what she can do for such little money. Once she found a Hermès scarf for $1.99!

Today Kassi will be blogging about her thrifting tips. Take it away Kassi!

Do you shop thrift stores and consignment shops? If not, let me tell you that you are seriously missing out. There are so many unique pieces at great bargains that it seems crazy not to be scouring your local thrift and consignment shops for fabulous deals.

For those of you who don't know me, I am something of a thriftaholic. I literally brake for Goodwills and Salvation Army's. There is a reason for this. I always find the coolest vintage (or not) items there. And guess what? They are much cheaper than retail. In the picture above I am wearing an over-sized 80's sweater with sequins and little bows on it. I had been looking for a cool over-sized sweater in retail forever, when I came across this beauty. The cost? $1.99. I was elated that I finally found a piece that surpassed my expectations.

Then there is consignment shops, another place to find great deals on trendy items. I never can believe the adorable stuff people get rid of. The whole outfit above, less the leggings was from various consignment shops. It all looks like it came from pricier retail stores, no? Consignment shops are also a great option for you to get rid of some of your wardrobe that you are no longer wearing and get some money for it! I consign my clothes and use the money I make doing that to purchase more goods. It's a fabulous cycle. :)

Here are a few items I have thrifted recently and why I thrifted them.

Item #1 - A Double-Breasted Bright Coral Vest

I saw this bright color popping out from the rack at Value World (a thrift store) and pulled it out. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first as it is obviously an 80's item. I had a black tank top and jeans on so I threw it on over what I had and fell in love. It's long length and color left open is very breezy and chic. And for $1.80, why not?

Item #2: A Black and White Sequined Crop Top

My mom pulled this out of the rack to show me and I gasped with pure glee. I am such a sequin addict and this vintage piece with a cool white design had me at hello. Plus it's a crop top which is super on trend right now.

Item #3: A Mint Green Lace Skirt

You've probably heard by now that mint is a huge color this spring, so imagine my excitement when I found this beautiful lace skirt. It will make for a super beautiful and feminine outfit!

Item#4 : A Vibrant Blue Accordion Pleat Skirt

I am a huge fan of accordion pleats and they are big this season. This is the second pleated skirt I have thrifted. The other was a peachy-coral color. This bright blue had me instantly hooked.

The total cost of these 4 items?  $9.89!!

Here are some quick thrifting tips:

1. If you don't love it, don't buy it! 
Too often I have picked something up just because it's cheap and all it did was collect dust.

2.Pieces you love, but do not fit, can be altered!
My mom just did this herself. She bought a maxi dress that was too big through the top and is taking it in. If you don't sew some bigger dresses or tops can be made to fit by belting .

3. Trends come full circle, so keep your eyes open for vintage items that are still relevant today.
(colors, silhouettes, etc)

4. Don't forget the accessories!
I can't tell you how many belts I have thrifted over the years. I have found a lot of unique colors and styles - usually for under $1! Vintage bags, scarves and jewelry are also something to keep an eye out for.  I thrifted a 1960s vintage Hermès scarf for $1.99, so keep your eyes peeled for designer items!

I hope these tips were helpful. Thanks for reading and thank you to Arielle for having me!

Kassi is the author of The Closet Intervention. You can find her blog here. You can also find her on facebook, twitter and bloglovin!

Thank you so much for guest blogging today, Kassi!


Website Find: Shop Your Shape

Hello readers!

I stumbled upon a website that I think is very useful for all you ladies out there:

The best fashion tip I have heard is to dress for your body shape. But how do you figure out your shape? If you're like me, then you need a little help. I googled how to find your body shape and discovered Shop Your Shape! The website allows you to submit your measurements or to choose from different shapes based on descriptions and photos. I pulled out my measuring tape and went to town!

I am a pear girl without a doubt {I'm looking at you badonkadonk}.

After the website figures out your shape they give you suggestions on how to dress your body-including tips on appropriate tops, bottoms and swimsuits with examples!

images via Shop Your Shape

I already had an idea that I was probably a pear but this website helped to verify that for me. Last summer I started getting rid of the fashion trends that did not look right on me and began to purchase shape appropriate clothing. If you notice in many of my OOTD posts I am wearing a belt at my waist because it helps accentuate my little waist!

This website is helping me make the right choices for dressing my shape and I hope it helps you too!


CVS Haul 4/9/12

Hello readers!

I had to let you all in on my haul from CVS. I am very excited because of the fantastic deals I got!

I only paid $8.11 for all of this!

Physicians Formula Conceal Rx in Natural Light {Retails $9.29}
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black {Retails $9.99}
Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Raspberry {Retails $9.99}
Carolina Pad Notebook {Retails $2.19}
Altoids Smalls {Retails $1.49}
Rubbermaid water bottle {Retails $3.99}
Total before savings $36.94

So, how did I do it?

Sale all Revlon BOGO 50% off

Swiped my CVS ExtraCare card at the coupon kiosk and received coupons for:
25% entire purchase
$5 off 2 Revlon products
$12 off any Physicians Formula
$1 off Altoids

$4 ExtraCare bucks from my last purchase

I only paid $1.35 for each item!!

I was pretty proud of this because all of the coupons were provided by CVS. The 25% off and the $4 ExtraCare bucks I received on Sunday when I bought razors. The next day, I stopped by CVS with the intention of just buying a notebook and water bottle but when the cosmetics coupons printed I could not pass it up! The Physicians Formula coupon basically gets you a free product!

Did you get any great deals this week?


Review: Naturopathica Aloe Replenishment Gel

Hello lovely readers!

Today's review is a product that was sent to me by Naturopathica. Don't know who Naturopathica is? No worries, I had no idea either until I received their Aloe Replenishment Gel.

"Our approach to healthy skin care begins by eliminating harmful synthetics or skin irritants such as parabens, glycols or sulfates, and then adding clinically proven ingredients like antioxidants and peptides that provide real benefits to the skin."
-Naturopathica website

Now on to the Aloe Replenishment Gel:

This gel is a treatment, like a mask, to be applied 1-2 times a week. The directions state to use a small amount and leave on for 10 minutes. According to the website and packaging, the ingredients will plump the skin and help retain moisture.

Pros about this product:
I have extremely sensitive skin. It scares me to try a new product all over my face because I usually have a poor reaction. Luckily, I had no reaction to this product.

When the product is on you are barely aware it is there. Some masks are heavy and tight but this one is a very light.

You do not have to use much product and it spreads easily. 

Cons about this product:
Unfortunately, I did not experience anything from the gel. In fact, every time I tried it I wondered if there was something I should experience or notice. 

From the description the gel should help retain moisture and plump skin but I did not see either of those claims happening. 

The website suggested putting the gel in the refrigerator for a cooling effect. I had a little bit of a burn from tanning so I thought it was the perfect time to try that method. I did not experience any cooling from doing this. 

Bottom line:
Because I did not experience any of the claims from this product I give the Naturopathica Aloe Replenishment Gel 2 of out 5 kisses. Improvements need to be made to this product.

Have you tried any of Naturopathica products?