Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wantable Accessories July Box

Hi guys!

Another fantastic early birthday present from someone who apparently thinks I deserve to be completely showered with gifts.

This is the July Accessories Wantable Box. It came ridiculously fast, and I’m so happy with it.

My preferences are (in case you’re curious):
Love – Rock ‘n Roll, Boho, Mix ‘n Match, Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, Silver Tone, Multi Tone
Like – Classic, Glam, Watches, Sunglasses, Scarves
Dislike – Bracelets, Hair Accessories, Gold Tone

The whole idea is you’re most likely to receive products you love, and you’ll never receive products you dislike. So, really, you should at least like, if not love, everything in your box. Here’s what was in mine!

Francesca Necklace

There wasn’t an “I Love Trees” option, but somehow Wantable knew anyway! I totally love this necklace.

Anna Earrings

I don’t wear big dangly earrings all that often, but I sure do love them. And these are turquoise (my favorite color) to boot!

Kate Necklace

I love how delicate this necklace is. It’s definitely on my list to wear to an opening night party. Or maybe I already have!

Angela Watch

This is super cool and once I master how to put it on, it will be even cooler! I love the studded look and the wrap look. Put them both together and count me in!

I get two more Wantable Box birthday gifts (how did I get so lucky!?) so I think my next one will be a makeup box and then, depending on how that goes, I’ll choose between the two for my last one. Presents are exciting, y’all!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Favorites

Hi guys!

I can't believe it's already time to do favorites again. This summer has been so busy that it is flying by! Thankfully, I've gotten to try some new products this month that I'm loving.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

I already mentioned last month that I'm loving beach sprays. I got this one in my PopSugar Summer Box, and it smells SO good. Other than that, I think it does really nice things to my hair - soft, tousley, perfect-for-summer hair!

Elf Brush Cleaner

I bought this accidentally thinking it was the Makeup Mist and Set, but I actually really enjoy it. I'm terrible about cleaning my brushes, and this gives me a fast, easy way to keep them (relatively) bacteria free. Plus it smells good and so do my brushes after I use it!

Beauty Blender

I got my first Beauty Blender, and I'm totally in love with it. The only thing is that within three weeks it started to mold! I think it's just the way I was storing it to dry, but I've got to be extra careful with my next one.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I felt like I needed to switch up my mascara, and I'm definitely glad I choose this one. The formula is perfect for me - not too wet, not too dry - and I'm finding that I really like the synthetic wands.

Citrus Sambra Limited Edition SoftSoap

After being very disappointed by the Summer Edition SoftSoaps last year, I'm really glad I like this one. I love anything citrus, and this reminds me a lot of the The Body Shop Satsuma shower gel I was using, just more moisturizing and lather-y, which I like.

So that's it! Everything I've been loving this month. I have to confess, I may not be able to blog very much soon. I have to tighten my budget quite a lot to save up for some important things, and that won't leave very much for new beauty products. It may just mean more reviews and a closer look at my products instead of new things, but we'll have to see!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Ipsy Bag

Hi guys!

My July Ipsy Bag is here! Let’s see what I got!

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink

Balm? Yes. Tinted? Not really. If the color doesn’t show up on my paler-than-pale hands, there’s no way it’s doing anything to my lips. A major disappointment and not something I’ll use, especially because it smells minty.

Pur-Lisse Essential Daily Moisturizer

I’m so unadventurous with moisturizers. I’ve been using the Daily Grace Bar from Lush since I got it back in March, and I don’t want to go anywhere else. I’ll either throw this in my swap bin or save it for some day when I’m in need of a moisturizer and have no other choice.

Clear Clinic Vanished Clear Spot Treatment

I’m actually really intrigued by this product. It has a doe-foot applicator, which is not something I’ve seen before in a spot treatment. My current dermatology treatment has been working pretty well, but every so often it would be nice to have a little help. It’s a small sample, but I actually think, with the way my skin has been behaving lately, it’ll last me a long time.

Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea

Of course I’m really excited about this. Sparkly and red. My only regret is that I didn’t have it in time for the Fourth of July.

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Barely Nude

Even though I love my Julep Cream Eyeshadow as a base, I’m interested in this. I wish I had gotten literally any other of the 10 colors that exist, but that’s okay.  It’s a pretty nude color with just the tiniest bit of shimmer, and it’ll most likely work excellently on the days that I want coverage but not a lot of makeup.

So that’s my July Ipsy Bag! I’m kind of half and half on it. It’s definitely an improvement over my past couple of bags. I hope the trend continues on this path!

Monday, July 21, 2014

July Julep Box

Hi guys!

Today I have my newest Julep Box to show you. This one I got for free because I had racked up enough Jules. I decided to switch up my normal Boho Glam box and go with the Bombshell box instead.

In my box I received:

Bare Body Milk



I’m most excited about Lissa. I’ve been lusting after Sally Hansen’s Triple Shine Dive In color, but I’ve been holding myself back from buying it because of this color. I hope it lives up to the hype and beauty of the Sally Hansen one.

I really like Beverly as well, though. I think it’s just the most beautiful shade and unlike anything I have in my collection so far.

I’ve already used the Body Milk, and I’m really impressed with it. It’s perfect for summer – really moisturizing, but light and it smells so fresh. I used it right after shaving with a new product, and I’m definitely into this combination.

This will probably be my last Julep box for a while. I have some things I’m saving up for in the future, and everyone knows I have more than enough nail polish. I have enough new, unused polish stock piled that I’ll still be wearing new polish for a while. I’m looking forward to visiting some favorites after that, though.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nail of the Week 7/7 & 7/14

Hi guys!

Two more polishes for you this week!

Last week I was wearing Julep's Jeanne. I really liked this sky blue but brighter color a lot. And, thanks to my newfound base coat/top coat routine, it lasted for a really long time!

This week I was wearing Sinful Color's Anemone which I got free from PinchMe. I wasn't a huge fan of this color. I've kind of worn myself out of corally oranges. I also did a terrible job painting my nails this week because of back pain that started Saturday. 

Sorry for the weird color differences in pictures. The second was taken in natural light, and the first was not. Sometimes I'm really bad at forgetting to take pictures of my polishes!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cause you're a sky full of stars...

Hi guys!

Man it's been a while since I've done a personal post.

The past few weeks have been very stressful and exhausting for me. Trying to recreate something you have no basis for is not fun. Essentially the person who had my job before me did much of her work on her personal computer and then never transferred it to the marketing laptop. So I've been trying to recreate things we did last for with nothing to reference. It's led to a lot of mistakes and things going wrong.

Thankfully, I think I'm finally past all that. I'm really looking forward to doing this again without everything going wrong this time. I feel much more prepared for next year already.

This past week alone I got up at 5 and 6 am and worked a 16 hour and 15 hour day. But, we're about to go into opening all shows, and (I think) that once that happens things should go a lot more smoothly.

Of course there are always frustrations and those have come up multiple times. Overall, though, I think things are going very well everywhere. I'm constantly overwhelmed by how friendly and talented this company is. Definitely a huge improvement from last year. Honestly, I think everything is better than last year. I sold more ads; Amy is kicking ass on our Silent Auction; the talent is better; the drama is less; and we spent less money on important things.

I can't believe it's already July. This year is flying past. I have so many things to look forward to in the next year. All I need is to stop living paycheck to paycheck, and I may finally feel like I'm getting things under control.

Monday, July 14, 2014

PopSugar Special Edition Summer Box

Hi guys!

Today (very late) I have my 2014 PopSugar Special Edition Summer Box to share with you. Someone very special to me gifted this box to me for my birthday (which is in August) and I'm kind of in love with it.

This is what it contained:

Sisters of Los Angeles City Rocks Glasses

London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Colorful and the perfect size. I can't wait to move into my own place so I can use these!

Blue Tropics Pouch

A great size for traveling or a beach trip. The reverse size says "Live Love Aloha" which I love. 

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

My newfound obsession with beach sprays is really happy about this. It'll be the next one to go into my rotation, and I can't wait!

Soixante Neuf Jewels by Joie Jager Horn Necklace

I love turquoise, so the color of this really drew me in. I'm not usually a fan of gold jewelry, but this is so pretty and unique that I don't much care. It's long which I'm not used to wearing, but I think it's a great statement piece.

Tarte Cheek Stain and Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Tipsy

The cheek stain is the product I've been using the most. I love the color and the staying power. It's really buildable and easy to apply. The only downfall is that it takes a little while to stop being tacky, but it's something I can deal with because I love the color so much. 

The Ingredient Finder Eliunt Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I probably won't use this for a while, but fancy olive oil is always a good thing. Maybe I'll christen my first meal in my first apartment with it!

So that's everything. I loved this box, and I'm so appreciative of the wonderful person who got it for me. Happy (early) birthday to me!