Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Birchbox Haul

Purchased. 

Well between the terrible service the last 3 months and reviewing the items in my birchbox I racked up 900 birchbox points, combine that with a 20% off coupon code I went a little crazy! Click down below to see what's inside my latest birchbox haul

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Monday, July 28, 2014

3rd Bloggerversary

It's a little hard to believe that I've been writing away at my blog for over 3 years now. I'm so happy I've kept with it. I'm not always posting as much as I should be, and reviews on products can be on the slow side I'm happy I kept chugging along.

A lot of fun things has happened over this blogging year. I found my hair savior Wen cleansing conditioners which I can't stop raving about! I bought a gel polish kit so I've been doing my own gel manicures. I got to be a part of a beach waver giveaway with birchbox. I also got engaged!

It's been an exciting year! I'm so happy that I kept with my blog.

If you guys noticed I also treated myself to a new layout for my bloggerversary!! Yay! I'm totally in love with it! 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea review


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I received this in my February Birchbox.  Excited to finally have a makeup item in my box I rushed to sample this right away. Click down below to see what I think of this cruelty-free and organic mascara! 
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Review

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I decided to give this Serum a try because I was looking for something to help even out my skin, and clear up my acne scars. It was on sale too, we all know I can't say no to a sale! Does this do the job? Click down below to find out! 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Birchbox: July 2014

gifted.

I've been avoiding typing up another birchbox reveal post. I don't want to bad mouth a company per se but it's gotten quite out of hand. This month my box showed up at my door on the 15th, but at least this time I got shipping information on the 11th. What my problem is that my box didn't come with the Ruffin nail polish remover wipes like promised, which is like WTF if my box isn't late there is something wrong with the items in it.

Honestly ever since they moved their warehouse the service has been really going down hill. I had no issues with Birchbox until February of this year. It really does make me sad how the customer service and product quality has gone down the drain.

Like I said above I do not want to bad mouth Birchbox as a company, I've listed my complaints in last month's birchbox review here. I will just show you the items in my box and talk about them for a little bit.

Oh hey look a year subscription to women's health magazine they did this last year as part of the April 2013 box. Which I never received my subscription I tried to resolve that with birchbox but it was 'out of their hands' . I'm going to attempt to get the refund because I'm not a fan of Women's Health I'm more of a self magazine reader. 
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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream I haven't tried this but I do plan to test it out. I know I will not repurchase it because the $38 price tag is too steep for me. 

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil I received the most unattractive shade for my pale skin tone. Purple is NOT for me. Poor color choice, what in the world was birchbox thinking giving me a sample of this shade?  This is not sheer its really pigmented on my lips. Also this tastes and feels like Revlon just bitten lip stains very pepperminty. I'll stick with the cheaper version Revlon of this.  No need to buy this one.

RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer - Ambrosia This is a purple-ly pink metallic polish. Haven't tried it yet due to my gel manicure but if it isn't a streaky formula I'll be using this in the fall a lot! I picked this shade as the part of pick your sample in your box for July.

RUFFIAN Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes I was supposed to get these in my birchbox but as you can tell by my photo I did not.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel I am SO glad this came in my box! This was one item I was praying to get in my box. I was really excited when I saw the box size thinking I was going to get a decent sample size. Nope the lid is bigger than the tube. I see 2 full uses, and maybe a 3rd use for a targeted treatment like cheeks or forehead. The price is really steep at $48 but if it works I might have to invest in it.

Beauty Protector Protect & Treat Hair Mask It seems like once again birchbox is trying to shove this brand down my throat. I have yet to like any of the items from this brand. I don't know what it is but It just does not work well with my fine, damaged hair. I'm actually surprised they gave us two mini containers. The amount of product in each container gives about 1 full and maybe just the ends for a second use. If you're lucky you could probably squeeze 3 uses out of these two tubs. It also smells like guy axe (gross) with a strong hint of vanilla. I will throw this in my sample box.

I'm not happy with birchbox anymore. It's so clear to see my level of service does not match what I pay or goes with my loyalty to the company. It's time to shoot the dying horse. I'm canceling my birchbox it was a nice 17 month long run with you birchbox but it's time to say goodbye.

I will consider continuing to shop using the bircbhox store due to it's promotions as well as being an aces member until december so free shipping.

Did anyone else have such a terrible experience with a monthly box subscription?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ipsy Bag: July 2014

Purchased. Referral. 
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This months Ipsy bag came by the 15th i\of July. I was trying to be fully surprised but I went to go onto ipsy website to see if there was tracking. It was unavoidable seeing my month selection. I'll try harder not to peek next month!

This month bag is a bit plain Jane, well as much as plain Jane any leather neon bag can be. Which I expected to feel this way about July's bag because June's bag is amazing and I'm in love with it.

I'm not going to lie I'm a tad sad about these samples. I was really hoping for a sample of they're real since it's my favorite mascara ever! Don't get me wrong I got a great bag I was just hoping for that mascara!



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First up is Tints & Sass in Cherry it's a darker red shade. It goes on wet and dries down to a matte pink/red and it doesn't move. Which frightens me for a cheek stain but excites me for a lip stain!

Next up is Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine. I'm not going to swatch this because I'm giving it to someone else. I'm not very good with bronzer, it's not something I've mastered yet. As well as this shade looks too dark for me.

I got bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Cream shadow which seems interesting. I'll give it a spin. I'm not sure how it'll go but I'm going to give it a try. BareMinerals foundation actually breaks me out so I'm a bit hesitant to try it.

I got pur~lisse sunscreen for normal-dry skin. It's an SPF of 30 which is much lower than my usual SPF 70 I use. This is the second sunscreen I've gotten in the 3 months I've tried ipsy again. Then again it's also summer. I'm going to hold judgement on this for now. But I'll be annoyed if it's anything like birchbox where I get a sunscreen every other month sometimes a few months in a row.

Lastly I got  faith aromatherapy anti-oxidant body lotion in citrus/ginger. It saids 'may be used on the face normal/dry skin types' I'm sensitive skin and with this scent it won't go on my face. Speaking of scent it's super strong! Not to be applied during the day when perfume is in use! Actually I'm thinking of throwing this in my purse and using it as a hand lotion since it smells very clean and citrus which I love!

All in all I'm really pleased with this bag. Even though I'm giving something away it's a full sized product which already made the bag worth it. And I'll throw that sunscreen in my purse makeup bag for surprise time outside!

What did you guys get in your ipsy bags?


If you want to join Ipsy and give it a try use my referral link here. 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

I got engaged!!

If you follow my Instagram then you know that Mr. J and I got engaged on Saturday. It was an extremely private affair. I honestly really wouldn't want it any other way. Sure it would be nice to capture that moment on film or with pictures to help remember but it was an extremely special moment for the both of us.

My now fiancée proposed last Saturday! I did not expect this at all. I’d be lying if I say I didn’t know engagement was coming but I didn’t expect it for another few weeks until vacation! 
My fiancée and I went to Rice’s Market in the morning on Saturday and he asked me to  let him buy me a jewelry box for his house. This wasn’t the first time he asked and I said no each time. 
After we came home from Rice’s I ended up taking a nap. While hewakes me up mid-nap I start looking around the room feeling disoriented (ie: I always feel drunk when waking up from a nap) when I spotted a ring box underneath my watch next to the bed.
I ask him what is that, and then he grabs the box and proposed to me. He had a very sentimental speech on how much he loved me, and wanted to start this new journey with me. And I loved the whole thing it was perfect for the two of us. 
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I was in shock for awhile that right after he put the ring on my finger I couldn’t stop saying Holy S***** I felt bad later on when he told me he was planning on proposing to me by putting my ring in the box right before I went to bed when I take my jewelry off so I could find it there. But he decided to work around the lack of a jewelry box. I'm glad he did! 

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The funny thing I told him to pinch me and he did! And it HURT! hahahahaha I am beyond happy right now to start this exciting journey with my Fiancee Mr. J! I will be blogging about my experience getting wedding ready and planning.  
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I just want to talk about my ring for a minute.  It's absolutely gorgeous and I couldn't be happier. I am so glad that I accidentally ended up being there when he found THE ring! 

It's an Tanzanite Halo from Kay's jewelers. I love my tanzanite ring so much because it's my birthstone(december) as well as it's an color changing stone! Depending on how the light hits tanzanite it varies from violet to blue! Also fact that Tanzanite can only be found at one place in the world making it super rare doesn't hurt either! It's rarer than a diamond! (Also prettier but now I'm just bragging!) 

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As you guys can tell I am beyond excited about the next big step I'm taking in my life and I can't wait to share all the planning! 


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

June Favorites 2014

June had to be one of the busiest months for me between two jobs and a summer session. I kept things to a very bare minimum that month.

My monthly favorites rarely change, I'm a creature of habit. But in the light of switching things up I decided to show case items that I haven't put in my favorites but still use daily.
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Let start with something new, and I mean brand spanking new, Wen Summer Honey Peach Trio - I bought it on a whim and instantly fell in love with this scent. I like it better then I did the Fall Apple Spice! It smells so good! I love the oil and replenishing mist for keeping my ends moisturized.

Lumene's BB cream is no stranger to my favorites post. I love this BB cream and what it does for my skin! Lasts all day once set with some powder, and gives just the right amount of coverage without being heavy.

Laroche- Posay Effaclar Duo I have been using this bad boy for almost a year to keep my acne at bay and it's working wonders! If it's not broken don't fix it! 

Mirabellla Lip Liner in Hypnotic I have been using this to line my lips with any red lipstick I own, even if it's not a perfect match it blends right in with the color, and I have no feathering when using it! Lasts forever and doesn't feel weird on the lips! Love this liner. I've been using it a lot with my Mac - Sail La Vie from the Hey Sailor! collection. Which is also the lipstick used in my profile picture! 

Last but not certainly least is Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara mini I got this sample from a minis bag during Christmas from Sephora when I bought something. It's taken me awhile to get to but I finally have been using it. I like it a lot, gives lots of volume, a little length but it is not waterproof or even water resistant. Any bit of moisture and I've got runny mascara! It's really is nice but that one thing won't have me repurchasing. 

That's all my favorites for this month. What have you ladies been reaching for the most?  


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Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Weekend Update

Purchased by Mr. J 

I had a wonderful weekend even with working on the 4th! I really love the girls I work with they're so nice! The only blimp in my weekend was car issues on Sunday but already fixed today! 

As you know I posted about the Sally's Beauty Supply Red tag sale here.  I of course had to check it out on Saturday. Mr J went with me to Sally's to check out what was on sale. I ended up picking up the polishes below. The Finger paints Black Canvas wasn't on sale, I just need a black polish since I didn't have a good one (Sally Hansen black tie affair was too runny and need 4-5coats to be opaque) 

Finger Paints - Frolic and Floral, Gelish -All Haile The Queen, Gelish -Up In The Blue and Finger Paints - Black Canvas,

Left to Right: Finger Paints - Frolic and Floral, Gelish -All Haile The Queen, Gelish -Up In The Blue and Finger Paints - Black Canvas. 

Last week or two ago Mr. J and I went into 5 and below, I of course spotted this right away by the front but they had Frozen themed funky fingers polish. I picked up the two I liked Olaf a white topper with white snowflakes, white circle glitter and fine holographic scattered glitter. Elsa has a few white snowflakes but made up of white and sky blue hexogon glitters that are small and large. I also picked up Fireworks a 4th of July glitter top coat that's red white and blue glitters and scattered stars! 
Funky Fingers - Olaf, Funky Fingers Fireworks, Funky Fingers - Elsa,

Left to Right: Funky Fingers - Olaf, Fireworks, Elsa


I've been rocking the vintage high waisted two piece. I order a set from SammyDress but the top was waaayyy too small for me but the bottoms fit perfectly. I bought a Victoria secret top to pair with this high waisted bottom. I just love the white top with my stripe bottoms! I feel so good in this suit!! 



That's all the fun things going on in Camp Beauty and the Business! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend, even if you didn't celebrate the American 4th of July!! 




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Friday, July 4, 2014

Sally's Beauty Supply Red Tag clearance event!

Happy 4th of July everyone!! I have to work today because retail never stops, but I wanted to share the good sale!

This weekend the 4-6th Sally's is giving an extra 50% off on all red tag items! I might have to go in and check out the gel polish!!


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep End Review and Swatches

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I decided I was going to switch up my makeup look this summer. I was in a makeup rut, wing liner gets boring after awhile. I picked up this lovely blue eyeliner. Click down below to see the staying power it has on my oily skin.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Manicure 2014 edition!

Happy July 1st! Whoooew! I'm finally done my summer session! I am beyond thrilled that I did nothing but clean my room, and paint my nails! Not too excited but much needed!

I called my friend Ashley up, and she came over for a bit. We did our nails together doing 4th of July inspired manis! I love doing holiday themed nails! I just hope my lasts till then!

I pulled out my trusty Finger Paints "Laugh My Art Off" polish out for my patriotic theme nails. Which I realized I use every year for my 4th of July Mani see here and here (totally not my best work/too lazy to redo).

I did Finger Paints "Laugh My Art Off" as the base for my pinky, ring and thumb then stamped with konad white polish using the Bundle Monster stamp BM05 and BM14. I used Julep's January on my middle and pointer finger then stamped with konad white polish using the Bundle Monster stamp BM05 and BM14. Nothing too interesting this year but I love it! SOOOOO much better then last years yucky one.
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My friend Ashley did her manicure based off a few different patriotic skittle nails from pinterest. On her pinky and Thumb she used Finger Paints "Laugh My Art Off" over a base of Zoya Natty. Sally Hansen Diamond strength Diamonds & Rubies on her ring and pointer finger. On her ring finger she placed an anchor nail sticker on it. Then on her pointer finger she did white stripes with Art Club's nail art duo. On her middle finger she did a sinful colors base coat topped with Julep's America glitter top coat. 
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  • A side note Julep's America glitter top coat isn't that great we both decided, it was clumpy and going right in the trash after this. 


We had a ton of fun painting our nails for the up coming holiday! I can't wait to look through everyone elses holiday mani, if you do a post on it on your blog post your links in the comments below so I can check them out! 
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