February 2014 Favorites

Better late than never!

True Blue Spa – Yogurt Shower Smoothie in Pineapple Papaya

I have actually been using this stuff for about a year now, but I took a break over the fall & the first part of the winter in favor of more seasonally-appropriate scents (because I’m a nerd like that), but now I am back to using and loving it.  When I first picked it up, I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a cleanser or a scrub or an in-shower lotion or what…  Turns out it’s a bit of all three.  It’s a hydrating, gently exfoliating cleanser, however I don’t use it in place of shower gel or soap as was suggested to me by the ladies at Bath & Body Works.  I mostly use it on my arms and legs (concentrating it on my elbows & knees) after I have already washed with something else.  It’s not too scrubby like a true scrub would be, but there’s something about the creamy texture and the level of exfoliation that seems JUST right for my skin.  Also, the scent is incredible, especially if you love tropical scents.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle

I know this is kind of old news in the beauty blog world, but I got this lip butter earlier this year and have been wearing the crap out of it lately.  Pretty much anytime I wore lip color in February, it was this.  I love that it’s sheer, but still looks like I’m wearing something and the color just really suits my skin tone.  I feel like it’s a lot more pink in real life than is showing up in this picture.  The swatch above is a lot closer to what I see than the picture of the tube itself.  It’s just a really pretty brownish pink.  I have the same product in the shade Juicy Papaya, which is a bright coral color, and it’s just all wrong for me.  So sad because I SO want to like brighter lip colors, but I feel like most just make me look clownish.  So I’ll stick with the more neutral-to-dark shades like Pink Truffle.

Nine West Show Stopper Medium Tote

As I mentioned previously, I spent a few days in early February in Boston visiting family & friends.  Unfortunately the one and only handbag I brought with me broke (the strap came off) while I was exiting the plane at the very beginning of the trip!  So, part of my first day was spent hunting down a replacement.  I was in the market for a new purse anyways, and stumbled across this one at Macy’s.  It was love at first sight…the shape, the colors, the pattern, the “freebie” wristlet that came with it.  I HAD to have it.  So far so good.  It’s the perfect size, I love all the organizational elements, and I have gotten a ton of compliments.

Manicure of the Month

I have a surprising favorite manicure this month.  I had read somewhere that suggested traveling with neutral nail polish, and the conventional wisdom in that is fairly obvious when you think about it; neutral colors go with everything, small chips and imperfections are usually less apparent, etc.  However, I tend to find neutral nail polish (for me personally) kind of boring.  For my trip to Boston, I decided to give it a try but do it with a twist, and I was shocked how much I loved it!  I used Sonia Kashuk’s Mauving On Up and topped it with OPI’s Pirouette My Whistle, which is a glitter topcoat with silver microglitter and large round silver glitter pieces.  Since Valentine’s Day was coming up, I added a stamping accent nail with silver hearts using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri’s Silver Sweep.  The super sparkly topcoat really brought so much life to the neutral pink polish, and in the end I totally fell in love with this combo.   See what other fun manicures I have been trying over on my nail blog, Sunshine And Some Polish.

Candles of the Month

No candle favorites this month, as we kept on burning the same two candles we burned last month, Yankee Candle’s Boston Strong and Bath & Body Works’ Gelato.  I placed a large candle order a couple weeks ago, and we are already burning some new scents in March, so expect something new to share in this category at the end of this month.

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Products to Help You Perfect Your Manicure

Since I have been so into nail polish, nail stamping, etc lately, I thought I would share the items that I use to help achieve a better manicure.  I am NOT the best at getting or keeping a perfect manicure, but these items have helped a lot.

BASECOAT: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat – The rubber component of this basecoat helps the polish really stick to your nails.  It’s easy to apply and dries in a flash.  By the time you finish painting Bonder on your 10th finger, you are ready to start your first coat of color on your first finger.

TOPCOAT: Seche Vite – I know this is a love-it-or-hate-it product (and is NOT 3-free), but the truth is, it has a lot of fans and has reached legendary status among nail aficionados because it WORKS.  It’s super thick and dries very shiny/glossy and HARD.  If you use this and let it dry thoroughly, you won’t have those dents, dings, or fabric marks in your manicure.

DRY DROPS: Qtica Half Time Accelerator – I will never again paint my nails without dry drops.  These from Qtica are the only ones I have tried, but they were highly recommended and I love them.  When I put on my Seche Vite topcoat, I wait 3 minutes, then put a drop or 2 on each nail, then wait about 5 minutes, then wash my hands and I’m 100% good to go and I don’t have to worry about being careful.

All 3 products are readily available at Ulta, Sally’s Beauty Supply, Amazon.com, and even drug stores (don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure I have seen all 3 at CVS).  So you don’t have to make a special trip or hunt them down.

If you want to see more of my nail stamping adventures, check out my nail blog, Sunshine And Some Polish.

DISCLAIMER: Post above contains affiliate links, however I purchased all products mentioned above with my own money.  All opinions are my own.

Julep Maven – Welcome Box

I mentioned recently on Facebook that I decided to cancel my Birchbox subscription.  Not because I was at all dissatisfied with my Birchboxes, but I think I was just craving something different.

Since I have been playing around a lot with nail stamping lately, I decided to become a Julep Maven*.  This is a monthly subscription program that mainly focuses on nail polish.  You take a style quiz, and are assigned one of five different “Style Profiles”: Modern Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic With A Twist, and It Girl.  The monthly boxes are curated based on these profiles, so if your profile is set to “Bombshell”, then when it’s time to ship your box, you will get the “Bombshell” box for that month.  But you are allowed to preview each box before it’s shipped out, and you can easily switch Style Profiles at any time.  The “dangerous” part is that you can upgrade and add items on to your box at a discounted price, which is great, but also bad (for the wallet!) at the same time.  You can get more info on how the Maven boxes work at the link above.

For my “Style Profile”, I got Classic With A Twist, so for my welcome box, I got two polishes, a cuticle serum, and a sample of makeup primer.  I also chose 3 extra polishes to add to my welcome box.  I used the discount code FREEBOX when I signed up, so my first box was free, but after adding on the 3 extra polishes, it was just under $15 shipped.

Here are the polishes I received, still in their packaging:

On the left are the three polishes I picked out as add-ons.  On the right are the two polishes I received based on my “Style Profile”.  Left to right:

  • Tracy (It Girl) – Sparkly ocean blue sea salt (textured polish).
  • Max (It Girl) – Black and white graffiti top coat.
  • Cassie (Classic With A Twist) – Soft coral sheer.
  • Myrtle (Classic With A Twist) – Flapper red crème.
  • Zora (Classic With A Twist) – Frosted pink pearl.

So far I have tried 3 of the 5 polishes.  I thought Cassie was going to be more of a peachy pink, but it ended up being much more peachy than I thought and clashed terribly with my skin tone.  It was just BAD.  So bad, I immediately removed it and did not snap a pic.  It’s a beautiful color, just not for me or my nails.  So sad!

Funny story: Once I painted Cassie on my nails, I was INSTANTLY reminded of one of my favorite Barbie dolls from my youth.  Did anyone else who was a child of the 80s have the Peaches N Cream Barbie???

Once I got that image in my head, that was all I could see on my nails…80s Barbie doll.  Again, it’s a very pretty color, but just not for me.

Tracy was actually the first color I tried.  I wore this for my husband’s birthday weekend.  This is my first ever textured polish and I have to say I loved it.  It’s a bit weird to not be aiming for that perfect smooth shiny finish, but on the flipside, it’s so forgiving if you are not great at painting your nails.  Also, if you accidentally smudge it a bit before it dries, it’s so easy to just pat it back down gently, or to just dab a bit more polish to touch it up.

I loved this shade of shimmery blue with a silvery sheen to it.  Since I seem to be on a flashback kick with these nail polishes, I can also share that this one made me think of one of my favorite music videos of all time, Tonight Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins.

So when I was trying to decide on what to stamp on it, my thoughts instantly went to something silvery and starry.  I decided to keep it simple with silver stars on my ring fingers and thumbs.

My latest manicure involves trying out Myrtle, which is a beautiful, vibrant red.  I decided to stamp an abstract floral pattern using my new Konad white “special stamping polish”.  I have actually gotten quite a few compliments on this one.  People really like the red & white together.  I think it will be a good color combo to use again for Valentine’s Day.  Myrtle is definitely a winner for me.

At some point, when I decide to have a non-stamped manicure, I am going to try 2 coats of Myrtle topped with a coat of Max, the black & white graffiti top coat.  To keep with the flashback theme…Tadd said the idea of that combo makes him think of 101 Dalmations.  Ha!

One other thing I want to mention about the Julep polishes, is that the tall, narrow bottles, while very pretty and easy to store, make me nervous.  I am always worried that the slightest movement will tip them over and make polish go everywhere.  Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m waiting for it.

So far so good with my Julep Maven* subscription.  I am excited to try the rest of my polishes from this box, and interested to see what they put together for the next box.  I will keep you posted!

By the way, please forgive the state of my nails, cuticles, and polish jobs.  I was not blessed with naturally pretty nails, but I have been working on them.  I know I also have a long way to go in perfecting my polish techniques, but I have been practicing!  Hopefully as I keep up this new hobby, they will gradually look better and better.

*In the interest of full disclosure, if you sign up for a Julep Maven box through the links posted above, I will get a small referral credit.  Please feel no obligation to sign up through my link, just thought I would use it since it was provided to me!

Link Party: What’s in my purse?

It must be the nosy nellie in me, but I love seeing posts like this from other people.  So when I saw this link party from Mailbox Journey via The HumberHome Project I thought I would return the favor!  Please excuse the photo quality, as it was taken in my (poorly lit) office with my phone.

1. Vera Bradley Little Hipster in Provencal, which happens to be on sale right now!  This is usually my theme park bag, but I used it during our 4th of July adventure at Lake Eola and haven’t switched back to my bigger everyday bag yet.  It has been kind of nice not having to lug a huge purse filled with crap everywhere.

2. Entry badge for work.  Super exciting, huh?

3. Sunglasses…I tend to buy $10-$20 no-name brand sunglasses and replace them as they inevitably break or get lost, so I’m really not sure what make/model these are.

4. I always like to have a variety of lip products on me at any given time.  This is the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss lipstick pencil in shade #14 Perfect Kiss, which was received in a recent Birchbox.

5. Ulta Super Shiny Lip Gloss in shade #18 Stellar, which I got in a big Ulta makeup/wristlet giftset that I got from Tadd for Christmas last year.

6. What would a girl’s purse be without a Disney Princess Bonnebell Lip Smacker?  This one features Princess Tiana in the flavor/scent Fresh Kiwi Pie.  It smells great and actually gives the perfect amount of shimmer.  It’s actually kind of silly how much I use and love this stuff (at 32 years of age)!

7. My mini zip wallet!  One of the first of the more complex things I made on my sewing machine back when I was still very new at sewing zippers.  This was the prototype and I still use and love it everyday.  It’s starting to look a bit well-loved and I have been pondering making myself a new one once my sewing room isn’t full of extra furniture and living room stuff.

8. Cinnamon Altoids.  This was an impulse purchase at CVS on Saturday.  I am used to the original peppermint Altoids.  These are spicy!  But in the best way possible.  I love cinnamon.

9. Car key and my large collection of reward cards.  They are attached to a Coach key fob, which was a Christmas gift a couple years ago from a very close friend.

If you’re like me and like seeing what’s in other people’s purses, check out the link party below!  And please, feel free to join in with your own post.  Because I’m nosy and wanna see!!!

Mailbox Journey

P.S. The living room makeover is coming right along!  It looks pretty amazing with all the new furniture.  But unfortunately it’s not quite ready for sharing yet.  While just about all of the furniture is in place, the decor and accessories are not.  Please bear with me and look for the reveal post very soon!

Bathed & Infused

As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, several years ago I had a pretty hefty bath & body product habit, starting with Lush.

The Lush forums had a section for people to discuss other bath & body product companies.  It was there that I learned about a number of other mom & pop internet-based companies that were doing various innovative things with soap, fragrance, and even candles.  Some of those sites are no longer around, but a few of them still are.

After I placed my recent Lush order, I started thinking about those other companies I used to love ordering from…And ended up on the Bathed & Infused website.  One of the things I love so much about B&I is their incredible scent catalog.  They have a scent for just about ANY taste.  Everything from “It’s Raining Mint!” to “Coconut Cupcake” to “Lilac & Lavender” to duplicates of your favorite designer fragrances and even laundry brands!  Do you wish that Gain laundry detergent (or Tide, or Downey) made a perfume?  This is your place!  And you can get most of the products in any scent you want.

I recently placed a small order, mostly sample-sizes so I could reacquaint myself with the company and wanted to share what I got!

Each order you place comes with two “perfume paddles” with scents of your choice.  They are basically sample swatches of some of their scents, so you can try a couple to possibly order next time.  I chose Honeysuckle Dream Cream (notes: honeysuckle, oranges, sugar) and Alice (notes: black tea, cupcakes, rose milk, egyptian musk).  I think I fell in love with Honeysuckle Dream Cream!  Alice was nice too, but I think the musk made it a little too perfumey for me (although Tadd liked it a lot).

Here are the rest of the items:

I got the body mist in Liliuokalani, which was one of my old favorites from back in the day (notes: orchid, plumeria, coconut, ocean air).  It’s definitely a tropical floral scent, but the coconut gives it a bit of sweetness and fruitiness that I just love.  I am usually not a fan of straight florals, but I love them when paired with fruity scents.  Especially for spring/summer.  Liliuokalani pairs really well with the Momo scent (notes: gardenia, sandalwood, white tea, white peach, pear, hint of coconut milk) I chose for my honey dream hand cream (HDHC).

The only full size product I got was the bath whip in Pineapple Buttercream Dream (notes: cupcake, pineapple, buttercream).  I am not so sure yet about the scent (I knew it would be sweet, but it’s possibly a little overkill), but I haven’t actually tried it in the shower.  Bath whip is a semi-solid moisturizing soap that comes in a tub.  You just scoop some out of the tub and use it in place of shower gel or soap.

I also got the following lotion samples:

Body lotion in Streets of Savannah (notes: peach, sweet tea, honeysuckle), which I LOVE!  I am keeping this sample on my night stand to use before bed.  I love peach-scented ANYTHING and apparently I am learning that I also love honeysuckle.  And I love that the scent is a tribute to one of my favorite places, Savannah.  This one is a winner for me.

Body lotion in Mango Sorbet…This was an unexpected freebie sample and I can’t find it anywhere on their scent list.  It smelled light and fruity.  Pleasant.

Inbetween Cream in Limelight (notes: vanilla lime, vanilla pudding, marshmallow, sugar cookies, lime buttercream).  Inbetween cream is B&I’s intermediate weight lotion; heavier than the regular body lotion, but not as heavy as the body fluff.  I haven’t actually tried the product yet, but I love the scent.  It’s like a lime creamsicle.

Honey Dream Hand Cream in Orange Cream Daiquari (notes: orange, pineapple, coconut, vanilla ice cream).  Not a huge fan of this scent.  Not sure why, but it just didn’t thrill me.  I actually gave it to Tadd, who seemed to like it.

Can you tell I am into tropical scents this time of year???

One of the cool things about Bathed & Infused is their customer loyalty program.  For every $1 you spend, you get a point.  For every 10 points, you can save $1 on your next purchase.  And it’s not only in increments of 10 points.  For example, if you have 27 points in your account, you can get $2.70 off your next order.  They also have a referral program.  I can log into my account and send any friend a referral email.  If that person clicks through the link in their email to order, they get 10% off their order, and I get 50 bonus points for referring them.

If anyone would like to get a 10% off coupon, please send me your email address and I would be happy to send you a referral email.  You can comment below, message me on Facebook, or email me (sunshineandsometea {at} gmail {dot} com).

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, and all products were ordered and paid for by me.  Thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.  I have received no compensation for this post, aside from any potential referral bonus program points as outlined above.  Again, just sharing things I love!

Return to Lush!

Let me tell you a story…

There once was a time that I was crazy into bath & body products.  I actually had a whole cabinet in my bathroom devoted to them.  It started with Lush, which was my absolute favorite.  They offer fresh, handmade products with a focus on natural ingredients and minimal packaging.  They have some really innovative items, such as solid shampoo, solid body butters, and the ever-popular bath bomb.  They sell soap by weight and cut it off of a huge block (see the soap display in the photo below).  Some of their items even require refrigeration because they are made with fresh, food-grade ingredients.

About 10 years ago, I traveled to Boston with a very good friend and I knew I wanted to check out this bath & body shop on Newbury Street that I had heard so much about.  At the time, there were only a few Lush stores in the US, and they were all in major cities, including Boston.  I remember, we could smell it a block away.  I purchased a few small items to try that day at Lush, and almost immediately I was hooked.  So was my friend.  A very short time later, Lush opened a store in the Orlando airport, and then soon after another one opened at the Florida Mall.  I joined the online forum on the Lush website and learned about the many themed parties the various Lush shops would throw.  The product was quite expensive for me at the time, but the parties included specials, raffles, and awesome goody bags, so I would buy a few items, and end up with a whole bunch of stuff for free.  Pretty soon, I had a huge stash!  Trying the newest products & scents, discussing them in the online community, and attending the Lush parties had become somewhat of a hobby of mine.  Several of my friends got hooked too, so we would all attend the parties together.  Even Tadd enjoyed some of the products.

Over time the parties started to become less frequent.  Also, around that same time I got really into CVS couponing, and ended up with huge amounts of free or near-free bath & body products.  And we started saving diligently to buy a house.  So my Lush and other bath & body indulgences dwindled, tapered off, and eventually stopped altogether.

Recently I was thinking about how much I  missed some of these products, so I decided to place my first Lush order in ages.  I wanted to share what I got!

First of all, the box made me smile…Love the dueling bunnies “fighting” animal testing.

I got Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo…Yes, beer for your hair!  I have kind of fluffy, very very thick hair.  This stuff tones down the fluff without making it look flat and weighed down.  And for the record, it does NOT smell like beer.

And I got my number one, favorite Lush product EVER, American Cream!  I have missed this stuff SO much!  It’s the best conditioner in the whole world and to me it smells like vanilla milkshakes.

I actually washed my hair last night using the Cynthia Sylvia Stout and American Cream, and almost instantly my hair felt different.  Your mileage might vary of course, but for some reason my hair absolutely loves this stuff.  I was left with glossy, silky hair that smelled amazing.  I told Tadd I am never going back to any other combination of shampoo/conditioner.  This is it for me!  And as a bonus, I will be sniffing my hair all day long.  Weird, I know, but it really smells THAT good.

I got Ocean Salt body & face scrub, which smells awesome.  It’s ocean-ish, but also ever so slightly sweet.  Not in a cloying way, but in a light, fruity way.  This stuff works wonders on my rough elbows and knees.  I also like their Buffy solid body butter for exfoliation, but it’s designed to melt at body temperatures, so it’s really not possible to order it when it’s hot outside because it will melt in transit.  The bonus with this scrub is that it’s gentle enough to use on your face too.  Not the case with Buffy.

We have a nice-sized garden tub, and while I’m not a big bath-taker, Tadd actually is, so I got him a few manly bath products.  I got him a Geo Phyzz bath bomb, which sounded like it had the earthy scents he likes.  Pretty much anything scented with pine is a safe bet with him.  And the Hawaiian sea salt is supposed to help relieve achy muscles.

I also got him an old favorite from back in the day; Honey Bee bath bomb.  It’s a nice, neutral scent that I think pretty much anyone would enjoy.

I also got him this new (to us) bubble bar (basically solid bubble bath) called The Wuss.  Funny name, but it was actually developed for guys.  Here’s the description from the Lush website:

Created in the honor of manly man Mark Wolverton, CEO of LUSH North America, it smells like ground coffee, martinis with olives and a sprinkling of tobacco. We stopped short of adding in the scent of freshly ironed jeans and pointy shoes.

I thought that sounded interesting…kind of Mad Men-ish?  So I got one for him to try.

I got a couple of soaps, one for me (17 Cherry Tree Lane, which smells like cherry blossoms) and one for Tadd (Honey I Washed The Kids, which I think smells like gummy bears, but it’s supposed to smell like honey…another nice, neutral scent that pairs well with the Honey Bee bath bomb).  Check out the pretty honeycomb on the top of the HIWTK soap!  Mine is just plain white, but it’s super moisturizing.

Maybe this is TMI, but I have been experiencing very dry feet lately, so I decided to get the online-only Happy Feet package.  It came with Volcano foot mask, Fair Trade foot lotion (which has an awesome pepperminty scent!), Stepping Stone solid foot scrub, and another Geo Phyzz bath bomb (which I gave to Tadd).

As you can see, the Fair Trade foot lotion leaked a smidgen, which was kind of messy and annoying but was easy to clean up.  It’s actually quite liquidy, but it works and smells great.

My new stash:

My love for this company is definitely renewed!  Planning a trip to the Florida Mall location with my girlfriends soon to try to hook some of them!  I probably won’t buy much, since I’m pretty well stocked up now, but I could at least buy myself a Buffy bar and one of their Fresh face masks, which are only available in stores (because they require refrigeration).

Disclaimer: Lush is not aware of this post, and I was not compensated in any way.  The products were purchased with my own money and the thoughts and opinions are my own.  Just thought I would share something I love!

Birchbox – November 2012

I fell somewhat behind on my Birchbox posts, so I thought I would share the one I just received the other day.

The One Love Organics body serum smells amazing.  Actually, so does the John Varvatos Artisan men’s fragrance that they included.  It was citrusy and subtle.  Not overly perfumey.  I had to giggle a bit that they included something for men in the women’s box this month to try to coax women into suggesting Birchbox Men to them.  Especially since Tadd was a Birchbox Men member before I got my first Birchbox!  Tadd kind of laughed at me too.  I hope his next Birchbox includes something for me!

I’m not a huge mascara person (I am lucky that long, dark eyelashes run in my family), but I was impressed with the size they included!  Actually the body serum is a huge sample too.  And I can’t wait to try the lavender and sage dry shampoo.  Between the Chamomile body serum and the lavender and sage dry shampoo, this is definitely a great box for those into herbal-based scents.  I love them, so I am quite happy.

Also, have you heard?  Birchbox has opened up a new section of their website, called Birchbox Home.  Right now it’s just a regular online store, but I would love if they started a regular $10/month Birchbox Home subscription!  Birchbox, are you listening?

Click here for more info on Birchbox, and find out how to get your own subscription for $10/month!

In the interest of full disclosure: I haven’t been compensated by Birchbox for my opinions above.  However, if you sign up through the referral links listed above, I will get points to use on the Birchbox website after your first payment has been made. 

Birchbox – September 2012

I really, really loved this month’s Birchbox!

I got a small tube of Dr. Jart Beauty Balm, a good size sample of Boscia purifying cleansing gel, a small bottle of pretty gold shimmery nailpolish by Color Club, a coral lace hair tie, two La Fresh Instant Body Soother wipes (I am thinking these will be great for when we are feeling grungy in the theme parks), and a set of makeup brush guards.

Click here for more info on Birchbox, and find out how to get your own subscription for $10/month!

In the interest of full disclosure: I haven’t been compensated by Birchbox for my opinions above.  However, if you sign up through the referral links listed above, I will get points to use on the Birchbox website after your first payment has been made. 

Fun with Sonia Kashuk Nail Polish!

If you have been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you likely have seen me gush about my quickly-growing collection of Sonia Kashuk nail polish.

This pic has an Instagram filter on it unfortunately, but you get the ideas of the colors. Left to right: Mauving On Up, Blank Slate, and Fairy Princess.

Taunting Teal

Two Cents & Emerald City from the new fall line!

I had heard of Sonia Kashuk’s line at Target before, but never really thought about buying this particular brand of nail polish until I read this post on 320 Sycamore.  I loved the colors and loved that she claimed that they were so durable and low-maintenance that she didn’t have one single chip after 2 weeks of wear!  I had to try it for myself.

Well, I purchased Blank Slate (pictured above) and took the “320 Sycamore challenge” on my own toes.  It’s true!  Two coats, no base coat, no top coat, and it lasted for two weeks.  I confess that first attempt I did have one tiny chip after accidentally banging my foot on something around day 10, but I’m talking TINY.  I have since tried other colors in the Sonia Kashuk and have been successful in getting through two weeks (and beyond) with zero chips multiple times. A noticeable difference from most other nail polish brands I have tried.

I wouldn’t consider myself a true nail polish connoisseur, since I know some people devote whole blogs to just that topic.  I am really just looking for something that is low maintenance, fun, and budget friendly.  At under $5 each, and with all of the lovely and interesting colors in their lineup, this product exceeds my expectations.  I am wearing Two Cents from their brand new fall line now and I just love it.  The finish really reminds me of shiny pennies!  Next on my wishlist are Golden Ticket and Dime A Dozen.

Sorry there are no photos of the product in action.  I will admit that photos of feet kind of weird me out, especially when it comes to my own.  Yet another one of my weird idiosyncrasies!

NOTE: I was not compensated in any way for expressing my opinions above.  I just love the product and wanted to share!

Birchbox – August 2012

I got my first Birchbox shipment this past week.  Just thought I would share with you what I got!

The list above doesn’t mention the Schick razor that was also included in the box.  I really like the Jouer lip gloss!  I thought it would be too bright, but it’s very sheer and only a hint of color.  I also was surprised how much I like the Viva la Juicy perfume.  Not sure I would spend $70 for the full size, but the sample will last me a little while and I will enjoy using it.  Tadd really likes it on me too.  Unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to try any of the other items yet.

You too can join Birchbox.  Just sign up and for $10 each month they will send you a shipment of nifty beauty/skincare/haircare/lifestyle items and samples.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, they also have a men’s version, which is $20 per month.  Who doesn’t love getting fun stuff in the mail every so often?

In the interest of full disclosure: I haven’t been compensated by Birchbox for my opinions above.  However, if you sign up through the referral links listed above, I will get points to use on the Birchbox website after your first payment has been made.