Friday, October 24, 2014

October POPSUGAR Must Have Box

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These boxes are always a great value, starting at just $39.95 per month, and featuring products of beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food from top brands - this month's box value came to $103! Which doesn't include a $40 promo credit, 25% off and 15% off coupon codes that were in the box as well as a special extra item.

Before we get into the items, here's a special code for signing upsave $10 on a 3-month subscription with the code "OCT14SELECT".

Happy Socks Animal Socks ($12.00)
As the days get cooler, keep your feet warm and cozy with these fun leopard-print Happy Socks.

As the first item I pulled out of the box, I was a little underwhelmed, I don't like animal print anything and I wasn't expecting a pair of socks in the box haha! I wish it was something festive in print, like pumpkins or skeleton toes, just not leopard print. I'm storing these in my office for when it's chilly in here since my office isn't connected to the house heating.

butter London WINK Eye Pencil - Earl Grey ($18.00)
Make your eyes stand out with the blendable WINK Eye Pencil - it's the ultimate beauty tool to achieve an effortless look. The gray is great for a smokey eye.

I'm so excited to see a butter London makeup item in the box, I have not tried any of their makeup products since they first launched their Lippy glosses. The liner is creamy, and while it doesn't say waterproof, after it sets it doesn't budge or smudge, very impressed!!

Isaac Jacobs International Acrylic Frame ($36.00)
This durable and chic frame is the perfect way to display your special memories for years to come.

I really like the clear acrylic borderless frame, I feel like this is so clean and plain that it fits my simplistic style perfectly. I might buy a few more soon because this feels very heavy and sturdy, would make the best gift because you know it won't crack.

Mine Design Chalkboard Candle ($24.00)
Reusable and rewritable, this chalkboard say candle lets you put a personal spin on your average wick!

Ahh! This is so cute!! Strangely it smells floral/citrus to me although it's named Pomegranate, either way it smells great! I drew a cute little pumpkin on it and put it on top of our shelving unit in the living room, I feel like I decorated for Halloween without any effort ;)

Dean & DeLuca Pumpkin Spice Malt Balls ($5.75)
Made with real pumpkin spices and dipped in dark chocolate, these gourmet malt balls capture the flavor of Fall.

OMG These are delicious! I love malt balls, and luckily Boyfriend doesn't so these are all mine! :) I'm not familiar with this company, but if they do more flavored malt balls, I must get them all! I also received a coupon code for 15% off product total, code: DEANPOP, exp. 11/2/14.

Nailed Kit Halloween Decals ($8.00)
It's fun to get in the Halloween spirit with these nontoxic, easy-to-apply nail-art decals designed exclusively for POPSUGAR Must Have.

I've only tried water nail decals once before and while I liked it a lot, I never think to search for more, so I'm excited to get this little kit and play with it. I like that they do various sizes, I think a Halloween skittle mani is coming soon in the future.

K. Hall Designs Shoreline Shea Butter / Olive Oil Bar Soap
This soap is enhanced with shea butter and olive oil to moisturize and refresh your skin. This item we love is sponsored by Progresso.
4 lucky winners and 3 of their friends will each receive a $1,000 cash card to use toward a wardrobe makeuover and a 1-year subscription to the POPSUGAR Must Have box, enter at contest ends 11/10/14

The Blue Jean Bar Blue Jean Box
Enjoy $40 off your express box filled with handpicked items that are delivered right to your doorstep monthly! I won't be using this code, so feel free to take it - not sure if it's single use, or unique: Expressbox5326, exp. 11/30/14,

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Valentia Even Glow Serum Vitamin C 20% - Review

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For the past few years I have been subtly drawn to skincare products featuring Vitamin C, but with having sensitive skin, many of them have not been a good match for me. When I spotted the Valentia Even Glow Serum Vitamin C 20% on BrandBacker, of course I was interested to try it, and curious if a concentrated version that also highlights other key ingredients would be gentler on my skin. The Organic Rosehip Seed Oil and Organic Shea Buckthorn Oil are key for hydration (a major need for me) and Even Glow says that these two organic oils are "full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend - Vitamin C". There is also Resistem plant stem cells to promote skin detoxification, botanical Hyaluronic Acid which we all know and love for drawing moisture to the skin and activating collagen production, and Green Tea Extract that is a potent antioxidant with anti-irritant benefits.

The serum is housed in a brown glass bottle with a rubber top dropper to get the right amount of serum for application. When this first arrived I was using it as a nightly serum after cleansing and before my night cream. After a couple weeks use I didn't notice much change in my skin's feel or look. It wasn't until I went on vacation in early September, while battling a fierce cold that also came with a couple nights of fever and chills during the hot hot weather. I started to feel sick the day before vacation and was hoping the serum would help control my skin from the typical breakouts and dry out when I get sick - thankfully it kept me looking alive and clear and dare I say glowy... yes, glowy skin during illness, it was a miracle! My skin, being dry/combo and sensitive, will always break out in randomly placed zits, painful dry spots that turn red and itch, skintone will turn pale and enhance my redness - just a mess. With daily use of the serum, morning and night, my skin showed no signs of me being miserably sick.

I've promoted the serum to my emergency team, for the times I need extra care and protection, because it is gentle on my skin, effective in keeping me balanced and naturally healthy looking, and it is reliable. It doesn't work as amazing in daily use when my skin is normal, which is fine, because I'll use less product over time and have it last longer. I've already added it to my list of products to restock in the future.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mermaid Nails - The Beauty Buffs

Today the Beauty Buffs are sharing interpretations on the animal print trend. Personally, I'm not a fan of animal print anything, but I figured I could find my way around it with some mermaid print - marmaidy nails! It works right? :)

I started with a white base, OCC Feathered, a little OCC Arsenic silver glitter gradient at the top of the nail, this was more for a texture underneath the lightest shade I was about to put on top. I used three of Mrs. P's Potions Shifty polishes; I then dabbed some Pink/Blue Shifty at the top, then dabbed a little Blue/Purple Shifty in the middle, and lastly I dabbed some Green/Blue Shifty at the bottom. I went over them all a second time to get a smoother transition between the shades. I LOVE how the gradient of shifty colorful polishes turned out - it was breathtaking enough that I almost did want to finish my vision. But I pressed on. I took my striping brush and did a cross hatch design with Arsenic and Mrs. P's Potion What The Flair?! on top of the mermaidy colors for a tail design. Finished it all off with a generous coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.

The Beauty Buffs are a group of beauty and fashion bloggers sharing their interpretation on bi-weekly trends, check out the linkup below to read the rest of our articles posted today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Happy 3rd Anniversary Beauty by Arielle!

Let's all send Arielle from Beauty by Arielle a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on her blog's 3rd anniversary and what better way to celebrate her milestone than a big exciting giveaway!! :)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

VIDEO: GRWM/First Impression ELF Beauty School

When I was on a filming streak one day, I decided to sit down and film my first impressions on a few of the ELF Beauty School sets that I bought last month. I've seen these scattered in clearance bins, and repromoted in Holiday sets, so hopefully this video is still relevant and helpful - if not, hope it's at least entertaining ;)