POPOPSUGAR Must Have Review: December 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

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I’m home from college on break right now and had to mess with my shipping to make sure I received this box in time!  They never sent me a tracking email, so my box arrived one day and was a pleasant surprise for me!

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Box Contents:

  • Luv Aj The Rose – Gold Ombré Bracelet
  • Stowaway Cosmetics – Crème Lipstick Trio
  • Nima Oberoi – Lunares Geo Stopper
  • Swing Design Nova – Blue Mist Jewelry Box
  • My Cup of Cake – Classic Belgian Chocolate
  • Meri Meri – Silver Stars on White Glitter Tape
  • Tiny Prints – Gift Tag Stickers & Coupon

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Luv Aj The Rose – Gold Ombré Bracelet – Retail Value $65

This bracelet is very nice and has great weight to it.  I was surprised when I saw the value of it.  Quite impressive!

I just wish it was one metal color and not three, but it’s still very nice.  I think it’ll make a great gift for someone in the future!

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Stowaway Cosmetics – Crème Lipstick Trio – Retail Value $30

I was super excited when I saw these lipsticks in my box!  I love trying new lipsticks and these minis are adorable!

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I know the flash is harsh on this photo but it was the best way to show you the color variations.

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The colors are muted plum, raspberry, and cranberry.

I really love the muted plum color and the red is nice too.   Unfortunately, the raspberry is a little too pink for me, so I gave it my friend, Lindsey, to enjoy!

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Nima Oberoi – Lunares Geo Stopper – Retail Value $24

This wine stopper is so pretty and luxurious!

I’m not a big wine drinker, but maybe I’ll become one so I can use my new topper! 🙂

It would also make a great housewarming or hostess gift!

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Swing Design Nova – Blue Mist Jewelry Box – Retail Value $36

This jewelry box is absolutely beautiful! My mom was with me when I unboxed everything, and she loved it as well!

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I like that it has the ribbon to keep the box from flopping all the way open. Super handy!

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My Cup of Cake – Classic Belgian Chocolate – Retail Value $5.99

I’ve tried mug cake mixes like this before and they are fantastic!

I’m saving this one until I get back to school, but I’m sure it’ll be delicious!

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Meri Meri – Silver Stars on White Glitter Tape – Retail Value $4

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love washi tapes for my planner.  When I saw this tape, I thought it would be perfect. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it’s a different type of tape.  I won’t be able to use it for my planner, but I’m sure I’ll use it for something else!

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Tiny Prints – Gift Tag Stickers & Coupon – Retail Value $20

These gift tags are quite cute!  It came with a bunch of them too!

I don’t think I’ll be using the promo code included with the gift tags though.  I have no real need for it.

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The total retail value for the December box is $164.99 not including the Tiny Prints coupon.  That’s an awesome value!

I love how the December box included a lot of items that would be great for gifting!  I won’t be gifting them all, but I’m sure I’ll gift a few!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

What do you think of the December box?!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon: December 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

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The new packaging is pretty, but I think I like the old, solid purple boxes better. Oh well!

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Box Contents:

  • Judy – Boho Glam – Moonbeam Iridescent Chrome
  • Virginia – Boho Glam – Mahogany Iridescent Molten
  • It’s Whipped – Matte Lip Mousse – Bisou
  • Cinnamon Candy Stick
  • Coupon

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I wasn’t in love with the Classic With a Twist polishes this month, so I decided to go with the Boho Glam ones instead!

Virginia – Boho Glam – Mahogany Iridescent Molten

In the bottle, this polish looks more burgundy than brown, so I was a little disappointed when I opened it. The polish is still very pretty!  It’s just not the color I expected!

Judy – Boho Glam – Moonbeam Iridescent Chrome

I absolutely love this polish!  I’m wearing it on both my fingers and my toes right now!  It’s super pretty, shimmery, and fun!

I’ve gotten tons of compliments on it too! 🙂

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It’s Whipped – Matte Lip Mousse – Bisou – Modern Mauve

I love the color of this lip product!  It’s perfect for me!

The formula is quite a bit different from the lip products I usually use, but I still like it.

Julep was pretty excited about their new curved applicator tip.  I’m not sure that I like it though.  I find it more difficult to control the amount of product your using.  With some practice, I’m sure I’ll get used to it!

I have a really hard time with lip color actually lasting, and thankfully, this product lasts a long time for me!  Yay!

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Here is the December quote and coupon!

A free polish?! Don’t mind if I do!

I’m very happy with my box this month!  The products and colors are fantastic!  I’m pretty excited about the cinnamon candy too! 🙂

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?!

What do you think of the December box?

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – September 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Maven review!

IMG_4715If you’d like to receive fun boxes each month like I do, click here!

IMG_4739Box Contents:

  • Alison – Classic with a Twist – Sweet Almond Soft Focus
  • Rayma – Classic with a Twist – Italian Plum Crème
  • Julep – Signature Crème
  • Light On Your Lips – Wink – Tea Rose Crème

IMG_4729Alison – Classic with a Twist – Sweet Almond Soft Focus

I was pretty skeptical of Alison when I first saw the polish color.  After testing it out on one of my fingernails, I think it’ll be a great neutral for me!

I’m going to paint it on my fingernails when I get some free time tomorrow!

Rayma – Classic with a Twist – Italian Plum Crème

This is a beautiful polish color!  Unfortunately, it’s a little too dark and fally for Florida right now!  I’ll definitely be using it in a month or two though!

IMG_4721Julep – Signature Crème

Julep included their new signature crème polish in my box this month!  How nice! 🙂

This pretty purple polish is the same exact shade of the boxes they ship out each month! That’s rather clever of them!

IMG_4731Light On Your Lips – Wink – Tea Rose Crème

I love Julep’s lipsticks, so I was super excited when I saw that they were launching some new fall colors for September!

I was really busy during the Maven Window a few weeks ago and didn’t carve out enough time to pick out a lipstick shade.  I ended up with the Classic with a Twist default shade and it doesn’t quite work for me. 🙁

IMG_4736I have very fair skin, and this lipstick is quite nude.  I’m not sure if you can tell how nude it is in the picture but it’s super nude.  When I put it on, my lips just kind of disappear!  That’s not good!  I’ll see if any of my friends want it!

The next time a Maven Window comes around, I’m going to stop everything I’m doing and pay attention to the makeup shades!!

IMG_4717Lastly, we have this month’s quote and coupon!

Free polish?! I’m about it! 🙂

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?

What do you think of the September box?!

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Ipsy Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_9875Pretty in pink! IMG_9881I really like the makeup back this month!  It’s so colorful and fun! IMG_9883The theme for April is “Beautifully Bohemian.” IMG_9886Bag Contents:

  • MicaBeauty – Eye Primer
  • theBalm Cosmetics – NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single
  • Mullein & Sparrow – Mini Lip & Cheek Tint
  • Gallany Cosmetics – Lipstick
  • JulieG – Nail Color

IMG_9898MicaBeauty – Eye Primer

I don’t like beauty products that require you to stick your fingers in a tub.  I know that’s kind of weird, but I don’t like digging my nails into products.

Also, products are usually difficult to get out of the tubs. This primer is no different.  I’m having a hard time getting enough product out of the tub to be able to apply it.  What I have managed to get out of the tub is very thick and hard to blend.IMG_9895theBalm Cosmetics – NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single – Fit

I love the packaging of this eyeshadow!  It’s so unique and cute!

This eyeshadow has great pigmentation, and the bronze color is a good neutral! IMG_9902Mullein & Sparrow – Mini Lip & Cheek Tint

Another product in a tub. 🙁

This tint smells oddly of chocolate and fruit.  An interesting combination for a beauty product.

The tint is very sheer but much easier to get out of the tub than the eye primer above. IMG_9912Gallany Cosmetics – Lipstick – Petal

This lipstick has a very intense “makeup-y” smell. IMG_9908Petal is a great color for me!  It’s a very pretty, rosy pink. IMG_9905JulieG – Nail Color – Damsel

This nail polish is the perfect pink for summertime.

Since I subscribe to Julep, I told Ipsy (on my beauty quiz) that I didn’t want to receive nail polish from them.  So many people have had problems with the responses to their beauty quizzes that I figured I’d get nail polish all the time.  I’m pretty surprised that I was able to go almost a year without receiving any! IMG_9917

April was an okay month for Ipsy.  I like the bag and the eyeshadow.  The lipstick is okay, but because of the smell, I don’t think I’ll end up using it.

I’ve been pretty disappointed with Ipsy in the last few months, so I’ve decided to cancel my subscription.

I’ll continue to read other bloggers’ reviews, and if Ipsy improves, I will most likely subscribe again!

What do you think of the April bag?  Or Ipsy in general?

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Allure Sample Society Review – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review!

IMG_9698A bright, red box to brighten my day!

IMG_9700This mini-mag is the first thing I see when I open my box.

It has details on each product and an explanation of why the Beauty Directors picked them to be featured in the box.

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  • Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion
  • Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio
  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional
  • Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
  • Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream
  • Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

IMG_9721Mt. Sapola –  Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion

I just applied this lotion, and I don’t think it’s for me.  The scent is VERY strong!

The curators are aware of the strong scent though!  I read the mini-mag and laughed when the writer very bluntly said that this product is not for everyone!  I’ll see if any of my friends like it!

Apart from the scent, I really like this lotion.  It is very quick to absorb and doesn’t leave a residue.

IMG_9715Jane Iredale – Just Kissed Lip Plumper – Rio

This is the smallest lipstick sample I have ever received!  The canister is super small but also super cute!

Even though the cannister small, there is a lot of product inside.

When applied, there is a little bit of a tingle but not too much!

Rio is a light brown shade and isn’t quite for me.  I prefer rosier colored lipsticks.

IMG_9713Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional

I use POREfessional everyday, so I am very pleased to receive this in my box!

I’m quite surprised with how many Benefit products I’ve received in subscription boxes recently!  I got some in my last Sample Society box and in my last POPSUGAR Must Have.  No complaints from me though!

IMG_9726Bumble and Bumble – Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

I have thin hair so I’m a little worried about adding oil to my hair.  After reading the mini-mag though, I have decided to give this oil a try!

The mini-mag says this oil is good for all hair types.  It also says that it smooths flyaways.  I have quite a bit of those, so I will definitely be giving this a try in the near future!

IMG_9729Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream

I’ve gotten a sample of this perfume somewhere else before.  I can’t seem to remember where though.  Perhaps it was a Sephora freebie? Or maybe Ulta?

I like the smell of Daisy Dream when it’s sprayed into the air, but I don’t think I’d like it if it was sprayed on me.

I’ve never worn perfume before, and I would be quite overwhelmed if I started.

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Illume – Tonka Noir Candle

I absolutely LOVE this candle!  It smells great and the packaging is adorable!

I can’t find a specific scent anywhere on the package but the Allure mini-mag says their are notes of mandarin, plum, rose, jasmine, tonka bean, musk, sandalwood, and Madagascar vanilla.  That’s a lot of notes!  All I can say is that it’s a calming and soothing scent!

I definitely wouldn’t mind a full-size of one of these candles!

IMG_9710My second month of Allure Sample Society was great!

I can’t wait to see what month three has in store for me!

Do you subscribe to Sample Society?!  What do you think of the April box?

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – April 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Maven review!

IMG_9548If you’d like to receive pretty, purple boxes each month like I do, click here!

I was surprised to see that my April box was much smaller than usual.  I received a small box like this one only once before when I bought a small, mystery box.  Maybe Julep is trying to cut back on wasted cardboard?  Who knows!

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  • Randi – It Girl – Pink Plumeria Crème
  • Danielle – It Girl – Cerulean Wave Duochrome
  • Oxygen Bonding Base Coat
  • Light On Your Lips – Chit Chat – Sunset Rose Créme
  • Gobstoppers (Yum!)
  • Coupon

I got a little wild this month and deviated from my usual style, Classic with a Twist!

IMG_9560April features “The Paradise Collection.”  There were so many bright, fun colors to choose from this month!

IMG_9564Randi – It Girl – Pink Plumeria Crème

I absolutely love Randi!  I have it painted on my fingers AND toes right now!

It’s the perfect pink color for spring!

It seems like all the pink nail polishes I own are orangey pink.  I love that this one is more of a true pink!

Danielle – It Girl – Cerulean Wave Duochrome

I haven’t tried Danielle out yet.

It might be too bold of a color for everyday where!

I think it would be perfect for an accent nail or polka dots though!

IMG_9582Oxygen Bonding Base Coat

I don’t typically use base coats, but I tried this one out when I painted my fingernails with Randi.  It dried really quickly and so far, it’s working really well!

IMG_9567Light On Your Lips – Chit Chat – Sunset Rose Crème – ADD ON

As I mentioned last month, I love the Light On Your Lips lipstick, and I wanted to try another color.

I was super excited to see that the new lipsticks were offered as add ons this month, and I just couldn’t resist picking up another!

IMG_9570 This time, I went with Chit Chat, and I couldn’t be happier!

I absolutely love the color!  It’s perfect for everyday where!

IMG_9556Here is this month’s quote and coupon!

Free polish! So fun!

What do you think of your April Maven box?!

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Ipsy Review – March 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_8845If you’d like to receive a pretty, pink envelope each month, click here! IMG_8848When I saw the sneak peek of the March makeup bag online, I wasn’t too impressed.  I’m happy to say that the bag is much cuter in person! IMG_8850“Floral Fantasy” is the theme for March. IMG_8856Bag Contents:

  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick
  • Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter
  • Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo
  • Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  • ACURE – Day Cream

Bonus Item:

  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

IMG_8858NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick – Pops

When I first opened my bag, I was a little disappointed by the lipstick color I received.  This lipstick looks very dull and old lady like.  I was pleased to find out that it is much prettier when applied! IMG_8861 It’s a nice neutral, rose color.

The formula is also great! It’s very smooth and creamy! IMG_8879Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter

I don’t really use highlighters, so I don’t have much use for this product.

I will say that it goes on very smooth and seems easy enough to blend.

IMG_8871Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo – Apricot Glow

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this eye shadow in my bag!  I always get eyeshadow from Ipsy, but I always end up with the weird purple colors!  Gross!!

This month’s shadow palette was very promising!

IMG_8875I really love the lighter, apricot shadow on the left, but I’m not a huge fan of the bronze shadow on the right.  Unfortunately, the bronze is too orange for my skin tone.

I still think I’ll get plenty of use out of the apricot shadow though!

IMG_8870Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – 2 pairs

I’ve received quite a few eye gels in my subscription boxes lately, so I decided to go ahead and give these a try.

I put them on and let them sit for 10 minutes.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice any results after removing them.  I know I have a little bit of bagginess under my eyes, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t notice any difference.

I’m really glad that Ipsy provided me with two pairs!  Hopefully, my second application will prove more fruitful than my first!

IMG_8865ACURE – Day Cream

This cream has the best light, fruity scent!  I love it!

The directions say to apply the cream each morning.  I can’t think of anything better than surrounding yourself with this yummy scent to start your day!

IMG_8864BONUS ITEM – Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Pore Minimizing

I finally earned enough IpsyPoints to get a reward!  I’ve been holding out for a good one, and I was super excited to snag one from Smashbox!

I love Benefit’s The POREfessional, and this primer is just like it.  Since I already have a full-sized POREfessional, I’ll be packing this sample the next time I go on a trip.

IMG_8882Just when I was starting to give up on Ipsy, they curated a pretty good bag!

What do you think of the March Ipsy bag?!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – March 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review! IMG_8769If you’d like to receive pretty, purple boxes each month like I do, click here! IMG_8774Box Contents:

  • Light On Your Lips Lipstick – Stepping Out
  • Get In Line Invisible Lip Liner
  • Jahnavi – Classic with a Twist – Iced Chai Chrome
  • LuLu – Classic with a Twist – Wisteria Mist Soft Focus (semi-matte)
  • Smarties
  • Coupon

IMG_8775March features “The POP! Collection”

There were a lot of pretty, pastel polishes this month! IMG_8785Light On Your Lips Lipstick – Stepping Out – Carnation Pink

I love the formula of this lipstick!  It’s very smooth and creamy! IMG_8795I love the pink color of the lipstick I chose, but it’s a little too pink for everyday wear!

I might wear it when I’m feeling bold, but that doesn’t happen too often!

I like the formula so much though that I’m thinking of buying this lipstick in another color! IMG_8788Get In Line Invisible Lip Liner

I have a really hard time getting lipstick to stay on my lips, so I decided to add this product to by box this month!

I prefer my lip liners to be clear, so this one is perfect for me!

I’ve used it once so far, and I really like it!

IMG_8778Jahnavi – Classic with a Twist – Iced Chai Chrome

This light metallic polish is beautiful!  The gold is very subtle, so I think it’ll be a nice neutral!

I used it last night, and I love the effect!  It’s way more metallic than I expected!

LuLu – Wisteria Mist Soft Focus (semi-matte)

I’m excited to try out the Soft Focus finish that this polish features.  I believe the Soft Focus finish is a brand new addition to Julep’s product line!

There were three different Soft Focus polishes featured this month.  One is pale mint, the other is pale peach, and the third is the pale purple that I received.  I think I would’ve gotten more use out of one of the other colors.  I’m a little worried that this purple will be too light for my skin tone.

I haven’t tried it yet though, so when I do, I’ll report back! IMG_8789Lastly, we have our coupon and quote!

Like usual, the coupon is good for two uses and expires March 31, 2015.

I think I’m actually going to use my coupon this month and buy a different shade of the Light On You Lips Lipstick.

Did you receive the March Maven box?

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Ipsy Review – September 2014

Hi everyone!!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review!!

DSCN3157If you’re not an Ipsy subscriber and want to be, click here!

DSCN3161The September theme is “Street Style.”

I’m not liking the September theme or makeup bag at all!

If you know me at all, you’d know that “Street” is most certainly NOT my style!

DSCN3166This month’s bag featured five products!

  • NYX – Hot Singles Eye Shadow
  • Pacifica – Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil
  • Crown Brush – Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
  • Hikari – Lipstick
  • Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

DSCN3192NYX – Hot Singles Eye Shadow – Arrogance

I love eyeshadow, but I don’t ever see myself using this purple color! There were 11 possible color options, and I lucked out with purple! Yay me!!

DSCN3188Pacifica – Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil – Fringe

I’ve never tried the Pacifica brand, so I’m interested to see how well it works!

It seems to create to a nice line but also smears quite easily.

DSCN3179Crown Brush – Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

I’ve been wanting a crease brush, so I was really excited to see one in my bag this month!

I used it this morning, and it worked really well!

DSCN3176Hikari – Lipstick – Cabernet

I really like the color of this lipstick, but I don’t really like the formula.

When I tried it on, it seemed pretty dry even with lip balm underneath.

DSCN3170Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I don’t have much use for a repairing hair mask, so this product will probably be given to a friend!

DSCN3197For me, September was mostly a month of misses!

The only product I love is the eyeshadow brush.  The eyeliner isn’t horrible, but it’s also not fantastic.

I’m hoping October brings much better things than September!

How about you? What did you think of your September Ipsy bag?!

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