Friday, February 13, 2015

Julep Maven Classic with a Twist Box: January 2015 - Maryam, Tilda Metamorphic top coat and Oxygen Nail Treatment


Julep Maven
Classic with a Twist
January 2015






Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment - Sheer Pink

I love the formula of this gloss!  With conditioning pumpkin seed oil, sunflower wax and vitamin E, it feels so smooth on your lips.  Not sticky at all!  It is very sheer.  On my lips it looks like a shimmery clear gloss.  I don't mind that it doesn't have too much color because it looks nice over anything.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the metal tip, but that just may take getting used to.  It is supposed to stimulate circulation to make your lips look fuller... it just fees so cold!  Like really cold!  It might feel more refreshing in the Spring or Summer.   





Oxygen Nail Treatment - Ivory

This nail treatment has anti aging plant cells, a uv filter and nutrients to strengthen your nails.  It has a very slight milky tint because it gives best results when worn alone because the "oxygen" technology allows your nails to breathe.  I just used one coat above because I am using it as a base for the polish below.  If I was wearing it alone I would go for two coats for a little better coverage.  As a base, it worked very well! My polish lasted days without chipping at all.




Maryam - Dark Merlot Shimmer

I really liked this color!  It has a subtle gold shimmer which makes it a bit more interesting than just another burgundy.  This was also easy to apply and covered perfectly with one coat.  It also lasted really well.  My nails looked nice for days!  A lot longer than anything else has lasted recently!




Metamorphic Top Coat - Bjork

I had high hopes for this one because I love a good transforming top coat, but it just wasn't love for me.  I just didn't like that it turned very blue.  Maybe I'll try it over other colors, but it should look good over the color that Julep pairs it with right?  I just wasn't wowed :( 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

IPSY Glam Bag Swatches and Review: January 2015

IPSY Bag January 2015



I really like the bag this month.  It is simple, but cute!  One side is white and the other is blue and it has a geometric square pattern embossed all over it.


This is everything that was in my January Bag.


Pobelle: Nail Laquer - Into the Blue
Full Size .5 fl. oz. $6

I didn't try this one, to be honest.  The color is just... I don't know.  I don't wear blues often and I guess it is just something you have to be in the mood for.  I'm still into my winter darks right now, so maybe when Spring rolls around I'll be feeling more colorful :)  I do like getting polishes in my bag though.  Even ones like this that I probably wouldn't buy myself.  It pushes me to try new things!




Full Size $13

I really like mechanical eye liners and was excited to see this in my bag.  I'm not familiar with this brand and I was excited to try it.  I wasn't too happy with this one though :(  I had to apply a lot of pressure to get this swatch on my hand.  Since I couldn't press so hard on my eye, it hardly showed up at all.  I looked very light grey and was quite uneven and patchy looking.  Sadly, this one is getting tossed.




Pacifica: Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow - Ethereal

I love this eyeshadow!  I love a light, shimmery neutral for a quick all over lid color on those busy mornings and this one is almost perfect!  It does have a very slight pinkish hue that I don't love, but I have been wearing the heck out of this shadow since I got it.  It is not only a lovely all over color, but it is a great highlight on the brow bone or inner eye corner.  I loved it so much, I wanted to check out the other colors in the line, but I can't seem to find them!  I found Pacifica's other eye shadows, but not this one or any with this formula.  If you guys know anything about where to find them, let me know!


Teadora: Body Cream - Rainforest at Dusk
Sample Size 2 oz. - Full Size 8 oz. $26

This brand is new to me.  It is natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free.  Their body cream is packed full of natural ingredients to not only moisturize, but to firm and improve your skins elasticity and appearance.  From what I read of the brand on their web site (linked above) I was really impressed and would certainly recommend checking them out.  I loved the formula.  It feels like it dances the line between a lotion and a cream.  It does not feel heavy on my skin, but it is very moisturizing.  The only thing that's not a win for me is the scent.  It is actually a lovely scent, just not my thing really.  The scent is 100% natural.  I smell rose, geranium, orange... something else... not sure.  It really smells lovely, very spa like.  Just not my jam.  But, they have said that they are working on some new scents, so I'm excited for that :)



Astrida Naturals: Lip Balm - Orange Mint
Sample is Full Size .15 oz $4

Love getting another natural product!  I really loved the formula.  It went on smooth and I really felt the oils melting into my lips.  It did not feel waxy at all.  I wasn't in love with the fragrance.  The mint is very strong with a hint of orange.  I loved the formula so much though and I think I may have to order a different fragrance.  The honey sounds to die for.  Honey is my absolute favorite.  They do also make a fragrance free option.

So, that was my January IPSY bag!  
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birchbox Swatches and Review: January 2015

Birchbox January 2015






Balance Me: Wonder Eye Cream
Sample Size 7ml - Full Size 15ml $38

This product is exclusive to Birchbox.  This anti-aging eye cream promises to fight fine lines and wrinkles and to brighten dark under eye circles.  And, it is made using 99% natural ingredients.  You just dab a little bit to your under eye area, avoiding your lash line.  I don't have dark circles or eye wrinkles so I can't say I've seen results, but it does feel nice and hydrating.  I have been quite neglectful of my skin care routine recently, but for most of my life (since my early 20's) I have used an eye cream daily and I attribute my lack of eye wrinkles to that.  I have been enjoying this cream and will continue to use it.  It is still a maybe for me as far as purchasing the full size.



When: Travelmate Sheet Mask
Sample Size 1 Mask - Full Size (4 Masks) $28

This sheet mask promises to sooth and nourish your skin with natural botanicals.  After you cleanse your face, apply the sheet mask and leave it on for 20-30 minutes.  When you remove the mask, do not rinse your face.  Instead massage the remaining serum into your skin.  I was pleasantly surprised by this mask!  It is certainly not a flimsy paper mask!  It is heavy duty and definitely not skimpy on the serum!  $28 seems like a lot for 4 masks, but it really is like an at home spa treatment.  After using it my skin felt noticeably softer and more hydrated.  The scent was really pleasant, too.  I have to admit, I wasn't too excited when I saw this in my box this month, but it turned out to be my favorite item this month! I definitely want to check out more from this brand.


Briogeo: Don't Despair, Repair!
Sample Size 1 oz. - Full Size 5.25 oz.$26

This hydrating hair mask promises to strengthen and condition your hair with a blend of natural botanicals.  You use it in the shower after shampooing.  Just leave it on 3-5 minutes before rinsing.  It can be left in your hair for up to 20 minutes for deeper conditioning but I just used the 5 minute method.  My hair was very soft and smooth afterward.  It was a nice, pampering treat.  I really am not at all fussy with my hair.  Most of the time I don't even use conditioner so I know I wouldn't take the time to use this on a regular basis.  I do like getting hair care and styling products in my sample boxes, though because it pushes me to actually use them and deluxe samples are the perfect size for my rare usage.



Manna Kadar: Lip Locked - All of You
Sample Size .01 oz. - 1.2 oz. Full Size $24

This claims to be an all in one lip product - primer, stain and gloss that is packed with vitamins and berry extracts. I definitely like it, but not enough to purchase the full size, especially at $24!  It goes on really smooth and feels really comfortable on my lips, but I would describe it as a liquid lipstick.  The coverage of the color is good and it is long lasting, but it is definitely not glossy.  The color is a pinky, nude but it is just slightly too warm in color to be a favorite for me.  All in all, this one was just ok for me.



Whish: Three Wishes Body Butter - Almond
Sample Size 22ml - Full Size 150ml $24

This organic, anti-oxidant rich body butter promises to firm, soften and soothe.  I really love the natural, slightly sweet almond scent of this body butter.  Not too strong or too faint, just right :)  There is quite a long list of fragrance choices in this line of body butters.  I do really like Almond and that would be my first choice if I was choosing (good job Birchbox!) Blueberry sounds like another one I would like to try. As far as its performance, it absorbs easily and is surprisingly not greasy at all.  Quite unexpected from a body butter.  I'm always skeptical when a cream promises to firm, but this cream has organic seaweed extract listed as its firming ingredient.  Its moisturizing ingredients are organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter and organic aloe.  My skin is so, so dry this time of year so I really put this one to the test!  It moisturizes very well as an all over body butter and even did well as a hand cream.  It was not quite moisturizing enough for my poor, dry feet, but very few creams are this time of year :(  Overall, I would recommend this body cream and would definitely buy the full size myself.  I'm very curious about the Blueberry scent!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Planner Accessory Haul from Kikki K and Target

Hello!
Today I wanted to share some of the cute accessories that I picked up for my planner.  I thought I would share them with you while they are shiny and new and then you can see how I use them in my planner later :)


First up are the items I ordered from Kikki.K 



I got this set of 2 note pads because I really wanted a refill for the note pad that came with my Large Kikki K Planner.  I thought I would go through those pages pretty quickly and I wanted a back up.  The little "today" note pad was just a bonus :)  


I love this note pad!  I think it is a great tool to break down your bigger goals into smaller steps that will get you there!  I totally get overwhelmed with big, lofty goals and then beat myself up for never achieving them... or never even trying to.  It is all about the baby steps!  One of my goals this year is to Eat Healthier.  To me that means: cook more often, try new recipes, eat out/get take out less.  So that means better meal planning, better grocery shopping and taking the time to find new recipes.  Finding new recipes should be in my reward section! I love reading cook books, magazines, blogs, scanning pinterest (for days) But, my point is, it is all about baby steps.  Eating Healthier is a great goal, an attainable goal, but it doesn't just *poof* happen.  I think this notepad is going to be a great planning tool for this goal and many others!

So many uses for this little notepad!  You could track nine "habits" over one week or one "habit" over nine weeks.  I love that it has a reward section, too.  Haha, that is so me!  I totally do that in my head all. the. time.  Fold the laundry? Work on my Project Life Album!  Mop the kitchen floor?  Well then I'm watching some Real Housewives of Wherever!  Life is all about the rewards.  Am I right?!



I love this idea!  I had to buy these because they are so cute and using them in my planner will be quick and easy, but I think I'm going to try to get crafty and make my own version.  I have sooo many neglected stamps in my collection and I'm sure I have something I could use to craft my own.  I need to put some of my stamps to work!




I just love these notebooks.  They have lined pages and stitched binding.  I love the gold foil quotes on the front. So beautiful, so inspiring.  They will be perfect to tuck into the back of my large planner.





I love, love, love the gold foil on these stickers!  I think they will be adorable in my planner and on my Project Life pages.


If you want to see a flip through of the whole sticker book, check out my video below.

I picked up a few items at Target as well, mostly from the dollar spot.


I got a couple notebooks.  
The turquoise one was $3.99 and it is the only thing that I got that wasn't $1.  It has lined paper inside.  The "Jot it Down" notebook has blank pages inside.


I got a package of gold heart doilies that have the word "love" embossed on the center. And, that's a 2pack of sticky notes! I thought that was a great deal for $1!


I simply can't resist mint and gold so I got this 2pack of black pens which I hope write well.  And, I couldn't resist this tag set.  I thought they would be cute in my planner as well as on my Project Life pages.

Here's a video of the items I purchased if you want to get a closer look...


Now that I have shared my shiny, new goodies, I can't wait to play with them!  So, I'm off to plan!  After I personalize and organize my planner I'll share it here!

I would love to see your planners!  Feel free to leave your links below in the comments!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kikki K Gold Leather Time Planner Comparison - Large, Medium and Small


Hey! Long time no blog!  
I'm jumping back in and hope to keep sharing much more regularly on my blog and maybe video!?!  I made a video today, but I admit it is not the greatest...  I need to work on my lighting.


Today I want to share a look at my new Kikki K Time Planners.  I'm very excited to be jumping on board with all of the planner love that seems to be going around in the crafty world lately.


I watched lots of videos on youtube, trying to figure out what brand and size would be best for me.  I fell in love with the Kikki K gold leather time planner.  I preferred it over the gold leather personal planner mostly because the inside of the time planner is also gold leather, but the inside of the gold leather personal planner is fabric.  So, I decided what type, but I couldn't decide what size would be best for me... so I bought all 3 sizes.


Oh I can't get enough of the Gold!



So, Let's take a closer look through the large sized planner.


It comes with Seven Tabbed Dividers.




Here is a look at the Monthly View Pages



and the Weekly View Pages



The next section is Addresses


The next section is Birthdays and Anniversaries



The next section is Shops & Restaurants


The next section has To Do Lists.
I like that they are perforated so you can tear them out and you get 2 lists from each page.  The "to do" list pages are only like this in the large planner.  The "to do" list is a single column in the medium planner and the small planner does not have a to do list section.


And the last section is for Expenses


And, it comes with a note pad in the back.  All three sizes have a note pad in the back.



Large vs. Medium


Medium vs. Small


Medium
This size has the same seven tabs and pages as the Large size.
It doesn't have a zippered compartment and it doesn't have the tear out to do lists.



Small


The Small size just has three tabs: Monthly, Weekly and Addresses.

I originally thought I would get all three and decide which one was best for me, then sell the other two.  But, I love all three!  I think I will use the Large as my main home planner, the Medium as my take with me Project Life planner, and the Small as my blog planner.  I want to keep up with my blogging this year and maybe open an etsy shop so my cute little planner will hold plans for all that.


So, if you want to see a flip through here's the video...


Again, sorry for the video quality.  I'll try to work on the lighting for the next video :)

Thanks for reading!  Are you planning for 2015?
Feel free to link up your planning blogs or vlogs below! I would love to check them out!

My next post will be sharing all of the cute little extras I bought from Kikki K to personalize my planner.  Keeping it cute is half the fun! And, I think the fun crafty element will keep me motivated to keep up with my planner goals! More to come soon!