Friday, May 31, 2013

Comic Books, Pokemon Cards, and World of Warcraft Mega Bloks

Hello! As you can tell by my very generic title (actually, it's not very generic since it's pretty specific, but you get the idea...), this post is going to be about my recent comic book, Pokemon card, and (a very fortunate) Mega Bloks purchases. Recently, I think I've been in a super, well, "girly" (not that comic books and Pokemon cards are inherently "manly", I'm just being stereotypical for conveniences sake) rut, what with all my fashion and beauty posts to the neglect of my other hobbies. I even made a video of me opening all the booster packs of Pokemon cards I'm going to show you here, but it ended up being a half an hour long and since everything was already opened, I didn't think it was worth refilming. I didn't purchase all of these things at once; this is kind of a highlights reel of the last month or so.

I'll start with the comic books, since there were some of my earlier acquisitions this month. Every year, there's a special day where you can get free comic books from your local comic book shop. It's on the first Saturday in May and is called "Free Comic Book Day" (creative, no?).
This is the bag you get with your free comic books!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

butter London Backstage Basics kit and Knackered nail polish - Review!

Hello! This post is kind of a continuation of my last one in that I want to focus on and review a particular item that I purchased; namely the butter London Backstage Basics kit I got from Ulta!

As I said in my previous post, one of the reasons why I decided to purchase this kit was that I had a $5 off coupon that, even though it technically didn't apply to butter London products because they're considered to be "prestige", the nice ladies at Ulta let me use anyways. I have been interested in getting this kit for a while now, but I always had a hard time justifying the price; $40 including a nail polish. Now that I am more interested in nail polish, spending $40 for a top coat, a base coat, a bottle of remover, a nail polish, and a bonus nail file doesn't seem that extreme (I actually paid around $36 including tax after my coupon). Another reason why I finally got this kit was that my Ulta got the color Knackered back in stock. When I was first exploring nail polish colors and brands, I was immediately drawn to Knackered. It was such a unique color and it looked so beautiful in the bottle, but it always felt too expensive at $15.
When I felt more comfortable purchasing higher end nail polish, Ulta no longer had the color in stock. In fact, when I did purchase my kit, I got the last bottle of Knackered!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Small Haul - Ulta, Kohl's, and Joann Fabrics, Plus Extras!

Hello! I'd like to start by saying Happy Memorial Day to everyone! I'm not actually doing anything today besides staying home from work (with pay! The perks of having a desk job...) since my husband is working (he doesn't have a desk job, but I also think he's getting time and a half today. Hmm...) and it's pretty gloomy out. I've spent a good third of today sleeping, which has been nice, and I don't feel too guilty about it since I got some chores done yesterday (namely, I cleaned the bathroom, which is the chore that always looms over me. I hate cleaning the bathroom, not because I think it's gross so much as I don't like being around chemicals. I try to use bio-degradable and more natural based products, but the unfortunate truth is that they just don't work as well as some of their stronger counterparts).

This post is going to be about my small shopping trip I made on Friday, while it was still semi-nice out. I had a couple coupons that were expiring on Saturday and I wanted to make sure I got to use them. Lucky for me, the three stores that I had coupons for are right next to each other!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Julep "Hooray For May" Mystery Box - Opening and Review

Hello! Today's post is going to be an opening and review of Julep's "Hooray For May" Mystery Box! Per usual, this box was $24.99 and contained a bunch of mystery items (this time it was all nail polishes, at least from what I've seen) that were worth anywhere from $70 to $200.
It also included a special "gifting" polish that came in it's own little satchel and even included a gift tag.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Julep Spring Clean Skincare Set - Opening and Review

Hello! In this post, I'm going to do an opening (except not really because I've already opened it and used it...) and review of my first Julep Secret Shop purchase; the Spring Clean Skincare Set!

Anyways! This was my first time being able to access the Secret Shop, which I believe is only for Mavens and opens up around the first of the month. There are a lot of really good deals in the Secret Shop, but the one that really got my attention was the Spring Clean Skincare Set. For only $17, I got Julep's Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub, Pink Grapefruit Body Frosting, the Scrub Towel and Mitt, and a nail polish. UPDATE: While checking out Julep's website to get more detailed info about these products, and it looks like the Pink Grapefruit Scrub and Frosting are no longer available in the online store. Perhaps Julep made the Spring Clean Skincare Set in order to clear out any remaining stock before they stopped selling it...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mid-Sized Haul - Sephora, Ulta, and Bath & Body Works, Plus Some Extras!

Hello! This post is going to be all about my most recent shopping trip and all the things I purchased. I fully intended to only go to Ulta and pick up two nail polishes, but the mall is right across the street, and I figured why not go and look around. Which then led me to spend a bit more money than I also intended to...but I don't regret it as I was able to pick some things I really wanted to try.

I'll start with my Ulta purchases first, since that's where I originally wanted to go. I wanted to pick up two nail polishes from OPI: Significant Other Color from the Brights collection (a purply duo-chrome) and Pussy Galore from the new Bond Girls collection. The Bond Girl polishes are all in OPI's "liquid sand" formulation, so they have this interesting gritty texture with sparkles throughout. These two colors are very popular, so they were both unfortunately sold out; I guess Pussy Galore has been so ridiculously popular that they haven't been able to keep it in stock. Last time I checked, both colors were still in stock online, but I don't really want to pay shipping. Luckily, there is a special mini Bond Girls set that includes Pussy Galore!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 2013 Julep Maven Box Opening and Review - Bombshell Box Plus Add-Ons!

Hello! This post is going to be the opening and review of my May 2013 Julep Maven box!

I actually got this on April 30th, which I found amusing. I had ordered some add-ons as well, but they didn't arrive until May 3rd. Julep was (and still is, I think) having issues with shipping notifications and tracking numbers going out, so I never received an e-mail shipping confirmation for my add-ons. I got a little worried when my May box arrived without my extras, so I rechecked my shipping confirmation e-mail and saw that the add-ons ship separately from the boxes. It makes sense that Julep would send things like add-ons separately since they probably have all the boxes made up before hand and just stick shipping labels on them when they send them out (though in my welcome box they included my add-on). I ended up e-mailing customer service and about four days later got a reply saying that my add-ons had shipped on May 1st and they included a tracking number for me. They were very nice, and considering how many people were probably e-mailing them with questions, they replied in a timely manner. What I like about Julep is that you can actually call them and talk to someone if you have an issue.
I just prefer to e-mail and wait because I'm pretty shy (oh man that sounds lame...).

April 2013 Glossybox Opening and Review

Hello! I'm getting close now to being fully caught up with everything I've been meaning to post (though I keep buying things I want to post about and now those are starting to pile up...). This post is going to be all about my April 2013 Glossybox!

I got my box the last few days of April, so it did actually come in April, which is good. I know a lot of people have been complaining that Glossybox ships out way too late, though Glossybox keeps responding that they mean for the box to ship out at the end of the month. It is kind of frustrating to get charged for the box during the first or second week of the month (I've already been charged for my May box) and then have to wait until the very end to get the box; a lot of people bring up the very valid point that if you want to unsubscribe because you're unhappy with your box, you have a very small window of time to do it in. On the one hand, I do feel bad for Glossybox since, on their Facebook page, they try and post really cheerful, "rah rah!" kinds of posts and all the comments seem to run along the lines of: "when is this month's box going to ship?" or "why are you releasing special boxes and not shipping this months?". It's a shame because I feel like Glossybox has so much going for it, especially since it's established in so many different countries, and I really want them to succeed and to be able to keep sending us great products.

I want to start by saying that I'm...slightly disappointed in my April 2013 box. My March 2013 was very good and I was very happy with it and the April one feels a bit like a let down. The March box had four full sized products in it and was worth $76.45, whereas this box only has one (kind of two) full sized products and is only valued at $41.35. I'm still getting my money's worth, and the point of these boxes are to try new things that you wouldn't normally buy for yourself, but I'm just not as interested in the products in the April box as I was the ones in my March. It also looks like there wasn't any variety in the April boxes; that everyone got the same thing.
Finally, I was hoping this box would come with the Glossymag since my March box didn't, but it looks like they put it online this month in honor for Earth Day, which is cool, but now I still don't know if the first time not getting the magazine was a fluke or if it's something I need to look into.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

First Ulta.com Order - First Drug Store Make-up?! Also Some Random Extras

Hello! Still getting caught up with all these "intended posts". This post is going to be about my very first order from Ulta.com, as well as my (sort of ) very first drug store make-up!

I suppose I should start by explaining the "first drug store make-up" thing. Before I made this purchase, I did not own any make-up from a drug store. I buy things like lip balms and sunscreens from drug stores/supermarkets (I haven't actually bought anything from a typical drug store like Walgreens or CVS, all my "drug store" sundries come from Target), but I didn't own any actual make-up. In fact, the only make-up I have ever purchased from a drug store was one of those "true match" concealers (the kind that supposedly match a whole range of skin tones perfectly and come in about three different shades) when I was in high school to use under my eyes (I have the worst under eye circles, ever. I basically lost the genetic lottery when it came to those suckers.) and that's it. I didn't really get into make-up until very recently, maybe within the past three years or so, with my very first purchase, besides that concealer (and remember, this doesn't count lip balms and things like that), being benefit's "Hello Flawless!" powder compact in the color "Petal" (this was before they expanded the color line and that was the lightest shade available) from Sephora. The color was off, but I was in love with the idea of "fancy" make-up and just kept buying it. I have nothing against drug store make-up nor the people who chose to purchase and wear it; it's just for me, personally, I'd much rather spend a little more and get a product that I perceive to be higher quality (not that that is always the case, though).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box from April 2013 Opening

Hello! Like the title says, this post is going to be all about my Julep Sea Salt Mystery Box from April 2013.

This is my very first Julep mystery box and I'm very glad I bought it! I love love love mystery boxes and I can't wait for them to release another one. For this box, they were launching their "Sea Salt finish" polishes, which are nail polishes with a gritty texture. I know it sounds kind of weird, but it looks really cool on and the texture adds some interesting contrast if you use it on an accent nail. I don't think they've added the sea salt polishes to their online store yet, at least not from what I've seen. In the boxes, you were guaranteed one of the new sea salt polishes. There are three different colors; a taupe, a beige, and a black. Each box also contained at least $70 dollars worth of products, but could have up to $200 worth of items (this is "retail value"; Maven's technically got less value for their boxes since they pay less for the products to begin with. The boxes were $25, so it's still a pretty good deal, especially if you got a $200 value box.)
As an added bonus, one of the mystery boxes also contained a $1000 Visa gift card!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sephora VIB Chic Week Tote and Random Make-Up and Accessories Haul

Hello! Still trying to get this glut of posts all typed up and published! I may even try to get one more post up today; it'll depend on how long this one takes. This post is going to focus on what I got in my VIB tote from Sephora to celebrate the start of their Chic Week (which was April 11th, so that just shows how behind I am...) as well as some other purchases I made from MAC, Macy's, and Forever 21!

Let's start with what brought me to the mall: the Sephora VIB Chic Week tote!

March and April 2013 Julep Maven Boxes - Opening and Review

Hello! I have been putting this off for so long, and I have no idea why. I feel like the longer I wait to post these, the less I want to do them (which might be because I think that I've forgotten a lot...). So without further ado, here's the opening and review of the March 2013 Modern Beauty Julep Maven box and the April 2013 Classic with a Twist Julep Maven box! Incidentally, if you don't feel like reading things, I have videos on Youtube now!

I'm sorry if this isn't the most detailed opening/review, like I said, it's been a while since I've received these boxes and I've gotten even more stuff in the meantime, so it all kind of blurs together. After getting my Boho Glam welcome box, I was pretty hooked on Julep products. I had gotten a sample of their Glycolic Hand Scrub and I fell in love. Luckily, their March 2013 Modern Beauty box (it's called "American Beauty" now) had both the Glycolic Hand Scrub and their Rock Star Hand Cream at a much cheaper price than if I were to buy them from the store. I also wanted to get an April 2013 Maven box because I wanted to try the Nail & Cuticle Serum and because I missed getting an April box (I signed up to be a Maven at the very end of March, so I missed the 20th-24th box selection time frame. So, even though I'm on my...fifth box from them, I've only actually gotten one subscription box during the actual subscription time frame. I do really like that they let you buy the past boxes while they're still in stock.).
I had a hard time deciding between the Bombshell box and the Classic with a Twist box, though now I kind of regret not getting the Bombshell because people have described one of the polishes included in it as "Tardis blue" and I have been known to enjoy Dr. Who...oh well! I'm still very happy with my choice to get a Classic with a Twist box and the polish colors it came with.