Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 2013 Julep Destination Mystery Box - Laguna Beach - Opening and Review

Hello! It's been a long time since I posted anything! There's been a bit of a lull in me doing/getting anything really worth posting about, but now that it's the end of June and beginning of July, I have a lot of things on the way (actually, some things are now here...) so I want to make sure I don't fall behind again! This post is going to be about my Julep Destination Mystery Box.

For this month's mystery box (from what I've seen, Julep does a mystery box every month, shortly after the Secret Shop closes. I don't know if they've always done this, since I've only been a Maven, and have only been buying things from them, since about March.) Julep did something a little different. Instead of just one mystery box, they had three different types you could chose from. Normally, if you chose to buy more than one mystery box, you run the risk of getting two of the same boxes, since there are a few different versions, thus getting doubles of polishes and products. With the three different boxes offered, you could buy one of each and (at least in theory) not get any doubles. The boxes this month were "Destination" themed; there was a Laguna Beach box, which was described as being "trendy, vibrant, and fun", there was a Miami box, which was "bold, glitzy, and energetic", and there was a Hamptons box, which was "preppy, glam, and classic". I debated between getting a Laguna Beach box or a Miami box (I'm not really a Hamptons style of girl), but I finally settled on Laguna Beach. I wanted to avoid getting a neon, garishly bright nail polish since I never wear colors like that, and I felt safer with Laguna Beach than with Miami. Also, I think Laguna Beach is a cooler place.

According to my packing slip, I ended with with version 6 of the Laguna Beach boxes.
 Yes, Julep, surprises are fun!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Soap Box - Opening and Review

Hello! This post is going to be all about my Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Soap Box. I got this box in the mail about a week ago now, but I wanted to wait until I got a chance to try out the products before I made a post about it. I did a first impressions video but I hadn't tried any of the products yet. Now that I have, I can truly say that I love Fortune Cookie Soap's products. I'm a total convert! All of the products I tried not only smell amazing, but they work wonderfully, too. I used my $10 code and bought a bunch more, so look forward to seeing more reviews on Fortune Cookie Soap products in the near future.

The way the Fortune Cookie Soap Box works is a little different from a lot of other subscription boxes. It's not a monthly box; it's quarterly. Each box is $20 and contains samples of products in the new fragrances that Fortune Cookie Soap has concocted for that quarter. It also includes a $10 off coupon code you can use in the Fortune Cookie Soap store (both online and at the physical store), so the box really only costs $10. In general, the products you get are products Fortune Cookie Soap already makes (so things like sugar scrubs and body butters), but in new, previously unreleased scents. It's a great way to try out Fortune Cookie Soap if you're unsure of what to get, though since it only comes out every three months, you'd have to wait until Fall to get the next one.
I really wish these were monthly boxes, but I know it would be incredibly difficult to come out with so many new fragrances each month.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Julep June 2013 Secret Shop Purchase - Opening and Review

Hello! Today is the first real warm, sunny summer day we've had since, well, winter! And, somehow, I managed to catch a cold... I'm not even sure where I got it from since no one around me has been ill...very odd. I think my immune system has been kind of depressed from my lack of sleep and all the cold, damp gloomy days we've been having. I'm hoping, now that there's finally sun, my cold won't stick around very long. We'll see...

Onto the point of this post! This is my purchase from the June 2013 Secret Shop on Julep.com. The Secret Shop opens the 1st of the month for all Mavens who purchased a box for that month. It has a lot of really great deals on nail polish (there are a lot of trios) and beauty products. I especially like the sets; the ones where you get a lot of products that are kind of "themed" together (so like my last set, the Spring Clean Skincare which came with a scrub, a body butter, and some scrubby towels) for a great price. I get the feeling this is how Julep gets rid of its old stock and extra products as I've noticed some of the packaging is older or products are discontinued.

This month I spent a little more than I intended to, but I got a good set that included some products I really wanted to try and nail polish trio that had a color I really wanted. I don't remember exactly how much I paid, but I believe it was around $35-$38. I got the "Anchors Away" nail polish trio which included the colors Ally, Leila, and Lena and the "Primped n' Proper Mani Set".
Everything came in a big box, though the "P n' P" set came in its own white box as well.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sugar Bunny Shop - Haul and Review!

Hello! I was almost all caught up with my posts, and then I got more things in the mail... But I'm definitely getting there! This post is going to be about my smallish purchase from Sugar Bunny Shop, which can be found at

Sugar Bunny Shop sells a whole bunch of cute stuff, from jewelry and phones charms to stationary and plushies. I first found them due to their Fabulous Pomeranian Glitter Necklace, which is based off this picture:
I didn't buy the necklace this time since there were a few other things I wanted to get first and I was trying to keep the cost of my order down (I've been buying a lot online lately...it's not my fault Julep keeps coming out with these amazing deals...). If I bought everything I wanted, my order would have easily been over $100. I really like cute things...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What My Husband Got Me For Our First Wedding Anniversary

Hello! Sorry about the boring and incredibly specific title to this post, but I really couldn't think of anything better that still accurately described what this post was about. I hinted at it in my previous post about my latest shopping expedition, but my husband got me a very special present for our first wedding anniversary! Just as a heads up, this gets kind of silly and mushy, so if you don't like to read those types of things, feel free to skip this post.

Anniversary Shopping Haul! LUSH, H&M, Crate & Barrel and More!

Hello! My husband and I had our first anniversary last weekend (we got married 06-02-2012 because of the beautiful math. I can weird about numbers sometimes...) and in order to celebrate, we went out to our big mall to go shopping! We did other things, too, but this post is all about the things I picked up on that trip, as well as a couple random extras.

Julep 2013 June Boho Glam Maven Box - Opening and Review

Hello! Whew, these posts just keep coming! Today I'm going to talk about my June 2013 Boho Glam Julep Maven box.

I've kind of been assuming that my readers/viewers know about the subscription services I use, so I haven't been talking about the basics. I'm debating on whether or not that's something I need to include in every post/video (or maybe just put in the description box), or if people are okay just Googling things. What Julep's Maven service is is a monthly subscription where you get high quality nail polish and/or beauty products by Julep for a heavily discounted price. These are kind of like the boxes they would send to beauty editors to get them to try their products and possibly feature them in magazine spreads. What's especially nice about being a Julep Maven is that you get free shipping and everything is 20%. Not only that, but you get special access to the "Secret Shop", which has products and sets at even steeper discounts.

Every month Julep comes out with a new line of polishes that are featured in their Maven boxes. Based on a test you take, you're put into one of five different style categories, which then have their own themed boxes (does that make sense?) for the month. Even though you take a test and are placed in a style category, you're free to choose boxes from the other styles; you're not locked into your own. I'm Boho Glam, but sometimes I like what's in the Bombshell or Classic With a Twist boxes better, so I'm free to choose those instead. You can even choose to skip a month if you don't like anything being offered.
Basically, if you like nail polish, you should seriously consider becoming a Maven.

Friday, June 7, 2013

May 2013 Glossybox - Opening and Review

Hello! This post is going to be all about my May 2013 Glossybox and what I thought of the samples it contained. I'm going to start off by saying that I am pretty disappointed in this box. I'm as disappointed, if not more so, than I was with the April 2013 box.
Especially since this is supposed to be the box that celebrates Glossybox's 1st birthday (in the U.S. at least).

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sephora.com Order - 2013 Sun Safety Kit and Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Mousse

Hello! I an effort to not get backed-up with blog posts again (though technically I already am...), I'm going to try and knock out a couple posts over the next few days. I'm not sure how successful I'll be since my mother-in-law is going to be visiting us for an indeterminate amount of time tomorrow evening, but I'll try and get as much up as I can.

Way back around May 20th, Sephora posted on their Facebook wall that they had their Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kits (that's the full name, but I'll just call it a Sun Safety Kit from here on out) for the 2013 summer season in stock online. These kits are really great; they include a bunch of deluxe samples of products related to "sun safety" such as sunscreens and bronzers. For $30 this year, you got 18 products (plus a little brush) that are supposed to be worth $210. The best part about these kits, though, is that Sephora donates $20 from the sale of a kit to the Skin Cancer Foundation. These kits are IMMENSELY popular and sell out fast. I didn't get one for myself last year, but I managed to snag one as a gift for my mother. One thing that was a little disappointing is that they came in clear plastic cosmetic bags this year, instead of the hard plastic cases they came in last year. I feel like I have more use for a hard case (such as for my nail polish, which is getting a little out of control...) than a soft case, but this is really a minor detail.