Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 2013 Julep Mystery Golden Box and Picnic Box - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! This post is going to be a two-for-one! In August, I ended up getting TWO Julep Mystery boxes; a Golden Box from the Secret Store and the Picnic Mystery box with the special color, Evie. I wasn't going to buy the Picnic box since A. I have waaaaay too much nail polish from Julep (I really want to branch out and start trying other brands. Incidentally, I purchased some polish from a couple indie brands, so when they come I'll definitely be making a post about them!) and B. I need to save my money for our PAX/Seattle trip at the end of this month. I ended up caving in and buying the box because I had a terrible week, thought Evie was a super cute color, and had a little extra spending cash from some things I sold at my parents' garage sale.
Come see what I got!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Itty Bitty Sephora Haul

Hello! I always feel bad calling these little purchases hauls, but I feel like that's become the common way to refer to any kind of purchase you share on a blog/vlog, regardless of size. I've seen "haul" videos where people only get a bunch free samples. I've also seen hauls that probably total $1000+, but those are mostly from professional artists who go crazy at MAC. Is there a "legal" definition of the word "haul"? Is it how much you buy? How much you spend? You could get 20 items from ELF for less than $30 and call it a haul, but what if you bought a $400 hair removal device? Is that still a haul? Does it even matter? Probably not.

Now that I've gone on a weird tangent about hauls, let's get to the meat of this post: my recent, teeny little haul from Sephora! Almost every time I go into Sephora I end up buying something, even if I don't need anything. It's a sickness. I usually don't go too crazy (though there have been times where I just say "screw it" and grab the things that catch my eye), and so my purchases are one, maybe two items. I don't feel like these really warrant a video (it would be like 2 minutes long and wouldn't be informative at all), but I still like to share my thoughts and experiences with the products I try. I could do a collective video (and I'm going to start trying to do monthly "hits and misses"; I have a nail polish one in the works!), but by the time I build up enough stuff, I start forgetting details.

On my most recent trip into Sephora, I bought some pretty random things...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Glossybox July 2013 - Unboxing and First Impressions

Hello! Goodness, it's been a while! I'm even starting to fall behind on my videos (which I usually get up pretty quickly since I can't wait to use things). I've been dealing with some health things which have been slowing me down, but that's not what I'm here to talk about (nor likely what you're here to read about). This post is going to be all about my July 2013 Glossybox and my thoughts on the items inside.
Let's see what's inside...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Random Hauls - Comics, Blind Bags, Candy, and More!

Hello! I've been noticing that my collection of "things I want to show you and talk about but which don't really warrant their own post" has been getting a little out of hand, so I figured I'd do a fairly large, random post to showcase them all! It really is an eclectic bunch, ranging from comic books to toys to clothes and even includes a small Sephora haul. Since this is already going to be long and super jumpy (I'm not very good at transitional sentences that don't sound contrived and silly), let's get to it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 2013 Julep Maven Box - Boho Glam - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! It's that time of the month again where I have a whole bunch to post about! It seems my Glossybox and Julep box always come within a few days of each other, and then the Secret Shop opens and since I don't get these up right away...well, I end up with a big pile of things to post!

This post is going to be all about my August 2013 Julep Maven box! The theme for this month was "Garden Party" and the new product is the Doublestep Foot Treatment and Friction Stick. I went with my original style, "Boho Glam", this month since it was the one that had the best colors, in my opinion. It's also the two year anniversary of the Julep Maven program, so Julep did some special things to celebrate, including releasing a new trio of polishes called the "Champagne Trio", which I added-on to my box.
Pretty, special box! Let's see what's inside...

Sunday, August 4, 2013 July 2013 Haul - Opening and Review!

Hello! It seems like all my posts have "Opening and Review" in the title nowadays! I feel like I need to branch out and focus on some other things besides on the stuff I buy. I was thinking about doing an "Empties" video and blog post, but I never really seem to accumulate that many empty products. Since I love trying new things, I'm always switching up the products I use and generally give my mom and sister anything I didn't use much of (or at all). I was also thinking of doing a "Hit or Miss" type of video/post, which would be more doable since I do try out so many new things, so be on the lookout for that!

Onto what this post is all about: my most recent order from!
This order isn't too terribly large (technically, I only bought three things), but I did get my birthday gift, two 100-point reward items, and the special VIB SkinIQ sampler bag, so there's a lot to it!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fortune Cookie Soap Haul and Review - Sampler Sets!

Hello! This post is going to be all about my very first order (technically second since I got a Fortune Cookie Soap Box, but this is my first "real" order) from Fortune Cookie Soap!

This post has been a long time in the making, and I want to start out by explaining why. For my first order from Fortune Cookie Soap, I wanted to get their sampler sets since I wanted to try out their different scents, not necessarily their different products. I was able to try out most of the different types of products they offer through my Soap Box, so I already knew which products I liked or didn't like. I also had the $10 off coupon from my Soap Box, which was very helpful. I ended up ordering a Mini Mist Me Sampler Pack, a Whipped Cream Body Butter Sampler Pack, a Soap Bar Sample Pack, and a Cupcake Lip Balm (because why not). After $8.79 for shipping (which seems a little high to me, but that's a whole other topic) and minus the $10 off, my total came to $34.21. Since Fortune Cookie Soap is a small, independent company that hand-makes its products, they ask that you allow them 4-5 days to process your order before it ships out. I placed my order on 6/15 and I received my package on 6/24, so it took about 4-5 days to process and 4-5 days to ship here, which is reasonable (though I did feel that shipping took a little longer than usual; I live in the Midwest and when I order things from Julep, which is on the West Coast, it gets here in about 3 days, and I'm pretty sure they use the same type of shipping). Unfortunately, there were some problems with my package...
See how there are two? The one I got on 6/24 is the big white box on the left. The box on the right I got 7/12.