Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 2013 Julep Maven Box - It Girl - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! I...I have no idea why it's taken me this long to post this. I got this early October (I've actually forgotten exactly when) and now it's the 31st and my November Maven box will be here tomorrow. Sometimes I feel like I actively avoid posting on here and I have no idea why. I think part of it is that I don't feel like I have the production values I want (I don't have the best pictures or that nice of a layout...well, any real layout for that matter) and sometimes I wonder if it's even worth keeping up my blog if I'm not going to put any time into it to make it look presentable. I feel like I've been neglecting a lot of areas in my life lately, and I think it's because of my job. It's not particularly hard or demanding or anything, but 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with early mornings is surprisingly draining for me. I definitely suffering from that "twenty-something" syndrome; people of my generation are now supposed to be adults and do adult things like have careers and houses and families, but we just can't seem to get the hang of being grown-ups. It's weird and sort of depressing, but at least I'm not alone.

...so, on that semi-depressing note, let's get to my box!
Yay, candy corn!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Julep September 2013 Cosmic Mystery Box - Opening and Review!

Hello! Ugh, I have so many boxes of make up and nail polish and skin care and hair care and just random stuff crowding my desk now...I haven't been taking the change in seasons too well (especially now that's finally getting cold and rainy and, well, fall-y) and it's made me into a Super Procrastinator! Not sure what it is, but I don't seem to have much trouble filming videos in a timely manner (as long as the lighting outside cooperates) but blogging? It seems like a struggle to even open the page. I hoping that since a lot of what I have to get through are nail polish boxes, they'll go by pretty quickly. These posts might end up a little more terse than my others, but honestly, it might be good to learn to scale back what I say.

That being said, let's get to what this post is all about: my Cosmic Mystery Box from Julep! I keep telling myself that I'm not going to get anymore mystery boxes from Julep because I have waaaaaay too many of their polishes already and the likelihood of me getting doubles of something is very high. If I just stick to getting my Maven box every month, I'm at least guaranteed to get all new things. I ended up picking up a September 2013 mystery box because the exclusive, featured polish, Estelle, was too pretty to pass up! This month Julep had three different options for mystery boxes: a $19.99 box that didn't include Estelle, a $24.99 box that did, and a $39.99 box that also had Estelle.
Since getting Estelle was really my only reason for wanting a box, I went with the $24.99 box.

Fortune Cookie Soap Fall 2013 Haul!

Hello! It feels like Fall just got here and now it seems like it's almost over with (it's snowing off and on today. Well, snow-raining or "snaining"). ...It doesn't help that I ordered and got these items in September and it's now over halfway through October, but let's not talk about that. I may be slow at blogging, but I'm pretty quick at getting videos up...

After I got my Fall 2013 Fortune Cookie Soap Box (technically it's the Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box, but that looks funny), I knew there were some scents that I wanted to try in the form of their body butter (I find that the body butters have the best "form" of the scents, if that makes sense. Also I just really like their body butters), so I waited patiently until they updated their store. FCS had a little Facebook launch party on Sept. 21st and updated the store that evening.  I hung around, hoping to get some of the special sale items they had, but I ended up getting distracted and missed the update by about a half an hour. All the special priced items were sold out, unfortunately, but I was able to buy all the regular priced items that I wanted. I was a little sad that I missed out on the special sale items because they had two new fall scents that sounded delicious; "Cram Your Face In My Sweet Pumpkin Pie" which is pumpkin and coconut, and "Roast My Marshmallow" which is roasted marshmallows. I do kind of wished I had waited until they came back in stock at regular price to place my order, but I feel like "I Yam What I Yam" already combines the best parts of those two scents and that I'm not really missing out.
Come see what I spent my money on!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

September 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box - Opening and Review!

Hello! This post is going to be all about my September 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box (or Bag...it comes in a bag in a box so it could be either)! ...Yeah, I know it's October (and even the 8th already!) and that I actually just got my October 2013 Blush Mystery Beauty Box/Bag today but I just haven't been feeling eloquent enough to blog lately. I think it's the change in seasons; it's finally starting to feel like fall (and I even got my first cold...yay...).
But enough about that! Want to see what I got in my September Box? Then click below!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Small Zoya/Ulta Haul - Nail Polish and Dry Shampoo!

Hello! As you may or may not know (depending on if you read my blog/watch my videos or not), I've been trying to branch out and try different brands of nail polish. I'm still a big fan of Julep, but at this point I'm nearing 60 different colors of their polishes (I technically have more, but they're duplicates so I don't count them) and...that seems like too much from one brand, even if it is a really good brand. One brand I recently tried for the first time was Zoya and boy did I fall in love!

When I bought my first two Zoya polishes, Hazel and Faye, I had kind of a hard time settling on which colors to get. I originally wanted to just pick up Neely, a beautiful mint green that a lot of people raved about on Youtube (admittedly, I think more people talked about essie's Mint Candy Apple). When I went to Ulta (which is the only place that I know of for sure that carries Zoya polishes. If you know of other places, please let me know!), my attention was immediately grabbed by Hazel. I figured I could swing getting two polishes instead of one because, conveniently, Zoya polishes are very reasonably priced. They're generally $8 for a normal polish and $9 for a Pixie Dust polish. I was going to get Neely and Hazel, but then looked at the main line of colors (Neely and Hazel are spring/summer polishes) and fell in love with Faye. After a short mental struggle, I went home with Hazel and Faye, but I kept thinking about Neely. After over a week had passed and I was still thinking about Neely, I knew I had to go back and get it.

And so I did! I waited until Ulta mailed me one of their $3.50 off a $10 purchase coupon and I'm glad I did! They ended up having a special where, if you bought three Zoya polishes, you would get a special Zoya nail care set that was worth $22 for free.