Friday, May 30, 2014

Ciaté Mini Mani Month - All Polish Colors Swatched And Reviewed!

Hello! Hope you all had a great week! It was nice and sunny all week and very warm, which is fantastic! It's finally summer. Finally.

I wanted to take a more in depth look at the Ciaté Mini Mani Month holiday Advent calendar that I got on super mega ultra sale at the Sephora in JCPenney! You may or may not be able to still find this at your Sephora in JCP, but I believe most, if not all, of the polishes and glitter/bead/sequins toppers are still available in full size (everything in the calendar is mini size, but when you get eighteen polishes and six toppers all at once, you really don't need full sizes. I don't have a corresponding video for this post, so this one is super secret blog only!
Look familiar?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Big Ole' Haul Time! - Sephora, Ulta, NYX, and More!

Hello! Are you having a good Memorial Day? I hope so! This has been such a beautiful weekend; the sun was out the last three days, it's been nice and warm, I got to hang out with both sides of my family. I'm just sad it's almost over! I really don't want to go back to work...

This is going to be a fairly long, picture-filled haul post! I've collected the stuff over a couple weeks and now it's starting to take over my desk so I need to get it all posted.

Otherwise, let's get started!

One of many gratuitous box shot!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A More In-Depth Look At Some Wet N' Wild Eyeshadow Palettes!

Hello! It's been such a great last couple days! It's been warm and sunny and it smells wonderful outside with all the trees in bloom...it's been a long, cold, wet winter and it's nice to finally feel like it's summer. I thought it would be fun to do a really quick and dirty review of the randomly large amount of Wet N' Wild eyeshadow palettes I picked up.

I really wanted to give the Wet N' Wild eyeshadow palettes a try since I've heard nothing but good things about them on Youtube; that they're really good quality and really inexpensive and all that. Unfortunately, the only place I could find near me that carried Wet N' Wild was Walgreens, and since the closest one to me is not really within busing or walking distance, I had to pester my husband to drive me there. I ended up buying one eight-pan palette, two five-pan palettes, and four three-pan palettes. Normally, I'm not one to buy a whole bunch of similar products from the same line, even if they are cheap, but since I didn't know when I'd be able to get back to Walgreens, and because they are so cheap, I bought most of them (at least, the ones they had at my Walgreens. I think there are a few more out there).

Overall, I'm not really impressed to the point where I would say you have to go out and buy them right now, but I don't think they are bad, especially for the price. I much prefer my other eyeshadow palettes, but then again, I don't have anything drugstore to compare them to. Some palettes/colors are better than others, and I think the common "drugstore mattes tend to not be very good" sentiment applies here.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Big Ulta Haul! - Love Your Hair Event!

Hello! Hope you're doing well! It's Sunday night and that time of the week that always feels a little depressing, especially if you work a regular Mon-Fri job. When I was little, I hated Sunday nights; I always tried to squeeze as much fun out of them as I could since I had to go back to school on Monday. That feeling has stuck with me, even when I was working in retail and Sunday nights didn't always mean I had work the next day. It's hard to explain, but it just feels like everything I do, no matter how productive or fun or important is a waste of my last few hours of "freedom".

Huh, I didn't mean to start this on such a depressing note! This is actually a very exciting post (though I suppose I'm pretty excited in all of them...) since this is my biggest Ulta haul to date! This month, starting on the 11th, they are having their Love Your Hair event; there are a bunch of great deals on hair care and there's a special sample/hair caddy set you can get for $5.99 with any $35 or more hair care purchase. I was happy to see I could still get the deal if I shopped online since I wasn't sure when I'd be able to get to my Ulta, nor was I confidant they would have what I wanted in stock.
Seriously, this box is huge! My shipping info said it was just under 10lbs. 10lbs of hair care goodies.

Fortune Cookie Soap Summer 2014 Soap Box - First Sniffs!

Hello! I feel so accomplished today; I'm getting a lot of organizing done and I'm hoping to do more before the night is over. Admittedly, I'm avoiding cleaning the bathroom, but at least I'm avoiding it by cleaning other things! I'm also trying to get my nail polish collection under control; I have so much nail polish that I can't remember what colors I have so I want to make a big swatch ring that's labeled so I can use that to figure out what color I want to paint my nails. You'd think it'd be easier to pick a color when you have a lot to choose from, but it actually makes it harder...

For this post, I want to show you guys the Summer 2014 Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box! I was super excited for this box since it's candy themed! Everything is super sweet and fruity and delicious smelling; it's starting to finally feel like summer around here.
Colorful and thrilling!

May 2014 Ipsy Bag - Unbagging and Review!

Hello! It's another gorgeous day out, though I've been inside all day... I really should go outside and go for a walk or something. Today is my husband's one day off (he's working six days a week now) and he wants to just laze about, so I might make a solo journey somewhere.

This post is all about my May 2014 Ipsy Bag! This month's bag was a little "meh"; I got some products I couldn't use/didn't like and there were a few others that I really wish I had gotten. I wish there was a better way to let Ipsy know what I like and don't like; not sure if their current system is all that effective.
Cute, pink bubble mailer! Always exciting to get. I really do take a new picture of it every month, even though I probably don't need to...

Haul Time! - Sephora, Sally's, Urban Outfitters, Head2Toe Beauty, and More!

Hello! I'm still posting and I have another haul for you guys! This is another one I've been collecting for a while so it's going to be a doozey! It'll be really nice to get this up, though, since I'll be able to put all this stuff away and then my desk area won't be so congested.

I have a very eclectic mix of stuff to show you guys; I have nail polish, fashion, makeup and more! I even bought stuff from two new places! Since I love starting with a box shot, I'll start with my Sephora order!
I love getting things in the mail!

May 2014 Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag! - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! ...I have so many posts to make I don't even... Why do I let things fall behind so bad? I used to really love blogging and couldn't wait to have more things to post! Now I feel like I avoid it most of the time... I think I just really like making videos more. Also it does take a long time to get photos and mine aren't even all that great.

But I do really appreciate you reading this! I like having both a written blog and a vlog since I can do different things with each; vlogs are good for being quick (...which I'm actually not. I tend to make long videos because I like being informative) and blogs are good for waxing poetically (which I'm sometimes not very good at either since I want to get posts up as quickly as possible to clear out space around my desk). Apparently, I'm not very good at this whole blogging thing!

For this post, I want to show you guys my May 2014 Mini Mystery Bag from Rainbow Honey! This is my second Mystery Bag, and the first one that was truly a mystery. And it's awesome.
This plain white mailer holds some colorful surprises!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 2014 Blush.com Mystery Beauty Box - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! Hope you guys are having a great weekend! It's sunny and nice here and, after the mail comes (I'm expecting a big package. The tracking says it's almost 10lbs!) I'm going to go for a walk to the mall! Exciting!

This post is going to be about my May 2014 Blush.com Mystery Beauty Box! Unfortunately, this was a pretty "meh" box this month; overall it wasn't too bad, but it does have the most disappointing product I've ever gotten from a Blush.com Mystery Box.
I love surprises! Well, this kind of surprise, anyways.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 2014 Julep Maven Subscription Box - Boho Glam Plus Add-Ons! - Unboxing and Review!

Hello! Happy Mother's Day! This is a great time of year to thank your mom for incubating you inside of her body for 9 months and then expelling you into the world in horrific manner! But seriously, moms are super important (dads are too! But they get their own day coming up in June), everyone has one, and no body would be here if it wasn't for all the sacrifices moms make every day for us! I went and saw my mom and dad yesterday (we didn't want to deal with the crazy crowds that are surely out and about today) and my husband and I saw my mother-in-law last weekend (they wanted to watch the Blackhawks vs. the MN Wild game) so I have today to relax and reflect upon all the wonderful maternal love happening today!

Also I get to make a blog post! And possibly make some videos! And then make more blog posts! Yay for keeping up! For this post, I'm gonna to show you guys what I got in my May 2014 Julep Maven box. This is a special box since this is the release of the brand new Julep Plie Wand!
Oooo a big box this month!

Sephora Inside JCP Exclusive Summer Stash Kit - Overview and Review!

Hello! I am nearing the end of my post-a-thon and it feels good! As I said in my last haul post, I wanted to give a more in depth look at the Sephora Favorites Summer Stash Kit that is exclusive to the Sephoras inside JCPenney. It's slightly different from the one you can find at regular Sephora's and at Sephora.com. To the best of my knowledge, you can't purchase Sephora Inside JCP exclusives online anywhere (well, maybe from eBay, but I mean officially), so they feel somewhat more rare and hard to get. Also they tend to have more interesting things in them!
Mmm, reused photo! I promise I have more interesting ones after the cut!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Check Out The Neat Stuff I Got! - Another Haul! - Sephora, Ulta, Merle Norman, And More!

Hello! I'm being super uncreative again and using the same title for this post as I did for the corresponding Youtube video; I'm post-a-thoning this weekend since I have a lot of stuff piling up around my desk and I want to get it all cleaned up and organized! Plus, if I have stuff waiting to get blogged about it, I tend to not use it, and I really want to jump in and start using this stuff! This isn't too terribly big of a haul, so this should go by pretty quickly.

April 2014 Rainbow Honey Mini Mystery Bag - Opening and Review!

Hello! Do you ever go on beauty "quests"? Where you hear of an item that you really, really want but you can't find it anywhere? And the more you can't find it, the more you think you need it? That's how I feel right now about the Nicole by OPI Roughles nail polishes. I got the blue one, called "On What Grounds" in my ipsy bag and ended up really liking it. I saw a few Youtube videos of people who bought all four and have concluded that I need them.

And I can't find them anywhere. It is so frustrating. I could buy them online, but I don't want to if I don't have to (I don't want to pay for shipping and/or feel obligated to buy more things to save).

Is it jarring that I start most of my posts with a completely unrelated story? I never know a good way to open the floor for discussion, so to speak, and since I don't really do "life update" posts, there's not really another place for me to talk about things with you guys. Maybe I should do life posts, actually. Not sure; I still haven't really figured out what the true goal of this blog is. Right now, it's a place where I can talk more in-depth about things I make videos about, or post things I don't think warrant videos of their own.

This is a new Mystery bag for me, though I have bought products from Rainbow Honey before. I'm pretty excited about this, and I want to show you guys how awesome it is!
White bubble mailer of mystery!

J-Fashion Haul! Angelic Pretty Mooks And More!

Hello! How are you guys doing? It's gorgeous and sunny right now, though it sounds like it's going to rain later, which is lame. I'm still waiting for spring/summer...it just doesn't feel like we're there yet! I feel like we're going through Fall 2.0 and it's a real downer.

I have a lot of stuff to go through that's been sitting around my desk for a while now, so this is likely going to be a post-a-thon (unless my husband wakes up and we decide to go out and do something. This is pretty much his last weekend of freedom until he starts working his 6-day-a-week job and he wants to fully enjoy it). For this post, I'm going to show you guys my most recent J-Fashion haul; specifically, some Angelic Pretty mooks and fashion magazines I picked up!

No sexy box shot this time so I have nothing to entice you visually to click below, but I think I got some neat stuff, so you might think so, too!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Buying All The Things! - Yet Another Haul! - Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens, Fortune Cookie Soap, and More!

Hello! Is it spring where you live yet? It certainly isn't here; it's been raining/snowing (some people call it "sleet", I like to call it "snaining") for the past week and it's been hovering around the 40°F's. Ugh. I am so over it. At least it's above freezing.

Which might explain why I've been buying so much lately...I swear, I don't normally buy this much. I'm starting to feel a little...redundant with all these hauls and nothing much in the way of actual content (though admittedly I love reading/watching hauls) and I'm starting to toy with the possibility of doing a Project 10 Pan/No Buy but I'm not sure yet. This is a very collective haul (as most of mine are); I don't go out and buy all these things at once and I do try to get good deals...or maybe I'm just trying to justify things.

I've combined a little more than usual with this post; I actually have a few separate videos for these items (and some aren't even featured in videos), so this haul will look a little bigger than normal.
Gratuitous box shot!