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Fall Beauty Products to Invest In

Beauty Fall

 

Seasons come and seasons go, but we never seem to want to let go of that bronzer (keep that tan going!).  Yes, I’m going to list some cliche must haves but damn..they are must-haves.

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September Julep Box

September-Julep-BoxI LOVED this month’s Julep Box, that being said, this is my last month.  As a college student, I need to be frugal and I already have a million and one polishes. I will miss getting to pick the three colors I want and having polishes shipped to my house. Hopefully, in the future I can get back into it but this is a bittersweet end to a great little subscription box.

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Red Hot Sole

sartorialspice.com(1)Taking the plunge, I think I splurged the most I have ever splurged on a nail product. I decided that I wanted to see if the Christian Louboutin nail polish was worth the price and the hype.

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August Julep Box

julep-polish-augustI’m really enjoying the nail polishes that I’ve been receiving in my Julep Maven boxes. I came home from vacation to find 3 jewel-like polishes awaiting my arrival. Read More →

June 2014 Julep Box

Julep Maven Welcome Box

 

**I am not getting paid or compensated for the following. This review is purely my opinion and I hope you enjoy!**

 

After hearing about and seeing all the ads for Julep, I decided to jump the gun and join to see how I would like this subscription service.  I adore makeup but I love nail polish even more so I figured this would be the best choice for me. Every month for $25/mo or $20/3 mo (pre-paid) you get 2-3 nail polishes and/or a beauty product depending on your style profile. Your style profile is determined by the survey you take upon signing up. The style profiles are: It Girl, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist, Boho Glam, and Modern Beauty.

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Ipsy: November 2013

ipsynov2013It’s been a while since I posted and I apologize! With the end of a semester growing nearer, professors feel the need to dump projects and papers onto us.  I did receive my October Ipsy but I never had the change to post it up.  I will try to get it up soon!

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Ipsy: July 2013

Ipsy

Hello everyone!  This past week and prior week is a little busy but I’ve decided to relax a little and finally get to that Ipsy review! Here it is! Enjoy.

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Vivacious Pink Nails

Vivacious Pink Nails

Hello Spice Girls & Guys,

I decided over the weekend to finally add some color to my nails.  I had spent a few weeks going commando on my nails as they were growing brittle and the layers were peeling off.  I was pleased to see they were super long and super strong after allowing them to breathe.

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Birchbox: June 2013

2013-06-13It’s that time of the month again! No..not that one! BirchBox time! This was the box that would break it or make it.

image(93)Here are the contents of the box when I opened them.  BirchBox revamped their logo and I wasn’t feeling it but I soon came to like it!  I absolutely love the inside of the box though! I am a sucker for chevron, so I will try to reuse and recycle the box.

image(95)At the bottom of the box there were some cute post cards! I absolutely adore Europe so I was really happy with this little treat. I will probably frame them or just put them in my bookcase. My favorite one is of London <3.

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image(97)Here are all the samples I received this month.  I liked how we got 6 instead of 5, but the only bad thing is most of them are pretty small and 3 are from the same brand, I want more variety but I decided to give them all a try.  A great thing is that on the info card they have added directions on how to use your product! Yay!

image(98)suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser | Full-Size, $32.95: When I unscrewed the top and sniffed it, I fell in love. I love anything lemony so  I was excited to try this product.  I took the opportunity to use it when I was in the shower. I have combination skin but it is primarily dry.  It foamed nicely and I didn’t need that much product, it made my skin dry, to the point that I FELT that I had no moisture in my face.  I tried it once again today and it left it feeling soft and clean, it also left a wonderful lemon scent. I would recommend using moisturizer on your face after exfoliating.

2013-06-131LAQA & Co. Lil’ Lip Duo | Full Size, 2 for $16: I was happy to get this item in my box.  I’ve always wanted to wear lipstick but I find my lips chap very easily and I can’t even wear it or it looks bad.  I have a color similar to this that is Lancome’s Rouge in Love.
I haven’t used it on my lips but I swiped it once on my hand and it was very pigmented and glided on smoothly, this makes application a lot easier and less messy! I will be using this for sure, I’m glad that I got this color as it goes great with my skin.  It’s a fuschia/ hot pink color.

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2013-06-132Birchbox + Color Club Wanderlust Collection | Full-size, $8: Yay! Another nail polish, I’ve been getting a lot and it’s been amazing! At first I was kind of taken aback by how bright this nail polish was but once I had it on it wasn’t so bad.  I also loved that I got the color that was inspired by London (obsessed) but I found it kind of ironic.  It’s always raining in London…so shouldn’t it have been a more subdued hue of green? It is also a lot more longer lasting. Needless to say this one is a keeper but it’s a steep price for nail polish when I can get OPI for less thanks to my cosmetologist mother.

image(104)Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo | Full-size, $27.50: I was surprised to find this bottle of shampoo inside my box.  It’s a pretty good size for a sample. It has a slight scent of baby powder, it’s a strange scent, it’s not revolting but it’s hard to put a finger on it.  I tried it out and it made my hair smell light and it left it clean and soft, it also helped lessen the frizz.  I have dry/ frizzy hair so this was perfect! I swear, I think Birchbox knows me.

image(105)Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner | Full-size, $27.50: THIS is what I was expecting. A packet. I also used this after I used the shampoo and it really did help smooth and moisturize my dry tresses.  I still have some left over for maybe 2 more uses.  I like trying out new brands but I don’t think I would spend this much money on the product as I could find some other ones for cheaper.

image(106)Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion | Full-Size, $40: Another packet.  The full-size product is pretty steep so I am going to wait until I decide to blow dry my hair and use this oil.  I have plenty of oils that get the job done so I don’t think I will be buying this full-size product either.  I do want to try it and see how it works out though!

While I liked this month, it didn’t spark much of an excitement in me.  This was the month that was going to make me decide if I was going to keep Birchbox or cancel…I’ve decided to cancel.  While I love the guessing that Birchbox leaves me with..I don’t think that the products were worth it.  I’ve decided to keep my Ipsy as it gives me FULL SIZE products.  I loved Birchbox’s customer service and some of the products but I can’t afford to keep spending $10 for mediocre boxes.

What did you think of this months box? Tell me of your experiences with Birchbox and what you think of their products!

Ciate Chalkboard Nails

Ciate Nails

When I made my way into Sephora, I had no intention on buying anything. I was simply accompanying my best friend Susan and an old friend of mine, Amanda.  I sprinted to the nail polish section and immediately began testing some of the different colors.  I gasped in delight when my eyes fell upon this set.  I loved the thought of Chalkboard Nails, something that would be customizable and unique.

Well, like most of Ciate’s products, it’s a great idea but the execution is terrible.

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I followed the directions on the box.  I always tend to have a problem with black polish, they are thick and are often very messy, this polish was no different.  After putting the two coats, I cleaned up the edges with some Q-tips. I pressed the pens to some paper to get the polish out.  The minute I pressed the pen to my nail, I knew it was going to be a problem.  The tip was thick and didn’t leave me much choice but to make some polka dots as I have small nails.

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It was even more of a problem when I had to switch to using my left hand.  It’s a pen, if you are not talented enough to know how to write with both hands, then it will be difficult to even hold it.  It looked like I had let my 2 year old cousin scribble on my nails.  It was not cute.  I sucked it up and put on the top coat.

I spent the rest of the day walking about and going to the movies.  Not even 30 minutes later, one of my nails had chipped a little. I was upset but didn’t think much of it.  An hour passed and my thumb nail had chipped off half way, literally half of the polish had come off.

The next day, I was left with only one pinky nail in tact.  I was horrified at the fact that I had spent money on it and wasted my time doing it.  I returned it immediately.  I would not recommend this to anyone.  If you want the same effect, get a better black matte nail polish and those nail polishes with the small detailed brush, you will be much happier that way.

Sorry Ciate, I can’t say I will be giving you another try. I still cringe looking at these photos.

Have a good night, my Spice Girls (Guys!)

 

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