Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reviews - PopSugar September Must Have Box & Fall FabFitFun Box

Starting with the September PopSugar Must Have Box:
This was my first PopSugar Must Have box and the reason I pulled the trigger was the spoiler of the scarf.  I wanted that scarf.  So the rest of this is gravy.  

Here is the scarf - it's gorgeous, buttery soft, light as air and HUGE!  It did not disappoint!  (some similar patterns from the same brand here and here).

The other items I've used are the earbuds and I've framed one of the cards.  I'm going to use the $20 Nike gift card too - just have to figure out what shoes I want.  I need some new gym shoes badly.  Overall I was pleased.  I did end up cancelling my subscription (but not before the October box was billed - the box still hasn't arrived though).  The only complaint I've had with this box is that it took FOREVER to get to me and customer service was so slow to respond to my questions.

Now for my (usually) favorite box - the FabFitFun Fall box:
I have yet to be disappointed with this box, until this one.  The only thing I've even used are the Great Soles Ballet Barre Peds, they are awesome!  I mean there are some good things in the box, but they just didn't appeal to me.  I'm going to be passing most of this on.  I'm hoping the Winter box is better, if not I might rethink continuing with the subscription.  If you are interested in subscribing then go here (use code WINTER5 for $5 off your first box).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale - 25% Off Sitewide 10/14-10/16/14

It's that time of year again, Shopbop's 25% off sitewide Friends & Family event - use code FAMILY25 - the sale runs from today 10/14 - 10/16/14 at 11:59 pm PT.

It's a great time to start your holiday shopping (in fact I just bought these earrings as a gift).  Also, this necklace has been on my wishlist for well over a year now and I might just have to snap it up!

Here are some of my other picks from the sale (all under $100)!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review - L'Oreal Superior Preference Mousse Absolue Hair Color

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I'm an at-home-hair-color fanatic.  I've dyed my hair at home (off and on) for 20+ years and I love trying new products when they hit the market!  I was super excited to try out L'Oreal's new Mousse Absolue - this is a no-mix product that can have up to two applications (depending on your hair length).  So I booked it over to Target and picked up color #654.  I was a little disappointed in the red range - I always want more options, I'm so picky and super specific with my reds.  I rushed home and applied it.  This is by far the easiest hair color I have ever used.  No fussing with mixing, you just shake and go.  The application is along the lines of any other mousse, not drippy and really easy.  I have just below chin length hair and I got two full applications out of this - score!  The color was easy to rinse out, even and had great shine.  In fact when I went to get my hair cut at the salon a couple of weeks after I colored, my stylist commented about how gorgeous my hair color was.  She asked what I had used (she knows I do it at home), she was super impressed.  It did fade a little quicker than some other colors I've used, but not enough for me to balk at using it again.  I highly recommend this product!

Check out my other hair color reviews here, here, and my most read disaster post here.

Have you tried this product yet?  If so what did you think?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I Bought - September 2014

We took a weekend trip to Hilton Head, SC earlier in the month and I went a little nuts at the outlets!  Here's what I took home:
1. J.Crew Factory tunic sweater with leather pockets - $58.80 (I had the J.Crew version on my wishlist a year ago!)
5. Under Armour skinny headbands - $3.97 (similar)
8. Under Armour storm Sherpa jacket - $23.97 (not pictured - similar)
9. Under Armour Wonder Woman tee - $20.99 (not pictured - similar)

Total spent out of pocket - $227.20

Go forth and shop responsibly!

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I Bought - August 2014

Here's what I bought this month:
1. Audrey Hepburn tee - $16.94 + 25% promo = $12.71
2. & 6. Old Navy active sports bra - $14 each + 25% promo = $21
3. Wet n' Wild nail polish - $1.19 (on clearance)
4. & 5. Old Navy compression capris - $25 each + $37.50
7. Trinket dish - $22
8. Mara Hoffman candle - $19.95 (on sale - sold out online but check stores, it's a beauty!)

Total spent = $114.35
- $49.95 Anthropologie gift card
Total spent out of pocket - $64.40

Go forth and shop responsibly!

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Review - Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Collection

Disclaimer:  As a member of the Vogue Influencer Network, these products were provided to me by Neutrogena. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was so happy I was chosen to give the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair products a try because let's face it, when you are my age (ahem - 40) wrinkles really start to become an issue.  As does dullness, discoloration/dark spots, and just overall "glow".  I have used these products (and only these products) for a solid week, because the products say that they will "help fade the look of wrinkles, brighten skin's tone, and smooth fine lines and texture in just one week".  I was a little skeptical, but am pleased to report that they aren't exaggerating.  After about three days in, my skin was glowing, so soft and radiant.  Side note, I must say (and I preach this to everyone) ALWAYS apply serums/moisturizers/sunscreen, etc to your face AND neck.  Always.  I have done this since I was 16 years old and my neck shows almost zero signs of aging, it's why people, when they meet me, think I'm younger than I am.  Start now, it's never too late!  Face and neck always!  Getting off my soapbox now...

The standout product is the serum:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair serum

I used it once a day (at night) before applying my moisturizer and it just soaks in, sometimes serums can feel watery or like they sit on your skin.  This one did not.  I LOVE this product.  I've always been so-so on the  serum front, but this one changed my tune!

I followed with this:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night moisturizer

I LOVED this nighttime moisturizer, my skin drank it up.  Now I have mostly oily skin and I was okay with this, it didn't break me out.  Sometimes when you have oily skin you have to worry about a serum then moisturizer just making a greasy, zit-filled mess.  So far, so good.

A little side note for people who have never used Retinols before, they can feel uncomfortable at first (warmth, itchy), if it feels that way then scale back to every other day and/or use the serum or moisturizer for a while before combining. Also make sure you use sunscreen every day because Retinols can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn - trust me on this one.

Every morning I applied this:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Broad Spectrum SPF30 moisturizer

Another really great product that gives you SPF (which you need with the retinols) and does very well under makeup.  My only complaint is I didn't like the smell, but it's not overpowering and doesn't last long, but you can smell the sunscreen.

And lastly, probably the product that didn't do as much for me as the others, though still a great product.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair eye cream

I didn't see as many results with this product as the others, because I have used similar eye creams for a while.  I've been a religious eye cream user for two decades, so while I do have crows feet, they aren't as pronounced as they could be had I not been using products like this for as long as I have.  This is a perfect eye cream if you are starting to see those nagging crows feet.  It's great because the retinols will help lessen the look of those suckers.

Like I said, three days in my skin was so glowy and radiant.  This was the most exciting development, my skin seemed vibrant again.  The "parentheses" around my mouth didn't seem as pronounced as they did before.  My hyper pigmentation in my temple area seemed a little lighter (I think I'm stuck with it though post-baby).

Final thoughts:  This is a great retinol system, if you are new to retinols and are confused figuring out what should be used with what for maximum anti-aging power, then this is a great way to start!  It's easy and it works!  If you just want to cherry pick one or two items then I would say the serum #1 and the night cream #2.  Those are the two I will be purchasing when I run out.  I liked everything, but those were my favorites from the system.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Picks - Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

Another high end designer collaboration just came out today and it looks fantastic - Roland Mouret for Banana Republic!  Chic, timeless pieces that you can dress up or down - if I were still working in an office I would snap a few of these up because they are perfect for work wear.  I have a feeling this collection will go quickly.  Here are my picks:

Poplin Tee (I may have to make this one mine!)

Lace Yolk Dress - this has a very Victoria Beckham Collection vibe too!

Check out the rest of the collection here!

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