Wednesday, May 30, 2012

GlossyBox USA Launch!

Glossybox has launched in the US! I have been seeing bloggers form around the world getting this monthly subscription and I've always been curious what it was exactly. I was one of the lucky bloggers to receive this special edition of GlossyBox USA. The items in this box were all deluxe samples and full size products. I was very pleasantly surprised. I have read around that this is a limited edition for the launch so not every box will have this many awesome products. The monthly cost for a GlossyBox is $21.
It came very beautifully packaged in a hard-cardboard box that I am actually going to use for storage too.
Inside the box was a list with product information.
In case you can't see the photo clearly, here's what was inside the April GlossyBox:

- Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection
- Cargo EyeBronzer
- BASQ Cucumber Tea Eye gel
- OPI Kiss me on my tulips
- C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Shampoo
- Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine (Toffee)

I will individually review these products as I get to using them. My initial experimentation with them were very promising. The Cargo eyeshadow is very pigmented but can flake under your eye. Its a powdery texture. It reminds me of the shadows Victoria Secret Beauty had, same sort of packaging and quality. The color is a bronzy gold color. The BASQ eye gel is very light and smells a bit minty. It is suppose to help depuff the eye area and I definitely need some of that. The OPI color is not really good for my skin tone but nonetheless, it is a pretty fuchsia shade. The C.O. Bigelow shampoo smells heavenly. Its a floral mint scent and just strong enough to smell with the bottle open. The Kryolan gloss is a bit thick, which might make it sticky, but the color is nude and creamy. The Erno Laszlo samples include a morning beauty rescue, refresh moisture infusion, instant eye repair, intensive porcelain veil and velvet night cream. These sample packets are great for traveling!

Till next time :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Influenster May 2012

I signed up for Influenster a while back and I finally got my first box this month. I was super excited!! It came in a very well packaged box and had a lot of amazing products in it. I have reviewed some of these products on but I will also go through them here. If you are not familiar with Influenster, its basically a free sampling box sent out to chosen people who are to use the samples and then review them on their blogs, youtube channels, FB/Twitter pages, etc. Its free to sign up for but not guaranteed that you will be selected and it's not every single month. 
Here's a list of what was inside my May box :)
Ideal for hiding blemishes, age spots, redness, scars and other imperfections without heavy, cakey coverage. Duo shades can be blended to perfectly match any skin tone.

Real Nail Polish Strips! This product wears like nail polish because it IS nail polish (with no drying time). Apply and you’re ready to go.

Whether you have on-going foot discomfort, or just a soft spot for the most stylish shoes in the store, you’re going to love the Dr. Scholl’s® For Her line. Take a few steps towards happier feet today!

This new product offers all season protection & moisturization for year-round exposure to the sun, wind & cold. With SPF 50+, it helps to protect from the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays.

Discover a better, more delicate fragrance experience with the NEW Fragrance Mist Collection. With over 20 Signature fragrances to choose from, it’s love at first mist!

Enjoy SOYJOY with all-natural real ingredients like real fruit and whole soy! Simply baked in their Southern California bakery into SOYJOY bars for REAL energy-sustaining deliciousness.

I'll do reviews on each product as I try them out! So far, I've only tried the SoyJoy Bar in Strawberry, which I absolutely loved! It was so delicious and not overbearingly sweet, and the BBW Mist in Moonlight Path, which isn't my favorite scent but I do like the soft scent it leaves versus a very strong alcoholic scent. 

Till next time :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Shoes Review

Hello lovelies! Its been a while cause I've started my 2nd semester in grad school and i've been picking up a lot of side jobs in design so I've been swamped. I actually had all these post ideas but just never got the chance to upload them. So for the next few days I will be mass-posting! Last few weeks I've been receiving a lot of stuff in the mail. One thing is my shoes!

JustFab is an online shopping website. They do a monthly subscription and a single purchase version. The monthly subscription is $39.95 and you can skip months if you don't find anything you like that month. You take a personality quiz when you sign up and you'll be matched with shoes, accessories and handbags. You can also earn points and the shipping is free. If you choose to do single purchase, it can range from $49 to $79 but no monthly skips. 
The packaging was great and I really like that it was easy and customer service was friendly. The shoes are made by JustFab themselves and come in a nice sturdy box with a dust bag too. The shipping was very fast, around 4 days after the order was processed. 
I did monthly subscription just to try it out. I bought these coral sandal heels.  The quality is pretty good. The shoe is light on my feet and the straps are soft. The sole has a bit of leopard print so it adds some flare. The size was slightly larger than 6.5, which is what I wear and what I ordered. So it's pretty true to size but if you're in between sizes, I'd size down. I read many reviews and they mostly say the sizes run larger. 
Here's my OOTD with my new coral heels. The top and bottom are both from Forever 21. I've been trying out different bold colors for the spring. I think its expanding my wardrobe.

Till next time :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

April Hits and Misses!

In the month of April, I didn't get a chance to try a lot of new things, but out of the things I did try, I liked most of them. Here's some of my April favorites!
Hit #1:
I finally finished my body wash so I started my THEFACESHOP Lychee & Plum Essential Body Wash I bought during my last trip to NY. First off, this little bottle of heaven smells wonderful! I love lychee and this body wash actually has a delicate lychee scent. I don't smell the plum as much but that doesn't bother me at all. The liquid turns into foam easily on my loofah. It doesn't feel oily or leave my skin pulled tight. Its moisturizing even after I get out of the shower. This wash contains fruit extracts that are rich in vitamin C.

Miss #1:
I tried finding a new leave-in conditioner since my Ojon Revitalizing Mist was running out so I picked up THEFACESHOP Jewel Hair Care System Color Care Styling Mist. I believe this spray is not part of their product line anymore because when I checked the website, it wasn't listed, but there is a newer version called Jewel Therapy Water Jelly Essence. The styling mist supposedly moisturizes lackluster hair and brings out a more vibrant color. It contains jewel ingredients rich in minerals. I haven't seen a big difference in my hair since I started using this. I use it on my hair after it toweled dry and it sprays on clear and non-sticky, but the scent is overwhelming. Its like a mix between floral and alcohol. It overpowers my perfume sometimes. The moisturizing part is kinda effective, but my color is about the same and it doesn't do much for detangling. I bought a bottle of It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In which I've heard raves about. Hopefully that will work better on my hair.

Target Sample Bag Hits and Misses
This is the annual Spring sample bag that Target sends out to their loyal followers. This bag was a super cute bright coral and pink pouch. Its quite big and fits my Clairsonic Mia with its charger. Great for travel! Out of this bag, I liked the Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser and the Nivea 24 Hour Hydration Lotion. The cleanser was very sensitive, but still left me feeling clean. The lotion was enough moisture for my ashy legs, but doesn't leave them oily. The Magic Lumi Primer was a miss for me. I didn't see a big difference on my face after applying it. It did its job as a primer and sets a smooth base for my BB cream, but it didn't highlight or brighten anything. The Simple Gentle Cleansing Wipes did a good job refreshing my face after a hot day but didn't remove much makeup. It barely took off any of my Maybelline gel eyeliner. It also makes my face sting a bit afterwards. It was a miss for me. And the Pantene Volumizing Conditioner was just like any other conditioner I've used, nothing special.

On side note, I love the Lancome Visionnaire!
It is the most awesome serum I've used along with the Genefique. It seems Lancome has been developing some miracle elixirs because my skin is supple and finally healing with these 2 serums. I do one in the morning and one at night before my moisturizers. They have evened out my skin tone and lightened my acne scars. It also made my skin brighter and glow. They're extremely expensive in my book, but one splurge vs 20 small purchases that don't work is worth it to me.

Till next time :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How I Store My Jewelry and OOTD #2

Back in college, I didn't have a lot of table space or space in general. One of my friends had push pins on her wall for her jewelry and I thought it was super creative but my walls couldn't be pierced through so I came up with a way to decorate my calendar board.. 
I added push pins to the cork part of the calendar and just hung my earrings on one row and my long necklaces on the 2nd row. This lets me easily find the jewelry that I wear often and its a grab-n-go.
This is my nightstand with all my lotions and my bamboo plant. The little yellow mushroom is actually a push nightlight that my bf got me. I love it! Its actually very bright and runs on just one AA battery. For my more expensive and nicer jewelry, I have a Sanrio jewelry storage cabinet and a Monokuro piggy earring holder. I recently bought a storage box from Staples to organize my other jewelry in my drawers. I will do a post on it as soon as I have it all sorted. 
I went to visit my bf in Rhode Island a month ago and it was still pretty chilly up there so this would be considered a colder spring outfit. I had a pair of Aldo booties, black leggings, a long sleeve shirt-dress from Express, a leather vest from Zara, and a triangle scarf I bought a long time ago. I was trying to keep it in the black, white and grey color scheme.

Till next time :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hautelook: Guess Swimsuit

Hi lovelies! Sorry I've been gone for a while. I had finals for my 1st semester as a grad student and it has been crazy hectic. Then after that I had a mini vacation planned. Since I haven't gotten a new bathing suit in a long time, I wanted to get one for the summer. I've been loving the new coral color this season so I found a great deal for a GUESS bathing suit on Hautelook. Hautelook is quick with their shipping and they have awesome deals if you can catch them. They go really fast though. Its not a monthly site, just a daily deals site with no obligations to subscribe or buy.
The actual color came out a bit more red than coral but it was still nice. The quality of the bathing suit is pretty good and thick. Its nylon and spandex. There's gold rhinestones on the left side of the top and bottom. I prefer Victoria Secret bathing suits over GUESS though. Its a lot more comfortable. The top has padding and ruffles around the edges. The cut on the bottom is ruffled and pulled in the middle so it shows a bit more of my bottom then I'm use to. I was shy wearing it around at first, but it gives more area to tan.
Missing my vacation already!!

P.S. Check out Little Black Bag! Its a totally addicting monthly subscription site and they have a lot of great deals!

Till next time :)