February 19, 2014

Get Perfect Beach Waves! Sarah Potempa & Birchbox

Today I participated in my first Google+ Hangout, and much like a Twitter Party, there are guest bloggers, brand ambassadors and usually a celebrity stylist/artist.  The huge difference comes with the video aspect, which is a lot of fun.  Today's Hangout was held by Birchbox (A quick explanation of Birchbox will be noted at the bottom) featuring celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa and her Beachwaver curling iron, a rotating, adjustable temperature iron.

Not only did I walk away with some new tips and tricks, but there was a ton if interesting information as well! I don't know about you, but I always thought the more lather you had in your hair, the cleaner it would be.  But, did you know that shampoo is for your scalp, not your hair itself?  I sure didn't.  I really wish I was able to show you the video, however, it seems to have disappeared to a black screen with voices.  If you'd like to check it out, please click HERE to see the Beachwaver in action!

After checking out the video, I want a Beachwaver more than ever!!  However, it is a Pretty Pricey Product (PPP) at $199.00.  But after checking other reviews, it definitely seems worth the price.  I WILL be ordering mine soon.  For those of you that are already Birchbox babes you can get 15% OFF in the Birchbox shop, of all Sarah's products, including the Beachwaver, But ONLY FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS!  Just use code SARAHPOTEMPA15 at checkout. (Until 2/20/14)

For those of you beauties and gents that aren't Birchbox subscribers:  "Birchbox is a subscription service where each month, you'll receive a selection of samples that we've tried (and retried) ourselves. We source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup, as well as fun non-beauty extras. The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories."  The women's box is $10 a month and the men's box is $20 a month.  You also have the option of  paying monthly, or in advance for 3, 6, or 12 months.

If you already own a Beachwaver, please leave a comment below and let me know how you like it!


February 17, 2014

Julep - FREE gift with purchase

Just in time for the Oscars, Julep is hosting its new "Red Carpet Ready" sets. Not only do they have some unbelievable shades this go 'round, but they are offering a FREE gift with any $25 purchase.  You get the sequined clutch, a bottle of Oscar (Gold multi-dimensional glitter) and your choice of either Rita (Royal Blackcurrant micro-shimmer) or Holly (Green frost) A total $50 value.  This offer is available to anyone, just use the code EVERYBODY.  And don't forget your exclusive priced add-ons! But remember this offer only lasts until 2/28/14 11:59 PST.

If you happen to be interested in becoming a Julep Maven, you can score your first month free (A $19.99 value) by entering code: FREEBOX.  Just take the quick quiz to see what style you are and BAM! ... You're ready to go.  Don't like your box selection?  You can change it.  Want to skip a month?  No problem.  Hassle free nail polish right to your door monthly!


**Picture from Julep email.

Late January Volupties Review ... and OOPS!

Like I mentioned above,I am a huge procrastinator.  No, really I've just been extremely busy, so I apologize that this is so late, but I figured since my February shipment should be here any day I better get my January review up!!

Now Volupties (Volup-Tease) is a monthly Panties/Underwear subscription for $17 including S&H ($12 for your FIRST month) in which you receive 3 pairs of panties.  They also deliver to Canada!!  The styles and colors differ and you do not get to customize, but they have a great selection and I have gotten the "booty-licious" seal of approval numerous times!  Volupties is for us ladies that have a more full booty than our smaller girlfriends.  Don't worry ... There's a subscription for you too called Splendies.  If you wear a size 8 or above, you're a Volupties girl!!

Recently I received an email that the company has grown so much that they have changed their billing process a bit.  You now get billed on the 10th of the month and your package is shipped on the 15th.  NO worries!  I like the structure myself..  Last month I was involved in a small OOPS.  I was actually billed once on the 5th and received that shipment, then was billed again and received a second shipment in January.  Not a problem really as you will see below.  But as with any changes in processes, there's going to be small glitches, but like I said, no worries! :)

February 16, 2014

NUBAR Cuticle Nail Oil

Recently I participated in the Beauty Box 5 (BB5 will be explained below) #awkwardmakeupmoment contest on Facebook in conjunction with the new movie "That Awkward Moment" featuring Zac Efron.  My Awkward makeup moment was one of 4 that received the highest number of votes.  In return for reliving my embarrassing experience I won a full size bottle of NUBAR Cuticle Care Oil in Vanilla.

I knew what the prize was, so I was extremely excited when I found out I had actually won!!  I have been suffering the last couple of months with horrible hang nails, splitting cuticles and ripping skin; especially on my thumbs.  I had tried a couple other brands touting amazing hydration and wonderful healing properties, but neither lived up to their hype.  Lately I had just been working lotion into the area a couple times a day.

I came home from work last week to find a package in my mailbox!  I quickly opened it to find the box I had been waiting for.  I applied it that night and noticed it had a nice feel.  Not too greasy, and it soaked it pretty quickly, not to mention it smells absolutely divine.  Not much difference the first day.  But by day 4, the skin was healing on my thumbs and the rest of my nails just looked a little healthier.  It's now been a week and with nightly application of the cuticle care oil, the skin and cuticles on my thumbs are completely healed!

So for the time being, I think I've found the product that I need, and all because of an awkward makeup moment.  Thanks Beauty Box 5!!

You can purchase the NUBAR Cuticle Care Oil from their website for $10 + S&H along with a large variety of products.  Aids in healing inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Bran Oil
  • Safflower Seed Oil
  • Caramium Rubrum Extract
  • Morus Alba Root Extract
  • Vitamin D
  • Mulberry Root Extract

BEAUTY BOX 5:  "Beauty Box 5 is a subscription based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month".  You receive free shipping and exclusive discounts from partner brands.  Just choose the plan that's best for you; monthly ($12), quarterly ($30) or yearly ($99)!

February 6, 2014

My Celestial Seasonings Green Tea Experience

I have never been a Tea drinking kind of girl.  I have tried a few brands here and there.  But Soda was my first choice and coffee (Starbucks) my second.  Of course I had tried the "in everybody's kitchen" Lipton brand and I happened along an Arnold Palmer in New Mexico.  Which, by the way, is not as good when it comes in a carton.

Recently I was sent the Celestial Seasonings #ArtofGreenTea VoxBox compliments of  Influenster for testing purposes.  I was originally sent 2 different flavors to taste as well as a coupon for a free full size box of any Green Tea flavor.  After trying the samples I was given I quickly grabbed that coupon and ran to the grocery store.  I picked up my free box and 4 others with it.  The Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine is my new favorite ... so far.

As I get older, I'm starting to look for new ways to incorporate healthy living into my daily routine.  I'm trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine which mans cutting back on my coffee and I am trying to watch my weight as well, so the soda has to hit the road.  Celestial Seasonings tea is a great alternative.  They have both Caffeinated and Decaf varieties to choose from, also with added Antioxidant benefits, and remember they are 100% Natural Teas.