Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My First Deciem - The Ordinary Order!

I got my first Deciem order some days ago and I'm really excited to try everything. They have several different lines but I got items from the super popular The Ordinary line. This line offers  a range of items from facial oils, acids like AHAs, BHAs and retinols, vitamin serums, foundations, and more. All at extremely budget friendly prices. I'm talking $5-$7 bucks for many of the products.

I heard about this line pretty much when it launched and I was definitely intrigued. However I didn't purchase right away despite the affordability. I just kinda made a mental note to try it someday. Well that mental note wasn't needed because I've been seeing and hearing about the line ever since. It was (and is) on all the blogs, YouTube, social media, magazines, and online beauty publications, and more. With many rave reviews to boot. 

So naturally I became more and more interested in trying some of these products. And one day, I decided to place an order. Well, just so happens that the items I wanted were out of stock. Not for just a day or two, but for weeks and weeks. Meanwhile, these same products were available on amazon and eBay for double and triple the price. Shout out to the resellers! 
So I signed up, on The Ordinary's website,  to be notified when the items were in stock.  After a few weeks I got emails stating that the items I wanted were available. HOORAY! I ordered right away. I got four items:  Glycolic Acid 7% Solution , Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA 2% Spheres, Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%.  The total cost for my order was $27.80; that's a fraction of the cost for many skincare products that contain these active ingredients. Plus shipping is free if your order two or more items. 

My main skincare goal right now is re-texturizing. And all of these products pretty much address this issue. Of course, I can't use them all at once-using acids together and/or with vitamin C is not recommended. This can cause major irritation. Also, when using a bunch of new products at once, it's harder to tell what's making a difference. For better or for worse.  So I started (for no particular reason) with the Glycolic Acid 7% Solution during my nighttime routine. And so far, so good. I've been using it for about three weeks and I'm seeing some results with smoother and brighter (less dull) skin. I'll be switching these products out soon and taking note on how each of them work for me. And perhaps I'll come back with reviews. Stay tuned!

Have you tried this line before? If so, how are/were your results. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Update with reviews- Influenster Breezy #VoxBox Unboxing

I received the Breezy VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster, about a week ago. And it was so heavy, I couldn't wait to open it. I made quick video opening the box and showing everything inside. Check it out! And I'm planning to update this post with some reviews. Click HERE to join Influenster. 

I thought this moisturizer was ok. First of all I love the scent. It has that wonderful Origins spa-like smell. It's a little on the thick side but it applies and spreads easily. It does has spf but I was able to rub it in with no white cast (I have medium-deep skin tone). Left my skin a little oilier than I like though. 

I thought this eye cream was ok. I didn't detect much of a scent. It was a little thick. I have a medium-deep skin tone and I had to work a bit to rub out the whiteness from spf. Seemed to moisturize well though. 

Head & Shoulders Volume Boost Anti Dandruff Shampoo  
I thought this shampoo was ok but not really for me. It smells very nice. Give a good rich lather and rinsed clean but left my hair a little on the dry side. I'd use it in a pinch but wouldn't replace my usual shampoo. 

Head & Shoulders Volume Boost Hair & Scalp Conditioner
This conditioner was ok. Smells nice and left my hair fairly conditioned. My styling products seemed to work quite well afterwards. However, my hair seemed to dry out pretty quickly. I would only use this occasionally.

Nair Hair Remover Wax Ready Strips
I'm not usually a waxer but I tested  these out . Worked quite well on my lil peach fuzz stache. Didn't irritate my skin either. Though I'm not extremely sensitive. And there was a little pain with the rip off, but that's what I expected with waxing.

Profoot Heel Rescue Foot Cream
This product works quite well. It's rich and creamy but not too thick. Absorbs nicely, has a neutral scent, and is not at all greasy. And I noticed a difference in my feet after a few uses. They were definitely softer and smoother.

Sour Punch Ragin' Reds and Pineapple-Mango Chili Straws
Everything you'd expect from this type of candy. Fruity, sour, but not too sour, then sweet. Also chewy and a little sticky

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Life Update: I'm A Mama #newmom

Hi all, I thought I'd pop in and tell you about my big life update. And as you can see from the title I am a new mama now. On May 2 , 2017, my husband and I welcomed our baby girl, Malia Camille, into this world. And if you're following me on any other of my social media platforms, then you probably already know. I just wanted to update here because, although the I don't post often, I didn't think it would be right to post about products and such before mentioning this news.

 Also if you're following me on any other social media platforms, you probably noticed that I didn't post anything about being pregnant. And I'm sure that probably seems odd in this age of sharing and over-sharing. However due to a few issues and complications here and there, I just wanted to get my baby here safe and sound before sharing anything. We didn't ever tell our parents until we were four months in. And at this point, I was so sick, making announcements /social media was the last thing on my mind. Anyway, that's a story for another day.

In other news, I finally decided to open Instagram accounts for my Etsy shop (@jazjewelzdesign) and for the blog (@favethingsetc). I'm hoping to be a little more consistent in posting on those than I am here, on twitter, and on my personal accounts. So follow me there if you wish. See ya there!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Influenster Ole Henriksen Balance VoxBox

I received the Ole Henriksen Balance VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster, a couple of weeks ago and I was pretty excited. This box featured Ole Henriksen's new Balance skincare line that is geared toward oily skin but without stripping. I made a little video explaining the box; check it out and check out my mini reviews below.

The cleanser is pearly in appearance and has a gel-like consistency. I removed my makeup with an oil before cleansing. I used a pea-sized amount of the cleanser on damp skin-the lather was sort of milky and creamy. The scent is herbal and slightly medicinal but not overpowering in my opinion. Afterwards, my skin felt clean, cool, refreshed and not stripped. 

The toner has a herbally scent similar to the cleanser
And left my skin quite matte. I also felt a slight cooling sensation but no tingle or irritation. 

This product is pretty lightweight and absorbs quickly. It left my skin fairly soft and matte. I used abou two pumps which was just enough. And of the three products, the hydrator seems to have the mildest scent, though still somewhat herbal.

Overall I thought the line worked well. The products were pretty effective while still being gentle and  non-stripping. I didn't experience any breakouts or irritation. My skin is currently combination so I've been trying the line just once a day, otherwise it would be too drying. Once summer hits, and my skin gets oilier, I can use it more. 

These products were sent to me for reviewing purposes-opinions are all my own.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Influenster Eat Well Be Well #VoxBox

I received the Eat Well Be Well box, courtesy of Influenster, a couple of weeks ago. This box featured several food brands that offer some healthier food options. I made a little video explaining the box; check it out and check out my quick reviews below.

Earth Balance Buttery Spread
This is a product that I've used kbefore and I like it quite well. I use it the same way I'd use real butter: to cook, bake, and as a spread. And I think it works really well. It melts, blends, and spreads like real butter. Also, has a similar buttery taste. I'll definitely repurchase and try some of the other varieties. 

As mentioned in the video, I went to the store with the intention to buy bread but didn't see any. So I opted for this frozen pepperoni pizza. Note, I haven't had frozen pizza in a while so I don't have much to compare it to besides what I've had in the past. And compared to those it was pretty good. Especially for gluten-free. Not as good as homemade or delivery, but decent and good in a pinch. And please note that I don't follow a gluten-free diet, but I try (and have tried in the past) gluten-free from time to time. 
I cooked it in my conventional oven according to the directions. Then I decided to add a few minutes cooking time to make sure the crust was as crisp as I like. There was a nice balance of cheese, sauce, and pepperoni. It was mildly seasoned but not bland. Though I did add a few of my own seasonings and toppings just to punch it up a bit.  

I've seen this brand around for years and have tried a few items here and there. They have a pretty wide selection available so it took me a while to choose. Then I finally settled on the Enchilada with bacon. It was pretty good-not too salty but definitely not bland.  And was very saucy; there was plenty of sauce left after I had eaten the enchiladas. I thought the fillings ration were balanced and the size was right too; not too large or small.

This was the only food item that came in the box. They were crunchy but not too hard. Not too salty and the pretzel flavor was mild. 

Overall, I enjoyed this box. I really love trying out new products and food items. I'll definitely be checking out more items from each of these brands. Are you familiar with these brands? If so, what are your favorite products. Let me know in the comments. 

Disclosure: This box was sent to my by Influenster for testing purposes 

Friday, November 25, 2016

My #BlackFriday, CyberMonday, SmallbusinessSaturday Deal

Hi All! I know it's been ages since I posted here but the last few months (especially this month) have been quite challenging. I'll get into that in another post. Today I just wanted to share the Cyber weekend deal I have for my Etsy shop. Use code BLCK2016 to get 20% off your order of $20 or more! This is a great deal for my small shop because most items are already pretty reasonable. Plus shipping is already included (even items under $20). Take advantage because there will be some shipping changes coming in 2017.

And in case you're wondering, here's what happend with my Play By Sephora box.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Play By Sephora #SephoraPlay August 2016

Hi all! I got my August 2016 Play by Sephora box a few days ago and cracked it open right away. This is my second Sephora box and so far it's ok. Next month's box will determine if I keep the subscription or spend that $10 on some new sheet masks ( as if my collection isn't large enough). Check out the video below to see what I got. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

@Influenster #ReviveVoxBox

Hi All! Popping in to share the Revive VoxBox that I received courtesy (yep, free for testing purposes) of Influenster. You can check out my Unboxing video and a few photos below. Click HERE if you want to learn more about Influenster.

Friday, July 22, 2016

#SephoraPlay Play by Sephora Unboxing July 2016

 I haven't subscribed to a subscription box in a while, but I decided to give the Play by Sephora box a try because I saw a couple cool boxes on social media. And since I've shared some of my other boxes with you all in the past, I thought I'd share this one too. Check the videos and photo below and let me know what you think.

Are you subscribed to any boxes? Or, are there boxes that you want to subscribe to? Let me know in the comments.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Influenster #SproutVoxBox Unboxing

Hi all! Popping in to show you  Influenster Sprout Vox Box Unboxing. The video is filmed on my phone so excuse the quality.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Quick Hello - Maybe I'm Back

It's been well over a year since I've blogged so I thought I would just pop in to say hello. My last post was on November 24, 2014 and I mentioned how I would make a video to explain why I've been absent. Well, that didn't happen and I went all of 2015 without making one post or youtube video.
The short story is, I became a wife and part homeowner (that means mortgage) at the end of 2014 and my priorities changed a bit. I was also  plenty busy with my etsy shop and I was a vendor at  Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar  almost every month last year. That means I was making lots of jewelry. I was also taking on some temps jobs. Last year was pretty full year so blogging and making videos took a back seat.

 I can't say how often I'll blog and/or youtube this year.  Though I have been trying out some pretty cool products lately. Especially the Korean beauty stuff which really blew up last year. I've bought my fair share of sheet masks, essences, and ampoules and some of them are really fantastic. Most of my purchases have come from Memebox but I've tried a few other shops too.

 I've also been experimenting with different hair products and I think I've found a couple of holy grails including TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask; my hair LOVES it.  FYI, tgin products are buy 2, get 1 free at Sally Beauty Supply through January.

So, perhaps I'll post here and there with updates and some of my latest faves. We'll see! Stay tuned until then.

Photo sources: sallybeautysupply.com, memebox.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'll Be Back Soon!

Hi all, I hope you've been well! I haven't made a post here since August 14, 2014. Whew!  I've had a couple life changes that caused me to take a break from some hobbies. Including blogging, vlogging, and even social media.  Actually, I've been sort of semi-absent from social media for a little while. I've been posting here and there on instagram  and on my jewelry Facebook.  Other than that, I've been pretty quiet. I will be back though. Stay tuned for an update vlog that I plan to make soon. See ya then!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 2014 Birchbox Unboxing - Hibernation

Here is my August 2014 Birchbox unboxing which I'm satisfied with. Though, If I weren't such a spoilerphobe, I could have received a better different box with products I'm more interested in.
Also, Birchbox thinks I'm Queen! Check the video to see what I'm talking about. Let me know what you think and don't forget to rate, comment, and subscribe!
Join Birchbox HERE

Are a Birchbox subscriber? If so, did you like you box this month? Let me know in the comments.
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July 2014 Treastsie Box Unboxing (Get First box for $4.95)

Here is my Treatsie box for the month of July! And I have to say this has been my favorite box so far. Treatsie box offers high-quality, artisan sweets and I got my first box for free. I just had to pay the shipping cost which is $4.95. And you can do the same by going to Treatsie.com and there should be a prompt asking if you want a free box. Of course you say yes and continue the sign up process. Otherwise the box (shipping included) costs $19.95
Check out the video to see what I got and please watch in HD for better quality viewing!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 2014 @Glossybox Unboxing - My First Box

So...... I subscribed to another box. Surprise, surprise! This isn't the newest box on the block either. It's Glossybox which has been available in the US since 2012. The subscription is $21/month and offers 5 luxury beauty samples. When Glossybox launched here, I thought it looked like a cool box but I wasn't interested in paying $21 for a box (at the time). I did, however, register on their site to receive emails. And early this month I got two sneak peek emails featuring items that would be in  the July box. One of these products is a high end facial mask (supposed celeb favorite) that I've wanted to try. And the other product just seemed very appealing to me. What sealed the deal for me though, was watching a couple of unboxing videos on Youtube; especially their collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman. So, I am now a Glossybox subscriber and I think it's well worth the cost. In fact this month's box has a value of over $90 with one item being twice subscription's cost. I'm very pleased with my first box and can't wait for next month. Check out what I got!

Are you subscribed to Glossybox? If so, for how long?

Subscribe to Glossybox HERE using my referral code.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Graze.com #Nibblebox Unboxing -My July 2014 Boxes

Here are my Nibbleboxes  for the month of July. This is a subscription service. Boxes cost $6 each and you can have them delivered as often as once a week. Or as little as twice a month.
Check the video to see my snack for this month. Also, If you're interested in trying  Nibblebox, you can get your first and fifth for box free. Go to graze.com and enter my friendcode, 97NKLZN7B. And if  you're counting calories, Graze.com has a Calorie Counter Box which only includes snacks that are 100-150 calories per serving.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

July 2014 #Birchbox Unboxing - #Powerup

I got my July 2014 Birchbox a few days ago and filmed the video right away! This month's box is a collaboration with Women's Health Magazine and the theme is Power Up. Check out what I got this month and let me know what you think.
Do please subscribe to my Youtube channel - rate, comment, and subscribe!
Join Birchbox HERE

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? Let me know what your fave is.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

June 2014 Treatsie Box Unboxing - Get Your First Box for $4.95

Here is my Treatsie box for June 2014. I uploaded the video a few days ago but totally forgot to post it here. Check it out and let me know what you think. Also, you can get your first Treatsie box for free - just pay shipping which is only $4.95. Go HERE to get your box!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Graze.com #Nibblebox Unboxing - My June 2014 Boxes

These are the Nibbleboxes I got for the month of June. This is a subscription service. Boxes cost $6 each and you can have them delivered as often as once a week. Or as little as twice a month.
Check the video to see what I got. Also, If you'd like to try Nibblebox, you can get your first and fifth for box free. Just go to graze.com and enter my friendcode, 97NKLZN7B. And just in case you're watching your calories, Graze.com offers a Calorie Counter Box which only includes snacks that are 100-150 calories per serving.

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June 2014 #Birchbox Unboxing - Away We Go!

Got my Birchbox this month and I couldn't be more pleased. When I first picked up the box, I noticed it was a little heavier than usual. Then I opened it and realized why. Also, one of the items I got has a retail value over the amount of two Birchboxes. Check the video to see what I got this month. And please rate, comment and subscribe!
Join Birchbox HERE 

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