Wednesday, April 16, 2014

March 2014 @Bulubox Unboxing

Hi all!  I know that April is more than half over, but I'm gonna show you what I got in my March 2014 Bulu Box anyway. Please note that I opened this box in March. And even filmed the video in March. So why am I just uploading it? I have a list of excuses and one of them is trying to plan a wedding *sigh* or something like it.  But that's an entirely different story. Anyway, here is my March Bulubox and don't forget to rate and comment and subscribe.

Note: This is box #2 of a 3 month Bulu Box subscription deal that I picked up on Livingsocial.com for $15.







Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#Birchboxbrag - Three products for $3.20

 I decided to do a little shopping in the Birchbox shop. And I got 3 full size products but only spent $3.20 of my own money.Woo Hoo! Check the video and let me know what you think. And don't forget to rate and comment on the video. And please subscribe!
If you're not a Birchbox subscriber, you can join HERE to start getting beauty samples and racking up points.





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 2014 @Birchbox Unboxing - Spring Forward

 I got my March 2014 Birchbox a few days ago. Check out what's inside and don't forget to subscribe and please comment/rate the video!
Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What'd you get this month?
If you're not a subscriber you can join HERE to start getting beauty samples and racking up points. I had about $40 in points and did a little shopping - stay tuned to see what I got.


 





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bulu Box Unboxing February 2014

A couple of months ago I picked up a 3 month Bulu Box subscription for $15 via Living Social. Normally, Bulu Box is $10/month so that means this deal was half off.  Check out the video and let me know what you think of my first box. I thought it was ok and look forward to my next two boxes.






Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Collective Hair and Beauty Product Haul! Shea Moisture, Soutanicals, Yest to Carrots, etc

I've purchased some hair and beauty products over the past few months.  And I thought I'd share them with you. Some of these items were purchased as early as Black Friday. Yeah....., I know, but I still thought I'd show them. Besides, I never got the chance to do my holiday hauls because of various issues. So check out the video and let me know if you've used any, have favorites, or otherwise!


 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Curls Sample Kit Review


This is my review of a few Curls items that I purchased in a sample Kit. I bought the kit at Target and I've learned that this was a Target exclusive.  The kit retails for $19.99 though I accidentally got it for about $15. There were four 3oz products in the kit: Creamy Curl Cleanser, Coconut Curlada Conditioner, Lavish Curls Moisturizer, Cashmere Curl Jelly. I was able to use the entire kit twice and I used a few of the items more than twice. Plus I still have some product in a couple of the bottles.

 Here are my thoughts on each of these items. And please let me know if you've used this line.
Also, I have a few pictures below. I accidentally deleted some of the photos on my camera before uploading them to my computer :(

I have also listed the ingredients to all of the products. And although, at first glance, these ingredients look like potential harmful chemicals, they actually fare pretty well on EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
This database rates the possible harmfulness of products and ingredients on a scale of 0-10 (low harzard to high hazard). Though I could not find individual Curls products on this list, I was able to search ingredients - most of them averaged a 3 or lower.





After using the entire line - nice definition but felt pretty dry







Ingredients

Creamy Curl Cleanser
Water, Sodium Cocyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Steric Acid, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Certified Organic Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Certified Organic Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Certified Organic Aesculus Hipocastanum (Horse Chestnut) extract, Certified Organic Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf extract, , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel

Coconut Curlada Conditoner
Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut) Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from coconut), Polysorbate 60, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Hucifera), Panthenol, Certified Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Certified Organic Chamoile Flower Extract, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Monoi de Tahiti, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance,Caramel

Lavish Curls Moisturizer
Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Silk Amino Acids, Certified Organic Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Certified Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance.

Cashmere Curl Jelly
Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactamide MEA, Acetamide MEA, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate 80, Cashmere Extract, Cerifiied Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Certified Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,PEG-40 Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10, Certified Organic Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Polyquaternium-11, Lactic Acid, Bean Tree Palmitate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ulta Beauty Haul - Nyx, Smashbox, and more

I've gone beauty shopping at Ulta couple times and I thought I'd share what I picked up. I was armed with a gift card and a few coupons so I was able to stretch my dollar a little. Check out what I got and let me know what you think.
Do you shop at Ulta? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know.


   

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bzzagent Buzzkit Unboxing Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care

I love trying products! Especially when they're free. Thanks to Bzzagent, I'll be testing out the Triple Repair Hair Care line by Neutrogena. If you're not familiar with Buzzagent, it's a social marketing company that matches products/services with consumers and gets a conversation going. Check out the video to find out a little more. And signup, for free, HERE.


Monday, February 17, 2014

February 2014 Birchbox + US Weekly Unboxing - Step and Repeat

Check out what I got in the February 2014 Birchbox. And this month's box is in collaboration with US Weekly to celebrate awards season and the red carpet. Don't forget to subscribe and please comment and rate the video!
Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What'd you get this month?
If you're not a subscriber you can join HERE to start getting beauty samples and racking up points. I think I'm up to $40 in points so it might be time to cash in at the Birchbox Shop.
























From Left to Right

ElevenSkin Refresh Cleanser (2 oz travel size) the 4oz full size retails for $30

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara  - Jet Black (0.14 sample) the 0.38  full size retails for $19.50

OPI Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat - Be Magentale With Me (1/8 oz sample) the 0.5 full size retails  for $9.00

Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow (10 shade sample card) the full size palette retails for $49.00

Agave Healing Oil Treatment (0.1 oz sample) the 2oz  full size retails for $24







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dr. Sponge Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review!

Have you heard of Konjac cleansing sponges? They're suddenly all the rage in the beauty/skincare world, though they've been around for some time. What are they? Well, they're cleansing sponges made from the  Konjac root  and they're noted for their gentle but effective cleansing and exfoliation.

I first saw these sponges a few years ago on an Asian beauty site. And though I was intrigued I didn't buy them. Then, last year sometime,  I was browsing on AbesMarket.com and Dr. Sponge konjac sponges were on sale (about $6.99), so I decided to give them a try. There were several varieties including original, aloe vera, lycopene, charcoal, green tea, pearl powder, and lavender - I chose aloe vera.

Once I got my sponge, I used it for a couple months according to the instructions. Please check the video to hear my thoughts about this product. And let me know if you've used this product before and how you liked it.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 2014 Love With Food Box Unboxing

Check out what I got in the first Love With Food Box of the year. I thought it was a really good box and was excited to try almost everything.
Join Love With Food HERE for $10/mo - $2.95 for shipping.




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 2014 @Birchbox Unboxing

Here's my first Birchbox of the year! Check out what I got. And it was starting to get a little dark, so please excuse the lighting. Please watch in HD.
Join Birchbox HERE!






From l to r clockwise
Nail Rock Nail Velvet (Full Size ) $7.00 value 
Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream (1.6 oz) full size retails for $19.99
Juicy Couture Couture La La (.05 oz sample vial) Full size retails from $70-90
Inika Mineral Eyeshadow - eternal marine  (Full size .04oz) $20 value
Burt Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion (0.25oz) full size retails approx. 17.99



Thursday, January 16, 2014

Featured On Etsy Finds!

Yesterday, I woke up to a few Etsy sales. Then I looked on the Esty app and noticed an unusual amount of views for my shop and a couple items. Way more than I usually get in a day, week even. Then I got an email from  Etsy that said one of my items (Small Brass Hoops) was popular because it was getting so many views. The email mentioned that maybe my earrings were featured on Etsy or somewhere else. So I did some research.

Checked the front page - nothing there. Did some searches online, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and there was nothing. Analytics only led me to Etsy's homepage. I had no idea where the traffic was coming from. So, I asked a few of the customers how they found me.  Two people responded and told me I was in the Etsy Finds email. OMG. WHAT?

Yep! I was featured in a daily email that Etsy sends out to it's gazillion subscribers. And guess what? I wasn't a subscriber so I missed it *womp*. I couldn't find a link or anything that would lead me to this feature. I thought maybe they had archives but there were none. So today, I asked around on social media and someone came through with a link. YAY. I got to see it and was so excited. Here it is and my earrings are under the title 'May The Circle Be Unbroken.' Woot! Now off to do some hammering!
And below is just a screen shot I did a lil tinkering to.

Monday, January 13, 2014

December 2013 Birchbox Unboxing

Hi all! Hope your new year is getting off to a great start. Here's my Birchbox from December 2013. I wanted to upload it sooner but I my internet was down.  So here it is now because I don't like wasting a video.  FYI, my hair was styled using Curls products. Review coming soon!
Join Birchbox HERE.


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Thursday, January 9, 2014

$15 for 3 month Bulu Box Subscription via Living Social

I'm a big fan of subscription boxes and though I'm  subscribed to a couple, I always want to try more. And since I'm on a budget, I try to find deals on boxes. Well, I came across this deal on Living Social and it's for  Bulu Box. You can get a 3 month subscription for only $15 (normally $30). I am definitely getting this one. FYI, Bulu box offers 4-5 samples for health, fitness, and weight loss. I just purchased mine and can wait to try it out. I'll also definitely do unboxing videos too. Check HERE if you're interested in Bulu Box.





Happy 2014!

Hi all! Popping in to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I wanted to make this post sooner but the last few weeks of  December, through today, were like a whirlwind. I had temp work, jewelry orders, holiday stuff, etc...And then my internet went out for a little over a week. . So, I'm just now kind of winding down from all the holiday hoopla and getting settled into the new year. I haven't even really set any resolutions, goals, intentions for this year yet. And I want to do some sort of vision board and/or list. I just haven't had to time to sit and focus. Hopefully I'll be able to some writing and planning within the next week. Anyway, just wanted to say Happy New Year. I wish you all the best and I'll leave you with a couple of highlights from December 2013.

                                                  Afrobella.com Sun-Times Splash Feature


Patrice Grell Yursik of Afrobella.com included my jewelry ( Brass Hoop Earrings) in her Suntimes Splash Feature! EEK! I had no idea she was doing this it so was an awesome surprise. When I first learned of the feature, I thought it was only online. It wasn't until later that day when I found out this feature was also in the actual Sunday Suntimes Newspaper. Can you say geeked? So I had to run out and grab the paper. 
I was and will always be grateful to Patrice for her support. She's been so kind and sweet since I first met her. She has such major influence and celebrity ties but is still always down to earth and always looking out for the small businesses, artists, and brands. 


I Got Engaged!


The beau proposed to me on , New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013 and it came at a total shock to me.
There was no fancy dinner or night out. He wasn't acting weird. It was just another normal day. We'd just got in from working out. He took a shower first then I took mine. I came out of the bathroom - all the lights were off and two candles were burning. I asked him what he was doing and he just smiled. I smiled, laughed and asked him what was going on. See, I thought he was being silly  as we both can be sometimes. I still didn't suspect a proposal. I then sat on the couch, laughed, and asked, once more,  what was he doing. Then he held out a box and asked me to marry him. I said yes! And I totally did the OMG, fanning, cry thing. We plan to get married this year. And we want something simple and ...ahem...budget friendly. We're both not real physched about the planning.  We'd totally do city hall but the fam would never, ever, ever,  forgive us. And my dad's excited about walking me down the aisle. So a small simple ceremony it shall be. I'll keep you posted and I'm accepting any and all suggestions.  






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

November Love With Food Unboxing

November is long gone but I thought I'd still show you what I got in my Love With Food box. And FYI, I did film the video in November but, for some reason, I didn't upload it. No use letting a perfectly good video go to waste.  So here goes. Oh, and the giveaway that I mention in the video has closed but be on the lookout for more.





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 2013 Birchbox Unboxing - #MoreGood

Check out what I got in the November 2013 Birchbox! I also have another box to show you, which I received at the screening of Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn. View the video to see what I got in both boxes.
Also, there's only a few days left to enter my jewelry giveaway!
Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1gxdsVS






Monday, November 11, 2013

Jazjewelz Earrings Giveaway!



Giveaway time! Enter for a chance to win a pair of hoop earrings.  Winner will choose between a pair of hammered hoops (metal and size of winner's choice) or beaded trade bead hoops (winner chooses size). 
Check the link for more details and Good Luck! 
 Enter HERE---> http://bit.ly/1gxdsVS

Hammered Hoops are available in brass, copper, and aluminum. Sizes, small, medium and large (shown below).



Trade Bead Earrings are available in smallmedium,  and large (shown below). 




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Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 2013 Love With Food Box Unboxing

Hi all! Here is my October 2013 Love With Food box unboxing. This post comes pretty late, considering there's less than 4 hours left in this month. Thought I'd share it anyway. Check it out and don't forget to rate, comment, and subscribe!
Love With Food is a subscription service and will cost you about $12 (total) per month. Click HERE for
more information.