Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Upcoming Event: BGLH Chicago Naturals Spring Swap Meet

On Sunday,  April 29th, I'll be vending a the BGLH Chicago Naturals Spring Swap Meet. I'll have jewelry,  from my etsy shop , at a discounted price and brand new designs. I'll also have a few hair products to giveaway (with jewelry purchase) or swap/sell. It should be a really fun time and I hope to see you there.

What: BGLH Chicago Naturals Spring Swap Meet
When: Sunday, April 29 2012
Where: Little Black Pearl 1060 E. 47th Street, Chicago, IL 
Time:11am -6pm                                                                                    
Cost: $5 for adults; free for children

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Out and About: Dose Market and Fela The Musical

On Sunday I attended two events that I've been really wanting to go to which are Dose and Fela the Musical.

First I went to Dose which is a year round, monthly, market which features some of Chicago's best artisan food and fashion vendors. I first heard of Dose about a year ago. I thought it sounded really cool and I wanted to go . Each month I would make plans to go but somehow my plans always changed. So this month I decided I was going and I did. I got there pretty late though thanks to a last minute wardrobe malfunction and a really slow train. When I finally arrived there was only 45 minutes left until closing. And that was plenty time to look around but most of the food vendors were out of stock by then. I ended up getting a Mushroom Slider from Mana Food Bar (which is delish but I've had it before), a yummy sugarcane lime drink from Peeled, a couple of Lucilia's Homemade Alfajores and tea from Senteamental Moods. I walked around a bit more, checked out the fashion, jewelry, and housewares and headed out. I hope to go again next month and get there much earlier-before everything is sold out.

While I was on my way to Dose I got a text from my cousin. She said she had an extra ticket to Fela and asked if I wanted to go. Well....of course I did. There has been so much buzz  and rave reviews about Fela over the past few years. And since it's been in Chicago I've seen lots of people in my social networks talk about seeing it and how great it was. So I was very excited and felt lucky to get the chance to see it....ON CLOSING NIGHT.

Seeing Fela was truly an amazing experience. It was exhilirating and very high energy. Everything was phenomenal from the singing, music, dancing, and acting to the set, makeup and costumes. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and hope to see again someday. Yeah Yeah!

If you're not familiar with Fela The Musical it is described as a hybrid of concert, musical theater, and dance that explores the life of activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. You can check out Fela's Youtube Channel and see clips of the show, backstage footage, celebs and theatergoers express their love for the show, and more.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

April Birchbox 2012

I got my Birchbox today and I'm pretty pleased with what I got. This month's theme, In honor of Earth month, I assume, is Natural Wonders. So every featured product is from a natural/eco-centric brand.
Here is my April Birchbox:

Le Palais des Thes (2 Tea bags) 
I love trying "fancy" teas. Can't wait to taste this one. Retails at $12.50 for 20 bags

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm (One Full Size in Bronzed)
This is one of the multi-tasking beauty sticks that you can you on lips, cheeks, forehead, etc...
I got the full size (YAY) which retails for $36. The Bronzed shade looks pretty much like my skin tone with a slight glow and hint of sheen.

Befine Skincare Sampler (2 cleanser packets, 3 spf 15 moisturizer packets)
I've tried other products from this brand and liked them. I'll see how these work out for me.

Birchbox always have a portion of the samples wrapped in  tissue paper and ribbon.

Oile Biologique 004 Huile Moderne (on the left, 5ml sample)

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue (sample vial)
I like this citrus-y scent. I started out very orange-y and dried down to a powdery scent and now it has a slightly sweet candy-like smell. I've had it on for about 3 hours. The full size retails from $55 to $150.

Check out my other boxes:
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011

Sign up for Birchbox HERE.

One Love Organics Sample Pack

I recently purchased One Love Organics' sample pack  ( $3.95 with free shipping)  and I have been using them out for the past few days.

The sample pack contains 5ml each of OLO's Easy Does It Cleansing Foam, Brand New Day
 Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, and Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum. And although their websites says that the samples are single use, I've used them about 3 times. And I think I can get a couple more uses out of them. A little seems to go a long way and  I'm pretty light-handed when applying skincare.

 So far, I  like the products and have noticed some slight results (smoother, brighter)  in my skin. I think my favorites are the Skin Savior, Morning Glory, and Loves Springs Eternal. They feel great going on and I love the way they smell-no commercial fragrance, just essential oils.  I'd love to buy full sizes of these products but the prices are a little out of my budget. So, I'll probably check out one of the gift sets they have available. I'll keep you posted!

About One Love Organics from their website:

 "One Love Organics is a natural, ethical and environmentally driven cosmetics company created by skilled cosmetic artisans. Our products are hand-made and hand-filled, using only the highest grade of ethically sourced raw materials to ensure the most effective, luxurious and guilt-free application.

Our philosophy is focused on a few supreme products—not up-selling a medicine cabinet full of mysterious jars. We give skin what it needs, using only ingredients that provide direct benefits. (Hint: water isn't one of them.) And because our products are so pure, they work for everyone in the family, from the newest babies to greatest of grandmas."

Note: I did not use the OLO's cleanser to remove my makeup. I took makeup off first then used the cleanser.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Etsy Treasuries

Check out the two new Etsy treasuries that I made. I haven't created treasuries in quite some time but I decided to join a EAOC team challenge and then I did another just for fun.

Tribal Hues - Eaoc Team Challenge

Gray Day Blues

Monday, April 9, 2012

Youtube Video: Check Out My Etsy Shop!

Hi all! I made a quick video (my first video) and uploaded to Youtube. Check it out

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sample Society by Beauty Bar and Allure Magazine

A brand new monthly sample service has hit the scene and it's called Sample Society.  Allure Magazine and luxury online boutique, Beauty Bar, collaborated to launch Sample Society  which offers the most exclusive samples of skincare, hair-care, makeup, fragrance products and expert information.

For $15 a month, subscribers will receive:

  • Five deluxe-sized samples from the chicest premium beauty brands such as Fekkai Advanced, By Terry, Dermalogica, and Bond No.9. Samples are deluxe-sized so customers get a chance to try the product multiple times and truly get an idea of how the it works for them.
  • A mini-mag that offers expert information written by Allure editors
  • A special code for $15 off of a $50 purchase (as long as one of the featured brands is included in the purchase). 
Also, as a bonus, each membership includes a year long subscription to Allure magazine.
Click Here to join Sample Society. And please note that membership is limited; you'll possibly need to sign a waiting list to be notified when spots become available.

Take a look at what was in the first box which shipped in March:

Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6oz)

Have you already heard of Sample Society? What do you think? Are you a fan of sample subscription services?  Let me know in the comment section.