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:

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--->

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.

Review: Natural & Curly Hair Care Essential Kit

I picked up this little Jane Carter kit in Target, tried it out several times,and decided to do a review. I have not done many reviews for hair products but I plan to do more soon. Check out the video and let me know what you think.


                                                          After taking out my braids

After separating 


Friday, October 25, 2013

October 2013 Birchbox Unboxing #BBbeautybuzz

I'm a little late posting this, but here is my October 2013 Birchbox unboxing. And while I'm satisfied with my box, I saw a few items (in other unboxings) that I would have loved to get. Especially the Pop Beauty gloss and the Liz Earle skincare. I'm cool with my box though. Check out the video and let me know what you think. Don't forget to like, rate, and subscribe!

from l to r
Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation  
full size retails for $42

Bain de Terre Macadamia Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner (1.7 oz travel sizes)
full sizes retail for $12 and $13.50

*Birchbox Find: Chapstick Hydration Lock Lip Moisturizer (full-size) 

Evologie Stay Clear Cream (.33 oz sample)
full size retails for $62

*Birchbox Find - items that are in addition to, never in place of, usual samples


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

September 2013 Goodies Taster's Box Unboxing

Hi all! Here is my Goodies Taster's box unboxing for September 2013. And this post comes rather late considering I filmed the video weeks ago. I just haven't had the opportunity to upload the video because things have been a  little hectic around here. I've have orders to fill, a show to prepare for, and I picked up a little temp work. So I've been working triple time. Anyway, check out what I got in the video below. And click HERE  if you'd like to subscribe to Goodies for $7/mo.


Monday, September 30, 2013

September 2013 Love With Food Unboxing

Check out what I got in the September 2013 Love With Food Box which was curated by Chef Ming Tsai. Also, all items in this month's box is gluten-free.
Love With Food is a subscription service and will cost you about $12 (total) per month. Click HERE for
more information.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 2013 Birchbox Unboxing - Heritage

Check out what I got in this month's Birchbox. I am very satisfied with selections and the sizes of the samples were ample - no ketchup packets lol. Also, I was introduced to a few new items/brands which is one thing I take into account when determining the value of a subscription box. View the video to see what I got.
And don't forget to rate, comment, and subscribe!

From l to r
Benefit Sugarbomb Lip Gloss (0.22 fl.oz trial size) full size retails for $16
Pinky-nude with shimmer, subtle shine and smooth feel

Le Couvent Des Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer ( 0.3 oz trial tube) 
full size retails for $8-19
Shea butter based, moisturizing, non-greasy hand balm  with a lemon-y scent

Sienna Naturals Hair and Body Shampoo (1.0 oz trial size) 
Full size retails for $18

Ruffian Nail Lacquer (0.17 oz  trial size)Full size retails for $10
Moisturizing hair and body shampoo with an fresh herbal scent. I have not tried this as a shampoo. 

BCBG Max Azria Bon Genre (sample vial)
Full size retails for $55-$75

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Makeup Show 2014 Show Dates



This not-to-be missed show will hit 5 states and bring together top beauty brands, seminars by world-renowned celeb makeup artists, and exclusive beauty product launches at show-only prices
The Makeup Show, exclusive boutique beauty event, will make Dallas, Texas debut in 2014 and bring another year full of beauty, inspiration and education to four additional states.  All five shows throughout 2014 will bring beauty pros an industry event with appearances from world-renowned celebrity makeup artists, top beauty brands including MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, INGLOT Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Stila Cosmetics, Temptu PRO (plus over 75 others!) and exclusive beauty product launches at show-only prices.  Be sure to mark your calendar as the show passes through a state near you!
“We are excited to not only bring The Makeup Show Dallas in 2014, but for another full year of inspiration, beauty, and education in four other states; Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Orlando.  With Dallas being known as one of the centers of the beauty and salon industry it was a natural choice for our new location. It will not only be a city that will easily welcome our southern artists but our international attendees as well,” states Shelly Taggar, Vice President, The Makeup Show.

The Makeup Show LA
Saturday, March 1, 2014 & Sunday, March 2, 2014 at California Market Center

The Makeup Show NYC
Sunday, May 4, 2014 & Monday, May 5, 2014 at Metropolitan Pavilion

The Makeup Show Chicago
Saturday, June 7, 2014 & Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Bridgeport Art Center

The Makeup Show Dallas – New show for 2014!
Saturday, September 27, 2014 & Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Hyatt RegencyDallas

The Makeup Show Orlando
Saturday, November 15, 2014 & Sunday, November 16, 2014 at The Peabody Hotel

Stay tuned for more show updates and sponsor announcements coming soon.  You can also stay up to date on the hottest show news through an informative blog covering all things beauty at and sure to connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

About The Makeup Show:
The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Europe, and Orlando.  Bringing each destination over 75 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional.  Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community.  The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Favorite Things Etc on Twitter and Facebook!

Hi all! I created a Facebook page and twitter account for FavoriteThingsEtc blog. I hope you'll join me on those accounts. And if you haven't already, please join me on Youtube as well. I have not decided if I want to do a separate instagram yet but I'll keep ya posted.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pacifica Wanderlust Mineral Color Set Review

I've been eyeing Pacifica's Wanderlust Mineral Color set since it came out. And I finally gave it a try. Check out my thoughts on the set in the video below. Don't forget to rate, comment and subscribe!


l to r: Alight BB Cream (not blended), Sugared Fig Lip Tint,
Treasure Eye Shadow, Mermaid Aqua Eyeshadow

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August 2013 Goodies Box Unboxing

Here is my Goodies Box unboxing for the month of August. I initially filmed this on my camera but somehow deleted it :-/ So I filmed it again on my iPhone camera. Check out the video and please rate, comment, and subscribe.
 This is a subscription service which currently costs $7/month. You can sign up to get yours HERE .

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Quick & Simple Pre-Workout Snack Balls

I whipped up this quick snack the other day and thought I would share. I call it a pre-workout snack because that's basically how I use it. Of course you can eat them at anytime though. And this was not a well planned out recipe situation. I simply used items that were in my fridge and kinda threw them together. No measuring, just eyeballing.
Granola (whole foods bulk)
Peanut Butter (Whole Foods 365 no sugar added)
Cacao Nibs
Coconut Oil
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seed Hearts (Manitoba Harvest)
Drizzle of honey to bind

I mixed all of the ingredients together and let the mixture sit in the fridge for a few hours. I them scooped spoonfuls of the mixture and rolled them into balls. And I had to add a drizzle of honey to mixture, before rolling, to help bind. Then,  I sprinkled a little more chia on the balls to make them less sticky.  And that was all. They taste great and give me the energy I need for a good workout.I will definitely make these again and a few other versions. I'm thinking dates, nuts, goji, some whole grains....There are so many possibilities.
Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Birthday Haul - Pacifica, Sephora, Goodwill, and More!

My birthday was on July 27th and I just wanted to show a couple of the things I got. And I'm focusing more on birthday perks/rewards from some of the companies I follow than actual gifts. FYI, I filmed this video a while ago but have just been able to successfully get it off of my camera *sigh* Thankfully, I was able to upload it before the end of this month. Check it out to find out more. Please rate and subscribe. And please watch in HD. Oh, and I'm at the beau's place here.

          Coconut Kiss Lip Butters and Enlightened Gloss from Pacifica


              Beauty Insider Birthday Gift From Sephora

             Canon Powershot A4000 IS

              Tone Fitness Gloves

                 Buffalo top from Goodwill

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Beauty Bargain Find: Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick

So, I was walking around Target yesterday and I came across these Elf Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks. They were on clearance for $1.74 while the regular retail price is $2.00. I think they were marked down because some of the pencils' crayons were separating from the base. The pencils I bought were in perfect condition though. Yay! 
Although I REALLY don't need another cosmetic item. Ah, we'll. I'm such a sucker for clearance

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 2013 Birchbox Unboxing - Finishing School!

Hi all! Here is my August 2013 Birchbox Unboxing and the theme is finishing school. I was very satisfied with this month's box. The sizes of the samples are generous and I love the selections. Check the video and let me know what you think.
Get your own Birchbox HERE.

from l to r
Evolvh Ultrashine Moisture Conditioner (2oz Trial Size) full size retails for @25
So glad for this ample size of conditioner. Much better than the little sample packets that never have enough product to use on my whole head. Smells really nice too-kinda like Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan

derma e Hydrating Mist (2oz trial size) full size retails for $13.50
Nice refreshing mist, very hydrating. I tend to be oily so I could probably use this in place of moisturizer.
It has a slightly perfume-y scent that smells just like Plumeria.

Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick (0.03 oz full size retails for $22
Always excited to get lip products in my box. This is a nice blue-red. I'll need to play around with it to see how to wear it best. Dries matte and yes it has lasting power.

Whish Exfoliating Body Wash (.75oz trial) full size retails for $22
Gently exfoliation and smells very coconut-y and tropical.

Whish Hair Inhibiting Deodorant Swipes (1 swipe) full size retails for $16

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Abesmarket.Com Discover Natural Box

I wanted to quickly share with you a sample box from and it's called Discover Natural. It is not a subscription service. You simply choose 3 samples from options available and that's it. You'll get your box (which ships free) and you'll also receive a coupon to get $5 off of your next order. Cool right? Check out my selections in the video below. Get yours while supplies last!

Separate from the Discover Natural Box
Dr. Sponge Face and Body Cleansing Sponge

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 2013 Love With Food Unboxing

Check out what I got in this month's Love With Food Box.
Love With Food is a subscription service and will cost you about $12 (total) per montn. Click HERE for more information.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Jazjewelz Etsy Shop Items and Discount Code UPDATED 8/2

So, added a couple more pieces to the shop today and thought I would just add them to this post. They are the first 3 pieces and the coupon below is still live and will be valid until 8/4.

Here are the newest pieces in my shop. Please use the discount code NEWPIECES to get 15% off of your order of $20 or more thru Friday 8/2. Shop HERE.Oh, and just as I was creating this post the first two items sold (Shout out to Yolonda B). I'll show them anyway.

Video: Goodies Box Unboxing July 2013

Hi all! Here is this month's Goodies box. Check it out and let me know what you think. Goodies box is a subscription service which currently costs $7/month. You can sign up to get yours HERE

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Event: Art+ Sol Flea Market

Art + Sol Flea Market returns this Saturday, 7/27, on Howard Street from 10am-6pm. And I'll be there selling my jewels. Please stop by and support your local artists and vintage vendors. By the way, 7/27 is my birthday :) Yes, I'll be working on my bday. And I don't mind one bit. Hope to see ya there!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 2013 Love With Food Box Unboxing

Check out what I got in this month's Love With Food Box. I received this box a day before heading out of town for a mini-vacay. So I had plenty of snacks to take along. Perfect timing! Let me know what you think.

From l to r counter
Real Sticks BBQ Beef Stick
Twangerz Snack Toppings Salt  (chili lime, lemon lime, lime, pickle)
Natures Baker Strawberry Fig Bar
Kukuruza Salted Caramel Popcorn
Uncle Henry's Handmade Pretzels
Lord Nut Levington Rebel Mary Peanuts
Angel Mint Salt Water Taffy
Necco Wafers

Love With Food is a subscription service that costs $10/month.Click HERE to get your own Love With Food Box

Monday, July 8, 2013

Love With Food Unboxing June 2013

Here's what I got in June's Love With Food Box. I was pretty satisfied with the contents and I think I'm going to stayed subscribed for a couple more months. Plus you can earn points by doing reviews and referring friends. You can then use your points to buy items from the Love With Food Shop.
Check out the video and let me know what you think.
Love With Food is a food/snack subscription service that costs $10/month. If you're interested in subscribing click HERE

Goodies Box Unboxing June 2013

Check out what I got in my Goodies Box. This is a new service that I subscribed to and it is currently on $7/month. It's filled with several food/snack items that ranged from natural stuff to items that you'll find and any grocery or convenience store.


Overall, I thought the box was pretty good. There were couple of items that I would not personally buy for myself. I'd definitely say the box is more than worth the $7 though. What do you think? If you like it, you can sign up for a Goodies Box HERE!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Beauty Bargain Find: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Calming Facial Mask

Today's beauty bargain is Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Calming Facial Mask. I purchased it at Marshalls for $4.99. I wasn't going to buy it at first. In fact, I did not buy it the first time is saw it. Besides, I had a sample of this at home. I also had a $20 for $40 deal (from to redeem on So I figured I would just wait and buy it online.

Then I walked into Whole Foods which is in the same shopping center as Marshalls. I saw the same mask there for $14.99 O_O so I made a beeline back to Marshalls and got the mask. I guess I was expecting the regular cost to be around $8. Especially since most of their other products are in that price range. I was so wrong.
FYI, the mask is also $14.99 on the Yes to Carrots website. So, I'm glad I decided to buy it  at Marshalls. Also, And I believe the reason for the discount was a defective box; it didn't close all the way. Otherwise the product was/is in perfect condition.Win for me!

Have you found any beauty bargains lately?

About the mask from

"Yes To Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask gives your tired skin that gentle moisture boost you've been searching   for, leaving your sensitive skin soft, silky, and polished to perfection! Going green isn't just a trend, it's an important way of life! And what better way to start going green, than with something everyone will recognize - your beautiful face! "

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Etsy Shop Updates - New Jewelry

I've been a little bust lately with several different projects, I haven't had much time to update my etsy shop. Until now! I've only added a few pieces. And I plan to add a few pieces more frequently, instead of a bunch of pieces at once. So here's what I added.and make sure to check out the rest of my shop HERE.