Let The Haul Commence – December Edition

I don’t normally blog about my hauls, because I don’t purchase enough items per month to film or write about. In fact, I’ve been on a serious spending budget to even warrant an article on a haul. However, the holidays are amongst us and around this time is when my shopaholic syndrome kicks in full force. It’s terrible. I want to buy presents for my family and friends and for myself.

It’s totally okay to splurge on myself, at least, once a year, right? Plus, it is my birthday month. So lets get started!

Crown Brush had been having these amazing Instagram sales + free shipping. Having tried Crown Brush before, I wanted to check out their other items.

From top to bottom: Black Out, Curacao, Sahara Gold, Metal Frost, Frappe
From top to bottom: Black Out, Curacao, Sahara Gold, Metal Frost, Frappe

A set of 5 Chubby Eye Pencils – Instagram sale price: $15+Free Shipping. Current price is $3.99 per pencil. That’s a savings of $4.95 + whatever cost of shipping.

Under Exposed Palette
Under Exposed Palette

Under Exposed palette – Instagram sale price: $17+Free Shipping. Current price is $21.95. Another $4.95 savings + whatever cost of shipping.


I have never tried any Rimmel London lip products before, so I had a $1 coupon and decided to give it a try!

Color: 070 Airy Fairy
Color: 070 Airy Fairy

Lasting Finish line $3.99 after $1 off coupon at Target.


I had to also visit Nordstrom Rack. Okay, I was actually there to look for a gift, but ended up leaving the store with this h.i.p. (happening in the present) shirt.

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black & gray

“You belong among the wild flowers” $16.97. I don’t even care what the shirt said, I just liked how the shirt looked.


Other than my absolute love for Sephora, I also indulge at ULTA. They make it so easy to spend there, considering they carry other products like toothpaste and “drugstore” brand cosmetics + you earn points. On top of that, I used my 20% off entire purchase. That’s a great deal!

So I purchased an item from one of my favorite brands, TooFaced.

Color: Melted Nude
Color: Melted Nude

Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick $16.80. Original price $21.

I then ventured to the Urban Decay displays. I originally wanted to buy a lipstick, but I already have way too many and saw this product…

Crave/Venus
Crave/Venus

24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil $12.80. Original price $16

I moved on from there to my other favorite and inexpensive brand, NYX Cosmetics. As I was looking around, I discovered a product that I had never seen before…

Infused with Argan Oil
Infused with Argan Oil

NYX All Over Balm $5.19. Originally $6.49.


During December of every year, I go out of my way to take advantage of Sephora’s $15/$20 (or whatever) discount + free birthday gift. On top of that, I had just discovered Yappem through Kristina of The Feminine Files. It’s basically an app for people to earn points towards Gift Cards. First of all, I went bananas on this app. I love good discounts and even better if there was some way to earn a $5 or more gift card from a favorite store. After 2 weeks, I earned enough for a $5 Sephora Gift Card.

So if you’re interested in earning Gift Cards, click here to sign up. You also earn 200 referral points for every friend/person who signs up under your link. Now back to what I got from Sephora!

First of all, I got my birthday present by Make Up For Ever and I can’t wait to try it!

Smoky Extravagant mascara & Rouge Artist Natural N9 Lipstick
Smoky Extravagant mascara & Rouge Artist Natural N9 Lipstick

FREE! Best price, EVER!

I couldn’t fathom spending a lot of money, but I wanted something nice. A luxury. And I looked to Marc Jacobs Beauty to find this…

Lust For Lacquer in Kissability (302), Enamored in Madame (158), Magic Mac'er in Blacquer (10), and Mirror Designed by Marc Jacobs
Lust For Lacquer in Kissability (302), Enamored in Madame (158), Magic Mac’er in Blacquer (10), and Mirror Designed by Marc Jacobs

La Coquette – Four-Piece Favorites Collection $35 after my $15 discount and $5 GC.


This next one I blame Facebook, again. First Plated, now this. However, this one is a RENTAL.

Rocksbox. Have you seen their Ads floating around on Facebook, like I have? I had been tempted by their Ads for a very long time and I decided to jump. Also, if you sign up using this link, you’ll receive a FREE $25 Gift Card and so will I! Help a lady out.

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Subscription rental is normally $19. They were having a deal, so I got mine for $9. Boxes normally have three pieces of designer jewelry with a total value of $200. Return the jewelry whenever you want, keep and pay for the pieces you love! Best of all, members receive 20% off the retail price of the jewelry they want to keep!

These are the pieces I received…

Beyond the Horizon Necklace
Beyond the Horizon Necklace

Necklace by SLATE. Original price $56 / Member price $44.

 

Thin Arrow Bangle in Grey and Silver
Thin Arrow Bangle in Grey and Silver

Bangle by House of Harlow 1960. Original price $54 / Member price $43.

 

Emerald Baguette Ring in Blue Topaz
Emerald Baguette Ring in Blue Topaz

Ring by Margaret Elizabeth. Original price $115 / Member price $91.

I loved all of these pieces except the House of Harlow 1960 – Thin Arrow Bangle in Grey and Silver. It was just so-so. I like that I can rent 3 pieces of jewelry for however long I want. Since it is a subscription, you will be charged $19/month whether you return your box or not.

So what do you think of my haul?

Are You Mudding?

Muddy, muddy, mud, mud. I like mud! Okay. I don’t really, especially when I’m outside in the rain and fall into muddy water or into what used to be a patch of green. The kind of mud that I like is a purifying mud mask by Adovia. I can’t say enough good things about this brand, like their Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

I received Adovia Mineral Skin Care Purifying Mud Mask with Pure Dead Sea Mud, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C to use. I was a little hesitant at first, because I have had no luck with many types of masks. In fact, my face seems to hate masks and my skin would have a bad allergic reaction to masks. I would develop these hives on my face and it was not pretty. However, I wanted to try… What could it hurt, other than anticipating a bad allergic reaction and hiding in my house for a few days?

Besides, I read that Dead Sea Black Mud is good for skin and other ailments, such as treating Psoriasis, due to it’s high concentration of beneficial minerals. adovia This product comes in a tube with 5.1 fl. oz of mud. It’s made for all skin types, formulated with Dead Sea Black mud to help boost cell renewal and tightening pores. It also helps pull out toxins and impurities from clogged pores as the mask dries. This product can be used as a regular facial mask or to do spot treatments for acne.

Ingredients include demineralized water & dead sea water, dead sea mud, stearic acide, cetyle alcohol, beeswax, sorbitn tristearate, propylene glycol & chamomile extract & algae extract & papaya extract & aloe vera gel, sunflower seed oil, glyceryl stearate, mandarin orange oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, triethanolamine, evening primrse oil, peach kernel oil, benzoic acid, chlorphenesin, dehydroacetic acid, benzalkonium chloride, dead sea salt, retinyl palmitate, verbena officinalis leaf extract, ginseng extract, soybean extract, ascorbic acid.

Directions are to apply a thin layer of this mask onto clean skin and leave for 10-20 minutes or until it dries, then rinse with lukewarm water. Best results use once a week or as needed.

Not-so-sexy picture of me covered in Dead Sea Black Mud Mask.
Not-so-sexy picture of me covered in Dead Sea Black Mud Mask.

Ever since I received this product, I have been using it once a week, but I think I could use this twice a week. My experience has been pretty positive overall. The texture is interesting, for someone who has never used a mud mask before, it feels grainy and muddy. It’s also really thick, so if you’re going to apply a thin layer, a little bit of this goes a long ways. Other things…

Pros:

  • It does a great job loosening up blackheads around my nose and forehead,
  • Tightens skin – you can feel it tighten during the drying period,
  • Detoxifying – which means, yes, you might break out a little bit because it is cleaning out the pores, especially where you’re most prone to acne,
  • However, it does treat acne, as well.
  • I’m not allergic to it!
  • The price, it’s currently $28.22.

Cons:

  • It sort of stung a bit – 5 minutes or so into allowing my mask to dry, it started to sting for a little bit but stopped once the mask was completely dry.
  • As it is a pro, it is also a con – detoxification that causes the minor break outs.

Overall, I really enjoyed using this product! I think Adovia is really a great brand that is also offers affordable skincare products. For a limited time, this product comes with a Free Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap, which I am also currently using. I didn’t write a review on the soap, but you can let me know if you’re interested in a review on it.

Adovia Mineral Skin Care Purifying Mud Mask
Adovia Mineral Skin Care Purifying Mud Mask

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using from Adovia. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

100% PURE Organic Argan Oil

For the next few weeks to a month or so, I will be reviewing a few brands of Argan oil. Today’s review is on Foxbrim 100% PURE Organic Argan Oil. Argan oil is a product of Morocco and it is normally used to dip bread in at breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta there. It’s also a possibility that it could help prevent certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and obesity. It can also reduce levels high-risk levels of cholesterol. However, before you start using argan oil in your food, it needs to be of food grade. That means it was roasted first, before it is sold as a food product. Cosmetic grade argan oil is unroasted.

When it comes to cosmetic argan oil, you want to make sure that it isn’t impure to obtain maximum benefits, so the ingredients needs to say 100% argan oil or 100% argania spinosa kernel oil.

There is no false advertising here with Foxbrim 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil, as the ingredients lists only Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. This product can be used to treat hair and skin to boost hydration by preventing dryness. Argan oil can also be used to treat certain skin diseases, one of the things that I’ve learned!

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How I use argan oil:

Personally, I use it in my hair more than my skin. I have used it has a type of hand moisturizer, and it’s quite lovely, but my hair… it’s prone to dryness, plus it’s coarse! So I really like using argan oil to treat my hair. It makes it feel soft and healthy.

What I like about Foxbrim’s argan oil:

  • Organic
  • Cruelty free
  • Fragrance free
  • Makes my hair look healthy
  • Makes my hair feel soft
  • Price

What I didn’t like about Foxbrim’s argan oil:

  • the natural scent…

I appreciate that this is organic, natural, no fragrance, etc., however the scent is a little too natural for me. It smells kind of like a root? The smell also stays with me all day, so I feel as if I need to camouflage it with perfume.

Overall, I do like this product and it works well. This product is currently available on Amazon for $13.95 in a 2 oz glass bottle. Not bad, if you compare it to other brands.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Bloggers Holiday Wish List

This month’s blog hop, we decided to do a Bloggers Holiday Wish List. Oh, boy… At first I thought, I am going to go crazy with all the “stuff” I want! Of course, as with most wish lists, it’s just for fun! We also decided that our wish list can consist of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle items. Hmmm…lifestyle. Lifestyle is a pretty broad topic and I was tempted to add a house and car to the list, but I’ll skip those two because it isn’t as if someone is going to buy me a house or car anytime soon. haha.

So here’s the list of my wishes and to my heart’s content.

1. Urban Decay Naked Vault. $280. Includes all the Naked goodies a girl can ever want… unfortunately, I read that this isn’t available anymore. Sad Face.

Urban Decay Vault2. Urban Decay Naked On The Run. $54. Way less expensive and more affordable than the Naked Vault, plus equally just as much fun! Naked on the Run
3. Marc Jacob Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition. $300. The design alone, of these fabulous lip sticks is enough to make me want to buy! I saw these at Sephora and I almost purchased, at least ONE of these Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks, but opted for something else Marc Jacob. But wouldn’t it be grand to just get the whole collection?
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4. Gucci Guilty. 2.5 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray. $99. I LOVE this scent, because it’s bold, rich, and makes me feel like an adult woman. haha The embodiment of femininity. I would love a larger bottle, since I ran out of mine. Another sad face.
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5. Burberry Brit “Rushworth” Belted Wool Blend Coat in colors black AND trench. $995. Actually, I have a similar Burberry Brit wool blended coat in black, but it’s slightly longer and the price tag was slightly less. However, one can never have enough quality and well-fitted wool blended coats. Especially during the winter. Okay, I’m just f$&in’ greedy and have a love for Burberry. It’s my wish list and I’ll wish what I want to! ;)
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6. Ted Baker London. $45 – $285. Kate Spade, move over… Well, okay, not quite, but these Ted Baker bag, totes, and wallet are super adorable. I want it all!tedbaker
7. Burberry – The Britain Travel Dual Time. Price: You-don’t-want-to-know. Surely you can tell that I’m a Burberry addict. It used to be my tradition to purchase one expensive, stylishly cool watch once a year. From Burberry, Marc Jacob, to Nixon time pieces. I’ve had to halt this tradition, but it hasn’t stopped me from admiring. I also have a serious fondness for masculine watches from time to time. Pun intended.burberry
8. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. $30ish. I’ve been meaning to purchase this, plus sell my espresso maker. I’m kind of a coffee snob. I can tell the difference in taste between Starbucks coffee, Tully’s coffee, Stumptown coffee, restaurant coffee, Dutch Brothers coffee, and what ever brands of coffee are out there. I’m also picky when it comes to drinking just black coffee. When I learned about this maker and how it brings out the rich flavor in coffee, rather than bitter, I was sold. I also appreciate that this tool doesn’t take up a lot of space.
31yNz46c+LL9. MacBook Air. Starting at $899. In my last blog hop I had mentioned how thankful I am for my sturdy and very old MacBook. It’s been with me through thick and thin and it’s heavy as f$%#. I would seriously love an upgrade, as well as something a lot lighter.
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10. Epson PowerLight Pro Cinema 6030UB 2D/3D 1080p 3LCD Projector. $3,350+. I love technology. I also love a huge screen to give me a cinematic effect in the comfort of my own home. This makes me want to trade in my flat screen TV for a high quality projector. I think projectors are sort of the way to go. You can just project anything you want on your wall and it can still look fantastic.
pc6030ub_fcs-our_396x264I really enjoyed this month’s blog hop, but I didn’t want to go overboard and make an enormous list so I limited myself to 10. It’s sort of like my top 10 of my wishes. Although, this is all materialistic, there is one wish that I would like to see, overall. For everyone to have a wonderful and peaceful Holiday this month.

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs for this month’s Blog Hop:

Sammi – College Beauty Buff – www.collegebeautybuff.com

Lisa – Subscription Therapy – www.subscriptiontherapy.com

Bethany – Twenty Something Plus – twentysomethingplus.com

What’s on YOUR Holiday wish list?