Ulta Haul!! Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, TONS of FREEBIES and MORE!

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Turns out I am a sucker for a bag of samples with purchase.  Some of you probably received the same email….spend $60 and get $100 worth of samples in a cute little bag!

So..perfect excuse to buy an Urban Decay Naked Palette.  I decided that the colors in 2 would suit me better.  It was $54 and came with two gifts…a 24/7 Black Velvet Eyeliner (same as I received in my Ipsy bag this month) as well as a deluxe sample of Eye Primer that I have heard so much about and have been wanting to try. Once I opened the palette, another primer sample came out…a smaller one with 4 different samples that claims each sample is a week’s worth!  So even MORE free stuff!

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I needed to spend $60 to get the free bag of samples,  so I also bought some travel sized H2O + products as they were buy 2 get 1 free and figured I can take them on vacation in a few months or to the boyfriends or on weekend trips. You get the point :)  I LOVE the smell.  It reminds me of the beach and summer but without the usual coconut fragrance!  Not that I mind the coconut fragrance in other products ( I actually love it as well) but this is so different!  Not too happy about some of the ingredients though, but I’ll use these up!

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And here is the bag of freebies Ulta values at $100!  The last photo is actually the free samples with purchase that you can get with any Ulta order – I choose a random mix and got all hair oils..weird.  Included in the sample bag is a full size Mally mascara ($20), Vichy (a brand I LOVE) Liftactiv Night deluze sample ($9) and a ton more, some of which I am excited to try and some of which is going to trade!  Also included was a $5 off $10 purchase of any Ulta brand product….good until January 2015 so definitely saving this one!

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So I got ALL this for a grand total of $64!  Had I remembered to use my $3.50 coupon code and shopped through Ebates I would have saved an additional $8.62 (darn!).  That would have pretty much made everything free but the palette!  I need to make myself some kind of reminder….I get sucked in to great sales so quickly and stop thinking of all else!  Here is a photo of everything together:

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Heading to LUSH later today!  This will be my first time shopping there – everything I have LUSH so far has been a gift from my super cute awesome boyfriend!  Will post about that later this weekend!

<3 Lolo

April 2014 Birchbox Reveal and Review

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Birchbox!  If you aren’t already aware, Birchbox is a $10/month beauty sample subscription.  You usually get 5 products, one of which is typically a “lifestyle extra” like tea or candy and the remaining 4 being beauty related.   Items are usually sample sized or deluxe sampled size, but occasionally you get a full sized product.  Birchbox has an amazing points system as well.  If you review your products every month you basically get $5 (50pts) in points to use to shop – in increments of $10.  ith this month’s box I am up to $40 and so tempted to shop!  But I am trying to wait until $50 so regardless of what I buy, shipping will be free.  I’m also holding out for a great GWP!  If you’d like to check out Birchbox I will be so thankful if you decide to use my referral link: https://www.birchbox.com/invite/w7sp1

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This month’s theme was Rainy Days.  My Rainy Day Tip was to schedule a Skype session with a long distance friend.  I don’t Skype and only my parents live far away and we facetime rarely lol….but it’s a cute concept this month!

Here are my goodies!

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid (Deluxe Sample $5.75) – I’ve actually been using this the past couple weeks after receiving it in the Blush Mystery Beauty Box.  Unfortunately, for me, it makes the skin around my nose flaky, which is where it gets the most oily as well.  So I’m wondering if this is even helping or just making me produce more oil to combat the dryness.  I’m going to use up the sample I have but will likely trade/sell this one.

KIND Healthy Grains Maple Pumpkin Seed Bar ($0.80) – I love KIND bars!  I have never seen these before, but am going to keep an eye out for other flavors – maybe with some chocolate or nuts!

Super Goop CC Cream (Sample Size $2.00) – I am not a fan of BB or CC creams.  This sample is so tiny but it should only take one use to see if it works for me or not.

Klorane Dry Shampoo (Deluxe Sample $6.50) – also not a fan of dry shampoo, but I have heard great things about this one and really love the leave in conditioner I got from Blush from this brand…so much so I bought a second bottle!  I am currently using a shampoo that doesn’t seem to clear the oil out of my scalp very well so this may come in handy!

Cynthai Rowley Eyeliner in Black (Deluxe Sample $12 – this is actually 3/4ths the full size!) – I believe I could have gotten black or silver.  I have a bunch of black eye liner right now, but am not sure I would use silver either, and with the other funky colors I have gotten this month I think I am going to save this for when I need a new black liner and zip my lips!

So this month, for $10, I received about $27.05 in good quality samples – I keep saying I am going to cancel Birchbox…mostly because the samples are small and I tend to only really care about 1-2 of them…but the points system is so good and I really have discovered some great brands!  So for now…I’m continuing :)

<3 Lolo

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Reveal and Review

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Ipsy time!

If you don’t know…$10 a month gets you 4-5 beauty products (usually a combination of full and deluxe sample sizes) in a cute bag!  Seriously CHECK IT OUT! http://www.ipsy.com/r/1chy (this is my unique referral code – Ipsy does have a points system but it’s not the best..doesn’t matter much to me since i always love what I get and it’s such a steal already but if you do use my link and sign up I’ll get some points and I AM always thankful)!

This month’s theme is beauty rocks!  I was a little worried this month, as I have already gotten hot pink eyeliner from another subscription box that I have no idea what to do with.  BUT, Ipsy does try to match your profile to the bag you get.  I am assuming because I am old (shhhh) I didn’t get anything too off the wall and am actually pretty happy about this bag!

Here we go!

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Urban Decay Black Velvet Eye Pencil (travel size $15) – I can’t even pretend like I NEED black eyeliner, but I’m really happy to have gotten this particular one.  I have been wanting to try more Urban Decay products and have seen good reviews for this eyeliner.  The one I am using now wears off pretty fast so I need one with more staying power.

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Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush (FULL SIZE $2.49) – I’ve been trying to get some more makeup brushes.  I have been with Ipsy maybe 6 months or so now and this is the second brush I have gotten.  I JUST bought a similar brush but I may keep this one too.  This is also the cute little bag that everything came in.  I won’t use this but I have a few preteen girls in my family who would like this.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion (Deluxe Sample $9.75) – another product I have heard great reviews about…and another exfoliator to add to my growing collection.  I just can’t use stuff up quick enough and I keep getting great new products I have never tried and want to!  I am not complaining though :)

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Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes The Shadow in Champagne (FULL SIZE $12.99) – this is a really pretty neutral color, and I will definitely be trying this one out soon!  Bye bye old cover girl base color!

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Starlooks Luscious Long Wear Lip Pencil in Naked (FULL SIZE $12.00) – I highly doubt I am going to use this.  I’m more of a lip gloss girl and nudes aren’t the best shade on me…likely to trade/ebay this one.

So for $10 I got about $52.23 worth of products, most of which I will use!  Plus, a cute bag to gift to a younger family member who will enjoy this particular one more than me.  I have been thinking to cut down on my subs for awhile, but I doubt this one is going to be cut.  It’s just too good of a deal and I usually love most, if not all, of what I receive!

<3 Lolo

 

April 2014 Popsugar Must Have Reveal and Review

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Popsugar boxes seem to be getting better and better lately!  I didn’t resubscribe yet because there were codes the past few months.  I haven’t seen one for May though.  I’ll prob wait to see what’s in each box before attempting to subscribe, or just stalk Ebay for the items I want.  I’m trying to cut back on my spending, but with the increased quality of this sub I may give in again!  This month’s spoiler sealed the deal for me, even though it was the last box on my sub anyway. BUT I bought a second because there was a 50% off code.   The entire box contents were revealed by the news station that had the 50% off code and it really is a great box, definitely worth it!

Here is what I got this month!

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Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette ($36) – THIS is the reason I bought two of these boxes.  It was the first spoiler. The colors are beautiful and I really love this brand.  I am keeping one for myself and was able to sell the second one on Ebay to cover the cost of the second box and about $8 more.  So basically my second box was free, minus an extra eye shadow palette.

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BlueAvocado Shopper Bag ($25) – this is a reusuable shopping tote (made of recycled plastic bottles!) designed by Lauren Conrad – it’s so cute and zippers up into a much smaller pouch making it super easy to stuff into your handbag until you might need it.

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Graphic Image Pocket Notes ($20) – this is just a little notebook but I love the quote “Run The World.”  It’s a huge reminder than I need to get my butt back on the treadmill.  I plan to carry this around with me to write down songs as I hear them to add to my running playlists or to jot down “to do” lists etc.  There was also a code for a free iPhone case with $50 purchase but since I’m watching my spending at the moment ‘ll be passing.

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NatureBox Popsugar Must Have Mix ($5) – almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries!  Love the mix but there are also some other things in there on the list of ingredients.  I am planning to cut out gluten soon, and this does have wheat in it, but I haven’t gone gluten-free yet so I’m thinking I better eat it up quickly!  There was also a 50% off code for a Popsugar curated box of 5 snacks, but the reviews I read on this company aren’t the best and I don’t think I need a snack box right now.  I just quit Graze too.

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Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set ($18) – not really my style, but I always have a need for tea towels and I’m thinking to give the extras to my boyfriend who 1) is totally awesome and 2) has a kitchen more fitting to these which includes a shark oven mitt my son sneaks into his kitchen to play with every time we are there!  These are really nice quality towels so I may check out the site for more as gifts, and for some more fitting to my decor!

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Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap ($10.50) – I have never tried this brand but have heard great things!  I have a small collection of brand new hand soaps in my closet, but did open this to smell it.  It’s definitely floral scented but not overwhelming.

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April’s Box has a value of $110.  Popsugar’s regular price (without discounts or prepaid 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions) is $39.95.  For me, this particular box was well worth it.  The items are higher quality and extremely useful!  I am very curious to see what May’s box has!   If you’d like to check it out for yourself, please feel free to use my referral link: http://popsu.gr/rFED  Thanks so much!

<3 Lolo

 

Popsugar Must Have Limited Edition (Resort) Box Reveal and Review

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I FINALLY got my Popsugar Must Have Limited Edition Resort Box.  It started it’s journey March 29 and arrived yesterday April 11.  Ridiculous.  I have no idea how Fed Ex works, but people one state up (and I am in a tiny state!) got theirs in half the time!  Enough complaining!  I LOVE this box!

If you’re just discovering Popsugar, it’s a monthly lifestyle subscription box that usually contains a variety of items such as home, beauty, health and food.   The current price is $39.95/month.  This review is for a Limited Edition box, that could be bought for an additional $100.  It did sell out, but not immediately.  I wouldn’t normally pay that much money for a surprise box, but they did release two spoilers that I really wanted, soooo they got me.  If you want to check out Popsugar for yourself this is my referral link:  http://popsu.gr/rFED.  The have a referral program that rewards you by giving you boxes for free.  If you join by my link, thank you!

Now…onto the content of the box!

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Sisco Berluti Bracelets (approx $150) – the value of these is based on values of similar bracelets on the Sisco Berluti website, as this particular stack was made special for Popsugar.  This was one of the spoilers.  The card says they are made of turquoise, brass and labradorite stones.  They are also stretchy so would fit most wrists without a problem – smart thinking!   I wasn’t sure I’d like the bigger gold toned bracelet, but in person and on, I love them all together.  I have been trying to expand my jewelry collection to have a more put together look.  I had mostly silver before so I have been trying to add more gold tones.

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Cuyana Turkish Towel ($55) – This was the second spoiler and what really sealed the deal for me on this box.  I live close to the beach, as well as a waterpark/pool so we spend a lot of time in the water during summer but usually use cheap towels.  I really wanted a nicer one for myself.  This is a super light towel.  It’s absolutely beautiful and very soft to the touch.  It’s oversized too!  I can’t wait to use this!  And I’m thinking I may need to get a second for my boyfriend!

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Epicuren Discovery Tropical Lave ($25) – made of coconut oil, papaya and other natural ingredients.  Can be used as a body wash or shampoo.  I have not removed the seal yet, but can already smell the coconut – my absolute favorite summery scent!

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Clark’s Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist ($28) – I have yet to try this so at the moment I don’t really know if this is something I would use during the humid summer months, or hold on to until my winter dry skin returns.  It’s also supposed to be anti-aging, always a plus!

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Smashbox Cosmetics The Santigolden Age: Double Ended Limitless Eye Liner ($24) – this is the month for wild eye liners for sure!  These are beautiful summer colors, but I am still not quite sure how I am going to wear them.  These are also my states colors!  Hopefully I can pull something off with these!

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Salty Road Salty Caramel Apple Salt Water Taffy ($6.50) – I have never liked salt water taffy (and it’s HUGE where I live!).  I am hoping to be able to pass this one along!

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R.B. of McD #2 Clutch (approx $100) – this is another item made special for this Popsugar box.  The clutches on the company website are all leather, while this one is a combination of blue canvas and a tan leather bottom.  It also doesn’t come with the chain on the zipper, but I did see somewhere that they will sell you one for relatively cheap.  Mine came in very good condition, but I did see some reviews that mentioned scratching.  This might be nice out to dinner with the boyfriend on a summer night, but I am not sure I’ll get much use out of it day to day.

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Overall I love this box!  It fits very well to the whole resort theme!  I paid $100 and got approximately $388.50 worth of products I am excited to use!  Lately it seems Popsugar has been getting better and better.  I hope this trend continues!

<3 Lolo

 

 

 

April 2014 Sample Society Reveal and Review

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I have a love/hate relationship with Sample Society…I hate the months I actually subscribe, but have loved the months I haven’t.  But!  I didn’t unsubscribe in time this month and am happy with my box!  Yay!  SS released three spoilers, all of which I was happy with, so the other two items just felt like bonuses.

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Here is what came!

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Illume Mini Tin Candle in Anemone ($3) – This was the first spoiler.  I’m always surprised when candles show up in beauty boxes, pleasantly surprised.  I love candles but rarely buy them as I can’t justify the cost. I can’t find this size candle on their website so I am assuming they were made specifically for putting in boxes such as this.  I don’t usually like floral scents but this one is nice.  It’s not too strong and I think it will be nice int he bathroom for a long relaxing bath.

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Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Papers (FULL SIZE! $12) – this was the second spoiler.  Another win for me.  Mid-day I like to use these to soak up any shine that has accumulated from breathing under a mask while working for long periods of time.  These are really pretty with the gold flake in them!

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Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Pistol Pink (FULL SIZE!  $18) – this was the final spoiler, but I was already sold on the first two.  I really am not sure about the pink.  Part of me wants to trade/ebay this and another part wants to just give it a try.  I’m going to have to look around online for some ideas!

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Jane Iredale Purelash Lash Conditioner (tiny sample, $2??) – I’ve gotten 3 SS boxes, 2 have had this.  I have long lashes so I didn’t see any difference with this.  I’m not bothered by the fact I received a repeat but I am wondering if it’s a common occurrence with SS.  I’ll be passing this along.

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H2O+ Micro-Collagen Moisturizer (deluxe sample, $10) – for some reason I had it in my head this was a drug store brand but a higher end one for drug stores to carry, but when I was researching the value I found out differently.  The 1.7oz full size is $50 and the reviews are really good!  I’m looking forward to trying this – only wishing I didn’t have a ton of other moisturizers to get through first!

Overall I am really happy with this box.  I paid $15 and got approximately $45 worth of products that I WILL use (minus the Jane Iredale).  With SS you also get a $15 coupon off of a $50 purchase but I have yet to use that.  I just hardly ever need anything due to the amount of samples/full sized products I have collected recently.  I know a lot of people do though and so for them, this sub is always worth it.  I think I will stick with SS another month and see what happens :)

<3 Lolo

Hard Candy Ebay Haul

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I read a lot of beauty blogs and can remember some stating that as far as drugstore brands go, Hard Candy was one of the better ones.  AGES ago, I had a black glittery Hard Candy eye liner that I just loved.   So when I saw on Ebay you could get 10 random Hard Candy items for pretty cheap I figured I’d give it a try.  I think I paid just under $11 for 10 items.

Unfortunately, no black glitter eye liner to take me back to my younger days.  And in all honesty, I’ll probably not do this kind of purchase again, but some of you may be interested and that is why I am sharing :)

Here is what I got:

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Two peach shades of lip gloss

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An almost black lipstick, however swatches I have found online show this is actually sheer and dark red

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A mauve lip gloss and berry colored lip liner

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Lilic powder eye shadow and blue/white cream eyeshadow with a brush

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Black/silver eyeshadow and pink/purple baked eye shadow

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Tan concealer and flavored body powder

The majority of this is going to trade/ebay as it’s just not for me.  I’m thinking to keep the concealer for summer, the body powder for summer and the lipgloss/liner set just because the color is pretty neutral.

I suppose it was worth a try and there are also eye liners and nail polishes etc that I didn’t get.  The seller that I won t his from did mention you could request shades, but no guarantees could  be made.  I didn’t bother, but I would recommend it :)

<3 Lolo

 

April 2014 Blush Mystery Beauty Box Reveal and Review

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This is April’s Blush Mystery Beauty Box!  Blush is usually one of my favorite subscriptions, but this month is just kinda blah for me.  First, there are less products, BUT all but one are full sized, so the value is still over $100 and that’s always a plus when you only pay $25!  Second, I was not happy with the nail polish.  Only one was part of the bag, the other is the “free gift” that Blush always sends along with some foil samples.

Here’s the breakdown:

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo (FULL SIZE, value $25) – I just don’t use dry shampoo.  I don’t think I have a need for it, but if I can’t sell or trade this maybe come summer I’ll give it another try.  This is also the second one of these I have since FFF just sent one out in their spring box as well.

Jonathan Infinite Volume Shampoo (FULL SIZE, value $20) – this is right up my alley, but seriously, why no matching conditioner.  I don’t need dry shampoo AND wet shampoo with NO conditioner.  I always need conditioner since my shampoo lasts twice as long.  I did find matching conditioner on ebay for a decent price I may purchase.  I do also like this is vegan, sulfate free etc etc.

La Bella Donna Lip Crayon in Admire (FULL SIZE, value $28.50) – this is a nice neutral color and I have heard good reviews.  My only issue is the 498 other lip products I can’t seem to get through fast enough!  But, I am keeping this for later use for sure!

Cult Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Runyon (FULL SIZE, value $12.00) – this color is just NOT for me.  Really hoping someone else wants this though since I’ve heard pretty good things about the formula.  It looks like most people got a bright reddish pink color.  I would have preferred that even though I have a few colors like that already.  Glossybox is sending out Ciate nail polish this month so I am reallllly needing a break from polish and lip products it seems!

Darphin Stimuskin Plus Divine Multi-Corrective Cream (0.17oz sample, value $29.00) – this is very high end, smells good, but I am holing it until I use up some other stuff.  I tend to hoard the high end stuff some special occasion that has yet to make itself known!

In addition to the core products I also got the Vapour nail polish pictured in a tan shade called “Chill” that I do not like either,  a foil of Whish hair inhibiting wipes (umm ok) and a foil of Jade & Burdock Purifying Toner which looks to be all natural ingredients.

So this one is hit or miss for me.  I do think I’ll be canceling my Blush subscription, waiting for spoilers and resubscribing when I see a box I really want again.  They are usually very early releasing the contents of their boxes and don’t sell out too quickly I couldn’t get one.  I am to a point where I need to be more selective, financially, but also because I’m getting a bit overwhelmed with some types of items :)

<3 Lolo

 

 

April 2014 Julep Maven Reveal and Review + A Julep Haul

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My April 2014 Julep Maven box arrived today as well as a larger order I placed after receiving an email offering a free gift with $30 purchase that I couldn’t refuse.

If you aren’t aware by now, Julep is a monthly subscription box primarily focused on nail polish and manicure/pedicure essentials but also dabbles in makeup and hair products as well.  The base cost is $19.99/month and they recently changed their terms so that you can only “earn’ an option to skip every 6 months.  Members prior to the new terms are able to keep their option to skip whenever they want and thankfully I fall into that category.  BUT!  Julep also has a pretty good points/rewards program and free shipping for Mavens which can make for a really good deal especially when combined with sales!  If you want to check it out I would be so thankful if you’d use my referral link: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/323990/

Lets start with the Maven box.  This month I chose the Class With A Twist box.  It has been such a cold snowy winter here and all I can think of is summer and bright fun colors!

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The first look is very springy looking!

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The colors are Caitlin (a true hot pink with some shimmer!) and Mariska (a bright orange that looks like it has some shimmer as well).  I thought these would be really fun summery colors!

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The makeup item this month is Glow Pore-Minimizing Blush.  I got the peach bellini color with the hopes it will look good once I have a little summer glow.  I’m not expecting this to actually minimize my pores, does anything really?

Julep always sends a little extra in the Maven boxes.  This month is was two hard candy’s.  Personally I’d rather have a foil. but my son liked them.

A few days before the Maven window opened, I received an email that if I spent $30 I could get a free gift that had a $60 value.  Usually I just delete these emails, but I really liked the nail polish that came with the gift and Julep’s Freedom top coat.  Sooo I bought 5 nail polishes from the sale section.  I’m not sure I like them all.  It’s always so hard to tell online what color things truly are.  Whatever I don’t like will get added to my trade list or put on Ebay.

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The colors left to right are: Vanessa (don’t like it), Kathleen (hoping it looks good on), Sylvia (a good spring purple but may have one similar), Veronica (undecided), Celia (had been eyeing t his one for awhile – really pretty).

And my “free” gift:

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Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum – I have never used this, but my nails have been splitting so badly since I’ve started painting them a lot more often.  I’m even taking Biotin for my hair and my dermatologist told me my nails should be better too but over 6 months later and they aren’t.  So I am definitely going to put this by my bed and give it a try!

Freedom Polymer Top Coat – I am already using this, and really need to be better about putting on a top coat (usually rushing with no time for an extra layer to dry!)

Kessie nail polish!  This is the color of the year!  I am assuming this means the Pantone color of the year: Radiant Orchid.  I must confess, I do believe this is the first time I have ever heard of Pantone and color of the year talk.   I just love this!

So overall I paid $50 and got 8 bottles of nail polish, a top coat, a blush, and a cuticle serum.   Unless Julep’s colors blow me away next month I am going to have to skip!  I have these 8 and at least 5-6 more I haven’t opened yet!

Again, if you want to check out Julep: http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/323990/   THANK YOU!

<3 Lolo

 

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