October 29, 2013

drugstore haul

Just want to share you all my small drugstore haul from the past two weeks. Everytime I am in the city, I make sure I stop by the drugstore in the area since not every place has the same stock of beauty products especially the new products! I have gone far and beyond to check for a lot of old and new beauty products out and a lot of the drugstores here are either out of stock or just never on stock or will never get the products 'til next year (maybe!). I won't name any products nor brands since I don't want to start any beef now hehehe!

Excuse my attitude, but now that's out of my system let's see what I got. First off, the ones I got at DuaneReade!  DuaneReade is the oldest drugstore in the city like Starbucks, they're almost in every block! I think they are owned by the same owners of Walgreen's since I use the same Rewards cards for both stores now.  From DuaneReade, I only picked up some old goodies that I want to stock up on since they had none of the new products out.

The very first DuaneReade opened downtown, at the corner of Duane St and Reade St in Manhattan, hence the name!


Let's start with the Buy One, Get one 50%off! I got. I bought one of these Almay Liquid Lip Balms before and am just in-loove with it! They feel so smooth and moisturizing on the lips! This gives a sheer tint on the lips, just like a tinted lip balm! I have been using this at home as a lip balm when my lips got dried out from a lipstick I sampled. It's not sticky at all and I just love applying this over a lipstick too! The colors I got here are "Apple A Day" and "Pink Pout". 

The other buy one, get 50%off product I got is from L'oreal and was just so happy I almost did a happy dance in the aisle since I have been looking for this shade for like ever! I have been seeing this on YouTube beauty videos - it just looks so pretty that I MUST have it. And now I do!
L'oreal Infallible Eye Shadows in Amber Rush & Eternal Sunshine. Amber Rush is described as this Rose Gold eye shadow shade on reviews and OMG! This shadow is just so lovely! It is perfect for the Fall to put all over the lid and a plum shade (like Nude 'Tude shade in Sexy!) on the crease is just beautiful! There were other such beautiful colors to pick from since this store was fully stocked of all the Infallible Eye Shadows but I went for a neutral shade that I know I will use most of the time for my second choice. Eternal Sunshine is this nice champagne color that is gorgeous as well to put all over the lid with a winged eye liner or just for the inner corners to brighten up any eye look!

This was taken under direct sunlight so sorry if doesn't show the beautiful shades here.

Amber Rush all over the lid + dark plum shade on the crease
The Walgreen's by me do not carry any Jordana products at all so I made sure to check DuaneReade for their stock and I'm not surprised to see the Jordana shelf not stocked with their new products of balm stains! So I just went to stock on my fave Jordana products! Jordana Fabu-liner in brown, Jordana retractable lip liners in Plush Plum & Tawny. I got another Plush Plum which is this nice deep brick red color for my Sis. She asked what's a nice dark red color she can wear for the Fall. I thought the Plush Plum is a good one to start with since she's a nude lips type (so opposite of me!). These liners don't dry out my lips so I like using them as an all over color on my lips.
Tawny is this dark nude shade which I don't have in my collection. Good way to start building my nude lips collection!

The Wet n'Wild section did not have any sales plus I bought enough WnW from the last time Rite-Aid had a 40%off all WnW for that week! So I just went to grab this Wet n'Wild Megalast Nail Polish in Undercover. It's a nice mauvey-pink color that I'm missing in my collection.

I am running low on body wash so I went to grab this, which was on sale! I have never used or heard anything from this brand before, Skincare Naturals Revitalizing Body Wash in Coconut Water. I got sucked in with the coconut scent, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and made in the USA on the label - all a good sign on my check list!

Last thing I bought from here is from the Beauty Section of DuaneReade. They have more higher end brands in this section such as Pop Beauty, theBalm cosmetics, Cargo, Pur Minerals, Nailtini and so many other ones! I only picked one item from here which is from 100% Pure, a concealer in Toffee shade. I have only bought a lipstick from this brand before and love it. I have only found this brand though at some DuaneReade's so just check out their website on where else you can buy their products: http://www.100percentpure.com

Their price range is around what you would buy in Sephora (Benefit, Urban Decay price range), and so it wasn't budget friendly for me and definitely not drugstore price! This concealer cost $19 so compare that to Maybelline's concealer, it is pricey. BUT the ingredients that this concealer was made of is just unbelievable! This is a Certified Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free brand and their cosmetics is mostly made of 100% natural fruits and oils! An in-depth review on this concealer soon, after I have used it some more.  
"Organic Green Tea*, Organic Rose Hydrosol*, Organic Green Coffee*, Organic Rice Powder*, May contain all or some of the following pigments : Organic Peach*, Organic Apricot*, Organic Carrot*, Organic Pomegranate*, Organic Cocoa Bean*, Organic Goji Berry* and Organic Tomato*, Aloe Vera, Organic Lavender*, Organic Chamomile*, Organic Rosehip Oil*, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Extracts of Organic Rosemary*, Organic Oregano*, Organic Thyme*, Organic Grapefruit Seed* and Organic Goldenseal* 

Sunscreen Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide"

Lastly, two products from CVS:

  • L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara: I haven't opened this since I am still finishing the ones I have opened right now. This claims to stretch the lashes in the outer corner of your eyes. I always try to achieve that look (ala Angelina Jolie's eyes!) Lashes like that will look so good with a winged liner so we'll see!
  • Revlon by Marchesa 3D Nail Appliques in Guilded Mosaic: The CVS only had three of these boxes left and I was so happy to find one of them is this design that I really wanted to get! I love nail appliqués, it's cheaper than going to a nail salon and the design is just beautiful to glam up any outfit! I have never tried any nail appliqués from Revlon so we will see how this holds up. 

I think I have done a pretty good damage with my card with my new goodies. I am definitely loving my Amber Rush eye shadow, and can't wait to paint my nails with this WnW polish! 
Let's see which ones will make it to my monthly faves (for November!), and some I will write an in-depth review so just subscribe to this blog so you don't miss out on that!

Sidenote: I just want to thank you all who left such sweet comments on my Instagram over the weekend. Our wedding anniversary is such a personal part of me that I am happy to share with you all. Celebrating our marriage for 6 years is something truly exciting and just so brag-worthy hehehe! I didn't want to post any more selfies so I just kept posting food pictures and so sorry if that wasn't your cup of tea but I do hope you all had a great weekend and I'll see you all on my next posts!

October 24, 2013

tag post: Would You Rather? Makeup Edition

Tagged by the gorgeous and oh-so-sweet like cupcake, Lily from Beauty With Lily
Check out her blog here & subscribe if you haven't!

Now onto the tag since this is a pretty long one! 14 Questions to tackle, so here we go. . .

1- Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
  • Eventho it had cost me a sweat and a dime on my palettes and eyeshadows, I think I'll live. Be sad for a while but I can wear a cat eye everyday.

2- Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

  • chop off my hair, then I can use that as an excuse to wear wigs!
3- Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
  • coral cheeks
4- If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
  • clothes: having four seasons means this girl needs tons of clothes! Since you trying to take all my palettes, I'll go clothes shopping! 
5- Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
  • lipstick on eyes? never! Lipsticks are too oily to be an eyeshadow, I think. An eyeliner as a lipstick that can work! Waterproof!

6- Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
  • Kill me but I actually have never shopped at MAC and always have been a Sephora member since I could afford a lipstick hehehe! Sephora always!
7- Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
  • I can go with one lip color. That's like asking me if I can live with my UD Revolution Lipstick in Venom forever - sure! hells yeah! 
8- Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
  • Summer clothes in winter. Though I get chilly easily I will make that maxi dress into a scarf and layer as much as I can if needed! I will pass out in a second if I wear winter clothes in the Summer!
9- Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
  • bright nails, flaws aren't easily seen. I always mess up dark polishes and if it's not done right it drives me crazy!
10- Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
  • My lips need something on it so never! Haven't you already taken all my palettes on question #1?!?
11- Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
  • messy bun, unless it's a loose ponytail. I can't do those nice, polished ponytails, that gives me a headache.
12- Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?
  • I can live without lip gloss, as long as I have my lip balms. I try to give my nails a break from polish but I have so many awesome colors right now in my collection that needs to be worn! I am actually deciding on which color I should wear next!
13- Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
  • none! If I have to pull off some blunt bangs to make it work, then I will make it work! I'm a bad artist, so I'd rather not draw anything on my face! 
14- Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
  • I can live without my nail polishes. 

Okay to whomever made this tag, I hope you are happy with taking all my eyeshadows and palettes away, and my nail polish collection as I step out of my house wearing my awesome red wig with bangs! Plus my UD Venom lipstick and my simple cat eyes in my new clothes!

If you think you can outsmart me, oh you are so wrong honey! I got pets who tries to outsmart me every single day and I think I have mastered  this trick! If you think I will step out of my house without any color on my face ohh you will be surprise for I will make what I have work! 

So have any of you done this tag yet? Should we start a group to go hunt for this person who wrote this tag? LOL! I'm kidding! But this is definitely one harsh tag that hubby would not even go there and dare to ask me! 
If you haven't done this, please go do it and leave your link in the comments below! 

Thanks guys for reading this. I'm usually a nice person but if you cross the line - I suggest you don't. You just don't go between a woman and her beauty products, that's all I'm saying! 

October 22, 2013

Clarisonic Mia2: 2 Wk Update

I was planning on updating you all earlier than two weeks but honestly speaking here, when my blogging brain is off and my post is not how I want it to be - I will not post it! Just like when a Chef is not satisfied with his dish he will not serve it, type of analogy.
Moving on, you probably are all wondering (or not! either way I'm still going to tell you!) how it has been between me and my Mia2. Here's a quick recap of the past two weeks, since I do want to share a few pictures here of the Clarisonic Mia2 box:

  • After first time of using it, my skin already felt smoother and softer! Better than when I exfoliate!
  • I have been using it every Sundays and Wednesdays nights only, to not irritate my skin since my skin is pretty sensitive. 
  • I have also changed my skincare products to the new Michael Todd Acne Skin Regimen Kit (a separate blog post review soon!) in addition to my prescribed topical creams. You can check it here for the product list.

  • After Week 1: The acne I had from my hormonal breakouts, dried out faster! Like in a few days! It would usually take weeks for it to disappear but with this new regimen I can only see improvements! Trying to stay positive here.
  • After Week 2: My skin is going through dry patches right now, I think it's because of this new skin care routine I am in (or the weather, I'm not really sure) but hopefully it just goes well from here! I have not seen any new breakouts (knockin' on wood!)
  • My moisturizer and face serum sinks in to the skin faster!
  • My liquid foundation (UD Naked Foundation) looks better already on my skin after I have only used the Mia2, five times! My skin is not flawless but it feels smoother than it used to, except for the dry patchy areas.
  • I have been keeping a photo diary of my skin as I use this, which I will share with you all when I have an "after" picture for you all to compare. Not sure when that will happen but no pictures for now (sorry!).
  • I've used it in the shower and over the sink and it's easy to handle and pretty light.
  • I do wish the brush is smaller since it's hard to go around the nose with the big brush. 
  • Wish the timer could be longer so I could add my neck area. Or maybe just do a minute in the neck area? Has anybody else have done that?
  • I have not used the High Speed setting since I am still breaking it in to my skin regimen.
I do want to share you all a few pictures of the Clarisonic Mia2 packaging:

front packaging
open the front flap and more information about Clarisonic 

this is the Pacific Sunset color

this is what it came with my Clarisonic Mia2. I love Fresh and this is truly gentle for sensitive skin. I haven't use the Lotus Youth Cream but I only read great things about it!

a size comparison with a full size They're Real Mascara

the back of the box packaging
I guess that's it for now. As you can see I have added a tab on my blog called "ftc Mia2 diaries" so you can just click on that tab if you just want to see my updates on my use of the Clarisonic Mia2. I am not sure how often I will be posting an update but if I do see any changes I will definitely let you guys know.

Thank you guys for stopping by and see you all on my next post!

October 21, 2013

Ipsy October 2013 Glambag

"The Art of Beauty"
is Ipsy's October Glambags theme.
IPSY is a monthly subscription beauty bag that has 5 varies from deluxe samples to full size beauty products  that is based on a theme sent out every month for only $10! So if you are into make-up and beauty products, and looove to try out new products go check out this subscription service!

Now let's look at my bag!
Ipsy October 2013 Glambag

These products were matched to me through their IpsyMatch beauty quiz. And based on my answers this is pretty much what I did want: beauty tools, nail, hair and eye products. I am not sure about the make-up wipes but it doesn't hurt to have it around!

First, let's look at the LaFresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleaner:
"The La Fresh® Eco-Beauty® Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes gently cleanses and detoxifies skin. Contains pineapple, vitamin E, cucumber, marshmallow, oat, aloe and chamomile extracts. These wipes are biodegradable, compostable and are packaged using clean, renewal solar energy. Paraben-free."

I have receieved a LaFresh make-up wipes before from Ipsy and was not a big fan of it. It had something that was irritating my skin and so I just used it to remove swatches from my arms after taking pictures for the blog. I have not opened this one yet but I will try one tonight and give you an update later on. 

This Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush has nice soft bristles to it. It is wider than my usual flat shader brush which is the ELF Studio synthetic brush or the EcoTools flat brush. I have not used it since I just washed this brush over the weekend. I think this will be great to pack on eye shadow all over the lid or too highlight by the brow. If it's too big for your eyes, try using this for highlighting your cheekbones, cupid's bow or contouring your nose!

 Next thing I got is this pretty bottle from Zoya Nail Polish in Neve:
"Part of the Fall 2013 CASHMERES & SATINS Collection, these shades are created to work together with this season's most stylish runway designs and luxurious fabric blends. These ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)." 
I have received a Zoya nail polish with Ipsy before and love how the formula is just so pigmented and is so easy to apply! The brush is perfect for my nails to do the center then get both sides with one coat. I do two coats though to make it darker, and smoothen out my shaky first coat application! So I put this on the next day and got so many compliments from it! Here's an Instagram picture of it on my nails:

It's really pretty! Even my friend was eyeing it since her favorite color is blue so I'll be giving this one to her. I have another polish in the same shade already so she can keep this one. 

For my hair product, I received another Big Sexy Hair, this times it's this Blow Out Volumizing Gel:
"The Sexy Hair Blow Gel is an alcohol-free gel that thickens hair while adding volume. It also helps retain moisture so your hair never feels dry. Delivers a light to medium hold."
It says on the bottle to apply to damp hair from roots to ends then blow dry. I tried this over the weekend and did not see much change on my hair. This could be my fault too since I don't really know how to properly blow dry my hair! I am interested to see how the Ipster Gurus will be using this and maybe get some tips as well. I do love this brand since I have gotten other hair products from them with my previous Ipsy bags (again!) so I will keep playing with this.
Right now my hair still feels soft, I don't feel any gel build up or anything so that's a good thing, just no volume.

"It's easy to create a variety of looks with Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Shimmers! As an 8-in-1 product, the Mineral Shimmers are a creamy eye shadow, matte eyeshadow, eyeliner, lip color, nail polish, mascara, body glitter, and hair color for fun hair streaks! Available for purchase in 60 luminous and luxurious shades." 

shade: Emotion (purple shimmery shade)
I have never heard of this brand but I am in-loove with the shade I got! The swatch above looks very pigmented just from one tap from the jar! On the eye lids though using a flat synthetic brush and over an eye primer, I needed to layer it a bit to get to that color intensity. Maybe I'll use my finger next time! 

Here's how it looks on my lids and how I would wear this shade:
 I wanted to see if I can be light handed with this shadow and wear it during the daytime and give my neutral shadows a break. And as you can see, it is wearable for day time! A nice subtle purple smokey daytime eye is just perfect with pinky-nude lips and glowy skin! *My skin is actually feeling dry lately so I didn't powder over my UD Naked Foundation.* I can do a different post on this FOTD look if you guys like, so this post don't get too long. Comment below!

This is how I really stepped out of the house since I can't see without ma glasses on!

Overall, this month's bag was not bad at all. I always love the make-up products I get in the bag since this helps to build my make-up collection and try out new things! My hair products have grown as well though most of the time I just leave my hair alone and use argan oil when it is feeling frizzy and dry. I always love to get new nail polishes and face wipes are good to have for those "you'll-never-know" situations. Again, click on the product names above to link you to the Ipsy Discount Code to those products, if you are interested in purchasing any of it.

Unfortunately, this will be my last Ipsy bag for now. This is actually my 12th bag and yes a year ago is when I signed up with Ipsy and have loved most of the items I have received from them. I just think it was time for me and Ipsy to break up for a bit and just enjoy all the eye liners, lip products, eye shadows and so on that I have received from the past year I have subscribed. Plus, a new girl can take my spot and try out all these amazing products Ipsy has been featuring in their bags! I personally have enough in my collection to actually not buy anymore make-up but the holidays are coming so many deals and new collections are coming out in the drugstores that I think I will spend my $10 on those instead. I am not saying, I won't be signing back up again but right now I have enough. 

I'll see you all on my next post you gorgeous peeps! And hope you all have a great week! 

October 19, 2013

Sunshine Award

Hello my lovely gorgeous Sunshines! Yes YOU! You who are reading this! Or even just came to check out my site for a bit just gives rockin' sunshine to my day! Cheesy as it sounds but you have no idea how much I appreciate you guys taking your time to read and comment, subscribe, follow on all my social medias, likes, tweet, retweet, and everything else in between! Huge hugs from me to you all!!!
I wanted to post so many other ones I have lined up but I want to end this week with this awesome award that Ashely from CiaoBella & Erica of Diary of a Trendaholic has tagged me. If you guys have not checked out their blogs, click over here:

So these awesome ladies have awarded me the. . .

Sunshine Award
is an award given to those who inspire us and bring sunshine into our lives. 
 I am just really touched with this award. When I started this blog I did not think I would be giving more than my opinion, and to know that I have inspired and be their sunshine just makes me teary! 
Happy tears!

Few simple rules on this award:
  • *Include the award logo in your blog post
  • *Link to the person who nominated you
  • *Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • *Nominate other bloggers

Now to answer Ashley's Questions:

1. What made you start blogging and why?

  • At first it was a way for me to keep notes on all the beauty products I use; I used it as my virtual diary, then eventually it grew to this awesome community which is great! I became more and more active as well when I started subscribing to the monthly beauty subscriptions. Blogging was one way for me to keep up with what I think of them, and didn't really expect a lot of other girls out there are interested to read what I have to write!

2. When did you first wear makeup?

  • When I started working Front Desk (years ago!), I needed to look more put together and older. People always think I am 16, which is a compliment I know but I was getting treated like a kid and they think I do not know what I am doing. So I started wearing drugstore tinted moisturizer and tinted lip balm. I still really don't know what I was doing but I did not have time for all that since I was going to school part-time then too.

3. What are your Fall go-to makeup colors?

  • This year I'd like to do golds and purples on the eyes and if I wear a neutral eye look - I'd go bold with my lip colors which is usually berry colors: dark reds with purple undertones.

4. Where is your favorite place to relax?

  • On our big couch since my dog cuddles with me.

5. Who's your favorite beauty guru?

  • YouTube Beauty Guru, Jaclyn Hill. I have only subscribed to her recently and she already has taught me how to contour, wear red lips, do a smokey eye and a cat eye! And oh yeah she's the one who made me buy my Holy Grail foundation brush, Sigma F80! 

6. Where is your dream vacation?

  • Eurotrip to Paris, Italy and Greece.

7. If you were on a deserted island, what beauty items would you have?

  • sunscreen and a lip balm, and hopefully the island has some aloe vera =)

8. What is the one thing you like about blogging the most?

  • I get to write what I want, the way I want it. No editors to tell me what not to write or how to write it. And I also feel like I am hanging out with other beautyholics like moi;  other bloggers who understand me and vice versa! It makes me feel I am not alone in this beauty journey I am going through!

9. Favorite Fall treat?

  • Fresh Pumpkin Pie from the orchard!

10. What is your dream job? Why?

  • It changes everyday! Years ago, I wanted to be a doctor. Two years ago I was an aspiring author. A few months ago, I was dreaming to be a Beauty Guru like the ones on YouTube. Right now my dream job is to be a guest blog writer for InStyle or Glamour or any fashion mags. Ask me next month, it might be different again.

These are my other Sunshines!

Answers to Erica's Questions:

1. What is your favorite movie?
  • The Notebook
2. How long does your daily makeup/beauty routine take?
  • 30 mins
3. What is your favorite way to spend your free time/ what is your ideal afternoon?
  • Since we have a small place, we love to go out for Brunch on weekends, either at our usual places or from our lists of places we want to try. There's so many new restaurants always opening in Brooklyn. So if we have the budget we'd go eat out.
4. Who is your celebrity crush?
  • Ryan Gosling and Angelina Jolie
5. What is your favorite holiday?
  • does my Birthday count? Ok besides that probably, Christmas because this is a holiday with family.
6. What nail polish color are you loving right now?
  • Since it's Fall I am leaning toward the dark polishes: blues, grays, deep purple
7. If you were to win a FREE shopping spree what store would you choose to go nuts in?
  • Nordstrom (I usually don't shop at department stores but they have everything in there and I don't mind getting overwhelmed for a FREE shopping spree! shoes, clothes, bags, makeup!!!)
8. What is your favorite novel?
  • The Wizard of Oz (It's a book I would give to every kid I know!)
9. What is your current beauty/makeup obsession?
  • theBalm cosmetics and Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks!
10. If you could only wear one color eye shadow for the rest of your life what color would you wear?
  • I am just starting to branch out to color eye shadows and right now I am loving purple shadows!

UPDATE 10.30.2013: The beautiful Cella Paz of For The Love of Beauty have also tagged me! And here are her questions and my answers:

1. If you could go back in time and learn one beauty trick sooner, what would it be?

  • Concealing. I've always had acne issues and now I can't stop looking for the perfect concealer for me!
2. Who taught you how to apply makeup?

  • YouTube. I asked my friend who always had great makeup on if she can teach me and she goes "oh I go to YouTube for my makeup stuff!"
3. Do you prefer straight or curly hair?

  • Wavy, which is how my hair is naturally. I'd love to do nice loose curls with no frizz - as soon as I get my hands on a curling wand!
4. What is your go-to makeup look for a night out?

  • Lately, smokey eyes since I just learned how to achieve a nice smokey eye! If I'm too lazy I go for a deep red color on the lips.
5. What is on your Christmas wish list?

  • Omigosh, a lot! First is the curling iron on my Amazon Wish List hehehe. Then in no particular order: wedge sneakers, Lorac Pro Palette, Sigma eye makeup brush collection, the whole collection of Revlon's Matte lip balms, Josie Maran whipped argan body cream OR a Sephora, Ulta and Joe Fresh gift card will do  . .oh I can go on all day on this hehehe! 
6. What are your favorite makeup brands?

  • theBalm cosmetics and Urban Decay
7. What brand do you NOT like, but other people rave about?

  • Covergirl.
8. What's your favorite every day lipstick shade?

  • You are all probably thinking my UD lipstick in Venom BUT when I'm in a hurry I grab my Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Crush - it's another great deep red color and it leaves a nice stain on the lips!
9. Who are your favorite YouTube beauty gurus?

  • Jaclyn Hill, LeighAnnSays, EmilyNoel83, ItsJudyTime
10. What is your favorite foundation?

  • Urban Decay Naked (8.0) and bareMinerals original foundation (golden tan)

*thank you so much Cella for tagging me! I really enjoyed answering these questions and oh man I can go on and on with my answers too!

Ok so here's the part I tag other bloggers. A lot of my Sunshine #bbloggers have been tagged but feel free to answer my questions in the comments below though, I'd still love to see your answers still =)
There are a few that I do want to tag and I think have not done this tag, and they are:

Jorden of Unboxing Beauty

My 10 Questions to you all:
1- Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest?
2- What is your guilty pressure? tv show, food or movie?
3- Favorite Fashion magazine?
4- Favorite YouTube beauty guru, if you follow one?
5- If you could live anywhere in the world, where and why?
6- Do you have a signature perfume/ fragrance? Favorite perfume of all time?
7- If you could only buy from one beauty brand, which brand would it be?
8- For winter, would you rather wear a furry ear muff OR a thick wool scarf?
9- What's you favorite online website to shop for makeup? 
10- Best beauty product you have found?

Again, thank you all for....everything! Your support, your time, your positivity, you subscribing - everything!
I hope you all have a super Sunshiney weekend! And I'll see you all again on my next post ma gorgeous peeps!!!

October 15, 2013

PopSugar Must Have OCTOBER Box

PopSugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription box that has full size items that were hand selected by the Editors of PopSugar! These items vary from:  Must Have Home, Food, Beauty and Fashion. They have recently announced that as of November 4, the boxes will be $39.95. But if you sign up now for a 3, 6 or 12month subscription you will lock in the price of $35/box! Just a little hint, they have collaborated with Neiman Marcus for next month's box if you guys are interested in signing up! Here's a hint they posted on their Instagram:

You can also use the code Refer5 to get $5 off on your first PopSugar Box. And please if you could kindly use my referral link: http://popsu.gr/nmUl
Thank you! You rock!
Now onto this month's box!

October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PopSugar will be donating $1 for every box sold this month to breast cancer research. They have also teamed up with a couple of companies that supports a lot of other breast cancer charities. They of course, included a bit of Halloween theme in their box as well. Let's just go ahead and see what was in this month's box!

Must Have Beauty 
Julep for PopSugar Duo
NYX Cosmetic Liquid Liner & Smokey Shadow Palette

PopSugar have teamed up with Julep for this exclusive nail polish duo. One is a top coat which dries in 5 minutes and dries smudge-free. I love the top coat and have protected my nails from chipping! The other one is in shade Coco,  which is reddish-brown in color. Sorry I haven't worn it yet, but keep an eye on my Instagram feed (which you can see on the right side of this blog site OR HERE!) soon!

I have been eyeing the NYX Smokey Shadow Palette since I saw it from Rose of Beauty Bar Daily's post, here. I was really so close on getting that kit but good thing I didn't since PopSugar have included it in this months box! I have used this over the weekend to do a daytime and nighttime smokey eye and it's ok. NYX shadows have not been the most pigmented shadows comparing it to theBalm Nude 'Tude palette. I have to see how they do if I use the NYX pencil in Milk underneath to make the color pop more.
I have not tried the NYX Liquid Liner yet since I have other liquid liners that I am using right now so I don't know yet if I am keeping this one or not.
I am very excited to see Julep nail polishes in this month's box since I have been eyeing these polishes since I have seen them every where! Glad they teamed up with Julep!

Must Have Beauty
The Wet Brush
"The magic of The Wet Brush is in the specially formulated bristles that eliminate all the tugging, tearing, pulling, and ripping...The Wet Brush are making a donation toward the fight against breast cancer for every brush included in this month's box."

I have not tried this brush since I am using the Tangle Teezer brush (I bought here), and has been working well with my wet or dry long hair.

Must Have Fashion
Jane Tran Bobby Pins
I have never heard of Jane Tran before but these bobby pins are pretty cute! I love the colors, very wearable for everyday use. I love wearing bobby pins to do a simple half-do or keep my bangs away from my face. So these are a keeper!

Must Have Fashion
Gorjana Charity Bali Bead Bracelet
"When someone purchases this bracelet- made in our signature pink color- on the gorjana retail site, 100 percent of the proceeds of the piece go to the charity Breast Cancer Connections."
Here's the link to their site: 

"Wear your pink with pride this October."
It's not 10% or 20% to charity but 100% of the proceeds goes to Breast Cancer Connections! It's such a win-win situation when you get a nice piece of  jewelry for helping out a charity!

Must Have Food
The Can't Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified!
This has pages dedicated to the ones who have not turned on their oven and have used it as a shoe storage instead. Jessica Seinfeld (yes, Jerry Seinfeld's wife!), will tell you what you would need in your kitchen to get started and how to prep, chop the garlic and measure your liquids and dry ingredients.

I have browsed through the book already and though I am no newbie in the kitchen (just lazy), I do love how simple the recipes are, the prepping and the ingredients! She even has a "Quickie" section in here that does not need any cooking and it's not just salads!
You can check out more of the book here:

Must Have Food
The Crispery Halloween Crispycake
"Handmade, soft, and perfectly gooey, these gourmet crispy cakes from The Crispery will put a smile on the face of your inner child."
This definitely was gone the same day I got my box! Paired this with a cup of Earl Grey and my morning was satisfied! Yes I had it for breakfast my friends and I do not regret it! This was definitely, soft and gooey! It was easy to eat with a fork (since I was checking my blogs and emails, Instagram and tweets on the phone as well), I really did not want to use my hands while multitasking. I have a sweet tooth and this was just perfect with a nice hot tea for me. I don't really care about the sprinkles but I love how gooey this is and just delicious!
Check out more of this company here: TheCrispery.com

Special Extra
Stitch Fix
"Try out this fun new personal styling service to get handpicked fashion goodies delivered right to your door."

StitchFix is not a monthly subscription box but you create your style profile and your personal stylist will send you 5 items that he/she would think you would like (clothes and accessories). This card gives you $20 towards the stylist fee and then can be applied later on to your purchase and if you buy all the items they have included in the box, you get 25% off the total purchase! You can return what you don't like and just pay for the item(s) you want to keep. I think you have three days to return it.
Read more about them on their site here: https://stitchfix.com

"Enjoy $20 off your purchase plus a waived styling fee."

It is an interesting concept since you are not locked-in to a monthly fee and you only pay if you do want to keep an item. I do still need to read on this more; look at more blog reviews on this site since I have not heard or read anything about this.

And that is it for my PopSugar Must Have Box for October folks! I actually can't stop thinking of next month's box already since it's a collaboration with Neiman Marcus! All I know about Neiman Marcus is it's some fancy shopping happening in there! PopSugar is really good by not showing any more hints with their boxes so we all just have to wait and see what else is in it!

So what do you think of this subscription box? Is it something you would sign-up for? 

Okay my gorgeous peeps, thanks for stopping by and hopefully I see you all again on my next post!