Monthly Archives: July 2012


Julep Maven Intro Box

More fun stuff in the mail yesterday! I got my Julep Maven intro box! WOOOOOOO!!! I’m really excited about this one! Julep Maven is an awesome service. Here’s the deets:

First of all, Julep makes really awesome polish. The coverage is awesome, smooth and not streaky, and so many amazing colors with new ones every month! They also have other products such as hand and cuticle creams, pedi creams, polish remover (new this month!), lip glosses, and more. With Julep Maven, the first thing you do is take a quiz to determine your style profile (there are five different style profiles). Once you do that, they show you what your profile is ( I got It Girl), and what would be included in your intro box. The It Girl box came with 3 polishes, the other boxes had 2 polishes and a hand cream. At this point you get to choose whether or not you want that box, and if not you can choose a different one. I chose to keep the box that was chosen for me because I loved the colors in it (I’ll get to that in a minute.) There are several codes you can use at the moment, which allow you to get your intro box for a penny! So I essentially got the box for free! The polishes retail at $14 a piece, so I got $42 worth of polish for a penny! Not a bad deal, right? So, after you get your intro box, you start your subscription, and this is where the really cool part comes in. A subscription is $20 a month. On the 20th of each month, Julep will send you an email and let you know what will be in your next box. Then, they give you until the 24th to make some changes. You can do nothing, and you will receive the box that they have picked for you (based on the results you get from the style profile quiz). You can also choose a different box, send your box to a friend as a gift, OR you can skip that month entirely. If you skip the month, you will not be charged for the box and they will just notify you when the next one comes around, so you don’t have to cancel your service if you choose to opt out on a month. Since today is the 20th, I got to choose my next box today! When you choose your box, you then have the option to add up to three more polishes for $4.99 each, and since I am a new customer, I got an add-on for free! I chose the Classic with a Twist box, which comes with 2 polishes and the new product this month, the polish remover. I then added 2 more polishes. The boxes for each month include Julep’s newest colors, so Maven’s get them before anyone else does! Super awesomness! So here’s what my intro box looks like:



I’m so excited to get my first “real” box! From reviews I’ve read, it seems like they also add a couple little surprises in each box, so I can’t wait to see what I get! The boxes ship on the 27th of each month, so I will post a review when I get it. With the penny intro box, it’s worth it to at least get that box! I’ll share the codes, and also my referral link. If you want to try it out, please use this link! When you get 2 friends to sign up, you get a month free! If you like it, share with your friends and reap the awesome rewards! Stay tuned for my review of the August box!

Here’s my referral link:

The code for the intro box is PENNY, or PENNYINTRO. It seems these are only valid for July, but it also seems like there is a new code each month, so if the code doesn’t work, just google it and Im sure you’ll find one that works.

Try this out! If nothing else, get the intro box and get some free polish! Please remember to use my referral code. 🙂



My First Influenster VoxBox! :)


YAY! So, in my last post, I told you all about Influenster, and yesterday I got my very first VoxBox! So very excited about this one, mainly because it is completely and totally free! All they ask is that you review the products, share pics, whatever you can do to spread the word about the products. Not too much to ask for a box of FREE STUFF, right? So, here’s what I got in my box:


Not the best pic, but you get the idea. The card that’s included has a list on the back of the products you receive plus descriptions and retail prices. Soooo, onto the products. First, behind the card, is a cute little pink bag filled with Tampax and Always samples (2 Tampax, 2 Always). Now, I’m not about to review them here, I think it’s a little weird and personal, and I will review on Influenster’s website. BUT, the bag that they came in is awesome! It’s super cute, and will make a great little make-up bag to put in my purse. BONUS! Next, I got a travel-sized bottle of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 lotion sunscreen. Now, I haven’t gotten to test the SPF part of this, but I did put some on my arms just to see what it felt/smelled like. It does make my skin very soft, and it has that awesome sunscreen smell without being too strong. I know some people don’t like the smell of sunscreen, but I’ve always loved it, so I have to say I like this stuff. Next, I got a travel-sized Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles hand cream. I feel like this is a product that I will have to use over time to really see results, but I have awful dry cuticles, so I have high hopes. I will say that I don’t like the smell of this stuff much. It reminds me of that orange super-duty hand soap stuff that they have in auto-shops and places like that. Hopefully it will work well and I can let the weird smell slide. The next thing in the box was a full-size Quaker banana nut bread Soft Baked bar. I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks super duper tasty! It says on the package that it’s great warmed up, so I’m going to try that, and we’ll see. If anyone asks, I will give an update on products I haven’t tried yet in later posts once I have had time to try them out. OK, so lastly, the product I was most excited about and also the one I’m the most skeptical of, the full-size Sally Hansen Magnetic nail color. The shade I got was Graphite Gravity, which is a cool metallic charcoal color. I like the color, but I kind of wish I would have gotten a brighter color. I feel like the effects of the magnet would have been easier to see. Anyway, it’s definitely interesting. I only tried it out on one nail just to see how it worked and what it looked like. It’s very easy to use, the color covers well and dries surprisingly fast, but I’m just not sure if I like the magnet effect look. I will play around with it a little more and see how I feel about it. Again, I think the effect would have maybe looked cooler with a brighter shade. So, there’s my first VoxBox! I LOVE IT!!!! First of all, you can’t go wrong with free stuff! Also, I like that these are products regular people use, that you can get at a drugstore or Wal-Mart or wherever. So if you find yourself with a little free time to play around on the computer, check this out! I highly recommend Influenster!

While we’re on the subject of free stuff (and stuff you can get at crazy discounts), everyone should check out Sneakpeeq. It’s so neat. Here is the breakdown of how it works from their website. I figured it wold be easier than trying to explain it myself:

At sneakpeeq, you’ll aways ‘Find What You Love!’ We bring you new discoveries every day, from gourmet foods to home products to accessories and apparel at prices so low we have to keep them private.

There are millions of wonderful companies creating amazing products just waiting for you to use them; all they need is a platform to be seen and shared. That is why sneakpeeq exists!

From exciting new products by brands you already love, to awesome products by brands that we know you’ll love (once you meet them), sneakpeeq is your destination for discovery! Shop with us and share something amazing! Our mission is to bring you the undiscovered at scandalously low prices.

In addition to introducing all things you love, we’ve hidden tons of fun badges and price reducing rewards beneath the peeq button.

Additional discounts will be held individually in your account from the badges and rewards you unlock. The more you buy, share, love, and peeq, the more incentives and surprises you’ll receive. Spend them at anytime, and pay your special price for that thing you love. Check back often because we have new brands and products asking to be discovered daily!

Sweet deal, right? And those discount and rewards they mentioned? Well, here’s a great example of that:


I got both of these totally FREE with discount badges! They retail for $13 a piece, so that’s a pretty sweet deal! I have also ordered a Rumba Watch and a Rich Hippie rollerball perfume (which also comes with a bonus rollerball for free..SO MANY FREE THINGS!), and I got them at insane discounts. And I did a lot of checking with the websites for the products I was interested in, to make sure that the retail price listed was correct and the discounts were really worth it, and they really, really are! Seriously, check it out! Here’s my link:

Coming soon will be my review of my Julep Maven intro box, which I got for a penny with a code. I will share the code when I get the box and review it. Also, I’m still waiting for my Birchbox! According to package tracking, it was delivered to me on the 12th. It is now the 18th, and I still don’t have it. I have contacted Birchbox and am waiting to hear back. So far I have had great customer service from them, so I hope they’ll resolve this so I can get my box and review it for you guys!

Love and peace ❤

I’m a Beauty Product Junkie!


So, when I started this blog, I did it mostly out of boredom. I figured I would just write about whatever I felt like writing about. Then, it kind of got away from me. I still intend to write about other things too, but I have decided that the best way to use this blog is to discuss and review the plethora of random beauty products and things that I get.  I have become a little obsessed with all the subscription sample programs there are out there (such as Birchbox, which I should be getting in the mail in the next couple of days, so stay tuned for a review!). I read tons of reviews of TONS of different services ( I had no idea there were so many….self control…), on tons of different blogs. And after reading so many, I thought to myself, “Why don’t I do this too?” I LOVE everything to do with make-up, beauty products of all sorts, and anything related to beauty. And I always have a lot to say about the things I try. I love to try new products, so I figured I would review the products I’ve tried, and I’m also secretly hoping that maybe if I say enough good things about the products I love, I might get offers to try new things for free! So why not, right? I’ll be doing a review of this months Birchbox as soon as I receive it, and also will include pictures this time. Also, I was selected to receive my first VoxBox from Influenster, the Summer Beauty VoxBox, which should come in the mail sometime next week (YAY!!!), so I will be reviewing that as well. I’m super excited about the VoxBox. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Influenster is a service that sends you a box of FREE (Yup, makes me reeeeally happy) products to try in exchange for reviews of the products on the Influenster website as well as in blogs and social media networks. Visit the website, earn badges that fit your lifestyle (just answer some questions, super easy), and when a box is being released that you qualify for, you will be notified by email that you will be receiving that box. I have been a member since the end of May, and a box is released about every 1-2 months. June’s box was the Mom VoxBox, which I am not so I didn’t qualify of course. BUT, I will be receiving the Summer Beauty Box, which will be my first. I figure no matter what it’s a cool deal, since it is completely free! Who doesn’t like free stuff, right? So stay tuned for my reviews of these boxes, and whatever else I feel compelled to tell people about. For now, here are a couple new products I’ve tried recently that I really love:

Garnier BB Cream: This stuff really is awesome. I got a sample of Dr. Jart BB Cream in one of my Birchboxes, and I looooved it. However, it is a bit pricey for me, so when I heard about the Garnier BB Cream, I had to try it. It’s great because it’s an all-in-one product, so no more layers of makeup! Foundation, primer, sunscreen, and more all in one. It seems a little expensive (about $12 a bottle), but this bottle should last me a long time, so I think it’s totally worth it. Great coverage and my face looks flippin’ awesome! 🙂

EOS lip balm: I really really really love this stuff. Before I tried this, my go-to lip balm was Burt’s Bees, which I still love, but this stuff is so great! I got the mint flavor, and it tastes so good. And it makes my lips so super soft. Also, I really love that it comes in that cute little egg shaped container (I am such a nerd!). It has a flat bottom, so it sits perfectly on my night stand, making it easier for me to use it obsessively. LOOOOOVE.

Lastly, here’s an interesting one: Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat Surf Waves hair mist. My hair is naturally wavy, but not really “curly.” In the summertime, I hate blow drying because its just so darn hot and the humidity makes my hair go all stupid anyway, so I like to rock the waves, which I can’t do without some sort of product. I don’t like gels or mousses because my hair gets all crunchy and weighed down, and feel like those products are meant for hair with lots of natural curl, so I go for the “beach wave” type products. A few months ago I bought Charlotte Ronson’s A Perfect Mess beach hair spray, and it was AWFUL! It’s a tiny bottle for $20 (smaller than my hand), it smelled weird, and it only looked good for about ten minutes before the curl fell out and my hair looked dry and gross. Not cool. SO, fast forward to about a month ago, I was at Bath and Body Works, and the Surf Waves spray was a new product that was also included in a buy 3 get 2 free sale, so I thought I’d try it. And I am so glad I did. This stuff is awesome!! It smells great, and gives me awesome looking waves that last without making my hair dry and yucky feeling. Who knew!?

Check these products out! And stay tuned for my Birchbox and VoxBox reviews!

Love and Peace 🙂