Month: January 2013

Wet N Wild drugstore haul! (Including new Fergie items!)

I finally spotted the new Wet n Wild Fergie display at my local Walgreens! I’ve only been waiting for these new products to launch for, um, forever–so I was pretty excited about finally getting to scoop up some new products!

I also found a sidekick display of new Wet n Wild products, so I picked up some new lippies for spring. Okay, enough jibber jabber, on to the photos!

First is this pan of highlighter, To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($5.99) in Rose Champagne Glow. I particularly love marbled highlighters and blushes because I feel like the color is more natural than solid, one-tone pan color. The huge pan and the cheetah-print marbling is so luxe and this looks much more expensive than a mere $6!

Next we have three lipsticks, two from the new Fergie line and one from the regular Wet n Wild line.The Perfect Pout Lip Color lipsticks ($3.49) are supposed to be long-wearing, so we’ll see about that. I wavered around and finally bought Fergie Daily, which is the nude shade she’s wearing in the display photo, and Old School Glam, which looks like a tomato/poppy red. The third lip color is one of the matte long-wearing lipsticks, which I really like; they retail for about $1.99, so they’re very affordable. This one is Think Pink, and I’m really hoping it fulfills my need for a pale pinky nude matte lipstick.

I mentioned new lipglosses, and here we go: a new line of Megalast Lip Glosses. There are several new shades but I splurged on these four to replace my old Revlon Mineral Lip Glazes. From top to bottom we have Coral Me Bad, Do I Make You Blush?, Raisin’ The Roof, and I Can Bare It. My biggest gripe with glosses is their lack of staying power, so I’m really eager to try these and see how they perform. These retail for $2.99 apiece but all had $1 off coupons attached, so I really got a good deal on these!

Finally, mascara. It’s hard to find a good waterproof mascara as is, and with switching to cruelty-free brands I find it difficult to find one that isn’t too expensive. This appears to be a new product: MegaPlump Waterproof Mascara ($3.99). We’ll see how “plumping” it is later in the week.

So there we are! Have you picked up any new Wet n Wild products? Anything here that catches your eye?

Nail Polish of the Month: January 2013

Ah, my first monthly polish pick for 2013! Julep Lauren ($14) is an electric highlighter pink, perfectly in keeping with my sudden love of everything eye-poppingly bright. I got this shade as part of my New Year’s Mystery Box from Julep–how ever did they know that I needed it?!

Julep calls this a “creme”, but it almost has a jelly consistency. I used four coats and still had some tip show-through on some fingers. I usually keep my nails very short, and the polish dried super-quick, so it wasn’t a huge issue for me. But if you prefer to stop at two coats, or have very long nails with very white tips, you might not like this polish.

Lauren dries with an eggshell or satin finish but I use a super-glossy topcoat over all of my polishes, so the finish didn’t really matter.

This is one of those polishes that definitely has to be worn to be believed, because the bottle doesn’t do her justice. I love this polish and it’s definitely going to be in heavy rotation in my “nail wardrobe” this year!

My Influenster Holiday VoxBox arrived!

I feel like I’ve been waiting for FOREVER for my Influenster Holiday VoxBox to arrive! It’s packed full of goodies, which I’ll be reviewing in detail over the next week or so. But for now, let’s take a look at the goods!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes. I was not reimbursed for this review however and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Here’s the full box. I’m going to get a proper unboxing video uploaded on my YouTube channel soon, once my lazy self digs out the mic for a voiceover, but for now let’s look at what I got in brief.

First, you’ll notice a card for Sole Society. I hadn’t heard of this site before Influenster, so this is sort of interesting. Through the end of January, you can get $25 off your first purchase through the site with the code “INFLUENSTER25”. (http://www.SoleSociety.com) I am of course a massive shoe addict, so I’ll probably find an excuse to use this code.

Next, there’s a package of Kiss Nail Dress stickers (retail value $6.99). I’ve never tried these before, but I love the design they sent! I’m super-excited about this product and will probably try these out next weekend when the hubby and I have date night.

The Goody QuikStyle brush (retail value $11.99) is going to be interesting. I got a “half-round” brush that’s supposed to give better blowouts and cut drying time thanks to the microfiber bristles, which absorb water from the hair. I hate the time it takes to dry my hair, so this will definitely be reviewed within the week.

The Quaker Real Medleys+ oatmeal ($1.79 per cup) is the wild card item. I know lots of people are not “oatmeal people” but I love it and I always need breakfast items to go. My one gripe with this product: it has a lot of sugar in each cup (22 grams) and I feel like it’s a bit pricey for regular eating. Still, it’s tasty (I already tried it!).

Then there’s the EBoost packet ($28/20 packets or $39/30 packets). I tried one of these in the orange flavor in my last VoxBox; this one is a Pink Lemonade packet. I’m not a fan of these fizzy packets per se but they DO give you an energy boost (essential for nutty multitaskers like me) and they’re not so bad mixed into a smoothie.

The NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine ($2.49) is the only item that disappoints me. Parent company Coty tests on animals and since I can’t get any definitive information on NYC’s testing policies, I have to assume that they test as well.This is a nice neutral shade (“Nude York City”) but I’ll be passing it on.

Finally, I qualified for a bonus item this time around (yay, me!). Montagne Jeunesse makes awesome face masques, and this Fruit Smoothie deep pore cleansing masque ($2) looks perfectly suited to my skin type. Oh, and did I mention that MJ is vegetarian and Leaping Bunny-certified?

Random Thursday: Items I Often Hoard…

I think we all have an item we’re guilty of hoarding, if not on a TV-show-worthy level, then at least on a level that causes other people to roll their eyes and crack jokes. Here are a few of the items I “hoard” to some extent or another:
  • Nail polish. I’m developing quite the polish addiction and have bottles from high school (yep!) that I just can’t bear to throw out because I haven’t yet found a dupe.
  • Clothes. Even if I haven’t worn something in months, I’m loathe to part with it because I might want it again “someday”. I have to force myself to weed out my closet on a regular basis.
  • Cards and letters. I’m not sure why, but I really have trouble throwing away cards and letters from family. Not that I’ll ever read any of the notes ever again, but I just hate to throw them away. 
  • Magazines. Another item that I have to force myself to weed through. My local library actually has a “take some, leave some” rack in their lobby where you can drop off your magazines and pick up some new ones for free, so I try to drop by every few months and drop off a bundle of old copies (and not grab any new ones!). I’m torn, though: should I pass them on for others to enjoy, or cut them up to make an “inspiration” notebook of my favorite “aha!” style ideas?

So there are my “hoard” hotspots! What are yours? Tell me in the comments below!

Cute Shoe Monday: neon pumps!

Okay, you guys know I’ve been crushing on neons all week. Well, I finally found the perfect pair of neon pumps to satisfy my cravings!!

These come in pink and blue also, in case you’re just not a fan of the highlighter yellow shade. But personally, I love them. I’m now trying to think of a good reason I might NEED a new pair of pumps so I can justify buying these!

Worthington Sheena Neon Patent Pumps, $30, JC Penney or jcpenney.com.

Random Thursdays: Music I Never Get Tired Of…

 

Wow, where to start? I’m a big music junkie. Have been since I could remember.

My playlist contains a huge variety of music, and what I’m listening to at the moment depends on my mood. But I thought that with today’s topic it’d be fun to share a few of the songs I can’t get out of my head this week. As you can tell I listen mostly to rock and dance, but I also like classical, folk, and world music, too.

(I know this is a long post, so I definitely don’t expect you to listen to every single song!)

“How You Like Me Now”–The Heavy

“Bangarang”–Skrillex

“Greyhound”–Swedish House Mafia

“Burn My Shadow”–UNKLE and Ian Astbury

“Promises”–Nero

“She Wolf”–David Guetta and Sia

“Dirty Paws”–Of Monsters and Men

“Steve McQueen”–M83