3 FabFitFun $15 Off Coupons & Late “Review” of Summer 2014 Box

I was super busy this summer and I totally didn’t blog as much as I should have. For Mother’s Day I had asked for the Summer FabFitFun box. Well I got it. But I never did the review…I currently do not have all of the products but I will run down the list and tell you how I liked them.

 

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The first item that I want to mention is the Sonya Dakar flash facial (retail $95). OMG amazing-ness! It said to spread a thin layer all over your face but since I have a similar product I knew to keep away from eyebrows/hairy areas. This was one of the spoilers and the main reason I got the box. Who doesn’t want skin like Gwyneth Paltrow? Tip: if you do get this do NOT use all over face as suggested, only use in small areas or it takes forever to take off and kinda hurts!

I also got Pur~Lisse Pur~protect SPF 30 ($55)—- I literally have like 6 of these from all my different beauty boxes. I sold a few on ebay and gave some to my Mom. So I was happy to get one but I kinda wish it was something better. I have been using this in the summer as SPF and have been pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t make me breakout.

I also really enjoyed the Kisstixx lip balm ($5.99)—-these were fun to use with my daughter, unfortunately I never got to use them with my boyfriend. He probably wouldn’t of using with me anyways because he probably would’ve thought they were silly. Two different flavors came in one box (one sweet, one sour) and you and your partner are supposed to put it on your lips and then kiss to mix the flavors. I like the flavor separately and I like them mixed together. My daughter thought it was hilarious to put a flavor on her and then give mom a smooch to make a new flavor. An even bigger benefit of these lip balms is that they’re high in SPF so we used everyday at the pool.

 

My next favorite product was the Thursday Friday Away Mini clutch/makeup bag ($35). I was really hoping to get the feather print or the lips but I got the white purse print. (Actually I just saw a gorgeous one on blogofboxes) Mine still is cute, it just wasn’t my first choice. I actually have it up for swap or sale if you’re interested. I was surprised at how well made these were! 

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Front and Back

(this also came with a $30 coupon to use at Thursday Friday)

I also got a FabFitFun water infuser water bottle (which I gave away as a gift) ($15)- this had the FFF logo on it and is BPA free. You can add your favorite fruit flavors to your water. They suggested trying cucumber and mint or strawberry and lime for a super refreshing drink. I’m not too much into the whole fruit water. I like fruit2O but homemade fruit water doesn’t sound sweet enough for me.

Next is the Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil- which retails for $25. To be honest I haven’t tried this yet because I have super thin hair and I’m afraid that this is just going to make it greasy and weigh it down like other frizz serums. I also have this on my swap or sale board, if interested let me know. This has a blend of argan, jojoba, and tamanu oils to control flyaways and nourish hair. I am tempted to try it!

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I also got a Zoya nail polish ($9) I can’t tell you the name of it at the moment but it’s a bright coral color. I have one other Zoya that I got from Ipsy that I love. This one, I just wasn’t a fan.

 So those were the “big” products worth describing. This season we actually got some extra, “sponsored” products. But hey, extra is fine with me!  I’ll briefly list the last items.

popchips- really good! (Not sponsored)

Skintimates Shave Gel (sponsored)- can always use this and I’d rather get it as an extra than have to go buy it!

Always Xtra Protection long daily liners (sponsored)- ehhhh…. I guess this is ok…didn’t try it yet.

Slimfast Have Your Cake….Meal Bar (sponsored)— I actually loved this! I had been wanting to try one. It didn’t do too much for appetite control but it made a great snack. If I was working and didn’t have time for breakfast or lunch, this would’ve came in super-handy! Tasted great too!

 

~That was the entire contents of my summer 2014 FabFitFun Box~

sorry no Unboxing pictures!

the coupon I have is for a summer box just like this one- 

the number is

1743968

I’m telling you that the Sonya Dakar alone is worth it! This box is normally $49 and you’ll get $15 off. I was informed the other day that there are still a few summer boxes left. So if you want it, hurry up because I’m sure they’re going quickly especially with the $15 off!

if you use my coupon please leave a comment that way I know how many are used or how many are left.

i will also provide my regular link for people that don’t want a summer box because the fall box should be out in mid October.

 

 

Diamond Candles Huge $30 Sale!

I have about 20 Diamond Candles and 3 have been real rings!

I just got an email saying that if you buy three candles from the summer collection that you can use a coupon code for $30 off!

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I purchased sun washed, summertime, and tropical retreat. I wanted the kiwi splash one too! So after I put the 3 in my cart I entered my coupon code and it went from….$74.85 (free shipping since it’s over $45 which is something new since I last purchased. It used to be like $5-9 per candle!) after I used my $30 coupon it went down to $44.85!!!!! And I believe if you use my invitation link you get another 20% off!

http://my.cndl.es/x/1DTTig  (my link)

If it doesn’t give you the 20% off the sale then you will get it off a full priced candle for sure. But try doing it on the sale and let me know if it works.  I’m going to try to test it with a dummy-email to see if it works.

The coupon code that I got for the $30 is-

NTLUFZCT7KY

That’s my extra code I’m not sure if it’s a one time use or what, so first come first serve.

Have you gotten any diamond candles? Did you get real rings?

I really love a company that I found on Facebook/YouTube called Sweet Smells and Trinkets. They have all real rings that are at least sterling silver.

 

One Direction Makeup Collection Info

How’s your summer been going? Mine has been super busy with two kiddos home from school.
My daughter answered the door the other day when my mailman had brought a huge surprise- a One Direction makeup set. I like One Direction. Yes, I’m 30. I like how they’re not the cookie-cutter, squeaky clean boys that we usually see. I’m not a super fan, I don’t even know all their names. But since I’m a makeup lover and music/pop-culture lover, it made me want to check the kits out.
I have to admit that I was super impressed! And you all know it takes a lot to impress me! First, it came packaged really nicely in a tin. Once the makeups gone you could reuse for concert tickets, keep sakes etc. I am really intrigued by the black light activated lip gloss! Unfortunately, I don’t have a black light to test it out but I’m sure someone out there will! I’m hoping it works! I like the colors I got- blue, teals for eyes and nails and bright pinks for lips.
There are 3 Limited Edition sets. I got the Up All Night collection (blue, teals, pinks). There are also the “Take Me Home” and “Midnight Memories” sets. The Midnight Memories collection looks awesome- it’s got red lip products and black/grey nail and eye products.
Each set comes with a black light activated lipgloss, a lip stick, a mascara, an eye/body crayon, an eyeshadow quad, nailpolish, and a stencil set. I’m not sure if all the stencils in each kit are different but mine has arrows, gems, triangles, and lightening. There are 4 eyeshadows and a bold glitter creme shadow with a eyeshadow applicator and brush.
They’re saying that they are going to be at affordable prices too. I received mine complimentary for my review so I had to look up pricing. Also, this has not been released to the public yet so calm down! Don’t go hunting it down just yet! They will be available worldwide starting in the U.S. mid-August of 2014!
US RELEASE DATES
Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

If you are interested in winning before you can buy there a many giveaways going on different beauty blogs that I have seen. (There was one from Brandbacker but it is over now so I’ll update this if I find more.)

Here is the FB page for this makeup launch-

https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Here are some photos of the Up all Night collection-

photo(29)A view of the whole set- looks awesome!

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photo(31)Here are the different stencils and products

photo(32)Swatches of the eyeshadows- the lighter ones didn’t show up too bright but I didn’t use primer. The felt super velvety smooth.

ond direction makeupThe whole kit and outside of the tin.

(Photo from One Direction Makeup/Branbacker Campaign info)

So will you be getting a set when they’re released? I wish I had more pricing info but all I am told is ‘affordable’. I think they know a lot of their fan base is teenagers so hopefully they kept that in mind. But with Christmas coming they might be thinking $30-50 range, just a guess.

Free Sample of Urban Decay’s New Perversion Mascara!

Hey ladies- I just got an email saying that we can be the first to get a sample of Urban Decays’s new mascara called Perversion.

ill post the link below

https://www.udperversion.com/perversionsample

 

All you have to do is tell them in 3 words, no more, no less, about why you deserve the sample and them send the tweet. The link I provided will walk you through it. Then you give your name and address.

it is unclear to me if they’re picking everyone that tweets while supplies last or just the tweets that are good….. I’ll have to try to read the fine print somewhere.

but I wanted to give you guys a heads up.

good luck!

Trying New Things & My Wrinkles and Acne Routine

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How’s everyone’s week going? Good I hope. I’m so busy, I feel like I don’t know which way is up or whatever…. I have a sub box review that’s just sitting on my table and I have 2 more reviews just waiting to be typed. Having a Tarzan Monkey child is really hard. I don’t want to say I get no help because no help isn’t correct. Hubs works 2nd shift so his sleep schedule is different so I don’t get much help.

Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with my issues! I’ve never done a ‘favorites’ post of any kind. I was leaving a comment on a blogger friend’s blog last night when I realized that there’s blog posts out there about acne treatments/products and there’s ones about wrinkle/aging products but not usually don’t together. I am one of those “fortunate” individuals that has been blessed with wrinkles at a pretty early age (from smoking and sun damage) and I also get breakouts on the sides of my mouth/chin area. Anytime I wear makeup, which you know is quite a bit, I breakout worse or it starts a breakout. I shouldn’t say just makeup, because it’s not all makeup, it’s mostly foundations, CC creams etc. It’s just face makeup that will mess me up.

I’m going to warn you now that this is where the post gets LONG but interesting, so stick around! Here is my list of products that I’ve found really work for my aging and breakout prone skin. I’ll tell you how long I’ve been using them too.

One of my most favorite products is Peter Thomas Roth- Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel. It’s a great foaming cleanser and it has Salicylic Acid in it which is great for breakouts and treating wrinkles. I’ve been using this for about six months and have not found a better cleanser yet, and I’ve tried quite a bit! I got it as a deluxe sample and loved it and continue to buy it from Ebay because I can’t afford Peter’s prices!

I had been using the cleanser with a Konjac sponge. I am in LOVE with my black charcoal Konjac sponge from Japanese Konjac Sponge company. That is one of the reviews that’s actually waiting to be done. I received a couple types of Konjac sponges and just love them. They make my skin so smooth. I mean really smooth. I say had been using because I did pick up a new toy lately- one of those battery powered facial cleansers (like Clarisonic Mia but generic). I bought the CVS brand for about $19 and had a $5 coupon. When I use it, it does take up some time. I love it though. It’s so relaxing! This also makes my skin feel amazing.

Once I’m cleansed I use a toner. Actually, I’m a freak and have been using 2 toners, one for acne on my chin and Tzone and one for wrinkles on my forehead. I like, but don’t love and a still searching for better, Neautrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control triple-Action Toner. I use a deluxe sample of La Prairie, from the La Prairie Glossybox, on my forehead.

Next is my wrinkle cream step which I’m also still looking for a better one but I’ve been using Roc for about six months also and it works pretty good on my forehead and awesome on my neck! I use Roc Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum which doesn’t do much for my forehead but makes the wrinkles on my neck look amazing! I don’t know why it works in one and not the other. I also just added Roc Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Filler which also could be better on my deep wrinkles but it’s the best I’ve found so far. I was using a deluxe sample of Murad for a while and loved it, I had the age spot fader and some kind of wrinkle/age corrector and both were great.

That’s pretty much it for my face. After the Roc I don’t feel I need a moisturizer.

At this point I would like to mention a few more things that I’ve added within the last month and totally love.

I just added Colgates new toothbrush that has the white it pen- Colgate Optic White. It’s amazing. It has stain removing pads on the toothbrush and the whitening pen is great. Then I use Crest 3D White Luxe- Glamorous White mouthwash. These two products make your teeth so, so white you won’t even believe it. The Toothbrush from Colgate is like $12-18 and cheapest at Walmart.  I won the Toothbrush in a giveaway but I did go thru the whitening pen pretty fast. It says to use one click for all the etch but I use at least one on top then another on the bottom.

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I hope this post wasn’t too long for most of you!  Like I said, I’ve never done a ‘Favorites’ post before so I apologize if it’s not up to par.

Also, don’t forget to enter (or daily entry) into my current giveaway for Valleau Apparel. The winner gets a sports bra of their choice! They stay out and are really cute!

My #FabFItJourney Contest Entry—-Please Vote for Me—

As you all know I LOVE a good giveaway! I have been lucky enough to win an Ipad mini, a trampoline (Belicon Rebounder), a $250 DSW gift card just recently…. but I just still love to enter. It’s almost and addiction. I’ve won lots of other smaller prizes too!

I entered a contest recently from Fabletics called #FabFitJourney (which is a weird name because it makes me think of the FabFitFun box lol). I am in like 13th place but I need to make top ten to be eligible to win a prize. Basically, in the fine print, it says Fabletics will choose 3 winners from the top ten people with the most votes to win shopping sprees/money to Fabletics.

It stinks when you are so close that you feel like you could win but still are so far away.

Anyway, I am trying to rally for as many votes as I can so if  you are reading this feel free to click the link I will provide. The link will take you to Fabletics Facebook page where I have my picture and my ‘story’. I”m currently at 197 votes but I need like 244 to beat the person in the ten spot.

This was a daily vote thing but I didn’t enter until a little later than most people. The top lady has something like over 600! Craziness. And my friend Brandy told me that there are actual ‘voting’ exchange sites that people can join to get more votes. That stinks and I would love to do it but it’s basically cheating.

Here is the link that will bring you to my picture

http://bit.ly/1gir6O7

Once  you get there you will  be asked to like Fabletics, unless you already do. Then when you hit vote it will ask you to post to your wall (all it posts to your wall is that you voted for me which you can later delete. I already tried hitting ‘not now’ or ‘dont’ allow’ and if you do that then it does not let you vote…. so please hit allow and then fix it later).

The voting closes Sunday June 1 at midnight. (which is later tonight).

This is the pic you will see when you click  my link——

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Valleau Apparel Photos, Review, and a Giveaway for You!

As you know I have been trying to lose like 40 pounds through diet and exercise. I mostly power-walk with the stroller but there are days when I jog. I have 2 Fabletics outfits and I love the 2 pairs of pants that I have. But both bras that I got from them, well, sucked. One was padded (which I am really small chested so I love padded bras) but the cups were in an odd position for me so that got returned. The 2nd bra that goes with my black/red stripe pants that you see me in a lot is OK but lacks in support and makes me bounce when I am running. It is more of a low impact bra.

Anyway, if you’re looking for GREAT sports bras let me tell you about Valleau Apparel. They don’t just have bras, either, they have pants and tank tops and a few other things.  All the colors and designs are so cute and amazing too. There are many styles to choose from and I will show a few pics so you get the idea. All pictures that I provide that are not of me, are from the Valleau Apparel site with their permission.

Here are a few pics of their gorgeous bras-

MERMAID-BLUE-2TThe Mermaid (back view)

FIREWORK-1Firework (back view)

NATALIE-PURPLE-2TCute Pants- Many colors to choose from

 

They just started a line of workout headbands as well!

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First of all,  the company was founded by Katie Valleau- who’s that you say (or maybe you know)- she’s an NCAA gymnast. So she knows what it’s like to want her ‘girls’ in the right places at the right times and she knows that having the right support makes your workout (and life) so much easier!  She designs each bra with it’s own ‘story’ and uniqueness, probably making them the most unique bras on the market.  And wait till you see the backs on these babies! So gorgeous! The detail is amazing. Not only is the detail and design amazing but the fabric is awesome. I only walk and jog but I do get pretty sweaty and these felt like they help absorb a lot and keep me from dripping.

photo(2)Me in the Valleau Apparel Starfish Bra

STARFISH-BLACK-MINT-3TWhat a Model Looks Like In the Starfish :)

Speaking of fabric- I mentioned that I like cups in my bras. The only ‘downside’ currently of Valleau is that they don’t offer cups in their bras- Yet. I’m sure she is working on it! But the bras are double lined. And since they’re double lined, I don’t feel so ‘exposed’ and I feel it gives a little extra padding without the padding. Does that make any sense?  And since they are double lined it also definitely helps support the ‘girls’. I am usually a 36B (ish) and range from a medium to large depending on the brand. (I was a large in Fabletics). I was going to order a Medium but I was told that they run a little on the tight side so I got a large. The large fit pretty good but still gave me some armpit fat (but that’s not their fault. Once, I lose some weight I’m sure it will be fine!). I would say I would try an XL but I’m pretty sure it would be way to big and then not give me any support or cleavage.

So what have we covered- cups, support, fabric, details- oh and all the colors are so cute and amazing too. And their are a lot of styles to choose from and I will show a few pics so you get the idea. All pictures that I provide that are not of me, are from the Valleau Apparel site with their permission.

Speaking of pictures- I chose to finally take the TERRIFYING plunge and actually take a picture of me in the Valleau bra and post it on the blog! EEEEK. Sorry, if it hurts your eyes but I wanted to show you guys that I did wear the bra and how it fit. Unfortunately, I did not have anyone around to help me take a pic of the gorgeous back of the bra  but I will also provide that pic from their site.

photo(3)Me in Starfish Bra

STARFISH-BLACK-MINT-2TModel showing gorgeous back of Starfish Bra

I chose to get the black and teal “Starfish” bra. I wear A LOT of black and teal is my FAVORITE color EVER. So that was a given. Although, I did have to think twice because they do have the same bra in the ‘color of the year- Radiant Orchid’. But I knew the black would match with more.

STARFISH-ORCHID-1Radiant Orchid- Starfish Bra

Not only do they have the ‘regular’ bra collection, they have a “Sexy” collection as well. Sexy collection meaning it’s more low cut in the front. I did want to try this but since I am 30 and a Mommy I wanted to keep it casual. Maybe next time though!

STARFISH-BLACK-MINT-3TThis is the Sexy Starfish that is low cut in front

I am very happy that I got to try out this bra and I highly, highly recommend checking them out and maybe even taking the plunge and trying something.

In fact- Right now they are having their “Spring Sale” and you can get some bras for $32! as well as pants for $45 instead of their normal $55 price.

I really want to grab this top while it’s available on sale- it is $40 though… So I will have to check the budget.

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Their website is- http://www.valleauapparel.com

Their Pinterest is- http://www.pinterest.com/valleauapparel/

Their Facebook is- https://www.facebook.com/ValleauApparel

Their Instagram is- http://instagram.com/valleauapparel#

They are also on Tumblr- http://valleauapparel.tumblr.com/

Definitely scoop up a bra while you can at that price! But for those of you who don’t have the extra money or just feel lucky we are hosting a giveaway!

Valleau Apparel will giveaway one bra of the winner’s choice! Great right? I wish I could enter and I’d get the radiant orchid one or the Sexy Starfish!

Rafflecopter to be posted on the FB page

http://www.facebook.com/BudgetBeauty

Here is the link to the Rafflecopter entry-

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Obsessed with Contests

I have entered a few contests lately and I will share them with you= Mostly in hopes that you will vote for me but also so if you want to enter, you can.

The first and most important one to me is the one from Fabletics.

The link to vote for me is here-

http://bit.ly/1gir6O7

once there you must like Fabletics *which is workout clothing line sponsored by Kate Hudson. If you like at a later date you can  unlike them. They don’t clutter up my fb feed so I don’t mind them. Anyway, after you like them you have to hit ‘vote’. I think a lot of my friends hit like and not vote. hit both if you want. It says I have something like 78 likes on my pic  but only 21 votes…. so that stinks. The most votes I have seen is like 80-100 so I’m really losing lol. So please help! Also this is a daily voting contest. so you can do it once to help or if you really love me you can do it daily. Also, another thing that you must do is they ask you to allow to post to your wall.  you must hit yes othewise it wont let you vote for me. All they post to your wall is that you voted for me *or whomever else you choose to vote for. You can also undo this at a later date. And thanks in advance for your help!

If you enter, let me know and I will return the favor.

The next one that I would like your help for and like you to enter yourself is the IT Cosmetics #ItsGotYouCovered contest. You can enter on Ig or FB. All you have to do is post a pic of you wearing your It cosmetics and share with the hashtage #itsgotyoucovered why It cosmetics is great for you. I have a lot of votes on this one but I would love to be one of the finalists picked to win a grand prize! I have 34 votes currently but more is always better :)

I believe this link will take you to my pic. it is of me and my baby :) who just had her first  bday today :) but she has a double ear infection so it wasn’t a very happy few days.

https://www.facebook.com/itcosmetics?sk=app_451684954848385&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=view-vote%2Cfor-2755228

again, if you enter let me know and I will return the favor. If you want more info just to go their FB page.

And check out my birchbox post bc that offer ends 5-26

Try Birchbox for $5!!! Yes, please!

If you’ve been thinking about trying birchbox but didn’t wan to spend the ten plus dollars- now is the time to try! They’re having a promo where you can get your May box for $5!!! Use code summersub and it will bring it from $10 to $5 (and some change for tax). Plus there’s supposed to be some sort of Kate Spade promo in the May box…. I can’t wait!

This deal is only good til 5/26. The theme of the box is “Free-Wheeling”.

Before I got super broke, I got 2 Birchboxes and I absolutely loved both. I even got a few full sized products.

Again, the code is summersub

if you’d like to sign up please use my link

https://www.birchbox.com/invite/vfjxj

Id be ever so grateful!

this is the email I got from them-

Our “Freewheeling”-themed May box is packed with samples to shake up your beauty routine, and leave you feeling footloose and fancy-free. We’re bringing that carefree, weekend-all-week approach to our (and your) wardrobe too, with an exclusive Kate Spade Saturday offer in our May box. Plus, for a limited time, get your next box for only $5 (that’s half the usual price!) when you purchase a women’s monthly subscription. Use code SUMMERSUB at checkout. But hurry—you only have
until 5/26!

 

6 Killer Shoes to Rock This Summer

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Thought this was a super cool post!

Originally posted on alex à la mode:

Alright, so the first official day of summer (June 21st) is rapidly approaching and FINALLY the weather is starting to follow suit. It’s still kind of chilly here in Paris, but I can’t stop checking the weather at home and daydreaming about all the crazy fun summer activities I’m going to partake in (well, in between my summer classes of course. You’re welcome, dad)!!

Yesterday I finally purchased an ENO hammock so I can pretend to be outdoorsy and adventurous (we’ll see if I can even figure out how to set the thing up…) plus the #mcm and I are already planning our first kayaking trip (we’ll see if he can get me into the kayak…it’s debatable). So all of this has got me naturally thinking: what the heck am I going to wear on my feet?! Wait, is that not the first thing you think of? Whatever, I can’t…

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