Thursday, July 31, 2014

Shopping with the Fiance & Haul

Who else just loves to go shopping? With friends or alone, shopping is by far my favorite way to spend my time and relax. The other day my Fiance (Chris) and I took a trip up to New Hampshire to one of my favorite malls, Mall at Rockingham Park. It has quite a few of my favorite stores and what's better then no tax! This mall is more for the bargain shopper as there is no high end shops here.

This post will consist of two of my favorite blog/vlog posts; hauls and follow me around videos. So here's my afternoon at the mall:
Our first stop, of course, was Sephora. Usually I do a walk around, checking out any new products, but that day I was on a mission for a specific item, or shall I say items. I had seen a Too Faced set earlier that day on the Sephora website that I just needed to get. It is called the Too Faced Beauty Bloggers Darlings set and it comes with four products. This set cost only $20 but is worth $42. I will save the details as I will be doing a separate Beauty Buzz Trial on this set, so stay tuned.

The next store we headed into was Wetseal. With it being a store only for women, Chris got a little bored after just a few mins so we moved on to the next store. No purchases for this girl. :(

After perusing a few other stores and kiosks without any items catching our interests, we hit one of our favorite stores. Movies, movies and more movies. That pretty much sums it up. FYE welcomed us with open arms that day and with us being huge movie buffs, I can happily say we both extremely enjoyed this browse. After many shelves of blockbuster hits, TV show series and some other interesting pictures, here are the flicks we chose: Shawshank Redemption, Miracle, Rounders, and Romeo and Juliet. They were buy 1 get 1 half off, what a deal. (Leave a comment below if you would like a review on any of the movies)

At this point, we had been walking around and shopping for quite a while now. The aromas coming from the restaurant Bertuccis that was in our line of sight was starting to make our stomachs grumble so without even discussing it, we both knew that we were taking a break to have some dinner. I had never been to this restaurant before and I was highly impressed. Good food, fast service and a very welcoming dining room. I can definitely see myself going there again, especially for some of the stone oven pizza that was teasing me the whole time I was eating my meal. 

With our stomachs full and energy reloaded we were ready to continue our journey through the mall. Next stop, Aerie. After looking around for a while I spotted a deal I could not pass up. Reversible sports bras for only $9.99. I don't know about you, but I live in sports bras when I am at home relaxing, so anytime I find a good deal on any cute ones, I have to pick them up.

Now you can not go to one store and then not the other, especially since they are very close in the mall line up. American Eagle has, is and forever will be one of my favorite stores. The last couple weeks I have had my eye on a muscle tank from here and lucky me, it was on sale! I got it for a steal of only around $8. Now for something I actually needed, well in women's eyes anyways. I needed a pair of white denim shorts. American eagle has always been my go to store for jeans, so denim shorts are definitely their fortay. This pair was on sale for $24.99 and fit like a glove. Chris however, was not impressed. Who else noticed how preppy the men's clothing has become? Once being his absolute favorite store, now just another store he will be waiting for me to be done browsing. (Thank god for the sofas most AE stores have in the back) 

By the time we made it out of American Eagle, Chris and I realized we had a problem. I can make this very simple. Game Stop across from Pacsun. You can probably guess who went where. This time I came out of the store purchase-less, even with a B2G3 free deal. INSANE!! I know. Chris came out having preordered four games for Xbox One. (NHL 15, FIFA 15, Battlefield Hardline and Halo Master Chief Collection) 

This second to last store is a place where Chris and I both enjoy going to, the Microsoft Store. Although we did not purchase anything, we had a lot of fun testing out some cool products that we would like to purchase in the future.
HP Omni 10 5610 Touchscreen Tablet

HP Omni 10 5610 Touchscreen Tablet. 

Our final store of the day, which of course men always seem to repel, was Victoria Secret Pink. Good thing I already knew what I was getting. With the hotter months here, and our air conditioner battling with the heat, I had been searching for a light sleep tank to wear to bed at night. The one I found was colorful and exactly what I was looking for.

Concluding our trip to the mall, we had to fulfill the tradition we always do every time we go to this particular mall. Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt. I was quite disappointed in this location that day though because more than half of the flavors were not working, of course all my favorite ones. 

Shopping bags in one hand and frozen yogurt in the other, we headed to our car feeling very accomplished in our shopping trip that day. What have you bought lately? Leave a comment below letting me know. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beauty Buzz Trial - Ipsy Bag July 2014 "Sensationally Sunkissed"

What: Ipsy Glam Bags contain 4-6 deluxe samples and full sized beauty products in an exclusive makeup bag.

When: Bags ship monthly on the 10th

Cost: $10/month

Extras: You can review your products each month to earn ipsyPoints, which can be redeemed for monthly bonus items.

Every month I stalk my mailbox for this makeup subscription bag to make it to me. It has been one of the main sources to my massive makeup collection growth with its sample and full size products. It also has been a great way to experience new brands and products that I probably never would have given a chance. This months theme was "Sensationally Sunkissed". The make up bag was hot pink with scalloped edges and felt lining, it was love at first sight. What a perfect look and theme for a summer time bag.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray (1.7oz Sample Value: $6.65)
Firstly, this stuff smells amazing. It was sent in a separate plastic baggie so it would not leak, but as soon as I opened up the signature pink bubble wrapper envelope I could smell it. After trying it out a couple of times, (on wet and dry hair), I can safely say this product works wonders on the hair. I liked spraying it on freshly washed hair and tousling for a beachy waved look. It also made my hair so soft and silky.
Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer - Secret Sunshine (0.25oz Full Size Value: $10.00)
Although this is like the millionth Pop beauty product I have received from Ipsy (not denouncing the brand), I was extremely happy to see this full size bronzer. This matte brown bronzer made my face look sun-glowed instead of muddy or dirty like many other bronzers out there do. It is also highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way with this product.
Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm - Pretty Pink (1.8g Sample Value: $8.40) this product. Love the color, love the pigmentation, love the formula. It went on so smoothly and felt so moisturizing on my lips.The only thing that I was not happy about was the fact that this product wasn't full size. I can already tell that this will be a lip crayon that I will be repurchasing once I run out.

BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow - Divine Wine (0.03oz Sample Value: $5.40)
When I heard that BareMinerals was going to be making an appearance in this months bag I was very excited. I have never tried any of there products before and I was happy that I was going to be given the chance too. This cream eye shadow, although small in size, was an awesome product. The color is so pigmented that you only need to put the tiniest bit to cover your entire lid. Its lasting time was remarkably even without a primer. The color was also right up my alley. 

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8 (1oz Sample Value: $1.50)
This final sample was very interesting. I have not been able to try it out yet but I have had experiences with the brand, which were all good. The size of this sample is very generous especially for an oil where you do not need to use a lot at a time. I love the fact that this oil has SPF in it, meaning that it will help give your skin color without letting it burn. A tanning oil was definitely a good choice for a summer themed bag and I can not wait to try it out the next time I head to the beach.

July's bag was valued at $31.95 and contained four samples and one full sized product. Although bags in the past have averaged a higher value, this did not lessen my excitement for this bag. I can see myself using every product including the bag itself. Overall, I was completely impressed with this bag.

Did you receive an Ipsy bag? What kind of items did you get? 

Beauty Bee Rating: 5/5

Check out Ipsy's website for more information on joining there monthly subscription, and join the rest of us who stalk our mailboxes every month for those hot pink envelopes. Use my referral link below:

*Disclaimer- I am not being paid to write this review as I bought this subscription with my own money. All opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience and liking of the products.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hair Tips That Every Girl Needs To Know

Never have a bad hair day again with these tips to help you out. Also suggestions on what products to use with every tip.

Maybelline Great Lash - Big Mascara, Blackest Black 130- 1 ea

1. Your roots are showing? Whats that, no time for a touch up? Grab your mascara and dab the wand over your roots. Blend it in with a toothbrush or eye brow comb, and voila. Don't worry blondies, you can use a taupe or beige eye shadow to fix the same problem. Just make sure to spritz the area with a little bit of hairspray to make it last all day and it will wash right out when you need it too.
Suggestion: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes

2. If you want loose waves but don't have time or energy to style it that way, the night before sleep in a loose braid or a bun on the top of your head, preferably wet. In the morning, take your hair out, spray a little bit of sea salt spray for some volume and tousle while blow drying. 
Suggestion: Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray 


3. Don't wash your hair everyday!! You are washing out the important oils your hair needs to seal and smooth the hairs cuticle, which in return reflects light and makes hair look shiny. When you do wash, shampoo your whole head, but only condition from the middle of your head down to the ends.
Suggestion: Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

4 & 5

4. Frizz or little baby hairs driving you insane? Spray a toothbrush with hairspray or use a little gel to calm down flyaways. 
Suggestion: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

5. Do your bobby pins tend to slide out? Mine do! I never use my bobby pins without a quick spray of hairspray or dry shampoo first. It gives them a little extra grip so you don’t have to worry about your hair style falling out. Give them a light spray, and then allow them to dry for a minute or two before inserting them into your hair. This is especially helpful on fine, straight and thin hair. Also keeps you from over spraying your whole head, in return, no crunchy hair.
Suggestion: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

6. Before you go swimming (especially in a chlorinated pool), get your hair wet with regular water. The water fills up the cuticle, repelling the damaging chlorine water. For extra insurance, slick on some conditioner after wetting your hair. 
Suggestion: Aussie Hair Insurance Leave in Conditioner

7. Cloth hair ties not only protect your hair from snagging. They also help prevent that awful dent in your hair many elastics tend to leave. I recently switched to cloth hair ties and I will NEVER go back to regular hair elastics. 
Suggestion: Emi-Jay printed cloth hair ties

8. Dry shampoo not only absorbs excess oil in your hair, it also gives it volume. Even if your hair is squeaky clean, apply dry shampoo at the root to give it an extra lift. Who else is obsessed with the nice smell dry shampoos leave behind?
Suggestion: Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo

9. Did you dash out of the house without your headband and now your hair is all sorts of crazy? Create your own by braiding a crown across the front or middle of your head, then secure behind your ear with a bobby pin or inside a ponytail or up do with an elastic. 
Suggestion: Meta Grip Premium Bob Pins

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beauty Buzz Trial - Rocksbox Monthly Subscription

They call themselves the Netflix of jewelry. Like any other human being in this world, I absolutely love movies so I just had to find out what this subscription was all about. Rocks Box is a membership-based styling service for high fashion designer jewelry. You just fill out a style survey and your own personal stylist will pick out three pieces for you, averaging over $200,  and send them out your way. You are then free to wear them as much and as long as you like.When you're ready for new pieces, send back all the pieces you don't wish to purchase in the prepaid postage envelope they provide. If you love a piece, keep it when you return your box and you'll be billed at the member's price shown on your packing list, which is 20% off the regular price. Just like renting movies, but with jewelry.
It costs only $19 every month with free shipping both ways, but you can swap out for different jewelry as many times as you like. You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box. (In one month, I was able to swap out boxes 4 different times). You are also free to cancel at anytime, no tricks.
Rocksbox  #1
Gorjana - Honey Comb Necklace: Retail $50 Member $40
House of Harlow 1960 - Sunburst Bangle: Retail $68 Member $54.40
Margaret Elizabeth - Chysoprase Pave Studs: Retail $108 $86.40 

Here are a few points that truly made me love this company:

* You can rate the jewelry and leave feedback for your stylist to aide them in picking out new pieces

* You can ask for a specific theme and they will select pieces that will work for you. For example, for my second box I asked for pieces that would go well with a black dress for a fancy event 

* You aren't responsible if a piece gets damaged while it's with you, just send it back and they take care of it....meaning, you do not have to pay for it as long as it gets back to them. Damaged piece after purchase, They will replace or refund the piece up to 180 days after the day you return your box 

* Shipping is free both ways, and its super fast. It took only 5 days from mailing out my box to be refreshed and receiving my new one.

Overall, I really like the Rocks Box subscription box. They really work hard at making you feel special by having stylists work with you individually, making sure each box is well suited to your own preferences. It is a great way to add designer jewelry to your everyday outfits without the designer price tag. I also love the fact that if you want something new, you can return it and new jewelry shows up a couple days later.

Beauty Bee Rating: 5/5

Check out Rock Box's website for more information on joining there subscription. Use this link and as a gift from me, get your first month subscription of Rockbox for free. (It will ask for a credit card, but you wont be charged anything unless you decide to keep any jewelry, and remember you can cancel if you like.)

*Disclaimer- I am not being paid to write this review however I was sent this box free from Rocksbox. All opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience and liking of the products.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Outfit for Occasion - Summer Edition

Have you ever had those days where you have drowned yourself in your closet trying to put together an outfit? This doesn't match this, that doesn't go with that; Is this too fancy for the movies? I know I have spent countless hours trying on clothes and putting outfits together. Over the years, I have gradually come into my own style and it has become much easier to be able to dress myself for different events such as weddings, dates, parties or even just casual activities like shopping, class and movies.

In this post I am going to show you different outfits that I have put together for different summer occasions or activities. These are based on my own style and what I would most likely wear if I were going to any of these places. However, everybody is there own person and I would never expect anyone to just follow what I picked. These are just ideas that hopefully will help you think of your own outfits.  You can look at the different clothing pieces I choose and take aspects from them to transform into an outfit that follows your own personal style. I hope you enjoy them and have fun creating your own :)

**Below each picture I have linked the items to the online site of where it is from. Prices are as shown as of the date posted but are subject to change. 

Dress - H&M ($17.95)
Vest - American Eagle ($49.95)
Sandals - Charlotte Russe ($45.50)
Necklace -Charlotte Russe ($6.00)
Tank - Victoria Secret Pink ($22.95)
Shorts - Delias ($14.90)
Sandals - Boathouse ($19.99)
Swimsuit - Topshop ($60.00)
Sunglasses - Forever 21 ($5.80)
Water bottle - Victoria Secret Pink ($14.95)
Towel - Kohls ($6.99)
T Shirt - Delias ($19.90)
Jeggings- American Eagle ($49.95)
Shoes - Converse ($80.00)
Headband - Forever 21 ($3.80)
Backpack - Forever 21($19.80)
Skirt - American Eagle ($29.95)
Crop Tee - H&M ($6.95)
Sandals - Forever 21 ($16.80)
Bracelet - Forever 21 ($4.80)
Bag - Forever 21 ($16.80)
Sweater - Victoria Secret Pink ($49.95)
Jeans - American Eagle ($39.95)
Belt - American Eagle ($29.50)
Shoes - Toms ($59.00)
Purse - Coach ($138.00)
Jeans - American Eagle ($44.99)
Shirt - American Eagle ($24.99)
Shoe - Charlotte Russe ($38.99)
Chain - Charlotte Russe ($6.00)
Bracelet - Charlotte Russe ($6.00)
Flannel -  American Eagle ($24.99)
Leggings - Forever 21 ($3.80)
Crop Tee - Charlotte Russe ($8.99)
Combat Boots - DSW ($119.95)
Watch - Forever 21 ($20.80)
Wedding Ceremony
Dress - Mod Cloth ($52.99)
Shoes - Charlotte Russe ($35.50)
Bag - H&M ($17.95)
Necklace - H&M ($34.95)
Bracelet - H&M ($5.95)
Wedding Reception
Dress - Delias ($44.90)
Shoes - Journeys ($39.99)
Bag - Journeys ($19.99)
Bracelet - Charlotte Russe ($6.00)
Necklace - Charlotte Russe ($12.99)

Leave a comment below of other occasions or activities that I can create outfits for.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beauty Buzz Trial - Square Hue Monthly Subscription

I absolutely love monthly subscription boxes, which is something you will learn about me. It is like a little Christmas present wrapped up and sent to your mailbox every month. Square Hue is a monthly nail polish subscription box that delivers a unique collection of premium nail polish colors at the price of $19.99/month ($14.99 + $5 shipping). Three full size polishes, which are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, are sent each month and are curated around a monthly theme. They are limited edition so you will have no worries about receiving the same color twice.

I like the square bottles because it helps with stability; I have had the experience of spilling nail polish all over one of my moms coffee tables and it is not a fun time. This company gives a satisfaction guarantee of a “5-Free” Clean formula –meaning they do not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Camphor or Formaldehyde Resin. Also, they are not tested on animals, which right there gets a huge two thumbs up from me. Another amazing thing about them is that with every monthly subscription, a portion is automatically donated to organizations that are dedicated to helping others. Their current focus is Human Trafficking, "proceeds are being donated for prevention awareness, the protection of trafficked victims and the prosecution of human traffickers."

Now onto the July box I received. The July 2014 Square Hue Collection was The Passport Collection: Barcelona and included the following colors:
Rambla de Raval (Micro Shimmer) - Pink
Placa Catalunya (Micro Shimmer) - Orange
Passeig de Gracia (Shimmer) - Purple

I have a very hefty nail polish collection, but I can say that I do not have any colors like these making them very unique.

These polishes were probably the best polishes I have used in the longest time. These colors went on nicely and very opaque, meaning I could have gone with only doing one coat and you would not be able to see through to my nail. I did two coats though just to help the manicure last longer. I did not use a top coat just to test how long the wear length would be, and I can proudly say it took almost three days without a top coat for any of my nails to get the slightly chip or wear on them. With a top coat, these polishes could easily last anywhere from 7-10 days in my own opinion. 
This subscription ships to the US and Canada at the beginning of the month, which is very nice because most subscription boxes do not ship until mid-month. They have automatic monthly shipments so you do not have to continually log on to get your box, or you can suspend or pause your account if you want to maybe skip a month or take a break to enjoy the new polishes you have already received. It is all up to you when you want to join or when you want to cancel, no tricks or hassles. There customer service is also very fast and helpful.

Overall, I extremely enjoyed this subscription box and if your somebody who loves nail polish, I think you will too. 
Beauty Bee Rating: 4.5/5

Check out Square Hue's website for more information on joining there subscription. Their August Box theme is Beverly Hills, and it sounds promising. Join now and use the coupon code: Bogo

*Disclaimer- I am not being paid to write this review however I was sent this box free from Square Hue. All opinions are my own and are based on my personal experience and liking of the products.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July Beauty Haul

Hey Beauty Bees,
 We all know what that title indicates:
1. I went shopping.
2. I bought some new makeup products
3. I was BAD. (In my fiance's eyes anyways)

With the start of a new month, comes the want and need to try out some new things. In my As I walked through the brightly lit makeup aisles, I came across some brand new products that I have never heard about and some other products that I have seen but been wanting to try out. Of course, I tried to resist buying as much as I did but you know how hard it is to say no once you got your mind and wallet set on it.

I have not yet tried any of the products, besides swatching, so I can not give my complete option on them yet, but I will give you prices, places I found them and swatches of some of the products.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer
in Sun Bronze
Walmart - $3.97
Covergirl Lipperfection jumbo gloss balm crayon
in  Cocoa Twist
Stop and Shop - $7.99

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Powdered Blush
in  Pink Rose
Walmart - $7.94
Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber
Travel Shower Gel
Bath & Body Works - $5.00 or 3 for $12 
Maybelline Dream Pure 8-1 BB Cream
in  Light/Medium
Walmart - $7.44
Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Foundation
in  Buff Beige
Stop and Shop - $9.99
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
in  Black/Brown
Stop and Shop - $6.99
Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Lip Balm
in  Beam of Blush
Walmart - $2.98
Covergirl Bombshell Intensity Eyeliner
in Pitch Black Passion
Walmart - $6.94

Leave a comment below if you want a review on any of the products listed. Also feel free to share any new products you have picked up lately, :)