Another Shoplately purchase just arrived today! When I saw these beauties for sale, I just couldn't help myself. The large white frames remind me of the style that came out when I was a teen (which I am sure they were a comeback then, too). I am not really into large sunglasses, but with a big high messy bun, I think they do work well. I first fell in love with the swirly arms, having not seen that particular design before, and I love white. It was well they did not have a light baby pink one, or I would have had a hard time choosing between the two.
Again, for those of my new readers that do not know, Shoplately is a website that showcases businesses both big and small, and has sale events for all sorts of styles from accessories to jewelry to cosmetics. These sunglasses, if you were to buy them now, would cost sixteen dollars (plus shipping); when I bought them on sale I paid $9.50 for the sunglasses and only $2.99 for the shipping.
The shipping was very fast! I ordered them March 22nd, and they have arrived only six days later via USPS. They came in a bubble mailer envelope, were placed in a soft pink pouch, and wrapped nice and neat in bubble wrap. Enclosed also was a tab of paper with the inscription Lily Wang (the name of the showcased online shop) and their contact information on the back.
I did make note of a slight scuff on one of the arms of the sunglasses, but hardly noticeable. Regardless, I do love them. It was a nice change to see the sunglasses come in their own cute case, as most businesses and stores I have received sunglasses from only offer a clear thin plastic sleeve to protect them.
Shoplately is always adding new products on discount in their Sale section almost daily. It is so interesting to see new items from all different styles.
I'd like to thank my dear friend, Honey (at honeygirlsworld) for telling me about Shoplately! It has been so great checking out the newest trends at such affordable prices!!
FTC: I DID BUY THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY. AND AM NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY WITH THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.
Not long after Nyx Cosmetics came out with the Nyx lipgloss butters, I decided to purchase four shades. I read reviews, and looked up swatches, to make a final decision on whether or not to buy them. The more I researched, the more excited I became. I love lipglosses; in fact, I consider myself quite the addict. Lip glosses have been a weakness since my high school years.
After I had received my order from Ulta, I immediately began opening them to see if they gave off a nice scent, which is something I find very desirable in a lipgloss. Now I cannot say they smell similar to their name. However, they do give off a lovely, sugary aroma which I find tantalizing. I have had these lipglosses about a month now.
The color payoff is perfect! For a sheer glaze of color, one can apply a coat, and for more build on another. I didn't notice too much of a stickiness that people often find with different lipglosses.
I find each shade favorable to my skin tone (I am very fair) . I have no complaints for any of these four. I do tend to use Creme Brulee and Cherry Cheese Cake more, at the moment. Creme Brulee is a sweet nude; perfect for my everyday brown neutral looks. Likewise, when I want a pop of color with those looks I will use the Cherry Cheese Cake.
What I really love about Cherry Cheese Cake and even the Peaches and Cream, is that they offer the bright color impact, which is in trend right now for spring. Though bright, they can be applied sparingly, so they aren't so "loud." It is a perfect way to slowly get used to pulling off brighter shades without fully committing, if you are a little apprehensive about taking the plunge.
I love these lip butters, and I am so glad I took them for a test run. I hope to replace them as I run out, for I do use them often!! You can find Nyx products at many drugstores, at Ulta, and on Nyx's website.
FTC: I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY NYX COSMETICS FOR THIS REVIEW. I BOUGHT THESE PRODUCTS WITH MY OWN MONEY. MY THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN A 100%, UNBIASED.
Note: When I have it up, I will link my youtube review for this product.
Swatches for my Nyx Lipgloss Butters: From Left to Right: Peaches and Cream, Apple Strudel, Creme Brulee, and Cherry Cheese Cake
After seeing many promotions on television, last month, for this product, I decided to purchase it at my local Walmart. I bought the color One Size Fits Pearl. I love baby pink tones, and it looked like something that would go with any look easily.
When I first applied it, I didn't see very much color, unless I added more layers-a lot more. I am pale so the pale pink just kind of faded in. As the day wore on, I kept feeling the need to apply, and reapply more than I usually do than with my other lip products. By the evening, I realized my lips were continually becoming more dry, and starting to hurt a bit. When I removed the product I almost started crying. My lips felt so raw and cracked. I don't know if it was any of the ingredients or what, but I had a bad reaction. I have tried many lip products over the years and have NEVER had a problem like this before. I am surprised of the outcome, considering I love Maybelline's Baby Lips and their Vivids lipsticks, and have had no issues with either. I did return this product for a refund, and do not plan to try their Whispers again. Even weeks after using the product that one day, I still had dryness to combat, which was never an issue before. It was like peeling dander on my lips all the time!!!
I would highly recommend doing further research for more reviews before wasting money on this product. After my friend Honey (honeygirlsworld) and I discussed it at length we agreed that it is too much money for an over-hyped lip balm (that's pretty much all it is, being that it lacks pigmentation at all). If anything you are really just paying extra for adorable packaging. Which it is a crying shame it doesn't deliver, as they did get that part right. I will stick to my baby lips, Eos, and Smackers lip products if I want a lip balm, thank you much!
Lol, as you can see, my palette has gone through a lot of use! :)
Last summer, I was watching many youtube reviews and tutorials based on the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. I, at the time, considered it out of my price range, but loved how it looked on other girls with a similar skin tone and hair color as myself. It was perfect for everyday. And I wanted it badly. Then a different type of video caught my eye...wait, could it be?
I cannot remember her name, or her channel's name, because it has been some time since I have watched this review, but I found a video discussing at great length of a dupe out there for the palette I so desperately wanted to get my hands on.
It can only be found at Rue21. For those of you in a mad dash to pull up their website to find it, don't bother. You can only go to their actual stores to pick it up. So last summer, I went with my hubby and sister-n-law to Ft. Wayne, quite a drive from where I live, to go shopping. Since Rue21 was one of the stops, I really wanted to check this out this dupe.
I was amazed at the price; sure enough, just as the lady had raved about, it was only $6.99! A steal compared to the Too Face's thirty-six dollar palette. Now, since then I was fortunate enough to have the play money to buy an actual Too Faced Eye Kit. I did purchase the Too Faced Romantic Eye, and I will say I still prefer my Rue Beaute dupe to it. Naturally, they are different shades, but the pigmentation, and consistency are very different between the two.
I love my dupe. In fact it is one of my top three palettes I will absolutely replace when I run out. I use almost daily. I can switch it up very easily, with a different colored blush, a bronzer, and eyeliners. I normally like to add some bronzer and coral hues to my look for summer and even spring.
I have tried many cheap makeup brands, and the pigmentation for the price is INCREDIBLE! I don't even have to use that much of the product for a good build up of color. Since then, I have wondered about the quality other Rue Beaute palettes. If I ever get the chance to test them, I will be more than happy to share my findings with the reader.
FTC: I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS BLOG POST. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED. I PAID FOR PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THE ABOVE BLOG POST WITH MY OWN MONEY.
My day went off at a lovely start. Because we had to be here when the tech for Mediacom arrived to set up our phone and internet, our entire morning was tied up at home. I didn't think much of it at first. They told us between nine and noon they would be here. That's fine, I told myself, That will give us an hour to go to the store for groceries way before hubby goes to work. Well, noon came and went. Hubby even started feeling a little apprehensive. "I bet they don't even come today," he groaned.
"I confirmed on the phone twice," I answered with equal aggravation. "They have been calling almost everyday."
Over an hour later, the tech arrives. By the time he left, there was barely enough time for Jarod to make a mad dash by himself to the store for a few things.
Despite the alteration in my plans for today, I still managed to get some of my to-do's completed. Our bedroom is straightened up, our load of laundry washed and put away, I sifted through some of baby doll's old clothes (some to keep for the baby on the way as she gets older, and some to giveaway), and vacuumed the hallway. Next I'll be finishing the kitchen, vacuuming our room, and hopefully cleaning and vacuuming Tori's room.
Tori has this cute habit of taking most of her toys, blankets and pillows, and creating a little nest in front of the gate in her room. I have never seen anything like it. In fact, she would much rather sleep in that heap of chaos, than in her own bed. While it's an adorable quirk of hers, it is quite hazardous to my own health. I have to watch it when I try to get in her room, already being off balance from my baby bump. We are constantly trying to coax her back into her own bed when she sleeps. But then, sure enough, the next morning we find her curled up among her little treasures.
Thank you Honey for telling me about Shoplately! I absolutely LOVE this site!!
Not too long ago, a dear friend of mine Honey, (honeygirlsworld)
recommended to me a website that show cases business, both big and small, and major sales. I have since then, been watching their jewelry in the SALE section. I am not knocking Walmart's costume jewelry, but I will say, that I do like to find things that are more unique--statement pieces, if you will. With a price range in mind, I happened to be browsing their sales section again last week, when a tan, gold bangle caught my eye. It was called a coral reef bracelet (in cowboy tan). The design was different, and looked like it could go with about any outfit. I had been on the lookout for summer accessories for this year, and this looked like it would be perfect for a casual tee and jeans, or even a maxi dress and sandals. And the price was as equally inviting, being marked down from $12.99 to $7.99; even with shipping, it was a bargain. The actual business that sold me this bracelet is called JYJZ, they are located in San Francisco; and their forte is apparel and accessories of an Asian European flair.
Shortly after I made my purchase, I was surprised that the bracelet I ordered was then marked as sold out. I must have ordered just in time. There is a waiting list now for the one I bought and another shade in a teal turquoise. It must be a very popular item to have sold out so quickly. I was fortunate to get my order in soon enough.
I received my order only in four days. It was sent by USPS and arrived very quickly. I found this a plus, as I hate waiting long on orders. I found everything put together, nice and neat in plastic. The bracelet was a lot heavier than I had imagined. It has a good weight to it. I love how it fits my small wrist already. It's perfect. I was also sent a gift-a kitty badge pin, which was really sweet of them to send. It is cute, and I have plans to put it on my book bag. A handwritten note transcribed on a business card, was included as well. Considering in this day and age, the art of letter writing by hand seems to wane, I found this very refreshing.
It is so unusual; I LOVE IT!
FTC: I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.