Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pixi on HauteLook

I've been a member of HauteLook for probably a few years, but I never made a purchase before this month. Pixi showed up in my ill-fated Sindulge boxes (here, here and here) and I've grown fond of the brand. For those unfamiliar, HauteLook launches daily brand sales at what are often deeply discounted prices. There isn't anything special about being a member, you just sign up over on

Anyway, Pixi showed up one morning and I made a teensy (no, really!) impulse purchase:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quick Update

This week was a little light on posting, in part because it's crunch time at the end of the semester and in part because I haven't gotten much fun stuff in the mail. I'm waiting on tons, though, so be looking for these soon: order, $50.00 of product for around $5.00
Sample Society June Box free samples, including: RAW Color brush set, Simple Pleasures Lip Balm, Soulstice Universal Body Lotion, "Bring it Up" Reusable breast lift, and Stila Nail Polish
(unfortunately, it looks like there's still a longish wait to get into the sirclesamples beta site. if you're on the fence, I'd recommend getting your name on the list and they'll hopefully be opening up more spots soon!)

and a bit later:
June Birchbox
June BeautyArmy
June Love with Food

Kiss Nail Dress Reward

Waaay back when I did a review of Kiss Nail Dress nail stickers I got in the Influenster Love VoxBox. Background on the Love VoxBox is here, and my Kiss review is here. Once you received a VoxBox you can earn Influenster Brand Badges by doing reviews, tweeting about products, etc., and for some of those you earn prizes. Kiss generously said that anyone completing the badge would get more nail products, and mine finally arrived!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jouer Samples

A cute little package showed up in my mail yesterday from Jouer. I had a sample of their luminizing moisture tint in one of my birchboxes and loved it, but it wasn't quite the right shade for my summer just-tanner than pale color. Looking at the colors on their website, I couldn't tell if Golden or Glow would be better, so I emailed to ask if there was a place for me to purchase a few samples before I bought a whole tube of it. Jouer graciously offered to send me samples of the two colors, and even threw in some extras! I love a company with generous customer service, and I'm very impressed with Jouer so far. Here's what I got!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Influenster Spring Beauty VoxBox

It finally came! I'm going to do video reviews of the products later on, but I wanted to share pictures in the meantime. Disclosure: I received this box to try for free from Influenster. If you're unfamiliar with Influenster it's a site where you sign up and earn "badges" that help you qualify for voxboxes like this one. It isn't necessarily more badges = more boxes, it just depends on who they want to target. Prior to this I received the Love VoxBox, reviews for that one are some of the blog's first posts.

 Anyway, here's what I got!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Love with Food--New Lower Price

Just a quick post to point out that Love with Food (reviewed here) has dropped its price from $14 to $12. I resubscribed because I think it's a great value for that price. You can sign up here, and I believe promo code FRIENDLOVE will get you another $5 off your first box (valid through 5/31). Don't forget, for every box you buy Love With Food donates a meal--how cool is that?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Julep May Box

I *finally* got my Julep May "It Girl" Box. I guess there were problems with many of the brushes in this month's polishes, so mine was among those delayed while they fixed it. The box came along as usual, but they included three extra caps.

Check out my earlier Julep Maven review here, and you can sign up here. Use code SHAREONMAY to pay $.01 for your first box.

Friday, May 11, 2012

May Conscious Box

I knew this month couldn't top the Earth Day box from April, but this month's still had a lot of neat things I'm looking forward to trying. 

Everything together! The soap in the foreground was the extra for people who posted on their facebook wall....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Glossybox is Live!

Glossybox finally went live for subscriptions an hour ago, anyone else subscribing? I'm going to try it out for a month or two since $21.00 for a sample box is pretty steep. This is technically month two--Glossybox had a drawing for a limited number of their first box. I wasn't lucky enough to win one, but you can take a look at the brands included here. It's supposed to ship later this month, so I'll put up pictures and a review as soon as I get it!

picture from

Is That Odd Samples

Yesterday I got an adorable little bag of samples from Check out my previous post for an explanation of the site and how to get your own free stuff. Like, you join, participate to earn points, and use those points to "shop" for free samples. The ones I got today was the Mango Moisturizing Mask from Bambola Beauty (

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 2012 Birchbox (Now with Reviews)

Sorry for a drive by post, I'll be back with more impressions when I have a bit more time. This month was a Gossip Girl box. I don't watch the show, but I like what I got in the box. 

Edited Wednesday Night: Some first impression reviews.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 Glamour Doll Eyes

I'm still waiting on the other two samples to arrive, but this was just so pretty I couldn't wait to share! I got this sample for free for participating on, previous posts about the site here, here and here.

This is a mineral shadow from Glamour Doll Eyes, a company I've been dying to try.

I love the cute graphic packaging on the shadow, and they included a sticker! 
(I'm a sucker for that kind of thing.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sindulge: On the Fence.

(If you don't want to read the whole saga, the box contents and pics are at the bottom!)

So, a while ago I gave you a quick run-down on a new beauty subscription service called Sindulge. Same basic format--every month you get a little box of samples, $12/month, earn points for rewards, etc.--but the twist is that you do a beauty consultation to help them determine what to send to you.  The first month had some problems, as can be expected from a new start-up. Some people had a lot of people scheduling consultations, and I was stood up for my first one. Even so, it wasn't bad. I was able to reschedule right away and my box was alright as far as value. To compensate they offered everyone a free box for April. They actually charged my card for $.01, which is vaguely irritating just on principle alone but not enough for me to dispute it.