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17 September, 2014

Meet Vain Pursuits, your personalized skincare service

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Hey skincare junkies, do you ever wish there was a magical elf living in your medicine cabinet who knew all your skin woes and could magically make you products that were perfect for your needs? (Deep breath.) Well today I'd like to introduce you to a skincare service that's sort of like that: Vain Pursuits. Except they're not elves (that I know of, anyway) and they're from Montréal, not the magical land between your medicine cabinet and the wall. But they will send you highly personalized skincare products, and that's what really counts.

Vain Pursuits personalized skincare discovery service

Weekly Poll: Sweater Weather (almost)

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Not sure how it is where you live, but it has cooled down a LOT here in New York. Not quite "chilly" yet, but I've found myself wanting to actually put on long-sleeved shirts or sweatshirts whilst hanging around the house. (Note: This will change in October when the heat comes on for the season. Then I will be wearing shorts and tank tops and flinging the windows open and gasping for breath until the end of winter.) I was asking my boyfriend the other day what some of his favorite things about fall were, and he said "Wearing sweaters!" Which made me think of today's question ....

What's your favorite sweater? Describe it to us! Does it have sentimental value? Sweatshirts, shawls, and other cozy garments of that type count too.

My most-worn sweater-esque garment is a large, green Carhartt hoodie my boyfriend got me as a gift a couple of years ago. He asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I said "a sweatshirt", but I don't think he realized I meant a women's sweatshirt, heh. While the Carhartt hoodie isn't exactly super-feminine or stylish, it is nice and cozy, so I wear it around the house a lot, or as an extra layer under my coat when it gets ridiculously freezing. Hooray for warmth!

How about you? Tell me about your favorite cozy garments!

16 September, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - September 2014 Review & Unboxing

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In a not-so-surprising twist, my September Beauty Box 5 has arrived! Hooray! Who wants to see what's in it?

 Beauty Box 5 - September 2014 Review & Unboxing

Memebox Special #26 - Hand & Nail Care: Review and NEW Coupon Codes

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Hey look, it's a Memebox! Bet you weren't expecting to see one of those around here ... NOT!!! (This wit, it's killing me.)

Memebox Special #26 - Hand & Nail Care

The box of the day is the Hand & Nail Care Box, which promises to "put your best hands forward." Full box description:

Our hands and nails are so neglected! From washing loads of post-dinner dishes to picking open lipstick packaging and applying and removing nail polishes, our hands and nails go through daily abuse that will eventually lead us to have withered zombie fingers. At Memebox, we believe that healthy and pretty hands are a girl’s best accessory, that hands should be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and that crazy manis are the best pick-me-up for any crappy day! So, treat and moisturize hands and nails to prevent early signs of aging, strengthen and pamper nails to perfection to create that impeccable nail salon-done look!

You forgot the bit about how typing all day can also mess up your nails. Oh this modern existence! I don't think I'm quite at the "withered zombie fingers" stage yet, but I certainly don't want to get there, so we best get cracking and dig into the contents of this box.

15 September, 2014

Keeping Unnaturally Red Hair Vibrant with Nexxus Color Assure


I have a not-so-secret secret to share with you: I dyed my hair bright red again a few weeks ago. I didn't document the experience because it came out a little different than I expected (hellooooo Ronald McDonald meets a carrot) and needed a bit of after-care to not look ridiculous, but I look semi-normal now! Hooray! This post isn't about dyeing hair though, it's about maintaining dyed hair. If any of you reading have ever dyed your hair bright red before, you know that it is the MOST impossible color to maintain. Washing your hair less often helps, but eventually you're going to need to wash it if you don't want to look greasy. Society and their demands, man.

I recently had an opportunity to try out the Nexxus Color Assure haircare system, an oil-infused line that promises "2X longer color protection and vibrancy." I agreed to test the products for at least three weeks, and naturally I couldn't wait to see how they fared against my newly-found Ronald-ness.

Nexxus Color Assure system product line

There are four products/steps in this system. I'll go through them in the order of use for clarity.

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