Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog: August 2014

31 August, 2014

Use It Or Lose It: August 2014 Samples (and more) Edition!

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The end of August can only mean one thing: Time for another Use It Or Lose It! Well, technically two things because online shopping. Labor Day Weekend sales are happening in abundance at the moment. I need to buy underwear ... where do y'all buy underwear? My favorite kind was discontinued. Um ... yeah. Anyway, back to the topic at hand ....

Use It Or Lose It: August 2014 Hello Pretty Bird HelloPrettyBird

In case you're not familiar with my Use It Or Lose It series, here's the lowdown: Each month I select a few beauty/personal care items I've been hoarding in my stash and vow to either use them up and review them or throw them away! I chose five products this time—four samples and one full-sized lip product. Let the reviewing commence!

30 August, 2014

Style your hair like a Rock Star with TRESemmé and Walmart

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How do you "amp up" your hairstyle? I'll admit that elaborate styling is usually low on my priority list on the average weekday, but when I go out on the weekends I like to add a little more volume and "oomph" to my hair. Pass the hairspray and blow dryer please! Having "big" hair makes me feel like a rock star. Or, y'know, slightly taller.


Looking for a little rock star hair-spiration yourself? TRESemmé has teamed up with Walmart in celebration of the VMAs to bring you five red carpet-worthy styling tutorials—you can check them all out on the Walmart website. Personally I think I'd go for the "Full Blown Volume" or "Pumped Up Pony" looks—how about you? In any case, TRESemmé makes salon-quality products at very affordable prices, so make sure to look for them at your local Walmart!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.

29 August, 2014

Daring to part my hair differently with Head & Shoulders + #PartOfOurFamily Sweepstakes

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I don't know why, but I started getting dandruff this past spring. Is it because the change of seasons? Or is my body slowly crumbling the top down now that I'm over 30? Either way, I don't like it.


I'll admit that most days I don't anything overly elaborate with my hair—I'll wash and comb it, of course, but I'm often too lazy busy to spend a lot of time on heat styling. That, and I've noticed that when I try to part my hair in different spots I'm met with a surprise flakefest—sobcrysob.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky shampoo and conditioner, and I was really thrilled because it is the dandruff shampoo to try. (Seriously though, Head & Shoulders is the #1 dandruff shampoo in the world.)

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28 August, 2014

Memebox Collaboration Box #2: CutiePieMarzia #1 - Review & Unboxing

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I don't know if y'all noticed this, but Memebox recently started doing collaboration boxes with some famous YouTube/internet personalities. So far they've only released three such boxes, but I love the concept because I think it's a good idea to have new people curate the boxes now and then, y'know? Anyway, I managed to snag their second collab effort: The first CutiePieMarzia box.

Memebox Collaboration Box #2: CutiePieMarzia

Official box description:
With over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, CutiePieMarzia's beauty and lifestyle channel is filled with adorable moments and we're sure you'll fall in love with her right away. Marzia's box is packed with some of the most darling items we have ever seen - including an entire set of Snow White eyeliners! Nobody knows cute better than Marzia does - we hope you love her box of beauty goodies as much as we do!

I'm not sure if I've ever watched any of CutiePieMarzia's videos, but I was interested as soon as I read "darling items". Plus this was what Memebox occasionally refers to as a "Naked Box", or in other words, a box where all of the contents were disclosed on the product page. And I liked what I saw. So in my basket it went!

27 August, 2014

The post you've all been waiting for: My review of the ONE DIRECTION Up All Night Makeup Collection

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I'm sure you've all been wondering lately "Man, when is Rebecca going to write about One Direction's makeup or fragrance line?" Well, your today's your lucky day. I got my hands on the One Direction "Up All Night" makeup tin (one of the three kits from the LE "The Looks" collection featuring 1D by Markwins), and I'll be sharing all my super-relevant old lady opinions about it below.


Background info:
The Looks Collection comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction™s globe-conquering albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home and the latest chart topper, Midnight Memories. Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

Weekly Poll: What's in YOUR bag?

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Are you back to school by now? (If you're an adult with a boring 9-5 job do you wish you were still in school right now?)


This week's question was inspired by other bloggers. Hi, other bloggers. I've seen a lot of "What's in my handbag?" type posts/videos, which I think are fun to read, mostly because I'm ridiculously nosy. I probably won't ever do one of those tags myself though because the real contents of my bag is probably something like 90% crumpled paper and used tissues (allergies, yo.) Perhaps there are others of you like me out there. Which brings me to my question ....

What beauty/personal care items do you always keep in your purse or backpack?

Makeup comes and goes from my cesspool of a bag, but these things usually remain:
  • Lip balm: Dry lips make me crazy. Nuff said.
  • Hand cream: See above, except replace lips with hands.
  • Tissues: My body consists mainly of allergic reactions to things you can inhale. That, and you do not want to be using a public restroom only to discover there's no toilet paper.
  • Sunscreen: I get crispy easily. This is where all those tiny beauty box samples of SPF come in handy.
  • Hand sanitizer: Never go into a public restroom in NYC without it.

Throw in a lipstick and you're ready for ANYTHING. Even the bathroom at Penn Station.

26 August, 2014

Review: TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

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I don't know why, but it seems like foot peeling treatments are all the rage at the moment. Are people's feet suddenly way more disgusting and calloused than before? In any case, I've had these Tony Moly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes (phew, what a mouthful) in my pile-o-things to try for ages and finally got around to using them last month. Want to know if they worked? And maybe see some gross pictures of my feet? Keep reading!

Tony Moly TonyMoly Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

Note: I'm serious about the gross foot pictures. Don't say I didn't warn you.

25 August, 2014

My WishTrend.com Wishlist

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Calling all Korean cosmetics fans! Have you browsed around WishTrend.com lately? I did some extensive virtual window shopping this past weekend, and it seems like they've added a bunch of interesting stuff since the last time I looked. Rather than keep these exciting discoveries to myself, I thought I'd share a few things I found that I thought were especially useful or fun. I like things that are useful and/or fun, how about you?


Not familiar with WishTrend? They're an an online beauty retailer specializing in Korean cosmetics. WishTrend offers FREE shipping on select items and free shipping on all orders over $69—not a bad deal considering that most Korean beauty sellers charge for shipping based on weight, and that can really add up if you're purchasing several items.

24 August, 2014

Memebox Superbox #41 - My Cute Wishlist #1: Review & Coupon Codes

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Let me open this post by saying this: SQUEEAAAAAAAAAAAAL! EEEEEEEE! THE MEMEBOX MY CUTE WISHLIST BOX HAS ARRIVED AND IT'S SO CUTE I JUST PEED MY PANTS. Ahem. In all seriousness though, I think this has been one of the most highly anticipated Memeboxes yet, and it did not disappoint.

Memebox Superbox #41 - My Cute Wishlist #1 unboxing contents

My Cute Wishlist box description:

We’ve searched and scoured through the Korean beauty scene to find you all the beauty things adorbs and irresistibly cute! From miniature beauty trinkets to cute face makeup kits and skin care potions, these precious little beauty finds will make you “oooh” because of its trademark Korean charming packaging and “aaahh” because of how cute it makes you look. Carry around these beauty treasures wherever you go and make your friends green with jealousy!

I am definitely oooh-ing over here. Stan even went "awwwww" when I took a certain Etude House hand cream out of its packaging (pics below).

22 August, 2014

Indie Friday: Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection

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Happy Friday, everybody! Today I have some pics and swatches to share with you of some indie eyeshadows that I think are absolutely lovely: The Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway collection.

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20 August, 2014

Weekly Poll: Electronic Fashionista

Happy Wednesday, everybody! And if you're a student or a parent, happy back-to-school time! (Groan. Cheer?)


Speaking of back-to-school, I was browsing some back-to-school sales online and that got me thinking about online shopping. And thinking of online shopping got me wondering about online clothing shopping. (Sort of related to the original topic, right?) So here's my question:

Do you prefer shopping for clothing in a traditional retail store or online? Why?

I used to love poking around in clothing stores for hours and hours, especially places like TJ Maxx where there are often numerous clearance treasures to be discovered. Nowadays I find that I rarely have the patience, so I do end up buying a lot of things on the internet, even knowing that there may be fit issues and I'll have to return them (though luckily, that doesn't seem to happen too often). Online shopping could never replace a visit to a good thrift store though. So many special things waiting to be discovered there. I wish there were better thrift stores around here.

How about you? Do you enjoy shopping for pajamas in your pajamas or the more "traditional" way?

19 August, 2014

L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation (and That One Time I Had A Tan)

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It's still summer, despite my wishes that it would suddenly become fall. And stay fall. Autumn weather is nice. But since it's still summer, I remain gung-ho about trying out lightweight foundations that contain SPF. I like my sunblock mind you, but anything extra that help prevent my face from getting sun-fried is good, in my book. Today I'll be talking about my experience with the new L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation, which has SPF 18 (in the form of Octinoxate, if anyone's curious.)

L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

18 August, 2014

Review: Paula's Choice RESIST Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA

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I've been on a "test all the AHA body lotions" kick lately. Someday I may do a detailed comparison if I have time, but I'll give you a big fat spoiler right now: Paula's Choice RESIST Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA has been the most effective and least annoying to use for me of the bunch so far. Effective how, you may be wondering? Well keep on reading and I'll give you the whole scoop.

Paula's Choice RESIST Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA tube

17 August, 2014

Memebox Superbox #34 - DermoCosmetics 2: Review & Coupon Codes

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One of the nice things about beauty boxes is that they give you the opportunity to try different (and potentially more fun) versions of products you may already use. Case in point, certain items in the Memebox DermoCosmetics 2 box. I already use an AHA treatment regularly, but it's not terribly interesting. In this box there was an AHA treatment that makes bubbles. BUBBLES! OK, maybe I'm overreacting a bit. But novelty can be a good thing once in a while.

Memebox Superbox #34 - DermoCosmetics Dermo Cosmetics 2: Review & Coupon Codes

Oh yeah, and there were other things in the box too. Box description:

Approved for effectiveness and sensitivity, our Dermo-Cosmetics Box #2 is packed with dermatologist favorites that are meant to pamper, restore and rejuvenate your skin! It contains everything you need to illuminate the skin and repair damaged skin by the sun and other environmental stressor to improve the appearance of dull, uneven skintone and dark spots, giving you a naturally healthy looking glow. Take the Dermo-Cosmetics #2 challenge and experience the difference in your skin!

Want to find out what else was in it? Keep reading ....

Fork It: A Quest for the Tiniest Microwave Oven

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I was always one of those people who was adamant that they didn't need a microwave oven. "You can reheat things on the stove or eat them cold!" I'd proudly say. Maybe this is just a sign of getting older, but lately I'm just not patient enough for that sort of thing. Also, I've been eating a lot of crappy food recently (ramen 4 life) because I don't have the patience to watch a solid frozen block of homemade soup from my freezer slowly dissolve in a saucepan. So I decided to suck it up and finally join Microwave Nation. Problem though—this is the only available counter space in our place:


This little nook is about 12" wide and typically occupied by an electric kettle, small toaster, and 90% empty bottle of Canadian Club that's been there since last June. (Sorry, I'm not a total drunkard.) All important things, but they're small enough to be moved elsewhere. Problem is, this little counter is a few inches too narrow to fit even the smallest of standard microwaves—ahhh! What's a gal to do? Getting a small rolling cart to keep it on is also an option, but it would have to be very small so as not to block off access to everything else in the kitchen. (Apartment life, yo.) So with that in mind I went on a quest for the tiniest microwave I could find—behold my fascinating results below!

15 August, 2014

Indie Friday: How I store my perfume samples

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Happy Friday, everybody! This post is for all the perfume sample hoarders out there. I don't know about you, but I feel like it's hard to come up with a perfect way to store perfume sample vials. I saw this post on Lipstick & Libraries a while back about keeping samples in a 38/357 Cal ammo case, which is an AWESOME idea—if you're storing mainly standard-sized sample vials. But of course I seem to enjoy sellers who enjoy oddly-sized vials (like Darling Clandestine), so a lot of my treasures won't fit in a box of that size. I'm also sort of cheap frugal, so I decided to repurpose some storage boxes I already had into The Perfume Zone instead.


Want to see what I did? Keep reading ....

14 August, 2014

Memebox Memebrushes now launched in the USA shop at 50% off!

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Cool news, Memebox fans: The famous pink-handled Memebrushes have now launched in the USA Exclusives section of the Memeshop! That means faster shipping, my fellow Americans. Also, for the next 72 hours they'll be 50% off—that makes the entire set just $18 with FREE shipping! Or even less with a coupon code (see below).


Here's what's included:

  • Lip & Blending Brush (Synthetic Fiber)
  • Angle Eyebrow Brush (Synthetic Fiber)
  • Angle Contour Brush (Wool)
  • Basic Eye Shadow Brush (Linsey-Woolsey)
  • Multi Powder Brush (Wool & Synthetic Fiber)
  • Eyeliner Brush (Synthetic Fiber)
  • A storage pouch

You can see more photos of the individual brushes on the Memebox brushes product page. As I said above, these will only be 50% off until 1PM PT on August 17th, so grab 'em now if you want them!

As always, check out my Memebox Deals & Coupons page for all the latest sales and discount offers.


Memefans, what do you think of these brushes? Will you be picking a set up?


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Eopenmarket/CosmeticMarket2012 Lucky Box Review + GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hey sample hoarders and fans of Korean cosmetics, this post is for you. Ebay seller cosmeticmarket2012 has been one of my favorite sources of Korean cosmetics for a while: Their prices are often amongst the lowest, they ship quickly, and their wares are legit. So when they released a "Lucky Box" of mystery Korean cosmetics samples on their standalone website, I knew I had to grab one! Well technically two, since I got an extra to give away. :)


The Lucky Box is available in two sizes: The original Lucky Box, which promises "over 30 pieces of samples" for US $6.80, and Lucky Box II, which has more stuff in it and costs $12.80. I went for two of the smaller boxes at $6.80 a pop.

Rollback at Walmart on Clear Scalp & Hair + printable coupon!

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What are your biggest haircare-related woes? I don't know if it's the change of seasons or just a sign of getting old, but my scalp has been a bit drier and more flaky lately. TMI? Anyway, I'm thankful that there are budget-friendly products out there that don't seem to irritate my newly-rebellious scalp, including Clear Scalp & Hair.


Not familiar with Clear? It's a haircare brand that's meant to gently cleanse and nourish the scalp for hair that's 10x more resilient, strong, and beautiful.  And here's a little bit of good news for all my fellow Clear fans and budget haircare connoisseurs: Clear Scalp and Hair products are currently on Rollback at Walmart for just $4.48, and to sweeten the deal there's also a $1.50 off click-to-print coupon available! If you've been wanting to try out Clear or stock up, this is a great time to do it.


Do I have any fans of Clear reading? Will you be taking advantage of the sale?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Global Influence, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.
 

13 August, 2014

Birchbox August 2014 Review & Unboxing

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It's that time of the month again! (No, not that time.) Time to reveal the contents of the beauty subscription I have the most love/hate relationship with: Birchbox! Will this month's box be a winner or a woe-ner? Read on to find out!

Birchbox August 2014 Review & Unboxing

(Yes, "woe-ner" is totally a word.)

Weekly Poll: Let's Get Social

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Is your week driving your crazy so far or has it been smooth sailing? Oh, life.


This week's question is for those of you who spend a lot of time on the internet. Which I'm guessing is most of you, seeing how this is an internet blog and whatnot.

What's your favorite social media network at the moment and why? How about your least favorite?

I think my favorite right now is Instagram (Shameless self-promotion: Follow me!) I follow a variety of accounts, and some of them are really creative, which is AWESOME. I also see some people using it as sort of a way to microblog: Writing short reviews, beauty techniques, etc. Very cool.

My least favorite at the moment probably won't surprise anyone: Facebook. (Here's a less enthusiastic follow me.) As a blogger it's annoying that they only serve up my posts to about 1/10th of my followers on average, and as a personal user I find the way the "News Feed" a lot more confusing than it used to be. Stop being selective about which of my friends' baby pictures you're willing to show me, FB.

How about you? What are your social media loves and pet peeves?

Drugstore Summer Beauty: My Skin & Haircare Tips + Essential Products

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#WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias Summer Beauty Essentials at Walgreens

Hands up if you love shopping at Walgreens for your drugstore beauty hauls! Personally I'm a fan because they always have some sort of amazing beauty deal going on. I like deals. What can I say, I'm cheap frugal. Keeping in mind the amazing selection of beauty products that Walgreens has to offer, I thought I'd share a few of my summer beauty tips and product essentials for staying fresh and pretty this season, featuring nothing but drugstore products. Woo-hoo!

#WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias Walgreens Beauty Aisle

Seriously. So much beauty goodness. See all those yellow sale tags? Makes my heart sing.

12 August, 2014

Memebox Special Edition #13: Cooling Care - Review + Coupon Codes

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At long last, the Memebox Cooling Care box is mine! This is one of those boxes I knew I wanted the moment I saw it, but then of course when it finally shipped my local post office decided to hold it hostage for a few days. >:-(

Memebox Special Edition #13: Cooling Care

This box promises to "pamper and soothe overheated skin with products that instantly cool and calm sun damaged skin." Will it live up to its promises? Read on to find out!

Polished & Natural From Day to Night: My All Day Look with Neutrogena

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Do you usually have a lot of time to fix up your makeup when you go out after work or school? When I had a regular 9-5 job I often left for outings straight from work, meaning that I only had a few minutes to scramble around and try to "gussy up" in the badly-lit office bathroom. Glamorous.

Neutrogena #AllDayLook #CollectiveBias

With those "special" sorts of moments in mind, I challenged myself to create a look that could be easily transform from daytime natural to nighttime glam in just a couple of easy steps, exclusively using products from Neutrogena. I was inspired to go all-out Neutrogena after watching this "Night Out Look" video featuring Hayden Panettiere:


She always looks so effortlessly and naturally pretty, so my goals were clear: Keep it simple, polished, natural, and most importantly—EASY. Want to see what I came up with? Keep reading!

11 August, 2014

Beauty Box 5 - August 2014 Review & Unboxing

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I feel like most months I end up seeing some spoilers for Beauty Box 5 on Instagram or the day before I get my box. The USPS doesn't magically deliver to all states at the same exact time—go figure. But this time my BB5 arrived spoiler-free! A true mystery box. Woo-hoo! I couldn't wait to see what was inside ....

Beauty Box 5 Five August 2014

5 Ways To Beautify Your Life With Palmolive Dish Soap #Palmolive25Ways #CBias

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Have you ever used dish soap as a part of your beauty routine? Hear me out: I'm not advocating rubbing soap all over your eyeballs or something like that, but it can actually be quite useful for a variety of tasks to help you (and your beauty tools) stay clean and fresh. Not to mention the fact that it's affordable! Today I'll be sharing five "beautiful" ways to use dish soap, featuring a few of my favorite varieties of Palmolive.

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10 August, 2014

Memebox Global Edition #13: Review + Coupon Codes

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Memebox Global Boxes are always interesting. I'm never quite sure what to expect—you could get skincare! Haircare! Unicorns! (OK, no unicorns so far. But it could happen.) I just received box #13 and it was fairly skincare-heavy, but there were a couple of interesting surprises in there ... ahem. Read on to find out what they were!

Memebox Global Edition #13

09 August, 2014

Eat, Drink, and Live Radiantly

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Disclosure: This post brought to you by Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'll confess: I can't seem to kick my coffee habit no matter how hard I try. It's just so wonderfully caffeinated. I'm also a big fan of tea, wine, berries, and foods with rich/spicy sauces. What do all of these things have in common? They can stain your teeth! My smile is far from perfect but I do want to keep it from looking dingy at the very least, so decent oral hygiene products are a must for those of us who wish to suck down coffee like it's water.

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant products

I recently had the chance to try out Arm & Hammer's new Truly Radiant oral care line, which has brought a bit of sparkle back into my smile. Or a little gleaming back into my grin, if you will. Oh, awful alliteration. Read on for more details!

08 August, 2014

Indie Friday: A review of Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner

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There are a lot of things I love about indie beauty products, but one of the biggest pluses is that they tend to be extremely affordable. Case in point: Silk Naturals' 8% AHA Toner, which is humbly priced at $8.95 for 4 oz/120ml. I've done a lot of searching for AHA products on the internet over the past few months, and this is probably the cheapest AHA toner I've come across, so I decided to give it a whirl. I've been using it regularly for 2+ months now so it's about time I wrote a review, eh?

Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner

Memebox Special Edition #18: Smile Care Unboxing + Coupon Codes

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Oh Memebox Smile Care box, how long I've waited for you. Memebox releases several interesting boxes pretty much every single week, but for whatever reason I knew I had to get the Smile Care box as soon as it came out. What can I say, I have a bizarre fascination with oral care items. My friends think it's weird but my dental hygenist thinks it's great!

Memebox Special Edition #18: Smile Care

Anyway, enough about my strange habits. Want to look inside a Memebox? OK, if you insist.

07 August, 2014

Audio on the go with JBL + Best Buy Audio Fest

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Do you own any special audio equipment that you use mainly for travel? I have a stereo setup at home that I'm relatively happy with, but I'm always on the lookout for headphones and other portable audio devices that actually sound decent.


If you're in the market for some new audio gizmos and doo-dads, now's a good time to head over to Best Buy: They're hosting a special event called Audio Fest until the end of August. Whether you're looking for portable audio, home stereo equipment or stuff for your car, they'll be having sales and events that are bound to tickle your (electronic) fancy.

As for my quest for good portable devices ... Best Buy sent me a couple of the items that are part of their current sale to test out: The JBL Reflect Sport Headphones and JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker. I'll be reviewing those after the jump, so listen up! (Get it? Har har har.)

JBL Reflect Sport Headphones JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker box


PocketDerm: One month in

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At the end of June I wrote about how I was starting acne treatment with PocketDerm, so since a few weeks have passed I thought this would be a good time to write about how it's going. The short version? Not bad. Want me to be more specific? Keep reading.


Review: Hey! Pinkgo Girl Sheet Masks

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Calling all sheet mask fans! This post is for you. I don't review sheet masks as often as I used to because honestly a lot of them are very similar, but the ones I'm writing about today are actually pretty unique. Hooray!

Hey! Pinkgo Girl Sheet Masks on Amazon

The mask brand du jour is Hey! Pinkgo Girl, which launched in Taiwan last year. They make eight different types of masks, and four of them are available through an official distributor on Amazon in the USA. With Prime shipping, no less. I like things that are easy to purchase in my home country. Anyway, I'll be reviewing the four Amazon-able mask varieties today. I've also seen this brand name translated as "Apple Girl", just FYI.

06 August, 2014

Recent ShopLately Jewelry Finds + Insider Program Free Trial

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I don't know how many of you reading follow me on Instagram, but I've been sharing some of my favorite fun and "quirky" pieces of jewelry there recently, photo-of-the-day style. So if you're into that sort of thing you should follow me there! And speaking of fun and quirky jewelry, want to see some of my latest ShopLately accessory finds?


Weekly Poll: Life's A Picnic

Happy Wednesday everybody! Have you been working hard or hardly working? (I wouldn't blame you if it's the latter.)


This week's question was inspired by my own real-life experience attending a picnic this past weekend:

You're invited to a picnic and asked to bring food to share. What do you bring?

Since I was attending my own recent picnic as an out-of-town guest I didn't exactly have time to prepare an elaborate feast, so I brought chips and hummus and pico de gallo. Could be worse. Normally I would make pasta salad or something like that. Others brought things like bread and cheese, quinoa with veggies, and fruit. Mmm, fruit.

How about you? What do you like to snack on whilst lounging outdoors?

05 August, 2014

Use It Or Lose It: July 2014 (sort of) Sample Edition!

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I'm back from my trip and I've used up most of the beauty samples I brought with me, woo-hoo! As promised, here's a Use It Or Lose It -style write-up of the new products I tried. I know it's not July anymore, but I just got back last night so work with me, OK?


In case you're not familiar with my Use It Or Lose It series, here's the deal: Each month I select a few beauty/personal care items I've been hoarding in my stash and vow to either use them up and review them or throw them away! I chose seven things this time—a couple more than usual because I was naughty and forgot to do UIOLI last month. Shame on me. To the Test-O-Matic 2000!

Memebox Mega-Giveaway 3.0: Three more chances to win a Memebox!

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Hey everybody! I'm back from my vacation, and what better way to return than with another Memebox giveaway? This time Memebox has graciously offered up three different boxes for you to win, so get entering!


01 August, 2014

Memebox Deals & Coupon Codes - August 2014

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Ah, Memebox and their ever-changing deals. At the beginning of last month I made a list of Memebox sales and promo codes, only to end up updating it about a dozen times, so I thought I'd make keeping an updated monthly sales list a regular "thing" from now on. Assuming that Memebox keeps releasing coupon codes and special affiliate deals, of course.

Update: This page is now defunct! Bookmark my new Memebox Deals and Coupons page, which is updated multiple times per month.


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