Saturday, November 17, 2012

October-November Haul

yeah, yeah. Another haul.Why must stress make me want to spend money? Luckily I've got rent and utilities covered for the next couple months....
I did some major damage to my bank account during the 40% makeup section sale at A few of these things weren't 40% off but were otherwise on sale/cheaper than Target/Walmart/etc.
  • Jeane Pierre Original Daily Cleansing Towelettes
  • Noxzema Clean Moisture Makeup Removing Cloths
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Facial Lotion
  • Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-lotion
  • Black Radiance Shine Control Base
  • Dove Sensitive Skin Deodorant 
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid makeup in Nude
  • Love & Toast Candied Apple Lip Butter
  • Skinnygirl Lip Scrub
  • Badger Cuticle balm (not pictured)
 Sephora sent out an email with a code for my choice of three sample bags. I CANNOT RESIST THOSE. So I spent $25 at Sephora since I "needed" some scrub. The It Kit included:

  • NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
  • Make Up For Ever Microfinish powder
  • Stila In The Light palette shadow card
  • Flower by Kenzo perfume sample
  • Lancome Hypnose Star mascara in 01 Noir Midnight
  • Sephora Anti-shine Foundation Primer
  • Murad Clarifying Cleanser
  • L.I.L.Y Stella McCartney perfume sample
  • Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
I actually purchased the following (including the normal free samples):
  • Clarins UV Plus Dayscreen sample
  • DERMAdoctor KP Duty serum+moisturizer sample
  • Clean Fresh Laundry perfume sample
  • Sephora Collection Supreme Body Lotion
  • Sephora Head to Toe Hydrator
  • Sephora Vanilla Smoothing Body Scrub

 I also got my Target beauty bag in the mail!

  • L'Oreal Evercreme shampoo/conditioner/masque samples
  • Fekkai Shea shampoo/conditioner samples
  • Pixi Beauty Primer sample
  • Jergens Daily Moisture lotion sample
  • CLEAR shampoo/conditioner samples (not pictured-I gave these to my mom to try)
  • Coupon booklet (also not pictured because I had already put that in my wallet)

I got a few random things as well:
  • Pure Silk shave cream in Cherry Blossom
  • Pond's Crema S travel size
  • St. Ive's Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub (got this for free in the mail)

Monday, November 5, 2012

October 2012 Empties

  • Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance conditioner
  • Clear Scalp Therapy Total Care shampoo
  • The Body Shop DeoDry Cool & Zesty deodorant
  • CVS Exfoliating Towelettes
  • Yes To Cucumbers Facial Hydrating Lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Wallflower
  • Bath and Body Works Sweet on Paris lotion (trial size)
  • Nivea Creme tin
  • Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom candle
  • Aromae Botanicals Grapefruit and Sage bar soap (travel size)

  •  Bath and Body Works Wild Honeysuckle shower gel
  • Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter shampoo
  • IKEA green candle (there was no real is green and has a picture of an apple on it)
  • Bath and Body Works Green Grass candle
  • Bath and Body Works Bali Mango body scrub
  • The Healing Garden Passionate Rose body wash

  •  The Body Shop Chocomania body wash
  • Bath and Body Works Cashmere Glow lotion (travel size)
  • Secret Cocoa Butter Kiss deodorant
  • Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel
  • Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser
  • The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion
  • Aquaphor (two tubes that were about to I used them on my feet)

  • White Tea Shampoo, Conditioner and Lotions from a Westin hotel
  • L'Occitane hand cream
  • Tom's Naturally Dry unscented deodorant (travel)
  • White Maple + Cranberry body spray
  • Simple Facial Cleansing Wipes (travel)
  • John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo samples
  • Vichy Cellu-Destock sample
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
  • Willa Naturals On-the-Go Lavender Wipes (travel)
  • Wonderstruck perfume sample
  • Azhar Face & Body bar from a hotel
  • Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside Wallflower

October 2012 Birchbox

I'm super late on this so sorry! I am a full time student who also works 18 hours a week, so I'm sure you can understand. I got the goop box and I can't say I'm overly impressed:

  • Karuna Hydrating Mask
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate
  • Naked Princess lip gloss
  • Lemon Zest (I think...) Luna Bar
  • Lulu Organics hair powder
This was kind of a boring box but I've really like almost every other box, so I'm not cancelling quite yet. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

September 2012 Empties

  •  St. Ives Apricot Scrub (travel)
  • Yankee Candle Garden Sweet Pea Hand Soap
  • Bath and Body Works Paris Amour lotion
  • Bath and Body Works Sea Island Cotton foaming hand soap
  • Aveeno Nourish+Strengthen shampoo and conditioner samples
  • Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer (travel size)
  • La Fresh non-acetone nail polish remover pad

  • TRESemme Climate Control shampoo
  • Physician's Formula Hydrating Eye Cream
  • Bath and Body Works Fresh Picked Cherries deep cleansing hand soap
  • Bath and Body Works Wild Berry Tulips lotion
  • Carmex Healing Cream (trial size)
  • Glade Bring on the Blossoms candle
  • Heel to Toe Overnight Repair Treatment
  • Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea HandiBac
  • Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom
  • CVS Dry Skin Therapy
  • Olay Soothing Cucumber Body Wash
  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub (travel size)
  • Skintimate Strawberry Tangerine Twist Shave Gel
  • Suave Color Protection conditioner

Why I love Sephora!

So, as you know, I recently bought a Clarisonic from I just wanted to tell you guys my experience. If you go to the product page on the Sephora site, the contents include a Peony Mia2, the charger, a travel case and Josie Maran Argan Oil, Moisturizer and Cleansing Oil. When I ordered the set 3 weeks ago, however, the list and picture included the Clarisonic cleanser as well. When I opened the box, however, there was no Clarisonic cleanser listed or included. I don't mind, but the product listing was incorrect. I decided to tell Sephora that, because I think correct product descriptions are important. I sent the customer service the following email on September 14th:
"I recently ordered and received the Clarisonic Mia2-Josie Maran set (sku #1460831) and discovered that it does not come with the Clarisonic cleanser, as is listed on the product description and seen in the picture. While I do not wish to return the set, as I am happy with what came with it, the description should be edited so others are not disappointed as I was."
 I received an automated response the next day and I thought that was the end of it. On September 16th, however, I received a call from the San Francisco area and it was Sephora! They wanted to send me a sample of cleanser since I did not receive the Clarisonic cleanser. They asked my skin type and verified my shipping address. I got a shipping notice and 4 days later I received these goodies:

I got TWO generous samples of cleanser, one from Ren and one from Ole Henrikson.

I just wanted to share how awesome Sephora is. I simply wanted them to fix their description (which they have since I emailed them) and they went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. Just another reason to shop at Sephora :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yeah, another haul. So sue me.

There were such good sales!
 I finally got a Clarisonic Mia 2 since Sephora came out with a Josie Maran Kit.I will do a separate post in a bit about the purchasing experience soon.
 CHINA GLAZE FOR $1.65 AT SALLY BEAUTY! I had a coupon for $5 off as well :) From left to right (I think...I am doing this several hours after I took the picture, and the colors are quite similar) Flirty Tankini, Hang-ten Toes, Love's a Beach, Pink Plumeria
 Adventure Red-y, I'm Not Lion, Purr-fect Plum, Rose Among Thorns (Neon) The last one doesn't have any printing on the bottle, but it was the only one I could find...

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 2012 Birchbox!

So I finally got my September Birchbox and I must say I am very happy with it. When I looked at the preview, I was a bit underwhelmed, but once I opened the actual box I was very happy.

  • Fall Lookbook 
  • Twirl by Kate Spade perfume sample: THIS SAMPLE HAS A SPRAY PUMP!! Woo hoo!
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: yay for face wash samples! I actually use skincare and whatnot more than the makeup samples I get, since I don't really wear makeup every day.
  • Mighty Leaf Tea: There are 3 tea bags in here, each a different flavor. I like that, especially since one is vanilla :)
  • La Fresh Nail Polish Remover Acetone-Free Fresh Tuscan Orange scent: I already used this and ONE pad got all ten fingers worth of nail polish off. These actually smell good. I'm very impressed and considering purchasing these when I use my BB points.
  • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Linen: Meh. This is really orange and apparently not as light as I am. 
  • Color Club polish in Tweet Me: Nice formula, but I'm not digging the color. It is almost like a combination of OPI Fiercely Fiona and OPI Who the Shrek are You?
Like I said, I am very happy with this box! It was a nice surprise after watching the Endeavor fly over at the top of a really, really hot parking structure!