Looking for a fun, creative holiday gift for someone special in your life? Check out Birchbox! I've been a subscriber for about a year now and I look so forward to seeing what's in my Birchbox every month. I think most women would feel the same way, and luckily for men, Birchbox even has a subscription option for them! Let me give you an idea of what you can expect each month as I unbox my December shipment, which just arrived yesterday:
The first thing that caught my eye in this month's box was the cute little Benefit Cosmetics it's potent! eye cream. The description says the cream is peptide-infused and can help you feign 8 hours of sleep. I need this badly!! Full-size price $32
Next up I noticed a cool looking full-size lip gloss with a built in mirror from ModelCo, a brand I'm not too familiar with. I'm not sure yet if the peachy color is something I'll wear regularly but I'm still looking forward to trying out this award-winning gloss from the Australian brand. Retail price $16
My eyes then landed on a little red bag that looked to contain some sort of chocolate, score! I quickly realized what I had was in fact a dark chocolate peppermint fortune cookie from Emily's Chocolates. I actually ate it for breakfast and it was complete yumminess!! Evidently it's one of their top holiday goodies and I can see why! Box of 6, $5.99
Next up, I unwrapped the last couple of samples that were snuggled together inside some pink tissue paper. Inside was a sample of Juicy Couture's signature fragrance, something I've actually purchased in the past and know I love! It's a blend of sweet and floral notes, sophisticated and feminine, perfect for day OR night. I tend to like all of their fragrances, even though I never gave into the terry track suit trend :) Full size ranges from $19-89
Also inside the pink tissue wrapping was 2 sample packets of Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique - Protect. I'm a huge Kerastase fan but have yet to try this particular product so I'm looking forward to it! It's a leave-in cream that repairs damage from chemical processing and protects strands from the effects of heat styling, things my hair is all too familiar with! Full-size $42
Then, as a bonus, Birchbox also added in a $50 gift card to Rent the Runway! Awesome! I'm very familiar with their site and service but have yet to utilize it, maybe this will entice me just enough?? :)
I was thrilled to be selected for a VoxBox from Influenster so soon after joining! I have been testing out all of the fun products inside the box and found that some were right up my alley, and some not so much! The one product that has stood out the most to me as the item I would most likely purchase on my own is the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion from Boots No7. It's a wipe-off lotion that you simply apply with a cotton ball or pad and it will wipe all of your makeup off without much effort! It leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturized, but not greasy or oily at all! The product is hypo-allergenic and costs only $8.49! I saw a No7 display at Target recently, so I'm pretty sure this product is available there. Go grab some and try it for yourself!
Hi everyone! I just received my first ever Influenster VoxBox after joining on October 1st and I'm so excited! It's the Beauty Blogger 2012 VoxBox and I took a video while opening up the box with baby earlier, check it out! Product reviews to come shortly!
Here's what's inside:
Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins
Bath & Body Works (White Barn Candle Co) mini candle in Nutmeg & Spice
NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream
Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion
Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream
Can't wait to try everything out, I'll get started tonight! xo
If you know me at all, you know I love to influence! I'm very active on most social channels including Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest and more, so why not earn rewards for things I'm already doing anyway? Enter Influenster, a great website that allows you to use your influence to earn "VoxBoxes" or freebie packed goody boxes based on what topics you are most influential in! The catch? None really! If you're loud and proud, love bragging about your latest beauty find, enjoy interacting with brands and you like getting freebies, you need to check out Influenster! I have a few invites for anyone who's interested, but I'm very selective about who I give them to, so you'll need to prove you're worthy! :)
Last week I got word that I was being given a wonderful opportunity to host an exclusive private salon event for Glamour Magazine and Paul Mitchell at A Robert Cromeans Salon in downtown San Diego. I was able to recruit 20 fabulous friends and family members to attend the event where the main focus would be the new Truth About Curls and Forever Blonde product lines by Paul Mitchell.
I had never been to this salon before and I must say, I was extremely impressed, as were all of my friends! The space is gorgeous, on the ground floor of the Harbor Club across from the convention center and filled with large windows and natural light. There are separate areas for washing, color, styling, and men's services. We were each given a brief tour of the expansive facility then had some time to mingle over the catered fare. After a brief intro by Robert Cromeans himself, we were each paired up with a stylist and the magic began!
The Wash House experience was...wow. I don't know how else to describe it! Let's just say there's good reason they call it "Sex in the Sinky"! Not only is your hair shampooed in a softly lit relaxation-type room, but you are treated to a generous scalp, neck and shoulder massage as part of the standard process. Ahh-mazing! After our love affair in the Wash House, we were each led to our stylists chair where they took note of our hair type and decided what products we would get to experience. We all had a blast getting to know our stylists and watching each other's transformation with Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde and Truth About Curls products. Once we were all finished, it was time for photos and more mingling. There were some great curls and shiny blonde manes that just begged to be captured in pictures! Robert was a great host as was the salon manager Sue and the rest of the team! We had an amazing time!
Me with Robert Cromeans and his stylist team
I love being a Glambassador for Glamour Magazine!!
Let's get this party started!
Mary Cuomo working her magic on me
Me and my fabulous friends getting all dolled up!
Thank you Mary and Robert!
Robert and some of the finished products by his stylist team
Me and Robert at the end of the night. Thanks again! Can't wait to come back!
I just confirmed I'll be teaming up with Glamour and Paul Mitchell to host an exclusive salon event and can't wait to try out the new Curls and Forever Blonde collections from Paul Mitchell! I'll post pictures and a recap after the event this coming Tuesday!!
Just got an e-mail that I was selected as a City CEO for Crowdflair, yay! Not 100% sure what all it entails yet, but here's a sneak peak from my e-mail today:
"As City CEO Ambassador, you will help shape Crowdflair like nobody's business! We already have some exciting partnerships that are going to yield some awesome rewards like all-expense paid trips to popular brand headquarters, special clothing & product samples and cash prizes. Some brands have even agreed to hiring our best influencers on Crowdflair.
As a Crowdflair City CEO, you will:
1. Receive an exclusive City CEO t-shirt influenced and voted on by you! 2. Receive special rewards from select brands. 3. Be chosen to host select brand parties in which they provide you with exclusive free samples to share. 4. Build your own brand ambassador team as the official Crowdflair City CEO & receive extra points for every member you bring in under your team. 5. Receive extra equity from select startups."
So...who wants to be on my brand ambassador team for San Diego?? I'm gonna start building an interest list and once I know more details I'll let you all know =) If you were selected as a City CEO for your city, let's get in touch and exchange notes!
Well, I couldn't resist jumping on the Birchbox bandwagon, and I'm so glad I did! What a fun box this month! I'm hooked already =)
In this month's box I received: Traditions by Nick Chavez Yucca Shampooing Cream (Retail $20.00 for 200mL) A traditional Native American hair remedy, yucca root boosts shine levels and fortifies each follicle, preventing excess hair loss. Wild yam encourages healthy hair growth, while the mildest dose of peppermint oil will leave your scalp tingly and refreshed. I adore the scent of this stuff!!
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10.00 for 100 pack) The speckled sheets are made with linen fibers from the abaca tree plant, which is native to the Philippines. Infused with green tea, which is rich in natural antioxidants, the sheets instantly absorb oily shine (and you can see the trace evidence with your own eyes). I love Boscia products, and these are no exception!
Grandma Stelle's Hand Wash (Retail $20.00 for 400mL) It’s made with botanical extracts, including verbena and thyme, which will leave your hands softer than they’ve felt in years. It smells great too!
Color Club Neon Nail Polish in Lava Lamp (Retail $8.00 for 0.5 oz) They come in seven neon shades that channel the decade’s exuberant vibe: think mod girls, painted buses, and the advent of color TV. The Lava Lamp color isn't something I'd normally buy, it's a bright fluorescent orange...but it looks cute on the toes for spring!
stila Smoky Eye Shadow sample trio (Retail $45.00 for 3 colors) These long-lasting shadows are made of finely pressed pigments that go on super smoothly. The formula is designed to be applied dry or wet, so you get double the use out of every compact. I love the color combination, it makes for a perfect smoky eye!!
Kusmi Tea Paris - I Love My Detox Tea (Retail $21.95 for 24 tea bags) Sourced from China, the premium green tea in this blend is full of antioxidants that boost your immunity. Maté, an Amazonian plant renowned for its medicinal powers, flushes out the impurities in your system, while lemongrass aides your digestive system.
In the third month of the Cravebox Beta, I received several items I'm looking forward to trying!
I'm most excited about the AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Foam and Hydration Delivery System! I have yet to try this brand of skincare but have been hearing rave reviews about it, so I'll keep you all posted on what I think.
The second product that caught my eye were the 2 ThinkThin nutrition bars, they look so yummy and I can't wait to taste them! I'm a big bar fanatic, so I was glad to see these in the box!
Also in the box was a bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser...I'm a little skeptical as to whether this can really replace ironing, but as someone who despises ironing, I'll definitely give it a try!
The 4th product in the box was a few packets of EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster. Sounds similar to the Emergen-C from last months box (and that I've long been a fan of), so I'm definitely willing to give it a try and see how the flavor holds up. I did notice it has caffeine in it and will need to check on the other ingredients to make sure it's safe to take while preggo. If not I'll just have to wait until July to try it!
Lastly, we received SIX different colors of Bic Mark-It permananent markers. My first thoughts were "cute colors, but I need to find a good hiding place for these before my 4-year old gets his hands on them!". They seem to be similar to Sharpies, but in much more pleasant colors. Writing notes was mentioned as a way to use these, but they still seem a little thick for a note. Not exactly sure how I'll use them but I'm sure one day I'll have some need for them. In the meantime, they'll be well hidden!
Looking forward to seeing what March has in store for us Craveboxers! =)