Saturday, November 30, 2013

- - Julep | Charming, Daring and Timeless - -

Happy Saturday, everyone! We did it - we made it to the weekend! For those of you (like me) who don't really get a weekend, I hope you're able to find some time today or tomorrow to have a nice cup of tea/coffee and just relax.

Today I wanted to show you quick swatches of three of Julep's lip glosses: Charming, Daring, and Timeless. I'm fairly new to swatching lip glosses, so please be kind :)

Two swipes were used for the swatches above.

For a full review, please click "Read more"...

Friday, November 29, 2013

- - Black Friday Deals - -

Hello again!

I hope everyone who was celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday had a lovely day. Here in Canada we had Thanksgiving in October, but we still have an opportunity to shop some amazing Black Friday deals. It's interesting - I can't remember Black Friday being such a big deal last year. Just to show you what a big deal it is in Canada this year - - I'm not sure about other malls, but at least the one that I work at has opened up at 7am today (regular opening is at 10am). You can definitely tell that people are serious about making the most of the Black Friday deals. I wonder if it's been a "Boxing Day" busy kind of day though...

Click "read more" to read up on a few deals that caught my eye...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

- - Julep | Glitterati Collection (Maven December 2013) - -

Hi everyone!

It's been a busy few days for me, but I finally got a chance to sit down peacefully with my cup of tea and write. This time around I wanted to share with you Julep's December collection: Glitterati. The window for the selection of the December Maven boxes has unfortunately already passed (Nov. 21st - 24th), but next month I'll make sure to share the upcoming collection while there is still time to get it.

Click to read further...

Friday, November 22, 2013

- - Julep | Diamond Mystery Box Review - -

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Thursday!

I've finally gotten through all of my essays for the fall term and now there are only mid-term exams left. It's been a pretty busy week for me, but I'm pretty happy to finally take a break and talk to you about Julep's Diamond Mystery Box. It seems like a lot of people were pretty excited for the unboxing. I typically try not to ruin surprises, but I know I was checking through google to see if anyone had posted anything about it. There are several blogs and videos that have been showcasing the unboxing by now. In any case, this is my addition :)

Click "Read more" and let's get started!

Monday, November 18, 2013

- - Beauty Box 5 | November 2013 Review - -

 Happy Monday everyone!

A few weeks ago I decided to give Beauty Box 5 a try. What appealed to me about Beauty Box 5 was that: 

A) There was no waitlist (unlike Topbox & Ipsy -- I got off the waitlist of Ipsy last week!),  and 
B) It's fairly cheap.

Basic Info
Frequency: monthly
Subscription Plans: Pay monthly = $12; 3-months = $10/month; Annual = $8.25/month
Products: 4-5 beauty products

I signed up for Beauty Box 5 before I was familiar with other subscription boxes such as Saffron Rouge & Luxe Box. However, I received Beauty Box 5 AFTER both of those boxes. As always, it's really exciting to receive a package with a few misterious goodies, but I honestly can't say that I was blown away by the products.

Click "Read more" for a full in-depth review...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

- - Saffron Rouge Inner Circle | November 2013 Review - -

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely & relaxing weekend.
A few days ago I received my very first Saffron Rouge Inner Circle box.

("Saffron Rouge" - that name just rolls off the tongue beautifully!)

Ever since I became interested in subscription boxes I've been reading up about various ones to see if they ship to Canada or not. After reading several reviews of Saffron Rouge's Inner Circle, I finally decided to take a plunge and sign up. Honestly, I'm pretty happy that I decided to do so. Saffron Rouge is an online eco-friendly & organic retailer that - from what I can tell - has only recently started up a monthly subscription box.

I haven't found any other reviews about the November box yet, so I'm not sure if anyone else has experienced this...but I was totally blown away by the products for this month! Next to Luxe Box, this may just be my favourite subscription.

Read further for a more in-depth review...

Friday, November 15, 2013

- - Julep | Diamond Mystery Box - -

Hi everyone!

I'm staying up pretty late tonight because of an essay that I need to finish before I go to sleep, but I wanted to take a moment to say hello and to briefly tell you guys about Julep's Diamond Mystery Box.

For $24.99 you can purchase the mystery box that contains $120 worth of products inside. The contents of this box are, of course, a mystery. I've been doing some research and apparently this mystery box actually has a really good value -- I believe the last mystery box that had $120 worth of items cost around $39.99.

Keep in mind: it may seem like you're getting an amazing deal -- which, don't get me wrong, you definitely will no matter what the contents of the box are -- but keep in mind that $120 reflects the retail price that Julep assigns to its products.

One, or rather, two things for sure -- the diamond glitter top coats, Geo & Antonia, will be included in this box. So basically that's $28 ($14 x 2) worth of products right there. When I first saw these polishes I didn't really know how much use I could get out of them since I haven't really used glitter nail polish in a really long time. But now that the two swatches (above) have come out, I actually don't think I mind them all that much. I've been loving the diamond-print that Julep has decorate their holiday sets with, so I'm actually a bit excited to see that diamond glitter in person.

In any case, I always love a mystery so I ordered this box and am now impatiently waiting for it. :) This box is available for a limited time, so if you're thinking of getting it definitely do so soon. If you're not really sure about this box then you can always try picking up a mystery add-on with your purchase. I believe the add-on is available for $9.99 just before checkout.

Alrighty, back to my essay! Hopefully I get it done tonight before I become completely exhausted.

Thank you for reading & I hope you all have a lovely day~ 

P.S: one lucky lady will "find a pair of sparkly diamond earrings in her box." (Julep) 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

- - Julep | Alexandra & Cynthia - -

Hi everyone!

Ever since my Julep subscription I seem to have developed a habit of doing my nails at night. This, on the one hand, is great because I've finally attained a steady flow of creativity. On the other hand, doing your nails at night is pretty bad because, depending on how much nail polish you layer on, you may wake up the next morning with a completely ruined manicure.

In any case, this time I decided to experiment a bit further with Alexandra & Cynthia - two of the nail polishes from Julep's "Right At Home" collection (November 2013). After trying my best to sleep all night with both my hands off of my bed, I'm happy to announce that my manicure has survived long enough for me to tell the tale!

Friday, November 08, 2013

- - Julep | A Closer Look At Cynthia - -

'Classic With a Twist' nail colour - Cynthia.

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!

My fascination with the Julep nail colour, Cynthia, continues :) In my review of Julep's November Boho Glam collection I didn't really focus very much on Cynthia, but I figured that the nail polish was beautiful enough to have a post devoted solely to it.

The Julep photos don't really do this nail colour much justice... 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

- - What's Going On & Where - -

As the holidays approach, lots of stores are gearing up for holiday shoppers.

This is just a quick summary of what's going on right now at Julep, Ann Taylor, and Club Monaco...

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

- - Julep | November 2013 Maven Box Review - -

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Hi everyone!

I've been a little bit weakened by a cold, but hopefully I'll be able to get through this Julep review with as few mistakes as possible.

The theme of the November box was "Right at Home".

I continue to be impressed with the quick shipping and the standards of this company.

On October 20th, I received a notification from Julep that their November collection was ready to be reviewed. I had until the 24th to either switch boxes, skip the month, or gift the box to a friend. I chose to switch boxes....

Sunday, November 03, 2013

- - Club Monaco | November 2013 Collection - -

I just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone :)

These days I'm running back and forth between my two jobs with only a few hours in between for rest. So it's definitely been a hectic last few days. On top of everything, the weather has been kind of rainy and gloomy lately. In any case, I hope you are all healthy and doing well!

I wanted to talk about the November Collection that Club Monaco has recently released...