Monday, March 31, 2014

- - Monthly Manicures | March 2014 - -

Hey everyone!

I've been keeping a low profile in the past couple of days, but I'm slowly coming out of hiding. I've got quite a few reviews in the works right now, so definitely keep your eyes out for those in the coming days. 

ALSO! I've recently went through all of my posts and I've placed various box reviews (The Box Archives), Monthly Manicures and Monthly Empties, in their own separate pages. You can find the links to those pages right below the blog name.

For now, I wanted to share with you the manicures that I got to try out in March. Compared to February, I didn't get to try too many designs/polishes - although I have branched out from strictly Julep manicures. I've actually been in the process of rehabilitating my nails lately because they seem to suffer from peeling. Any suggestions on how I can stop my nails from peeling?

Read more about each mani after the jump...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

- - Luxe Box | Spring 2014 Review | Prada Luna Rossa Upgrade - -

Hey everyone,

Gosh, it has been soo long since my last Luxe Box! Three months feels like forever to wait for a box; however, I pulled through and here it is at last! I have a special place in my heart for Luxe Box because while Julep was my first subscription box, Luxe Box was the very first sampling service I signed up for. Three boxes later, I am still happy with the products I receive. 

For my spring box I selected the Prada Luna Rossa Upgrade, which added a complimentary deluxe sized sample (9mL) of Prada's Luna Rossa cologne to the regular 7-8 samples in my box.

Just a warning - this is going to be a pretty long and picture-heavy post. Hopefully you find it helpful though.

Let's look at the products after the jump...

Monday, March 24, 2014

- - Chapters | 3 for $10 Classics - -

Hey everyone,

I've been pretty busy since my last post - with work, with school - and to add onto everything, I found out last night about the untimely passing of my grandmother (father's side). So yeah...just a roller coaster of emotions lately.

Anyways, to keep myself distracted I've been working on a review of the Spring 2014 Luxe Box, which I'm hoping will be published shortly. I'm also hoping that will update my product dashboard soon because that would significantly speed up the process. (Oh! And I also received my Lucky Mystery Box(es) 15 minutes ago. Thanks, Julep!)

However, today, I want to tell you about an awesome online offer that has returned to Chapters, our beloved Canadian bookstore. Read about the offer after the jump...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

- - Topbox | March 2014 Review - -

I hope you all had a lovely Wednesday. :)

I received my Topbox package on the same day as Beauty Box 5. Just as with last month, I went with a regular Topbox for March. I had mentioned at the end of my February review that I was debating whether or not to stay with this subscription. I still go back and forth a lot but I think I've made my final decision. I'll let you know what it is at the end of this review.

For now, let's take a look at this month's products...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

- - Beauty Box 5 | March 2014 Review - -

Happy Wednesday!

After seeing numerous reviews about this month's Beauty Box 5 products, I finally received my own box a couple days ago! Many of the boxes that I had seen reviewed online had a lot of the same products, so I figured that there would probably not be any surprises for me. It turns out that there were surprises in this month's box - both good and bad surprises.

Read further to check out what happened...

Monday, March 17, 2014

- - Saffron Rouge Inner Circle | March 2014 Review - -

Hi friends!

Yay - the latest Inner Circle package arrived last week! As I keep saying time and time again, this is my favourite subscription and I wait for its arrival at my doorstep anxiously every month. The shipping was stellar this month - I got the shipping notification on the 12th and I received my package the very next day.

Read further for a closer look at this month's Inner Circle package...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

- - Ipsy | "Destination Beauty" | March 2014 Glam Bag Review - -

Hey everyone!

Today I'm back with the Ipsy Glam Bag for March. This time around the theme was "Destination Beauty," which brings warm weather and vacations to mind. There were only 4 products in this month's bag, which I didn't mind too much.

Let's take a look at those products...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

- - Julep | The Riviera Collection | Classic With a Twist | March 2014 Maven Review - -

Hi friends!

It's amazing how quickly the months are passing by, isn't it? We're almost in the middle of March and spring is just around the corner (hopefully). To remind us that warmer days are coming, Julep titled their March selection of polishes and products as "The Riviera Collection", which includes a lot of bright spring colours: reds, oranges, and a yellow.

Compared to last month's polishes, which I would say were, indeed, dramatic, The Riviera Collection left me feeling a bit underwhelmed (my favourite new word to use since I started blogging). I feel like a lot of the colours were repeats or, at the very least, very similar to polishes that Julep already had. Imagine coming out with about 10 polishes every month - is it possible that you simply start running out of ideas?

Instead of skipping the month, I decided to go with the Classic With a Twist box because I was really drawn to the polish, Soraphine. I also chose Tania as an add-on. For a full review of this box, please read further...

Monday, March 10, 2014

- - Julep | Lucky Mystery Box - -

EDIT: I now have reviews up for: the Shannon box, the Taryn box, and the 100% Mystery box

Hi everyone!

Have you seen the new Mystery Boxes from Julep? With St. Patrick's day just around the corner (March 17th), Julep has released 4 variations of their Lucky Mystery Box. For $24.99 you can get a box that is valued at over $100 and includes a unique nail polish.

Keep in mind that you don't need to have a Julep subscription to purchase mystery boxes.

Judging by the recent changes to Julep's shipping policy (with DHL being made the standard shipping courier), chances are slim that you'll get this mystery box in time for St. Patrick's Day. I'm not sure if it has to do with not being born in North America, but I've never really cared too much for St. Patrick's Day, so it doesn't matter if I get this box in time for it or not. Maybe you're like me and just love mystery boxes for their, well...mystery?

Anyways, let's take a look at the 4 variations being offered this month...

Friday, March 07, 2014

- - Monthly Empties | February 2014 - -

Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a lovely Friday!

Unlike in January, I only finished a few products this month (it doesn't seem like it because I've added foil packets this time around!). Let's take a look, shall we?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

- - Loot Crate | "Warriors" | February 2014 Review - -

Happy Thursday!

I've got another Loot Crate to show you today! As I have now noticed, the theme of a given box is announced at the beginning of each month. This time around the theme was "Warriors" and Loot Crate let us know ahead of time that the February box would be containing a shirt. 

To go along with the theme, many of the contents were Bravest Warriors-related items. I'm just going to come out and say this right now - I am not really familiar with Bravest Warriors. I'm definitely going to have to check it out sometime, but at this point I feel like I didn't get as much out of this box as I would have if I were a fan.

Nonetheless, please join me in checking out this month's goodies...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

- - Julep | Cupid's Mystery Box | Makeup Lover Review - -

Happy Tuesday!

My Julep Cupid's Mystery Box arrived on February 25th - a mere 20 days after I placed my order and a mere 19 days after the order was shipped...yay! 

I'm being completely sarcastic - Julep's new shipping policy sucks. 

I've been reading what people have been saying and apparently the super fast shipping we all had before was actually a promo, which you now have to pay $5.99 for. The new standard shipping has unfortunately become DHL. I've actually only heard of DHL in passing before, but now I associate it strictly with pretty slow mail service. I used to get the mystery boxes while there were very few reviews online; now, I receive them well after everyone gets them. Grr. 

In any case, I was pretty happy to finally get my mystery box - even if I did already know its contents beforehand. Please read further for a closer look at the products inside...

Monday, March 03, 2014

- - Luxe Box | Prada Luna Rossa Upgrade - -

Hi friends!

I've been really busy these past couple of days, so I haven't been able to blog as much as I want to. This morning though, I received an email, which, after checking out, got me really excited about March and made me want to tell you guys about it. Now, one of my favourite things about March is the upcoming shipment of my Spring Luxe Box, which I have been patiently waiting two months for. To add to the excitement, the email I received from Luxe Box notified me of the Prada Luna Rossa upgrade that I could choose for my Spring Box. 

EDIT: You can find the review for this box right here. :)

Read further to check it out...