~ Secret Store Review ~

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It’s been awhile since I’ve ordered anything through the Julep Secret Store.  For those who don’t know - The Secret Store is a monthly online pop-up shop where Mavens can score insane deals (up to 65% off!) on best sellers, cult faves, and goodies from recent collections.  The store typically opens a few days after the Maven boxes start shipping (usually on the 1st) – but Julep always sends an email out to remind you.  If you purchases a Maven box for the month – then you get VIP access to the Secret Store.

VIP Mavens get first dibs on everything, including some verrrrry tempting, VIP-exclusive sets. Once the VIP window closes, the Secret Store opens to all Mavens.

So – this past month I ended up making a Secret Store purchase!


I’ve been wanting to try the Party’s Over Glitter Nail Po...

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~ Currently Craving: Bubble Bath ~

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Currently Craving

I can’t tell you the last time I took a bubble bath.  Probably because the tub at my condo isn’t a big, soaking tub!  But when I did have one of those luxurious and relaxing tubs – I probably took a bubble bath once a week!  Nothing better than pouring in some deliciously scented bath oil and relaxing with a good book.  Whether I just want to relax and unwind after a long day – or I need the jets going to soothe sore muscles – there’s a bubble bath for every mood!  

Bath Oil – Bubble Bath – Bath Salts – Bath Bombs, take your pick!  Share your favorites in the comments!

xoxo – T


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~ Beauty Protector ~

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Here’s another product that I received in my October Birchbox (sorry, I’m not doing a full review – just little ones of the products I loved).  

I had never heard of Beauty Protector (and still haven’t been able to find it anywhere but Birchbox).  I’m guessing it’s an exclusive to them.  A savvy hair stylist realized that most women were dealing with heat damage yet didn’t have the time for regular deep conditioning treatments at the salon. With this in mind, he launched Beauty Protector, a niche brand dedicated to preventing and healing the negative consequences of overstyling.

I received the Protect & Detangle.  The list of features is pretty impressive.  This one little bottle claims:

  • Instant Detangler
  • Thermal Protector
  • UV Protector
  • Seals Cuticle
  • Smoothes Hair
  • Locks In Color
  • Add...
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~ Julep Maven Box: November Preview ~

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Yesterday was the opening of the Maven window for November and The Friendsgiving Collection!  

“Everyone gather ’round for a color combo seriously worth celebrating. We’re talking rich crèmes and elegant shimmers, metallic finishes meant for a special occasion, and all sorts of shades to make you feel the warm ‘n’ fuzzies.”

According to Julep, jet-black mascara is the LBD of the beauty world—dress it up, dress it down, look forever sexy—and they have two styles for us this month!


Length Matters uses a finely tapered, micro-bristle brush to layer on more and more mascara for a softly curled, wide-eyed effect that keeps on going and going…and going…!

Go Big is all about bombshell body: its micro-cylinder brush is tapered to reach every last little lash with a luscious, ...

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~ Makeup Monday: Vice ~

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I love Urban Decay’s eye shadows – and not just the colors in the multiple Naked palettes I own!

Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.  Whenever I wear my Urban Decay shadows – my eye shadow lasts all day and the color is just as vibrant at 5pm as it was at 8am!


I pretty much stick to neutral shadow palettes – but when I saw Vice3 I was intrigued.  20 new shades?  All have a metallic finish and are arranged in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smokey shades on the right.  And then pair up the colors vertically for color-coordinated quads.  Or – go wild and mix them up!



  • Truth (Pale Pink-Nude Matte)
  • Undone (Pink-Beige Matte Satin with subtle floating...
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~ Skincare Sunday: Pores No More ~

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Skincare Sunday

If I could change anything about my face – it would be the size of my pores.  I’m lucky that I rarely break out – but I sometimes feel like no matter how much I exfoliate, I can’t get the dirt out of my pores.  I see blackheads constantly.

I received the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner in my October Birchbox.  The name alone was intriguing.  It’s a gentle exfoliating mask that helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools.  At the same time absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.


So after cleansing you apply a thin layer to the problem areas (for me its the sides of my nose and chin)...

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~On My Radar: Space.NK.apothecary ~

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I need another beauty website to browse as much as I need another nude lip stick!  However I just can’t so no to either of them!  I recently discovered Space.NK.apothecary and now I’m hooked.

 This unique brand has an extensive online presence, as well as 62 stores in the UK and Ireland, and 22 in the USA.  Founded by Nicky Kinnaird, it started out as a concept store in London’s bustling Covent Garden shopping district. A ground-breaking boutique – which boasted one of London’s original juice bars – it was among the first of its kind, selling beautifully crafted designer clothing and accessories alongside a considered range of wellness and beauty products. ‘For me, beauty is a natural extension of fashion,’ explains Nicky...

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~ The Honest Company ~

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The Honest Company was started by Jessica Alba as a subscription service that delivers the most crucial family necessities directly to your door.  There is the Diapers & Wipes Bundle, Essentials Bundle and Health & Wellness Bundle.  All products are safe and non-toxic, free of harsh chemicals

While the original goal of the Honest Company was to make life easier for parents – there is much more to them than just diapers and wipes!  The bath and body products are great for the whole family, the vitamins & supplements can be taken by all ages and the cleaning products ensure that your home is spic & span without harmful chemicals!

I recently received the Essentials Starter Kit – and really enjoyed testing out the products!


Shampoo and Body Wash

honest-shampoo-zoomA delightfully tear-free, plant-based clean...

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~ Currently Craving: Golden Goddess ~

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I know, I’ve been going on and on about how happy I am for fall (even though the temps are still summer here in Arizona) – and now I’m currently craving the Golden Goddess look from Charlotte Tilbury!  This wasn’t one of the original looks that I was drawn too – must have been that fall state of mind I was in!  But now – I’m thinking back to the warm, sun-filled days of summer – and I want that Golden Goddess Glow!  

You can find Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-porter!  Collectively the Golden Goddess kit is $225, but the individual items retail between $20 – $52 each.  Am I crazy for wanting to rock this look?  Should I be focusing on fall?  Give me  your thoughts below!

xoxo – T

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~ Beauty Bargains: LASH BASH ~

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I’m so excited to announce that Beauty Brands Lash Bash has begun!  This annual event is my favorite of the year!  Mascara for only $10.99!  A total Beauty Bargain!  

This is where I discovered Per-fekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel.  This mascara normally retails for $28.50 – so at $10.99 it is a complete steal!  I plan on stocking up this year!!  

There are a variety of mascaras from different brands to choose from.  Including the following:

  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Tarte
  • Per-fekt Beauty
  • Too Faced
  • Stila
  • Laura Geller Beauty
  • Glominerals
  • butter London
  • DuWop
  • Eyeko

A few of my personal favorites:

smashbox_fullexposuremascara_900x900Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara ($19.50  $10.99)

I discovered this when I purchased the Full Exposure Eye Palette.  It is a close second in my favorite mascaras...

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