~ Julep: May Mystery Box ~

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Mystery Box

While I’ve been a Julep Maven for over a year – I have never once purchased a Mystery Box or Mystery Polish!  The closest I get to being surprised is the free item they send when you do 3 add-ons to your Maven Box!!

But when I saw the May Mystery Box – I couldn’t help myself, and I pulled the trigger!  Mostly because of the bag it came in!  It’s a collaboration between Julep and BRIKA – an online shopping site that celebrates craft, storytelling and the belief that our lives are as beautiful as we wish to make them.  I had never heard of BRIKA before – but once I checked out their website, I was hooked!  

The bag is designed by Avril Loreti and is the most perfect spring/summer bag!  A great pop of colors that will look great with jeans and a white t-shirt – or a little white dress!...

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~ Makeup Monday: J Crew Lipstick ~

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It’s no secret to those who know me – I’m a complete J Crew addict!  The clothes, the shoes, the jewelry, the fun accessories.  Lately J Crew has been adding more beauty items too – and the newest is just the thing for us J Crew-aholics!  

As any J Crew fan knows – the models always have the most vibrantly painted pouts!   And that is courtesy of the company’s longtime makeup artist Troi Ollivierre, who has been mixing different shades to create perfect colors and textures for years. Now, thanks to his new line of lipsticks, Troi’s colors are finally available outside of the Style Guide.  And yes – the signature orangey-red color is one of them – it’s called George!

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~ Skincare Sunday: E.L.F. ~

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Skincare Sunday

This Skincare Sunday is also a Beauty Bargain – with elf’s skincare line!  It’s super important to have a good routine when it comes to taking care of our skin.  One thing I’ve found that limits some people is how expensive skincare products can be!  Which is why elf’s new skincare products are perfect!  They will keep your skin looking fresh – without breaking the bank!

There are four products – designed to be used together (or mixed in with some of your other favorites).  You can purchase the set for $42 or scoop them up individually!  Let’s check them out!

soothing serum

This silky serum is infused with skin nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, and Vitamin E to sooth and protect the delicate skin area. It’s also rich in antioxidants including Shea Butter and Grape...

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~ On My Radar: Chicago Cubs ~

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I’m heading to the Cubs vs. Diamondbacks game tomorrow here in Phoenix.  I’m a baseball fan (though the Boston Red Sox have my heart) – but dad is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.  I’m lucky that I have a friend who works for the Diamondbacks – and she was able to hook me up with some pretty great tickets so I can spend a day at the ballpark with my dad!

However, I quickly realized that I do not own any Chicago Cubs gear!  In fact, the last time I went to a game I was the only one in my family not sporting a Cubs shirt!  So I figured I better get on it right away!  Below are some fun options I found to show some team spirit!!  

xoxo – T

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~ Julep: Luxe Up Your Lips ~

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Part of the June launch from Julep is new shades in the Luxe Lip Collection!  These four new colors give you more coverage than the original four launched back in January.  Those shades were labeled sheer – and basically just gave a touch of tint to your lips!  Now Julep is offering color options that give you a bit more of dramatic lip – all while staying true to the Luxe Lip brand!  All shades do the following:

  • Cooling Zamac tip soothes lips and boosts microcirculation
  • Omega-rich pumpkin seed oil boosts lipids & helps retain elasticity
  • Healing oil blend enhances definition & locks in hydration
  • Vitamin E unleashes protective antioxidants to prevent collagen loss

Depending on which Maven box you choose – you may be receiving one in your June box!  Even better – you get to choose the ...

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~ Currently Craving: Polka Dots ~

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Currently Craving

Polka dots are always one of my favorite things – whether on clothing, shoes, phone covers or cosmetic cases!  You just can’t help but smile when you see polka dots!  And while I usually choose polka dot tops – I’m loving all the dresses and skirts I’m seeing lately!  Black and white is typically my color combo of choice – but I think I’ll branch out this summer and try something bold!  What about you?  Are you a polka dot person??

xoxo – T

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~ Julep Maven Box: June Preview ~

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The Deep End

The Maven window is open – and we have the Deep End Collection!  It’s all about summer, with bright colors and new jelly polishes – plus lots of shimmer!  Along with 4 new shades in the Luxe Lip (plus a whole new formula).   And a new color in the Gel Eye Gliders!   So grab your bathing suit, sunnies and flip flops – and jump right into the deep end!

There are 3 special boxes available this month, along with a Mystery Box (for those of us who just can’t make a decision).  The Mystery Box will come with 3 items from the Deep End Collection.  Take a look at the special boxes…

jelly

Gel Eye Glider – Radiant Amethyst
Tiffany ~ Pink Radish Jelly (Bombshell)
Lori ~ Pressed Marionberry Jelly (CWAT)

fourth of july

Fireworks ~ Red, White and Blue Multidimensional Glitter Top Coat (CWAT)
Shawn ~ Bright Poppy...

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~ Birchbox Review: Cupcakes and Cashmere ~

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I feel like this month I received my email late when getting to choose a special sample or the special box.  By the time I logged in to my Birchbox account – all samples and the Beauty Solutions box were sold out.  So I ended up with the Cupcakes and Cashmere box by default.  

For those of you who are unaware – Birchbox is a monthly subscription beauty box that samples skincare, makeup and haircare – all for $10!  The product lines are typically high end, and it is a great way to try out products you normally wouldn’t spend the money on.  If something catches your eye – then you can order directly from Birchbox full sizes of them with free shipping!  

After being so happy these past few months with my box – I was kind of let down with the Cupcakes and Cashmere box...

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~ Makeup Monday: Stila Aqua Glow Blush ~

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Stila’s Aqua Glow Blush is perfect for summer!  This weightless, water-based blush, has a unique netted pot delivery system – and it provides a sheer splash of color to cheeks while leaving you with a luminous finish!  Meaning you have a healthy looking, fresh faced glow!  

The water-based gel formula has an immediate cooling and hydrating sensation when it hits your cheeks – and while the pigments are sheer, they are buildable – allowing a truly customizable application!  It’s long wear, non-transfer and waterproof!  Plus the mesh touch color dispenser gives you the perfect amount of product every time!  It also works great with Stila’s #33 One Step Complexion Brush!

There are 5 shades to choose from, and each retails for $26!  Take a look at the colors below!

Water Blossom

Lotus

Water Poppy

Rosewater

Water Lily


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~ Skincare Sunday: Moisturizing Moon Mask ~

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Skincare Sunday

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I ordered both of Glossier’s masks – The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack and the Moisturizing Moon Mask.  While I love how clean my skin felt after the detoxifying mask – I was really looking forward to the Moisturizing Moon Mask.  I always feel like my skin is dry – so anything that will amp up the moisture is fine by me!  I’ve used the mask by itself and after the Mega Greens, and I have to say it is amazing on its own and as a follow up!  It really is the most intensely hydrating treatment I’ve done to my skin in quite sometime!  And the fact that it is only $22 – well that is a great deal for how amazing my skin felt (and looked) after using it!

moisture mask

KEY INGREDIENTS:

Oxygenating Agent ~ Supplies stressed skin cells with oxygen, improving texture and leavin...

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