December 30, 2011

Sparkling New Years Eve Nails

The new year is fast approaching and I can't wait to celebrate its arrival. I've painted my nails for the occasion with OPI's Glitzerland.

Here's how it looks on my nails (3 coats):

Normally I don't wear glitter polishes because I don't like their grainy texture. I wind up picking at them and totally ruining the look. However, this polish doesn't contain chunky glitter; it's more of a shimmery gold polish that dries with a smooth texture. Love it!

What are you wearing on your nails for NYE?

December 28, 2011

Review: Coach Poppy Flower Eau de Parfum

One of the best gifts to receive for any occasion is fragrance. It could be a lotion from Bath & Body Works or a perfume from the department store, I just enjoy getting products that make me smell good. This Christmas I was given the Coach Poppy Flower Eau de Parfum. First of all, the bottle is gorgeous. It's very girly and classic looking. Secondly, the scent is perfectly balanced between floral and fruity. It's fresh and light and a great everyday scent.

Read the full description of the scent here:
Coach Poppy Flower

If you're a fragrance lover like me make sure to check this one out! It's one of my new favorites and since I'm a big fan of the Coach brand it's even more perfect!

Let me know if you try it!

December 26, 2011

Christmas Recap

What a busy holiday weekend! It started off with going to Mark's parent's house on saturday to spend time with his family. We ate a big meal, watched football, and exchanged gifts.  We had a lot of laughs as usual.
Then on sunday morning Mark and I had our own little Christmas celebration together and gave each other our gifts. Shortly after, we got ready to go to my parent's house to celebrate with them. Lots of food, presents, and laughs once again. Both days were long especially with all the driving we had to do! We had a great time though.

Today I tried to get everything organized and presents put away. We spent a couple hours taking down the tree and packing away our decorations. It always feels so empty right after we take the tree down. There's so much space now! I still have more stuff to put away but it feels good to have a big chunk of it done.

I'm really excited for a couple of gifts I was given (obviously I loved everything I got but these are pretty relevant to my blog).....

Mark got me a brand new Canon EOS Rebel T3. I can't wait to start playing with it.

Isn't it beautiful??

My parents got me a new laptop. My old one was not working very well and doing anything on it was a complete pain. Getting a new computer is always fun!

Did you receive any cool gifts?
Hope you enjoyed your holidays!

December 22, 2011

December Birchbox: Amika, Jouer, Inoco

My December Birchbox finally arrived! This is my second box and I'm not as thrilled with it as I was with my first one. Here's why....
First of all, it came later than the last one, which I can understand since it's the holiday season, but I hope it doesn't come this late from now on. I read that there were some issues this month that affected people getting their box on time but I wasn't notified about any problems. Another thing I wasn't crazy about was that one of the products (hair oil) had leaked all over everything else.  At least it smells really good.
One final thing was that I wasn't crazy about receiving an energy booster. I would've liked another beauty product instead.

Here are the contents of my box:

What's in my December Birchbox

1. Inoco Nail Polish Applique
16 strips $7.99 - $10.99
These are nail strips made with real nail polish and contain a base coat and top coat. They come in a variety of colors and designs. Mine are silver and glittery. I like this idea, I just wish I was given a different color.

2. AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion
Full size - 8.5 oz. $24
This body lotion smells light and fresh and the sample size is pretty generous at 1.3 fl oz. I'll be able to use it for awhile.

3. Showstoppers Designer Fashion Tape
24 strips $9.99
These are strips of double-sided tape that you use to make sure parts of your outfit stay in place. I'm not sure that I'll actually need this but I like having these kinds of things on hand.

4. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss 
Full size - 0.21 oz. $20
This came as a mini lip gloss sample in a shade made for Birchbox. It looks bright pink but when I tried it on I was able to apply a thin coat so that it looked more natural. It doesn't feel too sticky either.

5. amika Obliphica Hair Treatment
Full size - 3.38 fl oz. $34
I'm very excited to use this hair oil. It's for anti-frizz, shine & nourishment and can be used on damp or dry hair. So far I like it.

6. EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster
20 packets $28
I definitely was not excited to receive this. It's just not something I'm interested in trying but Mark said he would try it so I'll have to see what he thinks.

Obviously I'm not in love with everything I got this month but that's just the nature of these subsricption services. The point is to try new products to see if you like them. I still like Birchbox a lot and will continue my subsription.

Have you subscribed to any of the beauty sample subscription services? Are there any you want to try?

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More of my Birchbox reviews can be found here.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. A referral link was used.

December 7, 2011

Sephora Haul

I placed an order on Sephora's website for some everyday makeup items I needed. Since my birthday was last month I was also able to get my birthday present for being a beauty insider (Sephora's rewards program) and I also got a really great deal for black friday/cyber monday! Read on to see what I got...
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