Monday, December 23, 2013

December Loot Crate Unboxing!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! I hope you're all snuggled at home and not out trying to navigate through any stores. Yikes!!

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that this will more than likely be my last post this week as I'm heading out of town on Thursday. I'm going to try to get my favorites for the year up next week so keep an eye out for that!

Anyway, onto the Loot Crate! This month's theme was Console Wars since both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 came out recently. 



All the goodies revolved around gamer stuff! I'm not the biggest gamer but I do enjoy playing video games. I've been into the Disney Infinity game lately but haven't had much time to play it. 



These are Grip-It Control Protectors. They're to put on the joysticks on the gaming controllers and help protect them. They also help your grip, hence the name! 



This is the Split Personality Wristband by Loot Crate Labs. For those days where you're not quite sure which side you're leaning, or maybe a little of both! This is one wristband that has Gamer on one side and Geek on the other. 



These are Energems by NRG Innovations. They are "hard-coated gems with real milk chocolate, a caffeine kick and B-vitamins" and I got the mint flavor. Perfect for those mornings when coffee just isn't enough! We also got a $1 off coupon for these. 



A candy cane. :)



This is a Legends Never Die magnet by Loot Crate Labs. I absolutely adore this! It's so cute. I loved my Nintendo 64 (still play Mario Cart at my boyfriend's house from time to time!), my Gameboy, Atari! God rest your little gamer souls!



This is a Bravest Wars Sticker made by Mike Vasquez from mikegoesgeek.com. 



This shirt is called Console Wars II and it's from Shirt Woot!. I think we can all see what's going on here! I love the creativity with this! So neat. I'm all in. We also got a $5 off coupon to Shirt Woot!'s website. 





I really like this one! This is the Tin-Tastic Creative Activity Set by Funko. I got the Raphael tin, two TMNT pencils, two erasers shaped like Donatello and Michelangelo, and a sheet of stickers. I'm all about it! In the little catalogue that comes with it they show Ironman, Rainbow Dash, Joker, Batman and Iron Patriot ones too. This is a neat set!
 
And that's it! Overall I really liked this one and its value was well over the $20 I paid for it. 

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas! I'll see you next week!

xoKatie

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December ipsy Unbagging

Hello!  Hope you're all having a wonderful day.  Please excuse my absence lately!  It's a little on the crazy side being almost Christmas and all (!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I've been running around and doing shopping and wrapping and crafting and everything.  I've been running a side business at work selling light-up tree snow globes so that's also been keeping me pretty busy!

Aaaanyway.  I got my ipsy bag on Friday!  Woohoo!  Let's look inside, shall we?


I love this bag!  It has that Chanel-type texture to it and it is super classy.  It's a great accessory if you're looking to get dressed up for a party and you want to keep it simple.


Who doesn't love a nice set of Ardell lashes?  This is one of my favorite brands of lashes and I love the looks of these.  I'm such a huge fan of false lashes on other people but it's going to take some work to get them on me.  Whenever I'm doing bridal makeup or makeup on friends I have no problem popping the lashes on them, but when it comes to getting them on me it's a NIGHTMARE.  But I will probably try to work them in on my New Years Eve makeup!


This is a pop beauty bright up your life eyeshadow palette in Smokin' Hot.  It's definitely a smokey eye palette!  The shadow on the left is a shimmery silver, the middle is a shimmery charcoal gray and the right is, of course, a shimmery black because what would a smokey eye palette be without a black shadow?



This is NYX's Lipstick in Iced Honey.  This is kind of a shimmery rose gold looking color.


This is a nail polish from Nicka K New York that doesn't seem to have a name, unless I'm totally blind, which is highly possible.  The only identifying thing I can see on the bottle is NY112.  It's like a greige (gray/beige) that has some purple in it maybe?



This is from Be A Bomshell and it is a One Stick in Girl Crush.  This is essentially an all-in-one stick that can be used as a cream blush, a cream eyeshadow or a lipstick.  This reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm but I'm sure it's not nearly as expensive.  I'm excited to give it a try!

I'll be back in a few weeks with a review of the products in this bag!

If I don't drop in before Christmas, I hope you have an amazing holiday! <3

xoKatie
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Birchbox Unboxing

LOOK WHAT ADORABLE GOLDEN PACKAGE WAS IN MY MAILBOX TODAY!!


My boss got her's at work yesterday so I knew to keep an eye out for the golden box.  I'm in love!  I love that their holiday boxes are always so festive.

It's even cute when you take it out of the fancy packaging!


And it doesn't end there!



I thought about using this box to put someone's present in but I think that I like it way too much to give away! ;)



Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy - Midnight Monarch Scent | Full Size, $14
WHAT:  A nourishing, quick-absorbing formula that restores skin without feeling greasy.
HOW:  Smooth onto hands whenever they feel dry.


Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser | Full Size, $16
WHAT:  This gentle scrub balances oil levels and brightens skin with ground apricot seeds.
HOW:  2-3 times a week, massage a dime-sized amount into damp skin and rinse.


Emily's Chocolates Milk Chocolate Fortune Cookies | Full Size, $5.99
WHAT:  A festive twist on the best part of Chinese takeout - with a creamy milk chocolate coating.
HOW:  Break apart for a playful glimpse at your future.  After that, you know what to do.


Number 4 Non Aerosol Hairspray | Full Size, $30
WHAT:  Earth-friendly, botanical-rich spray that gives you flexible hold (read:  no crunchiness).
HOW:  Spritz daily to keep final style in place, or apply during styling for texture.


Secret Agent Beauty Nourishing & Plumping Lip Gloss in Foreign Intelligence Flirt | Full Size, $18
WHAT:  Shimmery formula that plumps with sacha inchi oil, peppermint oil extract, and menthol.
HOW:  Wear it on its own, or layer over lipstick.  The slight tingling sensation means it's working.


We also got a Birchbox Digimate in order to celebrate the Birchbox App!  This little guy sticks to the back of your cell phone, but peels off whenever you need to use the front part to clean your screen.  Such a nifty and useful little extra.  It's already living on my phone case (I'm sure Batman doesn't mind the company).

And that's it!  I'll be back with some reviews throughout the next couple weeks!

xoKatie
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snow Day!

Hello from snowy New Jersey!  Even though we were only supposed to get "a dusting-one inch" we ended up getting quite a few inches.  Weather forecasters being wrong?  Color me surprised!  The roads were pretty bad so once I made it home from my boyfriend's house I decided to just stay in instead of braving the roads and heading back over.

I had ambitions of being incredibly productive but it didn't work out too well.  I discovered a few new YouTube ladies to follow and then got to some crafting, but overall, I did a lot of lounging with Macaroni.  I also got a whim to watch the Rent final performance, which was a nice cathartic cry.  I strongly associate Rent as a winter/Christmas kind of show, even though I'll watch it anytime, but something about the snow outside and the decorating made me want to watch.  I was productive for the first act and bawling my eyes out the second.  It's expected.

ANYWAY.  I was walking around my apartment taking pictures of the snow from the comfort of my couch and took some pictures of my Christmas decor as of right now so I thought I would share!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Unboxing: Influenster Violet Vox Box

 


Hello!  I received the Violet VoxBox from Influenster this week and wanted to share all the goodies I got!


Inspired by this season's dark, moody florals, the Violet VoxBox is for the beauty queens of Influenster Nation.  And, as surely as winter comes, we know that under layers of snow, spring violets still grow.  So go on, check in your box, test your new goodies and start sharing a little flower power with your friends, family, and followers this fall!

Goody Athletique Headbands ($6.00):
Goody Athletique provids hold and comfort so you can be physically active and strong in body and mind.

Sally Hansen New Triple Shine Nail Color ($4.99):
New Triple Shine Nail Color!  Daily defense from water and wear.  Get ready for the shiniest nails ever!  Water to workout, day in and day out, nothing will dull these nails.  Available in 30 shades.  (I got the shade Blow Bubbles 130)

SOYJOY ($0.99):
SOYJOY is an all-natural, gluten free snack bar made with non-GMO soybeans and real fruit pieces.  Between 130-140 calories, SOYJOY is a great on-the-go snack or it can be enjoyed warm (unwrap and microwave for 8-10 seconds for a "fresh-baked" experience!) with coffee or tea.

Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas ($2.49):
Join the Revolution and start a new weekly skincare regime with the Clay Spas from Montagne Jeunesse.  These natural bamboo fabric masks are infused with clay for a cleaning experience that is better, quicker and easier than ever before.  (I got the Pulped Pomegranate Red Earth Clay Spa mask)

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($5.99)
I know you're busy keeping up with that social life!  So don't waste precious time in the bathroom, just use Clean Freak.  Get that perfect hair (and the perfect guy!) before all the other girls.  Expect more room on your social calendar because this salon formula dry shampoo will have you and your hair ready for a night out on the town.

I'm really excited to test everything out and let you guys know how these products stack up!  Let me know if there's anything you're especially curious about!

xoKatie
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November Loot Crate

Happy Thanksgiving Eve and Happy Hanukkah!  Such a festive time of year, no?  That's why it's only fitting for this month's Loot Crate to be Celebrate!


Inside we have a breakdown of Loot Crate's top 10 favorite Doctor Who episodes, some information about this month's Mega Crate (which is an XBox One and a PS4) and information on all the products inside the box.


This is a Batman Tyvek Mighty Wallet by DC Comics and Dynomighty.  It's actually funny that I got this because a couple months ago a bunch of us at work got a Something Box and one of the guys got a Mighty Wallet but it was an American Flag and no one wanted it!  My boss ended up with it for her birthday I think.  I remember them saying how bad it smelled and it does smell kind of weird.  Don't know if I'll actually use this since I need a big wallet but I'm sure I can find someone who will.


This is a South Park Rechargeable Mobile Speaker by Comedy Central and Beatz Buddiez.  Obviously this is Kenny.  It's a nice, small compact that I could carry around with me in my purse.  Otherwise it looks like a nice little collectible that I can keep on a shelf when I'm not using it.


This is a Doctor Who balloon by Loot Crate Labs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.  I've been meaning to get into it but I just don't have time!  Now that shows are starting to go on winter break I might attempt to get into it but I also need to finish the second season of Once Upon A Time.  Thank God for Netflix, amiright?!


These are playing cards by Bicycle.  They had several different kinds that came in the box:  Robocycle, Stickman, Guardian, Gold Dragon and Red Dragon.  Obviously I got the Guardian ones.  You can never go wrong with playing cards!


This is a Doctor Who Police Box Wall Graphic by Loot Crate Labs.  This is removable so if you want to move it around you can.  Again, I'm sure I'll have more of an appreciation for it when I watch the show!


This is a BFAST Breakfast Shake from General Mills.  A little bit of a random product for this box but I'll take it!  It claims to give the same nutrition as a bowl of cereal and milk, and also has 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.  It also has 180 calories, which I think is less than most bowls of cereal I eat!  I haven't tried mine yet but I probably will within the next couple days.


And lastly, I got this First Person Shooter Glass from Loot Crate Labs.  It's a shot glass if you can't tell.  I don't drink but this will go with my small collection of shot glasses that I've collected.

And that's it!  I liked last month's much better but not every month can be a hit.  My favorite of everything would probably be the speaker!  They also said that this is a $40+ value so not too shabby!

Also, for the next couple days, Loot Crate is having random Flash Sales that center around a certain theme.  You can find them here.  Today's is Doctor Who.  I'm fairly certain that you don't have to be a subscriber in order to partake in the sales.

If you are interested in subscribing to Loot Crate click here to use my referral link! :)

xoKatie
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Monday, November 25, 2013

L'Oreal Consumer Panel Compensation

So I surprisingly received another package from the L'Oreal Consumer Panel in the mail today.  Woohoo!


I received travel sized Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as a Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in Coral Crush.  I already have the lipstick and love it, but I'm curious to try the shampoo and conditioner!

If you're interested in learning more about the L'Oreal Consumer Panel, you can get more information in this post!

xoKatie
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

ipsy Review: Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Champagne

Hello!  I'm here on this blistery cold Sunday afternoon to bring you my first product review from my November ipsy bag!


This is the Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Champagne.  I've received products from Nailtini in my bags before and I've enjoyed them so I wasn't expecting any less with this one.  It is a pale yet warm pink color - dare I say champagne - with some beautiful shimmer.


I really love this as I think it's a shade that can be worn all year.  It's a great color if you want something that is glamorous yet understated.  I lasted about 4 days on me before it started chipping, and then since I'm a peeler I started peeling it off.  I'm a terrible judge of endurance with nail polishes since I generally start to pick them off after three days :-\

Overall, I definitely love this polish.  It's going to be an easy go-to when I'm not sure what I want to do with my nails but know that I want something on them.  This also is going to be a nice color for my toes!

Are there any other colors that you're loving from Nailtini?

xoKatie
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

L'Oreal Consumer Panel Compensation

Good afternoon!

Quick little post because I just received some compensation from the L'Oreal Consumer Panel!  This is for completing five informational surveys.


I received a Maybelline Super Stay 24 in 100 Very Cranberry and Kiehl's Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream.

I feel like I've tried the Maybelline Super Stay before and wasn't the biggest fan but I'll give it another try.  It is free after all!  This retails for around $8.00.  The Kiehl's Creme de Corps is totally new to me.  It doesn't have much of a scent - it just smells like unscented lotion.  The directions say it can be used in the shower as a body wash or in the bath to give you some bubbles and skin benefits.  This retails for $22.00 on the Kiehl's website.

$30 worth of compensation for some surveys that barely took any time?  I'll take it!

If you're curious about this panel, check out my post here that gives you all the information you need!

xoKatie
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

November ipsy Bag

I received my ipsy bag yesterday for November.  I'm so excited to give everything a try!  Excuse my chipped nail polish in some of these shots! :-/


This month's theme is Glam It Up and I would say that a shiny gold bag screams glam!

Starlooks Eyeliner in Topaz
Be A... Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn
em michelle phan lip gallery creamy color classic lipstick in nude lace

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
bh Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Sampler

Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Champagne

xoKatie
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