From tomorrow (July 20th) until August 5th, the hyped Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be open to non-cardholders (and cardholders). Unfortunately, many items have long sold out or only are available in a few colors and sizes.
For those of you eagerly anticipating your turn at the good merch, I’ve updated my original list of picks to only include items that still have plenty of options in stock, and also added a few new picks (in green!)
If there’s something you had your eye on that is sold out, fear not. Every year there seem to be a ton of restocks the first day of Public Access. There will also be restocks randomly throughout the rest of the sale as people start returning things. In addition, I’ve had occasional success finding sold out items by shopping in store.
To be honest, at this point most of the stuff I ordered still hasn’t arrived yet, and I also haven’t had ample time to try out the things that have arrived. I’ll hopefully be able to give a final verdict on everything by the end of next week!
Benefit Cosmetics is a brand I’ve followed for a long time but never really subscribed to. Once upon a time, I was an avid user of their Dallas blush, but haven’t really used any of Benefit’s products for many years.
Until last month, when a friend generously gifted me with the Benefit Cheek Parade Blush/Bronzer Palette. The set, which was released in April 2017 to much hype, contains 5 different colors and a small applicator brush.
The included colors are:
Hoola Lite (New!)
I finally had the chance to sit down, try out the products, and give it a proper review. Check it out below!
It seems like all of my friends are taking trips to Japan this year. Other than being insanely envious, I am really excited about all the goodies they’ve brought back for me. One thing that they all seem to gift is Kit Kat bars. But not just any old Kit Kats. Super fancy flavored Kit Kats.
As far as I can remember, I’ve only seen a couple different varieties of Kit Kats in the US. Initially I was excited that I received, collectively, a whole 7 different flavors of Japanese Kit Kats to try, none of which are original chocolate flavor. A little research, however, shows that Japan can boast several hundreds of different flavors of Kit Kats. Incredible.
Most of the Kit Kats that I received did not have English flavor names on them. So, I thought, why not make this into a fun game of “guess the flavor?”
After doing even more research and consulting a couple friends, I found out what all the flavors actually are!
1) Strawberries and Cream
2) Cookies and Cream
3) Japanese Sake
4) Premium Mint
5) Dark Chocolate/Semisweet
6) Green Tea
7) Rum Raisin
Looks like I wasn’t too far off with most of them!
Have you tried Kit Kats from Japan? What are your favorite flavors?
Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards program is free to join and comes with the awesome perk of receiving a beauty gift during your birthday month. This year, members got to choose between a skincare set by Caudalie and a makeup set by Tarte (there is also a men’s skincare kit, only available online)
One of the products I was most excited about trying from my complimentary Influenster Poppy Voxbox was the Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Face Polish. Newcomer Nyakio (pronounced Neh-KAY-oh, as is cleverly incorporated into the logo) is the brainchild of Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, who draws inspiration from her Kenyan heritage to create her products. The line launched just this past March, and is exclusively available at Ulta.
I can honestly say I have never used a coffee bean scrub in my life, and at this point am excitedly thinking about homemade dupes — if this works, could i somehow replicate this with stuff found around the house? Continue reading “Influenster Review Spree #3”→
Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share with you the next item from my complimentary Influenster VoxBox, the Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo. Eva NYC is a haircare brand started in Brooklyn in 2012. In addition to soaps and styling products, they sell a line of beautifully designed styling tools. I had actually heard of it only a couple months ago when I started seeing their products pop up in my local Costco store (that’s when you know you’ve made it to the big leagues!)
I have tried a fair amount of dry shampoos but always seem to run into the same problems:
White/chalky residue (especially annoying on my dark hair)
Doesn’t make hair less greasy (in other words, it doesn’t actually do what it’s supposed to do)
A couple weeks ago I was lucky to receive a complimentary box of samples from Influenster, a site that partners brands with consumers to try out and review their products. The samples can range from anything from cosmetics to household cleaning products to food. If you love trying new things and writing reviews, be sure to get signed up!
Throughout this week I will be doing a series of short reviews on the products I received from the Poppy Voxbox, a combination of skincare, makeup, and cleaning products. I had a lot of fun testing this stuff out this week and can’t wait for my next box!
When NARS first announced their Soft Matte Complete Concealer, I was initially only half excited: Excited for the “complete coverage” part, but not so jazzed about the “matte” part. My skin tends to lean on the drier side, so matte products usually make those pesky dry patches emerge out of their hiding place.
But, because I’m a sucker for NARS products, i decided to give this one a try anyway and headed to get some samples.