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?
This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned my love for Nordstrom Rack. Their Clear the Rack sale has gained nationwide notoriety for the amazing deals people have found there. Best of all, the sale happens quite often, about every 1-2 months!
This last CTR, I was so excited about some of these finds that I filmed an un(packing) video of my haul!
Although many of the items featured are long sold out, I linked to the ones still in stock below!
Union Bay Ariana Printed Windbreaker
BP. Double Stud Crossbody Bag (Sold out, but other colors on sale at Nordstrom here)
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)
Philosophy may be in a contest with themselves to have the longest product names ever (Purity Made Simple Facial Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover, Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight Recharging & Refining Moisturizer, etc, etc). Combined with their package design that incorporates usage instructions and inspirational sayings, there’s just a lot of reading involved when it comes to this brand.
“I’ll try anything twice,” said a wise blogger I used to follow. As I try new products and services I try to have the mentality that first impressions aren’t everything. When an opportunity comes up to give something a second try that won’t greatly inconvenience me in some way, I have been known to throw my hands in the air and say “why the heck not?”
After leaving feedback on my last fix on StitchFix’s website, a customer representative reached out to me apologizing for the fix and offering to send another fix with the $20 styling fee waived.
“Why the heck not?”
Besides the feedback from last time I didn’t leave any additional information for my stylist Danielle as my needs and requests remained the same: clothes to wear in clinic and for performances.
The box she sent was greatly improved upon the first one. I made an unboxing and try-on video (unboxing starts at 1:41, try-on at 5:45), check it out below:
I was first introduced to Stitch Fix a couple years ago by a friend who was a new mom at the time. She loved that it challenged her to try new things, renewed her wardrobe for her post-baby body, and spared her of attempting to go shopping with baby in tow. Since then a few other (non-mother) friends have tried it, all with mixed results.
In deciding whether I wanted to try it for myself, I spent the last couple years watching many, many unboxing videos on YouTube. I’ve probably heard every kind of positive and negative critiques out there at this point from both friends and strangers on the internet. After all that I came to the conclusion that I wouldn’t try it unless I could do so for free.
I finally relented this month when my bank offered a promotion to waive the styling fee.
Stitch Fix is a styling service in the form of a subscription box. Frequency of subscriptions ranges from every 2 weeks to every 3 months. You can also request a box at any point in time.
After filling out a style profile asking about your likes, dislikes, needs, and price points, you are matched up with a stylist that picks out 5 items for your box. After your box arrives, you have 3 days to try everything on and send anything back that you don’t like in a prepaid shipping envelope. You pay a $20 styling fee upfront which is applied toward purchase of the items. If you purchase all 5 items, you get a 25% discount off the total.
Your box of items comes with a personal note from your stylist and style cards with ideas of how to wear the items.
I got around to filming an unboxing and try-on video that I am every excited to show you guys! (Unboxing starts at 2:47, try-on starts at 9:20)
One of my goals for the new year is to be less wasteful — buy fewer things, but also throw away fewer things.
Last year I was thisclose to throwing away one of my favorite leather belts that had stretched out beyond use, when I came across a blog post on DIY leather hole punching. When it comes to fashion, I am not big on DIY because I am no good with a needle and thread or sewing machine. But this seemed so easy even I could do it.
The method uses just a few simple tools for professional-looking results. Check out the video below for a live demo!
UPDATE: Girlfriend Collective has officially ended their giveaway campaign as of 2/4/17. However, they will be launching their full line in the next few months, so stay tuned for more awesome and ethical athletic wear!!!
Free things are the heart language of any student. So when I saw this Facebook ad for free leggings, I was naturally curious.
Girlfriend Collective is a Seattle-based company started by couple Ellie and Quang Ding, who collectively have experience in both fashion design and fashion business. Mr. and Mrs. Dinh set out to create eco-friendly and ethically-made activewear that would be comparable in quality to high-end athletic brands without the high price tag. To kickstart the brand, they are offering a promotion for their first product, a pair of full-length black leggings.
Among their claims include:
The fabric used in these leggings is made from recycled water bottles. Along with being environmentally friendly, this method gives the fabric a smooth feel and makes it hardier against shearing and piling.
The leggings are manufactured in Hanoi, Vietnam, in a factory that pays fair wages.
The cut has been meticulously designed to flatter many body types
Rather than spend tons of money on marketing and advertising, they have instead elected to give away the leggings for free, hoping to gain customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advertising in doing so.
But, as most people knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. So what’s the catch?
For this promotion, the leggings are being shipped directly from the Hanoi factory. In exchange for the leggings, the company asks that you pay the shipping fee to wherever you are. In the US, this ends up being around $20. They also ask that you help spread the word: tell your friends and family, post on social media, write blogs (ok so that part wasn’t specifically mentioned, but here I am doing my duty anyway :D)
Due to the understandably high demand for anything free, there is a wait to receive these, averaging about a couple months. By the time I received mine in the mail I’d almost forgotten about them.
I filmed a short first impressions video to show it all off (skip to 3:08 for the try-on portion):
Happy Hump Day! I just received my latest order from ModCloth, where I took advantage of a great 50% off discount for select items. Although this sale is now over, Modcloth has special promotions going on almost every week, so make sure to look out for them and take advantage! Remember to also check the sale section, to which new stuff gets added every Monday morning.
I made a quick haul video to show you what everything looks like in person!