A New Day

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Weekly Favorites – part 10

Happy Thursday everyone!
I’m so far behind this week. We had family in town and some really fun events last weekend that kept me from getting this post written. One of these crazy events was a holiday hoedown – a diamonds and denim type fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. I love getting dressed up for an event, but this is not my typical attire! I had to borrow some cowgirl boots and a western shirt… oh my. There is a photo below for your enjoyment!

Last week I discovered a few new products that have quickly become favorites, as well as a few things that have been tucked away and recently reappeared in my daily routine. Here we go left to right:


 - Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Lost Cherry – Oh Tom. You’ve done it again. This color just makes me swoon. This gloss formula is incredibly pigmented and long-wearing. I paired this with the Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Burnt Red giving the red a little more depth. I think the TF colors are so gorgeous – all of the products from lips to eyes to foundation. One of my favorite features is that the applicator is a brush, not the typical doe-foot style with a lot of glosses. This is one high end brand that is definitely worth the splurge. This gloss can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus for the jaw-dropping price of $46.

 - Bite Beauty BB Cream for Lips in Tawny – this was included in my Bite holiday set from Sephora. I didn’t actually seek out a BB cream for lips, but I’m so glad I found it! While it looks like a heavily pigmented lipstick, it’s actually a sheer hydrating balm. It feels incredibly nourishing – not greasy like a lot of balms. Bite lists this as a five-in-one balm that repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15 (that’s 3…) that excludes parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The full size (.12oz) is available on the Sephora website for $24 and comes in 5 shades. My recommendation is to spend juuuust a bit more and get the Limited Edition Lip Love Kit that includes the Lush Lip Wipes (2), Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub (.13 oz), the full-size BB for Lips and the Agave Lip Mask (.18) for $36.

 - Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure – this mask is just lovely. Apply and leave on for 5-10 min and it leaves your skin soft, hydrated and glowing. It is made out of a few of my favorite things gold and caffeine, as well as my birthstone, peridot. This was a sample from the nice folks at my local Sephora. I will be back for the full shebang, since I love the PTR masks. Aside from the holiday gift set at Sephora, it looks like the only place you can find this is on the brand website. The PTR website lists the 5oz jar for $80. However, if you are a skincare junky like me, you may want to seriously consider the 24K Gold Mask Magic Kit at Sephora, which includes the 5oz mask and 5 other products for $85.

 - English Laundry No. 7 for Her - this was a scent featured in my spring favorites back in April. Maybe it was the snow or something that made me break it back out.. I don’t know – it isn’t very winterty. But I still love it. I found this through Birchbox – the 10ml rollerball is $20, 1.7oz for $70, 3.4oz for $90.

 - Murad Acne Clearing System – ugh there is nothing worse than being 30+ and dealing with hormonal breakouts… I’ve talked about this line so ridiculously often that I don’t think I need to explain much… if you want specifics, you can visit older posts here , here and here.

Have a great week everyone!

And oh yeah, YEHAW!


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Memebox #43 – K-Style #3

This. Is. Amazing!

The fabulous folks over at Memebox sent me this box packed full of Korean cosmetics. Ok, I love skincare, but I love makeup and beauty products!! There is so much in here that I can’t wait to use. I’ve only done some light swatching because I feel like I need to write my thank you to Memebox before really diving in! So again, Memebox, thank you! Each box gets better and better and I have become an absolute convert. Let’s not talk about the giant box of Missha masks that came in from Memebox US last week… oops.

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Memebox (pronounced Mi-Mi box) is currently the #1 beauty box provider in Korea, and arrived here in the US and other countries just recently! We strive to bring you only the most trusted, best-loved Korean beauty products at everyday prices. Korean cosmetics are renowned for their high quality and efficacy, and we’re really excited to bring this to you! Memebox carries 4 main types of beauty boxes: Memebox, Memebox Special Editions, Superbox and Luckybox. In addition to the box series, we also carry full-size, Korean beauty products in our Memeshop.

The original Memebox comes packed with 4 – 8 full-size products and deluxe samples. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin-care and makeup products.

The Superbox is specially designed to cater to beauty box fanatics looking for full-sized products that will target their specific beauty needs. Each Superbox is designed with its own theme and purpose, and contents in the box are carefully selected to fit the box’s theme. Our Superboxes are loved by daring beauty enthusiasts and beautyholics that are open to trying new products and have a specific beauty need in mind. Also, we UNBOX our Superboxes on the product page one week after the scheduled shipping date so that you can find out which goodies are in your box!”

While Memebox is not necessarily a typical subscription service like that of Birchbox or Glossybox, its suggested that people sign up on the website to receive updates when new boxes are available. You can buy the boxes at anytime, but they sell out VERY quickly.

So here we go!

“Lights, camera, action! 
From youthful and innocent girl-next-door looks to glamorous and badass beauty looks, KPOP idols rock the hottest, most up-to-date beauty trends in all of Korea.
Take these glam and glitz KPOP idol looks from on-stage to on-the-street and add some spice to your look!
Thanks to this 3rd K-Style Cosmetics Box, your makeup look spectrum will range from soft and neutral to flashy and bold looks
Take beauty advice from your favorite KPOP idols and steal the spotlight!” 


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1 – Secret Kiss Face Fit Strobe Cream (full size included – $11 for 30ml) IMG_2776.JPG

This makeup base/starter smooths out skin texture and creates an ultra-natural radiance. Made from 6 kinds of gemstone powders and various floral extracts, it works to instantly correct a range of complexion concerns including dehydration, dullness, sallowness and redness. Perfect for wearing with a foundation or applying after makeup as a highlighter and recommended for all skin types, the lightweight, oil-free cream moisturizers and replenishes, leaving the skin dewy, fresh and flawless.


Mix foundation or BB cream with Strobe Cream in a 2:1 ratio.

After base makeup, apply a small amount of the Strobe Cream over the T-zone, cheekbones ad chin for highlighting the 3D volume of your face.

Feedback: this produced such a lovely glow (top swatch)! I’ve been wanting to try this type of product for quite a while and I really like this so far!

2 – Vella Flower Flower B.B (full size included – $26 for 15ml)

Vella’s Flower Flower B.B cream works to moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin, prime and perfect skin texture, camouflage and color correct skin tone, and finally to protect skin from the sun with an SPF30 PA++. Its silky, light formula is moisturizing without creating excess oil and minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging them up.


Take a dime-sized amount of the B.B cream and apply it evenly over your face. Pat it over with your fingers for full adherence. It’s especially recommended to be used with the Face Fit Strobe Cream to create that perfectly dewy complexion.

Feedback: this blended very well (bottom swatch) and was a good shade match. I like the consistency of this and think it will pair well with the Strobe Cream.

3 – Tonymoly 7 Days Tattoo Eyebrow 02 Dark Brown (full size included – $8 for 0.8ml)

Tonymoly’s 7 Days Tattoo Eyebrow may remind you of a regular liquid eyeliner from its visual, but in fact its a brush-type eyebrow pen that tattoos onto your brows for a pair of perfectly groomed brows that lasts up to 7 days without having to re-draw them every morning.


1-2 hours before bedtime, paint and fill in between your brows to make sure you have a perfect pair of arches. When the color starts to fade after 3-4 days, simply give it a retouch.

Feedback: the color is pretty spot on. I’m not sure how I feel about something that doesn’t come off… (top swatch)


4 – Style Y Soft Fit Mix & Match Pencil and Powder Shadow (full size included – $9 for 0.5g)

The Soft Fit Mix & Match Pencil and Powder Shadow’s dual ends – a liner on one end and a stick shadow on the other – can be used to compliment each other, creating a whole new spectrum of mix and match eye makeup looks. Plus, its non-smudging and smoothly applying – easy enough to be used by makeup beginners!


First apply the stick shadow over your eyelids and then draw in the eyeliner. To create the signature Korean look, highlight the aegyosal (rounded skin just under eyes) with the shadow tip.

Feedback: both of these just glided across my skin the peachy pigment is so smooth. Love it!

5 – Style Y Color Fit Creamy Lip & Cheek (full size included – $13 for 5ml) IMG_2778.JPG

Highlight lips and cheeks with the multitasking cream color that gives cheeks ad lips a healthy, natural-looking flush. Style G’s whipped mousse highlights lips and cheeks with a sheer, soft matte finish.


For a lip makeup, spread the Creamy Lip & Cheek evenly over the upper and lower lips. For a cheek stain, take a small amount and softly blend it with your fingers.

Feedback: this might be a little too bright…I’ll try it out as a blush and see if I change my mind.

6 – Color World Jewelish Stick Shadow (full size included – $13 for 10g)

Color World’s Jewelish Stick Shadow features beautiful shades with a creamy formula to provide endless spectrum for a flawless bold eye makeup. Each convenient stick is long-wearing, transfer-proof and crease-resistant. The color glides smoothly onto lids and blends easily for rich pigment payoff.


Apply directly to eyelids and blend it in for desired intensity.

Feedback: this color is so lovely! I don’t own any greens like this. This stick shadow is very similar to the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick – highly pigmented and is easy to build the color or blend out.


This Memebox is valued at $80, and currently SOLD OUT on the Memebox website! Thanks, Memebox! It was available for only $23, which is an amazing deal!

If you want to find out more about similar products and other types of boxes, visit the Memebox website. Superbox prices range from $19-59, with an additional $6.99 in shipping. Because the products are shipped directly from Korea, it can take 15-21 days to arrive on your doorstep.

Memebox ships to 45 countries: Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.

If you want to purchase a Memebox for yourself, take advantage of $5 off on any order of $30 or more and use the code YEJ239. Valid through November 31, limit to one per customer. Check out discounted Halloween boxes which are an additional 50% off.

November Promotion Codes:

New! Thanksgiving Collection #1 for me and Thanksgiving Collection #2 for you ($26 each), as well as Pumpkin Pie Cosmetics Superbox ($23).

Buy one product and get another of the same product for 50% off with code: BOGO50

Get $5 off on orders when you buy 3 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE3
Get $8 off on orders when you buy 4 or more Memeboxes: MEMEBUNDLE4

My referrals will also be eligible for the following discounts:

  • $5 off automatically at checkout when they spend $100 or more
  • $10 off automatically at checkout when they spend $150 or more


All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Memebox and does not guarantee a favorable review by the blogger. 

 No compensation was received in exchange for product reviews.


Weekly Favorites – part 9

Soooooooooo I missed last week. Oops.

Between helping out with some chapter elections for the fraternity and work travel, last week simply wasn’t a blogging week. Sigh.

But its a new week! With no travel! And I have a pile of boxes with things to review! ACK!

Fall is in full effect here. All of the leaves are pretty much gone and we’ve seen more than a couple snowflakes. Yes, I have busted out my wool sweaters and fleece lined leggings. Oh yes, they exist!

Here we go:


- Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray (affiliate link) – ah. You thought I gave up on my favorite dry shampoo didn’t you? Wrong! I’ve been using something mediocre for the last couple months and was fed up and pulled this out of my stash. What a difference a really great dry shampoo makes. A little bit goes a long way – a quick spray eliminates so much oil. If you want to read more raves about this, click here. This can  be purchased on the Oscar Blandi website for $23 for 3.2 oz.

- Lilly Pulitzer Infinity Loop - fall = scarf season. I got this a couple years ago and it is a staple in my closet. It might look like hounds tooth (which I adore), but it is CATS! I love an accessory with a sense of humor. If you look closely at most Lilly prints, you will find an animal hiding in the palm leaves or something… don’t take yourself so seriously, folks. This print is no longer available, but other Infinity Loop styles are available at Lilly shops or online for $78.

Short and sweet this week. So much to review and so little time!!

Have a great week!

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Its a Blog-aversary!

Just over a year ago I was having a conversation about blogging and whether or not there was interest in yet another opinion out there in blog-land. So after an interesting conclusion to what could only have been the weirdest year of my life, I was unemployed, bored and did nothing but go to interviews and paint my nails. I took into consideration how often my friends asked for my opinion on makeup and skin care and figured “why the hell not?!?” and on November 7, 2013, A New Day blog was born.

It took some time to figure out my voice and what I really wanted to talk about – Food? Travel? Eyeliner? After a while, it all came together. At first, I had unlimited time, hence several posts a week. However, once I rejoined the land of the employed, my posts dropped off significantly (sorry, can’t help that…), but have stayed true to who I am as a blogger. The one thing I know for sure is that I have only ever written about things I care about. And not just things I like, my least favorite thing might just be someone else’s holy grail product… When I felt like I was writing things out of obligation, I would step back and delete because if I don’t care, why should anyone else? This blog was created as an outlet, not for mass reviews.

I have been incredibly fortunate to find a very supportive community and discovered that people really were interested in what I have to say. To all of you, thank you. I have learned so much about the material things (obviously), but also about myself. I’m very grateful for all of you for being so supportive.

Here’s to year 2!




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Use It – October

Happy November! AH – how can it be already?

The fall colors are gone and it is COLD!

I feel like this month’s high product use is cause to break it up into a few categories – skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle (I guess…?). Long story short, I was a product using beast this month. Some of that is due to excessive travel, the other reason is that I had a ton of stuff juuuust at the end. Either way, I hope you enjoy my October trash summary!



- EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge for Sensitive Skin – originally reviewed through Influenster here and then again in my August Use It post. Clearly, it is one of my go-to products and I will definitely repurchase. This can be found at Ulta for $5.99 – keep an eye out for the buy 1, get 50% off deals!

- GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment – ok I think I get it now. Glamglow is the real deal. I got this and a few other samples from the Neiman Marcus beauty event and I want to use them all, but hoard them all at the same time… this stuff is so good. It really helped to undo some of the damage from the Paula’s Choice serum (see below).  However, I don’t know if I can justify the price for a mask that I hear dries out quickly… So if anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas… Sephora has this right now for $69 for 1.2 oz.

- GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – it burns, but in a good way (I think). This had some odd leaves mixed in that clumped up on my face and in my shower. That aside, this was a wonderful, quick-drying mask that left my skin feeling fresh, smooth and oil-free. Between the two that I tried this month, I preferred the Supermud described above.

- Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (affiliate link) – I received this generous sample from Nordstrom and loved every minute of it until I dropped it and it went flying all over my hotel bathroom. Oops. This left my skin soft, smooth and added an extra level of hydration. Its a bit pricy, but I think its worth it. I would purchase. Nordstrom is currently running 10% off price matching on all sizes – 1 oz. – $75.60; 1.6 oz. – $93.60; 2.5 oz. $120.60.

- Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – this was a nice face wash. Just nice. It was gentle,  but I really like to make sure all of my makeup is removed and this didn’t guarantee that. The eucalyptus scent was really calming and great to end the day, but that’s about it. This has been my travel face wash for months – it really does last. Just not for me. Available through Birchbox for $21.50 for a 3.3 oz bottle

- L’Oreal Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes – these wipes were great for gently removing eye products, which I really appreciate. Overall, they were too heavily scented – a nice scent, but not for my face. Would probably not repurchase. There are available at Ulta for $6.99 for a 30-pack.

- Murad Acne Clearing Solution - I received some samples from my friend Laura, who is a Murad Brand Ambassador. You all know I love Murad, especially their Acne Clearing line. After 2 weeks of poor diet and nasty travel skin, I tried it out. This particular product boasts clearer skin in 72 hours and it really did clean things up. Use twice a day for 3 days and POOF – clearer skin! Some clarifying products can really dry out your skin and this actually left my skin very hydrated. I would purchase for sure. You can find this at Sephora for $39 for 1.7 oz.

- Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster (2) – there is a dedicated post here about this product received through BzzAgent. It was really disappointing. Purchase? No way.

- Sisley At Night The Supreme Anti-Aging Eye Serum – this was a pretty generous sample and I think it lasted about a month, which is plenty of time to see some amazing effects. This aggressively treated the fine lines around my eyes and was very hydrating. And it should yield crazy good results for the price – $315 for… I don’t even know the size. Neiman’s doesn’t list the ounces. Ouch. No, I won’t be buying this.

- SLCosmetic Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Mask (2) – originally featured here and then again in my travel heavy weekly favorites post here. This was my first foray into sheet masks and I was really pleased with how moisturizing they were and how well they calmed my parched skin. I would definitely buy again. These are available for $2 each on the Memebox website. Save $5 off your November order of $30 or more with my affiliate code: YEJ239



- Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Pencil in Penny - as much as I liked this pencil in Pearl, I disliked Penny. The color payoff wasn’t great and it took multiple passes to actually get it to show up. It looks like Amazon has this for $15 – in my opinion, not worth it.

- fresh SUGAR Rose Tinted Lip Treatment – and another one bites the dust… This is the second one I’ve gone through this year – featured previously here. I have a bunch of these mini tubes hanging around which is great because I just don’t think I could justify the price ($20-$23). Ask me again when I run out ;)

- Julep nail polish in Greta – another nail polish down! It feels like such an accomplishment! This was a glittery cranberry color. It was perfectly nice, but I have so many colors that I probably wouldn’t repurchase. This is available on the Julep website for $14 ($11.20 for Mavens). If you are interested in joining the Julep monthly subscription program, click here for my referral link.

- MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NW15 – so I decided to give cream foundation again… as well as MAC foundation. For the longest time, NW15 was too dark, but this particular formula was spot on. I started using this last spring and it was perfect for the season, however terrible for summer. I tried to use it throughout the summer, but it really left me looking greasy and shiny regardless of primer or matte base. Since the humidity and heat dropped back off, it has been working well again. I might repurchase, but not anytime soon. One more for my Back 2 MAC pile! Available at all MAC stores and counters for $32 for 0.35 oz.



- Aesop Body Balm in Geranium Leaf (1) – This. Is. Amazing. I loved the rich texture and long lasting scent. I stopped by the new shop in Boston and since I was limited to 3 oz carry on size, did not purchase anything. However, the woman at the shop was amazing and taught me about the products and sent me out the door with a few samples to test out. I taught her that geranium is a wonderful PMS reliever. The 4 oz tube of this is $35 and I would absolutely buy it.

- Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – with a name like that, there are some pretty high expectations. It was ok. I used it. It wasn’t long lasting or super hydrating, but it worked. The full size is available on Birchbox for $14.50.

- Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve – what a life saver! This super thick, incredibly hydrating lotion really helped out my constantly dry hands. I loved the clean eucalyptus scent and the long lasting effect and miss it already! I would definitely purchase again. Available on the Kiehl’s website in 2.5 and 5 oz ($15-$22). And don’t forget to save your Kiehl’s empties! 10 empty containers get you a free product!

- Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash (affiliate link) – Molton Brown comes up with some really interesting and wonderful combinations. This one was just… weird. It was really spicy and well, peppery. This was a Nordstrom bonus sample and not one of their best.. this is available in the 10 oz. size for $27-$30.

- Olay Quench Daily Lotion – I’m surprised I never listed this in my favorites posts… I’ve been using this for years – its just a wonderful lightweight, lightly scented body moisturizer that I use year-round. Sadly, Ulta stopped carrying this s0 I can’t get points for repurchase there.. There are a few versions of this including firming and shimmer (ooh!) available at Walgreens starting at $8.79 for 11.8 oz. or an amazing holiday set with the 11.8 oz  lotion, body wash, razors and shave cream for $10!!

- Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Protect the Truth SPF 50+ – I finally made it through one of my Sephora sun care kit samples. This was a fantastic lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen. I felt like this really protected my skin while moisturizing it as well. I don’t know if I would splurge on the full-size (1.7 oz) tube of this. There are other great sunscreens for less than $35!



- Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo - this was a decent powder dry shampoo. It was okay, but didn’t perform nearly as well as the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo powder. I’m not so sure about the anti-aging claim either… This lasted several h0urs and was great for travel. Full size (2.65 oz) is available at Sephora for $22.

- Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner – I received these samples from Influenster and recently reviewed here. I loved both, but it really killed my color. Would probably not purchase these specific items in the line, but would totally repurchase the styling crème. I will stick with the color protect shampoo and styling/straightening products. Travel sizes (2 oz) is $5 and full size (8 oz) is $20.

- Serge Normant Dry Conditioner – I don’t know… I still don’t get it.. there really wasn’t a noticeable difference when I did use it. It smelled nice. Would not purchase. Available through Birchbox for $25 (3.2 oz).



- Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Hoot Berry – come on… it’s called Hoot Berry – what’s not to love? I am a neurotic hand sanitizer during cold season. I carry these everywhere and typically have at least 3-4 hoarded away in my product stash. This was seasonal from last year so probably won’t be able to find this same scent.. I think they are regularly about $2 each and are usually in some sale promo.

- Crest 3D White Polishing Treatment – so why am I putting toothpaste on here? Because it sucked. I tossed this in to my Ulta order a while back since I was running low on toothpaste. It was $7 for 2 oz. This didn’t whiten or brighten. No way. Never again.

- Kneipp Herbal Bath Cold & Sinus Relief – I talked about this last week here. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat! I purchased this for $5.50 (20ml bottle) from Merz Apothecary and can be foundnat smallflower.com

- Lush Dream Steam – these little tabs are made up of lavender oil, rose absolute, tea tree oil and chamomile to be inhaled or used on the skin. Since I have skin reactions to lavender oil, this could only be used for respiratory relief during trip to help my cold. It really helped relieve some of my sinus pressure. These little gems can be purchased at Lush for $2.95.

- White Barn Candle Company Passion Fruit and Guava candle – this was an ancient candle that I started burning forever ago and finally hit the bottom of the wick. On the plus side, it had an incredibly long burn time for 4 oz., but on the negative side, it burned really unevenly. I would probably repurchase if I could find it again. This is one of Bath and Body Works partner companies and will keep an eye out in the spring.

WHEW. So there you have it, folks. It always feels great to unload some stuff from my bathroom and travel bags, as well getting to have the fun in opening and trying something new!

What did you use up this month?

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Fekkai VoxBox from Influenster

It feels like its been ages since I’ve had something to share from Influenster. I was so excited to get an email saying I would be receiving some Frederic Fekkai products in my mailbox. Well, that might be the best kind of mail!

What is Influenster?

Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives. Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where members receive complimentary products to test and review. In exchange, we ask our members to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media.”


“VoxBoxes are boxes filled with complimentary products from your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) brands. Not all Voxboxes are created equal: some programs feature an assortment of products while others will spotlight one awesome brand. But make no mistake: All VoxBoxes are created awesome.”

There were apparently a few different VoxBoxes that went out to Influensters and I received the Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, Brilliant Glossing Conditioner and the Brilliant Glossing Crème. The shampoo and conditioner came in multi-use foil packets and the cream in a 2 oz tube. The proportions were a bit skewed, but the shampoo and conditioner lasted 3 washes.


From the Fekkai website:

“Brilliant Glossing Shampoo – Let the radiant ritual begin with the luscious, luster-enhancing lather of Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, Fekkai’s iconic shine shampoo. Its translucent formula cleanses hair with luster enhancing lather.

Brilliant Glossing Conditioner – Show hair the way to shine daily with Brilliant Glossing Conditioner, Fekkai’s richly rewarding iconic shine conditioner. Its soft crème formula bathes hair in brilliantly lustrous radiance.

Brilliant Glossing Crème – Transform hair’s texture so it can truly shine. This lightweight glossing cream with the brilliance of an oil lavishes hair with rich radiance to leave it smooth and glowing with vibrant shine.”


These products were amazing! I thought the overall effect of the 3 products in combination was great – my hair was smooth, shiny and there were NO FLYAWAYS. Guys, that’s huge. There is a disclaimer on the glossing crème to use a small amount, and I can absolutely verify that. Its an olive oil infused product and can weigh hair down if too much is applied. After 3 uses of the combination of all the products, there was a noticeable difference in my hair. I will say that the one drawback is that this is not a color-safe shampoo and I noticed a significant loss of color after the first shampoo. I did use with the Fekkai color protecting shampoo (as a first wash) the second and third times and noticed less of my color rinsing out.

While I loved all of the products, I don’t think I could use the shampoo and conditioner regularly due to the amount of color it pulled from my hair. The glossing crème, however will be a new staple in my styling routine.


All products were received complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

This does not guarantee a favorable review by the blogger.


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Weekly Favorites – part 8

Greetings everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

This past week was a rough one… I came home from 2 weeks of travel with a cold or something and spent the last week miserable. I’ll spare you the details, but there was a lot of tea, soup and Mucinex involved. And you know, I have a hard time declaring any of those things as a weekly favorite…

So as it goes, I kept it short and sweet:


- Le Métier de Beauté Liquid Liner in Noir – I do not like liquid liner. I screw it up every time… until now. Oh hey, I can’t screw this one up! The pen tip on this is so sturdy, yet soft. I found the color to be easy to build to a rich, solid black. Laying it parallel to the lashes and tucking the color between the lashes really created a beautiful effect. And can I just say that this was one of the most wonderful GWP ever…. I got this months ago at my first visit to the LMdB counter and just recently had the courage to test my hand. This is available at Neiman Marcus for $42.

- Kneipp Herbal Bath Cold & Sinus Relief – this is supposed to be used as a bath soak, but since my 100 year old home’s piping is not able to accommodate such luxuries, I used this in a super steamy shower instead. This is a strong eucalyptus oil that is supposed to help clear the sinuses and it absolutely does.

And I love the brand story:

Sebastian Kneipp was born in 1821 in the Bavarian region of Germany. His ambition in life was to be a priest, but his plans were waylaid when he fell ill to pulmonary tuberculosis–at that time a fatal disease–during his theological study. As fate would have it, he stumbled upon a book on hydrotherapy. After taking multiple short immersions in the cold waters of the Danube River, he soon found that it caused the illness to go into remission, allowing him to complete his studies.

After his experience, Kneipp wrote a book called ‘My Water Cure,’ (1886) which took Germany by storm and quickly became a best-seller. Kneipp believed that the physical and mental stresses of everyday life often lead to physical or spiritual overloading, which can be effectively countered by a changeover to a natural lifestyle. He continued his studies into alternative approaches to health and eventually developed an entire system and philosophy of natural healing and wellness. The products bearing his name reflect this philosophy.”

If there is a company that understands how to treat a cold, this is the one. I picked this up at Merz Apothecary in Chicago a while back, anticipating that I would need this soon. This works wonders for $5.50 for a 20ml bottle and can be purchased at smallflower.com The website is okay.. but the store is AMAZING! The staff is really knowledgeable and will make the perfect recommendations for whatever ails or need/want arises.

So that’s it, folks. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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What’s the Bzz? Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster

About a year ago I signed up for BzzAgent, a social marketing company that relies on consumers to test and evaluate products. Every so often, I’m invited to participate in a campaign to try out a product and give some feedback. Several weeks ago, I was invited to participate in the Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster campaign.

BzzAgent provided the following info:

“Don’t let your skin give away your age. Thanks to Paula’s Choice the only secret when it comes to smoother, brighter and firmer skin is what you choose to tell people about your date of birth.

After using Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster for a few weeks, dark spots and wrinkles will be a distant memory. The light-as-water formula blends 15% stabilized vitamin C, antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid and peptides to repair visible signs of aging while stimulating collagen production for dramatically younger, healthier and more radiant skin.

Mixed with your moisturizer or used on its own, the Resist C15 Super Booster not only handles the unwanted signs of aging like wrinkles and dull skin tone, but also fades acne scars and subdues redness. Since it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, it’s ideal for anyone looking to give their skin a boost!”


More about Paula’s Choice:

“Too busy putting beauty products on to consider what’s in them? We feel your pain. And so has Paula Begoun. After years of trusting product claims at the expense of her skin, Paula set out to help others make sense of skin care, cosmetics and the flood of product claims they’re faced with each and every day.

Decades later, she’s the author of 20 best-selling books on the topic, including Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Paula’s books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, and her work as a nationally recognized consumer expert for the cosmetics industry has led to repeat appearances on CNN, Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View and Dr. Oz.

In 1995, at the request of her fans, Paula decided to use her years of research on skin care ingredients to create the Paula’s Choice line. The company’s mission is to take brilliant care of your skin, whether you use their products or someone else’s. That’s why they created Beautypedia.com! It’s the most comprehensive beauty resource in the world, with over 45,000 expert skin care and makeup reviews reaching far beyond Paula’s Choice products.”


I really wanted to like this product. I’ve only started using serums in the last year and am still a little gunshy about them. Paula’s Choice is a brand I have heard much about and wanted to try. This really seemed like a win-win. Unfortunately, this product really let me down. I used it twice a day, as directed in combination with my regular products for four weeks and had the following results:

  • Tightness and drying, not a firming feeling
  • Larger, more pronounced pores
  • Deeper creases and smile lines
  • Caused my night cream to pill
  • Increased oil production

Overall I give the Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster a D.

Have you tried this or other Paula’s Choice products? What was your experience?


All products received through BzzAgent are complimentary for review.

No monetary compensation is received by the blogger.

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100th post!

It’s a major milestone, folks!

This marks my 100th post! I was hoping to line up my 100th post and 1 year blogaversary, but no go…

I just wanted to thank everyone for joining me on this adventure and I sincerely appreciate all of the support and kind words through unemployment to re-employment and onward.

Stay tuned for the next year and beyond!

Thank you again!



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Weekly Favorites – part 7

Happy Sunday everyone!

I’m sitting here nursing a cold or allergies or something of the like… very cranky and have spent most of the day curled up on the couch. Between crazy seasonal changes and finally coming to the end of a rough 2 week stretch of travel, I think my immune system has caved.

On the positive, I have weekly favorites! This week was all about color:

 IMG_2724.JPGLeft to right: Deborah Lippmann in Lady is a Tramp, Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick in Morocco and Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Nude Vanille

 - Deborah Lippmann in Lady is a Tramp (affiliate link)- this lovely polish was a gift from my friend Nicki. She recently fell in love with the brand and wanted to make sure I could share in her love. This color is so rich and vibrant… I’m also now in love. I used 2 coats and a topcoat and went 3 days before noticing any chips. I think the only reason it chipped that quickly was due to throwing my luggage around… Lady is a Tramp and many other amazing colors can be purchased at Nordstrom for $18 each.


- Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick in Morocco - I think my adoration for this brand is pretty clear – the colors and formulas are just phenomenal. This is a somewhat sheer red that applies evenly and can be built up to have a deeper shade. This might be my new favorite red! As always, LMdB can be found at Neiman Marcus, the Hydra-Crème lipstick can be found for $25.

- Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Nude Vanillaoh dear. Yep. That happened. I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, so off to Saks I went. I’ve been looking for the perfect nude shade and here it is! This lipstick formula is so rich and beautifully pigmented. I tend to go really pink when I buy nudes and I think this is more peach than I’m accustomed to and I’m really happy about that! You too can add this to your collection for $50 (ouch!) and is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.


And if you follow me on Instagram (lvp8779), you might have noticed the TF and chip-free Lady is a Tramp:



I hope you had a fantastic week!

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