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Weekly Favorites – part 14

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great week! As usual, I’m a bit behind on my posts and am just now getting to last week today. Sorry.

With the cold weather setting in, my skin is starting to freak out and become dry all over. It is so frustrating, but not sure why I expect anything else. I’ve started switching from my lighter weight things into my serious winter products – clothes, moisturizers.. its all the same process.


So here we go:

- Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub – this was the product I was most looking forward to in the Bite holiday set from Sephora. This is made out of real fruit acids and oat bran and works like a dream. It made my semi-scaly lips matte lipstick ready in no time. It was a bit difficult to remove, so I would suggest using with a cloth or in the shower where you can fully rinse off. 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. The full size lip scrub comes in a .26oz. jar for $18.

- Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve – previously discussed in my October Use It post. I clearly couldn’t make it very long without a very hydrating hand cream. This is an absolute must-have in my handbag or carry-on. Available on the Kiehl’s website in 2.5 and 5 oz ($15-$22).

I hope you have a wonderful week and are excited – Christmas is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!

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November/July Allure Sample Society Beauty Box

Yes, I said July. Last month, Sample Society released more boxes from the month of the revamped program and I had to jump on it.

This post is not as much of a review, as it is a compliment to the Beauty Bar (host for the Sample Society subscription) customer service. The number one item I wanted was the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01. So imagine how heartbroken I was when I opened the package to discover that the powder had shattered and went EVERYWHERE. I didn’t even inspect the rest of the box because I was covered in shimmer.



I immediately emailed their customer service to report the issue and see if they might be able to send a new powder. I sent the email at 7:22 pm, the day before Thanksgiving and in 13 minutes, I received this wonderful response:

Hello Laura,

Thank you for contacting us at Beautybar.com. I’m sorry to hear the Laura Mercier powder shattered in transit. I will be delighted to assist you.

Laura, don’t worry, I’m sending you a replacement order with a new Sample Society July kit containing that Laura Mercier powder. The new order number is 36834325 and it is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, December 2nd. Please keep an eye out for a separate email confirmation and for the tracking details which will follow shortly.

Again Laura, I’m sorry the Laura Mercier powder arrived damaged, but I hope I was able to help you to your satisfaction. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks again for contacting us, if you have any further questions we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we can be contacted via email at customercare@beautybar.com or at 1-888-696-0423.


Hector B.
Customer Care Agent.
Beautybar.com, a Familyhood site.”

The new box was in my hands in less than a week.

Wow. This is the customer service for a 4-month old subscription box?

I was contemplating not continuing the Sample Society Box after December, but decided against it for 2 reasons – 1.This is some pretty fantastic customer service and 2. The December box was soooo good…

All that aside, I now have duplicates of some pretty great products:


- Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque (1.69oz.)

- Butter London Nail Lacquer in The Old Bill (.4 oz. – FULL SIZE)

- Maison Francis Kurkdijan Paris Aqua Universalism Eau de Toilette (.06 oz.)

- L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Liquid Lipcolor in Ruby Opera (.18oz. – FULL SIZE)

- $10 BeautyBar.com gift card to redeem on any $50 Beauty Bar purchase


Have you signed up for the Allure Sample Society subscription? What are your thoughts?


If you are interested in signing up, you can save $5 off your first box (typically $15) with the code 5FORYOU



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Weekly Favorites – part 12 and 13

Hey everyone!

What a wild couple weeks! I’m so behind… again! But for good reason – Thanksgiving, lots of family visits and holiday parties. It all becomes a blur at this time of year. My weekly favorites are conveniently the same for 12 and 13 so I thought I would just combine and post.

There is one skincare favorite – my trusty Murad Balancing Moisturizer. I wrote about this in one of my very early favorites posts. After the Paula’s Choice experience, I’ve had a very challenging time concealing some extra large pores. This truly does refine the pores – doesn’t clog and minimizes their appearance. Since starting this product again a couple weeks ago, I’ve noticed a significant difference. It is a light, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly and offers a light SPF. My friend Laura recently became a brand ambassador for Murad and I am curious about her feedback about this as well. This moisturizer and other Murad products can be found at Sephora or Ulta. The 1.7oz. tube runs about $35.



The other favorite thing that I have been obsessing over is the podcast Serial. A couple friends mentioned it in passing and I finally caved. OH MY GOSH. I binge-listened the first 6 episodes in one day.


This is a weekly podcast produced by This American Life (NPR, WBEZ). Narrator, investigator and researcher Sarah Koenig is revisiting a true case from 1999 – a Baltimore teenager went missing and was found buried in a park. There was no DNA, witnesses or actual evidence in the case, yet one man’s story landed the girl’s ex-boyfriend in prison for life. Each week, the listener is introduced to a new piece of the story – actual recordings from the courtroom, interviews with people who were friends of the teens, and review of the court documents. This story is so fascinating. If you have an iPhone, iPad or whatever, you can download through the podcast app. If not, you can listen online at serialpodcast.org.

I hope you all have a great week!

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Use It – November

Can November already be gone? Wow. Fall in Ohio was nonexistent – we went from 70F to snow in a matter of a week and have maintained the chill. I wasn’t exactly ready for that!

So let’s just dive in, eh? Like last month, I’ll divide this up into skincare, makeup, body, hair and lifestyle.



- Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF20 – I like the idea of Algenist – Biotechnology skincare. There is a lot of research that goes into creating an effective product. This moisturizer made my skin brighter and firmer, but really lacked hydration. I would be curious to try other products in this line. This might be a good moisturizer for someone with oily skin, but not for my combination skin. Ulta carries the full 2oz size for $90.

- GLAMGLOW Brightmud Eye Treatment – what an interesting treatment… each packet is designed for 1 use- one pod per eye. However, there was so much in each pod that I was actually able to use the product in one pod for both eyes and offering 2 separate applications. There were a couple mornings where this came in very handy – it tackled dark circles and puffiness like a beast. This was amazing, however I don’t know if I would be willing to make the splurge of $69 for 12 packets (total 24 pods).

- GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment - this was probably my least favorite of the samples. It is an oil-based mask. While it was hydrating, it just felt odd – hydrating but so heavy. This is available at Neiman Marcus for $69 (1.2 oz.)

- Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème - one of the products in this month’s LMdB VIP shipment. While this came out of the packet as a heavy, thick cream, it felt very light on the skin. This left my skin feeling soft and incredibly hydrated. Its just the $285 price tag… Yikes. Available at Neiman Marcus.

- Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Night Crème - I have similar a feeling about the night cream. Super hydrating. Just sooo pricy. This one is $350. Ouch.

- Missha Pure Source Pomegranate Sheet Mask – when is a sheet mask not just a sheet mask? I think when you take a chance on Missha products. This was my first time testing out the much-revered Korean brand – I blindly ordered a handful of masks on the Memebox site. This smelled amazing and was so incredibly hydrating. Before I put this on, I had a couple ugly dry patches and they were GONE after using this for 15 min. Memebox has a variety of Missha sheet masks available for $2 each or value packs starting at $15. You can currently shop all products 20% off and the US shipments take at the most 2-3 days.

- Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser – I mentioned this (again) the other day as a weekly favorite. I don’t think there is much more I can say about this line or the brand at this point. With this particular cleanser, a little goes a long way. Also, since this is not an everyday face wash, I only buy this in the 2oz travel size and it lasts for months. You can find this at Ulta for about $10.

- SLCosmetic Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Mask (provided by Memebox) – this was nice, but no where near as hydrating as the pomegranate mask above. I would maybe purchase. Available on the Memebox website for $2 each.


- Benefit They’re Real! Beyond Mascara – I know, I know… enough about They’re Real! I used up yet another sample. I’ve been using a couple other mascaras recently and I just keep comparing them to this. Will I buy again? You betcha. This can be found at Ulta, Sephora, etc. for $23.

- Bite Lush Lip Wipes – this was part of the Bite holiday set from Sephora that I talked about in a past weekly favorites. After a long day with a lot of highly pigmented red lipstick, I used the Bite wipe to remove the remaining color. In just a couple swipes, all remnants of the color were removed. I probably wouldn’t splurge on these, but they work incredibly well. These are on the Sephora website in packs of 10 ($12) or 30 ($22).


- Arbonne SeaSource Detox Spa Detoxifying Rescue Wash - this was highlighted in my Summer Favorites earlier this year. This is such a great cleanser – it is gentle, yet tough on sweat and dirt. I will definitely repurchase this again. Available through independent sellers for $44 (16oz).

- Bath and Body Works Freesia Body Lotion – this is so old.. oh gosh.. I’ve had this in my stash forever because I hoarded it at one of their sales. I love this scent and I wish they would bring it back. :(

- Happy Fam Deo Fresh Grapefruit (provided by Memebox) – I’ve talked about this here and here. These were really nice – smelled good, cleansing, etc. Would maybe repurchase. Available on the Memebox website for $2 (20 sheets).


- Fekkai Color Care Shampoo – I received this in my April Birchbox - I decided to clean out my stash a bit and use this up. I love all of the Fekkai products – this one in particular is so gentle on color treated hair. It is an intense cleanser that manages not to strip out color. I would definitely purchase the full size. Available on the Fekkai website, select Targets and high-end salons ranging $5-$20.

- No. 4 Prep and Protect – If you are a Birchboxer, you are definitely familiar with this brand. This was a very nice spray leave-in conditioner, but I really disliked the scent. For that reason alone, I would not purchase. Birchbox carries the complete line of No.4 products – the full-size Prep and Protect runs $32 and currently has free shipping.

Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo – I talked about this one ages ago in my dry shampoo post. It is okay, nothing spectacular. I’d heard so much about this brand and since it was on sale, I went for it. I would not repurchase. Available at Ulta for $5.99 for 5.3 oz.


I killed off a couple candles. Due to their poor performance, they do not get a shout out. Uneven burning, wasted wax, messy messy.


Have a wonderful December everyone!! What are you looking forward to the most this month?


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Weekly Favorites – part 11

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic week and are looking forward to a long holiday weekend in the States! This is a 2-day work week for me so I am really excited to sleep in a bit and catch up with all of my family and friends visiting the area this weekend.

This past week was soooo cold – like 11F cold. It is definitely time to break out the cold weather reinforcements – gloves, hats, extra hydration. You know…


- Thistle Farms Inspiration Healing Oil and Lip Smoothie – while traveling last week in Tennessee, I discovered the Thistle Farms products and was so taken by the story that I had to pick up a couple items in the shop and immediately go online to see what I could ship home. Thistle Farms employs women who have been victims of human trafficking, overcome addiction and prostitution. I can’t say enough amazing things about Magdalene, the parent organization and Thistle Farms. Go visit the website and like them on Facebook.

- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (affiliate link) – if you have been following my blog over the last year, you may have read my ode to this product. I’ve been searching all over for the travel eye-dropper size for months and finally tracked it down. This has been an absolute essential item in my nightly routine for the last year and my skin really suffers when I don’t have it after a long flight. I noticed it even more in the cold this past week. You can find this at Nordstrom in the 1oz size for $46 or 1.7oz for $70.

- Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau Perfume Oil Roll-On – oh my. I’ve gone off the ledge, folks. I’ve always admired the brand and have received some of the body products as gifts. But the perfume oil is a force to be reckoned with. First of all, this scent is intoxicating- black currant leaves and Bulgarian Roses. It is a little masculine, but I think that is what I love about it. This dark scent is such a departure from my clean and light floral scents. Since this is a perfume oil, a little goes a long way. I applied this around 7 am and could still pick up the scent 12 hours later. I went with the rollerball, which is about $50-$55, and the price goes up steeply from there. This was purchased at Merz Apothecary in Chicago and you can shop their amazing online store here.

- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – this came in last fall/winter’s Allure box. I discussed it earlier in the year here as a cold weather go-to. My hands get so cracked and dry once the temperatures drop and this has been one of the few things to really make a difference. You can find this in a 2oz tube for $12 or the much better deal in the 6oz jar for $28, at your local Sephora.

Again, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week!

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November Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault

Happy November everyone!

Once again, the month got away from me a bit and its taken me wayyyy too long to get this post up. My Saturday night consists of home improvement shows, sweatpants, a bottle of wine and catching up on some blog posts. Very glamorous over here, folks.

I have to say that I think this month’s Le Métier de Beauté VIP Vault is disappointing. It seems almost like a gift with purchase. I know for a fact that the September GWP at Neiman’s was 2 mascaras at $34 each. So maybe this just means that the December Vault shipment is going to be amazing?

I opened the very light box to find this nice little LMdB makeup bag:


Enclosed were 4 products:


Previous shipments included a description card, but I couldn’t find anything this month. So I’m sticking with my GWP theory…

LMdB only makes 3 Dualistic Lip Liner colors – Nudite, Rouge and Rose. I received Nudite and Rouge – I haven’t had a chance to scroll through the Makeup Talk boards to see if anyone else received other shades. Nudite is a staple in my makeup bag – this is a wonderful pink-brown hue that compliments my natural lip shade. I am happy to have a backup of this! Rouge is a lovely pink-nude that would look wonderful on so many skin tones. For everyone looking for that perfect (CRINGE) Kylie Jenner lip color, this might be a great option.


Top: Nudite; bottom: Rouge

Like my heart art?

I was going to dismiss the samples, until I read Glamorable’s post putting a value of the Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème at $28.50 (full-size $285) and the Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Night Crème at $35 (full-size $350). When you put it that way…

So let’s break it down:

2 Dualistic Lip Liners @ $36 each = $72

Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème sample = $28.50

Peau Vierge Revitalizing Anti-Aging Night Crème sample = $35

November total: $135.50


Previous months:

- August – After Dark Total Kaleidoscope valued at $95

- September – Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe valued at $175

- October – Goldfinger Kaleidoscope Palette valued at $95

Total VIP program value to date: $500.50

Holy moly. The program cost break-even point was at 3 months. At 4 months, we have almost hit the 6-month value of the 2013 program, which was just over $1,100. This is insane. I have high hopes for December, in particular I have my hopes set on this little gem that is being sold exclusively through Net-A-Porter right now. Refinery29 broke the news about this last week and I’m itching to get my hands on it. While we have already received 2 lovely kaleidoscopes this year, I w0uld not turn down the Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope or the Obsidian Odyssey Lip and Cheek Kaleidoscope, which are exclusive to Neiman Marcus.


What is the LMdB VIP Vault?

“It is Here the 2014 VIP Program! Consider yourself a VIP.

Become a member of the LMdB Beauty Vault VIP Program. Gift it to yourself or gift it to a friend. We promise: you won’t be disappointed. Liberate your inner Beauté and share the discovery of something beautiful every month.

How it works:

For a one-time fee of $348 ($29 dollars a month, for 12 months), become a Beauty Vault VIP. At the beginning of each month, our Le Métier de Beauté experts will send you a carefully curated full-sized product or assortment of products shipped right to your door. As an added bonus, Vault VIP Subscription shipping is free. All you have to do is sign up and anticipate 12 exciting months of LMdB surprises. Savor the perks of insider access, and start discovering beauty with us.

  • One full-sized item or an assortment of items shipped to you at the beginning of every month
  • Curated mix of our favorite Color, Skincare, Pre-release Sneak Peaks, Lab Previews, and Vault Exclusives
  • Shipping is free
  • Share your feedback, we want to get to know you better”

What did you think of the November products?

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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!



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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