Taylor’s Gift Organ Donation Foundation – OPI Taylor Blue Nail Polish

In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs.

I heard about Taylor’s story on the radio one morning and was touched by her parent’s words. I immediately checked out their website to learn more about their cause.

In April 2013, during National Donate Life Month, Taylor’s Gift Foundation created a clever way for organ donation to be an easy part of any conversation. With the help of OPI’s exclusive “Taylor Blue” nail lacquer, the “Paint it Forward” campaign was born, and quickly proved to be as effective as it was simple.

Supporters were encouraged to paint their nails Taylor Blue and share their photos through social media using #TaylorBlue. This simple show of support ended up exposing millions of people to the idea of becoming an organ donor.

Once the Taylor Blue nail polish was avaliable in their Online Store, I immediately purchased a bottle.

The color is absolutely beautiful and it is easily one of my favorite colors now. I received many compliments when wearing the polish and loved the opportunity to share a little about Taylor’s Gift and encouraging others to visit the website, as well.

I also made sure I was signed up as an Organ donor! If you are interested in becoming an Organ Donar, check out their website: http://taylorsgift.org/register/

Rachel Zoe’s Spring 2015 Box Of Style Review

Introducing Box Of Style. Over $300 worth of glamorous finds, curated by Rachel Zoe and delivered to you for only $100.

One of the most sought over boxes so far this year, Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style was sold out within a few hours of launching and I was one of the lucky ones to get one!

Honestly, when I first saw the full spoilers, I didn’t think I would be a fan, but after I had a chance to play with the items, I am so happy that I subscribed! Here’s what was in the box:

You can check out Rachel’s explanation for why she chose each item below:

 

 

When I first signed up for the box, I really didn’t like the bracelet which was the “hero” item of the box. I just liked that it was high value and I figured at the very least, it would be resellable. Boy was I wrong! I absolutely love it and I am sure I will be wearing it daily for a long time to come. It fits me perfectly and I ended up loving the style. I don’t usually wear gold jewelry, but I love it for this piece and I ended up pairing it alongside my Pandora bracelet:

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Since the bracelet was a huge hit for me, the other items ended up being bonus. I have always wanted to try out the tarte mascara, and I was pleased to get it as a full-size. I already love Zoya nail polish and I love the colors that Rachel Zoe picked. I tried out the tan color first and it is growing on me. I can’t wait to try out the other two! The sunglasses are really beautiful and well made. I honestly like them more than any other pair I own, so when spring cleaning comes aroung, they may be my only pair. Lastly, the styling tape is a nice touch but isn’t something I will use.

Overall, I LOVED this box. It was beautifully curated and worth the cost. I can’t wait to see what Rachel has in store for the Summer box!

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Treatsie March 2015 Standard Box (with Extra Sweets Coupon!) Review

Unlike some subscription boxes, Treatsie is not about providing lots of samples at a discount. Rather, we strive to help you discover high-quality sweets you love from the most talented chefs around the country.

I signed up for Treatsie since they have a coupon (EXTRASWEETS) right now that gives you “Double Sweets” when you purchase your first monthly box. I signed up for the Standard Box which is “up to $25 value in each box for just $15” plus $4.95 for shipping.

Our customer’s favorites from the last 3 months that are included in your first monthly box when you use the coupon code EXTRASWEETS when subscribing.

Here’s the example of the Standard Box they have on their website:

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I do not eat a lot of candy but I was interested to try some high quality artisan sweets. And with the coupon granting double sweets, I couldn’t resist!

Unfortunately, what I received really did not feel like “double”. Here’s what I got:

  • J&M Foods Triple Chocolate Cookies – $8 (2.5oz)
  • Quin Fruit Lollipops (4) – $7
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. Millionaire Shortbread – $3.50 (2 oz bar)
  • Zingerman’s Candy “What The Fudge?” Bar – $6 (3 oz bar)
  • Lambrecht Gourmet Southern Pecan Toffee – About $6 (3oz)
  • Avenue Sweets Caramels (5 Various Flavors) – About $0.50 each
  • Seattle Chocolates Birthday Cake Batter Pieces (4) – About $0.40 each

The total value is about $35, which is pretty decent for the $20 price. But I still felt like the ‘double sweets’ deal was misleading since the standard box shows about 4 ‘large’ items, while my ‘double sweets’ standard box only had 5 ‘large’ items and a handful of chews.

Despite this, my boyfriend and I LOVED the selection in our Treatsie box ESPECIALLY the Millionaire Shortbread. The box was a great treat for us to enjoy and we were somehow able to make it last for the entire week by only having a small amount each night as dessert.

Overall, I think this is a fun and unique box. We do not buy sweets, as we both try to eat healthier, but this was definitely a nice escape.

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Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2015 Subscription Review Part 2

A defining line here. A splash of color there. Every woman has her own unique way of showing the beauty within her. At Walmart, you’ll discover the latest products and most trusted brands at our low prices. Every day.

For $5 each season, Walmart will send you a box full of samples and coupons for Walmart beauty products.

Somehow, I received two of these. The last one I received may have been the Fall Box, but I am not entirely sure as they arrived within two weeks of each other. I am thoroughly confused. Regardless, check out what samples I received below:

  • Dove go fresh Revitalize Body Wash with NutriumMoisture – Mandarin & Tiare Flower Scent (1.8oz)
  • Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair & Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner (1.7oz each)
  • Lady Gaga FAME perfume sample (0.04oz)
  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 wipes)
  • Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin (0.31oz)
  • Maybelline FIT me! Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory (one use sample)

 

And the Coupons/Ads:

  • $2.00 off 1 Schwarzkopf Essence ULTIME Hair Care Product or Styliste ULTIME Styling Product
  • $3.00 off 1 Schwarzkopf Color ULTIME or Keratin Color Hair Coloring Product
  • $2.00 off any L’Oreal Paris Cosmetic Product Purchase
  • $2.00 off 1 CoverGirl + Olay Simple Ageless Foundation Product
  • $1.00 off any 1 Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion
  • $2.00 off 1 Fit Me or Maybelline New York Face Product

 

I wasn’t as impressed with this box as the last one because there weren’t any full-size items. I did, however, really like the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review

Dreaming of your next destination? Get ready with all of our travel-inspired favorites inside the Special Edition Must Have Resort Box! Special Edition boxes are indulgent, one-time purchases that feature exclusive items and unique collaborations.

The 2015 Resort box included the following items:

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  • Stephanie Johnson – White Dot Train Case ($60)
  • Jane Iredale – Warm My Steppes Makeup Kit ($58)
  • Drunk Elephant – C-Firma Day Serum ($80)
  • Lele Sadoughi – Half-Moon Pendant ($110)
  • Jacobsen Salt Co. – Pure Sea Salt Cocktail Salt ($14)
  • Sloane Stationary – Passport Holder ($48)

 

That’s a $370 value!

Now that I’ve had a chance to look at each item and try them out, my favorite item in the Resort Box is the Stephanie Johnson Train Case.

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I have a few trips coming up so it will be super useful for me! It is really cute and seems to be well made. I absolutely love that it is lined (and in PINK!!), so it should be easy to clean up, especially since I will most likely be housing make-up in it which is notorious for spillage. This bag makes the whole box for me!!

I also really liked the Drunk Elephant Serum. It is nice getting a high priced skin care product, especially since I do not already use a serum on my skin. However, I HATE the way it smells. It is only bearable after masking the smell with lots of make-up. I will probably keep using it, but that was somewhat disappointing.

The rest of the box ended up being a slight miss for me. I was SO excited when I saw spoilers of the Lele Sadoughi Necklace, but in person it just wasn’t my style. It definitely looks nice and seems to be pretty good quality, but the length and and chunky style chain makes it look more like costume jewelry rather than expensive (especially if you consider the $110 price tag). I actually ended up liking the bag the necklace came in more than the actual necklace, haha!

The Sloane Stationary Passport Holder is very simple and would be useful if I actually had a passport. Maybe it will become useful if I end up going out of the country at some point.

The Jane Iredale Makeup Kit was a huge plus for a lot of people (it was the one item that PopSugar spoiled on their Facebook page), but I knew from the beginning I would not be keeping it. I do wear makeup, but this kit is not my taste at all. For one, I have not worn bronzer since I was in high school and I don’t plan on wearing it any time soon. If I can, I might sell or trade this one.

Finally, the Jacobsen Cocktail Salt was a huge letdown for me! I love margaritas, but we don’t usually make them at home and I doubt it will ever get used. Hopefully I can gift this one.

Overall, I was pretty excited about the Stephanie Johnson Train Case and I do not regret purchasing the Resort Box, but I do feel like most of these items were not a fit for me.

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Mantry March 2015 Subscription Box Review

Buy American and support American Artisans. Mantry ships 6 full size American Artisan food products to your door every month in a signature wooden crate.

Since Mantry is more geared to men, I thought this would be a fun subscription to enjoy with my boyfriend. The cost is $75 per month but their special was $45 for the first box. This month’s theme is Tennessee and they included a booklet describing their experiences and why they chose each item.

Here’s what was included in my March Mantry box:

    I wasn’t that impressed with the items and didn’t feel like they were well paired. We liked the caramel chews and the moonshine cake was decent. The brew bread was a unique flavor and we overall liked it. However the rest of the box was a huge miss for us. I can’t imagine paying full price for this box, as I was already unimpressed at the $30 off price.

    I really like the concept behind the brand and it is well packaged. The value was fairly low (barely $55) considering the box is $75 normally. Excluding the value, I just don’t think the box is a good fit for us.

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    CocoFeed: JewelScent Cinnamon Buns Wax Tarts Review + Ring Reveal

    Warm ground cinnamon melds with the fragrant scent of freshly baked bread and is accentuated by sweet notes of piping hot icing to create this decadent nod to the delicious confectionery delight.

    The Cinnamon Buns scent is a seasonal Jewel Scent Wax Tart that is only avaliable during specific times of the year… and I am SO happy I was able to get one!

    The smell is absolutely heavenly and I am so much in LOVE with it. The smell filled my entire apartment and basically had me drooling.

    And the best part? The RING! Check out what I received below:

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    The ring value is $40 according to the Ring Appraisal on JewelScent’s site. It isn’t as high as the other ring I received before, but I like this one just as much! Especially since it is pink!

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    Graze Sharing Box Review

    The sharing box is a great way to enjoy more of the snacks you love in larger, resealable bags. They’re great for sharing! A sharing box contains 5 sharing bags, and each bag includes approximately 4 portions. That’s about 20 portions of food per box.

    I subscribed to Graze’s snacks in the past for a few months. Even though they were absolutely yummy, I ended up cancelling because I didn’t feel like the value was there

    When I heard about their newest box, The Sharing Box, I was intrigued. The Sharing Box will cost $25 regularly, but right now Graze is overing $5 off your first box. When you compare this to their standard box, 4 snack portions for $6.99, this is a pretty great deal!

    As Graze usually works, you select which snacks you would like to try and they pick from your list to send to you. Here are the 5 snacks I received:

    • salted fudge and peanut cookie – baked salted peanuts, redskin peanuts, mini chocolate cookies and fudge pieces
    • scrumptious blueberry swirl – blueberry yogurt raisins, raspberry infused cranberries and blackcurrants
    • chocolate pecan pie – chopped dates, pecan nuts and chocolate fudge
    • honeycomb flapjack – rustic rolled oat flapjack with honeycomb and chocolate drizzle
    • summer berry flapjack – rustic rolled oat flapjack with berry-infused cranberries

    I absolutely love Graze’s snacks. They have unique combos of sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy. I always end up picking out sweet snacks, because I tend to have a sweet tooth and small snacks are a great way to curb my cravings.

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    The first time I tried a flapjack, I was absolutely in love! If I could order them in bulk, I would. I was pleased to see two in my Sharing Box. My favorite Graze snack is the Honeycomb Flapjack, but the Summer Berry one is a close second. I also really liked the Chocolate Pecan Pie snack. I would not normally eat dates, but it blends wonderfully with the pecan and chocolate pieces.

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    The Scrumptious Blueberry Swirl is a little too sweet but still good in small doses. The Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie was least liked for me. My boyfriend loved it though so it will be solely his snack.

    Overall, I think the Sharing Box is a great value if you love Graze snacks. I also really like that you can order a one-time Sharing Box because I would prefer to order one when I feel a craving for a flapjack (which may happen more often now that I know I can get them at a better price)!

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    Diamond Candles Review and Ring Reveal

    Since I really loved the JewelScent Candles I bought a few weeks ago, I decided to try out the brand that I first heard of years ago doing the same ring candle concept: Diamond Candles.

    I really wanted to try the Irish Cream Latte Ring Candle and found a coupon for Buy Two Get One Free (they are regularly $25 each)… it was hard to pass up. I ordered Irish Cream Latte (for the kitchen) along with Tropical Retreat (for the bathroom) and It’s A Boy (because who doesn’t like the smell of baby powder?).

    They arrived well packaged and in decent time. I don’t like the candle holder as much as JewelScent’s but it’s still nice. One thing I did notice is that these candles are kind of lumpy on top and even once they have melted and re-molded they are still lumpy. Other than that, they smell nice and are a lot stronger than the JewelScent candles which is a huge plus.

    • Irish Cream Latte – Indulge in this sweet blend of dark roasted coffee and Irish whiskey with butterscotch and caramel drizzled all over. Top it off with creamy whipped cream!
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    • It’s A Boy – Your little one smells like a little angel after bath time. A sweet combination of soft powder, bubble bath, and honey-vanilla, this scent brings a smile to your face.
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    • Tropical Retreat – With a hint of the Caribbean, a blend of green bananas, coconuts, oranges & grapefruits takes your nose on a vacation of a life time – right from inside your home! On this journey to paradise, Tropical Retreat is sure to relax you.

    I was able to get all three rings the same night I first lit them which was pretty cool. They were easier to remove from the wax but two of the three rings had some leakage and the ring reveal coupons were fairly wet, as well.

    Here are the rings I dug out of the candles:

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    Unlike JewelScent, you cannot choose your ring size with Diamond Candles. Of the three rings, only one of them fit, but luckily the one that fit was my favorite! My favorite is the purple ring in the middle. The ring has a butterfly on either side of the stone which was a very cute detail! Another difference between JewelScent is that these rings are only gauranteed to be worth $10. To receive anything higher you must win it in the “Ring Reveal” from the coupon/code that is inside the candle alongside the ring. I really liked that JewelScent had slightly higher valued rings in the candles, so at least if you didn’t win the “jackpot” you at least got a fairly decent ring. These rings were very cheap and not a great consolation prize compared to my experience with JewelScent.

    I entered in all three of my coupon codes into the Ring Reveal program, which is actually a pretty cool idea! I thought it was fun being able to potentially capture an awesome moment such as winning an expensive piece of jewelry…. unfortunately all three of my webcam recordings ended up with the ZERO, ZILCH, and NADA results. I was pretty bummed not to win anything since I was hoping for my beginner’s luck to help me out.

    Overall, I think Diamond Candles was a complete miss for me. While I did like the strength of the candle’s scents, I really was not impressed with the ring quality. Since the whole gimmick of ring candles is about finding jewelry, I think I will stick with JewelScent for now as they really do give you a quality product.

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    Bare Escentuals BareMinerals March 2015 Mystery Box Review

    It’s a 10-piece Beauty Surprise collection brimming with mystery goodies. These go fast. We’re talking a few hours. Tops. You’ve been warned…

    bareminerals-mystery-boxThis Mystery Box was only avaliable on March 17, 2015. Since I had never gotten a Bare Minerals Mystery Box before, I decided to try it out.

    I was lucky to get one of their special Black Friday deals a year or two ago and was very happy with the value, so I thought this might be similar. I definitely think the is a great way to try out different products from their brand.

    The Mystery box was $45.00 and was labeled as a $191 value.

    Here’s what was included in my Mystery Box:

     

    Full Size:

    • Soft Focus Face Brush with Matte Black Handle ($30)
    • Big & Bright Eyeliner, Charcoal ($14)
    • Big & Bright Eyeliner, Midnight ($14)
    • Prime Time Primer Shadow, Racing Green ($18)
    • Natural Lipgloss, Rose ($15)
    • Ready Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Tinted ($23)
    • Ready Eyeshadow 4.0, The Exotic Escape w/ Rose Gold Case (orig $30)

    Samples/Other:

    • Brightening Pearl Perfect Light Mineral Veil w/ Rose Gold  Cap (6.5g – $18 ?)
    • Mini Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer (1.5ml)
    • Sample Prime Time Foundation Primer (1ml)
    • Large Patent Leather Makeup Bag

     

    I think the $191 value is a little high because after looking up my items online it is more like $160. Especially since many of these items are no longer available and can be found at a discount.  Even at $160, it is still a great value of items at $45.

    My favorite items in the Mystery Box are the Soft Focus Face Brush and the Ready Touch Up Veil. I have wanted to try out their pressed powders since they started making them but never ended up getting any.  So far I really like the results and the brush is super soft!

    I was pretty impressed with the variety of the box but  most of the items are not necessarily something I will use. I have tried a few different Mineral Veils before and I am not a fan of them. I also tried out the Charcoal Eyeliner today, which I like as a backup. I just recently started wearing eyeliner – but I still prefer the Stila liquid Eyeliner I received in the Sephora Favorites Superstars Set. The Midnight (blue) Eyeliner  isn’t for me, so I will probably end up gifting it to a friend who loves colored eyeliners.

    Overall, I think this is a really great way to try out different products from BareMinerals at a great price. The three items I ended up using would cost almost $70 to purchase separately, so it definitely ended up being a good deal. I am not sure if I will do another Mystery Box right away, but maybe in another year or two I will be ready to experiment with new BareMinerals products.

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    Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2015 Subscription Review

    A defining line here. A splash of color there. Every woman has her own unique way of showing the beauty within her. At Walmart, you’ll discover the latest products and most trusted brands at our low prices. Every day.

    For $5 each season, Walmart will send you a box full of samples and coupons for Walmart beauty products.

     

    Here’s a list of the samples and coupons I received in my Spring box:

    • John Frieda Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner (0.28oz/8.3ml each)
    • L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Shampoo, Conditioner, and Instant Shock Treatment (0.34oz/10ml each)
    • TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo(1.15oz/32g)
    • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub(1.0oz/28g)
    • Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion – Omega Moisture (0.5oz/14ml)
    • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil (0.4oz/11ml)
    • Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Stain in Chic (0.081oz/2.3g)
    • Nivea Smooth Sensation Dry Skin Body Lotion (0.14oz/4ml)

     

    And the Coupons/Ads:

    • $2.00 Off Coupon for any John Frieda Luxurious Volume styling product
    • $1.00 Off Coupon for any one Nivea Body Lotion or Creme
    • $2.00 Off Coupon for one Covergirl + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation Product
    • Ad for Maybelline’s new pallette: The Blushed Nudes

     

    At first glance, I was fairly disappointed in my items compared to others I have already seen, as it looks like others received larger samples and more coupons in their boxes. But now that I am looking into the items more carefully, I am actually becoming more excited in some of the items I received.

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    I was most happy to see the Hard Candy lip stain. I believe this is full size and $5 in stores, so that one item covers the price of the entire box. Chic is a nude color, not my first choice but it’s pretty and glides on silky smooth. I like it!

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    I also really liked the Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion. It smells like berries/peaches to me and my skin loved it. It looks like the Omega Moisture is a newer scent featuring Sea Berries. I also saw they have a Greek Yogurt lotion which sounds delicious!

    The majority of my box contained hair care type products, which is something I don’t use a lot of. I have quite a few oils that I have received in different subscriptions that have been left unused… so I don’t see the Dove one to be of much use for me. I will have to force myself to use the shampoo/conditioner samples so that they aren’t wasted. I hear other rave about dry shampoo all the time, so maybe I will give it a try, as well.

    Once I am able to thoroughly test each product, I might post a review of an item that stands out to me. So far I am most intrigued by Dove’s whole Omega Moisture/Sea Berries line.

    Overall, I am pretty pleased with the selection for $5. Since I generally do not shop at Walmart  or buy these types/brands of products, I am probably not their target market. I ended up cancelling my subscription, but I did enjoy getting this box and think the value is good.

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    Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style Spring Subscription Spoilers

    I have recently become more interested in ADDICTED to the subscription box world… in fact I have already signed up to try over five new ones this month. I am most excited to try out the Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style and luckily I was able to secure my subscription!

    INTRODUCING BOX OF STYLE. OVER $300 WORTH OF GLAMOROUS FINDS, CURATED BY RACHEL ZOE AND DELIVERED TO YOU FOR ONLY $100.

    This is a seasonal box, so there are only four boxes each year. They have two packages: Seasonal $100 (4X a year) or Annualy $350, plus tax.

    Currently, the box is completely SOLD OUT! In fact, it sold out in just HOURS of being available to purchase. You can join the waiting list to get the summer Box of Style.

    So far they have released two spoilers for the spring Box of Style:

    • Miansai modern screw cuff (valued at $200)
    • An exclusive trio from Zoya (consists of a gorgeous nude, vibrant poppy red and stunning opal)

     

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    The cuff isn’t exactly my taste per se, but I love that it has a high value. It is pictured in gold but it comes in gold, rose gold, and silver. I would love there to be different varieties in the boxes since I love silver but the silver one is $365 so it is doubtful.

    I have been a huge fan of Zoya nail polishes for years, but haven’t gotten a new one from them in quite awhile so I am extremely pleased to receive a brand I already love.

    Check out the official video spoiler featuring Rachel Zoe explaining why she selected these three polishes below:

    I am hoping that there will be more luxe items like the cuff but I do like the variety so far from spoilers.