If there’s one product that I’ve fallen absolutely head over heels in love with, it is this: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter. It smells like heaven, it goes on nice and smooth and non-greasy (it’s more of a mousse-like consistency than a heavy thick body butter), it’s made with awesome natural ingredients (and some chemical ones too), and best of all, it’s $4.99!
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter – aka “Heaven in a jar”. Get it while you can!
Next time I’m at TJ’s, I’m getting at least five more of these and stuffing every single stocking I can with them! The hand cream trio that looks like it’s made by L’Occitane, on the other hand, is going straight back. Way too scented for my taste.
Well, it has certainly been quite some time since I last posted! I do have a couple of pretty decent excuses: first a great friend of mine got married (I was helping out with the preparations for a solid 6 months) and then I myself got engaged! It has been incredibly exciting, and yet I feel a little bad for neglecting my blog.
I had also been taking a hiatus from Glossybox, but today broke the spell. I received an email with a spoiler, then checked out what else was supposed to come and… just placed my order. By the way, through 9/30 you can use code LIP to get a free Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm ($12 retail) which has some pretty rave reviews on Makeup Alley.
Want to find out what else is in September’s box? Click on the “Continue Reading” link below!
iHerb vs Vitacost: Both offer a similar selection of healthy goodies, so what’s the difference?
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately and a couple of weeks ago I placed my first iHerb order. I had heard a lot about the website, but somehow never had any need for their products. However, when I found myself on the market for supplements I started looking around and comparing prices. And I realized that Whole Foods charges $10-15 more on some of the stuff I need! AND you can save $5-10 off of your first order with a referral code! It was a no-brainer for a
cheap frugal person like me.
And then I got sucked in – there is just so much to choose from. Some of the products I needed weren’t in stock on iHerb, so that is how I discovered Vitacost. Shortly after that, a second order was placed, and ever since I’ve really gotten into the whole “healthy option” thing and my purchases have ranged from eco-friendly dishwashing tablets to shampoo to vitamins with a lot of stuff in between.
When I did my initial online research, I noticed that there wasn’t much information comparing iHerb and Vitacost – most of the search results were outdated forum threads or websites promoting their referral codes, none of which is very helpful. At this point I think I have enough experience to compare the two and with that I decided to jot down a detailed review/comparison. I have to warn you that it will be pretty subjective though – I’m basing it all solely on personal preference and experience.
And… yes, I will share my iHerb discount code (VMC661) that will save you $5-10 off of your first order, and a Vitacost link (or bit.ly/Xn43SB if that doesn’t work) that will give you $10 off of your first order of $30 or more. Enjoy! ♥
It’s been a while since I posted about Glossybox, but the spoilers for the June Glossybox are out and they look super exciting! The June Glossybox is another collaboration, this time with Dallas Shaw. Remember the Man Repeller Glossybox from January? That Glossybox was absolutely amazing, definitely my all-time favorite. And judging by the spoilers, the June Glossybox just might be as good, if not even better!
Dallas Shaw Partners with Glossybox USA to bring the June “American Beauty Box”
For some strange reason, I have never been able to run. I can do intensive cardio, I can hike, I can go for an hour on the elliptical, but running? Give me about 90 seconds, and I’m out of breath, holding on to my side and generally feeling incredibly defeated and utterly miserable. I’ve made multiple attempts to start running, and yet they always ended up with me deciding that “I just wasn’t made for it”.
And then… I discovered that I was not the only person on the planet with these issues, and that there was a whole system of interval workouts meant for people like me that promise to take you from zero to 5K in just 9 weeks! So I had to give it another try, and this time I’m also conditioning my dog for a “Pooch to 5K” program.
Here he is, after our first run yesterday morning:
Looking pretty happy to be getting some exercise, isn’t he?
My two favorite facial cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover
I have to say, I have super sensitive skin. It’s quite a challenge to find skincare that would suit me – a touch too harsh and the flakiness begins, a touch not cleansing enough and the imperfections and clogged pores start popping up, too fragrant and there goes the eczema flare up… So all in all I’ve had my fair share of skincare products going straight to the trash. But these two are my absolute holy grail, and I thought I would share that with all you sensitive ladies out there! Continue reading
Neutrogena Cosmetics: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow and MoistureSmooth Color Stick
As a BzzAgent I sometimes get sent products and asked to review them. This one was super exciting, as it’s right up my alley: Neutrogena Cosmetics!
In my BzzKit I got the following:
I’ve had a chance to use all these products for several weeks, so now I can post a detailed review.
Vitacost Be All Box: $13.99 with free shipping and all these healthy goodies!
I just received my first Vitacost Be All Box (I wrote more about it in this post), and I absolutely LOVED everything I got! It was the first time they were offering this box, and I was a bit wary because there were no reviews, but for $13.99 I decided to give it a shot. Here’s what came in my box:
Total value: $68.53 !
They were not lying when they promised a value of up to $70, were they? I am SUPER excited to try the New Chapter supplements – I have heard nothing but good things about this brand, and it’s great that the products Vitacost sent out in the Be All Box will be usable for a very wide audience (I mean, who doesn’t need calming vitamins, fish oil and herbal teas nowadays?..).
All the boxes are currently sold out, but you can keep an eye on them by following this link. I’ll probably be checking the site daily in order to catch the Be Pretty Box that I so want to try next. The only downside is that shipping takes almost a whole week, but hey, it is free! And don’t forget to go through ebates (bit.ly/Vbm3jd) for another 6% cash back.
Don’t forget that you can get $10 off of your first Vitacost order of $30+ if you sign up via my personal link (or bit.ly/Xn43SB). You will need to enter your email address and the coupon will be mailed to you shortly. That would let you get any one of the Be Boxes almost for FREE!
Vitacost Be Boxes
I have to admit, I’m a little on the fence about writing this post. On the one hand, I would very much prefer to write only about subscription boxes that I’ve already tried, but on the other – this one is brand new, and a limited edition, and will probably sell out quickly, so after I get it might be too late!
Since my iHerb vs Vitacost post has been receiving quite a lot of traffic, I figured a lot of my readers would be interested in the new Be Box subscriptions from Vitacost. The monthly box is $13.99 with combined value up to $70 MSRP and shipping is free (best of all, the whole order that you place with the box qualifies for free shipping too!). You can also get 6% cash back through ebates (copy and paste bit.ly/Vbm3jd to sign up), 10% off if you “Subscribe and Save” on Vitacost and of course $10 off of your first Vitacost purchase of $30 or more when you sign up through this link (or bit.ly/Xn43SB)
Most of the Be Boxes have already sold out (I missed out on the Be Well and Be Pretty options – one is personal care&wellness products, the other mostly beauty products and I will definitely be trying both in the future), but I checked today and saw that the brand new Be All box has just become available. They promise a mix of vitamins, supplements, food and personal care products, which sounds pretty good to me. Fingers crossed for a great first Be All box!
Here’s an idea of what else you could buy in order to use your $10 off of first purchase of $30 coupon and get free shipping:
Total: $31.04 with FREE shipping – $10 off coupon = 21.04 – 6% through ebates=
Grand total: just $19.78!
That’s for almost $50 worth of products – not even counting the Be All box’ MSRP. Not a bad deal, right?
So far, there has only been one Glossybox March spoiler. This month’s theme is Spring Fling, and it looks like they might be trying to redeem themselves after February’s disappointing box. Read on to find out which one item they’ve revealed!
Glossybox USA March: Spring Fling Box