DEAL ALERT: 3 Zoya Polishes for $12 Shipped!!!

This awesome deal is back: starting tomorrow, January 7th at noon EST you can get any 3 Zoya polishes for FREE! Just use the code COLOR2014 and pay the $12 shipping and handling fee.

3 Zoya Polishes for $12 Shipped!

3 Zoya Polishes for $12 Shipped!

Last year I scored some lovely colors, and this year I plan to do the same. I love the quality of Zoya, and their Ziv is my all-time favorite gold polish. Head on over to zoya.com to learn more about this awesome annual deal and pick your 3 favorite colors!

Sephora Beauty Insiders: Last Day for $15 off of $50, and Awesome MUFE HD Deal!

As you might know, I’m currently keeping super busy planning our August wedding, so most of my energy has been going towards that. And one of the things I’ve been thinking about is what to do about makeup on the big day. On the one hand I probably want to get a professional to do it, but on the other hand I’m way too type A to expect them to just get everything right, so I’ll probably be buying my own makeup and having them just do the actual application.

MUFE HD Complexion Starter Kit with Voucher at Sephora

MUFE HD Complexion Starter Kit with Voucher – great savings at Sephora

Long story short, one wedding day foundation holy grail is the Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation that I’ve been meaning to get my hands on. It apparently photographs like a dream – and that’s what you really want at a wedding. So imagine my excitement when yesterday I saw that you could get this awesome deal on it at Sephora!

If you’re a Sephora Beauty Insider (which I recommend anyone to sign up for!) you should have gotten an eGift card for $15 off or your $50+ purchase. That gift card expires tomorrow, so today is a great time to buy this MUFE HD Starter Kit and save a ton:

  • It’s a $114 value that regularly goes for $79, but is now priced at $55
  • You get a voucher for a full size MUFE HD foundation that you can redeem in a Sephora store ($42 value, no color match guesswork over the internet – been there, done that; note that this in only good at standalone Sephoras and not online or in JCPenney)
  • You get mini sizes of their HD Microperfecting Primer ($16 value) and HD Micorfinish Powder (also $16), as well as the HD Kabuki Brush ($40) that is no longer sold separately, but has really rave reviews
  • Free 3-day shipping!
  • 3 free samples with your purchase (I chose a couple of face masks and an Ole Henriksen serum)
  • One extra gift with a code ( I used TARTEPRIME for a deluxe sample of the Tarte Poreless Primer, but there were some other good ones – DEFINE for a deluxe Lancome Definicils mascara sample, or BOBBIBB for a sample of the Bobbi Brown BB Cream - if only you could use more than one code!)
  • And last but not least, 8% cashback when you go through ebates (no ebates account? Sign up and get a $10 gift card when you copy and paste this link: bit.ly/Vbm3jd)

So to sum it all up, my order came to $58.44 after tax, minus the $15 gift card for a grand total of $43.44, and that’s not counting the 8% cash back! Less than one bottle of the HD foundation after tax.

PSA: Get this While You Can!

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

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.

Glossybox USA September 2013

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.

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Glossybox coupon code September 2013

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iHerb vs Vitacost: Which Is Better? My Review

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! ♥

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SPOLIER ALERT: June Glossybox USA Preview – Dallas Shaw Collaboration + Code for Gift w/Subscription!

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 Glossybox USA June

Dallas Shaw Partners with Glossybox USA to bring the June “American Beauty Box”

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The Couch to 5K Challenge

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?


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My Two Favorite Facial Cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle and Neutrogena Naturals

My two favorite facial cleansers: Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover

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 Review and Swatches: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow, MoistureSmooth Color Stick

Neutrogena Cosmetics: Healthy Lengths Mascara, Crease Proof Eyeshadow and MoistureSmooth Color Stick

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.

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