Saturday, December 28, 2013

Unboxing/review of 2nd Rocks Box!

I definitely liked the 2nd box better than the first! The chain was still REALLY short, even afer I indicated that I prefer long necklaces. They really did pay attention to what I wrote about liking nature themes though! Too bad they were either too big or too small... Im hoping the 3rd box will be just right ;)

-xo, T

Friday, December 27, 2013

Huge Sale at Julep!!

Yay! Awesome sale at Julep!!

I checked out the polishes available and there is A LOT!! Great prices too, like $2.99 for a really great quality polish. Nice!! 

Julep Beauty Inc.

The sale ends on 12/31/2013, so hurry up and pick up your favorite colors at a steep discount! 

Also, if you haven't tried the monthly service, you can try it for free with this coupon code: FREEBOX (type in at checkout). I think you pay a couple dollars for shipping but you get 2-3 polishes and some other nail or beauty product.

I love it, I wasn't really into painting my nails before but once I used these I don't mind changing colors every week, the polish dries SUPER fast!

-xo, T

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Conscious Box [Gluten Free] December 2013 Review!

Just got my Conscious Box (Gluten Free) in the mail today!! This has been a great week for mail goodies! :)

I love this Larabar flavor! I eat these regularly because I'm GF and ALWAYS running around busy. My local grocery doesn't have this flavor though so it was exciting to get it in this month's box!

I first tried this peanut butter when I was living in NYC, it was at their restaurant… I bought the White Chocolate PB flavor and… well, I'm not a huge fan of PB but this jar was finished surprisingly quickly… Maybe it's best that I stay away from this one :P

Yay! I love receiving bath/cosmetic products!! I'll update with some product reviews after I try these out!

One can never have too many wet wipes! I ALWAYS carry some around. Some make fun, but they're also always the ones who ask for one lol!

And a couple more things I'll probably try very soon! 

I'll follow up with reviews and total value of this months box! I'll also put up some coupon codes for you! 

What did you receive in your December Conscious Box? Which version do you subscribe to?

Note: Conscious Box has 3 versions (Classic, Vegan, & Gluten Free). 
Price: $19.95/ month (this includes shipping) 

I've subscribed with discounts always though. Last time, I used a coupon that took maybe half off a 3-month subscription. Good deal! I'll re-check the details and keep my eyes peeled for more coupon codes! I think this may have been my last month, eek!

-xo, T

Taste Guru November 2013 Review!

**Ooops! I forgot to post this! I actually just received a 3rd box! I'll post that one today as well ;)**

What?? Why did I already get a 2nd Taste Guru box? I just got my 1st one from my 2-month trial order  a week or so ago this month… I will email them about this one. If it's a mistake and I get some freebies, that's fine with me! ;) I'd be a little sad if the 2-month trial meant 2 boxes at once because I kind of like having it spread out… like getting presents every month randomly, lol. But whatever, food is food any time right?

And this food is delicious!

Like coupons! Deals! ;)

Perfect timing for Thanksgiving!
**Update: We used this in our turkey and you never would have guessed it was GF!! Yum!**

Omg… this was SO good! I was hesitant at first actually… but shouldn't have been because this stuff is delicious!! I am definitely buying more! Tastes something like nature valley granola bites but better!

I love gluten free pasta! Makes me not so sad about not being able to eat pasta anymore haha! Tastes pretty much the same! Well… not always, but good enough and I don't feel sick afterwards anymore! :)

Can't wait to try this!! Waiting until the BF comes to visit, he's GF too so we will definitely chomp down on some waffles this weekend!
**Update: we tried this and it was pretty good, it was really hard to make waffles with it though. Like it was extra sticky or maybe our waffle iron is just too old lol!**

These tastes almost exactly like Chicharones, but are made of lentils… enough said. 

These will probably be DELICIOUS!! Can't wait to try them, waiting for the weekend!

-xo, T

Friday, December 13, 2013

Birchbox December 2013 Review! **UPDATED**

Got my December Birchbox this week! Yayy:) 
There were some pretty great products in it! More Argan oil stuff, some bath stuff made of salt from the Great Salt Lake, nail polish, etc. Check it outtt ;) I'm excited to give them a try (except that birchbox logo thing for your phone. I don't get it. why would I put that on my phone?)

Chuao Chocolatier Chocolate Bars:I have yet to try this delicious looking chocolate! It got lost in my huge purse somewhere, lol. Maybe I'll save it for during my flight in a couple days :)

Color Club® Cocktail Hour Collection:This is a nice neutral color, I'll probably give it away though. I'm not really into frost nail polishes.

Nelson j Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non-Foaming Shampoo (the little bottle next to the thin white one):
I tried this shampoo last weekend before going to a wedding, and was a little nervous it wasn't going to wash my hair well enough. I'm not used to non-lathering shampoos… Well, it worked and it worked pretty well! I also didn't even need to use conditioner afterward! Also, my hair wasn't as flat as it normally would be in cold weather. Maybe it was just a good hair day? Ooor… Maybe it was the shampoo ;)

ARCONA Magic White Ice (the thin white tube):
I prefer thicker consistencies for face lotions. This one was pretty thin, like watery. It was nice though, did the job fairly well. Maybe not as hydrating as I would like either. I imagine this would be a really good face lotion for people with oily skin. Maybe good for me in the summer ;). I'll save it for when it heats up even more here in a couple months.

I'm excited to try out the bath salt and body lotion. They gave really good sized samples for those, I even considered giving them as gifts lol!

I'll update this post with details by tomorrow hopefully!

Well, I've had more exciting Birchboxes, but this one was pretty good! I'd like to get more makeup items, like the Chella Highlighter that was in the November Birchbox! I still use that every day! :)

I didn't add up the value of this box, but if you're curious to know, just post a comment and I'll add it all up for you ;)

What did you get in your Birchbox?

-xo, T

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

JULEP HOLIDAY SALE! Day 8 of Julep's 12 Days of Gifting! Free Gift w/ purchase ($48 value!)

Man, I've been really bad abut posting the Julep deals! I have my last final tonight so it should get more regular here ;)

Julep Beauty Inc.

I saw on another blog that she was able to get 3 polishes and the bangles for an order that I think was less than $15! Good deal!

-xo, T

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 5 of Julep's 12 Days of Gifting Sale!! FREE Gift with any Purchase from their Gift Guide!!

Day 5 of Julep's Sale! 

Sorry, I didn't have time to put up the sale link yesterday. Projects and finals to do to!! Eek! 

But here's a good one! A FREE gift with ANY purchase! WHAT? I'm checking this out now. Still need to do more holiday shopping! 

Julep Beauty Inc.

Expires: 12/8/2013 at 11:59pm PT

Friday, December 6, 2013

12 Days of Gift Giving with Julep!! Day 3!

Well, I'm getting a little of a late start with these promo offers!! Sorry! I had family visiting and now finals week is here. Eeek!! Anyway, Julep is having 12 days of deals for holiday shopping. They're on Day 3 of their promos, but I'm pretty sure you can still get them.

Julep Beauty Inc.

Coupon Code: "2FOR1HOLIDAY"
Active from: Ends at 11:59pm PT

There are some really good deals coming up the next couple days, so check back for those!

-xo, T

Friday, November 29, 2013

Some of my favorite BLACK FRIDAY Sales & Deals!! *UPDATED**

Ok! Took me awhile but I put together a great list of shops I really like that are having fantastic Black Friday deals!! Some in the list are Fancy, Birchbox, Julep, Nourish Organic, Cult Cosmetics, etc. Some REALLY good deals here. Happy Shopping! ;)

Birchbox - Hidden Deals ALL week!!!


HUGE Julep Sale! $1 nail polishes! Need I say more?

Julep Beauty Inc.



Conscious Box - 20% OFF everything in their Marketplace! 


Promo Code: "BLACKFRI"
**this was just updated! (my previos code was for only 20% off, but I just checked their site and this one was avaialble!

Above is a screenshot of my Cart. This is a great time to take advantage of sales like this to make holiday gift shopping a little less expensive:) Before this Thanksgiving promo my cart would've added up to almost $47!!


Klutch Club - 40% Off 6 month Subscription!

Promo Code: "ZZBLACK40"


Cult Cosmetics - Awesome 40% Everything Discount! 
Promo Code: "HOLIDAY40"
I tested out the coupon code, and it works! :)

Nourish Organic - 50% off Everything on Black Friday!! This is their biggest sale of the year so take advantage of it!!

Save 50% on everything during Nourish Organic Green Friday Sale

Promo Code: "GREEN50"

Also check out their Eco-Chic Holiday Gift Sets that are already 20% off! I'm not sure if you would get an extra 50% on top of that? Does anyone know? I'll try to find out ;)

_________________________________________________________________________________ - Black Friday Sale - FREE Full Size Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer with any $50 Purchase -(A $45 Value!). This offer ends at 11:59 pm PST 11/29/2013. So hurry and stock up if you're interested!


Fine Featherheads - 30% off until December 3 (this excludes sale items unfortunately)
They have things like hair tint and really pretty feathers for your hair!

Fine Featherheads

Promo Code: "givethanks30"
_________________________________________________________________________________ - Up to 50% off select items! I really like this online shop. They have TONS of really great eco-friendly, "green," sustainable products!

Treatsie - 1 month free with 3 month Gift Subscription!
I haven't ordered the gift subscription buuuut, I did ordere a $5 (Free Shipping!) Sample Box from them! I think it'll make a sweet little addition to gifts I give for the holidays ;)


**UPDATE** - Save 20% Off Any 3+ Items! 
Promo Code: "AF13203"

If I find any more I will post them ASAP! Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!
-xo, T

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Birchbox Limited Edition Snow Day Box Review!

I was excited about this one! I was able to use my Birchbox points to get $10 off! You accumulate by making purchases (includes the monthly box) and doing reviews on their website for products you purchased from them or received in your Birchboxes
(*I included a screenshot of my checkout page at the bottom of this post)

Extras!!: I also used a promo code that was on their website for a free face scrub (free with $25 purchase - find these deals on the left side of the screen under the category "Birchbox Bonus Shop") AND I got to add on the Mystery Sample Pack for free (you can purchase it for $10 or get it free with $35 purchase)!

A packing list along with some neat little cards: Scrabble tips and "Home Spa Day" tips, which was just giving suggestions on using all the items from the box.

Three Tarts: Cinnamon Marshmallow (2 pcs) - $2.20 (10 ct. = $11)

I love playing Scrabble and mini versions of things so this is perfect! It's housed in a nice sturdy box (more sturdy than what board games usually come in) and seems to have enough pieces for 2 players. Can't wait to play this with the BF instead of Words with Friends ;)

I haven't tried the marshmallows or cocoa powder yet but I'm sure they're both delicious ;)

Here's the game w/ all the pcs out.

Happy Socks (1 pair) - $10
MALIN+GOETZ: travel candle (Cannabis) - $13.40 (9oz candle = $52)

I really like the pattern on the socks and they're really soft! However, I don't really show off my socks so I'm thinking of giving them as part of a Christmas gift to a friend who does.

The candle is really nice, and no it doesn't smell like marijuana lol. It smells more forest and nice soap. Looove! But, I do have allergies and a slight cold right now so it may actually smell completely different.

Chantecaille: Flower Infused Cleansing Milk (0.27oz) - $5.08 (3.4oz = $64)
Chantecaille: Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask (0.17oz) - $7.90 (1.7oz = $79)

Out of these 3 I've only tried the Cleansing Milk. It worked well as a gentle facial cleanser. I didn't break out from it and it didn't dry out my skin. I normally don't wash my face everyday because I'll break out and dry out. I guess my skin has become "sensitive" in the recent years. The scent was very light too, but pleasant. Anyway, I don't think I would spend $64 on face wash though. Well, I definitely wouldn't right now, but who knows later on? 

L'Occitane: Shea Butter Hand Cream (10ml) - $1.82 (5.2oz = $28)

I've bought this hand cream before so it was nice to get a little one to carry in my bag. It's a little thicker than lotions I usually use but it does absorb pretty fast and was a hand saver (get it? :P) during bitter winters on the east coast. Tip: a little goes a looong way, I still have a tube from 3 yrs ago!

The packaging is pretty cute! Especially for a box a matches! If I still had my antique oven that required lighting with a match these would've been perfect! Perhaps I'll take them on my next camping trip instead… I mean "glamping" trip?!

S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm: Cinnamon (0.15oz) - $3.75 (4 tube variety pack = $15)

This lip balm is pretty good! The cinnamon flavor also has cardamom. It should be labelled Cardamom flavor instead of cinnamon bc it definitely overpowers any other scent and flavor. It's not bad though. I would've preferred more cinnamon or just a different flavor all together lol. I'd like to try the Peppermint one. 
One thing I really like about this lip balm is that it doesn't leave any medicinal weird metallic-like after taste, as do Chapstick brand and others like it. 
I don't know if I'm allergic or something, but Chapsticks will dry out my throat or something… strange. That's why I usually carry little tubs of Bag Balm concoctions I mix up to use as a balm instead (*later on I'll post a how-to).


The following items were all additional free samples (the face scrub was the bonus item for spending $25. The last two were from the mystery pack that's $10 or free with $35 purchase).

I actually used this on my legs before shaving and it seemed to do what it's supposed to! Reminds me of St. Ives Apricot Scrub but not as rough and I like the smell a little more. I was surprised that they sent a full-size version and not a little sample since it was a free gift! What a deal! ;)

Ruffino Nail Polish: Fox Hunt (0.17 fl.oz) - $8 (comes in a set of 3 = $24)
Violet Oasis: 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil (4ml) - $2.66 (60mL = $39.95)

I received a Ruffino nail polish in my October Birchbox and really did not like the color. But I do like this one! And the quality is actually pretty good. Dries as fast, if not faster, than my Julep nail polishes!

I was actually recently admiring a friend's hair… M;)… who told me she uses Argan oil on it! Definitely trying it out on that soon! I did try it on my face already and it was wild! My skin instantly looked smoother. Seriously. 

Snow Day Box = $97.85
+ Free Derma e Exfoliant $12.75
+ Free [Pick 2] Sample Pack $10.66

Here's that screenshot I promised:

Whaat?! Crazy deal for only $29! Once again the people at Birchbox impress:) Love it!

So as you see above, the Snow Day box is actually $39, but I used my Birchbox points to get a $10 discount. You accumulate the points by doing reviews on their website, which you can only do on things you receive in the monthly Birchbox and I think on stuff you buy from their shop. I'll have to double check on that one.

-xo, T