Winter 2014 Fab Fit Fun!

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So excited to share my Fab Fit Fun Fall Box with everyone!!! There is still time to snag your own FFF Box… 

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive

You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the dermatologist away!” Well, at least that’s what they’ll be saying after using Juice Beauty’s bestselling, GREEN APPLE Peel.  The certified organic formula exfoliates and refines to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and works like a charge to lighten hyperpigmentation.  We’re talking spa-quality exfoliation and a brighter complexion. Now that’s a-peel-ing!

 

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace

We’re inviting you to join the fight against world hunger with this super cool and unique HALF UNITED necklace. For every product purchased HALF UNITED gives half of all the profits to feed children in need. Each super chic necklace, designed from three recycled bullet casings, is a symbol of your bold stance against a problem that 925 million people face every day. Whether you receive a gold or silver necklace, your message will be heard loud and clear.

 

Zumba 60 minute DVD “Max” and $25 gift card

Ready to get down and drop pounds? We’re giving you the perf workout package, complete with a one-hour-high-energy Zumba class on DVD led by legendary Zumba creator Beto. And to make sure you’re shakin’ it in style, we’re adding $25 toward a new super cute Zumba workout wardrobe. Oh and when you buy with your FFF gift card you get free shipping.  Work it!

 

Passport to Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-aging Eye Serum With Retinol

For centuries women in Tibet have thought of the Goji Berry as a “beauty food.” And now, we’re putting a stamp on your Passport to Beauty with this Tibetan Goji Berry Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Serum.  Marrying East with West, this rejuvenating and advanced age-defying formula diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates collagen and elastin, while restoring your delicate eye area. A must-have for winter!

Daniel Stone COCO Candle

Other brands can’t hold a candle to Daniel Stone’s COCO Candle.  Harnessing the remarkable properties of natural coconut wax, theses candles provide the cleanest burn available, which means no icky toxins polluting the air. Plus, coconut wax is the first sustainable wax resource to hit the market, resulting in an uh-mazing smelling candle that is truly ecologically responsible.

yourMineral Assorted Eye Shadow Duo

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to these gorge eye shadows. The hand-picked pigments are perfect for winter, and provide a natural solution that works with your skin, not against it.  Made to fit your active lifestyle, these shadows are long-lasting, easy to apply, and totally mix-able for an unlimited palette.  Each box features a gorgeous complementary shadow duo perf for all your holiday parties.

Salted –  3 Months of Free Membership

Pull on your apron and whip out your spatula—you could be the next Iron Chef! A world-class cooking education shouldn’t cost $20K, so we’re giving you a free three-month subscription to Salted TV, the coolest way to learn how to cook in your own kitchen.  With step-by-step tutorials from the best chef’s in the country at your fingertips, Salted TV is like Netflix for cooking!

Lather AHA Hand Crème with Evening Primrose

We gotta hand it to you—your hands do a ton of work.  And in winter the harsh weather can really wreak havoc on your hands. Treat them to LATHER’s unbelievably rich formula that contains alpha hydroxy acids to encourage cell renewal and help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.  Infusions of chamomile, combined with evening primrose and lemongrass, make sure your hands are baby soft and healthy-looking all winter long.

$30 Fashion Project Gift Cards with Free Shipping

Kick off your winter wardrobe in style with a $30 gift card to Fashion Project. Shop pre-loved, designer clothing, shoes, and accessories to nab your favorite piece that is sure to become your seasonal staple.  The best part? A portion of each purchase goes directly to charity. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

 

Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake

Life can be a balancing act. Luckily you don’t have to sacrifice the nutritious for the delicious anymore! Organic Valley’s Organic Balance Milk Protein Shakes are filled with 16 grams of protein, no GMOs, are lactose-and gluten free, and contain 50% of your daily recommended calcium intake.  The Organic Valley Shake is a perfect start to your morning and makes an amazing pre-or post-workout boost.  Make sure to pop it in the fridge—this shake is best served cold.

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter

Ok, we’ll admit it. We’re nuts about nuts.  And what could be better than nut butter?! All-natural, creamy, and delicious, Justin’s is our absolute face when it comes to almond butter.  Packed with protein and healthy fats, this is a snack that will actually keep you fell between meals, and travels perfectly in a convenient squeezable package!

Special K Snack Bars

Want a delish 100-calorie snack bar? Chew on this! Special K Chewy Snack Bars are the perfect combo of tasty and visible ingredients that provide a yummy “any time” snack you don’t have to feel guilty about.  With four tasty flavors—Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate—these bars taste like dessert but feel like fuel.

 

 

Products::

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive: $39.00

Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace: $34.00

Zumba 60 min DVD “Max” and $25 gift card: $55

Passport to Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-aging Eye Serum with Retinol: $88

Daniel Stone COCO Candle: $42

yourMinerals Assorted Eye Shadow Duo: $44

Salted-3 Months of Free Membership: $29.97

Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose: $30

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**Organic Valley Organic Balance MIlk Protein Shake: $2.99

**Justin’s Classic Almond Butter: .69

**Special K Snack Bars: $2.65

** denotes sponsored products 

 

Borghese Splendore vs. High Beam vs Buxom Luminizer

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Dupe time again!  I received the Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup in my December Birchbox and immediately thought that it looked like Benefit High Beam.  So I decided to do some swatching…

 

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As you can see with most of my ideas of dupes I am completely off.  It just goes to show that just because something looks the same in the bottle doesn’t mean it is.   I think the Buxom is a true golden highlight, High Beam is a pink, and the Borghese is a rose gold.  When you swatch the Borghese next to high beam it appears more gold and then when swatched next to the Buxom is appears more pink.

Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup:: $30.00

benefit High Beam:: $26.00

Buxon Divine Goddess Luminzer:: $28.00

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

 

 

 

 

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The newest palette to the Too Faced collection is a companion to the Chocolate Bar palette that came out last year.  I say companion because it is different from the original Chocolate Bar palette and   I feel like if you have both there isn’t much overlap.  This palette is advertised as a warmer version of the original.  First off, I thought the original was warm to begin with and looking at the semi sweet head on I didn’t think that it was a warmer color palette per say.  But when put side by side I can see that it is warmer than the original but I won’t say that the original is cool toned it is definitely still a warm toned palette.

I really like that the Semi Sweet palette has the names written on the packaging unlike the flimsy plastic insert that came with the original.  Also this palette is thinner and the mirror portion of the palette is hinged so that it will stay up when open which is helpful.

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette:: $49.00

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette:: $49.00 

Ipsy December 2014

Beauty without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

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Beauty Without Cruelty 3% A.H.A. Facial Cleanser is a lightly-foaming, soap-free cleanser that removes dead surface skin cells, daily impurities, and excess oil without over-cleaning your skin. Nature’s own alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) gently and deeply clean and actively clarify your skin without disturbing it’s natural balance. Pure premium Oshadhi aroma-therapeutic essential oils tone, condition, and calm, leaving your skin clean, clear, and refreshed.

Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid 

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Made with 100% raw mineral powder, this highly pigmented satiny powder not only colors your eyes with shimmery, gorgeous hues, but is also safe to wear long hours. The easy to use built-in sponge tip allows smooth application and seamless blending of colors. Whether you want to give a subtle wash of color or go for dramatic smokey makeup, CAILYN Just Mineral Eye Polish will be a girl’s best friend.

NYX Butter Lip Balm  in Marshmallow

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Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with NYX Butter Lip Balm. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated. This Buttery Lip Balm is addictively soft and scrumptious and perfect for adding a subtle hint of color for a naturally flirtatious pout. Apply directly to bare lips or apply it over lip liner for more intense color.

Sexy Hair 450 Blow out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray

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Protect those tresses! Sexy Hair’s 450° Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray protects hair from heat damage up to 450°F. In addition to outstanding thermal protection, it also conditions for smooth, sleek styles, detangles for improved manageability and strengthens hair. Helps to decrease blow dry time and adds weightless shine.

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara 

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Like a pushup bra for your lashes, tarte’s best-selling mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. The high-performance formula is also infused with naturally-derived olive esters to help nourish and protect lashes.

This Ipsy Bag is worth $37.81!

Full Size Info and Coupon Codes:: 

Beauty without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser    15% off any purchase with the code CGWXUYET $11.95 Full Size (sample size worth $2.81)

Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish  Free Gift and 20% off any purchase with code IPSYCAILYN $15.00 Full Size included in Bag

NYX Butter Lip Balm    25% off NYX Glam Collection with code NYXGLITZ $4.00 Full Size included in Bag

Sexy Hair 450 Blow out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray   20% off with the code IPSY or Text keyword IPSY to 33233 to get a better deal! $18.95 Full Size (sample size worth $7.67)

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara  20% off with the code IPSYDEC   $20.00 Full size (sample size worth $8.33)

Winter 2014 Walmart Beauty Box

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Its Walmart Beauty Box time!  If you recall I wrote a post in October for the Fall edition of this $5.00 beauty box.   Click here to sign up to get your very own box, they come out 4 times a year in coordination with the seasons

Whats in the box…

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$1.oo off coupon for Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Lara Says:: I love love love this powder, I am very happy to get this coupon!

Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Make-up Removal Cloths

Lara Says:: I really like my Yes to Grapefruit make up wipes but I’m willing to give these a try.

Jergen BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Lara Says:: I have heard a lot of people say that they love this lotion but I’ve never tried it, more then happy to give it a go! 

L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo and Conditioner

Lara Says:: I am on a no buy for hair products, I have sooo many samples that I need to get through so I’m adding this to my little stash.

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Lara Says:: This sample is teeny tiny so I don’t know if I’ll be able to give a full report on whether or not I like it.

Maybelline Color Sensation The Buffs Lip Color in Maple Kiss

Lara Says:: This looks like a nice neutral color and it is a full size so I’m happy with it!

My box this season come in at a little over double the amount I paid for it at $11.51

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder:: $8.99 (Coupon in box worth $1.oo)

Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Make-up Removal Cloths:: $3.97 for 25 (7 cloths in box worth $1.11)

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream:: $11.97 for 7.5 oz (1 oz in box worth $1.59)

L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo:: $5.97 for 8.5 oz (2 oz in box worth $1.40)

L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Conditioner:: $5.97 for 8.5 oz (2 oz in box worth $1.40)

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion:: $4.97 for 16.9 oz (.14 oz in box worth $0.04)

Maybelline Color Sensation The Buffs Lip Color in Maple Kiss:: $4.97 Full size in box

Birchbox December 2014

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I love how sometimes Birchbox adds a little something extra to your name… How cute is that?!

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And I love love love the box this month!

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Borghese Splendore Brightening Makeup–

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Birchbox Says: Light Diffusing liquid shimmer that veils imperfections and leaves a gorgeous glow.

Lara Says: This looks similar to benefits High Beam, I’m interested to compare them.  and this is a generous sample size!

Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hr Mascara–

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Birchbox Says: With its unique sculpting brush, this long-lasting formula gives lashes a dramatic lift.

Lara Says: You know I love me some mascara so I’m excited to give this a go and I’ll be sure to let you know the results. 

Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask–

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Birchbox Says: Made with antioxidant-rich tea, this mask firms and brightens skin in just eight minutes.

Lara Says: Yay! A face mask I can write a review on… :) 

Rusk Texture Spray–

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Birchbox Says: This medium hold spray gives any hair volume and shape— while keeping its natural bounce.

Lara Says:  I equally want to try this product and not try it. Why? I want to know what the fuss is (This is probably one of the most talked about hair products of the year) and I also don’t want to try it in case I like because of with the price tag involved… Is ignorance bliss?  Who knows… 

SeaRX Anti-Wrinkle Facial Lift Treatment Serum–

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Birchbox Says: With Dead Sea minerals and potent hydrators, this formula fights wrinkles and fine lines.

Lara Says: I’ve noticed some lines this year.. EEKK… Now I’m all about getting them tighter and preventing new ones so this shall be given a fair shot. 

 My Birchbox this month is worth $54.63 Merry Christmas to me! 

Full Size Info~

 

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Ok so if you are not on board with Birchbox what are you waiting for?!  One of the reasons I keep coming back to Birchbox is their points system where you use your points to buy products in the Shop. You can get points a few different ways: One is by referring people (50 points),  buying products in the shop (1 point for every $1 spent), and by reviewing the products you received in your box (10 points for each review).  And… 100 points=$10.  So with a little math you can see that if you review all your products every month, you will get, on average, $5 in points a month.  I like to look at that as getting my box for half price!

Products I’ve Hit Pan On—C.O. Bigelow – Rose Salve – No. 012

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Almost a year ago I did a review on this lip balm and I’m happy to say that I’ve almost used it all up!  I love the feeling you get when you finish up a product, am I the only one? Please tell me I’m not completely weird in finding satisfaction in using up a product!!

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As you can see from the pictures I’ll be done with this in a few weeks.  I probably won’t repurchase as I have a ton of lip balms to use.  And as I mentioned in my review I really like to use this as moisturizer for my cuticles and I’ve got plenty of those types of products to use as well.

Products Mentioned::

C.O. Bigelow – Rose Salve – No. 012– $5.50