Fab Fit Fun Box Fall 2014!

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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… 

 

 

Jessie Steele Apron

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What’s cookin’ good lookin’?  Must be you in this uh-dorable Jessie Steele Apron! With darling dots adornng the super cute vintage-inspired designs, you’ll be the hostess with the moistest this fall.  Featuring adjustable ties at the waist and the neck, you’ll serve up something hot in this number.  ( and we’re not just talking about dinner.)

Lara Says:: Love this!  I was just thinking last weekend after a marathon cooking session that I need to get a new apron and poof one appears on my doorstep not a week later 🙂

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster

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Revitalize your dried out post-summer skin with this much needed treatment by the skin care geniuses at Dermalogica! The super-luxe, ultra hydrating concentrate moisturizes deeply, minimizing fine lines. Containing hyaluronic acid, panthenol, glycolipids, and algae extract, this formula is a moisturization miracle!

 Lara Says:: My skin is not dry at all, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to use this.  I will definitely give it a try but I more then likely will be passing it along to a  friend or family member with drier skin.

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thank you Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press

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Let’s face it, when it comes to giving thanks sometimes a Twitter shout out just won’t cut it. Send a little love the old-fashioned way with a handwritten thank you note. These gorgeous cards come with sealing wax and a wax press for an added special touch that’s perfect for the season of giving.

 

Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped

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Never slip or slide in a yoga class again! Great Soles’ ballet inspired socks will help you perfect those body toning moves in all of your barre, Pilates, and Yoga Classes.  The super cute straps and flower detail make these way better than those clunky ol’ socks everyone else is sporting. And the cotton blend and heel tread help boost performance to give you a leg up (literally)! Here comes a bangin’ ballerina body.

Lara Says:: OMG so cute!  I can’t wait to wear theses!!

 

Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream “ Always There”

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This FabFItFun favorite features a new color and texture that is perfect for fall.  BFR’s lip cream not only gives you high impact, long-lasting color, it smooth’s and softens to make your pout even healthier! Made with capuaca butter, plus organic neroli and mandarin oils, this cream gives a smoothing, calming feel while you party with pretty lips all night long.  Plus, the LED light and mirror make applying easy, anytime, any place.

Lara Says:: This is new brand to me and you all know I love new products!  I really like the color (very “fall”)  and the formula seems to be very creamy and the light and side mirror are handy as well.

CHI 44 Iron Guard

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Hear that sizzling sound? That’s your hair screaming out for a little TLC. Protect your locks from the damaging effects of heat styling without h ving to give up your signature ‘do with CHI’s Thermal Protection Stray.  The weightless formula delivers moisture back into your parched strands without leaving any ugly buildup.

Lara Says:: I’ve used this product before and I know I like it.  Thanks FFF!

 

The Honest Co. Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar

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Who wants to look a little more like Jessica Alba? Um, everyone. We are obsessed with Jessica’s entire Honest co. Product line—including this amazing uber-hydrating bar soap.  The 84% organic cleanser is made with luxurious coconut, olive, and argan oils that naturally moisturize, condition and smooth skin. Nourishing rich later is perfect for bodies of all ages.

 Lara Says:: This smells soooo good!  I’ve never used anything from The Honeste Co. so I’m excited to give this a try.

LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter

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Crips autumn air can totally dry out your skin. Lock the moisture in with LaNatura’s Pure Vegan Body Butters, which contain ingredients to heal, soothe and preserve skin’s youthfulness! Each butter is formulated without parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances, colors, mineral oil, PABA, or animal ingredients. Toss a travel-sized butter in your purse for uh-mazing moisture on the go!

 Lara Says:: This isn’t the most attractive looking body butter but I’m willing to give it a try.  However it is not the consistency of a body butter, its more of a body soup.  Very very liquidy.

FitFusion 3 Month Digital Subscription

Ready to get your butt kicked by Jillian Michaels? FitFusion is a digital platform that offers you tons of premium fitness video content from famous trainers! And we’re giving you a three-month subscription to keep your workouts in high gear even as the weather cools down— yoga, Pilates, HIIT, bootcamp, dance videos and more.  Plus you can stream them from your IPhone, IPad, laptop, TV, Chromecast, or Apple TV. And your course you can sport your super cute Great Soles while getting your Downward Dog on.

Lara Says:: This could not have come at a better time.  I can’t wait to give this a try and see if I can find some new workouts!

 

Mary’s Gone Crackers

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Halt the hungrys with these super delish and completely healthy vegan, organic, non-GMO, whole grain, kosher crackers (yes, nutrition is mouthful!) Try a  sample of these gourmet crispy treats that feature super foods like brown rice, flax, quinoa, and sesame in a variety of tasty flavors to satisfy even the most serious snack attack.

 Lara Says:: Theses pretzel like snacks have a unique crunch and a lingering spicy flavor.  I really liked them!

Numi Organic Tea

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Numi’s unique blends use only the highest quality organic, non-GMO, 100% real ingredients that are sourced directly from Fair Trade Certified gardens. Steep a cup to feel soothed and satisfied with a sample of our fave flavors. Their simple art of tea

Lara Says::  I love tea and mint is one of my favorite flavors.  Win win all around!

Products Mentioned::

Jessie Steele Apron  $32.00 (25% off your order using code LUVFFF25)

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster  $56.00

Gramr Gratitude Co. Thank you Card Set, Sealing Wax, and Wax Press  $43.00 (get 50% off the first month subscription using code FFF50)

Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped  $12.00

Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream “ Always There”  $22.00

CHI 44 Iron Guard  $15.00

The Honest Co. Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar  $4.95 (Save 25% off your first order using the code HONESTLYFAB)

LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter  $18.00

FitFusion 3 Month Digital Subscription  $29.77

Mary’s Gone Crackers  $5.00 (Bonus Item)

Numi Organic Tea $6.99 (Bonus Item)

Wantable February Accessories Box

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I received my Wantable February Accessories box last week.  You may remember I shared with you that one of my favorite YouTubers CoffeeBreakwithDani aka Daniela Meza was the curator for this box.  I had heard about Wantable but I had never received a box.  I opted to go with the onetime box which is $40.00 to see if I liked it.  Each box contains a invoice that shows you what the full price is of each of the items you receive so you can see if you are getting what you paid for.  My invoice shows a total of $76 for the three pieces I received

First I have the Lemon Verbena Bracelet which is valued at $34.00 .  This bracelet features chartreuse and sparking stones set in gunmetal gray.  This is not the type of bracelet that I would buy for myself manly because of the chartreuse.  But I would not have a problem paying $34.00 for a comparable bracelet so I am happy with this.

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Next are the Rose Romance Earring. They are valued at $24.00.  This is my favorite item out of the box.  I really like these earrings and I would pay $24.00 if I saw these elsewhere. According to the invoice these earrings were made exclusively for Wantable.

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Last is the item I am most disappointed with, this Kristina Headband.  I like headbands and I wear them often. However this one is valued at $18.00 and I’m not sure why. This headband is a navy woven design that has metallic gold running through.  It is pretty and I will wear it but I don’t see why it is valued so high. If I saw this in a shop I wouldn’t pay more than $6.00 for it.

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If I discounted the headband I still come up ahead at $58.00 for value of the box.  I think this box may be a fun once in a while treat for me.  I don’t plan on joining right now.

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Wantable Accessory Box for February

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I love getting my subscription boxes because I love trying out new products or getting back ups of some of my favorites!  One of the hottest subscriptions right now is Wantable.  What makes Wantable unique is that they offer three box options, Beauty, Accessories and Intimates.  The fee is $36.00 a month or you can get a onetime box for $40.00.  Also unlike other subscription services if you are unhappy with your box (which would be doubtful!) you can return it for a full refund.  What make me decide to try Wantable is one of all time favorite YouTubers CoffeeBreakwithDani is the curator for February’s Accessory Box! I have been subscribed to her channel for quite awhile. I think when I started following her she had around 7,000 subscribers on YouTube and now she has over 40,000!  If you haven’t already, check her out and subscribe, you will not regret it.  She is funny (we have the same sense of humor) and makes you feel like her best friend through her channel.  If you would like to support Dani and get your own Wantable box for February follow this link!!

Watch Dani’s Video announcing her partnership with Wantable!

October Hits and Misses

Sterling Silver Chain with Elephant Pendant – Silver $19.99 From Target http://tgt.biz/Hx1exA

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I love this little necklace and I enjoy wearing it.  It is definitely a conversation starter, every time I wear it I get a compliment.

 Essential Little Black Beauty Book – Eye Edition in Warm $6.00 From e.l.f http://bit.ly/16FVlrh

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I love finding quality product at a great price.  There are only a few products from e.l.f that I have been disappointed in and this is not one of them.  With 48 colors in a variety of matte, satin and shimmer there are endless looks to be created. This was the only eye palette I brought with me when I was out of town for a week.

Maybelline SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick in Keep Me Coral $6.94 from Walmart  http://bit.ly/19CUJni

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Ok bottom line does this lipstick give you color for 14 hours straight? No.  But does that mean you shouldn’t try it? No.  While it doesn’t live up to its claim of 14 hour wear it is still a long wearing color that doesn’t dry out your lips and has a great color pay off.  I love the shade Keep Me Coral and I feel like it really complements my skin tone, so it is a keeper.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Dark and Deep Brown $8.52 from Amazon http://amzn.to/Hx6122

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FINALLY!!! A dry shampoo that doesn’t leave my hair with a white/gray cast and somehow also absorbs oil!  If you have dark hair and are struggling to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make you look like you are three months past your root touch up then give this one a try.  And bonus, it doesn’t stink!

Bare Face Cleansing Oil $28.00 from Julep  http://bit.ly/187rllh

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You have oily skin why would  you use oil to clean your face?  Good question, I don’t know why it works but it does.  While the price point on this is pretty steep ( I received mine in a julep maven box) this is by far the best cleansing oil that I have ever tried that doesn’t leave my skin with a slick feeling after being washed off.

Dark Orchid Raspberry Bubble Delight Bubble Bath $8.00 from Avon http://bit.ly/1ekBrGX

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I love Avon’s Bubble Bath formula.  It is seriously the best I have ever used. This bubble bath is scented with notes of rare orchids, intoxicating black raspberries and warm blonde wood which essentially smells like heaven!

No Misses I could think of this month, which I guess is a good thing! 

Caroline G. Jewelry

I have been a fan of Caroline G. Jewelry for quite a while.  If my memory is correct I believe I was first introduced to Caroline G by Kate from The Small Things Blog (if you don’t subscribe to her blog and youtube channel stop reading this and do it right now! )  A few months ago I was the winner of a $50 giveaway and I wanted to share with you what I chose!  One of the necklaces I chose was the 5 rosette statement necklace.

 

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And you my dear readers are in for a treat!  Caroline G is doing a special deal where you can get this necklace valued at $29.99 for only $12.99!!! Just check out the Facebook page and claim the offer to get yours.  The offer is good until October 10th 2013 so you had better jump on it quickly.  Trust me you will not be disappointed, I have ordered numerous pieces from this shop and have never been disappointed and I am sure you won’t be either!

Check out my video to see the other necklace that I received!

 

 

July Hit and Misses

July went by super fast! I seriously cannot believe we are now in the month of August. On to my hit and misses for the month of July….

Hot Mama Shadow/Blush from the Balm $20.00

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I received this as a sample in my Birchbox several months ago. This blush is super pigmented (as are most Balm blushes) so be careful or you could end up looking like a clown and have to do some retouching. This blush is a peachy pink hue and has a touch of shimmer. It is advertised as a blush and eyeshadow in one. I have not used this as a eye shadow but I could see with a neutral eye this would be a showstopping accent in the crease or corner. I am excited to try it as an eye shadow and I love products that do more then one thing!

Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo $3.44

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As a teen my hair was crazy, I had super oily hair that I had to wash everyday but I also had dandruff. Go figure… In the past six months or so my dandruff issues have come back to visit. I think it is related to hormones as I only seem to have this problem one week a month…. If you catch my drift…. I was using Head and Shoulders which worked great but I am always on the hunt for a bargain. The Equate (Walmart house brand) is $1.53 cheaper then the name brand and works just as well. Although this is advertised as a two in one shampoo and conditioner I found that my ends were getting dry. So I stated adding a deep conditioner or mask just to the ends of my hair after washing, it seems to have done the trick.

Organix Moroccan Penetrating Oil $5.74

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I think this hair oil is just a good Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. And at a discount of $24.26 I will take the Organix! At target the Oragnix Moroccan Argan Oil is $5.74 for 3.3 ounces. The Josie Maran is $12.00 for .5 ounces, $30.00 for 2.0 ounces and $50.00 for 4.0 ounces. I have used both and I found that Oragnix works the same. A little goes as long way, I have been using this for over three months and I have barely put a dent in the bottle.

TRUE COLOR Eyeshadow Duo – Fiji Paradise in Sunkissed $3.49 Regularly $7.00

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I am rarely disappointed in Avon eyeshadows and this duo is no exception. I love the color combo of gold and coral. I have also used the lighter gold shade as a highlight and it looks amazing. These are creamy powders that apply easily with a brush or with your fingers. Love Love Love!!!

Charlotte Russe Layered Beads and Chains Necklace in Mint $6.oo

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I cannot go into Charlotte Russe without buying jewelry, I have tired many times and always walk out with something. I just can’t help it, they have on trend and classic styles at super affordable prices, I just can’t say no! Mint is totally in right now and I love how this necklace softly incorporates the on trend color with crystal and gold. Adore this necklace I wear it at least once a week.

Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector $7.99 Regularly $10.00

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This product was a miss for me. I think for someone with drier or combination skin it would work well, but it did my super oily skin no favors. I did not really notice a reduction in the appearance of my pores but mostly my disappointment is that my skin was very greasy within a few hours of application. It did not do much of anything in keeping my oil under control.

What were your hits and misses from the month of July? Have you tried any of mine, if so what were your results? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!!

Tophatter

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I quit using eBay a few years ago because it brought out the gambler in me.  I have never been to a casino or done any “real gambling” but I think I should steer clear, I’m too competitive! But I discovered the Tophatter app and I am smitten! It is like a cooler and more hip eBay.  I went on a spending spree last night (and restrained myself and stayed within my budget).  One thing I love about this compared to eBay is that the bidding time is so short, I entered three showrooms and bought my three items within 45 minutes.  And it is so cute, the app is set up like an auction house as you can see below.

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The person with the current highest bid has a top hat on hence the app name of Tophatter.  There are all kinds of goodies to be found here and I cannot wait to receive my wins!

Swarovski Elements Hoop Earrings paid $19 (including shipping) found a comparable pair on Swarovski website for $62.00!!

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NYX Spring Fling Palette paid $13.00 (including shipping)  found on Nordstrom’s for $15.00.  I have never used any NYX eyeshadows so I am excited to give these a try and I don’t really have any pastel tones in my collection.

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And my final and biggest discount was the 24k Amore Mio OroGold cosmetics Skin Exfoliation Peel Treatment.  I have never heard of this brand so I am curious to test it out.  I paid $18 (including shipping) and I found the same product on the Amore website for $124.95!  That’s a saving of $106.95! 

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If you want to give Tophatter a whirl use my code d966f and you will get a credit of $5.00 towards your first bid!  

And shout out to Melissa AKA Melmphs on YouTube  for talking about this app and getting me interested!