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FabFitFun VIP Summer Box

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FabFitFun VIP Box is a new subscription box from Guiliana Rancic and FabFitFun. It’s a quarterly subscription box that is $49.99 every season. This is a review of the Summer Box. I’m just going to start off by saying that this review is WAY overdue. Apparently FabFitFun did not have my address in their system when they were shipping all of the boxes a couple weeks ago. I just got my box on Saturday July 27th, and was expecting it a few weeks ago. At least the customer service was really nice and emailed me to tell me what had happened.

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Here’s what was in my FabFitFun VIP Box:
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Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes// Value $2.99
I have used these before and I love them! They’re really cool and refreshing!
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Orly Nail Polish // Value $8.50
I love getting nail polish in my subscription boxes! My collection is growing steadily but I didn’t have anything from Orly.kind
 Kind Bar Dark Chocolate Chili Almond // Value $1.50
 I enjoy getting Kind Bars in my subscription boxes! This is something that I will never get tired of getting! Obsessed! I’m not a dark chocolate fan- but this was simply amazing! 

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Catalina Su Lip Gloss // Value $14
 I have been getting a lot of lip gloss lately! Not complaining about this one bit though! I love this color and I think it’s flattering for any skin type. I love pink’s like this!
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It Hair Care Surf Spray// Value $7
I currently use “Not Your Mothers” beach spray, but I’m excited to try something new! This is something I will definitely use! Plus, it smells so good! 

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Infinity Sun Glow on the Go Sunless Tanner (Travel Size) // Value $35
 I stopped going to the tanning salon because I realized my health is more important than my love of  being tan. I was kind of addicted.  After reading in Cosmopoitan that going to the tanning bed increases your risk for melanoma 2% every time you go, I immediately stopped going ! I didn’t look like I belonged on jersey shore- but I loved it. I’m glad that they included this in the box, I’m always on the search for the right sunless tanner!

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Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray //Value $12
I have always wanted to buy this but couldn’t justify spending $12 on water. This is supposed to be great for setting your makeup and refreshing your makeup throughout the day. Not something I would buy, but I am happy they put it in the box!

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 Purlisse Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser // Value $36
I’m interested in trying this Cleanser. I like that it’s natural and won’t strip your face of your natural oils.

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 Ivory + Mason Sunglasses // Value $135
Really didn’t like these glasses… Luckily, Ivory + Mason will let you exchange your glasses for $10 and let you pick out a pair you would actually wear. I’m tempted on doing that! These don’t fit my face very well and I really don’t think I’d wear them.

I paid $49.95 for this box and it had the value of over $250!!!
Verdict: I loved almost everything in the box! The only thing I could’ve done without was the sunglasses. I’m excited to see what the Fall FabFitFun VIP box has to offer! Fall is definitely my favorite season by far! I Can’t wait to see what the next FabFitBox’s theme will be!

You can save $10 off your first FabFitFun box by using this code: 644888
Go to FabFitFun.com To subscribe!

What did you think of FabFitFun?

XO,

Erin

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Not my usual post

This is not my usual subscription or beauty post. I really want to expand on this blog and make it more personal and write about what’s going on in my life. I’d like to start posting more regularly either every day or every other day!

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1. DEXTER!
I can’t believe tomorrow is the 8th and final season of Dexter! I will be going through with-drawl when this show ends. I finally can say that I have watched every episode (thank you On-Demand). It makes me really sad when they cancel shows I love. On the other side of that argument, I guess it’s good to end a series when it’s still a good show and doesn’t end on a bad note. I may be weird but I love shows like Dexter. I wanted to be a Medical Examiner when I was in high school. Blood doesn’t bother me, there are things that do bother me (I worked in two hospitals for almost 5 years) but I will spare the details for the people with weak stomachs. I still have the shows Shameless and Homeland to look forward to when Dexter is gone. Are you a Dexter fan?

 

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2. Coffee-Mate Caramel and Coconut

I stumbled upon this AH-MAZING coffee creamer while grabbing a few things at the grocery store. My first thoughts were “I LOVE Samoa Girl Scout cookies and I love coffee!” I didn’t have high hopes for this honestly. I poured some in a tall glass, put some 3 ice cubes in with it. Then started my Keurig coffee machine and let the coffee pour on top of the creamer. I took my coffee experience to the next level and made an amazing Starbucks-worthy cup of Iced coffee. I’m in caffeine heaven right now, don’t mind me. If Coffee-Mate discontinues this I will be so sad. Seriously the perfect summer coffee!

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3. 4th of July

I can’t believe we are more than half way through 2013! Where does the time go?!?!? Independence Day is right around the corner and I am finally off from work this year to enjoy it! I want to go down to Washington D.C. to watch the firework show and take my 3 year old. The only problem with going down to D.C. of the 4th is it is insanely packed with people and HOT! 3 year old + Hot/Humid 90 degree weather + crowded+ Traffic afterwards = formula for disaster. I’m going to have to pass even though I would love to go. I would also love to go to the beach! I will probably just end up going to my parents for a small BBQ, and some fireworks – which is perfectly okay with me. What will you be doing to celebrate the 4th of July!?

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4. Weight loss

Since October 2011 I have lost a total of 55 lbs. I went from 191lbs down to 136lbs in September 2012. Currently I am 147lbs because I somehow found myself back to my bad habits. I love food, I am a comfort eater and I enjoy eating good food. I crave salty foods over sweets. I can go without cake, ice cream, chocolate for good if I had to. I just need to get back to being on the right track and getting back to feeling healthy and looking good in my clothes. I don’t think I’m fat, but I definitely need to get my bad habits under control. I was never overweight until after I had my son prematurely at 27 weeks. I will be expanding on this goal of mine in future posts- including a “before pic”, weigh in, my action plan, and the story of my complications with my pregnancy. Do you have any weight loss advice that worked for you?

 

 

That pretty much is everything on my mind right now. What do you think of lifestyle blogging? I really think that just having one-two niches isn’t really my style.

 

 

XOXO,

             Erin

none of the photos on this post are my own, Sources:  Dexter photo: sho.com,  Fireworks photo examiner.com, coffee-mate photo: coffee-mate Facebook page. willy wonka meme: Quickmeme.com

Lazy, rainy days

Hello There!

Hopefully the weather is a lot nicer where you are. Right now it looks like it wants to rain and the humidity is intense. The sky looks so depressing! I had planned to do some hiking today but I think that’s not going to happen now. I’m currently sitting indoors, looking out the window and enjoying my homemade iced coffee (thanks to the Samoa flavored coffee creamer!!!!) I’m seriously in love with the coconut & caramel flavor! I have gotten some great news about some of my subscription boxes today too!

The Summer FabFitFun VIP boxes will begin to ship next week (Finally!). They initially were supposed to ship around June 20th and honestly I don’t know what happened but I’m excited to get my first box! They just emailed me today to tell me that boxes were going to ship next week and that they would be charging my account soon. This will be FabFitFun’s second box and they ship every 3 months and cost $49.99. Every season there is a new box.  The boxes feature beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness. The items are picked by Giuliana Rancic  and the FabFitFun team. I read a lot of reviews of people that were not satisfied with their spring VIP boxes. I’m taking a gamble with this box but I really hope this month will be a lot better. The only thing I don’t like is that their website is going through a lot of construction and I have had problems logging in. Fortunately, the customer service team has been awesome and has answered pretty fast. To order your own box go to https://vip.fabfitfun.com/

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June’s Glossybox should be in my mailbox tomorrow! I finally got an email today with my tracking info and it’s going to be out for delivery tomorrow! I should have a review of June’s American Beauty Glossybox on Saturday! Honestly, I’m starting to get frustrated with Glossybox’s unpredictable shipping and the fact that it’s almost July is a little redic if you ask me. You can check out my spoiler’s HERE and you can still order the box HERE.

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Here’s also some promo codes you can use this month:

Glossybox: valid until 6/30/13 use the PROMO code GIFT to get a free full-sized lip/cheek tint from ModelCo.

Popsugar must-have: July is Popsugar Must-have box’s birthday! I’m really excited to see what this next box has to offer! You can see my June Review HERE and you can use the promo code:  REFER5 for $5 off the first month.

Julep: use the promo code Freebox to get your first box free! You can see my reviews from May and June: Here and Here

 

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your Thursday! I’m off to Target to look at some new bedding/curtains for my home! Trying to stay away from the beauty aisles, wish me luck!

 

What’s your favorite subscription service?

How’s the weather like where you are?

 

XOXO,

                Erin

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. I subscribe to these subscription boxes with my own money. All opinions on ECG are my own.

Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox

Hello friends!

It is so hot outside I felt like I was melting when I walked outside and you could just feel the moisture in the air, It’s disgusting today.. Living on the East Coast the heat/humidity is redic. I will be blasting the AC and drinking a lot of ice water today. Kudos to those that don’t have AC or have to work outside in the summer, like my mail carrier!  I love her, but I don’t think the feeling is mutual because of the amount of boxes and packages I get delivered.

My Sunkissed VoxBox finally made it’s way to my mailbox! I did not receive any shipping confirmation but I was definitely pleasantly surprised! This is my first VoxBox and I have been registered with Influenster.com since February 2013. This was completely FREE and you can find out more about Influenster Here .

 

 

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The box included:

*Dr. Scholl’s for her high heel insoles I slipped these into my highest wedges and they were okay, but I really need to try it some more before if I can say if I like it or not.
Value $10.99

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*SinfulShine with gel Tech Nail polish in the color – Sailor’s delight –love this color, it’s really light but I think it will be a great pale pink!
Value $2.99

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More shades of the SinfulShine w/ Gel Tech Nail Polish:

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*Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream Skin perfecting Tinted moisturizer with SPF 15-This was a much bigger bottle of BB cream than I thought I was going to get. So far I’m loving the smell of it and I can’t wait to review it.
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*Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics-These are super cute! I haven’t used these yet, but I will be putting up my hair later because it’s so flipping hot!  Humidity/Heat = frizzy, hot, sweaty long hair =(  #EastCoastProblems
Value $3.99-$4.99

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I am so excited about these products! I really love everything so far. I will review everything I have tried and let you all know how these products hold up!

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You can learn more about Influenster Here.

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Have you participated in a VoxBox? Are you a member of Influenster? I’d love to hear from you!

 

XOXO,

Erin

 

 

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. All opinions on ECG are my own.

Birchbox June 2013 Wanderlust box

Hello Gorgeous!

This month Birchbox them was “wanderlust” and the samples in my box were perfect for my upcoming summertime adventures.

I’m loving the new Birchbox packaging. I went on the website earlier and noticed that they have redesigned it. I think they are going towards appealing to both females and males.

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Here’s a detailed look of what was in my box:

Birchbox + Color club – Wanderlust collection – London Calling – $2 value

London Calling is a neon mint color.

I’m really into both neon colors and mint so this is a nail polish will go to good use.

$8 for the full set of Wanderlust nail polishes (set of 4)

Davines- Love smoothing shampoo – $7.50 value  (2.5 oz.)

What it is: A gentle shampoo packed with moisturizing Indian fig extract and olive oil.

I really like the smell of the shampoo, it’s fresh and not an overpowering scent.

Full-size bottle, $24/8 oz.

LAQA & CO-  Lil’ Lip Duo – $8 Value (1 Lip Duo .07 oz.)

Not a huge fan of this bold color, I’m intro more neutral colors. The pigment is beautiful and it’s really creamy and when I swatched the color it stained my hand. I think it’ll have great staying power.

Full-size includes two Lil’ Lip Duos (both .07 oz.) $16

suki – Exfoliate foaming Cleanser – $2.05 Value (.25 oz.)

Lemongrass extract + natural sugar

This is my favorite thing in the box. I love the zesty lemon smell and the texture is great also.

Full-size, $32.95/ 4 oz.

Beauty extras in my box:

Davines- Love smoothing Conditioner $1.41 Value (0.41 oz.)

Description: Rich, aromatic conditioner formulated with nourishing borage seed oil.

I like that they included a sample of the conditioner to go with the shampoo I got.

Full-size, $27.50/ 8 oz.

Davines- Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion – $0.50 Value  (0.10 oz.)

Description: An antioxidant-packed potion to instantly tame frizz and strengthen hair over time.

I like using oils in my hair because my hair is so damaged after going brunette to blonde a few months ago. I’m excited to use this product.

Full-size $40/ 8 oz.

The box also contained 4 cute Birchbox postcards from their 4 international Birchbox offices (New York, Paris, London, & Barcelona)

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The value of my box was $21.46 (more than twice than I paid for my box.)

Birchbox is $10 a month and I think that the quality of products that I have received from Birchbox have been amazing. This is the most affordable beauty box I am subscribed to and it’s one of my favorites. It was worth being on a waiting list for this subscription.

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox you can check it out here:  Birchbox.com

What did you get in your Birchbox?

Disclaimer: I subscribe to Birchbox with my own money. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. This is not a sponsored post. All the  opinions on this blog are my own.

The Julep Destination Mystery boxes are here!

Three mystery boxes available this month!

From the julep site : This month we created three boxes. Three times the mystery. Can’t decide? Grab them all — you’ll get different polish and products in each box.*

I love that there is absolutely no risk of getting duplicates of any polish if you get one of each of the three boxes! And that this is a once a month box that you don’t have to subscribe to – to get! No commitment, also it’s only $24.99 for $70-$200 worth of product! I’m loving the Julep nail polishes because they are very pigmented and I haven’t had any problems with chipping.

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Each box costs 24.95

 

Miami Mystery Box is glitzy, bold, and energetic. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product.

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The Hamptons Mystery Box is classic, preppy, and glam. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product

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Laguna Beach Mystery Box is trendy, vibrant, and fun. Unpack $70-$200 worth of pretty polish and product.

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Get your box before they run out! You can use this Link to order your Mystery box, Just search for Mystery box!

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ALSO: Three boxes (one from each destination) includes a $600 gift card from the United Airlines to bring you one step closer to your dream destination.

Which one will you be getting? I’m tempted to get all three, I’m not going to lie! The Fact that all of the boxes have different polishes are so exciting!

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by Julep maven, I subscribe with my own money. All thoughts and opinions of this company are my own. I was not paid for this post.

Glossyboxes?! My very lucky day!

Hey Everyone!

I guess the subscription box gods loved me yesterday because not only did my Julep Maven June box come in the mail, my May 2013 Glossybox came! I was shocked to see that there were two Glossybox packages in my mailbox. At first, I thought that maybe I had gotten charged for both… I frantically checked my bank account and I had gotten both boxes for only $21.00! Everything in both boxes were exactly the same (Except one had my free eyeliner in it from my promo code). I ended up giving the second box to my mother, why? Because I love her and she never buys stuff for herself, and two I was a horrible teenager who would raid her beauty supply on a regular!

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The month of May Glossybox turned one! Happy Birthday Glossybox! && thank you for both amazing boxes!

I used the promo code “wink” and got a free eyeliner with my first box! It a matte brown liquid liner, I’m not huge on wearing brown I prefer Black liquid liner but hey, free is free! I will probably end up using it eventually. That promo code is now expired, but you can use the Promo code “LOVE” for a full sized ModelCo eyeshadow ($22 value)

When I initially opened my box, they had the Glossybox Mag right on top which had some really amazing articles in it about beauty from all around the world, Lash Lust and an article about one of my new favorite bloggers/it-girls/Fashion illustrators, Dallas Shaw! She collaborate with Glossybox for June’s special edition box called “American Beauty”. Everything in the box is made here in America and Dallas Shaw personally picked out. I have to say, I am obsessed with her style! I can see why she has worked with brands like DKNY, Chanel, Kate Spade, Anthropologie and more. You can see some of the spoilers for the June box from my post a couple days ago. I think this is going to be the best box yet! If you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, go to Glossybox.com (The box will ship the end of this month)

In both boxes I got :

This was the first box, with my eyeliner I got from using the promo code- WINK

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My second box that went to my mom:

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sample of Epionce intense anti-aging+ Repair serum This sample is really, really small but I look forward to using the expensive brand lol. I don’t think I would pay $136.00 Full price for the 30 ml you get for that price, but I’m curious about how the product is going to be! (my sample was 4 ml and a value $18) (Full size is 136.00/30ml)

1 Etre Belle collagen & aloe vera hydro mask- I’m actually really excited to try this mask! I will try to review the products when I actually have the chance to use them. (value $3.95) (Full size is valued at $39.50/10 masks)

European wax center In box boxes I got two samples each (4 in total, which I’m guessing are about $1 each?) 1 “The exfoliate” (4ml) ,1 Slow it down body wash, 2 Slow it down body lotions ($4.00? value for all) .I also got a coupon for a free bikini line wax/eyebrow wax or underarm wax! YAY! – I’m not going to guess how much those would be, but the value is great and I will definitely be locating the spa near me to use it!

A full size ModelCo lip duo lipstick & shine ultra lipgloss (Retails for $39!) I personally didn’t like the lipstick, but my mom did. In both boxes they were the same shade. I however did love the lipgloss. It smells amazing and isn’t sticky at all! the packaging even has a cute mirror on it, perfect for your purse!

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swatches of both the lipgloss and lipstick:

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Nicka K New York- Absolute! Perfume stick Full size!! (Full size retails at $14.99/ .29 oz.) I am in love with this smell. It has a citrus smell to it which is one of my favorites. I wore it today and mixed it with my Dolce and Gabbana light blue and had my own amazing signature scent. (I felt very glamorous) . In both boxes the scents and sizes were the same.

Sebastian professional volupt spray- (travel size worth $6.69/) full size is $19.95/5.07 oz. I also got a coupon with for the Sebastian professional line to use at Ulta for a free 1.5 oz. SHAPER or SHAPER plus with any $15 Sebastian purchase ($8.95 value)

Box of my boxes together were valued at over $169.00! each box was worth about $84.00 not including the free wax coupon, eyeliner or the Ulta coupon.

I think this monthly subscription box is worth it. The packaging is adorable, it came in a light pink save-able box that I will be reusing. The products were good, I haven’t really heard of most of the brands in the box, but it’s nice to try products I wouldn’t have normally found out about. That’s the whole reason I love subscription boxes is trying new products and brands! I’m really not sure why I got two boxes in the mail, but I’m glad my mom got to get my extra box!

&& again if you haven’t subscribed to Glossybox, what are you waiting for? Click on this picture below, and be sure and use the promo code LOVE if you’re ordering so you can also get something extra in your fabulous Glossybox!

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It’s $21 a month, and ships at the end of the month and contains 4-6 deluxe samples-full size products!

What was in your Glossybox? What’s your favorite beauty subscription box?

Stay Glamorous,

Xo Erin

Disclaimer: I paid for my Glossybox subscription with my own money, I am not sponsored by Glossybox for reviews, or posts about their products. All opinions on this product are my own.