Subscription Box Sunday: Wantable Accessories Box June 2014

Disclaimer: I subscribe to the other two Wantable boxes and was offered one of their Accessory boxes for free for review. The box was free, the opinions are my own. 🙂

 

Welcome back readers! This sunday I have one of my favorite subscription companies, Wantable. I have found that, while on the pricier side of subscriptions, the personalization is the highest quality and I always get a lot of use out of everything I receive. Here is June’s Accessory box.

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Above are all four pieces I received in my box. Already I like the variety. There are earrings, a necklace, a cuff, and a ring. Let’s take a closer look!

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I have been really into larger rings lately and was not disappointed by this one. I will say however that I wore it for several days in a row and my finger turned green. If you are sensitive to metals I suggest one of my default fix-its and coat the inside with clear nail polish as a barrier to prevent discoloration!

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Here’ a look at the cuff. I like it because it is lightweight and doesn’t clank around when I type at work.

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I really enjoy this necklace. It’s funky but still classy and a color you don’t necessarily see every day–all I see at stores the past 2 years are mint and coral, which are nice but you can only have so much. And it looks good against my tan! 😛

 

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Last but not least, the earrings. These are different from anything else in my jewelry collection and I can’t wait to pair it up with outfits!

 

If you would like to try a box for yourself, you can head over to wantable.com or click here to use my personal referral link. What’s nice is you can buy a single box without signing up for a subscription, if you aren’t sure you want to commit to the cost. A single box is $40. When you subscribe the cost reduces to $36, and referring friends earns you credits.

 

So, what do you all think? Any readers sub to Wantable? Also side note–can anyone tell me what is wrong with my camera?  You can see in the bracelet picture it looks as if I took the picture through a screen or its distorted somehow. Thanks everyone!

Palette War Wednesday: Too Faced Chocolate Bar!

Happy Humpday, readers! Today I want to show you and talk about the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I received this as a gift as part of an exchange on Reddit. Like other familiar Too Faced products (chocolate soleil bronzer, anyone?) it is made with real cocoa powder. You smell chocolate as soon as you crack the lid! It even looks like a yummy candy bar 🙂

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Please excuse photo quality-I have been having some camera issues and I think it’s fixed now but some of the existing pictures in my inventory are screwy.

The palette is accompanied by an insert showing 3 makeup looks to try. I attempted these and then spent a few days experimenting.

Day 1:

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This is the first tutorial I attempted. Additional products in top left used are: glamouflage concealer, ulta blush, nyx eyebrow kit, 29 cosmetics mascara, buxom gloss, body shop bb cream, and boots beautifully matte foundation.

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I’m not a big fan of eyeshadow looks that put dark colors on the inner corners of the eye. I find that my eyes look much larger and more open using lighter colors here to highlight instead.

 

Day 2:

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Additional products are nyx eyebrow kit, 29 cosmetics mascara, mary kay liptick, boots foundation, sephora pantone eyeliner, glamouflage concealer.

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I was somewhat more happy with this look. I find that the neutrals that lean pink are more flattering against my skin–why I love the Naked3, coincidentally.

 

Day 3:

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Additional products used are rimmel stay matte primer, boots foundation, stila lipstick, UD lip liner, clump crusher mascara, benefit hoola bronzer, napoleon perdis the one concealer, nyx blush in spice, and bareminerals mineral veil.

 

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Day 4: Playtime!

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Nyx Blush, too faced clear lip liner (another gift!), nyx lipstick, smashbox full exposure mascara, physicians formula color correcting powder, julep kajal eyeliner, boots foundation, glamouflage concealer.

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I liked the look I created much better than the ones from the tutorial pamphlet. This look was much brighter!

Day 5:

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kat von d blush, lorac mascara, chella eyebrow pencil, boots foundation, cailyn eyeliner, benefit erase paste.

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So there you have it! Does anyone out there have this palette or more tutorials for me to try? Comment and let me know! This isn’t a palette I would have gone out of my way to buy but I am so happy to have it. At the very least it smells divine!

Mani-c Mondays: Carpe Noctem’s Moss Agate

Hello again! Apparently manicures are the only posts I can make with any sort of regularity. Today I bring you some swatchy swatches of Moss Agate, by Carpe Noctem Cosmetics. You may have noticed that this is one of my favorite indie polish brands so far. Beautiful colors, lasting formula, great communication….but hey. The polish speaks for itself, amirite?

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I mean seriously. THIS. Look at that  holographic goodness! (This pic and the one above with flash)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another winner from Carpe Noctem. I must have at least 10 of her colors now. Go buy some! Store linked in beginning of the post. Also one of my faves–the 90s (matte neon glitter) is on clearance so act fast!!

Mani-c Monday: Digital Nails Outlander duo

This is the part where I make excuses about not posting. My life’s been shit and a whirlwind, but KRISTIN THIS IS FOR YOU (shes been pestering me to start posting again).

This week’s manicure is brought to you by my first purchase from Digital Nails. When they announced that they would be doing polishes based on the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon (and soon to be Starz TV series!!) I could not resist. The books are absolutely compelling, a story of a modern ’40’s woman thrust back in time 200 years. These two polishes are based on the main character, Claire, and her primary love interest, Jamie.

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Sassenach is for Claire and Highlander for Jamie. While Sassenach is normally a derogatory Scot term for an Englishman, it becomes a term of endearment between Claire and Jamie. You know, like when you call your best friends bitches. “Yo bitch, let’s grab coffee!”

 

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I posted the manicure with Highlander so you could get lots of angles of the holo-y goodness!

 

 

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With Flash. Flash really brings out the red flecks in Sassenach.

 

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LOOK AT IT. It’s all i can do not to  use this polish all day erry day. i will for SURE break it out when the Starz show premiers! Seriously, google that shit. The actor playing Jamie is SMOKIN’. accent. kilt. muscles. eyes you can drown in. ya feel me?

Back to the nails–like I said, these were the first polishes from Digital Nails I ever bought. the formula was smooth, easy to apply, and above average staying power. I’ve already got about a dozen more of her polishes on my wish list.

You can buy her polishes on her Etsy shop here. She doesnt even know I’m writing about her polish; this post is completely my money spend and my own experience.

Enjoy! and watch the Outlander trailer!

Therapy Thursday–stream of consciousness

well its appropriate that today is therapy thursday. im just going to type and spellcheck, not take anything out or worry about content. ive had a shitty day and i dont have time to worry about image or anything.

i’ve had this on again off again sometimes fwb sometimes dating sometimes not even speaking relationship for the past four years. normally i talk to him every day but i hadnt heard from him since sunday so i texted him to see if he was okay. out of left field he tells me he doesnt ever want kids, might not ever want a house, we want different things and are too different and we should move on.

what. in the actual. fuck.

but it gets better. at that point in the conversation i am so flabbergasted that all i can think of to say is ‘well that sucks’.

but wait. theres MORE.

kid decides to try and prolong this shit.

“can we take a month apart and try talking again, your [sic] the closest person i have. i want you in my life but not the same way you want.”

why in the SEVEN HELLS would i keep talking to you with that sort of mixed message shit going on? what the fuck is that? im the most important person to you but you don’t want to be with me? MAKES SENSE. two weeks ago we were having a COUPLES MASSAGE and all of a sudden we are too different? because of some hypothetical children that dont even exist yet? you are the one that calls me whenever you are in the car and wants to hang out all the time and text me pictures of your fancy food when you are out with your work friends and pay for my FFXIV subscription so that i will play with you.

this is some fucked up shit. and unfortunately im the kind of person that will curl up in a ball and cry and overanalyze every single thing i could have done differently to make him love me–rather than just accept that hes an asshole that wont ever commit to anyone, which he even says himself.

maybe i will use this as an opportunity to develop tutorials on getting rid of or hiding puffy red eyes. stay gorgeous.

Mani-c Monday: Carpe Noctem The 90’s

Hullo readers! Today I am going to show you one of my FAVE glitter toppers! This is Carpe Noctem’s The 90s, one of many of my Carpe Noctem polishes. It is probably my favorite indie brand so far–not that I have that many YET but I am slowly but surely starting to venture out. However, Carpe Noctem was one of my first and will thus always hold a special place in my heart. That, and the fact that these polishes have super smooth application and last forever and are available in multiple sizes.

The 90s is a matte neon glitter–with big neon hexes. You don’t have to go fishing for the hexes either. I wore it in the following pictures over Color Club-Harp On It. I was so excited about how this manicure turned out that I didn’t wait for daylight OR for cleaning up the lines. This should not be news to you where I am concerned 😛

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Those last couple pictures with flash really show off the holographic quality of the Color Club. This manicure is everything I love–glitter, neon colors, bright sparkly goodness!

Mani-c Mondays: Color Club Glitter Gradient

The great thing about the KISS glitter gradient kit I received from Influenster is that it effectively taught me how to create a glitter gradient using existing colors in my collection! Here is a silver-to-blue gradient I created using 3 shades from Color Club.

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The glitter I chose was Savoy Nights, which is silver suspended in translucent blue. SO I did a silver base, and did a foil blue tip, and then silver on half nail. ta-da! easy peasy!

What are your favorite polishes for gradients?

Free For All Friday! Christmas in Bethlehem

For our first ever free for all, I wanted to share something besides my hands and face and addiction. I went to college in a beautiful town in Bethlehem PA–lovingly referred to as the Christmas City (for obvious reasons). There is a giant Christmas star on top of the hill which is visible for miles, horsedrawn carriage rides, and the oldest bookstore in the world still running. There are luminaries and a live nativity. Christkindlmarkt, a traditional open-air market full of artisan crafts and gifts.

For myself, and I dare to presume many alumni and townsfolk, the most meaningful tradition is Vespers. A beautiful worship service created nearly entirely through the performance of classic and modern music, ending in candlelit carols. Even people with different beliefs find the service meaningful and moving. In college, since I studied music, I was able to participate in this event, which occurs the first two weekends every December–Friday Saturday Sunday. As an alumni, I have the option to come back and serve candles. The magic of flooding the darkened sanctuary with light puts a smile on my face just thinking about it, so naturally I cannot resist the opportunity.

This year, I took my best friend with me to assist. We went up early and spent the day eating and shopping, and walking around historic Bethlehem. Best part? We had a huge snowstorm that day! What an adventure! The campus is so beautiful that I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of the old stomping ground 🙂

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Coming up the street after dropping some shopping bags off at the car!

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The domed structure is the bell tower of the church. After the service (weather permitting) the college brass ensemble assembles there and blasts carols over the streets.

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I spent so much time behind those stained glass windows.

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Bethlehem is beautiful in the snow 🙂

Subscription Box Sunday: Wantable Intimates

A few months ago, the very popular Wantable added an “Intimates” box to the arsenal of makeup and accessories. I was very pleased with my results in the makeup boxes, so I decided to give the Intimates a try. Like the other boxes, you fill out a very detailed survey regarding preferences and sizes, and you receive a mix of socks, underpants, tights, camisoles, bras, and anything else that could fall into the category of unmentionables. This was my first box and I have stayed subscribed because I was very pleased!

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As the other boxes, Intimates comes with a description of all included items, as well as your selected preferences on top.

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First glimpse! I already see adorable socks

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Argyle socks, muk luk tights, and one of the softest t-shirts I have ever worn!

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Steve Madden PJ shorts. I think I might adjust my size settings to “Large” for shorts, because while the tights fit fine these were a bit snug.

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Argyle socks! This is a great color combination and they fit great, as you can see 🙂

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Here you can see the shirt and shorts on. Again, the shirt fits wonderfully but the shorts are snug.

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Tights! These are great in the winter. They do get a bit itchy after an extended period of time but they make it through a work day which is all that matters.

 

Anybody else try it? If you want to test the waters, you can buy a single box for $40, or a subscription for $36–which is easy to cancel or suspend at a moment’s notice. Happy shopping!

 

Sampling Saturday: GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment

Welcome to Sampling Saturday! Today’s sample is The GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment. I love my Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask, but I am never one to turn down a sample and this one has 4.3/5 stars on Sephora.com.

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Here I am with it smeared all over my face, just after application. It is similar in color to the Boots mask; however this one has strange chunks in it that are beyond my explanation. Image

After the mask begins to dry, you can see the dark spots where it has “identified” oil buildup and clogged pores. This is also the same as the Boots mask.

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For your disgusting viewing pleasure, a closeup of my apparently filthy nose. ImageImage

These last two are after removal. I should have thought about doing a before picture, but my pores are much less noticeable and my skin is smooth to the touch.

Final Thoughts: While this mask was wonderful and did everything it promised, Its price tag of $69 for 1.2 oz is definitely a turnoff. At $9.39 for 3.3 oz and just about identical results, I think I will stick with my Boots mask and feel less guilty about using it.

Do you use either of these masks? Does my experience match up with yours! Let me know!