Monday, April 30, 2012

Enter to win a year subscription to Julep Maven

Click the link here and enter your information to be entered to win a year subscription to Julep Maven. For those that don't know it's one of those beauty box type services only they provide nail polish and nail supplies instead of skincare and makeup!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Virgin Mobile Members Free Lip Balm from The Body Shop!

Take advantage of this awesome offer until the 29th of April. This deal is open to Virgin Mobile members only. All you have to do is fill out the info asked on this form: and print out the coupon that appears. Take that into your closest The Body Shop store and present the coupon with your cell phone (I didn't have to show them my phone but the coupon states you have to show them your Virgin Mobile phone to get the freebie). They will let you choose one of 6 new 'Born Lippy' lip balms.

I picked mine up on Sunday and ended up getting the plum one. They only had 5 choices left in stock when I was there. They were out of the Lychee shimmer which was the one I kind of wanted. However, the plum lip balm smells amazing! I spent a bit of time in the store trying to decide which kind to get though and I was torn between the pomegranate and plum. My sister was the one that decided for me. I haven't tried it yet as I have a ton of other lip balms in my makeup collection that need to be used up first, but I am pretty positive I am going to love this one.

If you aren't a Virgin Mobile member but still want to try the lip balm they sell for $6 at The Body Shop. Ours was hidden a bit over with all the body lotions and things. I expected it to be in the makeup section so I had to show them the coupon and ask about it or I would have never found it.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

*Guest Post* Six Household Locations To Find Inexpensive Beauty And Spa Ingredients

Everyone knows that using highly rated beauty products comes at a price. It's easy to break your budget when beauty and skin care are a top priority, but you need not spend excessively to obtain radiantly healthy and enviously beautiful skin and hair. All you need is the right recipe, the required ingredients, and a little time to prepare home beauty formulas. Not only will your pocketbook benefit, but so will your body and soul as you discover a lavishly natural beauty routine, hand-made from items you already have at home.

Facial cleansers, body scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, eye serums and moisturizers can all be created from common household items. Where are the best places around your home to find these ingredients? Here are six suggestions of where to look for beauty basics in your home and some ideas to use the premium ingredients you may find there!

1) Your Garden

The best place to find ingredients to create homemade beauty and spa products is, naturally, your garden. Vegetables, flowers and herbs can all be used as ingredients for beauty preparations, or individually for healthy, beauty enhancing procedures. Herbs can be used for aromatherapy, in the spa, or as a household freshener to please the senses.

Melons and cucumbers can be used to cool puffy eyes and diminish dark circles. Herbs and fruits make wonderfully scented products, such as masques and cleansers. Many items from the garden have special qualities like toning, astringent and moisturizing. The best thing about using your garden as a beauty pallette, is that all the ingredients are natural and fresh.

2) Your Refrigerator and Pantry

Of course, not all food items can be grown in your garden. This is especially true of deeply moisturizing items. Avocado, mayonnaise and eggs are just a few examples of common moisturizing ingredients that you can find in your refrigerator. Yogurt is another food ingredient that is used mostly in facial masques, and known for its softening and astringent properties. Items that have first been cooled in the fridge are often more refreshing for beauty purposes.

Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent and analgesic, while honey is often an ingredient that adds cohesion to facial preparations. Honey and other sugars are good for clarifying the complexion and hair removal. Grains like oatmeal have moisturizing properties and are ideal for scrubs to exfoliate the skin. Citrus juices make wonderful natural toners and bleaches for fading scars or other skin flaws.

3) Your Vitamin and Supplement Stash

As we all know, beauty manifests from the inside out. This refers to attitude, as well as superficial characteristics. Both can be enhanced by items found in your vitamin and supplement collection. Many dietary supplements can be used topically, as well as taken orally to enhance beauty. These include Vitamin E and brewer's yeast. Concentrated forms of herbs, extracts, vitamins and minerals can make your beauty formulations stronger and more effective.

4) Your Coffee and Tea Stash

Many tea varieties contain large amounts of herbs, which can be substituted for fresh herbs, although dried plant materials must be used in larger quantities to achieve desired effects. Both tea and coffee have revitalizing, scenting, exfoliating and astringent properties.

5) Your Utility Room or Cleaning Closet

Mild soaps, like Castile, can be used for the base of many cleansing beauty products. Cheesecloth is good for brewing herbal tonics or straining products for greater concentration or separation.

6) Your Medicine Cabinet

Witch hazel, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil and boric acid are examples of commonly kept medicine cabinet items that may be used alone, or in conjunction with other household ingredients in beauty products. Pre-made moisturizers or tonics can also benefit from natural enhancement with readily available household ingredients.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Julep Maven April Box!

It's that time of the month again and this month is mostly spring-y pastels. This month was kind of disappointing for me because I really dislike all things pink polish related, and it seemed like every box had some shade of pink. I also don't care for the 'extras' they throw in the other boxes like the pedi cream so I was forced to stick with my regular It Girl box. It has TWO pinks in it and a pastel blue. For those that are in the program and know what the gold box is, I am so very glad they didn't choose me for the golden box with the whole collection because there were so many pinks I would have had to find a pink lover to gift them all to. I guess I really can't complain since this month was free from referrals again, but I feel like I am falling out of love with the program. Maybe I just have too many untried polish or too many colours that it's hard to get excited when a new box comes out.

Anyway onto exciting stuff. This months box came with 5 chocolate easter eggs (already consumed), toe separators that feel very flimsy and cheap (but the orange colour is cute), but they are something I don't have and would never purchase for myself so they are a welcome bonus even if I only get a few uses out of them before they fall apart.

Now on to the colours. My box contained these three (from left to right): Penelope (described as an opaque, almost white cream with a hint of blush), Jessica (described as soft and sweet baby blue creme), and Niecy (described as a bright pink creme for sunny days).

I haven't swatched any of them yet, but I plan to tonight and will see which if any I actually like. I think the blue will be okay, I'm not sure about the bright pink but I will at least try it. My least favourite is the lightest pink just because it's kind of more of a manicure colour and I rarely ever do light colours. If I do my nails I go for bright and bold or dark and vampy. It might be something to keep on hand for job interviews though, or castings when I can't wear coloured nail polish. I don't see myself getting a ton of use out of it though.

I will return later with swatches!

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