Saturday, July 4, 2015

STARTING OFF #NOBUYJULY WITH A HAUL

So as you can see from the title, I'm starting off #NoBuyJuly on the right foot...with a haul! Note: these things were all purchased before July, so that means they don't count against me. However, I have already had one minor slip up because I had to purchase Jaclyn Hill's Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfecter. I mean there was no way i could pass it up. It's limited edition and I had to support her. With that exception, I've been good. We are only four days into July though, so I'm not off to a great start.

I'm going to stop writing about my failures and start writing about my awesome purchases! I'm so excited for the new things I got. I feel like they are unique and wonderful!




This Smith & Cult nail polish has just blown my socks off! The color is gorgeous and unique, a bluish purple. It was opaque in two coats, and it didn't chip at all for three days (that's a long time for me). You can find this polish{HERE}.




I have a confession...80% of the reason I bought this product and this shade is because of the name...Let that sink in. I paid $32 for something because it was named for one of my favorite historical figures. I have a problem. I did hear good things about the product from one of my favorite YouTubers, so that was the other 20% of the reason I bought it. Charlotte Tilbury is a little expensive for me, but there has been a lot of hype over the brand, so I'm happy to have at least one product to test from the brand. I haven't used it yet, but now that I got the blog pictures done, will be wearing it tomorrow! You can buy it {HERE}.


MAC's Dazzleshadows are amazing! Now I'm not usually one to wear glittery eyeshadows, i mean who like the glitter fallout, I couldn't stop myself from buying this one shadow. The one I bought is is 'Say it isn't so'. Again, I haven't used it yet, but I swatched it in store and it's gorgeous! You can get yours {HERE}.


The last beauty product in this haul is the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ foundation. I read a lot of information about this product. I love that it has great color correction, spf, and anti-aging serum. I have a lot of redness in my face, so I am hoping that this product will do great things and even out my skin. You can find it {HERE}.


Last but not least, I mentioned a little Kate Spade Addiction that I've been suffering from...well here is a small part of it. I wanted an agenda to try to keep myself more organized, and this thing is so adorable. You can find it {HERE}. The mug and paper weight are for my office. I don't drink coffee, so I'm going to be using it as a pencil/pen holder. You can find them {HERE} and {HERE}.

Well I hoped you enjoyed my last haul for a little while! Let me know if you'd like a review on anything that I hauled.


<3 Julie

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NO BUY JULY

I have never been very successful at holding myself accountable for No Buys, Project Pans, ect. However, I am going to hold myself accountable this month of July. I’ve recently been on a spending spree thanks to my obsession with Kate Spade and a little help from an $800 dollar casino win (which is not a normal occurrence). I will probably be needing some encouraging words (or tweets @OhSoKansas), because this is going to be hard. 

My goal in this No Buy July is to one: use the products I have instead of ignoring them for newly purchased items. And two: to start saving money to put down for a house. I’m starting my goal out small by just doing it for one month, but hopefully I can be strong and extend it through the summer. 

What that mean for you all (my lovely readers), is that you will be getting reviews! Yay for reviews! So tell me, what are you most interested in seeing reviewed? Makeup? Kate Spade items? Let me know what you’re thinking and I’ll try to get it done!

<3 Julie

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GIVEAWAY ENDING SOON

If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, you need to hurry! Giveaway ends on June 25 at 12:00AM.





<3 Julie

Thursday, June 18, 2015

POSHMARK REVIEW

My most recent obsession lately has been the app Poshmark. Have you heard of it? It's an app that you can buy and sell new and used clothing and accessories. When I first found out about it, I was just buying, but the more I bought, the more I realized I had plenty I could sell. So I've been buying and selling for close to 2 months now. I've made almost $500 in that time. I do have to admit that most of that money I have spent buying other items. Whoops! 

I don't feel as guilty though spending so much money because I am selling items that I no longer wear or use. Things I might sell for a dollar or two at a garage sale, I am getting five to ten for on Poshmark. 

What I love most about Poshmark is that they do all the leg work. Once an item sells, they send you notification with a shipping label. All that you have to do is wrap it up in a box free box from the post office. Your buyer pays the shipping cost on top of the item cost. They often have buying blitzes where the shipping cost can get as low as $0.99. Finally the best part about the shipping is it is 2 day priority shipping.

Once the buyer accepts the item, the money from the sale is automatically added to your Poshmark balance. You then have access to spend the money on Poshmark, or transfer the money to your bank account.

Most of my transactions have been great! I did receive two items from two sellers that were damaged. In one case Poshmark sent me a return label and I sent it back to the seller and was reimbursed. The second time I was allowed to keep the item, and i received reimbursement in the form of Poshmark credit. Both times, Poshmark was fast and easy to work with and I didn't have to deal with the seller.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can use my code BLLJH and get a free $5 credit!

<3 Julie

Monday, June 15, 2015

MINTED REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

Recently I stumbled upon an awesome website that has some products that I am totally obsessing over! The website is called Minted. Their products range from home decor, to save-the-date cards, and even personalized art. I think their concept of selling designs from artists all over the world is really amazing. Scrolling through the website, I find something I'm in love with (and need of course) about every five pictures. My current obsessions are metallics, black and white tribal prints, and crystals. I thought I would share just a couple things i found with you to give you an idea of the products they offer.

{I love this one for obvious reasons!}

{Geodes and crystals just make my day!}
{I have always loved simple black and white. Recently that has transformed into loving black and white prints, more specifically tribal prints.}



{Last but definitely not least, Minted offers stationary, invitations, and party supplies. I wish I would have known about Minted when I was struggling through planning my nieces baby shower. Their stuff is trendy, adorable, and most importantly affordable!}

I love that you have the option to buy the art with or without framing. When I place my order, I will most likely get my art framed because they have multiple frame options and they are all great!

If you are in the market for some new home decor or needing save the date cards, I really hope you will take a minute to check out Minted. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Minted was very generous to give me a $50 credit for one of my lucky readers to win. Please enter the giveaway below!

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<3 Julie




Sunday, June 14, 2015

LIFE UPDATE

Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I made a real post! I feel like my life has just totally got in the way of everything lately. I haven't been able to really focus on any of the things that are most important to me. With things being as crazy right now as they are, I think blogging is one thing that I can start focusing on more, without causing much more chaos. 

I'm going to start slow and work on getting two posts up a week and slowly try and make it three to four. I also plan to improve the look and content of my blog. I will still continue to post beauty reviews and hauls, but I'm wanting to make this blog more of a lifestyle blog, rather than just a beauty blog.

So get pumped, because I am! I'm more than ready to re-devote myself to my blog!

Thank you to those that have stuck around and continued to follow my less than regular blog posts!

<3 Julie

Friday, March 27, 2015

INFLUENSTER: NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL

Hello! Long time no post! I don't really have an excuse for my lack of interest in my blog, but life just got in the way. I'm still debating if my blog is really worth the effort, or if I want to give it up as a whole. I really do love it. I love posting hauls and writing reviews, but I have a lot of other hobbies that are important to me too. Anyway, for now...we'll see how this goes.


Today I'm sharing another Influenster VoxBox that I qualified for. Inside I got the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.





What is Influenster?
Influenster is a company that sends out products (for free) to influential people (Bloggers, YouTubers, ect.). You don't have to even have a large following to qualify for review programs. The other important aspect of influenster is the reviews. It's a great place to go to look for reviews on products you are interested in trying. If you want to qualify for a review program, you need to be active on the site (writing reviews, asking questions, participating in surveys, ect.). You are not guaranteed to qualify, but the more you participate on Influenster, the better your chance.


Thoughts on Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:


I will start of by saying that I have pretty dry skin. Secondly, I like immediate results. Before trying this product, I thought I had found the moisturizer for me. I was in love with Clinique Moisture Surge. I had tried a few samples of it, and for Christmas got a full size set of it. I was beyond happy with it. If i used it daily my skin was looking great. The problem was that i didn't always use it daily because I was just to lazy, or I was running late and didn't have time. So My skin usually was still looking a bit dry. I was happy though because even a slight improvement was better than nothing. That was my opinion...BEFORE I was sent Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel! After trying it out for two weeks now, I can honestly say that it is 10 times better than Clinique's Moisture Surge.


What I love about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:


I can not moisturize my skin for days, and then I put this stuff on my face and...not a dry patch in sight! It works immediately! It sinks into your skin and gives you a dry patch free surface to slap your foundation on to. It doesn't make you face feel greasy or take forever to dry. It's amazing! I hate that I now have a pretty full container of Clinique Moisture Surge just sitting around. I honestly don't think I'm ever going to use it now that I have found my holy grail moisturizer.


My Recommendation:

BUY NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL TODAY!!!!



<3 Julie

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.