VS Swim 2013 + Express Spring Collection WANTS!

Sooo normally when I get any kind of catalogue they are quickly tossed in the trash. This wasn’t always the case, as when I was a little girl I thought they were as cool as magazines so I would look through those Limited Too & American Girl catalogues over and over until I memorized all the pages basically… yeah, I was a freak. (Was?…) Anyway, now when I get VS or Express catalogues I feel that same pull that I felt for my little girl catalogues. I love the simplicity of Express’s ads and ummmm I always love looking through a Victoria’s Secret catalogue, those ladies are so perfect & motivational to me!
I want the following items, please & thank you :]

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don't know why, but i love this mismatchy bikini!

don’t know why, but i love this mismatchy bikini!

LOVE this necklace like this.

LOVE this necklace like this.

wish i could pull this off

wish i could pull this off

 

everyone looks this good working out, right?

everyone looks this good working out, right?

this picture makes me so happy. everything about it. need that bookbag too.

this picture makes me so happy. everything about it. need that bookbag too.

cute && comfy

cute && comfy

 

onto the Express items!

onto the Express items!

this screams my name!

this screams my name!

love [bright]  dresses

love [bright] dresses

TIGER!! meow meow

TIGER!! meow meow

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so simple & cute

so simple & cute

love these pants!!!!

love these pants!!!!

supa cute... plus Bears colors! :]

supa cute… plus Bears colors! :]

the rainbow effect makes me smile :]

the rainbow effect makes me smile :]

 

I have an Express giftcard just burning a hole in my pocket, waiting to be spent, and since they always have those great get $50 off deals, I will be getting lots of goodies for a little chunk of change out of my own pocket! Yayyyy :]

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

ipsy Glambag February 2013 Review

As I have shown thus far, I have an obsession with subscription boxes. So far, I have reviewed one of my Glossybox and Birch Boxes. Glambag is/was essentially the same thing. They went through some changes a couple months ago and now go by the name of “ipsy... beauty by you”. For $10/month, they send you a different kind of bag (always good for a travel sized make up pouch), with various trial sized and sometimes full sized products. They are pretty awesome, each month I usually feel like I get my money’s worth, especially because I’m always looking for smaller make up bags for weekends trips and things like that.

• February ipsy bag •

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a look at what's inside...

a look at what’s inside…

Feb 2013 ipsy bag

I personally think that the cards that come packed with the ipsy glambags are basically useless. Yeah, they have coupon codes on there, but I don’t really buy all the stuff (especially from their website) so it’s kind of pointless and I end up having to go online and look up what all the items are about anyway. I really wish they explained this better on the card instead of just stating the brand of a random product. Also, they don’t include the retail price of the product, which also kinda sucks.

Also, just to note, they call this month “Get Red Carpet Ready”.

Item #1: POP: Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara (0.17 oz)

(I got this in #1, “Smokey Black”)

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Item #2: Mica Beauty cosmetics: gel eyeliner

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Item #3: Lash Card: Mascara Sheilds (ipsy deluxe sample)

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I thought these looked pretty unique, although if/when I’m really trying harding enough, I don’t think it’s that difficult to keep yourself clean while applying mascara. And when I’m in a big rush and DO actually get messy, I don’t think that in my haste I’ll be thinking to grab one of these things… but maybe they actually WILL work… time will only tell.

Item #4: Pixi: Flawless & Poreless (0.5 oz)

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Item #5 Coastal Scents: Shadow Pallet Sample

(I received the following colors: Candlelight, Gunmetal, Incognito, & Ashen)

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All in all, this glambag was not too bad. I have gotten a few other samples from Coastal Scents,but I always seem to loven them, so no complaints there. I am excited to use the primer, because I hate when my make-up doesn’t stay in place all day. To be COMPLETELY honest though, this is probably the least of my favorite bags that I get monthly. Sometimes they repeat products and just make me angry because of the random stuff they pick for me. I never get really mad and cancel though, because I’m just always curious to see what I will be getting next!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Glossybox January 2013 Review

Jan 2013 Glossybox

Jan 2013 Glossybox

little card inside the box.

little card inside the box.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

Alright so there is my first Glossybox of the year and oh my gosh did I LOVE it! They usually send around 5 travel sized beauty products a month. The monthly subscription runs for $21/month. Usually you get your money’s worth with the high values of products included in the super fun boxes!

So what’s inside this month’s box???

goodies inside

goodies inside

list of items included.

list of items included.

Item #1: Estée Lauder: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (0.1 oz)

(Full size $25.00/ 0.27 oz)

Mascara

Mascara

This came in the color “01 Extreme Black”. It has a very nice brush & works great on my lashes. I always think tiny samples somehow magically work better for me than normal large sizes…. hmmmm….

Item #2: fresh. : Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (0.17 oz)

(full size: $35/ 1 oz.)

Serum

Serum

It doesn’t have much of a smell, which is a great plus. Haven’t tried to really use it yet, will see how it goes…

Item #3: Le Métier De Beauté: Replenishing Daily Solution (0.10 oz)

(full size: $225.00/ 1.17 oz)

Solution

Solution

Seems super fancy, will definitely try this out soon. 

Item #4: Narciso Rodriguez: for her Eau de Toilette Spray (0.02 fl. oz)

(Full size: $77-104 / 1.6 oz.-3.3 oz)

Perfume

Perfume

My spritzer part was kind of messed up on mine so it kind of sprayed strange, but all in all I think it’s a pretty good smell. I would definitely wear this perfume before a fun night out!

Item #5: OPI: “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Laquer (full size)

(Full size: $9.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This was my first Liquid Sand polish from their collection and I absolutely love it!!! It looks great on your nails and has just the right amount of sparkle! (I would have added a picture but my nails are just NOT in the best shape right meow)

Item #6: Sebastian Professional: Potion 9 (1.7 fl oz)

(Full size: $19.00/ 5.1 oz)

styling treatment

styling treatment

I’ve used some of their products in the past and have always loved them, making my hair feel and look great. This in particular is a wearable-styling treatment. I can’t wait to try it out.

Item #7: tarte : glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick (full size)

(Full size: $26.00)

outside

outside

i loved the casing!

i loved the casing!

This came in color “Fierce” , and is a very bright reddish color. One day when I’m feeling bold I’ll be giving it a try :]

I honestly think that Glossybox is such a fun and rewarding box of goodies to get every month in the mail. Sometimes they just feel like surprise goodie bags and you never know which item will be even better than the next one! This just keeps my blood pumping it’s so much of a great fun surprise, will all products that you know you’d at LEAST want to TRY.

Let’s take this box for example of how much we got for our money:

  • Full size OPI nail polish: $9
  • Full size tarte lipstick: $26

WE JUST MADE THE MONEY BACK FROM OUR BOX COMPLETELY & GAINED $14 WORTH IN PRODUCTS… and those are just TWO of the items from the full box!

All love & smiles :]

Mary Elyse