Saturday, June 25, 2011

It's Caturday!

Wow, it's been a busy week! I have backlogs of ideas for posts but I haven't gotten around to writing them! So here's a late Caturday. We got this Rebecca Bonbon dog sling at the mall for Panini - it's the Panini Pocket! She always wants to be held, and sometimes it's annoying when you need your hands for something. So the Panini Pocket makes carrying Panini hands-free! She still prefers being perched on your shoulder, but she loves hanging out in the bag too, silly kitty. How many cats do you know who would do this??

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Revlon "Just Tinted" jelly nail polish!

I discovered this new nail polish when I was scrounging around Harmons in a last-minute attempt to buy something with the $2 off Revlon coupon that was about to expire. It's called "Just Tinted", to go with their lip stain "Just Bitten" (which I really do not like, but that's for another day)... and it's a jelly! I've heard all about jelly polish but I've never tried it, so I gleefully got it in the shade "Victorian" for $2 off the $4-something price tag.

It's super cute!! The above photo shows it with 2 coats and no top coat. As you can see, it has somewhat of a matte finish, which I left like that because it was an interesting look. I will probably put a top coat on it the next time to see what it looks like all shiny. It held up pretty well even without a top coat - I took the photo on the 3rd day after doing my nails, so they're a little chippy at the tips but still looked good.

I hope they create them in more shades - currently there are only 4, all pinks. It's definitely a cute and fun look, now I'm sold on jellies!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's Caturday!

And it's the last weekend of spring! It felt like summer today already. The kitties are all enjoying the warm weather and catnip plants out on the deck!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bath & Body Works Hello Yellow sale haul!

Okay, I couldn't resist - as much as I didn't need ANYTHING from Bath & Body Works, I had to go check out their Hello Yellow sale.

The only thing I really wanted to get was the Black Amethyst eau de toilette, but the Signature Collection stuff was B3G2 - not that great a deal, as I'd still have to pay the retail $29.50, plus extra things I didn't necessarily want. So I think it was a personal gift from the shopping gods when I found a lonely box in the way back on the 75% off table! It was the old (and pretty ugly) bottle design, before the revamp of the Signature Collection, but the scent is the same! Best thing - it was only $7.37!

Select scents of the Pocket Bac hand sanitizers were 8 for $5. I'm addicted to these things, so I snapped up a bunch, as well as a holder for only $0.25! I also picked up three bottles of hand soap in some yummy flavors, as they were only $1.25 a bottle (down from $5).

Finally, I had a coupon for a free travel sized item with purchase, so I got a cute Dark Kiss body spray (regularly $5) for free.

My grand total was only $16.37 for almost $80 worth of stuff!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wet n Wild Mermaid's Cove nail polish

Wet n wild came out with a summer line of nail polish entitled Mermaid's Cove. They came out about a month ago at Harmon and quickly sold out at $1.79 a piece. I haven't seen them anywhere since! I was lucky enough to be at the store right after they had been stocked, and picked myself up two colors - Atlantis (shown above) and Magic Trident (shown below).

Once again, wet n wild has impressed me with their new products! This new line of Fast Dry nail color (which I've mentioned before) really does dry quickly and lasts a long time. I love these bold and fun new colors!

I've yet to try the Magic Trident on my nails - honestly, I only got it because it made me nostalgic for an orange nail polish I had in Japan, which I wore because a member of a favorite band of mine wore - oh, silly college days! But the color is pretty cool nonetheless. I think it'll be a great beachy shade for a pedicure.

Atlantis is a mix of pink and silver glitter and is super fun, it's like a party on your nails!

The collection has 8 colors total, including some cool green, blue, teal, and purple shades. I'm definitely becoming addicted to these nail polishes!

My First Birchbox!

I heard about Birchbox through Sophie's Dish and I was intrigued. It's a monthly box of brand-name beauty samples sent to your door, meant to promote the items, which you can buy on their site. Each box includes 4 to 5 product samples. Not all boxes are the same - they tailor your box based on your preferences, which you specify on the site.

I always love to try new products out, and for $10 I figured it was worth a shot - I could always cancel if I found it wasn't worth it.

My first Birchbox arrived last Friday. I love getting mail, and this was even more fun because I didn't know what I was getting, and it was wrapped up all pretty!


Products included:
1) Kate Spade Twirl perfume sample
2) Laura Geller Baked Blush n' Brighten (full size! Retail $29.50!)
3) Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum
4) Panga Organics Toner
Extras: Deborah Lippmann Stripper To Go nail polish remover wipes

What fun! Everything is definitely something I'd use, maybe not buy, but that's one of the best parts - getting to try stuff I'd not normally shell the money out for without experiencing it first.

Although my first thought was that $10 for a bunch of samples is a lot (IMO, samples are something that should be free!), after seeing the size of the samples, I think it's definitely worth it. And I was shocked to find the full-sized product in there! That alone is nearly $30, and the toner is about $5 worth of product. If the samples included were all the size of the hair serum, I would cancel immediately, but they were very generous. I'm excited to try everything out!

Find out more info about Birchbox here!

PS: I paid for the Birchbox with my own money and I'm not getting anything out of posting about it here ;)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's Caturday!

It's been an insanely busy week - hence the lack of posting. All I want to do is curl up like my tabby duo here and sleep all day! Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bath & Body Works' "Hello Yellow" Semi-annual sale starts tomorrow!

Bath & Body Works' semi-annual sale starts tomorrow June 10th! Items are up to 75% off. While some of the deals aren't that fantastic (Signature Collection items were a better deal at B3G3 last week - they're only B3G2 this week) there are still plenty worth checking out, including:

- 3 wick candles are $9.75 (usually $19.50)
- Wallflower 2-packs are $5 (usually $12.50 - normal sale $6)
- Anti-bac hand soaps are 4 for $15 or 6 for $20

If you're shopping in store, be sure to print out this coupon for a free travel-sized item with purchase. If you're shopping online, click through Ebates for 3% cash back, and check for coupon codes - there are several $10 off $40 ones out there!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's Caturday!

I'm totally unprepared for Caturday! It's been a little hectic around here lately. The kittens reached 8 weeks old, so they went to the shelter on Wednesday :( I'll miss the little guys. But I heard the two boys got adopted the very next day! I haven't heard about the other two, but I'm sure they won't stay long, if they haven't been snatched up already.

I feel bad for poor mommy Willow, who has to stay caged until her milk dries up and she can be spayed - which might take a while. Apparently she was very sad without her kittens and was meowing all day :( Too bad we couldn't keep her here in the meantime!

Friday, June 3, 2011

I won again?! Pangea Organics sweepstakes

I received notice only a few days after my last post about winning that I had won a hand & body lotion ($18 value) from Pangea Organic's Free Product Friday sweepstakes - for an unbelievable three wins in 2 weeks! Crazy streak of luck I'm having :) After providing my address, the product arrived at my doorstep only a few days later. I haven't used the lotion yet, but it smells fantastic - it's a delicious lemongrass fragrance.

Pangea Organic's products are all organic and fair trade, cruelty-free, and contain NO parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colors/fragrances or sulfates! A big thanks to them for providing awesome natural products and an awesome giveaway!

They have an ongoing sweepstakes on their Facebook page, where you can win a year's supply of their products or one of several smaller prizes. Check them out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Stylefixx NYC Shopping Event May 26th report

I was invited to the Stylefixx NYC event by a friend - I'd never heard of it before, but it sounded like fun. Well, all I heard was "free bag of stuff" and that's all it took to convince me. I didn't know much about what the event entailed, but it was only $15, and I'm always looking for new, interesting things to do.

It reminded me of a craft fair, except instead of crafts, there were clothes and jewelry (think Etsy sellers). Most of the clothes sellers claimed they were selling expensive designer items for a low price (big signs saying "$120 only $30!"... you get the idea) but none of it was really nice or even expensive-looking! Lots of cheap polyester club wear and imported clothes you can find in Chinatown. Some of the handmade jewelry was quiet lovely, but I didn't buy anything.

Included in the entrance fee was 4 drinks. I think the idea was to get everyone drunk so they would buy more stuff. They had 3 bars in the venue, 2 of which had only beer and no lines, and 1 which had delicious rum-based cocktails and EVERYONE in line.

It was an awful mob and we ended up standing in line for a good 20 minutes - twice! But the drinks were very good - the two they offered were mojitos made with cranberry juice, and pina coladas made with coconut water.

Along with the sellers, they had a couple of booths doing demonstrations of their products. One makeup brand was offering makeovers at the cost of $20 or $30. The hair brand Jose Eber was letting you try out their curling and straight irons - with a catch. They did my hair in lovely ringlets, but on one side only!

They only did your full head if you bought the product, which they claimed was discounted from the original price of $300 for the low-low price of only $125! Umm... Well... I got nearly the same hair iron at TJMaxx (complete with the original $300 price tag, which I assume is a sham, because where have you ever seen them for that much??) on clearance for $20. And what do you know, a quick look on Amazon when I got home told me that yes, the curling irons only sell for $40~50 new!

Let that be a lesson - just because they SAY it's a bargain, doesn't mean it is! I'm sure hundreds of people left that night spending way more money than they would have if they just did a quick search online.

It is a really nice curling iron though, it's one of those new clipless ones that doesn't leave dents in your hair and is really easy to use, even for someone completely inept at hair styling like I am (it includes a heat-proof glove so you don't burn yourself!). I just might buy it with Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks, since I have a ton.

So... what was in the bag?? A REALLY random assortment of stuff!

Lots of semi-healthy snacks, including Luna Bars (I was excited about these), a beer glass, a nail file, tanning lotion and tanning goggles, the latest issue of New Beauty magazine (which is mostly about plastic surgery, boo), hair spray, iron supplements, sample sizes of Udder Cream body lotion, a Freeman clay mask (most excited about this!!) and some other various things.

I heard that this year was a lot less impressive than previous years, which had been bigger and better. I'm not sure if I'd make the trip to go again next year, but it was a fun experience and I'm glad I checked it out.

The Body Shop Princess Bag free gift week 3!

The Body Shop's Princess Bag 3rd week gift was your choice of one full-sized foot care product! They have a variety of foot lotions, soaks, scrubs, and other treatments, all peppermint scented. I chose this cooling foot spray, which I've already used since it's been so hot lately. It's a nice refreshing mist to use at the end of the day!