Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sample Society: April Sample Box

 A couple months ago, I came across some reviews on Beauty Bar and their Sample Society partnership with Allure. Basically, for $15 a month, you receive a box of samples chosen by beauty experts.The products they send out are typically high end and of good quality. I received a box last month, and I find the samples to be fairly generous in portion. Occasionally you get full size products too!
I decided to start doing reviews on these boxes, if only to keep track of what I receive and what products are best. Besides, I find these types of posts interesting on other blogs, and I'd like to expand my blog's variety as well! So without further ado, let's get to it.
The Subscription: Sample Society
Price: $15
Bonus: Every month, you get a $15 off coupon of a $50 order that contains a product from any of the brands in your box!
Remember when I said occasionally you get full sized items? I got lucky in scoring this full sized, pretty eyeliner. It goes on a pretty, deep plum color that's perfect for switching up your typical day liner or perhaps using for a special occasion. It has good staying power, which is impressive for a pencil eyeliner. I've relied so heavily on liquid for lasting throughout the day, but this holds its own.
Another full sized product! The 30 oil blotting sheets are definitely going to come in handy for the quickly warming weather. I really love the packaging and can testify that they work fantastic! 
Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes (2) - $2
These are great little travel swipes I plan on packing for any roadtrips I may take. They'll work perfectly for removing makeup, dirt, oil, etc.
Also included in each month's sample box is a mini magazine by Allure showcasing that month's trends in beauty. It's such a cute little touch!

Overall, I'm satisfied with my monthly subscription, and in summary, I paid $15 for approximately $47 worth of items! Talk about getting the most bang for your buck.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Monday: Ingrid Michaelson

I'm certain many of you have heard about Ingrid's new album...right?
If not, you're in for a treat! I absolutely adore this girl's sound and have been waiting for her to come out with a new release for what feels like ages.

Anyway, her cute, acoustic sound is something that will hopefully brighten up your Monday!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Links a la Mode: April 17th

Before I dive into this, first of all, HAPPY EASTER! Hope you all have a lovely day, whether you're going to church or hunting down chocolate eggs, or all of the above. For me, I plan on starting my day off with a quiet devotional before heading to work.

So, guess who was featured in the latest Links a la Mode by IFB? Perhaps you've already heard of this, but it's a great way to get featured and have your post seen by more people! I'm so honored to have my post on how to wear a bodycon dress featured in the roundup! Check out some of the other blogger's posts too - it's a great compilation this week. Details on how you can enter your own posts for next week are included at the end. 


What Makes You Beautiful?

They say "Beauty comes from within," but then, why are we constantly trying to perfect our outsides? Beauty issues have been making waves on the internet the past few weeks. What makes us beautiful? What is beautiful? Well, those are some pretty heavy questions and perhaps the answer cliche as it is, you know, coming from within... That "within" also encompasses self-care and self love. This week we have some wonderful beauty posts, along with posts that share the love.

Links à la Mode: April 17th

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

At Play

Hat, Bag, & Necklace: c/o Oasap   Cardigan: Sears   Jeans: AE   Sneakers: Wet Seal

In case you haven't heard, one big spring trend for 2014 are statement necklaces. When I spotted this blue bedazzler on the Oasap website, I knew immediately it had to go in my shopping cart. I'm pleased to say that despite it's cheap price tag, it fits the look of those fancy necklaces that go upwards of $20. I'll take this bib necklace at $7.90 quite happily, thank you.

Oh, and that little anchor tattoo?
Sorry to disappoint, it's actually a temporary one. Haha, there were a few at the Rue 21 beauty section, and my friend Kirsten gave me a devilish look before saying, "We should get them!"
Well, who was I to say no? I've actually seriously considered getting one, and have even sketched out exactly what I want. It's something that references my Filipino heritage, combining the nation's stars in the flag with our family's personal, Igorot tribe symbol.

These photos were taken at my old middle school's playground, and it felt incredibly bizarre to be there again. When I got dressed for the day, I knew I wanted to get a playful theme for the blog photos.
I need to find a swing set!

It seriously felt like an acid trip or something with the flashbacks that came to me. Twirling on the swings, I could picture the annoying little girls that used to tail my friends and I around, constantly hanging around just to be near the "cool, older girls." Sitting on the slide, I turned around expecting the boys to be up at the top, sending bee corpses sliding down towards me in the impish hopes of seeing a girl shriek. Across the field, the old junkyard still remained, and I was disappointed to see the pickup we'd accidently batted a baseball into was gone.

Ahhh, memories.

Anyway, what do you guys think of this outfit? Lately I've felt more drawn to simple outfits that are just well put together. While I usually like to spice things up with an over the top piece styled into a comprehensive outfit, for today, it was all about classic staples. A good pair of jeans, a cardigan, some sneakers, and a few stylish  touches with the hat and necklace made for the perfect outfit.

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."
W. E. B. Du Bois
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