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POPSUGAR Must Have Box | Product Pick #15

by Jamie Sanford on October 5, 2016

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I was excited to have received an offer in August to try out the POPSUGAR Must Have Box in September. It was even more fun when I wasn’t thinking about it and then it appeared on my doorstep!

The Must Have box is a curated collection of items, delivered each month at a significant discount. The monthly cost is $39.95 per box, but the box will contain at least $100 in item value. You can save $5 on the October box with code OCT5.

Unfortunately, my box appeared to have been through it a bit.

The sticker wasn’t holding the tissue closed, and it was a bit wrinkled when it arrived. I love seeing the box printed on the inside with “happiness delivered.” Many of the box subscriptions are meant to be fun surprises each month, and I love the idea that they are a bit of happiness in a box. It’s a unique opportunity to surprise yourself.

The printed insert with item information was lovely.

Here’s a peek at the information on each item in the box.

(Items in the box – minus the hat, which you will see in a moment.)

I really love this nail care set. I really needed an updated option to push my cuticles back and this is great.

The Smith & Cult lip lacquer will not be for everyone, because it is sticky. However, for those of us who were obsessed with MAC’s lipglass 20ish years ago, this will be a welcome texture. The color is also great.

How have I never seen a retractable lint roller before? This is great for those of us who have ever carried around a small version, only to have it get covered in fuzz and whatnot in your bag. This came pre-loaded with 30 sheets of stickiness.

Here’s a dramatic photo of me living a Carmen Sandiego fantasy in this hat from Jack & Lucy. I LOVE hats in general, and this one is bringing the drama with a wide brim, and has a nice additional detail in the top as well. I have worn this 4+ times since I received it, and I will continue to do so. This is absolutely my favorite part of the box.

The Gluten Free Bites were delicious and were quickly eaten, so that was a win. I’m still trying out the Briogeo deep conditioning mask and I will post a review on that soon. I will say that receiving products of this size for a price of $39.95 is a great deal and an easy way to try out new products.

Here is the list of items in the box, with their regular prices.

  • A Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat ($58)
  • NCLA Mani-ER Tool Kit ($16)
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($36)
  • F’Lint Lint Roller ($10)
  • Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning ($22)
  • The Gluten Free Bites Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites ($5)

The total is $147! Much higher than even the guaranteed $100 value.

Although I loved this first one, I am still up in the air about subscribing every month to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. They do have a Mini option that I may try in the meantime, although I know it will not be nearly as significant as the original box.

If you would like to purchase a Must Have Box, click here! Remember to use code OCT5 to receive $5 off on the October box.

I received this box free of charge from POPSUGAR for review. All opinions are my own.

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Product Pick #10: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

by Jamie Sanford on February 24, 2016

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I think that eyeliner might be my desert-island beauty item. It can be used in a number of ways, although I stick to the classic use. Since I have been married to the one I use for so long now, I’m sure there’s a loyalty component as well.

I started using eyeliner in college – whatever brand of black pencil was fine, and Alex taught me to use a lighter to soften the end before application to the under eye area. I cannot believe this practice did not result in injury or accidental fires. In the years since, I have tried a number of eyeliners, but my long-time favorite is the Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner. (It is featured in the picture of me in the sidebar of this blog.)

What do I love about this product?

  • Multiple color options
  • No need for a sharpener, just twist it up
  • Waterproof and smudge-resistant

Seriously, it is the best for people like me, who aren’t looking for that sharp-as-a-knife precision you get from felt-tip liners, but are committed to the smoked-out lower lash line for any and all occasions. The color options have helped me age sort of gracefully by dialing things back a bit, I now use the color Pewter instead of Black, to soften the look a bit. I do pull out the black when I am going out, and it is MUCH more severe. The Pewter looks dark in the image, but trust me, it’s much different than the black.

I currently purchase my Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner on Amazon, since I find it difficult to find the Pewter in many stores. I really do recommend it for anyone looking for some eyeliner to give you a smoky look with staying power.

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2015 Beauty Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on November 25, 2015

Holiday wishlist time! I update my Amazon Wishlist all year long, I think myself very useful for giving everyone at least 50 ideas of things I would like to receive. I am perfectly aware that not everyone wants to buy me a $2000 lens, but that’s why it is a wishlist.

Let’s focus on what is on my beauty wishlist for 2015.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. I have a total block when it comes to spending money on certain items. This is one of the things I cannot bring myself to spend $58 on, so wishlist it is!

Speaking of Hourglass, I have tried a sample of this primer and it is incredible, but I cannot bring myself to buy the full-sized version for $52.
Just kidding about this. I had a sample when I wrote this post, but since then I have purchased the smallest bottle available and my foundation looks terrible. Instead I will go with the Benefit Porefessional, which, when compared side-by-side on my face with the Hourglass, gives my foundation a great finish, hours and hours later.

Tom Ford lipstick in the color Casablanca. I have heard nothing but raves about this product.

MAC Purple Times 9 eyeshadow palette. I love my MAC shadows and these are gorgeous.

Tarte Amazonian Clay finishing powder. It is the most wonderful, soft, magical finish over some foundation. Totally worth the $33.

When we went to Las Vegas for our vow renewal, I got airbrushed by the makeup team I hired. It was amazing and 4 years later, I still haven’t purchased an airbrushing kit for myself. This one from the Art of Air comes with all of the stuff you see for $94, which isn’t that bad at all.

That’s all for this wish list. Share your beauty wish list items in the comments!

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Instagram Roundup #41

by Jamie Sanford on May 22, 2013

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We attended Lyme Aid for Kelly Kreth, and of course, our hand stamp was WTF?

Lyme Aid was held at XVI Rooftop Lounge. This is the unfiltered sunset view.

Here we are on the way out.

I forgot to mention that I won this INSANE beauty bag in the raffle! (Well officially, it was the ticket in Will’s hand, but he wasn’t about to go claim this prize.) Look at the crazy contents!

Went to a party last Friday, and this punching man creeped me out. This lighting in particular didn’t help.

Before I started using this Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator (in Eva 3), I took a photo while the beautiful packaging was pristine. Quick review – this is the most gorgeous powder ever. I’m basically using it as a setting powder, and it’s magic. Not really a highlighting powder but it’s really lovely.

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My next product pick are the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. These are a fairly new addition to the arsenal of nail products available, but I only recently had a real try with them.

I had purchased a set of these when they first came out, and when I finally went to use them, they appeared to have dried out. I do see a warning on the Sally Hansen product page warning of strips drying out after they are opened, but I don’t remember now if they had been previously opened. Either way, the actual strips are in a sealed package inside the box, so keep them in there until you are ready to apply!  Because of the dry factor, I only managed to do an accent nail last time. However, in celebration of the start of the 2013 Formula One season, I picked these up. They are called Check Please. Here are the results:

How great are these?!? They looked amazing, and they had no chips until 4 days after application – and it was a small chip on the tip of my index finger which will always chip first. My application was not at all perfect, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I anticipated, and again, the staying power is ridiculously good. You remove the strips with normal nail polish remover, and that took some work in my previously discussed Target Dip-It polish remover tub. They are seriously sticky once applied.  I got tons of compliments on the nails in person, including being slightly accosted by a diner waitress who had some impressive claws of her own.

I think I will reach for these again when I’m going into a situation where I will not want to do my nails – I’m thinking long weekends, vacations, or any time when I want to have one of the lovely designs on my hands. Check out a big selection to shop from here on Amazon. I bought this recent set at CVS for something around $13 (I went for them as I got $5 in CVS bucks in return) The prices are much lower on Amazon, but I’m sure shipping charges may come into play as well.

Have you tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects?

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