Cyber Monday

Happy cyber Monday! Hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Here’s a quick look at the Zoya cyber Monday box. (They just posted this preview on Twitter).The box is $20 with free shipping, so check it out. Looks like it has a mini bottle of Remove Plus and something from Qtica, among other things.Embedded image permalink

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Ahava

I’m a bit late posting this, and I’m not sure when the sale ends exactly, but Ahava has a great sale going on right now. Some of the items are up to 62% off. If you use the code BRADSGIFT you can get a free bonus 5 piece starter set (normally sold for $20 and valued at $32) free with your order thanks to the site Brad’s Deals. Check out the comforting cream which is $17, marked down from $45. They also offered another bonus set for $12 at checkout. I picked up the comforting cream, anti aging hand cream, a mud mask exfoliator and the free 5 piece set for just over 40 bucks total. You can get free shipping over $50 or sign up for a free trial of shoprunner and get free shipping over $25. Ahava lets you choose three free samples, and two of the options are reusable shopping totes. Pretty nice haul! They have referral codes and links, but honestly I have no idea what the rewards are for referrals so I’m not going to bother posting that. I also read that you can get an extra 20% off of your order with the code DEALMOON. I don’t *think* the codes stack, so you will probably have to choose between the extra 20% off or the 5 piece gift. (I went with the gift because with the holidays coming up, it’s good to have an extra present on hand). If anyone knows when this sale ends let me know and I’ll update this post. Thanks, enjoy!

Oh and if you’re unsure what to try from Ahava, I recommend the Dermud foot cream, it’s great stuff!

Review: Madison Reed Hair Color

A while back I needed to dye my hair again, and I was looking around for a darker shade of red. I had dyed my hair red a couple of months before, but it was more subtle than I wanted. I was looking for something a little more vibrant because I knew from past experience that red hair makes my green eyes look brighter. I’ve been using Garnier hair color for a while with pretty good results, but I started looking at Pinterest trying to find a richer shade.

I stumbled across someone’s blog who had lovely deep red hair. She had a blog entry devoted to it and said that it was Trieste Red from Madison Reed. This brand is, as far as I know, only available online. I read through some of the information on their site and was pleased to see that they use fewer chemicals and more natural ingredients than most box hair color. I started reading the reviews, and to be honest they sounded too good to be true. Their site is full of glowing, happy reviews of people who loved their results. I was skeptical, but I also had a coupon code and thought it was worth giving it a try. I have waist length hair so I was happy to see that they have the option to add an extra tube of color for $10, rather than buying a whole second kit.

My order arrived in fairly good time, I’d say it was around the typical 5-7 business days or less. At the time I didn’t plan to review it, so I have no pictures of the packaging. It arrived in a long box, with the extra bottles of developer and color in it’s own box. Included in the main box was the color, the developer, two sets of gloves in their own little box, barrier cream to keep color off your skin, a wipe to clean up color that does get on your skin, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and a plastic cap to put over your hair. It really is a full kit, not just a box of color. I liked that everything was in it’s own little boxes and packaging, it was a very nice presentation and nothing got lost.

They include two sets of gloves so that you can use the second set when rinsing the color out. The gloves are black, not the regular clear kind. They work fine but seemed just a little tight, and I have pretty small to average hands.You might want to have an extra set laying around if you have larger hands.

I put the barrier cream around my hair line as instructed. It does in fact help keep you from getting dye on your skin. However I think I got it a little too close near my ears and the color didn’t take as well in those spots. I’m not sure if this step is really needed, but it’s handy to keep things neater, especially if you need to go out in public right after doing your hair. I usually do mine late at night so if I have any extra dye on my skin I have time to deal with it. The places where the cream got onto my hair weren’t a huge problem and I doubt anyone but me would ever notice that the color didn’t take as well there, just be careful about that. I should say that I ended up getting dye on my arms here and there also, and it came off just fine.

Mixing up the dye was easy, just like any standard kit. The only thing I didn’t particularly like was that the developer bottles that you mix in and use to apply the color are a little tough to squeeze. It’s not that noticeable at first, but if you have alot of hair, it gets kind of frustrating, especially when your arms are tired from being up over your head as you separate your hair and apply the dye. It’s just a minor thing, if my hair was shorter I would’ve been done much faster and probably wouldn’t have noticed it. If you think it might be an issue for you though, it may be worth buying the mixing bowl and brush to use instead.

That’s another nice thing about the Madison Reed website. They have all kinds of extras that you can add on to your order. Clips, dye brushes, plastic capes to protect your clothes, root touch up, and even shampoo and conditioner. You also have the option of choosing auto delivery, which I think is every six weeks.

My favorite part about the dye itself, was that it didn’t stink! Seriously! I’ve used alot of hair color of the years. With some of them I had to run out of the bathroom just to get a fresh breath of air (I’m looking at you, foam color), and others like Garnier had a much less offensive scent but was still noticeable. The Madison Reed color did not seem to smell anything but pleasant. That’s a major bonus in my book since, as I said, I have such long hair and it takes a good while to get it evenly colored. I was very glad that I bought the extra bottle, if you’re in doubt, just go for it. You could always save it for a later time. When I finished applying the dye, I used the included wipe to clean any extra dye off my skin. It worked well but seemed to irritate my skin a little around my neck and collarbone. Nothing serious, but I got a little red so I just got a wet paper towel and cleaned the rest of the dye with that. After my shower it was no problem.

Rinsing the dye out was similar to any other dye. While rinsing it out, my hair had that ‘just dyed’ feeling of being a little straw like, but as soon as I used their shampoo and conditioner it felt much softer. My hair looked nearly black when wet but as I dried it, it turned a deep red. Every single gray was covered perfectly, and the color was even and shiny. My hair felt soft and even healthier. I had read somewhere that it was good to wait 48 hours to wash freshly dyed hair, so I did that to try and keep the red from fading. It seemed to help, and I made sure to squeeze every drop of their sample shampoo and conditioner since it was sulfate free, so I got multiple uses from those.

Every time in the past that I’ve dyed my hair red, it’s been really messy. Many times the red dye will continue to stain towels days after I’ve done my hair (though I’ve never had that happen with any other color). With this brand, I never noticed it staining my towels, not even after the very first wash.

It’s been about a month since I used this dye, and I’m still quite happy with the results. The day that I did it, someone told me it was the best my hair had ever looked! It did fade a bit over time, but it just faded to a dark mahogany with a noticeable red tint in the light. I really liked this shade because while it was definitely red, it did not look unnatural. After 4 weeks the grey is still covered, except where the roots are growing out. Overall I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and I will definitely use this brand again. Who knew that all those positive reviews might actually be right? Obviously nothing is going to work for every single person, but compared to other home hair color I have used, this is my favorite. The only major drawback is the price, and you also have to pay shipping. On the bright side they have frequent coupon codes for various discounts and freebies, and a referral program. If you refer a friend you each get $15 for use on your order. Here is my referral link if you’re interested in using it. If you do, thanks so much! If you choose not to that’s fine too. (It would be silly of me to not post it, I love getting discounts and I like to share good deals with you guys too!)

That’s all for now. Leave a comment if you’ve tried this brand, or plan to! Also before I go, you can get a free spooky glam trio and free shipping from Zoya with a $25 order or more. The code is GLAM3 and ends on the 31st. Enjoy!

Birchbox Deal

Hello everyone… or, anyone who is still lurking out there. I know it’s been ages since I updated the site and I’m sorry about that. I’m not entirely sure that I’m ‘back’ with regular updates again, but I do have a few products and deals that I’d like to write about. So for now, I’m back. And thank you for showing up to read this!

And so, on to the deals!

Birchbox has posted a new referral deal that sounds pretty impressive. If you refer a friend and they subscribe by November 9th, BOTH of you get $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop. That’s pretty awesome. If you subscribe to Birchbox be sure to do your reviews each month for points. If you haven’t subscribed before, it’s also worth noting that they have changed up their methods a little bit. You now get an email that gives you quite a few options for customizing your monthly box. You can pick one of your samples from a list of options, or choose one of two curated boxes, or don’t choose anything and let the whole box be a surprise. They also have a few extra items on sale each month that you can choose to add to your box for the discounted price. Don’t forget to check out the Bonus shop, the Ace program, and coupon codes. Need a referral link to sign up? I’d love it if you used mine, (thank you!). It’s here. Use it and get $10 to spend in their shop! My box for this month included Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, ooh.

Also worth mentioning is that Zoya has a BOGO deal on fall shades of polish. The code is FBG and the shades it applies to are available here. This deal runs til 11/1/2015 at 11:59 EST.

I also found out that Wilson Leather has 50% off of alot of their coats right now. It’s definitely worth checking out.

That’s all for now. I’m going to try to have a review up soon for Madison Reed haircolor, as well as a few other things. Have a great weekend!

Brrr!

Hi everyone!

Since the temperature outside is quite cold and alot of you are dealing with some major snow, I decided to do something different with todays post. I’m going to share a recipe I found with you guys. This one comes from Pinterest and I’ve made it three times and it turned out delicious every time. Don’t you just love Pinterest? It’s such a rabbit hole.

All you need are three ingredients (technically two for the dough, but you need a little melted butter also) which means these are not only easy, but you can keep the ingredients on hand. So, what’s a great meal for cold days? Warm, fluffy, homemade biscuits! These are so nice when you come home at night and need something hot that isn’t too complicated to make. They’re very soft and taste amazing plain, with butter, or with honey. Now that I’ve got you hungry, here’s the link! The website also has some helpful tips about biscuit making in general.

The Country Cook – Cream Biscuits

(Note that this is not my recipe so I can’t tell you anything about the nutritional info or anything like that. All I know is that I found it online and was able to make it easily, despite not being that great of a cook. Mine did not rise quite as much and didn’t turn so golden brown, but were pretty and delicious anyway. Also I don’t have a biscuit cutter yet, so I just used a glass turned upside down and put flour around the top before each cut, and it worked out fine. They may rise more if you use a traditional cutter though).

Gift With Purchase

Just a quick post to let you guys know about a gift with purchase deal that Birchbox has going on right now. If you spend $75 or more you can get a free “Cheeki Thong & Boyshort Set”. The boyshorts will come in black or blush, and the thong is blush or indigo. Colors will vary and the code you need to use for it is CHEEKISET. These are one size made to fit 0-12. You can find pictures and more details here. Also be sure to check out their bonus shop to see what other samples and gifts they have going at any given time. Enjoy!