Save Some Money

Time for some more deals.

Birchbox is having a 30% off sale here. Aces get 40% off. Don’t forget that if you sign up by November 9th using a referral link, you get $10 to spend in the shop. Another excellent deal I found recently on Birchbox was when I was shopping for some eye makeup remover. I had previously received a sample of Marcelle Gentle Eye Makeup Remover For Sensitive Eyes, and had liked it alot. When I went to purchase it, it was $15. Then I noticed that you can get that product for FREE with any full sized purchase from Marcelle right now using the code MAKEUPREMOVER. I looked around and found that the Marcelle Oil Free Eyemakeup Remover Pads were only $10. So I ordered those, got the full sized liquid version for free with the code, paid for my order with $10 in Birchbox points and got free shipping with my Aces status. All the eyemakeup remover I could want and it didn’t cost me a penny! (Do you see why I love Birchbox??) They also have a free Eyeko eyelash curler ($18 value) with any mascara purchase right now. The code is LASHCURLER. Not sure which mascara to choose? They have a sampler of Benefit mascaras that looks pretty cute.

DecalGirl has 25% off of their entire site right now.

Zoya still has BOGO on fall shades with code FBG. Or you can still get the Spooky Glam Trio free with $25 purchase and free shipping with code GLAM3. As far as I know, Zoya codes don’t stack, so you’ll have to choose one deal per order.

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!

Still Catching Up

NovemberBirchbox2014This is also a late post, but here is what I got in my November Birchbox. I really need to post some reviews on this stuff too! I loved this box for the nice sized jar of deep conditioning hair mask from Fekkai. I do think it’s slightly weird that they included almond body butter AND almond butter food spread. At least thanks to the packaging, most people are unlikely to mix the two up. At least I hope they won’t! I haven’t tried the almond butter anyway. Get your own Birchbox here or give someone a 3 month, 6 month, or 1 year subscription this Christmas! I’m not sure if they still do it, but they used to let you send the first box of a gift subscription to yourself so you could hand it to the person directly, or print a card telling them what they got.

Birchbox Book Club: Review “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?..”

This months book for the Birchbox Book Club is “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns” by Mindy Kaling. Birchbox was kind enough to give away copies of this book through Twitter, and I was able to get one. (Yay!) I had no idea what this book was about, but I loved Mindy Kaling as Kelly on The Office so I was looking forward to checking it out. Also, the title is just great.

I should start this review by saying that I really like to read. As a teenager I hated it, being forced to read as a part of weekly book reports in my high school lit class. I probably shouldn’t admit that I wrote more than one report on books I had never even seen, let alone read, but my friend was kind enough to describe Jane Eyre and others to me over lunch. (Kids, don’t do that! Do your school work. Don’t be a slacker!) In fact, this practice became so common that eventually we had to bring in the book we had chosen for our report due to the fact that some people were writing about imaginary books, and ones from the childrens library. But, I digress.

The point I’m trying to make here… wait, I did have a point, didn’t I? Oh yes, the point is that I read quite a bit now. I have a habit of reading in bed and can easily pour through 2-3 books a week. I feel like this needs to be said because considering I frequent the ‘freebies’ section of Amazon, my standards may not be as high as someone who reads for enjoyment very rarely.

This book arrived at a great time for me. It was in the middle of a rainy week and I was coming down with a nasty cold. I finished the entire book in a couple of stormy nights. I’m not sure I would read it a second time anytime soon, but I did enjoy it.

The very first, and most important thing I will say about Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is that it’s funny. It starts off with her answering some questions, and I was laughing within the first page or two. This book is absolutely ideal for a light, summer read. I’m going to refer to her as Ms. Kaling for the purposes of this review because A) I’m not on a first name basis with her, and B) It would be weird/mildly creepy to type her first and last name over and over. C) I’m Southern and Ms. Kaling sounds respectful for talking about someone I don’t know. On second thought it sounds a little weird to say Ms. Kaling too, so maybe I’ll just keep saying ‘she’. You know who I’m talking about.

If you had asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to read the biography of a celebrity, I would’ve laughed and told you that no, I definitely did not, because I’m in the middle of a book about a waitress who falls in love with a waiter who turns out to be a billionaire. (Seriously, have you seen the free books on Amazon? I had no idea that ‘super handsome secret billionaire’ was actually a book genre, but apparently it is. I’m sure this isn’t setting the bar for my future relationships too high AT ALL). Anyway, I’m not a big fan of strangers life stories, or even the life stories of most people I know. Okay okay, I’m sure I would read the life story of someone I know if I liked them or was related to them in some way. But celebrity rise to fame is generally boring to me. I like mysteries and romance books mostly.

The great part about this book is that it’s definitely not boring. I have never read a book that was laid out quite like this one before. Instead of a long, slow play by play of the first thirty years of her life, it manages to throw together childhood stories, random thoughts, funny conversations, her friends, and her work history all while making it flow rather seamlessly. I think what struck me the most about this book is that instead of a dry biography, this book reads in a way that makes you feel like you really get a glimpse into who Mindy Kahling is, and her personality. It’s like listening to one of your friends talk, when she tells you about how she got her job and suddenly turns to the topic of mens chest hair.

At the beginning of the book she mentions that it might be a good gift for teens. Personally, I wouldn’t give this book as a gift because it does have some profanity in it, including several uses of the F word. So keep that in mind if you’re going to share or recommend it and make sure it’s going to the appropriate audience. It wasn’t really excessive and didn’t bother me, but I’m sure some people wouldn’t care for that.

I wouldn’t say this is a must read, but definitely an enjoyable one. If you’re a fan of her acting and the characters she portrays, you will likely enjoy this book. While she is obviously very different in real life than Kelly Kapour, she was one of the writers on The Office and seems to have infused a good deal of her thought process into Kelly in an over the top, exaggerated way. If phrases like, “Have you seen our overweight Indian child? Do you know how statistically rare that is?” make you laugh, this is definitely the book for you. Personally I really enjoyed her take on one night stands and how that’s a good way to end up living out a crime drama. This book reads like funny, yet endearing advice from a sister or a cool friend. I think it was a great choice for the Birchbox book club, and thanks to them again for sending it to me.

 

 

 

Spending Points

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Here’s my latest points purchase from Birchbox that just arrived today. I had 200 points, and they sent me an email with a 25% off code because it was my 34th Birchbox (wow). Since this week was also my birthday, I thought it was a good time to do some shopping. I decided to get some new skincare since I’ve been breaking out a little more than usual lately. The Clarisea products are new to the Birchbox shop and are made with sea salt and supposedly good for clearing acne. They have several items to choose from but I went with the exfoliating face scrub. If you look at the Clarisea website, they also have bath soaks and things, and they even sell a snorkel and earplugs for the bath soak products. That seems a bit extreme (and hilarious) to me, but the backstory on the site seems pretty convincing. I’m looking forward to seeing how this works with regular use. I also got the Juice beauty blemish be gone for spot treatments. Now for the fun part.. the only kind of math I like.. shopping math!

The Clarisea exfoliant is $18 while the Juice blemish be gone is $15. With my 200 points, 25% off, and my free shipping from the Aces program, my order total was just about $4. If I had bought these normally and had to pay the $5.95 shipping my total would’ve been about $38.95. Sooo instead of paying nearly $40, I paid $4 just because I’m a Birchbox member and I do the reviews. I know I probably talk about Birchbox too much on this site but I loooove the perks! 🙂 And it just makes sense for me to talk about it alot since I get their box every month and shop from their store alot.  If you’d like to get your own Birchbox for $10 a month, you can click here. If you’re already a member I highly encourage you to review every product you get to earn points and always check for coupon codes and bonuses! The Birchbox man subscription currently has free socks with subscription and the regular Birchbox has a deal for 100 free points with subscription using the code bb100 (according to Retail Me Not). That equals ten bucks so that makes the first box basically free. If you’re signing up for  a yearly subscription, use the code BBSUBYEAR and get two free boxes. Enjoy!

Birchbox Preview: May 2014

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Here’s a few quick pictures of what I got in my Birchbox this month. I got a candle, that’s pretty neat! I’ve never gotten a candle in a Birchbox before. I almost never light candles, but it’s still nice. Also, they are letting me review each of the Nexus items separately… do you know what that means? That means this box had 8 products to review. EIGHT. At ten points per review, that’s 80 points, and 100 points equals $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop. So this box very nearly pair for itself. Awesome! I ❤ Birchbox.