Color Me Monthly- May

Color Me Monthly kindly sent me a box to review for May. Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription service that sends you a full size nail polish every month. Did I mention that this nail polish is non toxic, carcinogen free, vegan, eco-friendly, made in the USA, never tested on animals and free shipping?

This is a perfect monthly subscription for anyone who loves nail polish. I usually pick up a new nail polish every month or at least every other month at the drug store and for $7.00 a month one can be shipped to me for free. Color Me Monthly also keeps their packaging to a minimum-which allows them to keep the cost down and the shipping free.

Subscriptions are Available:

$7.00 a month

$40.00 every six months

$75.00 a year

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This month’s color is a shimmery sea foam green/light blue color called Sirens. Summer is approaching and this would look great on your nails and toes especially if your the type who can tan in the sun. I love the color but I am not one to wear colors like this on my nails, I stick to very plain nail polish colors. Lucky for you- this will be a Give Away Item!!

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A&B Homemade Naturals

Through Twitter, I was able to connect with Brittany, the Owner of A&B Homemade Naturals beauty products. She was happy to send sample items for a review and even included a gift basket for our May Give Away!

After browsing her Etsy Shop, I couldn’t wait to see what would be arriving in the mail for me to try. A&B Homemade Naturals has an array of products ranging from beauty to skin care and even deodorant, all of which are handmade from natural products. I am one of those women who love to know exactly what I am putting on my skin and using natural products are always a positive in my book.

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The first item I sampled was the Honey Lip Balm. This is a lovely lip balm, incredibly smooth and moisturizing for your lips. It is made from beeswax, raw honey, vitamin E and organic coconut oil. Within in a few days of using this balm consistantly my lips were smooth. I also love that it is a perfect size to throw in a small clutch. All Natural Honey Lip Balm ($5.50)

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Next, I sampled her Sweet Pea Coconut Lotion. What a magnificent scent of lotion perfect for a summer scent. It is fragrant enough that you might want to go light on your perfume that day if you choose to use this as an all-over body lotion. I received a smaller sample and used this on my hands as often as I could. Being a mom, you find yourself washing your hands all the time. This lotion is made from hemp oil, coconut oil, vitamin E and aloe vera. Available for purchase is a trio of coconut-based lotions, scents include mango papaya, cucumber melon and lilac & lilies amongst others. Lotion Trio  ($23.00) or a 4oz Jar ($10.00)

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Third, I was thrilled to receive one of A&B Homemade Naturals make up products. Since, I am a big make up fan I love trying out new products. I received the Cinnamon Bronzer. I use a bronzer everyday as I am fair-skinned and find it necessary to add just a tint of bronze on my cheeks to make me look more life-like.  This bronzer is delicious, in fact it smells so good you’ll want to sprinkle it on your toast!  A&B Homemade Cinnamon Bronzer gave me just a perfect subtle glow on my cheeks. I found this bronzer to be very light in texture and didn’t feel cakey when applied. It is made from cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, corn startch and arrowroot powder. This will be another item, I keep handy during the Summer months for a nice sun kissed glow. Cinnamon Bronzer ($6.50)

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Lastly, I sampled the Lavender Deodorant which is made from organic cornstartch, organic coconut oil, natural baking soda and lavender essence. I have sensitive skin under my armpits and at times get red bumps from shaving. This is a great alternative for someone to use with sensitivity because it stays away from chemicals and aluminum which is often found in deodorants. My bumps haven’t gone away just yet but I do find less irritation when I shave and that is probably from the moisturizing elements of the coconut oil. Available in three scents ($7.00)

If your a fan of natural products you should check out her Etsy Store to see what products are available for purchase and contact her regarding any questions you may have on their products.

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Conscious Box- Get Your’s Free

Conscious Box ($19.95/free shipping) Select from three choice boxes, Vegan, Classic & Gluten Free. Receive beauty products, natural goods and snacks. Monthly, 3-6-12 subscriptions available.

Get your first Conscious Box Free! Just pay $7.95 for S/H. Use code ESCAPEFREE at check out.

I wanted to try out their free box and recently received mine in the mail. This is not a box for me at this time since I do receive boxes from several health subscription boxes. I did cancel my subscription before I was charged for my first box.

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Contents Inside

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1.) All Natural IPS Egg White Chips- Pressure Puffed, Aged White Cheddar Egg White Chips. Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 0g Trans Fat, 7g of Protein, 5g of Fat, 130 Calories & 240mg of Sodium. I have had these before from another subscription box. My husband and I did not like them. They have a bland taste. ($39.03 for 24 pack from Amazon)

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2.) NeoCell Beauty Bursts- Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews. These are suppose to help rebuild Collagen, provide Vitamin C & bring hydration to the skin. ($13.19 for 60vitamins from DrVita)

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3.) Scheckter’s Organic Energy Drink- 100% Natural Organic, No Refined Sugars, No Artificial Ingredients, 110 calories, 28g of Carbohydrates & 28g of Sugar. I am not a good judge of energy drinks and I wouldn’t drink this one because it has too much sugar. I know it’s not refined sugar but It’s still too much. My husband will have to give this one a try. ($32.53 for 12 pack from Amazon)

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4.) Via Nature Soothing Skin Lotion Lavender Eucalyptus & Vanilla Coconut - Antioxidant Omega Essential Complex. Great for sensitive to normal skin. Contains Argan Oil to condition and Hydrate. I am a huge fan of both lotions! Great smell and makes my skin feel really soft! ($8.33 Vanilla Coconut from Amazon & $8.33 Lavender Eucalyptus from Amazon)

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5.) Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chewz- Chewable drops for athletes. Provides sustaining energy and reloads electrolytes lost during working out or racing. I tried these when I was sick- I was unable to tell if it made a difference but I knew I lost a lot of electrolytes and used this in conjunction with Gatorade G2. I think you would need to use these on a daily basis during work outs. ($29.99 for 12pack from Amazon)

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6.) Pangea Organics Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamon Lip Balm – This is a long lasting lip balm with antioxidants and organic oils to nourish lips.  I did not try this. This will be part of a  JUNE GIVEAWAY. ($12.00 from C.O. Bigelow)

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7.) Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea Sample- Naturally Caffeine Free Herbal Tea. All Chamomile Tea taste the same to me. ($3.79 a box from Vitacost)

This was a great sample box. I was introduced to products I have never used. Does anyone subscribe to Conscious Box? What are your thoughts?

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CONTEST STARTS MAY 2nd! WIN BEAUTY PRODUCTS!

** SNEAK PEAK** Contest Starts Tomorrow May 2nd, 8am Central Time. Two Winners!

1st Prize: Nature Box Harvest Rice Sticks, Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Sample, Run The World Pocket Journal, Vaseline Lip Therapy, UnReal Candy Mini Bar,Tazo Tea Samples, Level Lemon Verbena Mini Candle, Mercantile 519 Rose Earrings, Cranberry Vegan Floss Samples, Savon De Carmel Make Up & Foundation Cleaner, Julep Nail Polish, Lord & Berry Lip Crayon and Make Up Bag.

2nd Prize: Beauty Basket from A&B Homemade Naturals. Lavender Deodorant, Sweet Pea Coconut Body Wash,Beet Root Powder Blush, Honey Lip Balm & Cinnamon Bronzer

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Foundation and Make Up Brush Cleaner By Cecilia Rosslee

How many of you neglect cleaning your make up brushes? I know I am guilty of not taking very good care of my make up brushes and when you stop and think about all the oil and bacteria that finds its way to your brushes, it’s gross.  Recently I read an article that e-coli can be growing on make up brushes. If you haven’t eaten lunch and want to be grossed out you can read this article by thegloss.com about just how dirty your make up brushes are. Gross.

After reading that article, you better believe I will be taking better care of my make up brushes.

When searching for products to review and feature in my monthly give-aways I turned to Etsy where I came across Cecilia Rosslee from Carmel, California.

After contacting Cecilia, I was sent two bars of her Foundation & Make Up Remover bar soap in the mail. I couldn’t wait to try this out on my make up brushes and see just how well this soap would work in cleaning the dirty grime and build-up of foundation and concealers off of my brushes.

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This bar of soap is a nice size, comparable to a Dove or Irish Spring bar. It is all natural, handmade and a non-chemical product. The soap is cold-pressed, made from high-grade extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil not only cleans the brushes but it also helps to condition the bristles on your brush. It also has a lovely light scent.

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When I tried this bar out, I filled up my kitchen sink with warm water and threw in my brushes. Next, I took the bar of soap and wet it, I couldn’t believe how creamy and soft this soap is.  I took each brush and rubbed the soap and rinsed until the water was clear. This was incredibly easy to use and I couldn’t believe just how dirty my brushes were…I am almost ashamed of myself for letting them go this long with out a washing.

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After I was done washing each brush I laid them on a paper towel to dry over night. The next day I took a few dry brushes and rubbed them on the paper towel to see if there was an excess make up dirt and guess what? There wasn’t! This soap did a great job and my brushes were soft to the touch.

Make sure you store your bar of soap in a soap dish or draining container to prolong the life of the soap. I have a feeling this is going to last quite a long time with proper care.

I am so happy I came across Cecilia Rosslee’s Etsy Shop. Not only does she sell the Foundation and Make Up brush cleaner she also sells lavendar, oatmeal and rose body soaps all 100% handmade.

This Foundation and Make Up Brush cleaner would make a great gift for anyone who wears make up. I wish I would have stumbled upon her store two years ago, this would have been great to put inside my bridesmaids’ gifts. Great gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays or even a little hostess gift for your best friend.

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HauteLook Lip Bag

HauteLook offered a speciality one time purchase curated with some of the hottest lip colors. This bag is $24.00 plus shipping and values $160.00- it’s your last chance to purchase one from HauteLook as the sale ends tomorrow Monday 8am Pacific Time.

I was pleasantly surprised with the contents in this bag. Lucky for my readers I will be giving away one of the item’s in May’s Monthly Give away via Facebook. You must be a fan of our Facebook Page to win.

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Products Included in this Lip Bag

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1.) NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nectar- $4.50

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2.) Lord & Berry Lip Crayon in Scarlett -$18.00 <——Included in May’s Give Away Item **

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3.) Crown Brush Lip Brush -$7.25

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4.) Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby Lustre- $15.00

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5.) Laura Geller Lipstick in Sugared Maple -$18.00

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6.) Mirenesse Lip Bomb Laquer Stain- $35.00

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7.) MIrenesse Glossy Kiss for Lip and Cheek- $27.00

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8.) Red Lipstick Case $3.00 approximately

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9.) La Fresh Travel Makeup Remover Wipe-$ .75 approximately

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10.) Swoon Lip Gloss Pick Up Artist-$15.00 Ingenious idea! Use this applicator and never throw out your lip gloss without getting the last drop out of your lip gloss!

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11.) Lipstick Make Up Bag-$17 approximately

I was very happy with this purchase, I definitely feel that I have gotten my money’s worth and now will be able to try new products I was did not know existed. Can’t wait to dress up my lips. Pucker Up!

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Pop Sugar Must Have- April 2014

April 10th, 2014

Next weekend is my birthday and thus being said, I am going to pretend that every item that comes in the mail is a gift for my birthday…so thank you Pop Sugar for your gift!

I have been receiving Must Have Pop Sugar boxes since September of 2013. This just started as treat for myself. I was able to justify the cost of $39.95  monthly because I curtailed going out to shop before and after my son was born in October. I wish that I had started this blog sooner to share the items that arrived in the previous months. Today happens to be the first Pop Sugar box that I get to review.

I am so happy to share April’s box with all of you, by far the best Pop Sugar of the New Year!

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As soon as I woke up this morning I went to look outside my door. Our doorman is prompt with package deliveries and I knew it would be sitting there. I grabbed my baby and knocked on my 81-year old grandma’s door who happens to be our neighbor. Grandma helps me review my boxes and this subscription company is one of her favorites. There wasn’t much, “hello, how are you?” it was more like, “sit down, what’s in that box!”

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Nature Box included custom-created trail mix called the POPSUGAR Must Have Mix. This trail mix contains almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries. Nature Box has it’s own monthly subscription company; what a great way to cross-promote and market to a new audience. Nature Box stays away from high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetners, colorings, flavors and other not-so-good-for-you chemicals. This mix is tasty and it has only 130 calories, 115mg of Sodium and 6 grams of fat per serving. Coincidentally, I should be receiving a Nature Box next week. Right now, you can go onto the Nature Box website and order your first box at 50% off with “POPSUGAR” code. It applies to any Nature Box boxes. ($5.00)

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An adorable set of tea towels from an Esty shop called Freshpastrystand was next. One towel says “Totally” and the other “Awesome”.  How fun! These are handmade, contain a water-based ink and are completely lint free which is great for drying glasses. These towels are adorable and how perfect would this be for a hostess gift or even as an extra bridal shower gift? Oh how..about for Mother’s Day? ($18.00)

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When I saw this next item I knew the value of the box was equal to what I paid just by this make up palette. Too Faced Make Up has been a staple in my make up bag for years from lipsticks to eyeshadows – it is a fabulous brand. This palette is called Natural Eyes and the colors are beautiful, it’s perfect for my fair skin color too. It contains nine different shades of eyeshadow ranging from tans to browns and even some shimmery pinks.  Included is a how-to guide for creating stunning eyes. ($36.00)

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My husband and I try hard to be eco-friendly and take reusable shopping bags with us when we go for groceries. Future trips to the store will now include my floral print collapsible tote bag from BlueAvocado. This shopper was co-designed by Lauren Conrad and is useful to carry just about anything. Made from upcycled (recycling to produce a better product) plastic bottles and folds into a wallet sized pouch. For me, this bag is perfect as a diaper bag- it’s so lightweight and won’t kill my shoulder if it just contained a few baby neccessities. ($25.00)

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Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap was next in my box of goodies. The hand soap has a lovely scent and the soap it self is thicker which shows quality compared to the name brand grocery store hand soaps. I’ll be putting this soap in our guest bathroom to share. ($10.50)

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Sadly, these boxes are not bottomless and have to end at some point.  My last item was a pocket notebook from Graphic Image. It’s a shame that in today’s world we are dependent on our smart phones to hold every important piece of information from: calendar reminders, addresses and to-do-lists. This is a nice reminder of what it was like when you relied on pen and paper to jot down notes. It is a quality notebook, with acid free paper, a flexible cover and tipped with silver edges. It fits nicely in a purse. ($20.00) <—This will be a MAY GIVE AWAY.

It’s safe to say that this was an excellent box! Filled with some fun new goodies to play with.  For the record, grandma liked the tea towels and tote bag the best.

The entire box retailed $ 114.50 just for$39.95! If you pre-pay for a 3, 6, 12 month subscription you will receive a discount.

Stay Tuned because next week arrives the Spring Special Edition Box from Must Have Pop Sugar 

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