Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

TJ Maxx Nail Polish Haul including Essie, Barielle, & Nicole by OPI...& a CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE!

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Sometimes...you stumble onto a goldmine. PURE GOLD. I've been bitter here in Omaha...no Ross. I used to get a ton of my nail polish from Ross at steal prices. TJ Maxx was just alright. Now...I admit I was wrong. SO WRONG. I found some unicorn polishes (hard to find polishes) & one that was supposed to be a Nicole by OPI CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE! Say whattttt! Its somewhat similar to me beloved Spoiled- Shrimp on the Barbie...maybe it will be even better? Here's my haul...get ready.

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Here's an example of the 2 duo packaging. The one in the middle was out on its own packed in with the Essie polishes.

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Here's the gorgeous Canadian Exclusive Nicole by OPI polish "Coral Denominator. SO SHOCKED TO FIND IT! This is one I would have totally paid full price for...except I'm in the USA. This is from the Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber Collection.
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This is the first Nicole by OPI polish I picked up when I was walking around, LOVE. Make U Smile is a Nicole by OPI nail polish from the Justin Bieber Collection.
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Left to right are Blush of Adrenaline & Studio Mama from Nicole by OPI. Studio Mama (which I keep calling baby mama hahahhaahaha) is seriously a white with the absolute tiniest hint of pink in it. This is from the Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber Collection & also supposed to be one of the International shades. Blush of Adrenaline is a sheer, bare nude polish...which I can't find any info on. Curious....








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So this is from the 2012 Holiday Collection...I know this because last year we were stationed in Vegas & they were sold out. HAHA! So this is Orna-Ment for Each Other from Nicole by OPI...LOVE.
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Top to bottom are Essie shades in Case Study, Glamour Purse, & Little Brown Purse. Another set of 3 that I wanted but didn't snag! I've been SO into browns & nudes lately so these 3 were a score.
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Top to bottom are Essie shades in Power Clutch, Da Bush, & Absolutely Shore. I wanted ALL 3 of these shades at one point or another. Exciting!
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Left to right are Barielle shades in Decadence, Slate of Affairs, & U-Concrete-Me.






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Left to right are Barielle shades Passion Pirouette & Gold Digger.
All Essie polishes were $3.99, Barielle 5 polishes were $10 total, & the Nicole by OPI duos were $7.99. The single Nicole by OPI from last years Holiday Collection was a single & was only $2.99. Incredible right? My total for all of these polishes was $53 without tax. That's for 16 nail polishes. That's about $3.31 a piece.

Soooo what shades do you guys want to see swatched first??? What are some of your great TJ Maxx discount finds! I still haven't found any Deborah Lippmans but somehow I'll make it through... :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 2012: NatureBox Review & GIVEAWAY!

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So, I have another foodie giveaway. Yes, I know you're excited. Before you enter though, please read the basics of this company to see how seriously awesome this subscription is with my easy main points!

Quick Glance Facts about NatureBox:
- $19.95 a month

- For every NatureBox purchased, they donate a meal to feed hungry children in America!

- Each box contains 4-6 samples

- Samples are quite large, I received 5 different kinds with 4 servings each

- Each bag is resealable

- They ship to the 48 continental states INCLUDING FPO/APO & PO Boxes. Big deal for me as we reside on military bases.

- Nothing fake! No high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial flavors/colors/sweeteners. Food as food should be. 

I also want to not they have A LOT of great ideas coming up to customize boxes including Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, & you will be able to adjust the size of your box for your family's needs! That's really cool, I've yet to see something like that!

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So now let's look at what came in my August box! 

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Photobucket I'm loving this info card, so much more fun than just a list. Its gives you information about each product, some tips, lists their social media information in an easy to find spot, & even includes a recipe. Score.



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Left to right are each of the snacks out of the package. I did just tiny bits of each so you can see them up close & personal! Left to right we have: Maui Onion Crunch, Dried Fancy Figs, Far East Rice Crackers, Mexicana Mango, & Bombay Curried Cashews. Check out the size of those mango slices, yum!

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Maui Onion Crunch: My husband isn't a bit onion fan but I liked them because they are sweeter. Love almonds so I'll pretty much eat them coated in anything. Classy right?

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Dried Fancy Figs: I was shocked when my hubby tried these & really like them. They may not look super pretty, but figs & dates are some of my favorites. Sweet, natural, & personally I think they're fun to eat!

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Far East Rice Crackers: Hubby doesn't like these of any variety but I grew up eating mixes like this almost as often as potato chips. Crispy rice crackers & sweet peas with some savory flavors.

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Mexicana Mango: Definitely our favorite in the NatureBox! We love mangoes in pretty much everything, from desserts to sauces to marinades. We also just sit there eating them by themselves. These don't have seasoning on them & they aren't as dried as the kind with preservatives in them. Super sweet & perfect!

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Bombay Curried Cashews: Hubby doesn't like curry but I love it! My mom's favorite is curry so it made me wish she lived closer to share them with her! This also had some cranberries, raisins, walnuts, almonds, evaporated apple pieces, sunflower seeds, & pumpkin seeds. Such a great blend!!!

Overall:
They don't skimp on the quality ingredients which is something I always worry about with a mixed bag type of deal. Not here. This gave hubby & I a chance to try some great snacks together. He grew up eating your standard home foods (mashed potatoes, cheeseburgers, spaghetti) & while I had those things as I well, I grew up eating really out of the box foods (traditional Thai, Persian, & Greek are some of my favorites!) so this was really fun as a couple. I feel like it pushed him to try something new & now I'll gladly buy figs...which I never expected him to like! We have a marriage were he explains to me to dangers as I dance on fire. Food is no different.

I have a 25% off code for your very first box & that code is MANGO. For $19.95, I think this box is a steal honestly. I mean, look at the sizes & quality of the ingredients. These are snacks I'd pick up at Whole Foods for about the same price or more. Knowing Whole Foods, probably more. Plus, each bag has a sneak peek window & a resealable top. Love!

Overall, I'd categorize this as a top-notch subscription box not just for health conscious folks but also for foodies in general. The flavors are dead on, the food is fresh, & the originality is apparent. Pretty obsessed. As far as causes go, helping to feed a hungry child for every box that gets sent out puts this a step ahead of the others. This is also something I would gifts to friends/family because of its reasonable price tag, varied ingredients, & the fact that I don't have to ship it myself. Win.

For the Giveaway:
Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! If you don't see it, give it a moment to load, refresh your page, or contact me directly & I will try to help! Sorry this is US only & please refer to my disclosure policy which has a special section just for giveaways!
I also need to point out you will be getting NEXT MONTHS box so it will be different!
Good luck everyone!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*This NatureBox & the winner's prize have been provided by the company. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BzzAgent: Unreal Candy Review!


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Love candy? Me too. When BzzAgent offered to let me try Unreal candy...I honestly only heard "candy" & said sure. So they proceeded to send me a coupon for a free bar & then bought 2 more. I found them at my CVS & although I think the packaging is really cute, I don't think I've ever seen these! They had all 5 varieties which are very similar to some of the most well-known brands. I picked 3: Unreal41 Candy Coated Chocolates, Unreal77 Peanut Butter Cups, & Unreal5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar.

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Now the whole deal with Unreal candies is something I can't help support: Nothing artificial, no corn syrup, no preservatives, & no hydrogenated oils. To see their info about their calorie comparisons & company background, go to http://getunreal.com/

The Caramel Nougat Bar was alright but it wasn't my favorite. The Candy Coated Chocolates were good but taste different than M & Ms... they also have different colors! In my opinion, they taste more expensive. The Peanut Butter Cups blew me away. Seriously. So smooth, so tasty, & SO fresh tasting. If you love raw peanut butter, this kind of reminds me of my favorite kind!

Nail Challenge 2012 Day #4: Green Waves with Zoya, Sally Hansen, & Spoiled

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Let's get this straight: I love green. I love green eyeshadows, nail polish, shoes, purses, plates, comforters...& just about everything else. I love green. So when my challenge was finally something other than yellow or orange, I was thrilled. Then I got overwhelmed. SO many options! I decided to go with something fun but simple...& green. I love this so much.

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Colors used:
Base is I Only Eat Salads from Spoiled which is the bright lime
Lighter green is Parrot from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
Dark murky green is Evvie from Zoya
Metallic green is Meg from Zoya

Love love LOVE this pattern! I topped it with Seche Vite to seal it all together. I seriously want to do this a lot in the future! Woo!

Here is the list of Varnished Vixens joining me in the Challenge:
-Diana at Nails By Diana
-Meredith at Perfectly Polished
-Nicole at The Color Republic
-Sam at Polished Art
-Nicole at Nicole Gets Nailed
-Shelby at Shelby's Swatches
-Stephanie Louise at All Things Beautiful
-Liz and Lisa @ Lozlosa 
-Mari at Nailista
-Miss L at Beauty by Miss L 
-Gini at Sassy Paints 
-Pam at Nail-E-Glance
 
If you want to join in on the 31 Day Challenge, just let Kimber know! She's first on the list of participants ;)

In case you missed, Day #1 was RED Nails, Day #2 was ORANGE nails, Day #3 was YELLOW nails, & the next Challenge will be BLUE nails.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Birchbox for August 2012 featuring Juicy Couture, Sumita, & More!

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 So this Birchbox had lots of paperwork attached! Also...it was longer, as proven on the video. Not crazy, it's true. I liked the papers & presentation. I also love the cause, Pencils of Promise does some amazing things! Although I really love these addictions, I try to judge these boxes pureply on the products they contain & IF I can reuse boxes/bags & such.

Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Polish Swatches & Review Fall 2012

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So these are actually my first Maybelline Color Show nail polish swatches & I'm pretty impressed. These polishes were available alongside the more neutral 24 Hour Color Tattoo eyeshadows that I reviewed & swatched recently. Heads up: I found the other 4 today, the ones that are jewel toned! I'm getting them up ASAP! They're STUNNING!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Maybelline NEW Jewel Toned Color Tattoo Swatches & Review!

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These shades are totally what I wanted for fall! Okay, seriously, I'd take these shades anytime. I love the in your face feel of these. I already know some people will immediately look at them & say "No freaking way" but wait! Remember, these are super long wearing...consider using them as eyeliner! I wear them that way often & they are perfect...& I am finding it hard to beat the staying power!I think if you love color, these are just as impressive as the fabulous neutrals from the other Maybelline Fall 2012 Limited Edition displays!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup!

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Nail Challenge 2012 Day #3: Yellow Crazy Stripes with the Spun Sugar Method

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So maybe its not so new to you guys, but its definitely new to me! I found it on the nail blog "The Nail Buff" & thought I'd give it a go for the Yellow part of our challenge. I considered redoing a manicure I did way back in the day which was the clean cut black & yellow bee like stripes, but this seemed so much edgier & fun!

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This method was easy once I got the hang of it, but it definitely takes some time. It reminds me of pulling sugar strands like its namesake but thankfully its not as delicate. Thank goodness. I used my cheapest black...which also happens to be my most used in general which is my standby Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme. A one coater black. My base is Color Club's Almost Famous which is a great medium yellow: not too bright but not too light. Overall...I think it looks pretty wicked.

Here it is about 2/3 the way done. I made a slight barrier with the yellow polish (ok a major one) because I didn't know if it would pool up on the sides or anything:
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Then completely finished. I didn't clean up as well because I was too excited haha:

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& after I added a top coat of Seche Vite:

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Next time, I think I'll use a thinner top coat & do multiple coats. Or a thin top coat then Seche Vite. It has held up amazing but I fill like Seche Vite had to struggle a bit to fill in all the grooves.


What do you think? I will definitely be doing this again...its original enough that the extra effort is totally worth it! Any idea on some yellows I should pick up? Will YOU be trying the Spun Sugar manicure?

Here is the list of Varnished Vixens joining me in the Challenge:
-Diana at Nails By Diana
-Meredith at Perfectly Polished
-Nicole at The Color Republic
-Sam at Polished Art
-Nicole at Nicole Gets Nailed
-Shelby at Shelby's Swatches
-Stephanie Louise at All Things Beautiful
-Liz and Lisa @ Lozlosa 
-Mari at Nailista
-Miss L at Beauty by Miss L 
-Gini at Sassy Paints 
-Pam at Nail-E-Glance
 
If you want to join in on the 31 Day Challenge, just let Kimber know! She's first on the list of participants ;)

In case you missed, Day #1 was RED Nails, Day #2 was ORANGE nails, & the next Challenge will be GREEN nails.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Nails: Fish Scale Mani With Zoya Frida & Mattese Elite Je Taime

PhotobucketI literally wore this mani to go fishing! I got Je Taime from my Mattese Elite haul from Ricky's NYC. It is GORGEOUS & pretty much looks incredible over any color. With some small hols, large holos, & then the bulk of the glitters being small almost beige/gold looking glitters that throw off a sheen that is gold & green. The holos give this an especially unique look since they throw off every color imaginable in certain lighting.

Zoya's Frida is from their new Gloss Trio for Fall 2012. Since there are so many swatches of these on the net, I wanted to show them to you layered...plus layering is just plain fun.

I did 2 thin coats of Frida, 1 coat of Je Taime, 1 Coat of Frida, 1 Coat of Frida. Then I left my ring finger bare of the last coat of Frida so I had 1 ulta-sparkle nail. 

BEFORE the last coat of Frida:
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AFTER the last coat of Frida:
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What do you think, does is look like something oceany/fish scaley? I love it. It was SO pretty on.

*Zoya polish was sent in consideration of review, Je Taime from Mattese Elite was purchased with my own funds.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Eyes: My SUPER Long-Wearing Bronze & Blue Eye Look


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PhotobucketSo, summer brought about many things: our first summer in Nebraska, my first summer not visiting home, & the horrible humidity. What does this mean to you? I've searched far & wide for the best of the best long-wearing eye products. Here is my current favorite duo: Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear Eyeshadow Pencils & Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos. I love all of the shades in both ranges, but blue & bronze are just so fun.
 
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