Who Can Resist Three New Zoya Polishes…

I had skipped out on ordering the Zoya Cyber Monday box (although once I saw what it contained, I sort of wished I had!), but since I was in the market for a new base as well as a new top coat I couldn’t resist this deal that popped up a week later: buy a mini color lock set and receive 3 full-size polishes for free. Since the full-size polishes retail for $9-10 on their own and I wanted all of the items in the kit, to me this was a great deal!

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I spent ages poring over all the polishes on the Zoya site trying to pick the perfect three. They have so many beautiful colors that it’s just so hard to choose! I looked at swatches of SO many of the polishes that it probably took me hours, not even kidding. I ended up with Tinsley, Hermina, and Nimue.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream Extravaganza

I love Crabtree & Evelyn products, despite not having ever owned very many of them. I can pinpoint the exact moment when my love began – the year I received a basket of products from their Summer Hill line from my grandmother for my birthday. It felt like such an adult gift, since scented gifts were so rare for me to receive, especially as nice as ones as these. I used those products like they were made of silver and was so sad when the single product I loved the most out of that basket, the Summer Hill Hand Therapy, finally ran out. I still have and use several of the other longer-lasting products from that basket, like the perfume, but I still think about that hand cream.

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Birchbox Black Friday Haul

I love Birchbox. I love receiving my box every month, I love window-shopping in their store, and I love occasionally buying myself something. This month was one of those “buying something” times.

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Shipping was a little slow, but only by the high standards I’ve come to expect from Birchbox — it took 2 days to be shipped, and another 3 to arrive at my door. I was really surprised by how light the box was, especially considering its size, until I opened it….and realized how much bubble wrap had been used to package my products!

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Memebox Order: My Introduction to K-Beauty

I already expressed my excitement about this order once, but now that it’s arrived I have to express it all over again!

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I was very impressed with the speed of delivery — it shipped the same day that I placed it, and arrived 4 business days later. The box was very compact, and stuffed with pink confetti. It was so cheerful! The color also matched perfectly with many of the items I ordered, but that was probably a coincidence.

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Petit Fée | Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch | $20 $15

I’ve been experiencing ongoing dark circles under my eyes a lot this semester due to stress and lack of sleep, and I was really hoping this would help heal them. This tub comes with 60 patches, so that’s enough for 30 applications — wow! The downside is that I just noticed that they have an expiration date only 2 months from opening, so I guess I just need to use them every other day? I tried them for the first time on Saturday and have been impressed so far; I’ll report back with a review soon.

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nooni | Snowflake Cleanser | $16 $13

I’ve been curious about Korean cleansers for a while. I originally wanted to try the Banila Clean it Zero sherbet cleanser, but it was always more expensive than I wanted. When I saw this one, I knew I had to try it! It’s advertised as a cleanser that starts as a balm, then turns into an oil as you massage it in, and finally into a milk when you wash it away. This cleanser has no scent. A little goes a long way, and it works well. I’ve been really impressed with it so far!

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Memebox | Mini K-Beauty Travel Kit (Promo) | $5

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Excitement Too Great To Contain (Part 2)

You can find Part 1 of this post here. I was just so excited about the online purchases I made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that I just couldn’t wait until the packages actually got here to share them! In my first post, I talked about my awesome orders from Memebox, Birchbox, and Crabtree & Evelyn. This post covers Rite Aid, The Body Shop, and more.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid

Everything at Rite Aid was 30% off for Cyber Monday. I was first attracted to the Rite Aid sale because of the nail colors. I needed a new base cost, and I wanted a couple of new nail colors to cheer me up. I read a ton of reviews, and finally decided on the L’Oreal One Stop Base instead of some of the other brands of base coat that were available. The colors I picked up were a beautiful pink creme (Revlon Teak Rose), a shimmery duochrome (WNW Gray’s Anatomy), and a sparkling textured polish (L’Oreal Diamond in the Rough).

There was free shipping on orders $25+, so I shopped around for some items to up my total so I didn’t have to pay shipping. I bought some totally non-glamorous necessities like pantiliners and wetwipes, just because I would have gone to Rite Aid to buy them anyway and I might as well get them 30% off. But I also tossed in a Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lip balm duo, since it’s my favorite lip balm ever and I’m running low, and WNW Moisturizing Balm Stain in Rico Mauve, because it was cheap and I thought the color looked nice from online swatches. Finally, I added the Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask because I was still just under the minimum amount for free shipping and I have been wanting to try this mask for a while.

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday: Excitement Too Great To Contain (Part 1)

Update: Apparently this is my 100th post on this blog! It’s not a very ceremonious post, but it is one which I was super excited while writing (as you can probably tell from reading it). Which makes me happy!

So, I did a decent amount of shopping last weekend. Not a huge amount, at least not compared to what I’ve seen some beauty bloggers post about, but what feels like a whole lot to me. You probably noticed that a lot of beauty products were on sale for this thing called Black Friday and this other thing called Cyber Monday — crazy, right? I always try to shop during sales because I love getting deals on things, and last weekend was no different. I definitely stocked myself up for a while!

I went into my shopping adventure with a definite plan. There were certain items I knew I wanted, and I did a lot of comparison shopping and whittling down of wishlists before ever ordering anything. I am so happy with what I ended up ordering, and I just couldn’t contain how excited I am about some of the products I’ll be receiving in the mail shortly, so I had to post about them before they even arrive.

Shopping Strategy

My wishlist was pretty short, and I definitely didn’t stick to it, but I do think it helped me figure out what to narrow my shopping cart down to. All of the products on my wishlist were things I had felt like I needed multiple times in the last month, and it provided a great jumping-off point.

  • A new cleanser (can be balm, oil, gel, or cream)
  • The solution to whiteheads
  • A good undereye concealer
  • More multi-dimensional eyeshadows that can be worn alone
  • Purple eyeliner that doesn’t drag at all
  • A nail polish base coat
  • A perfect MLBB lipstick color
  • Some restocks: TBS Nutriganics eye cream, TBS Nutriganics Drops of Youth concentration, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (a full-size purchase after sampling)

I had a list of 11 stores which had sales going on that I wanted to investigate: Memebox, Birchbox, Crabtree & Evelyn, Rite Aid, The Body Shop, Sephora, Ulta, Zoya, Freeman, e.l.f., and Target.

Memebox

Memebox

I’ve never purchased anything from Memebox before, and I’ve barely even dipped my toes into the waters of Korean beauty at all, but Beeju‘s posts have been making me very curious. Elisabeth posted an image preview of the Black Friday sale they were going to be having and I decided I had to take advantage of it. I spent a lot of time browsing their website, and I am so happy with what I ended up picking. They’re all items I’m super excited about — I think this is the package I’m most excited to receive!

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Target Haul ~ Replenishing my supply

Yesterday I went into Target to grab some milk (because I drink milk like crazy — literally 1-2 gallons a week), and I couldn’t help but stop by the beauty section to see what they had in stock… Most of the items I ended up with are things I needed anyway, but I did sneak one luxury item into my cart.

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Pantene Nature Fusion with Avocado Oil Smoothing Conditioner | $3.84
I’m almost out of Pantene conditioner, so of course I needed to replenish my supply!

e.l.f. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara | $2.00
This is a product that I first purchased last summer. It’s perfect for days when you want lash definition but don’t want to deal with mascara (yes, I still struggle with mascara application…). It’s been in my online e.l.f. shopping cart for ages, but I’ve been waiting around for a reduced shipping event. When I saw it in person, I of course had to grab it.

Secret Scent Expressions Deodorant in Ooh-La-La Lavender  | $0.97
I’ll be traveling a lot this summer, so I needed a miniature deodorant to travel with me.

Carefree Pantiliners | $3.29
Another tried-and-true item that I needed to replenish.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Supernova | $1.99
This was my impulse buy. It’s a lovely rose gold color in the bottle — champagne with silver flecks. But I found the application to be pretty awful. I’m going to have to try to use it again to see if practice and a more careful hand helps at all.

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So, there’s a glimpse inside my shopping cart! What are some everyday beauty items that you pick up at the store?