Get a Birchbox for only $5 !

Love trying out new beauty products like make up, hair products, perfume , & more?
Birchbox sends you 5 deluxe personalized samples every month for you to try out.
Afterwards ,if wanted you can review the items on the site & get 10 points. With those points you can buy products on the site ( or if you are in NYC, their flagship store). 100 points= $10
It’s also easy to cancel if you decide this box isn’t for you.
I discovered a moisturizer from a brand I have never heard of , I loved it!

Birchbox

How to get the deal:
Head over to the Birchbox website

Enter 5BOX at check out

You might have to pay tax depending on which state you live in.

If you decide to get it , let me know what you get in your box! 🙂

Take a break & enjoy International Delight Iced Coffee #IDelightin10

Did you know International Delight also has Iced Coffee & Chai Tea Latte drinks to choose from? Not just creamers! Look for them by the milk.

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( I added some vanilla almond milk to the mocha iced coffee)

I wouldn’t really say I am a big coffee drinker. In high school I was addicted to french vanilla cappuccino but when I left that high school my habit broke. ( P.S What high school sells cappuccino to students ? lol) I would crash so hard after school!
Anyway I would occasionally have cappuccinos once in a blue moon in the fall/winter. Maybe 1-2 times a year , if that.

Then this year I fell in love the with S’mores frappuccino when I got a free drink for my birthday. Sadly it was limited edition. What was I going to do I thought? My special treat was no more… only hoping I could get it next summer.

Then BzzAgent sent me an email inviting me to be part of the the International Delight Iced Coffee & Chai Tea Latte campaign. I like trying new products and I knew if I didn’t like it my friend would.
They sent me a coupon to redeem for a free half gallon & some $.80 coupons to share.
Off to the store I went. At first I didn’t see it then the next time I went into the store I found them.
There was only 2 to choose from at my location so I grabbed the Mocha . I thought you can’t go wrong my mocha.

There are 10 flavors to choose from:
Mocha
Mocha Light
Caramel Macchiato
Caramel Macchiato Light
Vanilla
Vanilla Light
Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream
Hershey’s Cookies n’ Cream

Vanilla Chai
Caramel Chai

With inspiration from my favorite drink this summer and favorite camping treat I decided to make a s’mores ice coffee.

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I took
Mocha International Delight Iced Coffee
Marshmallow Fluff
Whipped Cream
Graham Crackers, smashed

I mixed equal amount of marshmallow fluff & whipped cream.
Smashed graham crackers
Added some whipped cream mixture & graham cracker crumbs at the bottom of my mug.
Poured in mocha International Delight iced coffee
topped with whipped cream mixture
sprinkled graham cracker crumbs.
Feel free to add chocolate syrup for more chocolate goodness.

It was really good but nothing something I could have all the time. Great for a special me time treat. ( sugar overload)

Then I started adding a little bit of vanilla almond milk or vanilla coconut milk when I had it in the mornings or afternoons. It tasted great.
At Target they even had it on sale 2/$7 and had 10% off from the cartwheel app. I was happy about that because I LOVE this iced coffee. I have been having trouble finding other flavors though. I am always checking though so hopefully they will pop up .
IDelight sale
A half gallon is around $4 which is a little expensive but if you are heading to the coffee shop all the time it will save you a lot of money.

If you head to International Delight website you can find great drink recipes , even a yummy chocolate truffle recipe!

So skip your trip to the coffee shop & grab one of the great flavors International Delight has to offer. It tastes great & will save you money.

Have you tried I.D iced coffee or chai tea latte yet? Which flavor did you try or would you like to try?

Glam Essentials – Hello Cutie Mud Mask Review

Once or twice a week I liked treating my skin to a facial mask. Mud & peel masks are my favorite.
Glam Essentials sent me their Hello Cutie Mud Mask to try out. How cute is the name?

HelloCutieMudMask

What it does:
With the finest natural ingredients this mask will help :
Remove blackheads
Shrink pores
Hydrate
Repair
Tighten
Stimulate
Anti-aging

How to use:
Use 1-2 times a week.
Full mask or spot treatment
Spread evenly over skin until dry 5-15 minutes , then rinse with warm water.

One thing I don’t like about mud masks is applying it. It can get a little messy. It’s all over your hands, the jar gets messy, uneven application. Hello Cute Mud Mask comes with a fan brush for easy, even, & clean application. ( why haven’t I thought of using a brush before too apply masks?) Do you use a brush to apply your facial masks? You also don’t need a lot of the product to cover your face.

Hello Cutie Mud mask

The first thing you notice while applying is the peppermint. It smells great, not overpowering and didn’t make my eyes water. With each stroke you feel a tingling refreshing sensation. The consistency is nice and glides on nicely. After your face is covered you just wait for it to dry. This is definitely one of my favorite mud masks I’ve tried….ever! What I like about it is unlike other mud masks I’ve tried in the past ; while drying it doesn’t give my skin any irritation or unpleasant feeling, it doesn’t feel really stiff, & it dried really quick.
While drying, this mask did something different. You can see it absorbing the oils. For me it was in my T-Zone especially my nose. It was interesting to see. (You can see what I am talking about in this photo around and on my nose.)

Hello Cutie Mud Mask

When you are ready to take off it easily comes off with warm water. No need to scrub it off. My face feels so soft, smooth,clean, & moisturized after each use.

What is in it:
Pomegranate: Add hydration as well as being jam packed with antioxidants which gives it the power to help with cellular regeneration

Peppermint: for that refreshing feeling

Activated charcoal : it aggressively aids in the reduction of toxins on the surface of your skin, and it’s a natural exfoliator.

Hyaluronic Acid: has also been added to reduce the look of aging while helping boost your collagen levels

Vitamin B3: Helps with skin rejuvenation

There are no parabens, sulfates, dyes, or perfumes.

Manufactured in U.S.A

You can find it on Amazon: retails for about $28

Final thoughts:
Overall I really liked this mask. It pleasant to use throughout the process of applying , drying, and taking off. I liked that it’s packed with natural beneficial ingredients and not harsh chemicals, dyes , or perfumes. I’ve only used it a handful of times so far so no dramatic results but it leaves my skin feeling great afterwards. I can also see that is does clean out the junk in my pores. Making them look smaller. With a 60 day money back guarantee, you owe it to you & your skin to try the benefits of this mask & see for yourself.

I received a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review.

NatureBox mini review

NatureBox

Have you heard about Naturebox ? It’s a subscription snack box that you can get every month with 3 or 5 bags of snacks that you can choose or be surprised and let them choose for you. There are over 100+ snacks to browse and choose with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Crackers, dried fruit, fruit snacks, gluten free, vegan, baked treats , & more.

These come in resealable bags which is great to keep at home, bring to work, or even on the go.

You can choose to get it once a week, every 2 weeks, or once a month.
5 snack boxes are $19.95
3 snack boxes are $13.95
free shipping for U.S residents

Right now if you head to their website you can score your first box for FREE !

harvest mix

Harvest Nut Mix
What’s in it? : Peanuts , Wild Rice Sticks, Almonds, Edamame, Toasted Corn , Sesame Sticks
I loved this trail mix. It was crunchy, a little bit of salt… a perfect snack. I don’t think I’ve had toasted corn before, was great. Also liked the wild rice sticks in this mix.

guacamole bites

Guacamole Bites
What’s in it? : Yellow Corn Masa, Soybean Oil, Guacamole Seasoning

I am 50/50 on this one. It was pretty good but something about it was off for me to want to get it again. I could only eat a small handful each time. I even put some in my taco soup for some extra crunch.

fruit strips

Double Berry Fruit Peels
What’s in it? : Concentrated Apple Puree and Juice, Concentrated Raspberry Juice, Concentrated Blueberry Juice, Black Carrot Juice Concentrate, Pectin, Glaze (coconut oil, cellulose).

Pretty yummy! Actually tasted like fruit and not just sugar like other fruit snacks. It was a little sticky though. I liked that they came in individual packages.

sweet mix naturebox

Sweet & Simple Berry Nut Mix
What’s in it?: Blueberry Flavored Dried Cranberries, Cashews, Almonds, Peanut Oil, Salt.

I enjoyed this mix but felt like the nuts lost the crunch due to the dried cranberries. I also wish there were more almonds & cashews in the mix. I would get it again though. It was very good , especially when you get a craving for something sweet.

naturebox chocolate chip banana chips

Chocolate Banana Chips
What’s in it?:Bananas, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor.

These were ok. When I picked them I thought what is not to love about chocolate & bananas. I don’t think I would get these again. My friend liked them though. I wonder how these would taste in ice cream or even yogurt.

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South Pacific Plantains
What’s in it?:Plantains, Non-hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sea Salt

I really like these. They sort of taste like a potato chip… but much healthier without that weird healthy chip taste though.

Have you tried Naturebox before?

Earn products with a few clicks

There have a been a few referral/reward programs popping up the past week for some new product launches.
You sign up & get friends to join and the more you invite the bigger your ‘prize’ is.

Lets start with some pretty jewelry
Balla Bracelets is launching this month and you can earn earring, a bracelet, a jewelry set, or bag.

Sign up here

Balla Bracelets referral

Next up bathroom essentials shampoo, soap, razors & more. You can earn 1 or all products

Sign up here

Morgan rewards

Cora organic period products. Earn 1 month up to a year of tampons + travel case . The cool thing if you sign up when they launch for their service when they ship your box they give pads to a girl in need so she can stay in school during her period.

sign up here

cora organic

September Target Beauty Box $5 – Hurry

My favorite beauty box is back….this one has a lot of hair products.

Target beauty Box

mobile: Beauty Box

Website Beauty Box

Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
A lightweight spray that offers a protective barrier against damage for fragile, color-treated or relaxed hair.

Curls Créme Brule Whipped Curl Cream
This cream styler defines, de-frizzes and moisturizes your tresses, leaving curls soft without hold.

Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum
Tame frizz and keeps curls defined with this lightweight, fast-absorbing serum.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Restore moisture and shine to color-treated or chemically processed hair with this oil-based lotion.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment
This multipurpose ointment helps soothe and protect dry, chapped or irritated skin.

Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste
A breakthrough formula that whitens teeth in just 3 days, with best results after 4 weeks.

Fashion Haul- Ready for Falling

Savings for me doesn’t stop at beauty, makeup, food, pet supplies , ect.
I love finding great deals & scores on clothing, shoes, & accessories.

It was actually my inspiration to start my blog when I was working at a clothing boutique.

MacysBooties
I spotted these at Macy’s.
I headed to the clearance racks just to see if there was anything good. Usually size 11 are picked over and nothing interesting. Then I found these Thalia Sodi Booties. They were priced $31.33 orig. $89.50 then was informed they were discounted even more .. $22.37 then she gave me 10% off making these $ 21.41 with tax!! I had gift cards from a survey site that I used making these FREE. These make me happy for Fall.

Beverly Diamonds Ring

Next is this pretty solitaire princess cut ring that I received from Beverly Diamonds to review. I love the simplicity to it and the detailed band. They sell everything from engagement bands, wedding rings, bracelets, studs & more. They have jewelry in white,platinum, and yellow gold.
This ring looked exactly like the photo so no surprises when I opened the box. Shipping was fast and communication was A+
Their website is really easy to navigate so you can find what you are looking for. When I was checking out the engagement rings, I liked that the name and a photo of the type of ring was at the top. So if you aren’t sure about the name of the shape you want there is a photo. You just click and you can see all the style in that shape they have available. I thought that was very helpful.

* I received this ring from Beverly Diamonds complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Lane Bryant
Next deal was at Lane Bryant. Not sure if it is still available but if you text LBTXT to 23705 you will get $10 off your purchase. I spotted the sunglasses first and loved the shape & the design on the arms. They were priced $16.95. I went to checkout and they were on sale for $9.98 ( even better) but I couldn’t use my code because of two measly cents lol. So I went to the sale/clearance shelf and found a bracelet that was 4.98
I paid $5.28 with tax( still cheaper if I bought the sunglasses at full price)
Earlier this week I received a $100 gift card to Lane Bryant from their #epicsummerchallenge promo on their FB. So this = FREE !

H&M outfit

Next deal is from H&M I did my first mystery shop job and I will be getting $20. I could have bought a $5 top or something but took advantage because I need new Fall clothes. I grabbed the oversized long sleeve knit top ($19.99)
Then spotted the faux leather legging/trousers/pants ($19.99). I’ve been wanting something like them so got them both. Funny dressing room moment is when I tried on the smaller size and they were sort of stuck. I got them off but was a close call to having to call someone in haha.
I had a 20% coupon for signing up for their email newsletter.
Total with tax : $38.27
-$20.00 = $18.27
Then used survey money to cover the rest = FREE fall outfit
P.S those shoes are free , got them last year :oP

fashion finds
Here are some things I liked but didn’t buy.
The dress was from H&M, I really like the fit . Deciding if I should buy it.
The snake earrings are Betsey Johnson at Macy’s ($35)
The daisy kaleidoscope swarovski necklace from Macy’s (was $265 now $119)