J.Crew 30% Off Sale

the women’s new arrivals and current collections at j.crew are so clean and easy to wear right now. light colors and fabrics are perfect for the rising temperatures in new york. and even better, there’s a 30% off one-day sale going on right now! and it’s 25% for men’s and children’s. if  you’re looking for some summer pick-me-up’s for your wardrobe, shop j.crew online before 11:59pm EST today. just use code SHOPNOW to receive the discount. select items throughout the site are not a part of the sale; all participating items are clearly marked. below are my sale picks.

j.crew sale picks

Boy Shirt in Striped Poplin | Plumeria Jacquard Short | Leather Loop Belt in Cognac | Silk Strappy Jumpsuit in Navy | Downing Tote in Metallic Leather | Crossover Pencil Skirt in Plumeria Jacquard

GLOSSYBOX Review – May 2015

GLOSSYBOX - May 2015

remember back when I was surprised by a GLOSSYBOX in the mail? I was super-excited to test out the five premium beauty products that came in the May 2015 box. trying new makeup products, hair products, and body care products is so much fun! it took me a bit to try out each product effectively, to give my best review, but now I’m done and, as promised, my take on the items I received is below.

1. Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer by Teeez Trend Cosmetics
color: “Vintage Taupe” is a warm, muted tan (colors varied by box)
scent: N/A
consistency: sheer, smooth
outcome: sans base and top coat, required 3 coats – with base coat, required 2
full size: 0.24 fluid oz.
full size value: $14.00
sample size: 0.24 fluid oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $14.00
overall: first of all, I absolutely abhorred the color I received. but ignoring that fact, for the price tag of this polish, I was surprised that the quality didn’t exceed that of a typical OPI or China Glaze type of polish (which cost almost half). like a standard polish, it didn’t chip for a day or two and required a normal amount of coats to be a satisfactory manicure. the quality was nice, but the price definitely dashes it off of my list.
buy: no

2. Mineral Matt Lipstick by doucce
color: “Cherry Blossom 907” is a cool mauve (colors varied by box)
scent: powdery, plasticy
consistency: dry, stiff, matte, tiny bit of shimmer
outcome: coverage was decent, stayed on for a few hours, not overly-drying
full size: 0.18 oz.
full size value: $20.00
sample size: 0.18 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $20.00
overall: the dry texture is a bit surprising, but isn’t a flaw, as I suspected it might be initially. while doucce describes it as “moisturizing,” I wouldn’t go so far. my lips didn’t get badly dried out, as they do with some lipsticks, but I did require regular use of a chapstick product during my test run. this color didn’t look great on me either – I probably won’t wear it again. but even if the color had been better suited to me, at the end of the day, there are superior lipsticks at $20 or less.
buy: no

3. Retexturizing Gel by Clearista
color: N/A
scent: mild chocolatey, nutty
consistency: gel with a smooth granules added in, lightly foams
outcome: I noticed no difference in the look or feel of my skin
full size: 4 oz.
full size value: $79.99
sample size: 0.5 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $9.99
overall: unfortunately, because this product didn’t make a difference for me, there isn’t a point in adding it to my skincare routine. even if it had provided results, the lofty price tag is a little scary (I estimate it would cost $40/month to use daily, based on my use of the sample).
buy: no

4. POWERMUD DualCleanse Treatment by GLAMGLOW
color: N/A
scent: subtle fruit, perfume
consistency: smooth cream with sparse, tiny grits
outcome: smoother, clean skin
full size: 1.7 oz.
full size value: $69.00
sample size: 0.5 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $20.29
overall: to date, I’ve tried all of the GLAMGLOW mask products, but it had been some time since I’ve used this one in particular, so it was nice to see it in the May box. with semi-regular use (every few days), I do feel that it has an impact; my skin feels tighter and refreshed. it’s still not my favorite of the GLAMGLOW masks because it doesn’t feel as powerful as the others. that’s what makes its equally high price tag a little tougher to stomach. whereas I’d spring for their Supermud Clearing Treatment anyway,  I would wait for a sale for this.
buy: maybe

5. STYLBRID 9 by Sebastian Professional
color: N/A
scent: kind of like baby powder, light vanilla
consistency: no residue/build-up feeling on hair
outcome: tamed my little fly-aways with a light coating after finishing my look in the morning. it seemed to hold throughout the day each time, but didn’t hold up as well on humid days. when the weather was unfavorable, I had to use a heavier hand.
full size: 6.2 oz.
full size value: $19.96
sample size: 1.55 oz.
sample size (estimated) value: $4.99
overall: this was a nice spray to have on hand. it seems like a decent multi-tasker. the only thing that keeps me from buying salon hair sprays is my deep love for Aussie hair spray, which I can always find for $4.99 or less (the same price as this sample!). if we pretend for a minute that Aussie disappeared from the market, then I’d consider this product more seriously.
buy: maybe

items: 1 nail polish, 2 skincare, 1 haircare, 1 makeup
variety: very satisfactory
sizes: satisfactory
quality: satisfactory
brands: satisfactory
total (estimated) value: $69.27
box cost: $21.00
rating breakdown: minus 1 point for both color variety items failing, minus 1 point for the gel which didn’t do anything, minus 1 point for prices (didn’t feel like $70 worth of samples)
overall rating: 7/10

all in all, this was a fun box for me, despite not liking the colors of the lipstick or nail polish. these were both colors I never would have considered for these products, but you don’t know until you try something out. this time, I happened to be correct in my assumptions, but that isn’t always the case (WAIT, WHAT?). it was satisfying to see a variety of product types (hair vs. makeup, etc.), which meant I could dive right in and try multiple items at once. while it’s nice to recognize the brands, especially ones I like, being introduced to new brands is important too. prior to receiving this box, I’d never heard of doucce or Clearista and didn’t have a lot of experience with the Sebastian Professional line. my only disappointment is that almost all of these products seem very expensive for what they are. when it comes to most purchases, that’s generally what stops me in my tracks the quickest. however, this is also what makes services like GLOSSYBOX perfect! it is A LOT cheaper to buy a $21 box each month and try out 5 mini products than it is to gamble on 5 full-sized products you’re not familiar with.

this review is based solely upon my own opinions. if you had a different experience with the same box, I’d love to hear about it – just let me know in the comment section! according to GLOSSYBOX, not all subscribers received the same items or the same colors. what other items or colors did you receive?

does GLOSSYBOX sound like a good fit for you? you can get your own monthly subscription here. from now until the end of May, use promo code “COSMO” for 20% off of your first box in a subscription plan.

Surprise Kate Spade Sale

Surprise Salequick! you have until tomorrow (05/22/2015 at 11:59pm PT) to get up to 75% off of select items in the kate spade new york SURPRISE SALE! once you click the link, you just have to input your email address and zip code and you’ll have access to the sale. once your cart reaches $200, you’ll also receive free shipping to the US and Canada too.

this sale does not encompass all of their website, but there is plenty available to treat yourself with. please notice that most of the items were originally designed for the kate spade new york outlet stores, but not all of them were. it seems that a lot of people are concerned with this fact, so I’m letting you know about it. if an item was created for the outlet, it says so clearly in the individual item description. personally, I don’t care much one way or the other – I just like the products I like and like them even better when they’re on sale. for example, I’m really in love with their lemon-printed items and will have to make an order for myself once I’ve finished up with this post. check out the sale items on my list!

kate spade new york surprise sale picksVegas Jewels Necklace in “pool blue” – was $148, now $39 | Lemon Studs (designed for outlet) – was $58, now $25 |  Lemon Street Lemon Coin Purse (designed for outlet) – was $79, now $29 | Limoncello Bouquet Large Colin (designed for outlet) – was $128, now $59 | Wellesley Lemon Fabric Medium Harmony (designed for outlet) – was $398, now $139 |  Grand Street Quinn in “robins egg” (designed for outlet) – was $398, now $129

what are you going to pick up in this limited time sale?

Launch Event – Rifle Paper Co. for LeSportsac

Rifle Paper Co. for LeSportsac Launch Event Poster

just oh. em. gee!!!

I cannot explain to you my overall love of Rifle Paper Co. and then for Spring, they first paired with Lauren Conrad’s premium clothing line, Paper Crown, I went a little nuts. there were beautiful tops, bottoms, and dresses in those wonderful and distinct flower patterns that can only be Rifle Paper. now, I say “were” because I wasn’t the only person who flew off of the handle when these beauties launched… there isn’t a wide variety left, presently. but you can try your luck with what’s still available through the Rifle Paper site under apparelPaper Crown’s Spring 2015 new arrivals page, and the search results on Anthropologie’s site for “Rifle Paper Co”.

I don’t have much knowledge of LeSportsac, other than I know they’ve been around since the seventies and they’ve had designer companionships with people like Gwen Stefani and Stella McCartney. from what I’ve read about them (I must admit that tomorrow will be the first time I’ve seen one in-person), they are typically nylon and light-weight, which would make them great for casual bags and for toting around your larger items too. but what else do you really need to know other than they’re launching a collection designed with Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.?!

when is New York not busy, honestly? but this week and next week really seem to have more on my event calendar than normal. sadly, I have a brunch with Whole Foods that overlaps with the beginning of this event, so I’m afraid I will be in the back of a VERY long line by the time I get to Madison Ave around noon. but I’m still going because of the 25% discount opportunity to pick up this ADORABLE Hailey tote.

Rifle Paper Co. for LeSportsac Tote
if you can’t make it, you can still check out the new collection online through LeSportsac and Rifle Paper Co. sooo, will I totally be seeing you there tomorrow?