Sunday, December 13, 2009
Hello all! I've been doing a horrible job keeping up with the blog, I know, but life gets so busy sometimes! I hope you'll forgive me and that you enjoy reading the few things that I do post on occasion. :)
This time, I'm reviewing December's My Pretty Pink Box. My Pretty Pink Box is a company started by my fellow Mark representative, Linda Granillo. Linda, like many of you reading this (myself included), loves beauty products and makeup. She asks people to send beauty samples to her, packs "pretty pink boxes" full of their great products, and sells them to other ladies (like you!) who love beauty products. I've bought two of her boxes in the past year or so and I get so excited to see what goodies are in my box! While there are about 10 participants each month, not all boxes include all products so it's a surprise to see what you'll get!
Here's a review of the items in my box!
I received two full size eye shadows from Everyday Naturals. The shades were Pic Nic (a buttery yellow) and Beach Towel (a navy blue). The containers are large and hold lots of eye shadow, which is great. At $6 a piece, they are a good buy too! While I haven't tried Beach Towel (I don't like dark shadows, though I may make it into a liquid eyeliner), I did try Pic Nic. It would make a great base or brow highlighter because of the pale color. My only complaint is that it's messy and gets all over your cheek bones when you apply it.
Next, I received a sample of Skin Nutrition's Dynamic Wrinkle Reducer. Since I'm only in my 20s, I didn't see much need for this one, so I didn't even try it. I'm somewhat skeptical of products like this because I know too much about biology to think they'll work. You see, your skin's pores are small so large molecules like those that tend to be in products of this type don't absorbe into your skin. If you are interested in trying Skin Nutrition's products, click the banner above to visit their website.
I also received a full size eye shadow from Sassy Minerals. Fashionista is a shimmery shade of "rich copper with silver sparkle". I am surprised by this product because I didn't think I would like it at all. It looks extremely sparkly which is just too much for me; however, when you apply it, it's a much more muted tone with a more subtle sparkle. I like the look of this shadow and I'm sure I'll use it frequently, especially since it's only $4.25!
In addition to the makeup, I received a Swarovski crystal cell phone charm from He Qi Crystal Design. As a jewelry maker myself, I can say that it is very well made, but very overpriced (in my opinion) at $9.50. He Qi has lots of pretty designs all made with Swarovski crystals on her website that you can see by clicking the banner above.
Another makeup item that I received was Abbey St. Clare's full size Glimmer Dust. To me, the product was a disappointment. It didn't have much color and I couldn't see any "glimmer" even after I applied several layers. It might work better on ladies with a darker skintone than my super-fair one.
Lastly, I received a sample of The All Natural Face's mineral eye shadow in Brandied Peach. I LOVE this eye shadow. I'm always skeptical about powder eye shadows because they are often so messy but this one is just the opposite. It stays just where you put it and provides a good pigment payoff with just a little shadow. Honestly, I loved it so much, that I went to their website (click the banner above) and ordered about $25 worth of products just because of how great the eye shadow was! If you order before Dec. 17th, you can receive 15% off your entire purchase. The All Natural Face also has an Etsy shop for those of you who enjoy shopping there (note that the sale is not valid there).
Well, that's what was in my box and what I thought of it, ladies. There are four other participating companies that you might receive products from, too! If you want to buy your own My Pretty Pink Box for just $10.49 + S&H, click the banner at the top of this post. Hurry, this box is only available through Dec. 31 or until sold out!
Visit My Pretty Pink Box to learn more about the process, participating in next month's box, December's participants, and more!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ♥
Friday, October 23, 2009
I just wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow, Oct 24, is the last day to order Scrabble pendants and guarantee that they arrive by Halloween!
There are tons of adorable Halloween kitties, pumpkins, and witches who want a home! Don't forget that all Scrabble pendants are Buy 3, Get 1 FREE, too! ♥
Monday, October 12, 2009
I made them with business card-sized magnets, my own PhotoShop creations, and coated them with a photo protectant to prevent fading. Check them out and keep them in mind when looking for the perfect gift for your Twilight-loving loved ones!
*~* Buy 1 for $3 or 2 for $5! *~*
Monday, October 5, 2009
I love their lotions especially. I have eczema and very sensitive skin so I can rarely use scented products, but these lotions keep my skin soft and itch-free! While I've tried the scents Alice, Bella, Nessie, Edward, and Wedding, Alice is by far my favorite! I've gone through two bottles of body splash and one of the lotion!
The body splashes are wonderful, too. My only complaint is that they don't last long unless you layer them with the lotions, too. I've tried the lip balms in the Alice and Edward fragrances and I LOVE the Edward one. It's minty and tingly and it hydrates my lips so well!
I just wanted to share this great company with you all. I got my order today and I'm so impressed with them that I couldn't resist telling you all! Check out their Etsy shop to purchase products now or visit their blog to learn more about them.
To find out what others think about these great products, check out this YouTube video and read all of the great feedback on Etsy.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Check them out- they're Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!
Friday, September 18, 2009
"HOOT Lurks There?" Check out this spooky wreath. I just love the owl.
"Our Little Spook" This would be so cute for a child's first Trick-or-Treat photos!
"Pumpkin, Fall, Halloween Hairbow" I LOVE this hairbow! I want to buy one for my 3 year old cousin!
"Ghost Halloween BOO Box" I love the trinket boxes that this seller has to offer!Check her out! She's my aunt. ;)
"Halloween Gift Tags" I love this seller! She has the coolest vintage images to use in all of your crafts!
What is your favorite handmade Halloween item on Etsy? Post back here with you favorite for a chance to win a Halloween pendant from my shop! (Giveaway ends Sept. 23rd)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
PS Anyone having issues with Twitter lately? It keeps on giving me an error. "503 Service Temporarily Unavailable" What's the deal with that??
Check out my newly formatted Scrabble image collage sets at Bisou Bisou Beads! I've changed the size to be .82 x .75 inches, the exact size of a Scrabble tile. Of course, the old sizes are still available at special request. I've got all sorts of cool pictures including Twilight, Wizard of Oz, and Harry Potter images.
What kind of images would you like to see? Let me know and I may send them to you for free!
Not sure what to do with these images? Leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you a free tutorial about making Scrabble pendants and more!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Autumn is my favorite season but we rarely see it living in the Deep South. This year, I've decided to fill my life with autumn colors to supplement the actual weather.
I started with a beautiful rust color sweater from Target (gotta love Target!). Next, I'm hanging the colorful wreath that I made last year. Gotta get that thing up in time to enjoy it! Lastly, I ordered an adorable squirrel ring that should be arriving today. I'm an Alpha Gam and a squirrel is our mascot but who wouldn't like a little woodland creature to remind us of our favorite time of year? Now, if only I could control the weather....
What are you doing to welcome autumn?
Her newest papier mache creations are trinket boxes with vintage-style figurine heads attached to them. She has two of the cutest Halloween trinket boxes listed now and she has several other wonderful creations to come. Check out her site and considering getting one of her beautiful designs for the little ghost in your life!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
If you're anything like me, you HATE taking pictures. I don't get things listed on Etsy because I hate to take the time to photograph them. It can be such a hassle and so time consuming, sometimes I feel like it isn't worth it.
Aside from getting a super awesome camera like a Canon Rebel xs or something similar (I got so fed up with my old camera that I splurged and got this baby as a happy-birthday-to-myself gift!), you need to know how to take a good photo with what you've got. I always tried to make them artistic like other Etsy users I see. I tried to add flowers or drape the jewelry across cut glass, etc and it never worked. I tried a light tent, which worked pretty well, but now I'm just using 4 sheets of white printer paper and two desk lamps.
As you can see, I taped two pieces of paper to the monitor and layed two pieces (stacked on top of one another) on the desk. I positioned the desk lamps so that light comes from both sides and doesn't create shadows. The white background also doesn't distract the potential customer, either. Play with your camera and the settings to see what works best for you. I use an extra flash and the high-detail setting on my camera to get the best results.
Thanks for looking and I hope you learned something! ♥
Check out these before and after shots. (Twilight Inspired Apple Earrings)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
With your subscription, you can also get really awesome online supplements, too. I'm browsing them right now and they're so cool! :)
Go to their site at http://www.BeadStyleMag.com/promo and enter the code IK97U to get the discount!
The lucky girl is: Number 26, Emily. She said "Some gorgeous work in that shop - I really love the Antiqued Chandelier Necklace!"
The winner has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond and claim her prize before another winner is selected.
Thanks to all those who participated and be sure to check back frequently for furture giveaways! :)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
These beautiful earrings were handcrafted with faux pearls elegantly wrapped with sterling silver wire. They are on sterling plated French hooks. Visit my Etsy listing for more photos and color options.
The Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive a pair of hand twisted wire and pearl earrings in the color of her choice. (Available in dark green [as seen here], light green, cream [Swarovski pearl], chocolate [Swarovski pearl], beige, and dark rose.)
Visit my Etsy shop, Bisou Bisou Beads, and comment here on your favorite item. (REQUIRED) Please leave your email address so I may contact you if you are the winner.
1) Follow my blog.
2) Add my button to your blog or website.
3) Follow me on Twitter and tweet the giveaway.
4) Blog about my giveaway and leave me the link.
5) Make a purchase from my shop (5 extra entries). Use the code BLOG10 to receive an extra 10% off of your order.
*Additional entries should be in individual comments- only one entry per comment will be counted. Please include your contact info in all comments. If I can't get in touch with you, you can't win!*Other Detals:
The giveaway will end Sunday, July 28th at midnight CST. The winner will be contacted on the 29th and will be given 48 hours to respond with their mailing information before a second winner is chosen.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- FREE shipping to all countries
- Now accepting money orders
- Rings have been discounted by $2-$3 each
- 10% off sale for *new* customers
- 15% off for *returning* customers
- Special disounts for Twitter followers. DM me for details! ;)
Check out the new stuff and I promise there are many more great designs to come! Thanks for following me and supporting my dreams. :)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
So, check it out if you need some new ideas- it's great! ♥
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
approximately 69 feet
$19.99, $2 shipping (feel free to make offers)
I'd like to clear this out quickly so I can get some cash to buy more wire with. Please send this link to anyone you know who might be interested! Thanks!!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Shipping will be determined based on weight to your ZIP code. Photos available upon request. Paypal only. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(9) white 10 lb Mark bags- $.90 for all
(1) Good Glowing, Cameo- $1.25 (WRONG box)
(1) Kiss Therapy, Sheer Peach- $1.25 (tested once)
(1) Dew Drenched, Wave-$1.25 (tested once on back of hand)
(32) 10 lb white Avon bags- $2 for all, $.10 each
(7) Avon holiday bags w/ handles- $.50 for all
(20) 2 lb white Avon bags- $1 for all, $.10 each
(9) Order booklets- JUST PAY SHIPPING
(1) AVON Anew Clinical 2009 Rep Pack- $25 (unopened, more included but I can't tell exactly what since it's not open) $50 value, HUGE sales opportunity! (Going to Ebay on May 13 so grab it quickly if you want it!)
-samples (10 Spotlight and several Anew)
- Derma-Full x3 serum (full size)
FREE with purchase, one set per person, please (tell me which you want)
(1 pack of 10) Sassy fragrance samples
(1) "Make money with Mark" banner from welcome kit
(2) Credit card forms (AVON)
(1 of each) Candid and Odyssey fragrances (AVON)
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Monday, May 4, 2009
-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
-The Best Short Stories of Stephen Crane by Stephen Crane (I've read "The Open Boat" and I enjoyed it a lot.)
-Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (I've read an excerpt of this text.)
-Light in August by William Falukner (I've read a couple other works by him and this one was suggested to be by my lit professor.)
-Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. (I've read one of his stories and enjoyed it.)
-The Woman Warrior by Maxine Kingston (I've read an excerpt from this text.)
-Sula by Toni Morrison (I've read another of her works and enjoyed it a lot.)
-Sophie's Choice by William Styron
-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
-House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
I'm going to get it from Bookmooch so it really depends on what I can get my hands on as to what I read. Have any of you read any of these? Thoughts on which I sould pick? I'm sort of leaning towards Woman Warrior or Sula....
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I've been trying to live two lives it seems; one here at school and one at home with friends and family. By transfering, I'll have it all in one place and won't have to spend 3 hours a week driving back and forth.
Somethings I've been putting off that I'm looking forward to doing at home:
1) Make environmentally friendly laundry detergent!
2) Make lots of jewelry that I've bought materials for but haven't had time to create.
3) Get motivated about school again. I've changed my major recently so a new school is the right place to get started, I think.
Somethings I'm not looking forward to between now and then:
1) Finals! One tomorrow, one Monday, one Tuesday, and a paper due Wednesday. I can do it!
2) Packing! I've accumulated so much stuff in the last two years- I don't know where it's all going once I move home!
Well, that's all of my musings for now. I need to go study for my Art History final. It's tomorrow but I'm not feeling too bad about it. I just need to keep studying! Wish me luck! ♥
NEW- Waterproof LashSplash Mascara in black. Scandalash is the best mascara I've tried in a long time- now it's even better since it's waterproof! Perfect for summer!
NEW- Get in Line Liquid Eyeliner in black. To "hookup" with my mascara, I got the newest waterproof eyeliner. The brush is so thin, application is a breeze! Don't forget that you get a free hookup connector when you purchase any two hookups for only $5.50 each!
I love, love, love iMark eyeshadow! I think I own almost every shade! I bought some neutral favorites: Latte and Espresso. Right now, get a free Mini Snap to It case when you purchase two iMarks. That's a $4 value for free!
NEW- Tropical Blossom Scarf. My hair is too short to wear it on my head but I'm going to use it as a belt and also tie it to my bag. This super cute accessory is regular price $12 but it can be yours for $6 when you purchase any other item from Magalog 5!
NEW- Island Retreat Dress. This is my favorite item in this Sneek Preview! I can't wait to try it on. It comes in sizes 3-17 so almost anyone can wear it!
Let me know if you're interested in ordering, if you have any questions, or if you'd like to become a Mark rep! You can visit my e-Boutique to purchase many of the items you see here (Sneek Preview items are available in Mag 6). http://crouze.mymarkstore.com/ ♥
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
What'cha think? I'm thinking of making some more similar ones and having a new line at Bisou Bisou Beads. Opinions?
Also, if you'd like to purchase this bracelet or to put in an order for one, visit my shop. ♥