Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scentbird, A Monthly Perfume Subscription Box

Scentbird Monthly Perfume Subscription Boxes

You can never have too many subscription boxes, am I right? From makeup, to jewelry, and now perfume - thanks to Scentbird. This company provides a monthly service that allows customers to test out a 30-day supply of high-end perfume for $14.95 before committing to a scent. Brilliant!

Scentbird Perfume

To get started, customers take a test that helps provide scent suggested based on likes. From there options are served up based on that test, or you can pick another perfume that you've been wanting to try. I was matched with BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir, which I was eager to try because I usually don't gravitate toward such expensive brands. 

The first month's box contains a reusable white metal case and each month following you'll get a new vial that you'll pop into that case. It's perfect for storing in your purse or travel bag without the fear of your perfume leaking or breaking.

Scentbird Perfume Samples

I love the whole idea - it's genius. I, personally, hate having to try to find a new scent so I usually buy the same one over and over, but Scentbird is a wonderful way to add variety at an affordable price. Here are some more facts about this subscription service:

  • $14.95 a month
  • Select from 450+ authentic brand-name fragrances
  • Monthly supply is about the size of a rollerball (0.27 oz / 8 ml) 
  • Get a $15 credit each month toward a full-sized purchase

Sample Perfumes with Scentbird

Disclaimer: I was given a free month subscription in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tune In to Better Late Than Never

Tune in to Better Late Than Never Tuesday at 10/9c on NBC for a brand new show full of laughs with Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Forman, and Jeff Dye, who serves as the guide to these superstars as they travel Asia.

Hitting five cities, the men are forced to experience new cultures and put up with each other along the way. What ensues is pure comedy!

I had the pleasure of attending a screening last month and the whole audience (full of TV critics, mind you) was cracking up throughout the one-hour episode. The dynamic among these huge athletes and actors is the perfect combination of meshing and clashing.

Be sure to watch the premiere episide tomorrow and let me know what you think - although I have a feeling you're going to like it!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Currently Coveting Nordstrom Finds

Of course after the Nordstrom sale I find a ton of additional must-haves. But it's OK because I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and there are still some good deals. That beach tote is on sale for 40% off so it's under $30. And the adorable mug is only $13! Looks like I have some shopping to do this weekend.

Nordstrom Finds

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ulta Haul

Ulta Favorites

I love Ulta. Aside from MAC, it's pretty much the only store I shop at for beauty products. You can find anything from face masks to hair ties. The best part about the store is the rewards program. I'm constantly getting discounts, they regularly have $3.50 off $15, and you get a free gift on your birthday.

Here's what I picked up on my last visit to Ulta.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Eyeshadow

This year the free birthday item was this full-size Urban Decay eyeshadow. The champagne color is on the light side (I'm assuming because it probably looks good on all complexions) and has a little sparkle, but I do have to put a lot on for it to show up. Once I have a few layers I really like the look. You can see the subtly pretty shade on my thumb. That's one coat.

Orly Epix Nail Polish

I love the colors of Orly polish. They have vibrant shades that are so fun. The picture above doesn't even do this color justice, it's more fluorescent than it looks. I've used this two-step polsih before and it was great but for some reason it chipped next day for me this time around. Total bummer since the pair of polishes are $20 together. I'm hoping I applied poorly and it lasts longer the next time.

it Cosmetics CC+ Cream

This is my jam! I live in this cream during the summer. It provides good coverage while protecting from the sun. It's perfect for a day at the beach too because it's waterproof. Since it contains SPF it does have a bit of that same consistency as sunscreen so I usually do a real light powder over because I don't like the feel of lotion. I highly recommend checking it out!

Do you have an Ulta near you, or do you shop the store online?

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Day at Disneyland

Disneyland 60th Anniversary

Earlier this week I went to Disneyland for the first time in almost a decade! I used to have an annual pass but didn't renew when I moved to LA (since it's a bit of a trek in traffic) and then when I moved closer the prices were so high I refused. For the two highest passes, which you might as well get because that's the only way you can park for "free", it's $849 and $1,049. That's insane! The highest pass, the Signature Plus, jumped $200 in price last year. I'm sorry, I just can't.

I have been wanting to visit for several years but on principle held out. But Wednesday I had family from out of state who wanted to visit so I bit the bullet and paid $105 to get into the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is my takeaway from spending a day at Disneyland:

  • Disneyland really is magical no matter how old you are.
  • The wait times and crowds are not so magical.
  • Have a plan on what rides to hit first (Pirates, Splash and Thunder Mountain are most popular).
  • Three major rides were broke down at the same time so that made it more hectic.
  • TOO MUCH STAR WARS! They've converted attractions and rides and are building more.
  • If you go for your birthday ask for a button and the cast will wish you happy birthday all day.
  • First-time visitors can also get a free button commemorating the occasion.
  • You'll be in a rush to get on all the rides but don't forget to take pictures (like I did!). Or, you'll want to take so many pictures you won't get on all of the rides. Balance it out!

Overall I'm glad I went, especially since it's currently the 60th anniversary. Hopefully my next trip will be sooner than a 10-year wait!

Have you been to Disneyland lately? What do you think about the prices?

Disneyland Birthday Button