Nail Polish Review: Zoya’s Odette and Monet

Odette and Monet


Odette ($9) is part of Zoya’s Natural Collection.  Described as a sultry, orchid-maroon cream it is a gorgeous color.  While much darker than the online swatch, it is a great color.  What it has in color it lacks in formula – I found the formula to be very thick but with a surprising lack of coverage.  It took 3 coats to get decent coverage on my nails.

I topped all my nails with Monet ($10) which is described as a multi-colored, cellophane holographic special effect topper.  The polish part of Monet is tinted slightly pink, but I didn’t notice a difference in the coloring of Odette after I applied Monet.  It also has a thick formula, but this proves helpful as it allows you to manipulate the chunks of glitter.  I really like Monet and will be putting it into regular rotation.

via Zoya

via Zoya

via Zoya

via Zoya

BarkBox: July 2014

BarkBox sends out different boxes based on the size and age of your dog, so this review is for the small dog box.  Since I renewed my 6 month subscription I pay $19.00 / month.  This month the box was all about “surf’s up” puppies!

BarkBox July 2014



In July we got:

  • PetSafe Indigo Triple Chews Dog Treat (Value: $24.99)
    Poesy seems to enjoy these treats, but it’s hard to tell for sure because she’s in a “burying” phase!  I keep finding these half-eaten around the house.  She seems to like the chicken filling, but isn’t so sure about the blueberry part.
  • Think Dog Natural Louisiana Jerky Dog Treats in Crab & Alligator (Value: $5.95)
  • Loopies Corduroy Whale Toy (Est. Value: $10.00)
    Poesy really likes this whale!  She carries it around by the tail.
  • P.L.A.Y. Giant Clam Toy (Value:$13.92)We are BIG fans of the P.L.A.Y. toys!  Poesy loves them, and they are so soft!  This one is a little big for her, but she loves to pounce on it and make it squeak!
  • Mr. Barksmith’s Cool Treats in Pina Colada (Value: $1.67)
    Poesy isn’t a fan of these so we gave it to my mother for her dogs!

Total box value: $52.61

This was a really good box for us!  Poesy loves both of the toys and I think she will come around to the Indigo treats!


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  BarkBox did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

HauteLook Nordstrom Beauty Bag

I recently joined HauteLook and when I got the preview for this bag I knew I HAD to have it!  I paid $25.00 + $5.95 in shipping and received it much sooner than anticipated!

HauteLook Nordstrom Beauty Bag



In the bag I got:

  • Rosabotanica Balenciaga Perfume (Est. Value $16.00)
    I really love the smell of this!  It’s so light and fresh!
  • Molton Brown London Pink Pepperpod Body Wash (Est. Value $3.00)
    This has a very strong scent (probably too strong for me) – I know a certain husband who will like it though!
  • Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique (Est. Value $14.15)
    This is also a really light scent!
  • Whish Body Buter in Pomegranate (Est. Value $3.50)
    I have used Whish’s shaving cream before and really liked it 
  • Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes (Est. Value $3.00)
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (Est. Value $6.50)
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara (Est. Value $11.00)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($5.00)
    I am a big Clinique fan!
  • Mario Badescu Kiwi Face Scrub (Est. Value $2.00)
    I tied this scrub out and it’s different (kiwi seeds are included in the scrub), but very gentle
  • Fresh Rose Face Mask (Est. Value $12.00)
  • Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Sunscreen SPF 15 (Est. Value $29.00)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Est. Value $7.50)
  • Jouer Lip Gloss in Peony (Est. Value $9.40)
  • LORAC Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre (Est. Value $9.50)
  • Ciate Mini Nail Polish in Members Only (Value $8.00)
  • Stila Lip Glaze in Mango Berry (Est. Value $13.75)
  • Bag (Est. Value $10.00)

Total bag value: $163.30

I was blown away by all of the items in this bag!  Such a great value and I got to try a ton of new products!  #winning all around!


How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  I was not asked to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

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Ipsy Glam Bag: June 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2014


June’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise”.  The bag is a cute tropic print and does not smell like toxic waste #winning!

In June I received:

  • Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: This is a black mascara.  I have 900 other black mascaras, so I have not opened this one. (Value: $15.00)
  • OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil: I don’t use eyebrow pencils, so this one is a bust for me.  However, OFRA’s claim that ” it is one color to suit all skin tones” makes me question how well this product works. (Value: $13.00)
  • Realtree For Her Perfume (Est. Value: $1.50)
  • NYX Butter Gloss (Crème Brulee): I really like this lip gloss.  It’s not sticky and it’s got a great nude/pink color (Value: $5.00)
  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (Est. Value: $3.25)

Total Bag Value: $37.75

This was a pretty decent bag.  I will eventually use the mascara and the perfume, I loved the lip gloss!


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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Ipsy Glam Bag: July 2014

July 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag


Has anybody looked outside?  I’m 85% sure that pigs are actually flying today.  I got my Ipsy Glam bag for July and I actually really loved it!  I will use all of these products and NOTHING is going in the trashcan!  Ipsy really nailed it for me with the “Sensationally Sunkissed” theme this month and I really couldn’t be happier (OK, I would totally have taken the Bare Minerals eyeshadow over the sunscreen, but then I would have had two eyeshadows and apparently the payout isn’t very good, so I’m happy with the sunscreen).

This month’s bag is super cute!  It’s hot pink and has scalloped edges.  It feels like it might be water resistant – though I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s water proof.

In this month’s bag I got:

  • Model’s Own Nail Polish (Red Sea): This looks like such a fun polish!  It looks semi sheer with big chunks of glitter in it.  It does look more pink than red, but I will have to wait until I can try it on first.  I think this is a UK brand, but it looks like you can get it at Urban Outfitters (Value: $8.00)
  • pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30:  It’s a moisturizer with sunscreen – useful, but not particularly exciting. (Est. value: $18.33 – a full size tube of this moisturizer is 1.7 oz, this deluz sample is .5 oz.  The normal price of the full size bottle is $55 [WHAT?!], but it’s currently on sale on Amazon for $21.50, so take my pricing estimate with a grain of salt)
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment: I’ve been using this for a couple of days and it’s hard to tell if it’s working or not.  The first ingredient is alcohol, so I’m unclear if it’s just drying out the blemish and making it look smaller or not.  I’m also not a fan of the doe foot applicator – it just doesn’t seem hygienic to me. (Est. Value: $9.33)
  • bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow (Barely Nude): This is supposed to be a super long ware eyeshadow with a built-in primer.  I don’t know – we’ll see… (Est. Value: $5.40)
  • Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm (Unique Pink): I really like this lip balm!  It doesn’t have much color to it (product description: After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (color & intensity depends on pH level of lips)) but I like it anyway!  It’s really shiney and hydrating! (Est. Value: $7.00)
My bag had really good value this month – $48.06 – AND I liked everything!

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How I got these products: I paid for them myself.  Ipsy did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any way.

Barkbox: June 2014

June 2014 BarkBox


As I’ve stated previously, I think BarkBox has started randomizing the items within the box categories – CASE IN POINT, all the people who got ADORABLE FRENCH-THEMED boxes, and then us – who got a monkey butt.

Here is what we got:

  • Primal Freeze-Dried Formula (Value: $9.00)
    We haven’t tried this yet, but Poesy generally prefers freeze-dried food, so this should be a win for us!
  • Romp! Silly Bums Monkey Toy (Value: $8.00)
    This toy is super weird, but Poesy seems to enjoy it – she’s a strange dog…
  • Healthy Dogma Blissful Banana Crisps (Value $8.00)
    Poesy likes these, but she doesn’t got crazy for them like she does with some of the other treats we have gotten.
  • Pet Qwerks Tree Frog Toy (Value: $8.00)
    Not super interested in this one – she showed some interest initially, but otherwise hasn’t really played with it.

Total box value: $33.00

BarkBox is one of our more expensive subscription boxes and I really wish there was some amount of customization being offered for the price – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!  Especially since I saw all those ADORABLE Paris themed toys!

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Julep Maven Box: June 2014

June 2014 Maven Box


Now, I am going to start this off by saying that THIS IS NOT THE BOX I ORDERED (did the red angry face give it away?)!!!  This is the Modern Beauty box (plus Katerina – which I added on), which contains none of the monthly nail polish colors – I ordered the Classic with a Twist Box.  I emailed Julep on June 12th about the error (I was out of the country when my box arrived) and it took them 4 days to respond to me.  Now, they did agree to send me the two missing polishes (Classic was supposed to come with the base coat, Bergen, and Ariana) – but it took almost 2 weeks for me to get them (give or take a few days as I did go out of town for a weekend).  Now, I don’t know about Julep but MOST companies would have sent the correct product out with expedited shipping.

I just…I can’t with Julep anymore.  Then there was the whole Red Marker Sale disaster – where you had to RSVP to get access to the sale early and then they released the sale earlier than they said they would but didn’t tell the Facebook Event RSVP people about it. I just – UGH!!!  I actually got my Red Marker order BEFORE I received the replacements for my June box.

ANYWAY – June’s theme was the Three Wishes collection.  All the polishes were very sparkly and Aladdin-esque.  I wish that Julep would stop putting junk in the Modern Beauty box – they released a brand new top coat – why wasn’t that in the box?  The Oxygen Treatment has been out a while…

The box I actually received included:

  • Oxygen Smoothing Basecoat:  A breathable, perfecting base coat that creates a matte canvas for long-lasting color (Value: $18.00)
  • Oxygen Nail Treatment: A perfecting pink tint that lets nails breathe and encourages strong, healthy growth (Value: $18.00)
  • 4 weird orange nail buffer things (Value: $1.00)
  • 3 Pixie Sticks (Value: $1.00)

Total Box Value: $40.00


So there it is.  If you are considering becoming a Maven I strongly recommend you review the recent changes to the Maven program and make sure it still sounds like a good deal to you.  If you think it is, and you aren’t afraid of getting the wrong nail polish in the mail, please use my referral link!