October 4, 2012

Nails of the Week: Sapphire Sparkle

Fall is here, which means dark, jewel tone nails galore! This is definitely my favorite time of year when it comes to nail and makeup colors =) Orly's Sapphire Silk is a beautiful, rich peacock blue that applied perfectly in two coats. I love it by itself, but when I did this manicure I wanted to give it a little extra oomph! I added two coats of 212-Sephora on my accent fingers and I really like it- the black base is slightly jelly-like so it picked up on the blue underneath!

October 3, 2012

Happy Haulin': My Coterie Butter London Order + Awesome Customer Service!

Hi, all, it's been a while! I'm sorry about that! My life should be calming down enough to blog a bit more though. This past weekend I flew home to surprise my mom for her birthday, which meant that the previous week I had to work my butt off to get enough done so that I could afford to take a few days off!

Many of you may know about Coterie (referral link), a brand new luxury beauty bargain site. They just launched and one of their first deals was 3 Butter London Nail Laquers of your choice plus a normal or matte top coat for $36. On top of that, they were offering a $25 off code for new customers, so just about everyone took advantage of the opportunity to get 4 Butter London polishes for $11!

Heres a bit about them...
Now, before I show you the polishes I ordered, I just have to RAVE about Coterie for a moment. Guys, I get so excited about good customer service, which is sadly so hard to find these days, but when something went wrong with my order Coterie absolutely hit the ball out of the park. FedEx LOST my package and they were totally unhelpful in tracking it down. I was sitting at home, staring out the window when my online tracking status changed to "delivered" and there was no FedEx truck, delivery guy, or package in sight. I will always wonder what on earth they did with my box, because it clearly didn't even make it to my apartment complex! Once it became clear that FedEx couldn't care less about finding my package (Seriously, I'm still so mad at them.), I got in touch with Coterie. Before I knew it they had resent my order, apologized profusely (even though this obviously wasn't their fault!), and sent me a $50 off coupon for my next order. Ahem, take notes, FedEx- THAT is how customer service is done! I was also impressed at how quickly they made the decision to replace my order. The last time I had a package lost in transit, it was my brand new Kindle from Amazon. Amazon had a ridiculous policy where even though it was obviously lost or stolen, I had to wait 20 days for them to send a replacement just in case it magically showed up. 

So, long story short, I am SO SO SO impressed with Coterie and I really appreciated the awesome customer service. 

Anyway, here are my new Butter Londons! 

These polishes are, clockwise from the top left, the Hardware Top Coat, Pillar Box Red, All Hail the Queen and West End Wonderland. These are my first Butter London polishes and I am so excited to try them, so you better believe that you'll see them in a nails of the week pretty soon =)

Hope you enjoyed my little haul, and once again, major props to Coterie for being awesome! Have you guys had any awesome customer service experiences, or any particularly terrible nightmares?

September 13, 2012

Whats in my September Birchbox?

Yesterday I was excited to receive my September Birchbox, but not so excited about what was in it. However, I've been subscribed since May and this is the first month that I've been a tad bit disappointed by my box. I definitely don't feel like it was worth $10, but I guess I can't get lucky with full size products every month, right?  Heres my referral link if any of you guys were planning to sign up.

Heres what I got...

- A sample of 21 Drops Aromatherapy Blend in Focus: At first I was really not excited about this, but it's in a cute little rollerball and I just started grad school, so if I can get some additional focus through aromatherapy it's worth a shot =P
- A Mini Color Club polish in Status Update: I was happy about this because the color is perfect for fall and I'll definitely get some use out of it! Apparently it's part of a custom collection that Birchbox and Color Club released together, which is kind of cool.
- A Fragrance Sample in Kate Spade's Twirl: This went straight into my sample drawer but I'm sure I'll use it eventually. On the inside of the cardboard sleeve it said "She had a cocktail in her hand and confetti in her hair," which for some reason I thought was absolutely adorable haha.
- A Twistband Hair Tie: Apparently Birch Box has been including these for months even though nobody is a fan of getting a silly little hair tie in their Birchbox.
- WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit: This little sleeve contained two foil packets of a gel cleanser and a third foil packet with a tinted moisturizer. These sorts of samples always bug me because they seem like something you should get for free.
- Tili Plastic Bag: Yes, a patterned plastic baggy. Again, it's not like I won't use it, but I'm not thrilled.

This months box also includes two Tristan Prettyman song downloads, a little fall lookbook and a coupon for $25 off of a $75+ purchase at Madewell. 

Isn't that Color Club polish a great color? Once I got it I realized that I only have light grey creams in my collection, so this is definitely the highlight of the box for me! All in all this wasn't a great month, but I guess the nature of sample services is that they're always a bit of a gamble! I find that Birchboxes point system (where you give feedback in exchange for points) makes even the sub par boxes worth it- I'm almost to 400 points, which will translate to $40 to spend in the Birchbox shop!

For those of you who subscribe to Birchbox, are you happy with your September boxes?

September 12, 2012

Nails of the Week: Pure Porcelain

I'm a fan of nudes, and this Orly polish is one of my new favorites! I purchased it in my HauteLook haul from a while ago and it's definitely an unexpected favorite of the bunch. This polish is ALMOST white, but it has just a hint of pinky-brown-nudishness (Aren't I great at describing colors? Haha!) that keeps it from looking too stark white. It did take three coats to make it opaque, but the formula was easy enough to work with that it wasn't too much of a bother.