Originally I was just going to post a few photos from my latest Target trip to Instagram and be done with it, but I decided at the last minute that my latest Target finds deserved a post of their own. I got so many goodies for so CHEAP — cute stuff for my planner, plus a few random extras.
Chicky Quicky is the newest monthly box that I started subscribing to and it’s the only one I receive that focuses mostly on jewelry and accessories. All of the accessories seem to come from the Patty’s Closet boutiques, which originate in Las Vegas. The Chicky Quicky box was started by Patty Barba, who is also the founder of Patty’s Closet.
Every month the Chicky Quicky box comes wrapped in really pretty and/or adorable wrapping paper. I especially loved the wrapping paper this month with the super cute Matryoshka nesting dolls pattern, complete with a colorful ribbon in one of my favorite shades of green.
The first item in my October box is this large cuff bracelet. I’m really not too crazy about this one so I’ll probably be passing it along to a friend, but I do love the color (which is pretty similar to that mint green ribbon). It’s just not really my style, but I’m sure someone I know will be able to wear it.
I received two pairs of earrings this month and these were probably my favorite items in the October box. I wear a lot of post earrings (as opposed to hoops or dangle-y ones), so I will definitely be wearing these. I think both pairs are great pieces for any season and they can pretty much be worn with any kind of outfit — dressy or casual.
Each month Chicky Quicky usually includes some kind of beauty item and the beauty items this month were both from Starlooks. I’m sort of familiar with this brand because I received a few different products from them in past Ipsy Glam Bags. I don’t remember ever really using those Starlooks products, but I do have to say I was pretty impressed with this shimmery olive green eyeliner. I absolutely love the color and it glided on my lower lash line very well. I think this shade is a great way to still be in the neutral-ish range with a little bit of color and it looked great with the natural eyeshadow look I wore it with. I’m not really sure how well the mascara works because I haven’t tried it out yet but I have so many mascaras as it is that I might just pass this one along to a friend.
Starlooks Gem Pencil ($16 for 0.08 oz.; starlooks.com): Highly-pigmented eye pencils with a glistening micro-glitter finish. Available in 11 different shades.
Starlooks Longing for Lashes Lengthening Mascara ($7 for “perfect size” travel tube; starlooks.com): A lengthening mascara in a clump-free formula that comes in Starlooks’ “perfect size” tube (which is about 70% of a full-sized mascara tube).
The last item in my October Chicky Quicky box was this super cute necklace, also in green (there was obviously a green theme this month). This statement necklace would look great dressed up or dressed down and I think it’s going to be a great way to bring a nice pop of color to a lot of my outfits this season. I definitely would have picked out something like this for myself if I saw it in a store so I’m really happy with this one.
Subscription Box Breakdown:
I really loved the earrings and the necklace this month, and I was pretty surprised at how much I loved the Starlooks olive green eyeliner. So I loved four out of six products, and that really ain’t bad. All in all I think it was a good month for Chicky Quicky!
Pricing & Availability:
Chicky Quicky is a monthly jewelry/accessories and beauty subscription box that costs $35 per month for the regular box. There is a $25 “Lil’ Miss Chicky” box (recommended for girls age 5-10) and an exclusive monthly box that costs $50 and includes more items than the regular box. To subscribe click here, or head over to chickyquickybox.com for more information.
Last month was my first month of receiving the new Chicky Quicky subscription box and I really loved it! I think this month’s box was even better so I am going to stand by the statement I made in last month’s Chicky Quicky post that this is definitely my new favorite subscription box. This month’s box was awesome I’m so happy with it!
This is my first month ever receiving the new Chicky Quicky Box and I really wanna say that this is my new favorite subscription box. I really loved it … lots and lots of stuff packed into this box! It’s also different than most of the other boxes I receive so it was very new and exciting for me.
1). Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody Classic Q Natasha Handbag ($368; bloomingdales.com): Super cute, crossbody bag. I cannot waittttt to get this for myself. I love Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags and this color is way too amazing to pass up.
2). Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Pacific ($20 for 0.01 oz.; sephora.com): I actually don’t have this liner, but I need to pick it up. I love Smashbox’s Always Sharp 3D liners (they’re one of the best), and this color is the perfect mint green — It’s described as a “seafoam mint green.”
3). J. Crew Patent Narrow-Buckle Belt in Pale Mint ($34.50, on sale from $39.50; jcrew.com): A cute, skinny, leather belt that can add a sweet pop of color to an outfit.
4). Mint Green Ceramic Pottery Heart Dish by DarriellesClayArt Shop on Etsy ($14; etsy.com): The store Darrielle’s Clay Art on Etsy has some beautiful ceramic pottery dishes in mint green (as well as other colors) that can be used in a bunch of different ways. This one would be great for jewelry, candles or any other small items.
5). ZOYA Nail Polish in Dillon ($9 for 0.5 oz.; zoya.com): A pretty, full-coverage green mint metallic nail polish with silver shimmer in ZOYA’s wonderful “5-Free” formula.
6). Mint Scalloped Jar ($12.99; worldmarket.com): This super cute mint-colored jar would look great in the kitchen, bedroom and even the bathroom.
7). Kendra Scott Rosemary Floral Earrings in Mint ($77; laylagrayce.com): Beautiful gold metal earrings with natural seafoam magnesite gemstones.
Yayyy spring is here and, even though we still have had a few whacky, cold snow days here in New York, the weather has generally been getting warmer and yesterday was especially beautiful! I feel like springtime comes sooo slowly and when it’s finally here we only have about a month (sometimes even less) of actual “spring” weather before the hot days of summer arrive.
With the beautiful spring weather comes my birthday (yippeee!) in April, and, the best part, is a change in wardrobe with all the pretty spring colors that adorn everything from fashion and accessories to makeup, housewares and decorations. I love spring colors and one of my favorites is this pretty mint green.
The mint Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag (above) is what inspired this post, since that is exactly what I want for my birthday (from my wonderful mom). I tried to keep this post as short and sweet as possible — you can click any of the links next to the product names above for more information 🙂
Glossybox is definitely one of the subscription boxes that I look forward to the most each month and I usually love every single item they choose. Glossybox has its roots in the UK where it started and they often send out products from the UK and products from other European-based beauty brands which I love — most of the time, I find that these products work amazingly well and its fun to experiment and try out items that don’t get as much attention here in the states. I often like a lot of these products way better than their American counterparts.
This month, Glossybox also sent out a very “Made in America” brand — two different products from Rhode Island jeweler Alex and Ani. The Alex and Ani soap bar is HUGE and awesome and then there was also a surprise charm bangle bracelet that I was super happy to receive.
This month’s box also featured an awesome hot pink polish from Nails Inc. London (one of my favorite polish brands), a multi-tasking hair product from Alterna (one of my favorite haircare brands), a hydrating facial mask with good-for-you vitamins and plant extracts, as well as a gentle lip moisturizer/exfoliator that actually works (for me, at least).
All in all I was very happy with this month’s Glossybox and I honestly feel like each month gets better and better. Glossybox always sends out more “luxurious” products than the other beauty subscription boxes (in my opinion) and, even though it might be a little more expensive than some other boxes, it is well worth the $20/month charge (also my opinion).
My March 2014 Glossybox contained:
- Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar, full-size (reg. $14 for 7 oz.; alexandani.com)
- Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle, full-size (reg. $28; alexandani.com)
- Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand, 0.85-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $22 for 4 oz.; alternahaircare.com)
- Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel, full-size (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.; etre-belle.co — ** NOTE: I can’t seem to find any website that will ship this product to the US)
- Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish, 0.13-oz. deluxe sample bottle (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.; nailsinc.com)
- Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask, 0.38-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.; nordstrom.com)
The first product was this SUPER big and awesome soap bar from Alex and Ani (they make soap too?? I had no idea …). I love the earthy/floral scent of this bar … when I took it out of the Glossybox the scent filled up my whole room and it lingered for a good part of the day on my skin after using it in the shower. I also felt like my skin was noticeably moisturized and all-around better feeling after using this soap. I am all about aromatherapy and beauty products that “invigorate your senses,” so I am definitely happy that this came in the March Glossybox.
Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar (reg. $14 for 7 oz.; alexandani.com) is “inspired by ancient alchemy and scented with warm spice and sweet floral undertones.” It contains shea butter and coconut oil that “effectively nurtures the skin, increasing hydration and thoroughly cleansing the body,” and it is crafted with “essential oils that embody the four elements: earth, air, fire and water,” that, when combined, “assist in harmonizing one’s chi.” Sweet.
Glossybox threw in a non-beauty “bonus item” this month which is awesome and I love when subscription boxes switch it up with a surprise like this. It’s especially cool when it’s a full-sized bracelet that I will most certainly be wearing and probably buying more charms for. I’ve only just heard of Alex and Ani jewelry recently — the company was founded in 2004 but only opened their first retail store in 2009 and then further expanded the business in 2010 and even added European stores a couple of years later.
I love jewelry and, even more, I love “free” jewelry (well, this was sort of free … minus Glossybox’s monthly $20 subscription fee), so the March Glossybox was a total win. As I said before, I feel like I’m loving the Glossyboxes more and more every month.
Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle (reg. $28; alexandani.com) comes in a “Russian Gold” or “Russian Silver” finish (I received the silver one) with a swan charm plus three small Alex and Ani logo charms. The majestic swan is a creature that “embodies grace and beauty” and is a “powerful symbol of love.” This bracelet is made with Alex and Ani’s unique and original “Expandable Wire Bangle” design that “replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable” so that it fits perfectly for everyone.
I absolutely love Alterna haircare products, and. out of all the hair products I have tried throughout the years, Alterna is one of the only brands that ever seems to actually work and make a difference in my dry, damaged, color-treated hair. WIth that being said, I was delighteddd to see this Alterna volumizer/hair beautifier in my March Glossybox, especially because it’s a product that I have never used before.
Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand (reg. $22 for 4 oz.; alternahaircare.com) is described as a “thickening lotion that strengthens, moisturizes and adds volume to the hair from root to tip,” leaving hair appearing more full-bodied without weighing it down. I haven’t tried this one out yet, but I like the fact that it’s a volumizing lotion, as opposed to a traditional volumizing spray, plus it’s by Alterna so I have a feeling I’m going to love it.
The next product is from German beauty company Etre Belle Cosmetics. I can’t seem to find this product for sale anywhere that will deliver to the US, but I have a feeling it will be more widely available soon. Occasionally, Glossybox will send out a product from a European beauty company that you can’t really (easily) find in the US or Canada, but then, when the product is opened up to a whole new country of potential buyers, the product becomes available somewhere over here for purchase. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.; etre-belle.co) is described as a “gentle and moisurizing exfoliator for the lip area” that “gently removes dead cells and refines the surface skin.” This lip exfoliator is formulated with pure hyaluronic microspheres to smooth and it adds up to 54% more volume on the lips.
I was actually just about to buy a new hot pink nail polish because I ran out of all the ones I had and then my Glossybox arrived with this cute little bottle in it. I love this color and, even though the polish came out a little streaky at first, if you use a good top coat it will dry to a perfect opaque shade.
Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.; nailsinc.com) is described as a “bright, summery coral” that is professionally formulated for a “long lasting, super glossy, flawless finish.”
The last product in the March Glossybox was a hydrating cream mask that is absolutely perfect for my dry winter skin. I only tried out this product once so far for a quick test so I can’t really judge how well it works just yet.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.; nordstrom.com) is described as “a skincare mask rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts” that is “specially formulated to act instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality.” This is Sisley’s first mask that is enriched with “anti-aging active ingredients” to restore skin’s radiance and tones while immediately hydrating and re-plumping for visibly softer and smoother skin.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $20 per month for 4-6 deluxe- and full-sized beauty products. To subscribe, click here to e-mail me with your e-mail address and name, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.
Darby Smart is a monthly DIY subscription box service that sends out a “TO DIY FOR” box every month and also offers various DIY kits that you can buy at any time. I absolutely love Darby Smart and it’s my favorite DIY subscription service. I’ve always loved creative projects but I’ve always been just a writer, and never really felt very artsy or creative … I’m also impatient and a total mess, so I always kinda thought these projects weren’t for me. Darby Smart makes it SO easy to complete super cute and fun DIY projects and all of their projects are extremely practical — from jewelry to jewelry holders to candles, clutches, accessories and more.
I actually go onto the Darby Smart website now when I need something for my room to see if they have a DIY box so I can make it myself instead of going out to buy it in the store. The monthly TO DIY FOR box is fun because you have no idea what it’s going to be until it arrives at your doorstep and these surprise boxes have been mostly practical/everyday use/home decor-type projects as well.
I got the Jewelry Design Starter Set awhile ago and it’s the first Darby Smart project I completed. I took the photos months ago and I kind of wish now that I did a step-by-step photo tutorial so I could post it here in my blog. I’m definitely going to do that for future Darby Smart projects. So, this post isn’t very photo-heavy but I wanted to give you a general idea of what the jewelry starter kit was all about.
THE DARBY SMART JEWELRY DESIGN STARTER SET CONTAINS:
– 6 gold bangles
– 2 sets of trim: one plastic pearl-ish pattern and one gold pattern with rhinestones
– 5 different thread colors: mint/teal green, navy blue, bright sky blue, hot pink and white
– super glue
Each Darby Smart DIY kit comes with a step-by-step instruction card, and then you can go to their website for more instructions, photos and inspiration.
These bangles were pretty easy to make, except for the fact that the super glue got all over my fingers, which isn’t surprising because I am a MESS.
Basically, you start by supergluing the thread color of your choice to the inside of the gold bracelet (this is optional — some bracelets I made had the thread on the inside and some of them didn’t), then you put the embellishment of your choice around the outside and start threading one of the thread colors over the embellishment in-between each one to get them to stay on the bracelet. I used the white pearls for this bracelet (above).
I ended up using all six of the bangles that came in the kit but I didn’t really take many pictures and I wanted to get this post up quickly so I decided not to re-take the photos. I used the rhinestone embellishment (above) and then I did a mix-and-match with embellishments and the different thread colors mixing them up on each bracelet.
This was the only photo of more of the bracelets that I have right now, since I was able to simply retrieve it from my Instagram page. As you can see, I mixed-and-matched the thread colors and embellishments and for the top pink bracelet I even left some of it completely gold instead of covering it with the thread. So this kit really allows you to use your creativity to make a bunch of unique bracelet patterns/designs and it’s SUPER easy to do!
The Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter kit costs $19 and can be purchased here.
Darby Smart is a monthly DIY/crafts subscription box that costs $19 per month with the option for 1, 6 or 12-month subscriptions (with each one you save a little bit per month). To subscribe, head over to DarbySmart.com for more information and to purchase individual DIY craft kits.