Thursday, May 17, 2012

LBB #2!

I am so excited to be posting my second Little Black Bag review! I actually won Morgan's (smorgs87) 100 subscriber give-away! Please check out Morgan's channel here! And guys, I seriously NEVER win anything. This was such a pleasant surprise and I'm even more excited about making my first YouTube/blog friend. Morgan is awesome, go subscribe. And as I type this, she's almost at 200, so clearly other people think she's cool, too :)

On to the bag! I was definitely more pleased with LBB's gallery selection this time around. I decided almost immediately, however, that this Melie Bianco purse was what my choice would be. And behold, it is even MORE gorgeous than the pictures online give it credit for:

(Like my impromptu backdrop/beach towel? Yeah, pretty high-tech over here).

I had a little trepidation over getting this bag for two reasons- it's a lot smaller than my regular bags, and it's not real leather, and normally I'm a huge stickler about real leather bags. But I checked it out on Melie Blanco's website, and it was featured on Heart of Dixie! I have never seen that show, but still, it was on tv and stuff!

Here's the bag compared to my Mac palette-- as you can see, it is quite small:

However, the small size of the bag forces me to stay organized- my purses have tendencies to turn into black holes of gum wrappers, receipts, a million different lip balms, and just general disorganization. There is literally no room for that nonsense in this bag. The fake leather doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. It isn't a pleathery, shiny hot mess like some fake leather bags tend to be. I love that this is a structured, classic bag- very different from the slouchy, hobo-esque totes I tend to lug around. 

I also love the fun little details. It has FEET! I've always wanted a purse with the little nubs at the bottom- so classic looking. Also, the lock actually unlocks with the key, so I'm constantly playing with it.

Love the interior! My iPhone fits perfectly in the larger open pocket.

Overall, I'm really enjoying this bag. I've already gotten a ton of compliments on it which is fun. It's a great size for going out at night, too.

Next up- these AWESOME Lydell earrings:

I first heard about these from Michele1218's video, and again in Morgan's! They are just as beautiful as I was hoping.

(Backs of the earrings)

And here they are on. I see myself wearing these a ton!

Lastly, a Michael Marcus nail polish in "Nude":

To be honest, I'd never heard of this brand before, but I am SO impressed with this polish! It's a jelly nude that reminds me of a peachier version of OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy. It stayed on my nails a full three days which is nearly impossible for me. I'd definitely be interested in seeing what else this brand has to offer.

 (4 coats, gross cuticles)

I continue to be impressed by the quality and service of Little Black Bag. I can't wait to try it again.

Thank you, Morgan, for this awesome give-away! I love ALL my pieces!

Disclaimer: I received a Little Black Bag credit as part of a YouTube giveaway. I am not receiving any compensation for this post. This post contains no affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Julep's Cinco De Mayo Mystery Box!

About a week and a half ago, I placed my first order with Julep and decided to, instead of going with a monthly Maven subscription, try out one of their Mystery Boxes. They're pretty well-regarded in the beauty blogosphere/YouTube world, and I felt more comfortable trying out a one-time purchase instead of a monthly service. Here's what was in my box:

Christina- an orangey red with a strong gold/orange shimmer.

Parker- a tangerine creme.

Hayden- a cantaloupe creme.

Alyson- a beigey nude creme.

Vanessa- an icy blue-green-yellow shimmer in a cloudy base

Finally, some nail appliques in "Peacock." I'm not a fan of the Sally Hansen variety of nail polish strips, so we'll see how these do.

I also got a rapid dry top coat- just used this to touch up my manicure, and it indeed dries fast!- and some cuticle oil.

We'll see how these polishes perform! Definitely looking forward to trying 'em out. If you got a Mystery Box, what did you get?

Disclaimer: No products were provided for consideration, nor am I receiving any type of compensation for this post. This post contains no affiliate links. All opinions are my own.