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Sephora comes out with a Sun Safety Kit at the start of every summer with a variety of SPF and self-tanning products. They quickly sell out. It’s $32 (and a $127 value) and $20 of that goes to The Skin Cancer Foundation. This is good for someone who’s looking for a new SPF product and isn’t sensitive to certain sunscreen ingredients. I personally don’t care for the self-tanning products.


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Image source: J.Crew

J.Crew has a well curated selection of items from other brands which is found under the “J.Crew in Good Company” category. At least when it comes to beauty and personal care, I consider many of these classics that you’d never find on sale. Since J.Crew regular price promotions never apply to third party brands, I always wait for J.Crew to markdown first… promotions on sale items almost always includes the other brands. Through tomorrow, get 30% off sale items with code SHOPSALE and these items are not final sale yet. Post code, it’s close to 50% off. If you miss this sale, don’t fret… I think J.Crew has a lot of summer inventory to get rid of judging by the frequent 30-40% off sales. In-store prices may be better.
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I have posted about Allure’s beauty box two times. It’s hard to stay on top of these things because they don’t announce it far in advance and when the deal goes live, it goes fast! I get an email alert when a thread I follow is updated and the ladies over there are usually good about letting others in on the news. My lucky girlfriends got a personalized email from me persuading them to spend money :) The total haul:

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Remember this post? Well, I never reorganized/cleaned out the medicine cabinet. Maybe after busy season.

Stress wreaks more havoc on my skin than puberty did. Woe is me. One skincare item I can’t live without now is Renee Rouleau’s anti-cyst treatment (mentioned here). The bad news is that it isn’t cheap and I thought I was smart for purchasing two during the anniversary sale. I had to buy another one because I have no idea where the extra one is.

I am enjoying my new haircut, especially since my hair is so much lighter. A good cut makes such a difference. I usually spray some Bumble and bumble. thickening spray or blow blow up thickening mist to add some grip, let it air dry while I finish getting ready, and blast it with hot air for a minute and then I’m out the door. I think a shower and blowdry time of less than twenty minutes is pretty efficient, no? On the weekends, or when I have more time, I will also add some Bumble and bumble. surf spray or Sachajuan ocean mist, which I find gives way more volume and texture.

I posted about Allure’s beauty box a few months ago. I wasn’t expecting to see another one so soon, but time has been flying. This beauty box is cheaper than last time’s — $29.99 + $10 for shipping (reportedly) worth $250. Overall, this box is always a steal if you can use most of it. Typically all products are full size unless otherwise indicated. If you’re a brunette with processed hair, you should definitely consider.

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Every spring, Allure magazine comes out with a Beauty Box. It is usually a box chock full of low and high-end beauty-related, full-sized(!) products for a very reasonable price. The prices have gone up over the years and the box has expanded. It’s only a great deal if you actually have a need for the products. The Allure website always posts the product line-up so you can do your own analysis before it goes on sale.

According to chat logs, it’s been 3 years since I’ve bought one. This year’s looked exceptionally good – $39.99 + $14.31 (shipping and tax) for $350 worth of products – and this was determined just by glancing at the high ticket items. One can never have too much eye cream or anti-aging products! The BB is also a great way to get introduced to a brand/product. So far, I am a fan of the Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. I also loved the Colorescience Mineral Powder SPF Brush and Olay SPF facial moisturizer from years back.

If you’re reading this now, it’s too late to order. It sells out within hours! For this reason, I have an alert set up to notify me when the deal rolls around every year. I blasted a quick email to a few girlfriends and am glad that most of them got in on the deal and are pleased with their purchase. I am not responsible for making sure you use the products :).


Image from Allure.com

A quick shot of my own box.  There were approximately 23 items:

1) Aveeno Positively Nourishing Body Wash $6
2) Aveeno Smart Essentials Pore Purifying Facial Wash $7
3) Benefit the POREfessional PRO Balm Pore Minimizer $28
4) Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser $8
5) Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish in Debbie $18
6) Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief drying paste $11
7) Clean & Clear Morning Burst Boost body wash $6
8) Clean & Clear Morning Burst Surge power cleanser $11
9) Colorescience Pro Pressed Eyeshadow Palette $35
10) Garnier Fructis Pre Clean Styling Gel $5
11) John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray $10
12) John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer $9
13) John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray $10
14) Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil $13
15) Joico K-PAK Moisture Intense Hydrator Treatment $10
16) Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer $20
17) Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream $6
18) Orly Coquette Cutie $5
19) Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible VOLUMIZING DRY SHAMPOO SPRAY $23
20) RoC BRILLIANCE Anti-Aging Face Primer $28
21) RoC RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Night Cream $20
22) Spornette Little Wonder Brush $4
23) Suki Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream $55

Don’t use something? Give it away. I am still looking for a candidate for the blonde spray. Let me know if you want it. I think my blonde girlfriends here have color jobs that are far too costly to dabble with lightening spray.