Monday, June 27, 2016

Purederm Ultra Repairing Foot Mask - Mishibox April 2016

I finally got around to trying some of the items in our Mishibox! The one I was most excited about was the Ultra Repairing Foot Mask from Purederm.

I guess I should preface this review by saying I have the WORST feet. Super calloused and dry, my feet always look like ass. So, anything that will help my poor feet without a ton of work (like scrubbing at my callouses for a long time) is my best friend.

I was super excited to get this item in our Mishibox! If you'd like to see the other items we got you can view the video here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Birchbox Points Update - Sad and Significant Changes

I just received a very distressing email! Birchbox is changing their much loved point system! Unfortunately, I feel it's not for the better.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil - 30 Day Skin Care Trial

We just posted a new video in our 30 Skin Trial Series! If you've been dying to see how SK-II performs check it out at our YouTube Channel!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Weekly Obsession

We just found our soul mate: whoever is behind AFamilyAffairDesigns on Etsy.

This company so totally get us:

I need this shirt in multiple colors. I ran across this in my weekly Etsy shopping and almost peed my pants from laughing. This may be my life in shirt form!

-  Sara

Tony Moly Red Wine Sheet Mask Review

Check out our new mask review of Tony Moly's I'm Real Red Wine Sheet Mask! We had to try this...IT'S WINE!!! It's supposed to be super gentle, provide amazing wine anti-oxidants for your skin and tighten your pores. All in one mask! Yes Please!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wine Battles - Tempranillo

We just started a new series on our YouTube Channel called Wine Battles!

Our first video is live! Go check it out!

This week's wine battle was the battle of the Tempranillos! Tempranillo is a medium body wine that is usually found if Spanish or Portuguese varieties. Tempranillo is not one of our more favorite varieitals but, if you can find a version that is less rubbing alcohol-like and really plays up the sourness that is a hallmark of Tempranillo you'll find a winner!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekly Obsession

This week's obsession is kind of mundane...or is it??? It's dishwasher detergent that will change your life!

We've always used our dishwashers are more of a sanitizer rather than an actual dishwasher. I'm sure a lot of you out there know exactly what we're talking about! Doing the dishes involves throughly scrubbing the dishes and then putting them in the dishwasher to be sanitized. You can't say that the dishwasher washed them because you got every speck of food off prior to putting them in the dishwasher.

However, we have found an alternative! We were sent a great sample from Bzzz Agent to use and review and we've gotta say, we're hooked! In fact, take a look at our new video about Cascade Platinum.

So this product ticks off every category for us:

1. Easy to Use - Check
2. Does what it claims to do - Check
3. Makes my life easier - Check

The only issue we have is that it's a little more expensive than our regular detergent but, for us the slightly higher cost versus the time and hassle we're saved is still a win!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Weekly Obsession

Yes, we's been awhile! Stupid spring break! Such is the life of a Mommy!

At any rate, we thought we would return with our favorite series Weekly Obsession! This week we're focusing back on our other great love subscription boxes (obviously wine is our first love)! We just discovered a really great box called My Best Box. We feel that this subscription really speaks to everyone as they promote a healthy lifestyle in several areas that are pretty overlooked (check out their dental care box!) and offer several boxes that are unisex which is pretty hard to find in most subscription boxes.

Here's our favorite:

It's called the My Best Skin Box. This is right up our alley as we're huge fans of taking care of our sking. Also, since we're ladies of a certain age, we're obsessed with satin pillowcases. Less lines equals more happiness! Plus all of these extra goodies for $35. It's a ready made gift that all of our girlfriends are getting for their birthdays!

You could also go the blind subscription box route. It's under $30 and you may get the box you have your eye on for a little less. Either way we feel that this box equals AWESOME! We're definitely going to be ordering one to test out. You can see the unboxing on our YouTube channel shortly!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Oui Please Subscription Box Review and Unboxing

We just posted our new subscription box review and unboxing video for Oui Please! Oui Please is a luxe subscription box that is bi-monthly. Each box is based on a french theme (since this box is curated directly from France) and this box's theme is White Winter in the Alps.

Friday, February 26, 2016

New YouTube Series - Wine Tips

Since we're the self-professed Wine Dummies we decided to start a new series all about wine! There's way too much info out there for the basic ladies (like us) to get the necessary information to enjoy wine in our real world lives. Check out the first video in the series which is about how and why to use an aerator.

The aerator we used in this video is by Wine Eccentric. It's reasonably priced, compact, and durable. We highly recommend it!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Allure Posts 50 Best Drugstore Finds - We Cut it to our 5 Favorites!

I just got an email from promoting the 50 (yes that's right 5-ohhh) best drug store products. Of course I was intrigued! I scanned through this incredibly long list and managed to find 5 highlight products that I'm going to try in order to see how good their picks actually are. If you'd like to see the whole list you can find it here.

I was really surprised to see some great skin care options. I'm sort of a snob when it comes to my skin care products but, in my journeys through subscription boxes, I've come across some really great drug store options (Derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub!). The one on this list that hit all of the points for me was the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence. One of my favorite lines of skin care is the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C items. This looks like it might be a cheaper alternative. Vitamin C does amazing things for your skin and you're also getting the added benefit of Hyaluronic Acid which moisturizes and promotes all kinds of anti-aging properties.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weekly Obsession

This week's obsession is sort of a combination between a shopping post and an actual "Weekly Obsession" post. The reason is is because of our ever lasting love for one of our Southern Favorites Charming Charlie. If you've never heard of Charming Charlie get out from under you rock!

Charming Charlie is a go to stop for Jewelry, Apparel, Accessories and all around fun stuff! Here's what they have to say about themselves:

"We’re crazy for color. We live for sparkle. We thrive on making a statement. Why? Because we know accessories have the power to transform both your outfit and your outlook."

Monday, February 22, 2016

Julep February 2016 Unboxing and Review

We just posted our new subscription box review and unboxing for Julep! Come check it out!

This month was an awesome month (aside from the minor mishap with the eyeshadow stick - watch the video for details!).

Not only were the colors on point for February and Valentine's day but we got a freebie glitter topcoat with hearts in it! YAY!!!

Besides that the lipgloss was amazing and I've been wearing it non-stop since this box came in...huge win with Julep this month!

Dr. Jart All That Lift and Firm Mask Review

We just posted a new mask review video!

We had a chance to check Dr. Jart's All That Lift and Firm Mask. It was an interesting mask as it was not full of goo and "essence" as you'd expect from a K-Beauty mask. Instead it was more of a compression style mask. Not sure if we're in love with the mask or not but, the idea is definitely intriguing.

For our full review check out our video on on our YouTube channel! Also, don't forget! We're running a subscriber giveaway on our YouTube channel! To enter all you need to do is subscribe. Once we hit 50 subscribers we're giving away a beauty bag with 50 items that we've featured on our YouTube channel!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weekly Obsession

This week our obsession is ranging more towards a family issue that anyone who has school age children probably struggles with...LUNCH!

So lunch brings about a myriad of issue both emotional and practical. I know my ten-year old not only worries about what I'm packing in her lunch but also what her lunchbox and also what the accessories in her lunchbox look like (yes, the need to have something "cool" is already here!). Especially when she's at an age where her tastes (both in food and what's "cool") change on almost a daily basis. Needless to say, lunch can be a very frustrating topic!

But, I have found one thing that we can both agree on....

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Allure January 2016 Beauty Box

OK, so we're a little behind on our subscription unboxings! We're working hard to catch up! We just posted our Allure January 2016 Beauty Box unboxing! Check out the full review at our YouTube channel!

Bluum Box January 2016

Check out our new subscription box video! We just reviewed Bluum Box! Bluum box is a subscription for your kids. It's tailored to your child's sex and age. But, that's not the best part! You can choose your items every month or choose to be surprised! So, if you're really anxious about getting items that you won't use this is a great option! Beyond that, Bluum box also has categories for your home, cleaning and other domestic items. While they may not excite my kids, these types of things definitely excite me! This box is a great cross between a kids box and a family lifestyle box! Take a look at our video for the full review.

Monday, February 8, 2016

HSN Beauty Clearance!!! Great deals on prestige beauty!!!!

Oh, I love a good sale on Mondays! Well, I guess I should tell the truth...I love a good sale on any day! HSN is one of my favorite go to places! The trick to getting a good deal is to keep an eye on the Clearance sale page. They frequently mark down really great items to next to nothing. One of the best things is that since they get exclusive beauty gift sets that are already a great deal due to the terms HSN worked out with the manufacturer now these items are on clearance and an even better deal!

Girls Trip! Vegas Essentials - The Budget Version

It's probably a little early for this topic but, lately I've run across lots of great drugstore items that I've made a mental note to add to my must have list for our next annual girls trip to Las Vegas (we go every year for 2 days and it's AWESOME!). What's better than gambling, eating, drinking, dancing, relaxing by the pool and going to the spa for 48 hours straight right? And no, the spa does not in any way reduce any of the damage done to my skin during our Vegasfest.

Anyhooo, with all of that going on it does actually take some work to not look like a 100 year old badly used handbag by the time we're ready to leave. If I came home looking the way I actually felt my husband would probably never let me go again! So, in order to reduce the haggard lines and sallow skin as much as possible I've put together my list of items that are amazing at disguising and, in some cases, actually reducing the damage.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly Obsession!

It's a new year and I'm currently on a "let's save money" kick. And to that end I've been trying more drugstore brand beauty items. It's kind of hit and miss (I still love my high end beauty products!). However, I have found one hit that makes me super happy!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday - on Monday!

Just a quick post. Everyone remembers their first wine...and most people fall into this bucket!

I just started watching Togetherness on HBO ( a little odd but it quickly grows on you) and the pilot episode features a throwback to my very first wine. Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill!

 I can't find the scene but, this one was just as entertaining!

Which just makes this look all that more refreshing!

Brought to you by....

Ahhhhh....happy monday!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cover Girl Oh Sugar! Lipbalm

Another day, another beauty aisle! This time it's my local drugstore (Walgreen's to be exact). I walked in for exactly one item and walked out with 7....sigh....

At any rate, I found a new lip balm that I had to try. Annnnndddd, I did....

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sephora vs. Ulta Rewards Systems - Part II - Ulta

So, just to recap, Sephora has a "good-ish" rewards program that can get you some some deluxe size samples, access to their super awesome 20% off sale and some other minimal rewards. If you'd like to see more about the Sephora rewards program, check out my earlier post here. Or you can just view or video on the topic!

It's now time for Ulta to enter the smack down! Sephora does have a few pros on Ulta outside of the reward program. Sephora offers more prestige brands (you can see this as a plus or minus because prestige brands definitely equal more money), better information available in the store, and in general better customer service. Now, I know there were be a lot of people out there that will LOUDLY disagree with my customer service statement. What I mean by that is when you walk into a Sephora it's more like walking into Nordstrom vs. JCPenney. A Sephora associate will generally greet you and ask to help you find what you need (Ulta is getting better at this but, most of the stores I frequent in the Orange County and Inland Empire areas still need work) they will offer up suggestions of what other customers have and what they, themselves have tried, and they will offer samples if needed. There have been many times that a Sephora associate has basically shopped with me through my entire visit at the store.

Ulta is my cheap thrills store. I know I can go there for basic stuff, but they also have all kinds of off the wall items that I LOVE. Plus the prices are great and there's always a sell (except on their prestige lines like Tarte, Urban Decay, etc., their pricing is comparable to Sephora). But, Ulta's major selling points are the values they bring to their customer in their every day promos and their rewards program.

So let's dive in!

Sephora vs. Ulta Rewards Systems - Part I - Sephora

We've recently gotten a lot of questions about which is better - Sephora or Ulta? Well, the answer is NEITHER! So we decided to dispel the myth that one is better than the other. Of course, if you'd like to view our video on the subject you can right here! Otherwise, keep reading!

Sephora and Ulta both have their pros and cons. Girls interested in all of the beauty perks that you can get should definitely sign up for both loyalty programs. Granted, with Ulta's program you're going to reach their upper level status long before you reach it at Sephora but, again, you have to take this fact with a grain of salt. By that I mean, Ulta offers a lot more drug store quality items where is Sephora is strictly prestige beauty products. If Ulta required customers to spend as much as they do at Sephora, very few people would reach the promised land!

OK, so on with the Sephora rewards review!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Your Bijoux Box January 2016 Unboxing and Review

We just posted a new video for the Your Bijoux Box January 2016 Subscription box! You can see our video here!

Subscription Box Customer Service

Customer Service is one of those items that doesn't really matter...until you need it! Subscription Box customer service is sort of a beast unto itself in the fact that customer's can't really return items but, I'm sure the problems and issues are never ending. I myself have found myself contacting several companies regarding my current subscription boxes. Needless to say, some customer service departments are better than others!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Shopping Tips!

So from time to time we run across really great places to shop or coupons. We've decided to start a new series featuring great websites, stores, and deals that we happen to see. Since we're avid shoppers we see a TON of stuff!

Today I got my daily email from If you've never heard of you need to get over and check it out ASAP! is the less craftsy version of Etsy but still on that same wavelength. Every day features at least 50 new deals (sometimes it's over 100!) from independent sellers. I have found some of my favorite all time items at I especially like to use them for gift baskets for the kids (Christmas stockings, Easter baskets, Valentine's day, etc.) because the items are inexpensive (similar to the One Spot at Target), mostly high quality and super unique.

Weekly Obssession

You probably don't know this yet but we LOVE books! Books on Audible, books on the Kindle, actual books, books in any form! But, I'm now discovering my love for book "accessories". These aren't actual accessories for your book but book themed accessories for you (I'm also a Disney freak so this was just the next probable incarnation of my love of goofy things).

At any rate, I was looking through possible new subscription box and I ran across a review of an upcoming box from Book Riot. The box was a quarterly subscription box for YA books that included at least 2 books and several bookish accessories. One of the accessories really caught my eye...Out of Print Socks.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ipsy January 2016 Subscription Review

Ipsy has arrived! Check out our new video for the full review! Ipsy was kind of a miss for me this month. It was OK but, I wasn't overwhelmed by the stuff in the bag.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Boxycharm January 2016 Subscription Box Review

We've just posted the new video for our latest review...BOXYCHARM! YAY!!!

This month Boxycharm just killed it with the products that they sent. It's definitely my favorite box this month!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Glossybox January 2016 Subscription Box Review

Glossybox - yeah, it's not the same when you can't say it in a high pitched voice...In that case, come check out our new video!

Glossybox was a hit/miss this month for me. I liked about half the items. The other half not so much.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Birchbox January 2016 Review

I just posted our latest video for the new Birchbox January 2016 box! Come take a look!

Weekly Obsession

New Year means a New You right? This week we thought that we would focus on something a little more health related. We discovered a brand new way to get your Vitamin C!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weekly Obsession!

So, I think I may have found my new winter love!!! Leggings! Yes, I know, they're not really a revelation but, the version of leggings I found from Love Haus may be...

Leggings are great and versatile. They are, however, kind of tricky. If you're unaware of the pitfalls of leggings please see this video.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Resolution - Clean It Up! Monday Chores....

 So, since it's a new year we thought we'd start it off by having a clean house. Every day this week we'll be posting a cleaning chart for the day. I don't know about you, but I HATE cleaning. However, I HATE having a disgusting house even more, especially when those surprise guests stop by. One thing we've noticed is that people who have really clean houses don't spend a whole day cleaning. They break it up into manageable chunks throughout the week. That way, it's not such a bear and their house is always passably clean and ready for guests. Don't wait for spring to clean! It's a new year, start it off right!

The kitchen can be one of the biggest chores in the whole house. With all the grease, food splatters and just general use the kitchen can begin to look run down and just icky, sticky even after you clean. Get it shining brighter! Use multi-purpose products and task specific tools for everyday cleaning to minimize the time spent cleaning and maximize the effectiveness of your cleaning.