25 January 2015

..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Introduction

Hello my peeps!  I'm so, so, SO excited to introduce the newest change for 2015 on Living the Thrifty Life-- Glitz 'n Glamour with Marah.  This is going to be its own, diverse spot on this website devoted to all things beauty.  Marah is going to run this portion of the blog, and she's very excited to be on board!  I know you guys know her from our Friday Favorites videos, but before she starts her segment, she wants to throw you guys an introduction.  Stay tuned for a lot more, she's got a lot in store for you!  Click 'Glitz 'n Glamour' on the toolbar to be taken to all of her posts.  Without further adieu...

"Hi everybody, my name is Marah Gregory. I am 24, and will be 25 in August. I have two kids-- a girl and a boy. My little girl is 4 and my little boy is 3; they are 15 months apart. I have been married to my husband Josh for 6 years. We live in Georgia in the country, which I LOVE! I have been a stay-at-home-mom since my daughter was 1 year old. Prior to staying at home, I was in cosmetology school. My daughter got diagnosed with leukemia on my son's 1st birthday. After a few brutally rough years, she is finally cancer free! Woo-hoo! 

Now that my kiddos are starting school in the fall. I can focus more of my time on myself, my goals, and my dreams of working in the beauty/fashion industry.

A little more about me-- my favorite music is hard rock or metal but I listen to pretty much everything. My favorite food is most definitely, hands-down pizza. My favorite color, well honestly, I like all colors I cannot just pick one. I have a very artistic/creative personality which I normally express through makeup or clothes. I am obsessed with makeup, clothes, shoes, and the beauty fashion world in general; I just love it!

Now that you know some things about me, let me tell you what I am doing here. I am beyond excited to start this portion of Living the Thrifty Life's beauty/fashion segment. My wonderful sister-in-law Melissa (who is also my best friend) is amaze balls in case you didn't know. She is letting me expand her blog, which is totally awesome! I am going to be hitting beauty and fashion solely in this portion of the blog. I cannot wait to get started! If you have any questions for me, or want to know more about me, just ask.  I will answer!"


..::Review + Giveaway::.. January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

My Review of the January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."

I was sent the January box from Stampin' Up to review.  

The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.

Packaging & Presentation of the January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

I was pretty excited to come home and see a little red Paper Pumpkin box sitting in the mailbox!  The exterior box is red and baby blue, and it is small enough to fit into a standard mailbox.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The side of the box says, "You're moments away from your escape..." and the bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.

When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.  The inside of the box also completed the statement from the exterior with, "...Run away with me."

The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (January) stamp set, and a Classic Stampin' Spot in 'Real Red'.

The final layer housed the actual January kit, 'Filled With Love'.

The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.

My Personal Experience with the January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).

First things first-- break out the stamps!  Select and punch out your hearts from the sheet.  You can choose what stamp you would like to place on the center of each heart.  Then stamp away!!  I chose 'Be Mine, Valentine' and 'love'.

Next, punch out (2) pennants for each heart.  You can choose between red, pink, and white.  Attach a glue dot to each pennant, and affix to each other, and then to the back of the stamped heart.

Now-- the yummy part.  Grab your cellophane bags and fill them up with the candy of your choice.  I chose Gobstoppers because I'm pretty much obsessed with them.  When I finish the lot for my son's class, I will probably put some wrapped Sweet Tarts in there.

After you are done filling up the bag, fold over the top edge.  Punch out a decorative tag, and fold it over your edge (they are guided for you, so just fold on the line).

Grab a metal clip, and clip your heart with pennants on top.

...measure out 12.0" of baker's string...

and tie the string into a bow around the metal clip!

All finished!  These are adorable!

Pros of the January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
  • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
  • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
  • This kit has plenty of bags which is great for your child's classroom party.
  • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  

Cons of the January Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I haven't found any cons of this box, I loved everything about it.

This box is great for a few purposes-- it's quite fun to create your own treat bags, it serves a purpose, and it's themed.  I love creating themed crafts, especially ones that I can share with my son's classmates.  Any excuse to sugar up other people's kids, and I'm all for it!  :)  These are really simple to put together, and there are so many in this kit that it will cover an entire class, and even have a few extra.  They are incredibly cute, and they have a holiday-chicness to them.

Are you wanting to get your very own Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

24 January 2015

..::Product Review::.. Naturalico Vitamin C Serum

My Review of Naturalico Vitamin C Serum

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Our combination vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum simultaneously addresses existing damage while providing potent antioxidant protection from oxidative damage. While vitamin C brightens the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin, keeping it properly hydrated and making fine lines and wrinkles less deep. You can even tackle those unsightly age spots with the brightening power of our anti aging serum. Rigorously tested, our face serum truly lives up to its promise and can make a difference in the firmness, radiance and youthfulness of your skin."


I was sent a 1.0 fl oz bottle of the Vitamin C Serum from Naturalico to review. 

This 1.0 fl oz bottle costs $18.88.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of Naturalico Vitamin C Serum
This is a glass bottle, and fortunately it arrived in pristine condition!  There were no defects, leaks, nor problems during shipment.  The bottle itself it made of a brown glass.  The label is magenta with white and lime accents.  It stands a little under 4.0" and is 1.25" at its base.  It uses a dropper as its method of delivery.  The front of the box labels the product and brand.  It also notates the active ingredients within.

The right side of the box is where you will find the ingredients.  The left side of the label details a little bit about what this product does, directions for use, and the cautions associated with its use, and the manufacturers information.  This product is not tested on animals, is recyclable, is certified organic, and has a 12-month PAO.

The bottle itself looks just like the box, and has the same information on it.

There is a safety seal, but I suggest using scissors to get it off because it is really sealed on there!

My Personal Experience with Naturalico Vitamin C Serum

Here's a secret-- if a product says 'glow' anywhere in it, I'm down.  Especially during the colder months.  I miss the summer, and I miss having the natural sun-glistening effect on my skin.  When I saw that this serum combats two issues in one bottle, I was so excited to give it a shot!

I began by checking out the product itself.  It is definitely a liquid-y serum, and one dropper full of the serum gives you entirely too much product to use, so go easy when you use it.  The serum is completely clear and unscented.

It feels really smooth on the skin, and it quickly absorbs.  I love using this in the morning, because you really notice that it is working instantly.  It doesn't bronze you like sunless tanning spray, but it gives you a realistic pretty glow.

Pros of Naturalico Vitamin C Serum
  • Provides consistent, all day long hydration.
  • 98% naturally derived and 72% organic.
  • You notice the results instantaneously.
  • Unscented, clear serum.
  • The serum is non-greasy, non-sticky, and it absorbs quickly without residue.
      Cons of Naturalico Vitamin C Serum
      • There have been no cons of this product since I began using it. 

            This is a revolutionary product that has not one, but two targeting systems.  It helps with anti-aging and it gives you a glow!  It absorbs almost instant, and doesn't leave behind a trace of product, but it leaves behind instantaneous results!  You would love this!  I give it a great recommendation.

            Are you wanting to try Naturalico Vitamin C Serum, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

            CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

            For further information, please visit Naturalico on:

            DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

            ..::Product Review::.. Adeline Skincare

            My Review of Adeline Skincare

            What is it exactly?

                 From the website. . .
            "SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to double the amount of collagen needed to give the skin its elasticity. This means your wrinkles are going to fade and you will no longer be looking at celebrities and other women wondering how they look so young because you now know the secret. Start feeling more confident. Your search for the perfect anti-aging skin cream is over! Our serum is gentle and natural-We produce and package our product in a FDA-Certified facility. Organic Eye Serum is alcohol-free and paraben-free!"


            I was sent a 1.0 fl oz bottle of the Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Matrixyl and a 0.5 fl oz bottle of the Organic Eye Serum from Adeline to review. 

            Each individual bottle costs $35.25.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.

            Packaging & Presentation of Adeline Skincare
            I'm happy to say that these bottles arrived in perfect condition.  There were no dents, damages, nor leaks during shipment.  Both of the bottles are clear so you can see through to the actual product.  The labels feature black and blue accent colors.  The bottles also features chrome and gray decor.  The moisturizer bottle stands 4.75" tall and 1.25" wide at its base.  The eye serum stands almost 4.5" tall, and is 1.0" wide at its base.  Both products use a pump dispenser as its method of application.

            Beginning with the anti-aging moisturizer, the front of the bottle labels the product and brand, and it also states that it is formulated for all skin types.  The bottom of the bottle is where you will find the lot number and expiration date.

            The right side of the bottle specifies the product's suggested use, caution statements, and manufacturer information.  The left side of the label features its ingredients.  This moisturizer was made in the USA.

            The eye serum front label looks exactly the same as the moisturizer, except that the main ingredients are different.  The bottom also labels a lot number and expiration date.

            The right side of this bottle lists the ingredients and the manufacturer information.  This eye serum is also made in the USA.  The left side of the label outlines the suggested use as well as the caution statements.

            Both products were sealed completely with a safety seal.  There was an easy-tear perforated strip on each bottle.

            The pump dispensers are really nice.  They dispense the perfect amount for one use.  I have not had any issues with it clogging, but when I opened up the moisturizer, the pump had a dried, hardened piece of cream on it.

            My Personal Experience with Adeline Skincare

            I always like when I get to test products from the same skincare line at the same time.  It makes the results more apparent, and I can gauge kind of how the entire line works with each other.

            The anti-aging moisturizer is probably my favorite of the two.  It is a whipped, white cream.  It's pretty thick, too.    The eye serum is clear, and it is quite runny.  There are a few air bubbles in the formula, but not enough to be too concerned about.

            After I apply the moisturizer, I notice that it leaves behind somewhat of a residue.  It's not sticky or anything, but the cream applies thicker (even with a smaller amount).  What I did to set that, is just let it dry for longer than I usually do.  After a longer period of time, this moisturizer does great under a light foundation.  I found that if I applied a heavier, full-coverage foundation that it kind of let the makeup slip during the day.  It smells like a clean mint.  The serum, on-the-other-hand is super-absorbent.  It smells really clean, and you only have to apply it before bed!  Some serums you have to apply multiple times during the day, but not this one!

            Pros of Adeline Skincare
            • The fragrances of both products complement each other.
            • The formula is professional, and high-grade.
            • You get a lot of product for your money.
            • These products are scientifically proven to work.
                Cons of Adeline Skincare
                • The moisturizer is thick, and it doesn't always work the best under a full-routine makeup look.  This duo is best for evening use in order to avoid this.

                      I highly recommend using a system for your skincare routine.  Try to keep brands together to get the best results.  Most of the time, you will notice faster and more prominent results if you do this.  These work great together, and the fragrances complement each other.  I think the best way to use the moisturizer would be only at night to avoid it being an issue with makeup application.  This is definitely good stuff, but I recommend it for evening use.

                      Are you wanting to try Adeline Skincare, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  

                      Click here to order the Moisturizer!
                      Click here to order the Eye Serum

                      For further information, please visit Adeline on:

                      DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.