ThredUp Consignment Clothing Buys

I love buying consignment: fancy for cheap!

 

Yeah, so my male colleagues can rotate 3-4 suits, but if you wear a dress or something a lot, someone notices! Ha! So, yes, we have way too many clothes in our closets.

I love consignment. Great clothes, cheap price!

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Thredup consignment clothing…frugal and stylish

Most on-air journalists and other reporters don’t make a lot of money, especially at the start of their careers.

We still have to dress nicely, do our hair, have good makeup, and keep our appearance to standards. Thankfully, I’m not too proud to buy consignment clothes. I’m still sick in this video so I’m in full-on stuck-at-home mode. I tend to look a little better than that at work.

Use my link below to get $20 credit to sign up, then wait to get a 20-40% coupon code in the  mail on your first order. $66 for 6 dresses and 1 blouse is nothing to sneeze at!

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Opening my Influenster Fiesta Voxbox

These products are sent complimentary in exchange for testing and reviewing.

I’m pretty honest about them. If I don’t like something, I say why, but I also tell you why I like something. This box has coupons for free food products to try out, so I will go shopping this weekend and make some yummy stuff.

Much Love,

Gloria

January 2015 Birchbox, Ipsy and Boxycharm

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Oh, yes, my pretties.

 

AKA: I have far too much makeup

I should become a makeup artist, just so I can go through some of this product! Still, I love getting them and if I get enough followers at some point, I’ll definitely do a give-away of some sort.

And yes, I do take my makeup off as soon as I get home from work, unless I’m short on time, or I’m going to work, again, or going out immediately. I love makeup, but feel no need to wear it by myself!

Birchbox January 2015

Birchbox January 2015

Birchbox January 2015

This month’s samples are Essentiel Elements Body Lotion, which has a minty smell (I looove mint), which means I’ll be using it pretty soon. It’s light, but feels quite moisturizing, and very, very refreshing, and tingly, so great in the morning or on a warm day.

Curl Keeper Ultimate Hold with Frizz Control doesn’t seem to have silicones. This means I will try it out and post the results on a weekend when I go au naturel with the curly, happy, wild mane.

sumsoap goat’s milk soap will be in my soap dish in my new apartment, because I love milk soaps. They’re great for clarifying skin, leave your skin soft and smooth and glowy, and suds nicely.

balance me wonder eye cream says its 99% natural. I tend to be skeptical of natural on a label because it’s misleading. There are no regulations to that word, so you don’t know what it means. I mean, technically, petroleum is a natural product, albeit one that is a by-product of oil refinement, but still. I’m always up for trying eye cream and this one looks like a hefty sample.

Cynthia Rowley creamy lip stain in Heartthrob is a great brick red that I am definitely going to use this evening.

Cynthia Rowley Heartthrob

Cynthia Rowley Heartthrob

I love a brick red lip because on me it looks like a natural POP and it’s very flattering on olive skin tones.

ipsy January 2015

Ipsy Januarty2015ipsy gave a good assortment this month. The bag is white and blue, but wow, I have far too many little bags, now.

eco-beauty good day. day moisturizer for fresher and happier looking skin. This is a generous sample that will last me a week or so. I’ve been looking for a less-active moisturizer because my skin will get sensitive if I’m exposed to lots of allergens (cleaning cat dander and dust from the new place is making me very reactive). Yes, I have a cat, yes, she gets brushed and bathed regularly and I vacuum a lot.

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal looks like a great every day, slightly shimmery, very natural color.

bellapierre cosmetics eyeshadow in Celebration is a full-sized coppery shimmery color that I would probably use all summer long, especially evenings.

Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow brush is a good, soft bristled brush perfect for eyeshadow. If I didn’t have a couple of sets of brushes, I’d definitely use it.

probelle Nail Laquer Into The Blue goes straight into my nail polish cabinet (YES. I have a cabinet)

Boxycharm January 2015

Boxycharm January2015

This was again a surprising amount of stuff to me because it’s all full-sized.

Beauty for Real The Perfect Pencil is the perfect color. This is exactly what I wanted to buy and look! They just sent it to me! It pairs perfectly with

Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream in Always There

boxycharm detail jan2015

Mirabella Face Prime is a pore and fine line minimizing primer. I say yes to all those things.

Pur-lisse Skin Sparkle Flash Tattoos is the only thing I’m not thrilled about. I am probably a bit too old to wear these without feeling totally like I’m holding onto fading youth.

…screw it, I might have to wear one. They’re shiny.

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum is a shocker. It’s a $47 full-sized product. I don’t use bronzers, HOWEVER, seeing as in the summer I wear sun block every dang day, I may use it as we get into warmer weather. Just wow, Boxycharm.

This box’s contents have a retail value of $134.

Which makes me feel a little suspicious of someone coming to take my preciouses!

Is anyone watching?

Is anyone watching?

Much Love,

Gloria

December 2014 beauty subscriptions: Birchbox, Boxycharm, Wantable

I don’t get a lot of gifts, so I make sure I have some sent every month

December subscriptions were pretty sweet, and as busy as I was, I didn’t get to enjoy a lot of them, but here are a few of the ones I got.

Birchbox

Birchbox December 2014

Birchbox December 2014

I added the Birchbox Plus for $25 this month because I loved the necklace, and so far the Capwell & Co Amethyst Stone Cluster Necklace has gotten a lot of positive comments when I wear on-air. It’s just sparkly enough without being distracting (you have to walk a fine line) and I have worn it a few times, already.

The box also came with Beauty Protector Protect & Oil, which I won’t use because it has a lot of silicones, and since I don’t use shampoo often, if ever, to wash my hair, I avoid silicone products that aren’t water-soluble.

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney which I love. I like to use their lipsticks and stains because they stay put and you don’t even need a liner!

Number 4 Hair Care Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner which I will probably give to someone. I may use the shampoo, as it’s sulfate-free, when I think I have some build-up, but the conditioner has silicones, so I’ll pass that on to dry-haired friends who don’t use the curly-girl method of hair care.

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator which I LOVELOVELOVE. I may order a full-sized of this when I’m out. It’s a microdermabrasion-style scrub to use a few times a week. So far, it leaves my skin feeling and looking glowing and clear and lovely. Especially in winter, I like a little extra gentle slough-off of the top layer of NYC crud (plus all that makeup, sometimes I feel I never get it all off!)

W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone is the last sample, and I’ve liked their products, so far, but I swear I have far too many highlighters. I may have to fix my profile after this month, right? I’ll try it out this week (or tonight if I scrounge a quick date with friends) and let you know.

Boxycharm

Boxycharm December 2014

Boxycharm December 2014

Like last month’s, this month’s Boxycharm is pretty packed full for the price.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette is a very complete neutral eye palette that will go into my touch-up/on-the-go work makeup kit. It’s flat and light, and as I said, has every color I’d want for most occasions. I ordered some of their loose pots of eyeshadow, and they are fairly well pigmented, especially for the price.

Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes are actually cruelty-free, according to the notes. They are handmade and say they don’t harm the animals, so I imagine it’s shed. I like to think they brush the bad-tempered little minxes into a semblance of happy and use that hair. Still, I won’t use them because I am lucky enough to have long lashes and it’s too much trouble to wear falsies. I love mascara, me.

Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush is a keeper for me. This will go in my on-the-go/touch up kit because brushes get dirty and damaged easily in travel cases, especially when you’re in a hurry. This one is soft, and fluffy, and perfect for everything from touch-up blush to powder.

Be A Bomshell The One Stick in Best Cellar is a great winter color. It goes on very nicely, and it’s good for quick color on your cheeks, too. However, I have a problem with the size because I always forget a lip brush and it’s not built for precision.

Eva NYC Hungry Hair Oil Treatment looks like a nice Argan oil based hair oil…however, it’s chock-full of silicones that need a sulfate-based cleanser to remove, so, I’ll pass. This will be another one to friends or to trade, etc. Not a lot of luck on the hair things this month!

Wantable Accessories

Wantable Dec 2014

Wantable Accessories December 2014

I really like this month’s Wantable collection, although I don’t wear a lot of earrings. I should probably either start, or change my profile. I don’t wear them much these days, by the by, because I wear necklaces for work, and most of the time wearing both earrings and necklaces is too much. Having said that, these are lovely, simple studs, so I may be able to use them nicely. The watch…oh yes. I love the leather wrist-strap and chain combo. Perfect for jeans and a cute summer dress. The necklace is pretty and a little boho, but I can make it work even on-air with a very simple, plain dress.

I have a couple more subscriptions to go through, but not today! The snow just started to fly, and I’m supposed to be out on a run. I’m trying to decide if the snow is too wet and if it’s time to switch to an indoor workout!

…it’s wet, soggy, and falling fast out there. Tamilee Webb here I come!

Much Love,

Gloria

 

I’m not proud. I don’t mind high-end consignment

lamb jacket

Valentino dress for $120? Yes, please.

My job requires me to have a lot of nice clothing- kind of boring clothing, yes, but a lot of it. Since I started a blog about living on the cheap, I’m sure you realize I am not rich. I get a small expense account for clothes/makeup/hair but it’s tiny compared to big networks. So, since H&M have a limited stock of air-ready looks, I turned to clothes people don’t want anymore: consignment.

I love local shops, and one of my favorite chains is Second Time Around. In fact, that’s where I scored the Valentino. It was worn once. ONCE. Ladies, you know what I mean. I have a Valentino in my closet.

Since I work a lot of hours, I don’t always have time to go shopping. And there’s this nifty thing called the internet. Introducing Twice. It’s an online consignment shop where I’ve managed to buy $1000 retail value in clothes for $150 at a pop each time. That gorgeous L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani jacket up ast the top of this post goes for $450. I got it for about $30. Let go of the pride, people. This wasn’t for work, but I can’t go out of the house in just sheath business dresses.

Here’s how you can get $20 in store credit right off the bat, and I’ll tell you how to get a 50% off coupon for your first order.

You need to go in this order: First, sign up here with my referral link and you get an automatic $10 store credit. Then, download their store app for Apple on your phone or tablet, sign in and you get another $10. If you have an android, then you also get a 50% off coupon if you check out your first order on the mobile app. You can also use coupon code Y9EIOLLD5 and you should get 50% off. If not, they usually have ads on Facebook for 50% off your first order, and if that doesn’t work, use GIFT25 for 25% off your order and you get a gift of some sort if you spend $50. I’m not sure what the gift is. I’ll let you know next week.

I hope you try it out, because so far, I love it.

Much Love,

Gloria

 

Julep and Boxycharm November 2014

Julep plus add-ons

Julep plus add-ons

Julep plus 2 add-ons

I like Julep as a company, and I like their products. Granted, I’m slowing down on buying as much Julep nail polish as I did because I’ve been buying independent brands of polish, lately. Still, I usually get their Maven Boxes because you can switch up what you want.

Julep polishes are 5-free and their cosmetics and body care are generally made without toxic ingredients. I have liked almost everything I’ve tried.

These aren’t mystery boxes. You know exactly what you’re getting ahead of time and you can switch which version of that month’s box you’d like. Lately, I’ve tended towards boxes with makeup or moisturizer or something. This is the launch of their new mascaras Length Matters or what I got Go Big. I also got 2 add-ons this month. You can opt to add on up to 5 products from an add-on list at checkout for discounted prices. I chose the Boho Glam box this month with Sawyer and Joanne polish and the mascara. I added on Fazia and Kiki nail polish. The boxes are $24.99 (I thought they were still $20, but I have an old account) per month, and you can skip if you don’t want the box that month.

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Full-sized wow!

Full-sized wow!

Boxycharm-er

This is the first month I’ve ordered Boxycharm and I’d heard mostly good. I like it, although the Kevin Murphy color bug hair shadow might be a bit “young” for me, although it washes out. I’m looking forward to trying the TARINA TARANTINO Eyelicity Glitter Liner on a night out dressed up and lookin’ to dance. The OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush – Paradise Pink is perfect for blush. I know it looks bright-bright, but it’s the right color, just don’t pile it on. The MicaBeauty Eye Primer is the next one I’ll use when I run out of my current eye primer. I also got BellaPierre Shimmer Powder in Storm which is a silvery pewter. Apparently, you can use it for anything from eyeshadow to lips, to mascara to adding to clear nail polish. I’m so looking forward to trying this out this week.

The box is a great deal at $21 per month: all full-sized and some high-end luxe brands. So far, this the best deal I’ve had in a sub box. You can earn Charms (points) with reviewing the products, and referrals, etc to redeem for full-sized products added into your monthly box.

If you’d like to subscribe, please click here so I can get the referral points.

 

Julep Maven I’ll keep even though I have so many polishes because sometimes I just can’t let something pass me by that they’re offering, and I can skip whenever (like December). Boxycharm I’ll definitely keep because holy cats! it’s a deal! I just wonder what I’m going to do with all that makeup. (poor  me)

There is one more box to review for November, and I’ll start using some of these products to show you guys what it looks like. Let me know what you think, and as always,

Much Love!

Gloria