I recently received Ageless Derma’s Retinol and Vit K Eye Cream to try out and review. Ever since last winter, I’ve been religiously using eye cream as I find that it helps my under-eye concealer blend in easier in the mornings. Also, I want to prevent any wrinkles from forming as I’m getting older.
Ageless Derma Eye Cream claims to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. Its formula includes Retinol, Vitamins C, E, and K to soften the appearance of dark circles, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture around the eye area. Vitamin K can also spped up the healing process and rid the skin of discoloration. I like to use under-eye concealer because I think that my skin below my eyes are darker than the rest of my skin tone. However, when I went to Ulta to look for a new under-eye concealer, the lady told me that I don’t even need it. So maybe it’s all in my head. Either way, I feel better with it on and never leave the house without it.
I’ve only been using the eye cream for 2 weeks now so it’s hard to report any noticeable difference. It is recommended that you use the eye cream 3 times a week to start with as it can cause some peeling and redness. However, I’ve been using it twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). I do notice that my under eye area is a little dryer than usual but I wouldn’t say that it’s peeling. I will continue to use solely this eye cream for a while though to see if I see any noticeable difference. I may end up switching to use this at night and a more hydrating eye cream in the morning as I notice that my under eye concealer isn’t applying as nicely as it used to.
My only complaint about this product is its packaging. I’m not a huge fan of the pump for an eye cream. Way too much product comes out than needed so a lot of it goes to waste. I think a tube or pot would be better.
Ageless Derma Eye Cream retails for $59 and can be purchased on Ageless Derma’s website here.
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I received Perlier’s Imperial Honey Body Butter for consideration. I love honey and most honey scented things usually smell nothing like honey. However, Perlier’s Imperial Honey Body Butter does! This body butter is made from the rare honey of Black Bees and Royal Jelly. While I love the scent, it is a bit strong for me. I use it as a daily hand cream as I feel like the scent is too strong to use on my whole body. The body butter comes in a white plastic container with a cute gold lid.
Perlier’s Imperial Honey Body Butter retails for $40 and can be purchased on HSN.com. Interested in trying out this product or any other Perlier product on HSN.com? Use coupon code: iFabbo5 for $5 off you purchase.
Overall, this body butter is great for moisturizing the skin in the colder months because it is a heavier/thicker cream. While I love the scent, I wish that it wasn’t as strong so that I could use it as a body moisturizer. My favorite hand moisturizer is still Neutrogena’s Hand Cream that I mentioned in a post last winter. What’s your favorite moisturizer for the winter? Do you use something different or do you use it all year round?
This past weekend was the first ever Life is Beautiful Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas (click here for their website). It’s a 2 day festival focused around music, food, art, and learning. I mostly went for the music, as I’m sure a lot of others did. Some artists that performed at Life is Beautiful this year included The Killers, Kings of Leon, Beck, Vampire Weekend, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, Zedd, and Passion Pit (among many others). While I did go to Coachella this year, a lot of the bands that performed at Life is Beautiful that I really like weren’t at Coachella. Plus, ticket prices were very reasonable. I bought them as soon as they came out and got them at an Early Bird pricing of $139.50 each (retail $159.50). Towards the end, they were also offering 1 day passes for $95 if you only wanted to attend for a day.
For their inaugural year, everything was pretty on point and ran really smoothly. There were a ton of sponsors that were giving away free swag. There were never lines for the bathrooms and they were pretty clean, unlike at Coachella (blech!). I felt that some of the food and drink options were pretty pricey though, but I guess everything in Vegas is a little bit overpriced anyway. I felt like the line-up for their first year is more indi-rock and not as mainstream, which I like while Coachella has a big mix of everything. Because Life is Beautiful is in Downtown Las Vegas, there’s no camping involved and you have the amenities of local buildings with air conditioning and the like. We stayed at the Four Queens for a pretty reasonable cost. If you had to choose between Coachella and Life is Beautiful, I would say Coachella is for those who are more into discovering new music and who want to experience the culture of Coachella. Because you have to either camp or cough up a ton of money to stay somewhere, it’s for the more serious festival goer, and it’s also for 3 days. For those who just want to experience some music without the whole camping thing, Life is Beautiful is probably more up your alley. There are definitely pros and cons to both.
It was very cool to have the setting in Downtown Las Vegas since a lot of people don’t bother to go there. Unfortunately, it’s mostly deserted, but it was cool to see all the graffiti art they did to spruce the place up. It reminds me of First Fridays in Phoenix. Hopefully it will build up in the future. I think it would be great for local businesses and more of that artsy-indie vibe as opposed to the strip.
Watching Passion Pit perform in a small setting was awesome and one of the benefits of arriving early. The festival opened at noon each day but most people didn’t arrive until much later. That’s when we took advantage of hitting up the sponsors for free goodies since the lines were very minimal.
They also had different Cirque du Soleil performances for about 15 minutes. “O” was the only one we happened to catch. It would have been neat if they had a stage with a longer performance.
And of course every festival needs to have a Ferris wheel, or two. The weather was perfect both days that we were there although it got rather windy the last night, similar to this past year’s Coachella…. how ironic.
Because Life is Beautiful was over the weekend where people would celebrate Halloween, there were many people dressed up. The fashion was a bit mixed. There were definitely people dressed up in the typical festival type wear, some in street clothes, and some who looked like they were going to a club. We were spotted by SheKnows and had our picture taken. You can see what we wore one of the days on their website here.
I’m interested to see what improvements they make and what lineup they have next year!
October has been a bit of a crazy month for me. I started a new position, which I’m loving, and just got back from Vegas for the first Life is Beautiful Festival (I’ll do a post on that soon). I also read a lot this month. I read the Matched series and Legend series. If you read the Divergent series (I’m reading the 3rd book now which just came out) and liked it, you’ll really like Legend. The 3rd book doesn’t come out until November. It’s packed with action and you want to keep reading to see what happens next. Matched is a little more slower paced and focused more around a love story. Between the 2, I’d recommend that you read Legend first.
I went to the outlet mall a few weeks ago and Kate Spade was having a great sale. 40% off everything in store and then an additional 30% off Friends & Family discount. I bought a tan cross body purse, a few earrings for my sister, a black bangle, and a gold bow ring. I love bows and I’m really into gold jewelry lately so the gold bow ring is definitely one of my new favorite pieces of jewelery. I like that it’s dainty and goes with basically everything.
The weather in Arizona is finally starting to cool down and I bought a few cute sweater dresses from Target and Forever 21. The black and white chevron sweater dress from Forever 21 is one of my new favorite pieces in my wardrobe. As you may know, I’m obsessed with chevron and I love sweater dresses. They’re perfect for the weather here and they’re easing to dress up or down. I wear them with the cute black booties that I did a past post about.
Lastly, I think my new favorite fall nail polish color is a deep purple. I picked it up at T.J. Maxx and have had it on for 2 weeks now. I love the slight glimmer in it and that it’s not too dark so it doesn’t look black. It does take a couple of coats (2-3) to get a nice look but it seems to last a long time and doesn’t chip too easily.
In this post:
1. Matched Trilogy box set, $34.78 | 2. Legend Trilogy Boxed Set, $32.98 | 3. Gold Bow Ring, Kate Spade, $48 | 4. Striking Zigzag Sweater Dress, Forever 21, $27.80 | 5. SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour Eve-y On The Eyes, $4.99
While I’ve had my gallery wall up for a while, it wasn’t until this past week that I finally placed all of the pictures in them to complete the look. You can get this look too thanks to IKEA.
To get this look, you’ll need 2 RIBBA Picture Ledges (45.25″ length), 2 RIBBA 19.75×19.75″ picture frames, 1 RIBBA 11.75×15.75″ picture frame, 4 RIBBA 8×10″ picture frames, 1 RIBBA 5×7″ picture frame, and 1 RIBBA 4×6″ picture. You can really use a mix of any size picture frames that you would like for your gallery wall but the above is a good starting point. I love how the picture ledges add some organization to the sometimes disorganized gallery wall. I think that it provides a very clean look. The RIBBA collection of frames also come in a variety of colors. I chose their aluminum color because I liked how it added a little more interest to the wall as opposed to going with white frames.
I like to call this my adventure wall. It all started with the “I do believe it’s time for another adventure” print that I had purchased through LivingSocial. All of the other photos were ones that I had taken on my different adventures. The 2 larger prints are from IKEA and the small 4×6″ frame has a piece of scrap fabric that I used to make placemats. You can also add other little nick-knacks as well. I have a blue bird that I got from the dollar section at Target and initials that I painted on wood in college.
Let me know if you decide to get this look, I’d love to see pictures!
In this Post:
RIBBA Picture Ledges, IKEA, $15 | RIBBA 19.75×19.75″ picture frame, IKEA, $18 | RIBBA 11.75×15.75″ picture frame, IKEA, $10 | RIBBA 8×10″ picture frame, IKEA, $5 | RIBBA 5×7″ picture frame, IKEA, $2 | RIBBA 4×6″ picture frame, IKEA, $2 | BILD Poster, IKEA, $8 | TVILLING Poster, IKEA, $10
Adult’s Night Out is during the first Friday of each month. The Arizona Science Center is open to anyone 18+ from 5:30-9pm for free. I finally had the opportunity to check Adults’ Night Out last month and it was a ton of fun!
We didn’t arrive until about 8pm because we wanted to grab dinner at Bliss ReBAR first. I highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t done so already. Their food never disappoints and they have the best service. You’re best bet when you arrive to the Arizona Science Center is to park in their parking garage. They validate your ticket too (although it didn’t work for us, probably because we stayed out much later). All 4 floors of the science center are open and there is usually a special event or lecture each month. There is also a cash bar and DJ each month.
All 4 floors of the science center are open but we only had time to check out 2. There are a ton of fun activities that aren’t just for kids. There is this brain wave activity where 2 people put on these construction hats and you want the plastic ball to roll to your opponents side by being relaxed. Clearly, I am not very good at relaxing as my mind is always moving. Despite me trying to mediate (seen above), I lost twice really quickly.
When you walk in, you’ll notice the SkyCycle hovering above you. I had the chance to ride it and encourage you to try it too if you get the opportunity. I’m not scared of heights but it’s a little scary to think you’re riding a bike on a tightrope high in the air. It’s impossible to tip the bike over and they even encourage you to try.
Check out the Arizona Science Center’s website to learn more about Adults’ Night Out and to find out the special events for each month. This Friday’s theme is “Fear the Beer.” It sounds like a ton of fun so I’ll probably be attending. See you there?
I was browsing One Kings Lane (let me know if you would like an invite) for some home decor ideas and stumbled across this adorable pink Peony flower arrangement. It is from The French Bee and normally retails for $80. While One Kings Lane was selling them for $39, I knew that I could recreate the same look (or something similar) for way less. I attended a wedding a few months ago and they gave away small bud vases with flowers in them as their party favor. I have 2 of them and they happen to look exactly like the small bubble vase from One Kings Lane. I’m sure you can purchase a similar small bubble vase at your local craft store or even at the dollar store. With a picture in hand, I went to Hobby Lobby to find the flowers. I browsed the pink selections and while they did not have Peonies, they had similar flowers called Ranunculus that were $6 each.
I needed some pink pops of color for my bedroom and decided to get 2 of them (1 for each vase). Fake flowers are usually on sale or relatively cheap. Most craft stores also offer coupons that you may use too. While you could use craft water, I decided to just use real water. This way, you don’t have to commit to the flower you chose and can easily switch them out. While I only had to buy the flowers, you can easily create this small flower arrangement look for about $10 or less.
This month I spent a lot of time hopping between the T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and Hobby Lobby’s around me. For some reason, I was inspired to decorate my condo this month. I picked up 2 beautiful mirrored trays this month. One for my perfumes (the small collection that I have) and the other for my skincare products on my vanity. I love how it makes everything look more organized and glamorous. I also found 2 mirrored picture frames which I swooped up right away. Now I just need to find the perfect pictures or prints for them.
My old iPhone screen protector was getting pretty scratched and beat up so I decided to look for a new one a few weeks ago. I always go to eBay or Amazon as they have the cheapest stuff. Buying them in stores or at the kiosks at the mall are so expensive. I found the cutest sparkly mint green screen protector for my phone. I love how sparkly it is and that it goes all the way around my phone, even if I do have a case for it. I tend to throw my phone around all the time.
This month, my coworker introduced me to Snapea Crisps. Yes, you read that right. They may sound gross (I’m not a huge pea fan myself) but they’re amazingly addictive. Their Lightly Salted and Caesar flavors are my favorite. They’re a little hard to find but I tend to have the best luck at healthier grocery stores such as Fresh & Easy and Sprouts. I like to stock up on them and always have a bag at my desk at work. Lastly, I picked up Talenti’s Banana Chocolate Swirl gelato flavor. You have to go get it, now! You really can’t go wrong with any of their flavors but I love the combination of bananas, chocolate, and caramel. Yummy!
This month, I have also been reading a ton. I was introduced to the book series, Divergent. It is similar to the Hunger Games, but at the same time it’s not. I like it a lot better as it’s not as predictable and keeps you wanting more. It took me about 2-3 days to read the first 2 books. The third one comes out October 22, 2013, I can’t wait! I highly recommend that you check it out, especially before the movie comes out as we all know the books are always better.
In this post:
1. Mirrored Tray, HomeGoods, $15 (similar) | 2. Jeweled Mirrored Tray, Hobby Lobby, $30 (scored it at 50% off) | 3. Mirrored Picture Frame, $15 (similar) | 4. Full Body Diamond Bling Screen Protetor, $4 | 5. Snapea Crisps, $2 | 6. Talenti Gelato, $5 | 7. Divergent, $5
2 weekends ago, a few of my coworkers and I went to the Diamondbacks game thanks to a vendor of ours. I’ve always loved baseball games (the Chicago White Sox is my team) and when I found out they were dugout seats, I had to go since I’ve never sat in the dugout before. There’s something about a baseball game being indoors that just doesn’t make it the same. Where are the fireworks during home runs? About half-way through the game they opened the roof up though and the weather was perfect.
Chase Field has a ton of food vendor options from Macayo’s to Panda Express and your traditional ballpark franks and cold beer. The prices are so much more reasonable than any other baseball field I’ve been to before. The Diamondbacks also have a ton of great promotions (whether you attend the game or not) which I did not know about. For example, each time the Diamondbacks score 6 or more at home or away, fans can get 3 free crunchy tacos with the purchase of a large drink from 4-6pm the following day at Taco Bell! A full list of promotions can be found here.
I have been looking for the perfect pair of affordable black ankle booties since last year. I went to Target last week and finally found the perfect pair for only $29.99. You can find the Vonnie Shootie Ankle Boot in-stores or on Target’s website. They currently come in black or taupe. They look very similar to Michael Kors’ Haven Platform Bootie which retails for $194.95. At about 6.5 times cheaper, I’ll stick to the Target version thank you very much.
Be sure to get a suede protector and spray it on your shoes before you wear them to keep them looking new longer. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that I can start wearing these with dresses and shorts.