Play! by Sephora: May 2017

My May Play! by Sephora box showed up last week before I went on a mini-vacation, and I spent some time this week trying out my samples before sitting down to write about them. May’s theme is The Rising Stars: stellar “cult favorites, hard-to-find-formulas, and one-of-a-kind brands that are making their mark.”

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Friday Five

1. Smithsonian Castle: I haven’t done any touristy DC stuff in a couple weeks, so yesterday morning I went to check out the gorgeous Smithsonian Castle for the first time. This was the Smithsonian Institution’s original building and it now serves as the main visitor center. There’s not a ton to see inside, but it’s pretty cool as a first stop if you want to learn a bit of history about the institution. It does contain a couple exhibits with pieces from the other Smithsonian museums, plus a cafe and a shop. Bonus: it’s surrounded by lovely gardens.

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Friday Five

1. Nocking Point Wine Club: I signed up for this club months ago and received my first shipment in March, then completely forgot to post about it because I’ve had so many DC-related things to share each week! Nocking Point is Stephen Amell‘s winery (you might know him as Oliver Queen on Arrow*) and it offers a wine club shipment for $100 per quarter. So every three months, members receive a selection of the winery’s wines, plus NP coffee beans and gear. For my first shipment I received three wines (a sparkling, a Malbec, and a Sauvignon Blanc), a bag of coffee beans, and a wine bottle insulator. So far I’ve consumed the coffee (tasty), the Malbec (pretty good), and used the insulator a couple of times. The June box will have Nerd HQ-branded rosé…and I can’t wait!

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Friday Five

1. The Handmaid’s Tale: Hulu’s TV adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel is simply stunning, disturbing…and terrifyingly relevant, given the current tenor of our world. The cinematography, direction, music, and above all, the acting, are top notch. The cast is jam-packed with incredible women: Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, to name just a few. I’m only three episodes in, but I’m hooked. Somehow I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s en route to my house and I’ll be diving in as soon as it arrives.

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Sephora Spring 2017 VIB Sale Haul

Every year I look forward to the two Sephora VIB sales: each April, members get to take 15% off and in November, we get 20% off! The sale applies to everything in store and online, and is basically a feeding frenzy for beauty geeks like myself. I’ve done a pretty good job of restraining myself during these sales, but I ALWAYS take advantage of them because they’re too amazing to pass up!

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tarte Friends & Family Sale Haul

Remember when I got really excited about tarte cosmetics’ huge friends and family 30% off sale? I received my box of goodies within a few days of ordering and have been playing around with most of the products so I can tell you about them here. First things first: my order came packaged with unicorn-printed tissue paper that I’m totally keeping so I can re-use it in my niece’s birthday present!

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Play! by Sephora: April 2017

My April Play! by Sephora box showed up last week but I’ve been busy with family visiting so I’m just now getting to sit down and write about it. April’s theme? Step it up!

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Glossier Review: Cloud Paint + Phase 2 Makeup Set

I’ve written about cool-girl beauty brand Glossier in the past and have been enjoying the Moisturizing Moon Mask and Milky Jelly Cleanser. So when the brand debuted its Cloud Paint gel-cream blush in early March, I knew immediately that I had to have it…along with some other things, of course. I placed an order right after receiving the email announcing Cloud Paint, and I’ve been playing around with these products for the past several weeks!

A+ for packaging, as always

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Stitch Fix: April 2017 Review

Today happens to be my six-week anniversary of moving to Washington, DC, so receiving a box from Stitch Fix felt like a good way to mark the occasion!  🙂  You may remember that my last Fix was a complete bust, but I didn’t let that turn me off.

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Massive Sale Alert: 30% Off Tarte Cosmetics!

I guess this has been going on for a few days already, but I just became aware that Tarte Cosmetics is holding a huge 30% off friends & family sale on just about everything on their website! The sale only runs through 11:59pm EST today (Thursday, April 6) so now is the time to stock up.

All you have to do to get the discount is enter the promo code FESTIVAL at checkout. Plus, shipping is free when you order at least $40 worth of paraben-free, cruelty-free products. BTW, I promise this post is 100% not sponsored…I just got really excited about the sale because it is SO GOOD.  🙂  It’s not often that a beauty brand offers such a big ass sale.

The brand is leaning super hard into the current unicorn-magical-festival-fairy trend, so if you’re into the whole mystical desert nymph look, this is the perfect sale for you.

I just ordered a bunch of goodies for myself, so you can bet on seeing a future post about them! Woohoo!