Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apostolic Clothing is Concerned about Fashion AND Modesty! (Giveaway & Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 7:00 AM 2 comments
I always love finding these gems on the web. For every girl who shops modestly, you know exactly what I mean! It can be a struggle to find a dress that's not too short or a cute skirt that isn't a pencil skirt. Our culture doesn't encourage modesty in women today -- but as a Christan wife, that is my main objective when shopping for clothes. I want clothing that covers those areas meant only for my husband, while still feeling feminine and attractive.

With that point of view in mind, let's learn more about this brand!

About Apostolic Clothing

"Modesty in dress can be a great outreach but modesty in conversation is even greater!"
 Apostolic Clothing is simply a clothing a clothing company ran by Apostolic missionaries who have a passion for offering a line of clothing that is trendy, fashionable and modest.  

We offer vintage and modest dresses, skirts, tops and outerwear for every occasion and are constantly growing our modest accessories such as unique slips and skirt extenders. We are a fast growing community that is constantly looking for better ways to make modesty more convenient for all those who have trouble with dressing modest while carrying themselves in a fashionable and professional sense. 

Apostolic Clothing is a mission ran company that supports mission work in Asia. When you purchase from our store, you are helping us reach the people of Asia and for that we thank you!   

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MY REVIEW of Stonewash Mid-Length Denim Skirt

Retail Price: $44.00

First Impression & Packaging:
The skirt looked great! It feels nice and I was a bit surprised that it had a little amount of stretch/give in the fabric. But when I looked back at the website I saw that it the skirt was made from cotton, polyester, and spandex, so that explains that. :-)
The skirt ran a bit smaller than I expected. I am always a Small when it comes to skirts, but this small is a bit snug in the hips. Not too small, thankfully, but just as a heads up if you want to buy this skirt -- take that into consideration. :-)
Item & Wear:
The site advertises this skirt as a "...classic addition to any wardrobe." and I agree! I don't think you can go wrong with this skirt and love the versatility of it. It works great as part of an about-town, running errands outfit, or you can totally dress it up and pull off an elegant evening look. I've worn it for both since receiving it, and love it.
I haven't put this skirt through the wash yet, but when I do I plan to let it air dry to decrease the chances of it shrinking on me. I imagine the color will fade over time as the washes increase, but that's the beauty of a skirt like this --- it still looks great with some fading. I mean, you buy it faded! :-)
Major Likes & Dislikes:
This is definitely a staple in my closet. I have several different skirts in my wardrobe, but this Stonewashed skirt has jumped to the top. Mostly because it's new, yes, but also because the style is so chic and cute. I like that the waistband of this skirt comes up relatively high. I can't count how many skirts I have that sit around my hips -- and things can get complicated if I want to wear a shorter shirt with that skirt. But this skirt has you (and your tummy) covered. :-)
I think the only downside would be that the skirts run a little small in size. And the price is a bit up there. But as those of us who've been shopping modest for any length of time know...the prices often are on the higher end. And a great tip is to always wait for a sale, or stalk their Sale page.
Final Thoughts:
The quality of the Stonewash Mid-Length Denim Skirt is great. It doesn't feel cheap or thin -- it actually feels really durable. Not as durable as a jean skirt, maybe, but pretty close. The seams feel really strong and it would appear that this skirt would last in excellent condition for many years. There's also the option to wear a belt with this skirt (which is a really cute look). All the pockets you seen are useable, even the smallest one.
While $40 is rather expensive for a skirt, this one will last you a very long time. And the beauty of this company is that when you purchase their clothing, you are also helping missionaries in other countries. I think that makes the money spent on this skirt (or any other article of clothing on their site), well worth it.

Apostolic Clothing GIVEAWAY!

As promised in the title of this post, I have a giveaway to offer y'all! Nathan at Apostolic Clothing was kind enough to offer one of my followers a $50 voucher to spend on anything at Apostolic Clothing.

For detailed rules, see Terms & Conditions in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends January 17th, 2015 at midnight.

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Question for My Readers: Where do you tend to do the most shopping when it comes to modest clothing -- in store or online?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above from Apostolic Clothing. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used.

Monday, December 15, 2014

BoxyCharm's Shining Star is the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette! (December Unboxing)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 7:00 AM 1 comments
If you feel like you just saw a BoxyCharm Unboxing post....it's because you kind of did. ;-) A little over a week ago we unboxed BoxyCharm's November box together. The highlight of that box would have to have been the MICA eye primer. But let's dive into this new box for December and see which product stands out the most!

A Little Bit About BoxyCharm

BOXYCHARM is an online beauty subscription that surprises you each month with name-brand beauty essentials. Our goal is to enhance your current cosmetic collection by delivering trendy and popular beauty items right to your front door. Our beauty experts have years of experience in the health and beauty industry and are dedicated to selecting the essentials that they know you will love. Each month, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with full size and luxury size beauty items.
 Let us do the work! BOXYCHARM removes the hassle of picking the right beauty products. The beauty items are carefully selected to promote creativity and glamour. Your BOXYCHARM also includes a card with a description of the beauty items received, keeping you savvy and excited about your new items. It's also a great idea for a gift! Our BOXYCHARM can be delivered to your friends and family for any special occasion. So what are you waiting for? Be charmed!
 
  And just to add, the boxes are $21 a month and you get 5 full size products.

 What's Inside BoxyCharm's December Box

 As usual, I received my products in this cute, white box complete with a gold bow. :-)
One thing I noticed in this box was that there was a lot less pink confetti in this box and more products. Happy me! :-)
Here are all the products that were inside the December box. As you can see, the highlight of this box (for me, anways) is the CoastalScents Revealed palette. Which, if you are not aware of, is a great dupe for the Naked and Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay.
I also received my first Be a...Bombshell product in my box. I've seen products by this brand a lot on Youtube before.
 Okay, first up! In the box is a retractable brush from Mistura. I've never heard of this brand before, but retractable brushes are always handy to have around when traveling.
The brush is pretty dense for being a small, travel-friendly brush. A few of the bristles on the outside were a bit damaged, so it appears that opening and closing the brush tends to bend a few bristles. But at least it's only a few. 
The next product I pulled out was Be a...Bombshell in the color 'Lush'. It's a really deep, red/mauve color that is perfect for this time of year.
I would've included a picture of this color on my lips, but traveling in a plane really does a number on my lips and I am currently trying to get rid of the chapping. :-)
This is the first time BoxyCharm has included lashes in their boxes. Which is great for those who enjoy using lashes.
As you can see from the picture, the lashes come in a really beautiful box that made me feel so luxurious. :-)
I personally don't wear lashes, so I'm planning to save these for the next giveaway I host. ;-) Oh! By the way....did you know I'm currently hosting a makeup giveaway on my Instagram page?? If you aren't...definitely head over there and enter. The entries are low and your chances of winning are high!
There was also a product from Eva NYC called the Hungry Hair Oil Treatment. The card (which gives you all the details on the products and the value of them as well) says that it's a travel size. But I checked it out online and, in fact, this oil treatment IS a full size product. Yay for me -- I love having hair oils to use on a daily basis. :-)
Okay, last item! I saved the best for last -- I was thrilled when I discovered this palette inside my box. I'd often considered purchasing this palette, as I've heard it's a great dupe for the Naked palettes. Have you tried it?
Oh my word, these colors are SO soft, pigmented. I was shocked at the quality. Just swatching these colors made me think of LORAC eyeshadows --- the similarities are huge. And the cost of this palette is SO inexpensive!
As you can see from all the swatches, the colors are really pigmented. And it only took a couple swatches to get it to show up this well. It's beautiful! This is definitely a palette I am going to love and use often. If you want to see a tutorial, let me know!

The Value of BoxyCharm's December Box

You know what time it is! Let's do the math together:

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette - $39.95
Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes - $30.00
Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush - $19.99
Be a Bombshell Lip Product - $14.00
Eva NYC Hungry Hair Treatment - $12.00
TOTAL = $115.94

That's an amazing value for this box. This is the fourth box I've received, and it is by far my favorite. Mostly because of the Revealed palette, but I also loved the hair oil and lip product.

Question to My Readers: Do you own the Coastal Scents Revealed palette? Or do you own one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes? Share with me below!



I received one or more of the products mentioned above from BoxyCharm in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, this does not guarantee a review or feature on my blog. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Custom Leather Jewelry Makes Beautiful Gifts for Him or Her (Jewelry Giveaway)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 4 comments
Who doesn't love jewelry! And for girls like me, ones made out of leather have just as much appeal as those made from diamonds. There's just something so beautiful about a rustic feel to a necklace or bracelet.

Today I am excited to welcome back Michelle and her Custom Leather Jewelry Etsy shop. I've featured her on here several times in the past, including sharing my review of one of her leather cuffs. :-)

About Michelle's Customer Leather Jewelry

Inspiration is all around all you have to do is listen!

Here in the shop you can customize things with your own personal thoughts and words. It can be fun, goofy, sweet, loving, motivational, personal, whatever your thought you can have it to wear with you every day or to give to someone special.

Each cuff is custom made, words, colors, sizes, details are all options each customer has to create a piece that they will love. Customizing it allows me to pay attention to the individual and not just make something that is a stock piece.
I am always working to see what else I can create, the next new item, some days my customers come up with the neatest things that also get added to the shop.
I love when my customers share their joy in emails, it always brings a smile to my face, sometimes the personal stories are so touching and they make me happy to know that I can make something that means so much to the wearer. Those are the things that keep me making and doing.

The shop has become my full time job, and being able to wake up everyday and do something I love, is better than any other job in the world I can imagine. It often amounts to more work and many long hours, but it a very satisfying experience and one I wouldn't trade for anything.

More About Michelle's Customer Leather Jewelry Etsy Store

Here is a picture of what my cuff from Michelle looks like. :-)
If you are interested in my review on this bracelet, you can either read it here or just catch the highlight from that review below. :-) 
"The font used was perfect, in my opinion! Perfect sizing for the letters, too. It's been over a month since I've received this bracelet and it still looks great. No wear marks and the words are as clear as they were when I first got it -- and I've been wearing this cuff almost daily!!"

Since my last time having her on here, she's added a lot of different types of jewelry to her etsy shop. Here are a few highlights...






Beautiful stuff, right?! 

Any one of these peices would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone special, girl or guy! If you place your order before the 13th of December, Michelle guarentees that you will have the items before Christmas. :-)

If you want to learn more about Michelle and her beautiful jewelry, check out the links below. And follow her on some of her social media sites so you will stay up to date on her new items and any sales that she might have in the future.


Ways to stay up-to-date on new designs/jewelry...
Facebook  /  Twitter  /  Etsy

Giveaway

For this giveaway Michelle offered to give away one item over on her Etsy shop---winner's choice, up to $35! Sweet prize, ehh?? All the rules are in the Rafflecopter form below (at the bottom of the widget). Giveaway ends on January 12th, 2014 at midnight.

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Question for My Readers: What's your favorite type of jewelry? Stirling silver and diamonds? Or leather and metal?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sephora Fragrance Sampler for Her - is it Worth Getting (Fragrance Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 7:00 AM 1 comments

Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her icon

Retail Price: $55

A collection of some of Sephora’s most popular women’s scents, each one enchanting, stylish, and luxurious. Inside this box, you'll find 10 samples of some of our most sought-after women’s fragrances plus a stylish beauty pouch. Choose your favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store* to redeem for a full-size bottle of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

This set contains:
- Sample in Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline (Scent certificate redeems for 1.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $65)
- Sample in CLEAN Rain (Scent certificate redeems for 2.14 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $69)
- Sample in Gucci Guilty Black (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $58)
- Sample in Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir (Scent certificate redeems for 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $72)
- Sample in Marc Jacobs Honey (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $52)
- Sample in MARCHESA PARFUM D'EXTASE (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $60)
- Sample in Narciso Rodriguez for her (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $54)
- Sample in Prada Candy (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $64)
-  Sample in Ralph Lauren Romance (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $50)
-  Sample in STELLA MCCARTNEY Stella (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $50)
- Bonus Item: 8 1/4" W x 1/4" D x 5 1/2" H Beauty Pouch

MY REVIEW

First Impression & Packaging:
The Fragrance Sampler for Her came in a really attractive packaging. They're all securely held in this shiny, pink box that has a decorative sleeve with pretty cut-out designs on it. The box could definitely be reused for something -- I don't know what, but it's way too nice to just throw out! If you weren't gifting this set, you could definitely use the pink box to hold another present. Just an idea.
Practicality and Usability:
The sample vials that all of the fragrances come in are the same size as those you would typically get for free in your Sephora order. I kind of wish that they were a little more 'deluxe' size. All but two of the sample vials have little sprays -- the ones that do not have a stopper you just pop off. I appreciate that the majority of them have sprays, as this makes it easier to use. From experience, the sample has about two uses from it. Which isn't bad, I suppose, but I do wish it had a little more.
The pouch that comes with this set is really nice. It doesn't feel cheap or plastic -- the material of this pouch is really soft to the touch. It zips close and has a good bit of room inside. Would make a perfect touch-up bag to throw in your purse.
Major Likes & Dislikes:
First we'll talk about the bad. I've seen several reviews that complain about the price for some fragrances being cheaper than this kit. And that is true -- 4 fragrances out of the 10 retail at roughly $5 cheaper than this kit. Why Sephora did this, I do not know. My thoughts on that would be...know which fragrance you are looking into before deciding on a kit. I knew I was really interested in the Viva La Juicy Noir bottle, which is $72, so there's no question for me if this collection is worth it or not. If you're more interested in Marc Jacobs Honey then, yes, I would agree with the other reviewers in saying this sampler isn't worth it for you. Unless, of course, you really want that pouch. ;-)
Now that that's out of the way, we'll talk about the good. For me, the value of this set really makes it totally worth the purchase. If you saw my Sephora VIB Sale haul, than you know I got this set for only $44. Which, since I want to get the fragrance that cost $72...the savings was huge. I don't know where else you could get almost a $30 discount on high-end fragrances.
Another thing I appreciated about this set was that they packaged it up so well and included a very nice pouch. It's not like they just threw some samples in a bag and sent it off with a free voucher -- they took the time to design this beautiful box and also include a pretty makeup pouch that any woman can use.
Final Thoughts:
I would say that you should have in mind which fragrance you might want to buy. Sephora has several different Fragrance Sampler sets  -- all with different fragrances and pricetags. If the fragrance you are interested in is cheaper than the set, I would say just take a trip into Sephora and test the fragrance there.
But if the fragrance you want is more expensive, then I would definitely recommend you purchasing this set. Not only will you get a fancy pouch, but you can also try out other fragrances. I know sample fragrances can sometimes seem not worth it -- but they really are. And they come in REALLY handy when you have to go on a trip. No worries about breaking that full-size bottle!
So, in short, it really depends on what you are looking for. :-) For me, this sampler set saved me almost $30, which was huge! And not only do I get my perfume at a reduced price, but I get to enjoy trying out 9 other fragrances and I can't wait to use the makeup bag!

Question for My Readers: What's the most expensive perfume you've ever purchased? What's your favorite fragrance?


I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.

Friday, December 5, 2014

BoxyCharm has Glitter and Sparkle just in Time for the Holidays! (November Unboxing)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 7:00 AM 2 comments
I know I'm a little late to the game with bringing you BoxyCharm's November box, but we can still enjoy looking through the boxy together, can't we!? :-)

A Little Bit About BoxyCharm

BOXYCHARM is an online beauty subscription that surprises you each month with name-brand beauty essentials. Our goal is to enhance your current cosmetic collection by delivering trendy and popular beauty items right to your front door. Our beauty experts have years of experience in the health and beauty industry and are dedicated to selecting the essentials that they know you will love. Each month, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with full size and luxury size beauty items.
 Let us do the work! BOXYCHARM removes the hassle of picking the right beauty products. The beauty items are carefully selected to promote creativity and glamour. Your BOXYCHARM also includes a card with a description of the beauty items received, keeping you savvy and excited about your new items. It's also a great idea for a gift! Our BOXYCHARM can be delivered to your friends and family for any special occasion. So what are you waiting for? Be charmed!

 
And just to add, it's $21 a month and you get 5 full size products.

What's Inside BoxyCharm's November Box

BoxyCharm always does a beautiful job with their packaging. They really make it special to the receiver and an aspect of the company that I appreciate.
For November BoxyCharm, they're focusing on everything that sparkles and shines, getting you ready for the holidays. :-)
As usual, they included 5 full-size products in this box.
The products are...
Kevin.Murphy Color.Bug hair Chalk
MICA Beauty eye primer
BellaPierre Eyeshadow
Tarina Tarantino Glitter Eyeliner
OFRA Blush
The box was really diverse when it comes to beauty -- another aspect that I really appreciate about the company. There was blush, eye primer, eyeshadow, and glitter liner. I was most excited about the eye primer and eye liner.
While I am not a fan of glitter liners, I am glad I can add this to my collection as my first glitter liner. I plan to use it this holiday season.
Surprisingly, the liner is very pigmented with color. And the sparkle in it is really pretty. I can't wait to use this for my winged liner. How neat will that look?!
The blush they sent in this month's box was from OFRA. The color looks a bit bright for my tastes, but I will give it a go.
The nice thing about blushes that are too bright is that you can just use a very light hand and it will work out fine.
The blush has a lot of sparkle in it, but when I swatched it on my hand (above) it actually didn't show up with that much sparkle. Which is good, for me, as I don't care for sparkle in my face products.
As I mentioned, this was probably the product I was most excited about getting in the box. I'm always on the lookout for ways to help my eyeshadows to last all day. The consistency of this reminds me of the Maybelline Color Tattoos, but I find that it's more sticky and wet than those.
I've heard some people wonder if this could be a dupe for the MAC's Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. I've never tried this product before, so I can't tell you that. But it looks like a great product. It'll help me cover all the veins on my eyelid.
Anyone like to use hair chalk? Than you will like this next product! I, honestly, do not care for hair chalk -- my hair is darker, so it wouldn't show up as well. And I'm just not into hair chalk, really. But I'll pass it along to a friend who will enjoy it.
The color was rather difficult to swatch -- it took me several passes to get it this pigmented. I've never tested out hair chalk before, so not sure if this is normal. But it's neat. If I was a blonde, I would definitely give this a try. :-)
Last product in the box was from a company called Bella Pierre. I've never heard of this brand before, but after testing out the loose eyeshadow, I was pretty impressed.
I am a really, really big fan of green eyeshadows, and this one appears to have a green and brown duo-chrome kind of finish. It's really beautiful!

The Value of BoxyCharm's November Box

Let's do the math!

MICA Beauty Eye Primer - $44.95
OFRA Cosmetics Pressed Blush - $24.95
Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner - $16.00
Keven.Murphy Color.Bug - $20.00
Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder - $14.99
TOTAL = $120.89

This is the most valuable box I've received so far. And I'm lovin' it! I didn't realize the MICA eye primer was so expensive until I looked at the card. Whoa -- I'm going to love using it! :-)

Question to My Readers: Have you ever used hair chalk before? Do you like it?



I received one or more of the products mentioned above from BoxyCharm in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, this does not guarantee a review or feature on my blog. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used.
 

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