Friday Favorite: FabFitFun Winter Box & Code for $10 OFF

Hi friends! The official start of winter is next week, and just in time arrived one of my favorite things of the year (eek!). So for my Friday Favorite, I will show you all what’s inside the FabFitFun Winter Box. If you don’t know, FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription program that sends you a box full of items valuing well over $300! All the items relate to beauty, fashion, and/or fitness. Also, FabFitFun boxes have a different design for their box each season. How pretty is this winter one!? It is inspired by their charity or the month, the American Heart Association.

Inside the FabFitFun Winter Box

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – $75
    • Now, this is the most expensive item in my Winter Box. I have never used this exfoliator, but I know Kate Somerville has great skin care products. So, I was excited to see it in my box and try it out! The best thing about this exfoliation product is that my skin looked brighter and felt softer after my first use.
  2. Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks – $19
    • All subscribers will receive one of three colors. Colors will be randomly selected. Cozy, fuzzy socks! What a perfect Winter box item! I’m already picturing myself curled up with a book, these socks, and tea in my new mug! FabFitFun recommends washing them on the cold setting and tumble dry low to ensure the aloe infused part lasts 25-30 washes.
  3. Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug – $16
    • Subscribers receive one of three designs. This cute mug is 15 oz and microwave and dishwasher safe! The “coming in hot” design really works for me, since I tend to be rushing (read: running behind!) in the mornings!
  4. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – $33
    • How perfect for winter? This cream has been working wonders on my hands so far. While it is super rich and hydrating, it doesn’t leave my hands greasy since it absorbs into my skin very quickly.
  5. Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks – 8 for $16
    • This eye mask set is the beauty product I chose. All subscribers had the opportunity to pick  these eye masks or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut. I LOVE eye masks and these ones work really well! They stay on very well, and I could see after one use that skin under my eyes was smoother and more hydrated. The formula  includes collagen and minerals that fight fine lines, puffiness, and under eye circles.
  6. 8 Other Reasons 9 Lives Choker in Rose Gold– $58
    • I had not heard of this brand, but this necklace might be my favorite piece of jewelry I have gotten from FabFitFun so far. I don’t have anything like it, which is always a plus! The choker also has a 4-inch extender, so you can wear it as a necklace. 8 Other Reasons has some beautiful similar necklaces if you are in the market for something like this.
  7. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey – $70
    • This palette comes in Nude or Smokey, and I picked the Smokey shade since I don’t have a palette with a darker hue of colors. There are 5 shimmer eyeshadows, 3 matte eyeshadows and a shimmery highlighter. A couple of the colors did not show up well on my skin, but the eyeshadows and highlighter seem to have good staying power.
  8. FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michales Videos – $16
    • I chose this fitness ball as my wellness item. Subscribers could pick this ball or the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by ThisWorks. Working out from the comfort of my home is always nice, so I love any product that encourages me to do so. Even better, FabFitFun pairs the ball with exclusive workouts from Jillian Michaels that you can watch on FabFitFun TV. Tools to inflate and deflate the ball were also included, so traveling with it will be a breeze!
  9. BB Dakota Poncho – $70
    • This poncho is available in 3 different colors – black, charcoal and mulberry. Since I am an annual subscriber, I got to pick my color and chose mulberry. It feels like wearing a blanket and is also reversible. Take a look below at the two designs of the poncho I got. This is my first poncho and I love layering pieces, so this was an exciting find in my box!

This box has a retail value of $373! On top of that, I happened to choose the least expensive products! I am always amazed at the quality and selection of products in my FabFitFun boxes, but this one might just be my favorite.

Now, here is the scoop on FabFitFun:

  • Price = $49.99 per box
  • COUPON = Click here to get $10 OFF your first FabFitFun coupon!
  • Value = more than $300 in products
  • Good news =
    1. You can still get or give this box! FabFitFun gives you the option to pick various products for your own winter box. There are a few items from the fall box you can choose as well.
    2. In addition to the box and all its contents, subscribers get access to beauty tips, workout videos and coupon codes for the box’s featured brands
  • Verdict = A great-valued subscription box for consistently awesome products!

I have honestly debated whether or not I will renew this box for next year, and I feel like for now, it is worth it. I love getting things that I would not normally think to buy for myself. Do you think it is worth it?

A subscription box like this can be a perfect gift for the holidays, too, especially when you have someone on your list who’s hard to shop for. How do you like the items inside the FabFitFun winter box? Do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know if you enjoy this subscription box or any others, too.

Cheers and happy holidays!

Sarah Camille

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25 Affordable Christmas Gifts & Stocking Stuffers – $25 or Less!

Hi friends! Can you believe how quickly Christmas is approaching? Personally, I CANNOT wait. Opening stockings on Christmas morning is a tradition I have always enjoyed. It is a fun way to kickoff the Christmas Day festivities together. Just as fun for me, is picking out the contents of the stockings. I love finding cute, little items that suit a family member’s personality or offer a practical purpose. Since Christmas is approaching fast, I am sharing 25 affordable Christmas gifts and stocking stuffer ideas. They are all $25 or less! I selected various practical and fun gifts that are sure to suit a wide range of personalities, too.

Affordable Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

    1. Rifle Paper Co. Mermaid Notebooks, $14 — These are so cute and fun, and there are several more fun designs by the Rifle Paper Co. Notebooks like this are perfect for those who are organized and those who try to be (like me)!
    2. Bath Bombs Gift Set, $17 — Bath bombs are a fun stocking stuffer for kids, teens, men and women. Seriously. Have you met someone who doesn’t like these?!
    3. Cable Knit Pom Pom Beanie$15 — This beanie is a super cute way to keep your head warm this winter.
    4. Eco-Friendly Loofah, 6 for $11 —  These are great for anyone, but especially for those who enjoy relaxing in the shower or tub.
    5. The Body Shop Bath Foam, $13 — Bath Foams like this are perfect for your friend who loves baths. I love this Vanilla Chai scent too!
    6. KitchenAid Spatula, $11 — Perfect for the cook in your family, this KitchenAid one is such a pretty color to add to your kitchen utensils.
    7. Tweezerman Nail Rescue Kit$18 — This kit is one of my favorite things. It’s perfect for traveling, and it is one of those things everyone can use.
    8. Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $24 — If you know someone who loves singing in the shower or listening to podcasts while cooking, this is a great gift.
    9. 2018 Animal Memes Calendar$6 — This is a great gift for your silliest friend or family member. Just think, it will have them smiling all next year!
    10. Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil $13 — This stuff normally sells for $32, so the $13 price tag makes it quite a steal. It is a perfect stocking stuffer for that person in your life who could use a little relaxation and pampering.
    11. That’s What She Said Game$25 — Perfect for friends who love to throw parties, this game will definitely get people laughing.
    12. Anker PowerCore+ Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger$20 — This is a gift that’s perfect for someone who travels regularly, or that person who is regularly glued to their phone!
    13. PopSocket Stand$10 — This nifty and cute product is perfect for holding up your phone on a table while you watch or read something. It also helps you hold onto your phone.
    14. Retro Rewind Classic Sunglasses$11 — These Ray Ban knock offs are a steal at $10. Of course you can get fancy ones too.
    15. Zmart Funny Saying Socks, $10 — For men and women, these socks come with all different types of sayings and are sure to bring some laughs to your home!
    16. HD Phone Camera Lens Kit$19 — If you know someone who loves taking photos with their phone, they’ll love trying out these different lenses.
    17. Ban.do Floral Thermal Mug$14 — Travel mugs are perfect for people on the go and coffee lovers. This floral print will be pretty in your hands all year-long, too!
    18. Faux Fur Lined Suede Slippers$25 — These suede lined slippers are thick enough to wear outside. Plus, these are also made for men.
    19. NEST Fragrances Votive Candle$16 — NEST candles are on the pricier side, but the scent of this Holiday votive is simply divine.
    20. Foldable Headphones with Mic$15 — These gold headphones are beautiful, right?! Best of all, they fold easily for traveling.
    21. Fur Pompom Keychain and Bag Charm$18 — For anyone who wants a little fun and fun in hand, this key chain is the way to go. The large pompom makes keys easy to find in your purse too.
    22. Burt’s Bee Moisturizing Lip Shimmer$5 — I absolutely love this product and the caramel hue makes my lips look like rose gold.
    23. ITraveller Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, $14 — This toiletry bag comes in several designs for men and women. It is a perfect size for travelers and the compartments inside are perfect for keeping your products separate.
    24. Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream$6 — Winter can really dry out our skin, so this is something that is sure to be used by everyone. I like to keep one of these in my purse and at my desk.
    25. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set$24 – This gift set has three beautiful nail polishes, perfect for your most polished and put-together friend or family member.

Establishing Christmas Traditions

On Christmas Day with my family, everyone takes a turn going through their stocking. Before any Christmas gifts are opened, we go one by one and item by item. As little kids, gifts from Santa were not wrapped, but were instead displayed with our stocking. Seeing everything from Santa displayed together was always super exciting.

Now, I know it may sound like torture to refrain from opening gifts. But, having that time together to go through our stockings is absolutely one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Similar to the affordable Christmas gifts I have shared with you, our stockings have a mix of candy, beauty products and small items that are just for us. Take a look at my stocking from last year, below.

Affordable Christmas and Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

Since I am getting married next year, this Christmas will be the last time my family does the stockings all together. While we will have many future Christmases together, the dynamic will change. Will and I will pass along this tradition to our family. I think carrying on traditions like these can be a meaningful way to stay connected to those you love.

Now, I would love to know about your traditions and your favorite affordable Christmas gifts. Do you have a favorite tradition in your family or did you continue one from your childhood? What do you like to give and receive during the holidays?  Are there any go-to, affordable Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers that you love? Also, stay tuned for the story of my newest Christmas tradition.

Cheers & Happy Holidays!

Sarah Camille

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Lady in Red Perfume for the Holiday Season & Promo Code

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Happy holidays my friends! We have three weeks until Christmas – can you believe it!? Like me, you are probably in the mix of holiday shopping, cooking, a never-ending to-do list and preparing for holiday parties. I have talked about some of my favorite ruffled tops for holiday parties, but today I am talking about the new Lady in Red perfume. It is perfect for the holidays and can be the cherry on top for your festive or classy attire.

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I have had the chance to test out Lady in Red’s newest perfume and it is totally share-worthy. Lady in Red has launched a new perfume just in time for the holiday season, and as part of their campaign, I am revealing what energizes me, what empowers me and what fires the passion in me. Here we go!

  • What energizes me? This is an easy question to answer. It is blogging! When I am blogging, especially writing, I feel re-energized and like I am being true to myself.
  • What empowers me? In my life I have felt more empowered and mentally strong when my I am physically strong. Working out or taking a few moments outside in nature makes me feel empowered. So it is important for me to make time to workout on a regular basis.
  • What fires passion in me? This is a hard question to answer. I think passion is something that has to be ignited every day. Having a creative outlet like blogging definitely ignites the passion in me, but there are other ways I channel my creative energy. I love painting, putting together a new outfit, drawing and doing fun DIY projects.

Lady in Red Perfume

Adding a fragrance to your look can be a fun way to feel extra confident and sexy during the holiday season. Lady in Red’s newest fragrance has a timeless aroma with floral notes. It is not too strong and not too subtle. Honestly, I think it is a great everyday scent. In addition, if you tend to steer away from perfume, this would be a perfect one to try out. First, it is affordable at $35 for a 1.7 ounce bottle. Second, it is a classic fragrance that will work for a variety of women.

This Lady in Red Perfume would also make a great stocking stuffer or gift for the holiday season. As a holiday gift to you, use code “SPRAY2SCS” for a buy one, get one free promo AND a free red picture frame as a holiday gift!

Now, I would like to hear from you all. What makes you feel energized and empowered? Is there anything in particular that fires up the passion inside of you? Staying energized can feel extra difficult during the holiday season, so I hope you all remember to take a little time to take care of yourself each day.

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the GO!

9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the Go

When work is busy and your list of to-dos is never-ending, having the right handbag essentials is a must. Once I took time to think ahead and carefully select things I often need, it was amazing to see how my busy days felt a little less hectic. This may seem like a no-brained for some of you, but going through my work tote every week or so automatically makes my work/life schedule and routine fall into order.

If you have looked for something in your desk that is already in your bag, or you have thought something is in your bag when it’s really at home, just know that I have been there (sooo many times)! I know how annoying and time consuming that can be. So, in hopes of helping you make your work bag work for you, here is a peek inside my handbag!

Wallet

IMG_1256 Tory Burch Frida Zip Aroung Wallet

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper wallet that can hold all your cards and coupoons is a simple way to increase your level of organization.

EOS Lip Balm

EOS Soft Lip Balm Sphere

Chapped lips can be a major distraction, especially if you are on your way to the office for an event or important meeting.

Felt Pen

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Enough said.. I always need these, and in all the colors!


Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren LifePlanner, 2017-2018

I’ve talked about my LifePlanner before, and my love for it has only grown since I got mine. It is a great way for me to set and track goals in addition to keeping up with my schedule.

Sunglasses

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Ralph Lauren Art Deco Square Sunglasses

I love to have a pair of sunglasses living in my bag at all times. That way I don’t have to think about it, and I’m prepared whenever the sun comes out.

Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

This stuff is the BEST drugstore mascara. It is a must for when you need to freshen up in the middle of the day.

Lip Gloss


Lancôme Lip Lover Hydration Lip Gloss

Lancôme’s Lip Lover is an all-time favorite lip gloss for me. It’s not sticky. It’s well pigmented and it lasts a long time!

Snack


Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calorie Bags

When a meeting goes over or your lunch just didn’t cut it, a snack like this is a must in order to keep me from crashing or falling asleep on my keyboard.

Stain Remover


Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover

Nothing is worse than spilling coffee on your shirt when your day is just getting started. These things save me all the time!

In addition to these essentials, there are always non-essentials floating around in my bag, like bills, receipts or tickets (oh my!). In order to keep these from getting in the way of my essentials, I aim to clean out my work bag every week or so.  The handbag I currently use is by Kate Spade from a surprise sale. Here’s a similar one in the same color and another tote that is the perfect color for fall.  The internal pockets and compartments, along with the sturdiness of the bag really help me stay organized.

Do you have similar essentials in your work bag or in your everyday bag?  How do you keep your handbag organized? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Prevent the Damage of Gel Manicures with this Alternative Nail Polish

It’s confession time!

I have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures. I love how long they last and I hate the damage gel polish does to my nails. But, I recently found an awesome gel polish alternative – CND’s Vinylux nail polish. My nails are on the thinner side, and all too often nail technicians end up digging into my nail bed or pulling off a layer of my nail with the gel polish when it is removed. Does anyone else have this issue?!

Despite the damage, I have been in a rhythm of getting a gel manicure for a few times in a row and then giving my nails some time to heal afterwards by not having any polish on them. But trying to time that schedule with life events gets annoying, especially because gel manicures require you to get a nail technician to take the polish off (note: I tried doing this myself and it was not pretty!).

The game-changing gel polish alternative

Manicures are an indulgence that makes me feel pampered and gives me time alone to relax, so what’s a girl to do?

Surely there’s a way to get a manicure that will last and not damage my nails. But for so long, I have looked for a solution without finding anything that worked. Until a couple of weeks ago, I found a game-changing product. It’s too good not to share! I went to a new nail salon and discovered CND Vinylux Nail Polish.  This nail polish looks and lasts like gel nail polish, but acts like a regular nail polish.

Let me explain.

Applying CND’s Vinylux doesn’t involve the curing phase under UV lights that you have with gel manicures. It is applied just like a regular nail polish, and it come off the same way too. This is best part! There’s no soaking of your nails in acetone or asking the nail technician to stop digging into your nail bed as they scrape off the polish.

The only down side is that CND’s Vinylux does not stay for a full two weeks, like you can expect with a gel manicure. CND claims itself to be a weekly polish. However, I am pretty hard on my nails and I was able to keep Vinylux on for nine days with just a few chips around the edges of the polish.

 I love how long gel manicures last, but I hate the damage they do to my nails. I recently found an awesome gel polish alternative - CND's Vinylux

 

CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Cake Pop

I love the Cake Pop color for late summer or early spring, too. It has a touch of lavender in the light pink, which makes it different from a lot of pastels out there. CND has a ton of other colors though, if this one is not your cup of tea!

Do you have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures? Do you have a gel polish alternative product that you use? I would love to know if you ever tried CND’s Vinylux polish or if you have found a different solution to the damage from gel manicures. Share with me what nail polish brands and shades you enjoy as well.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. This has seriously helped strengthen my nails!

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