Sand Cloud VIP Box Review – #savethefishies

So lately I’ve been engaging in hour long instagram browsing sessions.  During these times there are two online stores that I continuously see ads about – Sand Cloud.  Normally, I get mildly annoyed with seeing the same ads over and over for products I can’t afford so I never really looking into it much but recently, I bought a couple things because I’ll be honest, they do have super cute stuff.  I thought I would do a review of the products today and share some discount codes(!!) with y’all.

Let’s talk Sand cloud.
Sand cloud is a company that I think originally started making turkish-style (the really thin-easily traveled with) towels.  Now they have tshirts, hoodies, long sleeved shirts, water bottles, and some jewelry items.  They focus on feminine and boho designs usually featuring at least one of three themes – tie-dye, zen-tangle, and/or sea life,

The best part about Sandcloud is 10% of every purchased is donated to charities that help marine conservation. #SaveTheFishies is their whole thing.  Charities donated to include Marine Conversation Institute, Surfrider Foundation, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and more.  Shirts ranged from $28 to $48, Towels are around $50 but you can get an XL version for more. They have a glass water bottle with a cute wooden screw top that is on sale for $28. It’s one of their best selling items. They are always offering sales of some amount or another and you can find discount codes everywhere (including one in this blog!). They also have a rewards program where you earn points per dollar spent and can cash them in on future purchases. You can also rack up points by sharing on facebook and following them on instagram. It’s super easy to earn $5 towards a purchase.

Recently, they launched a VIP box which I decided to try out. The VIP box is a monthly shipment that retails for $30. Downside to that price is you aren’t able to use your reward points or discount codes. It’s still a great deal. It comes with a long sleeved shirt (although it might switch to tshirts as summer is coming) and a pair of socks.  Some claimed theirs came with a keychain or button pin but mine did not. I did however receive a few cute promo stickers. Here’s what I got:

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March’s theme was a polar bear. I wasn’t honestly stoked about this when I heard as I recently moved to Savannah and it’s not quite polar bear season well…ever. However, I actually loved this design as soon as I saw it. The sunset colors are gorgeous and it doesn’t feel too winter-y. If you’ve had long sleeved shirts (or hoodies) that are unisex adult sizes and are usually sold with like school emblems or something. This shirt fits like those but is an ever-so-slightly thinner material. It features the pretty design on the back and the circular sand cloud logo on the front. The socks are thick like well-made thick not make-your-feet-sweat thick and they actually fit me a lot better than other tube socks do.  I wear a size 11. I did see some people with like size 7 and 8 feet complaining that they were a tad big on them, so keep that in mind if that’s something you’re picky about.

For transparency, let me just say that I am an affiliate, and I do get points/commission if you buy from their site using my links or codes or whatever. BUT. I literally am obsessed with this site and everything on it. I’m a member of the private rep group and this company is super involved with keeping customers and reps up to date on launches, constantly coming up with new products, and educating/facilitating things like beach cleanups. It’s seriously the coolest thing to see. I’ve never been a part of such a positive community.  They are based in CA which tragic because I would definitely like to get more involved with the company if they were in the southeast. Either way, I’ve already been inspired to do my own mini-beach cleanup and I’m becoming more aware of the single-use items I use that I could do away with (#saynotostraws).

You don’t just have to live on the beach to buy things from here. But loving animals is recommended. If you’re done ready and ready to check out their awesome merch you can CLICK HERE to go to their website.  And if you’d like to save %15 off your purchase, use the code JAMIEADA15

Leave a comment with your an item on your sandcloud wishlist!
Curious as to what’s on mine? – this shirt is number one, the water bottle linked above, this awesome aztec blanket, and the silver whale tale ring. And probably a lot more tbh. xD

P.S. I live 20 minutes from the beach now?! so stay tuned for more beachy posts. 🙂

 

Drugstore Pale Skin Foundation Collection + Swatches

    Hey all! So today I’m bringing you my foundation collection including swatches.  First, just a little background on my skin. I am approximately an NC/NW10 with dry to combo skin. I tend to get moderately oily on my forehead throughout the day but nothing crazy.  Dry patches around my nose/upper lip and occasionally around my jawline.  I am very pale with slight yellow undertones. My foundation journey has been a struggle to say the least. I find that the palest shades in almost all foundations are either too orange or too pink on my skin. Out of this batch, the fourth swatch, Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 110 Porcelain is the best match that I have. It is every so slightly too pink, like so slight, but I make it work.  
    The last two foundations here are not really “pale skin” foundation but I did include them because I was tan for a brief while and it gives you something to kind of gauge the light foundations against.  These swatches are kind of thick, so in the images you can see that they are mostly dried with some wet spots so keep that in mind it might change the color somewhat.  The oxidation is also apparent.  
    These swatches are also helpful if you’re looking into the Fit Me line by Maybelline.  Its so important to keep in mind that all of their formulas are different, even if it says the same shade. For example, the fourth and fifth swatches are both 110 but you can see the dewy+smooth foundation is really a full shade darker. Also, both six and seven are both 120 but the stick foundation is much much more pink undertoned.  I know this logic applies to a lot of foundation brands with different formulations so make sure to test things out first when you can or keep your receipts so you can return what doesn’t work for you.
    The next post will be a haul of all my asian foundations and bb creams that I’ve purchased recently and some impressions. I’m so excited to get my shipment so stay tuned for that!
    Foundations from left to right.
    • NYX HD Concealer in 01
    • Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation in Ivory
    • Wet N Wild BB Cream in Light
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 110 Porcelain
    • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth in 110 Porcelain
    • Maybelline Fit Me Stick in 120 Classic Ivory
    • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth in 120 Classic Ivory
    • Rimmel Lasting Finish in 200 Soft Beige
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 228 Soft Tan
    In natural lighting, late day.

    In front of ring light.

    Colourpop Haul/Swatches + Mini Review

    Hey all! Long time no see! Things are looking up though as today I am bringing you a gorgeous haul from Colourpop. This is actually my first Colourpop haul so you can imagine my excitement after the all the hype about this company. Let me not tell you, they do not disappoint!

    Here’s what I got. I’m including swatches and a mini review for the products I’ve tried.  Let me know if you’d like to see more swatches or an in depth review on anything!

    • Lippie to Go Collection in Hot to Trot
      • Cookie // Skimpy
      • Cami // Bound
      • LBB // LBB
      • Trust Me // Bossy
      • Chateau // Dukes
    • Out And About liquid lipstick bundle
      • Viper – Ultra Matte Lip
      • Times Square – Ultra Matte Lip
      • Baracuda – Ultra Satin Lip
    • All Nighter Super Shock Shadow Collection
      • Smash – Satin
      • Vega – Metalic
      • To-A-T – Matte
      • Mooning – Pearlized
    Swatches:
    Thoughts:
    Thus far, I’ve only tried two of the products but I’ll give you a quick overview on my thoughts.
    • Times Square Ultra Matte Lip review – This is the first time I’ve ever tried a lip product from Colourpop and I was seriously blown away. I’ve tried a few different liquid lipsticks in my time, my current favorite brand was Nyx’s liquid suede. This feels completely different and definitely takes the number one spot.  You know how HD powder is so finely milled that it feels like a silky smooth texture? That’s what these liquid lipsticks feel like on your lips.  The formula is quite a bit thinner than Nyx and they dry down and set very quickly. Less than 15 seconds.  What really caught me by surprise was the lasting power. I applied this lipstick at 8am and took it off at 5pm.  That’s 9 hours of wear. It looked the exact same as it did when I originally applied it.  That was even after eating and drinking.  I’m so in love you guys.  If the rest of the lip sticks wear this well I might just have a new obsession
    • Chateau & Dukes Lippie To Go review – This looks a lot richer on the lips than when swatched. On my camera it looks more like a dark berry but in normal interior lighting it looks like a very dark brick red or wine color. Its very lovely. It doesn’t have that silky smooth feel like the ultra matte liquid lipstick did but it still does apply matte.  edit;; I’ve had it on for about 4 hours now and it doesn’t have near the same lasting power as the liquid lipstick I wore today but its still not bad. Just wears off somewhat patchy on the inside of the lip.  For short term wear though, I still like this and I think its on par with most other lipsticks.
    At this rate, I’ll be trying more colourpop products soon! What are your favorites?