Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: Beauty Roundup

This month, I've been very lucky - I've been sent a bunch of new beauty products to try out and review, which is always so much fun for me! I wanted to do a beauty roundup of everything I've tried and share my review with you all today - there are even a couple of discount codes for you if you're interested in trying any of the products out for yourself!

SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum. SOBO natural skincare was a new brand to me - I hadn't heard of them before I was sent a full size sample of their youth serum (retail: $57.) I always love trying out natural brands because I do try to be conscious of what I'm putting on my skin since it's our largest organ! SOBO's youth serum promises to "penetrate deeply into the structure of skin to promote optimal epidermal cell regeneration. It also works to boost skin’s essential immune functions while keeping it smooth and fully hydrated." The main active ingredients are pure seaweed extracts and hyaluronic acid.
I tried out the serum every day for two weeks, using it in the morning after my toner and before my moisturizer. I loved how light the serum was and how quickly it was absorbed into my skin. I also liked the fact that it didn't have much of a scent. While it did leave my skin feeling smooth and looking very even, I unfortunately broke out with cystic pimples after using the product for a full two weeks, which is the length of time I need to see how a product will react with my skin. As I've mentioned before in other beauty posts, I have extremely sensitive skin that's prone to cystic acne and my skin tends to reject the majority of products I try, regardless of how natural they are or how reliable the brand is. It's really unfortunate since I liked the way the serum left my skin feeling before I broke out! I still recommend trying out the product because everyone's skin is different. Cupcakes & Couture readers can get 25% off their online purchase of any SOBO product using the code TRYSOBO.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I Wore: Fringed Dress

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with local start-up Boutikey and shoot two fun outfits to help launch their new an e-commerce site! {If you haven't downloaded the Boutikey app yet, you need to ASAP - it links you up with all of the best local boutiques and lets you earn rewards every time you shop there.} The new site takes you one step further so you can shop all of the best pieces from these boutiques online and have them shipped directly to you, including the dress I'm wearing in today's outfit post. It's from Vamped Boutique in Saugus, and although it's not my typical style, I love how fun the fringe is and think it's the perfect dress for a night out with girlfriends!

Cupcakes & Couture readers can use coupon code CUPCAKES15 for 15% off any purchase on Boutikey's new site! What are you waiting for? It's time to get shopping - there are SO many cute and affordable pieces to choose from!

Linking up with rhea, et cetera & Stylelixir

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Recap: Mirbeau Inn & Spa

This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be treated to a lovely day at the new Mirbean Inn & Spa at the Pinehills in Plymouth, MA. Just about an hour south of Boston, Mirbeau is a French inspired retreat that has an inn, spa and two restaurants so you can sleep well, dine well and be pampered. When I heard they opened in June, I knew I had to stop by for a visit because it was right up my alley! {You guys know how obsessed I am with Paris and all things French.}

When I first pulled up to Mirbeau, I felt like I was being transported to a chateau in the French countryside - the building itself was just gorgeous!

First up on my itinerary was lunch at The Bistro & Wine Bar. Since it was such a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky, I sat outside on the patio and had a beautiful view of the pond and gardens while I ate. 

The menu was French inspired and there were plenty of vegetarian options which was great for me! They also had a very extensive wine list. I decided to go with a glass (or two) or Rose 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Giveaway: Jouer Cosmetics

Last but certainly not least this week, we have an AMAZING giveaway from Jouer Cosmetics featuring all of my favorite products! Jouer was one of Cupcakes & Couture's first sponsors, sending me a huge package filled with makeup to review back in early 2013, and I've been a loyal #JouerGirl ever since! Not only do I love their makeup, especially their lip glosses, I'm obsessed with their signature scent, which is a delightful feminine blend of jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle.

The winner of this giveaway will receive almost $180 worth of my favorite everyday Jouer products - not too shabby, right? Here's what's up for grabs:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Giveaway: Crush Boutique & Gold West Vintage

Today's giveaway features two Boston businesses that I love: Crush Boutique and Gold West Vintage!

Crush Boutique is giving away a $50 gift card to use in store or online, so you don't need to be a Bostonian to enter this giveaway! Crush has two locations, one of which is just 3 blocks from my apartment, and is easily my favorite boutique in Boston. Crush carries all of my favorite brands, including 7FAM jeans, Parker, House of Harlow and Alice + Olivia. They're always ahead of the trends and have an amazing selection in store and online for this fall! If I won, I'd definitely use my gift card towards this amazing Skull Cashmere scarf:

It looks just as cute over a simple black blouse as it did with my studded tank! And how fun is this plaid Amanda Uprichard top?