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Monday, February 28, 2011

Please Pause For A Brief Intermission...

I just wanted to write a quick post to let all of my amazing, dedicated followers that I may be a little slow with the blogging for a bit. I fear that my trusty MacBook may have gone to Apple heaven!

I have found an adorable & affordable netbook however, so rest assured that the hiatus shouldn't last long.

Crossing my fingers for the best!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What To Wear: South By Southwest

Sequin top, Edun
Studded jean shorts, Cosmic Denim 
Floral boots, Dr. Martens
Wallet, Balenciaga
Cuff bracelet, Dorothy Perkins
Double finger ring, Low Luv by Erin Wasson

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Samples? Join The Club!

I read about birchbox.com in a magazine the other day and couldn't wait to get on the computer to check it out. A club that delivers beauty samples to it's members every month? Count me in! Their motto is "Discover what you love and buy with confidence," which has been a personal shopping mantra of mine ever since the Great Foundation Debacle of 2002. (I really wish someone had told me that MAC foundations break you out before I spent $40 on one!)

Not only do I love samples because of their adorable, purse-friendly size, I love them because you get to try before you buy! Clearly, the people at Birchbox feel the same way. For just $10/month, you get to test-drive 4 to 5 beauty samples and if you decide to buy the full size product(s) from their site, you earn points towards further purchases. No more hounding the clerk at Sephora for a trial size of something you're unsure about, just check your mailbox!

Here are just some of the brands they carry:

Bare Minerals





Oscar Blandi


Too Faced


For all the details on how the club works, watch the video below.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm Baaaaack!!!

Happy New Year! 

Sorry for leaving you all for a while; I've been busy getting in shape and preparing for my new career as a cosmetologist. Dental Assisting school just wasn't girly enough for me! 

Don't worry, I'll be blogging regularly and starting up my YouTube channel again very soon. If anyone is interested in following me on my weight loss journey (30 lbs shed so far thanks to Dr. Atkins), I'm considering making a separate health/fitness blog.

Until next time, thank you all so much for sticking with Material Instinct & a huge "Hello" to all of my newest followers!

   Valerie Valentine