Monday, December 8, 2014

New jewelry designs and I'm looking for some reviewers!
Hey all! 

I had a great launch of my site and to keep the ball rolling till my boutique opens it's door I am looking for a few lovely bloggers to do honest blog and video reviews of my site and jewelry, you can apply here or by emailing me at your links.

Hope to be working with a few of you soon!

Also, check out my new jewels!
Right now these are exclusive to the site but I do have a few of my designs at Baubles Jewelry if you are near Long Beach and feel like swinging by!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 2014 Fall Themed KitNipBox Video Unboxing by Athena and Artemis

 It is time for this month's KitNipBox!

What came in the box-
Smart n’Tasty Salmon Treats $3.99
These little treats are all natural and grain free. The treats are green little fish shapes and very liked my my kitties.
Loopies Catnip Toy Mushroom $5.05
 This little plush mushroom is filled with catnip. Athena loves it, she keeps moving it around my apartment.
Beadle Bop & Company Apple Slice Catnip Toy $3.50
 This is handmade and sold on Etsy.  It is a cute little apple filled with catnip.  This is Artemis' favorite of the box.
Clean Face Ear & Eye Wipe:
 This sample cleans away dirt from your cat’s eyes and ears.  My vet has told me my cats ears are freakishly clean so I don't think I'll be needing these for them. When I had my old man pug though this would have come in handy since his ears were a mess!
Imperial Cat Dangly Door Bouncer:
When I filmed the video I didn't read what this was so when I pulled it out I thought it was an artsy kitty turkey... I was wrong! It hangs on your door. As a turkey or a door toy my cats hate it and Artemis is scared of it so I had to take it down.
Athena and her mushroom.
Artemis and her apple.
Artemis and both the new toys!
Athena just remembered she left her keys in the car, dang kitty.

It is time for this month's KitNipBox!
Did you get the box too? 
How did your kitties like it?
If have not joined yet head to and use coupon code LANIE15 at checkout, and you can get 15% off your first KitNipBox (Starter box excluded).

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog and life update with giveaway!
I am excited to announce that after 15 years of business in downtown Long Beach, Debora Van Duren the founder of Mood Swings & Baubles where I have been designing and working at for nearly 13 years will be passing the torch on to me!
I developed a strong passion and bond to the boutique after my internship while still in high school over 12 years ago. I joined the Baubles family (then Mood Swings) just after my internship and began dreaming one day of myself buying and expanding the treasured boutique. 
Dreams do come true! 
As of today the site that I have been working on is now live with a few new designs exclusive only to the site though some will also be available at the boutique very soon. Baubles is currently still open and I am running things as an active partner and will update everyone when Le Bijou's door is planned to be open. So sorry I have been only posting 1-4 things a month, as I have said in past post I have been very busy and you all now know why! I will try my best to be around more while still in the middle of the change but now that the site is officially up I do have just a little extra time on my hands... I hope.

Cheers to exciting new things going on, I wish everyone the best for the end of this year and hope you all stick around to see what is to come of things for me!

Oh, and to celebrate the launch of the new site there is a little giveaway... head here to find out more!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Inspired Washi Tape Skull Nails with Video Tutorial

What you will need- 
Washi Tape
Got mine from Target for .99 cents in the Halloween area.
Nail Polish 
Ledi by Julep
Top Coat
 Seche Vite
Watch my tutorial!

Give it a try and post it on facebook and instagram using #LanieBuck & @LanieBuck
Happy Halloween! 

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October 2014 Julep Maven Unboxing Video and Review with Swatches!

 Julep time, its Julep time! This month I went with my profile style which is Classic with a twist. 

What came in the box-
 Logan Sultry aubergine shimmer
DeAnn Ripe loganberry crème
Night Shift Sleeping Mask A reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, firmer complexion.
Add on -
Ledi Black pearl shimmer
 Swatch of DeAnn
 Swatch of  Logan
 Swatch of Ledi 

Watch my unboxing and review! 
Find nail tutorial here!
If you too are a maven what did you get?
What did you like the best and how did you feel about the Night Shift Sleeping Mask?
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Influenster Review- Hello Keurig 2.0

 Information and what came with-

Say Hello to the Keurig® 2.0 K550 Brewing System — the first Keurig system that features revolutionary Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology™ which is designed to read the lid of each K-Cup™ or K-Carafe™ pack to brew the perfect beverage every time. The K550 brewer allows you to brew a 4-cup carafe with the same ease and convenience of brewing a single-serve cup — all at the touch of a button. It’s so smart, and so simple!
The brewer has other great features including an extra large 80 ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch color touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee. There’s even a separate setting for hot cocoa and other specialty beverages like lattes and mochas. The K550 model also has a customizable night light in the water reservoir and offers hot water on demand. So many options to choose from — not at all like a typical coffee maker.
Choose from over 250 varieties of coffee, tea and specialty beverages — including iced beverages — from 40 brands you know and love. Just look for Keurig Brewed® seal on your favorite K-Cup pack and K-Carafe pack varieties.
The Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System includes a Keurig™ Carafe, a 2.0 Water Filter Starter Kit with one filter, and K-Cup® and K-Carafe™ packs to get you started.

Variety pack includes:
4 K-Carafe™ packs:
  - Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Roast
- Green Mountain Coffee® French Vanilla
- The Original Donut Shop® Regular

6 K-Cup® packs:
  - The Original Donut Shop® Regular Extra Bold
- Green Mountain Coffee® Hazelnut
- Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend®
  - Barista Prima Coffeehouse® Italian Roast
- Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast
- Celestial Seasonings® English Breakfast Tea

This is my first Keurig so it is all new to me and just on that fact it's great... best part of it for me is I'm a huge hot coco drinker and I love that I can pop in my mug and have a cup in a minute without having to deal with my stove and kettle in the morning. Yes, hot coco is my morning coffee. 
(The hot chocolate pack I bought myself from the Keurig site along with 3 other single packs)

When I wake up before my fiance it is nice that I can make us a quick pot with the k-cups also. Not that brewing a pot of coffee with our coffee maker was all the harder but this is just a little easier for us morning zombies. The flavor of the single and k-cups have been very consistent and for me that is fantastic, I am horrible at making coffee... taste good. My fiance use to make a pot of coffee for us and I sometimes didn't have time, forgot or simply did not want any coffee so it would go to waste and now we can serve ourselves as much or as little as we'd like if we are not sure if the other wants come. 

Overall, this is a winner with me. I have always liked the thought of having one but never got one. We had a smaller one for about a day but gave it as a gift the same day, didn't even test it! I really don't have any cons for it other than 2 times I set it to 8oz and 4oz was all I got. It hasn't happened since the first week so again no cons but I am still testing it out so I will update if I run into anything.

I received this product free from Influenster for testing and review purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, October 6, 2014

1st RocksBox Set with Video Unboxing and Review

 What came in my first set with stylist Tara-
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle in Cobalt- Value $48 Rocksbox Member Price $38

Margaret Elizabeth Mini Cushion Cut Drops in Aqua- Value $88 Rocksbox Member Price $70
Charlene K Raw Stone Pendant Necklace in Black Agate- Value $105 RocksBox Member Price $84
Watch my unboxing!
Overall, I was very impressed with it. I did not intend to get more then the free box since I just wanted to try it out and I work at a jewelry shop but they have won me over! The quality and service were both great both of the boxes I have gotten so far.

If you'd like to see my next box keep an eye out, it's coming soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 2014 Julep Maven Unboxing Video, Review with Swatches and Dupes!

 Another month and another box from Julep! This month I went with Boho Glam with no add-ons.

What came in the box-
Erin Oyster grey crème
Mary Lee  Oxblood satin
Magenta Plum Plush Pout Lip Crayon

Swatch of Mary Lee with no top coat.
Swatch of Erin with top coat.
Swatch of Magenta Plum Creme
The dupe from my Julep collection closest for Mary lee, Aisha.
And my closest dupe to Erin, Daria.

Watch my unboxing!

If you too are a maven what did you get?
What did you like the best and how did you feel about the Plush Pout Lip Crayon?
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Picnic Themed KitNipBox Video Unboxing by Athena and Artemis

I had been seeing monthly boxes for pets for a while now but only a few for cats and none really looked all the good to me but after seeing the KipNipBox in my feed on instagram a few times I caved and ordered one for my pretties.

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What came in my first box and review-
1. Catnip candy toy from an artist/student. She makes each toy by hand and adds fresh organic catnip.
Review- My cats hate it. I think it is too cute and the purrfect (hahahaha had too) size but the scent is way too strong, you can see there reaction to it in the video below.
2.Sweet Pea Sprinkler Treats. This handmade organic all natural treats can be sprinkled on your kitties food or alone. 
Review- In the video you can see them eating it alone and they loved it but added to their food they wont touch it so I stick to it as an alone treat. This company donates a portion of there proceeds to animal charities so with that and the fact my kitties do enjoy it I may be picking up another bag once this one is gone. 
3. Earth Balance Pill Paste. A delicious mix of bacon and peanut butter flavors turns every pill into a reward. It does not dry out and wont stick to your fingers. It's low calorie, covers any pill, and can serve as a fine treat by itself!
Review- I didn't think to have them taste it in the video but they do really like it! Thankfully neither needs to take any pills at the moment so it will just be a little treat for them.
4. A baguette catnip toy. the toy is handmade by a pair of artisans from VA. Each baguette is filled with organic catnip.
Review- Boy! When this came out the unboxing was pretty much over, Artemis (pictured below yawning) love it and hardly shared with her sister. I already have a mouse picked out that I will be ordering soon by them.  This was the winner of the box!
5. Priscilla's Oat Kitty Grass. 
Review- Soon to come, we are planting it tonight and I will update this post when it starts to grow!
6. A crinkle ball.
Review- My cats didn't care too much for it but I did see that it was moved this morning so someone had to have touched it!
So overall I have very happy with the box and I think for the most part the kitties are too. As I say in the video I got the second size but I think next month I am going to go with the Multi-Cat box so Artemis isn't the only one with a toy. Can't wait for next month!
Watch the unboxing!

Did you get the box too? 
How did your kitties like it?

If have not joined yet head to and use coupon code LANIE15 at checkout, and you can get 15% off your first KitNipBox (Starter box excluded).

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 2014 Julep Maven Unboxing Video, Review with Swatches and Dupes!

It is Julep time and this month I went for the It Girl box with the 3 year anniversary box.

What came in this box-
Joyce Lava red shimmer
 Kirti Persimmon iridescent shimmer
 Tammi Lemongrass green shimmer
Queen Anne Lilac confetti microglitter
 Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops
 Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum
 Cleanup Tool
 Swatch of Queen Anne
 Swatch of Joyce
 Swatch of Tammi
 Swatch of Kirti
Watch the unboxing for see dupes and more!

If you too are a maven what did you get?
What did you like the best and how did you feel about the anniversary color?
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ipsy September 2014 Glam Bag Sneak Peeks and Spoilers!

Ipsy sneak peeks have started by email this month and I have 2!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Social Saturday- 48 hours in Vegas

 Happy weekend everyone!
I don't really know where to start to I'll just jump into it, I went to Vegas this week!
The Magic show ( Magic Market Week) was in Vegas this last week so I headed up to meet up with a few people and had some fun... a little more fun then work but oh well, it is Vegas.
 I drove up with my fiance and we stayed at the Luxor, it was my first time staying there. The elevators were a trip and we had a hot tub on the side of our bed! Sadly I did not have time to use the hot tub since we where only there for a night but it was there!
We hit up a buffet, Magic, Moda, Bodies, and lost a little money.

 On our way out we got some Starbucks and for the first time ever my name was spelt correctly! I guess this will be my 'what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' thing.

 Back at home I  had been working on a few sterling silver and pure silver designs for the shop I run to go along with the new Bohemian Chic Collection and these are a few of the designs. Above with my badge for the Magic you can see another, it is my "WTF" pendant with pave diamonds set in silver. WTF with diamond, WTF right? There is also a "bitch" and "fart" pendant with diamond coming soon. There needs to be some shiny things for us odd balls too.
 That was a little of my week, how was yours?