Monday, September 12, 2016

Bath and Body Works Fall Haul


Summer may be my favorite season but I love the fall candles at Bath and Body Works. Okay to be honest I love the candles at Bath and Body Works every season. But anyway the fall scents are out and ready to be snatched up.  I picked up two mini Sweater Weather candles.  I love the scent of these of course but I really love the color.  They are so pretty.  I also got a mini version of my favorite candle, Cinnamon Sugared Donut . I am obsessed with this candle.  Like seriously obsessed.  I couldn't resist this cute mini Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow candle.  The lid is just too adorable. As I was waiting in line to check out two travel sized Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte body creams just jumped right into my hands and said "BUY ME!!!" What are your favorite fall candles.  Leave a comment down below and don't forget to subscribe.





Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ulta Birthday Haul


In honor of my birthday my mom took me on a little shopping spree at Ulta.  Oh sweet heaven was I excited.  I thought i'd share with ya'll what I picked up.  

I knew I definitely wanted two specific things. The first was the Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette from BH Cosmetics.  What a beautiful palette; the packaging is so pretty.  I love all of the warm tones and can't wait to try out some new eye looks. I can't decide which one is my favorite.
 I'm new to highlighter and will soon be experimenting with these beautiful shades.  I'm in love with pink highlighter on the left.  All of these colors are going to look amazing this fall.

The second item on my list to pick up was the Miss Fabulous Eye Shadow Palette from Ulta Cosmetics. I'm a big fan of Jenn Fabulous aka Jenny Claire Fox.  Her nail tutorials on YouTube are incredible.  I only wish I could do nail art as well as she does.  Now Jenn has branched out into makeup with a great set of eye shadows.  One of the colors (top left) is called Virgo so being a Virgo I was all about that. Mitten (top second from right) is a very pretty color as well.




Of course I had to pick up my birthday gift from Ulta; a gorgeous eye shadow from Urban Decay called Midnight Cowboy .  It's described as a pink champagne shimmer with silver glitter. 


I also picked up a beautiful makeup bag by Tarten + Twine off the clearance shelf.  I think it was like $9.  It's huge and very soft.  I love that it has a liner in the middle to help keep things organized. Some other goodies I picked up were the Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Nudestar by Soap & Glory, the Ulta brand eye shadow in Organza and eye liner in Black Plum, a sample of the Fig & Honey lotion by Ulta, the ELF Cosmetics HD Undereye Setting PowderGreat Lash Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline, Neutrogena's Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser, a travel size Hand Food in the scent sugar crush, a pack of Venus Embrace Disposable razorsOGX Biotin & Collagen Conditioner and a gift with purchase of Ulta cosmetics of a cute purple makeup bag, a couple of makeup brushes, a eye shadow palette, pencil sharpener, eye brow gelplush drama mascara in black a double ended eyeliner, a double ended lip liner, mineral setting powder, a  matte lipstick in Mulberry, a lip gloss in sheer opal and a nail polish in Aubergine Queen .







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Color Spotlight: Pink

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Products shown:
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life(TM) 6.7 oz
OPI Nail Lacquer, Strawberry Margarita, 0.5-Fluid Ounce
Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction Body Mist for Women, 8.4 Ounce
Organix Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo & Conditioner (13 fl. oz.)
Britney Spears Women's Fantasy Eau de Parfum, 100 ml/3.3 oz.
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Pencil
CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Eye Shadow, Blushing Nudes/284, 0.011 Pound
Clinique Chubby Sticks Moisturizing Lip Balm in Mega Melon
wet n wild Foundation Brush, 1 Fluid Ounce
CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick, Sweetheart Blush, 0.12 Ounce
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Gloss Eclair
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rose Fragrance 0.25 oz Per Jar
Bath and Body Works Pink Chiffon hand cream

Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade Candle
Soap And Glory Orangeasm Super Rich Zesty Fresh Body Butter 300ml
Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream 300ml
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear, Fuchsia Power, 0.4 Fluid Ounce
Essie Nail Polish in Petal Pink
Neutrogena Moisturesmooth Color Stick, 140/Pink Grapefruit, 0.011 Ounce
Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner, 101 You're All Mine (Pack of 1)
The bracelet is from Avon; I bought it years ago. The owl and the candle holder are from target I think. As you can see I love pink. I'm sure if I kept looking I'd find some more. One company that has really cute packaging; and yes some of them are pink; is Glossier. I can't wait to get my hand on some, especially the flavored balm dotcom and soothing face mist. If you'd like to check them out I'll leave a link below. What are your favorite pink items? Let me hear from you.

https://www.glossier.com/products

Friday, July 15, 2016

Serum to the rescue

As I get older skin care becomes more important. I worry about all of the damage I may have already done and am obsessed with preventing any further damage. I read every article and blog post on skin care I can get my hands on. YouTube and my favorite beauty vloggers are my go to for advice and product reviews. Needless to say I am consumed with finding the fountain of youth in a bottle. The latest products on my radar are serums. Serums are popping up on shelves everywhere. If you are not sure exactly what a serum is I suggest checking out the article on Into the Gloss entitled What Is Face Serum?

The department stores and Sephora carry a variety of serums on their shelves.  One of my favorites is Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum . This product targets multiple issues such as fine lines, dark spots and skin elasticity.  This will definitely help streamline your skin care regime. If you haven't tried Clinique's All About Eyes eye cream than what have you been doing with your life? It is so soft and moisturizing.  I use it like an eye primer.  So brace yourself, now Clinique has a All About Eyes Serum. Come to mama. I haven't picked it up yet but will be hopefully soon.  Hopefully there will be a gift with purchase event soon.

 For a good product that works I have no problem paying a higher price but I love it when I can find a drugstore dupe for a high end product. I've heard but haven't confirmed that Garnier's Clearly Brighter Anti Puff Eye Roller is a dupe for the Clinique All About Eyes Serum.  That would be awesome if it is.  They have the same ingredients and target the same issues so it looks promising.  If you've tried either or both of them let me know.

Also at the drugstore and Ulta are two more serums that I love.  First is another Garnier product called Ultra Lift 2n1 Moisturizer and Serum. Again we have another product that helps you streamline your skin care regime.  In my opinion the less amount of products you use the faster you can get done and the more likely you are to do it everyday. I am also a big fan of Olay's Regenerist Micro Scrulpting Serum. It's lightweight and helps firm up your skin.  When i'm 60 i'll need to bathe in it.

I love to hear from ya'll so let me know what serums you are loving or hating.  

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review: The List by Siobhan Vivian


I really enjoyed this book except for the ending. The ending seemed kinda rushed and left me hanging. All of the characters were well developed and relatable. The author provides a great glimpse into the lives of many teenage girls. I rated this book four out five stars and would recommend it. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Book Review: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.(Synopsis from Goodreads) As usual McMillan delivers with fully developed adult characters with everyday adult problems. This story isn't a fairy tale this is a woman like you and me facing the same issues that many woman her age face. I love that she is handling things by herself and not waiting for a man to solve all of her problems. Mcmillan throws a few curve balls at you in this book and keeps you guessing all the way until the end. I definitely didn't predict that ending. I highly recommend this book. **this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.(Synopsis from Goodreads) This book received 5 out 5 stars from me. I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the characters, even the bad guys. They all were very well developed and believable. Although the names of some seemed a little weird and threw me off a little bit. In the beginning the girls with the boy names kept confusing me. The plot was well developed and fast paced. Kass Morgan kept you turning the page but didn't give away the upcoming plot. I already purchased the next two books and can't wait to read them. Definitely added to my favorites list. Have you seen the tv show or read the book? Let me know.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

I know, I know  everybody loves this book and this author. To be honest i'm not the hugest fan.  There are two things about his writing that bother me. The first is that his stories are depressing.  I wanna cry after reading his books.  The second thing that bothers me is when he tries too hard by dropping in random huge words that nobody ever uses.  Obviously you can figure out the words meaning from context but c,mon just use normal language.

I was excited to read this book because I love a good road trip.  So i was looking forward to that part of the book.  Unfortunately the road trip was only a small part of the story.  Although the road trip provided my favorite part of the story and that is when Q buys a shirt for Radar.  I actually laughed out loud. I also really enjoyed the part about the night out with Margo.  I loved how inventive and thought out her plan was.   What I didn't enjoy was how drawn out the story was. I figured out very easily how they should find her but it took forever for Q and his friends to figure it out.  Also I really didn't like the ending.  I felt like it was a real letdown.  A friend of mine agreed that the ending was horrible. 

If you're a big fan of John  Green than I recommend that you read this book but otherwise I wouldn't recommend this at all.  I suggest you watch the movie instead. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Pink Grapefruit review


I am a big fan of Neutrogena products so I was extremely happy when I received a Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Pink Grapefruit in my latest Walmart Beauty Box.  You can see my unboxing post here. I tried it out over the weekend and I was really impressed. It went on smooth and felt lick a really nice lip balm.  The color was a pretty pink and looked really good.  I look forward to seeing how it looks with different color lip liners. This lipstick will most certainly be in heavy rotation.   Below is a swatch.  


Friday, April 15, 2016

Winter & Spring 2016 Walmart Beauty Box Unboxing


The Walmart Beauty Box rarely disappoints; and the winter  2016 box is no exception. Included are a variety of samples that i'm looking forward to. First we have the L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo and the L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner .  I've never tried this brand before but I have a few trips coming up so I will give this a try.  Next is the  Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Smoothing ConditionerKen Paves You Are Beautiful Smoothing Shampoo and the Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Thick Conditioning Mask. Again another brand I haven't tried before but i'm really excited about the mask.  My hair needs some TLC. Probably the product i'm most excited to try is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser with white tea and vitamin E. I love every Neutrogena product that I have tried especially the face cleansers.  I have high hopes for this new face wash.  On first impressions the scent is amazing.  Also included is the Aussie Mega Hairspray.  This is perfect timing for me since I just finished my hairspray on my last trip.  This is definitely going with me on my upcoming travels. The final sample included in the Winter 2016 box is the NIVEA Soft Moisturizing Creme.  I have bought this creme twice already and I love.  The scent is so delicate and nice.  The texture is soft and deeply moisturizing. This sample will be gone real quick.  Overall i'm really excited about this box and will let you know what I think.  


First things first will you look at this box.  It is so pretty and so was the products inside.  I was so happy when I open this box and saw all of the great items inside.  First up is Colgate's Optic White Platinum Express White Fresh Mint Toothpaste. This is my favorite toothpaste and it really whitens your teeth and leaves your breath feeling fresh. Also inside was Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil. The idea of using lotion in the shower makes me nervous; I envision putting it on and than proceeding to slip and break my neck.  Death by lotion will be written on my tombstone. I'll still give it a try but if you see no more blog posts from me you'll know what happened. Next up is the Banana Boat SunComfort SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion. With summer coming this will come in handy for all of the trips to the beach.  I'm always searching for great facial cleansers and one of the b est ones I've ever tried is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This will definitely be getting used up. I'm really looking forward to trying out the RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck, & Face Cream. I will probably pass the Curel Rough Skin Rescue Lotion since she has really dry skin.  Dove makes really great body was but I have never tried the Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash.  It doesn't really have a scent but sometimes that is good.  I don't like when the scent of my soap interferes with the perfume i'm wearing.   The product I am most excited about in the spring 2016 box is the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in the color Pink Grapefruit.  I am a lipstick junkie and this color is beautiful.  **Does Happy Dance**




Thursday, April 7, 2016

Movie Review: Criminal


I was lucky enough to score some free passes to screen to the new Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Costner movie Criminal. Let me give you a quick plot synopsis.  Kevin Costner plays a crazy convict who has a deceased CIA agents, played by Ryan Reynolds, memories implanted into his brain so that the CIA can get all of the information the agent had regarding a terrorist. I really enjoyed this movie.  I love movies with lots of action and this one definitely delivered.  I also love smart movies.  Basically a movie that makes me think always makes me love it more and criminal definitely made me think about whether or not this could actually happen.  This movie is in theaters April and I highly recommend that you go see it.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Book review: First Love by James Patterson


Axi Moore is a "good girl": She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn't tell anyone how all she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson--who she also happens to be madly in love with. 

When Axi spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out of control after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last. (Goodreads synopsis) 

Definitely not your typical Patterson book but worth the read. James Patterson dives into the teen fiction arena and scores a win.  The story of Axi and Robinson is a story of romance that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.  Much like real life.  

I enjoyed and was very envious of Axi and Robinson's road trip.  I wish I ad the guts to just jump in the car and see the country.  All though I don't think i'd steal any cars.  

I gave this book four out of five stars. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Book Review: 11 22 63 by Stephen King

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.
President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I am an avid reader of books about JFK and I love time travel fiction.  So obviously this book was one I wanted to read desperately.  I must admit the size of the book scared me. As a result, it took me awhile to get around to reading it.  But I am so glad I finally read it.

 King gives you a great glimpse into the late 1950's and 1960's. I love his details about life during the era,especially his description of how the food tasted and how the towns people interacted with the main character and each other.  The part about the bathrooms in North Carolina was especially good but didn't seem to fit with any other part of the book. The story line about high school in the south during the early 1960's is so good it could have been a book all by his itself.  

I'm sure there are a few inaccuracies but I don't care it was a work of fiction and a great story. I love all of the historical information.  The Kennedy part of the story started slow but that was due to the fact that he had years to wait.  Boy did it pick up in the end though.

I must say I have mixed feelings on the end of the book.  The ending seemed a little dark, scary and extreme.  I will say this I do like that King didn't go with the obvious.  He easily could have played it safe and given us the obvious results of everything being wonderful and perfect.  But he didn't do that.  He made us think and really contemplate what might have been.

I loved this book.  This book is definitely going on my favorites list.  A five star read and highly recommended.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Sparks reminds us that love can be surprising. I liked this book but that it was a little predictable. Such a sweet story. Sparks loves to break our hearts. 
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