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Birchbox-May 2017

My May Birchbox had some familiar favorites and a surprise.


I’ve received several Coola products in my monthly subscription boxes. They always work great, so I look forward to using this sunscreen/primer. Full-size $42


I’ve used Whish body cream before and it smells luscious, but the sample tubes don’t have enough product to see if it works. This cream is supposed to help stretch marks and scars. Full-size $36


I don’t know why Birchbox keeps sending me hair products I can’t use. Full-size $24


I’m excited about this mascara by The Beauty Crop. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the mascara has argan and jojoba oils in it. Full-size $22


This perfume is described as sophisticated and glamorous with notes of sandalwood and jasmine. I call it heaven. Full-size $105.

Stay blessed,


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May 2017 Ipsy Bag

Of course, this month’s Ipsy bag has a  summer theme.



I received a clear plastic bag decorated with ice cream cones and fudgesicles. This will be handy at the pool or beach.


This is a repeat from Ipsy. I got this brush last year and it’s perfect for highlighting. I guess I have a spare now. In fact, I’ve received about four Luxie brushes from Ipsy over the months. No complaints here.


This Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighting duo is another duplicate. I think I gave the other one away, so I’ll use this one. On the right side of the picture is a Hikara cream eyeshadow pigment. These pigments rock. A couple of months ago, I received a gold one and it’s one of the most gorgeous golds I’ve ever owned.  This month’s cream pigment is a metallic coral pink color. Just swipe it on and go.


I haven’t bought a mascara in years, thanks to Ipsy and Birchbox. I usually receive great quality mascaras. If I don’t like one, I toss it and move on the next.


How can you go wrong with coconut oil?

Nice bag, but I can’t wait to see what June brings. It should be good.

Stay blessed,


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Birchbox -April 2017

I’m a little late with this Birchbox review for April but I think it was worth the wait. I received five items in my monthly subscription box and all for $10.



Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream is described as healing and calming for the skin. According to the box, you apply it to your face and let the warmth of your hands help the skin absorb the cream. Full-Size $48


Number 4 Jour D’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray. This didn’t work well on my hair. But if you like salt texturizing spray, this is supposed to be gentler. Full-Size $22


This is a Michael Todd blue-green algae antibacterial toner. It should be good removing sweat and oil from your face and neck after a good workout. Full-Size $19


Amika hair products work like magic on my hair. This is a blow out spray with seabuckthorn berry.  It leaves my hair looking fabulous. Full-Size $48


My favorite part of my Birchbox is this Beauty Crop GRLPWR lips liquid lipstick.


The color is Imma Bawse.  Kind of a orange-red. I love this because it dries matte and stays on forever. Check out the colors here: The Beauty Crop Full-Size $14.95.

Stay blessed,


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Ipsy Bag-April 2017

I’m loving this year’s Ipsy bags. This month’s ticket theme is adorable. Obviously, it’s perfect for a trip to the movies or an amusement park or you could keep notes and receipts in it. I think I’ll keep it in my car to store my charger, pens, and other knick knacks. Let’s take a look at what I received in the bag.


PS Cosmeceutical non-toxic nail lacquer in the color, Southern Sand. I like the fact that the nail polish is vegan, free of harmful chemicals, and infused with grapefruit seed extract which is an antifungal property. The nail lacquer cost about $15.00 a bottle. Check out the colors here PS Cosmeceutical.


Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel can be used on the face or body.  Hanalei is an excellent brand that I’ve received before from Ipsy. I love their lip moisturizers. A full-size jar of the aloe soothing gel costs $30.

I received a little sample of Elizabeth Mott’s  Show Me Your Glow shimmer eyeshadow and highlighter. This has a silver undertone which I’ve never used before. I usually buy highlighters in gold hues. So I’m anxious to experiment with this.


Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush brush. What is there to say? The synthetic bristles are soft. The handle is sturdy. But none of that matters because this brush is so damn cute. Pink with unicorns.


TonyMoly lipcare in Honey Moisture. Since I have dry lips, I can never have too many lip balms. As you can see, I’ve already used this several times and it’s moisturizing but not too slippery.

I’m always amazed by the great products I receive from Ipsy for just $10 a month. Do you have a monthly makeup subscription service? If so, let me know. I want to try some new services out.

Stay blessed,








FabFitFun Box-Spring 2017

I’m always excited about receiving my Fab Fit Fun box. It comes out every season and it’s stocked full of goodies, many of which are high-end.


FabFitFun started as an online magazine so of course, you get a magazine that’s full of great information. Not only does it provide descriptions of all the items in the box, but also the charities and organizations that benefit from the sale of the products. Let’s look at what I received.


Nice. A dual set of Deborah Lippmann nail polish in the colors Like A Virgin and Blue Orchid. These are perfect spring and summer shades. $19


Briogeo Rosarco Milk reparative leave-in conditioning spray. I’ve already tried this and it whipped my dry hair into shape. The spray has rosehip, argan, and coconut oils in it. It’s a great heat protectant. $20


These Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nail Gummies are yummy and seem to be working. I’ve been taking them for less than two weeks and my nails are growing and strong. $8


This Milly zip pouch is sturdy and perfect for traveling. Although this looks lavender, it’s really a powder pink color. The bag is waterproof which makes it perfect for the pool or beach. $45.


Karuna Hydrating Face Mask. This mask is made out of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber and is supposed to increase hydration in the skin by 40 percent after one use. The box contains four masks which is a month’s supply. $28


Dr. Brandt is a fabulous brand that I’ve used before but only as samples. This Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator removes dead skin cells. I’ve already tested this out and I love it. $79


Let’s take a second to just look at this set and admire it. The beauty of this Realher lip kit in Deep Red is stunning. Lipstick. Lip liner. Lip gloss. Made of all natural ingredients. I’m such a lucky girl. $48


This is going to be my go-to summer piece. It’s by Gypsy 05 and this Boho Beach Roundie can be worn, tossed over your legs as a throw, and even used as a picnic blanket.


The fabric is organic and Gypsy 05 uses eco-friendly dyes. Plus, the roundie designs are amazing. $50


What would a FabFitFun box be without jewelry? This Emerald DUV “Joshua Tree” cage bracelet will be perfect with a sundress or cute short sleeve blouse.


This cuff look makes a statement, but it’s not overwhelming. The bracelet retails for $80. Check out the Emerald DUV website for more incredible jewelry.


I paid $49.99 for all this which retails for $375. As always, I’m very pleased with this season’s FabFitFun box.

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Birchbox-March 2017


March was Women’s History month, so the box was dedicated to that theme. The box is called Pretty Mighty.


Birchbox describes the box as dainty looking but filled with powerful, high-performing products for powerful women. Let’s look inside.


1. Arrow Enhance Waterproof eye brightener (Full-size $16)

Swipe the pink-liner along the inner corners and waterline for brighter looking eyes

2. Beauty Protector (Full-size $23.50)

Protects hair against heat damage. I’ve used this before and it does a great job.



3. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Double the Lip (Full-size $20)

This product is unique. The top is the lip liner and the bottom is the lipstick. It’s also long-lasting and has a slight tart cherry scent. The color is Lusty Rose.

4. Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-aging eye cream (Full-size $33)

I’ll add this to my collection of eye creams Between Birchbox and Ipsy, I get an eye-cream every month.

5. Real Chemistry Fresh Start Foaming cleanser (Full-size $24)

Foamy lather and has a grapefruit scent. Seems like a perfect combo. Can’t wait to try this cleanser.

Bonus products:

R + Co Dallas Thickening shampoo and conditioner samples. (Full-size $25)

Birchbox is a subscription box that costs $10 a month. Click here for more details: Birchbox.

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Ipsy Boxes- Feb & March 2017


The thing I love most about my monthly Ipsy service is the bag I get. This denim bag is perfect to toss in my purse or to carry around town on the weekend.


Look at the cute little pull. This year Ipsy has done a great job with all of their bags. The bags alone are worth the ten dollars a month subscription fee.


Here’s what was inside the bag.

Luxie Rose Gold Brush– Vegan and cruelty-free. Dome shaped for highlighting.

Hikari Cream Eyeshadow-This has become my favorite eyeshadow. The color is Metallic Copper. I just swipe it across my lids and I’m done.

NYX Butter Lipstick– The color is Ripe Berry and it’s beautiful.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream– Moisturizes the fine lines around the mouth and eyes. Can’t wait to try this.

Dermadeli Toner-Not only does this toner clean your face but it also refreshes it. It’ll go in my purse for a quick spritz on warm days.



The March Ipsy bag came with a lovely card to pass on to someone special.


This month’s bag is a clutch that’ll pair well with a spring sundress. It’s a micro-suede material on one side and…


a patterned design on the other side.


Here are the goodies I received.

Air Repair Skin Moisturizer-Has green tea in it to bring new life to dull skin. I’m eager to try this out.

Cake Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse-I love the scent of coconut and mango.

Tarte Cosmetics-Matte dry lip paint in the color Vibin. Since I wear Invisalign, I’m hoping this will work for me since regular lipstick stains my braces.

Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow-This is a nice neutral color in Marisa that I will definitely use.

Chella Tweezers-The design is supposed to give you more precision while plucking those stray eyebrow hairs. We’ll see.

I’m pleased with everything I received from Ipsy, especially the bags. I’m looking forward to next month’s bag.

Stay blessed,