November 2014 Lip Monthly Review

Hello Beauties! Today I’ll be unboxing and reviewing November’s Lip Monthly.

For those who don’t know, Lip Monthly is a monthly subscription service that costs $10/month. Each month, Lip Monthlysends you a bag of 4-5 lip products, and they include a “Monthly Mix Up”item as well, and every subscriber receives the same bag as the other. What I love about Lip Monthly  is that I get to try a bunch of new products and brands and they so far I noticed that most, if not all, of the products have been full sizes!

Each bag comes with a card listing all the products that are featured that month.


Onto the products:


Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet – FULL SIZE! $13

NYC Expert Last Lipstick in Berry Me – FULL SIZE! $1.99

Ofra Lipliner in Orchid – FULL SIZE! $13

I was really happy seeing these colors in my bag! The one complaint I, as well as many subscribers had, were the choice of colors they included. The great thing about Lip Monthly is that they take all of their feedback and implement changes right away!

I’ve already played around with the Hikari Lipstick and LOVE the color and staying power! I love the shade of the NYC Lipstick – I’ll post swatches at the end – and the Ofra lip liner is perfect for the fall! All three of these lip products are a 10/10 for me! Well done Lip Monthly!


Crown Lip Brush – FULL SIZE! $3

City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse – FULL SIZE! $4

I only own one lip brush so I was glad to get this! Sometimes I get lazy in washing my brushes right away so it’s great to have spares. I was iffy about this shadow but I fell in love with it after swatching it! it’s so creamy and such a gorgeous color, I know I’ll be reaching for it often!

Here are swatches of all the products:


I really think Lip Monthly stepped up with their November bag and did an amazing job with choosing colors and monthly mix up products! This bag costs $10 and the value of all the products included was about $35!! What an amazing deal!

I hope they continue with this improvement and I cannot wait to see what they choose for their December bag! If you’re interested in subscribing to Lip Monthlyyou can sign up here!

This post may contain affiliate links. I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


Old Factory Candle Set Review


Picture supplied by Old Factory Candles

I was given a chance to try and review a set of Old Factory Candles and I loved them! I chose the set that included these scents:


Here is a little more about Old Factory Candles:

These candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

I love these candles because you can smell them literally right when you light them up! They recommend to only keep them burning for a couple hours and I agree because these candles can fill up any room with a great scent super quick! A set of 3 candles cost $25 which is kind of pricey but I think they’re worth it!

I’ll definitely be purchasing more sets from Old Factory Candles because they have so many different scent sets available and they’re super long lasting! If you want to check out or buy these candles, you can do so here!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Sassy Box Review

I was contacted by Charia Johnson, owner of Sassy Girls, to review a Sassy Box! Here’s a little about Charia and Sassy Girls:

The Sassy Girl is owned by Charia Johnson, who loves all things fashion and creativity. I have taken my extensive creative and artistic abilities and grown them into a unique and original jewelry line creating one of a kind pieces using gemstone beads and handmade paper beads. My paper beads are made from “up cycled” magazines and craft papers in order to create pieces like none other. I currently work from a design studio in my home and have some of my pieces in a local shop, Ann Peden Jewelry( Market Center in Watkinsville, Ga on Hwy 53).

I explored Sassy Girls’ website and love the unique pieces of jewelry that are sold! There are so many different pieces, designs, and sets that are sold!

Sassy Girls also has a monthly subscription service:

Receive a box of our favorite Sassy Girl jewelry delivered to your door. Each month you will receive a new piece to help enhance your accessory collection. Our Sassy Box makes a great gift for someone or your monthly gift for being so “Sassy.”

The subscription service is $15/month and shipping costs $3.50. There are also 3 and 6 month plans, which will make each month slightly cheaper – the 3 month plan is $42 while the 6 month plan is $72.

Here is what I got!


The lip balm seems to be an extra, which is great considering I’m an expert at losing every lip balm I own!

I am in love with bracelet I was sent! Charia told me everyone gets the same item each month but colors will vary. I’m glad I got this red one because it’s holiday friendly and I have tons of outfits I can wear it with!

I really do love this Sassy Box, the bracelet is gorgeous and I know I will be wearing it often, plus the idea of using handmade paper beads is awesome! However, I do think the subscription is on the pricey side but I think it’s worth it if you’re a fan of unique pieces of jewelry!

If you’re interested in purchasing a Sassy Box Subscription or checking out all the original and unique jewelry, you can do so here!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


KISS InstaWave Review

I was really intrigued when I heard about this automatic curler, I felt it could be super amazing or the complete opposite.

About the Product

The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro).

The InstaWave is VERY easy to use, I was telling others that if I can achieve great results from it, then anybody can! It features a curl dial with left/right curl directions and has 2 heat settings with low/high switches witha maximum temperature of 420! This curler also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes – perfect feature for those who forget to shut off their hair appliances! 

Image provided by KISS

Tips + Tricks

Hold the curling rod vertically

Simply place section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod

Touch the Curl Dial either left or right, and the InstaWave instantly and automatically catches and curls the hair!

Hold for 5-10 seconds, hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves
Pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting hair out
**Tip: Switch between curling right and curling left to create the most natural looking curls

I used this to curl my mom’s hair and was pleased at how fast I was able to get those gorgeous curls in! It cut the curling time in half compared to when I use a curling iron!


I definitely think the KISS InstaWave is worth a try, it’s sold at Ulta and Target for $59.99 and you can find more information about it here! 

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.
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Coffee Dates From Hell Review

About the book

“When two single people meet for the first time, they often arrange a “coffee date.” Coffee Dates From Hell is a humorous fictional account of several very bad coffee dates. Many of these dates are disasters from the beginning. Others are destined to be train wrecks if the two people ever see each other again. The coffee dates include several famous people such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and J. Edgar Hoover. You’ll also meet a range of colorful characters including a psychic, a cross dresser, and even a cannibal. The coffee dates include many funny twists and surprises. The humor is often silly, irreverent, and politically incorrect.”

Jim Tilberry, the author of Coffee Dates From Hell, uses tongue-in-cheek humor and I’m definitely the type of person who enjoys a bit of light reading like this after taking a break from school.

This book was a very easy read, it flies by super quick – I finished it in just a few hours! I loved the type of humor he throughout the book and, as you can probably tell from the title, this book consists of numerous accounts of coffee dates. I didn’t find any of the stories offensive since I have a different sense of humor than most but I can definitely see how some people might get slightly offended.

All in all, I found this book enjoyable to read, I found myself chuckling here and there and will probably go back and read some of the short stories!

You can purchase this book in paperback for $9.95 or for your kindle for $3.99 on amazon!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


November 2014 Birchbox Review

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!  

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. These points add up since you can get $5 or more worth of store credit each month!

The past 2 months were so amazing for me that I knew it would be super difficult to please me 3 months in a row but I was pleasantly surprised at how I got another amazing box!


The cool thing about this month was that Birchbox will donate $1 for every photo of the red box shared on social media with the hashtag #shaRED!image

I also found it neat how each Birchbox came with a holiday gift guide!


Like every month, each box comes with a card detailing the items sent to you!


I love how they added a bonus item in everyone’s box this month!


Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask – .33 oz $9.67

Amika Nourishing Mask – .7 oz $4.00

I was surprised to get both of these items in my box since they were both sample choices! I didn’t choose a sample choice for November so I was pleased to get both of these products! Both are completely new to me and I’ve heard amazing reviews for both so I’m definitely ecstatic to try them out!

imageDang Toasted Coconut Chips – Bonus Item!

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion – 1.35 oz $2.53

I’m iffy about these coconut chips but I will give them a try since I’ve heard many people say they were super delicious! I’m not always happy about seeing body lotions in my box but now I’m actually loving receiving lotion samples since the weather is making my skin super dry! This lotion smells great and it’s really hydrating, I might just buy a full sized one from the Birchbox store!

TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer – .02 oz $1.60

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain – Heartthrob – .079 oz $9.29

I’ve heard so many people wanting a sample of this Cindy-Lou Manizer! I’m positive it’s a great product but I knew I wasn’t going to use it so I sent it over to a friend who wanted to try it out! I was really excited about this Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain since I tried out a different color a couple weeks ago! I find their lip stains to be long lasting and highly pigmented so I was glad I got to sample this color! It’s perfect for the fall! I’m waiting for the right moment to splurge on more colors in the Birchbox shop!

I’m definitely pleased with this month’s Birchbox! I got to sample 2 of the sample choices that I was interested in trying and I love all the products Birchbox chose for me!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox I’d love for you to use my referral link here!

As always, if you have any questions feel free to message me!

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One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Beauty With Tache and Fashion Beyond Forty for the One Lovely Blog Award!

A huge thanks to both of you lovely ladies for nominating me! Ta Che is a gorgeous beauty blogger and freelance MUA! I enjoy reading all the reviews she posts on her blog! Joely also has amazing and fun reviews to read as well as fun giveaways and various other posts! She is such a sweet person and is always kind to everyone! I’m so glad I was able to connect with both of these beautiful ladies!


1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. List the rules and display the award logo in your post.
3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers you want to know better.
5. Follow the person who nominated you on bloglovin’.

7 Facts About Myself

1. I was born and raised in California but just moved to Kentucky earlier this year!

2. I have a BA in History and am currently studying to receive an MHA.

3. I am quite the introvert, it takes a lot to pull me out of my shell.

4. I LOVE chicken wings, I can pretty much eat them 24/7 if I wanted to.

5. I turn 23 in less than a week!

6. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I’m waiting for the day I can go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando as well as visit the set at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London.

7. I’m a crime show junkie, all I do in my spare time is binge watch Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, etc.

My Nominations

Irene of ivyice80

Whitney of mamaisweets

Natasha of beautyaddictedworld

Hope of beautyandbliss67

Lauriel of eyeforelegance

Beth of tribalandtea

Kristin of prettyloved