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Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and this one is definitely a unique one as we’ll be spending it through a pandemic. We’re all trying to adjust to our new normal and since we’re unable to shop for our moms in person, I linked a few gift ideas that can be purchased online!

Mother's Day 2020 Gift Guide

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Summer Essentials to Survive the Heat

Summer is in full swing and the heat is no joke! All of these items  were a savior for me during the recent heat wave. They’re things I use often and were perfect to take on outings, making them great essentials for Summer!

Summer Essentials to Survive the Heat

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Birchbox Unboxing and Review | April 2018

I miss doing Birchbox unboxings but with my latest move and other life changes, I haven’t been the best at fulfilling all my blog goals. April’s Birchbox came a few days ago and I feel somewhat more motivated and organized and thought, why not start sharing these again? However..I think my annual subscription is up..whoops! I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be re-subscribing but after what I got this month, I am so tempted to take the plunge and go for it!

April 2018 Birchbox Unboxing | Features OUAI, Lipstick Queen, Coola, Derma E, and Beautaniq!

If you’re interested, I did do a full unboxing on Instagram yesterday. You can check it out here under the “Unboxing” highlight!

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Favorite Bloggers

Photos are from each blogger’s Twitter, Instagram, or Blog profiles 

So as part of my 31 Days of Beauty Challenge on Instagram, today’s challenge was to post our favorite bloggers!

I have come across so many amazing bloggers in the past few months and these nine lovelies are the ones I check on an almost day to day basis!



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Carol from Intrice Blog – Carol is my go to blogger when I’m looking for new skincare and haircare products! She’s a total sweetheart and features tons of brands that are new to me!

Brigette Ramos – Brigette is one of my favorite bloggers when it comes to looking for beauty reviews and swatches! She posts wonderful, in-depth reviews of tons of products I’ve always wanted more information on!

Denise from Beauty Beyond the Scale – Denise is so sweet and kind and I love reading her reviews on all things beauty! I always discover new, affordable makeup brands from her blog!

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Beth from Beeju Boxes – If you’re in search of subscription boxes, Beth’s blog is one of the greatest places to go! I love her list of various boxes – whether they’re beauty related, food, for animals, tech, gaming, DIY, she has a list for them all!

Bernadette from Feedurpassion – Another great blogger that has amazing reviews of subscription boxes and other things as well! I really love her Meme Box reviews!

Sarah from Bits and Boxes – Sarah also reviews TONS of subscription boxes! I love looking at all her photos of the different boxes she subscribes to! She’s definitely another blogger I turn to when thinking of trying a new sub.

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Linda from I Sort of Beauty – I am in love with Linda’s blog name, it’s definitely one of my favorites! She is super sweet and I love keeping up with her blog, not only does she blog about beauty, she also blogs about her life! She’s one of the bloggers I look at when I need inspiration.

Valerie from Wildflowers & Curls – Val is super kind and I love reading her subscription box reviews plus I look forward to any reviews of hair products she does since we both have curly hair and I can never find the right products to tame my curls!

Jean from The Real Mom Review – I mention Jean again because I love reading her blog as much as watching her youtube videos! I love the way she handles her reviews and I always look forward to reading new posts!

And there ya have it! I do read other blogs but these nine are the ones I keep up with and visit often. I hope you all take the time to check out all of these lovelies!

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Favorite Youtubers

Photos are from each of their Twitter or Instagram profiles

Happy Friday!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I’m doing a 31 Days of Beauty Challenge. Today’s photo was to show our favorite youtubers! If you asked me a year ago, I would have said I don’t watch youtube but that all changed when I started to look up beauty reviews and tutorials. I wanted to share eight youtube channels I always keep up with, these are some of the sweetest gals I’ve seen on youtube and I wish I could be bffs with them all!

Top Column (left to right)

Amy Lynn Thompson – I love her personality and energy, she’s the gal I go to when I’m looking for nail polish reviews and her Birchbox vs Ipsy unboxings are my favorite!

Hope from Beauty and Bliss – She is super sweet and I enjoy watching her videos, whether they’re unboxings, hauls, or tutorials! Every time I see blue nail polish or makeup related item I think of Hope since she loves UK Basketball. I definitely need to start getting into sports since I’m probably the only one in Kentucky who doesn’t keep up with UK Basketball!

Kathleen Lights – I’m a huge fan of Kathleen’s videos, especially her Kat Chats, reviews, and hauls…basically any video where she talks for 20+ minutes! I love her personality and how down to earth and honest she is!

Middle Column (left to right)

Jaclyn Hill – I don’t even know what to say about Jaclyn! Personality, tutorials, hauls, everything! She is just completely awesome!

Natasha from Glamour and Glasses – I met Natasha through a beauty group we’re both in and she’s one of the kindest gals ever! I know she’s been busy with her move but I can’t wait to see more videos from her!

Bottom Column (left to right)

Jean from The Real Mom Review – Like Natasha, Jean and I met in a beauty group as well! I love watching her reviews because she does a great and honest job of explaining the pros/cons of products, and she’s super sweet!

Ashlynn from A Beauty Moment – I feel like I’m being redundant but Ashlynn is also super duper sweet! Her videos are always fun to watch and I really wish I found her channel long before I did.

Tracy & Stef of Eleventh Gorgeous – I live for their “Battle of the Boxes” and hauls! I also love their other channel, Tee and Ess! They’re super entertaining and I’m excited for the big news they’re coming out with!

There are a few other youtubers I watch but these 8 are the ones I stay up to date with! Each and every one of these gals are some of the sweetest people ever and I can’t wait to watch them all grow! I highly recommend subscribing to them all if you haven’t already!

Let me know who your favorite youtubers are in the comments below or if we share any of the same faves!

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March 2015 Birchbox Review

I say this every month but this month’s box is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Birchbox is totally on point with their box designs – if you’re a subscriber, don’t forget to keep all of your boxes, they’re planning something fun at the end of the year!
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 theBirchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!
Plus they have some fun opportunities for bloggers/youtubers each month, like the Birchbox Book Club! I was able to read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels – Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects a few months ago and  I actually just got an email a few minutes ago saying I will be receiving this month’s book, Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin!
So now for this month’s box!

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This month’s theme was creativity:
Get inspired with this month’s picks. Expressing yourself hasn’t been this fun since finger painting.

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Being the dummy I am, I forgot to take a photo of the back of my information card and now I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

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Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume Sampler – .05 oz $1.65
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in 04 Angel Kiss – .05 oz $11.00
Argh! The dreaded perfume samples! At least it’s Harvey Prince and a larger vial than I usually get! I’ll stick this in my purse for emergencies but there’s a 99% chance I won’t use it. It doesn’t smell horrible but it’s not a scent I would purchase for myself, I think it’s great for the Spring though! I’m horrible at describing scents but the inside of the card says it’s spicy, sweet, and calming.
I was super excited  to see this lip crayon, the shade is perfect for me ! I think it’s cool that they sent us a sample that’s half of a full size, this should last me for a long time!

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 1 oz $2.75
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter – FULL SIZE! $12.75
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24 Hour Miracle Cream – .17 oz $1.87
I’ve always heard people raving about the Protect & Detangle so I’m excited to try it out! It’s supposed to lock in hair color, protect from heat damage, and add silkiness.
I don’t incorporate a highlighter into my makeup routine but I probably will now that I have this little guy! I honestly thought it was a nail polish at first glance haha!
I found the miracle cream interesting because it’s a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover all in one! You apply it as a primer/moisturizer or use a little on a cotton ball to remove makeup!
This box has a value of a few cents over $30! I’ll for sure be using 4/5 of the products and I’m super excited about the lip crayon and protect & detangle! I’m also happy that they included a full sized product and decent sized samples for me this month!
March’s Birchbox is a win for me, if you’re interested in subscribing you can do so here!
If you’re already a subscriber, what did you think of March’s box, was it a hit or a miss?

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March 2015 Beauteque BB Bag Review

Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for beauty and skincare products from the Eastern side of the world! They have an AMAZING variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!

The BB Bag is their monthly subscription beauty bag. Each month Beauteque will send you a bag full of 7-8 full sized beauty, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle products but I’ve noticed they have a larger focus on skincare. Each bag also has a few products where subscribers can choose a specific scent, shade, etc. Options will be emailed in a survey format on the 15th of each month and if you don’t choose by the 20th, the Beauteque team will choose for you.
Here’s a breakdown of the different plans and prices:

  • $24 + shipping for 1 month.
  • $24 + shipping for 3 months 
  • #23 + shipping for 6 months 
  • $22 + shipping for 12 months 
  • Shipping fees are 3.95 for the US, $5.95 for Canada, and $8.95 for Europe.
  • If you subscribe by the 5th of the month, you will receive the BB Bag of that month, if you subscribe after the 5th, you will receive the BB Bag for the next month.
  • Subscribers will be billed on the 15th of each month if they choose the month to month option and bags will begin to be shipped on the 15th as well

Before I get to the products I have to mention how great Beauteque’s bags are! I love the diverse styles, patterns, and material they use and I think they’re the perfect size for me! This month’s bag has a really pretty lip pattern on it and it’s definitely going into my school bag for sure!
This month’s theme is “Our Lips are Sealed” and the bag was curated to give the best of the best.
Each bag comes with a card detailing the products sent

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Onto the products!

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TonyMoly Mini Bling Pocket Hair Mask – $3.00
A’Pieu Take My Hands Nail Sheet Mask – $5.00
I never used a hair pack like this before so I’m really excited to try it out! It’s a leave in hair treatment for the ends of damaged hair. You’re supposed to leave it on for 15-30 minutes and remove it. It looks pretty simple to put on, you basically put the pack on your hand like a glove and wrap it on your hair like a pony tail – that probably sounds confusing but the picture instructions look simple!
The Nail Sheet Mask was customizable, I chose the Avocado while the other option was Berry. This nail pack nourishes nails and cuticles, you wear it for 15 minutes and massage the remaining essence into your skin!

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The Face Shop Rice Toner – $14.00
Mizon Modeling Cup Pack – $8.00
The Face Shop Massage Cream in Cucumber – $12.00
I’m still using the toner I got from the Head to Toe Milk Bag but I opened this one anyways because it’s supposed to be super moisturizing. I’ve only been using this for 2 days but I love the way it feels and it does help moisturize my skin more than other toners have!
I’m glad Beauteque put the Mizon Pack in a ziploc bag because some of it did spill but I’m glad the cup itself didn’t break! For this product, you use a 1:3 proportion with water and powder and then mix it together. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse!
Subscribers were able to choose between Cucumber and Mugwort massage creams. The cream has Vitamin B to refresh and revitalize skin, you massage it on your face for 3-5 minutes and then rinse it off with a cleanser – use 1-2 times a week. I used this about an hour ago and have to say I’m impressed! The cucumber scent was pretty strong when I opened it – I don’t like the smell of cucumber at all – but I’m happy to say the scent was minimal when I applied it to my face and massaged it in, it felt so creamy and moisturizing! My skin was left super refreshed and soft after washing it off!

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Etude House Look At My Eyes in #503 – $9.50
Beauteque Pore Control Blackhead Brush – $15
I was really happy seeing an eyeshadow in this bag! I’ve never used one from Etude House is one of my favorite brands so fingers crossed I love this shadow as much as their other products!
I honestly had no idea brushes like this existed, I’m intrigued and I’ll be testing it soon! I loved Beauteque’s foundation brush from one of their BB Bags last year so I do have high hopes for this one. I’m glad they have a string at the end so I can hang it off the rack in the shower!
Here’s a swatch of the Etude House eyeshadow


I like the pigmentation and it’s not chalky at all, I know I’ll get tons of use out of this!
This month’s bag retailed for $69.50 according to the prices listed on the card but I noticed some prices are inflated, I found cheaper prices of some of the products on other websites. That being said, from the calculations I did, the value of this bag is still higher than the price!
My favorite products from this bag are the toner, massage cream, eyeshadow, brush, and the bag itself! This actually might be my favorite BB Bag yet!
If you want March’s BB Bag, be sure to subscribe by the 5th! You can subscribe here! If you subscribe after the 5th, you will get April’s BB Bag.
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