Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Influenster's #IDoVoxBox


Cover Girl Outlast Stay Luminous Natural Glow Foundation - Buff Beige:  The color they sent me was perfect for my skintone.  It didn't feel heavy on my skin and it was slightly sheer, which is nice for the summer.  I don't wear foundation often but I really like this product.

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar- Lemon Swirl:  I'm not a a huge fan of lemon flavored bars but otherwise this wasn't bad at all.  It wasn't super dry like I was expecting and not too terribly sweet.

Cover Girl Outland Longwear + Moisture - Vixen Violet: I was really surprised with how pigmented this lipcolor was.  I saw the purple color and thought it was going to be really sheer but it wasn't.  It stayed on really well and didn't dry my lips out either.  Not sure how I feel about the color (because I'm such a "plain jane") but it could be fun to mix things up.

Urgent RX:  I actually haven't gotten a chance to try this out yet, but it is a powder that you pour straight in your mouth and it helps relieve aches & pains (it contains aspirin and caffeine).  I got the lemon lime flavor.  I may get a chance to use this later in the week because it is "headache week" for me.  I will update my thoughts after that.

Neutrogena Hand Creme:  They weren't kidding when they said "just a dad goes a long way".  Super moisturizing, but maybe a bit much for the hot summer months.  This would probably be better for me in the winter months when my skin is super dry.  It's very thick and leaves my skin feeling kind of greasy afterwards.

Sahale Snacks - Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla:  I really liked these a lot!  They made for a great snack for my Netflix binge watching. lol!  The pomegranate was was sweet and just a little tart but it went really well with the cashews

Indeed Nanoblur: Honestly, I didn't really notice a difference with this one.  I was really excited to give it a try because it's supposed to reduce the appearance of large pores and fine lines but I didn't see a difference

**I received these free products through Influenster for testing purposes and in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **

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Monday, July 20, 2015

A Beauty GIVEAWAY!

I know last week I promised that I had a full week worth of posts for you and only ended up posting twice, SO sorry about that!  Apparently, it is helpful if you remember to hit the publish button.... Oops!  So I had the posts done, but I didn't have them scheduled like I thought I did.  But I remembered this week! ANYWAY...

I have a great treat for you today! I've joined with Lindsay and some of my favorite ladies to give away not one but THREE awesome products: BECCA Champagne Pop, a NARS Blush (shade of your choice), and a Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick (color of your choice)! Enter below! 








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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What I've read lately


Well, I read A TON of books again last month. lol!  I've fallen into the habit of laying in bed and reading before my daughter gets up in the morning and for an hour or two after she goes to bed at night.  It's my relaxing time.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A romance with a happy ending is just what I need sometimes and this one didn't disappoint.  I'm such a sucker for the stories of people that have known each other for so long and end up together.  Those are always my favorite kind.  The main character was just a little bit too innocent and naive at times but I loved the male character, even if he is bone-headed sometimes.
(c/o NetGalley)

The Escape by Hannah Jayne
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Two people enter the woods and only one comes out but he doesn't remember what happened.  The ending wasn't very surprising but the story was still interesting...even though at some parts you wanted to grab Avery's shoulders and shake her for being so dense and naive.  Have you ever watched a horror movie and though why would any person do that?  Yeah, I had quite a few moments like that in this one.
(c/o NetGalley)

Sweet as Sin by JT Geissinger
My rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
I really thought I was going to love this one because it's a romance involving a rock star but I just couldn't get around how aggressive and possessive he was with her.  He was ALWAYS angry.  I would describe their relationship as volatile most of the time.  I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.
(c/o NetGalley)

Wicked White by Michelle A Valentine
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is actually another romance story involving a rock star. lol!  I guess I had a theme this month.   This one was much different though.  He was a rock star trying to leave the fame and he was more of a gentleman type of guy, even if he occasionally had anger issues as well.  I loved the part of the story when they were in the trailer park together getting to know each other and falling in love, but after that there were just a bunch of dumb decisions that really annoyed me.
(c/o NetGalley)

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
LOVED this one!  I've read a lot of romances lately trying to find a good love story and I really loved this one.  I felt all of the ups and downs of their friendship/relationship and wanted to scream at them on more than one occasion too. lol!  I'm a sucker for a love story about two people that have been friends for a long time first.
(c/o NetGalley)

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Two five star books in a row?!  That never happens!! lol!  This was a young adult story/romance and I thought it was really sweet.  I loved all of the characters.  I found myself not wanting this one to end.  I just realized when I looked on Goodreads that this is actually going to be a series so I can't wait to read more about the characters.
(c/o NetGalley)

Goose by Dawn O'Porter
My rating: 1 out of 5 stars
I ended up not even finishing this one.  I'm not sure if I had a hard time connecting to the characters because this was the second book in the series and I didn't read the first one or what but I really couldn't get into this one.  The characters were supposed to be seniors but acted more like younger teens.
(c/o NetGalley)

Make You Burn by Megan Crane
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I always love a good Alpha male, especially when paired with another strong personality. I really enjoyed them together but was a little disappointed with the story. They made the big revelation that her father was murdered but then never really talked about it again. I guess she is probably just saving it for the next book in the series. It just seemed like it would have been better to have that resolved.
(c/o NetGalley)

The Memory Game by Sharon Sant
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this one.  I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to connect to the characters since this a shorter book but I really did.  The ending was bittersweet but I really liked it a lot.  I think I would have been disappointed if it would have ended any other way.  I love the way they grew from two people who didn't really like each other to much more.  The character development was great in such a short book.  It had me tear up more than once too!
(c/o NetGalley)

Fire Me Up by Rachel Johns
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The was actually the second book after Make You Burn (that I listed above), so I was really excited to read another story like that.  Unfortunately, I ended up a bit disappointed.  The ending just didn't make much sense to me... I won't say much more than that because I hate spoilers.  All of that being said I am really looking forward to the third book.  I hope it's more like the first one in the series.
(c/o NetGalley)

What Janie Wants by Rhenna Morgan
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the first romance I've read when the woman was older than the man.  It's almost always the other way around, so that was refreshing.  I was great to see their real-life type of struggles.  Zade was definitely a really dreamy type of guy.  I'm a sucker for artist types.  I enjoyed seeing how Janie changed from such a closed up person to finding a way to love herself again.
(c/o NetGalley)

The Piano Man Project by Kat French
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This story really blew me away. It reminded me of Jojo Moyes "Me Before You" in a lot of ways and I loved it. I found myself laughing out loud during some parts and actually tearing up at others. A great heart-warming story. I expected this to just be a bubbly easy romantic read but I felt like it was much more than that.
(c/o NetGalley)

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
"Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive."  This was a really dark thriller that left me depressed when I was done reading it.  I can't really even explain why without giving anything away but there were some things that I wanted answers to and never got and then waited for something "good" to happen and it never did. lol!
(c/o NetGalley)

Gypsy Beach by Jillian Neal
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Yep, another romance was needed after that last dark book.  I really like some parts of this book and then other parts had me rolling my eyes because they seemed so ridiculous.  It really made me crave a beach vacation though! lol
(c/o NetGalley)

The Major's Faux Fiancee by Erica Ridley
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Bartholomew was such a swoon-worthy guy.  I really loved his character but I didn't love Daphne as much.  She constantly felt sorry for herself, and then when anyone tried to get close to her or help her she pushed them away.  He had a really good reason to feel sorry for himself and she was constantly comparing random trivial things with his situation and I thought she was crazy.  I really loved the ending though.
(c/o NetGalley)

Simmering Ice by Veronica Forand
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A romance about a professional hockey player who lost his wife and a woman who has her own set of insecurities, falling in love. I really enjoyed their story a lot. Alec was such a sweetheart and I definitely understood Annie's insecurities. If I were in her shoes, I would probably feel insecure about my looks compared to the "model-looking" women too. I love series romances where you can read more about other characters in the book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
(c/o NetGalley)

All It Takes by Sadie Monroe
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A girl returns to her hometown to clear out her hoarder mother's house when she is informed of her death.  While home she meets Preston, a man that made a terrible mistake in his past and just got out of prison on parole.  The only job he can get is to help her clear out the house.  I really enjoyed this one. I only took away a star because that ending left so many things unanswered.
(c/o NetGalley)

Candidate: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I think I found my newest favorite author! I LOVED her first one (Premiere) and I loved this one too! At first I didn't realize that this was a series, until I got to the part where they mentioned going to Peter's show and I got all excited. What I loved most about both of these stories is how real the characters seem. There were so many really cute moments, like the testing of the cereals; but there were also serious moments too. Great story! I REALLY hope she continues with this series!
(c/o NetGalley)

Jax by Kelly Gendron
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A great a steamy read, but it also has a lot of real emotion in it too. I wasn't ready for the heat between the main characters. It was seriously off the charts! I love her girlfriends and Jax's brothers and I can't wait to read the next ones in the series. That cliffhanger involving Slade is going to have me wondering until the next book comes out. I need to know what happens!
(c/o NetGalley)

How to Get Dressed by Alison Freer
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is a book written by a costume designer of the stars so I was really excited about it, but unfortunately I felt a bit let down.  It's more for how to alter your clothing to fit you and things like that.  Much more of a reference guide then outfit suggestions like I thought.  I wanted colorful pictures of outfit inspiration! lol
(c/o Blogging for Books)

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A story about 2 damaged people trying to fall in love again.  The main characters had known each other for years and had attempted a relationship before but they are trying to do it the right way this time.  It was great seeing them work through each of their issues but eventually Stella's issues just got to be so repetitive.  It was great to see her grow as the book went on.
(c/o BookLook Bloggers)


(I received free galley's of these titles for an honest review, all opinions are my own)

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