I recently received the opportunity from Birchbox to review the book, The Vacationers by Emma Straub for their June Book Club. This is by far the best book I've read in a while. There were many parts that took me by surprise and made me wanting more. Typically it takes me a while to to finish a novel, but this is one I couldn't put down.
The book follows a family and their friends on a two-week vacation that celebrates several occasions. There are a handful of characters in the story, however it's not hard to follow their stories and makes you feel a part of their lives. The characters have their own flair and each bring a dynamic part to the read.
This book offers; humor, drama, advice and even a little sexual escapades that leaves you not wanting the story to end.
If you are looking for a quick summer read, I recommend this book hands down! Looking forward to July's book, The Bridesmaids, which I will also be reviewing.
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*This book was given to me by Birchbox & Riverhead Books for review purposes.
Over the past several months I have used various products up-makeup all the way to food....
Here is what I'm digging at the moment.....
Can't get enough of Covergirl's- Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation. I have purchased this product a few times over and talked about it a few times. I'm in the shade Classic Ivory. This is by far the best foundation out there. It provides the best coverage ever. (covers up dark spots). I love the fact that it has a pump-for easy application. The only downfall to this product, is that there is always product that is still left in the bottle, that won't pump out.
Tip: Use a Beauty Blender to apply Marc Jacobs Lip Lock in Makeout is a great moisturizing balm. I purchased this product at Sephora twice now. However, the second one that I purchased online has a weird texture and it's almost like it had melted once. I will be purchasing it again, since the first one I had was just fine. It has very sleek packaging and doesn't even feel that it's just a balm. Totally worth the money!
I have VERY long days at work and always want my makeup lasting the entire day, if not even longer. I have been using Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray for over a year now and couldn't be happier with the results. It feels light enough on your face that you don't feel you are adding an extra layer. I haven't found any other brands who have comparable products. I recently picked up a duo set at Ulta of a full size bottle and a travel size one. It was a great value.
Now what do I use to get rid of all that makeup at night??? Clean & Clears-Night Calming Makeup Remover Wipes. Now when I first saw these advertised I thought, I don't have acne, I don't need to use Clean & Clear products. Boy was I wrong! I am completely obsessed with these wipes. Not only do they make my face feeling clean, they actually take a away almost all, if not ALL of my face makeup. This is another product that I'll be buying for a long, long time.
Just like you, I try out a lot of different shower gels. While watching oodles amount of Youtube videos I came across the brand-Love & Toast. This brand can be found at Ulta. They have the best shower gel by far. My favorite scent and actually the only one that I have tired is- Sugar Grapefruit. Another added bonus from this product is the cute packaging.
I will have to admit I'm not the healthiest person in the world. With that being said at age 30, I decided to start taking a multi vitamin and what could be better than incorporating gummy like candy into that! I picked up the Vita Fusion brand at Target and couldn't be more pleased with how they taste. I have also notice my energy level during the day pick up.....so they actually do work :)
Junk Food: Now that's fitting after the health section :) I"m a sucker for a good cookie and when I saw these two cookies in the store I knew I had to try them. Now, the mint one wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but still fab. However, the Peanut Butter Cup Oreo is amazing! My only suggestion would be to use the actual peanut butter that they use in the peanut butter cups. Both are still fab and would repurchase in a heart beat.
Hope you enjoyed my favorite empties. What kind of products have you guys been loving? Any suggestions?
*This is not a sponsored post. These are my real opinions. So back off haters :)
Once again the company Influenster has given me the opportunity to review a voxbox. The newest theme-vowvoxbox. Now, I was a little confused on why I received this box, since I'm not getting married or even attending a wedding any time soon. However, the products that I received in this box can be used on any occasion.
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So, are you curious on what was included in this box? Here goes nothing!
By far my favorite product in this box was the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish in Barracuda. It's the perfect blue shade and I can't wait to sport this color this summer. The wand/brush of this polish is something that I have never seen before in any of the polishes that I have used. It's more of a flat, wide brush and you really have control over it. Love!
Just recently I have noticed more and more dark spots on my face. I call them age spots...either way I want them gone. It's a curse that has been passed down from my Grandma and as much as I want to embrace them, I just can't. Looking forward to trying out the Olay Regenerist Luminous tone Perfecting Cream. I was shocked to receive a full size of this product, knowing the retail value of it.
I have been looking for a new shaving cream, since the last one I bought from Birchbox was way over priced and not worth it at all. I have heard of Pure Silk before-a pretty cheap brand you can get at the drug store. I would have to say it did a much better job than my fancy-high end one that I had before. I also loved the Raspberry scent.
Who could go without a Tide-to-Go pen? Am I right, ladies!?! I have had several of these before and do they ever work well! So glad I received one in this box. Can't say enough about this product.
Last, but not least an EcoTools Pure Complexion sponge. I wasn't sure what this was at first. The texture of it kind of scared me, due to the fact that it even said it was for sensitive skin. However, I couldn't believe how soft this sponge got and how bouncy it was. I think I'm going to start using it in the shower with my morning scrub.
One extra thing that was in the box was a card to the website Riley & Grey (I had never heard of this site before) however, it looks like they offer websites for weddings. On these websites you can organize the guest lists, addresses, collect RSVP's and more. They also provide you with a 50% off code. Not sure how much the sites cost, but I won't be using that anytime soon....or maybe I will :)
Overall, these were some great products. I highly recommend them all. This VoxBox was a lot better than the first one I received a few months ago. I will actually get use out of these products.
Have you ever just come to the conclusion that you have officially run out of space in your closet? I have lived in my apartment for over 6 years and without a lot of storage space - everything ends up in my closet. I only have 1 bar and shelves on one side and no dresser. So, what's a girl to do?!?!
While searching the aisles of Target to find a solution, I came across a clothes rack, that unfortunately would not fit in my closet, but I could put in the corner of my room with my favorite pieces on display. It took some time to get used to, since I don't have a lot of space in my room, but so far I am loving it!
Instead of using my normal plastic hangers. I picked up some really cute teal "huggable" hangers, which gives it more of a classy look.
I used the ends of the rack to display my higher end handbags, shopping bags and hats. I also put my favorite shoes at the bottom.
Let me know some other ways you display your fashion items.
Yesterday I was at the mall with a few of my girlfriends and stopped into my favorite store, Francesca's.
What I'm going to show you next is one of the best things, hands down I've ever seen in kitchen tools out there....
This would make a great serving piece for a cheese board (my go-to party app!). I have it proudly displayed on my counter, as we speak.
I have found similar ones on Pinterest, but have never seen them in stores before now. Does anyone know of any other fabulous kitchen decor/tools out there?
Summer is upon us and what better way to spend it by using some summery products! Birchbox has put together an awesome special box to have you "swimming" through summer.
Once in a while Birchbox puts together a limited edition box for a season, holiday or other special occasion. I normally don't get sucked into boxes like this, since there are normally only 1 or 2 things that catch my eye. However, in this box EVERYTHING caught my eye!
This box is still available for purchase in the Birchbox store, so check it out!
The following products are essential for a perfect summer...
Looking to spend a lot of time in the pool or local lakes-You cannot forget to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat prior to taking a dip!
The summer sun (whether it's out in full force or not) can burn areas, that you didn't even know were possible! Protect those lippies with Coola's Liplux SPF 30 Original Formula. This lip product doesn't feel like sunscreen on your lips at all. Provides a light moisture, however don't forget to re-apply throughout the day!
Summertime is the time to go wild with your makeup and try vibrate colors you typically don't wear. Vasanti's Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Electric Navy will provide your eyes with a mermaidesqe feel. This waterproof eyeliner even has a sharpener on the cap for easy on the go application.
I don't know about you, but I love the way my hair looks and smells after being out in the sun or on the beach for a day. Captain Blankenship's Mermaid Mane Sea Salt Spray provides just that. This 2oz spray will provide just that and bringing back great memories of that perfect summer day.
Besides a colorful swimming suit, nothing says summer to me than colorful nails! Ruffian has exclusively created a trio of colors for this box. The Endless summer Collection sports colors such as, Endless Love, Blue Lagoon and Sahara. Not sure which one to pick first!
After a day out in the sun, nothing is better than freshening up prior to going out at night. Atelier Cedrat Enivrant Cologne Absolue Travel Spray. This spray has a hint of lime, juniper and mint (my favorite).
Finally, you might be wondering how can I sport a lot of these products
without a mirror?!?!? Have no fear! Birchbox always remembers the fine details. Stephanie Johnson has designed a "Mermaid Pocket Mirror" exclusively for Birchbox. This may be my favorite part of the box!
Hope everyone has a fab summer and what are some of the products you are using this time of year?
*This post was not sponsored by Birchbox and this box was purchased with my own funds.