Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
I am a tea lover to the max so I was definitely super excited when I found out that the Frosty VoxBox from Influenster was going to have a holiday tea inside.  I had actually never tried a peppermint tea, so I couldn't wait to try Candy Cane Lane.

I was also happy that the tea was decaffeinated because, especially on cold nights, I prefer to drink my tea at night before I go to bed.

As soon as I opened the little package, I could smell the peppermint.  It was very fragrant and smelled amazing.  The taste was very delicate, not nearly as strong as I expected it to be.  I enjoyed the taste a lot and it was very easy on the tongue.

Even though I did like it, I have to admit that it isn't something I would drink often.  This is a tea that I would save for Christmas night or around the holidays.

Overall, it was very festive and great for the season.  I would definitely recommend it to others.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


I was really excited to hear that I was going to be receiving a lipstick in my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster.  I've never been huge on wearing lipstick so over the years I haven't acquired a great amount.  Now that I'm venturing more into the lip makeups, I get really excited at the prospect of getting new ones.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I heard the description of Sugar Plum.  It was being listed as a "frosty pink" and I immediately imagined something I would have worn in middle school.  Anytime I hear the term "frosted" I get nervous. I can't get the images of Katherine Heigl in Wish Upon A Star out of my head.

It is definitely frosted, but it isn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I have to say that I'm still not super crazy about it but I still plan on wearing it in the future.  I do think I will have to invest in some lip liner or a lip primer if I want to continue to wear this one for a long period of time, however, because it is really silky and smooth so it tends to feather around the edges of the lips.  This is something that annoys me majorly and is one of two reasons why I completely steer clear of lip glosses.

Overall, it's a decent lip color, especially for such a cheap price.  If I needed a cheap lipstick, I would definitely buy this kind again and I'm very curious about the other shades in this line.

So what do you think?  Do you think this lipstick works okay for me?  Have you given it a try?  What are your thoughts on "frosted" lipsticks?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mini Review: Rimmel London Eyeliner & Makeup Remover

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
I usually use coconut oil for my makeup removal.  I tend to find ways to save money and be as eco friendly, organic and natural as I can when it comes to beauty products. Coconut Oil is a decently priced for a jar and that one time buy lasts for quite a long time.
I've never used a liquid eye makeup remover before so I was very curious about this and wondered how it would stand up to my normal routine.  I'll be completely honest, when I first tried to use it, I put waaay too much product on my cotton swab and let me just say that even if the packaging says "gentle" it still burns when you put a cotton ball soaked with eye makeup remover to your eye.  Let's just call that "user error".

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review & Unboxing: Frosty VoxBox

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

When I first got the email letting me know that I was receiving another VoxBox, I was super excited!  I hadn't gotten a box since summer and as each month creeped along and I continued to see box after box being shipped out I couldn't help but be disappointed and wondered when, if ever, I was going to get another one.  I was definitely curious about what Christmas-time goodies were coming to me in the mail and grateful for each and every item.


*Full reviews for most of the products will be posted at a later date.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Title: #Hater
Series: The Hashtag Series #2
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Genre: New Adult College Romance
Format: Ebook and Print

It started with unspoken animosity. The bitter bite of jealousy. And now its full blown hate.
It was during my first football game that I first felt the first chill of hate. I looked it right in the eyes and felt its sticky tentacles reach out for me. I’d never experienced something so cold and empty before.

The effect of that look lingered, like an unspoken promise, long after it was gone.

Becoming a couple – becoming the other half of a campus celebrity wasn’t easy. I let down walls guarding my heart and he looked past my glasses and accident prone tendencies. Romeo and I are an unlikely match, a #nerd and a jock. But we made it.

And we’re happy.

Zach doesn’t want us to be happy. He wants Romeo to pay for getting him kicked out of Omega and for the night he spent in jail. He’s going to use anything and everything he can to get his revenge. Including me.

As the weather on campus grows cold and the days become dark, revenge becomes the center of someone’s life and the happiness Romeo and I worked so hard for is threatened.

I can’t help but worry that our love is going to be overshadowed by hate.

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Whispers From The Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins

Title: Whispers From The Dead
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Serenity's Plain Secrets

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.

Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.

And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.