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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Falling In by Lydia Michaels Review






The debut of an emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance trilogy, in 
which love and trust are the most dangerous games of all…




With a dark past that would have shattered most people, Evelyn “Scout” Keats is doing what  no one in her bleak world thinks possible—getting off the streets and leaving her 
impoverished life behind. She’s a new maid at the luxurious Patras Hotel, and aims to keep her job no matter what. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to sacrifice her dignity, or let 
anyone into her heart. The risk of losing either is just too great.



When hotel tycoon Lucian Patras discovers Evelyn in a compromising position, he uses 
everything at his disposal to seduce her—a proposition that both surprises and frightens her.


Ignorant to her true circumstances, Lucian relentlessly pursues Scout as a prize to be won. But he is soon given an unforgettable lesson in love and sacrifice when he learns how far Scout has gone to gain her independence and discovers that there are some things money can never buy.




LOOK FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES, BREAKING OUT


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Review 
4 Stars



I have two truths about Falling In. Truth 1... I almost didn't read it based off the cover alone. 


Truth 2 the only thing I didn't like about it was that I didn't know it was book 1 of a trilogy.. info that is right in the description on Goodreads.. so thats my bad.


Okay now let's talk about the book itself. Falling In is WAY intense, or maybe I should say Lucien is WAY intense. Scout isn't really down on her luck, because luck is something she has been lacking her entire life. This isn't exactly your typical poor girl rich guy story, there is a lot more to it. I liked Scout.. I didn't LOVE her until the end and I hope my love for her character only continues to grow. I really like the surprise twist that came at the end, that I really had not seen coming it was totally left field. I truly couldn't put this book down it's sexy and intriguing a definite must read.



About the Author




Award winning author, Lydia Michaels, writes all forms of hot romance. She presses the bounds of love and surprises readers just when they assume they have her stories figured out. From Amish vampyres, to wild Irishmen, to broken heroes, and heroines no man can match, Lydia takes readers on an emotional journey of the heart, mind, and soul with every story she pens. Her books are intellectual, erotic, haunting, always centered on love.Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be found of Facebook or contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaels.org



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Claudine Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!




Don’t miss what Publishers Weekly calls a “splendid exploration of sensual performance” in this enticing debut erotic thriller…

Maria Lantos is a post grad Yale student researching illicit 18th-century literature. She’s become exceptionally well-versed in the narratives of classic erotic fantasy. She’s also Claudine, an in-demand escort specializing in sexual role play for an elite clientele.

Anonymous. Satisfying. And discreet.

Until the tenuous separation between her worlds starts to crack.

It begins with the murder of a stranger. Where it leads is to two men who will test Maria's limits of control and awaken her own sexual desires. As her private nights bleed into day, Maria will discover the dangerous places that extend beyond the imagination, and secrets no longer consigned to the dark.


My review for Claudine will be published 9-2  AMAZING BOOK!


Excerpt

     Show World Live! bore little resemblance to the infamous Times Square district Show
World club; the original naughty venue was long gone except for a tattered storefront on Eighth Avenue. In contrast, the new Show World Live! was aimed at upscale customers and boasted glitzy lounges with hourly strip shows. Booth babies danced naked amid blue and
pink bubbles in Plexiglas boxes. A tranny bar featured top-notch talent from the Bay area, and the porn cinema was made up to look like a grand old theater with plush upholstered seats and
velvet curtains tied on either side of the screen. Claudine was booked to perform two vignettes at the coveted Saturday night show for ticket holders in the club’s famous Round Room, and after, a private performance for a select client. She’d decided on a straight old-time burlesque show for her first act, and Lillian worked wonders transforming her into a likeness of the famous burlesque queen Lili St. Cyr…….
     The lights dimmed. The performing area, a bare circle of blond hardwood, was illuminated by a spotlight that left the booths in shadow. A pink divan at center stage sat beside a table
holding a fan of luxurious black ostrich feathers and an oversized perfume bottle, the old-
fashioned kind with a rubber squeeze top. The master of ceremonies, a short sprite of a man
dressed in tails and a white shirt, strode to center stage carrying a gold-topped cane.
     “Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, from the white lights of Manhattan, for one night only, the exquisite, the infamous, Claudine.”
     For an instant, her stomach pitched in fear. Would her stalker be out there, watching from one of the booths? Would he be bold enough to hurt her in front of everyone, thinking to
catch her off guard with a public attack? Andrei was stationed to one side of the entrance with a full view of the booths. As long as he was here she was safe. She calmed herself with that thought and the thrill that always came before a performance began to beat through her veins.
     The white-blue beam of the spot swept to the performer’s entrance. She heard the first notes of the music and stepped into the circle of dazzling light. Her platinum hair, styled in an updo,
was cinched with a wide ribbon of black chiffon to match the flowing semitransparent fabric of her floor-length dress. It glowed under the lights. She wore arm-length kid leather gloves that fit like a second skin and flashy high heels.
      Parading to the music, she shimmied, pivoted, struck various cheesecake poses. She gave her audience a sinful smile, winked, and thrust out her boobs in full burlesque mode, running her hands tantalizingly over her cleavage. Turning her back to the viewers, she wiggled her ass and unhooked the skirt of her gown, tossing it aside.
     The pleasure and playfulness of the dance gave her extra zing and for a moment she felt as though she could vanquish her unseen enemy by the sheer force of her sensuality. Only the long tail of chiffon and a tiny thong covered the crease of her bottom. She stepped saucily back into the spotlight, unhitched the tail and bent over so that her buttocks were on full display……..She kicked off her high heels, unfastened her stockings from her garters and rolled them down, slowly exposing toned thighs and shapely calves. She picked up the fan from the pink divan
and, holding it in front of her with one hand, undid the eyelets of the bustier at her back with the other. She tossed the bustier to the floor, and squeezing her naked breasts together, dipped
the fan down, revealing generous nipples glittering with rhinestone pasties.
      The audience went crazy…….. Then, to the delight of the customers, she fanned herself as if she were too overheated to continue. She pranced around a little longer, making sure that each booth occupant got a good look at her full tits and her round tush in the tiny black thong. She returned once more to center stage, where she reclined languorously on the divan, giving herself a spray with the perfume. Every move had a comic edge but she knew the men in the audience weren’t laughing. She felt their breath halt, their eyes on her—and savored every moment of it.



Author Bio:
The author is a bestselling, international award-winning Canadian novelist whose work has been published in twenty countries. She’s writing under the pen name Barbara Palmer, inspired by the famous 17th century English courtesan and royal mistress.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beauty Army One Month Subscription Giveaway!

Beauty Army is $12.00/ Monthly  $36.00/ 3 Months $72.00 for 6 Months and $132.00  for a year  (One month free).

BeautyArmy is a personalized beauty and personal care service.

One of the main reasons why I like Beauty Army so much is because you can choose ALL your samples! you fill out the beauty profile and it gives you the options best suited to you. Also they let you skip a month if you want and you can cancel anytime.  So I have decided to gift one of my lucky readers a ONE MONTH GIFT subscription! Yay! Since Beauty Army currently only ships to the US this is a US only prize! Good Luck! Now one of you can see why I am so addicted to these subscription boxes!




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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watching Over You Cover Reveal

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WATCHING OVER YOU COVER REVEAL
I'm so excited to reveal the cover for my upcoming book Watching Over You. The cover was designed by Louisa at LM Creations.
You can add Watching Over You on Goodreads!!


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Sabrina Moss was ten years old when her father disappeared without a trace. It was no surprise to her mother when she moved to London as soon as she graduated from college. Sabrina wanted to pursue her love of the theater and find out more about her father’s English roots. She wasn’t looking for love, but as soon as she met Ellis Cook, he awakened in her emotions that she never knew existed.
Ellis Cook is a man with no past and no future. He lives his life with one goal and that is to stay alive. The day he bumped into Sabrina Moss was the best and worst day of his life. There’s a vulnerability in Sabrina that captivates him, but also angers him. He tries to fight his emotions, but she brings out the light in his darkness.
They can’t help but be attracted to each other, but neither one of them knows that there are hidden secrets bubbling underneath the surface waiting to take them both down.
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No In Between Blog Tour




The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.

"Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."


Review 
5 Stars

Just when we thought we knew it all. When we thought it was all said and done. No InBetween reveals sooooo much more. Drama, intensity, steam, mystery sheesh for real this book has it all. So freaking much happens in this book! So much I want to tell you! But I freaking can't! I can't ruin the MANY mysteries revealed and the new ones that arise. Lisa Renee Jones has seriously outdone herself with this series, and I for one can't wait until I get to watch it on the small thing, I'm convinced it will be the greatest tv show like EVER. She gives us everything yet always leaves you wanting more. You never really know what's going to happen page to page, but you know that it will be amazing. This series is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ. 



About the Author


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists. 


Watch the video on casting for the INSIDE TV Show:



Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

No In Between Release Day LAUNCH!!

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Today we're having the release day launch of Lisa Renee Jones No In Between, book 4 in her Inside Out series. Read below for the book info and Lisa's amazing giveaway!!! :)

Release Day Blitz Participants:
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  No In Between Synopsis:
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The fourth in the Inside Out erotic romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, this steamy novel resolves Chris and Sarah's relationship and leads into Mark's story.   "Chris and I have faced our demons and bared our souls to one another in Paris. Now that we are back home in San Francisco, I want to believe that nothing can tear us apart. Not Ava’s accusations against me to the police, or Chris's fear that he will destroy me as he feels he did Amber. And not Mark, who was once too intimately a part of our lives, and who I can see crumbling inside out. He believes he is invincible, just as I want to believe Chris and I are invincible. We have to be invincible. We need each other too much for any other ending."
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  Lisa Renee Jones Bio: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed

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INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists. Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine. Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CEW Box reviews from Birchbox!




(photos from Birchboxes site)

Mass beauty Box $15.00




$5.00 off when you buy both!

UGH blogger just isn't letting me upload photos at the moment! if you click the links you can see the boxes and the products. I actually got both boxes for $23.99 along with a mystery sample pack and a pack of facial make-up remover wipes!  All in all I'd say it was a great deal! I used my Birchbox points and a free shipping code.


Mass Appeal box includes

Burt's Bees
100% Natural Lip Gloss in Spring Splendor

Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash

L'Oreal Paris Butterfly Mascara

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15

TRESemme Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips

I really LOVE every single product in this box, and they are all with in a very reasonable price point being they are your typical name brands nothing super fancy here but still a fantastic box!


Prestige Box includes

100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish

Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical recovery After Sun lotion

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream

Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Light

philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight

Lifestyle extras

Pocket Mirror & Toe Separators

I am super happy with this box, prices weren't included and thats okay because I have never heard of these products so I  already know they most likely aren't in my budget. That's okay with me. Thats what I love about this kind of box I get to try stuff that i never would have before at a very reasonable price.  I really think getting both these boxes with the discount is the way to go and as they are still both up on the site it looks like you still can, but they are only selling a limited amount!






Glossy Box August 2014 Revie

Glossybox $21.00/Month
  • Five surprise luxury beauty products
  • Delivered to your doorstep



This is my first Glossybox! I was super excited to get it. I'm totally in love with the packaging! My only complaint about them so far is IF you ever need to get a hold of their customer service I say GOOD LUCK! And they charged me for my second box before I even received my first... but they say this was because I subscribed so late in the month.

I didn't take individual pictures because I seriously just don't have time today! haha And tomorrow we are off to the amusement park, so i just wanted to get this out to you!


Mitchell and Peach Body Cream
Full Size retail $61.00

"A luxurious body cream containing pure English honey, organic cocoa, Vitamin B5 and shea butter to leave skin soft, nourished and delicately fragranced."


Ouch! I don't think I would ever pay that... but even I must admit it is some really nice lotion! Smells fantastic,didn't feel slimy and went on really nice. (Is it weird I was expecting a peach smell?)

Glamglow Youth Tinglefoliate Treatment 
Full Size retail $69.00

"This power-packed "facial in a jar" is said to work with skin's natural collagen to exfoliate, tighten pores, smooth texture, reduce fine lines and absorb impurities."



I'm am really excited to try this. I don't know if I suffer from any of those issues yet...  eeek I HOPE not, but I do love a good facial! Again a little pricey for my wallet but hey I have it so might as well try it!

Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum 
Full Size Retail $45.00

"Say hello to clear, radiant skin with this custom-blend of tone-improving Vitamin A, detoxifying chlorella and hydrating hyaluronic acid."

I gotta say that reading that made me go... Ugh.. that sounds scary. I don't really know what all that means and may seem a little intimidating but it must be good for our skin? Another product I'm excited to try and the price point seems more doable for me.

Philip B PH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist
Full Size retail $24.00

"A weightless, daily detangling mist that leaves hair shining and frizz free. This keratin-safe leave in toner works by adjusting the pH of tap water to seal the cuticle of your hair for smooth finish."

Sounds good to me. Ever since I started my subscriptions I've seem to gotten a lot of detangler/leave in conditioners. I have yet to find one that competes with It's a 10, but I am totally willing to keep trying new things, and I really hope this one lives up to its promise!

Malin+Goetz  Mojito Lip Blam
Full Size Retail $12.00

I've said it many many times I am a chapstick girl. This could possibly convert me though. I really really enjoyed it. I'm going to use it all and then am very likely to purchase more. I love mint.. I'm not a drinker so Mojitos aren't exactly my thing but this lip balm just might be. 


At this point in time I have actually cancelled this subscription. I still have one more box coming and if it wows me I will resubscribe but for the price and compared to Birchbox and Ipsy I just didn't feel it. 







Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August 2014 PopSugar Must Have Reveiw

Popsugar Must Have Box
Monthly for $39.95/month
3 months for $109.85 (save $10)
6 months for $214.70 (save $25)
1 year for $429.40 (save $50)

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First look


OH MY GOSH! My FIRST PopSugar must Have box. I am STOKED that it finally has arrived! I am so excited because this box gives you a little bit of everything, it's not all make-up or food. It's an awesome variety of totally new to me things! It is a little pricey but so worth it.


Kendra Scott Elle Earrings in Slate (also a 20% off coupon was included)
Retail $52.00

Not for me. Doesn't mean they aren't for some one else. When it comes to jewelry I'm a minimalist. 


Goodbyn  Purple Meal and Dipper Set 
Retail $8

Can we ever have enough of these? I had not heard of Goodbyn before but I have to say it seems to be really nice quality and totally something I could use like EVERYDAY.



Celebrate Cookie mix  Retail - $12.00

I have seen/heard about this company (all good things) for a while now, but I'm a baker I do my own stuff so it wasn't something I would buy for myself. I will totally be baking these tonight though the kids are SUPER excited. 

**Update**
These cookies are beyond YUMMY!




Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle Retail $10

I LOVE candle, but I hate paying high prices for them. I typically just buy those cheap glade candles.. ONE whiff of this candle I know that I have been very very wrong. It smells JUST like the Ocean. Like wow. i think this will make the ideal bathroom candle and I can pretend I'm at the beach.


Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel
Retail $22

I have never paid anywhere near that amount for shower gel. I don't know if I ever would either. BUT this stuff smells just like newborn baby. I was instantly transported back to those first days of holding a brand new baby.


Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip
Retail $22.00

This box could have been called The Smells Good box! Here we go again I have never paid anywhere near $20 on lip gloss, I think the most was like $10 from VS. If you have read my other posts I am NOT a lip gloss fan, it's always sticky and just doesn't feel right to me. Lush Fruit lip has broken the cycle! Not only that it SMELLS delicious!


thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar 

Last BUT not Least a Brownie Crunch bar! Um YUM!  I am doing a healthier lifestyle so this is perfect! Can't wait to eat it!












Love With Food August Review

Love With Food- $10/Month
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What is Love With Food? (From Love With Foods Website)
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Their subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, thee donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

First look

This is my first Love With Food box, and it was FREE all I had to do was pay $2.00 shipping. So needless to say I'm excited about digging into it! I can't resist a deal!


Crispy Cheddar Crackers by Back to Nature

Yumo! taste exactly like a Cheez-it!  It says savor the taste you loved as a kid but with out all the junk.  Well it for sure taste just like I remembered, I seriously haven't had a Cheez-it in forever. With my new healthier lifestyle I think these make a good fit!


(Sorry about the horrible photo!)

Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Potato Chips by Covered Bridge

The picture is awful I know... but hopefully the chips are not! I'm saving these for my hubby because he is a self proclaimed chip connoisseur (HAHA). But seriosuly I'm trying to lay off these kind of salty snack BUT i do totally plan on stealing 1...or 2. Its larger then a normal snack size bag but looks like it can be easily eaten in one sitting.


Kettle Sweet Peanuts by Love With Food.

Umm.. can they read my mind? Salty & Sweet is like my kryptonite. i couldn't resist these if I tried!


Cinnamon Grahams by Skeeter Nut Free

Nut Free isn't an issue in my house, but it is at my sons school. So I totally would buy these for birthday hand outs and what not. The kids devoured this bag mighty fast.. so I guess that speaks for itself.


Nutty Rice Bites with Blueberries by 180 Snacks

I'm a rice cake JUNKIE.. weird right? These are like NIRVANA for me. So much better then a rice cake. Crispy and sweet just plain delicious. 



Pineapple+Coconut Fruit Ice by Smooze!

Vegan dairy free pop. Hmm well I don't care for Pineapple or Coconut.. BUT my mom totally claimed this as soon as she saw it, it is currently in our freezer so she can eat... I'll let you know what she thinks!

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Lollipops by Yumearth 
Salty Caramel Apple Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road
Salty Peanut Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road

Kids LOVED the Lollipops, when I asked their opinions they said they're yummy and tasted like Cherry and Blueberry. Though the actual flavors were Googly Grape and StrawberrySmash.. but they're 7 and 9 haha The taffy didn't go over as well.. we split it I took a bite and they finished them I didn't get a whole lot of flavor from them. 

That's it! I think Love With Food is a totally awesome concept and I hope they sell lots of boxes so they can donate a ton of meals!










Saturday, August 9, 2014

August Beauty Box 5 Review

BeautyBox5  $12/Monthly

BeautyBox5 Every month they'll send you a mix of makeup, beauty accessories, hair, skincare, fragrance, body, and nail products and we can't get enough of. 

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First Look



Now what's inside?!


La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes- Retail $19.99 48 packets
They are said to remove even waterproof formulas super fast without irritating our faces or leaving a behind a residue. Well color me intrigued! I recently just became addicted to makeup remover wipes and just ran out! I will totally be using these tonight! Hopefully they do all that they say they can do! Have to say it's a very good sample size since I will totally get more than one use out of it.


Style Essentials Nail Polish Retail $7

Eh... Not a huge fan of glitter because it takes SO MANY COATS and never wants to come off. This will end up being given away at some point. I wish glitter polish wasn't such a hassle because these particular polish looks totally cute. On a happy note if I got some other sample polish this size I'd be totally happy with it. 


Purlisse Pur protect SPF 30 Retail $55.00 1.7oz

I really need to start using this stuff. I have to say I'm approaching 30 and have never worried about the damage sun can do, so now is as good as time as any to start! And this will be the first product I use! Looks like I can get roughly a weeks worth of use out of it so I'm happy.



Nanacoco Lip Gloss Retail $3.99 0.22oz
Again another thing I'm not a huge fan of..Lip Gloss. I'm a chapstick kinda girl. But I tried this anyway, because c'mon I PAID for it. It cemented my unlove for lipgloss.. sticky! Ugh I hate my lips feeling sticky. I will not let this stop me from trying lipglos because I hope to one day proved wrong!



Novex Brazillian Keratin Retail $19.50 2lbs
This was the item I was most excited about! I am very rough on my hair..coloring, blowdrying, straightening .. I put it through a lot. I have only very recently been introduced to these hair mask products and have been trying every single on I can find! So like I said I was excited to see this.  They call it hair food, which I find adorable. Now it says to leave in for 25 minutes which seems long to me (longest I've had yet was 10) but hopefully it will just work even better? I'll have to find something to do while I wait lol Can't wait if it delivers its promise to renew and reinforce my locks!

I'd call this box a wash for $12 I got some stuff I'll use and only a few I won't. Still excited to see what next month brings.