You Should Be Reading…

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Beautiful Creatures
2009
4 STARS
After reading a glowing review about this book, I decided to pick up a copy myself (and by “pick up”, I mean order from half.com for $0.75 cents). I get all my books from there (used) and most of the time they look/feel/smell BRAND NEW. All you basically have to pay for is the $3 shipping fee. I never pay over .75 cents otherwise! Anyway, to the book. IT WAS SO MAGICAL! I LOVED IT! I’ve been reading it during my gym time when I’m peddling away on the bike, and I could barely put it down! It definitely HELPED my workout when I didn’t even wanna get off the bike because I wanted to see what would happen next. I don’t want to give anything away, but I would put this YA novel in the category of series such as Twilight and The Hunger Games, ALTHOUGH it is much more mysterious and full of more questions than Twilight was. For sure. The love story is adorable, and I couldn’t help but root on the main characters the entire time. I loved all the aspects to the book and there wasn’t a certain scene or character that I hated or thought the story could do without…. all around, an excellent read. Super addicting and magical and I just couldn’t put it down.

I DO HAVE SOME ADVICE UPON READING THE BOOK: I had heard that the movie Beautiful Creatures had just came out, but I didn’t look up any of the actors or watch the trailer or anything. I wanted all the characters to look and feel the way I wanted them to in my head. After finishing the book, I looked online at pictures from the movies and I was actually quite horrified. I didn’t picture any of the characters to look the way they do in the movie. Ethan looks like SUCH a dork. And Lena is NOT the beautiful vixen she is described as in the book. Kind of a let down. Not my problem though because I usually don’t like the movies based on the books I love anyway.

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White Girl Problems
2012
4 STARSThis book ALSO got 4 stars because although it was completely different, it was ultra fabulous. This book was HILARIOUS. I started reading it on the train and would a) have to hide the cover because I was embarrassed and b) would eventually embarrass myself anyway because I would be laughing out loud. A little too much. White Girl Problems is just soooo funny. I used to randomly check out Babe Walker’s blog but didn’t really get it. I just didn’t understand the humor or jokes or anything. This book filled me in!!! It is almost like a satire on insane LA girls who only concern themselves with their looks, figures, money, and shopping. This was an easy-read that also kept me guessing what was going to happen next. And with White Girl “Problems” such as “All I want for my birthday is for you to know what I want for my birthday without me having to tell you”, “I hate my horse”, “He’s not a doctor, a lawyer, or a prince”, “I need a therapist to talk about the problems I’m having with my therapist”, and “Maybe people would take me seriously if I wasn’t so hot”, there is bound to be a chapter in that book that will make you laugh. I mean, you hate her at the same time, but it’s a love-hate relationship. And NOW her blog is all the more fun to read! Now that I know all her crazy problems and issues. Fun, quick, summer read :]

Right meow I’m currently reading the second installment in the Beautiful Creatures series, Beautiful Darkness, but I have about 49348325 other books on my bookshelf that I have bought and not even opened yet! When I was younger I was OBSESSED with reading. Books were my favorite thing in the world. I would wake up supperrrrr early BEFORE school so that I could read whatever amazing book I had at the time. Yes, that obsessed. When I got to college, instead of reading as much, I would spend my free time doing other, ahem, “college”, activities. I want to get back into reading books more because I love it so much! Maybe posting these reviews will inspire me to get through more and more of my bookshelf! (Plus I’m always buying more… Can’t pass up $0.75 cent books on half.com!!!)

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Glossybox March 2013 Review

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I LOVE when I see my Glossybox waiting for me on my doorstep!!!! It’s one of my favorite boxes I get, PLUS this month it actually came early! I usually don’t receive the boxes until at least a week into the following month, so getting this one still in the month of March was such a nice surprise!! NOT TO MENTION THE AMAZING VALUE OF THE PRODUCTS INSIDE!!!!

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This month was titled “Spring Fling”, I absolutely love everything in it!!! The products were worth well over $90, and the box itself only costs $21/month. Which is completely fantastic and makes me smile! (It’s the little things in life…. 😉

Let’s get to goodies inside this month’s box!

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I love the card that Glossybox always includes with their boxes. It gives a great description of each product, the price of the full sized product on their website, and also a nice little letter on why they chose the theme/products included in this month’s box. Let’s get started!

Item #1 • Elite Models 
Intensity Eye Pencil, full size, $14.00 
I received this pencil in #02 Secret Grey, and although the tip of the pencil looked to me like it would be a very dark grey/almost blackish color pencil, when I tested it, it was superrrr shimmery, full of sparkles. I use eyeliner almost everyday, it’s one my staple beauty items, so I know this will get some great use! It’s also super smooth and easy to use. {Check it out here}

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Item #2 • Koh Gen Do Cosmetics 
Oriental Plants Emollient Cream, 0.28 oz, Full size: 1.06 oz, $123.00 
This is suuuuch an expensive cream! The full size is a little over an ounce and costs over $100! That’s crazy to me! But this is also why I love getting boxes like Glossybox. This is a cream that I would neverrr normally buy for myself, so it’s awesome that I can try a little bit of the luxury for such a small price. Getting introduced to these kinds of products is so fun and makes me feel fancy! It doesn’t really have a scent, and it definitely is an amazing cream. It made my skin sooo super soft and silky, but not greasy of course. Love it! {Check it out here}

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Item #3 • Modelco 
Cheek + Lip Tint, full size, $24.00 
Alright so this product ALONE pays for the entire box (actually, so did the sample sized cream, but anyway), so I knew it had to be pretty awesome. And it is! It’s not a super dark tint, it’s very easy to blend and isn’t actually as obnoxiously bright pink as the box and bottle are (colors that I love by the way!). It’s perfect for me. {Check it out here}

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Item #4 • Prestiche 
Essential Oil Bar Soap, full size, $17.99 
Another item I would never normally have it wasn’t for these boxes! Me and the bf usually just use Old Spice or Axe body gel, so getting a fun, fancy, girly soap makes me so happy! I got the Rosechella scent, and it smells super fabulous!! ALSO INCLUDED: a $40 gift card for Prestiche! This means I can buy 2 more bars of soap… at no extra cost to me!!! How awesome! {Check it out here}

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Item #5 • Sebastian Professional 
Shaper Fierce Ultra Firm Finishing Hairspray, 1.5 oz, Full size: 10.06 oz, $18.99 
Ok so I have this thing where I’m always nervous to try new hairsprays because I hate when I wake up the next morning and my hair is a hot sticky gross mess because of bad hairspray. I used to use Big Sexy Hair before I realized that it was the reason my hair was all nasty and ratty and sticky and gross. The only time I really use hairspray is if I like the way I actually styled my hair (which is not too often!! haha), so I’m scared that I might ruin my style with a bad product. I did read great things about this spray though, so I am willing to give it a try! {Check it out here}

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This box was fantastic! Definitely well worth the money, and the products will all be put to great use by me! :]

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all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Glossybox January 2013 Review

Jan 2013 Glossybox

Jan 2013 Glossybox

little card inside the box.

little card inside the box.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

wrapped up so pretty & nice.

Alright so there is my first Glossybox of the year and oh my gosh did I LOVE it! They usually send around 5 travel sized beauty products a month. The monthly subscription runs for $21/month. Usually you get your money’s worth with the high values of products included in the super fun boxes!

So what’s inside this month’s box???

goodies inside

goodies inside

list of items included.

list of items included.

Item #1: Estée Lauder: Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (0.1 oz)

(Full size $25.00/ 0.27 oz)

Mascara

Mascara

This came in the color “01 Extreme Black”. It has a very nice brush & works great on my lashes. I always think tiny samples somehow magically work better for me than normal large sizes…. hmmmm….

Item #2: fresh. : Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum (0.17 oz)

(full size: $35/ 1 oz.)

Serum

Serum

It doesn’t have much of a smell, which is a great plus. Haven’t tried to really use it yet, will see how it goes…

Item #3: Le Métier De Beauté: Replenishing Daily Solution (0.10 oz)

(full size: $225.00/ 1.17 oz)

Solution

Solution

Seems super fancy, will definitely try this out soon. 

Item #4: Narciso Rodriguez: for her Eau de Toilette Spray (0.02 fl. oz)

(Full size: $77-104 / 1.6 oz.-3.3 oz)

Perfume

Perfume

My spritzer part was kind of messed up on mine so it kind of sprayed strange, but all in all I think it’s a pretty good smell. I would definitely wear this perfume before a fun night out!

Item #5: OPI: “Can’t Let Go” Liquid Sand Nail Laquer (full size)

(Full size: $9.00)

Nail Polish

Nail Polish

This was my first Liquid Sand polish from their collection and I absolutely love it!!! It looks great on your nails and has just the right amount of sparkle! (I would have added a picture but my nails are just NOT in the best shape right meow)

Item #6: Sebastian Professional: Potion 9 (1.7 fl oz)

(Full size: $19.00/ 5.1 oz)

styling treatment

styling treatment

I’ve used some of their products in the past and have always loved them, making my hair feel and look great. This in particular is a wearable-styling treatment. I can’t wait to try it out.

Item #7: tarte : glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick (full size)

(Full size: $26.00)

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outside

i loved the casing!

i loved the casing!

This came in color “Fierce” , and is a very bright reddish color. One day when I’m feeling bold I’ll be giving it a try :]

I honestly think that Glossybox is such a fun and rewarding box of goodies to get every month in the mail. Sometimes they just feel like surprise goodie bags and you never know which item will be even better than the next one! This just keeps my blood pumping it’s so much of a great fun surprise, will all products that you know you’d at LEAST want to TRY.

Let’s take this box for example of how much we got for our money:

  • Full size OPI nail polish: $9
  • Full size tarte lipstick: $26

WE JUST MADE THE MONEY BACK FROM OUR BOX COMPLETELY & GAINED $14 WORTH IN PRODUCTS… and those are just TWO of the items from the full box!

All love & smiles :]

Mary Elyse