Thursday, March 27, 2014

BB5 Unboxing & BellaPierre Makeup Base Review

Hello beauty babes! Today I've got an unboxing video of my  March  Beauty Box 5 to share with you, and a quick review of the BIG Ticket item that was in this months box... BellaPierre's Makeup Base!  Ive also got a little  sneak peek to what will be the in the April box, its a good one!
If you dont already know, Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month.
Cost: $12 / month, $30 / Quarterly, $99 / annually

March was a great month for BB5. I was truly excited for every product I got! You can see everything I got in MY March Box in this unboxing video:

I am excited to share with you a mini review of the BellaPierre Makeup Base!

I have actually been using this as an eye shadow primer since I got it, and I am really enjoying it. It does a great job at grabbing shadows and pigments and keeping them there longer, and making them look more vibrant. Below you'll see two eye shadows swatched both with and without the makeup base. As you can tell, with the makeup base the color looks richer and more opaque.

Because this makeup base is described as a "do it all" kind of product, you can also use it as a concealer to cover blemishes or dark circles. Now, I already have concealers I prefer to use on my eyes and other blemishes, but I did a little before & after to show you how well it works as a concealer if you choose to use it that way...

It covers pretty well as you can see. But I would be sure to use in conjunction with a nice moiturizer as well so it wont look or feel to dry. ♥

If you are interested in signing up for BB5, check out the sneak peek for April: 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bulu Box - Health, Nutrition & Weight Loss Products

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hello friends, and thank you so much for taking some time to stop by and visit me. ♥ Today I am thrilled to be telling you about a subscription box service, that is different than most you have probably heard about, plus Ive even got a great DISCOUNT for you too! I know there are all kinds of subscription box services. But when I think about them, I tend to think of beauty, fashion and accessory items... What about you?

Well today I want to tell you about Bulu Box! Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you.

When I saw the opportunity to work with Bulu, I jumped on it! Being someone into fitness, health and weight-loss I thought this sounded like a fabulous idea! I was super excited to receive my box, and did a fun little unboxing video, sharing what I got - and even sampling one of the products... What the video to see my reaction and first thoughts! After the video, I will break down what I got with mini reviews on all the items. ♥

Below you'll find a break down of what I got, and also my thoughts on them....

1. Mediterranean Snacks Tapaz 2 Go.

Description: Beat the temptation to hit up the drive-thru with Tapaz 2 Go;s single serve pouch of lentil crackers paired with protein-rich hummus. This convenient gluten-free, non-GMO mini meal will come to your grumbling tummy's rescue. ($17.94/6 mini meals)

My thoughts: I have never tried hummus before (is that weird?)! I am sort of a picky eater and tend to NOT stray from the food I KNOW I like. So I was very curious to try this, and possibly expand my food options. :) I must say I liked it ok. The flavor wasn't bad, in fact it sort of reminded me of those chimichanga burritos. I admit I didn't finish it all, there is quite a bit in there... Definitely enough for a mini meal! Over all, I didnt hate it, but didnt love the flavor either. It was just ok, and I would eat it, but it wouldnt be my first choice. Still I was glad I got to try something new. Now I know what hummus taste like!

2. Beauty Bursts.

Description: Beauty Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews. Beauty Bursts contain collagen type 1 & 3 to firm and smooth the skin while also improving hair and nails. (19.95/60 chews)

My Thoughts: I am VERY intrigued by the idea of this product! I cannot tell you for sure how well it works from one chew, but I am curious enough that I sort of want to buy a bag to try out! $20 for 60 chews sounds like a great deal.... If you watched this video you saw me try this. The taste is good, as I said in the video the flavor almost reminded me of an oatmeal raisin cookie/protein bar. It was good, but I would probably like to try the other fruit flavor. I also think these yummy little chews could be a good way to help curve a sweets craving too.


Description: Have your best workout, every workout. N.O.-XPLODE produces maximum energy and puts your body into manual over-drive. With intensified focus, power and performance, N.O.-XPLODE produces maximum efficiency during your workout and incredible pump. Increases your training standards and increase your fitness output. ($29.99/30 Servings)

My Thoughts: I actually really liked this stuff. I took it as directed 30 minutes before my workout and definitely felt more energetic and focused for my workout. I also felt it helped me keep going in my workout, usually after a certain amount of time, I get tired and cant wait to finish up and go home. But I didn't feel like that when I drank this. I felt like I could have kept going and worked out longer, if I didn't have to go home! It had a great flavor (blue raspberry) though I didnt like it much so concentrated... It says to mix with 5-12 ounces of water, so that was all I mixed it with. I felt that made the flavor too strong, but I drank it all like that anyways. Afterwards I re-filled my water bottle up with ice water, (without rinsing) so the flavor still remained. And that was a much more subtle and nice flavor. I am not sure if it really matter much if you add more water... But I think it would have tasted better with more water. Either way though, this did what it said it was supposed to, and I really enjoyed the boost in energy it gave.

4. Body Glove Surge Enery Gel.

Description: Go the extra mile... Or two. Surge Energy Gel is the first all natural energy gel specially designed to extend endurance and give you lasting energy so you can maximize every workout. ($25.12/12 packets)

My Thoughts: I gave this a try before my workout the day after trying the N.O.-XPLODE drink. And I was actually really nervous to try this.... I literally was making a face, thinking it was going to taste nasty. But when it hit my tongue I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of chocolate! I hadn't realized that it said it was chocolate flavor (at the very top)! So it was good. I liked the idea that its all natural, I dont think many energy drinks are! With this one, I definitely felt a sudden surge of energy kick in. Only with this I didn't feel like my energy lasted any longer than normal. I didn't feel any kind of "crash" either, however I feel like this only gave me a boost of energy for 45 minutes. As opposed to 2-3+ hours I felt with the no-xplode.

5. Smarty Pants Adult Multi-Vitamins.

Description: Vitamins so tasty you'll never miss your daily dose again. Smarty Pants Adult Multi-Vitamins  are tasty, all in one, gummy vitamins that also contain added Omega-3's and Vitamin D to jeep your body running at peak performance. ($29.95/30 Servings)

My Thoughts: YES PLEASE! I LOVED these. VERY yummy! I'll admit from time to time when I want some sweets, I will sneak a gummy or two from my kids' fruit snack packs! These are just as good, PLUS good for you. Win-win. Ive been meaning to start taking a multi-vitamin... Just have not made time to look into them yet. So I am glad I got to try these... They have got me sold. AND I must say that in MY OPINION, the best part about these is that the daily dose (serving size) is 6 gummies. That may not be something that people think about... But think about this, when you try something yummy how often do you want more than just one? If you're like me, its most likely ALL the time. So you get to enjoy 6 gummies, like you would be enjoying a sweet little snack.

6. Rootology

Description: With a new, more potent formula, Rootology is the best blend of concentrated herbal extracts that work individually and in concert with one another to immediately support nasal, sinus and eye health for dramatic seasonal allergy relief without a prescription. Stay healthy to stay active. ($18.99/40 count)

My Thoughts: Ok, so at first I wasnt sure about if I'd even be able to use these, because typically I dont have any allergies! However, after thinking about it and reading about these, I realized that I have been sort of congested a lot lately. I have not had a cold or any further symptoms of being sick.. Still I have been congested in my nose/throat a lot lately. Which I assume must be from some kind of allergy, or maybe because our house gets so dusty so fast! So I decided to go ahead and give these a try to see if they made any kind of difference in that! I appreciate the fact that they sent two packets to  give it a good try. I can say that I do believe they have made a difference! This isnt something I feel I really NEED, but its good to know if I feel like I will need some kind of allergy relief... These will be of use.

My over all thoughts of this box? I absolutely LOVED it! I used and enjoyed every product! I liked this box so much so that I decided to continue working with Bulu box and even joined their Ambassador program! And because of that I also get a really AMAZING Discount for YOU!

So if you want to join Bulu you can get 50% OFF any Bulu Subsciption with code: BULUGAN802

PLUS, for a limited time you can get 50% OFF + $5 back in Rewards Points!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Marriage - Removing The Plank.

Hello friends, and thank you so much for joining me today. I am so pleased, to tell you that I have joined up with a few other amazing Christian bloggy friends, to bring you a mini series (a post every Tuesday for the month of March) on Marriage

Check out the linky party below to visit each of my friends blog posts, and what they are sharing on marriage. We plan to bring you some some hope and encouragement, and how God has brought love and healing out of the times of suffering our marriages have endured.

This series will be very personal, and even emotional. But its my prayer that God will use our stories to bring hope, and encouragement to others. We all have different stories, not just we who are sharing them, but YOU who are reading this. Though our stories may be different, there are a couple things that are the same... 1. We will all go through hard times and struggles, and 2. God can and WILL bring us through those rough patches, if we trust and rely on Him to do so.

If you missed my previous posts, I encourage you to catch up... Find part one here: "A Marriage Doomed From The Start", part two here: "Marriage in the Midst of Tragedy" and part three here "Marriage On The Verge Of Divorce."

Before I continue with my story, I would like to note: If there is any physical abuse/ harmful addictions in the home - Please do NOT stay quiet. And I dont mean go blab about it on facebook and spill your dirty laundry, I mean go to authorities, or a pastor for help. You may have to separate to be safe. Change can still come and healing too, but staying in danger, staying quiet in physical abuse or allowing someone to live a life of sin and not take action is not ok.

I left off last week, separated from my husband... I thought my marriage was over and I was devastated....

...I cried out to God. I thought there is no way this is the end. So Prayed, I asked God to show me what I could do, what could be done. It was then that I realized that a big part of The Hubs problems, OUR problems was... ME. Yes, you read that right.

I, for reason I felt were valid at the time, was withdrawn, very in-affectionate (I'd push him away), and hardly ever wanted to be physically intimate with him. God revealed to me something I never would have thought on my own... That it was my fault, just as much as it was The Hubs. It wasnt any ONE person's fault. Our marriage was in trouble and we were BOTH to blame.

---- I'd like to add something in here, this Sunday at church the message was on 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (Widely known as the LOVE chapter of the Bible). What a perfect time to hear this message... It really spoke to me, and a lot of the points mentioned lined up very well with my blog post today. I am mentioning this, because a little story/example was shared that I also want to share with YOU. And it reflects the points I am going to be making in today's post. 

"A Couple is in a boat together. They soon discover there is a hole in the boat and that its sinking. Well one spouse point out in blame to the other 'Hey Your side of the boat is sinking!'."

--Now what good does that do? BOTH people are in a sinking boat and need help.--

See how it does no good to point out each others flaws or cast blame? When a marriage is in trouble, I believe we all tend to want to do this... "Well he did this", "well she said that". Well guess what people? If we dont stop casting blame and pointing fingers, the boat will sink with both of you in it! ----

Continuing on with MY own story... 

So what did I do when I realized I was just as much to blame? I started praying more so that God would change me and MY heart, rather than JUST praying for God to change The Hubs. Yes I still prayed for my husband, but mostly for non specific or non blame related things...

You KNOW what I'm talking about....
 "Dear God, please make my husband realize what a jerk he is. Please help him realize he should do "this" more and "that" less. Amen"

Ok, I'm not the only one who has done that right? Right!?

So yeah... I STOPPED praying like that, and started LIFTING The Hubs UP to God.. God already knew our situation... Telling God all the ways The Hubs was wrong didn't serve any purpose except validating myself. Which was a worldly way of looking at our situation. And a way that would NOT resolve our marriage or conflicts.

My prayers for my husband were just that his heart would be softened to Gods hand and work, and to just be open and receptive to God's word. Doing this allowed me to not constantly focus on all the faults of The Hubs. I DID, however, pray very specifically for my own faults. I also prayed  to be softened and receptive to God's work in me!

 With all this talk about "blame" and "fault" am I saying that either spouse deserves physical, verbal or emotional abuse because of their flaws or mistakes? No, NO, NO! But as I think back about it, I realize that I was not just an innocent victim of those things... Had I been completely perfect (which no one is) I could call myself an innocent victim. But the truth is, I wasn't. 

Again, no one deserves that abuse, but realizing I may have instigated or caused that kind of reaction in my husband was key to resolution of conflict. Had I put all the blame on my husband and refused to think I needed to make a change in myself - only thinking HE needed to change - well we may not still be married - nothing would have been resolved.

And that does not go against what I said (in my previous posts) about God being big enough to fix anything... What I mean is that if we are not WILLING to allow God to work in us - He wont! God gave us free will, He wont force our hand. We will have consequences for our actions (and reactions), like Divorce. And that's not God's fault, its our own.

Realizing there were no real innocent parties in our (at the time) broken marriage opened me up to changes that God needed to make in me. It helped me to become a better person in general and in turn a better wife. I had to realize the work that God was doing in my husband was really not my job....

Matthew 7:3-5 speaks volumes to me of this: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Wow, what an EYE Opener (pun intended - ha!) How was I to "FIX" my husband, when I needed a lot of work myself! Hello GIANT PLANK IN MY EYE! 

So, how was I to go about removing the "plank" from my eye? How can YOU remove the plank from your eye? Only with God's help was it possible... Ask God to reveal to you from His word, any failures in your own attitudes, actions or spirit. Then cooperate with Him to become all He wants you to be!

Right now you may (or may not) be thinking... Ok, so what about my spouse? Are they getting off easy? Well here is the thing... Even if your spouse does not work to improve the marriage, that does not mean that you dont have to either! If you know what is right to do, and if  you want to please God, you need to follow His will regardless of what another (your spouse especially) does. We must be willing to allow God to work in us, AND, do some hard work ourselves. 

Believe that when you choose to do what you know is right in God's eyes, when you do His will, he will bless you . Even when you must suffer. I can say that with much confidence, because I have been there! There was a time when I felt like I was doing everything I could to save my marriage, when The Hubs was doing everything he could think of to break me and destroy our marriage! (I touched on that a little bit in my last post.) I believed strongly that God would bless me for holding strong to what was right in my time of suffering, and through the conflict.

However as you know there did come a time when I needed to take the kids, leave our home and The Hubs. I was crushed, hurt, felt broken and lost. Still, as I have been talking about here, it was in that time that God opened my eyes to my own faults. He used this time (because I allowed Him to, in fact, I sought after Him) to work in me. To mold my heart to His and make some important changes in myself, my actions and my way of thinking. 

And in the end He did bless me. He fulfilled His promise to me. He worked on me, AND He had been working on The Hubs too. It still took a lot of work but, obviously as you know... Our marriage survived. But I will get to that a little bit later....

Back to playing the blame game, or the innocent victim role... Let me tell you, that only leads to resentment, grudges, and unresolved conflict. But when you succumb to Gods will and plan for your marriage, when you have faith and trust that He can and will restore yourself, your spouse and your marriage, you will be blessed. Maybe it takes just you starting to make a change, being softer, being kinder, being whatever God has revealed you to be or to change, in other words "Removing the Plank" to start a revival in your marriage.

This is not to say you'll now live happily every after. After all, we are humans we will make mistakes, disagree, and have arguments. Life will throw us curve balls and we will have our highs and lows. But in the long run, placing our faith, trust and marriage in God's hands will be the best for everyone - Ourselves, our spouses, and our children too.

So curious minds want to know.... What happened between The Hubs and I? Well after about 2 weeks or so, around 1:30 am, I got a call from The Hubs. My heart raced, I was happy and scared at the same time. I did the only thing I could think to do... I prayed! I prayed for God to give me strength, and also wisdom on what I should say, how to speak and react to the call. During my prayer, the phone stopped ringing. And my heart sank a little bit, but I continued to pray... And the phone rang again, it was The Hubs, and this time I answered.

To make this already long story, a little bit short, I will just say that we talked for hours. Literally until about 8 am. The Hubs wanted me to come back and for us to work things out. I felt God telling me not to just go and give in so quickly, though believe me I wanted to say yes and run home to him... As pathetic and sappy as that sounds. But God was telling me wait. Wait and I will bless you. 

So we sort of had to talk and figure things out. Come to agreements about things. God was still working on me, and yes even working on The Hubs. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, we had still not been going to church or even attempted finding a church home. We agreed to make that a priority. We also agreed we needed {Christian} marriage counseling, and there were some other things in there. But the main thing is that we got back together.

Its been a long, rough road since then, but here we are 5 years later, our marriage better, and stronger than it has ever been. We found a wonderful church home which we are both actively involved in. We have both changed so much, for the better and grown in our relationship with God. We still have our ups and downs. We have had to have much prayer, and have had to get help from our pastor, and things didn't just get easy for us. But they have gotten easier, as we continue to put our faith and truth in God.

Ok friends, that is all for my series on conflict and revival in marriage. I'd like to note that there is so much more that goes into making a marriage work, and having great marriage. I only touched on a couple things here, because these are some things that I learned in my marriage's time of trial and conflict. And also, because there is only so much you can fit into one blog post. Still, I truly hope and pray this series has served to to help and encourage all who take the time to read it. I know this last post was pretty long, so I appreciate your time here with me and pray that God blesses you and uses my experience (my testimony) to be of help and use to you. ♥

If you missed my previous posts, I encourage you to catch up... Find part one here: "A Marriage Doomed From The Start", part two here: "Marriage in the Midst of Tragedy" and part three here "Marriage On The Verge Of Divorce."

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Little Cosmetics Review & Giveaway!

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Hey beauty lovers! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am excited... Aren't I always excited? But seriously, I'm excited today because, not only do I have a fun review and giveaway for you,  but I also have a sweet little guest with me today!

My niece Kaydence is here to help me review Little Cosmetics! You'll see her priceless reaction to the makeup, and watch her use it on herself and me in the video below. Kaydence is only 2 years old, but takes after her Aunt Ria, with a love for makeup! So when the opportunity to review Little Cosmetics came up, I instantly thought of Kaydence and had to apply. 
We received the Little Cosmetics Essential Set to review, which includes the following items:
  • One Pressed Powder Compact
  • One Pink Blush Compact
  • One Lip Gloss with Roller Ball
  • One Glitter Pot
  • One Eye Shadow Palette
  • Five Piece Makeup Brush Set
  • Pink Organza Carrying Bag 
Before I continue on I guess I should explain that Little Cosmetics is pretend play makeup that looks and feels so real, but is completely mess free! Kaydence has been known to get into and make a mess of her mommy's makeup. :( So I definitely think she needed her own.... I'm so thankful Little Cosmetics could provide that! And if you have a little makeup diva in the making too, then you're in luck because you have a chance to win some Little Cosmetics, via the rafflecopter widget below. But first, you MUST watch this video and see her adorable reaction to her Little Cosmetics!!

Now if you would like a chance to win an Essential Makeup Set (like the same set we got), 
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Spring Inspired EOTD

Hello sweet friends, and happy Monday to you! Thank you so much for stopping by. ♥Well Since Thursday was the first day of SPRING, I was inspired to create a bright Spring Inspired look to share with you.

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Like I said, this look was inspired by Spring. I was thinking Spring flowers. So went with yellow, like the center of a flower. Then gradually going to orange and pink like a beautiful blooming flower. And of course green for the leaves...

Rather than leave my lips a nude color, I went for a bonus pop of color. This lip color 'Flaunt', can be a very bright vibrant coral orange color. So I toned it down just a smidgen, by using NYX jumbo Pencil in 'Milk' to line my lips first. This made the lipstick come off a lot softer and more pastel... Which is also very "Spring".
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Details on this look:
MBA Shadow Poxy (Primer)
MBA Shadow Lemondrop
MBA Shadow Gossip
MBA Shadow V.I.Pink
MBA Shadow Champagne
MBA Shadow Jealous
ELF Liquid Eye Liner
Maybelline Define-a-Lash Mascara

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil 'Milk'
MBA Lipstick 'Flaunt'
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Friday, March 21, 2014

WNW Mega Last Matte Lipsticks Review & Swatches

Hello friends! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. ♥  Well I did a little shopping today at CVS... I only intended to see if they had a certain lipstick from Wet n Wild, because I had recently heard about these really affordable lipsticks (only $1.99) in super cute shades. 

One really struck my eye was "Pinkerbell"... So I thought Id give that ONE a try to see if I liked them. Well I was bummed to find my CVS did NOT have the shade I wanted. :( Boo... BUT on the plus side, I came in at the right time. Turns out CVS has a sale on WNW (among other sales) this week, which was buy one get one 50% off.

Well, that just gave me the urge to pick up a few (6) shades to try. I figured if I didn't like them, at least it wasn't a huge loss. However I am happy to say that I LOVE these! I am extremely impressed by them, and plan to get more soon. And hopefully I can find the one I originally wanted too!
So, these are supposed to be long wearing with a semi-matte/cream finish. I will say that they can go on a little chalky/dry. However, I found that if you put a little bit of lip balm on before you apply the lipsticks, they glide on super creamy and easy.

As for them being long lasting, the claim is that these lipsticks should last 4 hours! I did not put them all to the test of time... However I totally believe they will be long wearing. Most of the ones I tried have a bit of a staining affect to them, which helps them stay on a long time!

Even after I wiped the last swatch (Sugar Plum Fairy) off my lips, I still had a nice color stain. After that I applied a lip gloss, and that color blended with the gloss and stayed on my lips all day!
Alright, I guess I should tell you what colors I got right? Here is a list of the ones I got, in the same order of the swatches as in the photo above:
901B Think Pink
966 Dont Blink Pink
905D Smokin Hot Pink
910D Red Velvet
965 Cherry Picking
908C Sugar Plum Fairy.
Below you can see them swatched on my lips, with two lip photos. The top one shows the lipstick on in natural light, the bottom one shows the lipstick on in natural light with a camera flash. 
I tried my best to reflect the colors as true as possible, but of course the colors will vary slightly to seeing them in real life.







I never thought I would have such a hard choice picking a favorite. But I really LOVE all of these colors. Even the darker more vampy 'Sugar Plum Fairy', which I felt would be totally out of my comfort zone....

Maybe you can choose? Which is your favorite?

So my over all thoughts:
LOVE THEM. The Price is great (even better one sale!) but at $1.99 for this quality and color pay off, you cant beat it!

The only bad things I have to say is as I mentioned before, these can be somewhat dry/chalky... But again, adding a touch of lip balm before applying solves that problem completely!

And the other thing would be packaging... Its very light/cheap packaging, that I was worried could break easily. Also with that, the lids seem to be a pain to take off. You have to pull real hard, and a couple times I nicked the lipstick. :( AGAIN, at $1.99 per lipstick, its not that big a deal.

So for the price you sacrifice packaging, however the product itself is amazing! I highly recommend!

Much Love & Hugs,
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