June Favorites


Swim Suit

I bought this cute two piece at Target

Wine and Canvas

This was so much fun! I went with a group of friends and I can wait to go back to do it again!

crest whitening strips

I have very sensitive teeth so i was scared to whiten my teeth. However, years of coffee drinking was really beginning to stain my teeth so I decided to give it a go. And these were so gentle they didn’t hurt my teeth at all! And it really worked! The directions say to use everyday for a week. But i just put one on when I feel like my teeth are getting yellow.

Captain America Civil War

It completely lived up to my expectations! It was funny, but also full of action.

Gwen Stefani Eye shadow Palette


I’ve pretty much been using this for about 3 months straight. The colors are so natural that they are great for everyday wear. And they go on super buttery and blend really well.

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Collection

I was a little weary to put charcoal in my hair, but I really enjoyed this collection. I used the shampoo and conditioner in a little over 1 month because it was the only one I would reach for. It felt like it was really cleansing my hair and getting all the gross stuff out, which feels extra good when you go to the beach all the time.

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick


I love, love, love this highlighter! It’s a cream highlighter that is supposed to look good on all skin tones. I especially love the gold sparkle it has, it makes me look so good in the sunlight. It also blends right into the skin and make you look dewy naturally.

NYX Soft Creme Matte lipstick in Milan

This is such a pretty color. It does layer a little funny, but the color is so nice I can look over that.

And I Darken by Kiersten White


I have been in a bit of a book slump lately. Even good books I can’t be bothered to pick up. However, I couldn’t put this one down! It’s a fiction take on Vlad the Impaler and as an extra twist the author made Vlad into a woman! It’s one the best books I’ve read in awhile and is not in my top 5 favorite books of all time. The story was so rich and the characters so well developed that i didn’t want it to end. Luckily it’s the first of a saga so there will be more!

Summer Dresses

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I have tried to watch this month ago but didn’t like it so I stopped after episode one. Then I kept hearing about it and everyone was raving about it so I picked it up again. I’m so happy that I gave it another chance because it was so much better the second time. It’s so funny and I love how they sneak a lot of the jokes into little details that people might miss so you really have to pay attention. I binged in 3 days and now I’m so sad I have to wait for the next season.

*Disclaimer: I received the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick and the book And I Darken for review purposes.

Tell me some of your June Favorites! Am I missing out on anything?

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All The Light We Cannot See Book Review

Wow, this was such an incredibly heavy book. I wasn’t prepared for all the emotions I was going to experience throughout reading it. World War II is a dark and complex subject as it is and it is made even more so by the use of the POV of children.

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530 Pages

Published May 6th 2014

This book lulled me in with a false sense of security. The chapters were short and easy to read. There was a slight whimsy to the narrative and the happiness(or at least comfort) of the children made me feel like this may not be the extremely depressing book everyone was talking about. But nope, as the story went on it got more and more real. Although sad, the story was amazing and took the reader to so many places and emotions. I felt like a wreck after finishing this book, but in a good way.

This has to be one of the most developed stories I’ve read in a long time. The two narratives were great in that they allowed the reader to see the war from two very unique perspectives. It was also interesting to read through the point of view of a blind girl. I thought it was very well done and made it unlike anything I’ve read before. This book showed the horrors of WWII but also added some special moments to show how strong people can be in the worse of times. Even though this was dark and wasn’t afraid to push you to the edge, it also gave me hope. And I think that was the point, that people can do extraordinary things in times were many were forced into hiding and conformity. There was also a bit of fantasy mixed in which added some lightness to the story, but also left me a bit confused.

I will admit I didn’t like the end, it was a little too depressing for my taste and left me feeling like I didn’t get closure on the characters. It wasn’t the wrap up that I was hoping and expecting for. But, unfortunately in real life we don’t get the happy ending and that is true for fictional ones as well.

This is a very popular book, so if you’ve read this please let me know what you thought of it.

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*Now while I did receive a review copy of this book it expired before I read it so I actually bought this book as well and that’s the book this review is based on.

The Curse of the Bruel Coven Book Review*

I love all things New Orleans, Witches, and Vampires. So when I read the blurb of this book I was hooked immediately. It had everything I could want in a book and I was so excited to begin reading, or so I thought.

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184 Pages

Published June 3rd 2016

This book is pretty short and easy to read quickly. It’s about a girl named Vivienne who had recently lost her mother. While goig trough pictures, she finds one of her and a woman who looks just like her. She discovers she’s adopted and goes looking for her birth mother, who lives in New Orleans. Instead she finds herself entangled in fight between covens…oh and her mother has been kidnapped by a vampire.

I really wanted to love this book, but I found the writing lackluster and the story was rushed. Everything happens so fast, it took me out of the story. There are also a lot of characters and they get introduced so quickly I had a hard time remembering who was who.

However, I did like it overall. It captures the feeling of New Orleans and the atmosphere was on point. Also, I truly enjoyed the journal/dream sequences. The romance and history was well written and I would read as quickly as I could through the chapters waiting for another one of the sequences.

It is a series, and while it didn’t absolutely blow me out of the water like I had hoped, I will read the next book because this one ended in a way that I’m excited to find out what happens next.

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*I received a review copy this book in return for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

And I Darken- A New Take On Dracula Book Review*

There has been so much hype around this book, and that scared me at first because most of the time when a book has a lot of hype surrounding it, it doesn’t live up to it. But OMG did this book meet the mark. This was one of the books that took me weeks to read because I was savoring every last bit of it.

 

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496 Pages

Release date: June 28th 2016

Series: The Conquerors Saga #1

What grabbed my attention when learning about this book was how it puts a new spin on the Dracula tale. While it’s more true to the real life of Vlad the Impaler, it switches it up by making him…a her! I thought that was so unique and I couldn’t wait to dive in immediately.

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point. -Via Goodreads

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The story follows Lada and her brother through their childhood into young adults. I love how much depth and character development occurred through out the book. Both of them lived in a cold environment without much family love. And then they are suddenly thrown into a whole new world and all on their own. Following them as each of them coped, leading them to become the person they grew up to be.

To be honest, I have nothing bad or negative to say about this book, which is extremely rare. I absolutely loved it and it is now in my top 5 favorite book of all time! Wow, this just completely blew me away. It was so rich and full of unique characters, and there is at least one that each reader will be able to relate to. But what I really loved were the descriptions of Wallachia and the different parts of the Ottoman Empire. The world building was fantastic, and I really felt transported to another time while reading. The plot is full of turns and will keep you glue all the way through. I love historical fiction, and this was so much fun to read from that aspect as well. I so sad that I have to wait another year for the second book, I want to read it now!!!

Review:

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If you’re looking for vampires, this won’t be the book for you. Nothing supernatural here. However, if you love history, romance, and Game of Thrones (lots of political intrigue and fighting) then you need to run and pick this book up June 28th!

Let me know in comments if you’re excited for the release for this book. Also let me know if you have any recommendations for books similar to this!

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*I was given a review copy this title in return for a honest review. All opinions in the post are mine.

 

 

Wonderland-The Magical Coloring Book for Adults(And Why It’s Special)

When I saw the cover for this beautiful coloring book, I knew it was love at first sight. I was surprised when I discovered that this book was created by a famous and talented artist, insert name here. She has created sketch books, but this is her first coloring book and I truly hope that she makes many more.


The reason why I love this book so much is more than just the beautiful illustrations, it’s the way it engages the reader. The book makes you the main character and takes you along this crazy adventure around similar to Alice from Alice in Wonderland. It also asks you to make your own personal touches to the pages and story. I loved it, it add a bit more fun and creatively than simply coloring in the pages.

 

Notice in the above picture, she left a bunch of empty picture frames for the reader to add their own art. I thought that was so nice, plus you can see where you add your name and become part of the story.

And there are cute little details through out the book that show how much work and love went into making it.

This is probably the most beautiful and whimsical coloring book I own, and as you have seen from previous posts link or add photo here, I own a lot! It’s perfect for de-stressing after a long day of work with a glass of wine, or simply blocking out the world and jumping into a new one.

I you love to color and also love Alice in Wonderland, I think you would have lot of fun with this book. It’s unique in the sea of adult coloring books because it allows you to add your own personal touches and has a story where you’re a character. I think this will be a great addition to any collection!

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Sk-II Facial Essence and Mask Review

I had heard of this brand before, specifically from ThatsHeart who has been raving about it for a long time. So I was very excited when I found out that I was getting a chance to try it out myself. I received the facial essence and the mask. This is a luxury brand, so I expected the results to be very noticeable, considering the price.

The first time I used the facial essence, I was impressed with how quickly the oil absorbed into my skin. It didn’t sit on my face or feel greasy. And immediately I saw a difference in my skin. It was much more bright and glowing. My skin felt tight as well. I used this product over a week to see if there was a change on my face. Unfortunately, my face has been breaking out like crazy lately! I’m not sure if it is from the oil or if it is stress related, which is very possible. The site says it’s supposed to help clear skin and make spots less noticeable. I didn’t see this with my own skin, but every skin type is different this may have been caused by outside sources. I did feel like it made my skin more bright and youthful looking though. The first few days of using it, I actually didn’t feel like I needed foundation, because my skin looked so nice.

My skin after 1st application


Overall for the facial essence I rate it:

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I waited a few weeks to try to the facial mask because, honestly I only had one and I wanted to save it for a special occasion. However, no such occasion happened but I did have a day where I was really stressed out so I decided to use it then. The mask has a gel like treatment on it so it was cooling and very relaxing. However, you do look terrifying while using it.

Scary mask face


Immediately after using the mask my skin looked brighter and more glowing. It felt firm and toned. I really enjoyed this mask and thought there was a difference in my skin. I feel like it I used this one weekly basis my skin would look amazing!

Skin after the mask


I rate the treatment mask:

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I took off a star for the price, I know this is a luxury product but I think it should be more affordable.

Do I think these products are worth purchasing? To be honest I’m not sure, while they were nice, I’m not that the results were dramatic enough for me to want to throw down $100. If you’re very into skincare and prefer luxury products, then I think you would really enjoy these products. However, for those on a budget I would recommend really doing your research before deciding to purchase these.

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*Thanks to influenster and SK-II for allowing me to try these in return for a honest review.

 

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Hair Products Review

By now you have probably seen charcoal being used in face products. It’s been a popular beauty ingredient, especially in the Korean beauty industry, which creates a lot of cult beauty favorites. Here in the U.S it can be found mainly in face masks and nose strips, since it’s been known to be good at clearing blackheads. I have personally used these products, and didn’t notice a difference, but maybe that’s just me😉


I had never seen it used in hair products before, so I was intrigued when I came across the Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil line. I was curious to see if it would have any effect on my hair, so I gave it a try.

Here’s a little background on Hask and their products: Hask is a collection of hair care products that feature a range of oils from around the world. They make shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, shine oils, and styling products. All of their products are made with ingredients that are good for you and wont include ingredients bad for your hair such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol, and artificial colors.BONUS: They are also cruelty free and don’t test on animals, and they are made in the U.S:)

They have many lines based around a specific oil such as Monoi Cococut Oil, Argan Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Macadamia Oil, and many more. Each collection is geared toward different needs. For example the Charcoal with Citrus Oil is meant for those looking for products that will cleanse and remove impurities. While the Monoi Coconut Oil moisturizes and revitalizes hair. And if you have color treated hair, have no fear! Their products are safe on dyed hair too!

Both the shampoo and conditioner have a citrus smell, which smells delicious! It was really strange the first time I used this since it had the thick, kind of gritty charcoal consistency, but it lathered up like a normal shampoo. After using the shampoo I use the conditioner, and I noticed a huge difference with my hair. It’s much smoother and more sleek. I have thick, damaged hair and I could tell my hair was less poofy and felt softer after using these two products for a week. Plus, my hair smelled amazing all day. Even my husband likes using it:)

The deep conditioner was something that I really wanted to try because my hair has been so dry and crispy, it really needed the extra help. I applied a good amount to the middle and ends of my hair and waited for 10 minutes.

Awkward waiting pic

At first I wasn’t sure if there was difference, but as my hair dried I could tell my hair felt more smooth and less crispy. However, I don’t think the change was very dramatic. The directions do say to use it 2x a week so I’m sure the more I use it the better my hair will feel.

Overall, I’m very happy that I have these and I’m so impressed I’ll probably buy more when I run out. The deep conditioner is a nice product, but I don’t think it’s a must have. So if you’re looking to try out this brand but not sure what to get, I recommend trying the shampoo and conditioner first, then if you like it and want more, buy the deep conditioner.

My Rating:

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If you’re as excited and curious about this brand as me, go check them out HERE! Their site is super fun and you see all of the different ranges and find the one the best fits you. You can also find the brand at your favorite stores such as Ulta, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Kroger, and just about any other store in the U.S where you can buy beauty products. And if you don’t live in the U.S don’t worry, they sell internationally as well.

Overall I’m extremely happy with the results I’ve seen with my hair after using these for a week and I think I’ll by Macadamia Oil collection when I run out these since those are specially for dry hair. Let me if you’ve heard of or tried this brand before in the comments. And also let me know your hair favorites:)

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