Sunday, November 29, 2015

A NYX Haul & First Impressions

I've been in a very hauly mood lately, which is obviously not the best for my wallet or my dwindling makeup storage space but great for playing with new products (and posting about it). I placed an order to NYX recently to pick up a few old favorites I needed to stock up on and try some new products and saved quite a bit with a 25% off code. Here's what I got and what I thought.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cris Reads: THE WINTER LAIRD by Nancy Scanlon


Successful matchmaker Brianagh O’Rourke believes in happily-ever-afters...just not her own. She’s convinced passion only exists in her dreams. When she reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal, Bri decides she needs a vacation―but she didn't expect it to be in 13th century Ireland.

Laird Nioclas MacWilliam just wants peace for his clan. The time for him to marry has come, and after waiting years for his ally to present their daughter, he’s agreed to marry another. But on the eve of his nuptials, a daring rescue brings his missing betrothed right into his arms.

And she does not want to be there.

Brianagh has to return to the future. Nioclas has to marry. He offers a solution for the both of them: She marries him and stays for three months, and they work together to convince his clan they are a love match. In return, he vows to safely return her home. But as the days turn to weeks, they both begin to see what a happily-ever-after could be. And when the time comes, does Brianagh return to the life she’s built, or does she remain in the past for a chance at true love?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Playing With Crayons: Clinique's Whole Lotta Chubby Set

I recently came across this adorable little set of Clinique Chubby Sticks on Sephora's website and just had to pick it up. I'd never actually tried any of their Chubbies but had heard great things about them from various bloggers. I love using products in a crayon format because they make getting ready so much easier. You just dab on some product, blend it with fingers and you're set. For a lazy beauty lover who's always running late a whole set of crayon products sounded like heaven. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monthly Beauty Favorites | October 2015

Yes, I realize that we're already over half way through November and I'm just posting my October favorites. That seems to be the way it's been going every month lately. Think of it as a special mid-month treat. Here's what I've been loving in the last month:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cris Reads: To Dare A SEAL (Sin City SEALs #2) by Sara Jane Stone

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

One dare will bring him to his knees . . .

Playing best man in his teammate's Las Vegas wedding is not U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Barnes' idea of a vacation-especially when the maid-of-honor is the one woman who knows how to push his buttons. Now his teammates are taking bets on whether he'll end up in the fiery bartender's bed. Not one to turn away from a challenge, Jack vows to seduce Natalie Lewis. And he'll do so on his terms-demanding complete control.

The tantalizing SEAL may have a hand-over-your-panties smile and a body she'd love to explore, but there's no way Natalie's falling into his bed. No, she's going to get revenge. After bringing Jack to his knees with a series of Sin City dares, she'll walk away. It's the perfect plan-until it backfires. Beneath his devil-may-care attitude, Jack's unbridled desire proves irresistible. But he also requires the one thing Natalie can't give. Control.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Quick Review of My October Allure Beauty Box

If you read my review of my September Allure Beauty Box you'll know that I fell in love with the subscription box because of the quality and value of the products I received. Though I didn't expect for the October box to top it, I was still hopeful that I'd find some interesting products and something that worked for me. Suffice it to say the October box was a total bummer and even the products I was excited to try ended up being flops. In the interest of full disclosure, I figured I'd put together a quick review of what I got and why it didn't work for me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blog Tour Review of NO GROOM AT THE INN (Dukes Behaving Badly 2.5) by Megan Frampton

In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage-to a man she’s only just met.

What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring for six children and a barnyard full of chickens?

James Archer has roamed the world, determined never to settle down. He’s faced danger and disaster…he fears nothing and no one except his mother and her matchmaking ways. So when ordered to attend a Christmastime house party filled with holiday cheer and simpering young misses, he produces a fiancĂ©e!

Sophronia and James vow to pretend to be in love for one month. But when they each promise to give each other a Christmas kiss it becomes clear that this pact made out of necessity might just be turning into love.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Derma E: A Brand That Truly Delivers

Derma e is one of those brands that doesn't have much hype surrounding it in the beauty world but always impresses me with their products. I've tried several of their exfoliating products through subscription boxes in the past and have been very pleasantly surprised. After receiving a 20% off coupon code for their website last month I decided to scope out their product range and found some items that really intrigued me. I've given them all a thorough trial run and was even more pleasantly surprised by the results! Here's what I got and what I thought.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Finding My Perfect Fragrance With the Commodity Fitting Kit

While perusing Sephora's website a few months ago I came across an intriguing new fragrance brand, Commodity, whose clean, minimalist packaging and personal approach to fragrance just really appealed to me. I checked out their website, read a bit about their ideas for creating an individualized scent cocktail and discovered that you can get a fitting kit with a sample of each of their 10 fragrances sent to your door. This lets you spray and play on your own schedule and pick up the scent (or combo) that works best for you.

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