Sunday, October 09, 2016

Endless Summer Voxbox - Influenster Review

Disclosure: I received the Endless Summer Voxbox Complimentary from Influenster. Provided I give an honest review. 

 I was Blessed enough to be chosen to review the products in the Endless Summer Voxbox from Influenster. I will post the pictures and explain what the product is and explain my quick review for each product under their picture. Have a Blessed Day! :) Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

I apologize but I did not try the Iron-Tek essential protein because I was concerned about using it with some of my medicines I take at the moment. I also feel in order to get a full true review you would need to have the product for at least a month to use. You normally will not see a difference in just one try of something. I don't know how much other protein powder usually costs. But I believe this is close in range of the other products. It says for 30 servings you pay $44.99. I believe that is before tax. Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

Max Factor - Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner and Masterpiece Max Mascara

When I tried on the eyeliner I found it went on a little bit easier than some eyeliners I have tried in this style. I did find sadly this eyeliner was hard to stay on even just doing my makeup. I have allergy issues some some products that do not work well for sensitive skin and allergies make my eyes water. This is the reason why it was already coming off and I had to go over it with my other eyeliner I use. 

The Mascara again I had the tearing up eyes because of allergies. I could not tell any difference in using this mascara to the Cover Girl mascara I use. I just found it to be similar to a lot of your other mascaras sadly. I was hoping for a difference with these products compared to what I normally get. At least the prices for these products are not extremely high. That is one plus to these products they are around the same price as the drug store mascara and eyeliners. Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

Me with the product on my eyes. Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

Seche Vite Mini (top coat) and Seche Premier Colour (color name - Cunning)

I found I had to put three coats of this nail polish on my nails to fully coat them. Otherwise they would have had streaks and not have been evenly coated.  I did not notice a difference in chipping with the top coat on, compared to if I didn't have one on. I will say I love the color though! It is perfect for year round, but I am not sure if I would ever purchase this brand. Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

Numi Organic Tumeric Jasmine Greeen, & Pu-erh Teas

Numi claims to be 100% Organic tea. I love trying new teas, but of course that doesn't mean I am going to love the taste of them. I have issues with tea with caffeine a lot of times because of how strong they can come off. The only tea I feel I can handle with the caffeine is the Green teas. I will say that is the only tea I enjoyed out of the choices they gave me. I always love to add raw pure honey to my teas for my natural sugar. It is much healthier than sugar or artificial sweetener. I will have to try the other types they offer though, because I have always found their brand good and affordable. Blog Review for Influenster Endless Summer Voxbox Products

Not Your Mothers Way to Grow Leave-in Conditioner

I found the smell of this conditioner a bit to strong and like perfume. I will say it did it's job as a conditioner, but it was the same result with my hair compared to the conditioner I already use. I would spray it on my still wet/damp hair after my shower. One plus I did find interesting is that it didn't leave my hair greasy, as I would assume any leave-in Conditioner would do to my hair. I normally would have issues with this because I just have naturally oily skin and hair. So normally leave-in conditioner is usually a no go for me. Other than that if they had a different smell to try I might try this brand again. Because sometimes it just seems easier to spray in a conditioner than put actual conditioner in my hair and then have to rinse it out. 

Monday, October 03, 2016

Blog Tour - Book Review for The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Disclosure: I received The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy complimentary from The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Provided I give my honest opinion.

The Telling
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

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Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

My Review: When I first started reading The Telling it was a little bit slow in the beginning. I say that because I feel the author does include a lot of details in the story so you understand what the main character is going through. I don't find it annoying that she wrote a lot of details, I love details plus it does help explain a lot of things. A lot of times I find you need those details. I found this to be a great suspenseful murder mystery book. Sirowy will have you guessing and guessing, thinking its this person or no it has to be this person. It is a book that will be hard to put down, because you just have to keep reading to know how it ends! If you are into the books have immense mystery and suspense I feel this book will be perfect for you. I do need to share that there are some cuss words in this book and some talk that suggest about sex. Luckily it wasn't too much about it, because I myself am not into the cuss words in books. A lot of times you just cannot get away from it though, that is how some of the children talk nowadays and a lot of adults. Anyways, enough of that talk, other than that again I say this was an intriguing book. I am going to have to grab the other book of the authors and read it.


Alexandra Sirowy was born in Northern California and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended a women's college as an undergraduate and has a graduate degree in International Studies. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Visit her at

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hope Prevails

Disclosure: I received Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson complimentary from Revell. Provided I give an honest Review.

   Synopsis from Goodreads:

 Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson sees the devastation of depression. Early on, she practiced the most effective treatments and prescribed them for her clients. But when she experienced depression herself, she found that the treatments she had recommended were lacking. Her experience showed her the missing component in treating depression. In "Hope Prevails," Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God's love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God's grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms. For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, "Hope Prevails" offers hope for the future. 

 My Review: While reading this book I found it awesome to finally read a book from an author who understands what depression and anxiety is about. I hate that she has gone through it, or that anyone has gone through it. It is best to have books on these subjects from folks who have gone through the same things. Because you know they know how to relate more to you. 

I did find she was repetitive in a few chapters, to where I felt I thought I was rereading a chapter. Other than that I do love that she incorporates scriptures and talking about how God has helped her through her depression. This book would be great to do a weekly bible study with others, because at the end there are questions in the way you can discuss with your bible study group about what your answers were to the questions. Also my favorite thing at the end of each chapter she posts christian songs that have helped her throughout her depression and writing this book. Which I am going to of course go on Spotify and add all of these songs and make a happy playlist to see if it helps me out. I also love learning of new music and new christian music especially. They are always great to listen play to try and get your depressed self back up to cheery. I think this would be a great book to try if you go through any anxiety or depression, because it doesn't hurt to read a book and see if the author says something that just might click for you. Here is a LINK to click to see where to purchase this book for yourself. Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Look For Your Loverly

Disclosure: I received Looking For Lovely: Collecting The Moments That Matter by Annie F. Downs. Given complimentary from B&H PublishingProvided I give an honest review.

Synopsis from B&H Publishing: 

“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.” But how? When the enemy whispers lies that we are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or are you too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?” In Looking for Lovely, Annie Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday–whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror. Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day! 

My Review: I felt like I understood a lot of the insecurities and situations that this author has gone through. She shares experiences of her life where there were ups and downs and basically points out where she found her lovely. She describes where and how to look for those lovely areas and times in your life. Even in the worst experiences you have had in your life. 

I found it interesting how she could do this, but I know it's still really hard for me to find the lovely in my darkest moments. Sometimes I can't understand why God has allowed certain things I have went through to happen. I may never figure it out until I get to heaven. But we just have to try to stick with God and learn to trust and have faith in him. I am sure there is always a reason why someone has gone through this event or that event. Be it for them to grow from or to share with others so they are not alone. But yes there are a lot of areas that are difficult to understand.

I found reading this book, okay. It was interesting learning about situations of life Downs experienced. I am sure this book has spoken to other people whom have read it, but it just didn't really speak to me. I didn't get that "aha" moment that I expected I was going to get. Other than that it is a very pretty cover and I do believe that there is a study guide you can buy to go along with it. Maybe I will do that later on and reread it with the study guide. Click this LINK if you want to purchase this book. Have a Blessed Day!