Beauty & Fashion

Ofra On Holiday Mini Set | IS IT WORTH IT?

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to share another holiday gift set with you all!  I recently watched Jen Luvs Reviews’ Ofra Holiday Collection Video, and was inspired to pick up their “On Holiday” set because of it.

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First of all, how cute is the packaging it comes in? I know that doesn’t make a difference on product quality, but it always provides a good first impression and overall is a nice touch.  Ofra has recently rebranded their products, so if the white, square look isn’t familiar, that’s why!

The On Holiday set comes with three products, all mini sized: a Rodeo Drive highlighter, and Americano and Tuscany in their liquid lipstick formula.

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Books

Saga Volumes 1-3 by Brian Vaughn

Hello friends!

I’ve heard about Saga for a while now, and decided that now was as good a time as ever to pick them up. Wow, do I regret waiting this long to read them!

This review is going to be of the first three volumes released.  This means that volumes two and three may contain spoilers pertaining to the book before them.  I will have a general review, but will note when spoilers will begin as I break down each novel. I won’t go into super great detail to keep some things a surprise, but just be aware that reading the summaries of the separate novels may spoil the ends of others!

Warning: These graphic novels contain nudity, sex, violence, and gore.  If you are sensitive to any of these, this may not be the series for you.  Reader discretion is advised!

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Beauty & Fashion

5 Cult Classic Lipsticks I Haven’t Tried Yet!

Hello friends!

Black Friday and all of the other sales going on right now has inspired me to make this post, especially because I was very bad and just spent a lot of money on more makeup that I certainly don’t need (according to everyone else, at least).  That means I need to pretty strict in the coming months about using the products I own before going out and purchasing even more!

Still, today I wanted to share five different lipsticks that have been talked about in the beauty community for years that I haven’t owned or tried yet!

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Books

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Hello friends!  I’ve been bad about reading lately, but I’m slowly getting into picking up more books.  This one has broken quite a slump, so hurray for that!

I’ve never read a Gillian Flynn book before (shockingly!), so when I saw that my library had this available to listen to on audiobook and I had a long day at work ahead of me, I decided to pick it up.  I grabbed it due to a YouTuber recommendation, and so knew basically nothing going into it.

This review is going to be spoiler-free.  I don’t want to give away what happens, as that is the entire point of this short story!  Now, let’s get into my thoughts.

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Beauty & Fashion

Too Faced The Sweet Smell of Christmas Mini Melted Liquid Lipstick Set (w/ swatches!)| IS IT WORTH IT?

Hello friends!

Today, I wanted to share a review of the insanely popular Too Faced liquid lip set for this year!  It’s sold out on the Sephora website, as well as the Too Faced website AND Ulta, but hopefully it’ll come back!

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how stunning this packaging is??

The set comes with four different liquid lipsticks, three in varying nude shades and one in a classic red.  The unique selling point for these lip products is that they semll just like their name!  So Pumpkin Spice smells like pumpkin, Sugar Cookie smells like cookies, etc. Unfortunately, each color seems to have a different formula, so I’m going to detail those variations quickly as well as provide a summary of some points.

(In order left to right: Cinnamon Bear, Pumpkin Spice, Hot Buttered Rum, Sugar Cookie)

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Beauty & Fashion

Kopari Aluminum-Free Coconut Deodorant | IS IT WORTH IT?

Hello, friends!

I wanted to share an awesome new product I’ve been using lately that I received for free from Influenster.  It’s the Kopari Aluminum-Free Deodorant (if you couldn’t tell by the title!).

I’ve been testing this for about a month now, so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how it works, and am excited to share my experience with you!

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The deodorant smells like a very soft coconut milk, which basically translates to a slightly sweet smell in the tube and like nothing when applied to your underarms.  If I ever do smell anything, it’s just a slight freshness, but not an overwhelming or strong smell like you’d find in traditional drugstore deodorants.

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Lifestyle

November 2018 Bullet Journal Setup

Hello friends!  I’m here today to share my first attempt at a monthly bullet journal!

I want to be clear: I’ve bullet journaled for a few years now, but I’ve never really set it up in a monthly format; I mostly just make pretty lists and dailies once in a while.

This month, I used the Tombow dual brush pen in 993, a Pilot .38 gel pen, and some washi tapes from Target.  The stickers are from various Etsy shops and Target!

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The first spread I made was the ‘traditional’ bullet journal monthly spread.  The days of the month are listed along the side and the space next to it is where you put whatever is happening that day.  I don’t think I’ll do this spread again; even though I really enjoy the way it looks, I don’t have enough going on in the month to make it worth a page.

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I also made a grid monthly spread, which I definitely prefer!  Apparently I don’t know how to count, though, because I made way too many squares for the month!  I might try to fill it with random statistics from the month, but we’ll see.  I’m using this spread as more of an editorial calendar, so all of my blog posts and Instagram posts are laid out for me to use as an at-a-glance.

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