Lip Factory Novemer 2013

7 Dec

Lip Factory is a is an exclusive makeup subscription service to help you to explore the makeup brands that you have always wanted to try delivered to your door each month.  It’s $22 monthly and worth every penny.  They supposedly focus around lip products .

This month’s theme was actually “all about lips”- which I love.  I think they do this every 3 months?



Sorry I didn’t realize my pictures came out so dark!!

Palladio Herbal Lipgstick ($7) in I believe silver rose

I don’t usually opt for soft pink or shimmer so this is a happy new addition to my collection.


Retractable Lip Brush ($3.88)

Still havent figured out how to open this- not that I know what it’s used for.


Medusa’s Lip Gloss (Rumors) ($8)

This color scares me a little. Might pass it along to someone younger.


MODELCo – Lip Couture Lipstick ($17) in Luella

Perfect Fall color I lack.. and I LOVE that the case has a built in mirror, how perfect?!?!  This seems pretty long lasting and moisturizing.  I’d say it’s my favorite item from this month’s box.


Designer Skin – Fall Lip Shimmer  ($7.30)

After the spoilers I came across I was expecting a pink, not purple, but I order these to experiment so I will happily use this.  Not gonna lie I have no idea what color this was off the top of my head.  None of them on the site look like it.


Medusa’s Makeup – Lipstick (Red Square) ($12)

I d already have a bright red but this packaging is pretty cool even if it doesn’t fit into my lipstick holder thingy.  Anyway, I checked out this brand- man it’s intense! And affordable 🙂


As I predicted, it’s an amazing box.  Lip Factory clearly has an awesome value and I its 2 for 2 completely falling in love with at least one of the products.  Last month it was the blush and face mask, this month it’s MODELCo!


Taste Trunk- BBQ Trunk- November 2013

7 Dec

Taste Trunk is a monthly subscription box offering 5-10 products, discount coupons, backgrounds on the companies and amazing recipe ideas from one of four themes, including Gourmet, BBQ, Healthy and Sweet. Brands and items are hand selected and trunks are only $34.99/month!($29 + $5.99 shipping)


The package is heavy- you know for whatever psychological reasons we love that- and the packaging was pretty nifty.


The box came with recipes cards which were also packaged adorably.



Now for the goodies:::


Terrapin Ridge Smokey Onion Mustard $6.70

Unfortunately, I saw a spoiler in which this was actually brown sugar & pecan mustard flavor- which I was super excited about.  How often do you get to try that?!?!  But I guess it would of been more difficult to pair.  This will go great with a simple BBQ of hamburger and hotdogs. You win some, you loose some. Maybe I’ll still purchase it 🙂


JB’S BBQ Sauce Ancho Peach $5.99

I think a lot of people are interested in fruity flavors, but would never make that purchase themselves.  At least that’s how I am.  Can’t wait to try it with some pork chops!


All Natural Susan’s Gourmet Pineapple and Ginger Teriyaki $2.50

I’m most excited about trying this one. Can’t really tell you why.  Yes, their is the fruity component I mentioned above… but I also just really like ginger and teriyaki.




Chateau White Garlic Marinade $5.00

I’m Italian so I have enough garlic in my life- and this kind of looks like salad dressing.  But whatever, i may not be an experiment, but it is a safe bet.



Two Snooty Chefs Herbs de Poulet Spice Blend $5.99

Simple, yet different. And what a cute name!


















All and all the value of this box was a little on the low side, but for gifting purposes it was perfect with it’s black tissue paper, maroon ribbon, and recipe cards.  Plus these items are too unique for a weekly grocery store trip.  I will definitely purchase again!

DIY Candy Cane Bath Salts

7 Dec

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • ½ cup sea salt
  • peppermint essential oil (check eBay!)
  •  red food coloring



Place one cup of the Epsom salt in a small mixing bowl and add ¼ cup of sea salt. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil and mix thoroughly

Repeat the process in a separate container. Add the red food coloring to the second mixture and stir to combine.

In a wide-mouth glass jar, spoon a layer (I used a funnel made of a a cut Gatorade bottle) of the first Epsom salt mixture into the bottom of the jar. Make a layer of the red salt mixture over the white mixture. This will give the bath salts a striped look. Continue layering the salts until they are all used.

How easy was that?!?!?!

Melting Pot, Westwood

6 Dec


I have gone in the past for dinner and it can add up.  I’m not a fan of fondue meat because I don’t have the patience to sit there and wait for my meat to cook. But the cheese and chocolate is really good. The ambiance is hopelessly romantic, so I have no regrets.


But recently I went after traffic court for a much needed drink at Happy Hour.  Cheese dishes and drinks all $5, can’t beat that.  The drinks were made from the freshest ingredients, I had a ginger something and it was to die for.  The place was pretty empty so I chatted up the bartender; he was extremely nice and very helpful.  I got some kind of Swiss fondue- he was able to make it right at the bar- and it was as delicious as the drinks.  I will be going back ASAP, so worth the trip.

Adore Me

5 Dec

For those who haven’t heard of it, Adore Me is a lingerie version of sites like ShoeDazzle. You sign up to become a member, hand over your credit card info, and every month a “curated” selection of products is placed in your showroom. All the products are the same price ($39.95 if you’re an Adore Me member; $49.95 if you’re not a member.), and that amount is automatically charged to your credit card each month…like a subscription service.

I filled out the quiz, I’m assuming the service is new because I noticed a few glitches, but ultimately I was able to find a little black set- just like my boyfriend always asks for.


Only in my search for “push-up” I completely over looked the “add 2 cup sizes” this particular set says- holey moley this thing has a lot of padding. Tooo much.. but hey… you never know when it will come in handy haha.


I was able to use a promo code for 50% off and it’s always free shipping! Beats Victoria’s Secret Prices!

What to do with a tweed skirt

4 Dec


Family, Chocolate Martinis, & recreating a Pintrest outfit


Stock up!

3 Dec

I don’t know if you guys have noticed but I am pretty obsessed with statement jewelery- especially necklaces.

Join me…