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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Favorite Books of 2011

The below books are my favorites that were released in 2011. If you have not read any of the below books, you should consider looking into them. Enjoy~

5. A Brush of Darkness - Allison Pang 
4. Green-Eyed Demon - Jaye Wells
3. One Grave at a Time - Jeaniene Frost 
2. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
1. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Lover Unleashed

Book: Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)
Author: J.R. Ward
Rating: 3/5

This book is revolved around Payne, the twin sister of Vishous. Vishous has a book of his own that is earlier in the series, but you are in luck if you like him. The plot is roughly half about him and told in his or Mary's point of view during that portion of the book. I had really high hopes for this book since most of the other books in the series have been great. Sadly, it did not meet my expectations.

In all honesty I was slightly disappointed with this book. Don't get me wrong it was decent, I went into the book expecting it to be about Payne mainly with a little bit about the other characters. This book is roughly half about her twin and half about her (if even). I felt there was more that could have been said about Payne than was mentioned. Don't even get me started about Dr. Manello, who happens to be the love interest. His speech is pretty much a combination of Butch and Vishous, which irritated me while reading. I just could not get into it and fall in love like I normally can. It was still a fairly decent read, but I will not be re-reading it

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 2011 Birchbox

I received my Birchbox yesterday, after a little bit of a wait on one of the items in my box.
1// Atelier Cologne // Ambre Nue
2// Benefit Cosmetics // The POREfessional
3// Jouer // Lip Gloss // Birchbox Pink
4// Nuxe // Multi-Usage Dry Oil
Extra// Show Stoppers // Designer Fashion Tape
Extra// EBoost // Orange Natural Energy Booster

1// Atelier Cologne: It smells really bad. I am not a fan of amber scents and it gives me instant migraines.
2// The POREfessional: Can't wait to try this.
3// Jouer Lip Gloss: Not sticky, and goes on fairly sheer. You can build up the color by applying multiple layers of it.
4// Nuxe Dry Oil: Smells okay, is not oily on the skin, it made my skin super soft. Love!
Extra// Show Stopper Tape: I don't plan on using this ever.
Extra// EBoost: I don't plan on using this ever.

Birchbox had a slightly mix up this month it seems. The Atelier Ambre Nue hasn't hit shelves yet so it caused a delay in the boxes that had that particular item. All in all I really like this box, I can give away the perfume and the extras as a little beauty gift to someone for Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

GoGoGirlfriend is HORRIBLE

I just wanted to post and say that I broke up with GoGoGirlfriend.

The issue that I had with GoGoGirlfriend is they are late on shipping and explain it as "holiday" delays. My first box was in September and I had no issues. October's box was shipped late, and I would not have been informed of it at all. I had to email them to ask when my box would be shipping. November's box was a week and a half to two weeks late shipping. They blamed it on holiday delays.

I also joined a make up forum and quite a few others are having issues with GoGoGirlfriend as well. Some were even saying that when they emailed, customer service told them that they pay for a membership not a monthly box. I'm sorry but who the heck would pay $12.99 a month for membership to a website which is poorly constructed? Their website clearly says that you are paying for a membership but you will get a free box.

Do not let companies like this push you around! Stand up for yourself if you are having any of these issues.

Some great tips that were mentioned on the make up forum were to contact their Attorney State General (for their state), your Attorney State General (if it is different than the company's state), and to file a complaint on BBB.

Good luck!

Monday, December 12, 2011

MyGlam - December 2011

I just received my first MyGlam bag! MyGlam, is a makeup subscription company that just launched in December 2011. I'm not sure if every month will be like this, but I sure hope so! They are currently not able to accept new subscriptions because they had such a huge sign up for December and January. The bag is $10 a month with free shipping.

December Bag:

The products that I received were:
FULL SIZE // NYX // Soft Matte Lip Cream // Istanbul // 0.23 oz // $5.99
Tarte // Lights, Camera, Lashes! // 0.10 fl oz // $7.92
TRAVEL SIZE // Urban Decay // Eyeshadow Primer Potion // 0.13 fl oz // $9
FULL SIZE // Urban Decay // Eyeshadow // Sin // 0.05 oz // $17
FULL SIZE // Mai Couture // Salicylic Acid Blotting Sheets // 100 sheets // $20

Urban Decay Coupon // $15 off Book of Shadows IV
Mai Couture Coupon // 25% off
Mai Couture Sample // 1 Blush sheet in Sunset Blvd.

Bag Worth: $59.91

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Darkness Unbound

Book: Darkness Unbound
Author: Keri Arthur
Rating: 4/5

I was unsure that Arthur could surpass the greatness that is the Riley Jenson series, but she managed to with Risa's new series! The story starts out with explaining a little bit about Risa's abilities and quickly moves into the action. I did not want to put this book down, which is a problem since I am currently in final's mode in college. The characters most mentioned are Risa and her two friends, Tao and Iliana. Tao is a werewolf/fire wielder, Iliana a horse shifter/witch, and Risa is half werewolf, half Aedh.

It seems that everyone is searching for Risa's absent father, and they all start their hunt for him with Risa. There are hunky men as usual, fight scenes that have you rooting for the good guys, and strong friendships throughout the series. Did I mention there is a hunky shirtless guy carrying a flaming sword? *drools* Of course not all the little mysteries of this book were unraveled, which forces you to read the next book, which I will gladly do. This is a must read if you enjoyed Riley's series.

Also, for all you Riley fans, Riley and the gang do make appearances throughout the book, though they are not the lead characters.

Friday, December 2, 2011

FREE Travel Sized Prime Time Foundation Primer

All you have to do is go to the link below and print that page and take it to your local Bare Escentuals store. This gets you one FREE travel-sized prime time foundation primer, brand is Bare Escentuals! Yay!!

Good through: December 1, 2011 – December 4, 2011