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A lifestyle blog focusing on beauty products and subscription boxes.

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innocent+twisted Alchemy - January 2016

What is innocent+twisted?: innocent+twisted is an indie subscription that I stumbled upon and knew I had to bring it to you as soon as I saw it. This subscription includes the hand-drawn art that matches the monthly theme and usually sends samples from other indie brands. 
How Much is inocent+twiste…

Pretty & Polished Beauty Box - February 2016

Early apologies, this is a photo-heavy post.

What is Pretty and Polished?: Pretty and Polished is an indie nail polish brand that also sells bath & body products, nail vinyls, and this Beauty Box! This is a box that you get to choose which months you want to get, rather than a subscription that you have to cancel or skip. Just remember to buy it each month if you want to continue!

How Much is Pretty and Polished Beauty Box?: Pretty and Polished Beauty Box is only $22.00/month! Each box contains a coupon that could be 10% off or $5.00 off to use in the store as well, which means you can get more polish and products from this amazing maker. You can buy for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months at a time, and the boxes are cheaper at 6 months!

If you want to see other reviews of Pretty & Polished, click here!


I was looking forward to the February box, February is my birthday month and I am always interested to see what brands do for Valentine's Day! I already had a spoiler prior to opening this box, but I didn't expect all of this!


But first, this box included a Valentine from Pretty & Polished! :)

Glamour Doll Eyes OTM - January 2016

What is Glamour Doll Eyes?: Glamour Doll Eyes before, it's a wonderful indie brand that makes all kinds of makeup products. It includes full sized products as well as a product through Try More Indie from another indie brand and a coupon code (sometimes private, sometimes shareable) for an indie! There is also *sometimes* freebies from GDE. GDE OTM is currently not accepting any more for the waitlist for 2015, but there will be one for 2016 in the Facebook Group!

How Much Is Glamour Doll Eyes?: $11/month ($18 in Canada and $22 elsewhere).

If you want to see my past Glamour Doll Eyes reviews, click here!

I few changes have been made for the 2016 subscription. There is no more Try More Indie (the coupons for other indie companies that were included) and there isn't going to be the charms anymore. I actually looked into how much those little charms cost and it definitely adds up, so I understand! The price also did go up due to USPS raising their shipping rates.


First bag for 2016, and it's amazing! I'll always take a purple bag, but I'm starting to wonder what I'm going to do with all of bags now that I have over a year's worth. If there's any thoughts on it, they're appreciated!

Polish Review - The Don Deeva

It's time for another polish review. For 2016, I decided I would branch out and try new brands, so here's my first one for you to see! Don Deeva is a well established brand by now, but I was introduced to her close to the end of last year. Her creativity and how her polishes aren't lik…

Ipsy Glam Bag - January 2016

Disclosure: This review contains referral links.
What is Ipsy?:Ipsy is a monthly subscription that sends 4-5 beauty/makeup products plus a different makeup bag each month. They also have a referral program where you earn points. Be sure to use your points within a year of earning them, though, becau…

All Things Essential - December 2015

What is the All Things Essential Subscription?: The All Things Essential is the first subscription box based around essential oils. This is a brand new box, so I was obviously excited to be able to try it out. Each box will include three essential oils or blends (curated to set the intention for th…

Target Renew Beauty Box Review

What is Target Beauty Box?: Target releases a Beauty Box every so often. It has now become a sporadic event, so make sure you subscribe to my email updates to know when the next one comes out! The boxes can be seen prior to purchase, and they are curated 100% with products sold at Target, so you can get the products you love.

How Much is Target Beauty Box?: The price has been anywhere from $5-$10, but you get free shipping with your Beauty Box purchase. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state, though. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!


Yay for the second box. Since I knew what was going to be in this box, I was pretty excited for it to come in.


Like yesterday's box, this one is about the New Year and starting a new routine!


Info card.


Caress Body Wash (Love Forever) ($0.53) - I love getting new body wash samples (mostly because it's hard for me to decide on if I'll like something at the store)! Caress is a long-tested brand and they make great products, and this is no different.

Attitude 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash ($0.67) - I actually had no idea you could get 2-in-1 for women! This will make traveling so much easier, and I like that it's ecofriendly! The only thing that concerns me is conditioning.

Target Refresh Beauty Box Review

What is Target Beauty Box?: Target releases a Beauty Box every so often. It has now become a sporadic event, so make sure you subscribe to my email updates to know when the next one comes out! The boxes can be seen prior to purchase, and they are curated 100% with products sold at Target, so you can get the products you love.

How Much is Target Beauty Box?: The price has been anywhere from $5-$10, but you get free shipping with your Beauty Box purchase. You will have to pay taxes if there is a Target in your state, though. Every box comes with a coupon for a Target purchase, which definitely makes it worth the money!

Check out what has been in past Target Boxes here!



New Year always means new products, resolutions on what you hope to do, and usually a new routine! I had to get a new beauty routine because winter has officially shown up and it's freezing (for the South)!!


Info card.


Acure Day Cream ($9.71) - I've sampled Acure products a few times, between Target boxes, Ipsy bags, and Birchboxes, so this isn't a new brand to me. the products have all been nice and a good cream is always helpful!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Hairspray ($8.99) - I don't usually find a need for hairspray, but my mother always does and will definitely be pleased with more. John Frieda products are amazing, though, and this hairspray held up my test patch very well!


Nivea In-Shower Lotion ($1.20) - I have been eyeing this product since it was first released, but I never remembered to grab some when I was at the store. My skin gets so dry after a shower (I like hot showers way too much), so I have been meaning to try this out to see if it combats that well. It has plenty in the smaller bottle, so that's a huge plus.

Clear Shampoo & Clear Conditioner ($0.67/ea) - This is actually pretty funny. I linked to the products that was supposed to be received, but I accidentally was sent the men's 2-in-1 Clear Therapy. I contacted Target but they couldn't replace it due to the boxes being out of stock, so they gave me a gift card to make it right (I didn't expect anything, just thought it should be mentioned to them in case someone else's box was messed up). I can always use more conditioner - winter is killing my hair - and now husband has a new shampoo to briefly try out!

le Polish Darth Valentine's Day Trio

Woot, it's time for another Valentine's Day special polish. This time, it's a Valentine's Day Trio! This Valentine's Day Trio is a bit different, because it's a Darth Valentine Trio! The polishes are reminiscent of the recent Star Wars release, because who doesn't think…

Influenster Jingle All the Way

Disclosure: This post contains referral links.
It's been a while since I received an Influenster box, but I'm excited to try this one out and see what comes in it! This is called the Jingle All the Way box, but this box didn't make it to me by Christmas.


A gift for you, lovely.



Hallmark I…

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