POPSUGAR Must Have Review: November 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!


It’s always hard for me to take this picture!  The anticipation is almost too much, and I want to tear into my box right away every time!


Box Contents:

  • Deepa Gurnani – Katie Crystal Headband
  • Tarte Cosmetics – Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow
  • West Emory – Bingo Set
  • Capri Blue – Mercury Jewel Box in Rain
  • Gramr Gratitude Co. – Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack
  • Terrapin Ridge Farms – Pecan Honey Mustard


Deepa Gurnani – Katie Crystal Headband – Retail Value $56

I absolutely LOVE this headband!  I put it on right away!

I’ve been wanting a fancy headband like this for a long time now, but I’ve never found one that I thought was perfect or reasonably priced.  This one certainly isn’t reasonable priced, but it is perfect!

It has nice weight to it and doesn’t slip out of my hair. Fantastic!


Tarte Cosmetics – Beauty & the Box Eye Shadow – Retail Value $22

I’m a huge Tarte fan, so I always love to see it in my boxes!


These shadows are pretty and neutral.  They’re perfect for every day!

Some people got a different color variation of this same palette.  I think I would’ve preferred the other option better (it had a shimmer shadow in it), but this one is still great!  I’ll definitely use it!


West Emory – Bingo Set – Retail Value $20

I love that they included a game in this month’s box!  So fun!

I’m not going to open mine yet, because I think it’ll make a great gift someday!

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Capri Blue – Mercury Jewel Box in Rain – Retail Value $18.95

Unfortunately, my candle came broken.  I’ve spoken to POPSUGAR and a replacement will be mailed to me in the next few weeks.  The candle is on back order, so it’s going to take a little while to get to me. 🙁

This candle smells great, and from what I can tell, the jar is beautiful and will make a great little knick knack holder when I’m done burning the candle.

Hopefully, the candle will get to me sooner than POPSUGAR’s estimate!


Gramr Gratitude Co. – Exclusive Thanksgiving Postcard Pack – Retail Value $ 10

These postcards are so fun and pretty!  I absolutely love them!

Since they’re thanksgiving themed and thanksgiving is in less than a week, I don’t think I’ll be getting any use out of them this year.  Next year I will though!


Terrapin Ridge Farms – Pecan Honey Mustard – Retail Value $6

I love honey mustard, and this kind looks really nice!

I’ll have to cook some chicken, so I can give it a try soon!


The total retail value for the November box is $132.95!  So awesome!

Once I get the new candle, I will be super satisfied with this month’s contents!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the November box?

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – November 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

IMG_6050Julep debuted some new packaging this month.  The main box has changed (as you can see) and so have the nail polish boxes.  I’ll be interested to see if they stay this way or if it’s just a November thing!

IMG_6059Box Contents:

  • Jo – Classic With a Twist – Brushed Silver Matte Metallic
  • Linnea – Classic With a Twist – Vintage Mauve Shimmer
  • Melody – It Girl – Iridescent High Gloss Glitter Top Coat
  • What Your Skin Needs – Restorative Facial Milk
  • Caramel Apple Lollipop
  • Coupon

IMG_6063Linnea – Classic With a Twist – Vintage Mauve Shimmer

I have both my fingers and my toes painted with Linnea right now!  It’s very natural and so pretty!

I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this polish a lot!

Jo – Classic With a Twist – Brushed Silver Matte Metallic

I had my fingers painted with Jo earlier in the week!

I’m not a huge fan of metallics, but this one is very subtle and very pretty.  The matte makes a huge difference.

IMG_6069Melody – It Girl – Iridescent High Gloss Glitter Top Coat

Julep included this fun top coat as a special extra this month!  So kind of them! 🙂

I haven’t used it yet, but I will as it gets closer to Christmas and New Year’s.  It’ll definitely add a little something festive to my manicure!

IMG_6066What Your Skin Needs – Restorative Facial Milk

I just recently ran out of my nightly serum and began using this one instead.  So far, it’s been great!  No breakouts or irritation, which is always a plus!

The packaging is very pretty and makes the product look rather luxurious!  Who can resist a brushed glass bottle?  It’s just so fancy!

IMG_6073Along with the usual product brochure and coupon, Julep included a catalog of their new Christmas gift sets.

The coupon is good for two uses! Woo!!

This month was pretty awesome!  I love the polishes and the serum!  I’m pretty excited about the lollipop too! 🙂

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?!

What do you think of the November box?

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POPSUGAR Must Have Review – October 2015

Hi everyone!

I’m a little late with my October review! Whoopsie!!

IMG_5784Upon opening my box, I saw that POPSUGAR donated to a breast cancer foundation.  That was very nice of them!

IMG_5935Each box comes with a little brochure with information on each product featured for the month.

IMG_5937Box Contents:

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • Savvy Sleepers – Luxury Satin Pillowcase
  • Easy, Tiger – Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set
  • Belgian Boys – De Stroopwafel
  • The Honest Company – Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub
  • Richer Poorer – Hope Slipper Socks

Special Extras

  • It’s a 10 – Miracle Leave-in Product
  • Danielle Stevens – Monogram Gift Card

IMG_5924Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – Retail Value $25

Mindy was pretty funny on The Office, so I’m sure her book will be great too!

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to start reading this book!  I’m hoping to find some time during my Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks.

IMG_5929Savvy Sleepers – Luxury Satin Pillowcase – Retail Value $36

I’m a weirdo about some of my pillowcases!  I’ve been using the same one for years. It keeps ripping at the seams and my mom keeps sewing it up for me!

I like my pillowcases super soft and cuddly! I’ve tested out this satin one, and it seems like it will meet my standards perfectly!

IMG_5920Easy, Tiger – Brown Paper Liquor Bag Set – Retail Value $8

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with these bags.  They are the perfect size for a bottle of wine, but I don’t ever take wine anywhere.

IMG_5922I’ll have to see if any of my friends can get some good use out of these!

IMG_5925Belgian Boys – De Stroopwafel – Retail Value $1.59

My brother, Robert, and my little, Jessica, absolutely love these candies!

Robert brought some back for my family and I to try when he came home from Europe several years ago.  They were pretty yummy!

My friends and I took a trip to New Orleans a few weeks ago and stumbled on some Stroopwafels in Whole Foods.  Jessica was pretty excited and couldn’t resist buying a few!

I had one with my tea last night, and it was delicious!

IMG_5931The Honest Company – Sea Salt + Sugar Body Scrub – Retail Value $17

I have heard some pretty great things about The Honest Company, so I was pumped when I saw this in my box!

It smells great and worked really well on my arms when I tried it out last night in my shower.

IMG_5915Richer Poorer – Hope Slipper Socks – Retail Value $15

I love socks! Especially soft, fuzzy, pink ones!

It’s way too hot in Florida right now to wear fuzzy socks, but I will definitely get some use out of these in the next few months!

IMG_5917It’s a 10 – Miracle Leave-in Product – Retail Value $11.96

I LOVE this conditioner!  I use it every single day after I shower.

I love that it comes in a spray bottle but that the conditioner isn’t watery!

I’ve used this original formula and the formula for blondes!  Both are great!

IMG_5939Danielle Stevens – Monogram Gift Card

I absolutely love monograms!

Unfortunately, I didn’t see anything I needed on the Danielle Stevens website, so I probably won’t be using this coupon.

IMG_5946The October box has a total retail value of $114.55 (not including the gift card).

Most boxes have a higher value than this one, but I won’t complain because I love almost all of the products!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?!

What do you think of the October box?

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My First Sewing Project – Roll Up Brush Organizer

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the last two weeks!  I’ve been ridiculously busy!  After this week things should slow down again!

I went home this past weekend and spent Saturday with my Mom learning how to sew on a machine.

As you know, I’ve been crafting all my life but machine sewing is not something I’ve ever really tried!  My mom and I figured that now was as good a time as any for me to learn!

My mom found a pattern on Pinterest that she thought I’d like, and we got started!

IMG_5969Here are my supplies.

I picked two complementary fabrics out at Jo-Ann’s.  The yellow looking one is actually a very pretty light cream with gold flecks!

IMG_5972We laid out the cutting board and all of our supplies on the dining room table.

IMG_5978I sewed the lining and outer fabric together with the tying ribbon and then folded part of it up to create a pocket for my brushes.

IMG_5985A little action shot for you!

Sewing the large pocket was pretty easy!  I had a ton of trouble when it came time to sew the individual brush pockets though!  The sewing machine wasn’t being very nice to me and kept jumbling up my thread at the beginning or end of almost every stitch!  The seam ripper and I became great friends during this portion of the project!

The sewing machine and I eventually got it figured out, and I was able to finish all the individual pockets several hours later!

IMG_6014Here’s my finished organizer!

IMG_6026I created several different sized pockets to accommodate the various sizes of my makeup brushes.

IMG_6032The pockets also fit my Tombow markers!

IMG_6022All rolled up with a pretty mint bow!  So cute!

I got quite frustrated during certain portions of this project, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

The colors and pattern are PERFECT!

Do you enjoy sewing?!

What was your first project?

Happy Crafting!!

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