Mani Monday with Julep’s Mary Lee

Mary Lee was part of Julep’s September 2014 collection. It’s a dark brownish red with a satin finish and perfect for fall! My pictures don’t do it justice. The formula went on easy but I still ended up with some bubbles. I only did one coat and no top coat bc I wanted to keep the satin finish. I have a feeling I’ll be touching up in a day or two but am hoping it lasts all week!

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This was taken prior to cleaning up the edges :-)

<3 Lolo

September 2014 Popsugar Must Have Reveal and Review

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I was easily sucked back into Popsugar this month with the release of the scarf spoiler.  I am a sucker for scarves, but I must confess….I have yet to wear the Brokedown Ikat scarf we got last spring…I just can’t seem to make it work on me!

I am hoping this month’s is easier, but we also received some really awesome things to go along with it!  Take a look!

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Tilo Modal Scarf ($125) – this is such a beautiful Fall scarf!  I am hoping it gets lot of use this year!  It is well made and long enough to wear in many different ways!  * I must say though, a lot of people were complaining about the LE Marchesa scarf being made in China and highly inflated in price.  This scarf was also made in China and is similar in quality in my opinion.

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Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils ($5.00) – these are kinda a strange item to receive but I get it…they go with the next item and they are pretty cute and come with a sharpener!

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Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Blank Note Cards ($18) – personally, I would have preferred a little notebook, but I’ll use these in swaps most likely.

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Oribe Super Fine Hairspray ($21.50) – I don’t use hairspray often anymore, but I do keep some around just in case and I have heard nothing but great things about Oribe!

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Nicole Miller Stereo Ear Buds ($20) – I am finally back in the groove of running and most ear buds are to big so I am hoping I can wear these…if not my son has already claimed them!

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Nike Gift Card ($20) – nothing motivates me to run more than new workout clothes!  For me, this is an awesome item to receive and I can’t wait to check out Nike.com and order something!

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Urban Remedy Almond Brownie ($6) – I am now living a low sugar/low grain lifestyle due to some incurable health issues I have with a giant link to diabetes and weight gain.  As tempting as it is, I won’t be eating this (I can only spare my cheats for items I already know I love!).

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Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate, Sea Salt and Almond Mini’s ($5) – these, I know I’ll love.  Now I need to figure out how to not eat more than one at a time!

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I LOVE this month!  It totally makes up for the lackluster Fall LE box!   Popsugar’s site is down for a week while they are working on something new!  Could be interesting, but let’s not forget that the last time they had a surprise for us all they did was redesign the box!

<3 Lolo

Birchbox September 2014 Reveal and Review

September’s Birchbox brought us some super cute box designs (I still have no idea what I’ll ever do with them all!) and they are keeping the Pick Your Sample thing going!

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This month I choose the Davines Oi Conditioner.  To be honest, I choose it because it comes with a shampoo and oil sample as well that can be reviewed for even more points.  I think the only reason I stick with Birchbox is for the points.  Occasionally a sample blows me away, but its rare.  Most are ok and get used though.

Here is the breakdown!

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Davines Oi Conditioner, Shampoo, and Oil ($9.60, $1.11, $1.00) – the conditioner is a very generous size sample at 2.53 ounces.  For some reason I was thinking this conditioner would match the shampoo I got a month or two back but they are different lines.    I think I can get 2-3 uses out of the shampoo pack, but the oil, maybe one.  The conditioner doesn’t have the most pleasant smell, but it’s bearable and I usually rub a little coconut oil into my ends daily anyway.

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Temtu Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer ($2.75) – I have no interest in this.  I like highlighters (this appears to be more of an illuminator you would mix in with foundation though), but I have enough and prefer lighter pink tones in the winter.

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Acure Day Cream ($10.85) – I have never heard of this brand.  I looked up reviews and they are really good!  I do like that it’s free of all kinds of icky stuff like parabens, silicone, petroleum, and even gluten!  This was also a very generous sized sample!

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel ($4.80) – there should be enough in this sample for 1-2 uses, but something like this you can usually tell after one use if it’s effective or not.  Looking forward to trying this one out soon!

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Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah ($0.92) – what a let down.  First, I was supposed to get the Laura Mercier mascara according to my box reveal.  Instead I got maybe enough of this sample to try on one arm.  I don’t really care for the scent either.  I got the lotion a while ago and still haven’t used it for the same reason….there is mostly air in the tube!

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So this is box is pretty ok.  The best thing about it is that there are 7 items to review making my cost for this $3 after points!

I don’t see myself canceling this sub anytime soon due to the awesome points system.  During my summer off from blogging I had spent my saved up points on a really fancy serving tray and a much needed watch!  I love they have lifestyle items as well because my beauty stash is a bit ridiculous at the moment!

<3 Lolo

Mani Monday with Julep Tegan

I bought Julep’s Tegan as an add-on a month or two ago. I thought it was a more dark red glitter but when I got it it looks way more mauve/purplish to me. Definitely a great Fall color. And since it’s suddenly Fall out here on the East coast I decided it would make a nice transition color!

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This is only one coat with a coat of Julep Freedom Top Coat. Glitters tend to chip easily on me due to my job. After a half day of work I can see some small chips on the edges but they are barely visible unless you really look hard which I hope no one is!

<3 Lolo

Blush Mystery Beauty Box September 2014 Reveal and Review

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Blush is one of my favorite beauty subscriptions, as they tend to send more higher end products as well as more deluxe or full size products.  This month wasn’t my favorite and I am considering cancelling until they reveal everything that will be in next month’s box (usually this happens right around the first few days of the month) just so I don’t end up with a bunch of products I won’t use or have too much of currently.

This box wasn’t a total dud for me though, and for some this may be an awesome box!  Here is what came!

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Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer (FULL size! $36 for .24oz but this packaging says .34oz.  May be an error on the website) – this was the highlighted product this month and the first spoiler before the entire contents where revealed.  I believe the theme of the box was to extend summer a little longer.  Basically unload all the summer product they aren’t selling much of right now.  I love this is organic, but currently have no use for it and 3 other bronzers still brand new for next spring.  I’m considering putting this up for trade but only for something I really need or want…I’m sure it will get used should it make it another 6 months here!

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Klorane Extra gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (1.06oz Deluxe Sample $9) – I LOVE Klorane products.  I HATE dry shampoo.  As a brunette with the fussiest hair in the world, they just don’t do me any favors.  Off to the swap pile!

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Lumene Gentle Cleansing Wipes (10 ct $3) – I like cleansing clothes to remove my eye makeup, as the label on these suggests.  These are light and soft with very little scent.  It removed my face makeup well but I had to rub it over my eyes repeatedly.  Besides all the rubbing, these were not irritating.  I’ll use them up, but I wouldn’t repurchase.

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SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector (no size listed, guessing 0.1oz and $9) – as I get older I am noticing some brown spots popping up, especially in the summer.  I’m trying to be better about limited sun exposure and using higher SPF’s when I am out but it’s tough when we are outside practically everyday.  Nothing has worked to reduce them so far but this line of products is pretty highly rated so I will give this a try!

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Color Wow One-Minute Transformation Styling Cream (FULL SIZE value $24) – it seems a lot of products like this, that are added to dry hair, have been showing up in subscription boxes.  I JUST applied a dime sized amount to the ends in my pony tail (all gross from working out too – ick!) to see how it works. It definitely tamed the mess!  I can’t wait to try this in the morning! 

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Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Organic Champagne (FULL SIZE value $15) – I was really looking forward to this until I saw the color…or lack of color.  I would have liked any of the other 3 shades.  I won’t be keeping this one either.

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So for me, this box was 50/50.  I may have discovered a product that actually works for my hair, which is pretty amazing for me!  And I’ll give the dark spot corrector a fair chance.  The wipes will get used.  Unfortunately, the gloss and dry shampoos are total misses and the bronzer I am still undecided on.

I really do love Blush, and even if I unsubscribe, I definitely see myself re-subscribing when they reveal future contents.  I highly recommend this sub if you want to try out higher end products!

<3 Lolo

 

Allure Sample Society September 2014 Reveal and Review

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A few months ago Allure took over the Sample Society box and ever since I have been really happy with the contents of each box!  For ME, this month’s box was no exception.

Allure’s Sample Society box is $15/month and include 5 samples, often in deluxe sample sizes and this month included one full sized item.

This is what showed up today!

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Sorry there are no individual pictures for this review…this single working mom thing, trying to cook homemade dinner and run 3 miles 5 times a week thing ain’t easy….corners get cut where it doesn’t hurt so much.  I am definitely switching back to my old digital camera for future reviews though!

Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream w/ Vibransea Complex (FULL SIZE value $85!) – the packaging is huge, but inside it is a 0.5oz jar, which is still decent for an eye cream.  Reviews on this one are looking good!  I am currently working my way through an eye cream right now that I am really liking so this one is going into the stockpile for a bit!

Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanning Facial Towels (3 towel box, $9) – I have a bunch of self tanners and have been scared to use them.  Allure sends a very helpful booklet with the box and it makes it seem these will create a subtle bronze with no smell afterwards…and will wash off!  so I may give these a try on a day I am staying in and the boyfriend isn’t come around lol.

Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer (0.17oz sample, $3.20) – this is a small sample, but usually with primers I know in one use if I like it or not.  Lorac’s eye primer is my HG by far so I have high hopes for this…it’s on my bathroom counter already for tomorrow morning!

Alterna Caviar Repair Re-Texturizing Protein Cream (1.35oz Deluxe sample, $9.26) – I am rubbing this in my hair as soon as i am done typing this sentence.  I have the worst hair ever in the last few years.  I can’t figure out why except that I do have an incurable condition that affects my hormones that just reared it’s ugly head a couple years ago…so I am trying anything and everything to get some shine and smoothness back!  Alterna products have been  hit or miss for me.

Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau De Parfum (sample vial, $1?) – I am one of the few who like getting perfume samples. I haven’t sprays this one yet because I just sprayed two others this evening to test and now I smell like those.  Sniffing the vial it does smell pretty good though!  I am just not sure I want to smell like Allure’s description of hot people getting it on!

Again…I enjoyed this box and will likely keep and use everything that came.  I LOVE the booklet Allure sends too describing everything because they review it all first!  I’ll be sticking with this sub for awhile to see how it continues!

<3 Lolo

Popsugar Must Have Fall 2014 Limited Edition Box Reveal and Review

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Ohhhh the feedback on this one isn’t going too well………

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Living on the east coast means that I won’t be an early recipient of any Popsugar Must Have box shipped from their California location, as has been the case with the Limited Edition Fall Box.  I have zero will power when it comes to not looking for spoilers, so I knew what was coming before it got here, BUT had no idea how I’d feel about any of it until I got my hands on it myself.

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Popsugar is marketing this one as a style box.  I  guess in my head I figured it would be full of accessories, rather than different products from different categories like the monthly boxes tend to be.  I was wrong for the most part.  Here is what came:

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Marchesa Voyage Scarf ($140):  the backlash on this one has been harsh, understandably.  First, it’s not made with an expensive fabric, its viscose.   Second, it was made in China…yea.  There has also been some feedback about it fraying after one use and I’m not so sure the colors scream fall to me.  Maybe winter.

* my opinion once I got it….it is extremely light weight and I’m not sure the colors do much for me.  It feels like it would easily be damaged.  I am undecided on keeping this one.

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Joie Wool and Cashmere Hat ($90):  pretty much anything Joie brand is expensive, so the price of the hat is equal to the high prices of anything else they sell.  It’s a nice neutral color, but has also garnered a lot of backlash for being too big/oddly sized.  It’s also more winter than fall.

* my opinion once I got it….yes it’s big.  I *think* I can make it work though.  It is definitely a winter hat.

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Indi Lee Brightening Face Wash ($):  I haven’t heard of this brand, so I am excited to give this a try, especially if it helps keep my complexion from being dull all winter….there’s that winter word AGAIN.

* my opinion once I got it…it does have a strong fruity smell but I think I am ok with it so far, but I haven’t rubbed it all over my face yet.  It says not to use over eyes either and right now I am lacking a good eye make up remover so I’m gonna hold off on using this one for awhile.

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Byway Perfume ($): described as a memorable lap dance on their web to holiday baking from some ladies to a public restroom from others, this is yet another unknown brand to me.  I’m okay with unknown brands as long as it’s not because they went out of business or had a bunch of stock they couldn’t sell.  Lap dances and public restrooms do not = Fall.  Holiday baking = winter.

* my opinion once I got it….I fall into the sweet category with my thoughts, thankfully!  I think this would be good in about any season but fall.  Something a little spicier would have been nice, or a candle or something instead.

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Make Silk Lipstick in Raddichio ($25): another brand I haven’t heard of.  I looked them up and saw their products carried at high end department stores.  This the one item in the box I feel works for fall.

* my opinion once I got it….it’s not for me.  It has brown/orange undertones and while  do think this is the most fall-oriented item in the box, I won’t be keeping it.

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Sharpova Gummies ($5):  gummies?  really?  My 6 year old will eat them.  Definitely not the pumpkin or apple treat I would have loved to see in this box.

* my opinion once I got them…ok I ate ONE for the review.  It was tough to chew but as tasty as any other gummy I’ve ever eaten.  My 6 year old BOY thought it was funny to eat purses.

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For $100 I did expect more.  A lot of subscribers were  let down with the Resort and Summer LE boxes, but I loved both.  This time around, I’m joining the crowd.  But really, what can we expect….it’s always a surprise, we aren’t the ones curating it and as far as I know Popsugar doesn’t ask us what we want, we all just run to their Facebook page and complain.  It seems they are somewhat concerned with the lack of excitement over this, which I can only hope reflects in the Winter/Holiday LE because I already know I’ll be buying it….sucker.

<3 Lolo

Julep Maven September 2014 BOHO Glam Box Reveal and Review

Finally! A bit of Fall in my life (even though we are still oddly in the 90’s here on the East Coast)!

My Julep Maven box arrived yesterday and thankfully it was packaged correctly! Julep has been have some issues with all their growth and changes lately, but I’ve been lucky so far to have received exactly what I ordered.

This is what I got this month:

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Mary Lee is a dark maroon with a satin finish and Erin is a light gray creme. Both scream fall to me and I’ve never had a gray polish in my life!

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The lip product I chose was the cardinal red. The only red like this I have is from Be a Bombshell and I never reach for it. I’ve read good reviews about this one so I’m excited to try it out!

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I bought three add ons this month to receive the free gift. This top coat is named Ana and has jagged white glitter. I also bought a Julep fan and Plié brush refills because they were the least expensive add ons.

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These two polishes were my free gift this month. Cameron is the metallic shade I can’t even begin to describe. I looked up swatches and it’s just not something I’ll wear. Daria is the dark gray creme. So now I went from zero gray polishes to two!

I am happy with my Julep Maven box this month, but may be cutting back as I have a bunch of unopened polishes and don’t think I’ll touch these until it actually feels like Fall around here! I’ve seen a sneak peek for October and it appears to be a bunch of shades I have similar polishes for. So we shall see!

I think it’s fair to say as well that Julep has a very poor rating on the BBB website. A few weeks ago it was an F. I have not had any issues myself but I do believe they are working out their issues and improving.

<3 Lolo

August 2014 Glossybox Reveal and Review

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I was finally in the late batch of subscribers to get their Glossybox and received August’s box in September. 

This month was Glossybox’s 3rd anniversary so they included a Kryolan Highlighter that was made just for them, in addiction to 4-5 (depending on if you count shampoo/conditioner as 1 or 2 :-) products.

THe box was also a little different this month:

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Here is what came in mine this month:

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Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere ($18.95 FULL SIZE):  This is tiny but considered full sized. I have yet to sample this as I have about 3-4 other highlighters open and in use, but I’m definitely keeping it for later use!

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SpaRitual Nail Polish in Navigate (FULL SIZE $12.00):  I really do love this color but just received a very similar color in my Julep Maven box last month, so unfortunately I’ll be swapping this.

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Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($8.00 Deluxe Sample):  I JUST opened my Urban Decay 24/7 Black Velvet eyeliner so this one is gonna have to take a back seat for awhile since I am loving that one.  I am looking forward to experimenting with liquid eyeliner and have seen some pretty good reviews on this particular one.

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Uberliss Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 combined value Deluxe Samples):  I will give these a try as I have also seen good reviews on this set, but my hair is so darn stubborn, I am not a good person to judge shampoo and conditioner. 

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Eslor Firming Collagen Cream ($17 Deluxe Sample): this is a brand I have seen around but haven’t read much about.  I actually though it was a less expensive brand, but looks like I am wrong.  I’ll give this one a try asap!

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This wasn’t a bad Glossybox by any means, it’s just nothing really wowed me.  I was looking forward to the highlighter but it’s so tiny…I am hoping some other items surprise me after I try them out.  I may be taking a break from Glossybox but am already locked into September and after I review this box will have enough Glossydots for a free one….so we will see.  Glossybox is very hit or miss for me but when they are good, they are reallllllly good!

If you’d like to use my personal link to check out Glossybox for yourself it is: http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=ODM1Mzk=

Thank You!

<3Lolo

August 2014 Glossybox Reveal and Review

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I was finally in the late batch of subscribers to get their Glossybox and received August’s box in September. 

This month was Glossybox’s 3rd anniversary so they included a Kryolan Highlighter that was made just for them, in addiction to 4-5 (depending on if you count shampoo/conditioner as 1 or 2 :-) products.

THe box was also a little different this month:

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Here is what came in mine this month:

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Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere ($18.95 FULL SIZE):  This is tiny but considered full sized. I have yet to sample this as I have about 3-4 other highlighters open and in use, but I’m definitely keeping it for later use!

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SpaRitual Nail Polish in Navigate (FULL SIZE $12.00):  I really do love this color but just received a very similar color in my Julep Maven box last month, so unfortunately I’ll be swapping this.

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Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($8.00 Deluxe Sample):  I JUST opened my Urban Decay 24/7 Black Velvet eyeliner so this one is gonna have to take a back seat for awhile since I am loving that one.  I am looking forward to experimenting with liquid eyeliner and have seen some pretty good reviews on this particular one.

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Uberliss Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 combined value Deluxe Samples):  I will give these a try as I have also seen good reviews on this set, but my hair is so darn stubborn, I am not a good person to judge shampoo and conditioner. 

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Eslor Firming Collagen Cream ($17 Deluxe Sample): this is a brand I have seen around but haven’t read much about.  I actually though it was a less expensive brand, but looks like I am wrong.  I’ll give this one a try asap!

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This wasn’t a bad Glossybox by any means, it’s just nothing really wowed me.  I was looking forward to the highlighter but it’s so tiny…I am hoping some other items surprise me after I try them out.  I may be taking a break from Glossybox but am already locked into September and after I review this box will have enough Glossydots for a free one….so we will see.  Glossybox is very hit or miss for me but when they are good, they are reallllllly good!

If you’d like to use my personal link to check out Glossybox for yourself it is: http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=ODM1Mzk=

Thank You!

<3Lolo

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