Ipsy Review ~ March 2014

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Ipsy is a Subscription company that sends you about 4-5 Sample items and a makeup bag every month for just 10$ +tax.

what I love about this particular company is that you take a detailed quiz so they can customize your bag! Everyone gets something different and Its a Surprise until you receive your Glam bag.

They just announced that they are going to have a new artist series of bags every month and showcase new artists. This months featured artist is Klari Reis.

I just Love everything in my March Ipsy bag!

As an Ipsy subscriber you get a discount on all the products they send out that month . Ill be Including the discount they offer in the description of each item.

First item in my bag is a sample of Bareminerals Marvalous moxie lipstick in the color get readyYou either received the moxie lipstick or the moxie lip gloss.

Discount: Free lash Domination mascara sample & free shipping on there website

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Nicole By OPI Full size nail polish! 0.5 fl oz and this is a textured nail polish with a matte finish. Value $7!

Color:Roughles

No Discount

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Be A bombshell cosmetics eyeshadow quad These are Bold colors but I actually like them. They are really smooth and pigmented Unlike Last months Jesse’s Girl eyeshdow palette which is not pigmented at all. This is a full size with a retail Value of $16! That covers the whole value of the bag.

Color:Bora Bora – Starlet, Bora Bora, Risky Business, Rock Bottom

Discount: 40% off a purchase and a free fuchsia lip crayon on Beabombshellcosmetics.com

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Pacifica Body Butter! This is a full size mini at 2.5 fl oz! 100% vegan and cruelty free. This has a retail value of $7!

Scent: Indian coconut nectar

Discount: 20% off a purchase from there website

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I LOVE this months Ipsy bag!!

I received almost all full size products and It has a $30 value not including the sample lipstick! Im so excited to see whats going to be in my April Bag.

If your interested in signing up its only $10 plus tax and I think its totally worth it!

Don’t Forget to use my referral link: http://www.ipsy.com/r/52wp

Thank you for reading!!

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Naturebox review ~ March 2014

marNature box is a subscription service that sends you healthy snacks every month. You can either choose the snacks from there very large menu or you can be surprised. I think this is a very good deal compared to whole foods prices!

There are 3 Boxes to choose from.

  • Nature box deluxe ~ $19.95 Comes with 5 full snack bags {you choose from the dozens of different snacks they have}
  • Happy Snacker ~ $29.95 Comes with 10 Full sized snack bags{5 different snacks/ 2 of each snack=10 snacks total} This is the one I ordered.
  • Smart Snacker ~ $49.95 Comes with 20 Full sized Snack bags {5 different snacks/4 packages of each snack =20 snacks}mar1

Whole wheat Apple Fig bars

This month I chose all my snacks but at the last minute they sold out of Taj mahal so they sent me a random snack. They sent me Whole wheat Apple Fig bars which I hate so I’m a little disappointed this month.

These taste like your typical fig bar nothing special. If you don’t know what a fig bar tastes like its a light/soft whole wheat cookie-ish outside with a apple fig jelly inside. They come individually wrapped perfect for lunch and on the go snacking. These are  good but I wouldn’t order them again for the fact that I’m paying $6 for plain old fig bars.

Serving size: 1 bar Calories:130

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Sriracha roasted Cashews

Next are these Sriracha roasted Cashews and as you know from my other Sriracha review I’m a big fan. These are really delicious cashews and they are obviously spicy. When you first try them they just taste like salted, slightly sriracha flavored cashews and the heat is more of an after taste. I would reorder these!

Serving size:1/4 cup Calories:150
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Honey Crunch Crisps

I expected these Honey Crunch Crisps to be sweet because they are honey but they don’t taste very sweet at all. They are very similar to the everything bagel stix from my last Naturebox review but plain with the slightest honey flavor. They taste very similar to Fritos chips but without all the unhealthiness and Just like the Bagel stix these are also very filling.

Serving size:1/4 cup Calories:160
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Pistachio power clusters

I had to try the Pistachio power clusters  because I love Pistachios! These taste Almost exactly like the Cashew power clusters From my last box…they just taste like a handful of nuts. 🙂

Also compared to my other snacks this bag was a lot smaller.

Serving size:1/4 cup Calories: 150

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Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas

The Citrus Chipotle Chickpeas are very interesting. I was expecting a spicy lemon flavor but these taste like lightly salted chickpeas and they taste Exactly like Chipotle Chili Sauce! If your a fan of Chipotle sauce then you will Love these.

Serving Size:1/3 cup Calories:130

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This months Naturebox was a bit Dissapointing because I didn’t get Taj mahal Snack mix. They should have emailed me so I could have chosen a new item.

Update: Naturebox actually took the time to read my review! They offered to give me a new snack or credit for new snack. I don’t think any store or subscription service has ever done anything like this to make sure there customers are happy! Thank you Naturebox!

I Still love this box though and I think this is especially good if you are starting a diet. I love to eat while watching tv or when I’m bored and for some reason when I eat these snacks they make me feel so full I don’t even want to reach for anything else!

If you want to sign up you can use this link and get 50% off your first box so you can get all the snacks I got for $15 or you can get 5 snacks for $10.

http://fbuy.me/E60G

Thank you for reading!

Must Have Make-up Monday #2

SEPHORA COLLECTION
Long Lasting Eyeliner 

Are you looking for the perfect eyeliner? I found a super pigmented liquid liner that goes on perfectly!

What I look for in an Eyeliner…

  •  Ultra pigmented so that I don’t have to go over it multiple times.{Only having to apply it once saves product}
  •  A fine brush because it offers more control and precision{a fine brush allows you to make the perfect cat eye}
  • Smooth consistency that glides on for a flawless application

I don’t really like pen-style eyeliners and gel eyeliner because they dry out too quickly. The Sephora brand is exactly What an eyeliner is supposed to be and it has a great price too. It goes on smooth , has a dramatic matte color, and is long lasting. plus it only costs $12!

Even though I have a lot of practice applying my eyeliner I still make mistakes sometimes. I love that with this eyeliner you can easily correct it with a q-tip and makeup remover.

It lasts me at least 2 months probably longer if you don’t apply as much as I do. 🙂

This is my absolute favorite liquid liner!

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This is also available in a waterproof version but I honestly don’t like it at all. Like most waterproof liquid liners it has a sort of shine to it and it stays tacky.

What is your favorite eyeliner? 

Thank You for reading!!

FREE Julep Maven February 14

Julep Maven is a Subscription box service that sends you $40 worth of nail products every month for $19.99. You take a quiz on there site here and they determine what your style is and send you colors accordingly.

I was So excited to try them out {especially since my first box was  FREE}

Use The COUPON code FREEBOX and you can get your first box free as well!!

My Style was Boho Glam!

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My Box arrived Really quickly {only took about 3 days} which is a definite plus because I hate waiting for packages. 🙂

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My first box included 2 Nail polished, a nail a cuticle serum, and a cute nail buffer.

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The colors I Received were Aisha & Michelle {Burgundy & Navy}

I loved my box but I wish it was a little cheaper.  I don’t think I will Be continuing this subscription {Maybe ill treat myself every so often} I wish I could skip until I wanted a new box but they only allow 2 skips a year.

You could even order this box for valentines day and your sweetie will get a nice surprise next month.

Thank you for reading!!

If you interesting in signing up for Julep just go here.

Don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to get your first box free!

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Ill Also be posting my Review for NatureBox soon!

Must Have Make-up Monday #1

Lip Stain

I’m always afraid my Lipstick is going to smear {especially bolder colors} and I also don’t like the feeling of having it on my lips. I can’t be the only one out there. 🙂 So I was forced to look for an alternative.

When I first begin the hunt for a lip stain I went to Sephora and asked what they recommended. They showed me Lorac lip/cheek stain which they don’t sell anymore. It was so horrible because it comes out darker in some areas and darker in your lip creases when you apply it with the roller it comes with. I also tried a lip brush and my finger but the outcome was the same. {You would have to do a lip scrub before to exfoliate all the dead skin because this stuff would make it extremely noticeable.} It was way more trouble than it was worth! It was about $27 and it spilled everywhere because the roller leaks. lol Another Blogger Reviewed The Revlon Just bitten lip stain and it Had the same effect… although the lorac stain was 10X more noticeable. Check out her review here.

I gave up on lip stains and had to deal with lipsticks until I went back for sephora’s holiday sale in December. I tried BITE cashmere lip Cream which then became my favorite. It feels light on your lips and has just a little bit of shine.  I Purchased Rioja and port {one is a bright red and the other is wine} I still love this lip cream but I found Something better Since then. These are kind of expensive at $28 a pop.

On my most recent visit to Sephora I came across the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain and Im very impressed.  I went out all day and ate and it still didn’t come off.{I love not having to reapply} You apply it as a cream and it dries perfectly Matte…Ive tried a couple of the other colors {Colors #6 &# 8} But they have a shimmer which I don’t like. Im looking forward to trying #2 & #3 because they are also matte.

Color 01 Always Red

only $13!Stace_FotorThis is the Red color ..  it shows up a little brighter here because of the sun. 

If you’ve tried sephora’s lip creams tell me how it worked out for you in the comments below! Which one was your favorite color?

Thank You for reading!!

Japanese Snack Attack!!! #5

This is a All Japanese drink review! I bought a bunch of drinks at marukai today and tried them all… lol

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Ramune never lets me down! This time I purchased the coconut flavor and it was the best! I wish I could buy a 2 liter..haha I really don’t know why there isn’t a coconut fanta it would make so much money. It tastes exactly like what it is … coconut…soda … 🙂

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Calpico brand in Lychee flavor… It tasted really artificial. I could drink it but the flavor was so perfumey that it kind of gave me a headache. (I don’t know if thats happened to other people lol)

orangeNext is Mandarin orange drink and it  was only 79 cents so I thought I would try it. I’ve been obsessed with tangerines since I went to pink berry and tried there amazing tangerine flavor! Anyway this drink is really natural tasting which i liked but it had a lot of pulp. It tastes almost like a grapefruit orange.. not very sweet… really tangy.

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I bought this one because of the delicious looking mango on the front! I think this tastes pretty good for having bell peppers, pumpkin,onion,asparagus,radish, and kale in it.( I can’t believe it) Taste like a fruity v8 lol

I don’t have a picture for this yet but i also tried cherry plum soda, it has this really cute bottle with cherry blossoms on it. It tastes like carbonated water and cherry flavor but its pretty good.

Bonus I bought a Horned melon which looks super exotic lol

you have to cut it in half , get a bowl and squeeze out the insides like an orange! It really doesn’t taste like much and you have to drink it. Its gone so fast you don’t really have a chance to taste much.

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I think this may be the last time I do a review on japanese drinks… Some of these are really awful and expensive lol

Ill just stick to Ramune!

If You know any Delicious japanese drinks i should try leave it in the comments below!

Mexican Street food!!

I think everyone pretty much knows the popular mexican street food { like Tacos , quesadillas and tortas } Those are definitely tasty but here is a couple treats you may not know about and are still super good!

My absolute number one favorite treat since I was in elementary school is called a mangonada!!! Its a cup filled with fresh pureed mango and frozen with a popsicle stick in the center. Once its completely frozen you add chamoy and lemon and i like to get a spoon and get a little chamoy and mango in every bite! yummy!!! ❤

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My second Addiction is a raspado(shaved ice) I’m sure most of you have heard of this but my favorite is a little different. The Raspado I love is shaved so fine it almost feels like sorbet. It comes in Vanilla, lime, Strawberry and sometimes coconut. If you’ve tried an american snow cone … they taste very artificial and have huge ice chips but this version tastes fresher and is especially good on a hot summer day. you also have the option of adding lechera on top which is a thick, sweet tasting milk. MMM MMM

My fav is the mexican vanilla!

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Hot cheetos are delicious on there own but when you add chamoy it becomes even better! When you buy a bag of chips Some shops in mexican neighborhoods Will add chamoy for only 25 cents. If you haven’t tried it, you should! it packs a lot of flavor. you can buy a bottle of chamoy at any mexican market.

Another Variation of this is tostilocos …. you pick your base chip and they open it up add chamoy , japanese peanuts, pickled pig skin, jicama, lime and sometimes tamarind candy & cucumbers. I will eat this occasionally but its definitely takes some getting used to. The pickled pig skins sound disgusting but they don’t taste like anything the texture is just like jello lol so maybe if your feeling adventurous and want to try something new this will be for you!

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Tostilocos!

Elote (corn) is something everyone has tried but mexicans add a couple of things that set it apart! They start off with boiled or grilled corn on the cob. Then they add melted butter, Mexican thick crema (or mayo), cotija cheese, lime, and paprika. Its a good snack but only eat it around people your comfortable with because it makes a mess!! Your face will be covered in white goop but thats part of the experience lol

You could easily make this at home!

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Mango con chile

This is a Mango on a stick with chili powder and lemon sprinkled on top and its so fresh and yummy. These are usually sold in parks. You can actually make a version of this at home. Just chop up some mangos into chunks and Sprinkle Tajin all over! Delicious and you can do this with cucumber too!

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Thank you for reading !!

What is your Favorite Mexican Street food?

I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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If You liked this post Click here to check out my post on Mexican Candy!!

Best Mexican Candy!!

Anyone that knows me can tell you how much I love Mexican candy! It has so much flavor and I’m in love with tamarind. Here are my  favorites.

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Pulparindo

Pulparindos are so good and it usually comes in a pack of 12 for 1$ so thats why these are my favorite. They are a soft, seedless Tamarind candy and the picture shows the original sweet flavor but it also comes in spicy~!

If you’ve never tried tamarind, its a sour/ sweet pod fruit.

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Skwinkles are like a watermelon spaghetti with chili sprinkles on the outside, it comes with a chamoy packet inside which you put onto of your spaghetti candy. This is so fun and has a lot of flavor {makes my mouth water just thinking about it}

Chamoy is a liquid chili and it taste sweet,sour,and a bit spicy all at the same time. 😛

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I used to love this as a kid! they are straws covered with tamarind (has seeds) and then covered in a fine chili dust. so fun to eat!

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This are similar to a push pop except instead of ice cream its filled with a tamarind chili candy. When you push the white bottom up the candy comes out of the many small holes on top and you just lick it off. lol

51k70ec8FvLThese are almost the same as the candy below the only difference is that the chili is on the inside of these but I like these better!

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Watermelon lollies!

This one is a watermelon flavored lollipop covered in a delicious chili powder. its kind of like a tootsie pop because you have to lick the chili off to get to the center !

How many licks?

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Click here to Check Out my Post on Mexican Street Food!!

Japanese Snack Attack!! #4

I tried a few different snacks and drinks today! I even made a video Ill attach at the bottom!

Dorayaki baked red bean cake was the first treat I tried and it was a dense pancake type bread and it was filled with red bean paste. It was sweet  but a little too dry. I mean what do i expect for .98 cents. It also is a little weird that it comes with desiccant packs(kinda like the pack that comes in shoes) inside the package. lol I probably won’t be buying these again but they were def fun to try!

Red bean cake :4/10

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Ramune strawberry soda was next on my list! I was so excited because it has a really unique bottle shape and marble cork. It tastes exactly like strawberry soda should taste but fresher somehow. when I go back to marukai ill pick up a new flavor. maybe squid ink? >.<

Strawberry soda Ramune: 9/10

Must try

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Next is King green peas… there not  that special or weird but I wanted to try them anyway and they were pretty good.. I think I’m going to re-buy them. They taste like corn nuts but lighter and I’m always looking for snacks to eat during movies because I hate when popcorn get stuck in my teeth.. Eww lol

green peas : 7/10

A bit over meh

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Last item of the day is the Ramen chips!I  almost opened them last night but i ate the mochi instead lol. These were really crunchy and super yummy.  They tasted Just like the top ramen seasoning and the chip is almost a cracker but more like a chip lol if that makes any sense. ill explain more in the video. ^.^

9/10 for Ramen chips!

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Any Japanese snacks or drinks you want me to try??

Tell me in the comments below!

Japanese Snack Attack!!! #3

I couldn’t help myself and I had to eat my Mochi ice cream [ gummy rice outside … sweet ice cream inside] I have to admit that Mochi isn’t a new treat for me and I’ve been crazy about these for years now. I’m actually surprised that they haven’t become more popular! I make it a habit to buy at least one box every time I go to Marukai because there cheaper here and so far this is the only store they sell the vanilla flavor(my fav). I can seriously inhale a whole box is less than 10 min and I’m not ashamed to say so. If you haven’t tried these then head to your nearest japanese market and buy a box (or two) ^.^

These are my favorite snack of all time! They are little bites of heaven ❤ 

I purchased the maeda-en brand but mikawaya brand is almost the same. They come in Green Tea, Red Bean, Mango, Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate and Black Sesame. They are little bite sized bon-bons about the size of a ping pong ball.

Mochi :10/10

Price : 2.98

Must try!

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In Love with Mochi!