Nerdblock Review ~ May 2014

NerdBlock is subscription company that sends a mystery package filled with Epic Toys, t-shirts, and collectibles every month for $19.99 plus shipping and handling. Every Nerdblock Box Includes a cool T-shirt!

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So far, so good with NerdBlock! I received 6 great items this month and none of it will go unused. ūüôā

First, is this cute big headed Yoda plush!  Value $9.97

Super Mario Bros. Keychain random figure. I  Received Mario with his Raccoon suit. Wa-Hoo! Value $2.99

Stick-it pad is a mat you place onto your dashboard or where ever so you can stick your phone onto it for easy access. Im glad I’m finally getting something I could use everyday .. This is going to come in handy! ¬†You can also use it to stick you keys to the wall so you wont misplace them. Value $4.99

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Exclusive! The Amazing Spider-Man Comic. This comic was especially made for NerdBlock and looks awesome!nerd3

They also Included a Star Wars Papercraft Playset. I actually really enjoyed making these paper dolls¬†and I didnt¬†need any supplies to put them together. This is a Funko Product and they look just as cute as all the other Funk0 action Figures! ‚̧ Value $7.99

nerd5 They Include a T-shirt in every box! This months shirt is Boba Fett in either olive green or black. Value $10

nerd6This Box had a total value of $37.93! I love everything that came in my box and I still think its way better than Loot crate. I can’t wait to see what I get Next Month. ūüôā

What do you think of this months NerdBlock?

Thank you for Reading!!

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BirchBox ~ March 2014

Today I received my birch box in the mail and It was much better than last months.  BirchBox is a subscription service thats sends you 4-5 sample products for $10 plus tax. If your interested in signing up you can use my referral link here.

I also heard that if you sign up now and use the code BB100 you get 100 points which is equivalent to $10 in there store.

Don’t forget to fill out your profile as soon as you sign up so you don’t get the crappy box.

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Stila Lip Glaze in Pink Dragon fruit

This deluxe sample is only slightly smaller than the full size. They sell this size at ulta beauty for $8.

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Jergens BB body perfecting skin cream

It claims to perfect your skin in 5 days. Hydrates, Illuminates , evens skin, firms and corrects. Sounds too good to be true especially at only $12 for the full size. It also smells very sweet and has a bit of a floral scent as well. About a $2 value for the sample size.

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Previse HydroMilk

Its funny because when I first previewed my box online I thought I was getting a bigger sample because of the Image but when I saw this little tiny packet I was a little disappointed. Its a body lotion and compared to the huge sample of body butter I received in this months Ipsy this is a total let down.

Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm

The Same Thing with this product I thought I would at least get a good sample of this since its just a salve but There is barely enough in this sample for 2 lip applications. The tube is about the size of my pinky and Its has less than a dime sized amount. Its smells like Lemon Grass and feels like Vaseline.march5

Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo

This was actually a really good sample size at 50ml! Its probably enough to try for a week. I tried it today and it doesn’t lather… Its also very runny and leaks from the tube if you don’t close it properly. ¬†Value $1.90.march2

This box was much better than last months box and I was much happier with the sizes of these samples. Total box value was about $11.90 not including the two teeny tiny samples. This barely breaks even with the cost of the box But I think Its because they have such a good points program. You get 10 point for each review you do on samples you receive. When you reach 100 points you get $10 for the shop to buy full size products! With just two boxes I already have enough points for $10 off. Yay!march1

Thank you for reading!!

Ill be receiving my March Escape Monthly box soon so don’t forget to subscribe! —->

NatureBox Review ~ February 2014

I decided to try NatureBox this month because my first box was 50% off and I’m a sucker for a good deal.

I don’t eat very healthy and I’m just going to say it … I’m kinda cheap. I never thought I would end up sticking with the subscription to NatureBox but After My first box I became hooked!

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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}

My box came with 11 packages of snacks but I ate 2 as soon as it arrived! {so they aren’t in the picture but they were duplicates anyway}

Lets Start with my bonus snack! They included a extra surprise snack … isn’t that nice.

My bonus snack was the Everything bagel stix. These are a vegan sesame stick with poppy seeds, garlic and onions.

These are garlic and onion flavored cracker stick. They are very crunchy, filling and pretty good when your craving a savory snack.

Serving size:1/3 cup Cal:170

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I also chose the Dried California Peaches because they were on the NatureBox favorite list.

They are Obviously dehydrated peaches. I didn’t care for them {they smell so awful} and wouldn’t order them again.

Serving size:5 peaches cal:100

natureboxI had to order The Chipotle Maple almonds because they are so weird!

I think these are a really good deal considering that your paying only about $3 per snack and at my local sprouts flavored almonds are $13 a LB.

These are my Favorite because they taste like sweet maple and then POW! the spicy chipotle kicks in. ūüôā

Serving size:1/4 cup cal:170

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Pear Praline crunch is a sweet pear flavored mixture of pecans and cashews. They taste Like diet sweetener so it takes a little time to get used to them. I think without the pear flavor these would taste better. I gave these away and I won’t be ordering these again either.

Serving size:1/4 cup cal: 160

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These just taste like a cashew power bar with a hint of sugar. Yummy!

Serving Size:1/4 cup Cal:150

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Dried Granny Smith Apples

These are So delicious!! They are sweet, tart and taste exactly like an apple. Unlike dried bananas and peaches these are still refreshingly delectable. They are almost like chips but a little chewy {in a good way}

I could easily polish these off 10 min…. who am I kidding 5

Serving size: 10 rings Cal:100
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I no longer reach for chips and candy because I have these snacks now! Hopefully soon Ill combine Healthy eating with exercise and lose a little weight. {This is a good start}

Thank you for reading and if your interesting in Signing up use this link and you will get 50% off your first box too!

http://fbuy.me/E60G

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Do you have a NatureBox subscription? Which one is your favorite snack?

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. ūüôā

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!!

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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. ūüôā 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!!

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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 … ūüôā

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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. ūüėõ

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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!!

Spanish Flan! Delicioso

Ingredients 

  • 7 eggs
  • 1 can (12oz.) of evaporated milk
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp of mexican vanilla ( you can use regular vanilla too)
  • 2 cups of sugar for caramel
  1. Make caramel 
  • pour sugar into stainless steel pan with heat on high and shake the pan a couple of times to move the sugar around.
  • Reduce heat to low as soon as sugar begins to melt
  • Swirl the sugar inside of the pan (don’t be tempted to use a spoon … I learned the hard way)
  • continue swirling until sugar is melted and slightly brown (the darker brown the more bitter)
  • pour caramel into glass bakeware
  • Cleaning :The remaining caramel will harden quickly in the pot but don’t worry just pour water into the pan (if you used any spoons you can throw them in the pot too) until it covers all the caramel and place it back on the burner until it all dissolves.

2. Mix all other ingredients together for about 2 min or until you see everything is well incorporated.

3. Pour mixture on top of caramel. I use oven safe custard cups because they only cost about 5$ at walmart.

Custard cups!

Custard cups!

4. Fill Larger pan with an inch of water and set your custard cups with the flan mixture into the water like a bath. ¬†you can add more water if needed but don’t let water spill into your flan mixture.(If you don’t place the custard cups in water they get a ton of holes and don’t taste as creamy) I use a lasagna dish for the bath.

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Bath time!

5. Bake 30-40 min at 325 degrees (if you poke it with a tooth pick it should come out clean)

6. you can eat it warm or cold. ¬†I usually can’t wait for them to chill!! lol

(you can also skip the caramel step because its a pain in the butt to make! … then it will just be a delicious custard.)

I eat it straight out of the custard cup but if you want to serve it just put a plate on top and flip it over! Viola !

This is the easiest recipe I’ve found and it tastes perfectly creamy!

If you tried this tell me how it came out! 

Ipsy Review ~ January 2014

This will be my First month getting Ipsy and I was really excited to receive my first bag! Just in case you don’t know what Ipsy is, its a Subscription company that sends you about 5 cosmetic 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.

Ill be showing you what came is my bag for January 2014!!

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I liked december bag better!

First item is the professional by benefit !

I received 3.0ml

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Minimizes pores!

Makeup cleansing tissues from absolute!

I received 10 tissues

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Pomegranate!

Yaby natural finish liquid foundation (oil free)

I received .272 fl oz

my color exactly {Buff}!

my color exactly {Buff}!

(malin+goetz) mojito lip balm

I received .35 oz

THIS IS FULL SIZE (12$)

Mojito!

Mojito!

Balanced Guru Body balm in Tangy organic sweet cocoa

smells like sweet lemon!

smells like sweet lemon!

Im very happy with my first bag and I think it was really worth it!

Ive already used everything once and I’ve only had it for a couple of days. Its a really good way to try new things!!

If you want to sign up use my link and I get points!! 

Get Ipsy here : http://www.ipsy.com/r/52wp