Glossybox – January 2018

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I wanted to post this earlier but I’ve been scheduling posts in the past two weeks trying to give the post topics more variety and also I wanted some time to use the products that was sent out if I can notice any difference.

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Steve Laurant – Dusty Rose Lip Tint

At first I was a bit intimidated seeing “lip gloss” because the last time I wore a lip gloss was back when I was a teenager and I was afraid it’ll been like those old super shiny lip glosses, see how old fashioned I am ? Thankfully I was wrong and it turned out to be a really nice pink almost natural, I used it after applying liquid lipsticks using my finger and it gave my lips a subtle shine as if my lips were smooth. I love it, it can be used as a cream blush as well since it blends so well.

Theorie – Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum

I think I mentioned before that I love getting hair products, and this came in a perfect time since the serum I was using just finished. I wish it came in a larger size since I have a very thick hair so 10ml isn’t exactly enough for me. It helps protecting your hair from heat and also adds shine which I noticed.

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Dr Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil

I’m all for the “100% Natural” label, it makes me feel safe of the stuff I put on my skin. Honestly I was afraid it would be thick in consistency since it was an oil substance but it was the complete opposite, it’s very light, smells really nice and it got absorbed quickly.

Lumene Lahde – Pure Dew Drops Hydrating Eye Gel

Lately I haven’t been sleeping well so it shows in my eyes as it gets puffy and dark circles began to appear. It was the perfect time to test this product, so per directions written I used it after cleaning my face couple of times now and I felt that cold sensation under my eyes which feels really refreshing.

Buxom – Big Tease Plumping Mascara

I’m a certified Mascara hoarder, seeing mascaras excites me. If you’re looking for lash separation, great volume and length, this is the mascara for you. It’s amazing I absolutely love it, too bad it’s such a small size.

Overall, loving every product in this box specially the lip tint and mascara.

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Glossybox – December 2017

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I finally reactivated my subscription to Glossybox and I’m so happy to receive those boxes again, I really miss this. December box came a little late, in fact came together with January box but I’m not going to complain.

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Laura Geller – Easy Illuminating Stick in Ethereal

I’ve been introduced to Laura Geller products before when I tried Birchbox I’ve been using that highlighter for awhile now so I was happy seeing this stick from this brand. It’s definitely easy to use, just glided on my cheekbones and then I blended it with a brush since I didn’t have a sponge but it worked well. It’s the right amount of shimmer that I need for my everyday look.

Beauty For Real – I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Platinum Blonde 

I’m not exactly comfortable trying such bold colors for my eye makeup but in the spirit of changing, I’m willing to try it out if I want to look a little bit extra for a girls night out. It’s waterproof so it won’t budge easily.

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Ignore my sophisticated nail polish … design ?

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Show Beauty – Riche Grooming Balm

I love me some hair products, anything that helps with my abused hair makes me happy basically. The formula of this product is really light so it doesn’t leave your hair looking greasy, also it smells nice.

Makeup Drop – Original

I never really understood those silicon thingies, I tried liking them but I couldn’t. Maybe because I’m more old fashioned, I just can’t like them. They have more pros compared to normal sponges as it doesn’t absorb the foundation and can be cleaned easily, but I wouldn’t really use it so I’m going to give it to my sister (I recommend reading Lise’s post about this).

Omorovicza – Queen of Hungary Mist

This was an instant love for me, it smells absolutely amazing. I used it instead of my usual toner before applying my makeup and then after since my makeup setting spray Urban Decay All-Nighter doesn’t exactly have the best scent. I don’t why the scent of this mist is so refreshing and calming, it’s light and I can say rose-y. I could definitely see myself getting addicted to this, I will buy it that’s for sure.

Overall, feels so good to receive this subscription box again as it’s been my favorite for quite sometime. I would say the Laura Geller highlight stick and the Queen of Hungary mist are my favorite products in this box. Have you ever used those products before, let me know what do you think.

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OwlCrate – Find Me In The Forest

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I’m very sad to write this review because this is my last OwlCrate and it hurts that I had to cancel. I was considering donating some of my books so I could have more room for books on my shelves and then I could probably reactivate my subscription since it’s honestly my favorite subscription box. Anyway let’s get into this post, so October theme was Find Me In The Woods.

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Cabeswater Candle from In the Wick of Time

I’ll never say no to candles, I love collecting them for some reason. This candle is inspired by The Raven Cycle and it smells absolutely amazing, I didn’t think moss and mint would smell this good together.

Exclusive Harry Potter Mug from Cara Kozik

This is the first time OwlCrate sends a mug in their boxes and it’s gorgeous. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this made me so happy, the design illustrates the forbidden forest from Hagrid’s cottage with Buckbeak in the pumpkin fields then unicorn and the centaur, finally the Weasley’s flying car and Aragog the Arachnid. I’m in love with this and I instantly took it to my office so I can have my morning coffee with it.

Princess Mononoke Art Print by Audra Auclair

I’m so happy they included a Ghibli related item, this print looks so amazing. I was so impressed by the designs of Audra Auclair, they are so beautiful so please if you have time just check them.

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Sherwood Forest Loose Tea from Riddle’s Tea Shop

Robin Hood was one the first anime I watched in Arabic dub, reading the name of this tea made me happy for some reason. I’m not a tea blend fan but Earl Grey would be my favorite tea so I don’t mind trying this blend.

Magnetic Bookmarks From Craftedvan

I love Craftedvan designs, they are always too cute and adorable. These bookmarks are from Where the Wild Things Are and they are so cute.

Coaster Illustrated from Kristin Askland

A Mug, tea and a coaster in one box, thank you OwlCrate. This coaster is so beautiful, it goes well with the new mug and it’s a great addition for my office desk.

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As usual the book came with a lovely letter from the author and also a signed bookplate. Also a pack of seeds, it didn’t specify what sort of plants it’ll grow so it’s all a mystery.

and finally book of the month …

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

I actually love OwlCrate exclusive cover more than the original. The summary sounds so interesting and obviously I’m all about the magic part, I’ve read some reviews of this book to be a slow-burner so we’ll see how it goes when I start reading it.

Overall, this would be my favorite box in 2017 from OwlCrate. Everything in this box is perfect and I love it.

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OwlCrate – Mythical Creatures

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I’ve been getting tons of messages and emails from aramex to pick up my OwlCrate box when I was away, I finally had time to get it and it has a very cool theme “Mythical Creatures

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Dragon Coin Purse by OwlCrate

It’s a lovely canvas bag with dragon design. I don’t normally keep coins in my wallet, I usually donate them to those charity boxes that are kept near the cashiers so I might give this to my younger sister.

Son of Poseidon Bath Salts by The Soap Librarian

I love bath bombs and salts so this was a nice find. The ingredients gave a beauty to the colors in the container, I’m excited to try it.

Hagrid Sticker by Susanne Draws

As a Harry Potter fan, I’m in love with this. I think this is third time OwlCrate sent an item by Susanne Draws, I remember seeing in Epic and Fast Time at YA High boxes.

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Mother of Dragons Bookmark by Ink and Wonder Designs

This bookmark is made out of thin wood and it’s gorgeous, it’s definitely my favorite item in this box. It looks so beautiful even though I’m not a Game of Thrones fan.

Book Sleeve from Book Beau

I’ve never had a book sleeve so this is something new to me. The fabric is quite thick so I can be sure that my book would be protected, it has such a beautiful design as well.

The box also included a small brochure that has few fun facts and an interview with the author.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate and also a handwritten letter from the author using golden ink that fits the book cover.

Now finally book of the month …

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.

The more I read about it in the reviews, the more I got excited to start reading it. Apparently the story includes new worlds, dragons and magic which are all my weakness in a fantasy book.

Overall, I love the theme and I was hoping for more but I would say it’s a decent box. Unfortunately I cancelled my subscription because I don’t have space for more books, I need to organize my shelves before I reactivate again so October box will be my last for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice day.

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OwlCrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes

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I’ve been scheduling posts in the past week as I’m writing this on last two days of August, I really missed blogging like this. I was busy in the past two months working on a project at my work place and because of that I didn’t have time to focus on my blog as before so my posting times were a bit inconsistent, I’m planning to get right back to a posting schedule and hopefully commit to it. Anyway to the main point of this post, OwlCrate my favorite subscription box. This month the theme was quite interesting and I was hoping it would be as good as Darkness box.

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Dark Arts Roast by Happenstance Coffee

I think this is the first time OwlCrate sends coffee in their boxes and let me just take my time to admire the packaging. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this definitely excited me, it’s a medium blend roast of orange, almond and dark chocolate. I posted on my Snapchat about it and a friend almost begged me for it so I gave it to him.

Ooly Fountain Pen

My handwriting is bad and according to my mother “Like a chicken passing on a paper” because it’s too tiny, well as long as I can understand my own handwriting I should be fine, right ? Anyway I can’t wait to start writing with this and hopefully don’t stain my hands with ink since I’m quite a clumsy person.

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Edgar Allen Poe Socks by Out of Print

Let me just say that I love Edgar Allen Poe because my first reading experience was his story The Tell-Tale Heart when I was in the third grade. These socks are hilariously creepy in my opinion and I love them.

Six of Crows inspired bookmark from Treehouse of Books

I love getting those bookmarks specially ones that include a quote from a great book, this bookmark is double sided and I really loved how detailed the feathers are.

This Savage Song inspired sticker from Evie Bookish

I really enjoyed This Savage Song, it’s one of my favorite books in fact so I was so happy seeing this sticker. It’s so pretty and I still don’t know where to put it, I was thinking somewhere at my office or my laptop. Also anything from Evie Bookish is amazing, period.

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Sleepy Hollow and other short stories by Washington Irving 

My eyes lit up when I saw this book, I love Sleepy Hollow. I’ve watched the movie and I was planning to start watching the series that recently ended, so this made me so happy to see this book in the box and I absolutely love the cover.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate which looks really cute, also a handwritten letter from the author.

Now finally book of the month …

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jone

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil–her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life–she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

The Hearts We Sold is a Faustian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

This is a very interesting summary and somehow reminded me of Kingdom Hearts for some reason, probably from the Hearts mention. It sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to start reading it.

Overall, I loved this box. Everything in it fits perfectly with the theme and I love every item, obviously Sleepy Hollow book mostly. Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

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MerLady Box – Save The Mermaids

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I was confused when I received a notification from Aramex that I got a package from MerLady Box because I remember getting an email saying that my subscription got cancelled. Later on, I checked my emails and saw that I was charged for July’s box but I didn’t get an update and I forgot about it. I think they were trying to release the new subscription box Jewels of The Sea and it messed up the original box subscriptions. Anyway the contents of this box made me reactivate my subscription to MerLady Box, July’s theme is “Save the Mermaids” and apparently the majority of the materials used to create the products and packaging in this box are recycled. Also I should mention, the products came in a pouch packaging not the usual box.

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Aluminum Water Bottle #SaveTheMermaids

The info card that came in the pouch didn’t really specify by who or from where so I’m going to assume this bottle is by MerLady but not added to the shop yet. I’ve been thinking about going back to the gym recently so this bottle came in the perfect time, I can show off my love for mermaids.

Mermaid Popsocket

For a while now, I was considering getting a popsocket not because I like taking selfies, but because my phone slaps my face whenever I use it while laying down. I love the design on this popsocket and it fits comfortably with my fingers, it’ll take me a while to get used to it though.

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Mermaid Tail Earrings

Another item I’ll assume is from MerLady, these earrings are so pretty with the cute mermaid tail design. They are quite light and the colors on the tails are very vibrant and beautiful.

Rearview Mirror Charm

This is so gorgeous, I instantly fell in love with this charm. It has a dream catcher web and a pretty mermaid charm, along with ocean colored gems. Definitely my favorite item from this box.

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Mermaid Anklet

The last item is a lovely anklet but I want to say that I didn’t like the mermaid charm hanging on it because it’s a bit too big but I like the crystal though.

Overall, I LOVE MERLADY BOX… Isn’t it obvious? The items they sent out for July’s theme definitely fits the theme which raises recycling awareness and saving mermaids, they listed ocean conservation companies in the info card so you can visit their websites and support them if you are interested.

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OwlCrate – Wanderlust

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I miss having many subscription boxes delivered to me, it felt like getting presents … That I pay for? Anyway I got OwlCrate recently and finally had the time to write this post, July’s theme was “Wanderlust”

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Art Print by Shailey Ann Designs

Lovely print, I love the map background and quote on it.

Owl Bag Tag by Mudpuppy

This is just too adorable, I love Owl designs. It’s too brightly colorful and well-stitched, I gave it to my sister since school is starting soon.

Newt Scamander Keychain from Funko Pop

I’m a Funko Pop collecter, not going to lie. I’m also a fan of Fantastic Beasts so I was really happy to see this in the box and I instantly used it for my car keys.

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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE >.<

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Lord of The Rings Backbag

I assume this is an exclusive item because it’s not mentioned from whom or by who, it’s a really nice backbag as I’m a fan of Lord of The Rings. I love the quote written on it as well, it’s good enough to be a gym bag or going to the beach.

A Darker Shade of Magic inspired Mirror by Miss Phi

This is such a pretty mirror. It’s always good to keep such mirrors in your bag, I know I keep telling myself that so I would stop using Snapchat camera as my mirror when I need to.

Pocket Journal from Ooly

I love pocket journals, I feel they aren’t used as before since everyone depends on their phones more. This one is small enough to be kept in your bag, and has a nice design as it’s one of 8 designs sent out in the boxes so yours may vary.

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As usual the book comes with a letter from the author as well as the signed bookplate, the letter is more colorful than the previous ones.

And finally book of the month …

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

It sounds like a fun summer read, I think this is the second time OwlCrate sends a book with a bisexual storyline. I can’t wait to read it since I’m always been interested in the 18th Century era, reading the roadtrip part in the summary gives it a little modern twist perhaps. I could be wrong but I’m reading it anyway.

Overall, I love how the items in this box give a summery vibe and more of a travelling related items. It makes me feel bad because I’m not exactly going anywhere this summer and I hate seeing my Snapchat nowadays since everyone is somewhere in Europe or Asia. Hopefully I’ll travel somewhere if I got the chance to do so.

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