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Review: June Glossybox

Review: June Glossybox

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 


While Glossybox isn’t a new monthly subscription service it IS new in the United States. Their first U.S. box was in May so the June box was only their second monthly box. I had been hearing very good things about the service in other countries and so wanted to include them in my series of articles on beauty subscription services.

The June Glossybox contained 7 items including 2 full size products. I was pretty pleased with the selection of items included especially because there was a lot of variety. Glossybox included a makeup item, bath & body item, a body creme, a facial item, a hair item, and a perfume. So without further ado, here is what my box contained.

 


The presentation of the box is very lovely. The items are all packaged carefully inside a pale pink box with polka dots on the inside. The box is the largest and sturdiest of any of the subscription services and will most definitely be useful for storage of various items later on. Inside there was a postcard with the details of the items on one side and a descriptions of the box along with contact info on the other.


Also included was a mini magazine called Glossy Mag for the month of July. Since their boxes deliberately ship late (compared to other services that ship at the beginning of the month) it was already July by the time I received my June Glossybox. The mini mag is cute and is something different that sets Glossybox apart from the others.

The first item I pulled out was the Perfume Organic in Urban Organic scent. I am very sensitive to perfume and nearly always prefer body mist or spray to actual perfume. My little sister on the other hand loves perfume and wears it quite often. I personally didn’t care for the scent, but I rarely like any actual perfume scents. This was the only item that I couldn’t figure out the sample size price because I couldn’t figure out how many milliliters were in the small vial. The full size bottle contains 0.41 ounces and costs $65.


The next item is the Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for hair. Since I received this after my surgery I haven’t been able to use it as I can’t get in a regular shower until my leg is healed and strong enough. But I look forward to using it on my much shorter hair since I had it cut substantially before my surgery. The longest part of my hair reached my tushie and now it is just below shoulder length. The full size hair treatment contains 5.07 ounces and costs $12 making the value of this sample equal approximately $2.01.

The first full sized item was the First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream which the description says is a “gentle, non-irritating formula”. I cannot wait until I am allowed to shave the leg I had surgery on and will most definitely be saving this to be able to use then.

The most expensive item included was the Kinerase Restructure Firming Cream. I don’t feel like I really need any sort of anti-aging product just yet. While I did try this, I am not at all sure it did very much for me. And even if it did this is a very cost prohibitive item. The full size one contains just 1.7 ounces for a whopping $98!

 

Also included was a very cute little jar containing Shea Terra Organics Ultimate Moisturizing Body Creme in Bourbon Vanilla. Oh this body creme smells sooo yummy! I also love the when I took the lid off that there was a seal on it which not only make sure to keep the lotion in the container during shipping, but also said it hadn’t been opened previously. The label on the little jar is very cute and matches the jar and lid perfectly. When I tried this delicious smelling lotion it felt so rich and creamy and not at all greasy. The full size jar is 9 ounces for $18 which makes this sample have a value of $2.

And last but not least is my favorite item in this box, BeautyAddicts Show Off Mascara. I am always on the look out for mascaras that build up ones lashes either by itself or layered over my mascara base. I have very short and sparse lashes on the top and literally a dozen on each of my bottom lashes. And the lashes on my right eye are longer than on the left which really bothers me. i don’t think anyone else would notice that, but it is very obvious to me especially when I am putting on mascara. This Show Off Mascara does a pretty good job at being build-able and doesn’t seem to clump much. This is the second full size item and it retails for $20.

If you’d like to try Glossybox for yourself you can by clicking on the link below. Glossybox costs $21 a month unless you live in CA, then you are also charged tax which makes the total approximately $23. If you purchase a multi-month package you’ll end up getting each month for a bit less. If you do sign up I’d love to hear what you think!

Also I just posted a new following widget on my sidebar for Linky followers. i would very much appreciate it if you could PLEASE follow me via Linky followers. I’ve been trying to find another following widget ever since GFC (google friend connect) was discontinued from ALL non blogger blogs.

Thanks!
~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer The link to Glossybox is an affiliate link. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Review: Clockwiser by Elle Strauss

Review: Clockwiser by Elle Strauss
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A couple months ago I was lucky enough to be able to read Clockwise by Elle Strauss as part of a virtual book tour. Not long after Elle Strauss emailed me to see if I’d also like to read and review the sequel. I immediately responded YES and so was able to also read Clockwiser. With everything going on it has taken me a bit longer to write this review.

Clockwiser continues the story of Casey Donovan and her friends and family around her. Casey is different that other girls her age because she time travels. I’ve read other books on time travel and I just love how elegant time travel in her books are. In other books it can be confusing and mind boggling to keep straight when the main character time travels. But in Elle Strauss’s series it is always obvious and easy to follow.

Casey hasn’t “tripped” (her word for time travel) since the last book left off which is the longest she has gone without tripping. But then when she is having a disagreement with her younger brother TIm, she touches him and suddenly travels back in time with Tim. When Casey trips, if she is touching sometime skin to skin (ie holding hands) she brings them back with her!. Casey only travels back to the same time and so as she has gotten older so have the people she has befriended in the past.

Tim has no idea that Casey has this amazing ‘talent’. At least he doesn’t until he ends up tripping back in time with Casey. A huge problem this time is that it is now 1862 in the past and the Civil Was is quickly approaching. While Casey is safe from being drafted because she is a girl, Tim (while a little under the age requirement) isn’t necessarily exempt.

Since Casey must have skin to skin contact when she trips back to the present she tries to make sure Tim is near her at all times. But when she returns to the present without Tim panic sets in. Now Casey and boyfriend Nate (who went back with her in the first book) keep trying to return to the past to get Tim back, but Tim being impatient and rebellious decides to join up with the Union army.

I really LOVED every page of Clockwiser. I read through it in one sitting! This is by far one of the best novels I’ve read since I started blogging a year ago! I had so much fun reading both of the books in this series and cannot wait to read the third Like Clockwork. I love the way Elle Strauss is able weave together the past and present in such an easy to follow and beautiful way. I really don’t have anything negative to add except that I wanted both books to be longer.

I think that the premise for how Casey time travels is just fascinating as it can happen at any time day or night. No matter how much time Casey spends in the past she always returns to exactly where she left off. If you like YA books on time traveling then you really should pick up a copy of Clockwise and Clockwiser.

~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of writing an honest reviewing. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy, Character Interview, and GIVEAWAY!

Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beckoning Light is the first in a series of YA novels by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Charlotte and her older brother Kevin are moving back to Charleston, South Carolina and the house they grew up in, after spending 3 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. And to make things just a bit more awkward, school has already started and the uncle they’re staying with happens to be the basketball coach and music teacher.

When the book starts, Kevin is concerned about his younger sister’s ability to ‘fit’ in, make friends, and have a ‘social’ life. And is pleasantly surprised to find that Charlotte is doing just fine on her own. But it is the things that Kevin doesn’t notice about Charlotte that could cause them to potentially never see one another again.

As it turns out the garden gate does have another side IF you have the right key that is. But what Charlotte has never been told about could truly come back to haunt her. As soon as I read about the mysterious garden gate, I immediately remembered reading another book about a curious garden gate as a young child. Francis Hodgson Burnett wrote (among other things) The Secret Garden

I read The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett as a young child and as soon as I read about the garden gate it made me think of that other garden and how it was secluded away behind doors. Doors, that determined young women were able to get into. That is about as far as the similarities go. That and wondering if the area inside the garden is different as one imagines.

I gave Beckoning Light a 5 out of 5 stars as I really enjoyed reading the book and the story line within. Certain aspects were more or less predictable than others, but was a great read. I very much look forward to reading the second book Perilous Light in the next few weeks.

Now you have a chance to win your own copy of Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy! The giveaway is open now, Wednesday, May 16th through Friday, May 25th at midnight EST! The winner will get their choice of e-book format! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment with your email and which e-book format you’d like! it is that simple! Following is appreciated, but not required for this particular giveaway.

~Jaclyn~

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and A Tale of Many Reviews Book Tours as part of their book tour. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Special Feature – Character Interview with Charlotte

Q: How did you feel about moving back to Charleston?
A: I had mixed feelings. I missed South Carolina but I was really nervous about starting over at a
new school and about facing Liam after our kiss.

Q: Why were you so intrigued by the old gate in your yard?
A: We were never allowed to go through it, and I didn’t understand why. It was always locked and I
wanted to know what if anything was beyond it.

Q: What is your relationship like with your brother Kevin?
A: It’s a love-hate relationship, probably like most people have with their siblings. He can be so
infuriating but I know that he cares about me and would do anything to protect me.

Q: How would you describe your taste in music?
A: My music taste is really eclectic. I’m always looking for new bands. Lately I’ve been really
getting into the indie scene.

Q: What was the first thing you noticed about Calvin?
A: His eyes… they are such a gorgeous shade of green.

Q: What’s your favorite part about Energo?
A: There is this incredible feeling of belonging I get and the colors are amazing. I can’t imagine a
more beautiful place.

Q: Any advice to someone entering a hidden world?
A: Pack a toothbrush and hope for modern plumbing.

Review: Here by Denise Grover Swank



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eviewHere by Denise Grover Swank

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Here by Denise Grover Swank is about the life of 16-year-old Julia Phillips after her best friend is killed in a tragic car accident. The book begins about 6 months after the accident. Julia is having a lot of trouble trying to ‘go on’ with her life. She once had excellent grades, but now is in serious jeopardy of failing every class. Home isn’t any better and her family is being torn apart by the strain.

Julia’s school counselor and teachers give her an ultimatum either she start doing her school work or be sent to the alternative school. Even though it is only about half way through the fall term, Julia finds herself dozens of assignments behind per class and faces an uphill battle to complete all the work. Her counselor also arranges for a couple of students to tutor her in her subjects to help her catch up.
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Review: The Emerald City by J.A. Beard and GIVEAWAY!


The Emerald City by J.A. Beard

Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Emerald City by J.A. Beard is a young adult novel about a high school girl named Gail Dorjee who is sent to a boarding school in Seattle, Washington after the tragedy of her parents untimely death. Once there strange things begin to happen forcing Gail to re-look back at her life up to that point.

J.A. Beard has taken L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz and transposed it into a loose re-imagination in a fresh and modern way. Much the way SyFy channel did with the Tin Man a couple years ago. I found that most of the original characters were easily identified in this version with other original characters thrown in.
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