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REVIEW: BOOKCASE.CLUB

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture of Captive is property of Goodreads. Picture of Untamed is property of Amazon.

     As always, I eagerly await my monthly box from BookCase.Club. An avid reader, I adore opening that royal blue box each month, but enough about the box; let's talk books.

   The first novel in the Nightshade series, Captive delivers a forbidden romance between sworn enemies drawn together by fate. Although the main idea behind the novel is a bit cliche, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the page. Twenty-Five-year-old protagonist, Tristan enjoys a life of incredible power and privilege. Defiant to all by his overlord, Tristan is confident and cocky. All changes for Tristan when a beautiful young woman is imprisoned in Tristan's castle. Captor and Captive begin a relationship prophesized to end Tristan's mythical race. This dark novel is filled with excellent plot and diction!

Untamed chronicles the changes that biolo…

REVIEW: HANDMADE CATHOLIC SHOP

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Disclaimer: I received product for free in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Handmade Catholic Shop.

     Handmade Catholic Shop sells religious products on their website and talks about a variety of topics on their blog. Donating 10% of profits to the Catholic church and providing care packages for American troops, Handmade Catholic shop sells scapulars, rosaries, chapel veils, stationary, and more. For more information, you can email Handmade Catholic Shop by clicking here.

     I received this white chapel lace veil from Handmade Catholic Shop. Previously, I reviewed a triangular veil, and in that review I mentioned that I liked semi-circular veils more. Well, I finally got the opportunity to review one. Of course, the semi-circle design instantly captivated me, and I loved the fact that this product is handmade in the US. The soft rose lace design draped beautifully on me; I truly felt like a princess. The scalloped trim was feminine without being too girly. T…

REVIEW: HANDMADE CATHOLIC SHOP

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Handmade Catholic Shop.

     Handmade Catholic Shop (on etsy) products can be found on Handmade Catholic Shop'swebsite while more information can be found on their blog. Handmade Catholic Shop sells a variety of products, including scapulars, rosaries, chapel veils, and stationary, and donates 10% of their profits to Catholic Churches. Handmade Catholic Shop also makes an effort to donate to American troops overseas.  To contact Handmade Catholic shop, click here to email them.

     I received this 100% brown wool scapular from Handmade Catholic Shop. I love knowing that it is handmade and not mass produced. The white braids are durable and contain absolutely beautiful stitching. This is a lovely sacramental. Reminder that this product can be a choking hazard for young children.

     Like many children, I received my first scapular medal at my First Communion; however, I have never owned a tru…

REVIEW: HANDMADE CATHOLIC SHOP

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Handmade Catholic Shop.

     Special thanks to author Therese J. Roberts for giving me a signed copy of her book!

     In Old Manor Mystery, readers quickly learn that two murders have already occurred at the Old Anderson Manor before protagonist, Elizabeth Henley, begins her work. At the very beginning of this novel, I was captivated. It has been quite some time since I was given the chance to read a murder mystery. This book heavily reminds me of some of the classic Nancy Drew tales in the sense that the mystery actually draws the reader in. Soon, readers find that a third death is feared while a desperate search begins to find the treasure hidden within the estate. Family secrets begin to complicate the matter as well as add in more and more suspects with each turn of the page. I was drawn to the suspects. I found myself captivated trying to figure out who committed the crime. Will Elizabeth fi…

REVIEW: DIRECT FROM LOURDES

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Direct from Lourdes.

     The first item I received was an 18k gold  Miraculous Medal necklace. The gold was stunning and shone brightly.  Every French medal has  the Blessed Virgin Mary on the front and the inscription around the margin of the medal Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous ("O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee")The back of the medal has the traditional M surmounted by the Cross and the Immaculate Sacred Hearts. Of course, I think the Medal is absolutely stunning. The Medal I received has a beautiful curved surrounding edge that curves out then in. The design features a clean cut and sharp look making the Medal looking stunning. The medal itself measures 25mm. I found this to be the perfect size for me, It was not too big nor too small.

    The second product I received was the apparition mantilla. I received…

REVIEW: GLOP

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Harper Collins Publishers LLC

     "What's glop?" Well, it's a hilarious goop parody that we all need to read. Mocking the ever-pretentious Goop website, Glop serves as a guide for the most absurd in health, relationships, and travel. These expensive and ridiculous ideas designed to make the readers feel as pretentious as possible had me laughing the whole read through. I picked up the book around 5pm last night and could not stop reading it until I had finished the whole thing! The author, Gabrielle Moss, is a genius when it comes to satire. My words could not do her skills justice. You'll really have to read for yourself to find out just how funny the beauty industry actually is.

    In this absolutely hilarious parody, Moss mocks the vain, elite, and down-right silly lifestyle of the website everyone loves to hate. From recipes that open your third eye to where to find fre…

REVIEW: LAUREL SHEBERT

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Disclaimer:  Product received in exchange for honest review. Picture is property of Laurel Sherbert.

     Laurel Sherbert offers fashionable, adorable, reversible skirts.

     I received the Emilia Top in White. This shirt is an absolute definite to wear this Christmas. Its stark white hue looks great amongst the Christmas lights and various holiday decor. Overall, I found the top to be trendy and lightweight. Featuring a simple design, the capped sleeves gave this shirt modest coverage. I did, however, find the shirt to be too big despite the fact that I followed the size chart exactly. Because of this, there is no need to layer, but I would definitely recommend going a size down to avoid wearing a baggy, oversized shift rather than a smart looking top. Although the size was disappointing, I found that overall, the lace overlay gave the shirt an aura of femininity that can be extremely hard to find. This shirt is so stylish that I could not help but pair it with one of Laurel Sherbe…

MAKE THEIR FIRST COMMUNION MEMORABLE WITH AISLE STYLE

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Disclaimer: I was given payment in exchange for this article. Pictures are property of Aisle Style.



First Communion is a very special time in every Catholic girl's life. I can certainly remember mine like it was yesterday. Although the Sacrament itself is important, to a girl, the dress means a whole lot too. Aisle Style offers amazing First Communion Dresses that every young girl with love wearing. Your little girl will be a beacon of grace, beauty, and elegance in her white Communion Dress(click here) from Aisle Style. Varying styles, from A-Line to Ballgown, each dress has its own unique personality, allowing your daughter to stand out. With an aura of style and beauty, every girls communion dress on the site is made of a refined material, an elegant design, and a graceful white color. Each dress will emit charm as it flounces down the aisle on her big day. Overflowing with class and elegance, each dress is high-quality and custom made, surprisingly, coming in at a very low pri…

REVIEW: AVON

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Avon.

   Prima by Avon really speaks to the style lover who appreciates fashion's ongoing love affair with ballet. Just the bottle itself is stylish. It features a glamorous cap on a slimming bottle that narrows into an elegant base. As someone who appreciates fashion, I understand the influence that ballet has on fashion and vice versa. This perfume really connected me to the world of dance in a new and lovely way. Created with the prestigious fragrance house of Firmenich, Prima is an ethereal, floral fragrance-delicate, feminine, and gentle. This quietly powerful scent is perfect for women who enjoy the finer things in life.

     Prima contains notes of lush plum and tangy bergamot. It unfolds into a rich  and intoxicating rose that represents the lush, pink skirt of a dancer. Finally, there's a hint of clearwood to remind us of the classic dance studios. Oak moss and patchouli bring the…

REVIEW: BABYTIME!

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Babytime!

     In this review, I will be discussing the 8oz bottle of Snuggly Lotion.

    This moisturizer really does lock in hydration. This is especially important during the winter months, which tend to dry out skin. Walking into the office, a social event, or even your own living room can be extremely embarrassing. Don't let your dry skin dictate where you go. In fact, don't let dry skin be a problem at all. I used this product after showering and washing my hands to really lock in moisture and keep my hands- and skin in general- looking young, fresh, and pretty. Plus the lotion isn't greasy, so there is no need to worry about left over residue. This moisturizer truly does gently nourish your skin. Whereas the avocado, flax, and primrose seeds bring about soft and delicate skin,the borage seeds in this product help boost skin immunity, and, as we all know, immunity seems to hi…

REVIEW: CLOTHING ARTS

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Clothing Arts.

     Today, I will be reviewing the Pick-Pocket Proof Pants from Clothing Arts.

    The first thing that impressed me about this company were not the pants themselves, it was the confidence and pride that this company took in its products. Many companies offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. It almost seems like every single company out there does, but Clothing Arts truly practice what they preach. Inside my package, there was a small slip with a note and return label. The note, summed up, said that if I was not impressed with my purchase, to send it back. This really had a great impact on me and showed me the pride that this company had in its products and allowed the company to appear more trustworthy.

    Clothing Arts offers clothing with a variety of pockets to prevent pick-pocketing. While this is not necessary for day to day life in places like the US, this can be useful when …

REVIEW: ARBONNE

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Arbonne.

    It's nearly Christmas. In between shopping for gifts and decorating the house, women often find themselves behind on the latest beauty trends. Sound like you? Don't worry; I'm here to tell you what is in. This fall/winter bold cheeks and glowy highlights are super popular. From Instagram to the runway, I have seen this trend everywhere! Glowing, soft, and timeless, this chic look is something that every woman should try.

    Arbonne has just launched some new product to help women achieve this new look, and I had the opportunity to review two of them myself! As someone who loves makeup, I was eager to see how this new makeup style would look on an average not-a-model girl. I was also excited to see what I thought of these products in general. Not every style looks great off the runway.

    After hearing about soft, flushed cheeks, I was excited to give this Arbonne Blush…

REVIEW: CARVED

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Carved.
A huge thank you to Carved for sending me this phone case to review! Be sure to check out their website after reading my review!
     For starters, I absolutely love the look of this phone case. Just take a minute to marvel at how uniquely beautiful. All done? Good. This case had a beautiful cream color accompanied by a stunning iridescent shine. There are some definite pink and green hues hidden in the case. This makes this phone case perfect for winter. It is neutral with just a hint of pale colors. Looking closer, I noticed that the individual shells used to make this case are visible. Some may find this irritating, but I was charmed with the individuality of this case. Overall, the look was simply divine, and I was stunned by the complex beauty of it. 
     One thing I did want to mention that really caught my attention about this case was the total uniqueness of it. I know I mentioned…

REVIEW: ETERNAL CREATION

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Eternal Creation.

It's the holiday season! You know what that means: time to find cute dresses to wear to all of those fun holiday parties. Here is my review of two dresses from Eternal Creation.

The first dress I received was the Carmine dress. This dress had a great style. The dress had an overall vintage look. The vintage look has been becoming more and more popular over the years, and now is the perfect time to jump on the fashion bandwagon. This stylish dress features a cute polka dot design. This chic, girlish pattern is rarely seen anymore making this dress a perfect opportunity to let you stand out from the crowd in the best way possible! This dress also has a super cute collar. This collar helps give off an air of elegance and modesty.  You will look and feel professional yet stunning while wearing this adorable number.  Last but not least, this dress also features a button up front.…

REVIEW: ETERNAL CREATION

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Eternal Creation.

I am so excited about this review of two awesome products from Eternal Creation's kid collection. I rarely get the opportunity to review kid's products, so this is some new territory for me.

The first product I received was the charcoal denim jeans. The first thing that really drew me to this product was the style. Kids, boys especially, care little about fashion, but that doesn't mean you, as a parent, grandparent, or another relative, shouldn't. I feel that the way kids dress (before they get outside and get messy!) directly reflects the parents. One thing that really brought style to these pants were the back pockets. The back pockets have a bold red border around them with a simple swirl on the pocket itself. These pants do have four pockets overall. This is super handy for young boys. Some may worry that this style is too "feminine" for boys'…

REVIEW: ZIM'S USA

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture is property of Zim's USA.

Longtime readers know I have always had an interest in Zim's naturally-based products. I have always felt that solving a problem naturally rather than with medical treatment is always a better option. Of course, medical treatment should definitely be used if a problem persists. Today, I am reviewing Zim's Max Freeze Patches. Many of you may remember that I reviewed a similar version of the Max Freeze line in February. I remember being very pleased with how the gel version of this product turned out. My only real complaint back then had been the strong, medicinal odor. Because of this, I was extremely excited to see how Zim's had improved the Max Freeze line since then.

This product, much like other members of its line, is designed to help relieve pain from sore muscles and muscle sprains, back, shoulder, and neck pain, painful ankle, knee, hip, and elbow joints, and musc…

REVIEW: BOOKCASE.CLUB

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Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review. Picture of The Tear Collector is property of Goodreads. Picture of Fated is property of Amazon.

This month, Bookcase.Club started out their box with a quote, "I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains"(Anne Frank taken from A Diary of a Young Girl). This quote is perfectly fitting for November. This quote, while about the Holocaust, applies to the changing seasons. As we venture further into winter, seasonal depression sets in making us see only the misery instead of the beauty. This is easily cured with a great read from BookCase.Club

This month, I received the "Blind Date" box. To give you just a small taste of what each box has in store, I have included a small quote from each. "[t]here's no sweeter taste in the entire history of the world than your skin on fire. For me"(Zanetti from Fated). This quote shows the romance that takes place in fated. This bo…

REVIEW: GIA-MIA DANCEWEAR

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Disclaimer: I received product for free in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Gia-Mia Dancewear.

Gia-Mia Dancewear, the hottest brand in dance wear, is a trend setter that offers cutting edge styles.

STYLE: I received three products: one pair of leggings and two pairs of combat boots. For those who don't know, both of these items are simply essentials for fall. There is no way anyone can do through the fall season without a high quality pair of leggings and a variety of combat boots. The leggings offered a really simple style. This is perfect for this fall! This pair really draws attention to your top giving your outfit a chic, minimalist vibe that can be very difficult to achieve with colorful, printed, or textured leggings. Gia-Mia keeps it classy with this stylish pair. The first pair of combat boots I received was the ankle boot. this boot featured an ankle cut with studs surrounding the ankle itself. I am a huge sucker for ankle boots. I think they are j…

REVIEW: DRINK IN THE BOX

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Disclaimer: I received product for free in exchange for an honest review. Pictures are property of Drink in the Box.

STYLE: I'm big on style. From jeggings to juice boxes, everything needs to match your own personal style, and while these products are geared more towards young children, they can be perfect for road trips with older kids as well. I loved how these boxes are simple, yet vibrant. The bright green and orange hues of these boxes really makes them appealing to children. Seeing as how children are the ones using the products, it is important to keep their interest in mind. Drink in the Box did a great job in that respect. The font used is playful and friendly. A big, bubbly font can make all the difference, and it certainly did for these products. The font really helped to keep the product looking and feeling young and fresh. These products were a new take on a classic problem.

USE: Drink in the Box and Snack in the Box are designed to keep snack time mess free. I was h…