Friday, May 22, 2015

Explore Your Spicy Side with Spicy Subscriptions (18+)

Before we get started, I would like to mention that this is a review for an adult subscription box company called Spicy Subscriptions. As, this is an adult subscription box, please read on only if you are 18 years or older. If "spicy" isn't your cup of tea, please skip this post!

Spicy Subscriptions is a monthly subscription service that sends you all sorts of fun products to help you spice up your love life. They currently offer three different boxes: The Spice Box for $29.95, Toy of the Month for $19.95, and The Lube of the Month for $9.95. Let's see what was in my package (which was very discreet, by the way).

Up first was two sample size packets. The first was Pink Water, which is a personal lubricant for women and the other is Stroke 29 which is a cream for men. We really enjoyed both of these and I thoroughly recommend them both. There was also a full size JO All in One in Lavender. This can be used as a massage oil, personal lubricant, or tattoo conditioner. Gotta love versatility! We used this for back massages and it was so relaxing!

Up next was a Vibrating Mascara Wand. Now this little bugger threw me for a loop. The instructions said to remove the tab from the batteries before use. I thought this was your standard vibrator until I went to find the batteries and the lid popped off. Needless to say, I was quite surprised...and intrigued. This vibrator has 4 settings: low, medium, high, and pulsating. The tip is super soft and not uncomfortable at all. It is also quite powerful. A+ in my book!

The last item included was an Asylum Medical Accessory Kit. It has a nurse's cap, doctor's reflector and 50 foot of self adhesive medical gauze. Though we haven't dived into it just yet, this kit does look like it could be quite fun and really bring out your spicy side! Role playing is always a fun way to add a little excitement into the bedroom!

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our Spice Box and have even repurchased one of the products included (Stroke 29, that stuff is beyond awesome!!) Head on over to the Spicy Subscriptions website to be on your way to spicing up your own love life! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any spicy news!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beckons Organic Yoga Clothing

If you have been with us for a while, you may have noticed that I am making little life tweaks here and there. Cutting out certain foods in my diet, adding others in, and changes to my beauty routine are the ones I have mentioned most on here. Well, recently, I decided that a little yoga would do me good and I have stared diving into the yoga world. With me in this yoga journey is my boyfriend who is also making life tweaks beside me.

As you may know, you can't do yoga without some nifty yoga gear! Well, maybe you can, but it never hurts right?! Beckons Organic Yoga Clothing offered me the chance to try out some of their clothing and the timing could not have been better! My boyfriend got a pair of the Strength Men's Yoga Pants in black. They are made of 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex and feature pockets, which I really like. They fit true to size and we ordered a size up (medium) for a baggier fit. He really likes them and wears them all the time, not only for yoga.

I also got a pair of pants. After browsing the site for a while, I finally chose the Love Boot Cut Leggings for Yoga in black. I wear a size 9 jean and ordered these in a large (10-12) so I did order a size up. The fit is perfect and they are so incredibly comfortable. These are also made of 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex. The spandex gives them a lovely stretch and I have unlimited range of motion in these pants, which is important when you get to some of the more "stretchy" yoga moves.

I also picked myself up a shirt from their new collection. The Yin Yang Graphic T-Shirt features an awesome piece by Zane Prater on it. I chose the grey option and ordered a size Extra-Large (14-16). I always order my shirts big because I have broad shoulders which I can thank my father for. I love the fit. It isn't too tight to be constricting but not too loose to get in the way. It's just perfect. Also, this great shirt is made from 100% organic cotton!

You can really tell that all of the clothes are made with care and I love all of the little details that are included. For example, on the back of my pants, there is a small little Beckons symbol and on the shirt's tag there is a Chinese proverb that says, "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a songbird will come." I think that small details like this really make a brand stick out and really push them ahead of the competition. Plus, the quality of everything is superb!

All in all, we really love the three pieces we received from Beckons! Everything fits wonderfully and is super comfortable; perfect for yoga! Be sure to check out the Beckons' website and see all of the wonderful options that they offer. Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pacifica Natural Beauty

It's that time again where I get to share some awesome Pacifica products with you! This month, the two products I tried were from The Power of Love collection made exclusively for Target's Made to Matter program. The Made to Matter program is a collection of brands leading the way for natural, organic, and sustainable products. Just like all of their other products, Pacifica created their Power of Love with women, animals, and the environment in mind. All of the products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, never tested on animals, and made with safe, sustainable ingredients. 

The first product I tried were the CoCo Pure Makeup Removing wipes ($6.99). They come in an adorable, heart covered package of 30 wipes. They contain coconut milk, jojoba oil, and aloe vera to gently remove your makeup and cleanse your face of any impurities. Just like all of their other wipes, these are not only effective, but don't irritate my sensitive skin, even around the eyes. Most makeup removing wipes make my eyes burn, but not these! They also have that wonderful coconut scent that I rave about!

Up next is The Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99). I am so excited that I got to try some of their eyeshadows! This 10 color palette has shadows infused with coconut that are super soft and velvety. The color pay off is pretty good and each of the shadows is build-able for an even richer application. There wasn't much fallout when applying and the colors did not crease throughout the day. I love the beautiful colors included! The teal and mauve are to die for! I can't wait to keep finding new ways to use this palette!

Top picture is in direct sunlight and the bottom is in the shade.
As usual, Pacifica never fails to impress me. I love everything the company stands for and I love knowing that the products I am putting on my skin are safe and natural. That peace of mind is priceless! Be sure to check out everything they offer on the Pacifica website (or at your local Ulta or Target) and follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Circular Baby Afghans from Leisure Arts

I have really been in love with circular designs as of late. I have been blowing up doilies and making circular motifs, as well as looking for a pattern for a circular baby blanket for a shower gift. I know you already guessed where I went shopping for the patterns… Leisure Arts!

As usual, I found exactly what I was looking for. In Circular Baby Afghans, I found the perfect pattern plus four more! The five designs by Rebecca Leigh include Ripples of Joy; Morning, Glory!; Spring Surprise; Oops-A-Daisy!; and Purely Delightful. I am totally making the one shown on the back cover, which is Ripples of Joy, it has a stunning textured ripple effect, and I think I may even go with that exact color palette too. Aren't they such pretty pinks?

What’s really great is even though these have that complicated doily look to them, they are all easy patterns! The instructions are well written and easy to follow. Plus, there are extra instructions in the back for any stitches that you might need help with, with pictures as well. I also noticed there is a second installment to this book that I will have to get my hands on called More Circular Baby Afghans.

Have you made any circular blankets? I would love to hear about them.

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

One Foot In the Grape by Carlene O'Neil

I love traveling to new places via a great book. This week I was able to journey to Cypress Grove in California’s wine country and meet some very interesting new friends. One Foot in the Grape by Carlene O’Neil is the first part in the new Cypress Cove Mystery series. 

From the back of the book:

In California wine country, the town of Cypress Cove may seem peaceful. But someone’s about to pop their cork…

After losing her job as a photojournalist, Penny Lively is trying to get her life back in focus. Inheriting the family winery from her late aunt may be the fresh start she needs. Thankfully she’s got her niece Hayley and her handsome winery manager Connor to help. But the person in need of more urgent assistance is Antonia Martinelli, the owner of the neighboring winery, who has her own barrel full of problems. Someone’s spoiling her wine, and with the upcoming Autumn Festival, she needs Penny’s nose for clues to sniff out the culprit.

But Penny’s search for answers sours after the body of a staff member is found in a grape crusher. Since Hayley was the last to see him alive, she’s the prime suspect in the case. Now Penny must hurry to find the real killer before Hayley withers on the vine…

My thoughts:

The first thing that I fell in love with was the beautiful scenery. I have never been to a winery but it is certainly now on my to do list. The wineries in this book were populated with some very interesting characters. On Penny’s there is the charming Connor and her sweet niece Hayley. But next door… and use next door loosely because these sound like really big wineries… at Antonia’s winery there is a whole cast of quirky and dramatic people. It is next door where two mysteries unfold - first who is sabotaging the wine and second, and probably most important, who is a killer! 

I found the murder method in this book to be very unique, and even a little unsettling to visualize and, at least for me, the killer remained a mystery until the reveal. This debut was a perfect start to what I know will be a fun series and I one I will continue to seek out. I just have to know what happens with everyone, and what mysteries await Penny.

Take some time to browse the other great mysteries available from Berkley Prime Crime. While you are there, you can sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a new release. I must warn you though, after browsing my wish list is longer than I could probably read. You can also connect with them on Twitter where can happen across a fun giveaway as well. 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pastariso Vegan and Gluten Free Mac Uncheddar

Macaroni and cheese has always been one of my favorite comfort foods but as I am making diet changes, I have been cutting out dairy as much as I can. When Pastariso offered me the chance to try their Mac Uncheddar, I couldn't say no! It is vegan and free of dairy/lactose, gluten, soy, eggs, and nuts. It is also non-GMO and has no trans fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol! Healthy macaroni and cheese? Who would have thought!

This Mac Uncheddar was actually pretty good! I was really surprised that the "cheese" had a wonderfully cheesy taste and texture. The noodles were good too! It also passed the picky children test which can be quite hard to do! This is definitely a great alternative for people with dietary restrictions, or people who are just trying to make better choices. Be sure to visit the Pastariso website and see all of the great products that they have! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news.

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Step Up Your Look with COVERGIRL

As a child, I can remember watching my mom get ready in the morning and applying her makeup for the day. Even from such a young age, I admired my mother's beauty and aspired to be like her. Another thing I can remember is my mother's makeup collection being full of COVERGIRL products. As an adult, her love for COVERGIRL was passed on to me and I always find myself gravitating towards their products for my beauty needs. Today, I am so excited to share two new products with you that I have fallen in love with and that I just know you will love too!

The first product is The Super Sizer Mascara. First of all, I am loving the teal theme of this box. Teal has always been one of my favorite colors! Anyways, this mascara has two different sides to its brush. One is flat with very short bristles, this side deposits product. The other side has long bristles to help comb the product evenly through your lashes. You can either twirl the brush as you apply or use the short side first and then comb it through with the long one, like I do. This mascara is awesome! It lengthens my lashes and gives them great volume. The best part? The long bristles on the brush make sure that my lashes don't clump together!

The other product I want to share with you is the Intensify Me! Eyeliner. This eyeliner also has a two-sided tip. One side is a paddle shape that creates a thicker line and the other is much skinnier, like a normal felt tip eyeliner. I love the versatility that this applicator offers. The product itself is such a deep, inky, beautiful black that only takes one swipe to apply opaque color. The applicator doesn't drag on your eyes and applies so smoothly! This is easily my favorite eyeliner I have ever used!

As you can see, the eyeliner is super rich and black. Also, the mascara did a wonderful job separating my lashes and giving me length and volume. Both of these products stayed put all day and didn't flake or fade throughout the day. I love them! Be sure to visit the COVERGIRL website to see all of their awesome products. Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to never miss any news!

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.