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February Boxycharm: Am I a Unicorn?

Beauty, Reviews

I love my Boxycharm. At the beginning of every month, I eagerly check my email looking for the confirmation that my package is on its way. Once it ships, I stalk the mailbox – like Ralphie waiting to get his Little Orphan Annie decoder pin – until it arrives. And then I wait until my three-year-old is asleep before I even open the box, because I want to be able to enjoy exploring the different items uninterrupted. I’ve found some…

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Brutally Honest Review: November Boxycharm

Beauty

My Boxycharm subscription is the one piece of mail I look forward to the most each month. November’s box was my sixth one, and I’m not even close to burnt out on it. Each month just keeps getting better and better – and my makeup drawer has never been more fabulous. If you aren’t familiar with Boxycharm, it is a monthly beauty subscription box with at least five full-sized makeup or skincare products. One of the things I love most is…

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Stitch Fix: All Black & White Edition

Beauty, Reviews

I feel like every day I’m faced with making thousands of different decisions at home and at work. Some are small (What should we eat for dinner tonight?) and some are large (Is this the best way for our company to spend this money?). Most days I feel like the majority of my brain power is used up making thousands of small decisions, and I find myself staring at my closet for more time then I’m willing to admit trying to…

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Play! By Sephora August Box Review

Beauty, Reviews
Play by Sephora August Box

Editor’s Note: This is NOT a paid post. I used my own, hard-earned money to purchase a subscription to Play! by Sephora. There’s nothing quite like coming home from work on a Friday to a box of MAKEUP!! (Say it in an Oprah voice please!) This is my second Play! by Sephora box, and while the first one was okay but not great, I’m kinda in love with the August one. This month’s theme for the Play! by Sephora August box…

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I Tried the Skin Care Mask That’s All Over Your Social Media Feed

Beauty, Reviews
Hanacure mask and brush

Editor’s Note: This Brutally Honest Review of the Hanacure mask is NOT a paid or sponsored post, and even if it was, I would still give you my brutally honest opinion. Nevertheless, I spent my own hard-earned money on this! As I approach my mid-thirties, I’m more focused on skin care than ever before. My chief skin complaints include, but certainly aren’t limited to: redness, especially in my cheeks; acne (there’s a big one right now on my forehead) and…

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LipSense: A Brutally Honest Review

Beauty, Reviews
Variety of LipSense tubes

If you open my make up drawer, you’ll see a lot of lipsticks. Red, mauves, berries and pinks in tubes, liquids, creams … you name it. It’s a true United Nations of Makeup, representing brands and shades of all colors, sizes and price points. I don’t really WANT this many lipsticks (or for Liz to nominate me to be on Hoarders) but I simply cannot find one that I like AND will stay on past my morning coffee. I found…

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Play! by Sephora: A Brutally Honest Review

Beauty, Reviews
Full view of the July Play! by Sephora bag

Editor’s Note: This Brutally Honest Review of the Play! by Sephora July box is NOT a paid or sponsored post. I spent my own hard-earned money on this box. Recently, I wrote about my break-up with ipsy Glam Bag.  It was just time for us to go our separate ways – there’s only so many times a Mamanista can update her beauty profile to say no black eyeliner and then continuously receive black eyeliner before she throws in the proverbial…

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BoxyCharm: A Brutally Honest Review

Beauty, Reviews

When Aimee finally broke things off with Ipsy, I wanted to help her find a new monthly glam bag to make Ipsy jealous. And, if I’m being brutally honest, I also wanted to get a little revenge (because it’s what good friends do). Birchbox had already let me down years ago, and this Ipsy drama brought back those feelings of hurt. So, after researching reviews for beauty boxes, I discovered BoxyCharm. With a promise of receiving 4-5 full-size beauty products…

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My Breakup Letter with Ipsy

Humor, Mom Life

Dear ipsy, It’s time we had a talk. A real, honest one. When we first met, things were great. It was such a pleasure to go to my mailbox around the 15th of every month and see that bright magenta mailer. I would get all excited and tingly thinking about what fun surprises may be in it. A new lipstick? A fun nail polish? Ohh, the excitement! At first, it was sooooo good. We were so in sync, it was…

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Putting prAna to the Mamanista Test

Beauty, Reviews

I was provided with free products by prAna in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this article are my own and, as always, are brutally honest. #mamadontlie One of our goals is to always be brutally honest with our readers because let’s face it: as busy working moms, the last thing we have time for is some B.S. Mama’s got piles of laundry, emails to answer, and Housewives to watch, okay?! So when I first heard about…

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