fabfitfun Spring Box Review

IT’S FINALLY HERE Y’ALL my perfect, favorite fabfitfun box! This box is probably my favorite I’ve ever gotten because my first box I got, all the products exploded in the box and every other box I’ve liked but I just LOVE this one. So if you don’t know what fabfitfun is exactly, its fine! It’s a seasonal subscription box that’s $50 (click this link for $10 off of your first box!). Usually I don’t get anything that’s above $20 because well, I’m a poor college student. But with this box, the products pay for themselves-literally. One of the products I got in this box was worth $85! And what I love most is they send you full size products, and products you’ll actually use in your everyday life.

In this review, I’m going to go through and just say what I really like about these products and how much the actual product would be! You can read my disclaimer about the products I review on my About Me page, it basically says I promise to give you the honest opinion of what I think about the box!

First off, the actual box is super cute, it’s giving me major Rapunzel, lost princess vibes, like very boho and just super bright and fun.

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Gypsy 05 Roundie

I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN DYING FOR ONE OF THESE! I love circular beach blankets and have been hunting for a cute one for months but they’ve all been so expensive and not that cute. But this one is the perfect size to take to the beach with me this summer! You can also take it to picnics or to the park on a perfect summer day! I am very excited about using this all summer long! This brand of roundies are $50 on the Gypsy website!

 

IMG_1992Milly Zip Pouch

This bag literally has so many uses, I’m taking it to the beach with me for sunscreen, my electronics, and my bikini when we’re done swimming for the day! I also plan on taking it to Busch Gardens for a fun pouch that’s waterproof for my phone and wallet! This is super nifty and I always wanted a cute pouch instead of all the baggies I bring to the beach! This pouch is $45!

 

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray 

I’ve never used a leave in conditioner and I’m kind of excited to try this one! I fully plan on using it in the summer when my hair gets super frizzy (it’s the worst to have frizzy hair). You can actually buy this on Amazon and Sephora for around $20.

 

 

IMG_1997Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

Okay, apparently this stuff is like a miracle worker and like the best age defying stuff out there. I am 20 so I don’t really know if I’m going to use this… I may you know, give it to my mom as a present (sorry, not sorry) for like her birthday or something. But this product is worth more than the box itself so I’d say it’s a good product. This usually goes on sale for $79 (which is insane!!!) I think my mom will really like it so I think I’ll get the #favoritedaughter title finally.

 

IMG_1998Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask

I think these face masks are so fun and I’ve heard these are some of the best! I cannot wait to try them out tomorrow night for a girls night with my best friends! I’ll try to write a fun post about my favorite girls night activities and how we liked the masks! This is a pack of four and they run around $28!

 

 

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You guys. I’ve always been terrified to try a deep red lipstick but I AM IN LOVE. This brand is so great and the lipstick, lip gloss and lip liner are a lifesaver. I cannot wait to wear this on date night! I also love the sayings on the tubes. It’s a fun little reminder. This lip kit is $48

 

 

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Heart/Like A Virgin

This nail polish is so cute! Yes, it is a little bottle, but we get two colors instead of one! And they are such spring colors, we’re also doing our nails at girls night tonight and I am very excited to surprise my friends with better colors than they have *insert hair flip emoji*. The two polishes together are $19, but on Deborah Lippman’s website, one bottle is around $18-$20!

 

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LUV AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set

You can’t go wrong with earrings, you just cannot. Also I love crawler earrings! They add an extra pop to any outfit, on any day. I plan on wearing these on date night also. This set of earrings are sold for $85.

 

So, all the products in this box are so worth it and the price is so worth it. Again, it’s seasonal, so you’ll get four a year! Also, remember to click this link for $10 off your first box!!!

Also in the box we received:

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies which I was literally going to go to Walmart to get biotin vitamins because I miss my long hair and now I have some! Also, these are strawberry flavored and they don’t taste gross if you eat them after you brush your teeth (which I have a habit of doing-whoops).

We also get a subscription to fabfitfun TV which is like workouts that you can use everyday, which if you’re like me, you hate doing the same workouts over and over so I’m really excited to use this!

I cannot wait for the summer box which usually ships in June I believe! There isn’t an exact date yet but I’ll keep you posted on the blogs Instagram page which is @blondeandbusyblog so give us a follow and order your fabfitfun box!!

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Along for the Ride

Written by Sarah Dessen.

Okay, just a little heads up, Sarah Dessen is like my FAVORITE author ever. All of her books are my favorite, I have all of the books and plan on buying all the rest of her books (if she continues to write them-which I hope she does). Her books have the best, little small town, at home feel to them. When I read her books, I become the main character. You just instantly get immersed in the books and the plot line, I just ugh, could rave about her books all day.

I love the beach feel to her books, especially this one, the setting is the beach town Colby and I feel like I live there. Another fun thing about Sarah Dessen’s books are the fun little connections between each book, it’s subtle, and it took me a few reads to catch them, but now I can’t miss them.

Up all night.

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.

Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.

Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen…

 

We meet Auden, the perfect child, the perfect student, the perfect everything it seems like. She’s got her summer planned out, working and getting ahead on her college reading, until one day she get’s a gift and it makes her change her entire summer. She goes to spend the summer with her dad, his wife Heidi and their new baby, Thisbe. Her trip starts off rocky, to say the least-her dad doesn’t really want to spend a lot of time with her and she has a random beach hook up that ends with her having some enemies.

She meets Eli and they venture on Auden’s “Quest” to complete all the fun childhood things she’s missed out on. Auden finds more than her childhood during her nights with Eli. She learns to stick up for herself and who she really is. In this book lies a summer filled with new friends, food fights, coffee, bikes, and a whole lot of pink. You can call it chicken salad if you want too, but I call it one of my favorite books.

This book has taught me a lot about myself, and my life. I, like Auden, tried to be the perfect daughter, tried to be perfect at school and felt like if I could’ve done things better maybe some things would’ve been different. Auden’s summer taught me that it’s okay not to be perfect, you’re supposed to be back at things-that’s just life. There’s a quote from Adam in the book that sums this up perfectly, “And the bottom line is, what defines you isn’t how many times you crash, but the number of times you get back on the bike. As long as it’s one more, you’re all good.”

Along for the Ride taught me about love too, that sometimes you find it in the weirdest of places, like the Gas/Gro, or a bike park, or in the middle of the dance floor of Tallyho. It taught me, like Auden, I’ve given up on someone when things have gotten hard or haven’t gone my way, and that that’s not how love and relationships should be. “You couldn’t just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn’t like a light switch, easy to shut on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out. To me, it didn’t seem complicated at all. In fact, it was the simplest thing in the world.”

Most importantly, this book taught me that you can’t predict the future. The best of times was every moment spent with people who love and care about you. You have to live those moments everyday, the best of times is always changing. Don’t miss it.

“It was the last moment you’d think would mean anything, and yet somehow, it did.”

Just Mercy

A story of Justice and Redemption written by Bryan Stevenson

“From one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time comes an unforgettable true story about the redeeming potential of mercy. Bryan Stevenson was a gifted young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a notorious murder he didn’t commit. The case drew Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship-and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

I had to pick this book up for one of my Criminal Justice courses and to say that I wasn’t very excited to read it would be an understatement. My professor said that it was a book about getting an innocent man off of death row and the problems facing getting him out and what happens after they succeed-if they succeed, but this book is so much more than that.

As a pre-law student, I took immediate interest in this book and all the cases that were presented. This book made me realize that there are so many social injustices happening in this country and I think it made my want to be a lawyer even greater. I want to help fix these injustices.

This book follows Bryan into multiple cases all about social injustices. The main case, the case of Walter McMillian, a man wrongly accused of murder. Walter was placed on death row for six years, fearing that one day his execution would be scheduled. He reaches out to Bryan for help, to finally get off of death row. Bryan deals with countless legal struggles, everyone in Alabama seemed to want Walter to stay in jail. Bryan provides new evidence, new legal issues for the appellate courts and even takes it up to the Supreme Court.

Bryan has to deal with the small town government feel who is very racist and thinks that Walter belongs in jail because of his skin color. He deals with police coverups and paid off witnesses. He works day and night to try to get to the bottom of this case, and to get Walter off of death row.

If you’re interested in legal issues in America I highly suggest you get the book and read Walter’s case and countless other cases about injustice in America.

Come Back to Me

Written by Mila Gray

As I was strolling through Target (favorite place) with my best friend, we stumbled across the book aisle. I love books and I made a “resolution” (if you must call it that) to read 24 books this year. I’ve finally finished my first book of 2017 and it was one of the best books I have ever read.

I picked up Come Back to Me because the cover was cute, I know “don’t judge a book by its cover” but I am going to pick up a cute book over an ugly book any day (sorry). I flipped the book over to read the back and I knew I had to have it.

In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.

When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…

Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.

But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.

But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…

Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?”

Come Back to Me is a gut wrenching love story of a girl, Jessa and the boy she’s been in love with for years who also happens to be her brothers best friend, Kit. Kit and Riley (Jessa’s older brother) are Marines who come home for a month on leave and Kit and Jessa cannot stay away from each other. Their love is fun, sexy, and will leave you breathless while you fall in love with the two of them. They have to keep their love a secret for many reasons, Riley would not be happy if he found out Kit and his sister were in love. Time threatens their love every day and both of them know there’s always a countdown until they will not see each other for a year.

Kit feels the need to protect Jessa from her father who has PTSD and makes his family miserable all while trying to make Jessa feel special again, to make her feel loved. They both fear that one month will not be enough time together to spend a year apart. Kit is so protective and loving towards Jessa just that made me fall in love with him.

Jessa has always been the perfect daughter, she’s never cut school, never home late and especially has never made out in the bushes with her dad 100 feet away-all this changes when Kit says he wants to be with her. They know the next year will be hard but they keep the love alive with a promise,

“Come back to me?”

“Always”

When the Marine Chaplain knocks on Jessa’s door three months after Riley and Kit get deployed, she knows something awful has happened, she knows he was coming to tell her that either her brother, or her boyfriend had died. Either way, someone she loves with her whole heart is never coming back to her. This is when the tears start flowing and they do not stop.

I read this book in less than a day, I could not put it down. The pages are now tear stained and wrinkled but I believe those are the best kind of books. I had forgotten what it was like to fall in love with reading all over again but this book made it happen. All four of my roommates have also read the book and each of them added to the tear stains and they all hated me for making them read it, but they all want to read it again.

So, head over to Amazon and get this book. You can buy it here, you won’t regret it.

÷ Ed Sheeran

Y’all. The time has finally come (and I know, it came out on Friday but I just started this blog so bare with me) for new Ed Sheeran music. Divide is finalllllly out after X came out in 2014, I can’t believe it’s been that long. I was lucky enough to see Ed in concert for my birthday present in September 2015. He is incredible, his songs, his voice, how he does everything ON HIS OWN. It’s literally a one-man show. No one else. You cannot find that kind of talent nowadays. Ed Sheeran is truly one of a kind. I’m celebrating his new music by listening to the album nonstop because how else do you listen to new music?

I’m sharing some of my favorite lines and favorite things from each song. Click play on Ed’s new album and enjoy.

*Also, this is just my take on the album so if you’re a huge Ed fan and I don’t get something right, please don’t get mad and please don’t be mean.*

Eraser: As the first song on the album, Ed comes out swinging. This is such a fantastic song and you should definitely take the time to really hear what he is saying in this song.  He debuted this song on YouTube with sbtv on the seventh anniversary of sbtv uploading his first video. Which Ed says “started his career, properly”. So, thank you sbtv for Ed and everything since. You can watch the live version here or the album version here.

Castle on the Hill: Ed described this as “a love story for Suffolk ’cause I don’t think anyone’s ever done that.” I can relate to that quote because my hometown is Suffolk (Virginia), so while this song is about home for Ed, it’s about home for everyone. If you listen to the lyrics, it takes you back to your childhood and all those memories that come along with it. My favorite lyric may be “but I can’t wait to go back home”. Especially as a college student away from home, this song gets me every time. Watch the lyric video here or feel nolgastic with Ed while you watch the actual music video here.

Dive: is a pretty relatable song. I can relate at least. Don’t lead me on, don’t mess with my heart. Make sure this is real before I give this my all. The chorus is my favorite “so don’t call me baby unless you mean it. Don’t tell me you need me if you don’t believe it. So let me know the truth before I dive right into you.” Listen to my life as a song here.

Shape of You: WHAT A FUN SONG am I right? Shape of You was released as one of the first singles of the album along with Castle on the Hill. Love, love, love it. I just think it’s such a fun beat and the perfect dance party song. Watch the video here (and see Ed as a sumo wrestler) or watch the lyric video here. Favorite lyrics, “the club isn’t the best place to find a lover so the bar is where I go” and “your love was handmade for somebody like me”.

Perfect: This song is literally perfect. So cute, I think I cried when I heard it for the first time. I mean, every girl wants this. God bless, this is my wedding song so thank you Ed. Just listen to the song and cry a little (and die a little because you want this sung to you). I don’t even have to say any favorite lyrics because all of them are beautiful and golden.

Galway Girl: This song may actually be my favorite. It’s such a fun song. I’ve had it stuck in my head since Friday. Ed had to fight to keep this song on the album which is insane to me because it’s so fun. I could dance all night to the song about a Galway Girl and a perfect night (one of my favorite lyrics from the song also). Such a fun track and reminds you to fight for what you want (thanks for keeping the song for us, Ed).

Happier: Happier hit me in the feels when I heard it. His ex has moved on and he knows she’s happier with him but Ed was happier with her. I can relate thanks to a pretty recent life issue. Listen to the song here and hear my favorite lyrics “ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you, but ain’t nobody love you like I do.”, “ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you, but ain’t nobody need you like I do. I know that there’s others that deserve you, but my darling I am still in love with you.” Ending the song with “but if he breaks your heart like lovers do, just know I will be here waiting for you.”

New Man: Well, the song starts out with “he’s got his eyebrows plucked and his butt-hole* bleached” so it’s a good song in everyone’s book. It’s a good song but also is a humorous song at the same time. He talks about how his ex has changed and is trying to ‘booty-call’ him. Listen to the song about his ex’s lame new boyfriend and that you shouldn’t change for a new man here and “remember that you’re still free to make the choice to leave.”

Hearts Don’t Break Around Here: Okay, Ed wrote every love song on this album for his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. LOVE. Also this is goals. Cherry and Ed have been dating for well over a year, and even though she went to Duke (Duke makes me puke) she’s a killer hockey player and also Ed and Cherry met in high school (even more #relationshipgoals). I just love them and this song is so cute just listen to it and swoon over how much Ed loves her, “love the way you conquer your fear, you know hearts don’t break around here.” Who isn’t scared of getting their heart broken? Ed reassures her with this sweet song. (Also he took his shoes off for her when her heels broke so what more do you need?!)

What Do I Know?: Change the world, but do it in a positive, peaceful way. But Ed doesn’t have a degree so people think he doesn’t really know anything. “Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know?” Listen to the peaceful song here.

How Would You Feel (Paean): Another perfect love song, bye. Crying, this doesn’t even need my commentary on this song. Paean by definition is “a song of praise or triumph”, freaking goals, once again. I can’t deal. Watch Ed sing it live or just listen and cry here. Also there is a John Mayer guitar solo (which isn’t very TSwift friendly, Ed. Are you serious) so if you like John, give it a listen.

Supermarket Flowers: A song written from his mom’s point of view about her mother who passed away? Just pass the tissues now. Ed’s grandpa was the one who convinced him to put it on the album and grab some tissues and listen to it here. Favorite lyrics “You were an angel in the shape of my mum” and “When God takes you back He’ll say hallelujah, you’re home.” (also crying at the very last line, “when God took you back, He said hallelujah you’re home”). Just have tissues ready.

Barcelona: If Supermarket Flowers has you feeling down, just listen to Barcelona, it’s such a fun song. A good dance song along with Galway Girl. This tweet accurately represents the two songs. The whole song is fun so it’s very hard to pick a favorite lyric, just listen to the  song and dance the night away.

Bibia Be Ye Ye: So some of this song is spoken in Twi, a language spoken in Ghana. Bibia Be Ye Ye means All Will Be Well, and the song is just a little reminder that if things aren’t going your way now, it will be well in the end. Give it a listen here.

Nancy Mulligan: Another song about Ed’s grandparents, on his father’s side. Nancy Mulligan is a song about his grandparent’s “Romeo and Juliet” love. It shows how they knew they loved each other and didn’t care about anything else. They became a family and that family has grown and grown and so has their love, “Over sixty years I’ve been loving her, now we’re sat by the fire in our old armchairs. You know Nancy, I adore ya.” Listen to the fun Irish song here.

Save Myself: The last song on the album, and a reminder that you have to fix you before you can try to help anyone else. “So before I can save someone else, I’ve got to save myself.” “And before I love someone else, I’ve got to love myself.” Listen to it here.

What a wonderful album with 14 amazing songs; I am going to continue to loop this album at least for the next week.

Taylor Swift, you’re up.