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[Stretch] BOXYCHARM November 2020 Basebox (PR Box) - Honest reviews

Disclaimer: I received this BoxyCharm November 2020 box free as PR in exchange for a post on my Instastory. This post and the YouTube unboxing video are not part of my agreement with BoxyCharm. The opinions here are my own and based on my own experience. I do not accept products for free in exchange for a positive review. Hi all, I have absolutely no idea how I got selected to receive BoxyCharm PR, but I thought that this was a great opportunity for me to try out this service and give my own opinion of the products and service. I will definitely give my honest opinion (as always) because, honestly, I do not care if I continue to get PR in the future because, if you've followed me for a while, you know that I generally buy products I am interested in and pay regular consumer price and have no problem doing so because I am very good at watching the sales. I have been eyeing BoxyCharm, Ipsy, and Allure Beauty Box for the past few years, trying to get a feel for which one would be be

[Stretch] Honest Real Review of FabFitFun Fall 2020 Members Picks Box

This is obviously unsponsored, but just want to be up front about that. I have been using the products for about a month now, so I have some opinions.

[Review] Upton Naturals Thai Curry Noodle Real Meal Kit - Vegan ready meal kit

  The noodles are similar to the refrigerated pre-cooked udon noodles, but the Upton Naturals Thai Curry Noodle kit is shelf stable and does not need to be refrigerated. Inside the foil packet, you'll find the curry sauce, winged bean, and seitan. The fried onions are in the small vacuum sealed plastic package. Preparation was very easy. I made mine on the stovetop, but you can make it in the microwave, too. I, personally, would recommend making it on the stovetop because the sauce is very liquidy - almost to the point of it being soup. As a result of the sauce texture, I wanted to boil off some of the liquid to make it a bit thicker. The noodles are precooked and they come out in a block. Unlike the ones in the refrigerated packages, these were vacuum sealed, so they were slightly harder (tougher). You should let them soak in the sauce a bit to loosen up before trying to break them apart. If you don't wait, the noodles will break into smaller pieces. The flavor is much better

[Skincare Review] Head-to-Head Test: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs. La Mer The Concentrate

 As promised, here is my blog comparing the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs. the La Mer The Concentrate. FTC disclaimer: I was sent both of these items for free in exchange for my full and honest review. I tried to be as scientific as humanly possible. I had a blinded reviewer (my mom) who was actually unaware I was even doing a skincare test, so her opinion is completely blinded and she tried really hard to give a full and honest review of differences she noticed. I did this for 2 weeks. In the 14 days before the test, I was testing out the Estee Lauder ANP product in exchange for my review. I had enough product left (and actually received a second sample to test). My nighttime skincare routine was the same as usual. 1) DHC Cleansing Oil - Buy from YesStyle | Buy from Amazon 2) Micellar Water (for eye makeup) 3) Rosette Cleansing Paste Sea Clay Smooth - Buy From YesStyle  | Buy from Amazon I used my PMD Clean (from CAUSEBOX) to wash my face. I've been loving this device, se

[Stretch] CAUSEBOX Fall 2020 - Quarterly Subscriber, Real *Unsponsored* Review + Coupon Code for Free PMD Clean (or $10 off your box) + BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I am not one for suspense, so the big announcement will come first. I finally started my YouTube channel and posted my first couple of videos. (Subscribe if you want to do so by clicking here)   I am going to be slightly reorganizing the blog. I may start posting taste test reviews, long form sort of content reviewing my empties (aka reviews of my skincare and makeup hits/misses), and maybe some shop with me and travel content (no promises on the travel content, I'm not bold enough to whip out my camera while traveling and vlog).   After this season's CAUSEBOX, I think I will still do a overview and summary of each of my subscription boxes to share with you. These are my real thoughts, but I may think about and try out the products a bit, maybe research the brands, etc. before posting. If you want, you can see my first unboxing video below. Warning: It's a bit long, but I think it provides you some real opinions and my real feelings about the box. Def watch on 1.5-2x spee

Summer 2020: Stuff I Was Sent for Review | Real Review

Personal disclaimer: I only accept products that I, personally, find useful in my life. These reviews are all unbiased and I try to test the products scientifically whenever possible. The products were sent to me for free to review on a third party site (ie. Influenster, Sephora, Ulta, etc.). I was not obligated to post a review on my blog, but thought it may be interesting to someone. FTC Disclaimer: The items in this post were sent to me for free in exchange for a review. I do not know what happened or why, but I was sent many items for free to try in return for my honest review over the actually hit a weird peak in July. So, I thought I'd recap my thoughts here in semi-brief form. If I loved the product or had deeper thoughts, I'll write a separate dedicated post later (no promises, probably it'll come around winter). So, I have been getting a lot of emails recently from places that wanted to send me products. Honestly, many of the products do not catch my

[Stretch] Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review - First Impression

Buy from Grace & Stella or Amazon. First impression:  Cute box! This is a LOT of product and I got it for virtually free in my Causebox since I already got my money's worth with the purse and the PMD ( blog post about my box here ). I wonder if this will work?

[Minneapolis, MN] Lu's Sandwiches - Banh Mi, Rice Noodle Bowls, and Bubble Tea

[Stretch] Causebox Summer 2020 Welcome Box - My First Box, Real Review

I have been eyeing Causebox for a while. I finally treated myself to my first box for my birthday in June. Read more about what I thought and what finally made me decide to take the plunge. If you want to try it out, here is my personal link:  you get $10 off your first box and I get a small credit. Causebox's mission statement states: We are: community focused, ethically made, environmentally conscious, for women, and impact driven.  

[Robbinsdale, MN] Marna's Eatery - Costa Rican Inspired Food

[Minneapolis, MN] Apoy Filipino Bistro - Outdoor Dining

[St. Cloud, MN] Backwards Bread Co. - Huge Croissants, Sourdough, and More

[St. Cloud, MN] Boulder Tap House - Takeout

[St. Cloud, MN] White Horse Restaurant and Bar - Takeout

[St. Cloud, MN] Krewe - New Cajun/Creole Restaurant in St. Joseph

[St. Cloud, MN] Flour and Flower Bakery - Brand New Local Bakery in St. Joseph, MN

[St. Cloud, MN] Mexican Village - Taco Party Pack Takeout on Taco Tuesday

[St. Cloud, MN] Sawatdee - Takeout Thai Food

[NYC] Hunan Slurp - Michelin Star Hunan-style Chinese Rice Noodle

[NYC - Washington Heights] Malecon Restaurant - Mofongo, Rotisserie Chicken, Rice with Seafood

[NYC - Washington Heights] Malecon Restaurant - Rotisserie Chicken

[Minnesota] Ebert and Gerbert's - Limited Time Only Asian-Inspired Sandwiches

[St. Cloud, MN] Jules' Bistro - Hometown Favorite

[Saint Cloud, MN] Taco John's - Potato Oles and Street Tacos

Taco John's is a hometown favorite. It is still open for drive through.

[St. Cloud, MN] Granite City Food and Brewery - Takeout Meal Deal and Growler

We are big fans of Granite City Brewery and have been since the original opened in St. Cloud, MN, in the 1990s.

[St. Cloud, MN] Searles on Fifth Ave - New restaurant, testing takeout options

[St. Cloud, MN] The Pickled Loon - Burgers, homemade potato chips, and pasta


[NYC - Midtown] Hide-Chan Ramen

[NYC - Noho] Cha Cha Matcha

[NYC - FiDi] Umami Burger at Brookfield Place Hudson Eats

[NYC - Chelsea] Milk & Hops - Beer and Cheese Shop

[Minnesota - MSP] Shake Shack - In Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

[NYC - Union Square] Laut - Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Singaporean Street Food

[New York City] Shake Shack - ShackBurger and Bacon Cheese Fries

[NYC - Chinatown] Bake Culture - Taiwanese Bakery

[NYC - East Village] Mighty Quinn's BBQ

[NYC - Midtown] Riko Peruvian Cuisine

[NYC - East Village] Spot Dessert Bar Revisit

Spot Dessert Bar is one of my favorite places to take visitors when they come to New York City because the desserts are just so creative and adorable!

[NYC - East Village] Spot Dessert Bar

[NYC - East Village] Tim Ho Wan - Michelin Star Dim Sum

[NYC - Union Square Park] Tsurutontan Udon

[NYC - Midtown] Totto Ramen - Still one of my favorite ramen spots

[NYC - UWS] Sushi Yasaka - Sushi before Lincoln Center

[NYC - Times Square] Nippori Japanese Ramen and Izakaya

[NYC - Greenwich Village] Saigon Shack - Pho and Banh Mi CASH ONLY

[NYC - NoMad] Atoboy - Michelin Guide Modern Korean Cuisine

[NYC - Midtown] Izakaya MEW - Omusoba, Kimchi Cream Udon, and Sushi

[NYC - Ktown] Pelicana Chicken - Best Korean Fried Chicken in NYC

[NYC - UWS] Maison Pickle - OMG The Pull-Apart Bread and the French Dip and the Mac and Cheese

[NYC - UWS] Jacob's Pickles - Dinner with Chicken and Biscuits

[NYC - East Village] PaTea - Bubble Tea. Meet Stubby

[NYC - Hamilton Heights] The Handpulled Noodle - Delivery to Harlem and Washington Heights

[NYC - Chinatown] Joe's Shanghai - Famous Soup Dumplings and More

[NYC - Chinatown] Sweet Moment - Cup Bingsu, Cute Latte Art, and More

[NYC - Chinatown] Sweet Moment - Adorable Cream Character Latte Art