Reading Wrap Up | November

It’s been awhile since I did some book reviews, so I thought I would share some today! I know I have some books on my Christmas wishlist (coming soon!) so maybe if these sound good to you, you can add them to yours!

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

This book is the first I have read from this author; I know she has a lot of others! This is a light “beach” type family drama read. It’s not my usual thriller, but it was entertaining.

This story is about two twin sisters who have not spoken or seen each other in years. They come together because of a family emergency and realize that their sibling rivalry is not worth it. Lots of secrets, gossip, and drama in this one!

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I have read all of the B.A. Paris books, and they are all very good. They are all thriller mysteries with twists! This one is about Grace and Jack, who get married and Jack changes immediately upon leaving for their honeymoon. This book is troubling at times, but doesn’t get too graphic. It is very chilling and I could not put it down!

The Whisper Man by Alex North

This is the first book I have read from this author, and I really liked it. It is about a father and young son who move into a new house and the son starts hearing voices and seeing things. They soon find out about a murder that has taken place at the house they are in. The man that was caught was nicknamed “The Whisper Man” because he would whisper to his victims and lure them out of their houses!” I wouldn’t read this one at night if you’re a chicken like I am, but it is a good story!

That’s all for my November book recs! What have you been reading?

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Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | Chicken Tortilla Soup

There is nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. I have shared my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe, but today I am sharing my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup! This soup is so good and has that delicious chicken taco flavor. The best part are the toppings you can add to it! Here’s how to make it.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • Garnishes of your choice

First off, combine the liquids together. Broth, rotel, and lime juice.

Add the seasonings and bring up to a boil.

Add in the corn and cilantro.

Add your cooked and shredded chicken.

Let it simmer for about an hour.

Now it’s time to serve and garnish. There are so many things you could top this with. Tortilla strips, cheese, sour cream, avocado…

It is so good. Especially the next day for leftovers!

Enjoy!

xx

Pretty Holiday Nails

It is officially the holiday season, and I am all about the holiday sparkly nails. I have picked out a silver, gold, red, and of course, a winter white!

Here they are!

Look at this sparkly red! This is new from Essie Winter 2020. The color is In A Gingersnap, and it is the most metallic cherry red with gold pearl . It is stunning!

I LOVE silver nails, and this color is the sparkliest silver I own. The color is Julep Missy and I have purchased this so many times! So pretty for the holidays.

If we have silver we have to have a gold! This is is a metallic gold, Essie’s Daring Damsel. This is such a pretty color while still being pretty neutral. It will go with anything!

Lastly, a white, but not any white! This color is Essie Sweet Soufflé, a creamy white with a gold-orange shift. This color is so fun snd so pretty and chic for the holidays!

I hope you liked my holiday nail picks! What colors do you like to wear on your nails for the holidays?

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The Miracle $5 Hair Mask

Welp, I have to confess, I have not had a haircut in about a year. Over a year. I was trying to grow out my hair (it is SO LONG), and then with the whole COVID thing…I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I will be able to get one soon, but for now, I’m just gonna hide my split ends the best I can!

I found this mask, and it is a game changer!

This is the Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate Hair Mask. I picked this up for $5.32 at my local Wal-Mart.

This mask comes in a 12 oz tub, and has really good ingredients like shea butter, aloe, coconut oil, and macadamia oil. It is vegan, paraben free, and sulfate free.

The consistency light and fluffy, like whipped cream!

It is supposed to heal and hydrate hair, and that is just what I need for the dry ends of my hair!

I use this mask about twice a week, I apply it to dry hair (from about my ears down). I really saturate the ends with it, pull it up into a bun (gets a lil messy) and let it sit in my hair as long as I can. 4-5 hours usually.

After that, I shampoo and condition as normal, and my hair is so soft. Not to mention, the smell of this product lingers. It is like a coconut pineapple paradise. You have to smell it!

Although the product doesn’t take away the split ends, it does make my hair appear smoother, shinier, and just a lot softer.

If you have dry hair like I do, I really recommend this mask! It is affordable, and it really works!

Thanks for reading! xx

The Best Drugstore Makeup

I really tried to narrow this down to TOP 5, but I couldn’t! These 6 are my all-time favorite AFFORDABLE makeup products. There is really no need to spend a ton of money on makeup when there are such great options at the drugstore.

Here they are!

This L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation is one of my top foundations of all time. It provides a solid medium coverage (but is buildable) and gives such a NATURAL look. The finish is dewy and skin like. I also really like the packaging, you don’t have to worry about the plastic squeeze tube breaking or anything in your makeup bag. I wear the shade 201 Classic Ivory.

Next up is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This concealer has been around forever, and it never fails me. I wear the shade Fair. This concealer is a liquid with a doe foot applicator. It comes in a ton of shades and covers my dark circles without being drying. It hydrates my under eyes and doesn’t crease. Love it!

A fairly new product that made the list is the Covergirl Clean Fresh Pressed Powder. I have the shade Fair. First off, the pink packaging is so cute, it reminds me of Too Faced. The powder inside is so soft and smooth, and my pores disappear when I apply this. It keeps my face shine free and actually could be used as a powder foundation because of the coverage it gives. I would take this over any of my high end powders!

A product I have talked about nonstop is the L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara. This is my favorite drugstore mascara of all time. It is very comparable to the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (even the packaging is similar). I actually prefer this over that mascara though.

It lengthens the lashes like you wouldn’t believe! It is super black and holds the curl all day. The only con is that it dries out pretty quickly, within about 2 months. I think it is still worth it, though!

For years I was obsessed with the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, until I discovered these Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Pencil Liners. This is in the dark brown color, Bold Brown. This blows my UD Demolition liner out of the water in lasting power and in color. It’s also about half the price!

Lastly, the NYX Butter Glosses. These glosses are a cult fave, and everyone loves them! They are smooth and non-sticky, and come in a TON of colors. This color is Vanilla Cream Pie, a gorgeous sheer bright pink. I LOVE the shade. They also smell like vanilla.

Here’s a swatch.

So, that’s it for my drugstore favorites! It was hard to pick only 6, but these products never fail me, and I love how they are available everywhere.

What are your favorite drugstore products that I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading

xx