November 26, 2013

Perler Beads- Loki and Thor

Hey guys!

I have a really short post today. I was in a really crafty mood and decided to make some little Loki and Thor sprites out of perler beads. Here are the patterns I used (I didn't make the patterns):

And these are my finished sprites :)

So cute!! I am so obsessed with Thor: The Dark World that I had to make these. I think they look pretty awesome. 

Thanks for reading :) I'll talk to you again very soon!

Keri <3

November 14, 2013

Varsity VoxBox Review

Hey everyone!

As you probably already know, I've been trying out some products this month that I received in my Varsity VoxBox from Influenster. I did an unboxing post a few weeks back (check it out here!), and decided it was time for me to post my final review of the products. So, let's get started!

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash ($6.49)

Just as an FYI, I have combination skin, and I have a few problem areas that tend to break out (mostly around my chin). My skin is not overly sensitive. 

I used 2 out of the 3 samples I was sent. I decided to hold onto the last sample for when I was really having issues with my skin (I want to see if it makes a difference). The first two times I used this wash, I wasn't breaking out too terrible bad, but I did have some spots that cleared up after I used the product. This smells awesome- like a fruit smoothy- and really gets your skin nice and clean. Because I was sent 3 $1 off coupons, I'll most likely purchase this product in the near future. 

Overall, this wash does it's job, and I would recommend it to you guys. 

Airheads Xtremes Bites ($1.69) 

Like I said in my unboxing post, I'm so glad Influenster sent me some candy!  I absolutely love sweet and sour candy, so these Airheads Bites were perfect- I snuck them into the movie theater when I saw Thor: The Dark World last weekend (which is one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I'm kind of obsessed with Loki now).  These would be awesome to have as a snack during a late night study session; they're also great for any other time of the day :) I will definitely be repurchasing these candies!

Kiss Nail Dress ($6.99)

Ok, I'm not going to lie, these were the worst product I received so far from the program.  Honestly, I don't know if it was just me, but I had a really hard time applying these strips- I couldn't get them to look good, they barely fit my nail, and they kept wrinkling on the edges as I tried to apply them.  It doesn't help that my nails were unusually short when I applied these.  I'm sure the strips would look better over longer nails.  I've used the Sally Hansen nail strips before and I adore them!  For some reason, these are just not up to par with the other brands I've used in the past.  Trust me, I wanted to like these nail dresses. 

I do not recommend these nail dresses.  If you want a hassle-free nail strip, try the ones from Sally Hansen (they are a few dollars more, but it's definitely worth it).  The only thing good about this product is that they came right off my nail when I wanted to remove them.  That being said, I don't see these as lasting any longer than a few days.  I should have left mine on to see how long they would last, but I just couldn't stand the look of them on my nails.

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss ($3.99)

As part of my VoxBox tasks, I did a separate review for this lip gloss, which you can read about here.  Overall, this gloss is not my favorite, but it's not bad.  It doesn't have a ton of color payoff, but it isn't overly sticky, and it gives a nice shine to the lips.  I don't notice a major plumping effect, although there is a slight tingle when you first put the gloss on.  This probably lasts about 2-3 hours with minimal drinking/ eating/ talking (you will need to reapply this gloss after lunch).

Tide Pods (no price)

This is another tried-and-true product for me.  I've been using these Pods since they first came out- I was in the dorms for a year, so these were my go-to laundry detergent.  They're convenient for storage, light-weight, and so easy to use (you just throw a Pod in, pile in the clothes, and wash!).  I use cold water to wash all of my clothes and I haven't had any problems with these.  Even though I have my own washer and dryer now, I still like to buy these little guys :)  The scent Spring Meadow is amazing, by the way!


All and all, I loved every single product in this box with the exception of the nail dresses.  If you want to learn how to get free stuff for testing purposes, check out Influenster for more information. 

I'll talk to you all again very soon.  As always, thanks for reading!

Keri <3

What I'm Reading: 2013

* - read for class
RE - re-read

Books, Plays, and Short Stories

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

3. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments # 1) by Cassandra Clare

4. City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments # 2) by Cassandra Clare

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by JK Rowling (RE)

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (RE)

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (RE)

8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (RE)

9. The Way I See It: A Personal Look At Autism and Aspergers by Temple Grandin *

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon *

11. Marked (House of Night # 1) by PC Cast

12. Betrayed (House of Night # 2) by PC Cast

13. Chosen (House of Night # 3) by PC Cast

14. Untamed (House of Night # 4) by PC Cast

15. Hunted (House of Night # 5) by PC Cast

16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

18. Notes from Underground by Fyordor Dostoyevsky *

19. Are You There, Vodka?  It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

20. "The Death of Ivan Ilyich" by Leo Tolstoy *

21. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen *

22. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

23.  "The Rod of Justice" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis *

24. "Kabuliwala" by Rabindranath Tagore *

25. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad *

26. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka *

27. "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner *

28. "Spotted Horses" by William Faulkner *

29. Omeros by Derek Walcott *

30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

31. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (RE)

32. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (RE)

33. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

34. Coriolanus by William Shakespeare