Product Reviews

Are you a Goddess, a Mere Mortal, or Divinity itself?
If you answered 'yes', then do I have a treat for you!

Please allow me to introduce you to the new Goddess Collection from Lillian Eve! (which currently on sale for just $29.99 right now...eeek!)

This gorgeous trio of rich colors will be to sure to flow in perfect harmony with your winter wardrobe! Mere Mortals and Divinty both share an opaque, shimmery finish while Goddess rules with a more opaque, glossy finish. Just 1-2 coats of each of these beauties though, will get you to bottle color!

What is my favorite thing about these polishes you ask? Besides the colors being fabulously in-sync with the universe's 2015 winter color trends, my {favorite} thing about these polishes is that they are
100% vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and 5-free!

Mere Mortals ($12)
is a deep blue shimmering polish that goes on smooth and steak free!

Divinity ($12)
is a nail polish that's simply divine! A little bit gold, a little bit bronze, and a lot of decadent.

Goddess ($12)
is a medium purple with silver micro-glitters. It has
just enough richness to make it chic and just enough glitter to be sassy!

So which one are you?
Leave me a comment below and tell me...
Are you a Goddess, a Mere Mortal, or Divinity itself?
xoxo, karabears
Mermaid Medley {Reveal}
Did any of you mermaids happen to snag one of Nobella Grace's {Mermaid Medley} grab bags?? 

About a month ago, after NBG's trip to the market, the Mermaid Medley was offered! This was very similar to the Bella Box except it was offered at a steal of a price, only $30!! 

For $30, you were able to get 2 pieces (grab bag style) so it could have been 2 shirts, a dress & a shirt, etc. The brands ranged anywhere from Everly to Sage My Beloved and each medley was valued between $50-$75! 

I was lucky enough to snag one before they were gone and this is what was inside...

Did you love your Mermaid Medley? Be sure to post your outfits on Instagram using #nbgootd so we all can see!

Xoxo, karabears

I was lucky enough to get the chance to test out these wonderful products from Urban Oreganics and wanted to share with you beauties because I thought that maybe...just might love them as much as I do :)
Urban Oreganics is a small business based out of Portland, OR and manned by the beautiful Emily Silverstein. Each product is handcrafted in her overly clean and organized home kitchen, not a factory. Urban Oreganics specializes in handcrafted, high quality bath & beauty products and their products are made only from natural, sustainable, organic, and vegan ingredients. They also package all orders in repurposed, recyclable, and reusable materials in order to help reduce Urban Oreganics carbon footprint! You like that huh? Well...keep reading!
You Can Earn Urban Oreganics Products for FREE!
1. Refer a friend and get 10% towards your next purchase! Have them
enter your full name in the 'note to seller' section at checkout!
2. Host a Facebook shopping party and receive 15% in hostess rewards!
Contact Emily at Urban Oreganics at
FABULOUS right?!

I had the chance to test out UO's Simply Coconut Cleansing Bar, Citrus & Basil Lip Scrub, and Vanilla & Coffee Sugar Scrub/Cellulite Fighting/Skin Polish!
{{Lip Scrub}} Citrus & Basil Lip Scrub - $10

My lips are constantly chapped so it's no surprise that this was the first product I jumped at the chance to try! Urban Oreganics whipped sugar scrub was just what my lips needed! It perfectly exfoliated and moisturized these dry, chapped lips and the best part was how easy it was to use! I've been using it nearly every morning for a week and couldn't be happier with the results! I tested out the Citrus/Basil scent (it's my fav.) but UO also carries a Java scent for all you coffee lovers too :)
What's in it?

Basic Formula:
✧ organic turbinado sugar: exfoliates, balances skin's natural

oils, protects skin against toxins
✧ organic raw shea butter: retains moisture, anti inflammatory,
anti aging, soothes irritated skin
✧ organic pure virgin coconut oil: hydrates and conditions
skin, retains moisture, anti bacterial
Citrus & Basil:
✧ lemon essential oil: brighter and flawless looking
skin, reduces the appearance of scars
✧ grapefruit essential oil: treats skin pigmentation,
protects against sun damage, anti aging
✧ organic [homegrown] basil: treats skin impurities

How to Use?

Gently scrub small amount onto lips. Rinse thoroughly with
warm water. Pat dry. Don't be afraid to get it all over your lips either and
if you get it in your problem!! It tastes just like sugar! YUM!

{{Sugar Scrub}} Cellulite-Fighting Coffee Whipped Skin Polish - $20

If you're a coffee lover, this product is definitely for you!! This amazing Cellulite-Fighting Coffee Whipped Skin Polishing Sugar Scrub is the bee's knees!! It smells delicious and it feels as if you're giving your skin it's own cup of Joe in the morning! This unique blend's high caffeine content increases the blood-flow and circulation to reduce the appearance of cellulite and small varicose veins. But it's also packed with minerals and oil for smooth, supple skin, and antioxidants to treat dry skin, stretch marks, scars, and acne. Perfection in a jar right?!
What's in it?
✧ organic turbinado sugar: exfoliates, balances skin's natural
oils, protects skin against toxins, fights acne
✧ organic fair trade coffee beans: reduces the appearance of
redness and cellulite, anti inflammatory
✧ organic raw Shea butter: retains moisture, anti inflammatory,
anti aging, soothes irritated skin
✧ organic pure virgin coconut oil: hydrates and conditions
skin, retains moisture, anti bacterial
✧ [handcrafted] organic vanilla extract: anti aging, treats acne,
protects skin against toxins

**Urban Oreganics also offers a decaffeinated version of this product if you're pregnant or just sensitive to caffeine or if you would prefer to use this scrub on your face, they make a less abrasive, brown sugar version.**  

How to Use?

Massage scrub onto wet skin. Open up nostrils and smell the delicious coffee goodness and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
{{Cleansing Bar}} 'Simply Coconut' Shampoo & Soap Bar - $10


First things first...what sold me on Urban Oreganics Cleansing Bar is that it is a part of their BUY ONE, GIVE ONE program. For every cleansing bar UO sells, they donate one to someone in need. I love the fact that they give back to the community and help others!

This cleansing bar is mildly scented and can be used for literally all of your shower needs! The ingredients in this formula are pH balanced so that they are able to gently cleanse the hair, body, and face...the whole 9 yards! This product honestly would work for anyone! Those that are picky on smells..annnnd ALL skin and hair types! Amazing right?!
What's in it?

✧ organic pure virgin coconut oil: hydrates and conditions, retains
moisture, anti bacterial, controls frizz
✧ non-GMO vitamin e oil: protects and repairs, controls frizz
✧ organic castor oil: treats sunburn, treats acne, reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars, anti aging, retains moisture, controls frizz
✧ organic unsweetened coconut milk: restores brittle hair and
split ends, detangles hair, retains moisture, anti aging
✧ organic unsweetened coconut flakes: anti aging
✧ organic soap nuts: naturally cleanses
✧ [handcrafted] organic soap base (organic pure virgin coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, distilled water, organic fair trade hemp oil,
organic jojoba oil, sea salt): gently cleanses and moisturizes

How to Use?

Lather bar directly onto skin and hair, rinse with warm water. For best results, wash hair twice and follow with an occasional vinegar rinse (1 tbsp. white vinegar per pint of water).
I hope you all enjoyed checking out just a couple of the wonderful products that Urban Oreganics has to offer! Annnnd now do I have a special treat for you!!
Receive 20% off your purchase - now through May 31st!!
Just Use Code - KARAB20
Be sure you follow Urban Oreganics for sales,
giveaways, and sneak peeks!!
Facebook // Pinterest: /urbanoreganics
Instagram: @urbanoreganics
xoxo, karabears


The Search for the Perfect Ankle Boot...
With fall quickly approaching, I was on the hunt for the perfect ankle boot. Now, last season I had purchased a couple pairs and hated them! I didn’t have anything against them personally, I mean they were SO cute and in style! But I absolutely hated the way they made my bottom half look. You see, the bottom portion of my legs are the size of toothpicks while the top portion is a little thicker (this is where I carry most of my weight). So when I wore ankle boots I felt like Danny DeVito as the Penguin in Batman. I needed an ankle boot that was thicker/wider around the ankle so that it would even out my proportions and I also wanted a boot that wasn’t your average, run of the mill.
I searched tirelessly for weeks but couldn’t find any that jumped out at me until I came across a listing for these “Gypsy Boots” on Etsy. These boots were literally the raddest looking things I had ever seen! They were belted, laced, feathered, some even had bullet casings on them…I knew I had found THE boot! I began searching through “Crooked Halo Designs” and noticed that you could have the shop owner make a custom pair of Gypsy Boots according to your style/design specifications. I was down like Charlie Brown!
I immediately began messaging Hanna, the shop owner, about purchasing a custom pair and how exactly to go about it. I liked a few pairs of boots already listed for sale in her shop but I wanted some that reflected my own unique style. However, I was really unsure what to even call my style. I feel like I’m all over the place most of the time and pretty much just like what I like! So this is the description I sent to Hanna regarding the style I was looking for…
My style is more along the lines of vintage Indian maybe? Haha! I love old lace, a lot of tribal, Native American themed fabric, with a really feminine girly look. I would like either a light or dark brown boot. The older & scruffier, the better!”
If I was her, I probably would have rolled my eyes. To me, this style didn’t even make sense and was all over the place! But, she thought it was great and let me know she would get started on looking for the pair of perfect boots!


2 days later I received a couple pairs of boots that Hanna thought I might like and asked me to take a look…

It was love at first sight! It only took me a split second to decide on which pair I wanted!


After selecting my boots, Hanna let me know she would start gathering up accessories for them and get back to me with more updates! 2 weeks later I got the message I had been waiting for…I had 4 mock-up designs to choose from.

I had the options to pull elements I liked from each of them, pick one of them or none of them. Once I let her know what I liked and didn’t like from each of the styles, she went to work and began styling them out.
About 45 minutes later she sent me pics. of my boots from all angles so that I could make 100% sure everything was how I wanted it before everything got super-duper-never-coming-off stuck on!
After giving her the green flag to finish them up, my listing was ready the next day and I got to feast my eyes upon the finished product! They were PERFECT!!

This was such a fun and exciting experience working with Hanna at Crooked Halo Designs! She is very professional and has such an amazing talent to be able to make these perfect little booties out of the lousy style description I gave her! If you’re the adventurous type like me, I HIGHLY recommend working with her personally and designing your own perfect pair to fit your own unique style! The entire process takes around 3-4 weeks, a $75 deposit is required up front and when your boots are finished you are required to pay the remainder of the total price.  

Feel free to check out Hanna’s shop on Etsy, Crooked Halo Designs and click on the ‘Booties’ section to browse through all of her fabulously unique designs!

xoxo, karabears 


Karabears Top 5 Must Have Beauty Products

I have compiled a list of beauty products that I absolutely CANNOT live without! And by saying I can’t live without these products, I'm saying; "If I was on a desert island, I would have to have these products with me" type of can’t live without! So with that being said, I hope you thoroughly enjoy my list of life saving products :)

1. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo
I have tried SO many dry shampoos over the years it’s not even funny! Big Sexy Hair, TRESemme, Victoria’s Secret, regular baby powder; you name it, I’ve tried it! But, I’ve only found one that I really liked and that’s this cheap old bottle from Suave! This formula is infused with mineral clay and silk powder and basically absorbs the grease on your head in between washes! The smell is very fresh and clean and if you hate washing your hair every single day like me, this stuff will be your new best friend! You can purchase a 5 oz.  bottle >Here< for just $2.88!

2. doTERRA Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash


This face wash has seriously transformed my skin! I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received regarding my glowing and clear complexion since I began using it! It’s really such an amazing product! It is extremely gentle on the skin and it leaves your face feeling clean, fresh and radiant without drying it out. It also contains CPTG (therapeutic grade) essential oils and black cumin seed oil, to help keep your skin clear! You can purchase 1.7 fl. Oz. of this product >Here< for just $21!
3. b. Cosmetics Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation SPF 15

I have been using this foundation for months now and I could never imagine ever using anything else! The coverage is amazing!! It applies smoothly over the skin and sets itself to a soft-powder finish. This foundation provides sunscreen and antioxidant protection for ultra-sensitive skin. The formula is also oil-free and that’s what makes it great for all skin types, particularly skin with large pores and an oily T-zone (that would be me)! Purchase this foundation >Here< for just $28!
4. Norvell One Hour Sunless Mist

Ok, so if I was on a desert island I probably wouldn’t need this one since I would be getting a tan from the actual sun but I HAD to put this product on my list because I love it so, so much! I have tried literally every single sunless tanner known to man and this one tops them all! This product is salon quality and delivers salon quality results! The formula is 100% vegan, paraben-free, and contains natural enzymes that hydrate the skin! It dries in about an hour but I usually leave mine on for at least 8 hours (I spray right before bed and then shower in the morning) and my tan lasts for about 5 days. The website states that each 7 fl. Oz. bottle will give you about 5-7 spray tans just depending on how much you use however, I have sprayed 5 times and still have half the bottle left! If you would like to purchase this product, go >Here< and get it for $42!
5. Perfectly Posh Good Morning, Beautiful Chunk Big Bath Bar
Due to having Interstitial Cystitis and chronic UTI’s I have to be careful about the products that I’m using on my skin. Over the past year and a half since being diagnosed I have tried quite a few all or mostly natural body washes and honestly they stink…literally stink! Then, a friend turned me on to Perfectly Posh. While some of their products still smell awful, this one smelled divine! It smells of green tea and lemon and contains sunflower oil and caffeine among other natural ingredients. It also lasts for a LOOOOOONG time too! My 1 little bar lasted almost 3 months!! (yes, I was bathing daily) You can learn more about PP and purchase the 7oz. bath bar >Here< for $9!
Hope you enjoyed seeing and learning about my top 5 favorite beauty products!! Be sure to comment below and tell me what some of yours are :)
xoxo, karabears


The {{ENORME}} Bella Box


Most of you gorgeous fashionistas already know what a Bella Box is but just in case you don’t, let me explain. DISCLAIMER: This is NOT your average monthly subscription box!!! The Bella Box is a highly exclusive service that is curated by none other than Nobella Grace’s fabulous owner, Kristi and her sister Kaitlin (who by the way have multiple Fashion Degrees). Each month they head over to the LA Fashion District and personally select pieces just for you, YES YOU! based on the Fashion Profile that you fill out beforehand! These pieces are not sold on the website and are very much exclusive to you!
I began purchasing the Bella Box back in March when Nobella Grace first came up with this AwEsOmE!!! idea of creating a monthly styling service! I normally purchase the Petite Box each month but I was in dire need of fall wear! So I decided to go all out and purchase the big boy…the ENORME! Now, the ENORME is a splurge at $150 BUTTTTT it includes 6 pieces valued at $200-$250!! These pieces can range anywhere from tops, bottoms, accessories, or dresses…it all just depends on you and what tickles your fancy! Anyways let’s just get to the point here!! I waited ALL month for this ENORME Bella Box to arrive and now it’s time for the pièce de résistance!!

1st Piece
Let’s hear it for my new favorite sweater!! (cue applause) This heather gray/oatmeal dolman sweater is one of the softest sweaters I currently own! I decided to pair it with a cami and lace shorts for the pic. but this piece will look great paired with some jeans or a cute pair of leggings!


2nd Piece
This oh so sweet Peach Love Cream tunic literally feels like silk! I love Aztec prints like crazy and the colors of this one?! Oh my! They go perfectly with my faux tan and are perfect for fall!
3rd Piece
How did Kristi and Kaitlin know that I needed a tie dye fix?! This fabulous Renee C. cardi does the trick! I decided to pair it with my silver sparkly belt and a great pair of skinnies! 
4th Piece
The Jailbird Everly Dress! LOVE!! This dress is such a versatile piece! I paired it with a cute pair of flats (since it’s still kinda hot here in TN) and to take it into winter, simply add leggings and boots! Heck! Maybe even a scarf too!

5th Piece
Cotton candy crochet cardigan?? Yes, please! I would have never picked this piece for myself since the colors are a little out of my comfort zone of neutral but this is why I leave the shopping up to the professionals! I wanted to look eccentric so I paired it with an old Obey cutoff shirt and ripped skinnies! This is probably a huge fashion fail on my part but who cares!! I’m gonna rock it!

6th Piece
Is it just me or does everyone else dig all these crochet pieces for fall? This adorable sweater by Sweet Claire looks great paired with a scarf, by its lonesome, with a cami, bandeau (if you’re riskyyy like that) boyfriend jeans, skinnies, leggings you name it!
As you can see, I got some all-around fabulous pieces that will help my poor, depressed fall/winter closet get its happy back! Each of these versatile pieces will help me transition into fall and take me all the way into the winter months! Huge thanks to Kristi and Kaitlin for always keeping my look fresh and fabulous!!
XOXO, karabears

Are you interested in signing up for the Bella Box Styling Service?
>click right here< to learn more about the program and to get signed up!

Already filled out and returned your Fashion Profile?
>click right here< to grab a Bella Box!

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