October 15, 2017

I Am Being Scammed & You May Be Getting Scammed Too.

I truly wish this was a pure clickbait title but in reality, I am being scammed.

Some of you may not think this is a scam or think its something that does not qualify as a scam under your standards but let's just say this; if you were in my situation for 6+ years I think you may feel the same way.

It's not just me being scammed, thousands of New Yorkers and people from the tri-state area are also in the exact same boat as me and I think it is finally time for me to speak my truth. 

Z100 which is an IHeartRadio station that plays to New York holds a Jingle Ball every year, unfortunately, after research, I cant find an exact date as to when Jingle Ball first started but I was able to go back and find a 1994 setlist which included Bon Jovi and Green Day. This just shows that the Z100 Jingle Ball has been in existence for over 20 years. 

This is one huge holiday show that Z100 sets up and gets all of the hottest artists so I can understand it being difficult to get into. This year for example, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & The Chainsmokers are just three of the 14 acts playing this year. Now with a concert with all of these top performers, someone who has been to concerts and sees ticket prices like myself would expect ticket prices to be through the roof. Not only would I expect tickets to be expensive but I would also expect it to be very hard to even get tickets. Well, unfortunately, this is the reality of the Z100 Jingle Ball, except; this isn’t even the half of it.

I don’t want this to be extremely long so I will try and shorten a few things so please just bear with me! 

Yes, tickets are hard to get, everyone and I understand that. 

Yes, tickets are expensive, everyone and I understand that. 

What I don’t understand is why scalpers get tickets.

What I don’t understand is why scalpers get tickets that aren’t yet available to the public and sell them for triple what they are worth. 

What I don’t understand is why people truly go out of their way to sell fake tickets. (I have a story about this one but let's save that for another day.)

What I don’t understand is why Z100 does ticket giveaways every hour for decent seats and then only put shitty ones on Ticketmaster.

What I don’t understand is why MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HAS EMPTY SECTIONS DURING THE SHOW. (My sister and her friend went a few years ago, they waited on the box office line only to get two tickets in two different sections, got in after the first act was over and they both had the entire section , which mind you was in the 100s to themselves.) Where were the rest of those tickets? Sitting on StubHub for thousands of dollars? 

What I don’t understand is why they sell “obstructed view” seats for the same price as regular seats. (Note that these tickets are completely behind the stage and all you have is a screen to watch on.)

What I don’t understand is why the box office on show day sells these tickets out like they are going out of style. They claim to sell out EVERY year and somehow every year the box office line is five+ blocks long and a majority of those people get tickets. 

What I don’t understand is why companies are handed groups of tickets and if they find people to go, great, if they don’t, someone who truly wanted to go could have gotten them. 

What I don’t understand is why they claim to sell out when they know they will not have a fully packed show.

What I don’t understand is why they don’t want true fans in those seats. 

What I don’t understand is when they go on pre-sale/sale can you only get one ticket for the shittiest seat in the house.

What I understand is why I have tried to get tickets for 6 years and have never once pulled up two tickets together. Literally, 6 years of going on Ticketmaster at the time of ticket release and not once in 6 years have I gotten two tickets together. Not even in the obstructed view sections.  

What I cannot wrap my head around is that Ticketmaster just released a complete savior for fans, which is called Verified Fan Tickets. I can say for a fact that this was the only reason I was able to get floor seats to Harry Styles. Verified Fan works by having you sign up, make sure your not a robot and the day tickets go on sale you get a code texted to you which you then enter and you are then allowed into the ticketing portion of the Ticketmaster website. After I put in my code the first pair of tickets it spits back out was floor seats. Ticketmaster created this to ensure REAL fans got REAL tickets. Z100 should be using this if they really wanted to see fans at the Jingle Ball. I am not naive enough to say that the Verified Fan only allows fans to get tickets because you can find your way around anything these days but it does help. 

I believe myself and tons of other true fans continue to get scammed by Z100 and Ticketmaster when it comes to buying these tickets. 

I am not alone in this; here I have taken screenshots of some other fans who are facing the same situation I am. These screenshots will be accompanied by screenshots of the current StubHub situation. If the following photo of ticket prices doesn’t scream scam to you, I don’t know what will. Make sure to look closely at the ticket locations and prices below. 

All I am trying to do by writing this is to raise some awareness for people who are being scammed by Z100 Jingle Ball and Ticketmaster. The whole ticketing process is a complete scam. If you are desperate to go please try and win them directly through the radio station or if you can get tickets via Ticketmaster where you can see the stage, just pay the price. I am begging you to not pay outrageous prices from StubHub and other third party sites, that’s what scalpers want you to do because that’s how they make money. Another thing I am begging you to do is to be safe with everything you are doing to score yourself 2017 Z100 Jingle Ball tickets. DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT think someone from Facebook or Twitter or Craigslist is going to meet you in New York City to give you tickets for a reasonable cost. First and foremost, it is not safe to meet with a stranger period. Especially if you are looking for tickets, these people will sell you fake tickets that won't scan at the door and you will be out money and much worse things can happen. If you take anything away from this blog post it needs to be that you need to be safe about this and not fall under someone’s spell or comply with a scam.

As always please message me or leave me comments if you want to share your story or have also dealt with this scam before. Don’t forget to follow me on social media and since this was a special post this week, I will be back to my Monday postings next Monday!

October 9, 2017

What Do You Want To See On Keeping Up With Coco?

Hey beauties! It has been a while since I have a quick blog post where I ask you guys what you actually want to see on here! Now is the perfect time for that and you guys always have the best ideas! 
Let's hop right into the post and please please please don't be shy! 
Leave me comments and message me! 

Recently I have worked with so many amazing companies on here and I hope all of you have been as excited to read them as I have been to write them! With the holidays coming up I have so many super duper exciting posts to plan and wanted to get some of your input. So far I have a 
beauty lovers holiday gift guide & a stocking stuffers gift guide 
that I have been working on and wanted to see if you guys wanted to see anything else from me along with those two! If you do of course you know how to slide into my DM's or leave me a comment and let me know what you may like to see! 

 I also have been seriously contemplating maybe going to YouTube videos a few times a month! I have so many amazing post ideas but a lot of them are super visual and feel like they would translate better over video! What do you think?

This one is a serious Coco moment, I cannot make up my mind about if I want new headshots or not! The going rate by me seems to be $150, is that reasonable? Are headshots worth it? 

What posts do you beauties want to see from me!? Are you loving my reviews or do you want more beauty and lifestyle posts like my monthly favorites? 

One last question!!! 
Who is liking my Monday posting schedule?

Give me ALL of your input! I love reading all of your comments and messages and want to finish 2017 off with a bang and get you guys as involved as I can over here on Keeping Up With Coco! 
Again, please don't be shy and let me know some of your thoughts and opinions on these few topics!! 

See you next Monday with my usual ;) 

October 2, 2017

Emmy's Organics Coconut Cookie Review*

The wonderful team at Emmy's Organics was so kind and sent me four packages of their organic coconut cookies to try out and review for you guys! I already knew about Emmy's before they contacted me and was absolutely thrilled when they did! 

I am in love with the little story of how Emmy's Organics got started and really wanted to share that with you because it just puts an instant smile on my face and hope it will brighten your Monday a little bit. 

"Emmy’s Organics, Inc. was started by couple, Ian & Samantha in 2009 in Ian’s mother’s home kitchen in Ithaca, NY. After struggling for many years with digestive problems, Ian had to change his lifestyle at a young age to avoid gluten, dairy and other irritants. His path led him to learn and work in a number of restaurants and cafés in New York City and San Francisco. After meeting Samantha, the couple realized that they both shared a similar passion for health and well-being. Samantha grew up as a dancer and a self-proclaimed “health nut.” One night, Ian taught Samantha a coconut cookie recipe that he had developed many years prior. Seeing how clean the ingredients were and how easy the recipe was to make, a little idea was sparked that is now Emmy’s."

I really hope your smiling after reading that because I know I am, but let's get started and hop right into my review! When I got the package it was like they knew exactly who I was and what my favorite flavors were because I opened the box to see Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Peanut Butter and Dark Cacao flavors all lined up for me! I am gonna be honest, normally I like to take my own photos of products but the second I opened up the package I, without hesitation started opening the packages and started tasting them. I am very sorry but my tummy is not! 

These Coconut Cookies are vegan, USDA certified organic, gluten-free and grain-free. I was gluten-free a few years ago and was very strict with my diet and these would have been the best snack for me. Let me start off by saying coconut is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I didn't know what to expect when I saw coconut cookies but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted them. They really are almost all pure coconut made into little cookie shaped patties with added flavoring which could not be more up my alley. 

I am a peanut butter lover and hands down the peanut butter was my favorite but all other flavors followed very closely in second. I also wanted to mention that these have 100% become my go-to dessert. I just started Weight Watchers and the chocolate chip, vanilla bean, and peanut butter coconut cookies are all five points for one cookie. (The chocolate chip is only six.) Some of you may think that is a lot for one cookie but one cookie is extremely filling, satisfying and I usually end the day with a few extra points anyways and this is the perfect way to end my day. 

Whether you are vegan, eat organic, gluten-free or grain-free or just like to eat food, in general, you have to try these coconut cookies out. Coconut lovers, you can thank me later. Also, I am dying to try the raspberry ones, if you have let me know what you think of them!

Check out Emmy's Organics on 

September 11, 2017

Pacifica Beauty Lip Balm Review*

I was so extremely lucky to be contacted by Pacifica to review their brand new line of lip balms. 

Here is what Pacifica has to say about them! "Our latest 100% vegan + cruelty-free Lip Balm Line-up + Sugar Scrub.  Highly moisturizing balms made with coconut, almond, jojoba oils, natural flavor, and stevia, these little gems will shake up the lip balm world with a huge cult-following around the super cute packaging and incredible formula. Exclusive to Ulta."

The line consists of seven lip balms and one sugar scrub. The lip balm flavors are Persian Cherry, Cuban Mango, Rainbow Watermelon, Summer Kale, Haiiwan Banana, Bali Coconut and Indian Chai and the Sugar Scrub is candied lemon & sugar. 

LET ME TELL YOU! Pacifica could not have made these smell any better and I have to admit these are without a doubt some of the best smelling lip balms I have ever owned. (Cuban Mango & Rainbow Watermelon are my favorite!!) The formula is not greasy or waxy at all which is a huge plus in my book. It lasted a long time on my lips, I put it on before I went to bed and woke up with a little bit left on my lips which is another huge plus for me! Not to mention all of the lip balms are extremely moisturizing and overall felt great! 

These lip balms are all $4.99 which is a number I would consider to be very average when buying a lip balm. Especially when the lip balm is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Overall, I really can't say a single bad thing about these lip balms and I know with my set of seven I will be set for a little while but after that, I will without a doubt be repurchasing. 

Don't forget to also follow Pacifica on 

September 4, 2017

Why I Will Never Participate In Another Loop Giveaway

Let's just hop right into this one and keep it short and sweet.

This is why I will never participate in another loop giveaway ever again. 

If you don't know what a loop giveaway is, it is an Instagram giveaway where the creator and person running the giveaway will collect a specific amount of money from everyone who wants to get involved. This money will go towards the big prize/prizes that one person will win in the end. It has become something that you see everywhere nowadays. Everyone from Tori Spelling to little bloggers like me decides to participate. If you are willing to pay the set amount, you are in. If you see a big flatlay photo with a bunch of items that are very expensive it is most likely a loop giveaway. 

Here is how the loop giveaway works. The person running the giveaway collects your money (mine was via Paypal), picks out the things he or she wants to giveaway with the set amount of money they have gotten, and basically sets up some kind of chat (mine was an Instagram DM) with everyone participating, sends you the photo, sends you exactly what to write.
For the people entering, they see one photo and have to like the specific photo and follow everyone who is in the loop to be entered. I am sure I am explaining this very poorly but you most likely have seen them and know what they are and for those who haven't you can, of course, look them up if you want more details! 

Now, this is just a few of the reasons I will absolutely never do one of these again. 

You are paying to participate and in my opinion buying your followers without going through a third party bot system. You send a set amount of money to someone's Paypal account praying they follow through, and to be honest, that is never guaranteed. With what is going on with Instagram these last weeks, the person you are paying could literally fall off the face of the earth and their account could get deleted. Honestly, so many things could go wrong with this but I won't go into much more detail about this part. 

I never got to see the prizes until the morning of the giveaway when the photo was sent to all of the people participating. You are only told the category of the giveaway and of course since I am a beauty blogger I chose the beauty giveaway. 

The person running the giveaway sent us the photo and said edit this photo however you choose and follow these instructions very carefully. Oh, not to mention you could get kicked out at any point even if you spoke in the chat because they request that it stays silent. 

On top of not seeing the prizes, you are not seeing the photo. Personally, I was extremely unhappy with the photo I was given. 

You are told to come back to the DM 5 minutes before the giveaway happens with very strict instructions. 

You have to copy and paste the caption he or she writes out for you and insert the person that you are continuing the loop from. The person running the giveaway made a list based on follower numbers and said tag the person below you on the list to make the loop. 

If you didn't respond to the DM at the 5-minute mark, you would simply be skipped and would be out the money you paid. At this point again you are completely at other peoples mercy and have to hope that one, they loop you in and two, the loop is actually "looped". Meaning that it makes a full circle, if you start at your account you will end at your account. 

The person running my loop wrote that we were looped and wrote to us "not posting on time and not skipping (meaning skipping someone if they didn't check in) loses so many entries. My photo already has 124 and some have 0. That is the impact that not following the directions has." 
I completely agree that if you don't follow instructions it does impact the loop and it did in my case. 
Of course, I always try to be as accommodating as I can be but a few people have actually messed this up, I paid to be here and now I am not getting the payoff that other loops get with people who can follow directions. 

After the person running the giveaway sees that you are completely looped and ready to go, you think your work is done. Well, I came to find out that this was completely wrong. 

I was told I must post to my Instagram story and do two MANDATORY re-posts. This was slowly turning into a lot of what I never asked for. 

After seeing a decent following from this I kind of came around to the idea of it and was down. 
Until I later read my DM's. "Everyone please repost. I found out why the loop has been so slow. One of the profiles in the loop somehow disappeared. So the loop has been broken. Just found out and we fixed it." 

WELL FUCK, I was one of the people affected by the loop being broken. The person running the giveaway should constantly be checking that everyone has done everything right and that everything is running smoothly because after all this is something that only benefits everyone if everyone is doing things correctly. 

At this point, I was ready to put up a big stink but I just simply asked "Hey! Had a quick question, did the disappearing profile affect the people at the end of the loop?" 
The person running the giveaway never responded. 

So now, I am at the end of a loop which was broken for who knows how long, I am not getting answers, I am not getting my money back and to be honest I would have even liked to be invited back for a discounted price but at this point I am realizing I am shit out of luck here. 

Honestly, all I can do is warn you about these things and share my experiences and hope that you do learn from my mistakes. I am not trying to shade anyone involved or be mean or rude I just want to share my story so people don't get LOOPED into these types of things when they aren't made completely clear to you. 

This is my story and why I will never participate in another loop giveaway. 

Thank you for watching this episode of True Story: I Fall for Bullshit.

Hope you enjoyed this little, not so little story time post I had for you! Beware of things like this and don't think everything is all sunshine and roses people! I will see you next Monday and will be back to a beauty review!

PS please let me know in the comments some of your loop giveaway experiences! 

August 28, 2017

VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Review

VII Code sent me the VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask for Dark Circles to try out and review for you beauties! If you are interested in learning more about the company VII Code I will have a link HERE for you to learn all about them!

Now, let's hop right into my review! So I wanted to really try these bad boys out before writing this review, which led me to finish my entire box before my review was even published. I would say the one huge downside is that only six come in a box for $58.00. For me, if something like that is the biggest downside to the product, that really is not bad at all. I have to say I wanted to really pamper myself so I put my box in the fridge and every time I wanted to use a packet I took it out and left the rest to stay cool. I think that just adds a super luxurious feel to the whole experience, at least for me it did! I have to admit I do not really have dark circles to begin with (knock on wood), so I can't say my dark circles "improved" but I can say that when I put these on I instantly went into relaxation mode and felt that my under eyes were getting more moisture to them than they ever had before. 

For me what I liked best about this product was that everything felt extremely sanitary. They weren't super slimy and each set of two came in its own individually wrapped package which was sealed. Sometimes for me when these mask products are super goopy and liquidy I feel like they get everywhere and do nothing but create a complete mess and when I want to relax and do an in home spa treatment the last thing I want to do is clean up slime from a product. 

My one huge recommendation when using any under eye mask product is PUT THEM IN YOUR FRIDGE! It makes the biggest difference! Trust me on this one! 

If you are interested in learning more about the VII Code O2M Oxygen Eye Mask for Dark Circles here is a link
Of course, don't forget to follow VII Code on 

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