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Reversing My Routine

More fun mail! I received TRESemme' shampoo & conditioner for testing purposes. Here's the kicker though- you condition first then shampoo! I'm trying it for the first time tomorrow! #ReverseYourRoutineI have fine, thin, highlighted hair and because of this have had a love/hate relationship with conditioner. I feel like I need conditioner to help repair the damage highlighting causes, but conditioner weighs my hair down. And I’ve always been taught to shampoo first then condition. So I was skeptical about reversing my routine. It just seemed like wouldn’t the shampoo wash away all the conditioner and leave me with dry, brittle hair? As soon as I got out of the shower and started going about my usual routine I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t plastered to my head feeling all heavy. I used my thermal spray and mousse like normal. I blew it dry and it even dried faster. It’s so soft and silky feeling! And there’s a ton more volume and bounce- even on this high humidity day! The volume lasted all day and that is just awesome! I’m convinced and I’m switching it up- reversing my routine!
I received these products for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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Essential Oil Make & Take Spa Party!

Saturday night I threw a fun Essential Oil Make & Take Spa Party!  8 of my friends came over to make bath and body products and learn about essential oils from my sister Sara.  I put out some food.  And some kick ass punch.  I’m so mad I didn’t get a picture of it.  But trust, it was awesome.  Recipe: 2 bottles moscato wine, 2 bottles Sprite, 2 cans/tubes of frozen pink lemonade.  Mix together, slice up a lemon or lime to float in the punch and serve.  SO good.  Everyone loved it.  Thanks for the recipe Bonnie!

Sara arrived a half hour before everyone else to set up.  She set up the table in such a cute way with trays with all our supplies we’d need.    Here’s a close up of each place setting.   We were able to take notes in the inside of each flier that she made.  So cute!  First Sara told us all about essential oils and what they are, how to use them etc.  Then she passed around each of the eleven oils that come in the Premier Starter Kit from Young Living.   We all smelled the oils and picked out our favorites (Stress Away!!!)  Then we got to work.  We made body wash, linen/room spray, and sugar scrub.  Sara had made lip balms for all of us ahead of time.  And at the party she made us whipped body butter.  It was all so easy!  And by the end of it we all smelled amazing! Check out the finished products!   If you’d like to smell amazing like us and be able to make all your own bath and body products, you can sign up for the premier starter kit here.

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Unboxing! February BoxyCharm

My February BoxyCharm box is here and full of goodies!!! IMG_6475

Here’s what I received:

-Modern Minerals Duo Fiber Mini Round Brush.  Full Size. $15  So soft!  And I can always use a new eyeshadow brush. IMG_6470

-Mullein & Sparrow Mini Facial Mask.  Deluxe. $15  LOVE the packaging so much!  And I really like that it’s a mix per use so I won’t have to worry about it drying out before I can use it all. IMG_6472

– NCLA Nail Lacquer in Heart Attack. Full Size $16  Super cute giant heart glitter.  Will definitely use next Valentine’s Day! IMG_6473

-Jing Ai Velvet Shine Lip Jewel.  Full Size $22  Gorgeous color and goes on super smooth. IMG_6474

-Mistura Beauty Solutions C-2-P Complexion Corrector.  Full Size $36  Concealer.  I haven’t used a cream concealer in years since I use Bare Minerals but I love that the ingredients include coconut oil and shea butter so I’ll be giving this a try! IMG_6471

If you would like to start receiving BoxyCharm then click here!!!

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January BoxyCharm!

My BoxyCharm box arrived yesterday and I was so excited to get it!!!IMG_6342

Here’s what was included:

-Beauty For Real The Perfect Pencil.  It’s a lip liner and they say it’s the only one you’ll ever need.  Gorgeous color!  They may be right!  $14IMG_6344

– Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in Always There.  Such a pretty container!  With a mirror!  And gorgeous color, but with too much orange for me.  So this will go to my Mom.  $22IMG_6343

-Mirabella Face Prime.  I can always use more primer!  And perfect timing right before my cruise! $29IMG_6345_2

-Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum.  I was nervous about this because I’m so fair, but after reading some reviews online I’m super excited to try it!  It’s supposed to hydrate, even skin tone, help fight the signs of aging, and give you a self tan!  $47 IMG_6346_2

-Pur-lisse Skin Sparkle Flash Tattoos- 1 sheet.  These are gorgeous!  Although I feel a wee bit old sporting flash tattoos so they will go to my little sister.  $12 IMG_6347_2

This is my 3rd BoxyCharm box and I LOVE it!  All items are FULL SIZE!!!  Click here to sign up to get your own!    Total value for this month’s box= $124!!!  I love being able to try items I would never splurge for!  Like the Bronzing Serum.  So fun!

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ModaVoxBox from Influenster

I received my #ModaVoxBox from Influenster recently and I’m so excited about it!  It’s full of fun products I can’t wait to test out! IMG_5916_2 Here’s what I received:

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask:IMG_5926_2  I love a good hair mask, especially in the winter when the air and my hair are so dry!

Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa:  Who doesn’t love a good cup of cocoa?!?IMG_5956

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer:  Perfect for my sensitive, dry skin!


Resource Spring Water:  I drink water all throughout the day and it’s so cool to try one with electrolytes! IMG_5928_2

Puffs SoftPack:  Perfect timing since we’re in cold and flu season!IMG_5927

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara: I’m a big fan of mascara and love to try new ones.  And this curved brush looks amazing!IMG_5922_2

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick:  Gorgeous color!IMG_5924_2

Kimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner:  I’m not normally a lip liner girl because I wear lip gloss and I’ve always associated lip liner with lipstick.  Plus I can never find a lip liner to match my gloss.  Problem solved!  This liner is clear so it holds my gloss in place and matches everything!!!IMG_5923_2

I received these products from Influenster FREE for testing purposes!

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Mystery Glam Bag!

I traded in my Ipsy points for a Mystery Glam Bag!  I was so excited to see what I’d get!



Here’s what I received:


Starlooks eyeliner in Amethyst.  This is so pretty.  I have one already and it’s nice to have a backup.  It’s a sparkly light lavender.

IMG_5720Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter.  OMG! This lotion smells amazing!  And it’s the perfect size for travel!



Pop Beauty eye shadow trio in browns.  Nice! and good colors!


Klorane smoothing and relaxing under eye patches.  I haven’t tried these yet.  Waiting for an eye baggy day!



Coastal Scents eye shadow brush.  I already have one of these and love it so I was psyched to get another!

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August Ipsy Glam Bag

My Glam Bag for August arrived today! IMG_5699

Here’s what I got:

–Coastal Scents Forever Blush. IMG_5701

–Lord & Berry Black Silk Mini Kajal kohl liner.  They weren’t kidding about the “mini” part! This is the tiniest little nub of an eyeliner!  But it’s a perfect size for your purse. IMG_5703

–Dr. Brant Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer.  I’m excited about this!IMG_5702

–Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.  I’m excited about this too.  I love trying new mascaras! IMG_5704

–Absolute New York You’re The Balm Grape Lip Balm.  I’m normally not a big fan of lip balm you have to put on with your finger but I LOVE the way this smells.  Just like grape soda! IMG_5700

Of course everything came in a super cute little bag!

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July Ipsy Glam Bag!

My July Ipsy Glam Bag came today!  Super cute bag filled with all new to me products!


The breakdown:

  • Pur-lisse SPF 30 Sunscreen.  Perfect for travel and it’s supposedly good for sensitive skin.  Yay!IMG_5593
  • Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow.  The color is a dark taupeish color.  It doesn’t say which shade it is on the teeny tiny bottle.  A little dark for me for Summer but I’ll use it for sure in the Fall. IMG_5597
  • Clear Clinic Vanished Clear Spot Treatment.  It’s a tiny bottle of pimple treatment. Good for travel when my skin almost always acts up!IMG_5596
  • Tints & Sass Fabulous Lip & Cheek Stain by Elizabeth Mott in Cherry.  I’m a wee bit afraid of this as I have such fair skin. I don’t want to look like Raggedy Ann with big red cheeks.  But I’ll try it! IMG_5594
  • Models Own nail polish in Red Sea. It’s a reddish orangeish coral with holographic glitter floating around in there!  Can’t wait to try it! IMG_5595

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Ipsy Oopsie!

When my June Ipsy Glam Bag came I had a problem with 2 of the items.  The Be A Bombshell mascara smelled SO bad and chemically that it was unusable.  And the Jessie’s Girl liquid eye liner exploded all over me and my eye.  So I sent Ipsy an email and got one back that they’d send me some replacement items.  My replacement package came today!


Ipsy sent me 3 things to replace the 2!  Nice!  I got:

  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian (black)
  • Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Last Call Girl (hot pink)
  • and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Plum

I’m super excited about these products and I’m very impressed with Ipsy’s customer service!

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June Ipsy Glam Bag

My June Ipsy Glam Bag arrived and my first thought was that it’s the best one yet!  Check out what I received:


The Breakdown:

IMG_5460Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes.  Cleansing wipes in a travel pack.  Awesome!
IMG_5456NYX Butter Gloss in Elclair.  Pretty shade and everyone online raves about the butter gloss.

IMG_5461Marc Anthony (wonder if it’s the same Marc Anthony/ JLo’s ex?) Dream Waves Beach Spray.  OMG! this stuff smells like summer in a bottle!  Can’t wait to try it.  Yes, even short haired girls can have beachy waves!

IMG_5459Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara in Black.  Good looking brush in a full sized bottle.  Only thing is it has an odd smell.  Wonder if that will go away?

IMG_5458Jessie’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black.  I was especially excited to try this so I opened it to check out the applicator.  Eye liner juice went EVERYWHERE.  I cleaned it up and stored the eyeliner upright for a day.  Went back to use it and it just poured out the applicator all over my eye and right into my eye!  My eye white turned black!  It was awful.  So I won’t be able to use this.  Sigh.

Over all though it was a good Glam Bag!

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