Heroes & Sugar Lips

Heroes & Sugar Lips

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Today we honor those who lost their lives while protecting us. Their bravery and commitment overwhelms me to tears. 

I hope you all have had a great Memorial Day!

Have you heard of MatchCº foundation ?

It’s “Makeup MADE to MATCH you”.

I first heard about this on the Today Show and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

First you have to have an iphone and download the MatchCº app.

Next, you go through a series of steps to determine your color match. This is no joke. You have your camera flash on and basically tap your phone on different areas of your skin until she (the app lady) feels like she has your exact match.

Guess what? It works! My match was PERFECT!

Can we talk about how they put your name on the bottle?

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So how does it work? Works just fine!

It has a pump applicator and I would say the coverage is light to medium but if you prefer more coverage it’s easily buildable. The only reason I am not using it right now is because in April I start up the fake tanning and it isn’t my exact match anymore (sadly).

I can’t remember the exact cost but I believe it was around $40.

I’ve been a fan of Origins for quite a while. There are so many things that I have used and love. Tonight i’m just talking about one….as in THE one 😉

Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | Sephora  $26

My skin is very dry. This can be used twice a week. Just apply at bedtime and let the little miracle happen. I really do love this stuff. I don’t know what else I can say about it.

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We all have our regular moisturizers. This is just great to have when you need a boost.

So, because my lips stay so dry i’m always looking for the next greatest invention. For me, I need some good exfoliating action from time to time to start over.

I found Sweet Pops from Clinique – $19.50

I really like this. It’s a 2-in-1 deal.  One side is a sugar scrub and the other is a tinted balm. Now, the sales lady told me you apply the scrub and the lip balm on top of that? I’m sorry, what? I asked her again because I must have heard her wrong. No, you put on the scrub and then put the balm right on top of it. Yeah, that just isn’t right.

I apply the scrub and really give it a good scrub in circular motions and then tissue it off before applying the moisturizer. I can’t imagine walking around with chunks of sugar on my lips. She really did have nice lips though so maybe i’m the crazy one. ?  She also told me it was edible. It does not taste good (yes I tried). I decided i’m not the crazy one (this time).

Anyway, I think this is pretty good stuff. Give it a try!

I will have another giveaway to show you later this week!

Stay tuned !

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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The winner is…

The winner is…

It’s time to give away my favorite mascara!

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Thank you all so much for the likes and shares and helping me get new followers on Facebook and Instagram!

You are the best!

♥ Congratulations to SHANNON DANIEL !  ♥

It was a crazy busy week last week (more on that soon) but I will have more blogs for you this week! Promise!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a Happy Memorial Day !!

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clutter and comfort

clutter and comfort

Happy Wednesday !

I’ve been busy cleaning out and de-cluttering this week so today it’s all about organization and comfort.

I found a summer shoe that i’m loving enough to share!

This is that throw on for whatever kind of shoe. Super casual and super comfortable!

Ugg Magnolia Flip Flop | Nordstrom $39.95

Comes in 3 colors.

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They only come in whole sizes so if you’re a half size gal like me, order the next size up.

Remember I mentioned Zella last week?

Gosh I love their stuff.

Comfortable, high quality, and cute!

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Yes I went to the mall like this a couple of months ago. No, the shoes (and purse) don’t match. In fact this picture was only taken because my husband had just asked me to meet him for lunch … I was sending him the, “you sure about that?”  text. 😉 Ha!

I love how colorful and fun everything they have is. Part of the pants are black mesh so it just gives them something different.

These “Live In Crop Leggings (which I have and love) are 40% off right now @ Nordstrom! $34.80.

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I also have this Balance Wide Leg Yoga pant. $64.

So comfortable and so well made!

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These run a little on the long side so I had mine taken up a tad…because you know that wouldn’t work too well during all my yoga-ing 😉

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I don’t yoga.

I have been a little working machine this week (i’m bragging). Apparently my body just wants to make up for all the time I spent sick on the couch last week, and I like it!

I started cleaning out and organizing closets.

I started with Caleigh’s nightmare…

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Ta-Da !

Such a good feeling!

Ethan’s …done!

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and I even got the catch all looking normal..

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How cute is that “Family” picture!? My sister-in-law is genuis and can do anything.

Check out her work by clicking HERE !

Hands down the hardest place for me to stay organized is my bathroom. It’s always been so hard to keep everything neat and functional at the same time….that is until these little gems came into my life!

Acrylic Organizers !

 

It’s so nice being able to divide your makeup into different drawers and have compartments to sit your brushes in. Now my biggest challenge is making enough room underneath my sink so I can keep my counter clear. Baby steps.

There are so many of these to choose from in so many differnt price ranges. If you aren’t using them trust me it will make your life so much easier! Look up acrylic organizers and find one that works for you 😉

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It’s time for another giveaway!

This week it’s my favorite mascara!

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Here’s how it can be yours….

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  • Tag friends in posts and share the page

Do 1 or do all ! The more you do the more times you are entered to win!

Thank you all so much for helping getting the blog going. I am having so much fun and can’t wait to give away more and more!

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

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Humid Hair-Beware

Humid Hair-Beware

Happy Thursday!

Frizzy hair, don’t DO care !

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Is it raining where you live?

It has pretty much rained all week in my part of NC and I am over it.

As far back as I can remember I have straightened my hair. I don’t just have ‘a little bit wavy’ hair that gets frizzy from time to time….No, I have curly (really curly) hair. Do you know how I know that it’s really curly? Because for about 20 years I have used a flatiron on it almost everyday and not one single curl has gone away. You would think they would get the hint by now, right?

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↑  Now do you believe me?  ↑

So let’s talk about my favorite hair products to tame this fro !

And if you already have naturally amazing silky straight hair…. then ….well,  I couldn’t be more thrilled (and jealous) for you. It’s true.

Oh you need more proof?

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This photo on the left (taken about 3 1/2 years ago) is what happens when I blow dry my hair using a paddle brush to straighten it. Does that really work? Obviously not.

I will list my favorite products.  I don’t use everyone of these everyday because we all know by now I can’t stick with the same thing for very long. So I switch it up. However, if I list it it’s because i’m either using it now or always come back around to using it again.

Bumble and Bumble- Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil | Sephora  $21

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I love this because I have dry hair. This really helps to smooth it out and tames my fly-a-ways.

Ghost Oil- Verb | Sephora  $18

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I’m using this one right now. I put it on damp hair and then add a little more after I flatiron to keep everything smooth. I love this because it’s weightless and won’t make your hair greasy.  If you like greasy hair this is probably not for you 😉

Did you know that curly hair shampoos and conditioners arent just for curly hair? I mean, yes I have curly hair so it would make sense but I don’t wear my hair curly and this stuff is still amazing. Basically all it does it really really condition your hair….which in turn makes for a smoother blow dry and easier flat iron process.

Aveda Be Curly™

I can’t say enough about how much I love this stuff. The Cowash shampoo barely lathers which means it’s not stripping all the oils out of your hair. More oil and moisture = less frizz.  The Intensive Detangling Masque is awesome. I don’t know what else to say about it. I spent half of my life using straightening shampoos and conditioners when all I really needed was moisture.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch up Cream | Target  $5.39

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I have used this one the longest. I love it. It’s the last thing I put on my hair before I walk out the door. It’s a lightweight cream that wont weigh your hair down. It tames it all and protects against humidity throughout the day. If I forget to use it, I notice. It’s the best! The price is great and you can find it almost anywhere.

Because I torch and burn my hair daily I had to invest in a good blow dryer and flatiron. Honestly, if I didn’t I wouldn’t have any hair left to be talking about right now. I have used so many different kinds and brands that it’s stupid. With that said, I have a pretty good idea about what’s amazing and what’s not (for me at least) 😉

I used a Chi flatiron for years. Finally, I realized I needed something to be able to control the temperature. The Chi temperature is 392 degrees. My hair tolerates no more than 360 degrees (too bad it took me 7 years to learn this). I researched and researched. I have really nappy hair so not just any flatiron is going to do. 😉

Bio Ionic ONEPASS 1″ Straightening Iron | Sephora $225

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Hands down best thing that has ever happened to me (referring only to hair of course). Pricey, yes. Worth it, yes 10 times over! The plates have a blue conditioning strip that literally conditions your hair while you burn it (kind of being sarcastic, but not really) . It’s incredible. It really is 😉

Same thing applys for my hair dryer. It’s gotta be good and not harmful to my hair.

Bio Ionic 10X Ultralight Speed Dryer | Sephora $330

I know the price is stupid, it really is…but for someone that has to really heat their hair up a lot everyday, it’s worth it. I will have it forever. …except I am counting down to the Dyson hairdryer release…but I will still have it forever !!

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Thank you again so much for all the sweet get well wishes. Honestly, you all make my day. I love love love  hearing from you!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

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Let’s be comfortable.

Let’s be comfortable.

Happy Monday!

It’s so good to be back!

I guess techically i’m not really back because i’m still on the couch. X-ray’s yesterday still showed spots on my lungs so i’m on another antibiotic to treat this pneumonia. I can honestly say I have never been this sick (for this long).

Fever has managed to stay away for 2 full days now so I feel like a new gal….just a new gal without energy.

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Anybody else just want your mama when you are sick? My husbands way of helping was waking the kids up for school one day so I wouldn’t have to….. I still had to drive them….So sweet ….;) ? Then he went out of town. On this day nobody even went to school. I literally slept the entire day. I’m going to assume they ate that day 😉

I decided to talk about being comfortable today. I have spent the last week in nothing but cozy clothes, makeup free, and we won’t even talk about my hair.

I absolutely love yoga pants. Yes, I am one of those. I have attempted yoga twice (in my living room) …but I will wear the pants like I just walked out of class everyday.

On the budget friendly side Target has a pair that I have worn for years. These are so comfortable and have held up really well.

Mossimo Yoga Pant | Target $14.99

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Even better are these from Walmart. I have 2 pair that I wear more than all the others. These have held up so so well. I wash AND dry and they dont shrink at all. I can’t say enough about how cozy and easy these are. If i’m not taking the kids to school in them, i’m sleeping in them (or going to the mall or getting groceries yes..I wear them everywhere). The best part, the price!

No Boundries Yoga Pant | Walmart  $9.88

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On the not so budget friendly side is Zella.

I LOVE LOVE Zella. All of it! We will talk about that another day 😉

How about comfortable t-shirts? Right now i’m on a favorite graphic tee hunt and I might have found it. This shirt is hands down the softest tee I own. So, so comfortable! Last week while I was doing nothing but laying around  I wore this 2 days in a row….then, I washed and dried it while I was getting a shower and put it right back on. If that isn’t love I don’t know what is. 😉

Sub_Urban Riot Tee | Nordstrom  $34

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*Note the Walmart pants are also pictured.

I like my tee’s having a more generous fit vs a snug fit. So if you like yours the same then I would say it’s true to size (i’m wearing the small). If you like a more fitted look then size down 1 size. Honestly, softest shirt EVER 😉

Sub_Urban Riot has many other choices. I have 3 and they are all soft…however this one is the softest.

Nordstrom has these in stores right now but for those of you that aren’t near a store (i’m so sorry)…remember it’s always free shipping and free returns!

Ok I know it’s getting warm outside but i’m sticking with my favorite comfortable things AND it’s majorly on sale so I have to share.  I stayed covered up most of last week with this blanket. Since I was running fever I even carried it to bed with me and used it on top of my comforter. We really bonded. We have 3 of these and use them all for couch lounging rather than on our beds. It is an electric blanket which is GREAT for winter but i’m using it now without the added heat.

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*shown in Queen and color is Taupe*

I can’t say enough good about this blanket. It’s super soft and just perfect for us.

4 colors and sizs available

King, Queen, Full, Twin

Biddeford Heated Microplush Blanket | Target

Its 65% off right now (all sizes) !!!!

Orig $79.99 now $27.98 (queen)

I can’t finish the post today without throwing in some sort of makeup 😉

I’ve told you all about my dry lips so i’m always looking for something new other than boring chapstick. I found this at Target and i’m liking it. It’s Covergirl so i’m sure it’s at any drugstore and grocery store too.

Oh Sugar ! $6.99

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This is really sheer so don’t be afraid to go bold.  Keeps my lips moisturized and feels really nice on. Give it a try!

Thank you all so much for the kind get well messages!

So very sweet and i’m happy to be back!

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Freebie Friday

Freebie Friday

I ♥ Friday.

Just thinking about the possibility of sleeping in a little this weekend puts me in a better mood. I mean, it’s not really going to happen (because it never does)… but I like holding on to hope 😉

Any special Mother’s Day plans?

Our reservation will be at The Melting Pot this year. Ethan will be perfectly happy and content because he loves food almost as much as I do, Caleigh will gag when they put raw meat in front of her, and my husband will only eat 2 of the 18 things on the table. This is my family and I love them to death 😉 It’s going to be great !

I had a dream last night about that chocolate bowl of goodness. They brought out the plate of brownies and cookies and fruit and I just asked for a spoon for my chocolate. There’s a pretty strong chance that’s actually going to happen.

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Can I get an Amen ?

The only other thing I would like to ask for is just 1 day with zero fighting out of my kids. I feel like my chances of a clean house are far greater. Actually, winning that Powerball is more likely to happen than getting a fuss free day . I would settle for a 1/2 day.

#3 is my favorite.

This one involved scratches and kicking and lots of screaming. Your kids do this too…..right??

I want to say thank you so much for letting me bug you all week about sharing my page and tagging yo friends 😉 Without ya’ll my little blog can’t really go anywhere. So thank you for a great start. I’m enjoying the heck out of this and can’t wait to grow more 🙂

That brings me to our very first giveaway!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving things away …just ask any of my closest friends 😉 This has been a fun week!

 Caleigh was in charge of our first drawing.

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Congratulations Melinda Maynard !!

The OPI polish set is yours 🙂 I will be in touch!

I do not have any products to talk about today. We all have to take a day off from shopping from time to time, right? …  That’s actually not true at all. 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!!

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