September 30, 2014

Enter to Win a $200 Container Store Gift Card!

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I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway with an amazing prize for one lucky reader! We’re giving away a gift card to one of our favorite stores -- The Container Store! The lucky winner will win a $200 Container Store gift card just in time for some fall shopping … and it just might be you. You can enter daily over the next two weeks and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media.

Giveaway Organized By :: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Co-hosts :: Notoriously Dapper // Busy Mommy // Lovely Etc. // Fluttering Lashes // Pink Cupcakes & Paper// Jenn's Blah Blah Blog // Juggling Act Mama // The Mich Mix

September 27, 2014

Mary Kay (Radiantly Red) Red Carpet Look :: Review and Giveaway




Don't you love the beauty and glamour that you see on the red carpet? Sure, those gorgeous celebs have some help. But you can recreate these looks and get some glam at home! The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards had a number of memorable beauty looks. “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland sported thick bold brows complemented with creamy berry stained lips while “Mad Men” star January Jones rocked ruby lips and silver smoky eyes. Recreate these stunning looks at home with the below Mary Kay tips!


Sarah's Brilliantly Bold Look
  1. Start by defining brows with Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil in Brunette and shape brows with Mary Kay Brow Gel to keep brows in place.
  2. Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral and apply Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Whipped Berries to lips straight from the tube.
  3. Create glamorous lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black applying several coats.

January's Radiantly Red Look
  1. Glaze lips with Limited-Edition Midnight Jewels Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Ruby Night.
  2. Cover lids with Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Glacier Gray then dab Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sterling to the inner thirds of lids.
  3. Lightly brush Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner with included brush on the upper lash line to create a smooth line.
  4. Apply two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara to complete the look.

I reviewed these products to recreate this look myself. I would never have purchased any silver eye makeup on my own, but I actually love it! I also forgot how much I love a matte lipstick. This one stays on for a very long time. I love this look.


One lucky reader is going to win January's {Radiantly Red} Red Carpet Look!

August 2014 Glossybox Review #glossybirthday


What is Glossybox? How would you like to receive five surprise luxury beauty products delivered to your doorstep each month? Each month Glossybox curates a box of five luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom with. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest for just $21 a month! Here is what the special August Box had waiting for me inside!


Happy Birthday Glossybox! The eyes have it this month as Glossybox celebrates their 3rd #glossybirthday with a date night-worthy eye look. Use this month's eyeliner and Kryolan for Glossybox highlighter to create a smoldering evening eye.

Kryolan for Glossybox :: Highlighter in Cashmere
Eyeko London :: Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Use this duo to create your #eyesnightout look! The highlighter is a versatile, lightweight cream with a gloss finish. It gives cheekbones, lips, and eyes a beautiful velvety shine. The eyeliner is a unique long-lasting formula. This easy-to-apply, liquid eyeliner pen allows you to create thick feline flicks or fine defined lines to accentuate your eyes. I love this combination to really bring out that eye drama. The liner goes on like butter.

Überliss :: Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Who said sulfate free shampoos never foam? The Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo is a sulfate-free shampoo that gently cleanses the hair without stripping its natural moisture. What's the secret weapon to maintaining frizz free & hydrated hair? The Uberliss Hydrating Conditioner! Rehydrate your hair fibers with this amazing conditioner, infused with Green Tea, Lemon Peel, & Keratin. These smell so good and left my hair shiny and bouncy!

SpaRitual :: Explore Color Collection

SpiRitual’s 2014 Explore Collection features six lacquers that come alive with the buoyant colors. Bright orange, blue, pink and shimmering violet bring to mind colors found while exploring a North American forest. Inspired by birds, butterflies and the whimsied nostalgia of national parks and the family campsite. I received Uncharted. What a great fuschia shimmer!

Eslor :: Firming Collagen Day Cream

Formulated with the finest Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, this cream is the ulitmate age-defense, it helps restore firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles; your skin is deeply nourished with a silky-smooth look. This has a nice texture. It left my skin smooth and soft.


You can get a complimentary Boscia B.B. Cream with your new subscription to Glossybox! You must use voucher code "FLAWLESS" to redeem your gift. This offer is not valid for limited edition boxes. Offer ends September 30th.



Thicker Fuller Hair Makeover in NYC Contest


While the experts can’t pinpoint just one definitive cause of hair loss, we can tell you one major thing. A good head of hair will give you confidence. Just how important is that? In a recent survey conducted on behalf of hair care leader Thicker Fuller Hair, respondents were asked what they’d give up for thicker and fuller hair. 40% of women said that they would go without wine and chocolate for two months. 17% of women would give up their cell phone for a week. It is just that important.


I don't have a problem with thinning hair, but my husband does. He loves using the Thicker Fuller Hair line of products. I can really notice a difference too. They have made it their mission to bring you products crafted with the world’s top hair care technologies. They include Caffeine Energizers to help invigorate and energize the scalp along with a synergistic blend of pure plant extracts, vitamins and proteins called Cell-U-Plex, which infuses the hair shaft to instantly bodify and amplify thin hair.


To celebrate 20 years of helping women and men radiate confidence inside and out with natural, non-medicated thickening solutions, Thicker Fuller Hair is holding the Thicker Fuller Hair Makeover in NYC Contest! To enter, you need to “like” Thicker Fuller Hair on Facebook and submit an original photo with a caption explaining why you deserve a Thicker Fuller Hair Makeover. The winner will receive a trip to New York City for a professional makeover including a hair, makeup and wardrobe styling session, hair and makeup products, three new outfits, air fare, hotel accommodations and a trip stipend (total prize value in excess of $4,000). Don't wait! You must enter by September 30, 2014 for your chance to win!

Superheal O-Live Skincare :: Review


Did you know that olive leaves have always been known for their amazing healing properties? Ever since ancient time, the olive leaf that has fallen from the tree has been used to treat infected wounds. Utilizing this remedy, Phyto-C, the natural and science based skincare brand has recently launched a new collection, Superheal O-Live. Formulated with Superheal O-Live olive leaf extract, the collection features five topical products that contain unique antioxidant, healing, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory benefits.


I received only small samples of these products, but I am always excited about trying something new. My favorite of the five products was the Superheal O-Live Mask. It stimulates collagen production, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, diminishes melanin production, and lightens the skin. It is also said to provide extraordinary antioxidant protection against UV damage. That is where I went wrong by not protecting my face in the sun. My skin felt great after using it. I also liked the Superheal O-Live Cream which reinforces natural skin hydration and reduces dryness, irritations and redness. The line is quite expensive, but if you are looking for something different, check it out.

Korres Wild Rose Serum :: Review


How do you feel about serums? Like? Love? If you have never tried them, let me tell you that serum could be the one product you've been looking for all along! Here's why. Faster and lighter aren’t just the qualities many of us look for in the technology we use, they're also the ideal characteristics we look for in our skincare regimens. Because serums are light in fluids, they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients. What does that mean for your skincare routine? Applying a small, but effective, dose of a Korres Serum will go a long way in treating your skin.

Brighten skin, smooth fine lines, and even the skin texture with this potent natural serum. Ultra-concentrated vitamin C found in wild rose helps to repair skin discolorations while boosting skin’s brightness and radiance. Baobab tree extract, in combination with a wheat proteins agent, provides an instant firming and line-smoothing effect and has been clinically proven to considerably reduce the number, depth, and length of wrinkles.


How To Use:
  1. After cleansing morning and evening, apply one pump to face and neck. 
  2. For advanced skin brightening and smoothing, follow the Wild Rose regimen: 
  3. Cleanse skin with Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser. 
  4. After cleansing skin, apply Wild Rose Face and Eye Serum to face, neck, and under eyes. 
I feel like the Korres Wild Rose Serum has super charged my skin. I love the ultra-concentrated consistency that penetrates deeply for bright, smooth and petal soft skin. The magic ingredient, Wild Rose Oil, is a natural source of vitamin C. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin discolorations. I have a big issue with discoloration, so I love using this. My spots are still there, but they are fading. This formula is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.

Firmoo Online Optical Store :: Review


I am quite nearsighted. Did you know that about me? Most of the time, I wear contacts. But when I am at home or running errands, I wear my glasses. Even though not many see me in my glasses, I still like to choose frames that are trendy and suit my style. I worked with Firmoo.com to order a new pair of glasses and I am so glad I did!


Their goal is to provide you with vision and fashion the frugal way. I didn't know what to expect, but I was really quite surprised. The selection was awesome. I found not just one, but several pairs that I loved! Some of the contenders are shown above. I knew I wanted a plastic black frame. Finding a frame that fits my face is not always easy when I shop at a store. I was nervous about the fit ordering online. But they make it very clear how to measure and figure out which pair would work best for you.


There is also this cool virtual try-on system. You can use a photo of yourself and "try on" any pair in their inventory to see what it would look like! This was important because I wanted to make sure the frame fit the shape of my face.
Firmoo's prices are some of the lowest I have seen. Placing my order was very simple. Like I said, choosing a frame was the hard part. This is the pair I ended up choosing in black. It is called the #Rena 5851. I suggest you check out the first pair free program. A select group of frames are free for new customers. You just choose the one you like and pay for lenses and shipping.


Powered By Firmoo

So what do you think? Do you like my new glasses? One thing I really love about them is how light they are! They are very comfortable and I am super happy with them.


Connect :: Visit firmoo.com to browse the large selection of suitable high quality eyeglasses. You will also find Firmoo on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the glasses I reviewed for $33. That price includes 1.50 single vision lenses. 


CaliMojos :: Review


Hang on to summer with CaliMojos! These are color changing flip flops. Their straps change color immediately upon exposure to UV rays. Wear one look indoors, and instantly don a new one outdoors.


Indoors, the rhinestone-adorned sandal straps are opaque and understated, but step outside and the straps intensify with bold, gorgeous color. Take a walk on the wild side in any one of four vibrant color options: orange, blue, pink or white. They are also available in either a floral, tropical design or butterfly pattern.


I chose the pink sandals with a palm pattern. They are perfect for pool flip flops. Check them out if it is still warm where you live, or get some for spring break! Either way, you'll be ready to sport your CaliMojos by next summer.

Connect :: Visit Solar Active to learn more about the Colors in Motion Flip Flops that change colors in the sunlight with SolarActive Technology. You will also find SolarActive on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase CaliMojos for $24.95.


September 25, 2014

Kohl's 2014 Fall Fashion Trends

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Who doesn't love fall fashion?! The boots, the layers, there just seems to be so many more options in the fall. The Kohl's 2014 Fall Collection does not disappoint. I had the chance to head into my local Kohl's and shop for a fall look!


I found some fantastic inspiration from Kohl's before I even left my home. Finding great fashion in my size isn't always easy. Curvy girls love great fashion too! I finally chose one look that seemed to really match my style. I set out to find something along the lines of this look.


This look is created from the SO printed yoga legging, Apt. 9 cut up abstract wrap, Mudd multirow bead necklace, and Candie's boots . My favorite things about this look were the tunic and the leggings.


I browsed the entire women's department, but I came back to the Apt. 9 section. Apt. 9 has a casual. yet on-trend vibe about it that I really like. It was definitely my style. I chose a few items and proceeded to the fitting room. I ended up getting a pair of Apt. 9 Modern Fit Ponte Leggings and a few top options, all for less than $100.


The leggings are so comfortable! I really like the bottoms. The stretchy ponte construction and a contoured cut combine to give you a flattering, flexible fit. The tunic is also Apt. 9. It is the Apt. 9 Sublimation Crochet-Trim Tunic. The color is what caught my eye. I love this shade of teal for fall.


I also went with the Apt. 9 Printed Embroidered Sublimation Top - see I told you that I loved Apt. 9 - and a Daisy Fuentes Knot-Front Top. I was also really impressed with the Daisy Fuentes collection. The fabrics were gorgeous.


Stay tuned because I also hit the home collection and updated my bed for fall. Check for the post next week! What is your favorite look from the Kohl's 2014 Fall Fashion Collection?

Connect :: Shop the Kohl's 2014 Fall Collection for the latest Kohl’s offerings from on-trend seasonal fashion to must-have home décor. You can also find Kohl's on Facebook and Twitter.


Back to School :: Back to Save-A-Lot :: #SaveALotInsiders



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As an Save-A-Lot Insider, I was invited to create a Back to School lunch using items from Save-A-Lot. I had never shopped at a Save-A-Lot before, but one just opened in my area, so I thought it would be a nice challenge! If you are not familiar, Save-A-Lot carries the quality name brand and private label groceries you need at up to 40% lower prices than conventional grocery stores. On top of that, they also offer 10 for $10 sales several times throughout the year.


The shopping experience was really simple. I made a list and was able to pick up everything I needed. It is a smaller store, so finding everything was easy. The selection although somewhat limited, was priced right. I was surprised about how little I actually spent on my trip!


My groceries were very affordable. Now it was time to create that delicious snack recipe using my products from Save-A-Lot. I was going to be making three items for my lunch. Turkey Roll Ups, Penguins on a Log, and Grape and Cheese Snackers.


The Lowfat Yogurt (1) was simple and delicious. No assembly required. The Turkey Roll Up (2) required a bit more assembly, but not much. Start with a soft taco shell and layer it with Buddig premium turkey, Borden cheese slices, Dole shredded lettuce and ranch dressing. Roll everything up cut in half. If you have two kids to pack for, they could each get a half. Next, we have my favorite, Penguins on a Log (3). This classic snack has a little twist. Take a celery stalk and top with cream cheese. Then add some penguin cheddar cheese crackers to the top. Your kids will love the penguins! They are so cute! (see below) Finally, we have the Grape and Cheese Snackers (4). Simply place grapes and cheese cubes on a toothpick. Done and done. You have your nutritious and delicious snack that any kid will love!


Connect :: Visit the Save-A-Lot Website for the latest prices on discount groceries at a Save-A-Lot grocery store near you. You can also find Save-A-Lot on Facebook and Twitter.




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