Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Get The Look | Coral Smokey Eye

Hey fabulous friends! Thanks so much for stopping by. Well, it seems like its been ages since I have shared a makeup look! Truth be told, most of the past month I have been wearing little to no makeup - if you can believe that! haha

So anyways, I am happy today to share a new look that is perfect for Spring. Lately I am obsessed with the color Coral. There is a wide variety of shades of coral, and I LOVE them all. And it seems I am not the only one. Coral seems to be the IT color for Spring right now. So with that, today I am sharing a nice coral smokey eye look and video tutorial for you. And what's perfect about this look is that Coral is one of those colors that will look amazing on every eye color!
Details on this look:

Face:
MBA Anti-Aging Mineral Foundation #6 Honey
MBA Healing Blush Sweetheart
MBA Bronzer Goddess Glow
MBA Illuminizer Illuminate

Eyes:
MBA Shadow Poxy (Primer)
MBA Shadow Halo
MBA Shadow Gossip
MBA Shadow Cranberry
MBA Gel Eye Liner Black
Jordana Black Eyeliner Pencil
Too Faced LashGasm Mascara

Lips:
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Amsterdam

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Nails: ImPRESS Press on Manicure by Broadway Nails

Earrings: Styles 4 Less
Necklace: Gifted

Watch the video below for the full tutorial on how YOU can create this look! And if you do create this look, or use this tutorial to create a similar look, I would LOVE to see. So please share either in a blog post (leave the link in a comment below) or share photos on my facebook page! ♥

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Plexus Slim (Weight Loss Drink) Review


Hello, hello sweet friends! Today I have a WEIGHT LOSS Product review to share with you. This review has been a LONG time coming, but I for one reason or another kept putting it on the back burner. A BIG part of the reasons for that I was actually considering selling Plexus. YES, I liked it THAT much. So that right away tells you something. ;) I finally decided I just dont want to commit to selling anything right now, however, maybe in the future I might.

Moving on, lets just get to the review now shall we? Plexus Slim is described from the site as: "the most-natural, healthy solution to help you lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle. Slim also helps keep blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids at healthy levels. In addition, Slim helps reduce binge eating and increases your willpower over food. Simply pour into a bottle of water 30 minutes before a meal, drink, and experience the results you’ve been dreaming of"

Sounds amazing, right!? Also sounds too good to be true, too, huh? Believe me, I feel you on that. I am always skeptical of anything claiming to help you lose weight. I am skeptical if it can and will REALLY WORK? Or be a waste of Money? But my biggest concern (as I am sure would be most of yours) is... Is it safe? Or can this be harmful to my health?

I will address those factors soon, but first, let me just tell you what I received. My sweet bloggy friend Mandy (you may know her as the beauty behind Life Songs Of A Busy Mom) asked me if I would be interested in trying. She had tried it herself, and loved it so much, she decided to sell Plexus. She is familiar with my weight loss story, and knew I hadn't used any supplements or "diet" kind of things to help, but thought I may want to give Plexus a try.

I was at a plateau point, in my journey, and frustrated by my lack of "progress". So I thought, what the heck, I am gonna give this a try! She sent me a full bag of Plexus Slim and the Accelerator... As shown/described in the photo below.

Now before I got any further with my result or thoughts, let tell you right away....  Yes, I spoke with my Doctor about Plexus to make sure it was ok for me to take. And not only for me, but because I really wanted to be sure of safety before recommending a product like this on my blog to anyone else!
Well my Doctor said it was completely safe. Even better, as she read over all the ingredients, she was very impressed that all the ingredients could easily be read and she knew what each one was. So, nothing crazy or dangerous in it. And again, she said I was fine to take and use it.

With my doctors approval, I began using it. Now, I only had a month supply... So I thought it would be best to use it sparingly, only on the days I was working out. I was loving it. It definitely helped me with my energy for workouts. However, when Mandy checked in with me, and I told her how I was using it, this is what she informed me:

"I will tell you though that they found if you don't use it everyday, the weight loss effects are not as great, as if you take it everyday to keep it in your system It's important to keep it in your system everyday so your sugar levels stay level and your body is able to let go of that fat that it holds onto when your sugar levels are not balanced. I know the stuff is expensive so I'm sure you wanted to save it, but if you do want the full effect of it; use it everyday. I think you'll be very pleased!"

So after that, I decided to go ahead and take it EVERY day! Along with giving me more energy, I definitely notice it curbed my appetite. I did find that more than anything, (concerning my appetite) it made me REALLY thirsty. Which I liked, because I need to drink more water. And for a while I hadnt been doing so great at staying hydrated. But while with drinking plexus I am drinking plenty of water.

Right away once I starting to take plexus everyday I lost 3 pounds. That weight loss was within a 10 days period! Which may not seem like much, but at that time I was only able to make it to the gym 2 days (instead of my usual 5) and I had one total junk food & wine day hanging with my bestie.With all that considered, I was wow'd by the results!

Over all...It was with Plexus that I finally got passed my plateau, and hit my smallest weight of 163 pounds! I am in a size 6 pants now! AND I even had a measurement LOSS in my arms! I know I have not done a weight loss update with measurements in ages, BUT if you remember... My arms were the ONE thing on my body that was NOT improving. And I lost an INCH! AN INCH! I tell you, I was jumping up and down in excitement over that victory! ♥

So, what do I think of Plexus? Does it work? Do I recommend it? I love it, and YES AND YES! The down side of it all, is that yes, it IS pricey. BUT I would love to encourage you to join Mandy's Plexus group on Facebook! You can request to join here. She shares LOTS of helpful info there, and often does giveaways! You can also request info from her about joining with Plexus (becoming an ambassador) and getting a pretty big discount on products.

You can also find Mandy's Plexus Website here, and like her on facebook here!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Makeup Monday #68

Hello Beauty Babes, and happy Makeup Monday to you! Makeup Monday is a fun linky party dedicated to all things makeup & beauty. ♥ If you are a beauty blogger or have a beauty related post, I'd love to invite you to join in and link up below!
I do ask that if you link up to share the love: visit/comment one or two (or more) other links. 
REMEBER: This link up is for makeup/beauty related posts only!
This includes but not limited to beauty reviews, how-to's, hauls, giveaways, mani's, and hair/makeup look inspirations.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Younique 3D Fiberlash Mascara GIVEAWAY!

Hello Beauties and happy Friday to you! Today I am back with another great giveaway. I am sure you have heard about Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara? Its all the buzz everywhere it seems! I personally have this mascara and LOVE it! You can see my own personal review on it (here).

In case you have NOT heard, well let me just tell you... 3D Fiber Lash Mascara gives 300% more length and volume, and contains all natural ingredients! No worries about harmful glues, this goes on just like mascara.

Now this mascara retails for $29, so if you are curious to TRY before you BUY, then you just may have a chance to *WIN it, thanks to Younique Rep Shelly! So what are you waiting for! Enter below!!

*Giveaway open to Residents of US Canada and Australia. My apologies to all whom this excludes.

Enter via the rafflecopter widget below:
 There are only 2 Mandatory Entries, all other are bonus,
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nutra-Lift Simply Superb Shampoo Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hello Beauties! Today Ive got a Shampoo review to share with you. Now I will admit now that its not often that I get excited about a shampoo. I usually switch up my shampoo each time I run out because I'm usually not loving it enough or impressed to keep using it. The only exception to that would be a certain 3 Minute Miracle Deep conditioner I LOVE.


So, when I tell you that I would totally (and most likely will) purchase and use this Nutra-Lift Simply Superb Shampoo again, that is saying A LOT! Now before I go into more details on my thoughts... Let me just share a little more about this Shampoo:


"Nutra-Lift® Simply Superb Shampoo with GOAT MILK for more Beautiful Hair.

A premium gentle, daily, sulfate free shampoo infused with luxurious pure silk for shiny and vibrant hair. A shampoo that moisturizes and conditions with Goat's Milk. Including a Natural and Organic, delicious blend of aromatic, anti-oxidant rich herbs for a healthy scalp. Especially formulated for people with sensitive skin. Pure and natural for beautiful hair. Many people with eczema, psoriasis, acne, extra dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin find using goat milk personal care products very beneficial. Great for normal hair. Excellent for dry damaged hair. "

Ok back to my thoughts....

First off, it smells amazing! To me it sort of has a mild rose scent to it, as well as a sort of Chai Tea scent. I cant quite explain the scent, but its lovely.

Right off the bat I noticed the bottle read 'Conditioning Shampoo'.... So instantly I thought "We'll see about that!". I put it to the ultimate (in my opinion) test, by using this shampoo ALONE - with no conditioner. I was nervous, because I literally cannot, NOT use conditioner! Even a 2 in 1 (Shampoo/Conditioner) combo does not work for me. I'd still need to use a conditioner afterwards. My hair is very wavy, thick, and also very dry and damaged from dying it so much... See why I said this would be the Ultimate Test!?

So I did as the directions said; apply small amount, lather, allow to set on hair for 30 seconds for nutrients to penetrate hair. And actually I let it set for probably a minute or two, while I washed my face or body... The Results? I am excited (and surprised even) to tell you that it passed the test! As I was rinsing my hair, I could actually finger through my hair the same as if I had just used conditioner (because I cant finger through my hair after just shampoo). THAT surprised me.

Once I got out and towel tried my hair, it was still very easy to brush through (video demo below), not as easy as it would be if I HAD also used an additional conditioner, but a lot easier than if I had just used another brand of shampoo. Now I dont see any reason why you shouldn't use an additional conditioner if you'd like, but I decided not to just to put this Shampoo to the test! And it surpassed my expectations!

Now it has been about 3 weeks since using this shampoo exclusively, and my hair is definitely softer and more manageable! With each use my hair felt softer and softer! I didn't even think that was possible for my bleached, dyed and fried hair (with out a deep conditioning hair repair mask)! To make sure it wasn't just my imagination, I asked my niece if my hair felt different to her as she was curling my hair one day. And she said it definitely felt much softer!

I absolutely recommend this shampoo, I am extremely pleased (and surprised) by this Shampoo. And I plan to purchase more! Even though the bottle is smaller in size compared to other shampoo's, and has a much higher price point ($19), I can say its still very worth it, especially if you dont need to also purchase conditioner! I have been using for just over 3 weeks now, and still have half a bottle left. So it should last, in total, about a month and a half... Maybe longer for others. I found that because my hair is thicker and longer, I did need to use a little more (or apply twice) to get a good lather going.

Pros: 
-Smells Great
-Can be used without additional conditioner
-Makes hair softer and more managable
-Sulfate Free
-Especially Formulated for Sensitive Skin
-Uses Goats Milk, Pure Silk and other natural ingredients

Cons:
-Higher Price Point ($19)
-May go a little quicker for those who have longer/thicker hair

Alrighty, now for the demo! I decided to make a little video showing you how easily I was able to brush through my hair after using this shampoo, even without a conditioner! If you have thick/wavy and damaged hair similar to mine, you know just how impressive this is!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Much

Love & Hugs,
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