Friday, October 13, 2017

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Line

I was sent these quite a while ago as a gift, but I thought I'd finally get around to reviewing them. Hopefully someone is still interested in hearing about the Beauty-Full Volume line of products. I have extremely thin hair, so I jump at any product that mentions volume. I've found some winners in my time, but are these on my winning list? Let's find out!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

15 Songs I've Got on Repeat for Fall 2017

I hope everyone had a great Columbus Day in the States and Thanksgiving in Canada. I thought it would be a good time to share some songs I've been loving recently. That's code for "I didn't get any pictures taken or edited this weekend, so here's an easy and fun post instead." This post was coming, it's just coming a little earlier than planned. Haha!

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  1.  Sorry Not Sorry - Demi Lovato
  2. Power - Little Mix
  3. Too Good at Goodbyes - Sam Smith
  4. Dancing On My Own - Pentatonix
  5. Hey Ya - Avriel and the Sequoias
  6. Take Me - Aly & AJ
  7. He Like That - Fifth Harmony
  8. ...Ready For It? - Taylor Swift
  9. Love So Soft - Kelly Clarkson
  10. Praying - Kesha
  11. Poor Me - Shania Twain
  12. If You Could Read My Mind - Stars on 54
  13. The Man - The Killers
  14. Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones
  15. Love on the Brain - Rihanna
I usually listen to quite a mix and this is just a tip of the iceberg. This time the selection is more pop tinged, but I've been more in the mood for some feel good tunes and that's usually pop for me! Let me know what songs you're loving, bonus points if they are on Spotify so I can check them out! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blog of the Month: October 2017

In September, Jen from Vibrant, Vivacious, and Veracious Beauty was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month, I'm featuring Elle from Elle Sees. I've been following Elle for some time now. I can't remember if I followed her blog first or her Instagram. All I know is that I'm happy to follow both! She's a real sweetheart and I can never have too many southern bloggers on my feed. Makes me think of home every time I hear a "y'all"! Elle covers mostly beauty, but she's been talking more about mental health recently too...which I can absolutely relate to and I'm sure many of you can, as well. I hope y'all check her out and feel free to let her know I sent you.

For my Canadian readers, I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I'll be taking until Tuesday off from blogging to enjoy the holiday weekend. I've said it before and I'll say it again- it's pretty spiffy having two Thanksgivings each year. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Night with Grand Marnier in the Cordon Rouge Room

When the invite came to RSVP for a night with Grand Marnier, I was excited. When I read that it would be a speakeasy in true 1920s style, I was fully in and ready to go. Who can go wrong with those two things?! I wasn't told the location of the party and the password to get in until two days prior. Getting glammed up for a night out and speaking a password to gain entrance to a secret party was pretty cool. But it is the experience inside that was breathtaking. Grand Marnier immersed its party-goers into what felt like an honest-to-goodness speakeasy. You'd think Al Capone might have shown up any moment or that I was in a scene from Bugsy Malone!

Let me take you through my evening! Honestly, I hope someone reading this gets some ideas because it would make an awesome Halloween party. And ummm, invite me, please?

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 Keep reading to hear more about this fun event and Grand Marnier!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

InstaMonth for September 2017

September felt like a long month. I know I usually go on about how fast the year is going, but I started to think September would never leave. Like I was stuck in Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends". I appreciate everyone letting me have a bit of a mental break the past week. I'm still struggling with some things, but I'm trying to get back into my routine little by little. Some of you know what has been going on and I truly appreciate your messages and support!

Here's some bits from my Instagram last month. Instagram remains a struggle for me. I'm a visual person and love taking and looking at pictures, but no matter what I do- the growth comes slowly. With the new algorithm, my interactions are down and a good part of my feed often shows pictures from days past. When my follower numbers go up, they often go right back down because of bots and the follow/unfollow people. I want to love the app as much as I used to, but it just isn't the same and often just leaves me frustrated. I do love following and keeping up with all of you on there, though!

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1. The Barry M Illuminating palette. // 2. Still love the Tarte Sephora birthday set! // 3. Some faves!
4. My last Lush Christmas Penguin. Love! // 5. Lady Gaga was amazing, per usual. // 6. My blog turned 10!!
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7. More planner items, because I can't stop. // 8. Lip Smacker fun! // 9. Odylique Cleansing Bars are A+.
10. Sept. faves! // 11. Fall is here. Time for pumpkins, plaid, & dark colors! // 12. I got the SNES Classic. I missed out on the NES, so I'm darn happy not to have missed out on this one. Thanks to my husband for standing in line and getting the last one at the store he chose! 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September 2017 Favorites

I'm just going to come out and say it. I've been having some problems with my mental health recently. And I have found it really hard to focus on a lot of the tasks that normally fill my days (like blogging). So I'll just say that this is the only new post this week and I hope you understand. I have an event tonight with Grand Marnier that I will be covering on my IG, Snapchat, and Twitter. I also have pre-planned pictures for Instagram that will be going up, but I'm pretty much going MIA on everything else. I just need a break. My husband is taking Thursday and Friday off to be with me and I'm hoping for some nice and healing quiet time.

It happens. Just give me a little time and I'll be back! Aiming for next Tuesday. Thanks for understanding. Now, here's my favorites from this month!

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What are some of your current favorites? I'd love to know!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Odylique Cleansing Bars

I am such a shower gel and cream kind of gal. So it takes a special bar to get me to keep picking it up and these are two soaps that do just that. Not that I should be that surprised seeing as how Odylique hasn't let me down yet. Everything has been top quality!

There are four varieties of the cleansing bars: Lavender, Tea Tree & Green Clay, Honey & Oat, and Pure Olive. I knew I wanted lavender, because I say heck yes to all things lavender. It's perfect for night bath and shower takers like myself. And because my dry skin is the bane of my existence, I knew the exfoliating properties of the honey & oat bar was worth a shot. So keep reading to see what I think!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Barry M Cosmetics Illuminating Strobe Cream in Galactic

I've become quite addicted to highlighters in the past year or so. Powder, liquid, cream, I don't care. Sheen, gleam, shine. I want them all. I have liked some more than others, but I just cannot get enough. It's probably because I have dry skin and it just gives my skin that extra "oomph" that it typically lacks. In this post, I'm sharing my thoughts and swatches on the Illuminating Strobe Cream in Galactic by Barry M Cosmetics.

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