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Monday, August 1, 2016

Top Five Beauty Favorites | July 2016

** This post features some press samples **


I can't believe July is over and that fall is just around the corner. I'm not ready. I live in Florida and have been so busy at work I've basically squandered my summer and barely made it out to the beach this year. Unacceptable. 

But what I've neglected in beach time, I've made up for in product testing. So today I'm bringing you my favorite beauty products from the month of July. 

As you know we really like to narrow down the list to the most extra special items: My beauty top five. 


So let's not waste any more time and get right into it. Check out the products I've been loving (and why) in my video below. But first, comment and tell me some of your recent favorites so I can go test out new products and spread the word!

Macademia Professional Weightless Moisture Line (Shampoo | Conditioner | Leave-in ) | Eva NYC Speed it Up Blow Dry Spray* | Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil (Shade 03) | Benefit High Brow (Linen Pink) | Make Up For Ever Brush #108*  

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above (press samples are marked with an *) for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Also some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links” or "referral links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for the program, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser


Hey everyone. I hope you had a better weekend than I did. I have been battling a cold for a few days and losing. Flat out losing. Damn you germs! I don't have much to share about my weekend because I kept it low key and tried to rest as much as possible so I didn't anger the cold and make it worse.

So since I don't have much to share on the life front. Let's get straight into the topic of this post. Today I'm reviewing the Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser ($9.99, 4 fl. oz.) that I picked up in my most recent ULTA Haul.

If you've been around this blog for a while, you know I have a weakness for cleansing oils.

Ok, I have a weakness for beauty products in general. But I love cleansing oils so much that I feel it's almost a duty to try as many as I can.

I'm really happy that the cleansing oil craze made it to the U.S. and that more and more drugstore brands are joining the party and adding them to their lines. As you may remember, the Neutrogena Cleansing Oil is one of my favorites. So naturally, when I saw this Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser, I had to try it.

This one is different from your traditional cleansing oil since it's more on the thicker, solid-ish side of things. But nevertheless, it's an oil cleanser with the main active oils being coconut oil and moringa seed oil. All this adds up to my having to try it.

Check out my video review below to find out what I thought. Hint: Dry skin peeps should pay attention! Then let me know if you try it out too (or if you already have!!).


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Review + Demo: Marc Jacobs Glow Stick | #MarcGlowStick


#MarcGlowStick, @girlythingsby_e, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Review

Welcome back to another work week. Can't really believe the weekend is already over. It feels like it blew by. 

Maybe it's because I decided to abandon my hermit ways and be a bit more social for a change. 

I had dinner and drinks with my sister and her friends. That was followed by some much-needed time in the hair chair at my sister's salon. (By the way, you should check out my sister's Instagram if you want nail and hair inspiration. She's very talented.) And since I came home with awesome new hair, I couldn't let it go to waste. So the hubs and I went to the movies to see The Secret Life of Pets. We laughed so hard throughout that whole movie. Anyone else catch it yet? Did you like it too? I kind of want to see it again.

So that was my eventful weekend. I spent all of Sunday getting this video review and post ready for your guys. And since I'm guessing that's why you came here, let's talk about the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick ($42). 

I was ridiculously excited that Influenster chose me to receive this highlighter for testing and review. I never would've thought to pick this up on my own. And now that I've tried it, I'm wondering what else I've been missing from the Marc Jacobs brand. Because this cream highlighter is pretty damn awesome. For starters, it's a universal shade that actually works for everyone (pale girls included!) because it has a clear base with loads of silver and gold microshimmer. No chunky glitter here. No undertone clashing base color. No standing in front of so many options you're paralyzed to make a decision. 

It's not just easy to choose the right one (hey, there's only one anyway), but it's ridiculously easy to use. So you can get that angelic glow without any streaky stripey disasters happening on your face. 
Check out my detailed review below and stick around to the end of the video to see the product in action. 


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Additionally, some of the links in this post are "affiliate links" or "referral links." That means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for the service, I receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, July 11, 2016

ULTA Beauty Haul | July 2016


It's been a minute and a half since I uploaded a beauty haul for you guys -- and I know that you like them.

So we're staring off this week by distracting you with a little bit of my weekend shopping shenanigans. Let's ignore Monday with a little weekend nostalgia. Shall we?

This shopping trip was brought to you by the 20% off entire purchase coupon from ULTA. If you haven't joined their rewards program, I'm not sure what you're waiting for. It's a damn good one. Earn points, cash those points in for money off your purchase, get reward member coupons. And if you make it to platinum status, you'll earn points faster, and get access to platinum member special sales, discounts and coupons.

I basically only shop at ULTA when I have a 20% coupon these days, unless I'm out of something and need to get it right now or if it's a non prestige item and I can use a regular ULTA coupon that comes in their weekly flyer. If you use my referral link to join the ULTA Rewards program, you'll earn a $10 off coupon (and then when you join you get your own referral link too!)

Ok, now let's take a peek and see what's in that shopping bag! Oh by the way, what was the last beauty purchase you made? Comment below and tell me!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Products I've Used Up | Haircare | #Empties



I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! For those of us in the U.S. it was a holiday. Hooray Independence Day!

Did you guys do anything fun? Have some yummy BBQ? Lounge by the pool? Frolic on the beach? All of the above?

The hubs and I went to see The Dirty Heads and Sublime on Sunday. So Monday turned out to be a low key day. Kicked off the 4th with a big brunch. Grabbed groceries to stock up the fridge. And settled onto the couch like pair of potato sacks. I was going to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to spend the day at the pool (I could not brave the holiday beach crowd). But the food baby in my stomach had other plans for me. Those plans involved spending the day digesting my meal. So basically I squandered the day away -- and it was kind of glorious. Every once in a while, that's just necessary.  Because today I feel refreshed.

So, now I'm ready to dive through my beauty trash to explore all the haircare products I've used up lately(ish) and tell you whether they're worth purchasing (not all of them are...).

Reminder: I have dry hair that I bleach and heat style. The products I use will be geared towards replenishing much needed moisture and protecting my hair from styling abuse. There's a lot of conditioner in this video. You'll see.




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If anyone ever doubted my devotion to leave-in conditioner and hair masks, let this video serve as proof that I'm for real. Send all of the conditioner over here. 

What type of hair products do you go through the most? 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "referral links" or “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and sign up or purchase the item, I will receive referral points/rewards or an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”