Monday, March 31, 2014

5 Jams to Get Fit To

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When it comes to fitness, nothing makes a workout more fun than having some seriously awesome tunes to pump your body to! I think having a proper workout mix is such a huge part of getting into shape. The songs help you keep to a vigorous pace, they get your heart rate up, and can make workouts more like a dance party than a grueling annoyance. Today I'm bringing you five jams that have been fueling my workouts lately. I can't get enough of these songs, and they always make me ready to bring the heat!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Murad Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser - Review

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Murad Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser, $28.00
Last summer I had my very first facial. I had no idea what the aesthetician would say about my skin or what she'd end up having to do. After shaking off my nerves, and gritting my teeth during the extraction part, the aesthetician told me that I actually had quite good skin. I was shocked! I've struggled with cystic acne and dry, patchy skin, so I just assumed my skin was crap. Instead, I found that I had been fundamentally misunderstanding my skin and using the wrong products which is why my skin was so wacky!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Birchbox | March 2014 - Review

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Birchbox, $10/month
We're nearing the end of March and that means it's time to take a peek inside this month's Birchbox! March's theme is "Spring Forward", and it is all about discovering new favorites that help you get more out of the gorgeous spring months. I'm a lover of fall and winter, but I have to admit that I'm super excited for spring to get here, so these products could not have come at a better time. Let's take a look at all the March goodies!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner - Review

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Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Eyeliner, $20.00
It might seem strange to say, but choosing the perfect eyeliner can be a very personal thing. Everyone wants something different from their eyeliners and need their liners to do different things. And once you find the one, it can take an act of God to buy something new. For years I've been using a Maybelline eyeliner that I love, but it is constantly smudging throughout the day. So it's back into the eyeliner waters to find a new love. If you're in a similar boat, then read on as we test out a cult classic liner from beauty fave Benefit.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

LUSH Cosmetics Lip Scrub | Bubblegum - Review

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LUSH Cosmetics Lip Scrub | Bubblegum, $9.95
When it comes to my lips, I set aside a little bit of time everyday for some needed TLC. I have always had incredibly dry lips. No matter how much water I drink or lip balm I use, my lips were always in some state of cracking and peeling. That is, until I was introduced to today's sugary sweet product!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Review + Swatch

e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $3.00
As a makeup junkie, I love wearing makeup as much as possible. However, when I'm going to be home for the day, or I only need to run out and grab some groceries, I don't like wearing a full face of products. I like to turn to handy dandy tinted moisturizers and those little complexion miracles, BB creams. Not quite ready to plunk down the cash for the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, I picked up the e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer, and unfortunately I wasn't impressed.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional - Review

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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, $30.00
While proper application is a huge factor towards having that flaw-free makeup of our dreams, it's not the only thing we can do to ensure the best results. An equally important necessity is to create a perfect blank canvas with our skin by eliminating flaky patches, neutralizing redness and dark circles, and filling in our pores. If your pores are an area of stress for you and you feel like nothing works to properly conceal them, then you'll want to stick around for today's amazing pore-filling miracle.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick | Brazen Berry - Review + Swatch

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick | Brazen Berry, $7.49
It might only be March, but dreams of warmer days are just around the corner. And while we might still have cooler weather to contend with, it is never too early to start pulling out our brightest shades to get us into that springtime feel. Today I'm bringing you a fantastic lippy that will be perfect for the coming season, but is still versatile enough for these cold, late winter days.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Snag Her Swag | Lady Gaga's Edgy Neutrals


Mother Monster, Lady Gaga, was recently spotted stepping out in Manhattan in this edgy, but girly neutral number. Perfect for spring, this white moto jacket paired with a blush hued mini and matching pumps would be a great Easter outfit for the more glam minded.

Throw in the sheer white tights, and you could even wear it to church for Sunrise Service. I love how she adds a bit of vintage with the rounded sunnies to keep this ensemble grounded and easy to wear. Now show your teeth, y'all!
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Friday, February 28, 2014

Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo - Review

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Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo, price varies

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products sent to me for free by a brand or PR company in exchange for a review. However, all words and opinions are firmly my own, as always.

When it comes to color care, most people believe it begins and ends with a good shampoo and conditioner. Those of us who are a little bit more hardcore about our hair might limit sun exposure or only wash with cold water (it works, y'all!). However, what about the other products we use in our hair? Do we make sure that everything from our hairspray to our mousse is formulated to protect our color? I know I haven't been. So when I got the opportunity to trial Rusk's Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo, I jumped at the chance. After dying my hair red, I'm excited to try anything to help prolong this notoriously fussy color!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Birchbox | February 2014 - Review

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Birchbox, $10/month

February is winding down, and that means that our subscription boxes are finally hitting our doorsteps. It also means it's time to take a peek into the newest Birchbox! This month, Birchbox paired up with US Weekly to bring us all the gorgeous products that help our favorite celebs get red carpet ready. From top to toes, Birchbox has us covered. Let's take a look!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics That Gal Primer - Review

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Benefit Cosmetics That Gal Primer, $29.00
Primers are an important first step in makeup application as they keep your slap on through all sorts of elements. But I love primers better when they can pull double duty and benefit your skin as well. Whether through the addition of SPF, supplying an extra bit of moisture, or improving your skin's luster, having a dual purpose can help cut down on the amount of products you put on your face and ensures you keep more money in your wallet. Today we'll be looking at a primer that keeps your makeup looking picture perfect all day and gives you glowing, fresh skin to boot.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

LUSH Cosmetics Shower Scrub | Buffy - Review

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LUSH Cosmetics Shower Scrub | Buffy, $11.95
As we deal with the colder, harsher weather of winter, our skin has new needs. Dryness and flakiness are common problems, so out come the exfoliators and deep moisturizers in the hopes of whipping our weather worn skin back in shape. Today I'm reviewing one product that has fast become a pampering time favorite and cold weather essential!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Snag Her Swag | Emma Watson's Moto Chic

Emma Watson's Moto Chic

The always chic Emma Watson was recently seen sporting this moto-inspired look as she arrived at LAX for the Golden Globes. She proved that airplane attire can be both comfy and stylish! I don't know about y'all, but I'm absolutely drooling over that leather jacket. I'll take it in faux, please! Want to spice up the look even more? Go for a shirt with a graphic print instead of a plain white tee. Such a simple way to take this outfit to the next level and show off your personality!
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | A-Lister - Review + Swatch

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Benefit Cosmetics Ultra Plush Lip Gloss | A-Lister, $16.00
If there is one shade that nearly everyone can pull off, it's a lovely, delicate pink. A perfect staple for the purse or makeup bag, a pink gloss is a bit playful, timelessly youthful, and always on trend. Plus, a simple pink gloss goes with almost any makeup look making it easy to get ready and go at the drop of a hat. If you're on the search for the ultimate pink lip gloss, and Benefit's Dandelion Gloss was too pearly for your tastes, then today's lippy is sure to go to the top of your beauty A-List!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara - Review + Swatch

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Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara, $28.50
Hello, beauties! Today I'm coming to you with a review of a product that is fast becoming a favorite. Lancôme's Hypnôse Star mascara is a beauty blogger darling, so when I saw that I could get a deluxe sample with a recent purchase, I jumped at the chance. When it comes to higher end products, I definitely love being able to try before I buy, but let me assure you that this is one mascara you can buy into the hype!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Snag Her Swag | Rita Ora's Grammys Glamour

Rita Ora, Grammys 2014, Gold Dress, Lanvin, Look for Less


It may be cold and snowy here in North Carolina, but this past weekend at the Grammys the fashion was red hot! Rita Ora was a stunner in this gorgeous, metallic Lanvin dress, and as soon as I saw her in it, I knew I wanted to find a way to get this red carpet look for less. It is a perfect party look from the throes of winter to those scorching summer nights! Ora showed off her playful side by adding ginormous cocktail rings to each finger. Do I smell a new trend brewing?
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Birchbox | January 2014 - Review

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Birchbox, $10/month
Ever since beauty subscription boxes began to gain steam, I've been dreaming of subscribing to one of my very own. I'd spend countless hours scouring blogs for unboxing posts just to feel like I was in on all the fun. But, of course, it wasn't as amazing as finding one of those boxes on my own doorstep would be. For years Birchbox had been at the top of my lust list, so I was thrilled to bits when my mom surprised me with a full year's subscription for Christmas! So, today, instead of reading all of those other unboxing posts, I get to bring you my very own Birchbox review. Let's take a peek at what came in this month's box!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam - Review

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Benefit Cosmetics High Beam, $26.00
Nothing screams youth like a dewy, luminous look to the skin. Such an important part of our makeup arsenal, highlighters help to accentuate our favorite features, as well as giving us that coveted fresh-faced look. Whether you're looking for a natural glow or full on fairy sparkle, there is sure to be a product out there to meet all of your shimmery needs. If you're in the first camp and looking for something to give a little bit of subtle oomph to your everyday routine, then today's product is sure to be added straight to the top of your wish list.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Emergency Blog Post Ideas for Lifestyle Bloggers

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Hello, beauties! Hope everyone had a fabulous, productive weekend. Today I'm bringing you the second entry in my popular Emergency Blog Post Ideas series. Last time, we focused on blog post ideas for beauty bloggers. This week, it's the lifestyle bloggers' turn. I've got 10 emergency blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers sure to get you writing if you're ever in a pickle! Let's get started!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

RainShadow Labs ARH Hyaluronic Acid Serum - Review

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RainShadow Labs ARH Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $3.95

DISCLAIMER: The post contains products sent to me for free from a brand or PR company in exchange for a review. However, all words and opinions are firmly my own, as always.

Unless you've been living under some sort of skincare-free rock, you've likely noticed over the past year how hyaluronic acid is becoming the hottest ingredient in skincare. With it being added to everything from moisturizer to lip balm, my beauty-loving interest has been piqued. So when RainShadow Labs contacted me about trialing their ARH Hyaluronic Acid Serum, I jumped at the chance to put this baby to the test!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint - Review + Swatch

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Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30.00
When we're dealing with loads of hustle and bustle, the last thing we want is for our makeup routine to take up any more time than necessary. To get us on our way without worry, we want quick, double duty products in our stash that can be applied in seconds and will stay all day. Cheek and lip stains are a notorious time-saving beauty mainstay. Today, we'll take a look at a cult classic stain that is sure to have you gorgeous and out the door in no time flat!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser - Review

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Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser, $17.95

DISCLAIMER: This post contains products sent to me for free by a brand or PR company in exchange for a review. However, all words and opinions are firmly my own, as always.

I don't know about y'all, but one of my resolutions this year is to get my skincare game on point. It's been something on my to-do list for awhile, so when Sibu Beauty contacted me at the end of last year to trial their Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser, it was like the skincare gods knew just what I needed! Today we're going to take a closer look at an under-the-radar cleanser that is definitely worth the hype.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Snag Her Swag | Sophia Bush's White Hot Ensemble

Sophia Bush's White Hot Ensemble



Sophia Bush, best known as our favorite Tree Hill-er, Brooke Davis, was recently spotted in the January issue of Splash Magazine wearing this white-hot, pant suit ensemble. Perfect for the office and after work cocktails, this look will have you wearing white long after Labor Day. Want to really kick it up a notch? Add a pair of pumps in your fave color.  Anything goes, y'all!

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