Back to Basics

I started this blog two years ago because I adore all things fashion and beauty. At the time I hadn’t realized exactly WHY I love these things. Reflecting back now, I’ve come to see that makeup isn’t just something fun. Being able to try out new palettes or products and then review or offer advice on how to best use them has become an outlet. In the time that I lapsed from blogging I found myself doing just this with my friends. Talking about what just ┬áhit the market, what I purchased at the Sephora sale and what I need to return because it just doesn’t work for me. Sharing my love of all things beauty is why I wanted to start a blog.

Similarly, fashion plays an equally large part in my life. Growing up I was told that you only get one chance to make a first impression, and that all you need is a little effort and you can look put together. I’m always on the hunt for affordable fashion, good sales and testing out the latest trends. Trying out fashion services and subscription boxes is so much fun, and has introduced me to brands I had never heard of. Fashion and beauty are outlets for me, and if I can share what I’ve learned along the way, then I feel like that makes all my trial and error worth it.

So, while I can’t promise I’ll be perfect right off the bat, I want to get back to sharing this journey. I’ve stopped and started numerous times, but I’m optimistic that there are people out there who will want to hear what I have to say and to share. Stay tuned, because I’m hopefully just getting started (again!).

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Hungryroot Review- Gluten Free

One of my resolutions was to eat healthier for the New Year. I wanted to get a jump start on that by stocking our fridge with all the right things.

For months now I’d heard of the brand Hungryroot, and was interested to try their products. I absolutely love that their products are all gluten free!! And one thing I enjoyed more than that, is reading the “about me” section on their website. I really admire the chef that founded the company, especially because I have so many challenges with food myself.

I finally decided to give it a go, and ordered about 5 different products. We decided to try out two of them – the sweet potato mac with creamy cashew cheese, and the almond chickpea cookie dough (healthy snack foods count for something, right?!).

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The sweet potato mac with cashew cheese was interesting. I liked it, and would definitely try it again. But the consistency of the cheese will take me some time to get used to. Nick loved it though! We both thought it was quite filling.

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The cookies however, were fantastic. Because there is no dairy, eating the “raw” dough is totally ok. And delicious. But when I baked them, they were even better. Again, the consistency was weird at first, but they smell and taste like “regular” cookies, so it wasn’t a far leap.

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We still have the black bean brownie batter, sweet potato noodles, and beet noodles to go – and I’m SO excited!

* I paid for all of this food with my own money – and loved it so much I wanted to give it a review!*

NEW YEAR- 2017 Resolutions

The holidays were insane this year. Christmas was fantastic! I loved getting to spend time with family and friends, and really unplug for a week. On New Year’s Eve my boyfriend and I went to a wine and painting night and had a great dinner. New Year’s is our anniversary, and even though I had a cold and wasn’t feeling well, we still made the best of it!

I couldn’t be happier to be in a new year. Like everyone does every year, I’ve made a few resolutions:

-Be more health conscious. I’m working on eating better, and pushing myself to get back to the gym. I have some exciting things coming up this summer, and I want to be in better shape!

-Be more organized. I’ve been ordering pieces off Amazon to clean up our cabinets and closets – I want to declutter my life and make things easier.

-Take more risks. I’ve always been pretty cautious with the way I run my life, but I want to branch out and and take chances in all facets of my life.

What are your goals for the New Year?

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Blogmas Days 14-20 Subscription Box Madness

So I’ve failed my goal to blog daily – but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my mind! Lately my doorbell has been ringing with all my Black Friday purchases.

Thanks to Black Friday I scored so many deals, and wound up resubscribing to many of the boxes I once loved. Who doesn’t love a deal?!

In the madness I am now receiving the Gluten Free Love with Food box, PopSugar Must Have, Beautycon BFF, and the Rachel Zoe Box of Style.

Is it bad that I loved them all this month?

The Beautycon BFF box was curated by DulceCandy and had the following products:

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-Ali & Jay $50 Gift Card

-Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Powder

-Biobelle Botanic Fiber Facial Mask

-ColourPop Beautycon Exclusive Lipstick

-Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

-Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

-L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer and Feline Mascara

-Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush

-Rimmel London The Only 1 Surprise Lipcolor

-Skinvolve Body Karate Cream

-Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This was a mixed bag, but overall pretty good. I have several of these products already, but the new ones I’m exited to try!

The PopSugar Must Have box contained:

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Odeme Catchall + Ring Dish

Baublebar Snowfall Pendant

Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins

Winky Lux Lip Pill in Bunny

Sisters Gourmet Baker’s Dozen Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Color Restore Color Protecting Top Coat Serum

Several of the items in the box will be great for gifting this season!

The Rachel Zoe and Love with Food boxes don’t come with cards, but I’ve included photos of them below. The Gluten Free Love with Food is literally the box I look forward to the most, as it brings forward new brands I’ve never tried. The Rachel Zoe box is new to me, but the necklace they included this season, is LOVE!

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Blogmas Days 7-13 Bite Beauty Lab Review

Well, my hopes of keeping my blog going daily through December vanished. Last week we had a massive event at work, which was the kick off to my hectic week. The next night we went out with friends to see Christmas lights. Followed by another work event the next night, and so on. You can see where this is going.

One of the things we did this past weekend was take a trip into NYC, where we had a jam packed day. We started off the day at the Bite Beauty Lab. This is a store where you can go in and create a customized lipstick. There are two different options when you go in – pay $55 for a less customized option with one color and fragrance OR pay $150 for 2 customized colors/fragrances. I did the cheaper option, and it was SO COOL. There are probably 50 different colors to choose from, and they let you try on as many as possible within your allotted timeframe. (OH and make an appointment!!!) I picked two colors and paid $80 for both. Once you pick the colors you can also pick the finish as well – I chose matte. You then pick the scent. After all of that they spin and then freeze the lipstick. 10 minutes later – you’re ready to go!

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I had a great staff member helping me – she was so helpful! If you can, definitely give this a go – it was so much fun.

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The left one is a lighter nude, and the right one is a berry color. The lighting doesn’t do it justice!

Blogmas Day 6 – Influenster & Q-tips

Several months back – like back in March – I received the Influenster Glam Voxbox and I never wrote a post about it. Strangely enough though I use two of those products in my daily life and love them. Thinking about that today, I really wanted to go back and revisit my box and chat about the products I received.

I received a pack of Venus razors and shave lotion which was great because I can always use those. There was a can of Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo, which is ok, but def not my favorite product in the box. Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover and Pads were also in there, and I plan to use those for future at home pedicures. There was a sample pack of SheaMoisture which is in my arsenal to try shortly. But the BEST discovery of all time in this box was the Q-tips beauty rounds. Never did I think the simplest little thing would rock my work. They are sewn shut at the ends so you don’t get little fuzzies everywhere and they are thick and durable, and last with any product. I have repurchased numerous times and am thrilled I received this box for that one discovery alone.

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Blogmas Day 5- Swamp Queen Palette

Several months ago I was so sad to find out that the Swamp Queen Palette was sold out EVERYWHERE. I wound up buying it on ebay (I know this is bad) but couldn’t have been happier when it arrived. Back in November I heard the great news that it was back in stock! It was heavily promoted during Black Friday, and while I’m sad I missed the sale, I really need this in my life!

The different hues of purple were really what drew me in and made me fall in love. I can do a full face with this – contour, blush, eyes and not have to look at anything else. I’d love to hear how everyone uses this palette, especially for eyes! Any tips and tricks are welcome!

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