Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Beautiful Blog Friend, Meet Hayley!

Hey, there, beautiful people! My name is Hayley and I normally hang out over at A Beautiful Exchange. If you come and join me for long enough, you will see that I absolutely love exploring makeup and finding new budget-friendly products on the market. My favorite products change on the regular, but I love finding the little gems of the makeup industry. 

Everyone is starting to talk about the summer quickly drawing to the end, so I would like to hold on to these warmer  months for just a little while longer and share my favorite summer products with you. That will totally work, right? Meg has also written a few really great posts about the beauty world, so be sure to leave me some love, then head over to see what she has to say!

1. Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara: Ok, so this isn't exactly a "summer" product, but is my current all time favorite mascara. I have tried all kinds of drug store mascara, as well as a few high end products, and have found nothing like it. It's super cheap ($10+shipping for 3 tubes on eBay), doesn't clump, and lasts all day!

2. Starlooks Bronzer: Amazing. The end. As you can probably tell, I have extremely pale skin and actually use fake tanner throughout the summer months since I can't spend hours lying by the pool (yay, mom life!). I have used this bronzer for the past month in my contouring routine and it is fabulous. It is long lasting and gives you a perfect, glowy look!

3. Milani Blush: This is perfect for summer, especially if you have tanner skin! It contains a little shimmer, so probably wouldn't be something you would want to wear throughout the summer months, but is perfect combined with a little bronzer. If you are a BB cream user, this would look beautiful and natural--great for cookouts and other outdoor events!

4. Starlooks Palette in St. Tropez: Beautiful. The gold color would look great on any eye color and the darker colors can make a really simple transition from day to night makeup. The price is a little steep, but Starlooks is definitely headed in the right direction with this color palette.

5. Revlon Colorstay foundation: I use high end foundation throughout the year, but wanted something cheap and light that could match my darker color when I use my self tanner. This foundation is amazing. It doesn't last the 24 hours as advertised, but is so light on your skin and doesn't sweat out. This is definitely one of the best drugstore foundations out there and is oil free. Plus, it has SPF 15, which is crucial for summertime makeup!

Do you guys have any favorite summer makeup products? Meg and I would love to hear about them! I would also love to have you stop by my blog, follow me on Twitter, or send me a little email introducing yourself! 

I love "meeting" new people, so don't be shy!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Topics - Travel Essentials

Hey girlies - hope your week is going great so far!! Today I'm linking up with Lauren and Tiffany for Tuesday Topics. The topic this week is 9 travel essentials and since I just got back from vacation I thought it would be a great time to share my travel essentials with you! I can't wait to see if we have some of these items in common!

#1 - Carmex Chapstick
This is my absolute favorite chapstick, I always stock up right before a trip! I don't want to have chapped lips on vacay! 
And the best part... it has SPF in it for those beach trips!

#2 - Hand Sanitizer
I have 1 million bottles of the Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizers, and I pack about 500 bottles 
on vacation. Getting sick is a sure way to ruin a trip!

#3 - Candy and Chewy Snacks
Hello my name is Meghan and I'm a candy addict! Traveling is the perfect excuse for me to binge
 on my favorite chewy snacks and candy!! Yes, I know it's childish, but I love it!

#4 - Books
I always have to take either a book I'm currently reading or at least 2 books that I want to start! 
You can never have too much to do on a plane!

#5 - My iPod
This is self-explanatory! When I'm tired of reading - out comes the iPod!

#6 - A tote bag
I don't like taking my everyday purse on vacation, so I usually transfer some stuff to a 
tote and use that instead, it's great for holding all my goodies and leaving room to add more 
things as the trip goes on. 

#7 - Magazines
Who doesn't love reading a gossip magazine or two while on vacation!?

#8 - My Camera
I do use my iPhone for a lot of pictures - except when I go on vacation. 
I have to be sure my camera is charged and ready to go!

#9 - Nail Polish 
I usually do my nails before every trip, so I be sure to take the bottle of polish and a 
clear top coat so that if I break a nail or chip the polish, it's a quick fix!

What are some of your travel essentials??

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Summer Movies

Good Morning ladies - I hope you all had a great weekend!! The hubby and I did a bunch of stuff for our house this weekend - getting some financing stuff done and getting started packing! I'm just going to say this one more time...packing is the worst thing ever!! :) After we move into this house, I won't be moving again anytime soon! 

Since it's already August and feels like summer is rapidly coming to a close, today I wanted to talk about the movies that were out this summer and whether or not they're a must see or not so much. 

I do want to preface this by saying that my husband and I saw a ton of movies this summer.  We do enjoy going to the movies, but we saw an unordinary amount of movies for us, mostly because we are always trying to get out of our apartment because the people who live above us are so loud! 

I would love to know if you saw any of these movies and what you thought! 

The Great Gatsby 
Amazing movie - rent or buy it ASAP!!

World War Z  
Another good movie - I didn't think I would like it that much, and ended up loving it!

Iron Man 3
Good movie if you like the series - if not, it might be a little confusing

Despicable Me 2
LOVED IT! Such a fun movie!

The Internship
It was funny but could have waited to just rent it :)

This Is The End
Funny at some parts, weird at others... maybe just rent it :)

The Hangover Part 3
It was funny - definitely not as good as the first Hangover...

Now You See Me
It was good, enjoyable - would be a good rental...

The To Do List
This was funny, but a little uncomfortable to be sitting in a theater with a bunch of people while 
she discovered her sexuality :)  - good rental 

What movies have you seen this summer??

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Blogging Insecurities and Doubts

Happy Friday! Today I wanted to talk about something that's been weighing on my mind lately, sorry for such a "heavy" topic on a Friday, but I think it's time I turn to some blog friends for help and advice on this topic. 

Have you ever been unsure about if you're really cut out for this blogging thing?

I read a lot of blogs and I often feel like I don't have the energy to put into my blog like some other ladies do and insecurities and doubts start to flood my head about my own blog and myself, here are some of them...

  I don't have a Twitter account (I can't seem to get on that bandwagon)
 I don't take clever and funny Instagram pictures.
I often struggle with blog post topic ideas.
I don't feel "cool" or "fun" enough.
I hate taking pictures of myself so it's hard for me to put up cute photos and videos of myself. 
I don't always have things to write about.
I wonder if anyone reads my blog anymore?
I don't get as many comments as I used to - do people not like me anymore?
Am I blogging for me or to just "keep up with it"?

I'll be honest, it's been a struggle for me to blog lately and I've been going back and forth in my head about whether or not to stop blogging. I find myself trying to remember why I started in the first place. 

I'm extremely grateful I did start my blog, I've made some amazing bloggy friends, learned lots of great stuff, shared myself with strangers, received lots of great advice, and I have an awesome journal of the last year and a half of my life! 

I really don't want to quit blogging, and I'm hoping this is just a feeling that comes around sometimes for everyone and I'm just in a little bit of a rut. It's just tough when I find myself having insecurities and doubts about something that was supposed to be fun in the first place. 

Have any of you ladies felt this way - and if so, how did you overcome it and fall in love with blogging again? 

Hope you all have a great weekend!! :)

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oh, How Pinteresting...Nautical Inspiration

Happy Wednesday ladies - hope your week is going great! It's time for OHP with Michelle from The Vintage Apple. Today I wanted to share some of my house decorating inspirations with you. My have a guest bathroom upstairs and I've decided to make it a Nautical themed room. 

I originally thought to do this theme when I saw a different pin on Pinterest and it completely inspired me to go with a Nautical theme.  Here is the original pin that got me into a modern Nautical mind set for the bathroom...

I just love all the color and the bold prints, plus I think Navy is very chic when incorporated into decorating. After searching on Pinterest, I've been able to come up with some equally chic ideas for our guest bathroom. 

Here they are...

What do you all think of my Nautical ideas?? 

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