Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frugal & Fab Favorites (For Back to School!)

School is starting just around the corner! Are you ready?! In honor of back to school I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products - why not pick some of these up when you're out getting those last minute school supplies?!

One of my favorite shampoos is Thicker Fuller Hair. This shampoo is the best. No joke, my husband and I fight over it! Thicker Fuller Hair products are formulated with caffeine to plump and prop up your strands. It also revitalizes lifeless hair by purifying hair and eliminating build up. It's priced at or around $4.99 so you get a nice quality shampoo for a frugal and fabulous price! (Read more about my love for this product here!) I love it because it smells nice, purifies build up, and can easily wash out my firm hold hair spray!

And speaking of hair products, I also love L.A. look's red carpet collection! I know growing up, when I had a perm (I know, I know!) I used to swear by their hair gel.  Now they have two great new products: Absolute Curls - curl defining creme (where was this in my perm days!?) and Volcanic Rush Glue Gel (perfect for guys hair!) It feels like a gel but holds like a glue. A lot of my friends had mohawks or flipped hair when I was in high school - I remember a few of them used school glue to keep their hair in place, thankfully with Volcanic Rush - the new generation won't have to go to all that trouble! These products are a bargain  at around $2.99 each!

Looking for a new deodorant? Soft & Dri has a ton of great smelling, long lasting and super effective products; including a new aluminum free deodorant! I helped a friend shop for aluminum free deodorant last year and up until recently, it was hard to find. I'm so happy one of my favorite brands came up with an aluminum free formula!  Soft & Dri has a whole range of products including Antiperspirant Clinical Protection spray (my favorite to use before I go out running!), Aerosol Spray, and traditional Antiperspirant Deodorant (my everyday pick!). And all of these products are only about $1.99 each! At that price, you practically don't even need a coupon! (The Clinical Protection Spray is around $5.99, but well worth it!)

And of course, what back to school shopping trip would be complete without some new makeup! It is the start of a new season right? Mary Kay at Play has some really great new products right now. I am really loving their triple layer tinted lip balm in Pink again. It's a sheer lip balm that goes on really smooth and has a great creamy texture. It makes my lips really soft and has a slight berry flavor. I like to keep this at my desk for a quick pick me up. If you're into color there are three other shades to choose from. These lip balms retail for $10 and are available here at!

My other favorite Mary Kay at Play product right now is the eye crayon in purple smoke. You can use it as an eyeliner or all over your lid like a shadow!  These crayons come in some awesome colors including gold, teal and taupe - how fun would gold be for a night out!? I love the purple because it's my favorite everyday color for eye products. I prefer to wear this as a shadow and then line my eyes in either black or purple eyeliner. This product also retails for $10 and can be purchased here.

What are your beauty must haves for back to school? Have you tried any of these? Let me know! 

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* Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Get the Look: Playful Cat Eye!

Have you been watching Project Runway?! If not, you should - they have an awesome group this season - one of the best in a while! 

If you've been watching the show, you'll know they often feature Mary Kay makeup looks on the models, and then show you how to get the look at home.  This look is by Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco and this playful cat eye was featured on models in a recent episode! And I'm going to break it down for you here:

First off, you want to start with a clean face. I prepped my eye lids and under eye area with  Mary Kay  CC Cream (color correcting cream). I then did a light coat of Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Moonstone across my eye lids. In the crease, I put Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Driftwood. For this color, I used an eye shadow brush and used a sweeping motion, sort of in the shape of an arc. Moonstone is a great pearly colored neutral. I love it because it's so versatile - you could wear it with any other color. Driftwood is also a favorite of mine - it's the perfect brown and easy to build up on. 

You want to then use your eyeshadow brush to blend the two colors together, and up under the crease of your eye lid.  After that's done, I did a light line of Mary KayGel Eyeliner in Jet Black on the edge of my lash line. If you've never used a gel liner, it's a little pot of color that comes with a small brush. It looks a little intimidating, but really it's just as easy as a liquid liner, and it actually gives you more control. You can put as little or as much of the color on the brush and then put it on as thick/thin as you want it. For an eyeliner junkie like me - this was a fun product to try and has quickly become one of my new favorites! Here's a picture of the gel liner and the brush:

After putting on the black liner, I let it dry for a minute and then do a little bit of Mary Kay at Play Eye Liner in Blue My Mind. I like this little pop of blue - it's a fun twist that is very wearable. You definitely want to let the eyeliner dry another minute before putting on your mascara. So after the eyeliner, I go and put on my everyday loose translucent powder and my favorite Mary Kay Bronzer in light-medium. After your powder, you want to go back and do two coats of Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in Black. This is a great, (non clumpy) mascara. I love it!

I finished the look with a coat of Mary Kay® Nourishine Lip Gloss in Au Naturel (another one of my favorite products!) This lip gloss is the perfect neutral lip for a bold eye! It's pretty and shiny and easy to put on. It's long lasting and isn't sticky which I love! If you'd rather a little more color, I recommend Mary Kay Lip Stick in Pink Cherie, a light pink color shown in this look!

Verdict: I love this look and think the little bit of blue is a great mix with my everyday browns and pinks. I really love this black gel eyeliner and will be adding that into my rotation!  

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* Disclosure: I received a product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Shandali Yoga Towel!

You've heard of a yoga mat, but have you ever heard of a yoga towel?! The Shandali yoga towel is a towel (approximately 26.5" x 72") that you can put over or in place of your yoga mat. I'm a bit of a germaphobe, so I love that I  something washable in between me and my mat at the gym/studio!  Prior to owning the Shandali towel I would often bring a separate towel to the studio with me to towel off during class - this elimates the need for that and keeps a nice barrier between me and those communal yoga mats!This mat is a really high quality microfiber that is light weight and super plush. It is machine washable/dryable and has held up really well. 

The Shandali Yoga Towel was the #1 Rated Hot Yoga Towel - Best Bikram Yoga Towel for the Ultimate Yoga Experience. But it's not limited to yoga. You can use this for anything fitness related, or simply as a lightweight alternative to a mat or blanket. I have used it in my fitness classes and as a makeshift picnic blanket during a hike with my husband! It's small sure, but great to just throw in your bag and go. It rolls up to a nice compact size and it's one of those things that once you have, you'll find you use it for everything. 

The yoga towel I received was gray with really nice quality white stitching around the edges. I love that it's a nice neutral color. This towel is made to be fast drying and super absorbent. It's also slip resistant - so when you're breaking a sweat you can focus on your pose or interval without stopping. 

Verdict: I love this product and it has a permanent place in my gym bag!

Buy it: Want a Shandali Yoga Towel of your own? Shandali Towels can be purchased on Amazon here

Shandali also offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed return policy. If for some reason this towel doesn't fit your needs, just return it in 30 days for a full refund. (Nice!)

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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