Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fushia

Not one of my prettiest days...

Not one of my prettiest days…

If you saw my last post about my UniVoxBox, you might be relieved to know that not everything in the box sucked. This cheap ($1.99) lipstick was incredible. Its creamy, long-lasting and very highly pigmented.

I actually was planning to buy a hot pink like this because I saw it on a girl in London and it looked gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised to open my VoxBox and find this shade. It had enough of a cool undertone to make the hot pink look fun, not scary, on me.

If hot pink isn’t your thing – it comes in twenty shades and I’m sure they’re all just as fabulous. “Get intense amplified color and shine that lasts up to 6 hours! Our moisturizing formula glides on easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear” – I couldn’t say it any better.

BONUS: I forgot blush one day while applying make-up at work. I used a little of this on my cheeks and viola! It was a little hard to blend for a blush, but worked in a pinch.

Coming in at around $2, I have to tell you, it is honestly just as good as some of my more expensive ($22 – $25) lipsticks. Go get your hands on one of these ASAP!

 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

 

If only they'd lasted...

If only they’d lasted…

Broadway promises that these nails are “the revolutionary way to achieve a flawless manicure in seconds. Just peel off, press on, and you’re done – NO glue needed! High-shine colors, trendy designs and glam glitter nails that last up to a week!”

Well, let me just say that I’m glad I got to try them for free thanks to the UniVoxBox from influenster because I would be pissed off if I had paid $5.99 – $7.99 to try them out.

When I opened my VoxBox, I loved the color of these nails. They were a bright, shiney purple that I adored. I decided to wear them to a party, so I put them on the night before. I followed the directions exactly. When I woke up, two of the nails were missing from my hand, tangled somewhere in my purple sheets. Some of the others were pretty loose. I ended up popping them all off on the way to the party.

When they say no glue is needed – what they mean is that you should probably use some anyway, unless you only want your nails to look good for 5 minutes.

The pros are that the color really was gorgeous and they were easy to remove.

 

Yummilicious Garlic & Herb Pork Loin

Last week, my mom gave us some extra meat that was taking up too much space in her freezer. One of the items she gave us – a pork loin.  It had been a long time since I cooked a pork loin, so I turned to Pinterest to find some inspiration (and cooking times.)

I altered the original recipe a bit to fit my needs (and pantry.) It turned out to be wonderfully flavorful, moist and delicious. Below, you’ll find my delicious recipe! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 garlic clove, minced

2 teaspoons dried marjoram

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 teaspoon herbs de Provence

1 boneless whole pork loin roast (approx.. 4 lbs)

½ cup herb & garlic Kroger 30-minute marinade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine seasonings in a small bowl. Pour 30-minute marinade over roast, then rub seasonings into it.

Bake, uncovered, for 80 minutes. The original recipe recommends letting it stand for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing but we didn’t. (It smelled too good to wait!)

I served this up with some macaroni and cheese and sweet corn on the cob. It was a delicious meal. Check back later in the week for some pork chops and stuffing.

boscia Luminizing Black Mask

I picked up a trial-size of this mask from Sephora on Black Friday. It promised to minimize pores (which I can definitely use. I have horrible acne ‘pock marks’.) So I picked it up.

However, I didn’t pay much attention to the directions at 6AM. You have to leave this thing on for 30 minutes. When do I have 30 minutes to leave something like this on my face?

Then, 3 months later, I made time to use this mask while writing a paper. Except, I don’t think I put enough on because I couldn’t get it to peel and ended up having to wash it off. And I had to leave it on for 45 minutes because my boyfriend was hogging the bathroom.

But even with all the hiccups, I still saw an improvement in my skin for like two days after using the mask. It was brighter, clearer. I’m going to have to try it again. But I’m definitely thinking I should make it a more permanent part of my skin regime.

What products do you use for beautiful skin?

Get your skin off junk food: New Harmony Soap

I traveled to Texas over a year ago and on the way out of Indiana, we stopped in New Harmony for lunch and to see some sites. One of the best parts of visiting New Harmony was stumbling into the New Harmony Soap shop.

A year before visiting, I had made a toner out of essential oils as part of a workshop. The most prominent oil was lemongrass. I really felt like the scent of lemongrass woke me up in the mornings and it apparently helps with reducing pores. However, I’d run out of my toner and couldn’t really afford to buy bottles of all of the essential oils I needed.

But the New Harmony Soap company had a lemongrass facial bar – for $6. Much less than the essential oil I would have to purchase. So I bought one. I also picked out a Tahitian vanilla body bar and some of the moisturizing After Shower Mist. The shower mist ended up feeling a little too oily for me and I didn’t like it. But the soaps were AMAZING. (If you do get a body bar, you’re going to want to get this little guy, too. He’ll help you get the most out of your soap.) My skin felt totally soft and moisturized with no greasy residue like you’ll find in some things and no stinging feeling like some cleansers provide.

I got an e-mail from them this week announcing a spring sale – 15% off! I ordered a new lemongrass facial bar and one of their new body washes (instead of bar soap.) I’ll let you know how the body wash does. But I wanted to go ahead and write about my experiences with New Harmony Soap because you should totally take advantage of the sale. <3

Cajun 15 Bean Soup

On the weekends, I work in the early evenings until late at night. So I try and cook in the afternoons. One of my favorite meals to make is Cajun 15 Bean Soup.

What you’ll need:*Bag of Cajun 15 Bean Soup (I get mine at Kroger. It comes with a seasoning packet.)
*Diced celery
*Diced carrots
*Diced onion
*Can of diced tomatoes
*Can of tomato sauce
*Meat (I use ham. Today I also added smoked sausage. You can use Italian sausage or whatever you have on hand/you prefer).

The man in my life has some issues with veggies. This soup is one good way to get him to eat some. I cut the celery and carrots really small. By the time they’re boiled into the soup, you don’t really notice them.

The soup itself is really easy to throw together. I don’t soak my beans overnight. I put them on the stove with 12 cups of water, then bring them to a rapid boil. After that, I cover them and cook them on medium heat for 50 minutes.

While the beans are boiling, I saute the onions, celery and carrots until the onions are transparent. (We had bacon for breakfast so I sauteed them in a small bit of bacon grease).

After 70 minutes, I add the meat, tomatoes, seasoning packet and sauteed veggies. Let it cook for another 45 minutes and its done. Yum!

What are some easy recipes that you enjoy?

Gwynnie Bee: 5 reasons it’s a girl’s new BFF

I signed up for the clothing rental service, Gwynnie Bee, about a month ago. I saw an ad on Facebook for the company and decided to give it a shot – the first 30 days are free! So what could I lose? I was a bit (read: really) skeptical of the service at first, but it turned out to be amazing for me. I’m definitely keeping my subscription past the 30 days. Here’s why:

IMG_10671.) Trying new fashion – fearlessly.

The biggest bonus for me is the sense of adventure I get to have with GwynnieBee. I’ve put all kinds of fun choices in my closet – things that in the store, I would know that I wouldn’t wear more than a couple times. When shopping, it isn’t worth it, but when I can wear it and trade it out for something more practical… bolder things happen. Besides, if I hate it? Just return it immediately for something else.

Some of my bolder choices included this awesome orange moto jacket and this Kimono inspired shirt.

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2.) Luxe for less & long-run savings.

During the first month I tried GwynnieBee, I was also starting my new relationship which means a ton of dates. I had a new outfit for almost every date I went on & I didn’t have to invest in a new outfit every time.

In the long term, I probably spend about $1000 on clothes a year, not to mention shoes. GwynnieBee saves me money because all I have to invest in are some great staples like black pants, jeans, leggings… I let GwynnieBee take care of the rest.

The clothes are also much higher quality than what I’d normally purchase myself. This means I look better, the clothes fit better, the clothes look better, I look more put together and professional and they are super durable. One example of this is the Kimono inspired shirt. The fabric felt awesome.

3.) Try before you buy.

IMG_1184During my first month, I tried to go clothing shopping. However, I worried that I wouldn’t love the clothes I was picking out. I was drawn to more exciting choices than I’d normally choose because of what I’d been wearing – but would I keep wearing them? Would they be durable? Would they be worth the investment?

With GwynnieBee, you have the option to purchase anything you love that you can’t live without. To top it off, I don’t have to worry about that whole loving-it-in-the-fitting-room-hating-it-at-home dilemma we have all faced. I can wear the outfit in my real life (multiple times) before deciding whether or not I want to add it to my permanent closet.

4.) Fluctutions in weight.

One of the best perks about Gwynnie Bee for me? My weight fluctuates a LOT. I can look at clothes in different sizes and adjust my closet to my current weight. Not only that, but if I were to love an item, I can always send it back for a smaller (or larger) size, if needed. This is also true if the piece doesn’t fit right.

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5.) Easy to use.

GwynnieBee is super easy to use. You start by picking a plan. There’s a plan for a variety of budgets: anywhere from $35 a month to ___. You can send back the clothes as many times in a month as possible – and you’ll never pay more than the subscription fees. Bonus: no late fees. Just keep paying the subscription fee each month and you can keep a piece forever.

Next, you’ll fill up your closet. There are three separate parts to your closet. The “On the Rack” section is where you keep clothing items you want Gwynnie Bee to send to you. You can also put items “On Hold” which means you love them, but maybe they aren’t the right season, or you don’t have an appropriate occasion to wear them to right now. Last is the “At Home” section. This helps you keep track of what you have at home, what you’ve sent back and what Gwynnie Bee is sending to you.

After you wear it, you’ll send it back via the United States Postal Service. Gwynnie Bee sends you a package, already addressed and ready to go. Just pack up the article of clothing and pop it in the mail.

Sound like something you’d like to try? Sign up here for a 30-day free trial and see how it works for you. What do you have to lose?