Thursday, May 31, 2012

And the Winner Is...

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Congrats Callie! I've sent a note along to SkinCareRX so you should get your $20 gift card soon! I'll keep you posted. Thank you everyone for entering and I am happy to announce I have ANOTHER giveaway in the works for next week.

What do you think it will be for?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

Don't forget the giveaway ends tomorrow!

This song is just adorable! I saw this band on Conan and fell in love with this song. What do you think of them?

"Ho Hey" - The Lumineers


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Giveaway from SkinCareRX: $20 Gift Card!

I am really happy to announce a new giveaway! 

I’m hosting a giveaway from my new sponsor, SkinCareRx, for a chance to win a $20 gift card (redeemable at SkinCareRx, Apothica, or SkinBotanica).  SkinCareRx carries some of the best pore minimizing products.  What products of theirs do you like?  Post your favorite product links in the comments and I’ll choose one to win the $20 gift card! You can also have more entries in the Rafflecopter box below!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

Today's tune is pretty mellow and relaxing. I love this song and usually put it on repeat and get it stuck in my head. Do you love it?

"Skinny Love" - Bon Iver

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Congrats Shikole! I let PrintRunner know that you've won so someone will be contacting you about your prize!

Thanks everyone for entering! I hope to have another giveaway very soon!

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New Nail Obsession: Hologram Effect Nail Polish

I found a new nail polish in the latest Ulta catalog! It is called Hologram Effect by LAYLA and runs about $15.50 (Luckily, using my Ulta rewards points I got $12 off!). I also bought the nail buffer that you are supposed to use before you paint your nails for around $3. 

The pictures are kind of hard to see the effect but it is very pretty! I ended up getting the Pink Retro color. It is a light pink that does have the rainbow hologram effect, especially in the light. Unfortunately it does get a little splotchy at times when you're painting it but perhaps I didn't buff my nails enough first.

All in all, I think it is a cool idea and looks pretty but probably not worth the cost. If you can get it for cheap, check it out! What do you think? Will you try or have you already?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Influenster Beauty VoxBox Reviews!

I got my first Influenster VoxBox! I was able to test a beauty box first. I was shocked at all the amazing and full size things in there! Let me go through them and what I thought...

Dr. Scholl's For Her Ball of Foot cushions. I love Dr. Scholl's foot cushions because they are so squishy and feel wonderful on your feet. I don't normally wear heels, but I may have to bust some out so I can use this next time I go out!

SOYJOY Bar in Strawberry. I've always wanted to try these but unfortunately I don't really like strawberry flavor so I think my mom will be getting this one! I might try a bite to see how the texture is, but chances are I will go out and buy a flavor I would really enjoy.

I couldn't believe they gave a full size Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist (in Twilight Woods) because I know these cost at least $12 in the store! It smells so good and I will definitely be using this on a daily basis. I love using body sprays to freshen up.

First off, I pretty much don't go a day without using my ChapStick medicated lip balm because my lips get so chapped and dry. I was pleasantly surprised with their Lip Shield 365. It smell great and goes on smoothly and stays on for quite a while. Hopefully it will help my lips not get burnt this summer!

I love using Sally Hansen Salon Effects so I was also pleasantly surprised to find these in my box! I've always wanted to buy the pink zebra pattern, but again these run at around $10 so I don't buy them a lot. Can't wait to use them!

This is Sheer Cover Duo Concealer. I like that it comes in a light and medium shade for different skin tones or for me, if I get tanner in the summer months. It is very light and easy to use and has an airbrush feel when you put it on. It covered up some dark spots I had pretty well.

Last but not least, AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Wash. This one is just a sample size, but I think it will last a while. I can't wait to try it because I like using body wash that moisturizes and doesn't have a lot of chemicals in it that can harm your skin. This one would probably be best for winter skin though, so I am kind of bummed I got it for summer.

Disclaimer: I received each product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! It ends in a week!

I love this new Maroon 5 song! It is so catchy and upbeat that you just want to sing it! I am hoping it won't get overplayed on the radio.

"Payphone" - Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa


Monday, May 14, 2012

Movie Review of "The Five Year Engagement"

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! It ends in a week!

Last week, my boy and I saw "Five Year Engagement". I had high hopes for this movie because I am a big Jason Segel fan and it looked really cute and funny. Overall, I thought it was pretty good and I loved the ending.

  • It was really cute, especially the end!
  • There were many funny parts. Not so much "crack up" funny, but I giggled a lot. It was interesting... I think the movie crowd was asleep because I felt like Kevin and I were the only ones laughing at most of the parts!
  • I still love seeing Chris Pratt in movies because he reminds me of "Everwood", a show I used to be obsessed with!
  • It was pretty realistic and went through problems that most couples may encounter. It reminds you that no one is 100% perfect for each other and that you have to work through your problems.
  • At parts, it just seemed to move a little slow and I didn't really know where the plot was going. I think a few scenes could have been cut out.
  • The portrayal of Michigan. They move to Michigan because she gets a job at U of M and Jason Segel's character hates it there. Totally understandable for the plot, but I kind of wish Michigan was portrayed a little better in the movie.
  • Speaking of being in Michigan, I wish I knew they were filming there because I would have tried to be an extra! :)
  • Jason Segel looked really creepy at some parts.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Giveaway: Fun Stickers! Enter Today!

I am excited to share a giveaway with you guys today! This prize is for 250 stickers - you can upload any photo and turn it into stickers to put wherever you'd like. It comes from PrintRunner and you can visit their website to check out sticker printing through their online printing services.

Thank you to PrintRunner for providing us this giveaway, I will receive a set of stickers for hosting this as well. 

Here are the details of the giveaway prize!

Sticker Shape: Standard Stickers
Flat Width: 2"
Flat Height: 3.5"
Quantity: 250
Paper: Premium Sticker Stock
Colors: Full Color (4 Color Process), Black and White
Proof: NONE
Ready to Ship in: 3 Business Days
*Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and up. 

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How Do You Know?

How do you know you really love someone? For everyone, that feeling can be different.

Here's one of the reasons I know I love my boy...

I'll admit, sometimes I don't have a lot of patience for others and I can be a bit of a loner. What can I say? I enjoy silence at times. So one thing that lets me know how much I love my boy is that I never get tired of listening to him talk.

What about you? How do you know when you love someone?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! Today's tune comes from an artist that one of my friends told me about. It is very chill and relaxing music. Apologies there is some swearing in it, so if you don't like that, please don't listen.

"Wicked Games" - The Weeknd

Monday, May 7, 2012

On Eating...

"life happens. some days stress gets the best of us. and some days it doesn't. some days you're hungry for everything in sight. and some days you're not. most diets i know don't allow for this variation of life. you eat the same amount each day. and that's just false. that sets you up with this false notion. it's okay to eat more some days and less others. life has a way of balancing out--and we gotta trust that--as opposed to putting some false construct on top of that and trying to fit everything into a box." - from the wild and wily ways of a brunette bombshell

I found this and it really resonated with me. Most people don't talk about food this way. I find myself feeling this way though. Some days I am starving all day and just am really in the mood to eat. Other days I just don't really feel like eating much. It could be because of stress, being busy or even "that time of the month".

I think that is okay as long as you don't let it get out of control either way. Those days when you want to eat everything in sight - make sure you are eating healthy foods and not eating so much that you feel sick. Then those days when you don't want to eat at all - make sure you eat something! Eating little meals throughout the day is healthy for you.

Life is all about balance and eating well is part of that balance. Listen to your body and take care of it!

What do you think? Do you usually eat the same amount every day or not?

Friday, May 4, 2012

My Favorite Hairstyle & Makeup Trends for Spring 2012


2. Blunt Bangs – I’m always jealous of the women that can pull off bangs like these. It just looks so chic on some people!

3. Retro Hairdos – Think 40's and 50's for inspiration. Loose waves and curls never go out of style.

4. Sun-Kissed Skin – Use bronzer to illuminate your wonderful features and give a glow this spring.

What are your favorite spring trends for 2012?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Recent Purchase from American Eagle!

I recently got a coupon for 20% off for one of my favorite stores, American Eagle! Along with some of their great clearance sales and free shipping, I did some online shopping. Here's what I got! Love all of it :)

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday and Important Announcement!

A little late on the music post today, but I wanted to post regardless! This song is pretty popular on the radio right now and I love it, especially the chorus.

Also - I changed my Facebook page to make it more appropriate for my blog and will continue to update it. PLEASE "like" it as I will be deleting my old Facebook page. Please share it with your friends too! :)

Lauren's Thoughts on Facebook - Please "Like" and Share!

Wild One - Flo Rida Ft. Sia