Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2016

It’s that time of year again! Last year’s Expo was so fun and in just one month, I’m gearing up to do it all over again. GFAF is not only the country’s largest gluten free event, but it was a tasty trip, too! I’ll admit that last year I went into the event almost completely blind! I had never been and aside from seeing some pictures from past years, I had no idea what to expect. That can be a touch nerve racking so I wanted to give you guys some pointers and tips on what you do and what you can expect if you attend this year! So here goes:

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15 things to know about GFAF:

  1. It’s not expensive!  A weekend pass will set you back $25 or a day pass is only $15. August 9th is the last day to get 30% off the ticket price with the code, “EARLYBIRD” or if you see this after 8/9, you can get 20% off with the code “ADVANCE” by ordering on or before September 9th. So buy your tickets at least the day before and not the day of and you’ll save! Parking is also FREE and not too hard to come by!
  2. You’ll be walking, a lot! Wear comfortable shoes! I went for my cowboy boots because, Texas 😉
  3. Drinks are limited. There were only a few vendors who had drinks to sample (some of which are alcohol so be sure and have your ID handy!) and if you’re new to the gluten free lifestyle, you might not know that a lot of things that contain gluten are starches so it’s safe to say that some of these treats are dry. On day one, both the vendor (located at the back of the event) AND the vending machine ran out of waters. So, bring your own and pop them into the tote bag you get at the entrance!
  4. Try everything. There were some types of products that were repeated often so at first, I passed by those booths because I felt like I had tried them already, why try again? Wrong. I sampled 6 different types of cheese puffs (the delicious, fluffy kind you put in your oven. Drooolllll) and I tried them all day 2 and absolutely walked away with a favorite….because, bacon.
  5. Bring a bit of cash. While every single booth will have something FREE for you to try or even take home, many booths also their items for sale and you WILL want to buy them. You’ll also score a super discount this way!
  6. ALWAYS Gluten Free, other allergens? ASK! Not everything in the entire expo will be nut free, dairy free, wheat free, etc. So, if you have a particular allergy, ALWAYS ask. There are also stickers on each booth to help guide you if the booth seems busy or you’re not much of a talker. To be safe, I recommend asking when you’re a bit iffy!
  7. Come hungry. I mean, absolutely famished! I’m not a breakfast person (I know, I’m terrible!) so if you’re in the rule-breakers club along side me, skip breakfast and come dying of starvation because it will take you all of 10 minutes to be full. Haha. Okay, don’t skip breakfast kids, but come prepared to chow down! Everything is delicious and ready for you to nom. I got full around 2pm even though I tried to pace myself and spent A LOT of time taking photographs, talking to people and overall wasting time. If you aren’t working doing those things, I imagine you’ll be full to capacity in no time!

If you’re going Gluten-free for any reason, or if you’re just toying with the idea, the GFAF Expo is a great starting point or if you’re just looking for more brands to add to your rotation, this expo will not disappoint! If you will be in the Dallas, TX area September 10th & 11th and want to get in for FREE be sure to enter below to win one of  five day passes below! This will get you access to the entire event and a swag bag for your choice of Saturday or Sunday! (Just a reminder the event is from 10am-4om at the Dallas Market Center North Hall and parking is FREE.)

If you’re still looking to buy tickets, you can still get 20% off with the code “ADVANCE” through Sept. 9th!! Click HERE to get your Dallas GFAF Expo tickets.

 
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NEW ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color

Hey lovelies! I am so, so excited to share this new launch from ORLY.  I get giddy over two things; nail polish and nail treatments. It’s no secret that I have a huge collection of polishes and I’ve tried nearly every nail hardener, cuticle oil, nail enhancer, base coat, top coat- if I can get my hands on it, I have tried it. For the first time ever, a nail brand took these two and fused them together in what ORLY Is calling “Breathable“. This new line allows oxygen and hydration to pass through to the to promote nail growth, increase nail thickness and help heal damaged nails.

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Dannon Pledge #KnowYourYogurt

Hey Readers! I hope you’re having an amazing Saturday! I wanted to take some time to share some amazing news from Dannon and take you a step further into Dannon’s latest pledge and what it means for you as a consumer.

Dannon is not new to the yogurt and dairy game having been making delicious eats for 74 years (that’s right since 1942!) over the years, they’ve gotten a lot of feedback from their customers and they’ve listened. In recent years, they had a lot of requests for non-GMO options. IF you’re not familiar with GMO, it stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. You can read more here, on wikipedia. There are numerous studies on why GMO is bad for animals, the planet and the most important organism around- YOU. That is why Dannon has come up with the Dannon Pledge.

Dannon has pledged to remove GMO from their top selling products (like Oikos, Dannon and Danimals which make up 50% of their sales) and offer for clear labeling for products that may still contain GMO by the end of 2017.

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International Kissing Day with Arbonne!

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If you didn’t already hear on social media, it is IN FACT International Kissing Day! So, grab your best lippie and lay one on someone you love! I thought it would be the perfect day to share a lipstick lineup I’ve been dying to try ever since the release and that is the Smoothed Over Lipsticks by Arbonne. If you can believe it, it took me a little over 3 years to get my hands on these. I own a lot of lipstick and with the liquid matte lipstick craze, I feel like these got swept under the rug. This formula is hands down the best thing that no one is talking about!

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OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection | Nudes

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It is officially summer time and the sun is out and the bright neons are everywhere! From swimwear to jewelry and polish to lipsticks bold color is the word. Here to bring everyone a breath of fresh air, OPI released a new collective from their Infinite Shine lineup for this season featuring 6 perfect nudes. So buckle up and prepare yourself for nude overload. If you aren’t familiar with the Infinite Shine formula, these polishes are a 3-step system (base/primer, color and top coat) that offers an HD gel look without the lamp or the hassle of removing gels. I’ve always thought that OPI’s “regular” polish lasted the longest on my nails, but I really do notice a difference with the Infinite Shine formula! The ONLY negative that I’ve ever found is that I think the top coat takes too long to dry. I’m used to fast dry top coats and this one is certainly NOT formulated to be quick! All that being said, let’s get into these shades!

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Pet Giftbox| July 2016 for Cats + Meet Jelly!

Special Coupon code: JellyTheRescueKitty to get your first box for only $14.49!

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I want to start this off  by saying I would like to proudly introduce you all to my sweet fur-baby, Jelly. Better known as @JellyTheRescueKitty on Instagram. That’s right, Jelly has been making the rounds via social media. He’s been featured on Morgan Taylor (you know, the awesome polish brand you’ve seen here before) and Beauty Box 5‘s Instagrams, too. It’s safe to say that this little guy has been loving life!

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Play! by Sephora|March 2016

Hey lovelies! I’m back with another subscription box. You may be surprised to know that this is actually my 3rd Play! by Sephora box. Because Sephora was not opening this subscription up everywhere, I got a lot of questions on social media on how that was working. I made a lot of guesses in replying to everyone based on patterns I was seeing like how it really had to do with where you were located geographically and little to do with how much you had spent with the company. I live about an hour from Austin and was invited in February of this year to finally join. Since I have become a subscriber they have opened this all over the United States and I saw a HUGE wave of people signing up last month! Not all of those people received this box but are for sure in next month’s line up!

This month’s theme is Forces of Nature.


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#TheAmuseBouche by BITE Voxbox

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It has been a whole minute since I had the honor of receiving this Voxbox from Influenster buuuuttt life has been a little hectic and I’ve got a few things you catch you guys up on! First order, of course, is this stunning lipstick range.

IF you aren’t familiar with Influenster and you want to learn how you can get VoxBoxes too, check them out HERE and feel free to comment if you have any questions! I’m happy to answer them for you!

These are from Bite Beauty which has been a long time favorite of mine thanks to their Agave Lip Mask. If you haven’t heard of Bite Beauty, their “claim to fame” if you will is that they use natural ingredients and all their products are food grade. This matters because of the obvious- they go on your lips. You would be shocked if you knew how much makeup you actually ingest in a year (if you wear it, you eat it.). If you don’t gravitate towards natural products (which, I’ll be honest, I don’t always.), you’ll be blown away by this brand simply for the fact that these lippies leave your lips feeling incredible!

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Lilee Box February 2015

Lilee is the first high end, luxury Subscription I’m trying in 2016 and I have to say, the bar is set very high! I first heard about Lilee box from some of the amazing ladies over at Beauty Box 5. Lilee is, like I said, a high end box so the price tag is higher than boxes like BB5 at $49 but comes with much, much more than 5 beauty samples.

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Lilee touches on style and home goods while still delivering amazing beauty finds. You can get great deals by selecting a long subscription, saving $21 (a year) with a 4 month plan or get a whopping $89 savings by signing up for a year up front. Lilee also promises $120 PLUS worth of goodies each month. The shipping is free in the US and they ship to Canada too for a $10 shipping fee.

If you’re a little bored with tiny beauty samples or if you’re like me and you can NEVER get enough beauty but enjoy lifestyle goodies too, Lilee is one to check out!

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#CheersVoxBox from Influenster

I am on a little bit of a high BECAUSE I just “attended” another amazing Twitter Party with @InfluensterVoxBox for this particular box and I actually won! I’ve been with Influenster for a while and I’m currently loving their recent revamp. They’ve always worked with brands I was interested in but lately I’m gagging over the stuff they are sending out FOR FREE. If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, they are a sampling service for those who love to give their opinion. You don’t need to be a blogger or be on Youtube, etc. IF you have social media, be it a personal Facebook with your friends and family, and Twitter, Instagram then you have a social media presence and they are sending FREE products to people just like you! There are boxes that fit a theme (Like this one!) and contain multiple brands or sometimes there if a box featuring a new release or collection from just one brand (like the box I received after and before this one). There’s food, kid’s products, home goods, beauty products and the occasional box just for dudes. If you’re interested in signing up, you can check them out HERE.

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So, a while back I won a Twitter party and Auto-Qualified for this box. That meant that I would get it automatically. Typically, you do your “Snaps” which are general questions to see if you’re a good fit for the brand or box. They are always looking for different things for each VoxBox so just be you and stay on top of doing your Snaps. Then you’ll get emails like the one above and you take the survey and you wait. It’s fun knowing you’re gonna get it but that’s not usually the case!

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A couple weeks later, I got the box and here is what is inside! We got:
Way Better Snacks Sweet Chilli
Suave Moisture Mask*
Dr. Teals Soaking Solution in Lavender
Coupon for FREE Hormel Taco Meat.
Some subscribers also got a code for a workout App, but I didn’t 🙂
*Most Influncers got a shampoo and conditioner by Suave in a few varieties. I don’t know why some got a hair mask, but I really enjoyed this so, score!

This box was a Cheers to the New Years so everything had a little twist on how your could Cheers to a Resolution. Whether it was to work out, relax, take care of your hair, eat better or heck, #TacoTuesday #TacoGoals…which is my only goal in life. Ever.

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My absolute favorite item in the box was the Dr. Teals. I’ve been a hoarder of their products for years now from their  soaks to their bubble bath. I put mine in this cute vase with a coffee scoop I no longer use and WIN!

I’ll be doing reviews and posting on social media about all these goodies but I wanted to tell you about Influenster and just give you a bit of look at what’s inside! xoxo