Hello 2017, Hello Fresh

Yay! We are two weeks into 2017 and so far, so good. You with me? I keep seeing heaps of my friends on Facebook raving about how 2017 is looking like it’s going to be their year. We’ve got a few things that are a little up in the air in politics, let’s be honest, but I think this is the year of “it is what you make it” and I’m ready to make the most of a new year! I don’t typically do resolutions because I’m one that tries to change when the mood strikes. I’m a do-er by nature so the idea of waiting for a new year to roll over before I stop or start something is too much for me. I am however, cheering on everyone who is wanting to make a positive change for 2017! I know many of you have resolutions around you schedule, your family, your diet and more. Because of that, I couldn’t think of a better post to share with you all for this month than my shipment from Hello Fresh!

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Let’s Talk About Jelly. And 2016.

Of all the rants I’ve seen people go on abut how horrible 2016 was as a whole, I know that this one won’t make sense to everyone…. because I’m going to tell you that 6 months later, I still cry anytime I think about a cat and why he was the best thing that happened all year.

2016 was the year that, without realizing it, I thought often about the philosophy that you are equal parts of the 5 people you spend the most time with. As a work-from-home (that’s the first time I’ve ever said that. I stay home…but I work. I make a paycheck and dammit, I WORK.) I spend a hefty amount of time with my two boys and my husband. While I don’t see them much, I connect emotionally a lot with my sisters and my biological mother. Aside from them, I have a best friend who means more to me than some of my family members. She and I been through a circus this year. Lord help us. As long as I’ve know her, she’s poured her heart and soul into helping children, families and animals in need. It didn’t take long for me to catch that bug but it never felt like my calling. It felt like I was happily supporting my best friend by helping with adoption days, toy drives, donating unused beauty items, etc. I was always giving things but it felt…weird. I gave away things because they didn’t mean that much to me and I knew they’d mean a whole lot more to someone who had less. You ever owned 700+ bottles of nail polish and given one to someone who’s lost their home? It’s indescribable.
I know, nail polish? Stay with me…

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Flower Eyewear by Drew Barrymore

I can’t be the only one who feels like they spent most of the 90’s wishing they were child star Drew Barrymore. Unlike a lot of child stars, Drew Barrymore never stopped being someone I could look up to  and while I’ve seen every single one of her movies, I get even more excited when she stands behind a brand or better yet, when she built her own. Flower Beauty was a huge hit in my eyes and it meant a lot to me that the price point was reasonable and that the line easily accessible. Partnering with Walmart might not scream high end, but no one can deny that they carry huge names that go on to huge success. Flower is back at it for another go-round with some awesome eyewear.

The new Flower Eyewear line up includes 34 prescription lenses and sun wear. Traditional glasses begin at $88 and the sunglasses in the line are only $39.  There are also a line of readers at a super affordable $19.94. Each pair is also named after a previous movie or TV role that Drew had. I think that is the cutest idea!

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Halloween with Mehron: A First Look

Last year, after my first Face Paint purchases, I started reading around and that was the first time I ever heard about the Mehron Paradise AQ Paints. They, like others in my collection, are water activated. I purchased an 8-pan palette just after new years to play with it and fell hard! Earlier last month, I got an email about Mehron products and was able to get my hands on some fabulous goodies for tutorials this year! A VERY special thank you to Mehron & Sabrina from their PR team for sending these! There will be a lot more on these in my upcoming tutorials but you can check out the entire collection at Mehron.com (these are considered their performance line so click to the right!).


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Oh, Deer. A “Bambi” guide for Halloween.

This year, I haven’t added too much to my Halloween makeup collection, but I will be posting updates to anything new that I do add to my SFX (Special Effects) kit. If you would like to see what I’m working with right now, check out my two hauls from last year HERE & HERE. Aside from these things, I often use regular makeup. When it comes to Halloween makeup, I absolutely avoid cheap Halloween Store products and instead opt for brands that specialize in SFX or plain, everyday makeup. If you have any questions on that, let me know!

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Pinners Conference | Dallas, TX | 2016

I thought I would update you guys a little bit of my trip to Dallas next weekend. I’ll be heading over the GFAF for a bit and I’m also attending Pinners Conference for my first time! If the word “pinners” makes you think of the site, Pinterest, you’re absolutely on the right track. Pinners Conference is a place for all things DIY.

Pinners Conference is in Dallas, TX this year September 9th & 10th at the Arlington Convention Center just outside of Dallas. Tickets range from $7 general admission to show around, listen to speakers, make-and-takes and should you choose, you can upgrade at any time to the $29 one-day all classes pass and partake in as many classes as you like! You could also get the same deal for both days at only $59

There is also an exciting pass for $99 that makes you a Pinners VIP. With this ticket, you get access to both days and all the classes you can fit in PLUS you get invited to a very special VIP party the Thursday before. This night is jam packed with swag, live music, and you even get perks while attending Friday & Saturday. You can read more about it HERE. I’ll be there, with bells on. (Like literally, I might get crafty and attach bells to my bag. It sounds weird, but Im artsy, okay?)

 

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There are speakers and presentations galore, but what I’m most excited about is the huge lineup of over 90 classes you can take! Pinners Conference is a great mix of classes, shopping and information for the inner pinner in all of us! You can check out more HERE on their site and I hope to see you there!!

 

Sally Hansen LE Secret Garden Collection

If you’ve ever checked out some nail art on my Instagram, you’ve probably seen me rave about the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat because it creates 2x volume and is stunning for smoothing out the nail whether it be lumpy, uneven nail art or if you have nail ridges or if you’re like me and you just love thicker nail polish. The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a 2 step manicure the lasts up to 14 days and provides a gel-line shine and chip-resistant finish without the use of a UV or LED lamp.

Recently, they launched a 6 shade limited edition collection called “Secret Garden” that is available in 2-packs including step 1: the color and step 2: the top coat. I got to try out two of the shades “Ba-Bloom” and “Freesia Your Mind”.

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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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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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