Friday, November 21, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Friday, November 7, 2014

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Red Apple Lipstick

*I received samples of these lip products in exchange for my review and all opinions are 100% my own.

Hello lovelies!  Today I have an review of Red Apple Lipstick, if you've never heard of this brand, you need to check them out.  Red Apple Lipstick products are gluten free and paraben free, in other words - totally safe.  Red Apple Lipstick was started in 2007 and in that time have become the number one trusted gluten free cosmetics company.

A couple of the best thing about this brand:

this brand is made in the USA
their customer service is top notch.  very on top of making their customers happy. 
 this includes a 100% money back guarantee within 160 days of your purchase.
they don't test on animals

Now, let's get on with the actual review of the product, shall we?

Firstly:  The packaging is cute.  The products arrived to me in a cute little drawstring bag and then each of the products was wrapped in tissue paper.



The actual product packaging is pretty and the lid to the gloss feels like that soft, almost rubbery texture.  It's easy to grip and doesn't feel like your hand will slip off if you've just applied lotion.

The color is gorgeous, as you can see, and the name of the collection tells you that it's going to be minty.  It's not overwhelming though, just a nice minty scent but it doesn't make my lips tingle or burn from the mint, it's not unpleasant and the scent goes away fairly quickly.  It is not overly sticky and while not completely opaque, it does give a nice color to the lips.


The packaging of the lipstick is very sleek, it comes in an all black tube with the bottom of the tube having a textured pattern that adds interest to an otherwise plain black tube.

 The lipstick itself is super creamy and feels very moisturizing on the lips.  I didn't have to reapply for at least 4 hours and that was eating and drinking during that time frame.  There was a nice color payoff, not totally opaque, but not sheer at all.



Final thoughts:  Overall, I really enjoy this lipstick and gloss.  The formula is really nice, it's easy to work with and doesn't leave my lips feeling dry. The packaging is cute and extremely functional with the textures that help your fingers to grip the tubes.  The range of products that Red Apple Lipstick makes extends beyond just lip products.  They also make mascara, eye shadows, lip pencils, eyeliner and a lip exfoliant.  The color range of the lipsticks is extensive so you are sure to find a shade that works well for you.  If you are looking for a makeup line that is gluten and paraben free, I would highly recommend giving Red Apple Lipstick a try.

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Copycat Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Meal

Hello lovelies! Today I thought I'd share a recipe...one that my family absolutely loves. Like cannot get enough, eat for every meal sort of loves.

The best part is that it is so easy, just throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day.



Step 1: Take 3 chicken breasts and put them in the crockpot with 2 cups of water. Cover with taco seasoning. Turn on crockpot on low and let it cook all day.


Step 2: After it's been cooking all day, take a couple of forks and shred it all up. It should look like this when you're done...


After that, add a can of corn and a can of beans. You can add any kind of bean you'd like (pinto, kidney, black...) Stir it all up and let it cook while you make the rice.


Step 3: Measure out your rice, two cups rice to 4 cups water (give or take a little water). Cook that on the stove top. When rice is done, add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.


Step 4: Put rice in the dish, top with chicken/bean/corn. Then you can add salsa, cheese, sour cream.

Step 5: Chow down!


This is seriously one of my favorite meals, and it tastes exactly like a burrito bowl from Chipotle. YUM!! Let me know if you decide to try this recipe out, I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you make any changes to my recipe.





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Milani vs Gerard Cosmetics - Face Off!

Hello lovelies! Welcome back to Beautiful Wednesday! Today I thought we'd talk about lip gloss, I know what you're thinking...an entire post devoted to the topic of lip gloss- AWESOME!! ;)

If you've been around the beauty blogging/vlogging community for any length of time, you will have heard of Whitening Lightening/Color Your Smile/Gerard Cosmetics...every YouTube beauty vlogger has these glosses and RAVES about them. Now, being the good beauty blogger that I am, I knew I needed to get some to test out...it's for research purposes ya know!

First things first, these glosses are expensive. Like cost you an arm and a leg kind of expensive.


$24 for a single lipgloss. Yeah. To my way of thinking, I would rather take that same $24 and get a couple of glosses, or lipsticks, or a decent foundation...or the list could go on and on. I was lucky to have an awesome discount code so I got 5 glosses for $40, that I can do. Now, that being said, I'm not saying I don't like these glosses, or that they are crap, I just don't think they are deserving of that high price tag.

I decided to do a sort of comparison review of Milani Brilliant Shine gloss vs Gerard Cosmetics gloss. I love both formula's, the packaging is quite similar with the exception of the mirror on the side and lights in the top of the wand that GC glosses are known for.

Gerard Cosmetics glosses are more creamy and very opaque while Milani is more glossy and can be sheered out easily. Both are great glosses, but at a fraction of the cost, I would probably choose to go with Milani...unless I had another really great discount code to use on Gerard Cosmetics ;)

Check out this video where I talk about the two glosses and show swatches


What do you guys think, is it worth the high price tag to get the Gerard Cosmetics gloss?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

DIY- Photo Backdrop

Hello lovelies!  Welcome back to another DIY Tuesday ;)  Let's get crafty up in herr...haha

So, in a past life (ok, it only seems like it was a past life, it was actually only a couple of years) I was a photographer.  I mainly photographed women in boudoir sessions, but I love looking at all kinds of photography.  As a mom, I have lots of occasions to photograph my kids, birthday parties, school parties, holiday parties...lots and lots of parties.  One of the things that I have been thinking about lately is my daughters 10th birthday party coming up in a couple of weeks (ack! How did she get to be 10 already?!).  I don't have a real theme I'm working with yet, but I thought a great place to start would be a photo backdrop for her and her friends to get their model on and give me a chance to get some fun pictures of them at the party.

Enter, this week's DIY project!  


So, the supplies you'll need are: 8 rolls of streamers (in whatever colors you choose, I found these double packs at the dollar store!) and a tablecloth (also from the dollar store)

Total out of pocket cost for this project: $5

I used my photography equipment (backdrop stand) and clamps, but you could easily attach this to a wall instead if you don't have a stand.  I clamped the tablecloth to the stand to keep it nice and secure before I started attaching the streamers.




 Next, I got to take out some aggression on these helpless streamers.  I tore them into pieces that are about as tall as I am (5'5") or taller in some cases, figuring that if they were as tall as me, they would be plenty tall for the kids.


The last step in the project is the most time consuming, actually attaching each single streamer to the tablecloth!  I used tape, but I'm sure you could do it a number of ways.  


Here is the finished product!  So inexpensive, yet so fun and festive!  You could make one for New Years Eve if you host a big bash, or one for Valentine's Day, St Patricks Day...you could really make one for every holiday if you wanted and it would be so fun for the kids especially to do a 'photoshoot' with this cool background.





Of course, no photoshoot is complete for my daughter until she has had her Vogue moment and strikes her signature pose! hahaha  I have no idea where she gets it from ;)


Let me know if you decide to try this fun DIY project, I would love to see the pics you take with your new photo backdrop.