Thursday, July 31, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Fave's

Another month in the books, can you believe July is over?! Gah!

I thought I'd bring back the Favorite's post since it seemed to be pretty popular when I did it last time, and I know it's always one of my favorite types of posts to read so here goes!

July Beauty Favorites!


I am absolutely IN LOVE with the scent of the Garnier Cleansing Oil and the Smooth Cleansing Cream, they smell so so so sooooo good!! They are made from jojoba and macadamia oils, so if you or someone in your house have nut allergies, please make sure these are safe to bring into your house before hand. I have a really good friend whose son is deathly allergic to tree nuts and so she cannot even bring stuff like this into the house, just to be safe. The cucumber and avocado cleansing wipes are so nice, they are refreshing and the scent is really light not overwhelming like other brands I've tried. The wipes leave my face feeling clean and refreshed without leaving a ton of residue behind.


Ok, now I have found some really great makeup products over the last few months, but in the last couple of weeks I have gotten some products that I am really loving! I have been looking for a more full coverage drugstore foundation and I found two really great options; Revlon Colorstay and CoverGirl 3-n-1. I just love the coverage these both provide and without feeling like I just have lbs of makeup on my face. I'm also still loving the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. I haven't found another one that compares to this concealer, at least at the drugstore. I finally found the Elf Undereye Setting Powder and its fantastic! It really helps my concealer to not crease as badly. Rimmel Stay Matte powder is just a really nice powder to set the rest of my face. Revlon's shimmer brick is awesome, I haven't ever tried the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, but from what I have heard this Revlon one is a dupe for that high end product. I haven't used lip liners very much in the last 10 years but apparently they are making a comeback so I picked this Rimmel liner up in the color East End Snob. It is a pretty pinkish nude and goes really well with a lot of the lip colors I already wear. Ok, I think we've already established that I'm a lip gloss addict...some might use the term hoarder...I choose the term lip gloss aficionado ;) so I picked up one of the Loreal Color Elixir's in the shade breathtaking apricot. Love it. I love the coverage, its not sheer and gives great color without being sticky.


Okay ladies, let's chat about hair stuff. My hair has been in terrible shape since Asa was born. It's been dry and falling out and lifeless. I have a crap ton of grey's and it's not pretty. It's frizzy and thin and super dry and it just makes me sad. So I've been looking for products to help with all of these issues and while I haven't fixed all the issues with my hair, I think I'm on my way. I started using the Loreal shampoo and conditioner Smooth Intense and I love it. It smells really good and my hair feels much more smooth after using it. I also picked up the Loreal Total Repair 5 hair mask and I think this has made the biggest impact on fixing my hair issues. I've noticed a lot less frizz and dryness at the ends of my hair since using the hair mask. I use it once a week in the shower after I've shampooed and conditioned, I don't want to weigh my hair down so I haven't used it more often. I'm not a huge fan of dry shampoo's but the one I like the best lately is the Batiste wild. I love the way it smells!

That's it for my July Fave's! I'd love to hear what some of your favorites are or if you have any suggestions that I should try out in August!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Hi, I'm Chrissy and I'm an Addict

They say the first step is admitting it, right?  Well here goes...Hi, I'm Chrissy and I'm an addict...and you all say, Hi Chrissy!


I'm addicted to beauty.  Makeup, nail polish, brushes, perfumes, lotions, high end, drugstore, you name I am probably lusting over it.


There, I said it, I'm out.  I love shopping for new makeup, whether it's just picking up one new product that I've been wanting to try or whether it's time to repurchase stuff I've already used up and loved so much I want more.  Don't get me wrong, I try not to go crazy and buy everything I want all the time, but I think I work hard and deserve a little pick me up with a new gloss or blush or foundation or brush or or or or.... ;)  the list could go on and on you know!


Lately, I've been trying to branch out and try some new products that my favorite YouTube beauty guru's have been talking about, also I've been trying to use more of my products and sort of rotate through them instead of just getting stuck in a rut using certain fave's.

I've really gotten out of my comfort zone of just using neutrals and simple black liner with black mascara.  I have been experimenting with color, using bright colored eye shadows that I normally shy away from thinking I can't pull it off.  I'm trying purples, pinks, greens, blues and just blending the hell of them to make them work.




I'm really loving the Maybelline color tattoo cream shadows and have bought, I think 5 or 6 of them in the last 2 months, I have gotten a few neutral type colors, but I also got a really gorgeous purple that I just adore.


I will have another post up more near the end of the month of my July Beauty Fave's so keep an eye out for that with more info on the actual products I've been using and loving this month.




My go - to colors lately have been pinks, rose gold, taupe, and bronze shadows with a deeper bronze or copperish shade as a liner to smudge along the top and bottom lashes in place of an actual eyeliner.

Let me just tell you, I had tried Maybelline's The Rocket mascara and fell in love...it was a temporary kind of love apparently because I then tried the Loreal Miss Manga and I cannot wear anything else.  I have tried.  Nothing else compares to Miss Manga right now for me.  In this picture to the left, the eye on the left has Miss Manga and the right eye is the Rocket.  Hello lashes!  Can you see the difference between the two?!?!  Miss Manga is an everlasting kind of love, no temporary love there!!


Ok, so before I go into all of my July fave's in this post I need to wrap it up...I can't give away all my secrets in this one post ;)!  Keep an eye out for more beauty related posts, that's where my heart is right now so just bear with me girlies!











Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shaving Changed My Life...Honestly

Hello lovelies!  Today I want to talk to you about something that we all do...shaving.

Now, I know, you are all probably thinking 'way to be dramatic, Chrissy, how could shaving possibly change your life'.  Let me elaborate...

Before I got married and had my daughter, I would spend hours on myself getting ready...taking my time to pamper myself. I would spend 30 minutes in the shower, exfoliating, shaving, doing hair masks and the whole 9 yards. After my shower I would take as much time as I wanted on styling my hair and doing my makeup, putting lotion on my whole body. I felt good about myself and was super confident. Then I got married and got pregnant right away. I started sleeping 20 hours a day during my first trimester and that of course meant the super long showers and hours to get ready went out the window. Once Hannah was born my life as I knew it was over and all of my time was consumed by being Hannah's mama. I was lucky to get a shower a few times a week and when I did, shaving and taking a bunch of time was usually the very last thing I wanted to do.

This was my SOTD today, love my Pink Moustache from
Sharp Ladies Shaving and Petal Pusher Fancies
Fast forward a few years to when Hannah started school. I thought this would be MY time, she will be in school for 3 hours a day and that would be a great time for me to spend on myself, getting back into a habit of pampering myself and all those things I used to do that I missed so much. Well, school started and while I did spend a little more time on myself, I wasn't spending the kind of time I used to because there was still so much I had to do around the house and things like that before I had to pick her up from school. Finally, after a couple of years of Hannah being in school, I hit my groove and started really getting back into spending time on my hair and makeup every day. But I still wasn't taking time to shave because it was such a chore. I didn't enjoy it. Part of it was the cost of the replacement cartridges. Those damn things are so expensive!! When you are on a tight budget, that is simply not something I am willing to spend money on when it comes down to being able to spend more on clothes or things my daughter needs. So I would go a month or more between shaves. My poor husband! haha

Right when I had hit my groove, doing makeup and hair everyday and feeling really good about myself again, I found out I was pregnant with Asa. Yes, that means it took me 8 years to realize I matter too. That life is not just all about doing for your children. Shocking, I know. All through my pregnancy with Asa, I tried to keep up my routine of spending time on myself and doing makeup and all that, and I was pretty successful. Shaving still was not on my agenda, though mostly because I couldn't reach my legs! I think I shaved maybe 3 times the whole pregnancy...don't judge me!

My husbands Vintage 1900's Gillette
After Asa's birth I did start shaving more frequently, mostly because I was so happy that I COULD reach again! A couple of months ago my husband started talking to me about his interest in vintage safety razors and wet shaving. I knew nothing about wet shaving or safety razors or shaving soaps. I was really apprehensive to even consider using anything different than a traditional cartridge razor so my husband asked if he could shave my legs for me using his vintage 1900's Gillette double edge, open comb safety razor. I said sure, since I love being pampered by my man, so he set everything up and shaved my legs. It was fantastic!


There are a few differences between cartridge shaving and safety razor shaving - one of the biggest is that you just let the razor glide along your skin with no pressure when you use a safety razor. For those of us with sensitive skin I have found that using a safety razor is a lot more gentle on my skin because I'm not using a lot of pressure to push the razor onto my skin to get a good close shave or having to repeat the same spot multiple times. Another big difference is cost. The initial cost up front to get a starter kit which usually includes a brush, safety razor and shaving soap can run you around $50, but a pack of blades costs less than $5 and will last you quite a while. In the long run you are saving a lot of money because the replacement cartridges for disposable razors are anywhere from $15 - $20 bucks just for 4 refills!

My Mother's Day gift

Let's get down to the reason I say shaving changed my life - aside from the things I already mentioned, when you shave with a safety razor you have to slow down and take your time. Really focus on yourself. This is what has changed my life. After that first time my husband shaved my legs with his safety razor he bought me my own kit for Mother's Day. I got an Edwin Jagger double edge safety razor (it's PINK!), an WSP brush, pre-shave cream, shave soap, after shave lotion,and blades from a local shop called Razor Emporium. The first time I shaved on my own, using my new products and razor - it was heaven. I took a nice long, warm shower and exfoliated my legs really well and when I got out of the shower I setup everything to shave. I sit at my vanity in the bathroom, so I'm nice and comfortable and I take my time to pamper myself and just be by myself. I don't rush through because one of the kids are crying - their dad is with them, he can handle it! I always feel 100% better, not just physically because I have soft and smooth skin again, but mentally because I've taken at least an hour to just be with myself and take good care of me. I am WORTH that hour of solitude and I deserve to be pampered and feel amazing in my own skin. I always leave the bedroom after I've taken this time to myself, in a much happier and confident mood than when I first went in...and we all know, if mama ain't happy...ain't nobody happy!

So, just to clarify...shaving has changed my thinking about my own value and that, my friends, has changed my entire life.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fun, Flirty and Fashionable Clothes for us Plus Size Women!

*Disclaimer: I received a sample product in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hello lovelies! I have a fun, flirty, summery fashion post today!


Now, I am not trying to claim to be some fashion forward model of all things trendy...what I am is a stay at home mom with 2 kids, a dog, a husband and I live in one of the hottest climates in the United States. Comfort for me is key to anything I wear, if it's easy to just throw on and I don't have to worry about flashing anyone if I bend over - that's what I'm looking for out of my clothes most days.  This is what my wardrobe is made up of - jeans and tee shirts and tank tops.


Sometimes though, I do like to get dressed up, you know wear something that requires the use of Spanx ;) and let's face it 6 months after you have a baby, Spanx are a must for most of us. 


Even though I enjoy wearing dresses and getting dressed up, I can't always find dresses that fit me properly. I'm a plus size woman and it can be really difficult to find trendy or fashionable clothes that fit me the way they are meant to fit. Enter eShakti - they are an online clothing company that carry sizes 0-36W and the best part is you can customize your clothes!  You just take your measurements and include them in your order (just like you would choose the color or size, you can choose to customize your items).


I really like eShakti and the variety in styles and patterns in the clothing items.  The website is really user friendly, including the customize section.  So you would select your item:


Then you can either just go with a standard size option or you  can select the Customize tab and it opens up with a bunch of measurements that you can take to make your new dress really fit YOUR body!



Once you are all done with those, you just submit your order - it couldn't be any easier!  I did have my husband help take my measurements to make sure everything was accurate.  I submitted my order and I received the dress within 2 weeks and it fits like a glove, honestly.  I adore it.  I feel so pretty when I wear it, I feel flirty and feminine and beautiful.


Can I just tell you, my favorite parts of this dress are the pockets in the full skirt and on the straps there is a little snap...I couldn't figure out what it would be there for until it dawned on me that you snap your bra strap into it to keep your bra straps in place while wearing this dress!  Brilliant!!  The cut of this dress is really flattering and it just fits beautifully since it is custom to my exact measurements.  Love it!



Now for the fun part, eShakti has created a coupon code just for you, my readers!  I really hope you all take advantage and get yourself something that will make you feel as beautiful as I know you already are ;)

 Here is the coupon code 'divadashes'- to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti – valid from 07/17/2014 – 08/17/2014

Please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive.
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period.
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Keeping My Kids Safe with Walgreens #GiveAShot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I can’t be the only parent who has a child that is terrified of the dreaded needle. When I think about it, I don’t know if terrified is really the right word…I think her fear is based more on the anticipation of the shot than the actual shot itself. Let me tell you a little story about the last time my 9 year old daughter needed a shot. Hannah has been getting vaccinated on the normal schedule recommended by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) http://www2.aap.org/immunization/izschedule.html since she was born, I have not delayed or refused any immunizations. When she started school she was all up to date on the required vaccines it was never her favorite part of her well checks, but it was never an anxiety inducing part either, it just was and it was done and over and we all moved on. As she has gotten older, her anxiety has grown considerably whenever well checks are mentioned.


We don’t always get the flu shot, but last year we all had to have it based on the recommendations of my ob since I was pregnant with Asa during flu season. We decided to get mine and Hannah’s flu shots together and let me tell you…the entire store knew Hannah was getting a shot. She knew ahead of time, before we even left for the pharmacy that we would be getting a shot and she seemed ok but as we walked into the store she started to hyperventilate and cry. I just don’t even know where this anxiety came from to be honest with you, we have never held her down to force a shot, and we have always talked to her about why we get immunizations and how they help to prevent a lot of people from getting sick.

When we finally made it to the pharmacy counter and asked for our flu shots, she was in full blown panic mode. No amount of bribery or snuggles helped to calm her. One of the great things is that Walgreens makes it really easy - no appointments are needed, you just show up when its convenient for you and most insurance is accepted.  Walgreens also will report back to your primary physician about what vaccinations you received. I asked Hannah if she wanted to watch me get my shot first to see that it really was not a big deal and she said she did. I put on my biggest smile and got my shot and she calmed down long enough to watch but as soon as I was done and she realized it was her turn she flipped out again.

The pharmacist was fantastic and was trying his best to sooth Hannah’s fears even telling her a story about an older teenage boy who had cried even harder than she was before he got his shot! That made Hannah giggle and set her at ease a bit, but what really worked to get her mind off what was about to happen was that we had gotten her a little something but had it in a paper bag so she couldn’t see it and had no idea what it could be. So she had to guess and that kept her mind busy long enough that the pharmacist was able to give her the shot and slap the band aid on it while she was contemplating what could possibly be in that bag!

Success! We found something that worked really well and hopefully the next time Hannah needs her next round of vaccinations it will still work! I really love the Walgreens #GiveaShot program because it helps provide life saving vaccines through the United Nations Foundation, this program is aimed at school age children 7 and up.  #collectivebias





Friday, July 18, 2014

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

It's my first time doing this Blogmopolitan Quiz, but it looked super fun and a good way for me to come back to blogging more regularly now that my son is 6 months old! I took sort of an unintentional blog break, but I'm really hoping to get back into the swing of things now that things are settled in for the most part! So, I'm linking up with Erin from Two Thirds Hazel for this fun quiz!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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