You Are Beautiful.

I finally had a chance to watch this video by Dove that has been popping up all over Facebook.  If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a few minutes to watch it today and remember, you are more beautiful than you think ❤

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July faves

Blah!  Sorry to be gone for so long!  Damn, I am a broken record.  Each post seems to start with some variation of that sentence.  😉

Well, good news is that I jumped out of bed this Monday morning just ready to attack the day.  I had a great workout this morning and have been full of energy all day.  Hopefully that also means I won’t be so MIA on the blogosphere for the rest of this week 🙂

I’ve compiled another list of faves for the month of July – and I’m realizing that I certainly do have a lot of “favorite” things.  Maybe I should rename these posts, “stuff I kind of like.”  But that just doesn’t have the same zing to it, does it?  Regardless, here are my monthly favorites:

Costco Workout Tanks:

Costco doesn’t put images of their clothing items on their website!  So I need to credit Skinny Runner for this photo that I am borrowing (hope you don’t mind, Skinny Runner!  Great blog!)

Costco tank

I really like these tanks – in fact, I like them so much I bought it in 3 colors:  hot pink, peach, and purple.  They are not too tight and they are long enough to cover the booty.

Starbucks Refreshers:

Also an impulse buy from Costco!  These are really refreshing.  I’m pretty bummed that I missed the memo that they were giving these out for free at Starbucks last Friday, but oh well.  The flavors are not too sweet, and there is not a lot of added sugar or other scary ingredients.  I think they are a nice treat!

Breaking Bad:

Seriously, I am obsessed.  The hubby and I are trying to catch up on the last 4 seasons before watching the new season that just started last night – so no spoilers, please!  We are about halfway through the 3rd season and I can’t believe I missed out on this show for so long – it is crazy good!!

My Toss & Chop Salad Chopper:

I picked up this nifty gadget a year or so ago from a specialty kitchen supply store in my town.  I use this just about every day!  Here’s the thing:  I love to eat spinach salads, but I find they just take up too much space in my tupperware containers when I pack them up for work.  So, I simply chop, chop, chop down the spinach with this tool, then I add in whatever protein and other veggies I want.  I chop that down too, and before you know it, I have a lovely, compact chopped salad.  If you’re interested in buying one of these guys, here’s a link.

MUFE HD Foundation:

I just bought a bottle of this foundation over the weekend at Sephora and I’m already in love!  It’s very challenging to find the right shade for my skin tone in the summer time, but there is such a selection of colors that I was able to find one that was spot-on perfect.  It covers beautifully and seems to last all day.  My “holy grail” foundation for eons has been Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, but this one may have won me over!!  Come to think of it, I’ve never been disappointed by any Make Up For Ever products, so if you are in the market for some new cosmetics, check them out!

What are your current faves?  xoxo,

ULTA mini haul

I feel like such a broken record but:  sorry to be MIA for so long.  Turns out my “little cold” got a lot worse in a very short period of time!  I ended up with “walking pneumonia,” pink eye, and symptoms of asthma, which I haven’t had since I was a little kid.  YUCK!

Fortunately, a bunch of antibiotics and a few rest days later, I’m feeling like a human again!

Over the weekend, I just HAD to get out of the house since I was suffering from cabin fever, so I headed over to ULTA with my 20% off store coupon.  I knew I needed hairspray, but I wanted to get my money’s worth from the coupon so I grabbed a couple more things (of course!).  And I would have done another “vlog” for this mini haul, but I don’t want to subject you to listening to my coughing and hacking.  Trust me, it’s not pretty 😉

ulta goodiesFrom the left, moving clockwise:

  1.  OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go (sorry, couldn’t find this one on the ULTA website) – I keep noticing how janky my nails look, but I only seem to notice when I’m stuck in traffic, or sitting in a boring meeting, or talking on the phone.  So, I thought this would be handy to use at the spur of the moment when my cuticles need a little pampering!
  2. Zon Cosmedix 24/7 Oil Control Blotting Sheets – I like that these sheets have a very fine powder on one side to help blot up my oil slick of a face.  We’re going camping this week, so I think I’ll bring these along in my travel bag.
  3. OPI Correct & Clean Up Pen (also not on the ULTA site – what the heck?) – So this needs no explanation…I make a hot mess out of my nails when I try to give myself a manicure.  Hopefully this will help clean up my mistakes.
  4. L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara in Carbon Black – I had to throw out my mascara when I got pink eye, booo!  I’ve never tried a mascara with this kind of brush.  It is supposed to help you reach each teeny little lash.  I’m a fan of dramatic mascara, so I’ll let you know what I think once I use it!
  5. Revlon Sugar Sensation foot file – Doesn’t this look fun?  I’m going to keep this in the shower to use on my feet this summer.
  6. Yes to Blueberries Travel Cleansing Towelettes – This was another purchase for our upcoming camping trip.  I will probably want to freshen up throughout the day, so I thought these wipes would come in handy!
  7. Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel in Brunette – I looove watching YouTube makeup gurus, and Tiffany D is one of the best!  She’s always talking about this brow product being one of her faves, so I thought I’d give it a try.  My brows get a little crayzay if I don’t tame them with something 😉

So there ya have it, the goodies from my shopping spree!  I love to pamper myself with little treats like these….what is your favorite way to pamper yourself?

ULTA Haul!! {vlog}

ULTA rewarded my “loyalty” (aka $$$) with a 20% off coupon, yippeee!  I filmed another vlog to show you my haul.

Products mentioned in the video:

  • Loreal Evercreme Conditioning Cleanser
  • Xen-Tan Face Tanner
  • Japonesque Clear Skin Tool
  • Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment
  • Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Curl Perfecting Cream
  • Zoe paddle hairbrush
  • Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay hairspray
  • Physician’s Formula pH Matchmaker Bronzer
  • Lorac Couture Shine Lipstick in Muse
  • Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
  • Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion
  • Bodycology Sweet Petals body mist
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal
  • Boscia Pore Essentials Trio (sampler)