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?

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June faves

Aaah, summer is finally officially here!  Hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend.  Unfortunately, I’ve caught a little summer cold and am feeling a bit under the weather today 😦  I still made it to the gym this morning but I’m feeling pretty wiped out.

However, one of my current faves is being put to good use right now to ease my sore throat:

1.  Hot and cold teas:

Throat Coat tea is a lifesaver when you’re dealing with a scratchy, sore throat!  It’s naturally sweet and very soothing.  It contains licorice root and slippery elm bark,  which is a homeopathic remedy for sore throats.  I also read that a lot of singers use Throat Coat tea to help them sing for longer periods of time without problems.  I’m drinking a lot of this tea right now to help with this cold!

However, since it’s summer, and I’m orignally a Southern girl, you know I love my iced tea too!  Growing up, we always drank “sweet tea,” which was basically strong-brewed black tea with a TON of sugar in it.  Up here in PA, you really can’t find sweet tea anywhere, which is probably a good thing because it’s really not good for you!  However, I like to make my own “sweet tea,” using my Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker:

(I’ve had my iced tea maker for so many years that I guess it’s an outdated model now…the pic above must be the newer version of it)

My current favorite morning drink (in lieu of hot coffee) is a big cup of plain iced green tea, shaken up with a scoop or two of my Isagenix Want More Energy Mix.  So yummy and refreshing!

2.  Digestive supplements:

Ever since my competition, I don’t know what’s been up with my stomach.  I’ve been battling some pretty annoying digestive issues!  I was having heartburn to the point that I was on Web MD looking for symptoms of a heart attack, and have been bloated and just generally uncomfortable after eating.  I also used to have a stress-related ulcer, and don’t want to start having issues with that again.

I recently read Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Solution book, and she recommends using a probiotic and a digestive enzyme supplement to help ease some of these issues.  So, here’s what I’m using (so far with good results!):

PB 8 Probiotic Supplement (vegetarian):

Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System:

 3.  Summery skin:

This might possibly be your new cult favorite lotion for the summer – you can thank me later 🙂

Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion is so delicious.  It smells like coconut and summertime, and has such a beautiful sparkle (but not too glittery!).  It’s not greasy at all and I just love using this on my legs when I’m wearing a short skirt or shorts.  Love this!

4.  Summer reading:

Well, I think I’ve already explained why I’m not reading 50 Shades of Grey like everyone else is this summer 😉  Instead, I picked up a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while by one of my favorite authors, Rebecca Wells:

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder is such a lovely summer read.   I’ve laughed outloud and shed quite a few tears reading this book, and I haven’t even finished it yet.  I won’t give too much away if you care to read it for yourself, but it’s the story of a sweet girl named Calla Lily Ponder who was born and raised in a small town in Louisiana and and who goes on a journey to find herself in the Big Easy.  (Hint:  I got the hardback book for $5.98 on sale at Barnes & Noble!)

5.  An awesome new app:

Songza is my new favorite music app!  How cool is this:

You tell Songza what you’re doing and what you’re in the mood to hear, and it creates the perfect playlist of music for you. So, so smart!!  If you have an iPhone or iPad, download this app asap!

So these are my faves for the month of June…hope you enjoyed! What are you loving right now? 

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)

Spring faves {continued}!

I recently talked about some of my current favorite finds, and realized that I have so many more to share!

1.  Coobie bras:

I love, love, love these bras!  I have been wearing these around the house and under my tank tops when I sleep.  These are one size fits all (for real!) and come in every color of the rainbow.  They are SO comfy and soft.  I also ordered a strapless version of the Coobie bra in nude to wear under tanks this summer, and love the fact that it doesn’t cause the “uniboob” look!  (Hint:  Google “coupon code” before ordering!)

2.  Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray:

I have been washing my hair at night, spraying some of this and my leave-in conditioner in damp hair, and letting my hair air dry.  The result in the morning is soft, non-crunchy waves – love it!  I’m definitely going to be using this over the summer as well.  This product does not have a lot of hold, so if you’re looking for a product to control frizziness or curls, it’s probably not the best product out there.  But for straight or wavy hair like mine, it’s good stuff.  It smells nice (like coconuts), it’s cheap, and you can find it just about anywhere (I purchased my bottle at Wal-Mart).

3.  Nuance Salma Hayek Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Ok, so this is a pretty random one.  I was chatting with one of my coworkers about the onset of fine lines around the eye area, and realized I haven’t used an eye cream in oh, like, never.  I guess now that I’m in my 30’s I should be thinking of these things?  So I went to my local CVS where a ton of skincare products happened to be half off and perused the aisles.  After reading the ingredients on every eye cream in the store and comparing their prices, I settled on this eye cream by Salma Hayek of all people.  The ingredients include shea butter, avocado oil, and jasmine extract.  And at 50% off, it cost around $7 for the tube.  I’ve been using it for about a week now and really like it!  It’s very moisturizing without being greasy and feels lovely in the eye area.  I did get a teeny bit in one of my eyes and it did sting a little bit, but it has not irritated my sensitive skin at all.

4.  Essie nail polish in Haute as Hello:

I’m just as obsessed with coral shades as everyone else is this season!  I adore this shade.  Described as a “racy, scorching coral” on the Essie site, I’d wager this shade would look gorgeous on just about every skin tone.  It’s bright and girly and pretty and just right on my toes.  LOVE!

5.  Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick Candle in Cherry Blossom Whimsy

This fragrance might be so last season, as I purchased it on super clearance during a short-lived “extreme couponing” phase last year and have just now gotten around to using it.  But I’m sure the other Febreze candles in this line smell just as delicious if you can’t happen to find this one.  What I love about this candle is not only that it’s pink and it smells sweet, but also that it completely gets rid of funky cooking odors like you wouldn’t believe!  In our house, for some reason cooking odors tend to waft upstairs to our bedroom area and stay there, and I can’t stand sleeping in a room that smells like a Burger King.  These candles completely remove funky odors and leave the whole room smelling fresh, clean, and spring-y.

6.  Yogi Organic Teas

Every night while relaxing on my couch with my puppy and my hubby, I enjoy a delicious steaming cup of Yogi Bedtime Tea:

From the Yogi Tea site:

 This blend is a soothing combination of herbs traditionally used for centuries to promote relaxation and sleep. Valerian and Organic Chamomile can help calm occasional nervousness and restlessness. Then we add Passionflower, used in Native American blends to helps reduce every day stress to support sleep. Licorice, Cardamom and Cinnamon add a delicious, warming flavor that’s just right for drinking before bedtime.

At work, I’ve been drinking lots of Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea:

 Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life is specifically formulated to help give you the energy you need to maintain an active lifestyle while dieting. We add Organic Green Tea and Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract in combination with Ginseng and Eleuthero Extracts to support stamina. Light and sweet Blueberry flavor and hints of Organic Hibiscus make Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life a fragrant and delicious addition to a weight loss program of exercise and a balanced diet.

That’s all the faves I have for now (I’m sure I’ll be back with more)!  What are some of your favorite finds for April?