Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Blogging Blues

Hey Ladies,

I am taking a bit of a break from the blog.  Things are just really busy in my life right now, and with the beautiful weather, I would rather be outside, soaking up sunshine, than sitting in front of a computer screen. 

That being said, I will still post about my makeup finds and other random life happenings.  Yesterday, I went on a great walk with a friend, and I am feeling very optimistic about my fitness future.  More posts on that coming soon.

This Memorial Day weekend, I am spending time with my family and taking in a baseball game.  I can't wait. 

Anyway, I love this little blog, and I will not be away for long. 

I hope you are all doing incredibly well!

Talk Soon,


Thursday, May 16, 2013

What's Up Wednesday (Late): New Revlon Super Lusterous Lipgloss- Sugar Violet

Hey Ladies,

First of all, I am sorry this post is late going up.  Traveling over the past week has kicked my butt :(

I am sure that many of you have heard (or seen) that Revlon has released a new formula and shades of their Super Lustrous Lipgloss.  This news will likely be met with mixed feelings, as many people adore the old line and all signs point to it being discontinued. 

The new lipgloss comes in 10 shades and retails for roughly the same price as the old glosses.    The new tubes are round instead of square and and deliver only .13 fl ounces of product.  The old tubes held 2 fl ounces.  Less product for the same price is a bit of a bummer, but I wanted to try the new formula anyway.

I find the new formula less sticky than before, and the scent is different.  I wasn't really a fan of the previous, slightly-minty scent, and I am neutral on the new one.  It doesn't stink, but it doesn't smell good either.  I read that it is a vanilla scent, but I don't really smell vanilla.

On to the actual shade I purchased- Sugar Violet

First of all, Sugar Violet is gorgeous in the tube!  It is a bright purple-pink color with visible glitter.  It immediately jumped out at me in the display.

Revlon Sugar Violet and Snow Pink (Picture from Allure)
I was really hoping for a MAC Heroine look on the lips, but this product did not deliver.  It turned out to be very faintly pigmented.  On my lips, it looked more or less like a clear gloss with glitter.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I wanted.

Wearing only Revlon Super Lusterous Lipgloss in Sugar Violet

Swatch of Sugar Violet
The new lipglosses were released with a new line of Super Lustrous Shine Lipsticks.  I picked up Berry Couture and will be reviewing that for you in a few days. 

Have you ladies tried anything from this launch?  Some of the other glosses look really good, so I might be willing to try again.  Are you sad to see the old Super Lustrous glosses fade away?  Scoop them up now, while they are on clearance!

Talk Soon,


Saturday, May 11, 2013

O Canada

Hey All,

I am in Canada for a few days, visiting my boyfriend's family. We drove up yesterday, so I missed a Get Fit Friday post. I am also going to miss Makeup Monday, but I have some exciting stuff (including Sleek products) to share when I get back.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! I will talk to you all next week.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Favorite Sport?

Hey There,

Spring/summer is my favorite time of year, and one of the biggest reasons is baseball!  I am a huge fan of the Washington Nationals.

I didn't go to my first game professional game until 2010, but now, I go as often as I can.  My dad is a baseball fan too, so I love our dad/daughter days at the ballpark.

This year, the Nats are off to a good start.  I hope things continue to go well into September and *hopefully* October.

Are any of you baseball fans?  Which are your favorite teams?  If you aren't into baseball, what sport do you like best?

Talk Soon,


Monday, May 6, 2013

Makeup Monday: Shampoo I Am Loving

Hey Girls,

So, shampoo is not makeup, but it is beauty related...  Anyway, I have found two great options lately, and I want to share them with you.

1) Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo ($12 for 8.5 ounces)

I love Aveda products because I feel like they are better for my hair than a lot of other hair care options.  This shampoo smells very fresh and leaves my hair fluffy and voluminous without any other products.  This is my favorite shampoo for days when I let my hair dry naturally.
Image from Aveda
2) Suave Morocan Infusion Shine Shampoo (About $3.99 for 12.6 ounces)

This shampoo smells amazing!  It is the only Morocan infused shampoo I have found that smells like the original.  Plus, the price point is great.  It leaves my hair shiny and smelling like a dream.  This is my favorite shampoo for days when I wash my hair in the AM.  All day long, I am smelling my own hair... in a totally not creepy way :)
Image from Target
Available at Target, CVS, etc.
Those are the shampoos I am loving at the moment.  Have you tried either of these?  Do you have any shampoo recommendations for me?

Talk Soon,


Friday, May 3, 2013

Get Fit Friday: Go Outside!

Hello All,

Yesterday, my office had a team morale event, and at first, "I was like, whoopie, team morale" in my usual sarcastic way, but after a bit of time outside, I was loving life!  The weather was beautiful, my coworkers played cornhole, wiffle ball and volleyball, and I even shocked myself by joining in on some flag football.

It was so nice to be outside and to be active during the workday.  I promised myself that I am going to continue to get outside during the day.  Sitting at my desk is not going to get me any closer to my fitness goals.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to make a conscious effort to go outside for at least half an hour (part of my lunch hour) during the work week and get some physical activity in before the end of the workday.  I think it will work wonders for me physically and mentally (thanks, vitamin D!).

What do you all do to stay in shape despite sitting at a desk all day?  What are some fitness activities you are looking forward to, now that the weather is so beautiful?

Talk Soon,


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's Up Wednesday: Loss and Healing

Hey Ladies,

I lost my mom to cancer last November.  She was my favorite person in the whole world, and I miss her so much every day.  Obviously, I am struggling with the loss, but I have found a few things that have really, really helped. 

My first post about losing my mom:

I have been attending a six-week bereavement support group for about a month now.  With a couple sessions remaining, I really feel like I am benefiting from the experience.  I am in a parent loss group, and each week, we talk about our loved ones, our loss and how it is affecting our daily lives.  It has been wonderful to connect with other people who understand the difficulty of losing a beloved parent. 

Since my group is winding down, I wanted to look for different ways to continue working through my grief and honoring my mom.  I am so excited about what I found!

In June, I will participate in the 2013 Annual Butterfly Release with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.  During the ceremony, the names of the participants' loved ones will be read aloud, and we will each release a butterfly in honor or memory of our loved one.  Cool, right?  I think my mom would love the idea.

Everyone deals with grief differently, but talking about and celebrating my mom's life seems to help me the most.  I am really looking forward to the butterfly release.

Here are some more details about the event:

If you have experienced a loss or are struggling with something in your own life, please remember, you are not alone!  Seeking support from a group or a friend can often make a world of difference.  Another tip: listen to "It Gets Better" by FUN a few (hundred) times.  That always helps me :)

And now, some "art" I created in Paint:

Talk Soon,