Friday, June 27, 2014

Convenient & Creative: Revamp your Photos with these Awesome Apps!

If you’re like me, you probably have hundreds of photos saved in your phone and no idea what to do with them. Sure, I like to look back at old photos every once in a while, but I'd really love to find a use for my favorites. So of course, I figured it out and have compiled a list of awesome apps that will surely add creativity to any photo with the touch of a button! Use these apps and I can guarantee unique creations that you and everyone else will love!

PicStitch
In my opinion, this is the easiest and quickest way to make collages, right from your phone! Choose from different templates, select the photos from your phone, and just use your fingertips to crop. That’s literally it! I absolutely love being able to combine a bunch of photos into one, beautiful collage where all photos are displayed (instead of being covered up by the corners of others.) Putting these prints into a frame is a great twist on a classic photo gift!

TextsPhoto
They say a picture is worth 1000 words… but sometimes 1000 just aren't enough! Express yourself even further by adding custom text and graphics to any of your photos. TextsPhoto allows you to customize the font, size and color of any text that you enter! Also, choose from a catalog of graphics including hearts, smiley faces, flowers and so much more! The app also lets you choose the color of each and every graphic. So add more to your photos and express as many words as you want!


Shapely
This app is ideal for scrapbooks, collages or really any DIY photo project. Shapely allows you to choose from multiple shapes, as well as frame colors, to create a whole new photo creation. But the creativity doesn't stop there! Continue on to add customizable text, graphics and photo textures. Just be sure to print in a square aspect ratio and voila—you have a totally custom creation that you can cut out and use for so many different things!

Red Stamp
Last but not least, my favorite creative photo app is Red Stamp. Choose between a wide variety of categorized templates to create e-cards for any occasion! Just add your photos, your custom text and you’re finished! I love to use these prints instead of cards. I immediately print the finished product, stick it in an envelope and mail it out. All of my friends and family love them! It’s truly a personalized card they can keep forever.  

What do you do with all of your phone photos?!
*I am in no way affiliated with any of the above applications. All photos are my own.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Keep Your Hair Vibrant with Bain de Terre + A Giveaway!

Preventing damage to your colored hair can be so difficult in harsh seasons, like summer. Between the sun, the heat and the water, your color (that you probably paid for in both money AND time) can disappear before you know it. Well, I'm currently in this same boat. About a month ago, I got some blonde highlights to jazz up my hair for summer! But as soon as I got them, I was already thinking about how quickly they may fade :(


And now I present you with... a SOLUTION! 


Bain de Terre Color Preserving shampoo and conditioner is a high end, professional salon hair care line, BUT it's so affordable and available for your own personal salon (a.k.a. your home shower!) The formula contains argan oils (whose benefits I just wrote about last week) and monoi oils to moisturize and protect color-treated hair. According to it's product description on loxabeauty.com, the formula protects hair from fading over 82% longer than other leading professional shampoos! Now THAT'S what getting the most for your money looks like.

I have been using Bain de Terre Passion Flower Cover Preserving shampoo and conditioner for the past couple of weeks now. It's definitely made my hair soft and healthy, and it smells amazing! I can also feel the oils protecting my color my heat, light, etc. This feeling was a little strange at first... blow drying your hair and not having to add any extra product. But then I realized how great it was that I was killing two birds with one stone! I usually add argan oil and heat protectant to my damp hair but now I don't have to because the shampoo and conditioner already does it for me! I'm really looking forward to using this color preserving shampoo and conditioner in the weeks to come and seeing the long-term effects that it has on my highlights. 
What my hair looked like after using Bain de Terre shampoo & conditioner!
So hopefully you're thinking about how much you could use a product like this! Well, you're in luck because I've partnered with Bain de Terre to give away the full Passion Flower collection to one lucky reader! Check out what you could win:

Passion Flower Color Preserving Shampoo ($12 value)
Passion Flower Color Preserving Conditioner ($13.50 value)
Passion Flower Color Brightening Finishing Spray ($16 value)
Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil ($14 value)

That's over $55 in color preserving products from Bain de Terre. Just what you need to kick off your summer and keep your hair looking vibrant and fabulous! ENTER BELOW!

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*I was provided this product for testing purposes only. All opinions and expressions are my own. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Be Exotic & Radiant with UNi Organic Moroccan Argan Oil



Over the past year, I've been hearing great things about the benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil. Although it always intrigued me, I had never actually had the chance to try it out. So needless to say, I was beyond excited to receive a bottle of  UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil for testing purposes. This oil is made from Moroccan Argan Trees and is meant to hydrate, moisturize, and protect hair, skin and nails. 




I love that the oil has a very subtle smell that disappears almost immediately. Also, the bottle features a dropper so it's easy to use, easy to measure and all around mess-free! Not to mention the fact that a little goes a long way, so this $14 bottle will last a long time! Can't beat that!!



Here are just a few ways I've been using my Moroccan Argan Oil:
  • I've been applying just a dime sized amount to my damp hair and split-ends after a shower. The effect is definitely noticeable as my hair has been so soft, silky and frizz-free!
  • The oil definitely works well as a moisturizer and with its light and non-greasy qualities, its perfect to use as a facial moisturizer both at night and in the morning.
  • My favorite way to use the oil is on my dry skin spots. I've been applying the oil to my elbows and feet everyday before bed and it feels great! My skin is immediately softer every time. 

I plan to continue using UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil and I can't wait to see the long term results! Next, I'll be trying it on my nails to build healthy cuticles and prevent cracking. Don't worry, I'll keep you updated!


Have you made Moroccan Argan Oil part of your beauty routine?! What differences have you noticed?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, June 13, 2014

3 Bathing Suit Cover-Ups You NEED For Summer!

Ah, summer. Beaches and pools and bathing suits! But what do you wear over your bathing suit when coming and going? Shorts and a tank top? Sure, it works but how about something that's convenient, comfortable and fashionable? Below I've listed out the 3 Bathing Suit Cover-Ups You NEED This Summer! 

Dress
What's the best thing about summer cover up dresses? The fact that anything goes! In fact, you probably already have a dress or two (or five) in your closet that are perfect! I like to look for dresses that are super casual and made out of light, breathable fabric. There are just so many different styles that would look great thrown over a bathing suit. These dresses also transition effortlessly from the beach to a cookout to a night out on the town! Comfort, convenience and versatility equals the combination for a PERFECT summer cover-up.
Photo credit from top to bottom, left to right: SwimSpot, WhoWhatWear, PacSun, and Nordstrom

Romper
Rompers are so great! They're still one article of clothing, yet they act as both shorts and a shirt! They're an ideal way to be casual and fashionable at the same time. Plus, being one piece, they're perfect for covering up a bathing suit at the beach or the pool! I absolutely adore these two rompers below. Can you say SUMMER!?
Photo credit from left to right: Victoria's Secret and Necessary Clothing

Kimono
Kimonos are a fairly newer trend. I love the way they look with some shorts and boho accessories. However, I think my favorite way to wear them is over a bathing suit. Picture this: you're at the beach and it gets a bit breezy; sun goes behind the clouds and you really need something to cover up your exposed skin. Well, how nice would it be to grab your large, over sized kimono and wrap it around you! Doesn't that sounds amazing?! Plus, they look ridiculously awesome and you're sure to stand out among the crowd. 
Photo credit from left to right: SereiClothing and ASOS

How do you rock your summer cover-ups?

Thank you to the following for photo credit and inspiration:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rock Those Heels All Day Long with DreamWalk

When I think about foot comfort and shoe insoles, Dr. Scholl's immediately comes to mind! They have insoles that are great for flats and sneakers but what about looking fashionable AND feeling comfortable? Well, Dr. Scholl's finally has a solution and now you can wear those killer heels all day long!

Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk High Heel Insoles are clinically designed to provide all-day comfort for any heels over 2 inches tall. The material is so soft and cushiony, it really conforms to your foot while still providing a stable arch. Also, the material is designed to keep feet dry so you don't have to worry about sweating in the summer months! 

My other favorite part about these insoles is how easily you can insert and remove them. Just peel off the plastic backing to reveal the sticky underside and place them in the bottom of your shoes. When you want to add them to a new pair or when it's time for replacing, just easily remove the insoles without ruining the shoes at all!
As much as I love shoes and fashion, I am all about comfort. What's the point in LOOKING amazing if you don't FEEL amazing. So now, with the help of Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk Insoles, you can live a busy lifestyle AND rock some fabulous heels without pain or discomfort. Talk about a win-win! 

Go pick some up today! In fact, there's a hole in the package so that you can feel the cloud-like material yourself before even buying! 


How do you stay fashionable and comfortable all at the same time?
*I received this product as part of an advertising campaign through BzzAgent.com. All opinions and views expressed are my own. All photos are my own.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Memorable & Practical Gifts for the Men in Your LIfe

For the guy who has everything:
Buying gifts for men is so difficult. You really can't get away with jewelry, flowers or chocolate so what the heck are you supposed to get them?! Between finding the perfect gifts for both my Dad and my boyfriend, I've come up with the ideal formula for a kickass man gift! Practical + Unique = Success! Here are a few gifts that meet this formula and are guaranteed to be a gifting success! 

Dollar Shave Club
This subscription service is practical, inexpensive and makes a totally cool gift! Choose between different options ranging from $1 per month to $9 per month. The cost level directly relates to the quality of the razor blades; however, I found that the $1 blades are already great quality! After purchasing your option, you'll be charged once a month and once a month your "giftee" will receive a box with 5 razor blades, one for each week of the month! This is definitely something that most guys need but may not purchase for themselves! Your gift could be 6 months or 1 year of Dollar Shave Club boxes! Check out all of their blade and pricing options here --> www.dollarshaveclub.com/blades
Dollar Shave Club

Roku
I bought my boyfriend, Jimmy, a Roku after he had major surgery. I knew that he would be mostly confined to his bed for at least a week and the last thing I wanted was for him to get bored. So when I stumbled upon this streaming device called a Roku, I knew it was the perfect gift that he could use for a long time! A Roku is like an AppleTV but so much cheaper. It's a small, lightweight device that connects to WiFi and plugs into virtually any TV. He can browse the internet, watch On Demand channels like HBO GO, ESPN or ABC on demand. Or, if he already uses streaming services like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu Plus, he can watch them right from this little device! My favorite part is how easily the Roku transitions from tv to tv. Basically, wherever there is WiFi and a television, he can enjoy your awesome little gift!
Roku streaming device
Xperience Days
What's more memorable than a once in a lifetime experience? That's exactly the idea behind Xperience Days. Search in your area to find discounted experiences that any guy would love! Choose from options like skydiving, piloting lessons, or a NASCAR driving experience with a professional driver! There's also a ton of activities for you to do together including cooking lessons, wine tastings, or hot air balloon rides. Any one of these experiences would be beyond memorable and totally unique.  
Xperience Days


So you want to DIY?
Sometimes, you have just don't have the money to buy large, extravagant gifts! I totally get it! So how can you still give that special someone a great gift without spending a lot of money? Well I've been in the same situation and had to get creative with my gifting. Fortunately, with inspiration from other blogs and Pinterest, I came up with some AMAZING and inexpensive gifts that the men in the my life will NEVER forget! 

Themed bucket
My boyfriend's 25th birthday was last month and I was totally stumped on what to get him. When 2014 rolled around we both decided to go easy on the birthday gifts this year. So my challenge was finding a gift that was easy and inexpensive, yet fun and practical. Well, once I got my creative juices flowing, I realized that his May birthday was the perfect way to kickoff summer. So using items that I bought mostly at the Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart, I put together a Summer Kickoff basket including things like candy, silly string, Nectar Sunglasses, a waterproof shower speaker and more! I also crafted my own six pack at Wegman's using all summer themed beers! Needless to say, he loved it! You could really create a basket like this with any theme at all in mind!

Summer kickoff bucket DIY

Record bowl
This one's for the music lover in your life, and my Dad is definitely that! All I did was visit a thrift store and look through their records. Then, I found one I knew my Dad would like and appreciate. From there, all I had to do was set the record on top of a bowl and put it in the oven! The records melts and once you take it out, it hardens into a bowl of its own! My Dad loved this gift! It's easy, costs only a dollar or two, and can be incredibly sentimental. Follow these instructions to make your own! 
Photo compliments of Morning Creativity blog 

Lollipop Bouquet
Who doesn't love lollipops? So many different flavors sure do make for a colorful bouquet. And those are exactly what I used to craft my Dad's birthday bouquet. Using a pot and Styrofoam ball that I purchased from the Dollar Tree, I just stuck the lollipop sticks into the Styrofoam and voila- you have an awesome looking bouquet that anyone would love! It's beyond creative and so cute! 
lollipop bouquet DIY
Man Bouquet
This is definitely my favorite DIY gift for a man. In fact, I've made one for both my Dad and my boyfriend (who got totally jealous after he saw my Dad's!) The best part about this-- you can one hundred percent customize it based on the person you're buying for! My Dad's bouquet included things like small liquor bottles, cigars, lollipops, and bud light coasters. My boyfriend's bouquet included lottery tickets, Slim Jim jerky sticks, and gum. Attach each item to a stick (which are available in packs at Wal-Mart) using a pipe cleaner and stick it in a Styrofoam piece. Stick that piece in a large beer mug (which again are available at places like the Dollar Tree) and that's it! You have an AWESOME man bouquet that any guy would go nuts over. 
man bouquet DIYman bouquet DIY

What amazing gifts have you gotten your men in the past? Any I should add to the list?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What's Inside: Getting Healthy & Fit with my #GoVoxBox

Last week I received another Influenster VoxBox and was so excited to see what was inside! This #GoVoxBox was filled with so many wonderful health and fitness products- perfect for the start of summer! Check out the awesome new products that I got to try out:
PROFOOT Triad Orthotic
These shoe inserts feel so great. I slipped them into a pair of my flats and using the sticky adhesive, secured them to the bottoms. They definitely provide support and add an arch to my flat soles. They are so soft and cushion-y. Not to mention the health benefits that proper support provides! Next, I'll definitely be putting these babies into my sneakers before a workout. 
PROFOOT Pedi-Rock
Okay, so my feet barely survived winter. They've been all cooped up in boots and Uggs for months and now they're finally free again! But wait, being trapped for so long, they're definitely not the prettiest. I've really been wanting a pedicure recently but also don't have the time or money to maintain perfect pedicured feet! That's why I was BEYOND happy when this product came in my box. The Pedi-Rock is soft but really gets the job done. The unique shape forms to your foot and makes scrubbing easy and painless. My favorite time to use it is after a nice hot foot soak!
profoot items

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
Now when I think of "feminine products" I instantly think of Playtex. They've always been the first to develop innovative and comfortable products for all women. I've used Playtex Sport in the past and have never been disappointed. Their unique qualities including an OdorShield, 360 degrees FlexFit protection and a contoured applicator, really do make a difference! If you're looking for comfort and piece of mind while getting fit, Playtex Sport is definitely the way to go!
playtex sport

Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds
Stick with me on this one. I thought the same thing too. "What? Blueberry flavored almonds? How in the world could those be good?" Needless to say, I was shocked when I first popped one in my mouth! They were so good! It's hard to explain but it literally tasted like a salty almond with a sweet blueberry coating. The flavors really do work together and now I can't wait to try their other fruity flavors! Packed with protein, this would make a great pre or post workout snack. 
blueberry almonds

Muller Greek Corner Yogurt
I have a confession to make on this one... I don't actually like yogurt :( I know, I know. You're wondering how I can dislike something as delicious as yogurt! Well I don't understand it either and honestly I WISH I LIKED IT! But nevertheless, I made sure this product was tested. My boyfriend Jimmy was happy to try out a new yogurt flavor and chose something dessert-like. Yogurt with malted milk chocolate balls. They were basically little milk duds that you mix into the yogurt. He really liked the crunch of the chocolate balls, mixed with the creaminess of the yogurt. There were so many different flavors too! 
muller yogurt

Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme
Oh lotion. I love lotion but with so many types, it's hard to find a kind that really is different. My first impression of this lotion was "okay, I guess I could always use more lotion," but I definitely wasn't thrilled. Then, I rubbed it on my arms and was so pleasantly surprised! The lotion is made to be relaxing and includes both lavender and chamomile and you can definitely feel it. The cream creates a kind of cooling sensation and the smell is amazing. I've started applying it before bed to help me drift off to sleep. Definitely the kind of thing you need after a hard workout.
aquaspa body creme

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit n Full Protein Shake
These shakes are PACKED with protein and other great nutrients that are great when you're working out. All you have to do is add water and shake and voila- you have a quick and healthy meal in seconds. Let me warn you though, this is not for the faint of heart. If you've ever tasted a protein shake before then you know the distinct taste it has, and these shakes definitely have that taste. Not really enjoyable for me but lots of people love that flavor and the benefits that come from it! Honestly though, my favorite part is the shaker. Its cute and convenient, with an easy flip top and a jack inside that helps to mix the powder when you shake. I know I'll find so many uses for this shaker!
vitamin shoppe next step

Needless to say, I'm in love with all of the products in my #GoVoxBox. And with upcoming vacations and beach weekends, I'll definitely be taking advantage of all of these health and fitness items!


What are your favorite health and fitness products?

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions and photos are my own.