Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beauty Arsenal: My Go-To Body Products

Vaseline Radiant Body Gel Oil: The key to this product is-- a little goes a long way. Which is great, because this bottle has lasted me well over a year! It smells like cocoa butter and makes my legs look so shiny and smooth underneath the bright sun, without feeling sticky and greasy. Definitely has been one of my favorites for years.

e.l.f. Studio Lotion Wipes: These wipes are a must for the on the go girl. They come in all different scents and one wipes is enough for your entire body! All you have to do is run the wipe over your skin and voila- you're moisturized and smelling amazing. Not to mention, they're so inexpensive. Only $3 for a pack of 15!

Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer: For years, women have been searching for an at-home self tanner that smells good and leaves no unpleasant traces. So when this product came on the market, it was pretty much revolutionary. The smell is more of a lotion than a self tanner and because this product darkens your skin little by little, there's a very small chance that you'll be left with unsightly streaks. They have tons of the Natural Glow products, but so far, the foaming one has been my fav!

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: This is a product that I have yet to try but I've heard AMAZING things about it. It's literally makeup for your legs. Smooth it on and it hides imperfections and gives you a nice moisturized glow. Not to mention, it's water resistant and won't rub off on your clothing! Great for touching up those non-sunkissed legs in the winter months.
e.l.f. Studio Body Glow: This powder has a bronzing and shimmering effect that can make any part of your body look spectacular. I like to use it on my collarbone, chest and arms, but really, you could use it anywhere! It's great for a casual day outside or for a night out on the town. By the way, it's only $6 and will last forever. 

Mary Kay Satin Hands Set: Want soft hands and feet? This is the product you must try. The set comes with 3 different treatments- an exfoliator, a lotion and an overnight cream. Use on any rough spots and I promise you, they'll feel smoother instantly. And of course, the longer you use the products, the more results you'll see. I've been using this set for years and it never disappoints!

Want to see what I have in my Makeup Beauty Arsenal? Check out this post! 

What products do you keep in your beauty arsenal?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Digital Entertainment Subscriptions That Are Worth The Money

This one is a no-brainer. Oh, my dear Netflix, how could I live without you? You make me laugh, you make me cry and you help me to fall asleep every single night. If you haven't yet invested a mere $8 per month to enjoy endless amounts of movies, documentaries and TV shows, you're missing out! Not to mention, you can watch Netflix on virtually any internet connected device and even share one account with your whole family. The best subscription service there is, in my opinion!

Hulu Plus logo
People are always asking me "Why do you have Hulu Plus when you already have Netflix?" It's a fair question with a simple answer. For this additional $8 per month, I get to watch brand new TV episodes, the day they air. As you may know, Netflix makes you wait months (sometimes years) for your favorite shows, but Hulu Plus uploads new episodes instantly. It carries all hit shows from the best networks like ABC, FOX, Comedy Central, and more. With the limited time I have to watch TV, combined with the fact that there's never any room on our family's DVR (sorry, Mom and Dad, but it's true!) Hulu Plus is ideal for keeping up on my absolute favorite shows... and for discovering some new ones as well!

Spotify logo
Now, this is an awesome music streaming service that gives you access to thousands of songs! It allows you to interact with other users and to make/share playlists. And you wanna know the best part? It's free!!! Listen on your smartphone with shuffle mode or use the computer and play any song you want at any time you want! There's also an upgrade option where for $9.99 you can nix the annoying ads and even download the music to listen to offline. Spotify is a must for any music lover!

Oyster books logo
Oyster is basically the Netflix of e-books. Less than $10 per month grants you access to more than 500,000 digital books. The books are compatible with smart phones, tablets and reading devices. All you have to do is download and you're set! Plus, the monthly fee allows you to download and read as many books as you'd like. So, no need to finish a book in the amount of time the library gives you. Now, you can read at your own pace and enjoy book after book. A perfect service for the summertime!

Daily Burn logo
I must admit, I have yet to actually try Daily Burn. I have seen the commercials and advertisements and have been thinking about it for a few minutes now but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. But you know what, I'm going to! The most I look into it, the more awesome it is! Basically this lets you workout anywhere that you can steam videos from the internet. For $10 a month, you get access to thousands of workout videos by trained professionals. They can also customize workouts just for you! Let's be honest, this sounds a lot more exciting and less expensive than the treadmill at the gym.

Audible logo
I drive in my car a lot. With a boyfriend who lives almost 2 hours away, I'm constantly commuting back and forth on weekends and I know I'm not alone! But don't you ever get tired of listening to music on the car ride? Don't you ever want to do something that feels a bit more... productive? How about reading a book? Now you're saying "uhh, reading a book while driving is not really an option!" Well, it is now! Audible allows you to download audio books straight to your smart phone or tablet. With over 150,000 titles to choose from, you can multi-task and enjoy your drive even more! This is also a great option for when you're walking, or relaxing outside on a beautiful day. $14.95 per month will get you one audio book of your choosing; I'd say for the convenience and enjoyment you'll hopefully get out of it, it's well worth the money!

What digital entertainment services do you subscribe to?!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 5 Best Flash Deal Sites for Everything You Need (and even the things you don't!)

Flash Deal sites are fun, exciting and completely practical! They run deals for a limited amount of time and it's up to you to snag them while you can! I've purchased some of my best jewelry, clothing and electronic items from flash deal sites and they're great for gifts as well. So check out my list of the Best Flash Deal Sites for Everything You Need (and even the things you don't!)

I've written about GroopDealz in the past, primarily because it's my absolute favorite flash deal site! They have everything. You can get jewelry, home decor, clothing and so much more! All at ridiculously inexpensive prices.

Another site that I've posted about in this past. This is my go-to flash deal site for jewelry. I've gotten fabulous rings, bangle bracelets and necklaces for dirt cheap. I must say, they're also pretty great quality! Perfect for gifting too!

This site is very similar to GroopDealz but definitely worth checking out, as well. The deals feature everything from accessories to technologies to fabulous clothing items. The prices are out of this world and the deals are updated every single day. 

So this site must come with a warning- don't visit unless you are prepared to spend crazy amounts of time sorting through hundreds of amazing deals!!!! My most recent purchases on this site have included sunglasses and LED light up earrings. My next purchase, probably an awesome hammock that I found for $19.99. With these kinds of deals, who needs the rack?!

Whiskey Militia: 
This website (and app) is definitely a favorite of my boyfriends. I think he's caved and bought 3 watches from here so far! But when you get deals this great, it's hard to say no! The site has clothing and accessories for both men and women. Most of the gear is inspired by athletes and the outdoors which makes it super cool and seasonal. 

What kinds of things have you scored through a flash deal?! Any sites I missed?

Friday, July 18, 2014

BE Adventurous with Crest Be Flavor Combos

I'm sure we're all familiar with the strong reputation of Crest toothpaste. Their products are high quality, effective and affordable. Not to mention, they're always developing new and unique toothpastes that enhance enamel health, whiten teeth, combat sensitivity and more. Well they've continued charging forward in the fight against tooth decay by releasing a slew of new flavors in the Crest Be line. Check out these flavor combos below and what I thought of each!

Crest Be Toothpastes

Vanilla Mint Spark:
This paste includes the flavors of fresh vanilla and peppermint mixed together! It, of course, tastes great and I like that the long-lasting flavor ends up being the cooling, refreshing peppermint. 

Lime Spearmint Zest:
Spearmint is the primary flavor in this combination but the little hint of lime certainly adds a surprise. I liked this one but I'd say it's definitely one of the more unique toothpaste flavors that I've ever tried. 

Mint Chocolate Trek:
I know from the dentist's office that Mint Chocolate toothpaste is amazing. And this one did not disappoint! It's delicious and would probably work really well in getting kids to brush their teeth. It's like dessert! 

All in all, the combinations were amazing and totally unique. I'd have to say that my favorite was Mint Chocolate Trek, followed by Vanilla Mint Spark, and last, but still delicious, is Lime Spearmint Spark. 

So why not BE bold and try something new! What flavor would you like to try!?

*I received these products as part of an advertising campaign through All opinions and views expressed are my own. All photos are my own. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Product Alert! InstaNatural Oils & Serums

I've blogged about InstaNatural before and their natural, organic products and now I'm trying even more! I received the 100% Pure Rosehip Seed Oil and the Vitamin C+E Serum to review and was definitely NOT disappointed with the results! Check it out!

The Rosehip Seed Oil is great for a variety of purposes. I mainly take advantage of the moisturizing aspect of the serum. I've been using this on rough patches, like my elbows and feet. They instantly feel smoother and healthier. Also, in the hot summer months, I don't want to use a facial moisturizer that's heavy or greasy. So instead, I've been using just a few drops of the Rosehip Seed Oil on my face. It's light and pleasant feeling. Plus, I've found that it works great as a makeup base! You can also use this to fade scars and stretchmarks. I've actually been using the oil on a burn scar I have. I haven't been using it long enough to see results but I'll keep you updated when I do!

Taking care of your skin is so important and even in my early 20's, I try to take care of my face and combat early aging. This is why I feel like this Vitamin C+E Serum is perfect for me. The serum hydrates your face to prevent signs of aging and rejuvenate your skin. It also lightens blemishes and dark spots that may have already formed. It's easy to apply to my face and neck at night or in the morning. Aging prevention that's this hassle-free? It's definitely a product for me! 

InstaNatural has a strong reputation for pure and organic products, which both of these are. They each have a dropper that makes application easy and mess-free. Not to mention, a little goes a long way with these oils so you'll get mega value out of your bottles! Lastly, there is a bit of a nutty smell to both serums but it dissipates in a minute! (I actually like the smell because it's earthy and organic!) I would definitely recommend both of these high quality products to anyone!

What kinds of oils and serums do you use in your beauty routine?
*I received these products for testing purposes only. All photos, opinions and views are my own

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Soak Up the Sun with this Summertime Mix!

It's here! Summertime is here and it's time to celebrate accordingly! Between lazy pool days, road trips with friends and late night parties, you need a go-to summer playlist to keep everyone happy. Plus, a playlist allows you to enjoy your time without having any DJ-ing responsibilities!

I've compiled my Soaking Up The Sun mix that include artists like Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Clean Bandit, Far East Movement and Sia. With all different genres and feel good vibes, there's something for everyone on this 19 track list.

So the next time you need some music, pop on this playlist and enjoy your beautiful summer day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's in My Summer Beauty Bag

Coola Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion
I first came across this product in one of my Birchbox subscription boxes. You put this lotion on your skin AFTER being exposed to the sun. It hydrates your dry skin and repairs any damage the sun may have caused!

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Not Your Mother's has a lot of great and unconventional hair products but this one is definitely unlike any other. It contains sea salt so it really gives your hair that beachy, ocean-dipped look whenever you want!

Organix Nourishing Coconut Oil Hydrating Mist
I spray this on my wet hair after a shower and rub in through with my fingers. It leaves my hair hydrated, frizz-free and smelling great! Such an easy and inexpensive, high quality product.

Victoria's Secret Instant Bronzing Gel with Beads
I'm always looking for a good bronzing product that's easy, non-streaky and smells good. This product has bronzing beads that are mixed with gel; it just smooths on your skin to provide a bronzy shimmer. The bronze is instant, washes off in the shower and it smells great!!!

elf Studio Lotion Wipes
Keeping your skin fresh and hydrated throughout summer is not an easy task. But these E.L.F. lotion wipes are just so easy to apply. They're completely mess free and one wipe can work for your entire body! A simple thing to toss in your bag and whip out anywhere, at anytime.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
This skin perfecting cream is great for daily use and an absolute must in the summer. The cream is made to enhance, brighten, perfect, smooth, hydrate and protect! It even includes SPF 30! So even if you don't plan on wearing much makeup this summer, apply a little of this cream and you're all set.  

What products are in YOUR summer beauty bag?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Go-To Tool for Lovely Lashes

Makeup is amazing but it's nothing without the proper tools! In order to really use makeup properly and bring out your best features, you need high quality products that go beyond your simple application brush. This is why I love using my Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler to pump up my lashes and make my eyes pop!

Lovely Lashes is an eyelash curler that's the perfect size to handle small or large lashes. The silicone insert keeps the metal from pinching your lids. It also helps to really shape the lashes into the most intense curl possible. An extra silicone piece is actually included with your purchase!

 I use Lovely Lashes in the morning before applying any mascara. Once the curl is set, I add a couple of coats of mascara to seal it. Then, it lasts all day! But even if you have tough to curl lashes, it's no big deal because you can stick the small curler into your purse and touch up your lashes throughout the day or before that happy hour! 

With my short and fine lashes, I'm always looking for ways to showcase what I have. The Lovely Lashes Eyelash Curler has definitely become my best friend and my daily makeup tool. Besides, with their 100% lifetime guarantee, how could you go wrong!?

How do you get your lashes so lovely?

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