September 1, 2014

MMG: Summer Recap

Today is Labor Day which is the day that traditionally marks the end of summer. School picks back up again. Pumpkin Spice Lattes come to Starbucks (although they're already here - what?!). So since it's the unofficial end of summer, I thought I'd do a little recap of mine: We lost one of our family dogs Heidi but gained a new nephew Liam. Got to dig my toes into the sand at least once this summer. Met Leeann finally! Did a lot of YOLO things such as seeing Eminem in concert and after struggling all summer to find a job I thankfully landed a great gig working on sports (some thing I love - hooray!). I accomplished a DIY that's been on my list for awhile and rocked the crop top trend which I swore I wouldn't as well as the boxers look. It's the last year of my twenties and there's a lot I want to accomplish. A promise I made to myself in high school was that I would get myself to Paris by 30 (being a fashion girl it was always the dream). I have one year left to fulfill that promise and I'm hoping I get to.

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August 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY!: Back-to-School Essentials

For many of us school is just around the corner (or it has already begun). It's time to start buying notebooks, pens, and everything in between. But don't forget about your style! I've rounded up some beauty/fashion essentials to help you survive the school year. Many of them are my essentials already.

What you'll win: Key West Aloe Environmental Defense Cream SPF 15 $49.50; DHC Beauty Basics Set $41.50 & Deep Cleansing Oil® $28; MyTee B.A.D. 'Bad Girls Do It Well' t-shirt $40, Glowology heart.soul.mind Hand Lotion $12, Hand Lotion $18 & Hand Wash $16; My Kitsch Coffee Break Hair Ties $12 & Adventure Awaits Necklace & Earring Set $32. $250 value!

Good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor!
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August 28, 2014

Review: Crave Collection Brow Braun

I have been using thoroughly reviewing products this month! If you read this blog enough you'll know I'm obsessed with bold brows. I unfortunately have thin hair so I'm always intrigued by brow conditioners which promise to help your hair grow. Crave Collection's Brow Braun (retail $85) is a "fortifying eyebrow conditioner that leaves you with powerhouse brows in as little as 4 weeks!" I have been using it for 2 weeks and thought I'd report on my results.

August 27, 2014

My August Beauty Product Favorites (And Not So Favorite)

I'm back this month with a round up of my favorite (and not so favorite) products! Honestly, last month I didn't have enough products to round up. But I've been busy testing products and have some to report on this month:

August 26, 2014

How I'm Using Intel Tablet This Summer

My friendly travel companion

In the summer time I'm always heading down to Jersey for family get togethers. There's nothing I dread more than lugging my heavy laptop with me. Enter Intel Tablets! Thankfully these little guys are lightweight yet can help me do everything I need to (i.e. schedule posts, edit photos). I have been enjoying using my Iconia Tab 8 this summer, which is powered by Intel® Atom Quad Core CPU and weighs less than a pound! It can slip into any bag whether you're reading on the subway for your commute or going on your next vacation but need to keep in touch. The Atom processor gives you 7.5 hours of battery life where you can enjoy videos, listening to music or read Tweets anytime, anywhere.

August 25, 2014

MMG: Meeting Baby Liam

You may remember that I went to Cali the last week of July when my sister was due any minute. Well baby Liam arrived two days after Auntie Kim left. Boo! But I finally got to meet him this past weekend when my sister and her family were in town. Friday night I headed down to Jersey for a packed weekend.

August 22, 2014

Monster Tour Nail Art

As I mentioned in Monday Morning Gossip, I had the pleasure of attending Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour. Of course I had to do some nail art! I took inspiration from the posters (pictured above). I used the red/blue image for most of my nails and then did the E/R image on my middle finger (because... of course). Definitely think it was fitting for the occasion:

August 21, 2014

Review: Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Line

I was given the opportunity to review Neutrogena®'s new Rapid Wrinkle Repair® line. It includes Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Serum, Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Eye Cream, and Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Moisturizer for day and night. "All four products contain Accelerated Retinol SA, the fastest retinol formula available. By combining a unique combination of Accelerated Retinol SA, Glucose Complex, and Hyaluronic Acid, these four exclusive products will fade the look of stubborn deep wrinkles (including crow’s feet, forehead, and cheek wrinkles), brighten skin’s tone, and smooth fine lines and texture." Neutrogena promises results in just one week. I have been using it for 2+ weeks and thought I'd report on my results.

August 20, 2014

Can You Find Love on a Reality Show?

Image via Bravo

I'm back with another Dating Girl post where I'm discussing this summer's reality dating shows. Which ones are you watching? Do you think any of them have the formula for love? Weigh in here!

August 19, 2014

DIY: Double Chain Link Hat

As soon as I laid eyes on this leather chain hat I fell in love. But it's $164! I knew I could DIY my own version. I found a snapback for $5.95 in the clearance section at Wet Seal. Then I went to my trusty MJ Trimming for the chains. They recommended I sew the chains in but since I'm not a highly skilled sewer I used safety pins. Here's what I did:
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