Just In Time For The Holidays! Reverse Wishlists from pickURgift.

This post is brought to you by pickURgift.com. The holidays are rollin’ over again and I for one am not looking forward to shopping for people. Yeah, I know. That sounds awful, doesn’t it? It’s not that I don’t like gifting folx with gifts but the whole shopping and “trying to figure out what they want” thing is just beyond frustrating. If I’m going to spend my hard earned money on a gift for someone, I want it to be a gift that they’ll actually like. Not just a random something that they’ll turn around and regift to someone else.

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Mmmm, what lippy should I buy?

Don’t act like you haven’t done it. :wink:

Enter  Pick UR Gift . This newly launched site takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out what to buy people. You’re familiar with wishlists, aren’t you? The concept is simple. You make a list of things that you one day hope to buy. Pick UR Gift is a reverse gift list service that allows YOU (the gifter) to create lists of items that you think someone you’d like to buy a gift for (the giftee) and then send that list to the giftee. The giftee then takes a look at the list and picks what they like! And if for whatever reason they aren’t a fan of anything that you’ve picked or want to leave you additional information, they can leave comments on their gift page. Sounds cool, huh? Especially for us beauty lovin’ folks. It’s so incredibly hard to shop for us because we tend to gift ourselves with the things that we want year round. But Pick UR Gift works because it’ll ensure that whatever gift your giftee selects, it’s a gift that you know they really want. Similarly like a registry.

Scenario:

My Mom is an insane hobbyist. She’s into so many things and I never know what to buy her. I know what kinds of things she likes though. So I create a list of “potential gifts” for her. This is the fun part. After adding the UR button (which is safe and requires no downloading) to my toolbar, I can literally go to any website, find an item I think she may like and add it to her list.

Pick UR Gift

After I’ve added enough items, I can email the page to her, wait until she picks a gift (or gifts) and then boom…hassle-free gift giving.

The Pro’s:

-The website is super easy to navigate and it is very user-friendly.
-The toolbar doesn’t require any downloading. It also works beautifully in any browser.
-Pick UR Gift works on virtually any website including Amazon.com.
-Reverse wishlists are better than registries because the “Gift Pages” will never expire. Baby and wedding registries tend to expire after the birth of the baby and after the date of the wedding.
-It’s free for all parties involved!

The Con’s:

-If you’re one for surprising, the reverse wishlist may remove some element of surprise. Chances are the giftee will have some idea of what you “plan” on getting them.
-Giftees will have to register for an account on pickURgift.com. This may annoy some people.

 

All in all? A very cool website! I’ve already created wishlists for my Mom and husband. I may do some for my sisters but something tells me a shopping spree in my beauty room is what will truly make them happy. Ha!

What do you think? Do you think you’d get some use out of pickURgift.com?

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was paid to write this post but all thoughts and experiences are my own.

Mascara Monday: Ck One Color mascara

CK One mascara

I received a sample of this mascara in a bag of goodies from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty. There was a mean sale of this mascara and I was so glad to see it for so cheap because I’ve heard amazing things about it. It’s one of those mascaras that so many people told me to try but I just never got around to trying. Until this week. I was rummaging through mascaras to see which one I needed to show love to and this baby popped up. And here’s the coolest thing about it…it’s blue!

Yeah, I know. Most of you are like…”Blue mascara? That’s like so 80’s.” I know. But I still get excited about them!

Price: $18 from ULTA stores and ULTA.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Mascara by ck one Color has an adjustable mascara brush that creates customized looks and simplifies application with a quick twist of the cap. Precision curved brush and patented lycra technology amplifies, shapes, and lifts every lash for maximum volume.” (source)

The Truth: I think I like it!

What I Loved About It: I don’t know if I buy the whole “adjustable wand” thing but it’s still a fantastic mascara.

What I Didn’t Like: Adjusting the wand is hard!

Overall: Now and days mascara brands have to jump through all kinds of hoops to be appealing to us beauty guys and girls. Simply being a mascara that promises volume and length ain’t enough anymore. Mascaras have to not only bring volume, length and curl but they must pay our bills and rock our babies to sleep too. I’m just sayin’. So yes, this mascara is like all of the others in that it makes a lot of claims but its claim to fame is the adjustable wand. The concept isn’t innovative but I’ve never seen one like this before. With a turn at the top of the mascara your wand goes from this…

CK One mascara wand 2

To this…

CK One mascara wand

I don’t know if my wand was messed up or not but I found it hard to turn it…

Turn mascara

The shorter and plumper wand is supposed to help with volume and by making the wand longer, it’s supposed to help with added length. Does it work? Meh. I suppose everyone’s experiences will be different but I found that I got decent volume and length with both versions of the wand.  I love the plastic bristles. They are fantastic at combing through the lashes.

I found the mascara to last around all day and I love the stunning blue. Of course, blue mascara on dark brown skin and dark eyes doesn’t look as blue on me as it would on gals of other complexions but whatever. I still like it. The formula is spot on too. It’s a really nice mascara and I’m not sure if the adjustable wand is necessary but it’s a nice little treat to have.

Especially if you’re going to spend $18 on a mascara.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats

 

Blue mascara

Blue mascara on eyes

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! There’s a purple mascara in this line too. I think I gotta try that one!

What do you think? Does the adjustable wand seem like a gimmick or have you found it to be effective?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 106

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Gouldylox Reviews – Get great hair the lazy way. Sleep on it!

My Beauty Bunny – It’s NEVER too early for holiday collections! Check out three of Too Faced’s Holiday Sets (they’re ah-mazing) and add them to the top of your gift list.

Nouveau Cheap – Sinful Colors has just released the mother of all holiday collections with a whopping 26 new shades.

Prime Beauty – declares that every woman from 16 to 60 needs a PINCH Minimergency kit! Be prepared for a wardrobe malfunction, nervous armpits or a frizzy hair mishap all in a teeny tiny kit that fits in your bag.

Phyrra – shares the Best Ways to Use e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set!

we heart this – shares a tale of a preteen search for a “signature scent” (which begins with Reader’s Digest and ends with liberal dousing.)

Beauty Junkies Unite – Have a spooktacular Halloween with these great looks from the MAC Rick Baker Halloween Collection!

Chalkboard Nails – Embrace your punk side with this distressed neon nail art. You won’t believe how easy it is!

Clumps of Mascara – In love with green smoothies? Okay, yeah…me too. But what about green juices? I’ve been sippin’ on some and can’t get enough of ‘em. Talk about beauty from the inside and out…

EauMG – pairs popular women’s A/W ‘13 fashion trends with perfume. From camo to punk plaid, EauMG has it covered! This type of post only happens twice a year, so go check it out!

 

Question of the Week:

What are your favorite perfumes to wear in the fall?

B says, “I’m a perfume-free girl due to those pesky migraines.”

What fragrances are you looking at this Fall?

 

See you next week!

About Time: A Film About Living In The Moment

This post is brought to you by POPSUGAR and it’s all about time. You know, that thing that runs out too quickly and you never seem to have enough of it? Yeah…THAT time. A few weeks ago, POPSUGAR sent Esposo to see the movie About Time. Unfortunately I couldn’t join him because I had the pleasure of watching our darling child sleep. And we’re just not the kind of parents that will take their younger kids to movies. Yeah no.

About Time

So he went and came home raving about the film. About Time is about a man who has the gift of being able to go back and relive any moment in his life. Crazy, awesome gift ,right? Or is it? Without giving too much away, it turns out that instead of making every moment even better than before, he ends up realizing that life is okay even if it isn’t…perfect.

The whole  concept reminds me of a time I had to host a party. I was beyond excited about getting a good 20 of my friends together at at nice little place in downtown Orlando. I had the snacks, the goodie bags and was looking forward to spending some much needed gal pal time. A few hours before I was getting ready to leave Esposo had gotten a call from a company and he HAD to go work. We don’t have family in town and Elle’s sitter only works during the week so since he couldn’t watch Elle, I had to take her with me. And so I did it. I strapped my 5-month old to my back and hosted that party. I was so nervous about it but she slept during most of the party and I left feeling so so confident. So yeah, things didn’t go as planned but somehow everything worked out.

Just like in About Time. I’m guessing that sometimes, things are supposed to happen the way they are supposed to happen. Thankfully we can’t go back and change them because we’d end up in quite the mess, huh? I can’t wait to see About Time in theaters. It comes out nationwide on November 8, 2013 and I’ve already made a date with one of my girls to go and see it.

Movie lovers, I’m thinking this comedy would be a great movie to see with that someone special, with friends or solo.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.

AVEENO Baby collection giveaway!

Yo. It’s gettin’ cooler ’round these parts. By the way, I was never one to say “Yo”. I clearly watch way too much Breaking Bad. Best show everrrr! And when it comes to Elle’s skincare, AVEENO Baby has been rocking our world. The brand sent me some of their products and we’ve loved them so much that we’ve already gone and re-purchased some things.

Aveeno Baby skincare

Remember how bummed out I was about Elle and her eczema-ridden skin? I was breaking my neck trying to find a product that could not only alleviate her flare ups but prevent them from happening. Since she still drinks breast milk I decided to go gluten-free for 2 weeks and lo and behold, her skin cleared up. I’ve been on a gluten-free (and dairy-free diet) for almost 3 months and so far so good. Elle’s skin is flourishing. Every now and then she’ll appear with some dry patches and that’s when I like to use these AVEENO Baby products.

I used to be all “natural skincare ONLY!” but when your baby is clawing at her itchy skin to the point that she begins bleeding, you’ll try anything. Coconut oil and shea butter just wasn’t cutting it. I find that the AVEENO Baby products are mild enough to be used daily and Elle’s skin seems to feel better when I used them. Like the Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash…

Aveeno Baby Calming Wash

Baby girl doesn’t get baths daily (they’re too drying for her) but when she suds up, this creamy wash rocks. I love massaging it on her drier areas. The Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream is my favorite though…

Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy

We use this daily and it’s the only product that not only makes her skin FEEL better but it lasts throughout the day. We ran out of this stuff and ended up buying more.

Are you a mama that has a baby with dry skin? Or are you a mama to be? Or do you know a mama who could get some use out of these? I’m giving away the full AVEENO & AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy collection.

Good luuuuck!

 

(congrats to our lucky winner – Patricia in Connecticut!)

Visiting Orlando? Experience the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa!

It was a dreary day when I pulled up to Reflections Spa-Salon at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. I was ready for a serious morning of pampering and I wasn’t let down. I was offered the opportunity to visit this spa and the timing could not have been more perfect. Yours truly has officially started working out again (yay but ouch!) and my body was torn to shreds. I was in desperate need of some help and I was beyond elated with what awaited me at Refections.

Reflections bath

First of all, location, location, location! The spa is nestled nicely in the touristy part of Orlando so if you think you’ll be visiting the area soon, you’ll be happy to know that chances are you won’t be too far from this spa.

Every spa that I visit has a theme and Reflections is no different. This spa’s treatments are “inspired by the powers of the ocean and healing elements of the sea”. You totally get that the second you walk into the lobby.

Reflections Lobby

A gorgeous aquarium of bright colored fish are in the center of the room and the lounging sofas somehow curve into your body. Sweet beverages are at your service you have the opportunity of really relaxing before your treatments start.

I had a tropical hot stone massage and a manicure and pedicure and both services were wonderful. Service is everything at a spa and I don’t care how fantastic a spa claims to be; if the staff isn’t accommodating, the whole experience can be a downer. From the moment I walked in until the moment I left, I felt like the staff genuinely cared. Before each service began, questions were asked to make sure that I was comfortable.

Reflections manicure

And of course the answer was always yes, because who isn’t comfortable when they have warm rocks being massaged into their skin? A girl can certainly get used to this. Seriously. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, I hear their sugar scrub is absolutely divine.

For more information about Reflections Spa-Salon, visit their website. And if you’re thinking about coming to the Orlando area (which you totally should since the weather is divine!), staySky.com hotels and resorts are absolutely fabulous. Each resort has gorgeous amenities for the entire family.

 

Disclosure: I was treated to these spa services at no charge. I was not obligated to write this review, but why wouldn’t I? I mean, honestlyyyy…..

Cult Nails All Access collection

I’m a loser for not doing a post on The Makeup Show Orlando yet. I know, I know. I’m on a serious budget these days so this collection of nail polishes was the only thing I purchased from the Show. Crazy, right? Usually I empty my pockets like mad. Look at that… I’m growing up. Ha!

I helped Maria of Cult Nails set up the day before the show and I had the chance to play around with the collection All Access. I fell in love. And for a good reason. I mean look…

Cult Nails All Access

*squeals*

Cult Nails Grunge

I knew I would love Grunge before I even swatched it. Maria was wearing this color on her nails and I couldn’t stop eyeing it. It’s described as a perfect military green creme and I couldn’t agree more. It has enough gray in it to where it doesn’t look like a Spring-y shade. It’s just perfect.

Cult Nails Feedback

Feedback contains soft gold, pink, and orange mylar flakes and I found it to be more sparkle-y than most topcoats with flakes. I love how it looks over Grunge. It looks pretty awesome over Lamestain too.

And speaking of Lamestain…

Cult Nails Lamestain

This is by far my favorite polish out of the entire collection. I mean, honestly… This rich, deep, ox blood creme is beyond anything that I’ve ever seen and I love that it doesn’t look black. I’ve been rocking it for a good week now and have no intentions of removing it.

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

‘elloooo Wack Slacks. There ain’t nothin’ like a gorgeous purple/blue nail polish (especially a creme) and Wack Slacks just makes me happy. It’s more blue than purple and applies like a dream.

Cult Nails Disillusion

Disillusion caught me by surprise! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish like this. Hot pink mylar shreds are sunken in a black jelly polish? Wow! It is opaque at 2 coats but really shines with 3 coats. I can’t wait to see how this looks over Cult Nails’ black nail polish.

Impressive, right? The pre-order for the collection has already passed but you can buy the polishes individually for $12 at CultNails.com.

The Best Green Juice EVER. Thanks Skinny Limits!

Green smoothies.

Y’all know how much I love them. I could easily drink my weight in green smoothies and have been doing so for many years now. A few weeks ago, a brand by the name of Skinny Limits reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying their green juices. At first I was all snobbish like “OMG, green juiiiiice? But I’m totally married to green smoothiesssss.” But green is green, right? Plus I’ve heard that green juice is great for cleaning out some toxins. I couldn’t do a full detox because I’m still pumping for Elle (can you believe it? 9 months!) but could I incorporate Skinny Limits juices in my regular diet?

Um, yahhhh….

Skinny Limits

So here are 3 reasons why Skinny Limits Rocks:
-They will ship FRESH juices to you.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.
-Their juices are absolutely delicious.

Yes. So good that I had to mention it twice. These juices are amazing! I’ve always been weary about jumping on the green juice bandwagon but one sip of Pure & Simple converted me.

And here’s the thing: juicing isn’t cheap. It isn’t cheap if you juice at home and it isn’t cheap if you have someone else juice for you. But, c’mon…you get what you pay for and if I’m going to pay $49 a day on juices, I want them to be juices that I can at least tolerate.

Welp. I can more than tolerate Skinny Limits’ uses. I could live off of them. They are just beyond tasty. I was given a 3-day trial of juices and so I really got the chance to fall in love with them.

Skinny Limits Juice Cleanse Instructions

Skinny Limits makes it simple by providing you with thorough instructions and a color-coded and number system that tells you when to drink which juices.

Skinny Limits Pure and Simple

Balance juice is made up of kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger. Esposo and I couldn’t get enough of this juice. This was our favorite. I love greens but I would have never thought that a juice with parsley in it would be so tasty. The sweetness from the apple and the zing from the ginger  had my tastebuds dancing up a storm. I could easily drink this juice every day.

Pure & Simple has the same ingredients as Balance except it eliminates the ginger. I found it to be just as tasty.

Skinny Limits Scorpion Lemonade

Scorpion Lemonade has lemons, agave nectar, cayenne and filtered water. I’m familiar with the taste of this because I’m one of those crazy people that has done (and suceeded at!) the Master Cleanse. It is far from like a conventional sweet lemonade. The lemons were super fresh and of all of the drinks, I found it to be the most refreshing.

Skinny Limits Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon has raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar and filtered water. This was my second favorite drink. Each 16 oz bottle has a good 300 calories of sweet creamy goodness.

Who are these drinks for?

Anyone! I’m a big fan of detoxing so if you’re feeling like you need to jumpstart a new diet or refresh your body from the inside out, detoxing is ideal. And even if you don’t plan on detoxing and just want to introduce some new tastes in your life, these drinks are perfect.

Skinny Limits bottles

 

Are these shipped safely?

Yep! A huge box arrived with my drinks and they were packaged nicely and every drink was nice and cold.

What could make these better?

Uh, let’s see…if someone could come and make these for me every few days, I think I’d like these A LOT better. :cool:

Way to go, Skinny Limits. Keep rockin’ out and making delicious and healthy juices that can be made available nationwide. For more information about Skinny Limits, be sure to visit their site. And if you’re in the Austin, Texas area, you can visit the Skinny Limits HQ.

So who else loves green juice? Why didn’t you guys tell me how great they were?