Sunday, March 26, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Review

Happy Spring everyone!

I'm so happy to finally be in spring. It's definitely my favorite season and I've been loving the weather lately. It's definitely been warming up! I've been asked a lot (both through this blog and on my personal Facebook page) to do a review on the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation, so I thought I'd do that today.

Unfortunately, I have very acne prone combination skin. I've gotten it under control lately compared to a few years ago, but it's still not perfect. I still break out and have some blemishes here and there and some acne scarring, so I almost always use a full coverage foundation. I was using the Kat Von D Lock It foundation but it's a little pricey so I don't like to use it everyday. When I saw that L'Oreal came out with a new full coverage foundation, I had to try it. I bought mine at CVS for $11. They have a good range of shades, going from ivory to cocoa. I sometimes have problems in the winter finding a light enough shade for me without pink undertones, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect match (#303). I was also very pleased with the price. It claims: "You can get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! Blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion."

First impressions...

The first thing I noticed when swatching it on my hand, was that it's very thick. You have to squeeze the tube pretty hard to get it out. A little bit goes a long way.  Luckily it didn't feel very heavy on my face. I wouldn't say it's very lightweight, but it doesn't feel like a mask either. It's somewhere in the middle. I would, however, definitely suggest using a good moisturizer and/or primer before applying this because it will stick to dry skin and make it very noticeable. This product has a demi-matte finish. It does do a wonderful job covering imperfections. I barely have to use concealer when I use this. My t-zone and chin can get pretty oily throughout the day, so I did have to touch up my setting powder a couple times, but that happens with any foundation.

Final thoughts...

I'm really impressed with L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover, and have been using it almost daily. It's become a drug store favorite of mine. Unfortunately the tube is only 1 oz., so it runs out pretty quickly. That would probably be my biggest complaint. I would give this product a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone with oily or combination skin, acne prone skin, and/or skin discoloration that is looking for a full coverage foundation that is long lasting.

Have you ever tried the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 💖

xo, Sarah

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set Review

Good morning beauties!!

The weather here in Chicago was really beautiful for a while, and then this last week it turned cold again and now we're in the middle of a snowstorm! Yes, in the middle of March. 😏 I decided to stay in the house until I have to go to work tonight, so I thought I might as well write a review of the new Moda oval brush set I got a while back. I've been meaning to do it but have been so busy between my kids, their after school activities, work, etc. that I just haven't had the time to sit down and write it. Seeing as you couldn't pay me enough to go outside in this crap right now though, I finally have time to write my review. So let's get into it! 😉

The Moda brushes are a perfect dupe for the more expensive Artis oval brushes. I've used both and honestly there is no difference between the two, other than a huge price gap. I don't have the extra $200 to spend on a brush set, and I'm not about to sell a kidney to be able to do so. 💁😂 I wasn't expecting the Moda brushes to be an exact dupe, but I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest buying the Moda brushes over the Artis brushes, because they are just as good. You get the same quality and end up saving a ton of money! I purchased my Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set from Walmart for about $16. I had been on the hunt for these for quite a while, but couldn't find them anywhere but online. Every Walmart within a 50 mile radius was sold out of them (Believe me, I checked!). Finally one day I was in Walmart looking for something else, and came across the last set tucked away behind a face cream display. (I'm sure someone hid it on purpose to come back and buy it later....sorry! Finders keepers! LOL.) They come in a 4-pack of brushes with a beautiful holographic finish. I honestly didn't even want to take them out of the packaging because they are so gorgeous. They have super soft synthetic bristles. I was really surprised how dense they were, but so soft at the same time.

As I mentioned, the set includes 4 brushes. The largest one is a 3 inch oval brush. I use that to buff in and blend my liquid or cream foundations. I've been loving using it with the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. 👌 The next brush in the set is a 2 inch oval brush. I use it mostly for blending in blush/bronzer. The 1 inch oval brush works flawlessly for contouring/highlighting. It gives such a nice, precise contour. I am obsessed with this brush and WAY more impressed with it than any other contouring brush I've ever used. The smallest brush in the pack is tiny with bristles that make a circle. I use this brush to cover any imperfections I have. It's very small so you can really get in and cover anything you need, especially in harder to reach places that a bigger brush wouldn't be able to get at. The brush necks are also somewhat flexible which is really nice, because it makes them much easier to maneuver around your face.

Overall I'm extremely impressed with this brush set. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's also amazing quality, and definitely worth the hype. They are very affordable and also 100% vegan for those of you that are looking for that!

Have you tried the Moda Prismatic Oval brushes? What do you think about them? How do you think they compare to the Artis brushes? Let me know below in the comments. Stay warm, beauties! 💖

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Burlington Coat Factory/TJ Maxx/Discovery Haul

Hey Beauties!!

I desperately needed a few things, and have a pretty strict budget right now, so I decided to stop by Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, and Discovery to look and see what they had. As usual, I picked out more than a few things. Those stores get me every time!! Burlington Coat Factory and TJ Maxx have brand name clothing/shoes/accessories/etc. for up to 65% off retail! Discovery is a great store with inexpensive clothing that is still cute and trendy. Since I got a lot of cute stuff for super cheap, I decided to do a haul for you guys! Here's what I got:

Faux Fur Knee Boots - $10 (Burlington)
These boots were on clearance, and it was the last pair left. They were in my size too!

Brown Faux Leather Boots - $14.99 (Burlington)
Mid Rise Destroyed Denim Jeans - $14.99 (Burlington)

Pom Pom Accessory - $4.99 (Burlington)
(The Coach purse was a gift from a friend. I saw the cute little pom pom and it matched so perfectly, I had to get it.)

High Waisted Distressed Jeans - $19.99 (Burlington)
I lost a lot of weight recently and my favorite pair of high waisted jeans didn't fit anymore, so I had been frantically searching for a new pair. I was so happy when I found these! $20 and they fit like a glove!!

Long Sleeve Camo Sweatshirt with Shoulder and Back Cutouts - $12.99 (TJ Maxx)
Sheer Olive Green Bodysuit with Lace Up Front - $12.99 (Discovery)
This is my first bodysuit! I was super excited to find one that I really love. I really have been loving the lace up trend, so I purchased a few shirts this day that have lace up fronts.

Long Sleeved Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
 Sorry about the wrinkles, it was like that when I bought it. I haven't washed or worn it yet. I loved it so much, I bought the same shirt in a nude color. (See below.)

Long Sleeve Lace Up Top - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeveless Top (Maroon) - $7.99 (Burlington)
Flowy Sleeve Open Shoulder Floral Print Top  - $12.99 (Burlington)
When I saw this top, I fell in love with it. It looks like a tank top, but it actually has really flowy sleeves and open shoulders. It looks so cute on, and the print is perfect for spring! (Can you tell I'm over winter already?! 😂)

Pink Choker With Jewel - $5.99 for 4 pack (Burlington)
This choker came in a 4 pack (see below) but it's the only one I've worn so far. Look out for this in an upcoming OOTD! 😉

4 Pack Fashion Chokers - $4.99 (Burlington)
I also got a pair of plain gray leggings from Discovery for $4.99. They are so soft and comfortable! I was surprised that they weren't sheer (like so many leggings unfortunately are). I couldn't take a photo though because they're currently in the laundry. They are just your basic plain, gray leggings that you can wear in so many different ways.

I'm very happy with everything I purchased, and it was nice to spend a little something on myself for once. I haven't been shopping for clothes in quite a while, and I really needed some new clothes! Comment below what your favorite item from my haul is! Also let me know what your favorite store is to shop at for clothing/accessories/shoes! Keep an eye out for an OOTD with some of the clothing I bought soon!

xo, Sarah

Friday, January 6, 2017

Aisle Style

Happy New Year everyone!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. Mine was good, I'm just trying to stay warm in this horribly cold Chicago weather!! I've been spending most of my time indoors lately, and have only been going out if I absolutely have to. When I'm not spending time with my kids, I'm on my laptop a lot. I've been doing a ton of "online window shopping". I came across a website that has some gorgeous dresses, Aisle Style UK. They have a huge selection of bridesmaids dresses (uk)prom dressescommunion dresses, wedding dresses, homecoming dresses, and more.

Here are some of my favorites:

Delicate Lace Long Sleeved Mermaid Prom Dress

Fancy off the Shoulder Sparkle Beaded Bodice A-line Peach Chiffon Prom Dress

Sexy Black Lace Overlay Tulle Shoulder Straps Mermaid Keyhole Back Prom Dress

The links to the beautiful dresses above are under the photos. They have dresses for every occasion. Go take a look!

xo, Sarah

Monday, December 5, 2016

Soap and Glory "The Perfect Ten" Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review

Happy December Ladies!

It blows my mind that it's already December. This year seriously flew by so quickly...and so much has changed for me in my personal life this past year. It's crazy. Anyway I haven't done a review in a while so I decided to review a product that is on a lot of people's wish lists for this Christmas season. 

I love Soap and Glory as a whole, their brand is awesome and I am absolutely obsessed with their body lotions. They have such amazing smelling body lotions that make your skin as smooth as butter. The downside of the brand is that it used to be a little hard to find, as it was only sold at stores like Sephora or online. Recently select Walgreens stores started selling Soap and Glory brand products, so of course I went online and searched the closest Walgreens store to me to check out their entire display. 

Soap and Glory recently came out with "The Perfect Ten" (limited edition) eyeshadow palette. When I saw this palette I was eager to try it because I loved all of their other products so much. I actually got it as a gift for my birthday and was so excited to receive something I had been wanting to try so badly. The Perfect Ten palette retails for $20.00. It's (obviously) a 10 pan eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for an everyday daytime nude look, or a sexy smokey eye. (The names of the individual shadows are super cute too- Moon Mist, Minky, Nudecomer, Copper, Toasty, Damsel, Cream Soda, Choccy, Plumtious, and Smoulder.)

The packaging was cute, and I love that they included the shades on the back to show you what you were getting. It has a magnetic closure also, and I love that because it won't just fly open inside my purse, and it makes it harder for little fingers (AKA my kids) to open and destroy it. This palette has a good range of shades. I love the first white shade for my brow bone, and the darker shades are perfect for your outer corner. 

I have to be honest, the first time I tried this palette, I wasn't as impressed as I was hoping I'd be. The double-sided brush is not good at all (which I wasn't expecting it to be, I rarely use the brushes that palettes come with). The matte shades were pretty chalky which caused a lot of fallout and the palette as a whole wasn't as pigmented as I was hoping it would be.

Not to be defeated (lol), I tried it again another day. This time I used a primer, different brushes, and a setting spray. Each time before I dipped my brush in the shadow, I sprayed the brush with NYX matte finish setting spray (black bottle). It made the shades much more pigmented and easier to work with. I was much more impressed this time.

The Perfect Ten wasn't perfect in my opinion, but it wasn't horrible. I don't reach for it everyday but I do enjoy using it once in a while. I like the shimmer shades the best, as they're the easiest to work with. My biggest tip for getting the most out of this palette would be to make sure you use a good eye primer and setting spray on your brushes. Trust me, it will make a world of difference.

Have you tried out this palette or any other Soap and Glory products? Let me know what your opinion on them is in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Zaful Haul (Giveaway!!)

Hello Beauties!

I can't believe it's already the end of November! In just a few short days it will be my birthday, and then before we know it, it will be Christmas! This year just flew by. Wow.

Anyway, I'm doing a collaboration with Zaful and they are currently doing a giveaway! They are a clothing website that provides the very latest in compelling designs for the fashionably chic, along with providing exceptional value, quality, and great customer service. They have some really great pieces, you should check them out!

There are other bloggers doing this giveaway as well, and they are picking 10 readers to each get a $100 gift card to their site!

To enter the giveaway:
1.) Visit
2.) Comment below with the link to your favorite product on their site. 
Tip: Leave your email also, you will have a greater chance of winning.

It's super simple to enter and they have so many items to choose from, so no matter who wins, they will be able to find something that fits their personal style.

Good luck!

xo, Sarah

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Things I'd Tell My 15-Year-Old Self. . .

I've seen the tag "Things I'd Tell My (insert age here) Year Old Self" go around Facebook and the blog world, and it really got popular after a 12 year old girl died unexpectedly and her parents found a letter she wrote to herself to read when she was an adult. You can read the article here. It's very touching and so heartbreaking at the same time. I decided to do this because the things that happened in my life at age 15 really did effect my future in a big way.

The year I was 15 was a monumental year in my life. I lost my virginity to the boy I had been dating for a year. I fell in love for the first time. (I know I was young but now that I'm older, I am confident that it was actual love, not lust.) I found out first-hand what domestic abuse was from the same boy. I was heartbroken because my mom who had recently moved to South Carolina, promised us that she was moving back to Chicago to be with us permanently and after 3 weeks left us...broke our hearts...and proceeded to do the same thing again. I (regrettably) tried a drug for the first time that would change my life forever. I was very self-conscious and trying desperately to find myself. 15 was a huge year in my life and it was full of change, that's why I chose to write to my 15 year old self. It's super personal but I'm very open and honest (sometimes to a fault) and don't mind sharing with you guys.


This is going to be a crazy year for you. It's going to be full of fun but also full of heartbreak. The first thing I want to tell you is that you are absolutely beautiful the way you are. I would absolutely love nothing more than to have the body that you have now, back. You are not inadequate, you are beautiful in your own way and people would kill to look like you. Hold your head high and have confidence! "ALWAYS remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and more beautiful than you could ever believe."

You need to stop caring so much about what other people think. You are smart, beautiful, and just as good as every other girl at your school. You need to speak up, don't let anyone put you down. Don't live for other people, live for yourself and do what makes YOU happy!

Up until now, you've been very strong && never touched the drug that your friend is about to offer you. KEEP SAYING NO. You don't need to try it, nothing good will come from this. You won't be missing out on anything by not doing it. Losing friends, losing trust, losing freedom, your soul and your self-worth is all that is going to come from trying that evil drug. You will end up in prison, and what started as a social activity will eventually have you crying in a cell all by yourself. It's not worth it. I can honestly tell you that it will absolutely ruin your life and you will lose E V E R Y T H I N G.

The first time Dave puts his hands on you, get out of there! It will only get worse from here. You are worth so much more than that. Every time he apologizes, it's a lie. It will only escalate and each time it happens it will be more serious. Someone that loves you will never abuse you, steal from you, make you feel like you're nothing, cheat on you, or lie to you. Just because you love him, doesn't mean he loves you. Being with him is a waste of your time. The relationship will end in 2 1/2 years when you're finally sick and tired enough and leave him. The bruises will fade, but you'll never forget the emotional abuse that he put you through. His words will slice through your heart forever. Don't just sit there and listen to it. RUN, now, as far as you can as fast as you possibly can.

Something else you need to know is that family will end up letting you down more than anyone. Unfortunately the person that gave you life will make you hate your life at times. You need to realize now that it's not your fault. Her decisions are her decisions, and her being selfish has nothing to do with you. Your family was once as close to "perfect" as you could get. Now it's completely dysfunctional and ripped apart. I know it hurts but you have to let it go. No family is perfect, and you're not alone. Don't keep everything in. You need to talk to someone about this, because harming yourself doesn't make you feel any better. It will just leave ugly scars. You should give your dad more credit and let him know how much you appreciate him. He's doing this all on his own and it's not easy. Although he can go overboard (and does so quite often), he still loves you and is doing the job of two parents while running a business and raising two teenagers. Make sure you tell him that you appreciate the sacrifices he makes on a daily basis for you and your brother. You'll understand better when you have kids of your own. (Which by the way, will be absolutely adorable. ;) ) Although you give him more credit than your mother, he will eventually let you down as well. Enjoy the time you have with him because your time being close with him will be abruptly cut short.

As much as your little brother pisses you off, treat him better. He is the only one that will consistently be there. Eventually he'll be the only family you have. Start a good relationship with him now; don't wait until you're in your 20's. Your mom was right- he really will be your very best friend.

Most of all, enjoy being young. Don't rush so much to grow up. Being an adult isn't as fun as you think it is. It sounds so cliche but it's so true. Enjoy not having a million responsibilities on your shoulders and enjoy being young and FREE! You're only young once...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

StyleWe Collab

Hey ladies!

After a long period without any posts, I'm happy to say I'm back for good. I've really missed blogging and the whole blogging world, especially my blogger friends! Anyway while I was gone, I received an email from the owner of StyleWe and decided to collab with them!

StyleWe is an online fashion shopping platform featuring independent fashion designers. It's a fashion community that is shared by designers and customers alike (and they have some seriously cute stuff!). One thing I really like about this site is the diversity. There are so many different styles of clothing, it would be impossible to NOT find something that catches your eye and appeals to your fashion sense.

I could literally spend hours on their site because they have SO many different styles, but a few of my top picks would be:

Dark Blue Angora Blend Turtleneck Long Sleeve Sweater
 I think this would be super cute for a night out with friends or even for work depending on what you pair it with. You can find this here.

Burgundy Casual Cowl Neck Knitted Solid Poncho
I love these ponchos, they are so warm and cozy and still stylish at the same time. You could pair this with distressed skinny jeans or leggings, and could dress it up or down with heels or fall boots. Super cute!! You can find this here.

Pink Sweet Magnetic Cowhide Leather Satchel

I thought this was super cute too. I love the baby pink color and the structure of the bag. This can be found here.

Check out the site for yourself!

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xo, Sarah

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Surprise! Mia Isabella was born on 11/20/2014

DISCLAIMER: This birth story is VERY detailed and I included all of the gory details. Lol. Read at your own risk. 😉

Hey everyone!

I've been super busy moving and taking care of a newborn so I didn't get to write this out as soon as I wanted to. I've been doing it little by little on my phone. Anyway, Mia is 4 months old now. Here is her birth story:

My due date was November 16, 2014. It came and went with no action, and I was really surprised. I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions since the beginning of my 2nd trimester, and had been losing pieces of my mucus plug for the past month, so I was shocked that she didn't come early.

The morning of November 19th was no different than any other morning. There were absolutely no signs that I'd be meeting my little girl in less than 24 hours. That afternoon, I started cramping lightly. This was nothing new, it happened pretty much every day, so I thought nothing of it. I had sex, thinking that it would either stop the cramping or get labor going. (With Lexi sex induced labor, so I was hoping it would do the same this time...and it did!!) Immediately afterward I started cramping harder. I wasn't sure if I was in actual labor or it was another false alarm, so I downloaded a contraction timer app and started timing my contractions. They were all over the place, and the length and intensity varied greatly. At this point they were just uncomfortable, like period cramps. I went to the bathroom and lost my mucus plug. It scared me because it was big and bloody. With Nevaeh I lost my mucus plug during labor and it was just clear/white with no blood. I don't remember losing my mucus plug with Lexi. I also noticed that I was bleeding lightly. Around 7 pm, I decided to take a nap and see if the cramping gradually got worse or if it slowed down or stopped altogether while I was sleeping.     

Around 11:30 pm I woke up with severe cramping. I realized now that this could definitely be labor and I needed to get to the hospital. I woke up Lexi and got her dressed. Me being the dumbass that I am, didn't pack MY hospital bag ahead of time so I just threw a bunch of random stuff into a bag for myself. (I forgot pretty much everything that I actually needed.) Luckily I did pack Mia's diaper bag in advance so she had everything she needed.

At this point I had to actually stop what I was doing and breathe through a contraction. They were getting more and more painful and were definitely more regular than they were earlier in the day. My contractions were very close   together now, only a couple minutes apart. We left the apartment and raced to the hospital. My labor with Lexi was SUPER quick just like this one, and I was scared that I was going to deliver in the car. Luckily the hospital was only about 15 minutes away and we made it there in about 7. I got dropped off by the emergency room entrance while he parked the car. I had to stop on my way in because I had a really intense contraction. At this point the contractions were consistent and MAYBE 2 minutes apart. There was a couple in front of me and I remember it seeming like it took FOREVER for the nurse to get to me. Finally they got me a wheelchair and put my hospital bands on me. A nurse took me upstairs into a little room and had me change into a gown. She checked me and I was already 8.5 cm dilated. When she told me that, I had the horiffic realization that an epidural probably wasn't going to happen and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Lol.

She wheeled the bed into a delivery room. They put the monitor for the baby around my stomach and started trying to get an IV in me. Trying to get a vein on me is nearly impossible, and I had visions of slapping the people that were attempting to do so during a contraction. After about 5 attempts they finally got the IV in.

I remember rolling onto my side and lifting up my leg with every contraction. The nurses kept telling me to keep my legs closed and not to push....easier said than done. Lol. With Lexi I screamed during every contraction. This time I just stayed still (for the most part) and COMPLETELY silent. It felt like it hurt more to scream.

The doctor finally came in and checked me after the broke down the bed and got everything ready. I was completely dilated and effaced. My water broke with the first push. It didn't explode like last time. This time it just kind of leaked out. They put the oxygen mask on me while I pushed. The doctor said the baby was really low but I had to push more than I did with Lexi and Nevaeh. I probably pushed about 8 times this time. I did scream towards the end.

I put my hand down there to see if I could feel anything, but I didn't. I pushed one last time. Her head and body came out all in one big push, which surprised me because it took two pushes with my other two to get them completely out. She started screaming immediately. The nurses commented on what a "healthy set of lungs" she had. Haha. Another nurse said that when babies are first born it's hard to tell who they look like, but she said Mia looked just like her dad. They cleaned her off and handed her to me. The doctor checked to make sure I didn't tear while I was holding her and had me push one more time to get the placenta out. I breastfed her for the first time and she latched right away perfectly. After that I did skin to skin with her for an hour. This labor and delivery was just as quick as Lexi's was. It was just as hard
and  just as painful because once again I got there too late for the epidural. Just like with Lexi, I wasn't sure if I was in labor because I'd been having Braxton Hicks contractions for so long. My labor and delivery with Mia didn't go exactly as planned but it was beautiful and just as special as my labor and delivery experiences with my older two kids.

Although this pregnancy was a total surprise for us, we were so excited to find out that we were adding another princess to our family. I am so blessed to have 3 healthy, smart, beautiful little girls. We were very surprised to see how much Lexi wants to help with the baby. We were nervous at first because she's used to being the youngest and a having all the attention to herself, and now she has to share it. She's super helpful though and loves to help feed Mia, bring diapers to us, etc. I am so blessed to have my girls and don't know what I'd do without them. Mia is rolling over already, smiling/laughing, and babbling (trying to "talk"). I enjoy spending every minute with her and love watching her grow. 💖

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm Not Dead (LOL)

Hiiii Everyone,

Wow, I've been severly neglecting this blog. I've been getting all kinds of messages and comments asking where I've been and if everything is OK. Yes, I'm fine. I appreciate everyone that reached out to me to check on me!! I've been super busy and have had some exciting things going on in my life that I'll update you all on very soon. 😉

I'm going to be doing a September favorites post in the next day or two, so keep an eye out for that!!

xo, Sarah